Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

August 03, 2005

Jay Hammond, 83, a bush pilot and hunting guide who served two terms as Alaska's governor and helped create the oil-royalty fund that dispenses annual dividend checks to nearly everyone in the state, died yesterday at his home in Lake Clark.

A Republican who was both a conservative and conservationist, Mr. Hammond was governor from 1975 to 1982, the period when oil began flowing through the Alaska pipeline.

During his time in office, Alaska's broad-based tourism industry was born, fishery stocks were revived and the Alaska Permanent Fund was created. It pays nearly every man, woman and child in Alaska a yearly share of the state's oil wealth - last year amounting to $919 per person.

David Shaw, 62, Pulitzer Prize-winning media critic for the Los Angeles Times, died Monday evening of complications from a brain tumor.

Mr. Shaw, whose hard-hitting critiques sometimes included his own newspaper, won the Pulitzer for criticism in 1991 for a four-part series on coverage of a case involving allegations that more than 60 children had been subjected to sexual abuse and satanic rituals at a preschool in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

No one was convicted of a crime in the case.

Mr. Shaw found that most of the reporting was reactive rather than investigative, and he discerned a failure to carefully examine how the prosecution's case was developed.

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