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RAF MICHAELS

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Raf Michaels, 66, a character actor best known for his stage work during the 1950s-70s, died July 27 in New York City. Michaels, born Raphael Petruna in Whitewater, Wis., had suffered from a long…

LAURINDO ALMEIDA

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Laurindo Almeida, a five-time Grammy winner who helped popularize bossa nova music, has died of cancer. Almeida was 77. The Brazilian-born jazz and classical guitarist died of cancer of an…

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A global adventurer

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British actor Mark Rylance will become the first artistic director of the rebuilt Globe Theater come January and will launch a four-play summer season at Shakespeare's famous “Wooden O” by the Thames…

GEORGE P. WENSEL

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George P. Wensel, founding partner, creator and president of NEP/MPS, a company that supplies production trucks to TV sports networks, drowned off the coast of North Carolina July 18 while on…

ROSS PECKAT

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Ross Peckat, an 11-year employee of Universal Studios Hollywood, was killed instantly June 29 after being struck by an alleged drunk driver while changing a flat tire on the San Diego Freeway. He was…

1 + 1 = four-boding

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Is bigger better? The Walt Disney Co. obviously thinks so. Its breathtaking $19 billion purchase of Capital Cities/ABC will catapult it into the No.1 slot among worldwide entertainment companies, a…

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