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Milestones Nov. 13, 1995

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ARRESTED. JAMES BROWN, 67, funk pioneer; for domestic violence, following a 911 call from his wife Adrienne; in Aiken, South Carolina. The Godfather of Soul posted bond and was released.

DIED. ROSALIND CASH, 56, screen and stage actor; of cancer; in Los Angeles. A founder of the Negro Ensemble Company in the ’60s and a major black film star of the ’70s, Cash enlivened classic classics (King Lear), modern classics (Lonne Elder’s Ceremonies in Dark Old Men) and pulp classics (the 1971 sci-fi flick The Omega Man).

DIED. TERRY SOUTHERN, 71, novelist and screenwriter; of respiratory failure; in New York City. More than that of any other artist in any genre, Southern’s film work defined the ’60s sensibility. His script for 1964’s Dr. Strangelove, co-written with director Stanley Kubrick, showed an unerring ear for atomic-age Orwellianisms (“You can’t fight here,” cries President Muffley. “This is the War Room!”). The script won Southern an Oscar nomination, as did his work on another definitive film, Easy Rider (1969).

DIED. RAYMOND W. HOECKER, 82, onetime U.S. agriculture official; in Springfield, Missouri. In 1968 Hoecker came up with the idea of encoding product information in a scannable symbol. Today the familiar stripes of the Universal Price Code have helped abolish the tedium of waiting for slow cashiers to ring up purchases, replacing it with the more modern tedium of waiting for balky scanners to read the UPC.

DIED. THOMAS MURPHY, 89, ex-prosecutor and federal judge; in Salisbury, Connecticut. At the cold war’s dawn, Assistant U.S. Attorney Murphy led the legal charge against accused spy Alger Hiss, winning a perjury conviction after the former State Department star insisted under oath that he had not passed secrets to the Soviets. Hiss continues to maintain his innocence.

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