10 days later, man who escaped high-rise Chicago prison missing

Updated 29 December 2012
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10 days later, man who escaped high-rise Chicago prison missing

CHICAGO : The FBI is still searching for one of two convicted bank robbers who escaped last week from a high-rise jail in downtown Chicago by lowering themselves on a makeshift rope nearly 20 stories to the street. Kenneth Conley, 38, and his cellmate, Joseph Jose Banks, 37, escaped from the Metropolitan Correctional Center early on the morning of December 18.
The pair apparently broke a window in the cell they shared, squeezed through the opening and lowered themselves to the street. They then hailed a cab to make their getaway. Banks was captured two days later, but Conley remains at large. “There is no information or recent sightings,” said FBI spokeswoman Joan Hyde. “Given the amount of time that has passed given Mr. Conley’s history of traveling, we believe he has left the area.”
The FBI is offering a $ 50,000 reward for Conley’s capture. He is described as white, 6 feet tall and 185 pounds. The two convicts, who had been awaiting sentencing in the federal detention facility, made their rope from bed sheets and dental floss, according to local media reports. Conley pleaded guilty to bank robbery in October. He is considered armed and dangerous, the FBI said.


Bollywood star Sridevi wins posthumous prize at India film awards

Sridevi. (AP)
Updated 25 June 2018
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Bollywood star Sridevi wins posthumous prize at India film awards

BANGKOK: The late Sridevi was among Indian cinema performers honored at Bollywood’s biggest annual event, the International Indian Film Academy Awards that concluded Sunday in Bangkok.
Sridevi received the best actress award for her final role, in the 2017 film “Mom,” in which she played a woman seeking vengeance after her stepdaughter is raped.
Bollywood’s leading lady of the 1980s and ‘90s, Sridevi was described as the first female superstar in India’s male-dominated film industry. She accidentally drowned in February while in Dubai for a wedding.
The leading film coming into the event, “Tumhari Sulu,” took home the best picture prize. The story of a housewife who becomes a radio jockey had seven nominations.
Director Saket Chaudhary and actor Irrfan Khan won top awards for “Hindi Medium,” a tale of parents seeking a good education for their daughter. Khan, best known internationally for his role as the park executive Masrani in “Jurassic World,” has been undergoing treatment for neuroendocrine cancer.
The IIFA awards event, held each year in cities around the world, celebrates the Hindi-language film industry with awards and performances.
Performers on Sunday included Rekha, who returned to the stage for the first time in 20 years. The 64-year-old star is known as Bollywood’s timeless beauty and has acted in more than 180 films.