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January 24, 2002

CHICAGO (AP) _ Alfred Glasser, a former director of education for the Lyric Opera of Chicago, died Wednesday of cancer. He was 70.

Glasser held the education post for 30 years before his retirement in 1996. Since 1997, Glasser served as chairman of the board and commentator for Chicago’s concert opera company, da Corneto Opera.

For the past decade, he served on the board of Alliance Francaise of Chicago, a French cultural group.

Glasser also founded the Lyric Opera Lecture Corps, a community service project.

Mohammed bin Ibrahim bin Jubeir

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) _ Sheik Mohammed bin Ibrahim bin Jubeir, the head of the Shura Council _ Saudi Arabia’s nearest thing to a parliament _ died Thursday, the Royal Court announced. He was 76.

Bin Jubeir served as a judge in Mecca, home to one of Islam’s holiest shrines, and as minister of justice. He also headed a department for citizens to file complaints against the government.

The pinnacle of his career was being named head of the Shura Council when it was established in 1992. The council is a wholly appointed body of 120 members that advises the king.

Joseph A. Langone III

BOSTON (AP) _ Joseph A. Langone III, who served time in prison before being elected to the Governor’s Council, died Jan. 17 in his suburban Malden home. He was 84.

In 1971, Langone was convicted of assaulting a federal narcotics agent who was parked in front of his family’s funeral parlor. He served six months in prison.

Langone served in the state House of Representatives for eight years until he was sent to prison. His 12-year stint on the Governor’s Council _ an eight-member body that advises the governor on judicial nominations, pardons and commutations _ ended in 1990 when voters turned him out, largely because of his opposition to the judicial nomination of Diane Kottmyer, a former clerk for the judge who had sentenced him to prison.

Vittorio Mero

BRESCIA, Italy (AP) _ Vittorio Mero, a soccer defender with Brescia of the Italian League, was killed in a highway crash Wednesday. He was 27.

Mero was involved in a chain collision on a highway between Brescia and Venice. He had not traveled with teammates to Parma for Wednesday night’s Italian Cup semifinal because he was serving a suspension.

Minutes before the scheduled kickoff at Tardini Stadium, the game was postponed when teammates learned of his death.

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