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February 10, 2006

Mahmoud Fustok

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ Thoroughbred horse owner and breeder Mahmoud Fustok, a native of Lebanon with links to the Saudi royal family, was killed after he and a friend were struck by a sport utility vehicle while jogging, police said Thursday. He was 69 or 70.

Fustok and Antoine Mardini were struck Wednesday, said Elliott Cohen, spokesman for the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. Mardini survived and was hospitalized.

Fustok was the owner of Buckram Oak Farm near Lexington, Ky., from 1978 until he sold the operation last year. He still owned a 200-acre farm near Ocala and owned horses at other farms in Kentucky and Florida.

He had recently relocated to Florida to take part in the opening of a Saudi consulate, according to friends and associates. Fustok was a brother-in-law to Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, Cohen said.

Fustok’s prominent horses included Star Gallant, winner of the 1982 Illinois Derby; Silver Train, who won a Breeder’s Cup race in October at Belmont Park; Najran, who in 2003 equaled the world record for a mile race; and Silver Hawk, who finished in the money in both the Irish Sweeps Derby and the Epsom Derby.

Fustok came to the United States to attend the University of Oklahoma in the late 1950s. He owned automobile, real estate, construction and oil-related businesses in Saudi Arabia.

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Ron Greenwood

LONDON (AP) _ Ron Greenwood, who managed England’s national soccer team from 1977-82, died Wednesday after a long illness. He was 84.

As a player, Greenwood was a defender for Chelsea and Fulham and retired after the 1955-56 season.

He replaced Don Revie as England’s manager in August 1977 and quit after the 1982 World Cup, where England failed to reach the semifinals. During his tenure, England went 33-10-12.

Greenwood was West Ham’s manager from 1961-74, guiding the team to the 1964 FA Cup title and 1965 European Cup Winners Cup championship. He was elected to the Football Association’s Hall of Fame in 2002.

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Frank Grey

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ Frank Grey, who was held in Stalag 17 by the Germans in World War II and known for his ability to avoid detection and escape, died Sunday of heart failure, his family said. He was 90.

Grey served 20 years in the Air Force and was a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War.

He was a tail gunner on a B-17 based in England during World War II when his plane was shot down and he was captured. His exploits at Stalag 17 were detailed in a 2004 book, ``The Flame Keepers,″ by Ned Handy.

According to the book, Grey hid among 4,000 POWs as soon as he arrived at the infamous compound. After a three-day search by German guards and the Gestapo, they became convinced Grey had escaped.

Grey made his way into an adjoining POW compound, from which he would escape and make his way back to England, according to the book. He became known as the ``grey ghost.″

Grey received the Distinguished Flying Cross, a Purple Heart and the POW Medal.

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Nadira

BOMBAY, India (AP) _ Veteran Indian actress Nadira died early Thursday due to complications from a prolonged illness, her doctor said. She was 75.

Nadira, who used only one name, was best-known for playing negative characters in films in the 1950s and 1960s, when most top actresses shied away from such roles.

She was admitted to Bhatia Hospital in Bombay in December suffering from tubercular meningitis and was later discharged, said Dr Arpita Diwedi. Nadira was readmitted on Jan. 24 after her health deteriorated again, he said.

Nadira appeared in 63 movies after her debut in ``Aan″ in 1952, where she played a haughty princess untouched by the suffering of her people. Her best-known movies were ``Shri 420,″ ``Pakeezah″ and ``Julie.″ She acted in television serials in the late 1990s.

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Ann Antelope Samuels

PLUMMER, Idaho (AP) _ Ann Antelope Samuels, the eldest member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe of Indians, died Saturday, the tribe said in a news release. She was 104.

Church records show Samuels was born on April 18, 1901, at Lake Chatcolet, near Heyburn State Park, prior to the U.S. government’s removal of tribal members from their traditional homes on the lake. Government records list her birth date as 1900. She was the daughter of Chief Morris Antelope.

Samuels lived for 66 years on the Nez Perce Indian reservation near Lapwai with her husband, Titus Samuels. He died in 1996.

She could be seen at the Coeur d’Alene Casino in recent years playing gaming machines or participating in stickgame tournaments.

The tribal school’s annual ``Antelope Run,″ which commemorates long distance runners in tribal history, was named in honor of her grandfather Walking Antelope. She would launch the run by presenting a staff for the lead runner to pass in a relay throughout the 31-mile duration.

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