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DORIS SHARP SMITH

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Doris Sharp Smith, 86, died July 27 in Windermere, Fla. Smith, a native of England and longtime New York City resident, was a singer best known for having founded the Radio Registry of New York and…

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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…

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…

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