Ex-NY Times man dies
Former New York Times publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger has died aged 86. The newspaper reports that his family says Sulzberger died on Saturday at his home in Southampton, New York, after a long illness. He had retired in 1992 after three decades at the paper’s helm and was succeeded by his son, Arthur Jr. Sulzberger’s family has controlled the newspaper since his grandfather Adolph Ochs acquired it in 1896. The company has struggled in recent years, but during Sulzberger’s tenure it reached new levels of influence and profit. The paper received more than 30 Pulitzer Prizes and won a historic 1964 legal ruling that strengthened First Amendment protections for the press.
Former AP executive dies
Jack Koehler, who fled advancing Soviets as a boy in Germany during World War II, grew up to report from there for The Associated Press and served briefly in former president Ronald Reagan’s White House, has died at 82. Koehler died months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, said Anne Cron, who was his closest friend. Born in Dresden, Germany, Koehler served as an interpreter for a US army unit as a teen after fleeing Soviet forces during the war. After the war, he spent time in Canada before moving to the US in 1954, where he served in the army. Koehler was a news correspondent in Berlin and Bonn before returning to the US to become chief of bureau in Newark, New Jersey, and work in New York. Koehler was friends with Reagan and served briefly in his administration, when it became public that Koehler had belonged to a Nazi youth group at age 10 he resigned after just a week on the job as White House communications director in 1987, but insisted he did not leave because of publicity over his involvement in the Jungvolk.
Troops deployed for election
The defense ministry says troops are to be used to ensure peaceful voting and campaigning in Rio de Janeiro ahead of this week’s municipal elections. The ministry said in a statement posted on its Web site that army and marine troops are to be deployed from today in crime-ridden slums in the city’s north and west. Voters in 5,565 cities and towns across Latin America’s biggest country are to elect mayors and municipal councilmen on Sunday.
TV suicide victim identified
A man who stole a car at gunpoint, shot at Phoenix police officers and then led them on a chase that ended with his suicide broadcast on national television was identified on Saturday as a wanted felon with a long criminal history. Jodon Romero, 33, was wanted for violating his parole for a weapons conviction and had numerous other violent crimes in his background, police spokesman Sergeant Tommy Thompson said. At the end of an hour-long pursuit on Phoenix road on Friday, Romero pulled into the desert and an officer shot at him, although it appears he missed, Thompson said. Romero then walked off the dirt road, put a gun to his head and killed himself. Fox News was covering the chase that began about midday Friday using a live helicopter shot from Phoenix affiliate KSAZ-TV. Anchor Shepard Smith told viewers that the video was supposed to be on a delay so it could be cut off if something went awry.