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Mary Kay Letourneau, teacher who raped student and then married him

The teacher who became a tabloid fixture in the late 1990s after she raped a 13-year-old student and later married him after serving a prison sentence, died Monday at her home in Des Moines, Washington, a suburb of Seattle. She was 58.

Kevin Rafferty, ‘Atomic Cafe’ co-director, 73

Kevin Rafferty, who with two co-directors turned archival material created to ease Americans into the nuclear age into “The Atomic Cafe,” a darkly comic 1982 documentary that both highlighted the absurdity of an earlier generation’s propaganda and suggested the unsettling possibility that we were still being so manipulated, died Thursday at his home in Manhattan. He was 73.

Emma Sanders, southern civil rights and political activist

Emma Sanders, one of the few surviving members of a group whose impassioned challenge to an all-white delegation at the 1964 Democratic National Convention brought an end to segregated delegations, died June 24 in Brandon, Mississippi. She was 91.

Peter Spang, former Historic Deerfield curator and keeper of the town’s history, dies at 85

J. Peter Spang III devoted his entire professional life to Deerfield, moving to the small town in his early 20s and carefully tending to its history.

Jonathan Sackler, co-owner of Purdue Pharma, dies

Jonathan Sackler, one of the owners of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, has died, the company confirmed.

Li Zhensheng, photographer of China’s cultural revolution, at 79

Li Zhensheng, a photographer who at great personal risk documented the dark side of Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution, producing powerful black-and-white images that remain a rare visual testament to the brutality of that tumultuous period, many of them not developed or seen for years, has died. He was 79.

Barbara Ackermann, first woman to serve as Cambridge mayor, dies at 95

Elected mayor in 1972, Barbara Ackermann was a fierce advocate for rent control and for Cambridge residents who were marginalized because of their race, income, or age.

Nick Cordero, Tony-nominated Broadway star, dies at 41 of coronavirus

Mr. Cordero was a towering Canadian actor who earned a Tony nomination for the 2014 musical ‘‘Bullets Over Broadway.’’