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Rhoda R. Gilman, historian and Green Party activist, dies at 91

She was tasked with helping refresh Minnesota's history curriculum for schoolchildren in the 1980s.

Veteran publicist to the stars Paul Bloch dead at age 78

May 25

Bill to create health care price controls in California dies

May 25
A proposal to create government price controls in California for surgeries, hospital stays, doctor visits and other health care services died Friday when it failed to clear a key committee, but the author says he plans to bring it back next year.

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Local
May 25

Longtime Creighton University president dies

The Rev. Michael Morrison, the longest-serving president of Creighton University in Omaha, has died.
Music
May 25

Muscle Shoals drummer Roger Clark dies at 67

Roger Clark, a drummer who contributed to the legendary Muscle Shoals sound, has died.
Books
May 24

Prize-winning children's author Richard Peck dies at 84

Prize-winning children's author Richard Peck, who drew upon his Illinois roots for such favorites as "A Long Way from Chicago" and "A Year Down Yonder," has died.
Nation
May 24

Vet who survived wartime accident that killed son dies at 93

Lawrence Reilly Sr. barely survived the 1969 collision that sent half of the USS Frank E. Evans to the bottom of the South China Sea with his namesake son and 73 other shipmates trapped inside. The father spent the last years of his life unsuccessfully trying to convince the Pentagon to add those 74 names to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Nation
May 24

Obituary: Tornado chaser wants ashes launched into a twister

A Missouri storm chaser told friends in his obituary that he wants them to launch his ashes into a tornado, adding: "That'll be fun!!!!"
Local
May 23

Bill Doi, World War II internee and social activist, dies at 101

Doi was a veteran of the Twin Cities advertising scene and a leader in the local Japanese-American community.
Variety
May 23

Militant Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles has died

Former CIA operative and militant Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles, who was accused of organizing a string of 1997 Havana hotel bombings and a 1976 Cuban airline bombing that killed 73 people, has died. He was 90.
Celebrities
May 23

Correction: Obit-Clint Walker story

In a May 22 obituary of Clint Walker, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Walker was 91 years old when he died. He was 90.
National
May 23

Philip Roth: a generation's defining voice

In the self-imposed retirement of his final years, Philip Roth remained curious and removed from the world he had shocked and had shocked him in return.
Books
May 23
FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2008, file photo, author Philip Roth poses for a photo in the offices of his publisher, Houghton Mifflin, in New York.

Philip Roth, fearless and celebrated author, dies at 85

Philip Roth, the prize-winning novelist and fearless narrator of sex, death, assimilation and fate, from the comic madness of "Portnoy's Complaint" to the elegiac lyricism of "American Pastoral," died Tuesday night at age 85.
Books
May 22

Philip Roth, fearless and celebrated author, dies at 85

Philip Roth, the prize-winning novelist and fearless narrator of sex, death, assimilation and fate, from the comic madness of "Portnoy's Complaint" to the elegiac lyricism of "American Pastoral," died Tuesday night at age 85.
Variety
May 22
David and Elizabeth Weinlick were married at the Mall of America in 1998 after David's friends chose Elizabeth from among women who entered a contest

'Greatest love story' began with arranged marriage at Mall of America, ended too soon

Colon cancer claims David Weinlick, whose friends picked the bride for the 1998 wedding at the Mall of America.
Nation
May 22

Dovey Johnson Roundtree, lawyer who quietly shattered racial and gender barriers, dies at 104

The jurors were looking at her when they filed into court. That, Dovey Johnson Roundtree knew, could have immense significance for her client, a feebleminded…
Variety
May 22

Groom in arranged marriage at Mall of America dies at 48

David Weinlick knew he would get married on June 13, 1998. He just didn't know who his bride would be.
Stage & Arts
May 22

For Robert Indiana, 'LOVE' was a complicated relationship

Pop artist Robert Indiana, best known for his 1960s "LOVE" series, died at his secluded island home off the Maine coast having never found the type of lasting love that was celebrated by thousands through his iconic work.
Variety
May 21
FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2009, file photo, artist Robert Indiana poses at his studio in Vinalhaven, Maine. Indiana, best known for his 1960s LOVE serie

Artist Robert Indiana, known for 'LOVE' series, dies at 89

Pop artist Robert Indiana, best known for his 1960s "LOVE" series, has died at his island home off the coast of Maine. He was 89.
National
May 21

Reactions to the death of speechwriter Richard Goodwin

Reaction to the death of presidential speechwriter Richard Goodwin:
Local
May 21

Former judge John Weyrens remembered as compassionate, fair

When John Weyrens first became a judge in Meeker County in the 1970s, he adopted a simple credo: If he ever stopped agonizing over sending…
Nation
May 21

N Carolina restaurant owner 'Mama Dip' dies at age 89

A North Carolina restaurant owner known as much for generosity as her fried chicken has died at the age of 89, her family said Monday.
Local
May 21

Ronald Libertus, advocate and expert in American Indian art, dies at 79

While it can often be difficult to sum up a person’s life and work in a few phrases, it is especially so for Ronald L.…