When Texas millionaire John Poindexter invited Justice Antonin Scalia to his remote ranch near the Mexican border, it was for a private party with about 35 other guests, a weekend of hunting and sightseeing on his painstakingly restored and cultivated 30,acre spread. But when Scalia, 79, failed to appear for a morning excursion at 8 a. Saturday, Poindexter became concerned and went to his room, which has its own outdoor fire pit and a wall of windows overlooking the room adobe ranch hotel, a lake and surrounding peaks of the Chinati Mountains. You could see he was not alive. The ranch, established in , sits in the middle of remote desert, 15 miles north of the border and miles southeast of El Paso, the last several miles on a dirt road. On-site bird hunts include pheasant, chukar, white-winged dove and blue quail.
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As the former vice president releases his memoir, it's useful to recall the many reasons why the vast majority of Americans disapproved of his tenure. When Vice President Dick Cheney left office, his approval rating stood at a staggeringly low 13 percent. Few political figures in history have been so reviled. As his memoir, In My Time , hits bookstores today, and he does a series of friendly interviews in the press, some Americans with short memories might wonder, "Why is it that so few were willing to endorse his performance in office?
Scalia’s last moments on a Texas ranch — quail hunting to being found in ‘perfect repose’
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He was a stand-up comedian, a civil rights warrior, a presidential candidate, writer, actor, nutritionist, athlete and confidant to Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and John Lennon. On the news of the sad death of Dick Gregory, aged 84, we look back into the archives to when we interviewed him for the March issue on the eve of his big-screen role as elderly Buddy Bolden, father of jazz, in Dan Pritzker's biopic on the New Orleans trumpeter, 'Bolden'. If it had been the one remarkable thing Dick Gregory ever did in his life, his intervention during the Watts riots in August would have ensured that his name was remembered for ever. They were ready to shoot on sight.