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Former Security Minister Viktor Barannikov, who was imprisoned for his role

July 23, 1995

MOSCOW (AP) _ Former Security Minister Viktor Barannikov, who was imprisoned for his role in an armed uprising against President Boris Yeltsin, died Friday of a heart attack. He was 54.

A career police officer, Barannikov was appointed Russia’s interior minister in 1990. In 1992, Yeltsin named him to head the Security Ministry, a successor to the former Soviet KGB secret service.

In July 1993, Barannikov _ who was allied with hard-line opposition to Yeltsin _ was ousted in an anti-corruption probe.

When Yeltsin ordered the old parliament disbanded in September 1993, Barannikov joined the lawmakers who resisted the order. He was arrested after Yeltsin sent troops and tanks to crush the rebels.

After five months in prison, Barannikov was released with other hard-line ringleaders under an amnesty granted by the new parliament.

Percy Humphrey

NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Trumpeter Percy Humphrey, the oldest active jazz musician in New Orleans, died Saturday at 90.

Humphrey performed until March, when deteriorating health forced him to give up his weekly shows at Preservation Hall.

The peak of his career came in the 1940s and 1950s, when he led the Eureka Brass Band, the premier marching band for parades and funerals.

In recent years, with some of the power and most of the stamina gone, Humphrey enthralled fans with vocals on old-time tunes. Lifting himself from his chair and lumbering to the microphone like an old bear rising from hibernation, he would growl a fierce _ and fiercely subdued _ version of ``Tiger Rag.″

He started out as a drummer, first performing publicly with his brother Willie in their grandfather’s band when he was 6. In his 20s he shifted to trumpet and led dance bands through the Depression and Prohibition.

As styles changed, there was less call for traditional New Orleans jazz, and Humphrey unloaded boxcars and sold burial insurance to supplement his income.

Dorothy McHugh

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Dorothy McHugh, whose plaintive cry ``I’ve fallen and I can’t get up″ made a national success of a medical calling device, died Wednesday, a week after suffering a series of strokes. She was 87.

The former Ziegfeld Follies dancer was hired about 10 years ago by Lifeline Systems Inc. of Cambridge, Mass., and launched a marketing campaign that became the butt of jokes for years.

``Everyone still talks about that commercial. She was very popular,″ said Jean Shea, customer administrator for Lifeline.

A sixth-grade dropout, McHugh worked for a rug factory in as a teen-ager. In her off hours, she watched burlesque shows and memorized routines, eventually filling in for an ailing showgirl.

She eventually talked her way into a job with the Ziegfeld Follies, and although she was only 5 feet tall she became a centerpiece in the dance line, standing on platforms and kicking her legs above the rest.

McHugh also became an artist’s model, posing for illustrations in the Saturday Evening Post. She appeared in the 1937 film ``Artists and Models,″ starring Jack Benny and Ida Lupino and was a model at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York.

Pedale

LUANDA, Angola (AP) _ Defense Minister Pedro Maria Tonha, a former guerrilla who led government forces through nearly 15 years of civil war, died Saturday in London. He was 54.

A government announcement gave no cause of death for Tonha, who was better known by his nom-de-guerre, Pedale.

As a guerrilla in the 1960s, he fought against Portuguese colonial rule. After independence in 1975, he became governor of central Huambo province. He became defense minister of the leftist government in 1980, overseeing the war against U.S.-backed UNITA guerrillas.

Billy Watson

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) _ Billy Watson, president and publisher of the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, died Saturday of a heart attack after being felled by heat stroke while working in his yard. He was 56.

The publisher, whose full name was James Willie Watson Jr., earned a journalism degree in 1960 from the University of Georgia, where he was editor of the student newspaper, The Red and Black, and worked part time for the Athens Banner-Herald.

After work at the Cordele Dispatch and Wilcox County Chronicle and two years in the Army, he joined The Macon Telegraph in 1963.

He was named executive editor of the Telegraph in 1978 and general manager in 1983. He became president and publisher of the Ledger-Enquirer in 1987.

Watson had served as president of the Georgia Associated Press Association and chairman of the Georgia AP News Council. He was a past president of the Georgia Press Association.

He is survived by his wife, Helen; son, Kevin; daughter, Kim Holland; brothers Wilbur Watson, Thomas Watson and Charles Watson; sisters Lois Warren, Doris Scott and Ann Heiges.

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