SUING: Former Ottawa lobbyist Frank Moores, 63, for $35 million in damages from the CBC for its broadcasts on the so-called Airbus affair; in Toronto. The former Newfoundland premier claims the public affairs program the fifth estate wrongly accused him of “dishonest, corrupt and illegal” conduct in connection with Air Canada’s $1.8-billion purchase of 34 Airbus jets between 1988 and 1991. Moores has consistently denied any involvement in the deal. His longtime friend, former prime minister Brian Mulroneyjs suing the federal government for $50 million for alleging that he engaged in a criminal conspiracy to secure the Airbus purchase.
DIED: Flamboyant former baseball owner Charles 0. Finley, 77, whose Oakland A’s won three consecutive World Series in the early 1970s; of heart disease, in Chicago. Finley, credited with the introduction of the designated hitter, is also responsible for free agency after breaking the contract of one of his star players.
DIED: Legendary folk-blues guitarist Brownie McGhee, 80, who performed with harmonica player Sonny Terry for more than 35 years; of stomach cancer, in Oakland, Calif.
DIED: Pulitzer-Prize winning U.S.composer Morton Gould, 82, who wrote for symphony orchestras, the movies, radio, television and Broadway, in Orlando, Fla., where he was in the midst of a three-day Disney Institute celebration of his works.
APPOINTED: Roy McMurtry, 63, chief justice of Ontario’s Court of Appeal, by Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, who was justice minister in 1981 when he, McMurtry, then Ontario’s attorney general, and Saskatchewan’s Roy Romanow hammered out the constitutional repatriation deal accepted by all the provinces save Quebec. McMurtry, previously chief justice of the Ontario Court’s General Division, was also high commissioner to London from 1985 to 1988.
DIED: Japanese composer Torn Takemitsu,
65, who earlier this month won the $50,000 Glen Gould prize for fostering international communication through music; of cancer, in Tokyo. Takemitsu had worked as composer-in-residence in Vancouver, Toronto and Banff, Alta.
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