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  • Bob Baker (2014)

    Bob Baker

    The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Bob Baker, the founder of one of America's oldest puppet theaters, died Friday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 90.The cause of death was kidney failure, his biographer, Gregory Williams, said.The Bob Baker Marionette Theater captivated children and adults with its ornate wooden puppets and props. The theater was a vestige of the days when marionettes...

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  • Saeed Akl, 102 (1912 - 2014)

    Saeed Akl

    Obit Text Preview The Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Saeed Akl, Lebanon's leading poet whose fame spread throughout the Arab world, has died, state media and officials said Friday. He was 102. The ultra-nationalist Akl wrote his poems in classical Arabic as well as the Lebanese dialect, which he referred to as "the Lebanese language." Some of his most famous poems were sung by Lebanon...

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  • Jack Kyle, 88 (1926 - 2014)

    Jack Kyle

    The Associated Press DUBLIN (AP) — Jack Kyle, the dashing flyhalf for Ireland in the 1940s and '50s and one of rugby's greatest players, has died. He was 88. The Irish Rugby Football Union said Friday he died Thursday after a prolonged but unspecified illness. Kyle played 46 times for Ireland during an 11-year international career, scoring seven tries. He helped the country win a grand...

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  • Roberto 'Chespirito' Gomez Bolanos, 85 (1929 - 2014)

    Roberto 'Chespirito' Gomez Bolanos

    By ISAAC GARRIDO, The Associated PressMEXICO CITY (AP) — Roberto Gomez Bolanos, the iconic Mexican comedian who wrote and played the boy television character "El Chavo del Ocho" that defined a generation for millions of Latin American children, died Friday at age 85.Known as "Chespirito" (chess-pee-REE-to), he changed comedy in Latin America, taking his inspiration from Laurel and Hardy as well...

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  • Matteo Cassani (2014)

    Matteo Cassani

    The Associated PressBUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The general manager of an Italian-owned electricity company in Romania has died after falling from the company building in Bucharest.Enel confirmed that Matteo Cassani, the Italian general manager of Enel Energy and Enel Energy Muntenia, died Thursday.Police spokesman Bogdan Ghebaur said police and a prosecutor were investigating "a suspicious death...

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