February 10, 2013 Zhuang Zedong's gift to an American table tennis player paved the way for President Nixon's groundbreaking visit to China. Zhuang was 73.
February 10, 2013 Fifteen-year-old Hadiya Pendleton was shot to death just days after she and her high school band performed at inauguration events in Washington. Her death brought new attention to often-overlooked urban violence and the debate over gun violence.
February 7, 2013 Birder Starr Saphir, who died on Tuesday, was at the center of a 2012 documentary about the unique world of Central Park birding.
February 1, 2013 New York was practically falling apart in 1977 when Koch first ran for mayor, but he created a feeling the city could come back. His larger-than-life personality was well-suited to the nation's biggest city but could also get him in trouble. A spokesman says Koch died early Friday. He was 88.
January 30, 2013 The jazz musician was beloved by his fellow artists and acclaimed by critics and fans for his ability to spontaneously coerce music from an ensemble. Working with musicians of all stripes, he pioneered a system of real-time arranging he called Conduction. He was 65.
January 29, 2013 More than 25 years ago, the New-York-based musician pioneered a new vocabulary of ensemble interaction he called conduction. Since then, Morris, also a cornet player, directed more than 5,000 musicians around the world in real-time group improvisations. He was 65.