If I understand correctly, the death bed, 3pt, clause applies to all [not just 03/01/12 entrants], but NOT to terminal celebs? ie, if in the past someone had selected Swayze, or Easy-E.
Perhaps this should be clarified, as I already have a list of people I'm fairly certain won't see 2013, who are not on their death bed unless things have escalated in VERY recent news cycles.
Also, non-deathbed picks are scored like normal regardless of how late one enters [so long as they don't witness the death, then jump on CP before it hits the news].
If I had to pick a spirit animal, I'd have to go with doggy.