Milestones Jun. 19, 2006

ELECTED. Alan Garcia, 57, President of Peru from 1985 to 1990; to a new term as President, in a victory over fellow leftist Ollanta Humala, an ally of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez's; in Lima. By choosing Garcia--whose earlier tenure saw the explosion of guerrilla violence and 7,500% inflation--many Peruvians said they were rejecting the anti-Americanism of Chavez, whom Garcia dubbed a "midget dictator with a big wallet."

DIED. Hilton Ruiz, 54, classical prodigy turned versatile Latin jazz and bebop pianist who collaborated with Joe Henderson, Tito Puente and Charles Mingus, recorded more than a dozen albums, including Steppin' into Beauty and...

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