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Patricia Sullivan

Simple rewards -- a hug, a word of praise -- have power beyond reckoning. That's the insight Sidney W. Bijou applied to treating troubled children. His insight and techniques helped establish modern behavioral therapy for childhood disorders like autism and attention deficit disorder. He died on June 11 at his home in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 100.

Bankruptcy cases are difficult, but Judge Harold C. Abramson, who died at 80 Saturday in Atlanta of complications of kidney and heart disease, kept things simple. "In my court we take cash, gold and sweet Texas crude," he told plaintiffs who wanted to pay off debts with complex financial instruments.

Teachers know you can change the world, and others, with enthusiasm. That lesson was never absent from the life of Cary Girod, a 31-year-old teacher and outdoorswoman who was killed while bicycling along the Pacific Coast July 8. Her life was on the other coast, in Boston, and she took her attitude from a bit of graffiti she saw that said "Smile, life is rad."

The man convicted of the 1976 murder of an Arizona reporter, a crime that triggered the careers of many investigative reporters, died in prison this week. Max Dunlap, 81, was serving a life sentence for dynamiting the car of Don Bolles, an Arizona Republic reporter who was investigating organized crime in the state. A group of reporters from around the country descended on Arizona to continue Bolles' work in the year after his death. Those reporters, members of Investigative Reporters and Editors, have gone on to uncover countless misdeeds and miscreants all over the world.

By Patricia Sullivan |  July 22, 2009; 8:18 AM ET  | Category:  Patricia Sullivan , The Daily Goodbye
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