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Charles Manson Dies at 83; Wild-Eyed Leader of a Murderous Crew

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:35:40 GMT

Ms. Tate and the film director Roman Polanski at their wedding.Mr. Manson became one of the most notorious killers of the 20th century after his followers brutally murdered seven people in 1969, including the actress Sharon Tate.


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Jana Novotna, Czech Winner of Wimbledon, Dies at 49

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:06:07 GMT

Jana Novotna after the 1998 Wimbledon Championships. She won 17 Grand Slam titles over her career, including 16 in doubles and mixed doubles, as well as three Olympic medals. But it was the highlight of her singles career that came to define her.Ms. Novotna won a total of 17 Grand Slam titles, 16 of them in doubles and mixed doubles. The tribulations of her singles career, however, came to define her.


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Mel Tillis, Country Star Known for His Songs and His Stutter, Dies at 85

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 17:58:35 GMT

Mel Tillis at his theater in Branson, Mo., in 1998.Mr. Tillis found a way to turn his speech impediment into an asset by getting audiences to laugh along with him.


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Earle Hyman, Bill Cosby’s Father on ‘The Cosby Show,’ Dies at 91

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 23:33:15 GMT

Earle Hyman before his induction into the Theater Hall of Fame in 1997.Mr. Hyman, an accomplished stage actor, was just 11 years older than his television son, but he proved to be an authoritative father figure.


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Pancho Segura, Tennis Great of the ’40s and ’50s, Dies at 96

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 19:19:17 GMT

Pancho Segura at a tournament in Cincinnati in 1944.A crowd-pleaser on the court, Segura flourished as a player for two decades and then coached Jimmy Connors in Grand Slam events in the 1970s.


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Shannon Michael Cane, Who Transformed Art Book Fairs, Dies at 43

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 22:21:52 GMT

Shannon Michael Cane, a director of the art book publisher Printed Matter and the force behind art book fairs in New York and Los Angeles.Mr. Cane, an exuberant Australian expat, helped foster the growing popularity of fairs focusing on art books.


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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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Mel Tillis, Lil Peep, Tom Petty and Other Musicians Who Have Died in 2017

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 01:42:28 GMT

Fats Domino, Tom Petty and Chester Bennington are among some of the most notable musicians who have died so far in 2017.


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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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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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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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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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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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