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Former Jamestown Mayor Charlie Kourajian dies at 87

Deaths elsewhere for Feb 17, 2009

SAN JUAN (AP) -- Salsa band leader Joe Cuba, a friend and contemporary of the late salsa giant Tito Puente who was dubbed the "Father of Latin Boogaloo" for weaving a fluid, bilingual mix of musical influences, has died. He was 78.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Ralph Kaplowitz, who played in the first NBA game and on the league's first championship team, has died. He was 89.

Kaplowitz, who lived in Floral Park, N.Y., died Feb. 2 after a short illness, said his daughter, Barbara Kaplowitz.


SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Stephen Kim Sou-hwan, South Korea's first cardinal who was a major figure in promoting democracy in the East Asian country, has died. He was 87.

Kim died Monday at a Seoul hospital, said Lee Hee-yeon, an official with the Archdiocese of Seoul. She had no other details.


SYDNEY (AP) -- Julius (Judy) Patching, who was involved in every Summer Olympics since working as the chief starter in the athletics competition at the 1956 Melbourne Games, has died. He was 92.

Patching died Friday at his home near Geelong in Victoria state, the Australian Olympic Committee said Monday.