- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 12, 2009

Randy Cain

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Randy Cain, a founding member of the soul group the Delfonics, which had such hits as “La La Means I Love You,” died Thursday. He was 63.

Cain’s death at his home in Maple Shade, N.J., was confirmed by investigator Rob O’Neal of the Burlington County medical examiner’s office, who declined to release other details.

Brothers William and Wilbert Hart and Cain formed the group while attending Philadelphia’s Overbrook High in the 1960s. The group, one of the earliest to define the smooth, soulful “Philadelphia sound,” won an R&B; Grammy in 1970 for their song “Didn’t I Blow Your Mind This Time.”

Cain left the group in 1971 but returned for a later version of the group.


Judith Krug

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) _ Judith Krug, a director of the Chicago-based American Library Association and a founder of its Banned Books Week, died Saturday. She was 69.

Krug died at Evanston Hospital in suburban Chicago following a battle with stomach cancer, said Judith Platt, president of the ALA’s Freedom to Read Foundation. Krug had been ill for more than a year, she said.

Krug had been head of the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom since 1967.

Banned Books Weeks has been observed since 1982 during the last week of September. ALA officials say the event celebrates intellectual freedom.


Michael Stern

NEW YORK (AP) _ Michael Stern, a war correspondent and author who helped turn the aircraft carrier Intrepid into a New York City military museum, died Tuesday. He was 98.

Stern died of cancer in Palm Beach, Fla., said his son Michael Stern Jr.

Stern was born in Brooklyn. He quit Syracuse University to begin a career as a journalist and crime writer.

As a World War II combat reporter, he reached Rome a day before U.S. troops. He lived there for 50 years after the war, writing on mobsters and other topics.

His books include “An American in Rome” and “Into the Jaws of Death.”

In 1978, he joined philanthropist Zachary Fisher to rescue the USS Intrepid from a scrap yard and turn it into a popular sea, air and space museum.

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