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September 12, 2000

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Rep. Herbert Bateman, a nine-term congressman who in the 1970s was one of the first Virginia Democrats to switch parties, died Monday after a long battle with lung and prostate cancer. He was 72.

Bateman was elected to the state Senate in 1968 as a member of the conservative Democratic faction that dominated Virginia government for most of the 20th century. However, he disagreed with the liberal direction the party was heading nationally, and in 1976, he became a Republican.

He was first elected to Congress in 1982. In his 18 years in the House, Bateman brought defense contracts to his southeast Virginia district. His hometown, Newport News, is among the world’s major centers for the construction of warships.

Bateman was known as a deficit hawk, and he fought for a balanced budget. He remained popular in his district and seldom faced serious opposition for re-election. He had no Democratic opponent in his final two re-election bids.

Mike Hughes

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Mike Hughes, a former sports reporter who became editor-in-chief of United Press International, died Monday at age 66.

Hughes had been suffering from stomach cancer and had been diagnosed with a brain tumor eight years ago.

Hughes joined United Press _ which became United Press International _ in England in 1956 as a teletype operator. He later worked as a sports reporter and editor and became executive sports editor in New York in 1973. He covered seven Olympic Games for UPI.

Hughes moved to the news side of the wire service in 1977 and helped found United Press Canada. In 1983, he was named vice president and general manager of UPI’s international division. The following year, he was promoted to executive vice president and editor-in-chief.

By that time, UPI was in the midst of structural and financial problems following its sale by the Scripps family. Hughes’ battles with the new owners led to his resignation from UPI in 1986.

Hughes is survived by his wife, a daughter, a brother and a sister.

Bill McCuen

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) _ Bill McCuen, a former Arkansas secretary of state who was imprisoned for corruption in office, died Saturday. He was 57.

McCuen was diagnosed with cancer while serving a 17-year prison term.

He was first elected secretary of state in 1984. In 1994, the state police began investigating his involvement in a scheme with political consultant Darrell Glascock to purchase $53,650 worth of flags from a sham company.

McCuen was indicted on public corruption charges in 1995. The following year, he pleaded either guilty or no contest to charges involving bribery, taking kickbacks and tax evasion.

William W. Quinn

WASHINGTON (AP) _ William W. ``Buffalo Bill″ Quinn, a retired Army lieutenant general who served in two wars and played a role in the creation of the Central Intelligence Agency, died Monday of congestive heart failure. He was 92.

During World War II, Quinn served as an intelligence officer in Europe, where he was responsible for gathering and coordinating information for the invasion of southern France on Aug. 15, 1944. The landing by U.S. and French troops was met with minimal resistance and was considered one of the most successful amphibious operations of the war.

In 1946, Quinn was named chief of operations of the Central Intelligence Group, a forerunner of the CIA. Quinn later served as a colonel on the staff of Gen. Douglas MacArthur during the Korean War.

Quinn retired from the military in 1966. He worked as a vice president of the Aerospace Group at Martin Marietta Corp. until 1972, when he formed Quinn Associates, a consulting firm.

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