Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Edgar Bronfman, who transformed Seagram Co., is dead

Edgar M. Bronfman, 84, the billionaire businessman and philanthropist who as chairman of the Seagram Co. expanded his family's liquor-based empire and who as president of the World Jewish Congress championed the rights of Jews everywhere, died Dec. 21 in New York.

Saul Zaentz, 92, an acclaimed independent film producer who adapted literary works for the screen and won best-picture Academy Awards for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus and The English Patient, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Friday in San Francisco.

John S.D. Eisenhower, 91, the son of President Dwight D. Eisenhower who forged a reputation in his own right as a military historian, died Dec. 21 in Trappe, Md. He wrote about World War II, World War I and the Mexican-American War.

Harold Simmons, 82, a billionaire who helped finance the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth attack ads against Sen. John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election and donated substantially to other conservative causes, died Dec. 28 in Dallas.

Janet Rowley, 88, a medical researcher whose innovative study of chromosomes led to a revolutionary understanding that certain forms of cancer are caused by genetic abnormalities, died of ovarian cancer Dec. 17 in Chicago. She was awarded the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 2009.

George J.W. Goodman, 83, who demystified financial complexities in best-selling books and on a long-running public television program under the name of one of history's most famous economists, Adam Smith, died of leukemia Friday in Miami.

Edgar Bronfman, who transformed Seagram Co., is dead 01/04/14 [Last modified: Saturday, January 4, 2014 9:21pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Record $417 million awarded in lawsuit linking baby powder to cancer

    Nation

    LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles jury on Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a record $417 million to a hospitalized woman who claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in the company's iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene.

    A bottle of Johnson's baby powder is displayed. On Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, a Los Angeles County Superior Court spokeswoman confirmed that a jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $417 million in a case to a woman who claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in the company's iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene. [Associated Press]
  2. Search under way for missing sailors; Navy chief orders inquiry

    Military

    SINGAPORE — The U.S. Navy ordered a broad investigation Monday into the performance and readiness of the Pacific-based 7th Fleet after the USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker in Southeast Asian waters, leaving 10 U.S. sailors missing and others injured.

    Damage is visible as the USS John S. McCain steers toward Singapore’s naval base on Monday.
  3. Told not to look, Donald Trump looks at the solar eclipse

    National

    Of course he looked.

    Monday's solar eclipse — life-giving, eye-threatening, ostensibly apolitical — summoned the nation's First Viewer to the Truman Balcony of the White House around 2:38 p.m. Eastern time.

    The executive metaphor came quickly.

    President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump view the solar eclipse from the Truman balcony of the White House, in Washington, Aug. 21, 2017. [Al Drago | New York Times]
  4. Secret Service says it will run out of money to protect Trump and his family Sept. 30

    National

    WASHINGTON — The Secret Service said Monday that it has enough money to cover the cost of protecting President Donald Trump and his family through the end of September, but after that the agency will hit a federally mandated cap on salaries and overtime unless Congress intervenes.

    Secret service agents walk with President Donald Trump after a ceremony to welcome the 2016 NCAA Football National Champions the Clemson Tigers on the South Lawn of the White House on June 12, 2017. [Olivier Douliery | Sipa USA via TNS]
  5. After fraught debate, Trump to disclose new Afghanistan plan

    War

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will unveil his updated Afghanistan policy Monday night in a rare, prime-time address to a nation that broadly shares his pessimism about American involvement in the 16-year conflict. Although he may send a few thousand more troops, there are no signs of a major shift in …

    U.S. soldiers patrol the perimeter of a weapons cache near the U.S. military base in Bagram, Afghanistan in 2003. Sixteen years of U.S. warfare in Afghanistan have left the insurgents as strong as ever and the nation's future precarious. Facing a quagmire, President Donald Trump on Monday will outline his strategy for a country that has historically snared great powers and defied easy solutions.  [Associated Press (2003)]