TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese essayist Bo Yang, who infuriated both Nationalist and Communist authorities with his tart critiques, has died of lung disease in Taipei. He was 88.
Bo had been receiving treatment for pneumonia at the city's Cardinal Tien Hospital since February and died on Tuesday, the hospital said.
Originally known as Kuo Yi-tong, Bo was born in Henan in eastern China in 1920. He fled to Taiwan in 1949 when Ma Zedong's Communists defeated Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalists in the Chinese civil war.
He found work as a columnist for the Independence Evening Post, a small liberal newspaper, but quickly ran foul of the one-party Nationalist dictatorship of the day after he blasted Chiang's government for corruption and abuse of power.
He served nine years in prison on charges of being a communist spy — a government catchall for dealing with troublemakers during the martial law period that only ended in 1987.
Bo's provocative writing also led him to be attacked by the Chinese Communists.
China briefly banned his 1985 book "The Ugly Chinaman and the Crisis of Chinese Culture" and several other essay collections, claiming they insulted the Chinese people.
In many of his essays, Bo told Chinese that their culture — a source of pride for centuries — has many shortcomings. He criticized the Chinese as selfish, unconcerned about other people's rights and being too willing to tolerate the abuse of power.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Phil Harison, who introduced everyone from Ben Hogan to Jack Nicklaus to Tiger Woods during his 60 years as the starter on the first tee of the Masters, has died. He was 82.
He died Sunday of natural causes, Augusta National Golf Club said.
Harison was one of two people to attend every Masters since it began in 1934, and he became a familiar voice to the many fans who grew accustomed to his Southern drawl and understated manner of announcing each player.
"Fore please, Jack Nicklaus now driving," he would say.
Harison recovered from a car accident that badly injured his back to serve as the starter one last time in 2007, mustering enough strength to announce only the first couple of groups.
Harison grew up in a house that was beyond the first green at Augusta National and has since been torn down. He joined his father and brother as a member when he was 21, and was a good golfer.
According to Golf Digest, he made a hole-in-one in separate rounds with Nicklaus and President Eisenhower, and he played several times with Bobby Jones, even as a teenager.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Mike Patrick, a former New England Patriots punter, has died. He was 55.
Patrick died Sunday in his hometown of Biloxi, Miss., the team said. No cause was given.
Patrick spent his four-season professional career with the Patriots from 1975-78. Patrick ranks fifth on the Patriots' all-time punters list with 8,481 yards on 225 attempts in 43 career games.
He was signed as a rookie free agent in 1975. In his first NFL game that season, he had a 62-yard punt against Houston, the Patriots' longest since 1968.
Patrick also held several season punting records at Mississippi State from 1972-74. He ranks fifth on the school's career punting list with 6,999 yards in 171 attempts for a 40.9 yard average.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Will Robinson, the first black basketball coach at a Division I school and a Detroit Pistons scout who discovered Joe Dumars and Dennis Rodman, has died. He was 96.
Robinson died Monday at a Detroit hospital, Pistons spokesman Matt Dobek said.
Robinson broke a racial barrier in the 1970s when he coached Illinois State. He joined the Pistons as a scout in 1976, and the additions of Dumars and Rodman were keys to Detroit's 1989 and 1990 NBA championships. Those teams were coached by Chuck Daly, who took the job after Robinson declined former general manager Jack McCloskey's offer.
Robinson scouted for the Pistons for 28 years and scouted part time for the NFL's Detroit Lions for 22 years.
FALLBROOK, Calif. (AP) — Dick Rossi, a Flying Tigers pilot who gained acclaim for downing six Japanese Zeros during the early days of World War II, has died of pneumonia. He was 92.
Rossi, who earned two presidential citations for his combat prowess, died April 17 at his home in Fallbrook, north of San Diego, his wife said.
In November 1941, Rossi joined a secret volunteer group of pilots who would travel to China and defend it against the Japanese. Officially known as the American Volunteer Group, the Chinese referred to the pilots as the Flying Tigers for their aerial combat skills.
In December 1941, Rossi and his squadron first engaged the Zeros over Kunming, China, and shot down three of the planes. During their months of combat, the Flying Tigers shot down 296 Japanese planes.
In July 1942, seven months after the United States entered the war, the group was disbanded.
Rossi spent the rest of the war years working as a pilot for the China National Aviation Corp., delivering supplies from India to China. He made 735 trips over the Himalayas.
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