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Labor Commissioner, ex-AP journalist among Oklahoma’s deaths

Ponca City Now - December 31, 2015 9:51 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello and former Associated Press reporter Gaylord Shaw, who broke the news that President Richard Nixon would resign, are among the notable Oklahomans who died during 2015.

The 59-year-old Costello was considered a rising political star when he was stabbed to death in August at an Oklahoma City restaurant. His son is charged in the death.

Shaw worked in the AP’s White House bureau and was the first to report Nixon’s pending resignation as evidence in the Watergate case mounted around him.

Other notable Oklahomans who died during the year include former Harlem Globetrotter Marques Haynes, state Rep. David Dank and civic leader Stanton Young, who was credited with peacefully resolving racial tension and helping end an Oklahoma City garbage workers’ strike in 1969.

 

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