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Miriam Nelson, 98, Golden Age Dancer and Choreographer, Dies

Miriam Nelson, whose seven-decade career as a choreographer and dancer spanned the golden ages of Broadway, Hollywood and television, died on Sunday at her home in Beverly Hills, Calif. She was 98.<p>The death was confirmed by Rusty Frank, a dance historian and longtime friend.<p>When William Holden and …

Los Angeles

Isamu Shibayama Dies at 88, His Quest for Reparations Unfulfilled

Until he turned 11½, Isamu Shibayama’s childhood was idyllic.<p>His father was a successful textile importer and dress-shirt wholesaler in Lima, Peru. His house was staffed by servants. He was chauffeured to private school. He spent summers living on the coast with his grandparents, who owned a …

Human Rights

Age Difference Didn’t Matter Then, Or Now

<i>Because marriage is an ever-evolving experience, we constantly shift, change and, in some cases, start over. In It’s No Secret, couples share thoughts about commitment and tell us what they have learned along the way.</i><p><b>Who</b> Laura Zucker, 67, and Allan Miller, 89.<p><b>Occupations</b> She works in Los Angeles as …

Relationships

A Gay Wedding Is a Wedding. Just a Wedding.

When Jove Meyer, a wedding and event planner in Brooklyn, is working with a same-sex couple, he sometimes finds himself cringing when he hears a guest use the term “gay wedding.”<p>“It’s not with bad intention, but people like to label things because it’s easier to discuss,” said Mr. Meyer, who runs …

Weddings

Johnny Kline, Globetrotter Turned Advocate, Is Dead at 86

Johnny Kline, a forward for the Harlem Globetrotters in the 1950s who spent much of the ’60s addicted to heroin before becoming a drug abuse counselor and later an advocate for long-forgotten black basketball players, died on July 26 at his home in Lebanon, Tenn. He was 86.<p>His daughter Sharon Hill …

Ford Motor Company

Kofi Annan, Diplomat Who Redefined the U.N., Dies at 80

Kofi Annan, the soft-spoken and patrician diplomat from Ghana who became the seventh secretary general of the United Nations, projecting himself and his organization as the world’s conscience and moral arbiter despite bloody debacles that stained his record as a peacekeeper, died on Saturday in …

United Nations

Lyric McHenry, Reality TV Star, Is Dead After Being Found Unconscious in Bronx

Lyric McHenry, the reality television star and daughter of a Hollywood producer, was found unconscious on an overpass in the Bronx on Tuesday morning, the authorities said. Ms. McHenry, who was 26, was later pronounced dead at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, the police said.<p>The police are investigating how …

Reality TV

Aretha Franklin, Indomitable ‘Queen of Soul,’ Dies at 76

Aretha Franklin, universally acclaimed as the “Queen of Soul” and one of America’s greatest singers in any style, died on Thursday at her home in Detroit. She was 76.<p>The cause was advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, her publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn, said.<p>In her indelible late-1960s …

Soul Music

John Oliver on How to Spot Fake Grassroots Movements

Astroturfing, the term used to describe marketing campaigns that are camouflaged as activism, is becoming more prevalent. That's why "Last Week …

John Oliver

Democrats Pick Gay, Native American Nominee in Kansas Primary

TOPEKA, Kan.—Sharice Davids shattered the mold for a congressional primary winner from ruby red Kansas on Wednesday, becoming the state’s first …

Martial Arts

The Truth About Social Security Its Critics Refuse to Acknowledge

President Franklin Roosevelt signed our Social Security system into law eighty-three years ago today, on August 14, 1935. It has stood the test of …

Retirement

Herbert Sperling, Drug Kingpin Tied to French Connection Case, Dies at 79

Herbert Sperling, a convicted drug dealer from Hell’s Kitchen who was accused of ordering the execution of Vincent C. Papa, the fellow mobster who masterminded the brazen theft of 400 pounds of French Connection heroin and cocaine from a police vault, died on July 3 at a hospital near Ayer, Mass. …

Crime

In This ‘Oklahoma!,’ She Loves Her and He Loves Him

ASHLAND, ORE. — The idea came to Bill Rauch in the early 1990s: What if he directed a production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” where the lovers were same-sex couples?<p>A gay man in a committed relationship at a time when marriage equality seemed like an impossible dream, he was sure that …

Los Angeles

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United States

Who Is Brett Kavanaugh? A Supreme Court Reading Guide

President Trump on Monday night nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the seat on the U.S. Supreme Court that Justice Anthony Kennedy will vacate at the …

Brett Kavanaugh

Did You Go to a Washington Nationals Game With Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh?

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh accrued as much as $200,000 in debt buying tickets to Washington Nationals baseball games.White House spokesman …

U.S. Supreme Court

This Former ‘Teacher of the Year’ Wants to Be Connecticut’s First Black Democrat in Congress

■ Update: Ms. Hayes won her primary on Tuesday.<p>Jahana Hayes wants to be heard.<p>Ms. Hayes, the 46-year-old former educator who was named “National Teacher of the Year” by President Barack Obama in 2016, is waging a strong grass-roots campaign in Tuesday’s tight primary for Connecticut’s Fifth …

Democratic Party

For Rashida Tlaib, Palestinian Heritage Infuses a Detroit Sense of Community

DETROIT — The family was standing outside the black iron fence of Detroit’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement center, named after Rosa Parks, to protest news of their father’s sudden deportation, when Rashida Tlaib appeared and took up a bullhorn.<p>It was barely 48 hours after Ms. Tlaib had been …

Civil Rights

Trump’s Sabotage of Obamacare Is Illegal

From the moment he took office, President Trump has used all aspects of his executive power to sabotage the Affordable Care Act. He has issued executive orders, directed agencies to come up with new rules and used the public platform of the presidency in a blatant attempt to undermine the law. …

Health Care

Sharice Davids Could Become First Lesbian Native American Congresswoman

If Sharice Davids prevails in November, she would represent several firsts in Congress.<p>She would be the first lesbian congresswoman from Kansas.<p>She would be one of the first Native American women in Congress. (Deb Haaland, who won the Democratic primary in June in a blue district in New Mexico, …

Donald Trump

Charlotte Rae, Housemother on ‘The Facts of Life,’ Dies at 92

Charlotte Rae, who had a six decade career as an actress and was best known as the wise housemother on “The Facts of Life,” died Sunday in Los …

Charlotte Rae

Portland Protest Points to a Deeper Divide Over the City’s Identity

PORTLAND, Ore. — When Callista Fink told her father 10 years ago that she was moving to Oregon’s largest city, his response was immediate: “You’re moving to a place with a lot of white supremacists,” Ms. Fink remembered her father saying.<p>In the years since, Ms. Fink, who grew up in Illinois and …

Rights & Freedoms

A ‘Rainbow Wave?’ 2018 Has More L.G.B.T. Candidates Than Ever

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Sharice Davids, a leading Democrat in a key congressional primary election on Tuesday, finished a White House fellowship in the early months of the Trump administration. As a lesbian and a Native American, she became convinced that hard-won progress on issues like gay rights and …

LGBTQI

Star Athlete Is Injured in Egg Attack, and Italy Debates ‘a Racism Emergency’

MONCALIERI, Italy — Daisy Osakue grabbed her pink sneakers from the terrace and packed them in a suitcase embossed with the Italian flag. All around her family’s apartment, newspaper articles, old photos and posters hailed her success in track and field. Dozens of medals hung from pictures of her …

Democratic Party

Mary Carlisle, Bing Crosby's Co-Star in Delightful Musicals, Dies at 104

She also appeared in Garbo's 'Grand Hotel' and opposite the likes of Jack Benny, John Barrymore and Basil Rathbone.<p>Mary Carlisle, the lovely blonde …

Bing Crosby

‘Bad Timing’ Screenwriter Yale Udoff Dies at 83

Yale Udoff, screenwriter for the Nicolas Roeg movie “Bad Timing” as well as episodes of “Tales from the Crypt” and “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” died of …

Harley Quinn

Ron Dellums, Forceful Liberal in Congress for 27 Years, Dies at 82

Ron Dellums, the son of a longshoreman who became one of America’s best-known black congressmen, a California Democrat with a left-wing agenda that put civil rights and programs for people ahead of weapons systems and warfare, died early Monday at his home in Washington. He was 82.<p>His death was …

U.S. Congress

Doug Grindstaff, 'Star Trek' Sound Effects Maestro, Dies at 87

A five-Time Emmy winner, he came up with Tribble coos, communicator beeps and the whoosh of Enterprise bridge doors opening and closing.<p>Doug …

Star Trek

Be Suspicious Of Everyone Who Habitually Defends The Powerful From The Weak

Teenage Palestinian civil rights icon Ahed Tamimi has been released from an Israeli prison today. Viral images of Tamimi standing up to the Israeli …

Civil Rights

Bill Loud, Father on Reality TV’s ‘An American Family,’ Dies at 97

Bill Loud was not the first person to play the role of a father on television. What made him a pioneer was that he was not acting — and that he was often not acting responsibly.<p>In 1973, when PBS broadcast “An American Family,” Mr. Loud, who died on Thursday in Los Angeles at 97, was the tan and …

Los Angeles