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Inspiring TV specials honor real heroes

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FOX. Has he become a beneficiary of the new solution that his unstinting fundraising efforts have helped effect?

The best TV program we (inadvertently) caught last week was a delayed telecast of the “Breakthrough” Awards funded by the likes of Mark Zuckerberg and Rupert Murdoch, to honor the world’s most creative inventors, innovators and scientists. Some viewers may have regarded the awards show as a bore, but we found it inspiring and even thrilling, because it showcased the world-changing achievements of some of today’s real heroes.

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Robin Williams paranoid before suicide–coroner

Robin Williams

Robin Williams had recently become increasingly paranoid when he committed suicide by hanging himself, coroners said Friday, adding that he had no alcohol or illicit drugs in his system.

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Stars jump onto the trendy advocacy bandwagon

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PITT, JOLIE AND CLOONEY. Stellar involvement shines light on enlightened initiatives.

Some stars have always been known for their support of their important advocacies of choice. They throw the spotlight on important causes that would otherwise not get the viewing public’s attention, or elicit its concern and financial support.

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Fox says Parkinson’s won’t be focus of NBC comedy

Michael J. Fox. AP

Michael J. Fox says Parkinson’s disease will not be a major storyline on his upcoming NBC comedy. On “The Michael J. Fox Show,” the actor plays Mike Henry, a former local NBC newscaster with Parkinson’s, who left the business to spend more time with his family. The series begins when he decides to return to work now that his kids are older.

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Michael J. Fox to play newscaster in new NBC show

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Canadian actor Michael J. Fox holds his international lifetime achievement award during the awardings of the Goldene Kamera 2011 (golden camera media prize) of the Axel Springer Verlag publishing house on February 5, 2010 in Berlin. AFP/ TOBIAS SCHWARZ

On his upcoming NBC comedy, Michael J. Fox will play a newscaster who had quit his job due to Parkinson’s Disease but returns to work in the show’s first episode because a new medical regimen has helped him control many of the disease’s symptoms.

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