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Roberta Peters, Soprano With a Dramatic Entrance, Dies at 86

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:49:59 GMT

The soprano Roberta Peters trying on a gown during rehearsals for Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale” in 1955.Ms. Peters, who sang with the Metropolitan Opera for 35 years, was 20 when she was catapulted to stardom as a last-minute substitute in “Don Giovanni.”

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Wayne Barrett, Fierce Muckraker at The Village Voice, Dies at 71

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 03:21:08 GMT

Wayne Barrett, a longtime investigative columnist for The Village Voice, in 2011 at his home in Brooklyn. There is, he once said, “no other job where you get paid to tell the truth.”In 37 years at The Village Voice, Mr. Barrett took on New York’s builders, landlords and politicians, among them Donald J. Trump and Rudolph W. Giuliani.

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William Onyeabor, Reclusive African Electro-Funk Pioneer, Dies at 70

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:43:07 GMT

Mr. Onyeabor in an undated photo. “I only compose the type of music that will help the world the way it counts,” he once said.Mr. Onyeabor, whose music reached a new audience decades after he created it, composed, played and produced hypnotic electronic tracks infused with unmistakably African elements.

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Henry J. Foner, Labor Leader Accused of Communist Ties, Dies at 97

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:05:06 GMT

Henry J. Foner, a labor leader and champion of progressive causes, in 2002.Mr. Foner, who was the uncle of the historian Eric Foner, led the fur and leather workers union in New York. He and his brothers were accused of belonging to subversive groups.

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George Beall, Prosecutor Who Brought Down Agnew, Dies at 79

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 01:50:41 GMT

George Beall, the United States attorney for Maryland, right, with Attorney General Elliot Richardson in October 1973, when his graft investigation of Vice President Spiro Agnew came to a head.Mr. Beall, as United States attorney for Maryland, led the prosecution on bribery charges of Vice President Spiro T. Agnew that led to Mr. Agnew’s resignation in 1973.

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James S. Ackerman, Author of Enduring Books on Architecture, Dies at 97

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:10:41 GMT

Mr. Ackerman’s passion for architecture was kindled while serving in Italy with the Army. His studies of Michelangelo and Palladio are classics in the field.

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Among Deaths in 2016, a Heavy Toll in Pop Music

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 16:45:42 GMT

Clockwise from top left: Janet Reno, Edward Albee, Fidel Castro, Florence Henderson, Muhammad Ali, Nancy Reagan, Leonard Cohen, Bill Cunningham, John Glenn, Prince and Elie Wiesel.The deaths of David Bowie, Prince and Leonard Cohen drew considerable attention in a year that also claimed Muhammad Ali and Fidel Castro.

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Lois Dickson Rice, Trailblazing Executive Behind Pell Grants, Dies at 83

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:36:18 GMT

Lois Dickson Rice with her daughter, Susan E. Rice, President Obama’s national security adviser, in 2015.Ms. Rice, who started life as a janitor’s daughter, helped persuade Congress to provide federal subsidies to tens of millions of needy college students.

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Nicky Scarfo, Mob Boss Who Plundered Atlantic City in the ’80s, Dies at 87

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:34:55 GMT

Nicky Scarfo in 1982. Mr. Scarfo had a volatile temper and a penchant for wanton violence and vengeance as he rose to become head of what was known as the Bruno-Scarfo crime family.Mr. Scarfo purged two dozen fellow mobsters during his reign in Philadelphia and South Jersey and milked casino profits in Atlantic City.

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Bishop Eddie L. Long, Accused of Sexual Misconduct, Dies at 63

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:39:58 GMT

Bishop Eddie L. Long preached at Easter services at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta in April 2006.Bishop Long was known for preaching a “prosperity gospel” that said the faithful would be rewarded with wealth.

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Eugene Cernan, Last Human to Walk on Moon, Dies at 82

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:40:55 GMT

Eugene A. Cernan on the last human mission on the moon’s surface, in December 1972.A ferocious competitor, Mr. Cernan rocketed into space three times, went to the moon twice and shattered aerospace records on the Earth and the moon.

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Hans Berliner, Master Chess Player and Programmer, Dies at 87

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:51:58 GMT

Arnold Denker, left, in 1988 became the first grandmaster to lose to a computer, which was designed by Hans Berliner, right.The ex-computer science professor, a correspondence chess champion, won what has been called one of the greatest games ever. It lasted three years.

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Dick Gautier, Who Played a Rock Star in ‘Bye Bye Birdie,’ Is Dead

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:40:43 GMT

Dick Gautier as the vain Conrad Birdie in the 1960 Broadway musical “Bye Bye Birdie.”The comic actor, who was also known for his role as a robot on the TV show “Get Smart,” was 85.

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Kevin Starr, Prolific Chronicler of California’s History, Dies at 76

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:09:55 GMT

Kevin Starr, a historian whose writing focused on California. “He captured the spirit of our state and brought to life the characters and personalities that made the California story,” said Gov. Jerry Brown. “His vision, like California itself, was bigger than life.”In an eight-part opus about his home state, Mr. Starr showed how “the California of fact and the California of imagination shape and reshape each other.”

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Jimmy Snuka, Ex-Pro Wrestler Known as Superfly, Dies at 73

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 01:37:13 GMT

Jimmy Snuka, center, known as Superfly, battling Chris Jericho in a 2009 WrestleMania bout.An acrobatic performer in the ring, he was charged with murder late in life, but the case was thrown out shortly before his death because he was declared mentally unfit.

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2016 Was a Bad Year for Celebrity Deaths, by These Measures

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 01:13:19 GMT

Confirming an unusual number of deaths in a given year is tricky, since celebrity is a subjective quality. But several media tallies point to a trend.

Conservationist Bud Lilly, ‘a Trout’s Best Friend,’ Dies at 91

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:39:45 GMT

Lilly fishing the Madison River in Montana in May 1996. Angling trips with his father when he was a boy fueled a lifetime passion. Lilly became an outfitter, a writer and a fishing shop owner.Mr. Lilly, a fly fisherman, outfitter and retailer, came to embrace catch and release in order to protect the fish population in his native Montana.

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Tony Rosato, of 1981-82 ‘Saturday Night Live’ Cast, Dies at 62

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 19:01:53 GMT

Tony Rosato in a January 1982 sketch on “Saturday Night Live.”Mr. Rosato’s comedy career, which began in Toronto with the Second City troupe, ground to a halt because of mental illness and his incarceration.

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The Comedic Side of William Peter Blatty, the Author of ‘The Exorcist’

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 21:46:12 GMT

William Peter Blatty in 1971, the year “The Exorcist” was published. Before Mr. Blatty, who died on Friday, wrote the horror book, he was a master of comedy. His works include writing the screenplay of the second movie in the “Pink Panther” series.

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Zhou Youguang, Who Made Writing Chinese as Simple as ABC, Dies at 111

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 10:08:16 GMT

Zhou Youguang in Beijing in 2011. Late in life, he became an outspoken critic of the Chinese government.Mr. Zhou created the Pinyin system of Romanized Chinese, which vastly increased literacy in China and eased the agonies of foreigners studying the language.

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Tommy Allsup, Guitarist, Dies at 85; a Coin Toss Saved His Life

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 18:14:46 GMT

Tommy Allsup performing in the 50 Winters Later concert in 2009 commemorating Buddy Holly and others who died in a 1959 plane crash.A coin toss kept Mr. Allsup off a plane with Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens. The others died when the plane crashed.

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Buddy Greco, Singer Who Had That Swing, Dies at 90

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 22:02:22 GMT

Buddy Greco performing in 1966.Mr. Greco, who started with Benny Goodman, came into his own as a Las Vegas lounge singer with a propulsive, swinging style.

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William Peter Blatty, Author of ‘The Exorcist,’ Dies at 89

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 20:38:48 GMT

William Peter Blatty in 1971, the year “The Exorcist” was published. Mr. Blatty’s novel about a girl possessed by the Devil created the theological-horror genre, became a hit movie and destroyed its author’s hopes of ever writing comedy again.

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Antony Armstrong-Jones, Photographer and Earl of Snowdon, Dies at 86

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:25:56 GMT

Antony Armstrong-Jones shooting a film on old age in 1968.He married Princess Margaret, the sister of Queen Elizabeth II, in 1960, and plunged into a life of privileges, parties, quarrels and infidelities that ended in divorce 18 years later.

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