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Nokie Edwards, Whose Guitar Drove the Ventures, Is Dead at 82

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 01:59:18 GMT

The Ventures early in their career. From left, Howie Johnson, Don Wilson, Nokie Edwards and Bob Bogle.Mr. Edwards’s “twangy tone, wang-bar glides and staccato riffing,” one admirer wrote, “paved the way for the California surf bands of the 1960s.”

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Anthony Acevedo, Who Documented His Holocaust Ordeal, Dies at 93

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 14:27:21 GMT

Mr. Acevedo as an Army medic in an undated photograph. “More of our men died — so fast that you couldn’t keep track of their numbers,” he wrote in a diary entry.Imprisoned in a slave labor camp, he kept a diary that alternated accounts of Nazi atrocities with quotidian observations and biting humor.

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Adrian Lamo, Hacker Who Reported Chelsea Manning to the F.B.I., Dies at 37

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 23:50:12 GMT

Adrian Lamo, a hacker who made headlines for breaking into the computer networks of The New York Times and other major corporations, in 2011. Mr. Lamo, 37, was found dead on Wednesday in a Kansas apartment.Mr. Lamo, who was also known for hacking into the computer network of The New York Times, was reviled and revered for turning in Ms. Manning to the authorities.

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Gary Burden, Designer of Famous Album Covers, Dies at 84

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 21:57:12 GMT

Gary Burden, left, with Neil Young on Malibu Beach in California in 1975.His work on records by Joni Mitchell, the Doors, Neil Young and numerous others provided visual reference points for music that defined an era.

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Louise Slaughter, 88, 16-Term Liberal Congresswoman, Is Dead

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 22:07:37 GMT

Louise M. Slaughter in Washington in 1998. On the issue of abortion rights, she said, “I don’t think there’s anything worse for women in this country than to watch men in blue suits debating this issue.”A House member from upstate New York, Ms. Slaughter championed women’s rights, food safety and the Affordable Care Act.

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David Wyman, Scholar of America’s Holocaust Response, Dies at 89

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 21:58:51 GMT

David S. Wyman, who argued that the United States willfully failed to save Jews during the Holocaust in his book “The Abandonment of the Jews,” in 1984, the year it was published.Dr. Wyman’s 1984 book, “The Abandonment of the Jews,” minced no words in concluding that the United States had failed to do its humanitarian duty.

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Kate Wilhelm, Prolific Science Fiction Writer, Dies at 89

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 00:10:13 GMT

Kate Wilhelm in an undated photograph. In the 1960s, she was one of the few women who wrote science fiction under their own names.She wrote some 50 works of imaginative fiction, with plots one admirer called “haunting, hypnotic, incommensurable and strange.” She also wrote mysteries.

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Emily Nasrallah, Lebanese Novelist and Activist, Dies at 86

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 21:50:25 GMT

Emily Nasrallah, a Lebanese novelist who wrote tragic narratives of alienation, arranged marriages and unfulfilled love, in an undated photograph.Ms. Nasrallah defied a civil war to remain in Beirut, where she campaigned for women’s rights and illuminated the vacuum left by immigration to other countries.

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Wilson Harris, Guyanese Writer of Intricate Novels, Dies at 96

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:37:48 GMT

Wilson Harris after he was knighted in 2010. Explaining his idea of cross-culturality, he said: “It means one faction of humanity discovers itself in another; not losing its culture, but deepening itself. One culture gains from another.”Mr. Harris used his experience as a surveyor in unexplored areas of his native country to fashion dense stories full of history, metaphor and myth.

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Rabbi Mordechai Hager, Leader of Large Hasidic Sect, Dies at 95

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 13:44:23 GMT

Rabbi Mordechai Hager. Raised in Hasidic communities in Europe, he was so intent on avoiding carnal and materialistic lures that he deliberately took off his glasses while walking down the street.He settled many of his followers in an upstate New York enclave to escape the decadence and temptations of the city.

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Tom Benson, Tycoon Who Danced With His Saints, Dies at 90

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 23:56:16 GMT

Tom Benson, longtime owner of the New Orleans Saints, on the field before a game against the Dallas Cowboys in 2009.A colorful self-made billionaire, Mr. Benson was alternately revered and reviled in New Orleans, where he also owned the N.B.A.’s Pelicans.

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Ed Charles, Infield Sage of the Miracle Mets, Is Dead at 84

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:40:59 GMT

Ed Charles, the Mets third baseman, left, celebrated with Jerry Koosman, center, and Jerry Grote after the Mets beat the Baltimore Orioles, 5-3, at Shea Stadium in 1969 to win the team’s first World Series.He was the clubhouse wise man for a team of upstarts who surprised the baseball world with a championship in 1969.

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John E. Sulston, 75, Dies; Found Clues to Genes in a Worm

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 03:19:40 GMT

Dr. John E. Sulston, who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2002 for his research on genes, in an undated photograph.After putting a roundworm under a microscope, Dr. Sulston shared a Nobel Prize in 2002 for discoveries on how organisms develop.

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Michael Getler, Journalist Turned Watchdog of the Press, Dies at 82

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:41:49 GMT

Michael Getler in 2001, when he was the ombudsman for The Washington Post.Mr. Getler was a former reporter and high-ranking editor who became the first internal monitor of an American TV network when he joined PBS in 2005.

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Joaquin Avila, Advocate of Hispanic Voting Rights, Dies at 69

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 21:38:25 GMT

Joaquin Avila in 2009. “Political power is never given away,” he said. “You have to take it.”The son of immigrants, he challenged discriminatory laws and practices as president of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

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Overlooked No More: Alison Hargreaves, Who Conquered Everest Solo and Without Bottled Oxygen

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 22:05:25 GMT

When asked if a female climber needed to be tougher than a man, Alison Hargreaves, in her last known interview, said: “I think that women in general have to work harder in a man’s world to achieve recognition.”Hargreaves sent her children a message from the apex: “I am on the highest point of the world, and I love you dearly.” She perished months later while descending Earth’s second-highest peak, K2.

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Ken Flach, Who Won Six Grand Slam Doubles Titles, Dies at 54

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 22:57:39 GMT

Flach, right, and his longtime doubles partner Robert Seguso after winning the doubles championship at Wimbledon in 1987.He and Robert Seguso formed one of the top tennis teams of the 1980s, reaching No. 1 in the men’s doubles rankings in 1985.

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Lefty Kreh, a Fly Fisherman With Few Peers, Is Dead at 93

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 22:48:32 GMT

Lefty Kreh with a smallmouth bass, his favorite freshwater quarry, in a 2015 family photograph.A pre-eminent sport fisherman, he circled the world teaching, writing, speaking and appearing on TV — when he wasn’t reeling in his quarry.

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Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, Who Explored Babies’ Mental Growth, Dies at 99

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:49:13 GMT

Dr. T. Berry Brazelton with parents at a school in Harlem in 2008.In hospitals, clinics and books, he revolutionized our understanding of how children develop psychologically.

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In Death as in Life, Women Count. Here’s How The Times Counted Them.

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 16:39:03 GMT

An excerpt from the 1858 New York Times obituary of the world traveler Ida Pfeiffer, the first of three women to receive an obit in the first year The Times started indexing.As we embarked on the Overlooked project, we wanted to be able to show how the gender breakdown had changed over time. That turned out to be a project unto itself.

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An Appraisal: Stephen Hawking Taught Us a Lot About How to Live

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:57:56 GMT

Stephen HawkingThe cosmologist not only overturned our imaginations, he became an icon of mystery, curiosity and determination to understand this place we are in.

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6 Memorable Cultural Moments Inspired by Stephen Hawking

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 12:23:07 GMT

The British theoretical physicist, who has died age 76, was the subject of films, made cameos on TV shows and featured in songs and works of opera.

Stephen Hawking, in His Own Words

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:50:01 GMT

In 2007, when he was 65, Stephen Hawking took part in a zero-gravity flight. Asked why he took such risks, he said, “I want to show that people need not be limited by physical handicaps as long as they are not disabled in spirit.”“I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first.”

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Stephen Hawking Dies at 76; His Mind Roamed the Cosmos

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:23:27 GMT

Stephen Hawking became a leader in exploring gravity and the properties of black holes. His work led to a turning point in the history of modern physics.A physicist and best-selling author, Dr. Hawking did not allow his physical limitations to hinder his quest to answer “the big question: Where did the universe come from?”

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Craig Mack, ‘Flava in Ya Ear’ Rapper, Is Dead at 47

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 22:35:23 GMT

Craig Mack backstage at a concert in Philadelphia in 1995, part of a Bad Boy Records tour.Mr. Mack’s biggest hit was one of the most important rap songs of the 1990s and helped build the foundation for Sean Combs’s Bad Boy Records.

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Ken Dodd, Veteran British Comedian, Is Dead at 90

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 15:54:48 GMT

Ken Dodd receiving an award as “show business personality of the year” at the Savoy Hotel in London in 1966.A titan of a vanishing age of comedy, Mr. Dodd played a record 42 straight weeks at the London Palladium and enjoyed fame comparable to the Beatles’.

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Togo West Jr., 75, Dies; Army Secretary in Time of Transition

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 21:34:50 GMT

Togo D. West Jr. testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington in 2010 about an investigation into a mass shooting at Fort Hood in Texas in 2009.He worked to grant women in the Army more combat roles and shield them from sexual abuse. He later ran the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Sala Kirschner, 94, Whose Trove of Letters Told of the Holocaust, Dies

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 16:53:33 GMT

Sala Kirschner, right, in 1941 with Ala Gartner, whom Mrs. Kirschner described in her diary as her “guardian angel.” Ms. Gartner was later hanged at Auschwitz for her part in an uprising.For 50 years, she kept secret a cache of letters she had squirreled away from Nazi guards. The collection later inspired a book and a play.

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Ethel Stein, Who Created Intricate Textile Art, Dies at 100

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 22:56:14 GMT

Ethel Stein working in her studio in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y., in 2008.Ms. Stein studied historical weaving techniques, sometimes with a microscope, to create her art. She also had a noteworthy sock-puppet sideline.

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John Buchanan, Once a Deep South Centrist in Congress, Dies at 89

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 22:10:57 GMT

John H. Buchanan Jr., a Republican congressman from Alabama, in 1972. To reach the House he soundly defeated an incumbent segregationist Democrat.He was one of the first Republicans elected to Congress from Alabama in the 20th century, but he became too progressive for his constituents.

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Oskar Gröning, the ‘Bookkeeper of Auschwitz,’ Is Dead at 96

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 23:06:28 GMT

Oskar Gröning, a former SS officer known as “the bookkeeper of Auschwitz,” at a court in Lüneburg, Germany, in 2015. He was accused as an accomplice in the murder of some 300,000 Hungarian Jews.A former member of Hitler’s Waffen SS, he was among the last Germans to face war-crime charges arising from the Holocaust.

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Hubert de Givenchy Dies at 91; Fashion Pillar of Romantic Elegance

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:19:21 GMT

Hubert de Givenchy in 1960 in France. He was emblematic of a generation of gentlemanly designers who nurtured personal relationships with customers and created collections with specific women in mind.Over more than 40 years, Mr. Givenchy dressed the likes of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Grace Kelly and memorably Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

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Ronnie Franklin, Who Won the Kentucky Derby at 19, Dies at 58

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 22:31:45 GMT

Ronnie Franklin riding Spectacular Bid to victory in the Kentucky Derby in 1979. Franklin also won the Preakness, but failed to win the Triple Crown.Franklin rode 1,403 winners from 1978 to 1992, but his career was hobbled by struggles with substance abuse.

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Lucie Brock-Broido, Inventive Poet, Is Dead at 61

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 22:18:13 GMT

Lucie Brock-Broido in 2013, the year her most recent book, “Stay, Illusion,” was a finalist for the National Book Award.Ms. Brock-Broido called her work “feral” and said she wrote poetry “because I felt I couldn’t live properly in the real world.”

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