Lawrence "Dan" Duke Sr.,86, former chief judge of the State Court of Fulton County, Ga., who once waved a whip in the face of former Gov. Eugene Talmadge to prove a point about racism, died of pneumonia Wednesday. Judge Duke was known for his work defending blacks and prosecuting those who carried out racially charged crimes and for his 1941 confrontation with Talmadge.
As an assistant solicitor for the state, Judge Duke won the conviction of several members of the Ku Klux Klan for the flogging death of a black man. After Talmadge threatened to grant the men clemency, Judge Duke waved the whips used in the crime in the governor's face. Talmadge relented.
Dorin Teodorescu,56, an acclaimed Romanian tenor who played leading roles in hundreds of operettas, died Friday in Bucharest after brain surgery. The director of Bucharest's Ion Dacian Operetta company had suffered a stroke.
Doug Edelson,75, a radio journalist whose deep voice and political interviews were broadcast for more than a quarter of a century on New York's WINS, died Friday at a hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., after a heart attack.