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ROCKHOUSE, Ky. (AP) _ Curly Ray Cline, the man known to country music fans as the Old Kentucky Fox Hunter, died Tuesday. He was 74.
Cline, who taught himself to play the fiddle before age 7, spent 26 years performing with Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys. He also appeared at the Grand Ole Opry and on television’s ``Hee Haw″ before illness forced him to retire about three years ago.
Cline, who grew up on a West Virginia farm, started out as one of the original members of the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers. In addition to his work with Stanley’s band, Cline made recordings of his own, often tunes with comical lyrics.
HUDSON, N.Y. (AP) _ William Humphrey, an author noted for his novels about family life in rural Texas, died of cancer Wednesday. He was 73.
Humphrey wrote 13 books, the first of which was the acclaimed novel ``Home From the Hill.″ In 1960, Vincente Minnelli directed Robert Mitchum and Eleanor Parker in the screen adoption of the novel.
Humphrey’s short stories have appeared in The New Yorker and other magazines. In 1953, his first collection, ``The Last Husband and Other Stories,″ was published.
His other novels include ``Proud Flesh″ in 1973, ``Hostages to Fortune″ in 1984 and ``No Resting Place″ in 1989. His nature books included ``The Spawning Run″ and ``My Moby Dick″ both of which were about fishing.
His works included a memoir, ``Farther Off From Heaven.″
NEW YORK (AP) _ Hollywood executive Leo Jaffe, who took Columbia Pictures from the brink of bankruptcy to success with movies such as ``Kramer vs. Kramer,″ and ``Close Encounters of the Third Kind,″ died Wednesday after a long illness. He was 88.
Jaffe was the chairman at Columbia from 1973 to 1981, capping a career at the studio that lasted more than 50 years.
Columbia became an industry powerhouse under Jaffe’s leadership in the 1970s with popular successes like ``Shampoo″ and critical favorites such as ``Midnight Express″ and ``Taxi Driver.″
But the studio also was rocked by scandal during his tenure. In 1977, president David Begelman was caught using forged checks to embezzle more than $61,000 from the studio. The studio initially allowed Begelman to keep his job, but later fired him.
After stepping down as the studio’s chairman in 1981, Jaffe headed the motion picture and television division of the U.S. Information Agency for seven years under President Reagan.
In 1979, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences honored him with its Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
Mary E. Pauley
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Mary E. Pauley, the mother of ``Dateline NBC″ co-anchor Jane Pauley, died Sunday. She was 82.
She was a homemaker and had been a member of Eastminster United Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, where she was an organist for many years.
Mason Summers Peters III
ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) _ Mason Summers Peters III, a reporter for The Virginian-Pilot whose journalism career spanned the election of 11 presidents, died Wednesday. He was 82.
Peters joined the newspaper in 1979, and was still turning out stories a few days before surgery for lung cancer last month. Even in his hospital bed he was making plans to write a series about race relations in North Carolina.
Peters’ first major assignment was covering the 1933 inauguration of President Franklin Roosevelt for the Times-Herald of Washington, D.C., which later made him managing editor.
FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) _ Marcille Sitton, a landscape painter, arts activist and widow of longtime reporter Jack Sitton, died Aug. 11. She was 81.
Mrs. Sitton, the daughter of homesteaders, was a former member of the board of trustees of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation and also served on the museum’s National Advisory Committee.
She had been preceded in death in 1993 by her husband, a former Associated Press writer. He had been editor of the Carlsbad Current-Argus, The Santa Fe New Mexican and publisher of The Daily Times in Farmington.
Besides her son and daughter, survivors include four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.