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Podiatrist who set free throws world record dies at 94
March 26, 2017
LONG BEACH, Calif. — A California podiatrist who made history when he shot 2,750 consecutive free throws has died. He was 94.
Dr. Tom Amberry died in Long Beach on March 18, said his granddaughter, Roxanne Amberry.
The retired podiatrist earned a spot in Guinness World Records and brief...
Dallas Green, who managed Phillies to 1st title, dies at 82
March 22, 2017
PHILADELPHIA — As a big league pitcher, Dallas Green was pretty mediocre.
"I was a 20-game winner," he would joke, "it just took me five years to do it."
Instead, it was in another role where the imposing, 6-foot-5 Green really made noise.
"When you think of big, with that deep voice, that...
'Gong Show' creator Chuck Barris dies at 87
March 22, 2017
NEW YORK — Chuck Barris, whose game show empire included "The Dating Game," "The Newlywed Game" and that infamous factory of cheese, "The Gong Show," has died. He was 87.
Barris died of natural causes Tuesday afternoon at his home in Palisades, New York, according to publicist Paul Shefrin,...
Martin McGuinness, IRA leader turned peacemaker, dies at 66
March 21, 2017
DUBLIN — Martin McGuinness took up arms to fight British soldiers in the streets but ended up shaking hands with Queen Elizabeth II. A militant who long sought to unify Ireland through violence, he became a peacemaking politician who earned the respect, and even the friendship, of his former...
Guardian of Rockefeller fortune, philanthropy dies at 101
March 20, 2017
NEW YORK — David Rockefeller was the last of his generation in a famous American family that taught its children that wealth brings great responsibility. Even as children, he and his siblings had to set aside portions of their allowances for charitable giving.
That lesson lasted throughout his...
Reaction to the death of rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry
March 19, 2017
Reaction to the death of rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry at age 90:
"Chuck Berry rolled over everyone who came before him - and turned up everyone who came after. We'll miss you, Chuck. Be good." — Barack Obama, via Twitter
"Anybody who's picked up a guitar has been influenced by him." —...
Jimmy Breslin, chronicler of wise guys and underdogs, dies
March 20, 2017
NEW YORK — Jimmy Breslin scored one of his best-remembered interviews with President John F. Kennedy's grave-digger and once drove straight into a riot where he was beaten to his underwear.
In a writing career that spanned six decades, the columnist and author became the brash embodiment of...
Rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry dies at 90
March 18, 2017
NEW YORK — Chuck Berry, rock 'n' roll's founding guitar hero and storyteller who defined the music's joy and rebellion in such classics as "Johnny B. Goode," ''Sweet Little Sixteen" and "Roll Over Beethoven," died Saturday at his home in an unincorporated area west of St. Louis. He was...
Blues harmonica star James Cotton dead at 81
March 17, 2017
AUSTIN, Texas — James Cotton, a Grammy Award-winning blues harmonica master whose full-throated sound backed such blues legends as Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson II and Howlin' Wolf, has died at age 81.
A statement from Alligator Records, Cotton's label, says he died Thursday of pneumonia...
Jack Harris, who produced horror film 'The Blob,' dies at 98
March 14, 2017
LOS ANGELES — Jack Harris, who cemented his place in Hollywood history by producing the 1958 horror film "The Blob," has died.
His daughter, Lynda Resnick, says Harris died of natural causes Tuesday at his home in Beverly Hills surrounded by family. He was 98.
Born in Philadelphia and a...