John W. Duffy
BRANFORD, Conn. (AP) _ John W. Duffy, an Irish immigrant who directed the New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade for nearly two decades, died Sunday, six days before his beloved parade. He was 89.
From 1966 to 1983 Duffy was ``Mr. Ireland,″ whose sash and cigar identified him as the chairman of the parade formation committee.
The son of an Irish railroad man, Duffy was born in Omagh and grew up in Dundalk in County Louth. He arrived in the United States in 1929 at the age of 20.
He advanced through the Irish-American hierarchy and held positions in everything from the local County Louth Society to the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) _ Krzysztof Kieslowski, whose films about ordinary people facing moral dilemmas reached their pinnacle in his ``Three Colors″ trilogy, died Wednesday of a heart attack. He was 54.
Kieslowski created the ``Blue,″ ``White″ and ``Red″ films while Poland was making the transition from Communist rule to democracy. The titles are the colors in the French flag, and the films refer to the values of the French revolution: liberty, equality and fraternity.
``Red,″ the final film in the series, received a 1994 Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Film, and the entire trilogy won numerous awards at European film festivals.
His other films included ``Amateur,″ ``Coincidence,″ ``Without End″ and ``The Double Life of Veronique.″ Kieslowski also directed a 10-part television cycle called ``Decalogue,″ examining how the Ten Commandments come to play in day-to-day living.
RIGA, Latvia (AP) _ Alfons Noviks, a Stalin-era secret police chief serving a life sentence for crimes against humanity, died in prison Tuesday. He was 88.
Noviks, nicknamed ``The Great Slaughterer,″ was convicted in December of deporting tens of thousands of Latvians to Siberia between 1941 and 1949.
The Riga district court also convicted Noviks of ordering the torture and execution of Soviet political prisoners, and of personally taking part in torture, property confiscations and other crimes committed after the Soviet Union annexed Latvia in 1940.
In the years after the Soviet takeover, more than 100,000 Latvians were deported to Siberia. Baltic officials say about 150,000 people in neighboring Estonia and Lithuania also were forcibly exiled.
Noviks spent more than a decade in the leadership of the Soviet secret police before retiring as a KGB major general in the mid-1950s. Before his arrest in March 1994, he reportedly lived a quiet life as a pensioner in Riga and spent much of his spare time fishing.
Herbert Leon Phillips Jr.
BILOXI, Miss. (AP) _ Herbert Leon ``Herb″ Phillips Jr., an award-winning writer and photographer known to many as the Travelin’ Man, died Monday after a long illness. He was 56.
Phillips was a former publisher, editor and travel editor of Mississippi, a Jackson-based magazine.
Phillips traveled the world on assignment for National Geographic Traveler, Playboy and a host of other magazines and newspapers. He had been a member of the International Travel Writers Society since 1969.
Survivors include a daughter, Whitney; a sister, Cynthia Cockrell and a brother, Mike.