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MAY 24, 1999 VOL. 153 NO. 20


Milestones

By HANNAH BEECH

CHARGED. BARBARA MEYER, 42, suspected ex-Red Army Faction terrorist, who spent more than a decade on Germany's most-wanted list, in connection with a string of bombings, murders and robberies carried out in the mid-'80s by the now-disbanded leftist guerrillas; in Frankfurt. Meyer, who voluntarily turned herself in after years of hiding in Lebanon, was implicated in the 1985 shooting death of Ernst Zimmermann, chairman of industrial giant MTU.

CHARGED. JOHN FELDERHOF, 58, former senior vice president of exploration for bankrupt mining company Bre-X Minerals, with insider trading and authorizing false press releases, by the Ontario Securities Com-mission; in Toronto. Bre-X hyped a lackluster mining site as the richest gold deposit in history, prompting the company's share price to soar from pennies to $200, before plummeting when the Indonesian mine was exposed as a fraud. Felderhof sold his $58 million in shares just months before the stock began its freefall in March 1997.

ARRESTED. SUE and GARY WOODWARD, parents of convicted nanny Louise Woodward, for fraud connected to their daughter's defense fund; in Chester, England. Police allege that the former au pair's parents used a forged invoice to claim some $14,500 from the fund, which was set up to help pay legal bills and living expenses leading up to Louise's manslaughter conviction in the death of Boston infant Matthew Eappen.

ELECTED. CARLO ASEGLIO CIAMPI, 78, Euro-touting Italian Treasury Minister, as the nation's President; in Rome. The independent technocrat's swift first-round election--it took Ciampi's predecessor Oscar Luigi Scalfaro 16 tries before he was approved--raised hopes that the politically tumultuous nation is forgoing legislative jousting for substantive policymaking.

ELECTED. EDMUND HO, 44, bland tycoon whose Tai Fung Bank was bailed out by the Bank of China in 1984, as chief executive of Macau, the tiny Portuguese enclave due to revert to Chinese rule in December, by a 199-member, Beijing-sanctioned committee; in Macau. Overshadowed by his late father, Ho Yin, a community activist with strong mainland ties, Ho faces the unenviable task of taming the gambling outpost's burgeoning mobster scene and counteracting charges that the police force is paralyzed by corruption.

DIED. SHEL SILVERSTEIN, 66, irreverent children's author, whose whimsical drawings and silly verse charmed generations of youngsters; in Key West, Florida. Although he dabbled in songwriting, penning Johnny Cash's hit A Boy Named Sue, Silverstein was best known for his zany poetry anthologies, A Light in the Attic and Where the Sidewalk Ends, which included delightful lines like: "Gardener/We gave you a chance/To water the plants/We didn't mean that way--/Now zip up your pants."

DIED. SAUL STEINBERG, 84, philosophical cartoonist, whose razor-sharp lines cut into the American soul and exposed its often bewildered, brooding heart; in New York. Although best-known for a painting that parodied Manhattan's myopic view of the world, Steinberg's 642 drawings and 85 covers for The New Yorker magazine left a rich visual legacy, incorporating the abstract panache of Picasso with the cool precision of a draftsman--and elevating doodling to a fine-art form in the process.





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