Philadelphia Inquirer’s new owner dies in plane crash

This is crazy. He just bought the paper this week:

Lewis Katz, 72, co-owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Daily News and, died Saturday night in the crash of a private jet at a Massachusetts airfield.
Katz’s death was confirmed by Inquirer editor Bill Marimow, who said he learned the news Sunday morning from close associates.

All seven people were killed aboard the private aircraft that crashed at Hanscom Field and erupted into a fireball, authorities said Sunday.

The Gulfstream IV crashed about 9:40 p.m. Saturday as it was departing for Atlantic City International Airport in New Jersey, said Matthew Brelis, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Port Authority, which operates the air field.

“There were no survivors,” Brelis said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the people on board and their loved ones.”

The names of the other victims were not immediately released.

On Tuesday, Katz and H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest bought out their partners for $88 million, gaining control of the media company that owns the Inquirer.

“We all deeply mourn the loss of my true friend and fellow investor in ownership of The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Daily News and,” Lenfest said. “It is a severe loss, but I am pleased to announce that Drew Katz, Lewis’s son, will replace his father on the board of our new company.”

Reading Rainbow hits $3M in Kickstarter

You guys know I love to read, right? And how concerned I am about illiteracy in the cities. So I am absolutely thrilled to announce that LaVar Burton’s Reading Rainbow Kickstarter raised one million dollars in the first day. Now they’re going for five.

What I didn’t know when I first wrote about it is, they’re developing a classroom version that will be given free to schools in need. Worth a $10 donation, right?

Here’s a tearful LeVar Burton as he reaches the $1 million goal:

H/t Karin Riley Porter.

I don’t want to hear it anymore

Scott Walker’s version of the aching song Randy Newman wrote for Dusty Springfield:

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