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Artist who created Mr. Clean character dies at 92

Mr. Clean creator Mr. Black, 92, dies

The Ohio artist who created the Mr. Clean character that became a long-lasting advertising hit died Sunday at age 92. Procter & Gamble credits Harry Richard Black with creating the muscular bald man who cleans things up quickly. The company chose his depiction to represent its cleaner when it launched in 1958, and Mr. Clean quickly became a popular brand and advertising character. Mr. Black also did illustrations for national companies and magazines, and he was a longtime educator at colleges.

Berlin cemetery to have lesbian sector

A new burial area for lesbians only will be inaugurated Sunday in a two-century-old cemetery in Berlin. A 4,300-square-foot area of the Lutheran Georgen Parochial cemetery, established in 1814, will be reserved as a graveyard for up to 80 lesbians, said Usah Zachau, a spokeswoman for the Safia association, a national group primarily for elderly lesbians. "The lesbian community can live together in the afterlife," the women's group said Tuesday. It was given use of the cemetery area for 30 years in exchange for cleaning up and landscaping the area.

Calif. retiree claims $425M jackpot

The sole winner of the $425 million Powerball jackpot drawing on Feb. 19 came forward to claim his prize Tuesday. California Lottery officials said B. Raymond Buxton, a Northern California retiree, claimed the prize at the California Lottery headquarters in Sacramento. Buxton was wearing a shirt that featured a picture of Yoda and read, "Luck of the Jedi I have," according to lottery officials.

By the numbers

751 The total of anti-Semitic assaults, acts of vandalism and reports of harassment in the United States in 2013, according to an audit by the Anti-Defamation League. That is down from 927 in 2012, or 19 percent.

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