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Marques Haynes, Harlem Globetrotters’ Star Dribbler, Dies at 89

nytimes.com — Marques Haynes, whose dazzling ball-handling skills, exhibited for more than 40 years as a member of the Harlem Globetrotters and other barnstorming black basketball teams, earned him a place in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and an international reputation as the world's greatest dribbler, died on Friday in Plano, Tex.

Jacob Jensen, Designer in Danish Modern Style, Dies at 89

nytimes.com — Jacob Jensen, an industrial designer whose sleek minimalism exemplified the style known as Danish modern, most notably with the stereo systems and other audio products he created for the consumer electronics company Bang & Olufsen, died on May 15 at his home in Virksund, Denmark. He was 89.

Rev. John Lo Schiavo, 90, Who Barred a Sport, Dies

nytimes.com — The Rev. John Lo Schiavo, who spent 14 years as president of the University of San Francisco, notably making headlines when he took the rare step of suspending the men's basketball program after repeated violations of National Collegiate Athletic Association rules, died on Friday in Los Gatos, Calif. He was 90.

Sam Ciccone, a Champion of Gay Police Officers, Dies at 71

nytimes.com — In January 1978, the mayor of New York, Edward I. Koch, issued an executive order banning discrimination in city agencies on the basis of "sexual orientation or affectional preference."

Tony Ayala Jr., Boxer Convicted of Rape, Dies at 52

nytimes.com — Tony Ayala Jr., a fierce, gifted and troubled fighter who was a rising middleweight contender before a rape conviction sent him to prison, was found dead on Tuesday at his family's boxing gym in San Antonio. He was 52. His brother Mike confirmed the death in an interview on Thursday.

Johnny Gimble, Who Fiddled His Way to Fame, Dies at 88

nytimes.com — Johnny Gimble, a virtuoso Texas fiddler who played with a roster of country superstars including Bob Wills, Marty Robbins, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and George Strait, died on Saturday in Marble Falls, Tex., northwest of Austin. He was 88. His wife, Barbara, said the cause was a stroke.

Michael Blake, 69, Oscar-Winning Screenwriter, Dies

nytimes.com — Michael Blake, who had been washing dishes in a Chinese restaurant when an old friend, Kevin Costner, asked him to adapt his own novel into a screenplay, which became the Oscar-winning script for the Oscar-winning western epic "Dances With Wolves," died on Saturday in Tucson. He was 69.

Robert Rietti, a Familiar Voice, Dies at 92

nytimes.com — Robert Rietti began his long acting career as child, appearing in Depression-era films and stage productions in his native England, and his career continued into the 21st century when, among other roles, he appeared as an Italian scholar in "Hannibal" (2001), a sequel to "The Silence of the Lambs," one of the myriad international characters he affected over hundreds of films, plays and radio and television broadcasts.

Calvin Peete, 71, a Pioneer on the PGA Tour, Is Dead

nytimes.com — Calvin Peete, whose life traced one of sport's most triumphant arcs - a school dropout with a crooked left arm who did not pick up a golf club until his 20s, did not join the pro tour until his 30s, and still became one of the leading players of his era and the most successful black professional golfer before Tiger Woods - has died.

Sid Tepper Dies at 96; Delivered ‘Red Roses for a Blue Lady’ and Other Songs

nytimes.com — Sid Tepper, half of a songwriting team whose ballads, pop tunes and novelty numbers were recorded by the musical stars of the 1940s and 1950s and live on in Elvis Presley movies and elevators around the world, died on Friday at his home in Aventura, Fla. He was 96.
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May 22, 2015

@nytbruceweber come see us in nyc morrie...time to catch up, wouldn't you say?

May 22, 2015

@morrieerickson a short trip, four days in glacier park in august. then croatia in september. good to hear from you,morrie...

May 22, 2015

Who's dead? Globetrotter extraordinaire...Marques Haynes, 89, Dies; Dribbled as a Globetrotter and Dazzled Worldwide nyti.ms/1BhwTZw

May 22, 2015

Who's dead? Remember these stereo systems? cool cool, cool..Jacob Jensen, Designer in Danish Modern Style, Dies at 89 nyti.ms/1Bf8bZA

May 20, 2015

Who's dead? An exemplar of sportsmanship....Rev. John Lo Schiavo, Who Barred Basketball, Dies at 90 nyti.ms/1diTWxY

May 18, 2015

Who's dead? A good cop who made cops better.. Sam Ciccone, a Champion of Gay Police Officers, Dies at 71 nyti.ms/1IKStf8

May 14, 2015

Who's dead? He swung... Johnny Gimble, Who Fiddled His Way to Fame, Dies at 88 nyti.ms/1AYm12z

May 05, 2015

Who's dead? An actor more heard than seen...Robert Rietti, a Familiar Voice, Dies at 92 nyti.ms/1Ibf989

May 01, 2015

If you're homesick for Paris....Paris in the Springtime, in New York nyti.ms/1Q6ChHr

Apr 30, 2015

Who's dead? He wrote for Elvis and Dean Martin...Sid Tepper, 96; Delivered ‘Red Roses for a Blue Lady’ nyti.ms/1bggyNG

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