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Patricia Sullivan

Good morning, readers.

Michael Viner, a publisher who specialized in audio books and earned a reputation for quick hits with sensational stories, including O.J. Simpson trial figure Faye Resnick's book about Nicole Brown Simpson, died of cancer Saturday at his Beverly Hills home. He was 65.

You have to respect a lawyer who goes after mobster "Ice-Pick" Willie Alderman, as James A. Clark did. He also put "Milwaukee Phil" Alderisio behind bars for life.

At 101, Mary H. Henry had seen a lot. Educated to be a pharmacist, she couldn't always work at her profession because of racism. But she was able to vote for Barack Obama last fall. "His election as president was huge for her. She never thought she'd live to see a black elected president, but she did," a relative said.

Margaret Bush Wilson, the first woman to head the national NAACP and held that post for nine terms, has died in St. Louis.

The man who had the idea of turning a failing Canadian business into a doughnut emporium, Tim Hortons, has died. Unlike others in the business, Jim Charade went broke.

It must have take some major intestinal fortitude in the years after World War II to climb into a boxing ring dressed as a Nazi. Karl Von Hess was a classic heel in the ring, and he trained from the time he was a Nebraska youth. "He used to swim across the Missouri River, steal watermelons, and bring them back with him," his son said. He died of Alzheimer's disease.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  August 13, 2009; 8:08 AM ET
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Please correct Margaret Bush Wilson's name. You have her listed as Margaret Bush Beacon (!?) She was a great lawyer and activist and deserved to have her name correctly listed in this paper. Thanks, Leslie Fields

Posted by: fields_leslie | August 13, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

My apologies. I was thinking of the link, which is to the St. Louis Beacon. You're right and I've corrected it.

Posted by: Patricia Sullivan | August 13, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

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