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Mustafa Amin, Egypt’s best-known columnist and a nemesis of former Presiden

April 14, 1997

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) _ Mustafa Amin, Egypt’s best-known columnist and a nemesis of former President Gamal Abdel Nasser, died Sunday. He was 83.

Amin died of heart complications in a Cairo hospital where he was being treated for the flu and diabetes, his family said.

Amin and his twin brother, Ali, were publishers of Egypt’s five best-selling publications until Nasser nationalized the country’s media in 1960.

The brothers continued writing in the daily newspaper Al-Akhbar and the weekly newspaper Akhbar Al-Yom, and landed themselves into trouble with their veiled criticism of Nasser, who governed Egypt until 1970.

In 1965, Mustafa Amin was arrested while meeting an American diplomat in Alexandria and accused of being an American spy. He was freed by President Anwar Sadat, who succeeded Nasser.

John Landry

NEW YORK (AP) _ John Landry, the founder of the Marlboro Cup and a board member of the New York Racing Association, died Sunday. He was 73.

His son, Jack Landry Jr., said the cause of death was cancer.

Starting in the 1950s, Landry owned and bred horses. He started the Marlboro Cup, one of the big races on the New York racing calendar. Secretariat won the inaugural race in 1973 following his Triple Crown season.

Shuhei Nishida

TOKYO (AP) _ Shuhei Nishida, Japan’s two-time Olympic pole vault silver medalist, died Sunday night. He was 87.

Nishida won his first silver medal at the 1932 Los Angeles Games with a Japanese record of 14 feet, 1 1/4 inches, only a half-inch behind William Miller of the United States.

Nishida earned his second silver medal at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, vaulting 13-11 1/4. His mark at Berlin was the same as countryman Sueo Oe, who received the bronze medal, although rules at the time should have recorded the two as sharing second place.

Afterward, the two had their medals cut in half and joined to leave each with a half-silver, half-bronze medal.

Sheik Ali Sabah al-Salem al-Sabah

KUWAIT (AP) _ Sheik Ali Sabah al-Salem al-Sabah, a member of Kuwait’s royal family who served as defense minister after the Persian Gulf War, died Sunday of a heart attack in London, Kuwait radio reported.

Sheik Ali, the son of a former emir and the brother of the current defense minister, Sheik Salem Sabah al-Salem al-Sabah, was 49.

He served as defense minister following the 1991 Gulf War, in which a U.S.-led coalition liberated the oil-rich emirate from seven months of Iraqi occupation. He later took over the Interior Ministry, where he served until a Cabinet shuffle late last year.

George Wald

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) _ George Wald, who won the Nobel Prize in 1967 for his research in the mechanics of human vision, died at home Saturday. He was 90.

Wald had a later career as a peace activist, traveling the world to speak out against the Vietnam war, nuclear arms and human rights abuses.

Wald won the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology in 1967 for his work on the chemical reactions that light sets off in the receptors of the eye. Those reactions, in turn, trigger nervous impulses along the optic nerve to the brain.

Upon accepting the award, Wald said: ``A scientist is in a sense a learned child. There is something of the scientist in every child. Others must outgrow it. Scientists can stay that way all their lives.″

Wald, a Harvard University professor for 43 years, declared his opposition to the United States’ involvement in Vietnam in a March 4, 1969, speech called ``A Generation in Search of a Future″ which was widely reprinted and translated into several languages.

Wald traveled the country to speak on the Cold War and nuclear arms, and headed international tribunals investigating human rights abuses in El Salvador, the Philippines, Afghanistan, Zaire and Guatemala.

Adina Wrobleski

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Adina Wrobleski, who founded a suicide survivor network after her stepdaughter shot herself in 1979, died Thursday of brain cancer. She was 63.

After her 21-year-old stepdaughter, Lynn, committed suicide, Wrobleski devoted her life to suicide education and prevention. In 1984, she founded SA/VE (Suicide Awareness/Voices of Education) and four suicide support groups. She also published a newsletter for suicide survivors, lectured at universities around the nation and wrote ``Suicide Survivors: a Guide for Those Left Behind″ and ``Suicide: Why?″

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