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April 23, 1998

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) _ William M. Cafaro, a shopping mall developer who was listed among the 400 richest Americans by Forbes magazine, died Wednesday of a heart attack. He was 84.

Forbes listed Cafaro as the 217th richest American last year. His fortune was estimated at $800 million.

In the 1940s, he started building and operating neighborhood shopping centers and strip plazas. In the following decades, The Cafaro Co. developed more than 70 commercial properties and expanded into enclosed regional shopping malls from Washington to West Virginia.

Constantine Caramanlis

ATHENS, Greece (AP) _ Constantine Caramanlis, a revered statesman who led Greece out of postwar ruin and military dictatorship, died Thursday of complications from a heart attack. He was 91.

Caramanlis’ stamp on Greece encompassed many of the nation’s defining moments this century, from the Nazi occupation in World War II to Greece’s recognition as a full Western European ally.

Often referred to as a ``savior″ of the country, Caramanlis was elected to Parliament in 1935, representing the conservative Royalist People’s Party. He resigned a year later after a military-controlled government took over.

He was given his first official post during the 1945-49 civil war between communist guerrillas and Allied-backed government forces. He helped to negotiate an aid package from the United States that included 100 tanker ships, which helped reconstruct the Greek merchant fleet, now the world’s largest. He became premier in 1955.

He quarreled with the royal family and went into self-imposed exile in 1963. A military junta controlled the country from 1967 until its collapse in 1974. He returned and led his new Democracy party to a landslide victory, then drafted a new constitution and held a referendum abolishing the monarchy.

Caramanlis dedicated himself to pushing for Greek membership into what is now called the European Union. Greece joined the bloc in 1981.

He moved from premier to president in 1980. He resigned in 1985, protesting reforms that weakened the presidency, but he returned as president in 1990 for his final five-year term.

Vernon Holland

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Vernon Holland, a first-round draft choice of the Cincinnati Bengals in 1971, died Tuesday of a heart attack. He was 49.

Holland was an all-American at Tennessee State University, where he played from 1967-70, before being the 15th selection in the 1971 National Football League draft. He played tackle for the Bengals until 1979.

James J. Kane

MILTON, Mass. (AP) _ James J. Kane, who led Masses before Boston Marathons when he was a Jesuit priest, died Monday of a brain tumor. He was 53.

Kane ran 10 marathons, six of them in Boston, and said standing-room-only Masses before Boston Marathons.

Charles Lang

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) _ Charles Lang, the Academy Award-winning cinematographer who shot ``The Magnificent Seven″ and whose innovative work lent glamour to some of the biggest names in Hollywood, died April 3 of pneumonia. He was 96.

Lang’s career spanned 50 movies over four decades. He was nominated for Oscars 18 times and won in 1933 for ``A Farewell to Arms,″ starring Helen Hayes and Gary Cooper. In 1991, he earned the American Society of Cinematographers’ Lifetime Achievement Award.

Self-described as a ``women’s photographer,″ Lang was noted for the lighting and camera movements that showed actresses at their best, including Mae West, Joan Crawford, Marilyn Monroe and Ingrid Bergman.

Lang’s cinematography on ``The Magnificent Seven″ in 1960 became the prototype for wide-screen Westerns.

Luis Eduardo Magalhaes

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) _ Luis Eduardo Magalhaes, leader of the government’s coalition in the Chamber of Deputies _ Brazil’s lower house of Congress _ died Tuesday of a heart condition. He was 43.

Magalhaes was a member of one Brazil’s most influential families and had been considered a likely successor to President Fernando Henrique Cardoso.

As leader of the governing coalition in the lower house, Magalhaes was instrumental in pushing through key legislation, such as an amendment allowing the president to run for re-election.

Magalhaes served as president of the Chamber of Deputies in 1995, a job he relinquished in 1997.

Norm Schrader

FARGO, N.D. (AP) _ Norm Schrader, a newsman who helped to usher television news in the Red River Valley, died Wednesday of cancer. He was 73.

Schrader worked for WDAY radio and then WDAY television for 40 years, 30 of that as a news director. He retired from the station in 1989, but almost immediately returned to work as a producer for Prairie Public Television in Fargo.

In 1949, Schrader started as a broadcast reporter for WDAY radio. In 1953, he helped develop the region’s first television news show.

The company named him news director for both television and radio news two years later. He was promoted to regional managing editor for WDAY in 1985, a position he held until his retirement.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis, and two children.

Paul Steve Seplocha

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) _ Paul Steve Seplocha, the host of the public affairs television show ``Anchorage Edition,″ died early Tuesday of complications from cirrhosis. He was 57.

Seplocha, a newspaper reporter and editor by training, moved to Alaska in 1982 after several decades with the Fort Lauderdale News and Sun-Sentinel in Florida.

After a year of editing the Anchorage Daily News’ business section, he went to work for the Teamsters, which he retired from last year.

He also volunteered at public radio station KSKA and television station KAKM, hosting ``Anchorage Edition″ for a dozen years. The show is a round table discussion among journalists about the news of the day.

He is survived by two sons and three grandchildren.

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