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Robert Linton, Steadfast ’80s Wall Street Banker, Dies at 90

Robert E. Linton, a prominent Wall Street executive who led the swashbuckling investment bank Drexel Burnham Lambert in the years before it imploded in scandal but who was largely untainted himself, died on Tuesday in Manhattan. He was 90.<p>The cause was heart failure, his son Jeffrey said.<p>During his …

Finance

Willie L. Williams, Head of 2 Police Forces in Turmoil, Dies at 72

Willie L. Williams, the first African-American to lead the police forces in Philadelphia and Los Angeles, cities in which hostilities between the police and black citizens had recently flared into violence, died on Tuesday at his home in Fayetteville, Ga. He was 72.<p>The cause was pancreatic cancer, …

Policing

Jenny Diski, Author Who Wrote of Madness and Isolation, Dies at 68

Jenny Diski, a British writer who channeled the turmoil of her early years, which included suicide attempts and confinement in mental hospitals, into a stream of richly observed and mordant novels, memoirs and essays, died on Thursday at her home in Cambridge, England. She was 68.<p>The cause was a …

Books

Richard Lyons, a Founding Member of Negativland, Dies at 57

Richard Lyons, a founding member of the subversive media-hacking, collage-minded band Negativland, died on April 19 in Seattle. He turned 57 that day.<p>The cause was complications of nodular melanoma, said Mark Hosler, another founding member of the band.<p>It’s best to qualify the word “band.” Since …

Entertainment

Robert J. Cooper, 39, Creator of St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur, Dies

Robert J. Cooper, whose unusual elderflower liqueur, St-Germain, introduced in 2007, was so completely embraced by the cocktail community that it became known as “bartender’s ketchup,” died on Monday in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 39.<p>His death was confirmed by Robyn Greene, the senior vice …

Liqueurs

Winston Hill, Durable Lineman for Jets, Is Dead at 74

Winston Hill, a reliable Jets offensive lineman who made eight All-Star teams and protected the blindside of quarterback Joe Namath during the team’s only Super Bowl victory, in 1969, died on Tuesday in Denver. He was 74.<p>His death was announced by the Jets. His sister Sharon Hill Cranford said the …

Los Angeles Rams

Ozzie Silna, Savvy Owner of the St. Louis Spirits, Is Dead at 83

Ozzie Silna, who devised a plan that brought him and his brother more than $750 million in television money from the National Basketball Association without owning a team in that league, died on Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 83.<p>The cause was cancer, his family said.<p>He and his brother, Daniel, …

San Antonio Spurs

Horace Ward, Georgia’s First Black Federal Judge, Dies at 88

Horace Ward was his high school valedictorian, graduated with honors from Morehouse College in Atlanta in only three years and earned a master’s degree from Atlanta University. But when he applied to the University of Georgia’s law school in 1951, he was reflexively rejected because of his race, …

Athens, GA

Les Waas, Mister Softee’s Songwriter, Dies at 94

It was born in Philadelphia but is as much a part of New York’s aural landscape as taxi horns, “that heavenly coffee” and “watch the closing doors.”<p>An annual herald of summer for more than half a century, it is exquisitely Pavlovian, triggering salivation or shrieking — sometimes both at once. It …

Harry Wu, Who Told World of Abuses in China, Dies at 79

Harry Wu, who was brutalized for 19 years in Communist Chinese prison labor camps and who had ever since then refused to let the world overlook human rights violations in his former homeland, died on Tuesday in Honduras, where he was vacationing. He was 79.<p>His death was confirmed by Ann Noonan, …

Asia

Maurice Kenny, a Poet and Teacher, Dies at 86

Maurice Kenny, a poet who explored his Mohawk heritage in verse, often through the voices of historical figures in the forests and settlements of colonial New York State, died on April 16 in Saranac Lake, N.Y. He was 86.<p>The cause was a heart ailment and kidney failure, according to his family.<p>Mr. …

Northeastern United States

Madeleine Sherwood, 93, Actress on ‘The Flying Nun,’ Stage and Screen, Dies

After Madeleine Sherwood, a Canadian actress, hitchhiked to New York in 1949, she slept on a stone bench outside the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue for two nights and subsisted on unbuttered rolls from the Automat.<p>She got a nursing job, but her patient died after 10 days, so she worked as …

One Life to Live

Review: ‘A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing’ Is a Ghostly Play

The body is barely there, more phantasm than person, and at first you might mistake it for a shadow. When the astonishing Irish actress Aoife Duffin makes her entrance in “A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing,” drifting through a corridor of gray light, her features are indistinguishable. And though she …

Performing Arts

Review: ‘Empathy School & Love Story’ Plumbs the Varieties of Loneliness

Because theater is an inherently social form, most plays are date shows — capital-E events that you want to attend with someone else, so you can rehash the pleasures and problems of them afterward. But there are also those rarer plays to which you to want to go solo, works that make you savor the …

Love Stories

Review: ‘Tuck Everlasting,’ a Lyrical Meditation on Life, Death and Immortality

Family-friendly musicals on Broadway generally come in just one flavor: flashy.<p>Enter “Tuck Everlasting,” a warm-spirited and piercingly touching musical that has nothing flashy or splashy about it. The nearest this small-scale production comes to the kind of spectacle we associate with kiddie bait …

Billy Paul, Singer of the Hit ‘Me and Mrs. Jones,’ Dies at 81

Billy Paul, a singer whose suave but impassioned vocal style made “Me and Mrs. Jones,” a slow ballad about a man’s love for a married woman, a No. 1 hit in 1972, died on Sunday at his home in Blackwood, N.J. He was 81.<p>His manager, Beverly Gay, told The Associated Press that the cause was pancreatic …

Entertainment

Walter Kohn, Nobel-Winning Scientist, Dies at 93

Walter Kohn, an Austrian-born American scientist and former refugee who shared a Nobel Prize in Chemistry — a subject that he had last formally studied in high school — died on last Tuesday in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 93.<p>The cause was cancer of the jaw, his wife, Mara Vishniac Kohn, said.<p>As a …

Science

Qi Benyu, Mao Aide With No Remorse After China’s Cultural Revolution, Dies at 84

BEIJING — Qi Benyu, a Chinese Communist Party propagandist who climbed to power in the turmoil of the Cultural Revolution; served as an aide to Mao Zedong and his powerful wife, Jiang Qing; and spent the rest of his life defending their legacy, died on Wednesday in Shanghai. He was 84.<p>He had been …

Asia

Papa Wemba, Congolese King of ‘Rumba Rock,’ Is Dead at 66

Papa Wemba, the internationally renowned Congolese singer known as “the king of rumba rock” for his upbeat, vibrantly danceable numbers that fused African pop with a welter of world musics, died on Sunday after collapsing onstage early that morning while performing in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He was …

Entertainment

A World of Flavor, Stuffed Into Tacos at El Molcajete

At El Molcajete, the tacos look like bouquets, brimming with cilantro, loosely bundled in paper sleeves twisted tight at one end and gaping at the mouth. They are heavy with meat: hanks of shredded barbacoa, dark and caramelly cecina, cabeza more a stage of melt than flesh.<p>Then there is suadero, a …

Tacos

Robert Price, Strategist for Lindsay and Rockefeller, Dies at 83

Robert Price, a canny political strategist who successfully managed John V. Lindsay’s first mayoral campaign in New York City and delivered Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller his most crucial victory in a contested presidential primary, died on Friday in Manhattan. He was 83.<p>The cause was a brain …

Bill de Blasio

Lonnie Mack, Singer and Guitarist Who Pioneered Blues-Rock, Dies at 74

Lonnie Mack, a guitarist and singer whose impassioned, fast-picking style on the early 1960s instrumentals “Memphis” and “Wham!” became a model for the blues-rock lead-guitar style and a seminal influence on a long list of British and American artists, died on Thursday in Nashville. He was …

Entertainment

Brian Asawa, Celebrated Countertenor and Pathbreaker at the Met, Dies at 49

Brian Asawa, one of the world’s foremost countertenors, whose repertoire ran from the Renaissance to Rorem, died on Monday in Mission Hills, Calif. He was 49.<p>The cause was heart failure after a long illness, his sister, Cindy Rouze, said.<p>Of Japanese ancestry, Mr. Asawa was among the relatively few …

Entertainment

Banharn Silpa-archa, Former Prime Minister of Thailand, Dies at 83

BANGKOK — Banharn Silpa-archa, a former prime minister of Thailand whose scandal-ridden tenure preceded the country’s economic collapse in the 1990s, died here on Saturday. He was 83.<p>His death was announced by Siriraj Hospital, where he had been admitted after an asthma attack.<p>Mr. Banharn, a …

Asia

Elton Spitzer, 84, Who Helped Turn WLIR Into a Radio Destination, Dies

In 1982, Elton Spitzer, a former food stand operator who happened to like music, was running WLIR, a small rock ’n’ roll radio station on the outskirts of New York City that was struggling to carve out space for itself in a major market crowded with more powerful competitors. So he decided to take …

Radio

Rod Daniel, Whose Crowd-Pleasing Films Lined Pockets, Dies at 73

Rod Daniel, who directed hit television sitcoms and moneymaking, family-friendly movie comedies like the Michael J. Fox film “Teen Wolf,” died last Saturday at his home in Chicago. He was 73.<p>A representative of the Ivins/Moravecek Funeral Home in Riverside, Ill., which is handling the funeral …

Health

Bettye Caldwell, Educator Who Helped Pave Way for Head Start, Dies at 91

Bettye Caldwell, an apostle of a prekindergarten program that prepared poor children for elementary school and became a catalyst for Head Start, died on Sunday in St. Louis. She was 91.<p>The cause was complications of heart disease, her son, Paul F. Caldwell, said.<p>Throughout her career, Dr. Caldwell …

Poverty

Guy Hamilton, Director of ‘Goldfinger,’ Dies at 93

Guy Hamilton, a director whose emphasis on fast pacing and witty repartee made “Goldfinger” a model for the James Bond films to follow, and who directed three more installments in the series, died on Wednesday on the Mediterranean island of Majorca. He was 93.<p>His death was announced in a statement …

Entertainment

Prince, Singular Music Star, Is Dead at 57

Prince, the singularly flamboyant and prolific songwriter and performer whose decades of music transcended and remade genres like funk, rock and R&B, died on Thursday at his Paisley Park studio and estate in Minnesota, according to The Associated Press. He was 57.<p>Across a career of more than 35 …

Entertainment

Review: Exploring Women’s Lives in ‘When I Was a Girl I Used to Scream and Shout’

The Fallen Angels Theater Company’s revival of Sharman Macdonald’s 1984 play, “When I Was a Girl I Used to Scream and Shout,” deep-dives into the psyches of its largely female characters. And while you’ll feel cleansed by the healing conclusion, getting there requires immersion in a churning sea of …

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