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Larry Kramer, 84, the playwright, screenwriter, essayist and AIDS activist whose raging protests against the government, medical establishment and even the gay community helped bring attention to the health crisis, died Wednesday in Manhattan. Kramer’s career as a writer, which began in the 1970s, received more attention in recent years due to the successful stage...

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