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May 23, 2004

Bernard Lefkowitz

NEW YORK (AP) _ Bernard Lefkowitz, an investigative journalist and author whose books explored contemporary culture, died Friday of cancer his wife Rebecca Aikman said. He was 66.

In 1997 Lefkowitz wrote ``Our Guys: The Glen Ridge Rape and the Secret Life of the Perfect Suburb,″ about the 1989 gang rape of a mentally disabled girl by a group of popular high school students in an affluent New Jersey suburb. The book explored the town’s willingness to rally around the perpetrators and disparage the victim.

A New York Times notable book of the year and an Edgar Award finalist, ``Our Guys″ was also made into a television movie.

His books, ``The Victims″ (1969), ``Breaktime: Living Without Work in a Nine-to-Five World″ (1980) and ``Tough Change: Growing Up on Your Own in America″ (1987), also explored social issues.

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Charles Sutton

HONOLULU (AP) _ Charles Sutton, an architect who helped design dozens of landmark structures, including the state Capitol and the Hawaii Convention Center, died May 13, according to his family. He was 76.

Sutton worked on projects including the East-West Center, two University of Hawaii buildings, the Wailea Golf Clubhouse and several schools on Oahu and the Big Island.

Sutton came to Hawaii in the 1950s after working at New York’s prestigious I.M. Pei & Associates architectural firm. He was an early consultant on Honolulu’s master design plan and assisted in the revamping of Aloha Tower and Dole Cannery.

Sutton was president of the American Institute of Architects’ Hawaii chapter. His firm received a number of design awards, including the Hawaii Gold Medal of Honor from the Architects’ Institute.

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