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Rapper Common's father, Lonnie Lynn, dies at 71

Lonnie Lynn, known to hip-hop fans for his soulful spoken-word poems on rapper son Common's albums, has died.

Obituary: Harold Melby was a legend at Groveland Elementary

A portrait of Harold Melby hangs in the entryway of Groveland Elementary in Minnetonka. It’s a fitting reminder that the beloved principal, coach and teacher is still watching over …

Bob Crewe, 'Walk Like a Man' writer, dead at 83

Bob Crewe, co-writer of "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," ''Big Girls Don't Cry" and many other pop hits, died last week. He was 83.

Powerful Washington lobbyist Boggs dies at 73

Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., a son of congressional royalty who evolved into a top-tier lobbyist and prolific Democratic fundraiser and embodied what it meant to have Washington clout, died Monday He was 73.

Pulitzer-winning cartoonist Tony Auth dies at 72

Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Tony Auth, whose sharp and creative commentary appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer for more than 40 years, died of cancer on Sunday. He was 72.


Protestant firebrand Ian Paisley dies at 88

The Rev. Ian Paisley, the Protestant firebrand who devoted his life to thwarting compromise with Catholics in Northern Ireland only to become a pivotal peacemaker in his twilight years, died Friday in Belfast. He was 88.


Jazz-funk pioneer Joe Sample dies at 75

Pianist and composer Joe Sample, a founding member of the genre-crossing Jazz Crusaders who helped pioneer the electronic jazz-funk fusion style, has died. He was 75. Sample died of complications …


Obituary: Former Donaldson Co. CEO Bill Van Dyke was passionate leader, mentor

Bill Van Dyke, a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, was just the no-excuses leader Donaldson Co. needed to push it into a decade of record profits and onto …


NY man who strangled 8 prostitutes dies in prison

A former school hall monitor who admitted strangling eight prostitutes and stashing their corpses in his home in the 1990s has died at a prison in western New York.