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Mourning James Gandolfini, remembering Tony Soprano

Truly unbelievable news about the death of "Sopranos" star James Gandolfini. Gandolfini was great in everything I ever saw him in, but I'm not going to try to be super cool and pretend any role other than Tony Soprano tops my list.

Below is one of Gandolfini's best scenes on the show, along with a compilation of some of Tony's greatest "hits" to enjoy while we remember and mourn (do I really need to warn you about language?).

Workplace deaths at near record low

North Carolina logged 35 workplace fatalities in 2012, one of the lowest workplace death totals in years.

The N.C. Department of Labor reported Monday that workplace fatalities dropped from 53 in 2011, a 34 percent decline. Construction-related deaths were the leading cause of fatal accidents in 2012.

The only time the state logged fewer job-related deaths since the state started keeping records in the 1990s was in 2009, when construction work plummeted during the recession. That year North Carolina had 34 workplace fatalities.

State labor records show that Wake and Mecklenburg counties logged three deaths each, more than any other county. In the Triangle, Durham County also accounted for one death, a fall from a tree.

Man pushed onto the subway tracks. What would you do?

I've seen several opinion pieces in the wake of the man's death on New York City's subway tracks last week discussing the fact that so many people managed to take pictures of the man but no one tried to help him.

Here's an editorial from the Chicago Tribune that I find particularly thought-provoking:

The plain language of death

I wrote a post a few years ago about the language of death. As a regular reader of the paid obituaries in our newspaper, I was fascinated with the many ways that the families and funeral homes found to refer to death. I concluded that in these short summations of a person's life, the terms such as "called home," "went to his (or her) heavenly reward" and "passed away" could be comforting to the loved ones of the person who died.

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