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September 30, 2000

WESTWOOD, N.J. (AP) _ Nat Fein, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his poignant shot of a dying Babe Ruth at Yankee Stadium, died Tuesday. He was 86.

He worked for The New York Herald for about 30 years, starting out as a copy boy before becoming a staff photographer in 1939.

Fein won the 1949 Pulitzer Prize for a photo that was taken June 13, 1948, two months before Ruth died of cancer. The rearview picture shows Ruth in his old uniform, leaning on a bat, and other players lined up in the background with their hats off.

Fein recalled that he had gone behind Ruth because he wanted to show the number on his uniform _ No. 3 _ that was being retired.

He remained at the Herald until it went out of business in 1966.

Fein is survived by a son.

Kent Foster

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) _ Kent Foster, who worked his way from reporter to editor during a 40-year career at the Lewiston Daily Sun and Sun Journal after it combined with the city’s other daily newspaper, died Thursday of a heart attack. He was 82.

He started his journalism career writing for the United Press International’s Boston office before joining the Army as a member of the Army Corps of Engineers in Europe. Foster moved back to Maine after he left the Army in 1945 to work as a reporter for the Lewiston Daily Sun.

He was serving as city editor of the Sun before it combined with the Evening Journal in the ’80s to create the Sun Journal. The Sun was the larger of the two papers, and Foster oversaw both papers when he was hired as editor in 1977.

Foster retired from his post as editor in 1986.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children and two grandchildren.

James D. ``Mike″ McKevitt

DENVER (AP) _ Former Congressman James D. ``Mike″ McKevitt, a Republican who represented Denver for two years, died Thursday after suffering a heart attack. He was 71.

McKevitt, who also served as Denver’s district attorney, was defeated in 1972 by former Rep. Pat Schroeder, a Democrat who went on to represent Denver for 24 years.

He attended law school at the University of Denver. When the Denver district attorney died in 1967, Gov. John Love appointed McKevitt to the post. He kept the office in the 1968 election.

As district attorney, he made headlines for closing a movie theater playing the controversial movie ``I Am Curious (Yellow)″ and for threatening to close restaurants that served hippies.

In 1970, he took advantage of a split among Democrats to win the Denver-based 1st Congressional District. But he proved too conservative for his district.

After leaving office in 1973, he joined President Nixon’s Justice Department as assistant attorney general for legislative affairs. He was also counsel to the energy policy office in the White House.

McKevitt returned to private practice, eventually serving as head of the Washington office of the National Federation of Independent Business for 10 years.

Pete Schmidt

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Pete Schmidt, Indiana’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, died Friday after a yearlong battle with cancer. He was 52.

Schmidt previously was head coach at Albion (Mich.) College from 1983-96. His teams compiled a 106-26-5 record, earned five conference championships and won the 1994 Division III national championship. He won the division’s national coach of the year award.

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