- Reporter's Notebook: Hunter S. Thompson Dead
He rode with the Hells Angels, coined the term "gonzo journalism" and became an ongoing character in the Doonesbury comic strip. Last night, he shot himself to death in Woody Creek, Colorado, where he lived in a fortified compound. Author of Hells Angels, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson's drugged-out counter-culture life made him as much a celebrity as his writing. That's according to University of Florida journalism professor William McKeen, author of a critical biography of Thompson.
More Rain and Mudslides across Southern California
It's another day of downpours, flooding and mudslides that have killed at least three people and left others trapped in their homes. Still more is expected tonight, tomorrow and possibly Wednesday. The year 2005 is already the fifth wettest on record, with well over 31 inches--twice the seasonal norm--and the rainy season's only half over. We update the damage with a reporter on the scene in Orange County, where a 16-year old girl was crushed to death by a boulder that hit her apartment, get some long-range perspective from a regional climatologist, and talk to an architect about building on hills.