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May 24, 1998

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Robert W. Morgan, whose voice brought wit, oldies and ``Good Morgan″ greetings to the morning airwaves for more than three decades, has died. He was 60.

Morgan died Friday night at Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center after a two-year battle with lung cancer, said KRTH news director Joni Caryl.

The radio personality, born in Mansfield, Ohio, was best known for being one of the original ``Boss Jocks″ at 93-KHJ. He went on to a career at KRTH in 1982. Morgan left the station last year to fight his illness.

Prior to coming to KRTH, Morgan hosted morning drive radio shows on Los Angeles stations K100-FM, KMPC-AM, and Magic 106FM.

Among the industry honors Morgan received were a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, two Billboard magazine Air Personality of the Year awards and the Gavin Professional Programmers Award.

He is survived by his wife Shelly, daughter Susanna and brother Art Jr.

Ed Simmons

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Ed Simmons, a TV comedy writer and producer who won five Emmy Awards for his work on ``The Carol Burnett Show,″ has died. He was 78.

Simmons died Monday, Rachelle Smith, spokeswoman for the Older Adult Service and Information System (or OASIS) told the Los Angeles Times in a story published Saturday.

Simmons won his Emmys _ three for writing and two for producing the variety show starring Carol Burnett _ in 1974, 1975 and 1978.

Besides Carol Burnett, Simmons also worked on variety shows for Red Skelton and George Gobel. He produced the series ``Welcome Back, Kotter″ and ``Mama’s Family.″

Simmons started in television by writing for ``The Martin and Lewis Show.″

In 1996, the city of West Hollywood, where Simmons lived, honored him with an ``Angel Amidst″ award for his volunteer efforts.

Telford Taylor

NEW YORK (AP) _ Telford Taylor, who prosecuted Nazi war criminals at Nuremberg and helped lay the foundation for the principle that governments must be held accountable for mistreating their citizens, died Saturday. He was 90.

Taylor, who also was a law professor, author and activist, suffered a series of strokes earlier this month, according to a friend, Jonathan Bush, a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J. Taylor died in New York.

At the close of World War II, the victorious Allies _ the United States, Soviet Union, Britain and France _ captured Hermann Goering and 20 other leading Nazis and set up the tribunal in the Palace of Justice at Nuremberg in southern Germany.

Prosecutors accused them of shattering civilized standards by organizing or abetting atrocities and laying waste to Europe.

Taylor was a top assistant at the trial. Promoted to brigadier general, Taylor then became chief prosecutor when nearly 200 more Nazis _ death squad members, industrialists and others _ were tried in a dozen subsequent trials at Nuremberg between 1946 and 1949. Of them, about 150 were convicted.

Taylor described his experiences in his 1992 book, ``The Anatomy of the Nuremberg Trials: A Personal Memoir.″

During the 1950s, Taylor, back in civilian life, spoke out against Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s anti-Communist activities and defended some of those targeted by him. His book ``Grand Inquest: The Story of Congressional Investigations,″ criticized McCarthy’s tactics.

He later wrote an anti-Vietnam War book, ``Nuremberg and Vietnam: An American Tragedy,″ and worked to help Jews who were imprisoned in the Soviet Union.

He even was a special master for the courts in a case involving the National Basketball Association’s labor agreement.

Among his other books, as author or co-author, were ``Munich: The Price of Peace,″ ``Courts of Terror: Soviet Criminal Justice and Jewish Emigration,″ and ``The Breaking Wave: The German Defeat in the Summer of 1940.″

Taylor also was a professor emeritus at Columbia University School of Law and a visiting professor at Harvard and Yale law schools.