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Entertainment photographer

William Claxton, a photographer who snapped such entertainers as Bob Dylan and Frank Sinatra and who helped establish the organization that runs the Grammy Awards, died Saturday at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles of complications stemming from congestive heart failure.

He was best known for his soulful portraits of jazz artists such as Chet Baker, and he went on to photograph Mr. Dylan and other musicians such as Joni Mitchell and Tom Jones. His images graced the covers of numerous albums.

Mr. Claxton, a founding member of The Recording Academy, started his photography career in 1952 while a student at University of California, Los Angeles.


Pioneering gay legislator

Allan H. Spear, a former Minnesota state senator who was one of the nation's first openly gay legislators, died Saturday in Minneapolis of complications after heart surgery.

Mr. Spear, a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party - Minnesota's version of the Democratic Party - was first elected in 1972 and was state Senate president from 1993 to 2000, when he retired.

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