John L. Hess

NEW YORK (AP) _ John L. Hess, who in more than 20 years at The New York Times worked as a foreign copy editor, reporter and restaurant critic, died in Manhattan. He was 87.

He died Friday of congestive heart failure and pneumonia, said his son Peter.

Hess began working at the Times in 1954, after stints at United Press, The Associated Press, The New York Daily News and The New York Post.

He worked first on the Times' foreign copy desk, then became a night-shift reporter. In 1964, he moved to Paris to help start a Paris edition of the paper.

Back in New York in 1972, he was the paper's food editor until the following year and became known for his witty, often caustic writing. In one review, he gave all of Manhattan's Chinatown neighborhood four stars.

In 1974, he won a citation from the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare for an investigation into corrupt nursing home operators.


Edward F. McLaughlin Jr.

BOSTON (AP) _ Former Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Edward F. McLaughlin Jr., who became close friends with President John F. Kennedy while the two served together in the Navy during World War II, died Friday. He was 84.

McLaughlin died at a nursing home on Cape Cod, his son, Richard McLaughlin, told The Boston Globe.

McLaughlin, whose son called him a ``true Kennedy Democrat,'' was lieutenant governor under John Volpe, Republican governor from 1961 to 1963. It was the last time the governor and lieutenant governor were from different parties; a 1966 constitutional amendment required candidates from the same party to run together.

McLaughlin served with Kennedy in the same PT boat squadron in the Solomon Islands. The two became friends, discussing Boston politics during off-duty hours. When McLaughlin was hospitalized with dengue fever, Kennedy was put in the adjoining bed after he was rescued from the sinking of the PT-109.