Merc veteran found dead, police investigate

Richard Ramirez, a top editor at the Mercury News, has been found dead in his home in Livermore, and police are investigating, the Merc reported. Ramirez, 44, came to the Mercury News in 1984 as an intern and went on to hold several positions, including reporter, assistant state editor and his most recent role as assistant to the executive editor. Executive Editor Carole Leigh Hutton said, “Rich’s death is a tragedy that has stunned all of us … He had

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Ex-Santa Rosa publisher Weeks dies

James C. Weeks, the first publisher of The (Santa Rosa) Press Democrat after it was bought in 1985 by the New York Times Co., died Monday (Jan. 8), according to an obituary published this morning. Weeks, 64, died unexpectedly on a trip to New York. The cause of death was not immediately available. Weeks was publisher in Santa Rosa for two years, leading the newspaper through a period of economic growth and transition. He oversaw construction of a new printing

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Press Democrat photo editor Metzger dies

Santa Rosa Press Democrat photo editor John Metzge suffered a heart attack and died Wednesday while enjoying a family reunion in Hawaii, the paper reported today. Metzger, 56, and his wife, Becca, were on Oahu visiting the elder of their two sons, John Jr., an Army specialist who only recently returned to American soil after serving a year in Afghanistan. Metzger joined The Press Democrat as director of photography in 1993. Among his charges was staff photographer Annie Wells, whose

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