? Former NFL halfback and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron "Whizzer" White, 84, of pneumonia. White, who served on the high court from 1962 to '93, led the University of Colorado to an undefeated season in '37, when he led the nation in total offense. Before going into law, he played three NFL seasons, twice winning the rushing title. In '99 SI named White, who was born in Fort Collins, as the second-greatest Colorado athlete of all time, behind boxer Jack Dempsey.
?Mountaineers Aaron Martin and Reid Sanders, after an April 9 attempt to ski from the top of Alaska's 18,008-foot Mount St. Elias, the second-highest peak in the U.S. One of their two climbing partners, John Griber, said he was descending at 17,000 feet when he saw Martin, off his skis, slide several hundred feet and fall out of sight. Griber then yelled for Sanders but got no reply. Griber and partner Greg Von Doersten were rescued by helicopter the next day, after Griber had carved TWO DEAD in huge letters in the snow. A search team later spotted two bodies, thought to be Martin and Sanders, in separate places above 16,000 feet. The severe terrain makes it unlikely they'll be recovered.
?To his loft near Manchester, England, the homing pigeon Whitetail after a five-year absence. In 1997 fancier Tom Roden entered Whitetail in a race that covered 430 miles from France to England. Whitetail, who'd won 13 races in his career, didn't come back until this month. "It's taken a few days to sink in," said Roden. "Whitetail is the best pigeon I've ever had."
?Prosecution on shoplifting charges, former Olympic gymnast Olga Korbut, who was arrested on Jan. 31 for allegedly stealing figs and other foods from a Publix store near Atlanta (SI, Feb. 18). Prosecutor Gerald Blaney dropped the case after Korbut took a pretrial diversion course that teaches "life values." Korbut has agreed to never again set foot inside a Publix.