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October 29, 2000

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) _ Alfonso Anzueto, a correspondent for The Associated Press who covered Guatemala’s 36-year-long civil war, died Saturday after a short illness. He was 70.

During his career, Anzueto survived several threats by groups involved in Guatemala’s civil conflict, which ended in 1994.

Anzueto, who also worked for the Prensa Libre newspaper, is a former four-time president of the Association of Journalists of Guatemala.

He retired earlier this year.

Hans Ertl

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) _ Hans Ertl, a German widely known in Bolivia as ``Hitler’s photographer″ for taking pictures of the Nazi leader, died Monday. He was 93.

In interviews late in his life, Bolivian media reported that Ertl admitted having been close to Adolph Hitler but he insisted he never was a member of the Nazi party. He also photographed German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel and the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin.

Ertl said he considered his most important work to have been for Nazi-era propaganda filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl. He moved to Bolivia in 1950 and became was well-known for his photographs of the Jesuit Missions _ temples and villages built by Jesuit priests in the late 19th century.

Miriam Salpeter

ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) _ Dr. Miriam Salpeter, an expert on neuromuscular disorders and a professor at Cornell University, died Tuesday of thyroid cancer. She was 71.

With her husband, Dr. Edwin E. Salpeter, and Austrian scientist Dr. Lewis Bachman, she invented a technique in electron microscopy that enabled scientists to view and measure individual signaling molecules in cells.

The discovery led to better understanding and treatment of neuromuscular disorders such as myasthenia gravis, which can cause serious chronic muscle weakness.

Salpeter headed Cornell’s department of neurobiology and behavior from 1982 to 1988.

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