Frank Battisti, 72, the former chief federal...


Frank Battisti, 72, the former chief federal judge in the northern district of Ohio who ordered busing to integrate Cleveland schools in 1976, died Wednesday in Cleveland of typhus and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. He also handled the government's case against John Demjanjuk, a retired Cleveland-area autoworker who was convicted in Israel as the notorious Nazi death camp guard "Ivan the Terrible." The conviction was overturned on appeal and Mr. Demjanjuk returned in 1993 to the United States.

Sergei Bondarchuk, 74, one of Russia's greatest film directors and a prominent movie actor, died Thursday, ITAR-Tass reported in Moscow. The government-owned news agency hailed him as "a renowned master of the Russian cinema."

Walker L. Cisler, 97, a former Detroit Edison chairman and an advocate of the peaceful use of nuclear energy, died Tuesday in Grosse Pointe, Mich.

James Morton "Mort" Thomasson, 82, a recording engineer on songs like "Jingle Bell Rock" and dozens of other hit tunes, died Tuesday in Nashville, Tenn.

Cleews Vellay, 30, a co-founder and former president of the French branch of the AIDS awareness group ACT-UP, died Tuesday of acquired immune deficiency syndrome in Paris.

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