Former Nicaraguan President Enrique Bolaños Geyer, a businessman who led the country from 2002 to 2007, saw his predecessor and old running mate locked up for corruption and pushed for the country’s economic development, has died. He was 93. His family said in a statement that Bolaños died late Monday. The cause was not disclosed. Bolaños was born May 13, 1928, in Masaya, was educated in Catholic schools and earned an engineering degree at Saint Louis University. Bolaños took the top spot on the conservative Liberal Party ticket in the 2001 elections and won with 56% of the vote.
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News reports say a former factory worker known as “China’s First Shareholder” after he amassed a fortune trading in the country’s infant financial markets starting in the 1980s has died. Business publications cited a statement by Yang Huaiding's family that said he died Sunday at 71. Yang quit a job as a warehouse keeper at a Shanghai ferroalloy factory in 1988 and used his savings of 20,000 yuan ($5,400 at that time) to buy and sell Treasury bonds after the ruling Communist Party began allowing transfer of ownership as part of market-style economic reforms. Yang gained attention after he asked police to protect him while he carried boxes of cash and bonds from one province to another.
The former Big East commissioner John Marinatto has died. His death Saturday was announced by Providence College, his alma mater and the school where he began a long career in college sports. No cause was given. Marinatto was commissioner during a tumultuous period of conference realignment across college sports. At Providence, Marinatto was mentored by future Big East Conference commissioners Dave Gavitt and Mike Tranghese. He replaced Tranghese as the Big East's third commissioner in 2009. Not long after, the conference began to splinter. He resigned in 2012. John Marinatto was 64 years old.
The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 is approaching 600,000, with the virus taking advantage of inequalities across the country. Government health officials say Native Americans, Latinos and Black people are two to three times more likely than whites to die of COVID-19. Also, an Associated Press analysis finds that Latinos are dying at much younger ages than other groups. Among them was Jerry Ramos, a Mexican American restaurant worker who succumbed in California at age 32, his 3-year-old daughter in his thoughts. As he lay dying, he lamented: “I have to be here to watch my princess grow up."
Ned Beatty, the indelible character actor whose first film role as a genial vacationer raped by a backwoodsman in 1972′s “Deliverance” launched him on a long, prolific and accomplished career, has died. He was 83. Beatty’s manager, Deborah Miller, said he died Sunday of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles surrounded by friends and loved ones. After years in regional theater, Beatty was cast in “Deliverance” as Bobby Trippe, the happy-go-lucky member of a male river-boating party terrorized by backwoods thugs. The scene in which Trippe is brutalized became the most memorable in the movie and established Beatty as an actor whose name moviegoers may not have known but whose face they always recognized.
Former major league pitcher Jim “Mudcat” Grant has died at age 85. He was the first Black 20-game winner in the American League. He was also a key part of Minnesota’s first World Series team in 1965. The Twins announced Grant’s death. No cause was given. The right-hander spent less than four full seasons of his 14-year major league career with the Twins, but they were his best. He led the AL with 21 wins in 1965, while helping the Twins post a 102-60 record. He won two of three starts in the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Michele Gillen, a former South Florida television investigative reporter, has died. She was 66. Longtime friend and producer Marcia Izaguirre confirmed Gillen’s death from natural causes in a Facebook post Friday. Gillen won 39 local Emmys over several decades. Gillen graduated from Emerson College in Boston in 1977 and took a job at a TV station in Bangor, Maine, a short time later. She moved to Miami in 1980 and worked primarily in South Florida for nearly four decades.
Renowned spiritual leader and Native American rights activist Chief Leonard Crow Dog has died at age 78. Indian Country Today reports that the Sicangu Lakota Oyate man died June 6 at Crow Dog’s Paradise on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Crow Dog attended and spoke at countless rallies, marches and protests over the years. He's credited with helping add the renewal of cultural traditions to the American Indian Movement’s goals. In 1972, he took part in The Trail of Broken Treaties, which included the occupation of the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ headquarters in Washington. He also participated and was arrested in the 1973 occupation at Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Reservation,