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Celebrity news: Hundreds remember sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar

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Hundreds of friends and family on Thursday remembered sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar as an unfailingly generous teacher with a gentle spirit and sense of humor whose music fostered understanding between East and West. Shankar died last week in San Diego at age 92. On an outdoor stage decorated with garlands of white flowers at the Self Realization Fellowship center in Encinitas, Calif., where Shankar lived, a family friend read messages from political and cultural luminaries including musicians Philip Glass and Peter Gabriel, who thanked him for teaching them. Olivia Harrison said Shankar helped her late husband George Harrison achieve a more meaningful life when he was a young Beatle. (AP)

Rapper pleads guilty

Rap star ‘‘Fat Joe’’ has pleaded guilty to federal tax evasion. The performer, whose real name is Joseph Cartagena, entered the plea Thursday to a charge of failing to pay taxes on more than
$1 million of income in each of 2007 and 2008. (AP)

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