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  • Nobelist Borlaug, 95, dies

    DALLAS – Scientist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Norman Borlaug rose from his childhood on an Iowa farm to develop a type of wheat that helped feed the world, fostering …


  • Crime writer Dominick Dunne dies

    Dominick Dunne, perhaps the most famous chronicler of the celebrity crowd over the last quarter century, died Wednesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 83 and had battled bladder …


  • Composer of many ’60s hits dies

    Ellie Greenwich, the New York songwriter behind a string of 1960s hits that gave effervescent voice to unbridled teen romance including “Da Doo Ron Ron,” “Chapel of Love” and “Be …


  • CBS News pioneer Don Hewitt dies at 86

    NEW YORK — Don Hewitt, the CBS newsman who invented “60 Minutes” and produced the popular newsmagazine for 36 years, died Wednesday. He was 86.


  • Former city manager Novak dead at 68

    Terry Novak, the Eastern Washington University professor of public administration whose candor and foresight helped shape Spokane during his 13 years as city manager, died Saturday at his home. He …


  • Guitar virtuoso, inventor Les Paul dies

    NEW YORK – Les Paul, the guitar virtuoso and inventor who revolutionized music and created rock ‘n’ roll as surely as Elvis Presley and the Beatles by developing the solid-body …


  • Guitar legend Les Paul dies at age 94

    Les Paul, the guitarist and inventor who changed the course of music with the electric guitar and multitrack recording and had a string of hits, many with wife Mary Ford, …


  • Shriver opened world for mentally disabled

    Women in mid-20th century America were not yet welcome on the grand political stage, but Eunice Kennedy Shriver – a daughter of uncommon privilege who defined herself as a mother …


  • ‘80s teen flick director John Hughes dies in NYC

    NEW YORK — Writer-director John Hughes, Hollywood’s youth impresario of the 1980s and ’90s who captured the teen and preteen market with such favorites as “Home Alone,” “The Breakfast Club” …


  • Movie writing legend dies at 95

    Budd Schulberg, an Academy Award-winning screenwriter who wrote about corrosive ambition and power in “On the Waterfront” and “A Face in the Crowd” and in best-selling books such as “What …


  • ‘Angela’s Ashes’ author dies at 78

    NEW YORK – Frank McCourt, the beloved raconteur and former public school teacher who enjoyed post-retirement fame as the author of “Angela’s Ashes,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning “epic of woe” about …


  • Legendary CBS anchor Walter Cronkite dies at 92

    NEW YORK — Walter Cronkite, the premier TV anchorman of the networks’ golden age who reported a tumultuous time with reassuring authority and came to be called “the most trusted …


  • McNamara, Vietnam War architect, dies

    WASHINGTON – Robert S. McNamara, the Kennedy-Johnson-era defense secretary, will be most remembered as a man instrumental in sending hundreds of thousands of Americans to fight in Vietnam, and who …


  • Oscar-winning actor Karl Malden, 97, dies

    LOS ANGELES – Karl Malden, the Academy Award-winning actor whose intelligent characterizations on stage, screen and television made him a star despite his plain looks, died Wednesday, his family said. …


  • Michael Jackson: A beloved artist, an enigmatic life

    Michael Jackson, 50, died Thursday in Los Angeles as sensationally as he lived, as famous as a human being can get. He was a child Motown sensation who grew into …


  • At the end, a fighter’s role

    LOS ANGELES – A wide smile, tousled hair and unfettered sensuality were Farrah Fawcett’s trademarks as a sex symbol and 1970s TV star in “Charlie’s Angels.” As her life drew …


  • Pitchman, sidekick Ed McMahon dies at 86

    LOS ANGELES – Ed McMahon, a television pioneer who warmed the couch on “The Tonight Show” for nearly 30 years as Johnny Carson’s jovial sidekick and announcer, died early Tuesday. …


  • ‘Much Traveled Lou’ Saban dies

    He was a star football player in college, a champion pro football coach, a baseball president, a man with a short temper and very long résumé, never averse to tackling …


  • Legendary radio broadcaster Paul Harvey, 90, dies

    Paul Harvey, who was long considered the most listened-to radio broadcaster in the world and whose distinctive delivery and daily mix of news, commentary and human-interest stories informed and entertained …


  • Updike, dead at 76, mirrored inner lives

    WASHINGTON – John Updike, whose finely polished novels and stories exploring the virtues, vices and spent hopes of America’s small towns and suburbs earned him two Pulitzer Prizes and kept …


  • John Updike, prize-winning author, dies at 76

    NEW YORK — John Updike, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, prolific man of letters and erudite chronicler of sex, divorce and other adventures in the postwar prime of the American empire, …


  • Magnuson had vision for region

    People called Harry F. Magnuson “Mr. Wallace,” but his reach stretched far beyond his hometown. He saved historic buildings from wrecking balls and helped rescue Gonzaga University from financial collapse. …


  • Tireless helper of homeless, elderly dies

    Bruno D. Costa, consummate volunteer and friend to Spokane’s homeless and elderly, died Friday of natural causes. He was 71. “He had a soft spot for the poor and veterans,” …

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