MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) _ John Bloomer, president pro tem of the Vermont Senate, was killed in an auto accident Tuesday. He was 64.

Bloomer, a Republican lawyer from Rutland County, had served in the Senate since 1985 and was first elected president pro tem in 1993, following in the footsteps of his father and brother.

Gov. Howard Dean said Bloomer's vehicle collided head-on with a tow truck 30 miles south of Montpelier.

Several lawmakers who passed the accident were unaware it involved Bloomer because he apparently was not driving a car with legislative license plates.

John H. Reid

HARRISBURG (AP) _ John H. Reid, owner and publisher of the Hershey Chronicle and the Elizabethtown Chronicle, died Monday of familial amyloidosis. He was 63.

Before buying the two papers in 1987, Reid was publisher of the News Publishing and Printing Co., Shamokin, which publishes the Shamokin-Mount Carmel News-Item and the Citizen-Standard.

He was a former officer of the Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers' Association.

Reid is survived by his wife, Wanda; a son; two daughters; and a sister.

Souphanouvong, `Red Prince' of Laos

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) _ Prince Souphanouvong, an aristocrat turned Communist who played a leading role in the modern history of Laos, died Monday of a heart attack. He was 86.

Dubbed the ``Red Prince'' because of his royal blood and Communist leanings, Souphanouvong battled the French, Americans and his U.S.-backed half-brother before renouncing his royal title and becoming president after the Communist victory in Indochina in 1975.

Souphanouvong was born in the royal capital of Luang Prabang, the 20th and youngest son of Prince Boun Khong, viceroy of the French colony.

He graduated from the University of Paris in 1938 and returned home to a government job. But the position was junior to that held by his half-brother Prince Souvanna Phouma, and this reportedly embittered Souphanouvong toward France.

He joined the Lao Issara (Free Laos) movement against French colonial rule, but his ties with Vietnam's communist leader Ho Chi Minh alarmed more moderate leaders and he was expelled in 1949.

In 1950, Souphanouvong helped form the Pathet Lao (Lao State), which joined forces with Vietnam to fight French colonial rule in Indochina.

After a series of fleeting coalition governments, the Pathet Lao seized power and in April 1975 the 600-year-old monarchy was abolished and Souphanouvong was named to the largely ceremonial post of president. He held the post until 1986.

Kathleen Tynan

LONDON (AP) _ Kathleen Tynan, who won widespread acclaim for a biography of her late husband, drama critic Kenneth Tynan, died Tuesday of cancer. She was 57.

Her husband, who died in 1980, was London's most influential theater critic who played a major role in shaping British drama.

Mrs. Tynan's 1987 biography, ``The Life of Kenneth Tynan,'' was hailed as the high spot of her literary career. She also co-edited a selection of her husband's writings in the 1990 book ``Profiles,'' and edited a collection of his letters that will be published in the United States this spring.

Her other works include the 1975 novel ``The Summer Aeroplane'' and the screenplay for the 1978 movie ``Agatha,'' which starred Dustin Hoffman and Vanessa Redgrave.

Mrs. Tynan also worked as a researcher for Newsweek, and a reporter for the London weekly The Observer and The Sunday Times.

Mrs. Tynan is survived by a daughter and a son.