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Al Jackson, Pitching Star of Woeful 1960s Mets, Is Dead at 83 (Mon, 19 Aug 2019)
He lost 20 games and won only eight in 1962 for a legendarily bad team. But among his wins were four shutouts, including a one-hitter.
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Kathleen Blanco, Louisiana Governor During Hurricane Katrina, Dies at 76 (Sun, 18 Aug 2019)
She was the first female governor of her state, and won mixed reviews for her response to the devastating storm.
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Jack Whitaker, Emmy-Winning Sportscaster, Dies at 95 (Sun, 18 Aug 2019)
He covered all areas of sport, from baseball and football to golf and the Olympics, but he was perhaps best known for his graceful essays.
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Cedric Benson, Former N.F.L. Running Back, Dies at 36 (Mon, 19 Aug 2019)
Mr. Benson, who played for the Texas Longhorns and three N.F.L. teams, died in a motorcycle crash, friends and family said.
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Myrna Katz Frommer, 80, Dies; Oral Historian of Catskills and Brooklyn (Tue, 20 Aug 2019)
She collaborated with her husband, Harvey, on “It Happened in the Catskills” and other histories told in the voices of the people who were there.
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Richard Williams, Who Brought Roger Rabbit to Life, Dies at 86 (Mon, 19 Aug 2019)
A three-time Oscar winner, he worked in film and television and wrote a book on animation that became an essential industry reference.
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Gina Lopez, Who Led Crackdown on Mines in the Philippines, Dies at 65 (Mon, 19 Aug 2019)
Ms. Lopez was forced from her job as environment secretary after she halted the operations of many of the country’s mining companies.
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Liane Russell, Who Studied Radiation’s Effects on Embryos, Dies at 95 (Tue, 20 Aug 2019)
Her findings led to cautions against X-rays for pregnant women. She also discovered that the presence of the Y chromosome meant a mammalian embryo was male.
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Peter Fonda, ‘Easy Rider’ Actor and Screenwriter, Is Dead at 79 (Mon, 19 Aug 2019)
A member of a celebrated Hollywood family, he was nominated for an Oscar in a seminal film of the 1960s.
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Shelby Lyman, 82, Dies; Famed for Fischer-Spassky Chess Broadcast (Tue, 20 Aug 2019)
Mr. Lyman was a high-ranked player who was drafted to provide live commentary of the celebrated chess match in 1972. The show became an unlikely hit.
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Katreese Barnes, a Musical Force Behind the Scenes, Dies at 56 (Mon, 19 Aug 2019)
She worked with Roberta Flack and other stars. But she probably made her biggest splash by helping write a risqué song for “Saturday Night Live.”
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Paule Marshall, Influential Black Novelist, Dies at 90 (Sun, 18 Aug 2019)
A child of Barbadian immigrants, Ms. Marshall drew on her upbringing to animate the lives of her characters, many of them strong women.
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Jean-Pierre Mocky, Iconoclastic French Film Director, Dies at 90 (Mon, 19 Aug 2019)
He found a following making unapologetically raw films that challenged what he saw as hypocrisies in society.
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Danny Cohen, Who Helped Set the Stage for a Digital Era, Dies at 81 (Mon, 19 Aug 2019)
A computer scientist who devised the first flight simulator and paved the way for internet voice calls, cloud computing and online dating. (He married her.)
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Christina, a Dutch Princess Who Married a Commoner, Dies at 72 (Mon, 19 Aug 2019)
She was the youngest daughter of Queen Juliana and a sister of Queen Beatrix; in her late 20s, she married a preschool teacher who worked in Harlem.
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Bill Konyk, 88, Pirogi Seller Whose Nickname Was a Fighting Word, Dies (Mon, 19 Aug 2019)
After bringing Ukrainian food to Vancouver, he defeated a challenge to his company’s name, Hunky Bill’s, as an ethnic slur.
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Ernie Colón, Comic Book Artist Who Drew 9/11, Dies at 88 (Sat, 17 Aug 2019)
His art captured the whimsy of Richie Rich, the fantasy realms of Amethyst and the horror of the terrorist attacks.
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Donald Klein, Who Expanded the Psychiatric Toolbox, Dies at 90 (Sat, 17 Aug 2019)
His studies of the use of drugs to treat disorders led many to consider him “the father of psychopharmacology.”
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Edward Lewis, ‘Spartacus’ Producer Who Defied Blacklist, Dies at 99 (Fri, 16 Aug 2019)
He was the “front” for Dalton Trumbo, one of the Hollywood Ten, but ended the subterfuge and insisted that Trumbo be listed as screenwriter.
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Barbara Crane, 91, Dies; Photographer Found Abstract in the Ordinary (Thu, 15 Aug 2019)
A master of illusion, Ms. Crane transformed the quotidian into the quirky by distorting images through a variety of formats.
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Kary B. Mullis, 74, Dies; Found a Way to Analyze DNA and Won Nobel (Mon, 19 Aug 2019)
His discovery created a new world of possibilities in diagnosing disease, unearthing the past and assisting in criminal cases, including O.J. Simpson’s murder trial.
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Gerry Murray, Stalwart Roller Derby Star, Dies at 98 (Tue, 20 Aug 2019)
A speedy skater and tough brawler, she played for 22 years, then returned in her 50s for a bruising final hurrah.
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Piero Tosi, Who Outfitted Stars of Italian Films, Dies at 92 (Thu, 15 Aug 2019)
A favorite of the director Luchino Visconti, he was nominated for five Oscars for costume design and received an honorary award in 2013.
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Alla Verber, Who Gave Russia a Taste for Luxury, Dies at 61 (Thu, 15 Aug 2019)
In the wake of the dowdy Soviet era, she was called the most powerful woman in Russian fashion, ushering in Western brands and modernizing top department stores.
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Paco Navarro, 82, Seductive Voice of Disco on New York Radio, Dies (Sat, 17 Aug 2019)
He became one of the city’s highest-rated disc jockeys when he moved from Spanish-language radio to WKTU in 1978, when the station adopted a disco format.
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