MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) _ Al Dunning, sports editor of The Commercial Appeal for 18 years, died Sunday after undergoing angioplasty for blocked arteries. He was 59.
Dunning was hospitalized after covering University of Memphis’ season opener at Mississippi State Saturday night.
Dunning was 16 when hired by The Evansville (Ind.) Press as a part-time writer. He graduated from the University of Evansville and served in the U.S. Army as a public information officer between 1958 and 1961.
He returned to The Evansville Press and was named sports editor in 1964. He was named The Commercial Appeal’s sports editor in September 1977.
Survivors include wife, Ruth, and sons, David and Chris.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) _ Paulo Gracindo, considered the dean of Brazilian actors, died Monday of prostate cancer. He was 84.
Gracindo had been in a hospital since Aug. 27.
In his 62-year career, Gracindo was a star of radio, television, movies and theater. He was equally at ease playing Shakespearean tragedy or the backwoods Brazilian characters of author Jorge Amado.
But his biggest success came as the malapropping Odorico Paraguassu, a small-town rural mayor in the 1970s TV soap opera ``O Bem Amado,″ Portuguese for ``The Well Beloved.″ The show was so popular it returned later as a hit TV series.
Gen. Edmond Jouhaud
PARIS (AP) _ Gen. Edmond Jouhaud, who led a military rebellion in 1961 to keep Algeria in French hands in defiance of President Charles de Gaulle, died Monday. He was 90.
Jouhaud, a native of Algeria and the last survivor of the four generals who organized the uprising, died at home in Royan.
De Gaulle denounced the four as a ``group of partisan, ambitious and fanatical officers.″ Jouhaud was sentenced to death for his part but was later pardoned.
The generals launched their uprising on April 22, 1961, on the eve of talks to end a seven-year independence war that killed as many as 1 million people. Algeria at the time was a southern province of France.
The putsch lasted barely four days and Algeria declared independence on July 3, 1962.
Two of the generals were caught, while Jouhaud and another, Gen. Raoul Salan, went underground, taking over the Secret Army Organization, which fought attempts to set up an independent Algerian government.
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NEW YORK (AP) _ William Kunstler, a self-described radical lawyer who, for three decades, committed himself to the outcasts and underdogs, ``the poor, the persecuted, the radicals and the militant, the black people, the pacifists and the political pariahs,″ died of a heart attack Monday after a brief hospitalization. He was 76.
His client list read like a Who’s Who of modern American history and jurisprudence: the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the Chicago Seven, Jack Ruby, John Gotti, Indian activist Leonard Peltier, Lenny Bruce, flag burner Gregory Johnson, Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry, Black Panthers and defendants in the Attica prison riot.
Considered Kunstler’s greatest accomplishment was his successful argument that under an 1866 law protecting ex-slaves, civil rights cases should be removed from state courts and placed in federal courts.
But he was best known for defending the Chicago Seven against charges of conspiring to incite riots during the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
The jury acquitted the seven defendants of conspiracy and found five guilty of incitement. Judge Julius J. Hoffman, however, found all seven defendants, Kunstler and his co-counsel guilty of contempt on 160 counts.
He was sentenced to four years and 13 days, but most of the counts were dismissed on appeal and he did not serve any time.
Kunstler helped clear Egyptian immigrant El Sayyid Nosair in the assassination of militant Rabbi Meir Kahane, despite eyewitnesses who testified he was the gunman. Nosair was convicted only on a weapons count.
And Kunstler persuaded prosecutors to set aside charges against Qubilah Shabazz, the daughter of Malcolm X, who had been accused of hiring a government informant to kill Louis Farrakhan. More than 30 years earlier, he had represented Shabazz’ father.
The son of middle-class Jewish parents, William Moses Kunstler majored in French at Yale, served as a signal intelligence officer in the Pacific in World War II, where he received a Bronze Star, then went to Columbia Law School, graduating in 1949.
Work on civil rights cases in the South in the early 1960s transformed his view of American society and the courts. It was then that he became an advocate for outcasts and pariahs.
Kunstler wrote more than a dozen books, including ``Our Pleasant Vices,″ a book of poems (1941), ``Beyond a Reasonable Doubt?: The Original Trial of Caryl Chessman,″ a 1961 account of a California convict executed after more than a decade on death row, ``The Case for Courage: The Stories of Ten Famous American Attorneys Who Risked Their Careers in the Cause of Justice,″ (1962). His autobiography, ``My Life as a Radical Lawyer,″ was published last year.
EL PASO, Texas (AP) _ Ricardo Sanchez, a Chicano poet who grew up in a barrio and wrote of the harsh realities of life on the border, died of cancer on Sunday. He was 54.
Sanchez had been teaching at Washington State University but returned to his native El Paso this spring.
Sanchez said his schoolteachers had told him Mexicans didn’t write poetry _ and he devoted much of his life to proving them wrong.
Sanchez served time in prison for robbery, and in 1971, a year after he was released, his poetry collection ``Canto y Grito Mi Liberacion″ helped define the burgeoning Chicano movement.
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) _ Bill Scroggins, a photographer for The Sun News for 16 years, died Monday while waiting for a lung transplant. He was 56.
He had suffered from pulmonary fibrosis, a scarring that reduces lung capacity.
Since July, he had been prepared three times for a lung transplant, but each time the available lung was not adequate for his needs.
Scroggins joined The Sun News in 1978 after leaving Columbia, S.C., where he was a photographer for The State newspaper for five years. He was a graduate of Memphis State University in Tennessee.
Scroggins’ survivors include his wife, Diana.