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Memorial ceremony held in South Dakota for ex-Gov. Miller

Former South Dakota Gov. Walter Dale Miller was remembered Monday as a man who remained cool in a time of crisis during a memorial ceremony at the state Capitol …

Civil rights leader, journalist Jerry Mondesire dies at 65

Former Philadelphia NAACP president J. Whyatt "Jerry" Mondesire, a longtime civil rights activist, editor and publisher, has died. He was 65.

Al Abrams, Motown Records' 1st press officer, dies at 74

Al Abrams, the founding press officer and publicist for Motown Records, died Saturday following a battle with cancer, his wife said. He was 74.

Irish playwright Brian Friel, famed for 'Lughnasa,' dies

Brian Friel distrusted the reliability of mere facts. Ireland's greatest playwright of his generation, who died Friday at the age of 86, spent much of his life trying to convey the deeper truths of our existence — of a world filled with compelling fictions constructed by people, families and whole nations.

Obituary: Don Rosen started the Coats for Kids program to keep kids warm

Thirty years ago, a woman unable to buy a winter coat for her child stopped at Pilgrim Cleaners and asked if any had been left behind. Pilgrim’s president, Don …

Former US Rep. Don Edwards, champion of civil rights, dies

Former U.S. Rep. Don Edwards of California, a fierce champion of civil rights and the environment during his three decades in Washington, died at the age of 100.

Longtime Wisconsin union leader Marty Beil dies at 68

Marty Beil, the burly and sometimes brusque leader of the Wisconsin state employee labor union for 30 years, has died. He was 68.

'Towering Inferno' director John Guillermin dies at 89

John Guillermin, a veteran British director best known for bringing to life big budget adventure films like "The Towering Inferno" and the 1976 "King Kong" has died. He was 89.

Relative: Leon Varjian, known UW prankster, dies at 64

Leon Varjian, who came to the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the 1970s to study in "the graduate school of fun" and ended up masterminding such famous pranks as the 1,000 plastic pink flamingoes on Bascom Hill and the Statue of Liberty head on frozen Lake Mendota, has died at age 64, a relative said.