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Bob Baker, legendary puppeteer, dead at 90

Bob Baker, the founder of one of America's oldest puppet theaters, died Friday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 90.

Kenneth H. Washington, Guthrie guru who taught and mentored actors, dies

From Utah to New York to the Guthrie, he helped guide acting careers. He was 68.

Ex-studio boss who oversaw major '70s films dies

Frank Yablans, a former president of Paramount Pictures in the 1970s who oversaw the release of several groundbreaking pictures, has died.

Obituary: David 'Choc' Junker, former Stillwater mayor

After all the ways he gave back to Stillwater over the years — as mayor, public works director, school board member — David “Choc” Junker’s loved ones keep coming …

Queen of crime writing PD James dies aged 94

P.D. James took the classic British detective story into tough modern terrain, complete with troubled relationships and brutal violence, and never accepted that crime writing was second-class literature.

Obituary: Gerald 'Jerry' Siegel, U pioneer in speech pathology

Gerald “Jerry” Siegel’s life revolved around communication. For more than 30 years, he was a fixture of the University of Minnesota’s speech pathology department, a pioneer in research about …

Memorial spanning 3 days set for Marion Barry

Marion Barry will be remembered with three days of events befitting a man described by the District of Columbia's current mayor as the "most iconic figure" in the city's history, officials said Wednesday.

Banker who lived to 109 credited unlisted number

A Pennsylvania banker and philanthropist who said the key to his longevity was having an unlisted phone number has died at age 109.

Obituary: Malcolm McLean, former president of Northland College in Ashland, Wis.

Malcolm McLean was enjoying a distinguished career as a U.S. diplomat in Central America until he got a call from an old family friend. It was the early 1970s. The …