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August 19, 2003

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) _ Jean Huddleston, the wife of former U.S. Senator Walter D. ``Dee″ Huddleston, died Monday after a short illness. She was 76.

Huddleston, born in Shelby County, married Walter Huddleston in 1947 in Crestwood.

She was a member of the Ladies of the Senate and the International Club while in Washington.

Walter Huddleston, a Democrat, was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1972, defeating Republican Louie B. Nunn. He was re-elected in 1978 but defeated by Republican Mitch McConnell in 1984.

The couple returned to Elizabethtown in 1985 after Huddleston’s defeat.


W. Bernard Richland

NEW YORK (AP) _ W. Bernard Richland, who served as the city’s chief lawyer during the 1970s fiscal crisis, died Thursday at home. He was 94.

As corporation counsel for the city from 1975 to 1977, Richland headed the Law Department when New York was on the brink of bankruptcy.

Born in Liverpool, England, Richland came to the United States in 1925 and got a job in the office of Judge Samuel Seabury, whose corruption investigations led to the downfall of Mayor Jimmy Walker.

Richland studied law at New York University and advanced to clerk and eventually law associate.

In 1943, Richland left Seabury’s office to become an assistant corporation counsel with the city. He was chief of the opinions and legislation division until 1958.

He practiced privately for 15 years, then from 1973 to 1975, Richland was general counsel to the State Charter Revision Commission.

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