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'Chicago Tribune' Dining Editor Narrowly Escapes Mumbai Violence

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

'Chicago Tribune' Dining Editor Narrowly Escapes Mumbai Violence

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Chicago Tribune Dining Editor Judy Hevrdejs narrowly escaped last week's violence in Mumbai. In Sunday's editions, she described running through the Taj Mahal Palace hotel, just a few steps ahead of the terrorists and the sound of their gunfire.

Hevrdejs said in a story by Tribune reporter Ted Gregory that she had accompanied her husband to a business conference in the Indian city. They were sitting in a courtyard by the hotel pool about 9:45 last Wednesday when they heard popping sounds. They were reassured that, this being wedding season in India, the noise was no doubt fireworks.

It wasn't.

"Then all of the sudden, the pops got louder and we heard screaming," Hevrdejs told the Tribune. "Then a guy came sprinting from the lobby."

She and her husband and another group of guests ran from the courtyard to a basement corridor, and then to some above-ground meeting rooms -- where explosions were erupting right outside the window. …

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