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March 16, 2002

CINCINNATI (AP) _ Leo Hirtl, who rose to become managing editor of The Cincinnati Post during a 40-year career at the newspaper, died on Thursday. He was 84.

He joined the Post as a copy editor in 1942 and moved through jobs including reporter, city editor, metro editor and executive news editor before being promoted to managing editor, the No. 2 job at the newspaper.

Hirtl, a native of Sedalia, Mo., retired in 1982 and remained in the Cincinnati area.

Hirtl once wrote, ``Having ideas and talking about them always ranked high among my pleasures. To have a chance to do something about them is almost as good as having a pass to the chocolate works.″

Hirtl is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jessie Hirtl.

Marc Moreland

WEST COVINA, Calif. (AP) _ Marc Moreland, lead guitarist of the 1980s new wave band Wall of Voodoo, died Wednesday due to liver transplant complications. He was 44.

Moreland, who grew up in West Covina, died in France, his brother and Voodoo bassist/keyboardist Bruce Moreland said.

The video for the band’s 1984 hit ``Mexican Radio″ was an MTV staple during the cable network’s early days. The band’s biggest hit album was ``Call of the West.″

The Moreland brothers formed Wall of Voodoo in 1978. The group disbanded in 1989.

Marc Moreland was hospitalized while visiting his wife, Frederique, in France. After four months in the hospital, he returned to the Los Angeles area.

He later went back to France, where he received a liver transplant. His body rejected the liver after five weeks.

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