Would-be King assassin in 1958, recalled in his last speech, dies at 98

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. memorialized the near-fatal stabbing in his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech, delivered in 1968 the day before he was assassinated.

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Former Toto bass player Mike Porcaro dies at 59

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A publicist says Mike Porcaro, former bass player for the Grammy-winning group Toto, has died. He was 59. Toto publicist Keith Hagen says Porcaro died Sunday. No cause was given, but Porcaro had suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, known as Lou Gehrig's disease, for several years. Toto was formed in the...

Richard Brennan Sr., New Orleans restaurateur, dies at 83

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Richard J. "Dick" Brennan Sr., who helped turn Commander's Palace restaurant into a world-famous destination for Creole cuisine and co-founded one of the city's best-loved Mardi Gras organizations, has died at age 83. A publicist for Dickie Brennan & Co., the restaurant group run by his son, said the elder Brennan...

UW Professor Gaetano Borriello, 56, dies

Gaetano Borriello, a University of Washington professor and leader behind the Open Data Kit, died Feb. 1. Nearly $350,000 has been raised toward a fellowship established in his honor.

Fantasy author Terry Pratchett dies at 66

LONDON (AP) — Fantasy writer Terry Pratchett, creator of the exuberant, satirical "Discworld" series and author of more than 70 books, has died. He was 66. Pratchett, who suffered from a rare form of early onset Alzheimer's disease, had earned wide respect in Britain and beyond with his dignified campaign for the right of critically...

Rev. Willie Barrow, front-line civil rights fighter, dies

CHICAGO (AP) — The Rev. Willie Barrow, a front-line civil rights fighter for decades and a mentor to younger generations of activists, died Thursday in Chicago. She was 90. Barrow was a field organizer for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., marched on Washington and Selma in the '60s and more recently focused concern on...