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PASSINGS: Peter Kaplan, Karl Quilter, Joseph Bell

Peter Kaplan Editor hired 'Sex and the City' columnist Peter Kaplan, 59, the former editor of the New York Observer who hired a then-unknown Candace Bushnell to write a column called "Sex and the City," died Friday of cancer in New York City, said his wife, Lisa Chase. He edited the Observer from 1994 to 2009. The salmon-colored weekly has a reach beyond its circulation of about 50,000 because it is read by the Manhattan-based movers and shakers it covers. Kaplan was credited with honing the paper's snarky tone and hiring writers who became influential voices. Bushnell's column about love and dating inspired the hit HBO cable TV series "Sex and...

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