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February 16, 2003

CHICAGO (AP) _ Jack Maher, who served for more than three decades as publisher of the respected jazz magazine Down Beat and its parent company, Maher Publications, died Friday of natural causes. He was 78.

Maher was credited with transforming Down Beat into a leading forum on jazz, with a roster of writers that included Leonard Feather, Nat Hentoff, Dan Morgenstern, Ralph Gleason and Ira Gitler.

The magazine was founded in 1934 to chronicle the comings and goings of touring swing bands.

A previous owner forfeited the magazine to Maher’s father, John Maher. After his father’s death in 1968, Maher put up his own money to acquire Down Beat, outbidding Playboy founder and jazz aficionado Hugh Hefner.

Upon taking charge, Maher immediately changed a number of his father’s policies, including one which frowned on putting pictures of black musicians on Down Beat’s cover.

Sister Mary Patrice Manley

BELMONT, N.C. (AP) _ Sister Marie Patrice Manley, a nun whose desire to care for a sick child led to a residential program for 65 children, many of them disabled, has died. She was 92.

Manley died Thursday in a High Point nursing home.

Manley was helping local textile workers in January 1956 by helping take care of their children when she encountered Maria Morrow, an infant born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

Maria’s 19-year-old mother had brought her to the old Sacred Heart College by the Sisters of Mercy, a Catholic order of nuns.

Manley got permission to care for the child and started the Holy Angels program. Manley served as administrator of the group until 1982.

``She did something very extraordinary in a very ordinary way,″ said Regina Moody, Manley’s successor and president of Holy Angels.

Holy Angels houses residents in three different programs. Many of its residents have mental retardation and physical disabilities.

As part of its outreach services, Holy Angels operates a vocational training program in downtown Belmont.

Manley is survived by Morrow, her godchild, who works as an assistant for the Holy Angels program.

Alvin W. Penn

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Democratic state Sen. Alvin W. Penn, who spent a decade in the statehouse challenging racial discrimination and fighting for the urban poor, died Friday. He was 54.

Penn, who suffered from pancreatic cancer, died at Connecticut Hospice in Branford, said Patrick Scully, director of media and communications for Senate Democrats.

Penn had surgery for the cancer in the fall of 2002 and was hospitalized again before the legislative session began in January. Penn took the oath of office for his sixth term from his hospital bed at the Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

In the Legislature, Penn headed the Public Safety Committee, which oversees police, civil preparedness and gambling.

Penn claimed racial profiling led to his being stopped by police in Trumbull in 1996. Three years later he authored a state law that prohibited Connecticut police officers from pulling over minority drivers who are not breaking any laws.

Augusto Sanchez

MANILA, Philippines (AP) _ Former Philippine labor secretary and human rights lawyer Augusto ``Bobbit″ Sanchez, who spent years fighting dictator Ferdinand Marcos, died of a heart attack Saturday. He was 70.

One of his sons, Anthony, said Sanchez, who had a quadruple bypass in 1996 and survived a stroke in 1999, had been feeling weak since suffering pneumonia in November. He said Sanchez felt ill Saturday during a meeting with a client and died on the way to the hospital.

Sanchez was a prominent human rights lawyer who defended opponents of Marcos during the strongman’s 1972-1986 rule and led lawyers and activists in street protests.

After a 1986 ``people power″ revolt ousted Marcos, his successor, Corazon Aquino, made Sanchez labor secretary, hoping his strong links to leftists and the labor movement would calm labor unrest already heated before Marcos fell.

He resigned as labor secretary in 1987 to run for Senate. After losing the election, he returned to private practice but continued his activism, joining the campaign against U.S. military bases in the Philippines.

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