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John Heard, the Frazzled Father in ‘Home Alone,’ Dies at 71

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 22:18:53 GMT

John Heard in 1994 in an episode of “Law and Order.” He gained recognition mainly for lighter roles in films of the 1980s and 1990s.Mr. Heard played pained characters in dramas but was best known as the dad who embarked on a family trip to Paris without his youngest son.

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Scharlette Holdman, a Force for the Defense on Death Row, Dies at 70

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 22:16:15 GMT

Scharlette Holdman in an undated photo.Ms. Holdman was a pioneer in unearthing legal reasons to spare the lives of the convicted, often working on the cases of those convicted of heinous crimes.

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Clancy Sigal, Novelist Whose Life Was a Tale in Itself, Dies at 90

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 01:56:10 GMT

The authors Clancy Sigal and Doris Lessing in the late 1950s or early ’60s. They used their romantic relationship as source material for their novels.Jailed at 5, blacklisted in Hollywood, the author of “Going Away” fell in with R.D. Laing and Doris Lessing.

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A Deadline Call on Posthumous Privacy

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 19:30:21 GMT

Sally Ride in 1981 at the mission operations control room during a STS-2 simulation at Johnson Space Center in Houston.The obituary for the astronaut Sally Ride set off a debate over how to report on her previously undisclosed sexuality.

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Saturday Profile: The Female Warlord Who Had C.I.A. Connections and Opium Routes

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:26:03 GMT

Olive Yang, in Muse, Myanmar, in 2015. According to relatives, she wore boys’ clothes and frequently fell in love with her brothers’ romantic interests.Born to royalty in Burma, Olive Yang, who died last week at 90, rejected her birthright to become a cross-dressing warlord and opium trafficker.

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C. Weston Houck, Judge Who Ended Citadel’s Male-Only Policy, Dies at 84

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 01:14:44 GMT

Judge C. Weston Houck was an appointee of President Jimmy Carter.Judge Houck, an appointee of President Jimmy Carter, declared that the college’s refusal to admit Shannon Faulkner was a violation of the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause.

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Ralph Regula, Long-Serving Ohio Congressman, Dies at 92

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 01:51:20 GMT

Representative Ralph Regula in 2001. He helped create a national park, and led the effort to keep the name of the nation’s tallest mountain.Mr. Regula, who served 18 terms in the House of Representatives, played a key role in creating the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

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Chester Bennington, Linkin Park Singer, Is Dead at 41

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:54:12 GMT

Chester Bennington, the singer of Linkin Park, in June.The frontman was known for his piercing scream and free-flowing anguish. His death is being investigated as a possible suicide.

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Wall Street Journal Editorial Writer Is Found Dead

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 23:11:23 GMT

Joseph Rago of The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Rago won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing.The writer, Joseph Rago, 34, won a Pulitzer Prize in 2011 for his editorials challenging President Barack Obama’s health care law. Foul play is not suspected.

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Kenneth Jay Lane, Jewelry Designer Who Made a Fortune Faking It, Dies at 85

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 23:06:34 GMT

Kenneth Jay Lane in 1970. “I myself am a fabulous fake,” he once said of his success.Over six decades, Mr. Lane built a global business by making it acceptable and chic for women to wear glittering jewelry of unabashed deception.

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Raymond Sackler, Psychopharmacology Pioneer and Philanthropist, Dies at 97

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:29:33 GMT

Raymond and Beverly Sackler in 2004. As a result of their donations, the Sackler name is affixed to schools, museum galleries and a planet.Purdue Pharma, a company led by Dr. Sackler and his brothers, made the painkiller OxyContin. His donations put his name on schools, museum galleries and a planet.

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Sam Glanzman, Comic-Book Artist Inspired by His War Service, Dies at 92

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 22:27:51 GMT

Sam Glanzman in his studio in 2010.A writer and artist whose richly detailed work recreated the battles, camaraderie and down times of war in the Pacific.

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Betty Dukes, Greeter Whose Walmart Lawsuit Went to Supreme Court, Dies at 67

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 02:05:06 GMT

Betty Dukes outside a Walmart store in Pittsburg, Calif., in 2010. She led a class-action lawsuit accusing the company of discriminating against female employees.Ms. Dukes, who filed suit on behalf of 1.5 million female workers, was portrayed as the epitome of a low-paid worker taking on a huge corporation.

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Bracha Graber, Who Spurred Changes in New York Foster Care, Dies at 68

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:49:43 GMT

Bracha Graber in 2016. She filed suit in 1993 under the False Claims Act, a Civil War-era law passed by Congress to guard against suppliers’ defrauding the Union Army.Rebuffed by her bosses at a city child welfare agency, Ms. Graber filed a lawsuit that led to a bureaucratic overhaul.

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The House That Did the Housework

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 20:07:39 GMT

The floor plan.After inventing her remarkable self-cleaning house, Frances Gabe, who has died at 101, was granted a patent by the federal government. Here are some of her submitted designs.

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Frances Gabe, Creator of the Only Self-Cleaning Home, Dies at 101

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 16:30:24 GMT

Frances Gabe put the kitchen of her self-cleaning house through its paces in 2002.Equal parts quixotic dreamer and accomplished visionary, Ms. Gabe made the house do its own scrubbing.

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S. Allen Counter, Who Championed an Unsung Black Explorer, Dies at 73

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 01:59:03 GMT

S. Allen Counter, right, with Anaukaq, second from right, at the grave of Anaukaq’s father, Matthew A. Henson, a black explorer on Robert E. Peary’s 1909 expedition to the North Pole, at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx in June 1987.An explorer himself, Dr. Counter reclaimed the reputation of Matthew Henson, who reached the North Pole with Robert Peary.

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Wm. Theodore de Bary, Renowned Columbia Sinologist, Dies at 97

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:45:10 GMT

Wm. Theodore de Bary in the C.V. Starr East Asian Library at Columbia University. He was an internationally esteemed scholar of China with a bevy of academic awards and honors.Professor de Bary, an authority in particular on Confucius, was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama.

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5 George Romero Films to Remember

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:59:36 GMT

Duane Jones in “Night of the Living Dead” (1968), a black-and-white zombie shocker that was a horror movie game-changer and was part of the inspiration for Jordan Peele’s “Get Out.”A look at some of this maverick director’s most notable movies, like “Night of the Living Dead” and “Monkey Shines.”

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Martin Landau, Actor Who Won an Oscar for ‘Ed Wood,’ Dies at 89

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 20:56:10 GMT

Martin Landau won an Academy Award for best supporting actor in 1995 for his portrayal of Bela Lugosi in “Ed Wood.”Mr. Landau, who gained fame in the 1960s TV series “Mission: Impossible,” but then struggled to find work, enjoyed a career revival in film decades later.

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George Romero, Father of the Zombie Movie, Dies at 77

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 01:27:34 GMT

George A. Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” has influenced generations of horror enthusiasts.Mr. Romero created the modern zombie genre with his 1968 cult film, “Night of the Living Dead.”

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Bob Wolff, Sports Broadcaster for Nearly 80 Years, Dies at 96

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 21:55:54 GMT

Bob Wolff in 2013, before being honored in Washington at a baseball game between the Nationals and the Cincinnati Reds. Mr. Wolff was a longtime broadcaster for the Washington Senators, and also called Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series.Mr. Wolff called Don Larsen’s perfect game, the Giants-Colts 1958 N.F.L. title game, baseball’s Game of the Week in the ’60s and the Knicks’ N.B.A. championship runs.

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Charles W. Bachman, Business Software Innovator, Dies at 92

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 21:45:19 GMT

Charles Bachman in 2015. He was working for General Electric when he developed his groundbreaking software, which was first demonstrated in 1963.Mr. Bachman was a pioneer in the field of database management software, and modern digital commerce sites like Amazon and eBay owe an intellectual debt to his work.

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Hootie Johnson, Who Opposed Letting Women Into Augusta National, Dies at 86

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 22:22:46 GMT

Hootie Johnson at a news conference in 2003 at Augusta National Golf Club. As the club’s chairman, he resisted efforts to admit women.Mr. Johnson’s clash with a women’s rights activist underscored how social discrimination could affect women’s professional ambitions.

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