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• William K. Coors, the grandson of the founder of the Coors Brewing Co. who helped run the company for decades, has passed away. He was 102.

Coors was in some ways a pioneer. The New York Times writes that he “was widely credited with developing the recyclable aluminum can that has become standard for beer and soft drinks;” under his leadership, the family’s foundation “gave millions to environmental, educational and cultural causes.

But, the Times writes, he also “alienated unionists, blacks, Hispanics, women and gays with views and policies that critics called racist, sexist and homophobic, and members of those groups joined informal boycotts of Coors beer in increasing numbers in the 1970s.”
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