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Walter Hawkins, Gospel Singer, Dies at 61

nytimes.com — Walter Hawkins, a Grammy-winning gospel composer and singer whose songs brought a sense of contemporary rhythm to the howling, pleading, God-praising tradition of churchly ecstasy, died on Sunday at the home he shared with a brother and three sisters in Ripon, Calif. He was 61.
Feb 06, 2016

@xeni It's a terrific song. His brother Edwin did "Oh Happy Day," btw. nytimes.com/2010/07/14/art…

Walt Williams, 72, Player Known as No Neck

nytimes.com — Walt Williams, a high-energy, free-swinging outfielder who played for four major league teams but who was probably best known for the unusual physique that earned him the nickname No Neck, died on Saturday in Abilene, Tex. He was 72. The cause was a heart attack, his wife, Ester, said.
Jan 27, 2016

@AndrewGothelf this guy got an obit in @nytimes even though he stole a nickname from UTPA's coach. nytimes.com/2016/01/28/spo…

Jan 27, 2016

Walt Williams, 72, Player Known as No Neck nyti.ms/23uPm5a

Jan 28, 2016

Walt "No Neck" Williams “look[ed] as if somebody tried to cram him into a suitcase when they heard the cops coming” nytimes.com/2016/01/28/spo…

Jan 28, 2016

Jim Murray on Walt (No Neck) Williams: “as if somebody tried to cram him into a suitcase when they heard the cops.” nyti.ms/1Vuk3RX

Jan 28, 2016

If ever there was a nickname that should make it into an obit headline: "Walt Williams, 72, Player Known as No Neck" nyti.ms/23vrJt6

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Lois Weisberg, Chicago’s Cultural Connector, Dies at 90

nytimes.com — Lois Weisberg, a whirlwind of civic enthusiasm whose decades of shepherding public arts projects to fruition deepened the cultural life and reputation of Chicago, died on Jan. 13 at her home in Miami. She was 90. The cause was kidney failure, said her son Jacob, the chairman of the Slate Group of online magazines.
Jan 23, 2016

Who's dead? If you like Chicago, she's a reason why...Lois Weisberg, Chicago’s Cultural Connector, Dies at 90 nyti.ms/1OEBoFV

Jan 25, 2016

Lois Weisberg, Chicago’s Cultural Connector, Dies at 90, via @NYTObits. Read this. Now. nytimes.com/2016/01/23/us/…

Jan 25, 2016

Lois Weisberg, Chicago’s Connector. A dear family friend and neighbor who helped me &1000s of others get first job. mobile.nytimes.com/2016/01/23/us/…

Wilkes Bashford, Clothier to Affluent San Franciscans, Dies at 82

nytimes.com — Wilkes Bashford, a clothier whose eponymous emporium is famous for having dressed affluent, elegance-conscious San Franciscans for the last half-century, died on Saturday at his home in San Francisco. He was 82. The cause was prostate cancer, said his brother and only immediate survivor, Bruce.
Jan 20, 2016

Conservative is always cool -- Wilkes Bashford, Clothier to Affluent San Franciscans, Dies at 82 nyti.ms/1OxVtO4

Jan 21, 2016

Wilkes Bashford's eponymous emporium is famous for having dressed affluent, elegance-conscious San Franciscans 🎩💰 nyti.ms/1OxVtO4

George Jonas, Whose Book Was the Basis of the Film ‘Munich,’ Dies at 80

nytimes.com — George Jonas, a prominent Canadian newspaper columnist whose controversial book about Israeli counterterrorists was the basis of the 2005 film "Munich," directed by Steven Spielberg, died on Jan. 10 in Toronto. He was 80. His death was reported in The National Post, the newspaper Mr. Jonas had written for since 2001.

Glenn Frey, a Founding Member of the Eagles, Dies at 67

nytimes.com — Glenn Frey, the guitarist, singer and songwriter who co-founded the Eagles, whose country-tinged, melodic rock tunes, wistful love ballads, philosophical anthems, observations of the outlaw life and testaments to the wages of decadence made them perhaps the leading American band of the 1970s, died on Monday in New York City.
Jan 18, 2016

RT @nytimes: Glenn Frey, a Founding Member of the Eagles, Dies at 67 nyti.ms/1U8u8Uc

Jan 18, 2016

RT @nytimes: Glenn Frey, a Founding Member of the Eagles, Dies at 67 nyti.ms/1U8u8Uc

Jan 18, 2016

RT @nytimes: Glenn Frey, a Founding Member of the Eagles, Dies at 67 nyti.ms/1U8u8Uc

Jan 18, 2016

RT @nytimes: Glenn Frey, a Founding Member of the Eagles, Dies at 67 nyti.ms/1U8u8Uc

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Luis Arroyo, Baseball’s Best Reliever in ’61, Dies at 88

nytimes.com — Luis Arroyo, a stoutly built left-hander with a baffling screwball who was an All-Star in each major league, pitched in two World Series and as a reliever helped Whitey Ford achieve his finest season with the Yankees, died on Wednesday in Guayanilla, P.R. He was 88. His daughter, Milagros, said the cause was cancer.
Jan 15, 2016

Who's dead? Yankee fans of Mantle-Maris-Ford years lament..Luis Arroyo, Baseball’s Best Reliever in ’61, Dies at 88 nyti.ms/1RoQWkJ

Lawrence Phillips, Volatile Football Star, Dies at 40

nytimes.com — Lawrence Phillips, a gifted running back who derailed his own career - and his life - with a series of violent criminal acts off the field, died on Wednesday in a hospital near Delano, Calif., where he was in prison. He was 40.
Jan 13, 2016

Who's dead? Grim story of a troubled athlete...Lawrence Phillips, Volatile Football Star, Dies at 40 nyti.ms/1Ojaxz8

Jan 14, 2016

Lawrence Phillips, Volatile Football Star, Dies at 40. Seems obvious he had untreated mental illness. nyti.ms/1OQgo0h

Jan 14, 2016

As the Rams slip from St. Louis, a tarnished star winks out. --Lawrence Phillips, Volatile Football Star, Dies at 40 nyti.ms/1Ojaxz8

Brian Bedford, Master Stage Actor, Dies at 80

nytimes.com — Brian Bedford, the British-born actor, reared in working-class misery, who became a stellar portrayer of the princes, kings, fops and faded aristocrats of Shakespeare, Molière and Chekhov, died on Wednesday in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 80. The cause was cancer, said one of his agents, Richard Schmenner.
Jan 14, 2016

Who's dead? Not Prof. Snape, but a great English actor nonetheless...Brian Bedford Dies at 80 nyti.ms/1OiWUzZ

Jan 14, 2016

I always loved watching Brian Bedford: Brian Bedford, Stage Actor Who Brought the Classics to Life, Dies at 80 nyti.ms/1OiWUzZ

Jan 14, 2016

Not as well known as Rickman, but a great actor. Regular in my favorite obscure TV show "Coronet Blue." nytimes.com/2016/01/14/the…

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Bill Foster, Coach Who Set Duke on Winning Track, Dies at 86

nytimes.com — Bill Foster, a basketball coach who specialized in reviving underperforming college teams and achieved success at a handful of programs, most notably Duke, whose team he guided to the national final in 1978, died on Thursday in Chicago. He was 86. His death was confirmed by his daughter Debbie.
Jan 13, 2016

Bill Foster, Coach Who Set Duke on Winning Track, Dies at 86 nyti.ms/1RksMI8

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Jan 29, 2016

@RonRosenbaum1 i think you're misinterpreting, ron..treat people as youd like to be treated, not so they treat you well back...

Jan 28, 2016

Who's dead? A pretty good player, a great nickname: Walt Williams, 72, Player Known as No Neck t.co/1p1vZ1Zz8A

Jan 23, 2016

@dalmatianlover ha....well, im glad to be the first to have noticed...

Jan 23, 2016

Who's dead? If you like Chicago, she's a reason why...Lois Weisberg, Chicago’s Cultural Connector, Dies at 90 nyti.ms/1OEBoFV

Jan 19, 2016

Who's dead? I didn't do him justice, but the best I could do in 2 hrs on deadline...Eagles' Glenn Frey Dies at 67 nyti.ms/1ngCYFe

Jan 15, 2016

Hail the imaginative con men of yesteryear! The Greatest Hoax in Sports Agate History (Yes, The Times Fell for It) nyti.ms/1RqffyJ

Jan 15, 2016

Who's dead? Yankee fans of Mantle-Maris-Ford years lament..Luis Arroyo, Baseball’s Best Reliever in ’61, Dies at 88 nyti.ms/1RoQWkJ

Jan 14, 2016

@nytbruceweber saw sell/buy last weekend, sarah...wonderful, provocative...great good luck with it.


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