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Published: Thu, July 3, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Walter Dean Myers, children’s author, dies

NEW YORK

Walter Dean Myers, a best-selling and prolific children’s author and tireless champion of literacy and education, has died. He was 76.

Myers, a longtime resident of Jersey City, N.J., died Tuesday at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan after a brief illness, publisher HarperCollins announced.

A onetime troublemaker who dropped out of high school, the tall, soft-spoken Myers spent much of his adult life writing realistic and accessible stories about crime, war and life in the streets. He wrote more than 100 books, his notable works including “Monster” and “Lockdown,” and was the rare author to have a wide following among middle-school boys. He was a three-time National Book Award nominee, received five Coretta Scott King awards for African-American fiction and in 2012-13 served as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, a position created in part by the Library of Congress.

Academy sues over auctioned Oscar

LOS ANGELES

The organization that hosts the Academy Awards has sued over the recent auction of a 1942 Oscar awarded to the art director of “My Gal Sal” and is seeking to buy back the statuette for $10.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court against Rhode Island-based Briarbrook Auction Services.

Briarbrook sold the Oscar for $79,200 June 24. “My Gal Sal” starred Rita Hayworth, and the art-direction award to Joseph Wright was its only Academy Award win.

The academy adopted a rule in 1951 prohibiting winners or their heirs from selling Oscars. It is seeking an order requiring Briarbrook to sell it the Oscar for $10 in accordance with the academy bylaws.

Author McCann assaulted in Conn.

NEW HAVEN, Conn.

Award-winning novelist Colum McCann has been assaulted in a Connecticut hotel and hospitalized with significant facial injuries.

Police said Wednesday the “Let the Great World Spin” author was beaten Saturday night in New Haven. They say witness accounts suggest he may have tried to help a woman in a dispute.

Police say McCann gave information to detectives, and they have significant leads they hope soon will lead to an arrest.

Associated Press


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