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Azzedine Alaïa, Fashion’s Most Independent Designer, Is Dead at 82

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 16:05:30 GMT

From the Alaïa fall 2017 couture collection, shown in Paris.Mr. Alaïa insisted on his freedom and worked, argued and cooked on his own schedule.

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Malcolm Young, Whose Guitar Riffs Helped Propel AC/DC to Fame, Dies at 64

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 20:58:51 GMT

Malcolm Young of the band AC/DC in 2000.Mr. Young, who was a founder of the band, was known for his raucous energy. A family statement said he had had dementia for several years.

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Steve Mostyn, Texas Democratic Fund-Raiser, Dies at 46

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 21:57:26 GMT

Steve Mostyn in 2010.Mr. Mostyn was at the center of a long effort to wrest political power from Republicans. Texas Democrats have not won a statewide office since 1994.

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Bobby Baker, String-Puller Snared in Senate Scandal, Dies at 89

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:17:33 GMT

Mr. Baker on Capitol Hill after he appeared before the Senate Rules Committee in 1964.Mr. Baker was a significant behind-the-scenes player in the 1950s and early ’60s for Lyndon Johnson, until an investigation felled him.

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John Raines, 84, Who Evaded Capture in an F.B.I. Break-in, Dies

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 18:27:46 GMT

John and Bonnie Raines with grandchildren at their home outside Philadelphia in 2014.Dr. Raines and his wife were among the antiwar protesters who broke into a field office in 1971 and stole hundreds of files, which they gave to journalists.

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Jeremy Hutchinson, a Top Lawyer in High-Profile Cases, Dies at 102

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 23:16:00 GMT

Jeremy Hutchinson, center, in 1963. Many of the cases he handled as a lawyer were seen as landmarks in Britain’s transition to a more open and tolerant society.As a leading British barrister he defended Penguin Books for publishing D.H. Lawrence’s “Lady Chatterley’s Lover,” which had been banned as indecent.

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Gemze de Lappe, 95, Dies; Keeper of the Agnes de Mille Flame

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 23:09:18 GMT

Gemze de Lappe, left, in a rehearsal for Joseph Stein and Marc Blitzstein’s 1959 Broadway musical “Juno” with the actor Tommy Rall and the choreographer Agnes de Mille.She performed de Mille’s choreography and later became and expert at restaging it. She was, one admirer said, “the potter’s clay for Agnes.”

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Girish Bhargava, Film Editor Who Captured Dance, Dies at 76

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 23:45:01 GMT

Girish Bhargava at his office on West 45th Street in Manhattan in 2002. “Girish is responsible for editing some of the most important and brilliant dance programs of our time,” a colleague said.Whether in “Dance in America” or “Dirty Dancing,” Mr. Bhargava’s eye and sense of musicality were highly prized in translating dance to film.

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Salvatore Riina, Italian Mafia’s ‘Boss of Bosses,’ Dies at 87

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 23:05:37 GMT

Salvatore Riina during his trial in Palermo, Sicily, in 1993. A judge gave him 26 life sentences.Known as the Beast, the brutal and murderous leader of the Sicilian Cosa Nostra was serving 26 life sentences.

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Ferdie Pacheco, ‘Fight Doctor’ for Muhammad Ali, Dies at 89

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:30:29 GMT

Ferdie Pacheco with Muhammad Ali and Dr. Pacheco’s wife, Luisita Pacheco, in 1977.Dr. Pacheco, a physician, provided medical assistance to boxers for four decades and later became a ringside analyst on television.

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Eric Newman, Whose Coins Told of America’s History, Dies at 106

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:51:05 GMT

Eric Newman at his home in Clayton, Mo., in 2013. He had the instincts of a detective and the sharp eye of a trader in antiquarian treasures.Mr. Newman, a numismatist for nearly a century, was one of the country’s most distinguished authorities on the art and history of coinage and paper money.

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Lil Peep, Rapper Who Blended Hip-Hop and Emo, Is Dead at 21

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:17:22 GMT

Lil Peep performing in the Marlin Room at Webster Hall in New York, in April.Gustav Ahr was a bright young musical talent who built a rabid following online with songs recorded in a bedroom on Skid Row in Los Angeles.

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Uwe Reinhardt, 80, Dies; a Listened-to Voice on Health Care Policy

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:44:45 GMT

Uwe Reinhardt surrounded by Princeton University students at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in the late 1970s.A Princeton economics professor, he was an adviser to Washington policymakers and an advocate of Obamacare.

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Paul Buckmaster, 71, Arranger on Hits by Bowie and More, Dies

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 22:02:46 GMT

Paul Buckmaster, right, at a recording session with the English pop singer Jamie Cullum, foreground, in Los Angeles in June 2008.Mr. Buckmaster worked on classic songs by Elton John and dozens of others, melding rich orchestrations with rock, pop, jazz and country.

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Sid Catlett, 69, Star of a Classic High School Basketball Game, Dies

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:34:06 GMT

Sid Catlett when he played for DeMatha Catholic High School in Maryland in the mid-1960s.In 1965 he led his school against the team led by Lew Alcindor, soon to be known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and ended its 71-game winning streak.

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Vanu Bose, Who Brought Cellular Service to Remote Areas, Dies at 52

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:31:21 GMT

Vanu Bose “always wanted to address the needs of people who did not have a voice, either politically or economically,” a colleague said.Mr. Bose, whose father founded the Bose Corporation, was an innovator in his own right, developing wireless networks that helped Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

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Debra Chasnoff, Whose Films Redefined Gay Families, Dies at 60

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:32:45 GMT

Debra Chasnoff in 2008. She was said to have been the first female Academy Award recipient to thank a same-sex partner from the Oscar stage.An Oscar-winning documentarian, she addressed subjects including parenting, sexuality, bullying, nuclear power and affordable housing.

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Bobby Doerr, 99, Red Sox Hall of Fame Second Baseman, Is Dead

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:21:55 GMT

Bobby Doerr in 1942. He played 14 seasons for the Red Sox.An immensely popular player during his 14 seasons with Boston, he had been the oldest living former major leaguer.

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Frank Corsaro, Director Who Shook Up Opera World, Dies at 92

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 02:32:49 GMT

Frank Corsaro in 1975 at Lincoln Center.In dozens of productions, many for New York City Opera, Mr. Corsaro sought to energize the form, refusing to let his singers just stand and deliver.

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Thomas Hudner, War Hero in a Civil Rights Milestone, Dies at 93

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 20:24:05 GMT

Thomas Hudner at his home in Concord, Mass., in 2013.Lieutenant Hudner defied expectations when he tried to rescue the Navy’s first black aviator during the Korean War. He was awarded the Medal of Honor.

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Patrick Nagatani, Photographer Famous for Collages, Dies at 72

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 02:20:46 GMT

One of Mr. Nagatani’s dreamlike collages, “Kwahu/Hopi Eagle Kachina, White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico,” 1989 and 1993.His constructions captured the legacies of nuclear weaponry and his parents’ internment in camps for Japanese-Americans during World War II.

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Liz Smith, Longtime Queen of Tabloid Gossip Columns, Dies at 94

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 18:29:35 GMT

Ms. Smith, left, as a founder of, a website aimed at women 40 and older, in 2008, when it was launched. Her co-founders, from left, were the CBS correspondent Leslie Stahl, the advertising executive Mary Wells Lawrence and the literary agent Joni Evans. They were at Ms. Wells’s Park Avenue home in Manhattan.Ms. Smith’s column ran for more than three decades, and she offered a gentler view of movie stars and moguls than many other gossip writers.

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The Last Word: Liz Smith

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 23:33:46 GMT

A never-before-seen interview with Liz Smith, the famed gossip columnist who emerged from a modest upbringing in Texas to become one of the highest-paid and most influential journalists in New York.