Milestones

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PLED GUILTY. ERIC RUDOLPH, 38, to the 1996 bombing at the Atlanta Olympics and attacks on abortion clinics and a gay club in Atlanta and Birmingham, Alabama, which in total killed two people and injured 150; as part of a deal to serve four life sentences instead of face execution; in Atlanta and Birmingham. Rudolph, who was caught in May 2003 after having spent five years hiding in the North Carolinian woods, also disclosed the location of more than 110 kilos of dynamite he had hidden there. His primary motivation, he wrote in a rambling and unrepentant manifesto released after his pleas, was to “confound, anger and embarrass” the U.S. government for legalizing abortion.

CONVICTION OVERTURNED. FOR SHE XIANGLIN, 39, former security guard who spent the past 11 years in prison for the murder of his wife, Zhang Zaiyu; following the revelation that Zhang was still alive; in Jingmen, China. After his wife’s disappearance in 1994 and the discovery of an unidentified woman’s body in a reservoir near their home, investigators apprehended She, who said upon his release that he confessed to his wife’s murder after being beaten and deprived of sleep during a 10-day interrogation. Zhang resurfaced in her hometown last month after a decade spent living in another province, where she had fled to escape her marriage. Lawyers say they plan to seek compensation from the state for She as well as for his brother and mother, who were detained for protesting his conviction—in his mother’s case for about 300 days. She died three months after her release.

DIED. ANDREA DWORKIN, 58, provocative feminist author whose writings dramatically influenced, and often polarized, the women’s movement of the 1970s and ’80s; in her sleep, of undisclosed causes; in Washington D.C. Ignoring critics who mocked her uncompromising polemics and unapologetically unfashionable appearance, she drew on her own experiences as a battered wife and rape victim in such books as Woman Hating and Intercourse. She wrote that pornography was a “celebration of rape and injury to women,” sexual intercourse “a means of physiologically making a woman inferior” and marriage a “license to rape.” By all accounts a gentle, soft-spoken person, she repeatedly said she did not hate men, just the subjugation of women.

DIED. JOHNNIE JOHNSON, 80, boogie-woogie early rock-‘n’-roll pianist who gave Chuck Berry his first break in his then-popular trio, and later as Berry’s bandmate and co-writer, shaped the rock legend’s inventive sound; in St. Louis. Johnson, for whom Berry wrote Johnny B. Goode, played on such tunes as Maybelline, Rock and Roll Music, and Roll over Beethoven. He later backed Eric Clapton and Keith Richards, and in 2001 was introduced into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

DIED. MAURICE HILLEMAN, 85, low-profile microbiologist credited with developing some 40 vaccines and saving more lives than any other 20th century scientist; in Philadelphia. After being persuaded to go to college by his brother, who thought he could do better than his job as a clerk at a local J.C. Penney, the Montana farm boy eventually took what turned out to be a three-decade-long job at pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. He developed 8 of the 14 vaccines currently recommended for children, including shots for measles, mumps, hepatitis A and B, chickenpox and meningitis.

Appreciation
By Hannah Beech

Chen Yifei knew that others could attract money and investment to China. What he wanted to do was far greater: bring beauty back to his homeland. The painter turned style entrepreneur, who died on April 10 at 59, began his mission rather unpromisingly: after graduating from Shanghai’s premier art institute in 1965, he spent a decade monotonously painting propaganda art and portraits of Mao Zedong during the Cultural Revolution. But after migrating to the U.S. in 1982, Chen found his hyper-realist paintings of pastoral scenes and flute-playing maidens a hit with foreign collectors, who snapped up the oils for as much as a quarter of a million dollars each—making Chen the highest-earning mainland-born artist at the time.

In 1991, Chen returned home to fulfil his dream of creating an aesthetic empire in a land still recovering from the artistic looting wrought by the Cultural Revolution. Basing himself in Shanghai, he quickly began to assemble the pieces: Layefe, a fashion-and-housewares label he founded, now with more than 130 stores nationwide; ownership of several lifestyle magazines; and a stable of long-legged beauties who would soon make up Yifei Modeling Agency, China’s largest. Collectively, Chen’s enterprises earned $200 million last year and brought an East-meets-West style to Chinese citizens caught up in the country’s extraordinary economic boom. Along the way, of course, the exuberant, cigar-chomping Chen attracted plenty of money and investment to his homeland. But he succeeded, too, in his larger goal: beauty had returned to China.

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