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August 8, 2000

GLADWYNE, Pa. (AP) _ U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Broderick, whose 1977 ruling closed the Pennhurst State School and Hospital, affecting thousands of mentally disabled people, died Sunday of cancer. He was 86.

Broderick was best known for his ruling that closed Pennhurst, a huge institution housing 1,200 challenged and disabled residents in Chester County. A class action lawsuit charged that the residents were abused and neglected.

Broderick demanded Pennhurst be closed and ordered state and county officials to provide care for the former Pennhurst residents in small group homes.

Although he was a devout Roman Catholic, he barred the city from spending tax money in 1979 to build a platform for Pope John Paul II to celebrate Mass during a visit to Philadelphia.

In another decision, he ruled in 1990 that an employer could be held liable under Pennsylvania law for firing a worker who was infected with the AIDS virus.

Before he became a federal judge, Broderick was a leader in Republican politics in the state. He served as lieutenant governor from 1967 to 1971 and chaired the convention that rewrote the Pennsylvania Constitution in 1967 and 1968.

He ran for governor in 1970 but lost to Democrat Milton J. Shapp. Three months after the election, then-President Richard M. Nixon appointed Broderick to the federal bench.

William Rossa Cole

NEW YORK (AP) _ William Rossa Cole, an anthologist, editor and writer of children’s books, died Thursday. He was 80.

Cole was author, co-author, editor or co-editor of more than 75 books, including about 50 anthologies.

``I Went to the Animal Fair: A Book of Animal Poems,″ an anthology for children that Cole edited, was named a notable book of 1958 by the American Library Association.

Cole also edited ``Beastly Boys and Ghastly Girls: Poems″ and ``The Birds and Beasts Were There: Animal Poems,″ which were honored by the library association in 1964 and 1965, respectively.

Cole served in the infantry in Europe during World War II. He rose to sergeant and was awarded the Purple Heart.

Jim Schuler

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) _ Jim Schuler, who worked for the United Auto Workers for 32 years, died of a heart attack Friday in Minnesota. He was 60.

He got his start pushing for unionization at John Deere Waterloo Tractor Works. In 1969, at age 29, Schuler was elected president of Local 838, one of the largest union locals in the state.

In 1971, he was named an international UAW business representative, handling contract negotiations for UAW-represented workers throughout northeast Iowa, in addition to being a member of the union’s national negotiating team in contract talks with Deere.