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Ronald J. Sider, who urged evangelicals to social action, dies at 82

An evangelical Christian author and speaker in an era when evangelicals increasingly aligned themselves with the political right, Ronald Sider argued that Christ called the faithful to attend to social justice issues like racism and poverty.

Judith Durham, Australia’s folk music icon, dies at 79

Judith Durham achieved global fame as the lead singer of The Seekers, which became the first Australian band to achieve major chart and sales success in the United Kingdom and the United States, eventually selling 50 million records.

Former longtime WBZ-TV meteorologist Bruce Schwoegler dies at 80

Schwoegler’s family announced his death in a post to his Facebook page Friday night that said he had experienced aphasia in his later years.

Leon Rosenberg, trailblazing human geneticist, dies at 89

Dr. Rosenberg also chronicled his lifelong struggle with bipolar disorder, an effort to destigmatize mental illness and broaden treatment options.

John Rensenbrink, US Green Party co-founder, dies at 93

Rensenbrink, of Topsham, died in hospice, surrounded by his family, the national Green Party said. An obituary in the Bangor Daily News stated that Rensenbrink died of an illness July 30.

Former boxing world champion Johnny Famechon dies at 77

A featherweight, he won the title from Cuban Jose Legra at London’s Albert Hall in 1969.

Archie Roach, a mesmerizing voice of Indigenous Australia, dies at 66

Mr. Roach's most famous song detailed the “Stolen Generations,” the tens of thousands of Indigenous Australian children who were forcibly removed from their homes under government assimilation policies that lasted into the 1970s.

Richard Tait, co-inventor of the board game Cranium, dies at 58

A weekend with another couple in the Hamptons provided the inspiration for a game that would become a family favorite.