ENGAGED. LINDA TRIPP, 52, former Pentagon employee who blew the whistle on President Bill Clinton's affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky; to her childhood sweetheart, architect Dieter Rousch. Tripp, who is divorced, recently won $595,000 in a lawsuit against the Defense Department for releasing confidential personal information about her to the New Yorker.
RULED A HOMICIDE. The death of NATHANIEL JONES, 41, who was beaten by baton-wielding policemen for several minutes after he charged them during an encounter outside a restaurant; in Cincinnati, Ohio. The coroner said Jones had died primarily because of the violent struggle, cautioning that did not imply wrongdoing or excessive use of force, and noted that heart disease, illegal drugs and his weight (350 lbs.) were also contributing factors.
DIED. DAVID HEMMINGS, 62, swinging London's golden boy in the 1966 film Blowup; of a heart attack; while filming in Romania. As a fashion photographer who uncovers a murder by blowing up his photos, he played sexy scenes with Vanessa Redgrave and helped make Michelangelo Antonioni's film a breakthrough art-house hit. He later became a director of such movies as Just a Gigolo (featuring Marlene Dietrich's last performance) and a reliable character actor in such films as Gladiator and Gangs of New York.
DIED. JAMES CARTER, 77, a sharecropper's son who led fellow prisoners at a Mississippi jail in a bluesy work song that four decades later became a Grammy Award--winning hit; in Chicago. One day in 1959 when musical archivist Alan Lomax was at the prison collecting material on a tape recorder, he captured Po' Lazarus, Carter's song about a man who is hunted by a lawman and gunned down. In 2000 the song found a new audience when it appeared on the sound track to the Depression-era film O Brother, Where Art Thou?
DIED. JEFF BROWN, 77, author of the children's-book series Flat Stanley; of a heart attack; in New York City. Inspired by a bedtime conversation he had with his two sons, the books tell of a boy named Stanley who is squashed flat by a falling bulletin board and has adventures like visiting his friends by traveling in an envelope.
DIED. ROBERT DEWITT, 87, an Episcopal bishop who upset the church hierarchy by taking part in the first ordination of women as priests in 1974; in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. In his six decades as a churchman, he campaigned against social inequity, racism and the Vietnam War.
DIED. CLARK KERR, 92, educational innovator while president of the University of California system in the 1950s and '60s; in El Cerrito, Calif. He pushed for the right of every student to a college education, regardless of ability to pay, and created a multicampus public institution that became a blueprint for state universities across the nation. But his reputation was tarnished in 1964 when he was caught in the cross-fire between student protesters at Berkeley and a Board of Regents that wanted him to take a hard line. He was ousted three years later by Governor Ronald Reagan.
DIED. GERTRUDE EDERLE, 98, the first woman to swim across the English Channel; in Wyckoff, N.J. In 1926 she covered 35 miles in 14 hr. 31 min.--faster than any of the five men who had previously made the swim--and was called "America's best girl" by President Calvin Coolidge.