- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 28, 2004

Prosecutors say man Bosnian executioner

BOSTON — A construction worker living in a Boston suburb was an executioner in a Bosnian Serbian military unit that took part in the killing of thousands of Muslims in the former Yugoslavia in 1995, prosecutors said Thursday.

Marko Boskic, 40, was charged with two counts of immigration document fraud, said U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan. Mr. Boskic was arrested Wednesday at his home in Peabody, 20 miles north of Boston.

Federal investigators say Mr. Boskic was a member of the 10th Sabotage Detachment, which took part in the mass killings in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica.

About 7,500 Muslim men and boys were slain over nine days in July 1995 when Serb forces broke through U.N. defense posts around the area. It was the worst slaughter of civilians in Europe since World War II.

Mr. Sullivan said Mr. Boskic lied when he applied for refugee and permanent resident alien status in the United States by not completely revealing his service in the Bosnian military. He came to this country in 2000.

If convicted, Mr. Boskic faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each charge, prosecutors said. He also would face possible deportation.

Early morning fire kills 3 at frat house

OXFORD, Miss. — A fire swept through a fraternity house at the University of Mississippi early yesterday, killing three students during the first week of classes, school officials said.

Twenty other students and a house mother escaped the two-story, brick-and-wood-frame Alpha Tau Omega house, school spokesman Mitchell Diggs said. There were no reports of injuries.

The victims’ names were not immediately released so relatives could be notified first.

One school official said authorities believed the fire started in the living area. The house had undergone a routine fire inspection Aug. 17 before students moved in for the fall semester. Problems found included a lack of fire extinguishers in the kitchen area, paint stored in the basement and doors blocked with mattresses.

Worker dies painting highway overpass

DETROIT — A construction platform fell yesterday as four workmen were painting a highway overpass, killing one worker and critically injuring the other three, police said.

The men, who worked for a company contracted by the Michigan Department of Transportation, were working on the overpass of Interstate 75 in southwest Detroit. They were attempting to lower a 20-by-30-foot platform when a cable holding it snapped.

The injured men were taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital. Police were not releasing their names because the families had not been notified. It was not clear whether the men were wearing safety harnesses, officials said.

Underwear in public ruled not indecent

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Wearing underwear and nothing else in public does not constitute indecency, a Massachusetts court declared Thursday as it tossed out charges against six animal rights protesters.

Members of the group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) were arrested and charged with indecency and disturbing the peace after a chilly rally in March near Harvard University where they stripped to their skivvies and staged a nearly naked pillow fight to protest the wearing of fur.

Six months and three court dates later, a state judge threw out the indecency charges against all six PETA members. All but one of the protesters — PETA Vice President Dan Mathews — were also cleared of disturbing the peace. He was ordered to pay a $300 fine.

Bland, Boring wedding makes ‘Tonight Show’

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Single life was Boring, and married life will be Bland for this new bride. Katie Boring wed Nathan Bland on June 12. The Boring-Bland affair was anything but, said the groom.

After the announcement of their engagement was published last winter, the impending “Boring-Bland” merger was mentioned on NBC’s “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” in a segment in which the comedian calls attention to unusual name combinations.

“It caught us by surprise,” Nathan Bland said. “We each got, like, 10 phone calls from friends that night.” Mr. Bland, out of town on business, was flipping channels in his hotel room when he saw it. “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, that’s our picture! That’s us’” he said.

Some friends had joked about sending the engagement notice to Mr. Leno, but nobody took credit once it actually made the show.

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