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August 4, 2003

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) _ True Eames Boardman, whose Hollywood career spanned from acting alongside Charlie Chaplin to writing for ``Gunsmoke,″ died July 29 of pancreatic cancer. He was 94.

Boardman was chairman of the documentary committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and also was involved with the Screen Actors Guild and the Writers Guild of America.

In 1993, the Writers Guild presented him with its Valentine Davies Award for lifetime achievement.

A native of Seattle, Boardman was the only child of actress Virginia Eames and action-adventure star True Boardman. He appeared in six movies by the age of 10, including films with Chaplin and Mary Pickford.

After graduating from UCLA with a degree in English literature and Spanish in 1934, Boardman switched from acting to writing, contributing radio scripts to the Silver Theater, Screen Guild Theater and Lux Radio Theater.

Later he moved to television, writing for ``Perry Mason,″ ``The Virginian,″ ``Bonanza″ and ``Gunsmoke.″


Judge W.H. ``Sonny″ Dillahunty

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) _ Judge W.H. ``Sonny″ Dillahunty, who served as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas and on the bench in two different courts, died Saturday. He was 75.

Dillahunty served for 12 years, 1967-79, as U.S. attorney under Presidents Johnson, Nixon, Ford and Carter.

He was well-known in the Arkansas legal community for his candid commentary and often blunt language as he prosecuted county judges, politicians, lawyers and businessmen.

The high school dropout and World War II veteran graduated from the University of Arkansas and its law school within four years after getting out of the Army, said his daughter, Sharon Dillahunty.

After getting his law license in 1954, he ran a private practice in West Memphis before being elected city attorney and re-elected five times.

In 1997, he was appointed Pulaski County chancery judge. Dillahunty was tough on child support defendants, telling them to bring one of two things: ``money or a toothbrush.″

In 1999, he was appointed special justice for the Arkansas Supreme Court and was appointed special member and chairman of the Arkansas State Police Commission.

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