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January 22, 2004

Marjorie Asmussen

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) _ Marjorie Asmussen, a University of Georgia professor known for her work in population genetics, died in a cycling accident Monday. She was 54.

During her nearly three decades at UGA, Asmussen used mathematical models to study phenomena such as natural selection and genetics. In 2002, she was one of four UGA professors awarded a fellowship into the American Academy for the Advancement of Science.

She also served as an associate editor of Genetics, the publication of the Bethesda, Md.-based Genetics Society of America.

Asmussen died Monday when the bicycle she was riding was hit by a pickup truck.

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Yordan Radichkov

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) _ Bulgarian writer Yordan Radichkov, famous for his parodies of human nature and the Communist regime, died Wednesday. He was 75.

Radichkov died in his home of multiple ailments following a stroke five years ago, his son, Dimitar, told The Associated Press.

One of Bulgaria’s most prolific writers, Radichkov’s short stories were translated into many European languages.

His play, ``Lazaritsa,″ tells the story of a man who wants to kill his dog after it faithfully served him for years, an allusion to the Communist Party’s persecution of intellectuals who later criticized the regime.

Radichkov was among a group of Bulgarian intellectuals who met French President Francois Mitterrand during his 1989 visit to Bulgaria at a ``dissidents’ breakfast,″ one of the signs that preceded the collapse of Communism.

The following year, Radichkov was elected to the first post-Cold War parliament on the ticket of the Socialist Party of former Communists, but later resigned.

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Don Shinnick

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) _ Don Shinnick, the National Football League’s record-holder for career interceptions by a linebacker, died Tuesday of degenerative brain disease, his family said. He was 68.

Shinnick, who had 37 interceptions with the Baltimore Colts from 1957-69, played on NFL championship teams in 1958 and 1959.

He later was an assistant coach with the Chicago Bears, St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots.

Born in Kansas City, Mo., Shinnick grew up in the Los Angeles area and played at UCLA.

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Noble Willingham

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) _ Noble Willingham, who worked steadily as a supporting actor over the last 30 years and left his role as a saloon owner on the series ``Walker, Texas Ranger″ to run for Congress, died Saturday. He was 72.

Willingham died at his Palm Springs home, his manager, Sandy Josephs, said Tuesday. He died of natural causes, according to the Riverside County coroner’s office.

He played barkeep C.D. Parker on ``Walker, Texas Ranger″ from 1993-99.

Willingham was the 2000 Republican nominee for a congressional seat in eastern Texas, but lost to Democrat Max Sandlin.

He was among the local Texans hired when ``The Last Picture Show″ (1971) was filmed on location. His other film credits included ``Paper Moon″ (1973); ``Chinatown″ (1974); ``Good Morning, Vietnam″ (1987); City Slickers″ (1991); ``Ace Ventura: Pet Detective″ (1994) and ``Up Close and Personal″ (1996).

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