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  • Hisaye Yamamoto dies at 89; writer of Japanese American stories

    Hisaye Yamamoto dies at 89; writer of Japanese American stories
    Hisaye Yamamoto, one of the first Asian American writers to earn literary distinction after World War II with highly polished short stories that illuminated a world circumscribed by culture and brutal strokes of history, has died. She was 89. Yamamoto...
  • Who will be L.A.'s next mayor?

    Who will be L.A.'s next mayor?
    Los Angeles' mayoral election is still nearly two years away, but the field of candidates already is taking shape. And the race is certain to present voters with starkly different choices about who should run Los Angeles next. More contenders...
  • Margaret Burroughs dies; founder of Chicago's DuSable Museum of African American History

    Margaret Burroughs dies; founder of Chicago's DuSable Museum of African American History
    Margaret Burroughs, an artist and teacher who founded the nationally recognized DuSable Museum of African American History in the living room of her home on the South Side of Chicago almost 50 years ago, died Sunday of unspecified causes at home,...
  • R. Sargent Shriver dies at 95; 'unmatched' public servant and Kennedy in-law

    R. Sargent Shriver dies at 95; 'unmatched' public servant and Kennedy in-law
    R. Sargent Shriver, a lawyer who served as the social conscience of two administrations, launching the Peace Corps for his brother-in-law, President Kennedy, and leading the "war on poverty" for President Johnson, has died. He was 95. Shriver died...
  • Gerald Lawson dies at 70; engineer brought cartridge-based video game consoles to life

    Gerald Lawson dies at 70; engineer brought cartridge-based video game consoles to life
    Gerald A. "Jerry" Lawson, an electronics engineer and video game pioneer who led the team that developed the first cartridge-based home video game console system to hit the market in the mid-1970s, has died. He was 70. Lawson, who lived in Santa Clara,...
  • Tamales, L.A.'s original street food

    Tamales, L.A.'s original street food
    Southern California's latest foodie trend has the region atwitter. Lines form long into the night at the latest hot spot for edible treasures, while wily entrepreneurs outdo each other by parking at the best spots. But not everyone is happy. Brick-and-...
  • William Elkins Jr. dies at 90; advisor and confidant of Mayor Tom Bradley

    William Elkins Jr. dies at 90; advisor and confidant of Mayor Tom Bradley
    William Elkins Jr., a childhood friend of Tom Bradley who was one of the mayor's most influential advisors, has died. He was 90. Elkins died Wednesday of congestive heart failure at a convalescent hospital in Santa Monica, said his wife, Eleanor. When...
  • Lena Horne dies at 92; singer and civil rights activist who broke barriers

    Lena Horne dies at 92; singer and civil rights activist who broke barriers
    "Stormy Weather" was Lena Horne's signature song as well as a chillingly apt metaphor for her career. Long celebrated for her striking beauty and silky voice, she overcame profound racism on her way to becoming one of the best-known African American...
  • PASSINGS: Walter Zacharius, John Gruber

    PASSINGS: Walter Zacharius, John Gruber
    Walter Zacharius Publisher promoted romance novels Walter Zacharius, 87, a publisher and iconoclast who released an unauthorized version of the erotic classic "Candy" and had the savvy and sales talk to help romance novels make the transition from...
  • PASSINGS: David Alexander, James E. Akins, Sumbat Lapajian, Carl Gordon

    PASSINGS: David Alexander, James E. Akins, Sumbat Lapajian, Carl Gordon
    David Alexander Longtime president of Pomona College David Alexander, 77, who brought national standing to Pomona College during a two-decade tenure as president, died Sunday in Claremont after a long battle with cancer, the college announced....
  • Teresa Hughes dies at 80; veteran state lawmaker

    Teresa Hughes dies at 80; veteran state lawmaker
    Teresa Hughes, a former Democratic state senator and assemblywoman from the Los Angeles area who was best known for her focus on education during her 25 years in the California Legislature, has died. She was 80. Hughes, a resident of Castro Valley,...