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Elijah E. Cummings, Powerful Democrat Who Investigated Trump, Dies at 68
U.S., Today

A son of sharecroppers, he fought tirelessly for his hometown, Baltimore, and became a key figure in the impeachment investigation of President Trump.

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Elijah E. Cummings, Powerful Democrat Who Investigated Trump, Dies at 68
U.S., Today

A son of sharecroppers, he fought tirelessly for his hometown, Baltimore, and became a key figure in the impeachment investigation of President Trump.

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Sophia Kokosalaki, Who Gave London Fashion a Grecian Spin, Dies at 47
Fashion, Yesterday

One of the leading Greek designers of her generation, she balanced a cutting-edge feminine look with ancient motifs and dressed thousands for the Athens Olympics.

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Beverly Sackler, 95, Dies; Philanthropist and Purdue Pharma Director
Business, October 15

Ms. Sackler’s husband, Raymond, and his brothers founded the company whose drug OxyContin has been blamed for the opioid epidemic.

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Dana Fradon, Prolific New Yorker Cartoonist, Is Dead at 97
Arts, October 15

In the nearly 1,400 cartoons he published between 1948 and 2003, he cast a wide and whimsical net on American society and skewered pomposity.

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Sally Soames, Fearless Photographer With Personal Touch, Dies at 82
Arts, October 15

In taking portraits of the famous — Margaret Thatcher, Sean Connery and Rudolf Nureyev among them — she made them relax. In war zones she was unflinching.

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Harold Bloom, Critic Who Championed Western Canon, Dies at 89
Books, October 14

Called the most notorious literary critic in America, Professor Bloom argued for the superiority of giants like Shakespeare, Chaucer and Kafka.

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John Giorno, Who Moved Poetry Beyond the Printed Page, Dies at 82
Obituaries, October 13

He starred in an Andy Warhol movie, “Sleep,” but was best known for his efforts to bring poetry into the modern age.

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Bruce LeFavour, ‘a Good Cook,’ Dies at 84
Obituaries, October 13

As a restaurateur, he was in the vanguard of moving from rich French fare to more fish and seasonal, locally sourced fresh produce.

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Richard Jackson, Who Had an Ear for Children’s Books, Dies at 84
Books, October 13

As an editor he championed writers, like Judy Blume, who changed the landscape of literature for young people. He later became a writer himself.

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Philip Gips, Creator of Celebrated Film Posters, Dies at 88
Movies, October 11

In the imagery he devised to promote “Alien,” “Rosemary’s Baby” and other movies, he strove to capture their essence without giving too much away.

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Masaichi Kaneda, Japan’s ‘Emperor’ of Baseball, Dies at 86
Sports, October 11

A swaggering player with a quirky warm-up routine, he set pitching records for wins (400), strikeouts (4,490), innings (5,526⅔) — and losses (298).

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Anna Quayle, British Character Actress, Is Dead at 86
Movies, October 11

She bantered with John Lennon in “A Hard Day’s Night” and won a Tony for playing four women in “Stop the World — I Want to Get Off.”

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Robert Goelet, New York Grandee and Naturalist, Dies at 96
Arts, October 11

The scion of a 17th-century New York family, he headed major cultural institutions and became a steward of Gardiners Island, which his wife’s family had owned since 1639.

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Aleksei Leonov, First to Walk in Space, Dies at 85
Science, October 11

The Russian cosmonaut’s thrilling feat in 1965 nearly cost him his life, but raised Soviet prestige during the Cold War space race against the United States.

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Bjorn Thorbjarnarson, Surgeon to Warhol and the Shah, Dies at 98
New York, October 10

Warhol’s death in New York after undergoing surgery put him at the center of a lawsuit, but a later investigation suggested he and a hospital had not been at fault.

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Stephen Swid, Music Licensing Innovator, Is Dead at 78
Business, October 10

After acquiring a series of businesses, including the “21” Club, he turned the obscure licensing organization Sesac into a force in the music industry.

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Francis Currey, Who at 19 Was a Hero in Battle, Dies at 94
U.S., October 9

Days after a massacre of G.I.s, he was a one-man onslaught in the face of German tanks, earning a Medal of Honor. Only two other honorees from World War II now survive.

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Karen Pendleton, an Original Mouseketeer, Is Dead at 73
Arts, October 9

Along with Annette Funicello and others, she was in the cast of “The Mickey Mouse Club” from its debut in 1955.

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Deborah Marrow, a Getty Leader With Global Reach, Dies at 70
Arts, October 9

As a top executive of the J. Paul Getty Trust and its only female president, she spread its wealth around the world while promoting multiculturalism.

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Jill Freedman, Photographer Who Lingered in the Margins, Dies at 79
Arts, October 9

She immersed herself in the rougher precincts of American life for months at a time, portraying their denizens as noble but not necessarily heroic.

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Ciaran Carson, Versatile Belfast Poet, Is Dead at 70
Books, October 9

In his poetry, as well as in his prose, he conveyed the complexities of his city and his country.

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Marshall Efron, Funny Cog in the PBS ‘Dream Machine,’ Dies at 81
Arts, October 8

In the 1970s he was part of a much-talked about prime-time TV series as well as a somewhat subversive Sunday morning Bible show for children.

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Michael Coe, Maya Scholar and Codebreaker, Is Dead at 90
World, October 8

He authenticated the oldest written manuscript in the Americas and proved that the Maya written language was surprisingly complex.

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Beverly Watkins, Fiery Blues Guitarist, Is Dead at 80
Arts, October 8

She performed in relative obscurity for many years, but she made up for lost time after recording her first solo album at the age of 60.

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Stephen Lukasik, 88, Who Pushed Tech in National Defense, Is Dead
Science, October 7

He oversaw the Defense Department’s research division in the 1960s and ’70s, when it made great early strides in nuclear-device detection, artificial intelligence and computer networking.

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Günter Kunert, Searingly Satirical German Author, Dies at 90
Books, October 7

In his poems, essays, short stories and novels, he highlighted the differences between East and West Germany, even after the Berlin Wall fell.

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Rip Taylor, Flamboyant Comedian and Actor, Dies at 84
Arts, October 6

Known as the ‘King of Confetti,’ he made hundreds of television appearances during his more than 50 years in show business.

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Marcello Giordani, Tenor Who ‘Sang Like a God,’ Dies at 56
Obituaries, October 6

A former bank employee, the Italian singer appeared more than 240 times with the Metropolitan Opera, in 27 roles.

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Ginger Baker, Superstar Rock Drummer With Cream, Is Dead at 80
Arts, October 6

Teamed with the guitarist Eric Clapton and the bassist Jack Bruce in the band Cream, Mr. Baker helped redefine the role of the drums in rock.

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Elaine Feinstein, Poet, Novelist and Biographer, Dies at 88
Books, October 4

Prolific and multifaceted, she took inspiration from her Jewish heritage and the Russian women whose work she translated.

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Paul Badura-Skoda, Who Could Make a Piano Sing, Dies at 91
Arts, October 4

With an admired tone, he excelled at the heart of the classical repertory and was, with more than 200 discs, one of the most-recorded pianists.

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Pierre Le-Tan, Illustrator With a Quiet Touch, Dies at 69
Arts, October 4

His work appeared in galleries, museums and books, in collaborations with fashion brands, and, 18 times, on the cover of The New Yorker.

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Karel Gott, Pop Singer Called ‘Sinatra of the East,’ Dies at 80
Arts, October 4

His crooning in Czech and several other languages brought him great popularity, especially in countries behind the Iron Curtain.

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Su Beng, a Father of Taiwan Independence, Dies at 100
World, October 4

He ran underground operations to liberate the island from colonial rule and wrote the foundational book “Taiwan’s 400-Year History.”

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Mordicai Gerstein, Illustrator of Magical Worlds, Dies at 83
Books, October 4

He wrote and illustrated more than 40 children’s books, many of which dealt with the messy business of being human.

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Diahann Carroll, Actress Who Broke Barriers With ‘Julia,’ Dies at 84
Arts, October 4

In addition to being a sitcom pioneer, she sang on television, in nightclubs, on recordings and on Broadway, where she won a Tony Award.

Johnson & Johnson Lawsuits Raise Fears Over Baby Powder
The Weekly, October 4

Thousands of people who trusted Johnson’s Baby Powder for decades are suing the company after developing cancer. Our reporters investigate their allegations.

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Diogo Freitas do Amaral, 78, Dies; Pillar of Democracy in Portugal
World, October 3

A conservative, he helped steer his country away from a leftist course after a dictatorship was ousted. He was later president of the U.N. General Assembly.

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Larry Willis, Pianist Who Crossed Genres, Is Dead at 76
Arts, October 3

In a career that began in the early 1960s, he worked with a long and varied list of musicians and groups including Hugh Masekela, Carla Bley and Blood, Sweat and Tears.

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Jerome Facher, 93, Dies; Won Acquittal in Noted Pollution Case
U.S., October 3

After children died from toxic water, he defended the conglomerate Beatrice Foods in a case that became the basis of the book and movie “A Civil Action.”

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Mac Conner, Illustrator for Ads and Magazines, Dies at 105
Arts, October 3

In the 1950s and ’60s, Mr. Conner’s art helped sell airlines and overalls and accompanied short stories in The Saturday Evening Post and elsewhere.

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Wayne Fitzgerald, Master of Films’ Opening Moments, Dies at 89
Movies, October 3

His title sequences for “Bonnie and Clyde,” “Footloose” and countless others, as well as for TV, helped elevate the art form.

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Kim Shattuck, Musician Who Fronted the Muffs, Is Dead at 56
Arts, October 3

A singer, songwriter and guitarist, she was in the vanguard of punk bands crashing into the mainstream in the 1990s.

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Bill Bidwill, Dynastic Owner of N.F.L.’s Cardinals, Dies at 88
Sports, October 2

He moved the team from St. Louis to Arizona and presided over five playoff appearances, but never won a Super Bowl.

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Martin Bernheimer, Tartly Eloquent Music Critic, Dies at 83
Arts, October 2

Mr. Bernheimer minced no words when he wrote about classical music, which for most of his career he did for The Los Angeles Times.

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James Robinson, 79, Dies; Filled an Ambulance Gap in Brooklyn
New York, October 2

Frustrated that responses to emergency calls took too long in Bedford-Stuyvesant, he started a volunteer ambulance corps, and it’s been nimble.

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John Rothman, Who Made The Times’s Archives Accessible, Dies at 95
Business, October 1

Long before Google, he helped create The New York Times Information Bank, an electronic repository of content from The Times and other publications.

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Mary Abbott, Abstract Expressionist, Is Dead at 98
Arts, October 1

She traveled in the same circles as Pollock and de Kooning, but recognition in a male-dominated genre often eluded her.

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Mary Abbott, Abstract Expressionist, Is Dead at 98
Arts, October 1

She traveled in the same circles as Pollock and de Kooning, but recognition in a male-dominated genre often eluded her.

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Jessye Norman, Regal American Soprano, Is Dead at 74
Obituaries, September 30

A multiple Grammy Award winner, she was a towering figure on operatic, concert and recital stages.

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Jimmy Spicer, Influential Early Rapper, Is Dead at 61
Arts, September 30

Mr. Spicer’s career was brief but consequential. In just a few songs he introduced phrases and tropes that would become part of hip-hop’s core catalog.

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Huguette Caland, 88, Dies; Celebrated Freedom in Art and Life
Arts, September 30

She left her husband and children in Beirut to flex her artistic muscles in Paris. Her desire to live without restrictions was her defining theme.

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Shuping Wang, Who Helped Expose China’s Rural AIDS Crisis, Dies at 59
World, September 30

She braved ostracism, assault and the loss of her job to expose the spread of the disease in rural China. A play about her has opened in London.

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Napoleon Chagnon, 81, Controversial Anthropologist, Is Dead
Science, September 30

His studies of an Amazon people made them famous, and put him at the center of a scholarly storm.

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José José, Mexican Crooner Crowned ‘Prince of Song,’ Dies at 71
Arts, September 30

He moved audiences to tears with melancholy love songs, and his sartorial elegance was copied in nightclubs across Latin America.

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Myron Bloom, Revered French Horn Player, Is Dead at 93
Arts, September 27

He was principal horn in the Cleveland Orchestra for George Szell and in the Orchestre de Paris for Daniel Barenboim. But his first love was the cello.

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Jimmy Nelson, Star of the Golden Age of Ventriloquism, Dies at 90
Arts, September 27

With his dummies Danny O’Day and Farfel, he was a familiar presence on TV. He also inspired future ventriloquists with his instructional records.

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Ira Lipman, Security Man Who Spoke Out for Air Safety, Dies at 78
Obituaries, September 27

He founded one of the largest privately held security companies, was prescient about safeguarding airports and favored stripping most guards of guns.

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Joseph Wilson, Who Challenged Iraq War Narrative, Dies at 69
U.S., September 27

He contradicted a statement in President George W. Bush’s State of the Union address. A week later, his wife at the time, Valerie Plame, was outed as a C.I.A. agent.

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Joseph Wilson, Who Challenged Iraq War Narrative, Dies at 69
U.S., September 27

He contradicted a statement in President George W. Bush’s State of the Union address. A week later, his wife at the time, Valerie Plame, was outed as a C.I.A. agent.

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Gianfranco Gorgoni, Artistic Photographer of Art, Dies at 77
Arts, September 27

He captured masters at work and documented the creation of Land Art, like Robert Smithson’s “Spiral Jetty.” For one book he teamed up with Fidel Castro.

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Joachim Messing, 73, Who Charted the DNA of Viruses and Plants, Dies
Science, September 27

His “shotgun sequencing” helped decode genetic information faster, transforming agriculture, medicine and the basic sciences. One result: engineered corn.

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George Lardner Jr., 85, Dies; Reported on His Daughter’s Murder
Business, September 26

She was shot to death by a former boyfriend. He wrote about it for The Washington Post. His article won a Pulitzer Prize.

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Anthony Mancinelli, World’s Oldest Working Barber, Dies at 108
New York, September 26

A barber who spent nearly a century of cutting hair in upstate New York “didn’t know the meaning of the word retired.”

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Plato Cacheris, Washington ‘Super Lawyer’ in Headline Cases, Dies at 90
U.S., September 26

If there was a national scandal — Watergate, Iran-contra, “Monica-gate,” the Snowden affair — he got the call. His deal making was legend.

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Jacques Chirac, Who Led France Envisioning European Unity, Is Dead at 86
Obituaries, September 26

As president he opposed the Iraq war, sought a ‘United Europe of States’ and cultivated comity between the left and the right. But an embezzlement conviction damaged him.

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Robert Boyd, Journalist Whose Reporting Shifted an Election, Dies at 91
Business, September 25

He shared a Pulitzer for detailing how George McGovern’s initial running mate in 1972 had undergone electroshock therapy for depression.

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Ruth Abrams, Judge Who Broke a Glass Ceiling Installed in 1692, Dies at 88
Obituaries, September 25

In Massachusetts she wrote landmark decisions on family law and gender equality that were widely cited across the country. And she quietly recruited many women to the bench.

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Sol Stein, Publisher, Author and Champion of James Baldwin, Dies at 92
Obituaries, September 25

A founder of the publishing house Stein and Day, he also worked with Dylan Thomas, Budd Schulberg and David Frost and wrote more than a dozen books.

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Alfred Haynes, Pilot Who Saved Scores in Crash Landing, Dies at 87
U.S., September 24

In 1989, he defied the odds in bringing his crippled United Flight 232 in for a crash landing; more than 180 people survived.

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Sigmund Jähn, First German in Space and a Hero Back Home, Dies at 82
World, September 24

He spent almost eight days aboard a space station in 1978 and was hailed by East Germans as a symbol of socialist achievement.

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Dr. Robert McClelland, Who Tried to Save President Kennedy, Dies at 89
Obituaries, September 24

He assisted in an emergency tracheotomy in Dallas and saw close up the gravity of the president’s head wound.

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Robert Hunter, Grateful Dead Lyricist, Dies at 78
Arts, September 24

Mr. Hunter wrote some of the band’s signature songs, including “Uncle John’s Band,” “Scarlet Begonias” and “Dark Star.”

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A. Alvarez Dies at 90; Poet Elevated Both Sylvia Plath and Poker
Arts, September 23

He was pivotal in bringing the work of poets like Plath and Ted Hughes to the wider public and wrote acclaimed books on poker in Las Vegas and suicide.

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Christopher Rouse, Composer of Rage and Delicacy, Dies at 70
Arts, September 23

He was influenced by the energy of rock music and became a favorite of orchestras for his intense, kinetic works.

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Michael Edwardes, Hard-Nosed Rescuer of British Car Giant, Dies at 88
Obituaries, September 23

A union scourge, he brought British Leyland (maker of Jaguar, MG, Mini, Land Rover and more) back from the brink in the 1970s and was knighted for it.

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Sid Haig, Horror Actor and Cult Figure, Dies at 80
Movies, September 23

Mr. Haig was a character actor with roles in more than 70 movies, including the murderous clown Captain Spaulding in Rob Zombie’s “House of 1000 Corpses.”

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Harold Mabern, Jazz Pianist With a Lush Sound, Dies at 83
Arts, September 23

A bandleader, composer and educator, he was sought after by top musicians to record with them, drawn by his harmonic sophistication and feel for the blues.

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Carl Ruiz, Celebrity Chef and Restaurateur, Dies at 44
Arts, September 22

He made frequent appearances on the Food Network as a competitive chef and celebrity judge.

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John L. Keenan, Who Led the ‘Son of Sam’ Manhunt, Dies at 99
Obituaries, September 22

At one point, Chief Keenan put 300 people on the case, and he was the one who took the confession from the killer, David Berkowitz, who had slain six young people.

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Davo Karnicar Dies at 56; Made First Full Ski Descent of Everest
Sports, September 22

A Slovenian adventurer, Karnicar needed less than five hours to ski 12,000 feet from the summit of Mount Everest to its base camp.

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Ascensión Mendieta, 93, Dies; Symbol of Justice for Franco Victims
World, September 22

She fought for decades to recover the remains of her father, who had been executed by a firing squad in 1939. Finally, when she was 92, she found him.

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Suzanne Whang, Former Host of ‘House Hunters,’ Dies at 56
Arts, September 20

The actress and comedian served as the on-camera host and narrator for the enormously popular show for nearly a decade starting in 1999.

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Howard (Hopalong) Cassady, Speedy Heisman Winner, Dies at 85
Sports, September 20

Twice an All-American, he scored 37 touchdowns in 36 games at Ohio State, then won an N.F.L. title with the Lions.

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Annette Kolodny, Feminist Critic and Scholar, Dies at 78
Books, September 20

She was a pioneer in the field of ecofeminism, in which she drew parallels between the ravaging of the environment and the ravaging of women.

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David Jones, Health Care Entrepreneur Behind Humana, Is Dead at 88
Business, September 20

Mr. Jones and a partner built large chains of nursing homes and hospitals. He later turned Humana into a major force in health insurance.

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Steve Dalachinsky, Avant-Garde Poet, Is Dead at 72
Arts, September 20

A familiar sight in downtown New York clubs as both a spectator and a performer, he often read his poems to jazz accompaniment.

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Barron Hilton, Hotel Magnate and Founding A.F.L. Owner, Dies at 91
Business, September 20

Mr. Hilton successfully expanded the hotel chain founded by his father, but he said his happiest days were when he owned the Chargers football team.

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Mark von Hagen, 65, Dies; Reviewed Times’s 1931 Soviet Coverage
World, September 19

A historian, he was asked by the paper to judge whether a correspondent’s Pulitzer Prize should be revoked because of biased reporting. He said it should be.

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Maurice Ferré, Miami’s First Hispanic Mayor, Dies at 84
U.S., September 19

He led the city through a defining period of growth and tumult for 12 years. But he could ultimately not withstand its demographic transformation.

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Judge James Robertson, Who Quit FISA Court Over Wiretapping, Dies at 81
U.S., September 18

He took a stand to protest warrantless domestic eavesdropping under George W. Bush. On the federal bench, he ruled against trying a Guantánamo detainee in a military court.

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Richard Abrons, Patron of the Henry Street Settlement, Dies at 92
New York, September 18

As a boy, he met the famed institution’s founder, Lillian Wald, and became a benefactor. In midcareer, he traded Wall Street investing for writing short stories and plays.

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Lee Salem, Champion of Quirky Cartoonists, Is Dead at 73
Business, September 18

He nurtured an empire of influential comic strips, including “Cathy,” “Doonesbury,” “Calvin and Hobbes,” “The Boondocks” and “For Better or for Worse.”

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Luigi Colani, 91, Designer of Fanciful and Futuristic Objects, Dies
Arts, September 18

Better known for far-out prototypes than actual products, he was seen by his admirers as a visionary in an unimaginative world.

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Marina Schiano, Distinctive Presence in the Fashion World, Dies at 77
Fashion, September 18

Leaving home in Italy as a teenager, she modeled for Vogue and other magazines before carving out a high-profile career as an executive and stylist.

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Betty Corwin, Who Preserved Theater’s Legacy, Dies at 98
Theater, September 17

By definition, live theater vanishes in the moment; Ms. Corwin pushed to have shows videotaped and deposited in a library collection, which she ran for decades.

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Sander Vanocur, TV Newsman Who Covered Kennedy, Dies at 91
Business, September 17

A veteran correspondent, he was the last surviving journalist who questioned Nixon and Kennedy in the first televised presidential debate.

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John Cohen, Champion of Old-Time Music, Is Dead at 87
Arts, September 17

As a founder of the New Lost City Ramblers and as a photographer, filmmaker and musicologist, he devoted his life to the traditional music of the rural South.

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Cokie Roberts Dies; Veteran Broadcast Journalist Was 75
Business, September 17

She was known to millions for her pioneering work for ABC News and NPR.