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June 16, 2002

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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) _ Jose Bonilla, a three-time former WBA flyweight champion, died Friday from complications from asthma. He was 34.

Bonilla won the WBA flyweight title in 1996 by beating Saen Sor Ploenchit. He successfully defended his title twice before losing to Hugo Soto in 1998.

William Bransome

NEPTUNE, N.J. (AP) _ William R. Bransome, a news anchor on KYW Radio from 1965 until he retired in 1989, died Friday. He was 84.

Bransome was born in New York City and graduated from Asbury Park High School in New Jersey. He served in the 45th Infantry Division in Europe during World War II and received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.

In 1952, Bransome became a disc jockey at WCAU-AM radio in Philadelphia and helped broadcast the Eagles and University of Pennsylvania football games.

In 1960, he joined WRCV Radio, KYW’s predecessor, and came into its own when the station changed its name and went to a 24-hour all-news format in 1965.

Bransome was also the announcer during the 15-year Philadelphia run of the Mike Douglas Show on KYW-TV. He was also for a quarter-century president of the local chapter of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

Isadore Familian

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Isadore Familian, an industrialist, philanthropist and Jewish community leader who supported the University of Judaism and the City of Hope, died Thursday. He was 90.

Born in Chicago, Familian arrived in Los Angeles in 1913, when he was 2. He dropped out of school at 16 to work full time for the family plumbing supply business.

In 1941, he became a partner in Familian Pipe and Supply Co., which purchased Price Pfister Brass Manufacturing Co. With Familian in charge, the business became one of the largest manufacturers of brass bath and kitchen hardware in the world, with 1,500 employees. In 1969, Price Pfister became a subsidiary of Norris Industries.

Since the 1947 founding of the University of Judaism in Hollywood, Familian served on its board of directors.

Raymond Locke

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Raymond Friday Locke, author of the definitive history of the Navajo people and a veteran editor at Holloway House publisher, died June 8. He was 68.

A native of Mississippi, Locke was a member of the Navajo Tribal Ad Hoc Committee studying the social, economic and cultural effects of the relocation of Navajos from their native lands to reservations. He also served on the boards of the Urban Indian Development Association and the American Indian Scholarship Fund.

Locke’s 1976 ``Book of the Navajo,″ is used extensively as a high school and college textbook in Native American studies. It is now in its sixth edition.

Locke was the founding editor of the history magazine Mankind. He joined Holloway House after the publisher acquired Mankind Publishing and published ``Book of the Navajo.″ Locke also had worked as managing editor of the Hollywood Reporter.

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