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Going the Kevorkian way

| Saturday, June 7, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

WINNER. Jack Kevorkian

Three years after his death, might a comeback be looming for the euthanasia enthusiast who had the cheerful nickname “Dr. Death”?

Kevorkian's longtime assistant, Neal Nicol, has been urging states with the death penalty to abandon lethal injections in favor of Kevorkian's favorite mechanism for ending life: a carbon monoxide tank and mask. This after the recent execution of a prisoner in Oklahoma appeared to be neither quick nor painless.

“Death comes within minutes,” Nicol told NBC News of the method preferred by Kevorkian, who aided in more than 130 suicides. “There are no twitches, movements or signs of discomfort at all.”

In the wake of the botched Oklahoma execution and with lethal injection drugs becoming increasingly difficult to obtain, Kevorkian's method soon might be increasingly attractive to death penalty states.

LOSER. Jane Fonda

Vietnam veterans are furious that the aging actress who insulted U.S. soldiers more than four decades ago will speak this week at a UCLA graduation ceremony.

Fonda, 76, who famously met with enemy troops during a 1972 visit to Hanoi and labeled American U.S. soldiers “war criminals,” is slated to speak June 13 at UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television.

As one might imagine, the announcement wasn't well received by the Santa Clarita chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America. Said organization president Nick Callas to Fox News: “We hate her.”

— compiled by Trib Total Media staff

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