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Don Luce, activist who helped end the Vietnam War, dies at 88

A persistent opponent of the Vietnam War, Don Luce's activism led the last U. ambassador to South Vietnam to call him one of the principal reasons the United States lost the war.

Jim Stewart, co-founder of Stax Records in Memphis, dies

Stax, which released 300 albums and 800 singles between 1959 and 1975, fostered a raw sound born from Black church music, the blues, and rock ‘n’ roll.

‘Cheers’ star Kirstie Alley has died at 71

Ms. Alley would win an Emmy for best lead actress in a comedy series for the role in 1991.

Nick Bollettieri, coach to many tennis stars, dead at age 91

Mr. Bollettieri helped no fewer than 10 players who went on to be No. 1 in the world rankings.

Bob McGrath, longtime ‘Sesame Street’ star, dies at 90

His character was reliably smiling, easygoing, and polite, whether he was singing about “People in Your Neighborhood” (the butcher, the baker, the lifeguard) or taking a day trip to Grouchytown with Oscar the Grouch.

‘A citizen of justice, a citizen of peace,’ Sabina Carlson Robillard dies at 34

“Her empathy was her sixth sense. She always thought of others before herself,” Ms. Robillard’s father said.

Freddie Roman, who brought Catskill comedy to Broadway, dies at 85

Over a half-century, Mr. Roman's comedy revolved around his family, and — as his target audiences increasingly escaped the New York area for Florida — aging and retirement.

Julia Reichert, documentarian of the working class, dies at 76

Julia Reichert, a filmmaker and educator who made a pioneering feminist documentary, “Growing Up Female,” as an undergraduate student and almost a half-century later won an Academy Award for “American Factory,” a documentary feature about the Chinese takeover of a shuttered automobile plant in Dayton, Ohio, died Thursday at her home in nearby Yellow Springs, Ohio. She was 76.