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Intriguing people for December 1, 2009

By Jay Kernis, CNN
Maurice Clemmons was sought by authorities in the killings of four police officers in Washington state.
Maurice Clemmons was sought by authorities in the killings of four police officers in Washington state.
  • Suspect in police shootings near Seattle is one of Tuesday's intriguing people
  • Pentagon official who dealt with alleged White House party-crashers also on our list
  • Japanese diplomat, radio host, and folk music pioneer round out Tuesday list

Editor's note: Every weekday, CNN focuses on a handful of people in the news. This is a chance to find out more about what they've done -- good or bad -- what they've said, or what they believe, and why we think they're intriguing.

(CNN) -- Maurice Clemmons

The subject of a Seattle-area police manhunt for his alleged involvement in the murder of four police officers, Clemmons was shot dead by police this morning. In 2000, then-Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee commuted a 95-year prison sentence for Clemmons. He returned to prison in 2001 but was paroled in 2004. Clemmons was accused of child rape and assaulting a police officer in May. He had been released on $150,000 bond five days before the shootings.

CNN: Two-day manhunt ends in suspect's death

KIRO: Suspect shot after confrontation

CNN: Clemmons pledged to turn life around

Michele Jones

Jones is special assistant to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and the Pentagon-based liaison to the White House. There are reports that Tareq and Michaele Salahi -- the couple accused of crashing a White House state dinner last week -- had e-mail contact with Jones in an attempt to gain access to the dinner. "I specifically stated that they did not have tickets and in fact that I did not have the authority to authorize attendance, admittance or access to any part of the evening's activities," Jones said.

CNN: Couple didn't crash White House dinner, husband says

Yukiya Amano

The Japanese diplomat today became director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency. He replaces Mohamed ElBaradei, who retired after 12 years. On Sunday, Iran announced plans to build 10 new uranium enrichment plants.

TIME: The new nuclear watchdog

IAEA: Amano biography

Harold "Hal" Turner

The radio host and blogger faces trial today in New York. He is accused of making death threats against three federal judges. According to The Record newspaper of Bergen County, New Jersey, Turner received payments from the FBI to report on neo-Nazis and white supremacist groups and was also sent undercover to Brazil. Turner says the FBI coached him to make racist and anti-Semitic remarks on his radio show.

New York Daily News: Judges to take stand in trial of shock jock

Bess Lomax Hawes

The daughter of famed musicologist John Lomax has died at the age of 88. She helped her father document this country's rich folk music traditions. She sang with Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, and co-wrote the Kingston Trio hit "M.T.A." -- about the guy named Charlie, doomed to ride the Boston subway for eternity.

Los Angeles Times: Bess Lomax Hawes dies at 88