Pat DiNizio, lead singer of Smithereens, dead at 62

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Pat DiNizio, who as lead singer and songwriter for the New Jersey band the Smithereens blended pop, rock and New Wave music for such hits as "Blood and Roses" and "A Girl Like You," has died at age 62.

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National
December 12

The Latest: Safeway spokeswoman says workers will miss mayor

The Latest on the death of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee (all times local):
National
December 12

San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee leaves behind city in turmoil

Under Mayor Ed Lee's seven-year watch, San Francisco went from a city mired in recession to a technology-fueled economic powerhouse where housing costs skyrocketed and the chasm between the wealthy and everyone else grew. Lee died Tuesday at 65 after collapsing while grocery shopping.
Movies
December 12

Bruce Brown, whose 'Endless Summer' redefined surfing, dies

Bruce Brown, whose 1966 surfing documentary "The Endless Summer" molded the image of the surfer as a seeker of adventure and fulfillment and transformed the sport, has died. He was 80.
National
December 11

Vera Katz, who helped turn Portland into hipster haven, dies

Vera Katz, a Jewish refugee who was elected to three terms as Portland's mayor and helped transform it from a sleepy backwater into a trendy city known for its public transit, eco-conscious design and live-work architecture style, died Monday. She was 84.
Nation
December 11

Former pro BMX rider Kevin 'K-Rob' Robinson dies at age 45

Kevin "K-Rob" Robinson, a former professional BMX rider who set a world record for the longest power-assisted bicycle backflip, has died. He was 45.
Variety
December 11

Roy Reed, Times reporter who covered civil rights, dies

Roy Reed, who covered key events during the civil rights movement for The New York Times before returning to his native Arkansas to write and teach, has died. He was 87.
Variety
December 11

Last of WWII black paratrooper pioneers dies at 96

The last living member of a pioneering unit that paved the way for the U.S. military's first black paratroopers has died. Clarence Beavers was 96.
TV & Media
December 10

Pioneering black journalist Simeon Booker dies at age 99

Simeon Booker, a trail-blazing African-American journalist and the first full-time black reporter at The Washington Post, died Sunday at the age of 99.
Minneapolis
December 9
Freddy Gates Jr., a public servant who advised some of Minnesota’s greatest political minds, died Dec. 1 in hospice care at age 73

Freddy Gates, Hubert Humphrey's right-hand man in Minnesota, dies at 73

Gates, a public servant who advised some of Minnesota's greatest political minds, died Dec. 1 in hospice care at age 73.
Movies
December 8

Actor Steve Reevis of 'Fargo,' 'Dancing With Wolves' dies

Actor Steve Reevis, who had supporting roles in the movies "Fargo" and "Last of the Dogmen," has died. He was 55.
St. Paul
December 7

Charlie Burbach, St. Paul teacher and principal, dies at 84

Charlie Burbach didn’t care much for school when he was young, but he went on to be an accomplished educator, ultimately hosting a U.S. president…
National
December 7

Longtime Washington state medical marijuana activist dies

JoAnna McKee, a pioneering medical marijuana activist in Washington state who went to sometimes difficult lengths to obtain the drug for the patients she served, has died at age 74.
Books
December 7

Prize-winning author-critic William Gass dead at 93

William Gass, a leading experimental writer of the 1960s and '70s who went on to become an award-winning essayist and translator and an influence on many younger writers, died Wednesday at age 93.
East Metro
December 5

Longtime FBI agent Harold 'Hal' Fabriz dies at 85

Harold “Hal” Fabriz, a veteran FBI agent who worked the front lines of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, helped prevent violence in Mississippi…
Nation
December 4

Daughter: Contractor died of issues tied to Iraqi abduction

The daughter of an American man who was abducted in Baghdad last year says he has died from complications stemming from his month in captivity.
National
December 4

South Carolina's first black chief justice dead at 86

Ernest Finney, South Carolina's first African-American chief justice, died Sunday. He was 86.
National
December 4

Ex-Illinois Rep. John Anderson, who ran for president, dies

Former longtime Illinois Rep. John Anderson, who ran for president as an independent in 1980, has died at age 95.
Variety
December 3

Golden Krust founder, CEO dies in New York at age 57

Lowell Hawthorne, the founder and CEO of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill, has died in New York City. He was 57.
Music
December 2

Member of group behind "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" dies

Mitch Margo, a member of the group behind the hit song "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" in the early 1960s, has died at his California home. He was 70.
Home & Garden
December 2

Eminent architecture historian Vincent Scully dead at 97

Yale University scholar Vincent Scully, a revered architecture historian and professor who inspired generations of students ranging from David McCullough to Maya Lin, has died at age 97.