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AP: Obituaries in the news

Dan Cook

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Dan Cook, a San Antonio sports writer who helped popularize the phrase "the opera ain't over till the fat lady sings," died Thursday. He was 81.

The San Antonio Express-News, for which Cook worked for 51 years, reported that he died after a long illness. Cook was also the sports anchor at San Antonio television station KENS for 44 years.

Cook uttered the now-ubiquitous phrase while discussing an NBA playoff series between the San Antonio Spurs and the Washington Bullets on a 1978 newscast.

The Yale Book of Quotations later concluded it was first quoted in print in 1976, attributed to Texas Tech sports information director Ralph Carpenter, and was a variation on an old Southern saying.

Between his newspaper and television duties, Cook wrote six columns a week and delivered two sports telecasts and two radio commentaries each day. He was also the executive sports editor for the Express-News from 1960 to 1975.

Jesse Helms

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Former Sen. Jesse Helms, an unyielding champion of the conservative movement who spent three combative and sometimes caustic decades in Congress, where he relished his battles against liberals, Communists and occasionally a fellow Republican, died Friday. He was 86.

An iconic figure of the South who let nothing silence the trumpet of his beliefs while in office, Helms had faded from public view as his health declined. He died of natural causes early Friday morning at a Raleigh convalescent home.

"He was very comfortable," said former Chief of Staff Jimmy Broughton.

North Carolina voters learned of Helms through his newspaper and television commentaries. They were a harbinger of what was to come, as he won election to the Senate in 1972 and rose to become a powerful committee chairman before deciding not to seek a sixth term in 2002.


Michael Turner

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) - Michael Turner, a comic book artist who drew covers for major titles such as "Superman/Batman," "The Flash" and "Civil War," died June 27. He was 37.

Turner died at a Santa Monica hospital of complications related to cancer, said Vince Hernandez, editor in chief of Aspen MLT, the Santa Monica publishing company Turner founded in 2003. Turner had battled bone cancer for eight years.

Through his company, Turner created online comic adaptations for the NBC series "Heroes" and published his own titles, including the best-selling "Fathom," a deep-sea story about a female superhero.

He also drew covers for large projects such as DC Comics' "Justice League" and Marvel's "Civil War" and was a regular cover artist for "Superman/Batman" and "The Flash."


Charles Wheeler

LONDON (AP) - Sir Charles Wheeler, who reported from Washington, Berlin and other capitals during a long and distinguished broadcasting career, died Friday. He was 85.

Wheeler died at his London home of lung cancer, the British Broadcasting Corp. said.

Wheeler covered the Hungarian uprising in 1956, the flight of the Dalai Lama from Tibet in 1959 and the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968.

He had continued working for BBC radio until recently, his devotion tempered by his despair at changes in the industry such as the 24-hour TV news channel that he described as the BBC's "worst idea yet."

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