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This 2,400-square-foot apartment dates to the turn of the 20th century and was renovated in 2007. It is in the Corso Magenta district, within walking distance of two Milanese landmarks: the church of Santa Maria …


$800,000 Homes in Chicago, New Orleans and Pennsylvania


WHAT: A condominium with two bedrooms and two bathrooms

HOW MUCH: $799,000

SIZE: 2,200 square feet


SETTING: This condo overlooks Lake Michigan in a neighborhood called Lakeview, about four miles north of downtown Chicago. The area is characterized by prewar apartment …

New Orleans

Jim Perry, 82, Bustling Host of a Range of Game Shows

Jim Perry, the genial host of the popular NBC game shows “Card Sharks” and “$ale of the Century” in the 1970s and ’80s, died on Friday at his home in Ashland, Ore. He was 82.

The cause was cancer, his family said.

Mr. Perry led both shows with wholesome wisecracks. He hosted “Card Sharks” from 1978 …

University of Pennsylvania

Charles M. Cawley, Founder of MBNA Corp., Dies at 75

Charles M. Cawley, who founded MBNA Corporation in a supermarket basement, transformed the company into the world’s largest independent credit card issuer, and sold it two decades later to Bank of America for nearly $35 billion, died on Nov. 18 at his home in Camden, Me. He was 75.

His death was …

Bank of America

Douglass C. North, Nobel Laureate Economist, Dies at 95

Douglass C. North, a Nobel laureate whose work in applying economic theory to history offered a new understanding of how societies coordinate people’s behavior, died on Monday at his home in Benzonia, Mich. He was 95.

The cause was esophageal cancer, his niece Julie Case said.

The son of a high …

Nobel Prize

Austin Kiplinger, Co-Founder of Financial Publishing Firm, Dies at 97

Austin H. Kiplinger, who with his father started what is now Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine and expanded the family’s financial publishing company into a $100-million-a-year enterprise, died on Friday in Rockville, Md. He was 97.

The cause was brain cancer, said his son, Knight, the editor in …


Adele Mailer, Artist Who Married Norman Mailer, Dies at 90

Adele Mailer, an artist and actress who made headlines in 1960 when her husband, the novelist Norman Mailer, stabbed and seriously wounded her at a drunken party in their apartment, died on Sunday in Manhattan. She was 90.

Her death was confirmed by her daughter Danielle Mailer.

Adele Morales was an …

Norman Mailer

Ken Johnson, 82, Only Loser of 9-Inning No-Hitter, Dies

Baseball, that statistics-mad enterprise, has served up its share of rare performances by individual players. Fifteen fielders have turned unassisted triple plays. Thirteen hitters have hit two grand slams in a game, including one, Fernando Tatis, who in April 1999 did so in the same inning, which …


Coffee Tied to Lower Risk of Dying

More good news on coffee: A large study has found that drinking coffee is associated with a reduced risk of dying.

Researchers followed more than 200,000 doctors and nurses for up to 30 years. The participants had periodic physical examinations and completed questionnaires on diet and behavior, …

Heart Disease

John E. Zuccotti, Urbanist and Financier, Dies at 78

John E. Zuccotti, a street-smart urbanist who was an unsung hero of New York City’s fiscal crisis in the 1970s, died on Thursday in Brooklyn. He was 78.

The cause was complications from a heart attack, his wife, Susan, said.

Mr. Zuccotti was perhaps best known in recent years for the half-acre park …

Urban Planning

Tom Buckley, 87, Colorful Times Reporter

Tom Buckley, a versatile reporter for The New York Times who covered the United Nations and the war in Vietnam, wrote columns about New York City and articles for the Sunday magazine, and as a television critic panned “Hill Street Blues,” died on Thursday at his home in Manhattan. He was 87.

The …

New York City

Paul Laffoley, Painter Inspired by Time Travel and Aliens, Dies at 80

Paul Laffoley, whose annotated diagrammatic paintings, with their kaleidoscopic representations of abstruse philosophic systems, made him one of the most distinctive and cerebral of the outsider artists, died on Nov. 16 at his home in Boston. He was 80.

The cause was congestive heart failure, said …


Bert Olmstead, Member of Canadiens Dynasty, Dies at 89

Bert Olmstead, a Hockey Hall of Fame wing who played on five Stanley Cup championship teams, four times with the Montreal Canadiens of the 1950s, died on Tuesday in High River, Alberta. He was 89.

His death was announced by the Canadiens.

Playing in the N.H.L. for 14 seasons, Olmstead was especially …

Montreal Canadiens

Herbert Scarf, an Economist’s Mathematician, Dies at 85

Herbert Scarf, a Yale mathematician who never took an economics course but whose groundbreaking theories were embraced by businesses and governments, died on Nov. 15 at his home in Sag Harbor, N.Y. He was 85.

The cause was heart failure, his daughter Martha Samuelson said.

Professor Scarf’s most …


Kim Young-sam, Former President of South Korea, Dies at 87

SEOUL, South Korea — Kim Young-sam, the former president of South Korea who replaced the last of the country’s military leaders, purged politicized generals and introduced a landmark reform aimed at transparency in financial transactions, died on Sunday. He was 87.

Mr. Kim, who was president from …


Saeed Jaffrey, Actor in ‘Gandhi’ and ‘The Man Who Would Be King,’ Dies at 86

Saeed Jaffrey, an Indian-born character actor known internationally for his work in films like “Gandhi,” “The Man Who Would Be King” and “My Beautiful Laundrette,” died on Nov. 14 in London. He was 86.

The cause was a brain hemorrhage, his wife, Jennifer Jaffrey, said.

In his native India, Mr. …


Bob Foster, Whose Left Hook Decimated All but the Heavyweights, Dies at 76

Bob Foster, a devastating puncher who was one of boxing’s most dominant light-heavyweight champions but failed in his quest to capture a heavyweight title when he was knocked out by Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali, died on Saturday in Albuquerque. He was 76.

Foster’s death was confirmed by his son …

Joe Frazier

How Gourds Survived When Even Mastodons Went Extinct

Human domestication may have helped save the wild ancestors of pumpkins, gourds and squash from extinction.

Eons ago, wild gourds and squash relied on very large animals to disperse their seeds in dung. Seeds have been found in fossilized mastodon dung dating back 30,000 years.

When mastodons and …


Choose to Be Grateful. It Will Make You Happier.

TWENTY-FOUR years ago this month, my wife and I married in Barcelona, Spain. Two weeks after our wedding, flush with international idealism, I had the bright idea of sharing a bit of American culture with my Spanish in-laws by cooking a full Thanksgiving dinner.

Easier said than done. Turkeys are …


Review: ‘A View From the Bridge’ Bears Witness to the Pain of Fate

This must be what Greek tragedy once felt like, when people went to the theater in search of catharsis. Ivo van Hove’s magnificent reconception of Arthur Miller’s “A View From the Bridge,” which opened on Thursday night at the Lyceum Theater, takes you into extreme emotional territory that you …

Review: ‘Pike St.,’ Where One Woman Speaks for All

Evelyn, the principal character in Nilaja Sun’s terrific new solo show, “Pike St.,” had her hands full even before news came of the hurricane bearing down on New York. Her 15-year-old daughter, Candi, is severely disabled and needs constant care. Four years ago, Candi had an aneurysm — or some …

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Review: In ‘Steve,’ Contemplating Middle Age and Monogamy

Hello, not-so-young lovers, wherever you are. Do you know what Rodgers and Hammerstein show I’m (sort of) quoting there? Even if you don’t (it’s “The King and I”), you’re likely to have a swell time at “Steve,” a surprisingly serious comedy by Mark Gerrard in which no event is so grave or so …

Middle Age

Beth Curry, Who Founded Investment Firm, Dies at 74

Beth Curry, co-founder of a $25 billion investment firm, Eagle Capital Management, and a $180 million philanthropy, died on Monday at her home in Manhattan. She was 74. The cause was a recurrence of breast cancer, her son Ravenel Boykin Curry IV, known as Boykin, said.

The Ravenel and Elizabeth …


Seymour Lipkin, Pianist and Conductor, Dies at 88

Seymour Lipkin, a pianist and conductor widely admired in both roles for his acute, deliberately unflashy musicianship, died on Monday in Blue Hill, Me. He was 88.

His wife, Ellen Werner, confirmed his death.

Mr. Lipkin came to wide public attention in 1948 when, at 20, he won first prize in the …


Henry S. Rowen, Professor, Economist and Ex-President of RAND, Dies at 90

Henry S. Rowen, an economist and a military expert who led the RAND Corporation in the 1960s, expanding its research mission to include domestic policy, and who resigned abruptly in 1971 after a RAND copy of the top-secret Pentagon Papers was leaked to the news media by Daniel Ellsberg, died on …

Daniel Ellsberg

Mal Whitfield, Olympic Gold Medalist and Tuskegee Airman, Dies at 91

Mal Whitfield, a sleek middle-distance runner who won three Olympic gold medals for the United States, at one point as a Tuskegee Airman, and later became an American good-will ambassador promoting athletics abroad, died on Thursday in Washington. He was 91.

His daughter Fredricka Whitfield, an …


Jonah Lomu, Rugby Superstar, Dies at 40

Jonah Lomu, whose size, strength and speed made him one of rugby’s most fearsome wings, a record-setting, nearly unstoppable scorer for the All Blacks, New Zealand’s national team, died late Tuesday or early Wednesday at his home in Auckland, New Zealand. He was 40.

Nadene Lomu, his wife, confirmed …

Rugby World Cup

Robert F. Dall, Mastermind of Mortgage-Backed Bonds, Dies at 81

Robert F. Dall, an investment banker and a pioneer of the mortgage bond market on Wall Street, died on Sunday at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan. He was 81.

A son, Matthew, said the cause of death was complications from pneumonia.

While at Salomon Brothers in the 1970s, Mr. Dall oversaw the first …

Bank of America

Patrick R. Fallon, Advertising Executive, Dies at 70

Patrick R. Fallon, a co-founder of the Minneapolis-based advertising agency that made its name with imaginative campaigns for media companies and luxury carmakers like BMW and Porsche, died on Friday in Robbinsdale, Minn. He was 70.

The cause was a hemorrhagic stroke, his son Kevin said.

Mr. Fallon …


Michael C. Gross, Who Designed the ‘Ghostbusters’ Logo, Dies at 70

Michael C. Gross, a graphic designer and film producer who created the logo for the 1984 film “Ghostbusters” and a series of unforgettable parody covers for National Lampoon magazine, where he was an art director in the early 1970s, died on Monday at his home in Oceanside, Calif. He was 70.

The …