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April 25, 1998

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Ronald M. Cohen, a scriptwriter known for gritty scripts involving interracial behavior, died Tuesday of heart failure. He was 58.

Cohen, longtime companion of actress Julie Adams, wrote scripts for the 1968 movie ``Blue″ starring Terence Stamp and Karl Malden and the 1969 film ``The Good Guys″ starring Robert Mitchum.

He also wrote TV scripts for Steve McQueen’s ``Wanted: Dead or Alive,″ ``American Dream″ in 1981, ``Call to Glory″ in 1984, ``Fortune Dane″ in 1986 and ``Last Stand at Saber River″ in 1997.

He was nominated for an Emmy Award for co-writing the ``American Dream″ pilot.

Mel Powell

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Mel Powell, a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer who worked as a pianist and arranger with the Benny Goodman Orchestra, died Friday of liver cancer. He was 75.

Powell, whose work has been performed worldwide, began his career as a pianist and arranger with the Benny Goodman Orchestra and the Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band. In 1969, he became founding dean of the School of Music at the California Institute of the Arts.

A 1960 Guggenheim Fellow, Powell won a Pulitzer Prize in 1990 for ``Duplicates: A Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra.″

Elizabeth Creger

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) _ Human Rights Director Elizabeth ``Libbie″ Creger, credited with writing the city’s fair housing laws and working to improve race relations in the city, died Wednesday of complications from childbirth. She was 30.

Rick Creger said his wife apparently died of blood loss after giving birth two months prematurely to their daughter, Emma Elizabeth.

Mrs. Creger was hired as a human rights specialist for the city in 1993 and promoted to human rights director in March 1997.

She founded the Dubuque Dispute Resolution Center, a confidential program that uses mediation to solve problems between citizens. The Iowa League of Cities gave Dubuque a community award for the center.

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