Michael MilosevichLed Hoboken FourWESTWOOD, N.J. -- Michael...


Michael Milosevich

Led Hoboken Four

WESTWOOD, N.J. -- Michael Milosevich, 84, a band leader whose ensemble accompanied Frank Sinatra in the 1930s, died at Pascack Valley Hospital.

From 1929 to 1950 he led the Hoboken Four band, which played in nightclubs in New York City and at resorts in the Catskill Mountains in New York. Mr. Sinatra was one of the group's vocalists in the 1930s.

Mr. Milosevich played the saxophone and violin. He also owned the Campus Music Shop in his hometown, Hoboken, from 1945 until his retirement this year, and was part of the Musicians Guild Local 16 of Essex County.

Fred Covington

Acted in films and TV


MARIETTA, Ga. -- Fred Covington, whose movie and television appearances included a role in "Roots," died of cancer Wednesday at Kennestone Hospital.

A resident of Marietta, Mr. Covington, 65, played an auctioneer in the second "Roots" episode. He also played a congregation member who punched Kenny Rogers in "Coward of the County," an Atlanta police captain in "Grass Roots," a ring announcer in "The Prize Fighter" and the Georgia governor in "They Went That-a-Way."

On television, he played an Atlanta detective in the WTBS production "The Catlins" and made two appearances in the network series "In the Heat of the Night."

Jose Villa Casas

Son of Pancho Villa


TLALNEPANTLA, Mexico -- Jose Trinidad Villa Casas, the last surviving son of Mexico's legendary revolutionary general "Pancho" Villa, has died in an apparent suicide.

Mr. Cases, 78, was found dead Wednesday on the floor of his office in this Mexico City suburb, officials said. A 50-year veteran of the Mexico State Judicial Police, he apparently was suffering from cancer and shot himself in the head, police spokesman Guadalupe Lozano said.

His father, Francisco Villa, joined the revolt against the dictatorship of Porfirio Diaz in 1910. Mr. Villa proved himself as an organizer, fighter and strategist in his native northern state of Chihuahua and formed his own revolutionary army, the "Division of the North."

In 1915, Mr. Villa staged a raid on Columbus, N.M.

In retaliation, Gen. John Pershing led a U.S. Army force into Mexico to find him. General Pershing's men stayed in Mexico from 1916 to 1917, but never found him, contributing to his growing legend.

On July 20, 1923, he was ambushed and assassinated by a rival in Parral, Chihuahua.

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