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1st African-American actor to play Valjean on Broadway dies

Kyle Jean-Baptiste, the first African-American and youngest person to ever play the role of Jean Valjean in "Les Misérables" on Broadway has died after falling from a fire escape, according to a show spokesman. He was 21.

Obituary: Pianist Thelma Hunter was a major figure in Twin Cities' music scene

Thelma Hunter knew what it was like to play on the big stage. At age 5, the pianist performed at Carnegie Hall as one of the “talented youth of …

Augsburg women's basketball coach Bill McKee dies

McKee also coached at Mounds View, Blaine and Cretin-Derham Hall

Legionnaires' kills 2 Illinois veterans' home residents

Two residents of an Illinois veterans' home have died of Legionnaires' Disease, the Illinois Department of Public Health said Friday.

Kyle Jean-Baptiste, Broadway’s ‘Les Miserables’ Star, Dead at 21

Kyle Jean-Baptiste, who just this month became the youngest actor and the first African-American to play Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables” on Broadway, has died after accidentally falling off …


Obituary: Hockey star, sports buff Wade Wallen helped others with Huntington's disease

Huntington’s disease took its toll on Wade Wallen over the course of more than 12 years, leaving the former Bloomington Jefferson High School hockey star unable to walk, talk, …


Civil rights icon Amelia Boynton Robinson dies

She never became a household name, but the grainy photos of Amelia Boynton Robinson crumpled on the side of the road in Selma, Ala., after being tear-gassed and beaten …


Frank E. Petersen Jr., first black Marine aviator, dies

Frank E. Petersen Jr., the first black aviator and brigadier general in the Marine Corps, has died.


Ex-NBA star Darryl Dawkins, aka 'Chocolate Thunder,' dies

The Lehigh County, Pennsylvania coroner's office said Dawkins died Thursday morning at a hospital. Later Thursday, Dawkins' family said a heart attack was the cause of death. Officials said an autopsy was scheduled for Friday.