SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) _ Pilar Barbosa, a historian and political leader who strove to make Puerto Rico a U.S. state, died Wednesday. She was 99.
Barbosa, a well-known figure in the governing New Progressive Party and respected historian at the University of Puerto Rico, was the daughter of Jose Celso Barbosa, considered the founder of Puerto Rico’s statehood movement.
Gov. Pedro Rossello declared three days of national mourning.
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Richard Berry, the rhythm and blues pioneer whose song ``Louie Louie″ launched a generation of garage bands, livened up frat parties and provoked a federal obscenity probe, died in his sleep Thursday. He was 61.
Berry wrote the song in 1956 and it has been recorded innumerable times since, most memorably by the Kingsmen in 1963. The song was introduced to a younger audience in the movie ``Animal House.″
The inscrutable Kingsmen’s version caused a national uproar in the mid-1960s when rumors circulated that the lyrics were obscene. Federal investigators ultimately said, ``We found the record to be unintelligible at any speed we played it.″
Berry sold the song for $500 in 1956. An artists’ rights group secured the copyright for him in the late 1980s for some $2 million.
GARRETT PARK, Md. (AP) _ Stuart B. Kaufman, a professor, author and expert on the labor movement in the United States, died Sunday of a heart attack. He was 54.
Kaufman edited the papers of labor leader Samuel Gompers, who helped establish the AFL-CIO in 1886 and was its president for 37 years.
Kaufman also wrote a book on Gompers and the federation’s origins.
In 1980, Kaufman helped set up the federation’s historical archives. He became one of the nation’s leading labor archivists.
Kaufman started teaching history at Maryland in 1969 and became a full professor in 1992. He also taught at Morris Brown College in Atlanta and Texas A&M University in the 1960s.
EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) _ Prince Scruse, Michael Jackson’s maternal grandfather, died Tuesday at age 85.
Scruse was the father of Jackson’s mother, Katherine, who raised her family in nearby Gary.
After Michael Jackson and his brothers made a national name for themselves in the late 1960s as the Jackson 5, Katherine Jackson and her family moved from Gary to Southern California.
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) _ Amha Selassie, son of the late Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia, died here on Jan. 17. He was 80.
The family came from a line of rulers who claimed ancestry from Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. Haile Selassie reigned for 40 years, until military officers ousted him in 1974.
The monarchy was abolished and Leninist-Marxist rule was established. While Amha Selassie proclaimed himself emperor in 1989, he never took power. The military regime ended when President Mengistu Haile Mariam was ousted by rebels in 1991.