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  • Ben Isaacs dies at 107; oldest Pullman porter

    Ben Isaacs dies at 107; oldest Pullman porter
    For more than three decades, Ben Isaacs worked as a Pullman porter, one of the uniformed railway men who served first-class passengers traveling in luxurious sleeping cars — a much-coveted job for African Americans between the 1870s and late 1960s.
  • Maria Cole dies at 89; singer was widow of Nat King Cole

    Maria Cole dies at 89; singer was widow of Nat King Cole
    Maria Cole, the widow of music legend Nat King Cole and the mother of singer Natalie Cole whose own singing career included a stint as vocalist for Duke Ellington's orchestra in the mid-1940s, has died. She was 89. Cole died Tuesday at a hospice in...

    Ray Briem dies at 82; all-night radio host in L.A.

    Ray Briem dies at 82; all-night radio host in L.A.
    Ray Briem, the longtime KABC-AM talk show host who ruled all-night radio for nearly three decades with his phone calls to the famous and the quirky and his opinionated banter slamming liberals, championing conservative causes and extolling the big-band...

    Joe Smith's candid artist talks heading to Library of Congress

     
    Classic-film fans know all about Frank Capra’s 1941 political treatise “Meet John Doe.” Soon, music lovers will have the chance to “Meet Joe Smith,” and in the process get a little closer to dozens of the most important...

    New York Fashion Week fall 2013: Kimberly Ovitz

    New York Fashion Week fall 2013: Kimberly Ovitz
    NEW YORK -- Kimberly Ovitz, the daughter of Hollywood power player Michael Ovitz, showed her fall-winter 2013 collection Thursday afternoon at New York Fashion Week. The setting was the now-vacant Cafe Rouge, site of historic performances by such jazz...