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Barbara Greenspun, real estate developer, philanthropist and publisher of the Las Vegas Sun, died June 1 at age 88.

She was born in London and raised in Ireland before moving to Las Vegas with her husband, Hank Greenspun, in the mid-1940s. He bought the newspaper that would become the Sun in 1950, when the city was a desert hamlet of 25,000 people.

"I said, 'Oh no, not a newspaper -- not with all that we have on our plate,'" Barbara Greenspun remembered 50 years later. "He put $1,000 down to buy it, and we didn't have $1,000 back then. We didn't have any money."

Mrs. Greenspun headed the newspaper after her husband died in 1989. The city now is home to more than 2 million people and the newspaper won a 2009 Pulitzer Prize in public service for stories about construction workers deaths on the Las Vegas Strip.

A 28-year-old British motivational speaker died May 26 just hours after reaching the summit of Mt. Everest. Peter Kinloch climbed the world's highest mountain from the Chinese side, a less-traveled route than that which leaves from Nepal.

After reaching the peak on the afternoon of May 25, Kinloch was unable to descend despite efforts by fellow climbers to help. His body remains on the mountain, according to the Associated Press, and it is unclear whether there will be a mission to retrieve it.

Finally, the world's ugliest dog has died in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Miss Ellie, a Chinese Crested Hairless dog with pimples and a lolling tongue, was 17.

She had a career in show business at a resort in the Smoky Mountains before and after winning Animal Planet's "Ugliest Dog" contest in 2009.uglydog.jpg

By Emma Brown  |  June 3, 2010; 10:20 AM ET
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