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The Path to ‘Today, I Announce ...’


Highlights as the 2016 presidential hopefuls make their way down a familiar path, perhaps to “yes.” There are four loosely defined stages.

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Thelma Coyne Long, Australian Tennis Champion, Dies at 96

Thelma Coyne Long, an Australian tennis star who won 19 Grand Slam titles at midcentury, died on Tuesday in Narrabeen, near Sydney. She was 96.

Her death was announced by the International Tennis Hall of Fame, which inducted her in 2013.

One of the dominant women’s players in the world — she was …

Sport (Australia)

Barbara Strauch, 63, Former Science and Health Editor at The New York Times, Dies

Barbara Strauch, a reporter and editor who wrote two books about the brain and directed health and science coverage for The New York Times for a decade, died on Wednesday at her home in Rye, N.Y. She was 63.

The cause was breast cancer, her husband, Richard Breeden, said.

Before joining The Times, …

Higgs Boson

At Casa Del Chef in Woodside, Queens, the Goals Are Lofty

At the end of each day as head cook at Academy of the City Charter School in Woodside, Queens, Alfonso Zhicay hops onto his bike and makes his way a mile south to Casa Del Chef, the restaurant he opened last August near the No. 7 train tracks.

It requires a gentle shift in the mind to go from a gym …

Union Pacific

Percy Sledge, Who Sang ‘When a Man Loves a Woman,’ Dies at 74

Percy Sledge, the R&B singer whose soulful ballad of eternal love and fidelity, “When a Man Loves a Woman,” topped the charts in 1966, died on Tuesday in Baton Rouge, La. He was 74.

His death was confirmed by Artists International Management, which represented him. Mr. Sledge had liver cancer, for …

Percy Sledge

Restaurant Review: Meat Hook Sandwich in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

A normal sandwich was what I had in mind one day in January. Normal is not what Meat Hook Sandwich does, though, so I ended up eating something that I would call the greatest cheeseburger I’ve ever tasted if not for the inconvenient fact that it wasn’t a cheeseburger. What I ate was a chopped …


Homaro Cantu, Science-Minded Chicago Chef, Dies at 38

Homaro Cantu, a Chicago chef who kept a Class IV laser as a cooking tool and dreamed of eradicating hunger with nutrient-soaked edible paper, was found dead Tuesday on the city’s North Side. He was 38.

The police said Mr. Cantu appeared to have taken his own life. The Chicago Tribune reported that …

Homaro Cantu

Eduardo Galeano, Uruguayan Voice of Anti-Capitalism, Is Dead at 74

RIO DE JANEIRO — Eduardo Galeano, the Uruguayan writer who blended literature, journalism and political satire in reflecting on the vagaries, injustices and small victories of history, died on Monday in Montevideo, Uruguay. He was 74.

He had lung cancer, according to news reports in Uruguay, though …

Eduardo Galeano

Günter Grass, German Novelist and Social Critic, Dies at 87

Günter Grass, the German novelist, social critic and Nobel Prize winner whom many called his country’s moral conscience but who stunned Europe when he revealed in 2006 that he had been a member of the Waffen-SS during World War II, died on Monday. He was 87.

Mr. Grass’s publisher, the Steidl Verlag, …


Levi Watkins, 70, Pioneering Heart Surgeon, Is Dead

Dr. Levi Watkins Jr., the first surgeon to successfully implant an automatic heart defibrillator in a human patient, and a civil rights pioneer who helped fling open medical school doors to hundreds of students who had been excluded — as he had once been — because they were black, died on Saturday …

Civil Rights

Bill Arhos, Founder of ‘Austin City Limits,’ Dies at 80

Bill Arhos, a frustrated guitarist whose long-running television show, “Austin City Limits,” introduced much of America to the sound of redneck rock and progressive country and prompted Austin, Tex., to proclaim itself the “Live Music Capital of the World,” died on Saturday in suburban Austin. He …

Austin City Limits

Sheila Kitzinger, Childbirth Revolutionary, Dies at 86

Sheila Kitzinger, a British anthropologist who encouraged women around the world to reclaim from doctors their natural prerogative over pregnancy and childbirth, died on Saturday at her home in Oxfordshire, England. She was 86.

Her husband, Uwe, said she died after a short illness. “She was an icon …


Raul H. Castro, Ex-Governor of Arizona, Dies at 98

Raul H. Castro, Arizona’s first and only Hispanic governor and an American ambassador to three Latin American countries, died Friday in San Diego. He was 98.

His death was confirmed by a family spokesman, James Garcia.

A former prosecutor and Superior Court judge, Mr. Castro was appointed by …


Judith Malina, Founder of the Living Theater, Dies at 88

Judith Malina, an actor and director who with her husband, Julian Beck, founded the Living Theater, a troupe of activists and provocateurs who advanced the idea of political theater in America, catalyzed fierce debate over their methods and intentions, and in the name of art ran afoul of civic …


Jim Mutscheller Dies at 85; Made Pivotal Catch for Colts in ’58

Jim Mutscheller, the Baltimore Colts tight end who caught a 6-yard pass from Johnny Unitas to set up the overtime touchdown that won one of the most storied games in N.F.L. history, the 1958 championship contest against the Giants, died on Friday in Towson, Md. He was 85.

The cause was kidney …

Ed Sullivan Show

Lauren Hill, Who Fought Tumor to Play College Basketball, Dies at 19

Lauren Hill, who played basketball for Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati while contending with an inoperable brain tumor, died on Friday in Cincinnati. She was 19.

Her death was confirmed by Brooke Desserich, the co-founder of Ms. Hill’s foundation, the Cure Starts Now.

“She’s made an impact …

College Sports

Jin Youzhi, Sibling of China’s Last Emperor, Dies at 96

Almost a half-century after the death of China’s last emperor, his last surviving sibling, Jin Youzhi, died on Friday in Beijing. He was 96.

Jia Yinghua, a historian of China’s last imperial family, confirmed the death.

Mr. Jin, a retired primary school teacher, was the half brother of Henry Pu Yi, …


Richie Benaud, Commentator Whose Native Tongue Was Cricket, Dies at 84

The path from the cricket field to the commentary box is well trod, but never with greater distinction than by Richie Benaud, known to many as the voice of cricket, who died in Sydney, Australia, on Friday. He was 84.

Cricket has numerous halls of fame, but none with the singular authority of the …

Sport (Australia)

Paul Almond, the Director of ‘Seven Up!,’ Dies at 83

Paul Almond, a Canadian director whose television film “Seven Up!” examined the lives of a group of midcentury British children and became the basis of the documentary series that has followed them into middle age, died on Thursday in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 83.

The cause was complications of a …


Ivan Doig, Author Who Lived the Western Life, Dies at 75

Ivan Doig, who immortalized his Rocky Mountain roots in 16 celebrated books of both fiction and nonfiction, died on Thursday at his home in Seattle. He was 75.

The cause was multiple myeloma, said Geoff Kloske, the publisher of Riverhead Books.

Mr. Doig (pronounced DOY-guh) was a passionate writer of …

Popular Fiction

David Laventhol, Publisher on Both Coasts, Dies at 81

David A. Laventhol, a former publisher of The Los Angeles Times and Newsday who made a journalistically acclaimed but financially doomed attempt to break into the New York City newspaper market by starting New York Newsday in 1985, died on Wednesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 81.

The cause was …


Joel Spira, Physicist Who Softened the Lights in Homes Everywhere, Dies at 88

Joel Spira, who changed the ambience of homes around the world and encouraged romantic seductions of all types when he invented the first lighting dimmer for domestic use, died on April 8 in Coopersburg, Pa. He was 88.

He had a heart attack and collapsed at his home, his daughter Susan Hakkarainen …

History of Science

Stanley I. Kutler, 80, Historian Who Won Release of Nixon Tapes, Dies

Stanley I. Kutler, a historian who fought for the release of President Richard M. Nixon’s White House tapes and concluded that they proved Nixon was “deeply and intimately involved in sometimes criminal abuses of power, both before and after the Watergate break-in,” died on Tuesday in Fitchburg, …

Richard Nixon

Geoffrey Lewis, Actor in Clint Eastwood Films, Dies at 79

Geoffrey Lewis, an actor who appeared alongside Clint Eastwood in a string of films in the 1970s and ’80s, died on Tuesday near his home in Los Angeles. He was 79.

He died after a heart attack, said Carleen Donovan, a publicist for his daughter Juliette Lewis, the actress.

Mr. Lewis was an Eastwood …


Eugene Louis Faccuito, Creator of Jazz Dance Style, Dies at 90

Eugene Louis Faccuito, a dancer and choreographer whose physical reawakening after a paralyzing accident became the wellspring of an internationally renowned jazz dance technique, died on Tuesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 90.

The cause was cancer, said Francis J. Roach, the director of …


Stan Freberg, Madcap Adman and Satirist, Dies at 88

Stan Freberg, a humorist whose sprawling imagination fueled a multifaceted career that included pretty much inventing the idea of using satire in commercials, died on Tuesday in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 88.

His death was announced by his son, Donavan.

Mr. Freberg was a hard man to pin down. He …

Stan Freberg

Anne-Claude Leflaive, Vintner in Burgundy, Dies at 59

Anne-Claude Leflaive, who presided over one of Burgundy’s most storied white wine estates and was a fervent, influential advocate for environmentally sensitive forms of farming, died on Monday at her home in Gilly-lès-Cîteaux, France. She was 59.

She had been ill with cancer for some time, said Jack …


Bernice Tannenbaum, Who Fought U.N. Resolution on Zionism, Dies at 101

Bernice S. Tannenbaum, a former president of Hadassah who played a leading role in the fight against a United Nations resolution in the 1980s equating Zionism with racism, died on Monday at her home in Manhattan. She was 101.

Her death was confirmed by her granddaughter Ellen Salpeter.

Ms. Tannenbaum …


Milton Delugg, Accordionist, Composer and ‘Tonight Show’ Bandleader, Dies at 96

Milton Delugg, who accompanied Al Jolson on the accordion, co-wrote the Nat King Cole hit “Orange Colored Sky,” conducted the band for Johnny Carson’s “The Tonight Show” and was musical director of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for three decades, died on April 6 at his home in Los Angeles. He …

Tonight Show

James Best, Bumbling Sheriff of ‘The Dukes of Hazzard,’ Dies at 88

James Best, who played the oafish sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on the hit television comedy “The Dukes of Hazzard,” died on Monday near his home in Hickory, N.C. He was 88.

The cause was pneumonia, his friend Steve Latshaw said.

Mr. Best was in demand as a character actor from the 1950s through the …

John Schneider