A onetime troublemaker who dropped out of high school, the tall, soft-spoken Myers spent much of his adult life writing realistic and accessible stories about crime, war and life in the streets. He wrote more than 100 books, his notable works including "Monster" and "Lockdown," and was the rare author — black or white — to have a wide following among middle-school boys. He was a three-time National Book Award nominee, received five Coretta Scott King awards for African-American fiction and in 2012-13 served as National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, a position created in part by the Library of Congress.
Actor Bob Hastings, remembered for his supporting role in the 1960s sitcom McHale's Navy, died at the age of 89.
His brother, Don, was a longtime cast member of the soap opera As the World Turns.