August 17, 1997 in Nation/World

The Monitor From The Week Of August 11-17, 1997

 

IN PASSING

Conlon Nancarrow, an expatriate American composer whose frustrations with the limitations of live performance technique led him to compose almost exclusively for mechanical player pianos, and who was widely regarded as one of the few truly visionary composers of the century, died on Sunday at his home in Mexico City. He was 84.

Bluesman Luther Allison, whose stage energy and blistering guitar playing attracted three decades of rock ‘n’ roll fans, died of lung cancer Tuesday at University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison. He was 57.

DECISIONS

Timothy James McVeigh was formally sentenced to death Thursday for the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in which 168 people were killed.

THIS WEEK

Monday: Newt Gingrich holds nationally televised town hall meeting from San Diego.

Wednesday: Embezzlement trial of Whitewater figure Susan McDougal in Santa Monica, Calif. , DataTimes

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