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  • Robert Olsen dies at 44; painted luminous depictions of urban objects

    Robert Olsen dies at 44; painted luminous depictions of urban objects
    Robert Olsen, a critically acclaimed artist known for his luminescent paintings of outdoor urban objects such as gas pumps and ATMs, would drive around Los Angeles all night looking for interesting items to photograph and then later paint.
  • Doris Pilkington Garimara dies; wrote of Australia's 'stolen generations'

    Doris Pilkington Garimara dies; wrote of Australia's 'stolen generations'
    When she was 4, Doris Pilkington Garimara was uprooted from her home in western Australia and sent to a camp for "half-caste" aboriginals, where she grew up believing she had been abandoned and forgotten by her mother. Decades passed before she...

    Nina Cassian dies at 89; Romanian poet granted asylum in U.S.

    Nina Cassian dies at 89; Romanian poet granted asylum in U.S.
    Romanian poet and translator Nina Cassian, who obtained political asylum in the United States after the Communist-era secret police found her critical poems scribbled in a friend's diary, has died. She was 89. Cassian died of a heart attack Monday at...

    PASSINGS: Phillip Hayes Dean, Cheo Feliciano, Hal Cooper

    PASSINGS: Phillip Hayes Dean, Cheo Feliciano, Hal Cooper
    Phillip Hayes Dean Actor, director wrote one-man play 'Paul Robeson' Phillip Hayes Dean, 83, a playwright, director and actor who wrote the one-man play "Paul Robeson" starring James Earl Jones on Broadway in 1978, died Monday in Los Angeles from a...

    John Claerhout dies at 85; Boy Scouts leader was masterful fundraiser

    John Claerhout dies at 85; Boy Scouts leader was masterful fundraiser
    John Claerhout, a former Boy Scouts of America executive known for his finesse at fundraising and his promotion of scouting programs for thousands of inner-city Los Angeles teenagers, has died in a Northridge hospital. He was 85. Claerhout underwent...