RIO DE JANEIRO – More than 2,000 Brazilian soldiers stormed into a Rio de Janeiro slum Saturday with armored personnel carriers in a bid to improve security two months before the start of the World Cup.
As dawn broke, the heavily armed soldiers entered the sprawling Mare shantytown, which drug gangs have ruled for decades.
The occupation of Mare, which is controlled by two rival drug gangs and a militia made up of security personnel, began last week, when more than 1,000 police officers and marines entered the shantytown. No shots were fired during the first phase of Mare’s takeover.
Acclaimed writer Matthiessen dies
Peter Matthiessen, a rich man’s son who spurned a life of ease in favor of physical and spiritual challenges and produced such acclaimed works as The Snow Leopard and At Play in the Fields of the Lord, died Saturday. He was 86.
His publisher Geoff Kloske of Riverhead Books said Matthiessen, who had been diagnosed with leukemia, was ill for some months. He died at a hospital near his home on Long Island.
His new novel, In Paradise, is scheduled for publication Tuesday.
US warship sails to rescue of ailing girl
A U.S. Navy warship was headed Saturday to rescue a 1-year-old girl who fell ill on a crippled sailboat that was attempting to circle the world.
Slicing the Pacific at 25 knots, the USS Vandegrift was expected to reach the Rebel Heart in the late evening or early Sunday, a Navy spokeswoman said.
The 36-foot sailboat was about 900 miles off the Mexican coast when it sent a satellite ping for help to the U.S. Coast Guard on Thursday about a sick child.
2nd brother held underwater dies
A 6-year-old Pennsylvania boy whose mother allegedly held him underwater in a bathtub died Saturday, four days after his younger brother drowned, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed.
The boy, Daniel Schlemmer, had been declared brain dead after authorities say he and his 3-year-old brother, Luke, were submerged underwater by their mother at their McCandless home Tuesday in western Pennsylvania.
Forty-year-old Laurel Michelle Schlemmer is being held in the Allegheny County Jail without bond on criminal homicide and other charges in the death of her younger child. The charges against her are expected to be amended.