Carl August Totemeier

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) _ Carl August Totemeier, for many years a leading horticulturist and gardening columnist for papers that included The New York Times, died Saturday. He was 77.

Totemeier died at Washington Regional Medical Center.

He served in leadership positions with horticulture schools or gardens in West Chicago, Ill.; Newark, Ohio; Oyster Bay, N.Y.; Old Westbury, N.Y.; Great River, N.Y.; and at the New York Botanical Gardens.

He also wrote a garden column for The New York Times for 14 years, and in Arkansas for the Morning News of Northwest Arkansas and The Arkansas Gardener.

He was a member of several professional organizations, including the Hortus Club of New York, which he served as president.


Syreeta Wright

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Motown recording artist and songwriter Syreeta Wright, who collaborated with ex-husband Stevie Wonder in writing several hits including ``Signed, Sealed, Delivered'' and ``If You Really Love Me,'' died Tuesday. She was 58.

Wright died at her home, surrounded by family, after battling breast cancer, her sister Kim Barnum said.

Wright was also known for her hit duet with Billy Preston, ``With You I'm Born Again,'' from the 1979 film ``Fast Break.''

She married Wonder in 1970; they divorced about two years later. They remained friends and collaborators until her death, Barnum said.

Wonder produced two of Wright's albums, including ``Syreeta'' and ``Stevie Wonder Presents Syreeta'' about their love, divorce and friendship.