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Former federal judge

U.S. District Judge John Garrett Penn, the former chief judge of the federal court in Washington, died Sunday in Washington after a lengthy illness.

President Jimmy Carter appointed Judge Penn to the federal bench in 1979. He served as chief judge from 1992 to 1997 and took a reduced caseload as a senior judge in 1998.

Judge Penn served in the Army's Judge Advocate General's Corps from 1958 to 1961. He joined the Justice Department in 1961 under President John F. Kennedy and served in various positions there until 1970, when President Richard M. Nixon appointed him to the District of Columbia Superior Court bench.


Talk show host

Paul Sullivan, a popular WBZ-AM talk show host and veteran columnist and political editor for the Lowell (Mass.) Sun, died Sunday in Lowell after a three-year battle with cancer.

the station said.

Mr. Sullivan stepped down from his evening talk show in late June, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family and that it would not be fair to his colleagues to continue when he didn't have the energy to give a 100 percent effort.

The guests on his final show included Gov. Deval Patrick, former Gov. Mitt Romney, senators Edward M. Kennedy and John Kerry, and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.

On Sept. 6, his family released a statement saying that he had been moved to permanent hospice care at Saints Medical Center in Lowell.

Mr. Sullivan's show, which touched on a wide variety of topics, attracted about 200,000 listeners per night, according to WBZ.

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