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“Better now than never,” said the retired salesman who lives in the Borough of Queens.

He was an officer of the OSS, the precursor of today’s CIA, when about 500 airmen were downed in summer 1944 while on bombing runs targeting German-held oil fields in Romania. The airmen were hidden in villages by Draza Mihailovich, leader of Serbia’s anti-Nazi Chetnik guerrillas.

“This mission would not have succeeded without the great courage of Draza Mihailovich and his brave men,” Mr. Vujnovich said.


Suspicions unfounded in diverted plane

FARGO | A commuter jet was diverted to Fargo on Sunday after a member of the flight crew mistakenly thought a passenger had tampered with a fire-detection device in the lavatory.

Pinnacle Airlines Flight 4375 was headed to Grand Forks from Minneapolis when the pilot requested to land in Fargo about 10 a.m. CDT. Fargo Police Lt. Joel Vettel said the pilot decided to land after being notified of the crew member’s suspicions.

The jet was moved to a remote location at the Fargo airport, where passengers deplaned. A search for explosives onboard turned up nothing, Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Sarah Horowitz said.

The fire-detection device was inspected and found to be working properly, Lt. Vettel said. No arrests were made, and the 20 passengers were bused the 75 miles to Grand Forks.


Woman, 82, fined for driving 110 mph

GRESHAM | State police gave an 82-year-old woman a ticket for driving 28 miles per hour over her age and twice the posted speed limit of 55 mph.

KVAL-TV reported a trooper spotted Marcia Brandon’s car going 110 mph Thursday on Highway 26 west of Gresham.

She said she was on her way to an appointment and wasn’t aware she was going that fast.

Mrs. Brandon was given a ticket for $1,103.

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