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January 15, 2004

Mike Goliat

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Mike Goliat, the second baseman on the 1950 Philadelphia Phillies’ pennant-winning ``Whiz Kids″ team, died Tuesday of heart failure. He was 82.

Goliat broke in with the Phillies in 1949. He earned the starting second baseman’s job the next year. In 145 games that season, he hit .234 with 13 doubles, 13 home runs and 64 RBIs.

The Phillies lost the 1950 World Series to the New York Yankees. That was Philadelphia’s last NL pennant until 1980, when they went on to win their only World Series title.

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Georgette Klinger

NEW YORK (AP) _ Georgette Klinger, who set a new standard for cosmetic facials by treating the skin as a living organ affected by nutrition and exercise, has died. She was 88.

Klinger died Friday at a Manhattan hospital, according to her daughter, Kathryn Klinger Belton.

Klinger’s facials were born six decades ago, when she started mixing secret ingredients that became the foundation of her chain of beauty centers, as well as today’s spa industry.

She transformed the approach to skin care by using herbal treatments and incorporating healthy living into her beauty formulas.

Her Madison Avenue salon opened in 1941 and was followed by nine others across the country.

By the 1980s, her products were developed and produced in a New Jersey laboratory and factory. In 1988, the company was sold to the Pyle Group, a financial services and investment firm.

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Erle Jolson Krasna

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Erle Jolson Krasna, the widow of singer Al Jolson and later of screenwriter and producer Norman Krasna, died Sunday of cancer. She was 81.

Krasna met Jolson at a hospital in Hot Springs, Ark. She moved to Los Angeles and appeared in several minor film roles before marrying him in 1945. She controlled Jolson’s recordings after his death in 1950.

She married Academy Award-winning writer Norman Krasna in 1951, and the couple lived in Switzerland for 20 years before he died in 1984.

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Peter Miller Jr.

LASALLE, Ill. (AP) _ Peter Miller Jr., who headed a media company with holdings that include the NewsTribune and three LaSalle radio stations, died Monday. He was 85.

Miller, chairman of the board of Miller Group Media, bought the LaSalle newspaper in 1947. The company later expanded to include radio stations WLPO, WAJK and WKOT in LaSalle, along with the Illinois AgriNews, Indiana AgriNews and NewsShopper.

Miller, a University of Chicago graduate, headed the former Washington Times-Herald in the nation’s capital before returning to Illinois to expand his media holdings. He also spent time in California, where he helped produce several movies.

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David N. Henderson

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) _ Former North Carolina congressman David N. Henderson, who helped create Cape Lookout National Seashore during 16 years in the House, died Tuesday. He was 82.

Before he was elected to the 3rd District House seat as a Democrat, Henderson was chief staffer in 1952 for an investigating subcommittee chaired by John F. Kennedy, when the late president was a member of the House.

He was elected to the U.S. House in 1960 and later chaired the Post Office and Civil Service Committee. With Sen. B. Everett Jordan, D-N.C., Henderson co-sponsored the legislation creating Cape Lookout National Seashore along the Outer Banks.

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James Peeler

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ James Peeler, a photographer who captured the civil rights movement and the daily life of Charlotte’s black community, has died. He was 74.

Peeler died Friday following a brief illness, according to a funeral home. His death comes a month after part of his collection was destroyed in a fire.

Peeler owned his own portrait studio for 40 years, but also freelanced for black newspapers and organizations such as the NAACP, chronicling significant episodes in Charlotte’s black community.

He photographed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on a visit to Charlotte and, in September 1957, Delois Huntley when she became the first black student to attend Alexander Graham Junior High School.

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