Donald Lukens

Disgraced Ohio congressman

Former U.S. Rep. Donald "Buz" Lukens of Ohio, 79, once a rising conservative star in state politics before a string of scandals abruptly ended his career, died Saturday of cancer at a Dallas nursing home, his family said.

Lukens was convicted in 1989 of paying a 16-year-old Ohio girl for sex. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $500.

The scandal cost him the 1990 Republican primary, where he lost to then-state Rep. John Boehner, now the House minority leader in Congress.

Lukens resigned his seat Oct. 24, 1990, less than three months before his term was to expire, rather than face an investigation by the House Ethics Committee.

He also was mired in legal trouble because of a scandal involving the now-defunct House bank, which benefited Congress members by offering unlimited penalty-free checking overdrafts.

Later accused of taking $15,000 in bribes from two Cincinnati businessmen, Lukens was convicted on a felony charge of bribery in 1996 and sentenced to 30 months in prison.

Lukens denied that he ever exchanged votes for money.

Born Feb. 11, 1931, in Harveysburg, Ohio, Lukens received a bachelor's degree in criminology from Ohio State University in 1954. He served in the Air Force before becoming a congressional aide in 1961.

First elected to the House in 1967, he made an unsuccessful bid at the 1970 GOP nomination for governor. He was later appointed to the Ohio Senate and elected to Congress in 1986 and 1988.

Denise Boudrot Hopkins

First female jockey to win meet title

Denise Boudrot Hopkins, 57, who became the first female jockey to win a meet title when she captured the autumn riding title at Suffolk Downs in 1974, died May 19 at her farm in Grafton, Vt., her family announced. She had brain cancer, according to the Daily Racing Form.

Riding as Denise Boudrot, she was an apprentice jockey at Suffolk Downs in Massachusetts in 1974. Nicknamed Longshot Lady, she racked up five wins in one day during the fall meeting and finished with more victories than any other jockey.

She won more than 1,000 races in 13 years on the New England circuit and retired in 1985. She married Roland Hopkins, a newspaper publisher who owned racehorses.

Born Aug. 8, 1952, in Burlington, Mass., she started riding horses as a child with a 4-H Club. She got a job riding for South Carolina trainer Judi Bresnahan and made her debut as a jockey in 1972.

After retiring from competitive thoroughbred racing, she trained and performed with trick horses.

Mary Page Stegner