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Harold Wertz

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Harold Eugene Wertz Jr., who played the “little fat kid” in three of the “Our Gang” comedies during the early 1930s, died Nov. 21 in San Diego from complications of a stroke he suffered in October…

R.J. Vealey

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Atlanta Rhythm Section drummer R.J. Vealey died of a heart attack Nov. 13 shortly after a performance by the southern rock group in central Florida. He was 37 and died on his daughter’s first…

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Hazel McDowell

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Hazel Hammond Dewey McDowell, a costumer and wardrobe mistress in the TV industry, died Dec. 1 in Huntington Beach of natural causes. A native of Ohio, McDowell worked on several TV series including…

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World briefs

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SOUTH AFRICA Cricket board inks exclusive TV pact JOHANNESBURG — South African sports authority the United Cricket Board has concluded a 108 million rand ($17.5 million) deal with the South African…

John Larkin

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John Larkin, a jazz pianist and songwriter who turned his lifelong stuttering problem into international acclaim as a scat singer, died Dec. 3 of lung cancer at his home in Los Angeles. He was 57. A…

Joseph Heller

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Joseph Heller, novelist, TV writer, playwright and screenwriter whose darkly comic first novel (later a movie) “Catch-22″ defined the paradox of the modern no-win dilemma and added a phrase to the…

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