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Roy Reed, Times Reporter Who Covered the Civil Rights Era, Dies at 87

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 03:34:44 GMT

Roy Reed in the Washington bureau of The New York Times in 1968. In the background is Marjorie Hunter, a Times reporter.Mr. Reed was with Martin Luther King when he was released from jail in Selma, Ala., and with protesters on Bloody Sunday at the Pettus Bridge.

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Marshall Loeb, Editor Who Shaped Money and Fortune Magazines, Dies at 88

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:33:12 GMT

Marshall Loeb, left, on retiring from Fortune magazine in 1994. He was succeeded by Walter Kiechel 3rd, right.Mr. Loeb turned a floundering Money into one of the nation’s most successful publications in the 1980s and led a similar revival at Fortune.

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James Hanley, Labor Negotiator for Three Mayors, Dies at 69

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:32:58 GMT

James Hanley, center, with Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and Rudy Crew, the city schools chancellor, at City Hall in 1999.Mr. Hanley served for four decades in New York City’s labor relations office and won productivity gains and respect from union negotiators.

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Simeon Booker, Pioneering Reporter on Race Issues, Dies at 99

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 23:58:01 GMT

Simeon Booker Jr., center, receiving an award at an annual event by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in 2010.The first black reporter at The Washington Post, Mr. Booker left to become a Jet magazine columnist and Washington bureau chief for its parent company.

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Max Clifford, Celebrity Publicist and Sex Offender, Dies After Collapsing in Prison

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 22:43:58 GMT

Max Clifford in London in 2014.Mr. Clifford, once Britain’s highest-profile publicity agent, was serving an eight-year sentence for assaulting woman and girls as young as 15.

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Tracy Stallard, Who Gave Up Historic Maris Homer, Dies at 80

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 00:02:35 GMT

Roger Maris rounds the bases after hitting his record-breaking 61st home run off Tracy Stallard in 1961.On the last day of the 1961 season, Roger Maris hit a Stallard fastball into Yankee Stadium’s right-field seats, breaking Babe Ruth’s record of 60 home runs.

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Leslie Wolfe, Who Pursued Equality for Women, Dies at 74

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 00:02:48 GMT

Leslie R. Wolfe, right, in 1989 with Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, project director for a conference organized by the Center for Women Policy Studies, at the center’s office in Washington.Ms. Wolfe sought AIDS treatment for women in the 1980s and researched gender and racial bias on the SAT exam as head of a think tank.

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Ron Meyer, Who Coached S.M.U. to a Football Title, Dies at 76

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 03:43:35 GMT

Ron Meyer coaching the Southern Methodist University football team in December 1980.Under Meyer, the Mustangs reigned in 1981 but were soon stained by a recruiting scandal. He later coached the Patriots and Colts in the N.F.L.

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Charles Jenkins, U.S. Soldier Who Regretted Fleeing to North Korea, Dies

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:05:19 GMT

Charles Robert Jenkins at Camp Zama, an American base southwest of Tokyo, in 2004.Mr. Jenkins was patrolling the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea when he fled his post to avoid facing combat duty in Vietnam.

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Mickey Gurdus, Who Eavesdropped on the World, Dies at 73

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 03:43:42 GMT

Mickey Gurdus at his listening post, a small room in his Tel Aviv apartment, in March 2003, during the Iraq war.An Israeli, Mr. Gurdus monitored private and public communications over the air to create his own journalistic niche and score reportorial scoops.

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Les Whitten, Muckraking Columnist and Novelist, Dies at 89

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:26:40 GMT

Mr. Whitten, right, with columnist Jack Anderson in April 1973. The two wrote several columns using documents taken by militant Native Americans during an occupation of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, leading to Mr. Whitten’s arrest by the F.B.I.He shared a byline with Jack Anderson and was arrested in 1973 in a First Amendment controversy involving his possession of stolen government files.

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Perry Wallace, College Basketball Pioneer, Is Dead at 69

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 23:42:21 GMT

Perry Wallace, the first black varsity basketball player in Southeastern Conference history, in action against the University of Kentucky.As the first black varsity basketball player in Southeastern Conference history, he distinguished himself on the court while battling racism.

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Bill Steinkraus, Equestrian Who Made Olympic History, Dies at 92

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 23:32:19 GMT

Bill Steinkraus riding the horse Sinjon in Aachen, Germany, in 1962.One of the sport’s most celebrated riders, Steinkraus was the first American to win an individual gold medal in equestrian events.

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Ernest Finney Jr., Rights Lawyer in ‘Jail, Not Bail’ Case, Dies at 86

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 19:21:21 GMT

Judge Ernest A. Finney Jr. in February 2012 at an induction ceremony at the South Carolina Hall of Fame in Myrtle Beach.He represented the Friendship Nine, who chose jail rather than fines after a 1961 sit-in. He went on to become South Carolina’s first black chief justice.

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William H. Gass, Acclaimed Postmodern Author, Dies at 93

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 19:33:02 GMT

William H. Gass in 2013.Mr. Gass never scored a best seller, but his ideas and his inventive use of language were influential.

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Maurice Carroll, Political Reporter and Pollster, Dies at 86

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 02:25:01 GMT

Mr. Carroll, left foreground, a reporter for The New York Times, spoke to Carter Burden, a New York City councilman, in June 1971.Mickey Carroll, as he was known, was a fixture in the pages of New York-area newspapers and afterward helped raise the profile of the Quinnipiac poll.

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Jean d’Ormesson, ‘Immortal’ French Man of Letters, Dies at 92

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 23:36:13 GMT

Jean d’Ormesson in Paris in 2014. A descendant of French nobility, he published about 40 works of fiction, many of them autobiographical.Once the youngest of the Académie Française’s 40 “immortals,” he became a national figure through his writings and television appearances.

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An appraisal: Why France Loved Johnny Hallyday

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 17:55:07 GMT

Johnny Hallyday at the Palais des Sports stadium in Paris in 1969.The singer represented a very French idea of the American dream. He cast a spell at home but was never really understood abroad.

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Johnny Hallyday, the Elvis Presley of France, Is Dead at 74

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 08:28:31 GMT

Johnny Hallyday performing in 2009 at the Stade de France in St.-Denis, a suburb north of Paris.Although he was little known outside the French-speaking world, Mr. Hallyday sold more than 100 million records and starred in numerous movies.

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Christine Keeler, Central Figure in British ‘Scandal of the Century,’ Is Dead at 75

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 16:16:26 GMT

Christine Keeler, right, in 1963 with her close friend Mandy Rice-Davies. A startling series of events brought to light Ms. Keeler’s affair with John Profumo, a British politician.Ms. Keeler’s affair with the government minister John Profumo and other revelations set England abuzz in the early 1960s.

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King Michael of Romania, Who Ousted a Hitler Puppet, Dies at 96

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 16:51:48 GMT

King Michael acknowledging applause after speaking in Romania’s Parliament in 2011. Beside him was his eldest daughter, Princess Margareta, and her husband, Prince Radu Duda, left.First becoming king at age 5, Michael, at just 22, may have shortened World War II by arresting his country’s fascist dictator. He later went into exile.

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