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Thomas E. Keane

September 11, 1996

CHICAGO (AP) _ Thomas E. Keane, who helped Richard J. Daley become mayor in 1955 and ruled the City Council with an iron fist before falling to federal corruption charges, died Monday. He was 90.

Keane continued to support Daley as the city council floor leader. Then, in 1974, he was convicted on federal mail fraud and conspiracy charges for participating in a scheme to purchase tax delinquent properties and resell them to the city and other public agencies. Keane voted on the approval of the sales without disclosing his secret interests.

He was sentenced to five years in prison and served 22 months before being paroled. Keane never returned to public office.

While working in politics, Keane also was a highly successful lawyer, demanding the highest fees from his clients in the insurance and real estate fields.

Ralph Gabbard

BOSTON (AP) _ Ralph Gabbard, a 30-year veteran of the broadcast industry and president of Gray Communications Inc., died after a heart attack Monday. He was 50.

Gabbard was a former general manager of WKYT-TV in Lexington, Ky., and had been chairman of the CBS television affiliates’ body as well as the National Association of Broadcasters’ television board of directors.

He became Gray’s president last December.

Gray owns and operates five network-affiliated television stations; three daily newspapers, and two weekly advertising-only publications, all in the Southeast.

Gabbard is survived by his wife, four sons and a daughter.

Oswald Greager

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) _ Oswald Greager, who helped create the technology to extract plutonium from irradiated uranium for the Manhattan Project, died Sunday. He was 91.

In 1944-45, Greager _ a U.S. Army major _ helped design the chemical process used to make weapons grade plutonium. He received the Legion of Merit for his work.

After leaving the Army in 1946, he worked for General Electric Co. until 1970 when he was appointed chairman of the state’s Thermal Power Plant Site Evaluation Council.

He also did consulting work in the nuclear-fuel industry until 1989.

Vinnie Moscarelli

STANTON, Del. (AP) _ Vinnie Moscarelli, horse racing partner with entertainer Burt Bacharach, died of a heart attack Sunday. He was 66.

Moscarelli and Bacharach became partners in 1975. They owned Soul of the Matter, who won seven of 15 races and more than $2.3 million and Afternoon Deelites, who won six stakes and more than $1 million in purse money.

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