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October 14, 2006

Jerry Belson, an Emmy-winning comedy writer for The Tracey Ullman Show and other TV shows, died of cancer Tuesday at his Los Angeles home. He was 68.

Mr. Belson worked on some of the most celebrated sitcoms of the 1960s and 1970s, including Gomer Pyle, USMC, The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Odd Couple. A scene that Mr. Belson wrote into The Odd Couple involved the character Felix Unger describing the funeral of a dog named "Spot Moskowitz," attended by dogs wearing yarmulkes.

After teaming with comedic actress Tracey Ullman, Mr. Belson won three Emmy awards - in 1989 and 1990, for his work on her Fox comedy, and in 1997, for writing on Tracey Takes On... .

PETER H. ROSSI, 84 Sociologist

Peter H. Rossi, a prominent sociologist best known for documenting the changing face of American homelessness in the 1980s, died of natural causes Oct. 7 at his home in Amherst, Mass. He was 84.

His most famous book was Down and Out in America: The Origins of Homelessness. In it, he chronicled the shift in the nation's homeless population from the older white male denizens of post-World War II to a younger, larger group that included women, children and minorities.

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