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Dunn Lampton

Lawyer prosecuted civil rights cold case

Dunn Lampton, 60, a former U.S. attorney in Mississippi who prosecuted a high-profile cold case from the civil rights era, died Wednesday in Jackson, Miss. The cause of death was not immediately released, but Lampton had been in poor health.

Among Dunn's best-known cases was the prosecution of James Ford Seale, a reputed Ku Klux Klansman who died in prison earlier this month. Seale was convicted in 2007 of two counts of kidnapping and one count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping in the 1964 deaths of two 19-year-old black men, Henry Hezekiah Dee and Charles Eddie Moore.

President George W. Bush appointed Lampton as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi in September 2001, putting him in charge of federal prosecutions in 45 counties.

Lampton was born and raised in the south Mississippi town of Osyka. He attended Southwest Mississippi Junior College on a basketball scholarship before earning undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Mississippi.

Susan McLain

Cal State Long Beach dance teacher

Susan McLain, a former principal dancer for the Martha Graham Dance Company who had taught dance at Cal State Long Beach for the last 18 years, died Aug. 5 in Long Beach, the university announced. She was 58 and had suffered from a bacterial infection.

-- Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports

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