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July 2, 2004

Fariborz Amini

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Fariborz Amini, a psychiatrist who explored the way childhood experiences influence how adults love, died June 13 of complications from a heart attack, his wife said. He was 73.

Amini was a professor emeritus at the University of California, San Francisco.

Together with colleagues Richard Lannon and Thomas Lewis, Amini co-wrote ``A General Theory of Love,″ a book published in 2000 that wove brain research, history, psychopharmacology, poetry and philosophy into an argument that love is a learned and lasting trait.

Based on years of clinical practice, the authors wrote that early lessons from childhood can create problems in romantic relationships because adults have been conditioned to react to certain types of love, even unhealthy ones.

Born in Tehran, Amini left Iran at 19, intent on finding the America portrayed in the movies as ``the land of golden opportunity,″ said his daughter Christina Maheen Amini. Already fluent in Farsi, Turkish and French, he taught himself English and was accepted at the University of California, Berkeley. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a mathematics degree in 1953 and finished medical school at UCSF four years later.

Amini joined the faculty of UCSF’s Langley Porter Neuropsychiatric Institute in 1963. He became a professor in 1983.


Hugh Cave

VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ Hugh Cave, a popular fiction writer whose career spanned seven decades and covered nearly every genre, died Sunday. He was 93.

Cave, who was writing up to his death, died at a hospice in Vero Beach, Fla. He suffered from diabetes.

Cave published a novel just two months ago _ a supernatural tale called ``Mountain of Madness,″ based in the Caribbean. Another book is due out next year.

His biography, ``Cave of 1,000 Tales,″ came out this week.

Cave made money churning out stories for 1 to 2 cents a word for Spicy Adventure and similar magazines, which were known for racy characters and plots. For those stories, he used the clever pseudonym, Justin Case.

When the pulp magazine business died during World War II because of a paper shortage, Cave turned his attention to government-commissioned books of war heroes, which became best sellers.

He also began writing for more mainstream magazines, like the Saturday Evening Post. One popular story was called ``The Mission,″ about a young girl in Haiti whose parents are killed in a flood, said biographer Milt Thomas.


Richard May

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) _ British judge Richard May, who wryly cut off Slobodan Milosevic’s courtroom speechmaking and presided over hundreds of hearings at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal, died Thursday after a short illness. He was 65.

May resigned four months ago, two years into the trial of the former Serbian leader.

May and Milosevic, both strong personalities, clashed regularly in the courtroom over countless issues ranging from Milosevic’s complaints about telephone use in his cell to his efforts to blame the Balkan wars on Western political leaders.

Milosevic rejects the legitimacy of the tribunal and refuses to follow courtroom etiquette. In a sign of his disdain, he referred to May as ``Mister May″ or ``Gospodine May″ in his native Serbo-Croatian, rather than using his title of judge.

May often was visibly frustrated with Milosevic but went to great lengths to ensure he was treated fairly, often assisting him in questioning witnesses and explaining how he could best contest the 66 war crimes allegations against him.

May joined the U.N. tribunal, formally the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, in 1997 and had presided over the Milosevic trial since February 2002.

Once an aspiring British politician, May unsuccessfully challenged Margaret Thatcher in an election.

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