Robert Borkenstein, 89, inventor of the Breathalyzer...

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August 16, 2002

Robert Borkenstein, 89, inventor of the Breathalyzer, died Saturday in Bloomington, Ind.

A former Indiana University professor and state police captain, Mr. Borkenstein invented the portable device while working at the state police crime laboratory in 1954. The Breathalyzer measures alcohol content in a person's breath.

He also was principal investigator in a 1962 study of the role of alcohol in traffic accidents that influenced the development of drunken driving laws.

"If we can make life better simply by controlling alcohol, that's a very small price to pay," Mr. Borkenstein said in 1995. "My whole life's work has been spent trying to make life better for people."

Mr. Borkenstein was a past chairman of the National Safety Council, and past president of the International Committee on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety and the Academy of Criminal Justice.

David Wayne Williams, 30, lead singer of the rock band Drowning Pool, was found dead in his bunk on the band's tour bus Wednesday in Manassas, Va., Prince William County police spokeswoman Kim Chinn said.

Bandmates found him dead when they arrived at a Holiday Inn shortly after 4 p.m. It was not known how he died.

The band had come from Indianapolis the night before with the Ozzfest concert tour.

Steve Karas, a spokesman for the band's record label, Wind-up Records, said Drowning Pool was one of the main stage acts on the tour, and was scheduled to play yesterday at Nissan Pavilion outside Washington.

Drowning Pool was considered the breakout band of Ozz- fest last summer when the release of the band's first single, "Bodies," began getting heavy airplay on radio stations and MTV, Mr. Karas said.

The band's debut album, Sinner, has sold 1.2 million copies since its release in June 2001, according to SoundScan. Mr. Karas said it rose as high as No. 14 on the Billboard charts in 2001.

The band takes its name from the 1951 novel by Ross MacDonald that was later made into a film starring Paul Newman.

Larry Rivers, 78, an irreverent, proto-Pop painter and sculptor, jazz saxophonist, writer, poet, teacher, sometime actor and filmmaker, whose self-styled, partly self-mocking bad boy persona encapsulated the spirit of a restless era that shook up American art, died of liver cancer Wednesday at his home in Southampton, N.Y.

Mr. Rivers helped to change the course of American art in the 1950s and '60s, but his virtues as an artist always seemed inextricably bound up with his vices, producing work that could be by turns exhilarating and appalling. Naturally, it provoked extreme reactions. Jackson Pollock, Mr. Rivers recalled with a certain bitter glee, "once tried to run down one of my sculptures that was standing in a friend's driveway in East Hampton."

He had an omnivorous curiosity about life, sex, drugs, politics, history and culture. "He would stab out at different things, like Picasso, except that more of Picasso's things worked out," said David Levy, the Corcoran Gallery of Art's director and a longtime friend, who played with Mr. Rivers in their East Thirteenth Street Band.

He appeared with Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg in Robert Frank's and Alfred Leslie's offbeat film Pull My Daisy, and played Lyndon Johnson on stage in Kenneth Koch's The Election. With Dominique Gaisseau, he spent six months making a television travelogue about Africa before being arrested as a suspected white mercenary in Lagos, Nigeria, and nearly executed. Broadcast in 1968 on NBC's Experiments in Television, the show was summed up by Barbara Delatiner in Newsday as "something like a Rivers canvas: complex, brilliantly colorful and maybe too tongue-in-cheek for serious consideration." More obituaries, next page

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