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December 4, 2000

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) _ Chris Antley, who rode Charismatic to victory in the 1999 Kentucky Derby and just missed winning the Triple Crown, was found dead at his home Saturday. He was 34.

Police were investigating the jockey’s death as a homicide. Officials said he had suffered severe trauma to the head.

Antley’s career was marked by frequent battles with his weight, alcohol and drugs. He lost his New York jockey’s license in 1988, when he tested positive for cocaine and marijuana.

After entering drug rehabilitation, he came back to win his first Kentucky Derby in 1991. Last year, Antley made another successful comeback and won the Derby and Preakness riding Charismatic, just missing the Triple Crown when Charismatic finished third in the Belmont Stakes.

Antley’s wife, Natalie, is expecting the couple’s first child and was in New York at the time of his death, friends said. The couple married earlier this year and lived in Pasadena.

Antley was the nation’s leading rider in 1985 with 469 wins. He won 3,480 career races from 19,719 mounts, and his horses earned more than $92 million.

Gwendolyn Brooks

CHICAGO (AP) _ Gwendolyn Brooks, who won a Pulitzer Prize for her candid and compassionate poetry that delved into poverty, racism and drugs among black people, died Sunday of cancer. She was 83.

Brooks was world renowned for promoting an understanding of black culture through her poetry while at the same time suggesting inclusiveness is the key to harmony.

She wrote more than 20 books and was known as a tireless teacher, promoter and advocate of creative writing, particularly poetry. She was named Illinois poet laureate in 1968.

Brooks won the Pulitzer Prize in 1949 for her second book of poetry, ``Annie Allen.″

The received a lifetime achievement award from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1989, and she was named the 1994 Jefferson Lecturer by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the highest honor bestowed by the federal government to work in the humanities.

Brooks was born in Topeka, Kan., in 1917, but grew up in Chicago. Her first collection, ``A Street in Bronzeville,″ was published in 1945.

Benjamin Harrison Holcomb

CARNEGIE, Okla. (AP) _ Benjamin Harrison Holcomb, declared the world’s oldest man earlier this year by the Guinness Book of Records, died Saturday. He was 111.

Holcomb was born July 3, 1889. He farmed in southwest Oklahoma until 1996, when he moved into a Carnegie nursing home.

Holcomb was an avid hunter and was featured in a 1998 Outdoor Life Magazine for being the oldest man, at 107, to shoot a deer.

James S. Jones

CHESTER, N.J. (AP) _ James S. Jones, dubbed the ``dean of the American foot hound hunters,″ died Nov. 13. He was 86.

Jones worked as an architect, designing homes, office buildings and churches along the East Coast.

Despite a successful career _ one of his designs was the chapel at Rutgers University _ friends said his greatest love was running after baying hounds on the hunt, a pastime that began when he was first starting out in his career and could not afford a horse.

A group he and a friend founded in 1953, the Tewksbury Foot Bassetts, was written up in one of the first issues of Sports Illustrated. The Chronicle of the Horse called him ``dean of the American foot hound hunters.″

Joe Pastorek

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ Joe Pastorek, a photographer with The Columbus Dispatch for 40 years, died Saturday of an apparent heart attack. He was 71.

The Dispatch hired Pastorek in 1951 after he was trained as a photographer while in the Navy. He remained with the newspaper until his retirement in 1991 as assistant photo chief.

His photographs won a number of honors, including Look magazine’s national sports photo contest. Former Ohio State University coach Woody Hayes once described one of Pastorek’s photos as the finest football picture he had ever seen.

He is survived by his wife, a daughter and two sons.

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