Milestones

DIED

David Rakoff, 47, humorist, essayist and contributor to public radio's This American Life; his later work turned his real-life battle with cancer into dark comedy.

UPDATED

The 114-year-old Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, to include the words F-bomb, sexting and flexitarian (a semivegetarian).

DIED

Ron Palillo, 63, who starred as underachieving goofball Arnold Horshack, one of Mr. Kotter's remedial students, the Sweathogs, in the hit '70s sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter.

NAMED

Mark Thompson, outgoing director general of the BBC, as the new president and CEO of the New York Times Co., a position vacant since December 2011.

LET GO

Chad Johnson (formerly...

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