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Human Race

Issue: "2011 Books of the Year," July 2, 2011

Released

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., was released from a Houston hospital five months after she was shot by a gunman in Tucson, who killed six and wounded 13 others in the outdoor shooting spree. Giffords, 41, will continue to undergo daily rehab for severe injuries to the left side of her brain, which controls speech and communication.

Resigned

Pressured by his own party and the White House to step down, Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., resigned June 16 after ongoing revelations in a sexting scandal dashed Democratic hopes of a promising career, even a New York mayoral run. Weiner, 46, at first denied but later admitted that he sent photos as well as interacted with women online in "inappropriate" ways, including since he married Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's deputy chief of staff, Huma Abedin, last summer.

Indicted

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Former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., rejected a plea deal and pleaded not guilty June 3 after the Justice Department indicted him on charges of violating campaign finance laws while trying to hide an affair. Under scrutiny are hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations that were allegedly used to support campaign videographer Rielle Hunter, with whom Edwards, 57, fathered a child. Edwards is also the subject of a lawsuit by Hunter.

Commenced

Producer Mark Burnett, best known for reality shows like Survivor and The Apprentice, has begun work on a 10-hour miniseries featuring stories from the Bible. The docudrama, a joint collaboration between Burnett and his wife, Touched By an Angel actress Roma Downey, is due to air on the History Channel in spring 2013.

Hospitalized

California radio preacher Harold Camping, 89, was hospitalized following a stroke June 9 at his Alameda home. Camping's Family Radio Network spent more than $100 million publicizing Camping's prediction that the world would end on May 21, a prediction Camping amended to Oct. 21 after the May date passed.

Died

Jack Kevorkian, who campaigned for the legalization of euthanasia and was dubbed "Dr. Death" for his role in the assisted suicides of some 130 people from 1990 to 1999, died June 3 at the age of 83. Although Kevorkian escaped prosecution four times, he eventually served eight years in prison on second-degree murder charges after CBS' 60 Minutes aired video of him ending the life of a man with Lou Gehrig's disease.

Died

Mystery novelist Lilian Jackson Braun, whose popular The Cat Who . . . series spanned 29 volumes and four decades, died June 4 at the age of 97. The Cat Who Could Read Backwards appeared in 1966 and introduced amateur sleuth Jim Qwilleran and his sidekick Siamese cat KoKo.

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