09/07/1998 at 01:00 AM EDT
On Aug. 20, former televangelist Jim Bakker, 58, now a missionary to the down-and-out in L.A., and Lori Beth Graham, 41 (on Aug. 30), a youth counselor, announced plans for a September wedding. The couple met in July.
Author Dorothy West, 91, who kept company with such Harlem Renaissance writers as Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, died on Aug. 16 in Boston. West's first novel, The Living Is Easy, appeared in 1948. But unlike others in her acclaimed coterie, she spent much of her later life as a forgotten scribe until the advent of her second book nearly half a century later. The Wedding was a bestseller in 1995 and became a miniseries produced by Oprah
Retired Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell, 90, who cast his votes in America's highest judicial chamber from 1972 to '87, died of pneumonia on Aug. 25 in Richmond, Va....
Actress Sylvia Field Truex, who played Mrs. Wilson on TV's Dennis the Menace from 1959 to '62, died near San Diego on July 31. She was 97....
Chemist Otto Wichterle, 84, who discovered the polymer that led to his invention of the soft contact lens in 1961, died on Aug. 18 in Sdradisko, Czech Republic....
Ubiquitous character actor Phil Leeds, 82, who plied his pliant schnoz for comic effect on countless sitcoms since the '60s, died in L.A. on Aug. 16....
Actress and former Miss India Persis Khambatta, who played bald-headed Lt. Ilia in 1979's Star Trek: The Motion Picture, died from a heart attack on Aug. 18 in Bombay. She was 49....
Grand Ole Opry comedian Jerry Clower, who related rural tales of his native Mississippi with good ol' boy humor, died in Jackson on Aug. 24 from cardio-respiratory arrest, five days after he underwent six heart bypasses. He was 71.
On Aug. 20, the Justice Department paid a $1 million reward to David Kaczynski, 48, for informing the FBI about his brother, Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski, in 1995. David, a social worker in Upstate New York, plans to divide most of the money among the families of those killed and injured in his brother's 16 bombings. Theodore Kaczynski is serving four life sentences in a Colorado federal prison.
Columnist Mike Barnicle, 54, resigned under pressure from The Boston Globe on Aug. 19, shortly after his editors learned he wrote an unsubstantiated article about two cancer patients in 1995. Just eight days earlier the paper had suspended Barnicle for two months without pay for an Aug. 2 column that included eight jokes by comic George Carlin without attribution.
On Aug. 19 in Los Angeles, O.J. Simpson defense lawyer Robert Shapiro, 56 (on Sept. 2), slugged baseball slugger Darryl Strawberry, 36, with a new lawsuit after a similar one was thrown out of court in June because it was improperly filed. Shapiro claims Strawberry owes him $100,000 for negotiating a 1994 contract settlement; Strawberry denies the claim.
Rock musician David Crosby, 57, who had a liver transplant in 1994, canceled gigs slated for Aug. 22 and 23 because of fever and infection. Though he was not hospitalized, doctors have him under close watch.