- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 12, 2002

U.S. pilot buried years after crash
LONDON With his sister and a former comrade in attendance, an American bomber pilot was buried with full military honors Friday 57 years after his plane crashed over the eastern coast of England during World War II.
Lt. Col. Earle Aber, of Racine, Wis., died in March 1945 after his B-17 "Flying Fortress" was accidentally hit by British guns as he flew over Clacton.
Officials said Col. Aber managed to maintain control of the aircraft long enough to allow nine crew members to parachute to safety. But he was unable to extricate himself and died with his co-pilot, Maurice Harper, when the plane crashed into the River Stour at Harwich.
A salvage team recovered the wreckage two years ago.
Col. Aber's sister, Jean Murphy, 86, traveled from South Bend, Ind., to attend the funeral at the American War Cemetery in Madingley, near Cambridge, in central England.

Paris press display shuts after protests
PARIS An exhibition at a railway station in Paris that portrayed Turkey's top general as one of the world's "enemies of the press" closed Friday after Turkish demonstrators trashed it, the organizers said.
Reporters sans Frontieres, a Paris-based media rights group, said railway police at the Gare Saint Lazare had begun removing the giant display from the busy rail terminal after two days of demonstrations by paint-throwing protesters.
A furious Turkey threatened Wednesday to freeze military agreements with France over the exhibition, which features a photograph of the military chief-of-staff, Gen. Huseyin Kivrikoglu, as one of 38 "predators of press freedom."

Italian futurist painter Mucchi dies at 102
ROME Italian painter Gabriele Mucchi, one of the founders of the futurist movement, has died at the age of 102, sources close to his family announced in Milan on Friday.
Mr. Mucchi was a staunch opponent of the Fascist dictatorship of Benito Mussolini and at the end of World War II left Italy to live in East Berlin for several years.
Born in 1899 in Turin, Mr. Mucchi studied civil engineering before becoming a painter, beginning his artistic career in Milan, Berlin and Paris from 1927 to 1934.
Returning to Milan, he played a leading role in the avante-garde movement and worked with a number of Italian Rationalist architects. From 1955, he concentrated almost exclusively on painting.

French actor-director Yves Robert dies at 81
French film director and actor Yves Robert, who made intelligent, crowd-pleasing comedies and lighthearted films, died Friday at his home in Paris. He was 81.
Mr. Robert appeared in dozens of movies, often in small roles, from orchestra conductor to bartender to defense lawyer. After turning his focus to directing, he made about 20 films, a few of which were remade in Hollywood.
One of his best-known movies was "Le Grand Blond Avec Une Chaussure Noire," (The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe), a 1972 spoof on espionage films. Tom Hanks starred in a 1985 remake, "The Man with One Red Shoe."
Another successful film, "Un Elephant Ca Trompe Enormement" (An Elephant Can Be Extremely Deceptive), a comedy about a married man who falls for a mysterious woman dressed in red, was remade by Gene Wilder as "The Woman in Red."

Weekly notes
A U.S.-born singer who found fame by starring in nail polish advertisements declared herself a candidate Friday for the Athens city council, becoming the first black person ever to run for public office in Greece. Yvette Jarvis, a naturalized Greek, has lived and worked in the country for more than 20 years.


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