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Obama, Clinton Offer Tributes To Late Congressman Cummings

(Baltimore, MD-AP) – Two former presidents are heaping praise on the late Congressman Elijah Cummings. Speaking at Cummings’ funeral in Baltimore, Barack Obama said Cummings’ life validated “what is possible in life.” He noted that Cummings was a kind and compassionate man of “dogged determination.” Obama said Cummings’ commitment to justice and the rights of others would “never waiver.” He stressed that Cummings was a man of “noble and good heart.” Bill Clinton called Cummings the “real deal.”

Clinton said, no matter how hard he fought and how passionately he argued, Cummings tried to “treat everybody the way he wanted to be treated.” The veteran Maryland Democrat chaired the powerful House Oversight Committee and was one of the highest-ranking African-Americans in Congress. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Cummings lived the American dream and wanted everyone else to have that opportunity. Pelosi noted the bipartisan tributes that have poured in since Cummings’ death last week at the age of 68.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Cummings a great man, a moral leader and a friend. She said Cummings was a fierce champion for truth and justice. Clinton also noted that Cummings “led from his soul.”

George H.W. Bush Funerals Today And Thursday

(Washington, DC-AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush’s funeral is scheduled for this morning at the Washington National Cathedral. Presidential historian Michael Beschloss says Bush 41’s death gave many a different perspective on his legacy.

Bush, who died Friday at age 94, has been lying in state in the Capitol Rotunda in DC since Monday evening. Hundreds have filed past to say their last goodbyes. A second funeral in Houston, Texas will follow on Thursday. The former president will be buried on the grounds of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M in College Station.

McCain Aides Say Senator Is Preparing For Funeral

(Phoenix, AZ) – Arizona Senator John McCain is reportedly planning for his funeral. “The New York Times” reports that the White House has been notified and Vice President Mike Pence is expected to attend. President Trump will not.

McCain is battling an aggressive form of brain cancer and is preparing the arrangements at Washington National Cathedral. He has disclosed that the memoir he is currently working on, “The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations,” will be his last.

Family Lays Aaron Hernandez To Rest, Prepares To Fight Suicide Notion

(SL) — Funeral services were held for former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez. The 27-year-old Hernandez reportedly took his own life in a Massachusetts prison cell last week, where he was serving a life sentence for murder. Today’s services for Hernandez in his hometown of Bristol, Connecticut were by invitation only. A private burial will take place at a later date.

In related news, the family of the  former New England Patriots tight end will gain access to three handwritten notes that the player allegedly wrote before he killed himself, a lawyer for the family said Monday.

Attorney George Leontire told reporters early Monday afternoon that a Bristol Superior Court judge in New Bedford, Mass., ordered the release of the notes to the family, the Boston Globe reported.

The legal action came minutes before funeral services were scheduled to. As part of his motion, Leontire said Hernandez’s family deserved “know their loved one’s final thoughts” and termed it a necessary part of the “grieving process.”

170419-aaron-hernandez-trial-family-ew-933a_0629be43b77a088b00ab019c9a42a3b4.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000Superior Court Judge Thomas F. McGuire Jr., in an order to the office of Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr., wrote that “the note(s) shall be produced in time for the family to have them for his burial, which is scheduled for this afternoon.”

A spokesman for Early’s office said copies of the notes were being prepared to send to Hernandez’s family. As part of McGuire’s order, the district attorney was to redact any information that would be pertinent to an ongoing investigation into Hernandez’s death.

Guards discovered the 27-year-old Hernandez in his single cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley just after 3 a.m. ET last Wednesday morning. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital about an hour later.

sad-twisted-life-of-aaron-hernandez-football-player-29206a41-eb05-485c-84cf-563106c12a71Hernandez was serving a life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd. The state medical examiner officially ruled it a suicide on Thursday, but his family doesn’t believed that Hernandez took his own life. Three handwritten notes were found in the cell but the contents weren’t immediately released. John 3:16 had also been written on the former NFL starts forehead.

While Leontire said he did not know who the recipients of the notes were, the newspaper reported that one of them was addressed to his fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez, and another to their 4-year-old daughter.

Prior to his death, reports claimed he had been in a few altercations with gang members in the prison. The 27-year old reportedly was found naked, hanging in his cell. Thoughts of foul play have been shared but until a complete investigation is complete no one will know.