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Jon Hendricks, 96, Who Brought a New Dimension to Jazz Singing, Dies

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 22:02:45 GMT

Jon Hendricks performing at his 75th birthday concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center in 1996.His work with the vocal trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross established him as a master of adding words to jazz instrumentals.

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Maurice D. Hinchey, Congressman and Environmental Advocate, Dies at 79

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 23:32:42 GMT

Representative Maurice D. Hinchey on Capitol Hill in 2009. He retired from Congress in 2013.Mr. Hinchey, a Democrat from New York who served 10 terms in Congress, built a reputation as a champion of the environment and blue-collar workers.

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Naim Suleymanoglu, 50, Dies; Weight Lifting’s ‘Pocket Hercules’

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 23:32:31 GMT

Naim Suleymanoglu in 1988 during a lift that won him a gold medal in the 60-kilogram Olympic weightlifting competition at the Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.At 4-foot-10, he won three consecutive Olympic gold medals in weight lifting, emerging as a national hero in Turkey.

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George Avakian, Record Producer and Talent Scout, Dies at 98

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 02:28:24 GMT

From left, Louis Armstrong, the songwriter W.C. Handy and George Avakian in the 1950s. Mr. Avakian helped popularize the long-playing record and organized the first jazz reissue series, preserving the recorded legacies of Armstrong and other pioneers.Mr. Avakian was a longtime force in the recording industry, helping the careers of Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Keith Jarrett and the comedian Bob Newhart.

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David Cassidy, Heartthrob and ‘Partridge Family’ Star, Dies at 67

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:32:56 GMT

David Cassidy in Paris in 1974.Mr. Cassidy was beloved by fans during the 1970s and continued to perform for decades, but he struggled with his early exposure to fame.

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Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Silver-Maned Baritone From Siberia, Dies at 55

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 03:35:59 GMT

Dmitri Hvorostovsky at Avery Fisher Hall in New York for a “From Russia With Love” concert in 2006.Mr. Hvorostovsky escaped the street-gang life as a teenager in a grim Siberian city to become an international star.

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Ann Wedgeworth, 83, Dies; Tony-Winning Actress Known for ‘Three’s Company’

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:19:50 GMT

Ann Wedgeworth and John Ritter in an episode of “Three’s Company.” She played a flirtatious older woman.Ms. Wedgeworth’s characters were often flirtatious, maternal or a combination of both in plays like “Chapter Two” and films like “Steel Magnolias.”

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Nancy Zieman, Host of Long-Running Sewing Show, Dies at 64

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:28:00 GMT

Nancy Zieman, host of the public television show "Sewing With Nancy," in 1988.“Sewing With Nancy” was seen on numerous public television outlets over the last 35 years.

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Thomas Thacher, Who Fought Construction Fraud, Dies at 71

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 21:28:38 GMT

Thomas Thacher II in 1996, when he was inspector general of the New York City School Construction Authority.Publicly, at the New York City School Construction Authority, and privately, as a monitor and investigator, he sought to contain endemic corruption.

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Lilli Hornig, 96, Dies; A-Bomb Researcher Lobbied for Women in Science

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:31:15 GMT

Lilli Hornig, a Manhattan Project scientist, became a leading advocate for women in the sciences.An alumna of Los Alamos, she became a chemistry professor and urged universities to recruit more women as students, professors and administrators.

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Pat Hutchins, 75, Dies; Wrote and Illustrated Children’s Books

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 22:30:22 GMT

Pat Hutchins at her home in London in 2017. “She respected the intelligence of children so much,” one of her publishers said.Ms. Hutchins, whose best-known book was “Rosie’s Walk,” also wrote stories about a boy named Titch that were adapted for British television.

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Albert Ledner, Architect With a Quirky Sense, Dies at 93

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 21:07:13 GMT

Albert Ledner in 2013.Three porthole-filled buildings in New York and many unique homes in New Orleans testify to Mr. Ledner’s adventurousness.

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Edward Herman, 92, Critic of U.S. Media and Foreign Policy, Dies

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:25:15 GMT

Edward S. Herman, who wrote “Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media” with Noam Chomsky.An economist, he described a “propaganda model” of newspaper and TV network complicity with a government whose foreign policy was hypocritical.

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Terry Glenn, Star Receiver at Ohio State and in N.F.L., Dies at 43

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 04:35:22 GMT

Terry Glenn with Ohio State in 1995, when he won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top college receiver. He died in a car accident on Monday.Glenn, who played for the Patriots, Cowboys and Packers, was killed in a traffic accident in the Dallas area, where he had set up a youth foundation.

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Della Reese, Singer and ‘Touched by an Angel’ Star, Dies at 86

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 01:49:07 GMT

Della Reese, left, with other cast members of “Touched by an Angel” in 2003. From left are Roma Downey, John Dye and Valerie Bertinelli.Ms. Reese, who first sang in church, segued from a successful recording career to a long tenure on one of prime-time television’s top-rated shows.

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Jana Novotna, Czech Winner of Wimbledon, Dies at 49

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 01:21:53 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.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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What Became of the Manson Family?

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 01:22:34 GMT

Charles Manson in a Los Angeles court in 1971.Most of Charles Manson’s followers were young women who had fled middle-class homes. Here’s a look at where they are now.

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

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:58:14 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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Musicians Who Have Died in 2017

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:42:31 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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Earle Hyman, Bill Cosby’s Father on ‘The Cosby Show,’ Dies at 91

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:35:28 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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Shannon Michael Cane, Who Transformed Art Book Fairs, Dies at 43

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:56:53 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 expatriate, helped foster the growing popularity of fairs focusing on art books.

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

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:27:57 GMT

Mel Tillis performing in an undated photograph.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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Steve Mostyn, Texas Democratic Fund-Raiser, Dies at 46

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:59:29 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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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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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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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 Tommy Rall, a cast member, 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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