- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 21, 2001

Latin Grammys leave Miami for L.A.
MIAMI — The Latin Grammy Awards will be moved from Miami to Los Angeles because of fears Cuban exile protesters will threaten the safety of performers and the audience, the event's organizers said yesterday.
"I can't guarantee the security of our people. We have people coming from all over the world," said Michael Greene, president of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences and the Latin Recording Academy.
Mr. Greene cited protests in 1999 when the Cuban group Los Van Van performed in Miami.
Batteries and eggs were thrown at ticket holders as they arrived for the event, he said.
The event will be Sept. 11 in the Great Western Forum in Los Angeles.

Artificial-heart patient will speak today
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The secrecy surrounding the world's first recipient of a self-contained artificial heart will end today, when the patient will make his first public appearance.
The patient, who had the softball-sized AbioCor device implanted in his chest on July 2, will be identified at a news conference, Jewish Hospital said yesterday.

Medicare studies outpatient care cuts
LOS ANGELES — Hoping to save money, Medicare officials plan to issue new rules that would drastically reduce reimbursements for some outpatient procedures.
The rules would take effect Jan. 1 and mandate substantial reductions in payments for a wide range of services.
The federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services will issue the new rules within the next few days, the Los Angeles Times reported yesterday.

Chagall art thieves demand Mideast peace
NEW YORK — A group claiming responsibility for the recent theft of a Marc Chagall painting from the Jewish Museum says the work will not be returned until peace prevails between Israel and the Palestinians.
The demand was in a letter postmarked June 12 and signed by the International Committee for Art and Peace, an organization not familiar to authorities.

Teen sentenced for gay man's death
FAIRMONT, W.Va. — A teen-ager pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to 20 years in prison yesterday in the slaying of a homosexual man who was beaten, kicked and run over with a car.
Jared Matthew Wilson, 18, was charged with helping David Allen Parker, also 18, murder Arthur "J.R." Warren, 26.

Officer apologizes in drunken-driving death
NEW YORK — The police officer charged with mowing down three members of a family while driving drunk apologized to the victims' relatives yesterday.
Officer Joseph Gray, who faces nine charges, including manslaughter and vehicular manslaughter, said, "I'm not the mindless drunk being portrayed on television."
Officer Gray was indicted in the deaths Aug. 4 of 24-year-old Maria Herrera, her son, Andy, 4, and her sister, Dilcia Pena, 16.

Accused kidnapper found hanged
FOND DU LAC, Wis. — A corrections officer accused of abducting, sexually assaulting and attempting to kill an 8-year-old girl apparently hanged himself in his jail cell.
James E. Taylor, 35, was found Sunday hanging from the ripped-out elastic of his orange jail pants, Sheriff Gary Pucker said yesterday.


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