A8 SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2001 THE SALINA JOURNAL T CUBAN BOY Story of Elian resonates U.S. relatives and community still mourn loss of Elian to Cuba By The Associated Press MIAMI — It was 5:14 a.m., and time had run out for relatives trying to keep Elian Gonzalez from being returned to Cuba. A caravan of white vans pulled up outside Lazaro Gonzalez's Little Havana home before dawn, spilling out armed federal agents who plowed through a stunned crowd and battered down the front door. Inside, a Border Patrol agent pinned one of the boy's great- uncles on a couch, and another snatched Elian from the arms of one of the men who found the child adrift in the Atlantic five months earlier. In three minutes, Elian was gone — on his way back to his father and eventually back to Cuba. A year later, Lazaro Gonzalez still bristles at the memory of the April 22 raid. "It's an open wound," he said. "When someone smashes The Associated Press Lazaro Gonzalez sits in front of his former home Saturday in Little Havana, where a wreath bearing Elian's name stretches across the gate. your finger with a hammer, you don't forget it." Elian was rescued after a shipwreck killed his mother and 10 others trying to reach the United States from Cuba. His plight galvanized the Cuban exile community, which fought to BRIEFLY keep the little boy away from life under Fidel Castro. He was returned to Cuba only after a long court battle and the raid. The home is still a drive-by curiosity for tourists and a focal point for Cubans. The Gon zalezes have moved to a house six miles away, but remain celebrities of sorts. Now 50, Lazaro Gonzalez works part time as an auto body mechanic. His wife, Angela, is a seamstress. His 22- year-old daughter Marisleysis, who considered herself Elian's surrogate mother, is attending college and working as a teacher's aide. Elian, now in second grade, lives in his hometown of Cardenas, a coastal city 90 miles east of Havana, with his father, Juan Miguel Gonzalez, and his father's wife and son. The 7-year-old is taking karate and will soon have a second half brother or sister, according to former U.S. Ambassador Sally Grooms Cowal, who came to know Elian's father during his stay in Washington last year. 25% OFF ENTIRE STOCK WONDERBRA Tests bring down India's female births Though India outlawed sex- determination tests in 1994, their use has become as common as ultrasound technology — which became available in cities during the 1980s. Use of the tests has spread to small towns served by itinerant doctors who carry the compact machines from clinic to clinic. Early figures from the 2001 census show that female fetuses are being regularly aborted. The number of girls per 1,000 boys dropped to 927 this year from 945 in 1991 and 962 in 1981. 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