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Adil Carcani, prime minister of Albania’

October 15, 1997

TIRANA, Albania (AP) _ Adil Carcani, prime minister of Albania’s last Stalinist government, died Monday after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 75.

Carcani served as premier from 1981-1991, first under Stalinist dictator Enver Hoxha, who died in 1985, and then under Ramiz Alia.

Stalinists kept the poor Balkan nation isolated until protests in 1990 led to multiparty elections the following year. Carcani stepped down to make way for a short-lived government led by Ylli Bufi.

A year later, the Democratic Party swept the Communists completely from power.

Carcani was found guilty in 1994 of abusing his official powers, and was sentenced to five years in prison. However, because of ill health, he was allowed to serve the sentence under house arrest.

Dan Kitchens

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) _ Dan Kitchens, a longtime Georgia newsman and retired University of Georgia journalism professor, died Monday of complications from hepatitis. He was 77.

Kitchens began his journalism career as a police reporter for the Atlanta Journal after serving overseas in the Navy during World War II.

As a student at the University of Georgia’s journalism school, he worked as a correspondent for the Atlanta newspapers and as assistant sports information director for radio stations WGAU and WRFC.

He also became editor of The Red & Black, the university’s student newspaper, and later served on its board of directors after the paper became independent from the school.

Kitchens joined the journalism school in 1954 and became a full-time teacher in 1961. He earned his master’s degree in journalism at the University of South Carolina in 1977.

After retiring from teaching in 1988, Kitchens worked as an editorial consultant to Athens magazine and the Athens Daily News and Banner-Herald.

Survivors include nine nieces, a nephew and a sister-in-law.

Richard Mason

ROME (AP) _ Richard Mason, a British novelist whose story of a prostitute, ``The World of Suzie Wong,″ became a best seller and later a popular play and film, died of throat cancer Monday. He was 78.

Many of Mason’s novels were based on his experiences during World War II, when he served in Burma with the Royal Air Force.

``The World of Suzie Wong,″ published in 1957, tells of a Hong Kong prostitute who falls in love with the artist for whom she poses. It was followed by a Broadway play and a film starring William Holden.

His earlier successes included ``The Wind Cannot Read,″ published in 1947, and ``The Shadow and the Peak,″ 1949.

Philip Ravenhill

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Philip Ravenhill, chief curator at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art for the past 10 years, died of a heart attack Monday. He was 52.

An anthropologist with a special interest in the visual arts, Ravenhill joined the National Museum of African Art in 1987 and played a major role in selecting and recommending works for the museum to acquire.

Prior to joining the Smithsonian, Ravenhill was a senior research fellow at the International African Institute.

Harold Robbins

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) _ Harold Robbins, who went from uneducated orphan to best-selling author in a life that read like one of his novels, died Tuesday of respiratory heart failure. He was 81.

Robbins wrote more than 20 novels and kept writing despite a stroke in 1982 that left him with a slight case of aphasia, which sometimes blocked his ability to put thoughts into words. His last novel, ``Tycoon: A Novel,″ was published in February.

According to the anthology ``Contemporary Authors,″ each day about 40,000 people buy one of Robbins’s novels, giving him total sales of 750 million copies worldwide. ``The Carpetbaggers″ (1961) alone has been through more than 70 printings and has sold 8 million copies.

Some of his books were turned into films: ``Never Love a Stranger,″ ``Where Love has Gone,″ ``The Carpetbaggers,″ and ``The Adventurers.″

Louise Flynn Zerschling

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) _ Louise Flynn Zerschling, a pioneer for women in journalism and a member of the Sioux City Journal news staff for more than 50 years, died Monday after lengthy illness. She was 82.

Ms. Zerschling retired in 1984 but continued to write the popular ``Out of the Past″ column published weekly on the editorial page of The Sunday Journal.

She was the Journal’s first woman to cover the police, city hall, sports and first female photographer. Before joining the Journal, she worked for the Austin Daily Herald in Minnesota, where she was the first woman assigned as a sports writer.

She wrote under the name ``Lou Flynn″ so men would not be alienated by a female sports writer.

Ms. Zerschling received several state and national awards for journalistic achievement from the Iowa, Minnesota and National Press Women organizations and the Iowa Associated Press Managing Editors Association.

She is survived by a daughter and a son.

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