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July 1, 1999

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) _ Brian O’Hara, former singer and guitarist with the Fourmost, a 1960s Liverpool group that shared a manager with the Beatles and had hits with songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, was found hanging at his home on Sunday. He was 58.

Liverpool police found O’Hara in the Wavertree area of the northern English port city. The death is under investigation.

Formed in 1962, the Fourmost was managed by Brian Epstein, who also managed the Beatles. The group had half a dozen hit singles from 1963-65, including ``Hello Little Girl″ and ``I’m In Love″ by Lennon and McCartney.

Harold Rosenthal

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) _ Harold Rosenthal, a sports writer and author who covered baseball and football in a career that spanned five decades, died Tuesday. He was 85.

Rosenthal worked over 30 years for the New York Herald Tribune, and was especially noted for his baseball coverage of the Giants, Dodgers, Yankees and Mets from 1947-63.

When the newspaper went out of business in 1966, Rosenthal moved into public relations, first with the Continental Football League. After working briefly for the New York Giants, he became public relations director of the American Football League and, when it merged with the National Football League, he served as director of information for the American Football Conference.

He left the NFL in 1974 and worked briefly as public relations director of New American Library. He was also managing editor of Weekend Sports, a television sports newspaper supplement, and contributed to many magazines.

He wrote columns for the New York City Tribune from 1978-91 and appeared in a number of HBO and ESPN documentaries on baseball history.

Rosenthal was a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers Hall of Fame and author of a number of books, including ``Baseball Is Their Business″ and ``The Ten Best Years of Baseball.″ In football, he wrote ``Fifty Faces of Football″ and ``Playing Pro Football to Win,″ with Johnny Unitas.

He was a lifetime member of the Baseball Writers Association and former president of the New York Football Writers Association.

Rosenthal is survived by his wife of 58 years, Alice, a daughter, Jane Ann Neff, and a granddaughter. A son, Jonas, died in 1997.

Tom Williams

DALLAS (AP) _ Tom Williams, a retired sportswriter and editor for The Dallas Morning News who covered sports in Texas for more than 30 years, died Saturday of complications from cancer and a stroke. He was 67.

Williams was a nationally recognized bowling columnist. He had supervised the Morning News’ Friday night high school football coverage for many years, and covered suburban sports for the newspaper’s Plano section from its inception in 1987 until 1993.

Williams joined The News in 1970 as a copy editor and moved to the sports department in 1972. He retired in 1996 for medical reasons. Williams was with the sports department of the Dallas Times Herald from 1963-69, when he became sports editor of the Tyler Morning Telegraph.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra Williams; three sons, Todd, Kyle and Keith Williams; a sister, Merlene Warren and eight grandchildren.

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