Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Betty Offutt-Wright, city worker and gifted cook, dies at 75 ]]> Lead story image

Betty Offutt-Wright had as many superb recipes as she had elegant hats, dresses, shoes and wigs. She played Motown while she sauteed her holy trinity of onions, garlic and bell peppers to season her cornbread stuffing. Her macaroni and cheese, a velvety fusion of sharp cheddar, eggs and more butter than her family wants to think about, was umami perfection. Mrs. Offutt-Wright worked 30 years for the City of Chicago, making sure vendors were paid in a timely fashion by the Department of Public Health. She also held posts at the Water Department and the Police Department. ]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 02:17:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ BY ASSOCIATED PRESS ]]> Lead story image

Eric ‘The Actor’ Lynch, 39, Howard Stern’s diminutive foil … ]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:33:12 -0500 <![CDATA[ Becky Malkovich, 53, journalist, sister of John Malkovich ]]> Lead story image

BENTON, Ill. — Rebecca Jane “Becky” Malkovich, a longtime southern Illinois journalist and the sister of actor John Malkovich, has died. Ms. Malkovich was 53 when she died Monday at St. Louis’ Barnes-Jewish Hospital, five days after suffering a heart attack at her home in Benton, according to The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan, for which she had reported for nearly the past 11 years. Ms. Malkovich became a household name throughout much of southern Illinois, covering everything from court matters to feature stories ranging from a local flower shop’s closure to an 88-year-old skydiving veteran. “Becky’s colleagues at The Southern Illinoisan … ]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:33:12 -0500 <![CDATA[ Mike Harari, 87, planned Mossad’s revenge against 1972 Munich Olympic massacre ]]> Lead story image

JERUSALEM — Israeli secret service agent Mike Harari, who played a major role in planning Mossad’s revenge attacks against Palestinian militants implicated in the 1972 Munich massacre of the country’s Olympics team, has died. He was 87. Mr. Harari was also involved in planning Israel’s dramatic rescue of hostages held by militants in Entebbe, Uganda in 1976. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement Monday, calling Mr. Harari “one of the great warriors for Israel’s security.” Mr. Harari, who died on Sunday, was best known for his part in planning Mossad’s missions in the aftermath of the Munich attack. The … ]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:33:12 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rob Bironas, 36, former NFL kicker ]]> Lead story image

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Rob Bironas, who worked his way through odd jobs and the Arena Football League before becoming one of the NFL’s most accurate kickers, died in a car crash. He was 36. The former Tennessee Titans player died Saturday night when he lost control on a curve in his 2009 GMC Yukon Denali and crashed after 11 p.m. less than a mile from home, Metro Nashville Police said. Police said his SUV was speeding when it went off the road and hit a line of trees before coming to a stop upside down in a culvert. Bironas was … ]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 02:14:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ Polly Bergen, versatile actress, singer, dead at 84 ]]> Lead story image

Emmy-winning actress and singer Polly Bergen, who in a long career played the terrorized wife in the original “Cape Fear” and the first woman president in “Kisses for My President,” died Saturday. She was 84. ]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 19:40:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ South Side physician emigrated from Haiti ]]> Lead story image

Dr. Georges Jean-Baptiste had impeccable posture and wouldn’t even go to a grocery store without putting on a suit and tie. Born in Haiti to a middle-class family that prized education, he devoured French literature, quoted classical poetry, and spoke beautiful French, English and Creole. He became an obstetrician-gynecologist and practiced 50 years on the South Side. He valued courtliness and erudition. He liked Latin masses, not guitar masses. The singing of Edith Piaf, France’s “Little Sparrow,” was a bit too raw. He preferred the more honeyed stylings of vocalist Jacqueline Francois. Dr. Jean-Baptiste typed up labels for everything, even … ]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 10:38:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ George ‘Parry’ Paterakis, investor and philanthropist, dies at 86 ]]> Lead story image

George Paterakis drove a 15-year-old car, lived in a modest River Forest home where he delighted in growing tomatoes, and was the first generation in his Greek-American immigrant family to graduate from high school. Which makes his posthumous philanthropy all the more remarkable. Mr. Paterakis, 86, who died Sept. 1, left $10 million to nonprofit organizations, according to Stephen Hoke and Michael O’Connell, former trustees for the village of River Forest. ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:24:46 -0500 <![CDATA[ Will Radcliff, 74, entrepreneur behind Slush Puppie drinks ]]> Lead story image

CINCINNATI — Will Radcliff, who built a multimillion-dollar global business from flavored, icy Slush Puppie drinks, has died in Cincinnati. He was 74. His daughter DeeAnn Radcliff Harmon said Mr. Radcliff died Thursday in hospice care after his health declined after a recent fall. Mr. Radcliff was a natural salesman who once peddled vacuum cleaners door to door and earned a six-figure income selling peanuts. “He had a bigger-than-life personality,” his daughter said Friday. “He could sell anything to anybody.” Mr. Radcliff had spotted a slush machine at a 1970 Chicago trade show and saw the possibilities of icy sweet … ]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 10:38:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Yitzhak Hofi, 87, Israeli Mossad chief played key role in raid on Entebbe ]]> Lead story image

JERUSALEM — Yitzhak Hofi, a former Israeli general and Mossad chief who played a key role in the country’s daring 1976 commando rescue raid in Uganda, has died. He was 87. Mr. Hofi fought in Israel’s War of Independence in 1948 and rose through the ranks to become head of the northern command during the 1973 Arab-Israeli war. He was regarded as one of the few top officers who warned of the threat of a surprise Arab attack on the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur. He headed Israel’s Mossad spy agency from 1974 to 1982. During his term, the … ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:17:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bob Crewe, 83, songwriter co-wrote ‘Big Girls don’t Cry’ ]]>

NEW YORK — Bob Crewe, co-writer of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and many other pop hits, died last week. He was 83. Mr. Crewe’s brother, Dan Crewe, said Monday in an email that the producer, songwriter and “Jersey Boys” lyricist died Sept. 11 in Scarborough, Maine. The cause of death was unavailable. Mr. Crewe co-wrote a number of memorable but minor hits, including Freddy Cannon’s “Tallahassee Lassie” before helping put together The Four Seasons and meeting future collaborator Bob Gaudio. Songs written by the two helped The Four Seasons define an era in … ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:17:12 -0500 <![CDATA[ Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., 73, prolific Democratic fundraiser, top-tier lobbyist ]]> Lead story image

WASHINGTON — Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., a son of congressional royalty who evolved into a top-tier lobbyist and prolific Democratic fundraiser and embodied what it meant to have Washington clout, died Monday. He was 73. His brother-in-law, journalist Steve Roberts, said Mr. Boggs died Monday morning at his home in the Washington suburb of Chevy Chase, Maryland. The cause of death has not been determined, but the family suspected a heart attack, Roberts said. Mr. Boggs was a driving force in transforming the law firm now known as Squire Patton Boggs into one of Washington’s most influential and best-known lobbying … ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:17:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Isidro Alvarez, 79, led Spanish department store giant ]]> Lead story image

MADRID — Isidoro Alvarez, the head of Spain’s El Corte Ingles department store chain who turned the company into an international business with an annual turnover of around $18 billion, has died. He was 79. Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos expressed his regret at Mr. Alvarez’s death in Madrid on Sunday, describing him in a statement as “one of our country’s greatest entrepreneurs.” Mr. Alvarez worked at El Corte Ingles for 60 years and for the past 25 years was its chairman. Under his leadership, the clothing store diversified and expanded abroad. No cause of death was given, though … ]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 02:16:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ Joe Sample, 75, jazz-funk pioneer ]]> Lead story image

Pianist and composer Joe Sample, a founding member of the genre-crossing Jazz Crusaders who helped pioneer the electronic jazz-funk fusion style, has died. He was 75. Mr. Sample died of complications due to lung cancer Friday evening at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, his manager, Patrick Rains, told the Associated Press on Saturday. Rains said Mr. Sample’s family was at his bedside. Mr. Sample was “a seminal figure in the transition from acoustic to electronic music in the jazz field in the late ’60s and early ’70s” with his band, Rains said. The group, which later called itself … ]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 02:15:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ Yoshiko Yamaguchi, 94, Japanese film idol ]]> Lead story image

TOKYO — Japanese film idol Yoshiko Yamaguchi, who was known as Rikoran and symbolized Japan’s wartime dreams of Asian conquest, has died at age 94. Known as Shirley Yamaguchi in the U.S. and one of biggest Japanese film stars during and after World War II, Ms. Yamaguchi died of heart failure Sept. 7, according to Japanese public broadcaster NHK. Born to Japanese parents in northern China in 1920 and raised in Japan’s wartime puppet state Manchukuo, Ms. Yamaguchi was adopted by a Chinese friend of her father and was renamed “Xianglan,” or “Fragrant Orchid,” when she was 13. She debuted … ]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 02:15:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tony Auth, 72, Pulitzer-winning cartoonist ]]>

PHILADELPHIA — Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Tony Auth, whose sharp and creative commentary appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer for more than 40 years, died of cancer on Sunday. He was 72. Mr. Auth had worked for the past two years as the artist-in-residence at NewsWorks/WHYY, which announced his death. “Tony Auth was a great cartoonist, a fine journalist and an even better friend,” said Chris Satullo, WHYY’s vice president for news and civic engagement. Satullo previously served as the Inquirer’s editorial page editor, where he also worked with Mr. Auth. Family members told the Inquirer that Mr. Auth had been … ]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 02:16:07 -0500