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( — Lenora Carter, a Houston businesswoman who became an iconic figure in the national black media after succeeding her late husband as publisher of the Houston Forward Times, died Saturday of an apparent heart attack. She was 69.

Carter, known to her friends as “Doll,” shepherded the African-American weekly to a circulation of 65,000, confounding observers who predicted she would fail, her daughter, associate publisher Karen Carter Richards, said.

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