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April 9, 2003

MESA, Ariz. (AP) _ Irma Connolly, who published the Tempe Daily News, along with her husband Francis ``Frank″ Connolly, died Sunday. She was 85.

She helped publish the newspaper, a predecessor to the East Valley Tribune, from 1944 to 1980. She sold the paper to Cox Newspapers in 1980 to settle the estate of her husband who died in 1978.

Frank Connolly gave up his job as the news editor of KTAR in 1944 to buy the Tempe Daily News from the heirs of its founder, Curt Miller, who started the paper in 1887. The paper had a circulation of just 110 and was largely composed of legal advertising.

Before Frank’s death, the paper reported 15,000 subscribers.

The couple’s longtime commitment to the community led the Tempe Elementary School District to name a middle school in their honor.

Irma Connolly is survived by a son, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

David Greene

OJAI, Calif. (AP) _ David Greene, who won four Emmys for directing such TV miniseries as ``Rich Man, Poor Man″ and the first episode of ``Roots,″ died Monday of pancreatic cancer. He was 82.

Greene, earned Emmys for the television movies ``The People Next Door″ and ``Friendly Fire.″ He also was nominated for directing the 1984 miniseries ``Fatal Vision.″

Among his other TV credits were ``The Betty Ford Story″ for ABC in 1987, the Liberace segment of ``Behind the Music″ for CBS in 1998, and ``Willing to Kill: The Texas Cheerleader Story″ in 1992.

Born in Manchester, England, he began his career as an actor, working in British film and on stage with Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh at the Old Vic. In 1951, he toured the U.S. and Canada in ``Antony and Cleopatra.″ He remained in Canada for five years, working for the Canadian Broadcasting Co.

After working as a freelance director in Canada, the United States and England, he settled in Los Angeles in 1970.

Among his motion picture credits are the 1973 ``Godspell,″ which he wrote and directed, earning a Writers Guild nomination for the screenplay. He also directed ``Sebastian″ in 1968 and ``Gray Lady Down″ in 1978.

Greene was involved in civil rights organizations, including Amnesty International, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Union of Concerned Scientists, Native American Rights Fund and the Campaign for Economic Democracy.

Maki Ishii

TOKYO (AP) _ Maki Ishii, a renowned composer who fused Japanese and Western sounds, died Tuesday of thyroid cancer. He was 66.

Born the third son of Baku Ishii, a pioneer of modern Japanese dance, Ishii studied composition and conducting in his hometown of Tokyo and in Berlin during the 1950s and 1960s.

He wrote ``So-gu″ for shakuhachi _ a Japanese bamboo flute _ and the piano in the 1970s. He composed ``Mono-Prism″ for Japanese taiko drums and a Western orchestra in 1976.

Ishii’s two-act ballet ``Kaguyahime,″ was performed extensively in Japan, the Netherlands, and France between 1988 and 1993. He later produced an opera ``Tojirareta Fune″ in 1999.

Ishii also conducted several orchestras during his career, including the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Beijing and the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra.

Japan’s emperor decorated Ishii with the Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon in 1999 for his innovations and contribution to Japanese music.

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