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Gravestone of late Mayor Koch had birth date wrong

By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former Mayor Ed Koch was 88 years old when he died in February, despite what his gravestone said. A worker at the Trinity Cemetery in Manhattan noticed last week that the gravestone's inscription shaved 18 years off the mayor's life after a stonecutter transposed two digits in his birth year, a Trinity spokeswoman said on Tuesday. The correct year of 1924 was mistakenly carved as 1942, she said.

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Following is a summary of current people news briefs. Court to probe singer Chris Brown's community service records LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Prosecutors on Tuesday asked a court to find R&B singer Chris Brown in violation of his probation because they say community service records stemming from his 2009 assault on girlfriend Rihanna contain "significant discrepancies." Brown is scheduled to appear at a hearing on Wednesday in Los Angeles, at which time a judge could decide to revoke the "Don't Wake Me Up" singer's probation.

Reuters People News Summary

Following is a summary of current people news briefs. Court to probe singer Chris Brown's community service records LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Prosecutors on Tuesday asked a court to find R&B singer Chris Brown in violation of his probation because they say community service records stemming from his 2009 assault on girlfriend Rihanna contain "significant discrepancies." Brown is scheduled to appear at a hearing on Wednesday in Los Angeles, at which time a judge could decide to revoke the "Don't Wake Me Up" singer's probation.

Reuters People News Summary

Following is a summary of current people news briefs. Court to probe singer Chris Brown's community service records LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Prosecutors on Tuesday asked a court to find R&B singer Chris Brown in violation of his probation because they say community service records stemming from his 2009 assault on girlfriend Rihanna contain "significant discrepancies." Brown is scheduled to appear at a hearing on Wednesday in Los Angeles, at which time a judge could decide to revoke the "Don't Wake Me Up" singer's probation.

Koch film opens on day of former NYC mayor's death

By Jonathan Allen and Edith Honan NEW YORK, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Former New York Mayor Ed Koch once joked that days on which his name did not appear in the newspaper were days without news. And so it seemed fitting that Koch's death on Friday at age 88 came on the very day that "Koch," a documentary that traces his three terms as mayor from 1978 to 1989, opened in two Manhattan theaters.

Tough New York mayor Ed Koch dies

Ed Koch, the tough, fast-talking mayor of New York in the turbulent 1980s, died Friday, aged 88. Koch had been facing heart and other health problems. The current mayor, Michael Bloomberg, praised Koch as a "tireless, fearless and guileless civic leader" for his role in rescuing New York from the brink of financial collapse. "Ed helped lift the city out of its darkest days and set it on course for an incredible comeback," Bloomberg said. He ordered flags to be lowered to half-mast.

UPDATE 5-Ed Koch, New York's colorful longtime former mayor, dies

* Bold, blunt and abrasive, he was city's biggest booster * Credited with New York's fiscal recovery in late 1970s * New Yorker to the core, Koch remained a political force (Adds details throughout) By Edith Honan and Chris Michaud NEW YORK, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Ed Koch, the voluble three-term mayor who helped bring New York back from the brink of fiscal ruin in the 1970s and came to embody the city with his wry, outspoken style, died on Friday at the age of 88.
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