Greek socialist ex-minister Valyrakis, 77, found dead at sea

first_imgATHENS, Greece (AP) — Sifis Valyrakis, a former minister and resistance fighter against Greece’s 1967-74 military dictatorship who twice made daring escapes, was found dead at sea Sunday night, the coast guard has announced. He was 77. Arrested for a series of bombings during the dictatorship, he escaped from prison twice, the second time by swimming from the island of Corfu to neighboring Albania. A dedicated follower of socialist leader Andreas Papandreou, he strongly denied allegations made by U.S. officials that he was a member of the November 17 extremist group.last_img

Library association awards Carnegie medals to McBride, Giggs

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — The American Library Association has announced its winners of the Carnegie medals for literary excellence. James McBride won in fiction for his novel “Deacon King Kong.” Rebecca Giggs won in nonfiction for “Fathoms: The World in the Whale.” McBride and Giggs each have strong childhood memories of libraries. McBride would visit them often because they were a “safe space” and because his family couldn’t afford to buy many books. Giggs remembers her mother getting into aerobics “in a big way” and, a few nights a week, dropping off her and her sister at a library near the workout space.last_img