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Maynard Jackson

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Maynard Jackson, former mayor of Atlanta, died of heart failure on Monday. He was 65.
Jackson was elected in 1973 as the first black mayor of a major Southern city. He was only 35 at the time, making him the nation’s youngest mayor.
He served two terms, and then a third from 1990 to 1994, when he won the election with 79 percent of the vote. Jackson was also the president of the National Conference of Democratic Mayors and of the national Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials.
“His commitment to public service, strong business acumen and love of family have firmly established his place in history. Atlanta’s growth and prominence among the nation’s most vital cities will also live on as a large part of Maynard Jackson’s tremendous legacy,” said Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue.
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Leonard Koppett

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Categories: Writers/Editors

lkoppett.jpgLeonard Koppett, a veteran sports writer who was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame, died of an apparent heart attack on Sunday. He was 79.

Koppett worked for the New York Herald Tribune and New York Post before moving to The New York Times in 1963. Ten years later, he became the Times’ first West Coast sports correspondent. Koppett also worked as the editor of the Peninsula Times Tribune, and wrote baseball columns for U.S. newspapers.
Koppett wrote 15 sports books, including “The Rise and Fall of the Press Box,” which will be released in October with Sportclassic Books.

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Michael Hucko

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Categories: Musicians

Revered jazz clarinetist Michael “Peanuts” Hucko died on Friday in Fort Worth. Cause of death was not released. He was 85.
Hucko performed with some of America’s greatest musicians, including Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman and Jack Teagarden. He was a featured player on the Lawrence Welk TV show and played lead alto saxophone and clarinet with Glenn Miller’s band during World War II.

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