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Dartmouth names medical school after Dr. Seuss

Dartmouth College has named its medical school after a famous alum: Theodor “Ted” Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. Dartmouth said Wednesday that Geisel and his wife, Audrey, have been the most significant philanthropists in its history. The school is being named the Audrey and Theodor Geisel School of Medicine.

President Jim Yong Kim said Geisel, a 1925 graduate, lived out the Dartmouth ethos of thinking differently and creatively to illuminate the world’s challenges, and the opportunities for understanding and surmounting them. Audrey Geisel, who has a background as a nurse, said her husband would be proud to have his name forever connected to the school.

Geisel, who died in 1991, penned The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, among many other children’s classics.

Reese Witherspoon expecting third baby

Reese Witherspoon and husband Jim Toth are expecting their first child together after nearly a year of marriage, reports People. “Jim and Reese are looking forward to having a bigger family at this point in life,” a friend of the Oscar winner told the mag. “They can take the time to enjoy the next stage and make sure their transition is easy and joyful.”

This will be Witherspoon’s third child. She has two children — Ava, 12, and Deacon, 8 — with ex-husband Ryan Phillippe.

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Comics icon Jean 'Moebius' Giraud dies at age 73

This weekend, the comics world lost one of its iconic figures — and the science-fiction movie world one of its greatest influences — with the passing of Jean Giraud. Better known by his pen name of “Moebius,” Giraud was France’s best-known comics artist, and helped inspire the design of many sci-fi movies including Ridley Scott’s films Alien and Blade Runner, Terry Gilliam’s Brazil, and Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element. “Moebius is to comic books what Miles Davis is to jazz: the master,” Besson once said. According to the Los Angeles Times, Giraud died on Friday night or Saturday morning after a battle with cancer. He was 73.

Giraud was born in France in May 1938 and, in his 20s, made his reputation with the Old West saga Les Aventures de Blueberry, penned by Jean-Michel Charlier. In 1974, the artist launched the adult sci-fi and fantasy comics anthology Métal Hurlant, which was published here as Heavy Metal. Moebius’ detailed, intricate artwork would have a massive, and lasting, influence on the science-fiction genre from Alien, for which he supplied concept designs, to the novels of cyberpunk novelist William Gibson. “I was having lunch with Ridley (Scott),”  cyberpunk novelist William Gibson once wrote. “And when the conversation turned to inspiration, we were both very clear about our debt to the Métal Hurlant school of the ’70s — Moebius and others.”

For more on Jean Giraud’s life and influence, check out the documentary, Moebius Redux: A Life in Pictures.

Vaclav Havel, playwright and anti-communist revolutionary, has died at 75

Vaclav Havel wove theater into revolution, leading the charge to peacefully bring down communism in a regime he ridiculed as “Absurdistan” and proving the power of the people to overcome totalitarian rule. Shy and bookish, with a wispy mustache and unkempt hair, the dissident playwright was an unlikely hero of Czechoslovakia’s 1989 “Velvet Revolution” after four decades of suffocating repression — and of the epic struggle that ended the wider Cold War. He was his country’s first democratically elected president, leading it through the early challenges of democracy and its peaceful 1993 breakup into the Czech Republic and Slovakia, though his image suffered as his people discovered the difficulties of transforming their society.

A former chain-smoker who had a history of chronic respiratory problems dating back to his years in communist jails, Havel died Sunday morning at his weekend home in the northern Czech Republic, his assistant Sabina Tancevova said. His wife Dagmar and a nun who had been caring for him the last few months of his life were by his side, she said. He was 75.  READ FULL STORY

'Captain America' co-creator Joe Simon dies

Joe Simon, who along with Jack Kirby co-created Captain America and was one of the comic book industry’s most revered writers, artists and editors, has died at age 98. Simon’s family relayed word of his death Thursday, posting a short statement on Facebook and telling the Associated Press through a spokesman that Simon died Wednesday night in New York City after a brief illness. “Joe was one of a kind,” said Steve Saffel, of Titan Books, a Simon friend who worked with him on his recent autobiography, Joe Simon, My Life In Comics. Saffel said that Simon, born in Rochester, N.Y., in 1913, “lived life on his terms and created incredible things in the process. It was a privilege to know him and to call him my friend.” READ FULL STORY

Steve Jobs resigns as Apple CEO

The man who put the world of entertainment in the palm of our hands has stepped down from his position as CEO of Apple.

The Wall Street Journal has posted a letter from Steve Jobs to the company’s board of directors and “the Apple community” at large, saying that he felt he could not longer serve in his position at the technology powerhouse. “I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.”

He recommended Tim Cook, COO of the company, be chosen as his successor. READ FULL STORY

HBO to develop 'Skinny Dip' novel

HBO will adapt Carl Hiaasen’s 2004 novel Skinny Dip — a mystery about an heiress who swims to safety while holding onto a bale of marijuana — for television, reports Variety. Michael Oates Palmer and Michael Keaton, who has a wide-ranging first-look deal at HBO, will executive-produce.

Read more: EW’s review of Skinny Dip

Meryl Streep and James Taylor among recipients of National Medal of Arts

Meryl Streep, James Taylor, Quincy Jones and six other American artists will be honored today at the White House when President Obama presents the National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest honor for artistic excellence. “The National Medal of Arts recipients represent the many vibrant and diverse art forms thriving in America,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman, in a statement. “From criticism to literature, music, poetry, sculpture, and theater, these honorees’ devotion to shaping and sharing American art is unrivaled, and I join the President and the country in saluting them.” The entire list of honorees is after the jump: READ FULL STORY

Former Sarah Palin adviser plans tell-all memoir

A former trusted adviser to Sarah Palin is planning a tell-all memoir. An early draft of the manuscript to Frank Bailey’s Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin: A Memoir of our Tumultuous Years was leaked to reporters on Friday. Bailey began his tenure with Palin as a campaign volunteer when she ran for Governor, eventually rising to her Chief of Staff until her resignation in 2009.

“This is a fact-finding, truth-reporting endeavor,” one of Bailey’s co-writers Ken Morris tells EW. “The source data for this book comes from Frank Bailey’s experience and his own email accounts.” On her blog, Bailey’s other co-writer Jeanne Devon, a progressive Alaskan blogger known as AKMuckraker, declared that “Frank Bailey was one of the few true Palin ‘insiders.’ He and a circle of half a dozen people were there in the Palin campaign from day one, until the end of her administration. He’s the kind of guy you’d pick to write an insider memoir, if you could choose.”

Both Morris and Devon insist that neither the authors nor their literary agents at the New York-based Carol Mann Agency played any part in leaking the draft manuscript. “We on this end are shocked and horrified that this has happened,” writes Devon, “but the toothpaste is out of the tube as they say.” Blind Allegiance has yet to secure a publisher and has no scheduled release date. Messages to Sarah Palin’s camp for comment weren’t immediately returned Saturday.

Elizabeth Edwards, author and estranged wife of John Edwards, dies

Elizabeth-EdwardsImage Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty ImagesJust one day after announcing that she would not be continuing with additional treatment for cancer, Elizabeth Edwards has passed away, CNN reports. Edwards, wife of beleaguered former vice presidential candidate John Edwards, died in her North Carolina home after a six-year battle with breast cancer. She was 61. “Today we have lost the comfort of Elizabeth’s presence, but she remains the heart of this family,” her family said in a statement. “We love her and will never know anyone more inspiring or full of life.” 

Being a politician’s wife almost always means the public will define you by what your husband does. Unless, that is, he becomes embroiled in a scandal, at which point you are defined by what he does to you. But Edwards, even as scandal was thrust at her, refused to accept the limiting mantle of “victim.” READ FULL STORY

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