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• MNB received late word this morning that Orville Roth, who opened the first supermarket bearing his name in Silverton, Oregon, in 1962 and grew it into a nine-store chain serving the Mid-Willamette Valley, has passed away after suffering a heart attack while on vacation in Hawaii. He was 79.

Roth was, in our experience, a man of indefatigable good cheer and energy, clad in green ("the color of money," he's say) and a happy warrior in the supermarket wars. And he will be missed.


• Scott Carpenter, the second American to orbit the Earth and one of the original Mercury 7 astronauts who personified the US space program during the 1960's, an effort chronicled in both the book and film versions of "The Right Stuff," has passed away. He was 88, and had suffered a stroke last month.

Carpenter's passing leaves John Glenn, now 92, as the only surviving member of the original astronaut corps.
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