Violinist to play for cabbies
Grammy-nominated violinist Philippe Quint said on Monday he would play a private 30-minute performance at Newark Liberty International Airport’s cab waiting area in New Jersey yesterday to thank the Egyptian-born cab driver that reunited him with his lost Stradivarius. Mohamed Khalil and his family will also have tickets to Quint’s next New York performance in September at Carnegie Hall. The 1723 violin was left in Khalil’s cab on April 21 and returned the next day.
Segregation law abolished
The south Texas town of Edcouch has abolished a 77-year-old anti-Hispanic segregation law. The Board of Aldermen voted unanimously voted on Monday to abolish an ordinance that banned “Spanish or Mexican” residents who were not servants or maids from occupying “any building on the American side or portion” of the once-divided town. When the rule was enacted on Dec. 9, 1931, a virtual line was drawn through the center of the city. The town is now largely Hispanic.
Ferry death toll rises
Amazon region rescue workers found two more bodies on Monday around a remote jungle town near where a boat ferrying people from a religious festival sank on Saturday. The discovery raised the death toll to 17, with dozens still missing. The Comandante Sales ferryboat had no passenger list and authorities do not know how many people were aboard. It may have been carrying more than 100, and as many as 30 could still be missing, a navy official said.
Guards shoot Indians
Armed guards protecting a farmer’s rice fields on Monday shot and wounded 10 Indians who were building their homes on a reservation, police and an indigenous rights group said. Federal agents were sent to the Raposa Serra do Sol reservation in Roraima state to prevent further violence. “Hired gunmen” riding a pickup truck and five motorcycles surrounded the Indians and started shooting “to prevent them from building their homes on land that belongs to them,” the Roraima Indigenous Council said in a statement. The council said the gunmen were employees of rice farmer Paulo Cesar Quartiero, who told federal police that the Indians were building houses on his property and that his men acted in self-defense.
Vesco reportedly dead
Robert Vesco, the US fugitive who cooked up moneymaking schemes that allegedly involved everyone from Colombian drug lords to the families of US presidents, reportedly died and was buried almost six months ago, a burial record at Havana’s Colon Cemetery shows. The record shows that a 71-year-old man with the same name and birthdate as Vesco died on Nov. 23 from lung cancer and was buried the next day. US officials said they had no word of his death.
Being leggy has advantages
Leggy women and gangly men are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s, according to a study that suggests a healthy upbringing protects against the disease. Researchers took limb measurements of 2,798 men and women with an average age of 72 and monitored them for five years. At the end of the study 480 had developed Alzheimer’s or other dementia. Women with longer legs had a much lower risk of dementia, with every extra inch of leg reducing their risk by 16 percent.
Posters address prostitution
Posters were to appear in clubs and pubs from Monday warning men against paying for sex in brothels with exploited or trafficked women. The posters, which will be piloted in men’s toilets in Westminster and Nottingham, will say “Walk in a Punter. Walk out a Rapist.” They are part of a six-month home office review into tackling the demand for prostitution, which began in January, and aim to point out that trafficked women are forced into selling sex, and that forced sex is rape. “So if you pay for sex with a trafficked woman what does that make you?” the posters ask.