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February 19, 2000

NEW YORK (AP) _ Sam Osman, the founder of Job Lot Trading, an emporium with an unpredictable mix of ultracheap merchandise, died Tuesday. He was 88.

Once a pushcart salesman on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Osman went on to found a business on what he once called ``other people’s mistakes.″ Those mistakes were then transformed into potentially attractive merchandise by tagging them with low prices.

Opened in 1950, the shrine to impulsive shopping offered customers the attraction of mystery. On any given day, bargains might range from fishing poles to perfume, toboggan wax to musical piggy banks.

Based on Vesey Street near City Hall in lower Manhattan, Osman then opened The Pushcart store next door. In 1967, he moved the two stores to a nearby corner where he had connected four buildings.

He sold his business in the early 1980s. In 1993, the store was closed.

Gary Swan

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ Gary Swan, a sports writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, died Thursday while on assigment to report on the Daytona 500 car race. He was 51.

Swan was found dead in his hotel room, apparently of natural causes. The medical examiner’s office in Daytona Beach said it would investigate the cause of death.

Swan covered the San Francisco 49ers football team for more than 10 years.

He joined the Chronicle in 1981 as a news reporter, then switched to sports writing in 1989. He wrote more than 2,500 articles for the Chronicle, including ones about women’s college basketball, professional hockey and San Francisco Giants baseball games.

Before the Chronicle, Swan worked as a news reporter for four years at the San Jose Mercury News. He also worked at the Worcester (Mass.) Telegram & Gazette and the New Haven (Conn.) Journal Courier.

Swan is survived by his wife, Lenora; and two sons.

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