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September 18, 1999

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Bob Chase, a St. Louis television news anchorman known for his robust baritone voice, died Thursday. He was 72.

Chase, believed to be the nation’s first anchorman of a 5 p.m. TV newscast, had been in declining health since a liver transplant eight years ago.

He started in broadcasting in the early 1960s at KSD-TV, now KSDK-TV.

In 1996, Chase received the Silver Circle Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Chase resigned from KSDK in 1976 to run for Congress as a Republican. He lost in the primary by 130 votes.

He then joined St. Louis public television station KETC, but resigned again in 1978 to run for the same seat. He won the primary but lost in the general election.

Survivors include his wife, three sons, a daughter, two brothers and three grandchildren.

W. Arthur Garrity Jr.

BOSTON (AP) _ U.S. District Judge W. Arthur Garrity Jr., whose 1974 order to desegregate Boston schools led to rioting, racial turmoil and resentment that lingers even today, died Thursday of cancer. He was 79.

His decision that ordered busing students to achieve racial balance forever changed the composition of the city’s schools.

Busing was ordered to achieve more balanced racial populations in the city’s schools, and violent protests ensued, particularly in the South Boston and Charlestown neighborhoods, as minority students were bused into predominantly white areas.

In an interview last December, Garrity said he still received letters and e-mails in response to his busing decision. Bitterness about Garrity’s landmark decision continues and is still the subject of debate, in and out of court.

Garrity remained firm in his decision, overseeing the case for years.

A graduate of Holy Cross and Harvard Law School, Garrity began his law career as a federal law clerk from 1946-47. He went on to serve as an assistant U.S. attorney, then spent 11 years as a partner at a private firm before returning to the federal prosecutor’s office in Massachusetts as U.S. attorney. He was appointed to the federal bench in 1966.

Jim Lipscomb

WYNNEWOOD, Okla. (AP) _ Jim Lipscomb, a veteran cameraman for KWTV in Oklahoma City, died Friday of a heart attack. He was 44.

Lipscomb, who had worked for the CBS affiliate for the past 17 years, collapsed while filming the funeral of a high school football player and died a short time later.

``His soft-spoken voice, gentle demeanor and clever wit endeared him to all,″ the station said in a statement.

Lipscomb was filming the funeral of 17-year-old Daniel Knowles, who died Sept. 11, eight days after suffering a stroke during Wynnewood High School’s season opener against Sulphur.

Henri Storck

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) _ Henri Storck, a Belgian film pioneer who broke new ground in documentary movie making with a 1933 account of a coal miners’ strike, died Thursday. He was 92.

Storck, regarded as one of Belgium’s greatest filmmakers, achieved international acclaim with ``Misery in the Borinage″ which he co-wrote and directed with Dutchman Joris Ivens. Their short, stark account focused on the grim conditions of mine workers in the Borinage region around the southern Belgian city of Mons during a strike to protest pay cuts.

Storck worked as an actor, cinematographer, art director producer and director in a career that spanned 70 movies. He was best known for his documentaries, which also included ``The Unknown Soldier,″ ``Rubens″ and ``The Peasant’s Symphony.″

Frankie Vaughan

LONDON (AP) _ Frankie Vaughan, a crooner who appealed to audiences in Las Vegas and New York as well as his native England, died Friday. He was 71.

Vaughan, who made hits of ``Green Door″ and ``Kisses Sweeter Than Wine,″ had undergone surgery for a heart problem earlier this year.

He also had a moderately successful movie career, appearing in 1960′s ``Let’s Make Love″ and performing a musical number with Marilyn Monroe.

Vaughan, born Frank Abelson in his Russian grandmother’s house in Liverpool, turned to show business after studying at Leeds College of Art.

He auditioned as a singer, landed a week’s work at a music hall, and then started his career on the British variety circuit. He starred at all the major British theaters and had hit cabaret shows in Las Vegas and at New York’s Copacabana.

In later years, he continued to perform on the theatrical circuit and made frequent appearances on TV specials.

James R. West

BANGOR, Maine (AP) _ James R. West, a career diplomat and widower of author Mary McCarthy, died Monday. He was 84.

West joined the Air Force during World War II. Shortly after the war, he became part of the Foreign Service and became director of personnel for the Marshall Plan in Paris.

He was appointed in Warsaw as a cultural attache in 1955, after he returned to the United States.

West met McCarthy in January 1960, and although they were both married to other people, they both divorced and married. Historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. introduced the couple.

West joined the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a promoter of worldwide economic development, in 1961. He held his post as director of information of the Paris-based group until he retired in 1979.

West made Castine his year-round home after McCarthy died in 1989. He married Barbara Byrnes, a college acquaintance, in 1990.

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