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                                 People & Places

      Crime

 Castration slaying
 Police ‘charge’
 21-yr-old model
 NEW YORK, Jan 10, (AP): A
 Portuguese male model has been
 charged with murder in the slay-
 ing of a celebrity Portuguese tele-
 vision journalist, who was found
 castrated and bludgeoned to death
 in a New York City hotel, police
 said Monday.
    Renato Seabra, 21, of
 Cantanhede, Portugal, was arrest-
 ed and charged with second-
                       degree mur-
                       der in the
                       death of 65-
                       year-old
                       Carlos
                       Castro, said
                       New      York
                       Police
                       Department
                       spokesman
                       Sgt     Carlos
       Castro          Nieves.
                         Castro was
 found dead on Friday in a room of
 the InterContinental New York
 Times Square hotel that the two
 men had shared.
    Friends in New York said they
 were a couple. But Seabra’s
 mother          told      Portugal’s
 TVIndependente television net-
 work that her son “was not Carlos
 Castro’s lover.”
    Seabra “never hid his sexuali-
 ty: that he is heterosexual,” Odilia
 Pereirinha said Sunday before
 heading to New York. Portugal’s
 Lusa news agency said Monday
 that Portuguese officials would
 meet with Seabra.
    Seabra was detained by police
 on Saturday after he sought care
 at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital,
 not far from the hotel. Police said    Snow falls against the backdrop of the Georgia State Capitol the night before Governor-elect Nathan Deal was to be sworn into office Sunday in Atlanta. Inset: After seeing snow for only the second
 he was at Bellevue Hospital                      time in his life, Adrian Alexander Hagen, of Orlando, Florida stops to juggle snow balls while walking along Peachtree Street in the early hours of Monday, Jan 10, in Atlanta. (AP)
 Center on Monday, where he was
 undergoing psychiatric evalua-
 tion.
                                                         Flights canceled, roads icy as storm hits South
    It was not immediately known
 if he had retained a lawyer.           A blast of winter weather pushed              to help clear icy roads, and he asked          posted winter storm warnings from           extreme conditions in Mississippi and         at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Inter-
    Castro and Seabra had arrived       across the South on Sunday, coating           all residents to stay home Sunday              east Texas to the Carolinas.                northern Louisiana over night with            national Airport ahead of the storm.
 in the US in late December to see      bridges and roads with snow, sleet            night and Monday unless necessary.               Daniel Lamb, a meteorologist with the     the possibility of heavy ice accumula-            Delta Air Lines canceled 330
                                        and freezing rain and causing hun-               Mississippi     officials  warned           National Weather Service in Jackson,        tion in places.                               flights starting Sunday evening and
 some Broadway shows and spend          dreds of flight cancelations.                 motorists early Sunday that ice was            Mississippi, said heavy snow had fallen        “And since it’s going to be pretty         an additional 1,400 flights Monday.
 New Year’s Eve in Times Square,           Louisiana Gov Bobby Jindal and             already accumulating on roads and              Sunday afternoon from Arkansas to           cold over the next few days, we could         AirTran Airways canceled 14 flights
 according to a family friend.          Alabama Gov Bob Riley issued emer-            bridges in many counties, creating             north Mississippi. Other areas of the       see whatever accumulates sticking             for Sunday and another 270 for
    There had been some friction        gency declarations. Riley said work-          hazardous driving conditions.                  South saw freezing rain and sleet.          around for a few days,” Lamb said.            Monday, spokesman Christopher
 between the two men toward the         ers had readied snow and salt trucks             The National Weather Service                  Forecasters expected the most                Hundreds of flights were canceled          White said. (AP)
 end of the trip, but nothing to
 suggest that anything horrible
 was about to happen, said the
 friend, Luis Pires, the editor of
                                                                                                            Toxic
 the Portuguese language newspa-
 per Luso-Americano.
    “I think that they were a little
 bit upset with each other, for jeal-
 ousy reasons,” Pires told The
                                                                                                                                     41-storey Deutsche Bank about to disappear
 Associated Press.
    Seabra was a contestant last
 year on a Portuguese TV show
 called “A Procura Do Sonho,” or
 “Pursuit of a Dream,” which
 hunts for modeling talent.
                                                                                          9/11 tower finally coming down
    He didn’t win the show but did                                                        NEW YORK, Jan 10, (Agencies):                era,” said Kirk Raymond of Windsor,       by fights over how to remove the             Joseph Graffagnino were trapped on
 get a modeling contract with an        In this Sept 30, 2001 file photo, the
                                        World Trade Center destruction is                 The contaminated bank tower stood            Ontario, gazing at what’s left of the     material without polluting the neigh-        the burning 14th floor and died of
 agency founded by fashion design-                                                        shrouded in black netting for years          building on a visit to the trade center   borhood.                                     smoke inhalation on Aug 18, 2007.
                                        shown in the aftermath of the Sept 11
 er Fatima Lopes, who developed         attacks in New York. The black tower              near the World Trade Center site,            site. “You’re erasing the last signs of                                                  The fire delayed the cleanup and
 the show and was a judge on it.                                                                                                                                                                Victims
                                        (left), is the vacant Deutsche Bank.              filled with toxic dust and the               something pretty terrible.”                                                            dismantling for a year. Removal of
    Police said the victim suffered     Nearly a decade after the attacks of                                                                                                        More than 700 body parts of Sept
                                                                                          remains of 9/11 victims.                        The delicate work of dismantling       11 victims were recovered, mostly on         toxic debris started in 2008, and
 serious head trauma. The medical       Sept 11, 2001, the oft-delayed                       Nearly a decade after the trade           a skyscraper — referred to by its
 examiner’s office will determine       deconstruction       of   the     former                                                                                                 the roof, along with parts of the            deconstruction resumed in late 2009.
                                                                                          center’s south tower fell into it, the       street address, 130 Liberty — is vis-     hijacked plane. Environmental and              LMDC         spokesman        John
 the cause of death.                    Deutsche Bank building at ground
                                        zero is finally almost complete. After            building with a sad history of legal         ible from surrounding buildings and                                                    DeLibero said the tower crane that
    The couple saw the musical                                                            and regulatory fights, multiple acci-        from the street.                          city regulators spent years coming up
 “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark”        a sad history that included the deaths                                                                                                   with a cleanup plan that would keep          once stood 570 feet (174 meters)
                                        of two firefighters in 2007, the 41-              dents and a blaze that killed two fire-         Less than an hour after a hijacked                                                  high, removing pieces of the build-
 and took in the movie “The Black                                                         fighters will finally be gone.               jet slammed into it on Sept 11, 2001,     the toxins in with polyurethane cov-
                                        story tower’s demise is, for neigh-                                                                                                                                                   ing, will come down this week. The
 Swan.” But when it was time to         bors, at least as welcome as the                     The demise of the 41-storey for-          the trade center’s south tower col-       erings and other protective panels.
 meet Pires’ daughter for dinner                                                                                                                                                    Accidents plagued the decon-              dismantling will be complete around
                                        construction of new trade center                  mer Deutsche Bank building, just             lapsed, tearing a 15-storey gash in
 Friday night, Seabra suddenly              buildings just to the north. (AP)                                                                                                    struction. In May 2007, a 22-foot            Jan 20; he said the post-holiday
                                                                                          south of the trade center site, is at        the Deutsche Bank building.                                                            snowstorm delayed a Jan 15 target
 emerged in the lobby of the                                                              hand.                                           The building was shrouded in           (6.7-meter) pipe fell from the build-
 InterContinental New York Times                                                                                                                                                 ing and crashed into the firehouse           date.
                                                                                             The bank tower — first slated for         black as Deutsche Bank and its
 Square hotel acting strangely,                                                           deconstruction in 2005, when a gov-          insurers fought over whether to raze      next door, injuring two firefighters.                   Background
 Pires said.                                                                              ernment agency bought it to end an           it or clean it.                              Three months later, a construction           Opened in 1974 as Bankers Trust
    “He told my daughter, `Carlos                                                         impasse over who would pay to take              To resolve the dispute, the            worker’s discarded cigarette sparked         Plaza, the building was acquired by
 will never leave the hotel again,”’                                                      it down — is down to two stories             LMDC, the city-state agency created       a fire that tore through several sto-        Deutsche Bank when it acquired
 Pires said.                                                                              above street level.                          to oversee the rebuilding of the trade    ries. Firefighters faced hazards             Bankers Trust in 1998. It was part of
    He said his daughter, dis-                                                               The        Lower         Manhattan        center area, agreed to buy the build-     including deactivated sprinklers,            the skyline of Lower Manhattan.
 traught, fetched a hotel manager.                                                        Development Corp, the agency that            ing for $90 million, clean it and tear    stairwells that had been blocked to             The building was designed by
 Security guards opened the door                                                          oversaw the $300 million disman-             it down.                                  contain toxic debris and a broken            Shreve, Lamb and Harmon which
 to the room and found the body at                                                        tling, said it will be completely               The cleanup of toxins including        standpipe, a crucial water conduit           also designed the Empire State
 about 7 p.m.                                                                             removed in a little over a week.             asbestos, lead, mercury, PCBs and         like a fire hydrant.                         Building     and     Peterson      &
    By then, Seabra had left the                                                             “You’re talking about the end of an       dioxins was delayed multiple times           Firefighters Robert Beddia and            Brickbauer.
 hotel but was detained by police            Jackson                Winters
 hours later after he sought care
 Saturday at St. Luke’s Roosevelt
 Hospital, not far from the hotel.              People                                paparazzi-hounded ambulance to a nearby
                                                                                      hospital, where efforts failed to revive the
                                                                                                                                     police and Murray’s current and former
                                                                                                                                     girlfriends, prosecutors have developed a
                                                                                                                                                                                 death on June 25, 2009, including after
                                                                                                                                                                                 administering propofol to the singer.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ed when he should have been monitoring
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Jackson, that he delayed called 911, that
 He was being evaluated Sunday                                                        pop superstar.                                 timeline that shows Murray was on the          They hope to convince a judge of sev-      he botched CPR efforts and that the singer
 at Bellevue Hospital Center,                                                           Using phone records and testimony from       phone throughout the morning of Jackson’s   eral key points: that Murray was distract-    was dead before help was summoned.
 across town.                           LOS ANGELES: Prosecutors are poised                                                                                                                                                       The remainder of the hearing was likely
    Lopes expressed her shock to        to focus on the science of what killed                                                                                                                                                 to take a decidedly clinical approach, with
 Portugal’s Correio da Manha’s          Michael Jackson as the second week                                                                                                                                                     coroner’s officials, propofol experts and
 newspaper on Sunday.                   begins in the preliminary hearing for the                                                                                                         Subway riders                        police who interviewed Murray taking the
    “He never talked about his pri-     doctor charged in the King of Pop’s death.                                                                                                                                             stand. (AP)
 vate life, he was a quiet boy and          Dr Conrad Murray, who faces invol-                                                                                                                                                              ❑        ❑      ❑
 perhaps the shyest of all contest-
 ants in `In Search of the Dream.’
                                        untary manslaughter charges, is accused
                                        of giving Jackson a lethal dose of the                                                                                                     Trousers ‘shed’                             HERSHEY, Pennsylvania: Maj
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Richard “Dick” Winters, the man whose
 He was very calm and polite, she       anesthetic propofol and other sedatives.                                                                                                                                               quiet leadership was chronicled in the
                                        He has pleaded not guilty, and his attor-                                                                                                  NEW YORK, Jan 10, (AFP):
 said. “This whole thing seems                                                                                                                                                     Hundreds of New York sub-                   World War II book and television minis-
                                        neys say he did not give the entertainer                                                                                                                                               eries “Band of Brothers,” has died in cen-
 surreal to me.”                        anything that should have killed him.                                                                                                      way riders, unencumbered
    Seabra had always been inter-                                                                                                                                                                                              tral Pennsylvania.
                                            After the hearing, a judge will rule on                                                                                                by skirts, trousers or mod-                    Winters died Jan 2, a family friend con-
 ested in fashion, he told the          whether there is enough evidence for the                                                                                                   esty, took part Sunday in a                 firmed Monday. Winters was 92. He lived
 Independente de Cantanhede             Houston-based cardiologist to stand trial.                                                                                                 spontaneous showing of leg                  in Hershey but died in Palmyra,
 newspaper in September.                It is scheduled to resume Monday morn-                                                                                                     despite sub-freezing temper-                Pennsylvania.
    “I have entered this world, and     ing.                                                                                                                                       atures.                                        In September 1944, Winters led 20 men
 I don’t want to leave it because I         The hearing, which began last week,                                                                                                      The 10th annual “No Pants                 in a successful attack on 200 German sol-
 see I can be successful,” he said.     has included a significant amount of pros-                                                                                                 Subway Ride” saw hundreds                   diers. He and his men later helped hold
    Castro, who also was a colum-       ecution evidence during four days of testi-                                                                                                                                            the Bastogne area of Belgium during the
                                        mony against Murray. Among the witness-                                                                                                    of New York strap-hangers
 nist in Portugal, was admired                                                                                                                                                     shed outer garments from the                Battle of the Bulge.
                                        es was a bodyguard who said he was told                                                                                                                                                   The exploits of Winters and the other
 there for his bravery in coming        to place vials of medicine in bags before                                                                                                  waist down, even as they wore               members of Easy Company were chroni-
 out as a gay man and “revealing        calling 911.                                                                                                                               seasonally-appropriate jack-                cled in the Stephen Ambrose book “Band
 the feminine side of his personal-         Paramedics and an emergency-room          Participants take part in the annual ‘No Pants Subway Ride’ in New York,                     ets, scarves, earmuffs and                  of Brothers” and later the HBO miniseries
 ity,” said Rui Pedro Tendinha, a       doctor with a combined 50 years of expe-      Jan 9. The yearly prank, organized by Improv Everywhere was started in 2002,                 other winter garb on their                  of the same name. Winters also published
 film critic who knew Castro.           rience also said they believe the singer      asking participants to ride subway lines pants-free and acting naturally while               upper halves.                               a memoir in 2006 entitled “Beyond Band
                                        died long before he was rushed by a                                 riding amongst commuters. (AFP)                                                                                    of Brothers.” (AP)

				
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