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Originally published Monday, February 2, 2009 at 5:55 PM

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Nancy Neville Adams

Nancy Neville Adams

HOUSTON (AP) - Nancy Neville Adams, who co-owned the Tennessee Titans with her husband Bud Adams, has died. She was 84.

The Titans said she died Sunday night in Houston but did not release the cause.

Nancy Adams was also the vice chair of the Titans board. She continued to live in Houston after the Oilers relocated to Tennessee and became the Titans.

Active in charitable efforts, she and her husband established the Titans Foundation in 1999 with an opening gift of $500,000. Recently, the couple donated $500,000 to the Baptist Hospital of Nashville to fund an expansion project.

They've often helped out financially in the wake of natural disasters, contributing $100,000 after Tropical Storm Allison hit Houston in 2001 and teaming with the NFL to donate $200,000 following a 1998 tornado in Nashville.

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Robert Churchwell Sr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Robert Churchwell Sr., one of the first black journalists to work at a prominent Southern newspaper, has died. He was 91.

Churchwell died early Sunday morning in Nashville, The Tennessean reported Monday. It did not list a cause of death.

Churchwell was hired at the now defunct Nashville Banner in February 1950 and worked there 31 years before retiring in 1981.

He began reporting on the black community and later covered education. The 1998 book "The Children" - an account by former Tennessean reporter David Halberstam of the civil rights movement in Nashville - said Churchwell was met with hostility at the Banner and among some blacks unhappy with his decision to work there.

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Flora M. Trimmer Crater

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Flora M. Trimmer Crater, a women's rights activist who led a group that lobbied Congress for equal rights legislation, has died. She was 94.

Crater died Sunday morning at her daughter's home in Delaware, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Sunday.

She was the founder of Virginia's first chapter of the National Organization for Women. She led a group called Crater's Raiders that in 1972 lobbied Congress to pass the Equal Rights Amendment.

Crater was unable to persuade the Virginia General Assembly to ratify the ERA. But in 1997, the assembly passed a resolution honoring Crater for her lifetime of work empowering women and minorities.

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Lukas Foss

NEW YORK (AP) - Lukas Foss, a composer whose musical curiosity led him to create pieces that reflected a variety of styles, has died. He was 86.

The composer died after a heart attack Sunday at his Manhattan home, his wife Cornelia Foss said. He had also been suffering from Parkinson's disease.

Foss was born in Germany and trained there and in Paris and Philadelphia. He was known for composing in different musical styles, often combining past and present influences and techniques.

An accomplished pianist, he performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He was also an experienced conductor, working with such orchestras as the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Jerusalem Symphony and the Milwaukee Symphony.

Cornelia Foss said her husband had been working until about a year and a half ago, when his Parkinson's made it too difficult.

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