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July 11, 2005

Chuck Cadman

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) _ Chuck Cadman, an independent member of Parliament whose pivotal vote helped Canada’s ruling Liberal party survive a confidence vote in May, died Saturday. He was 57.

Cadman died of cancer at his home in Surrey, British Columbia, his office said.

He was first elected in 1997, but he came to prominence as a crusader for victims’ rights after his 16-year-old son was stabbed to death in 1992 in a random street attack.

He flew to Ottawa for the May 19 confidence vote soon after undergoing chemotherapy treatment for malignant melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. He said then that he was obeying the wishes of constituents who did not want to face another election just a year after giving the Liberals their shaky mandate.

Cadman’s vote, siding with Prime Minister Paul Martin’s Liberals, deadlocked the voting, allowing House Speaker Peter Milliken to cast the tiebreaker _ the first such scenario in Canadian history.

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Dick Drangmeister

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) _ Former Western New Mexico University basketball coach Dick Drangmeister, known as a tough disciplinarian who made his players work for everything they got, died Friday after a long battle with cancer. He was 70.

In 21 years as head coach at Western, Colorado State University at Pueblo and Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo., Drangmeister compiled a 365-233 record.

``He was a drill sergeant, but at the end of it all, he was there when you needed him,″ said his son, Tim Drangmeister.

``There were many guys who hated him, hated to play for him, hated to be around him,″ he said. ``And those are the same guys who’ll write him a letter or call him on the phone eight or 10 years after the fact and say, ’Now I know why you did what you did.‴

Drangmeister was born in Calumet City, Ill., on Jan. 8, 1935. He graduated from WNMU in 1961 and coached at Deming Junior High and Alamogordo High School before returning to his alma mater.

His WNMU teams won six Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference titles and two NAIA District 7 championships.

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Iona Watson Lott

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) _ Iona Watson Lott, the mother of U.S. Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., died Saturday at Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula, the Jackson County coroner said. She was 91.

The cause of death was not immediately released. She had been in a nursing home for several years.

Iona Lott and her husband, Chester Paul Lott, were living in Grenada when Trent Lott was born Oct. 9, 1941.

They moved among several communities in Mississippi as their son was growing up. Iona Lott taught at the Calvary School near Winona and her husband drove a school bus, then turned to sharecropping, renting a stretch of cotton fields in Duck Hill.

When Trent Lott was a sixth grader, his parents moved with him to Pascagoula.

Chester Lott worked as a pipe fitter at the Ingalls shipyard on the Pascagoula River and died in 1968. Iona Lott remained there until she moved to an assisted-living home in the mid-1990′s.

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James A. Noe Jr.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ James A. Noe Jr., the son of a former Louisiana governor and longtime owner and operator of Monroe’s KNOE television and radio stations, died of cancer Sunday. He was 77.

The death was announced by KNOE-TV general manager Roy Frostenson.

Jimmie Noe, as he was known, spent nearly four decades running the stations founded by his father, former Louisiana Gov. James A. Noe. The family’s stations included WNOE AM and FM in New Orleans until 1989, when the two radio stations were sold.

Noe lived briefly in Shanghai, China, before China’s communist revolution, and served as an infantry lieutenant during World War II. He later earned a law degree from Louisiana State University and studied political science at Tulane University.

His work in broadcasting included 16 years with his family’s New Orleans radio stations before he moved into management. His father died in 1976.

Noe is survived by his wife, Betty Jane Schlesinger Noe, three daughters and two sons.

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Samuel Proctor

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ Samuel Proctor, a University of Florida professor emeritus of history and the university’s historian, died Sunday after a long illness. He was 86.

Proctor retired from teaching duties in June 1996, but continued to serve as the school’s official historian.

Born and raised in Jacksonville, Proctor came to the university in 1937. He earned a master’s degree in history in 1942, then spent three years in the Army before returning to Gainesville.

He published a history of the university called ``Gator History: A Pictorial History of the University of Florida″ in 1986 with Langley Press. Proctor also edited Florida Historical Quarterly for 30 years.

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