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Actor Saginaw Grant photographed in 2000 in Los Angeles.

Saginaw Grant, noted Native American character actor, dies

A US Marine Corps veteran and a longtime actor, Mr. Grant was active in the Native American veterans community and the powwow circuit in California and traveled around the globe to speak to people about Native American culture.

Ruth Pearl (center) with son Daniel, left, and husband Judea in an undated photo. Pearl founded the Daniel Pearl Foundation in memory of her son, a Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan in 2002.

Ruth Pearl, seeker of justice for her murdered journalist son Daniel, dies at 85

Originally from Iraq, a member of the Jewish community that had existed there for centuries, Ruth Pearl survived a deadly attack on the Jews of Baghdad in 1941, a pogrom known as the Farhud that sprang in part from the antisemitism coursing across Nazi Europe. She drew a link between the ideology that helped bring about the Farhud and the religious extremism that drove the men who kidnapped and killed her son decades later.

Mr. Popeil, surrounded by his wares in his office in Beverly Hills, Calif, was the quintessential TV pitchman and inventor known to generations of viewers for hawking products including the Veg-O-Matic, Mr. Microphone, and the Showtime Rotisserie and BBQ. (Associated Press/file/1982)

Ron Popeil, inventor and ubiquitous infomercial pitchman, dies at 86

“Ron literally invented the business of direct-response TV sales,” Steve Bryant, a one-time QVC host, said in 1994. “Ron paints in very definable brushstrokes, and every doubt in the customer’s mind is wiped away.”

Mr. Turner, on a bird-watching stroll in the Arnold Arboretum.

‘First-rate journalist’ Robert L. Turner, a Globe columnist turned editorial writer, dies at 78

Mr. Turner "did great, great reporting — honest, straightforward," said former governor Michael S. Dukakis.

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Thomas W. Payzant served as Boston's superintendent for more than a decade.

Thomas Payzant, whose education vision lifted Boston’s schools, dies at 80

Dr. Payzant led Boston’s schools from 1995 to 2006, an uncommonly long tenure.

In his farewell address in the Senate, Mr. Enzi urged his colleagues to focus more on where they agree and not so much on their differences. "There's a lot of vitriol in our politics and our world right now, but you can stay true to what you believe in without treating others badly," the Republican said.

Ex-US senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming dies after bicycle accident

Mr. Enzi, who retired in January, was a conservative Wyoming Republican known as a consensus-builder in an increasingly polarized Washington.

Helen and Jody Featherstone in 1974. (Reiko Nishioka)

Writing about a disabled son, Helen Jencks Featherstone, 76, illuminated the lives of special needs families

A longtime education professor, Ms. Featherstone wrote a book that was “calm, wise, unflinching, and heart-mending,” the New York Times said.

Dr. Weinberg taught at the University of Texas Austin since 1982. (Tamir Kalifa/The New York Times/2016)

Steven Weinberg, groundbreaking Nobelist in physics, dies at 88

The physicist discovered that two of the universe’s forces are really the same, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize, and helped lay the foundation for the development of a theory that classifies all known elementary particles in the universe.