- The Washington Times - Monday, June 11, 2001

Men barge into home, shoot and kill three

YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Two men barged into a home and fatally shot three persons early yesterday.

Detroit television station WXYZ said police reported that the gunmen were wearing masks and may have been posing as narcotics agents. It did not appear the residents knew the assailants, said Cmdr. Anderson Brown of the Washtenaw County Sheriff´s Office.

Willie D. Jones, 31, his girlfriend, Gerylanne Harris, 40, and her son, Jesse Post, 14, were killed in the shooting about 1 a.m., the sheriff´s office said.

Puerto Ricans´ parade draws thousands

NEW YORK — Hundreds of thousands of people lined New York City´s Fifth Avenue yesterday for the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, waving flags and blowing whistles and horns in a raucous display of ethnic pride.

"I´m Puerto Rican and I´m representing my country," said Ayesha Gonzalez of Asbury Park, N.J. "And it´s a fun day."

However, the celebration also drew extra police presence because of a post-parade melee last year in which more than 50 women were sexually accosted in and around Central Park. Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik said 6,000 officers patrolled the parade yesterday, compared with 4,500 last year.

This year´s march was also expected to draw worldwide attention following the arrests of the Rev. Al Sharpton and three others for protesting U.S. Navy bombing exercises on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques.

Americans urged to avoid Macedonia

The United States yesterday warned U.S. citizens against traveling to Macedonia unless absolutely necessary amid new fighting between government troops and ethnic Albanian guerrillas.

"The Department of State warns American citizens to defer all non-essential travel to Macedonia," the department said in a statement.

"Those who must travel to Macedonia, or who are resident there, should exercise extreme caution," it said, calling the situation in Macedonia "potentially dangerous" because of guerrilla attacks in the northwest of the country as well as near the capital of Skopje.

Pork cutlets may have killed Mozart

CHICAGO — Forget rheumatic fever, kidney stones, heart disease, pneumonia and even poisoning. What may have really killed Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart were pork cutlets.

The latest theory about the composer´s untimely death on Dec. 5, 1791, at age 35 in Vienna suggests the culprit was likely trichinosis. The illness usually is caused by eating undercooked pork infested by the worm, and could explain all of Mozart´s symptoms, which included fever, rash, limb pain and swelling, says Dr. Jan. V. Hirschmann of Puget Sound Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Seattle.

Dr. Hirschmann offers as damning evidence an innocuous little letter Mr. Mozart wrote to his wife 44 days before his illness began, as documented in a 1999 biography. "What do I smell? … pork cutlets! Che Gusto . I eat to your health," Mr. Mozart wrote.

Editor attacked by Komodo dragon

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco Chronicle executive editor Phil Bronstein underwent foot surgery after being attacked by a Komodo dragon at the Los Angeles Zoo.

Mr. Bronstein and his wife, actress Sharon Stone, were on a private tour of the zoo on Saturday when Mr. Bronstein entered the Indonesian lizard´s cage. He was in stable condition yesterday at a Los Angeles area hospital, said Joe Brown, a spokesman for the paper.

Mr. Bronstein was able to pry open the reptile´s mouth and escape through a small feeding door in the cage while the zookeeper distracted it, Miss Stone said.

The surgery Saturday was to reattach severed tendons and to rebuild a big toe, Miss Stone said. Mr. Bronstein is expected to remain in the hospital until today, said Mr. Brown.

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