CALIFORNIA LIVES Notable Obituaries From the Archives
Bo Pilgrim, who grew feed store into world's largest poultry producer, dies at 89

Lonnie "Bo" Pilgrim, who grew a one-time feed store into the world's largest poultry producer before losing the company in bankruptcy, has died at 89.

Pilgrim died Friday at his Pittsburg, Texas, home about 110 miles east of Dallas, according to a statement from the Erman Smith Funeral Home.

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Jewelry designer Kenneth Jay Lane, a favorite of the elite and QVC shoppers, dies at 85

Costume jewelry designer Kenneth Jay Lane, whose creations caught the fancy of high society and the QVC crowd alike, has died in New York. He was 85.

The executive vice president of Lane's company, Chris Sheppard, said Lane died at his Manhattan home late Wednesday or early Thursday. A cause was not released.

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Betty Dukes, Wal-Mart greeter who took retail giant to the U.S. Supreme Court in gender bias case, dies at 67

The Wal-Mart greeter who took the retail giant all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in the largest gender bias class-action lawsuit in U.S. history has died, a family member said Tuesday.

Betty Dukes died July 10 at her home in Antioch, Calif., said her niece, Rita Roland. Dukes was 67.

"She was a very tough lady, very driven and passionate about what she believed in. She was persuasive.

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Arab caricatures deface Disney's Aladdin

Walt Disney's "Aladdin" is not an entertaining Arabian Nights fantasy as film critics would have us believe ("The 1,001 Delights of 'Aladdin,' " Calendar, Nov. 11) but rather a painful reminder to 3 million Americans of Arab heritage, as well as 300 million Arabs and others, that the abhorrent Arab stereotype is as ubiquitous as Aladdin's lamp.

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Ray Phiri, South African musician featured on Paul Simon's 'Graceland', dies at 70

Ray Phiri, a South African jazz musician who founded the band Stimela and became internationally known while performing on Paul Simon's groundbreaking “Graceland” tour, has died of cancer at age 70.

Phiri, a vocalist and guitarist known for his versatility in jazz fusion, indigenous South African rhythms and other styles, received many music awards in his home country.

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David Theno dies; scientist helped set safety standards after Jack in the Box's deadly outbreak in 1990s

When David Theno was recruited by Jack in the Box nearly 25 years ago amid a deadly E. coli outbreak, he had more on his mind than rescuing his employer from a corporate crisis.

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