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July 21, 2011 | from a los angeles times staff writer
The memorial service for Sport Chalet founder Norbert Olberz scheduled for noon Friday has been moved to the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club, 5500 Godbey Drive. Olberz died July 15 at age 86.
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April 20, 2011 | By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun
William Donald Schaefer, the dominant political figure of the last half-century of Maryland history, died Monday after a "do-it-now" career that changed the face of Baltimore while bringing a burst of energy to the city he loved. He was 89. Schaefer, who had recently been treated for pneumonia, died at a retirement home in Catonsville, Md. In four terms as mayor and two as governor, Schaefer was a champion of big projects that transformed Baltimore: the Harborplace retail and restaurant complex, Oriole Park baseball stadium at Camden Yards, the National Aquarium, a convention center and a light rail.
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March 20, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
Dutch physicist Simon van der Meer, who shared the 1984 Nobel Prize in Physics with Italian physicist Carlo Rubbia for the discovery of the elementary particles known as W and Z that link two of the four fundamental forces of nature, died of undisclosed causes March 4 in Geneva. He was 85. The "standard model" of physics says that there are four fundamental forces in nature: gravity, electromagnetism, the strong force (which holds atoms and elementary particles like protons and neutrons together)
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March 9, 2011
Johnny Preston Singer had No. 1 hit with 'Running Bear' Johnny Preston, 71, who had a No. 1 pop single in 1960 with "Running Bear," died Friday at a hospital in Beaumont, Texas, his son Scott told the Associated Press. The elder Preston had bypass surgery last year. "Running Bear," a love song about an "Indian brave" named Running Bear and his "Indian maid," Little White Dove, reached No. 1 on Billboard magazine's charts in 1960. The song was written by disc jockey and singer J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, who died in the 1959 plane crash in which Ritchie Valens and Buddy Holly also were killed.
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February 27, 2011
A memorial service for Hall of Fame football player Ollie Matson will be held at 11 a.m. March 12 at the First Baptist Church of Los Angeles, 760 S. Westmoreland Ave. Matson, who played for the Los Angeles Rams from 1959 to 1962 and also won a silver and bronze medal competing in track events at the 1952 Summer Olympics, died Feb. 19. He was 80. news.obits@latimes.com
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February 11, 2011
Peter J. Marcher Jr. , a master brewer who developed the formula for Colt 45 malt liquor for the National Brewing Co. of Baltimore, died of pneumonia Feb. 2 at a retirement home in Lancaster, Pa. He was 92. Bella Itkin-Konrath , a nationally known acting teacher at De Paul University whose students included Kevin Anderson, Linda Hunt, Harvey Korman, Joe Mantegna and Elizabeth Perkins, died of natural causes Wednesday at St. Joseph Hospital in...
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January 27, 2011 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
Charlie Louvin, the country singer whose scintillating harmonizing with his brother Ira created a distinctive template for duet singing that strongly influenced the Everly Brothers, the Beatles, the Byrds and successive generations of singers including Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, Beck and Jack White, died Wednesday in Nashville of complications from pancreatic cancer. He was 83. The Louvin Brothers' sound, with Ira's pure high tenor typically floating atop Charlie's strong tenor-baritone melodies but often switching mid-song, derived from church-based "shape-note" singing, an a cappella style they picked up while growing up in their musically inclined family in rural Alabama.
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January 9, 2011
RYNE DUREN All-Star pitcher with Angels, Yankees had blazing fastball Ryne Duren, 81, an All-Star pitcher who joined the Los Angeles Angels during their first season and whose blazing fastball, occasional wildness and thick glasses provided the ingredients for an intimidating but unpredictable career, died Thursday at his winter home in Florida, his family said. No cause was given. Duren, who was primarily a relief pitcher, helped the New York Yankees reach the World Series in 1958 and 1960.
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December 29, 2010
John Warhola Brother raised artist Andy Warhol John Warhola, 85, the older brother who helped raise Pop Art icon Andy Warhol and later helped establish the Andy Warhol Museum in their native Pittsburgh, died Christmas Eve after battling pneumonia at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, according to his son, Donald Warhola. Warhola was one of three founding members of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and was its vice president for 20 years. The foundation established the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh in 1994, seven years after the artist ?
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December 18, 2010
MacKenzie "Mack" Miller, 89, a Hall of Fame thoroughbred trainer who won the Kentucky Derby with Sea Hero, died Dec. 10 at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center hospice unit in Lexington after suffering a stroke. Miller, then 71, was working for philanthropist Paul Mellon's Rokeby Stable in 1993 when Sea Hero and jockey Jerry Bailey overcame 12-1 odds to win the derby. The horse was fifth in the Preakness and seventh in the Belmont. "I really never thought I'd win a Derby," Miller said afterward.
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