- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 3, 2003

GERMANY

Report says Lindbergh led secret double life

BERLIN — Aviation legend Charles Lindbergh, the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, led a secret double life with a German woman who bore him three children, Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported yesterday.

The paper said Lindbergh, whose solo flight from New York to Paris in 1927 earned him an undying place in aviation history, met Brigitte Hesshaimer, a Munich hat maker, in 1957 when he was 55 but kept the relationship secret up to his death in 1974.

The newspaper said Miss Hesshaimer’s daughter, Astrid Bouteuil, had more than 100 letters that she said were from Lindbergh but had promised not to reveal the secret in her mother’s lifetime.

In the United States, Lindbergh had six children with his wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh. His renown as an aviator was eclipsed for a time by controversial statements in support of Nazi Germany and against U.S. involvement in World War II.

FRANCE

Farm activist walks free after jail sentence cut

TOULOUSE — Radical French farm activist Jose Bove walked free from prison yesterday after serving just five weeks of a 10-month jail sentence for destroying gene-modified plants.

Mr. Bove, now free to help organize an upcoming antiglobalization gathering in his home region of Larzac, in southwest France, smiled broadly and said to supporters: “Prison has not changed my convictions. … I will start work from Monday.”

Mr. Bove rose to fame in the late 1990s for denouncing globalization and junk food, and spent six weeks in jail in early 2003 for smashing up a McDonald’s restaurant.

President Jacques Chirac, mindful of the popularity of the walrus-mustached folk hero, had already slashed Mr. Bove’s jail sentence by 4 months in his Bastille Day amnesty last month.

VATICAN CITY

Rome pulls plug on broadcaster

ROME — The city has pulled the plug on the tiny private Italian broadcaster that covers all of Pope John Paul II’s public activities over concerns about electromagnetic waves from transmission towers on a Roman hillside.

Telepace went off the air Thursday after the city took down the transmission tower on Monte Mario, a Roman hillside, following a court order. Parents of children who attend schools on Monte Mario had battled for years to have the hillside’s transmission towers removed because they fear that the electromagnetic waves could harm children’s health. A regional administrative court ruled in favor of the parents.

Monsignor Guido Todeschini, who runs Telepace, has vowed to push for another tower to be erected soon in Rome, so that Romans can follow live the papal activities as well as tune in again to a daily morning Mass, popular with elderly and homebound Catholics.

Weekly notes …

Doctors in Europe are increasingly taking “end-of-life” decisions to help ease their patients’ suffering before death, a study published yesterday in the British journal Lancet says. The study, led by a Dutch researcher at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Netherlands, is based on more than 20,000 deaths registered in six European countries — Belgium, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland. Half of the deaths reviewed were of people ages 80 and over. More than half of the deaths were in Switzerland — 51 percent.

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