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Miguel Ferrer, Celebrated as a Film and TV Tough Guy, Dies at 61

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 01:02:36 GMT

Miguel Ferrer in his role as Owen Granger on “NCIS: Los Angeles.” He also appeared in “Crossing Jordan.”Mr. Ferrer had recently reprised his role as the F.B.I. forensics expert Albert Rosenfield in a revival of “Twin Peaks,” which is to start in May.

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Brenda Barnes, Pepsi Chief Who Spurred a Work-Life Debate, Dies at 63

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:58:15 GMT

Brenda Barnes in June 2009, when she was chairwoman and chief executive at Sara Lee.Ms. Barnes was a two-time corporate chief executive whose decision to leave a top job at Pepsi-Cola inspired a national debate about women juggling career and family.

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William A. Hilliard, Pioneering Black Journalist, Dies at 89

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:28:49 GMT

William A. Hilliard in the newsroom of The Oregonian in 1993. Among other accomplishments, he was known for promoting civility in news.Having faced racial discrimination, Mr. Hilliard, who climbed the ranks at The Oregonian to become editor in chief, made it a focus to not perpetuate stereotypes in news writing.

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Paula Dell, Pioneering Movie Stuntwoman, Is Dead at 90

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:41:34 GMT

Paula Dell, a gymnast and early film stuntwoman, with Bob Gordon at a California beach in an undated photograph.Ms. Dell worked as a stunt double in films like “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and “The Poseidon Adventure” and in the TV series “Charlie’s Angels.”

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Charles Bobo Shaw, Avant-Garde Jazz Drummer, Dies at 69

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:39:18 GMT

Charles Bobo Shaw in 1976.Mr. Shaw, from St. Louis, became a vital part of New York’s jazz vanguard, leading the Human Arts Ensemble and playing with Cecil Taylor and Anthony Braxton.

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James S. Vlasto, Adviser to New York Politicians, Dies at 82

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:32:08 GMT

James S. Vlasto in an undated photo.Over six decades, Mr. Vlasto worked for both Democrats and Republicans, including Gov. Hugh L. Carey, Senator Jacob K. Javits and Representative Richard L. Ottinger.

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Wayne Barrett, Fierce Muckraker at The Village Voice, Dies at 71

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 03:21:08 GMT

Wayne Barrett, a longtime investigative columnist for The Village Voice, in 2011 at his home in Brooklyn. There is, he once said, “no other job where you get paid to tell the truth.”In 37 years at The Village Voice, Mr. Barrett took on New York’s builders, landlords and politicians, among them Donald J. Trump and Rudolph W. Giuliani.

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Among Deaths in 2016, a Heavy Toll in Pop Music

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 16:45:42 GMT

Clockwise from top left: Janet Reno, Edward Albee, Fidel Castro, Florence Henderson, Muhammad Ali, Nancy Reagan, Leonard Cohen, Bill Cunningham, John Glenn, Prince and Elie Wiesel.The deaths of David Bowie, Prince and Leonard Cohen drew considerable attention in a year that also claimed Muhammad Ali and Fidel Castro.

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‘It’s Not for Wimps’: 8 Stuntwomen Reflect on Their Careers

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 02:54:39 GMT

Lisa Hoyle in a scene from NCIS.After the death this month of Paula Dell, one of the pioneering stuntwomen in Hollywood, New York Times reporters asked professional stuntwomen about the job.

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Henry J. Foner, Labor Leader Accused of Communist Ties, Dies at 97

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:05:06 GMT

Henry J. Foner, a labor leader and champion of progressive causes, in 2002.Mr. Foner, who was the uncle of the historian Eric Foner, led the fur and leather workers union in New York. He and his brothers were accused of belonging to subversive groups.

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William Onyeabor, Reclusive African Electro-Funk Pioneer, Dies at 70

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:43:07 GMT

Mr. Onyeabor in an undated photo. “I only compose the type of music that will help the world the way it counts,” he once said.Mr. Onyeabor, whose music reached a new audience decades after he created it, composed, played and produced hypnotic electronic tracks infused with unmistakably African elements.

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Roberta Peters, Soprano With a Dramatic Entrance, Dies at 86

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:49:59 GMT

The soprano Roberta Peters trying on a gown during rehearsals for Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale” in 1955.Ms. Peters, who sang with the Metropolitan Opera for 35 years, was 20 when she was catapulted to stardom as a last-minute substitute in “Don Giovanni.”

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George Beall, Prosecutor Who Brought Down Agnew, Dies at 79

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 01:50:41 GMT

George Beall, the United States attorney for Maryland, right, with Attorney General Elliot Richardson in October 1973, when his graft investigation of Vice President Spiro Agnew came to a head.Mr. Beall, as United States attorney for Maryland, led the prosecution on bribery charges of Vice President Spiro T. Agnew that led to Mr. Agnew’s resignation in 1973.

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Lois Dickson Rice, Trailblazing Executive Behind Pell Grants, Dies at 83

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:36:18 GMT

Lois Dickson Rice with her daughter, Susan E. Rice, President Obama’s national security adviser, in 2015.Ms. Rice, who started life as a janitor’s daughter, helped persuade Congress to provide federal subsidies to tens of millions of needy college students.

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Nicky Scarfo, Mob Boss Who Plundered Atlantic City in the ’80s, Dies at 87

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:34:55 GMT

Nicky Scarfo in 1982. Mr. Scarfo had a volatile temper and a penchant for wanton violence and vengeance as he rose to become head of what was known as the Bruno-Scarfo crime family.Mr. Scarfo purged two dozen fellow mobsters during his reign in Philadelphia and South Jersey and milked casino profits in Atlantic City.

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James S. Ackerman, Author of Enduring Books on Architecture, Dies at 97

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:10:41 GMT

Mr. Ackerman’s passion for architecture was kindled while serving in Italy with the Army. His studies of Michelangelo and Palladio are classics in the field.

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Bishop Eddie L. Long, Accused of Sexual Misconduct, Dies at 63

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:39:58 GMT

Bishop Eddie L. Long preached at Easter services at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta in April 2006.Bishop Long was known for preaching a “prosperity gospel” that said the faithful would be rewarded with wealth.

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Eugene Cernan, Last Human to Walk on Moon, Dies at 82

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:40:55 GMT

Eugene A. Cernan on the last human mission on the moon’s surface, in December 1972.A ferocious competitor, Mr. Cernan rocketed into space three times, went to the moon twice and shattered aerospace records on the Earth and the moon.

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Hans Berliner, Master Chess Player and Programmer, Dies at 87

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:51:58 GMT

Arnold Denker, left, in 1988 became the first grandmaster to lose to a computer, which was designed by Hans Berliner, right.The ex-computer science professor, a correspondence chess champion, won what has been called one of the greatest games ever. It lasted three years.

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Dick Gautier, Who Played a Rock Star in ‘Bye Bye Birdie,’ Is Dead

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:40:43 GMT

Dick Gautier as the vain Conrad Birdie in the 1960 Broadway musical “Bye Bye Birdie.”The comic actor, who was also known for his role as a robot on the TV show “Get Smart,” was 85.

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Kevin Starr, Prolific Chronicler of California’s History, Dies at 76

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:09:55 GMT

Kevin Starr, a historian whose writing focused on California. “He captured the spirit of our state and brought to life the characters and personalities that made the California story,” said Gov. Jerry Brown. “His vision, like California itself, was bigger than life.”In an eight-part opus about his home state, Mr. Starr showed how “the California of fact and the California of imagination shape and reshape each other.”

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Jimmy Snuka, Ex-Pro Wrestler Known as Superfly, Dies at 73

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 01:37:13 GMT

Jimmy Snuka, center, known as Superfly, battling Chris Jericho in a 2009 WrestleMania bout.An acrobatic performer in the ring, he was charged with murder late in life, but the case was thrown out shortly before his death because he was declared mentally unfit.

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2016 Was a Bad Year for Celebrity Deaths, by These Measures

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 01:13:19 GMT

Confirming an unusual number of deaths in a given year is tricky, since celebrity is a subjective quality. But several media tallies point to a trend.

Conservationist Bud Lilly, ‘a Trout’s Best Friend,’ Dies at 91

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:39:45 GMT

Lilly fishing the Madison River in Montana in May 1996. Angling trips with his father when he was a boy fueled a lifetime passion. Lilly became an outfitter, a writer and a fishing shop owner.Mr. Lilly, a fly fisherman, outfitter and retailer, came to embrace catch and release in order to protect the fish population in his native Montana.

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Tony Rosato, of 1981-82 ‘Saturday Night Live’ Cast, Dies at 62

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 19:01:53 GMT

Tony Rosato in a January 1982 sketch on “Saturday Night Live.”Mr. Rosato’s comedy career, which began in Toronto with the Second City troupe, ground to a halt because of mental illness and his incarceration.

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