John Shields, a longtime retail executive who expanded the quirky California grocery chain Trader Joe's across the nation in the 1990s, making it one of the most popular and most profitable niche retailers in the country, died Oct. 31 in Southern California. He was 82. His death was first reported by the Los Angeles Times. The cause and other details were not immediately available.
Oscar de la Renta, the Dominican-born fashion designer who reshaped the public image of first ladies, society muses and red-carpet regulars with grand evening wear that celebrated Latin sensuality, European refinement and American versatility, died Monday at his home in Kent, Conn. He was 82.
YORK COUNTY James O. "Mac" McReynolds, the county administrator, has died. McReynolds was appointed acting county administrator in January 2001 and officially appointed to the position in May that same year, according to a news release posted on the county's website. He held the position longer than any of his predecessors.
NORFOLK Four months after her husband Albert, Betty G. Doumar of Norfolk has died. She was 77 years old. The longtime owner of Doumar's Cones & Barbecue died May 14 at 92 after two years with bladder cancer. His wife of more than 50 years died Saturday, surrounded by her children, a granddaughter, friends and neighbors, according to her obituary.
WASHINGTON Vincent Callahan Jr., an influential Republican legislator who represented Fairfax County in the Virginia House of Delegates for 40 years and was a leading proponent of the interests of Northern Virginia in the state capitol, died Sept. 20 at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington. He was 82.
Jeff Toll died Tuesday doing what he loved: flying around with a giant fan strapped to his back. And, according to friends, the 26-year-old Virginia Beach resident would never want what happened to him to deter anyone from paragliding.
To know Joan Rivers was to be annoyed by her, and to laugh. Not necessarily in that order. She was tart. She was outrageous, and she, to put it mildly, didn't give a (fill in the blank).
John Walker Jr. worked as a crypto custodian in the Navy when he began selling secret documents to the Soviet Union. A previous version of this story mischaracterized his job.
Nine months before he was to become a free man again, the mastermind of one of America's most devastating spy rings has died in federal prison.
CHESAPEAKE Judge V. Thomas Forehand Jr. had strict instructions for his old friend last week. He knew he was losing his battle with cancer and that it was only a matter of time before Judge Richard Bray was asked to speak at his funeral. In the interest of his friends and family, Forehand didn't want Bray blabbering on too long.
Robin Williams made us laugh so hard we hurt.
Since hearing of his apparent suicide Monday, we just hurt.
How could a person who sought laughter so desperately end up so tragically? Perhaps not until now did we know how desperate his journey was.
I first met Robin Williams 36 years ago. He was sitting on the floor in a clown suit.
He was quiet - it is the last time I knew him to be quiet.
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