Lawyer Henry Diamond a leading light in conservation

Environmental lawyer Henry L. Diamond was a key figure in the awakening national concern and sensitivity to issues of natural conservation and preservation.

Since 1975, he had been a principal in the Washington environmental law firm Beveridge & Diamond.

His career flourished in large part because of his friendship and political alliance with Laurance Rockefeller, a grandson of Standard Oil founder John D. Rockefeller and a force in national conservation efforts.

As a young law school graduate, Diamond served on the congressionally created Outdoor Recreation Resources Review Commission, which examined the needs to designate or expand new parks, and Diamond edited the final report, which led to conservation measures that came to pass under the Johnson administration.

In his private Washington law practice, Diamond served on more than 30 boards and commissions involved in water conservation and environmental quality.

Diamond died Feb. 21 of complications from Parkinson's disease at a hospital in Washington. He was 83. — The Washington Post

George Nichopoulos was Elvis' controversial doctor

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Elvis Presley's former personal doctor, George Nichopoulos, was accused of overprescribing drugs that many thought hastened the legendary singer's death.

In 1981, Nichopoulos, known as "Dr. Nick," was acquitted on charges that he overprescribed drugs to Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and seven others.

Referring to Presley's death in a 2009 interview with the Commercial Appeal, Nichopoulos said: "I don't regret any of the medications I gave him. They were necessities."

Most of the autopsy team at Baptist Memorial Hospital attributed the death to drug interaction, but former medical examiner Dr. Jerry Francisco said in 2008 he stands by his 1977 ruling that the star died of cardiac arrhythmia, not drugs.

Nichopoulos died Feb. 24 in Memphis. He was 88.

Tribune News Service

Sonny James scored pop and country hits

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Country singer Sonny James recorded romantic ballads such as "Young Love" and turned pop songs into country hits.

The singer, whose given name was James Loden, was known as the "Southern Gentleman" because of his gentle, respectable demeanor. He was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006.

In 1957, James scored his biggest hit, "Young Love," which sold 3 million copies. From 1967 to 1971, he had 16 No. 1 country records.

For the country field, he recorded several songs that had been pop hits, including "Since I Met You Baby," "Running Bear" and "It's Just a Matter of Time.

James died Feb. 22 in a Nashville hospice facility. He was 87. — AP

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