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Ben J. Wattenberg, writer and television commentator, dies at 81

Mr. Wattenberg, a self-described “old center-right Democrat,” defied easy political categorizations.

Charls E. Walker, tax lobbyist for GOP and big business, dies at 91

Charls E. Walker, tax lobbyist for GOP and big business, dies at 91

President Lyndon B. Johnson called him an “s.o.b. with elbows,” a term of endearment, he insisted.

Chris Squire, bassist for Yes, dies at 67

Chris Squire, bassist for Yes, dies at 67

He co-founded the progressive late 1960s rock band and was the only member to play on all of its albums.

Walter S. Browne, charismatic chess champion, dies at 66

Walter S. Browne, charismatic chess champion, dies at 66

Mr. Browne was a chess grandmaster and a six-time U.S. champion.

Judson Randolph, pediatric surgeon, dies at 87

Judson Randolph, pediatric surgeon, dies at 87

He was the former chief of surgery at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington.

Mario Biaggi, N.Y. congressman convicted of corruption, dies at 97

Mario Biaggi, N.Y. congressman convicted of corruption, dies at 97

Mr. Biaggi served for two decades before resigning in 1988 after double federal convictions.

Patrick Macnee, debonair actor in the TV series ‘The Avengers,’ dies at 93

Patrick Macnee, debonair actor in the TV series ‘The Avengers,’ dies at 93

Mr. Macnee played the suave, umbrella-wielding John Steed in the 1960s spy show.

Harvey Pollack, NBA statistician, dies at 93

Harvey Pollack, NBA statistician, dies at 93

He was the last employee remaining from the NBA’s first season still working in the league.

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