Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Deaths Elsewhere

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Deaths Elsewhere

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Omar Abdel-Rahman * The so-called Blind Sheik convicted of plotting terrorist attacks in the United States in the 1990s, died Saturday (Feb. 18, 2017) in a federal prison where he was serving a life sentence. He was 78.

Mr. Abdel-Rahman died after suffering from diabetes and coronary artery disease, said Kenneth McKoy at the Federal Correction Complex in Butner, N.C. The inmate had been at the complex for seven years.

The cleric's daughter, Asmaa, announced the death in a series of Arabic-language tweets: "We are saddened by your departure, father," she wrote.

Mr. Abdel-Rahman was a key spiritual leader for a generation of Islamic militants and became a symbol for radicals during two decades in American prisons. Blind since infancy from diabetes, he was the leader of one of Egypt's most feared militant groups, the Gamaa Islamiya, which led a campaign of violence aimed at bringing down ex-President Hosni Mubarak.

Andrew Schneider * The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a public health reporter for Lee Montana Newspapers, has died at age 74.

The Missoulian reported Schneider died Friday (Feb. 17, 2017) in Salt Lake City while being treated for pulmonary disease.

His wife, Kathy Best, is editor of The Missoulian.

Mr. Schneider was an investigative reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch from 2001 to 2005.

Mr. Schneider shared two Pulitzers while working at the Pittsburgh Press. In 1986, he and Mary Pat Flaherty won the specialized reporting award for investigating failures in the U.S. organ transplant system. In 1987, the Pittsburgh Press was awarded the Public Service prize for reporting by Mr. Schneider and Matthew Brelis on shortcomings in medical screening of airline pilots. Later, at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Mr. Schneider broke the story of asbestos contamination in Libby, Mont., leading to an EPA Superfund cleanup. Mr. Schneider had also worked for The Associated Press.

Charles Bartlett * The political reporter who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1956 for helping expose professional misconduct by the secretary of the Air Force but whose more enduring claim on history was having arranged a blind date between two of his most eligible friends Jacqueline Bouvier and John F. …

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