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Robert M. Pirsig, Author of ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,’ Dies at 88

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:30:02 GMT

Robert M. Pirsig in 1975.The novel became an unlikely publishing phenomenon in the mid-1970s and a touchstone in the waning days of the counterculture.

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Kate O’Beirne, National Review Editor and Columnist, Dies at 67

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:45:56 GMT

Kate O’Beirne, Washington editor for National Review, with Tim Russert on “Meet the Press” in February 2008.A stalwart of the neoconservative movement who was Washington editor of National Review and wrote its “Bread and Circuses” column.

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Jay Dickey, Arkansas Lawmaker Who Blocked Gun Research, Dies at 77

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:54:57 GMT

Representative Jay Dickey of Arkansas in 1993. In 1996, he attached a rider to a House bill that has continued to dissuade the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from researching gun violence.Mr. Dickey prevented the government from investigating the public health effects of gun violence, but long after leaving office, he did an about-face.

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Michael Bogdanov, Shakespearean Stage Director, Dies at 78

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 02:07:42 GMT

Michael Bogdanov directed more than 70 Shakespeare productions in his quest to “pluck out the political, existential heart and mystery of the plays.”Mr. Bogdanov also directed plays by Molière, Goethe, Chekhov, Gogol and Dylan Thomas, as well as musicals and operas. But a contemporary play nearly put him in jail.

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Dennis Edwards, Judge Who Presided Over Trial of Lennon’s Killer, Dies at 95

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 03:05:13 GMT

Dennis Edwards Jr., left, being sworn in as a judge by Mayor Robert F. Wagner Jr. of New York.Judge Edwards was serving as an acting Supreme Court justice in New York when he sentenced Mark David Chapman in the 1980 murder of John Lennon.

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Erin Moran, Who Played Joanie on ‘Happy Days,’ Dies at 56

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:00:07 GMT

Erin Moran, standing, with her television family on “Happy Days,” from left, Marion Ross, Ron Howard and Tom Bosley.Ms. Moran’s biggest role was as the sweet but mischievous Joanie, who became a major character on the show and earned a spinoff, “Joanie Loves Chachi.”

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Barkley L. Hendricks, Portraitist of a New Black Pride, Dies at 72

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:57:42 GMT

Barkley L. Hendricks in his home in New London, Conn., in 2007, with “Frog” (1976).Having seen virtually no black subjects among the portraits he admired in Europe, Mr. Hendricks painted friends, family and strangers who conveyed a culture of assertiveness.

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Albert Freedman, Producer of Rigged 1950s Quiz Show, Dies at 95

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:09:18 GMT

Albert Freedman in 1958. He once wrote that the quiz shows he produced were not fraudulent. They were, in his words, “showmanship, spectacle and illusion.”Mr. Freedman sought higher ratings for the show “Twenty-One” by giving questions to contestants in advance, in the hopes of creating more dramatic competition.

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Tom Fleming, 65, New York City Marathon Winner, Dies

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 03:06:06 GMT

Tom Fleming capturing the first of his two New York City Marathon titles in 1973.Mr. Fleming, a contemporary of Frank Shorter and Bill Rodgers who preferred to train 140 to 150 miles a week, won New York in 1973 and 1975.

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Elizabeth Sargent, 96, Poet and Last Tenant Above Carnegie Hall, Dies

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 02:35:26 GMT

Elizabeth Sargent outside her apartment above Carnegie Hall in 2010. When she moved in to the honeycomb of studios in 1964 she paid $188 a month in rent. In 2009 she paid $337 a month.When Ms. Sargent, whose work was known for its frank description of sexuality and its slant rhymes, moved in 2010, it marked the end of an artist enclave.

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Sandy Gallin, 76, Talent Manager Adored by Stars, Dies

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 02:33:14 GMT

Sandy Gallin with Cher, whom he helped make a disco diva, in 1977.Among Mr. Gallin’s clients were Dolly Parton, Richard Pryor, Cher, Michael Jackson and Joan Rivers, and he became a role model for gays and lesbians in entertainment.

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Cuba Gooding Sr., Soul Singer, Dies at 72

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 01:30:23 GMT

Cuba Gooding Sr., left, and his son the actor Cuba Gooding Jr. attending a premiere party at the Apollo Theater in 2007.Mr. Gooding, the father of the Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr., rose to fame as the lead singer of the rhythm-and-blues group the Main Ingredient.

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John Noonan, Federal Judge Who Served for Three Decades, Dies at 90

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 23:20:36 GMT

John T. Noonan Jr. was appointed to the federal bench in 1985 by President Ronald Reagan.Judge Noonan wrote opinions as a jurist on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on contentious issues such as assisted suicide and illegal immigration.

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Magdalena Abakanowicz, Sculptor of Brooding Forms, Dies at 86

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:04:29 GMT

“Abakan Red” (1969), a work in sisal and mixed media by Ms. Abakanowicz.The Polish artist’s works ranged from woven shrouds and tree trunks to mythic human figures that evoked the dark forces at work in the 20th century.

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The Saturday Profile: Remembering the World’s Oldest Person, in the Objects She Left Behind

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:58:17 GMT

Emma Morano’s small room in Italy. She was celebrated last year as the world’s oldest living person.Emma Morano’s singular achievement in life may have been perseverance. She lived for 117 years, crediting her longevity to raw eggs and her lack of a husband. She died on April 15.

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John T. Curtin, Judge Who Desegregated Buffalo Schools, Dies at 95

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:30:08 GMT

Judge John T. Curtin in 1985. His ruling forced the Occidental Chemical Corporation to clean up Love Canal.Judge Curtin wrote that the defendants had violated the right to equal protection under the laws “by intentionally causing and maintaining a segregated school system.”

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Robert Sadoff, Psychiatrist Who Assessed Murder Defendants, Dies at 81

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 22:28:08 GMT

Dr. Robert L. Sadoff in an undated photograph from The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.A founder of modern forensic psychiatry, Dr. Sadoff once estimated that he had evaluated as many as 10,000 defendants in criminal cases.

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Harry Huskey, Pioneering Computer Scientist, Is Dead at 101

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:39:37 GMT

Harry Huskey, circa 1950, with an early computer prototype.One of the last surviving scientists in the forefront of the computer revolution, Dr. Huskey helped develop what was once billed as the first personal computer.

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Trish Vradenburg, Crusader Against Alzheimer’s, Dies at 70

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 23:28:37 GMT

Trish Vradenburg and her husband, George, in Washington in 2011. They raised millions to fight Alzheimer’s and established their own organization.Ms. Vradenburg, a sitcom writer whose mother died of complications of the disease, and her husband raised millions for research and established their own organization to generate greater awareness.

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Ruth Sulzberger Holmberg, Newspaper Publisher Born for the Job, Dies at 96

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 22:09:36 GMT

Ruth Sulzberger Holmberg at The Chattanooga Times with Paul Neely, its publisher at the time, on Jan. 4, 1999, the last day the newspaper was published under that name.A member of the family that controls The New York Times, Mrs. Holmberg challenged racial barriers, political skulduggery and environmental adversaries as publisher of The Chattanooga Times.

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Aaron Hernandez Hanged Himself in Prison, Officials Say

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:10:25 GMT

Aaron Hernandez, a former New England Patriots player who was convicted of first-degree murder in 2015, was found dead in his prison cell.The former tight end with the New England Patriots, who was convicted of first-degree murder in 2015, was found in his cell on Wednesday morning.

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Allan Holdsworth, Virtuoso Guitarist Who Amazed His Peers, Dies at 70

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 23:24:37 GMT

Allan Holdsworth performing with the progressive rock group U.K. in Central Park in 1978.Endlessly exploring his instrument, Mr. Holdsworth played in seminal bands, including Soft Machine, before making a series of solo albums.

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Sylvia Moy, Motown Songwriter Who Worked With Stevie Wonder, Dies at 78

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 23:21:47 GMT

Sylvia Moy and Stevie Wonder, with, behind from left, James Jamerson, Earl Van Dyke and Robert White of the Funk Brothers, in 1967.Ms. Moy was a Motown record producer who helped write hits like “My Cherie Amour” and “Uptight (Everything’s Alright).”

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Frederick Borsch, Bishop Who Worked to Empower Minorities, Dies at 81

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 16:47:22 GMT

Bishop Frederick H. Borsch, right, at an interfaith gathering of religious leaders from Los Angeles and Riverside Counties in Los Angeles in 1998. After he retired in Los Angeles, he became associate dean of the Yale Divinity School.As leader of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles from 1988 to 2002, he elevated female and Hispanic clergy. And he championed the ordination of gay men and lesbians.

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