NOTED IN PASSING

LaShawn Daniels

LaShawn Daniels won songwriting Grammy

LOS ANGELES — LaShawn Daniels, a Grammy Award winning songwriter who penned songs for Beyoncé, Whitney Houston and Lady Gaga has died. He was 41.

Daniels' wife, April, said in a statement that her husband died in a car accident Tuesday in South Carolina. He earned a Grammy in 2001 for his songwriting work on Destiny Child's "Say My Name."

Daniels co-wrote several Grammy-nominated songs including Tamar Braxton's "Love and War," Toni Braxton's "He Wasn't Man Enough" and "The Boy is Mine," a track featuring Brandy and Monica.

He also contributed on Beyoncé's "Telephone," Jennifer Lopez's "If You Had My Love" and Michael Jackson's "You Rock My World."— AP

Editor discovered 'Cathy' and guided 'Doonesbury'

Lee Salem's name was little known outside industry circles, yet for the better part of four decades, perhaps no editor had a greater impact on what newspaper comics tens of millions of people read every morning.

He signed up "Calvin and Hobbes" and "Cul de Sac" and "For Better or For Worse."

He discovered "The Boondocks" and "Cathy."

He guided "Doonesbury" and "Fox Trot" and "The Far Side," among many other successful features for Universal Press Syndicate, which he joined in 1974.

The longtime comics editor died Monday at age 73. — The Washington Post

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