Bolshoi official attacked
Moscow police say the artistic director at the legendary Bolshoi Theater has been attacked with acid. They said yesterday that Sergei Filin was attacked on Thursday night by a man who splashed acid onto his face as the 43-year-old former dancer came out of his car outside his home in central Moscow. The theater’s press office told Russian television that Filin’s eyesight is threatened. Bolshoi spokeswoman Katerina Novikova told Channel One that Filin had received threats before and that they suspect that that he fell victim to the notorious infighting and rows between different groups of dancers and managers at the theater.
Wagner staying mum
Actor Robert Wagner has declined to be interviewed by detectives in a renewed inquiry into the drowning death of his wife Natalie Wood three decades ago, an investigator said on Thursday. Wagner was interviewed by authorities soon after Wood’s drowning in 1981, but he is the only person who was on the yacht the night Wood died who has not spoken to detectives as part of the latest inquiry, despite repeated requests, sheriff’s Lieutenant John Corina said. Blair Berk, an attorney for Wagner, said the actor had cooperated with authorities since his wife died. Detectives reopened the case in November 2011. After 30 years, Berk said, neither Wagner nor his daughters have any new information to add.
Fighter jets escort plane
Two F-15 fighter jets escorted an Alaska Airlines flight into Seattle’s main airport on Thursday after an anonymous caller told the FBI that a male passenger could be a hijacker. An FBI spokesman in Honolulu, Tom Simon, said an anonymous caller had informed his office that there could be a hijacker aboard Alaska Airlines Flight 819, which originated in Kona, Hawaii, and identified the man by name. Flight crew was alerted, and the plane landed “without any drama at all,” Simon said. Law enforcement and FBI officials removed the unidentified man from the plane for questioning.
Netanyahu stands firm
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday pledged that there would be no dismantlement of any Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank if he wins next week’s general election. He told the Maariv newspaper: “The days when bulldozers uprooted Jews are behind us, not in front of us. Our record proves it.”