Lowell Weicker & CoCo Lee
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One of the last Rockefeller Republicans who negotiated the currents of change in the Republican Party after Watergate, Weicker died June 28 at age 92. Weicker served in the Army before entering Connecticut state politics in the 1960s. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1968, and after just one term, ran for U.S. Senate. Buoyed by an endorsement from President Richard Nixon, Weicker won his first of three terms but generated animosity from the right when he became the first GOP senator to demand Nixon’s resignation after Watergate. Weicker eventually lost his Washington perch to Democratic opponent Joe Lieberman in 1988. Afterward, Weiker served a term as governor of Connecticut.
Lee, a Hong Kong pop star who voiced the title character in the Mandarin version of Disney’s animated Mulan, died July 5. She was 48. Born in Hong Kong, Lee moved to the United States as a child but later returned to Asia to embark on a singing career. She began releasing solo albums in Mandarin in 1994 and by 1996 had the best-selling pop album in Asia. Lee also broke into the American market, recording “A Love Before Time” for the 2000 hit martial arts film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. She performed the Oscar-nominated song in English at the 2001 Academy Awards. Lee’s sisters reported the singer died by suicide after struggling with depression.
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