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Model, Countess, Author, Spy: Aline Griffith Is Dead

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:39:10 GMT

Aline Griffith, the Countess of Romanones, in Madrid in the 1960s.An American espionage agent in Madrid in World War II, she went on to recount daring adventures (embroidered or not) in a raft of books.

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Marina Popovich, Record-Breaking Soviet Test Pilot, Is Dead

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 01:32:55 GMT

Marina Popovich in the 1960s.Ms. Popovich broke the sound barrier in 1964. But despite speculation, she did not become the first Soviet woman to travel in space.

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Howard Gottfried, 94, Producer of ‘Network,’ Is Dead

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 04:23:49 GMT

The producer Howard Gottfried in his office in 1987.Mr. Gottfried was a calming, levelheaded influence on the talented but ornery screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky for more than a decade.

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Kevin Robinson, Soaring BMX Star, Dies at 45

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 04:23:30 GMT

Kevin Robinson, who said his approach to BMX riding was “a matter of repetition,” set a record when he soared 27 feet above a ramp in Central Park in 2008.He was the first BMX rider to land an incredibly difficult move called the double flair. He also set two world records.

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Vincent Nguini, Guitarist With Paul Simon, Dies at 65

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 01:07:29 GMT

Vincent Nguini, far right, warming up before a performance with Paul Simon at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Va., in 2016.Mr. Simon called the Cameroonian-born Mr. Nguini, a member of his band for 30 years, “the most creative musician I’ve ever worked with.”

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Stuart Evey, a Founding Force at ESPN, Is Dead at 84

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:32:50 GMT

Mr. Evey in 2004. “There’s absolutely no way Getty would have gone into ESPN without me,” he said.Mr. Evey persuaded his bosses at Getty Oil to invest in the start-up sports network and then helped manage it as it took wing.

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Sunny Murray, Influential Free-Jazz Drummer, Is Dead at 81

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:42:00 GMT

Sunny Murray performing in the Netherlands in 1991. He moved to Paris in 1968 and spent most of the rest of his life in Europe.In his work with Cecil Taylor and Albert Ayler, Mr. Murray treated the drum set as a palette of textures more than a percussion instrument.

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Vera Katz, Mayor Who Oversaw Portland’s Flowering, Dies at 84

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 01:33:00 GMT

Vera Katz, right, in 2003. She was mayor of Portland from 1993 to 2005.A feminist force and lawmaker in Oregon, she served three terms in Portland as it grew into a liberal bastion of visionary urban planning.

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Frank Lary, Pitcher Known as the Yankee Killer, Dies at 87

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:39:51 GMT

Frank Lary, left, with Bucky Harris, the manager of the Detroit Tigers, in the mid-1950s.A two-time American League All-Star, he earned his nickname for his success against one of baseball’s hardest-hitting lineups.

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Tommy Nobis, Star Linebacker and the First Falcon, Dies at 74

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 19:26:43 GMT

Tommy Nobis in December 1966, during his first season with the Atlanta Falcons. He was their No. 1 pick in their inaugural N.F.L. draft as an expansion team.Nobis, the Atlanta expansion team’s No. 1 pick, had a stellar career playing for a losing franchise. He was cognitively impaired in later years.

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Pat DiNizio, Singer and Songwriter for the Smithereens, Dies at 62

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:28:42 GMT

Pat DiNizio, at the microphone, performing with the Smithereens this year at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in Manhattan.He and three others from New Jersey formed the group in 1980 and attracted a loyal following with songs like “Blood and Roses” and “A Girl Like You.”

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Anthony Scaduto, an Early Biographer of Dylan, Dies at 85

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:17:14 GMT

Anthony Scaduto in 1974. As an author, his subjects included the mobster Lucky Luciano and Mick Jagger as well as Bob Dylan and Bruno Hauptmann.Mr. Scaduto, a journalist with a long tenure at The New York Post, also wrote a book challenging the verdict in the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby.

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Aharon Leib Shteinman, Ultra-Orthodox Leader in Israel, Dies at 104

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:13:56 GMT

A banner bearing a portrait of Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman hung from a building in Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv, during a political rally of ultra-Orthodox Jews in 2015. The rabbi died there on Tuesday.The rabbi’s influence was particularly felt when he reluctantly agreed that some ultra-Orthodox adherents should be eligible for Israel’s military conscription.

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Clarence Beavers, Last of a Black Paratroop Unit, Dies at 96

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:32:37 GMT

Clarence Beavers, second from right, in a transport plane with other members of the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion during a training exercise in 1944.The unit, known as the Triple Nickels, was trained for combat but assigned in 1945 to fight fires ignited by Japanese balloon bombs in the Northwest.

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Anthony Harvey, ‘Lion in Winter’ Director and Kubrick Editor, Dies at 87

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:05:34 GMT

Anthony Harvey with Katharine Hepburn on the set of the 1968 movie “The Lion in Winter.” He was later nominated for an Academy Award for directing it.Mr. Harvey began as a film editor, filling that role on “Dr. Strangelove,” but ended up directing Katharine Hepburn in several movies.

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Macon Brock Jr., Co-Founder of Dollar Tree, Dies at 75

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:21:08 GMT

Macon Brock, the founder of the Dollar Tree discount chain, and his wife, Joan Perry Brock, who worked for years in the company’s payroll department and traveled with him worldwide in search of products.Years in the toy business gave Mr. Brock the merchandising skills that sent him around the world looking for products for his discount stores.

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Enrico Castellani, Artist in the Postwar Avant-Garde, Dies at 87

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:02:05 GMT

Enrico Castellani in 2011 next to one of his monochromatic reliefs consisting of tented points.Mr. Castellani, from Italy, was part of a swirl of movements and groups that rejected emotion and subjectivity and flourished on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Bruce Brown, 80, Dies; His ‘Endless Summer’ Documented Surfing

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:17:14 GMT

Bruce Brown, the director of the surfing documentary “The Endless Summer,” in an undated photograph.Mr. Brown’s movie became an unlikely hit when it was released nationally in 1966 and helped change the way surfers are perceived.

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Ed Lee, San Francisco’s First Asian-American Mayor, Dies at 65

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:40:58 GMT

Mayor Ed Lee of San Francisco at his office in City Hall in 2014.Mr. Lee was long an advocate for affordable housing in a city that in recent years has seen housing costs soar amid an explosion of economic growth.

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Charles Jenkins, 77, U.S. Soldier Who Regretted Fleeing to North Korea, Dies

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:46:27 GMT

Charles Robert Jenkins at Camp Zama, an American base southwest of Tokyo, in 2004.Patrolling the zone between North and South Korea in 1965, he fled his post to avoid combat in Vietnam. He was kept in North Korea for almost 40 years.

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

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:36:45 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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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 women and girls as young as 15.

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