Tom Brokaw just announced on NBC that Tim Russert has passed away. This is a huge loss to the political world.
Read more about it here and here.
Dunash ibn Tamim was an astronomer, grammarian, and physician, who served as court physician to the Fatimite caliphs of Kairouan (now in Tunisia).
Dunash ben Labrat ha-Levi was a poet, commentator, and grammarian, who among many other accomplisments composed Dror Yikra, a song for the Jewish Sabbath still commonly sung today.