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April 7, 1999

MINSK, Belarus (AP) _ Gennady Karpenko, a Prominent Belarusian opposition leader, died Tuesday of a stroke. He was 49.

Karpenko, was vice speaker of Belarus’ popularly elected parliament before President Alexander Lukashenko disbanded it in 1996 and replaced it with a body of his supporters.

The disbanded parliament is still recognized as legitimate by many Western democracies, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the Council of Europe.

After parliament was dissolved, Karpenko worked as one of the leaders of the opposition United Civic Party. A physicist by training, he was a member of the Belarusian Academy of Sciences.

George D. Lockhart

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ George D. Lockhart, a founder of the Pittsburgh law firm Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP, died Monday of congestive heart failure. He was 89.

Lockhart began practicing law at the Pittsburgh firm of Reed Smith Shaw & McClay. In 1946, after completing his military service during World War II, he and six other lawyers formed their own firm.

Lockhart’s field of expertise was primarily in corporate trusts and estates.

Michael Manuel

NEW YORK (AP) _ Michael Manuel, a director and writer who worked with the Metropolitan Opera for a decade, died of lung cancer Monday in Fleming, N.J. He was 70.

Born in London, Manuel briefly attended the Royal Academy of music in 1928. Twenty years later he joined the Royal Opera company, Covent Garden, as an assistant stage manager. Within three years he was stage manager for of the Royal Ballet.

He joined the Met in 1957 as executive stage manager, and directed Gluck’s ``Orfeo and Eurydice″ and ``Alcestis,″ and Strauss’ ``Elektra.″ In 1964 Manuel was appointed co-general manager of the Metropolitan Opera National company, which played 240 performances in 72 cities in its first season.

Manuel, a resident of New Hope, Pa., left the Met after the company’s dissolution following its second season, and became a researcher and scriptwriter for the ``New Media Bible,″ and other educational television and video productions.

Lou Milliner

NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Lou Milliner, retired New Orleans newsman for The Associated Press whose career spanned from Morse code to the computer, died Sunday at age 88.

Milliner started his career in Little Rock, Ark., in 1935 for United Press, before the organization became UPI, and copy was transmitted in Morse. As technology progressed, he shifted to teletype and finally the computer.

After World War II, he joined the AP in New York, but transferred back to New Orleans in 1947.

As night editor, he handled copy on Earl Long, the Kefauver hearings, James Meredith and integration, hurricanes and a steady flow of daily news. Among his bylined assignments was a trip to interview Gen. Anastasio Somoza, the strongman president of Nicaragua.

Milliner was famous for circling errors _ ordinary ones in black or blue, the most egregious in red _ and posting them on the office bulletin board to expose the guilty.

He was equally well known for his passion for photography and scrapbooks. For 28 of his 30 years with the AP, he took pictures of every person he ever worked with and had 400 of them.

He retired in 1977.

Survivors include his wife, Gladys Welch Milliner; two sons, a daughter and seven grandchildren.

Red Norvo

SANTA MONICA, California (AP) _ Red Norvo, who performed with such greats as Charles Mingus and Frank Sinatra and is credited with introducing the xylophone to jazz, has died. He was 91.

Norvo died Tuesday at the Fireside Convalescent Home, grandson Aaron Corlin said.

Born Kenneth Norville in Beardstown, Illinois, he taught himself how to play piano and xylophone. By age 17, he was touring with a vaudeville show and later joined the Paul Ash Orchestra.

His last name changed to Norvo after Ash mispronounced it to a reporter and Norvo’s manager decided the shorter name was more fitting.

During Norvo’s tenure with Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra, which he joined in 1932, he met singer Mildred Bailey, whom he later married. By 1935, he formed his own sextet that played in clubs on New York City’s 52nd Street.

In subsequent years, Norvo and his wife, who were known as ``Mr. and Mrs. Swing,″ formed several groups in New York and Chicago. Among their hits in the 1930s were ``Rockin’ Chair,″ ``Please Be Kind,″ ``Says My Heart″ and ``Have You Forgotten So Soon?″

In 1943, he switched from xylophone to vibraphone, which he played almost exclusively for the rest of his career.

Norvo continued to perform through the early 1990s, when he suffered a stroke that ended his public performances.

Ms. Bailey, whose likeness was featured on a 1996 U.S. postage stamp, died in 1951. Norvo later married Eve Rogers, who died in 1992.

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