CONVICTED. Richard Scrushy, 53, founder of HealthSouth, based in Birmingham, Ala., and Don Siegelman, 60, former Democratic Governor of Alabama; of bribery and mail fraud for a scheme in which Scrushy gave $500,000 to Siegelman's campaign for a state lottery in exchange for a seat on a state board that regulated HealthSouth; by a federal jury; in Montgomery, Ala. The verdicts came one year after Scrushy, who still faces several civil trials, was acquitted of a $2.7 billion accounting fraud at HealthSouth.
PLEADED GUILTY. Bernard Kerik, 50, ex--New York City police commissioner, whose quick responses in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks led President Bush to nominate him to be head of the Homeland Security Department before a variety of ethics questions forced Kerik to withdraw his name; to charges that he took gifts while in office without reporting them; in a deal that requires him to pay $221,000 in fines but serve no jail time; in New York City. Kerik admitted accepting while correction commissioner $165,000 in home renovations from a contractor who was seeking a license with the city. Kerik offered no apologies, saying, "Now I can get on with my business."
DIED. Moose, 16, Jack Russell terrier who played the watchful, knowing and often mischievous Eddie, Frasier Crane's bête noire on TV's long-running comedy Frasier; in Los Angeles. Before retiring from films six years ago, Moose played the title role in the 2000 movie My Dog Skip.
DIED. RYUTARO HASHIMOTO, 68, controversial former Prime Minister of Japan; of multiple organ failure; in Tokyo. A short-tempered politician and dapper dresser, Hashimoto achieved international fame as Trade Minister in 1995, when he feuded with Washington in an auto-sales dispute. As Prime Minister from January 1996 to July 1998, he launched financial reforms modeled on London's "Big Bang" deregulation and defused a crisis over U.S. bases in Okinawa. An expert swordsman, he quit politics last year after a scandal involving donations to his party.
DIED. Arif Mardin, 74, record producer and arranger who, over an illustrious 40-year career, helped create the R&B-pop "Atlantic sound," won a dozen Grammys and artfully guided recordings by musicians who included Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Bette Midler and, most recently, Norah Jones; of pancreatic cancer; in New York City. After his production Good Lovin' became a No. 1 hit for the Young Rascals in 1966, the Turkish-born jazz lover arranged and co-produced two of the Queen of Soul's defining albums--I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You and Lady Soul--and later suggested that Barry Gibb use the falsetto that came to epitomize the Bee Gees' 1970s disco sound in such hits as Stayin' Alive and You Should Be Dancing.