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  • Barbara Branden dies at 84; Ayn Rand biographer championed her subject

    Barbara Branden, who wrote a definitive biography of philosopher and novelist Ayn Rand after a close association that ended in a disastrous tangle of relationships, died Wednesday in a rehabilitation center near her home in West Hollywood. She was 84....
  • PASSINGS: Mary Finch Hoyt, Antonia Bird, Francisco Mayoral, Bill Mazer

    Mary Finch Hoyt Press secretary to Rosalynn Carter Mary Finch Hoyt, 89, White House press secretary to former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, died Oct. 17 in Washington, according to Carter's spokeswoman Deanna Congileo. She had cancer, the Washington...
  • Franklin McCain dies at 73; one of the 'Greensboro Four'

    When teenager Franklin McCain decided to make a stand against segregation at the F.W. Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., in 1960, two thoughts weighed on him. "If I were lucky, I would go to jail for a long, long time. If I were not quite so...
  • Zvonko Busic dies at 67; served U.S. prison time for '76 TWA hijacking

    Zvonko Busic, a Croatian nationalist who served more than three decades in U.S. prisons for a 1976 hijacking and a bombing that killed a New York City policeman, has committed suicide. He was 67. Police said Busic shot himself Sunday at his home in...
  • Neighborhood Watchers should act more like Gladys Kravitz than Travis Bickle

    Neighborhood Watchers should act more like Gladys Kravitz than Travis Bickle
    Seven months into the job, Sanford police Chief Cecil Smith still is learning the lay of the land. Last week, however, he learned something else: In the digital age, threats — real or imagined — to gun rights go viral faster than a...
  • Augusto Odone dies at 80; used 'Lorenzo's oil' to treat ailing son

    Augusto Odone was a charismatic Italian economist whose job with the World Bank afforded a cosmopolitan lifestyle. But the important work he performed for impoverished countries paled by comparison to the job that began to consume him in 1984: saving...
  • Carolyn Cassady dies at 90; wife of Beat legend Neal Cassady

    If proof was needed that opposites attract, the loves of Carolyn Cassady's life would more than make the case. The daughter of a biochemistry professor and an English teacher with strict, Victorian values, she grew up in the 1940s envisioning a...
  • Tom Clancy dies at 66; insurance agent found his calling in spy thrillers

    Tom Clancy dies at 66; insurance agent found his calling in spy thrillers
    In 1980, Tom Clancy was making a decent living as an insurance agent. But underwriting fire, casualty and car policies wasn't the stuff of his dreams. In his spare time he began to plot a novel — about an ex-Marine who worked for the CIA and a...
  • Barbara Coe dies at 79; foe of services for those in U.S. illegally

    Barbara Coe dies at 79; foe of services for those in U.S. illegally
    For Barbara Coe, everything changed the day she accompanied an elderly friend to an Orange County social services center in 1991. "I walked into this monstrous room full of people, babies and little children all over the place, and I realized nobody was...
  • Latest Turn in Newsweek Saga: Revival of U.S. Print Edition

    Here's a surprising headline: Newsweek is scheduled to revive its U.S. print edition as a subscription-dependent news weekly. The New York Times reported late Tuesday that the magazine's new owners intend to return to a print in January or February,...
  • Boomers need to figure out who will care for them when they're old

    Lunch with friends -- a former boss and a one-time colleague -- always touches on a few tried-and-true topics: Our careers, the good, the bad and the ugly. Our choice of entertainment, heavy on the books we've been reading and an occasional foray into...