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Judy Heumann, disability rights activist, dies at age 75

Judy Heumann, disability rights activist, dies at age 75

WASHINGTON — Judy Heumann, a renowned activist who helped secure legislation protecting the rights of disabled people, has died at age 75. News of her death Saturday in Washington, D.C.
Phil Batt, onion farmer who rose to Idaho governor, dies

Phil Batt, onion farmer who rose to Idaho governor, dies

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Former Idaho Gov. Phil Batt, a Republican known for signing an agreement with the federal government to remove nuclear waste from his state, died at home on Saturday. He was 96. In a statement announcing Batt's death, Gov.
Noted architect Rafael Viñoly dies at 78 in New York

Noted architect Rafael Viñoly dies at 78 in New York

NEW YORK (AP) — Rafael Viñoly, an Uruguayan-born architect who designed distinctive and iconic buildings around the globe, has died. He was 78. Viñoly, whose firm is based in New York City, died of an aneurysm on Thursday at a hospital in the city.
Canadian Press newscaster Geri Smith, on air for nearly 35 years, dead at 60

Canadian Press newscaster Geri Smith, on air for nearly 35 years, dead at 60

TORONTO — Geraldine "Geri" Smith, a long-time Canadian Press newscaster whose voice became familiar to listeners across the country during her nearly 35 years with the national wire service, has died. She was 60.
Tom Sizemore, 'Saving Private Ryan' actor, dies at 61

Tom Sizemore, 'Saving Private Ryan' actor, dies at 61

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Tom Sizemore, the “Saving Private Ryan” actor whose bright 1990s star burned out under the weight of his own domestic violence and drug convictions, died Friday at age 61. The actor had suffered a brain aneurysm on Feb.
Wayne Shorter, jazz saxophone pioneer, dies at 89

Wayne Shorter, jazz saxophone pioneer, dies at 89

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wayne Shorter, an influential jazz innovator whose lyrical, complex jazz compositions and pioneering saxophone playing sounded through more than half a century of American music, has died. He was 89.
Panthers founder, former owner Jerry Richardson dies at 86

Panthers founder, former owner Jerry Richardson dies at 86

CHARLOTTE, N.C (AP) — Jerry Richardson, the Carolina Panthers founder and for years one of the NFL’s most influential owners until a scandal forced him to sell the team, has died. He was 86.
David Benner, Indiana Pacers' longtime PR director, dies

David Benner, Indiana Pacers' longtime PR director, dies

David Benner, who spent nearly 30 years as the director of media relations for the Indiana Pacers, died Wednesday after a long illness. Benner’s death was announced by the team, which learned of it from his family. He was 67.
Just Fontaine, who scored 13 goals at 1958 World Cup, dies

Just Fontaine, who scored 13 goals at 1958 World Cup, dies

PARIS (AP) — No one could beat Just Fontaine’s World Cup scoring record during his lifetime. His 13 goals in a single tournament was set with France in 1958 and has withstood 16 World Cups since.
Pearl Harbor survivor Jack Holder dies in Arizona at age 101

Pearl Harbor survivor Jack Holder dies in Arizona at age 101

PHOENIX (AP) — Jack Holder, a Pearl Harbor survivor who went on become a decorated World War II flyer who flew over 100 missions in the Pacific and European theaters, has died in Arizona. He was 101.
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