Obituaries

9:27am

Sun June 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Rodney King Dies At 47

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 4:38 am

Rodney King attends a book festival in Los Angeles in April. King was found unconscious in a swimming pool Sunday and later pronounced dead.
Katy Winn AP

Rodney King was found dead in the swimming pool at his home in Rialto, Calif., on Sunday, police said. He was 47.

King's beating by police in 1991 was caught on videotape and then sparked riots in Los Angeles when police accused of excessive force were acquitted.

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5:21pm

Wed June 13, 2012
The Two-Way

Henry Hill, Mobster Portrayed In 'Goodfellas,' Dies

Henry Hill sits in the dining room of the Firefly restaurant in North Platte, Neb. in 2005.
Nati Harnik AP

Henry Hill, the mobster whose life became world famous after it was chronicled in the film Goodfellas, has died at a Los Angeles hospital after a long illness.

NPR's Mandalit Del Barco filed this obituary for our Newscast unit:

"The story of Hill — how he worked for a New York mafia family, murdering enemies and burying bodies — was first chronicled in the book Wiseguy.

"The book became a movie in 1990, directed by Martin Scorcese.

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3:55pm

Tue June 12, 2012
Planet Money

Remembering Elinor Ostrom, Nobel Laureate

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 9:08 am

Elinor Ostrom in January 2011.
Raveendran AFP/Getty Images

Elinor Ostrom, the only woman ever to win an economics Nobel, died today at age 78.

She was famous for challenging an idea known as the tragedy of the commons — the theory that, in the absence of government intervention, people will inevitably overuse a shared resource.

So, for example, if a village shares a pasture, it's in the individual interest of each farmer to graze his cattle as much as possible on the pasture even though, in the long run, overgrazing may ruin the pasture for everyone.

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8:58am

Tue June 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Elinor Ostrom, First Woman To Win Nobel In Economics, Dies

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 1:10 pm

Elinor Ostrom in January 2011.
Raveendran AFP/Getty Images
  • Elinor Ostrom, speaking with Michele Norris

Elinor Ostrom, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, died this morning at Indiana University's Health Bloomington Hospital.

The university says that the 78-year-old distinguished professor succumbed to cancer.

Ostrom shared the 2009 Nobel. As the prize committee said at the time:

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5:59am

Tue June 12, 2012
Remembrances

'Dynasty' Costume Designer Nolan Miller Dies

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 6:18 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Fans hooked on "Dallas" back in the '80s were probably also watching other popular prime time soaps, including "Dynasty." "Dynasty," like its rival, was about a rich oil family, this one in Colorado, and the women on "Dynasty" defined '80s fashion with their slinky blouses, gold lame, glamorous jewelry, and of course those power suits with the big shoulders.

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