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Brazilian church leader defied military dictators BY


Don’t even think about it Window washer Guillermo Solano pauses as a bird flies past the Maryland Institute College of Art. Solano works for a contractor that handles window-washing duties at the fine arts and graphic design school in Baltimore.


Man uses pellet gun in robbery attempt on Metro BY


After spending Wednesday night dining with friends in the District, Denise Sudell hopped on the Metro’s Orange Line toward New Carrollton, headed to her home in Prince George’s County. She took a seat in the front end of one of the last cars in the line. It was past 11 p.m. Shortly after the train pulled out of the station at Minnesota Avenue in Northeast Washington, Sudell, 59, heard yelling from the other end of the car. A dozen panicked people rushed in her direction, forced open the emergency door and piled into the next car.

One man was still standing in the back. Sudell, an attorney who is chief of external enforcement with the Civil Rights Center at the Labor Department, joined the frightened crowd, although she still was not quite sure what was happening. All she could think to ask someone was: “Does he have a gun?” Passengers shut the emergency door behind them, leaving a man with a gun inside the car, along with a few people who stayed. One passenger hit the emergency button. Another called 911 on a cellphone. Metro Transit Police said later that the man had tried to rob a passenger. A spokesman

later said the weapon was a pellet gun. Still, the attack unnerved more than a dozen passengers during the two-minute ride between the stations at Minnesota Avenue and Deanwood, where police met the train and arrested the man. Sudell said the man stayed in the car, at one point sprawling on the floor. Sudell, who runs a division that processes discrimination complaints in the job-training system, said she did not see the attempted robbery or the weapon. She said it wasn’t until she was in the next car that another passenger answered her question about the gun. That passenger

told her the man had tried to shoot somebody but nothing came out of the gun. Sudell said that after people got into the other car, “it felt safe and people were more relaxed. They were chatting about what happened, saying, ‘Oh, this is wild.’ ” She said the train doors opened at Deanwood and passengers watched as police arrested the man. She said officers wrestled him to the ground on the platform and that he was shouting at them. Metro identified him as Dontirius Dywayne Bullock, 23, of Northeast Washington. He is charged with assault with a dangerous weapon.



Cardinal Paulo Evaristo Arns, one of the Catholic Church’s most prominent pro-democracy voices in Latin America, died Dec. 14 in São Paulo, Brazil. He was 95. He had lung and kidney problems, according to the archdiocese of São Paulo, where he served from 1970 to 1998. The cardinal became famous for challenging leaders of the brutal military dictatorship of 1964-1985 and for his opposition to torture in Latin America. Cardinal Arns often talked about democratic values during Mass, protected activists in his churches and led a national antitorture initiative. Arns also threatened to excommunicate police investigators who refused to provide information on political prisoners. In 1975, he organized one of the most open acts of defiance of Brazil’s dictatorship, praying in São Paulo’s central cathedral with other religious leaders and blaming the regime for the assassination of journalist Vladimir Herzog, who had been taken as a political prisoner shortly before. Officials said Herzog had committed suicide in jail, but Cardinal Arns rejected that account during Mass, despite the presence of tanks and soldiers outside his church. Conservative members of the church and the military leaders regarded him as a troublemaker. He recalled a conversation with Gen. Emilio Medici, who told

him, “You take care of your church, and I will take care of the country.” Cardinal Arns also helped victims of political persecution and torture in the rest of South America. One of his friends was Argentine human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize-winner Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, who said Cardinal Arns saved him twice from the Brazilian dictatorship. A commission created by Cardinal Arns at his archdiocese documented many cases of torture and helped later governments pay damages to victims and shame perpetrators of violence. Cardinal Arns was sympathetic to the left-leaning liberation theology, a stream of Catholic thought that irritated critics by often merging socialist theory with church doctrine. The cardinal’s political links led Pope John Paul II to intervene in his archdiocese, the second biggest in the world after Mexico City, to split his powers. Paulo Evaristo Arns was born in Forquilhinha, Brazil, on Sept. 14, 1921, to German immigrants. He entered the Franciscan order and was ordained a priest in 1945. He earned a doctorate at the Sorbonne in Paris before returning to Brazil to begin his teaching career. He was named auxiliary bishop of São Paulo in 1966 and was appointed archbishop four years later. He lived his last years in silence on the outskirts of São Paulo. —Associated Press


Cardinal Paulo Evaristo Arns, shown in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1998, often talked about democratic values during Mass, protected activists in his churches and led a national anti-torture initiative.


Trump supporters to party at National Press Club Actor won Tony Award for role in ‘Hairspray’ Va. nightclub says it was harassed after declining to host the ‘DeploraBall’ BY


One week after a Virginia nightclub received harassing phone calls for declining to host an inauguration party dubbed the “DeploraBall,” the Donald Trump supporters behind the event have found a new venue to celebrate the election of their media-bashing candidate: the National Press Club. “Doing it at the press club asserts that we’re a new force in town,” said Jeff Giesea, one of the organizers. “And we’re not just doing it as a troll.” The Jan. 19 party had garnered

attention on Twitter earlier this month in part because several of its slated guests are best known for being online provocateurs, contributing to conspiracy-theory websites and sharing views with the alt-right, an extremist movement of mostly young men seeking a whites-only nation. But the organizers say they are simply fans of the president-elect and in no way connected to the alt-right, which has come under intense scrutiny since a number of its members flashed Nazi salutes at a Washington conference last month. “This is an event for Trump supporters from across the country, from all backgrounds, ethnicities and walks of life,” the event’s site says, adding: “We will not tolerate any incendiary actions, remarks or gestures that go against the ‘open basket’ spirit of the event.”

Giesea reiterated that point in an interview Thursday. “Moms from the Midwest are flying out for this,” he said. “They’re not part of the alt-right. They don’t even know what that is.” In a statement, press club President Thomas Burr said that its downtown D.C. location would host “a private, client-paid inaugural ball for supporters of President-elect Donald Trump — as we have for incoming presidents of both parties for decades. “This is not an event,” he added, “sponsored or endorsed by the National Press Club.” The leaders of the DeploraBall — a name inspired by Hillary Clinton’s description of some Trump supporters as “deplorables” — had been in talks with the Clarendon Ballroom in Arlington, but, according to a statement, the venue backed out because of “the suspi-

cious actions of the organizers” — not because of political pressure. Party promoters had sold hundreds of tickets and claimed online that the ballroom was booked before any contracts had been signed. The venue’s staff later told police that they had received harassing phone calls. “I think there was a perception that they did it partly for political reasons,” Giesea said. “We certainly didn’t encourage anyone to troll them.” The controversy has not curtailed interest in the party, which quickly sold out of its 1,000 tickets. “Tickets get you in the door,” the site says, “with open bar, light hors d’oeuvres, fun people, cool music, and endless memes.” Rachel Weiner contributed to this report.


Police recover 42 packages stolen outside homes Four teens held in connection with thefts, all in Montgomery County BY


Scrooge alert: Montgomery County police on Thursday said they have arrested four teenagers who swiped dozens of delivery packages left in front of homes. Authorities described two pairs of suspects, all ages 17 or 18. Starting several days ago, police received reports from residents in Germantown about a man, driving a silver Audi station wagon, who was stealing packages, said Sgt. Rebecca Innocenti, a

police spokeswoman. Police also heard from a delivery truck driver that a silver Audi wagon was following him, Innocenti said. Officers learned enough about the car to determine that it was registered to Marcell Bennett, 18, of Boyds. Just past noon on Tuesday, a police officer spotted the Audi. It sped off. Twenty minutes later, according to court records, a plainclothes officer saw the car. The officer watched it pull to a stop at the dead end of Stags Leap Court. The driver got out, looked around, reached into the back of the Audi, took out three empty boxes and dumped them among trees, according to charging documents. After the driver got back into

the car, police followed it — at speeds over 75 mph — before pulling it over. The driver, later confirmed to be Bennett, would not get out of the car, police said, and he had to be forced to do so. Bennett and a passenger, a 17year-old girl, were taken into custody. “The entire rear seat and compartment area were filled with merchandise,” police wrote in charging documents. “One such item, seen in plain view, was a gift box decorated as a snowman.” Police found about 30 packages. Inside the passenger’s purse, they also found five $100 bills, court papers say. Police think the bills were taken out of five picture frames that had been inside a package left at one of the houses. At a district police station, offi-

cials said, Bennett and the passenger admitted to stealing about 12 packages Monday and Tuesday. Bennett, charged with theft and resisting arrest, could not be reached Friday, and court records do not indicate whether he has an attorney. On Dec. 13 in the Clarksburg, Md., area, a resident called police to say he had just seen two young males steal packages along Fair Garden Lane and get into a car. Police later spotted that car, believed to be stolen, and took two 17-year-old males into custody. In the two cases combined, officers recovered a total of 42 packages and have been working to get them — all the way, this time — to their intended recipients.



Dick Latessa, a veteran Broadway actor who was in the original productions of “Follies,” “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and “The Will Rogers Follies” and who won a Tony Award playing Harvey Fierstein’s onstage husband in the original cast of “Hairspray,” died Dec. 19, Fierstein said. He was 87. “This was a man who defined pro, with the timing of a Swiss watch and a voice, a smile and sweet soul that made you feel special just to know him,” Fierstein wrote of his former co-star on Facebook. No other details of the death were immediately available. Mr. Latessa was born in Cleveland, where he worked as a machinist and newspaper carrier before pursuing a career in acting. He played Herr Schultz in the 1999 revival of “Cabaret” and Dr. Dreyfuss in the 2010 revival of “Promises, Promises.” Other credits on Broadway included “Broadway Bound,” “Awake and Sing!”

and the 1994 revival of “Damn Yankees.” He was last on Broadway in “The Lyons” in 2012. He won his Tony in 2003, for best actor in a featured role in a musical, as the good-hearted dad in “Hairspray,” singing “You’re Timeless to Me” with Fierstein. When he won the Tony, he said, “Being up here is wonderful, but the trip here was the best of all.” His film roles included parts in “The Substance of Fire” (1996), “Stigmata” (1999) and “Alfie” (2004) with Jude Law. On TV, he made appearances on “Six Degrees,” “The Black Donnellys,” “The Good Wife” and “Brotherhood.” Mr. Latessa’s old role opposite the cross-dressing Fierstein in NBC’s “Hairspray: Live!” was taken by Martin Short in the recent telecast, but creators honored him with a store sign — “Crazy Dickie’s.” “Oh, Dick, there was only one you and I’ll be forever grateful that I got you all to myself for nearly a thousand performances,” wrote Fierstein. —Associated Press


Dick Latessa accepts the Tony for best featured actor in a musical for “Hairspray” in 2003. Other credits included “Follies.”

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