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Paul Prudhomme, Chef Who Put Cajun Cooking on National Stage, Dies at 75

Paul Prudhomme, the chef who put the cooking of Louisiana — especially the Cajun gumbos, jambalayas and dirty rice he grew up with — on the American culinary map, died on Thursday in New Orleans. He was 75.

Tiffanie Roppolo, the chief financial officer for his various businesses, said he died after …

New Orleans

Frank Albanese, Tony’s Uncle Pat on ‘The Sopranos,’ Dies at 84

Frank Albanese, an actor best known for playing mobsters and their associates, most notably Tony Soprano’s uncle Patrizio Blundetto on the acclaimed HBO series “The Sopranos,” died on Monday on Staten Island. He was 84.

The cause was metastatic prostate cancer, his friend Eddie Canlon said.

Mr. …

James Gandolfini

Gail Zappa, Keeper of Her Husband’s Legacy, Dies at 70

Gail Zappa, the widow of the rock guitarist and composer Frank Zappa, who battled major record companies and cover bands alike as a fierce steward of her husband’s musical legacy, died on Wednesday at her home in Los Angeles. She was 70.

Her death was announced by her family, which did not disclose …

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Harry Gallatin, Knicks Stalwart in ’50s, Dies at 88

Harry Gallatin, a ferocious rebounder who played nine seasons for the Knicks and 746 consecutive games in a postwar era when pro basketball was a low-paid game for smaller, thinner men, died on Wednesday in Edwardsville, Ill. He was 88.

His wife, Beverly Gallatin, said he had died after surgery.

When …

New York Knicks

Joker Arroyo, Who Challenged Martial Law in the Philippines, Dies at 88

MANILA — Joker Arroyo, a politician and lawyer who counseled, bedeviled and helped topple Philippine presidents for more than three decades, died this week in the United States, his friend Vice President Jejomar Binay said on Wednesday. He was 88.

The cause of Mr. Arroyo’s death was not …


Lindy Infante, Head Coach Who Led Packers’ Revival, Dies at 75

Lindy Infante, who was named the N.F.L.’s coach of the year in 1989 when he revived the fortunes of the Green Bay Packers, and who later coached the Indianapolis Colts to the playoffs, died on Thursday in St. Augustine, Fla. He was 75.

The Packers announced his death on their website. LeRoy Butler, …

Green Bay Packers

Putin’s Birthday Gift: N.H.L. Opponents and a Victory

MOSCOW — It would be hard to imagine a more perfect birthday for Vladimir V. Putin, the president of Russia, who turned 63 on Wednesday.

After receiving a report from his defense minister that Russia had launched a major cruise missile strike on Syria — a move further confounding American policy in …

Winter Sports

Escalating Syria Attack, Russia Fires Missiles From Warships

MOSCOW — Sharply escalating its role in Syria, the Russian military launched on Wednesday medium-range missiles from nearly 1,000 miles away, bringing to the conflict elements of its Cold War-era military might.

The new Russian airstrikes came amid reports of an expanding ground offensive by …


Kevin Corcoran, Child Actor for Disney, Dies at 66

Kevin Corcoran, a child actor for Walt Disney in the 1950s and ’60s who appeared in films like “Old Yeller” before moving behind the camera to work in production, died on Tuesday in Burbank, Calif. He was 66.

The cause was colorectal cancer, his niece Karnel Watkins said.

Known as Moochie (a nickname …

Child Actors

Billy Joe Royal, Pop and Country Singer, Dies at 73

Billy Joe Royal, a pop and country singer best known for the 1965 hit “Down in the Boondocks,” died on Tuesday at his home in Morehead City, N.C. He was 73.

The cause has not been determined, his publicist, Brent Taylor, said, adding that Mr. Royal had performed at a concert as recently as Sept. 24 …

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Arpad Goncz, Hungary’s First Post-Communist President, Dies at 93

Arpad Goncz, a playwright, translator and anti-Communist dissident who became the first president of post-Communist Hungary, died on Tuesday. He was 93.

A family spokesman confirmed the death to the Hungarian news agency MTI, giving no information on where Mr. Goncz died.

Although the Hungarian …

World Leaders

Sue Petersen Lubow, Athletic Director at Merchant Marine Academy, Dies at 61

Sue Petersen Lubow, who became the first female head coach and the first female athletic director at a United States military service academy, attaining both posts at the Merchant Marine Academy, died on Monday in Manhasset, N.Y. She was 61.

The cause was pancreatic cancer, her ex-husband, Stuart …

Women Leaders

Chantal Akerman, Pioneering Belgian Filmmaker, Dies at 65

PARIS — Chantal Akerman, the Belgian director whose ruminative, meticulous observation of women’s inner lives, often using long takes, made her a pioneer in feminist and experimental filmmaking, has died in Paris. She was 65.

Her death was confirmed by her sister, Sylviane Akerman, and by Nicola …


Restaurant Review: Wildair on the Lower East Side

When serious, reputation-making restaurants run out of room on the walls to hang all the awards, chefs open a cheaper, more casual restaurant nearby. Like a dutiful younger brother, the second restaurant is supposed to work harder, please more people, make fewer demands, be more pragmatic and smile …


Grace Lee Boggs, Advocate for Many Causes for 7 Decades, Dies at 100

Grace Lee Boggs, one of the nation’s oldest human rights activists, who waged a war of inspiration for civil rights, labor, feminism, the environment and other causes for seven decades with an unflagging faith that revolutionary justice was just around the corner, died on Monday at her home in …

Grace Lee Boggs

Henning Mankell, Writer Whose Wallander Patrolled a Gritty Sweden, Dies at 67

Henning Mankell, the Swedish novelist and playwright best known for police procedurals that were translated into a score of languages and sold by the millions throughout the world, died on Monday in Goteborg, Sweden. He was 67.

The cause was cancer, said his literary agent Anneli Hoier. Last year, …


Neal Walk, Who Rebounded Coast to Coast, Dies at 67

Neal Walk, who grabbed more rebounds at the University of Florida than anyone else in the basketball program’s history and became an effective center for the Phoenix Suns in the early years of the franchise, died on Sunday in Phoenix. He was 67.

The Suns announced his death on their website. No …

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Olga Hirshhorn, Collector of Modern Art, Dies at 95

Olga Hirshhorn, who began buying modern art while married to Joseph H. Hirshhorn, the founder of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, and who over time became recognized as a serious collector in her own right, died on Saturday at her home in Naples, Fla. She was 95.

Her death …


Denis Healey, Fixture in Labour Party, Dies at 98

Denis Healey, a dexterous British socialist politician who used leadership positions to downsize his country’s empire by militarily retreating from Asia in the 1960s and accepting harsh terms for an international loan in the 1970s, died on Saturday at his home in Alfriston, Sussex. He was 98.

His …

Denis Healey

Brian Friel, Playwright Called the Irish Chekhov, Dies at 86

Brian Friel, who was sometimes described as the Irish Chekhov and for over four decades wrote plays whose distinctive blend of melancholy and humor won international acclaim, died on Friday. He was 86 and lived in County Donegal, Ireland.

His death was announced by the Arts Council of Ireland. No …


Don Edwards, Congressman Who Championed Civil Rights, Dies at 100

Don Edwards, a former president of the California Young Republicans who became one of the most liberal Democrats in Congress, drafting every civil rights bill in the House for two decades, died on Thursday in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif. He was 100.

His son Leonard confirmed his death.

Mr. Edwards, an …

Civil Rights

Donald R. Seawell, Theater, Newspaper and Civic Leader, Dies at 103

Donald R. Seawell, a theater producer in New York and London who became a civic leader in Denver as president and publisher of The Denver Post and founder of the city’s mammoth performing arts center, died on Sept. 30 at his home there. He was 103.

His death was confirmed by his son, Brockman.

A …

Performing Arts

Pope Francis’ Meeting Wasn’t an Endorsement of Kim Davis, Vatican Says

ROME — Vatican officials announced on Friday that Pope Francis did not hold a private meeting with Kim Davis last week in Washington — as has been widely reported — but that Ms. Davis was among dozens of guests ushered into the Vatican’s Embassy in Washington for a brief meeting with him.

Francis …

Pope Francis

Safari Brings Somali Cuisine to Harlem

On the menu, it is called the Federation Combo: to one side, basmati rice in sunrise shades of orange and gold, with dark tears of stewed raisins on top; to the other, linguine as creamy as Alfredo.

In Somalia, the noodles and grains would be more than neighbors, mixed happily together. But at …


Bruce Wennerstrom, Founder of Yearly Beauty Contest for Classic Cars, Dies at 88

Bruce Wennerstrom, who became smitten with automobiles as a Queens teenager and, with his wife, inaugurated the annual Greenwich Concours d’Elegance competition and auction in Connecticut for vintage car devotees, died on Wednesday in Greenwich, Conn. He was 88.

The cause was prostate cancer, his …


Robert Curvin, Scholar Who Fought Bias and Poverty in Newark, Dies at 81

Robert Curvin, a fiercely loyal advocate for Newark who never gave up on his troubled city and devoted a scholarly career to alleviating urban poverty, died on Tuesday at his home in the Vailsburg section of the city. He was 81.

The cause was multiple myeloma, his wife, Patricia, said.

Dr. Curvin was …


Pope Francis, the Kentucky Clerk and Culture Wars Revisited

After a busy morning addressing a joint meeting of Congress and mingling with the homeless at an outdoor lunch, Pope Francis decamped to the heavily barricaded Vatican Embassy in Washington last Thursday for what Vatican officials billed as a brief afternoon siesta before his flight to New York, …

Pope Francis

Pope Departs, After Showing a Deft Touch

PHILADELPHIA — Six days ago, Pope Francis landed in Washington for his first visit to the United States — a country that he did not know and that did not know him. He flew out Sunday night, having wowed Washington and New York, while leaving behind a downtown Philadelphia transformed into a …

Pope Francis