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Deaths Elsewhere

January 18, 2004

Rafael Cordero Santiago,

61, mayor of the Puerto Rican city of Ponce, died yesterday morning after suffering a brain hemorrhage, officials said.

Mr. Cordero fell ill late Friday and was admitted to the Medical Center of Rio Piedras in the capital, San Juan, where he slipped into a coma and died, Health Secretary Johnny Rullan said.

Mr. Cordero had been involved in Puerto Rican politics since 1969.

Rose Cree,

82, an American Indian artist recognized as one of the most talented modern weavers of traditional red willow baskets, has died in Dunseith, N.D.

Ms. Cree died Tuesday, family members said.

Her work is displayed in the Smithsonian Institution and in museums across the United States, Canada and other countries.

Ms. Cree and her husband, Francis, taught Ojibwe culture to students, collaborated on weaving projects and offered spiritual guidance to many.

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