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Ex-Lebanon hostage Thomas Sutherland dies in Colorado

Thomas Sutherland, a teacher was held captive in Lebanon for more than six years until he was freed in 1991 and returned home to become professor emeritus at Colorado State University, has died.

Gregarious Twin Cities bar owner Matt Lokowich, dead at 49, was a friend to all

Matt Lokowich sampled fare as part of a Star Tribune story about favorite Twin Cities hot spots in 2009.

"It's pretty evident that he loved people. People loved him. There's a lot of heartache on this one."


The Latest: Medical examiner: Coger died from enlarged heart

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Betsy Bloomingdale, Reagan friend and philanthropist, dies

Betsy Bloomingdale, a department store heir's widow who hobnobbed with the world's elite, epitomized high fashion and was best friends with former first lady Nancy Reagan, has died. She was 93.


Betsy Bloomingdale, Reagan friend and philanthropist, dies

Betsy Bloomingdale, a department store heir's widow who hobnobbed with the world's elite, epitomized high fashion and was best friends with former first lady Nancy Reagan, has died. She was 93.


2-time Pulitzer-winning reporter for Chicago Tribune dies

William Gaines, who won two Pulitzer Prizes as an investigative reporter for the Chicago Tribune, has died. He was 82.


Bill Cardille, former Pittsburgh local TV host, dead at 87

Bill Cardille, a Pittsburgh TV personality nicknamed "Chilly Billy" who hosted late-night "Chiller Theater" as well as "Studio Wrestling," has died. He was 87.


Hawaii Democratic congressman Mark Takai dies

U.S. Rep. Mark Takai, a war veteran and long-time legislator known for his bright nature and deep commitment to service, died in his home after a months-long battle with cancer.


Obituary: Professor, nonprofit leader Alvera Mickelsen blended feminism and Christian teaching

Alvera Mickelsen devoted her life to the conversion of her fellow Christians, not to faith but to feminism. A lifelong evangelical, Mickelsen dedicated her career…


Hawaii Democratic congressman Mark Takai dies

U.S. Rep. Mark Takai, a war veteran and long-time legislator known for his bright nature and deep commitment to service, died in his home Wednesday after a months-long battle with cancer.


Obituary: Capt. James Borden flew during the golden age of aviation

Capt. James W. Borden's childhood dream was to fly airplanes — one he fulfilled many times over as an adult flying for Northwest Airlines for…


Reaction to the death of writer-director Garry Marshall

Reaction to the death Tuesday of TV and film writer and director Garry Marshall of "Happy Days" and "Pretty Woman" fame:___"RIP Garry Marshall, whose humor…


'Pretty Woman' filmmaker Garry Marshall dies at age 81

Garry Marshall knew how to tug at moviegoers' heartstrings, whether with unlikely love in "Pretty Woman" or sentimental loss in "Beaches."


Clown Dimitri, beloved Swiss performer, dead at 80

Clown Dimitri, a beloved Swiss clown and mime over nearly six decades who studied under Marcel Marceau and spread smiles from Broadway to Congo with a traditional style that shunned modern, high-tech theatrics, has died, his office said Wednesday. He was 80.


Writer-director Garry Marshall dies at age 81

Writer-director Garry Marshall, whose deft touch with comedy and romance led to a string of TV hits that included "Happy Days" and "Laverne & Shirley" and the box-office successes "Pretty Woman" and "Runaway Bride," has died. He was 81.


'Star Trek Beyond' gracefully finds orbit amid tragedy

When the "Star Trek Beyond" cast and filmmakers gathered in Los Angeles last month for Anton Yelchin's funeral, they had a decision to make. Their film, the third in the rebooted series, was coming out in less than a month and a rigorous press tour was imminent. They could either put themselves out there to promote the film in the raw and devastating weeks following the death of their beloved co-star, or they could withdraw.


Punk pioneer Alan Vega dies at 78

Former Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins says punk pioneer Alan Vega has died.Rollins announced the death on his website and has released what he describes…


Former Minn. Gov. Wendell Anderson dead at 83

Anderson, who appeared on the cover of Time magazine in 1973 with a big northern pike and wide grin as a symbol of his state's good life, had struggled with Alzheimer's for some time before dying from pneumonia while in hospice in St. Paul, said his son, Brett Anderson.


Wendell Anderson, Minnesota's former governor, dies at 83

Wendell Anderson loved being Minnesota's governor so much that he couldn't wait to get to work in the morning. But when he abandoned the Capitol in a slippery move to get to Washington, voters never forgave the youthful Democrat who just three years earlier won statewide accolades for embodying Minnesota's strengths on an iconic Time magazine cover.