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• Ralph Waite, who came to fame as the father on "The Waltons" back in the seventies after a movie career that included roles in such classics as Cool Hand Luke and Five Easy Pieces, and who lately had continuing roles on such series as "NCIS" (as Mark Harmon's father), has passed away. He was 85.

• The Associated Press reports this morning that Jim Fregosi, the former six-time All-Star baseball player as well as a manager for the Philadelphia Phillies, California Angels, Chicago White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays, has died after an apparent stroke while on a cruise with other baseball alumni. He was 71.
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