Obituaries in the news

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Posted: Nov 25, 2009 6:09 AM

Abe Pollin

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Abe Pollin, the Washington Wizards owner who brought an NBA championship to the nation's capital and later had the mettle to stand up to Michael Jordan, died Tuesday. He was 85.

His death was announced by his company, Washington Sports & Entertainment. No details were disclosed but Pollin suffered from progressive supranuclear palsy, a rare brain disorder impairs movement and balance. He had heart bypass surgery in 2005 and broke his pelvis two years later.

Pollin, the NBA's longest-tenured owner, tried to run his pro sports teams like a family business. He bemoaned the runaway salaries of free agency and said it would have been difficult for him to keep the Wizards if it weren't for the NBA's salary cap.

His Washington-area sports empire began when he purchased the Baltimore Bullets in 1964. The Bullets, since renamed the Wizards, won the 1978 NBA title.

Pollin's ultimate coup _ getting Jordan back into the NBA _ was a plan that didn't pan out.

The sport's biggest name spent 3 1/2 seasons in Washington, the last two on the court after deciding to come out of retirement as a player, but his domineering personality overwhelmed the organization and made losing even more miserable.

Jordan expected to return to his job as president of basketball operations and repurchase his ownership share after playing his final game, but Pollin parted ways with No. 23 during a stormy 20-minute meeting in May 2003.

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Charis Wilson

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) _ Charis Wilson, who inspired photographer Edward Weston during an 11-year relationship and posed for many of his pictures, died Friday. She was 95.

Wilson died in Santa Cruz at the home of a close friend, her daughter Rachel Fern Harris said.

Wilson was Weston's model, muse and companion from 1934-1945. She appeared in more than half of Weston's nudes, including some of his most well-known pieces, "Floating Nude" and "Nude in the Doorway."

She also was in many clothed portraits as well, including "Charis, Lake Ediza."

She wrote about Weston's photography and helped him with writing assignments, including an application for a Guggenheim fellowship. In 1937, he was the first art photographer to be awarded the grant.

The couple hit the road with the fellowship money and co-authored "California and the West," which included about 100 photographs. They separated in 1945.