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Patricia Sullivan

Good morning.

Those of us who are healthy forget the toll that AIDS and HIV has taken on young people the world over. Edward Zold, who was diagnosed with the illness himself, didn't forget and was one of the ones responsible for getting drugs and treatment for fellow sufferers.

Eddie Bell
, who died Monday, was the first black All-American and captain of the football team at the University of Pennsylvania, and then one of the brave souls who integrated pro football in the '50s.

Labor lawyer Eugene Cotton championed meatpackers, fighting low wages, no health insurance or pensions, and six-day workweeks. He died Nov. 11, having negotiated some of the first pension and medical benefits in the industry as well as hefty raises, paid holidays and vacations of up to six weeks a year.

Istvan Belovai, a former Hungarian military intelligence officer who died Nov. 6, uncovered and revealed to the American government the existence of an extensive spy-ring working within NATO. He took the risk, he said, because he believed it would lead to a nuclear meltdown. He was caught. He had been betrayed, it is believed, by the CIA counter-intelligence officer and Soviet spy Aldrich Ames.

Australian botanical artist Elizabeth Conabere has died at age 80. Her illustrations, the Melbourne Age says "were technically brilliant, perfect in colour and tone, and captured the nature of the plant in its environmental niche." Too bad they were unable to publish an image of one.

That's it for this week for me; my colleagues will post blog items over the next few days and I'll return Monday. Have a great end-of-week and weekend.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  November 19, 2009; 8:40 AM ET
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