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Kevin Thomas Duffy, US judge in terrorism cases, 87

Kevin Thomas Duffy, a federal judge who presided over decades of high-profile trials in Manhattan, including those of mob bosses, radical revolutionaries and the terrorists who bombed the World Trade Center in 1993, died Wednesday in Greenwich, Connecticut. He was 87.

Country singer Joe Diffie dies of coronavirus complications

Mr. Diffie had a string of hits in the 1990s with chart-topping ballads and honky-tonk singles like “Home” and “Pickup Man.”

New Orleans jazz patriarch Ellis Marsalis dead at 85

Mr. Marsalis, whose family includes famed musician sons Wynton and Branford, suffered from pneumonia brought on by coronavirus.

Dr. James T. Goodrich, who operated on conjoined twins, at 73

The cause of death was complications of the coronavirus, according to the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center in New York, where Dr. Goodrich was the director of pediatric neurosurgery.

Chloe Aaron, a top PBS executive, 81

Chloe Wellingham Aaron, who, when she became senior vice president for programming at PBS in 1976, was “believed to be the highest-ranking woman executive at the network level in the history of television,” as the announcement of her hiring put it, died Feb. 29 at her home in Washington.

Tomie dePaola, creator of gently humorous picture books, dies at 85

Tomie dePaola, creator of gently humorous picture books, dies at 85

Tomie dePaola, 85, creator of gently humorous picture books,

His illustrations carried a folk art quality, with simple, bold lines and muted colors, sometimes conveying a story of whimsy, sometimes a tale of solemnity.

Michael Sorkin, who championed social justice via architecture, dies at 71 from COVID-19

Mr. Sorkin’s designs were whimsical, ambitious, and often unabashedly idealistic.