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SundayApril 8, 2012

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Mexican Cop’s Badge Stops Bullet Fired at Him

Mexican Cop’s Badge Stops Bullet Fired at Him

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A Mexico City police officer survived a shooting when his badge stopped a bullet fired at him by a robbery suspect, the Federal District’s Public Safety Secretariat said.

Juan Daniel Ruiz Coy was shot just after 11:00 p.m. on Friday while on patrol during the Good Friday processions in Iztapalapa, the secretariat said.

The officer “was shot in the chest, but the bullet hit his badge, which saved his life,” the secretariat said.

The 39-year-old officer was on duty in Tezonco, a district in the southeastern section of Mexico City, when a citizen told him he had just been robbed.

The officer spotted a group of suspects, who scattered when they saw him.

Ruiz Coy chased one of the men all the way to Ozuna street, where the suspect “turned toward the patrol car that was following him and fired at least seven times,” with six rounds hitting the vehicle, the secretariat said.

“Policeman Ruiz Coy, who was wearing his bullet-proof vest, was hit by a bullet that entered on the side, around his left shoulder, tore off a shield and lodged in the clasp of the badge he was wearing on his chest, keeping the bullet from penetrating his heart or lungs,” the secretariat said.

The suspect broke into a dwelling and managed to escape over the roofs of nearby buildings.

The officer was transported to Mocel Hospital, where doctors found that he had “a bullet impact in the chest but no penetration” because “the bullet was stopped by the officer’s badge,” the secretariat said.

Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Iztapalapa for the traditional Good Friday processions.

The district has staged one of the largest living Stations of the Cross in the world since 1843.

No serious incidents were reported during the Catholic event, but 171 people were treated for minor injuries.

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Mexico’s Knights Templar Claim Responsibility for Drop in Food Prices

Mexico’s Knights Templar Claim Responsibility for Drop in Food Prices

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Mexico’s Knights Templar, or the Caballeros Templarios, allegedly claims to be the authors of a series of ‘narcomantas’ reportedly spotted in cities throughout the state of Michoacan. 

The banners claim that the well known alleged criminal organization encouraged without blackmail or violence the decrease in food prices.  Banners were found in Morelia, Zitacuaro, Lazaro Cardenas, Uruapan, Apatzingan, Ocampo, as well as Tuxpan. 

The banners, hung in the early morning hours of Monday April 2nd, arrived after a recent truce called by the organization in preparation for the upcoming Papal visit to Guanajuato, a neighboring state of Michoacan.  In the capital city of Morelia, various banners were found stating the following:

“To the Michoacan society, in these moments of reflection and before a social situation that is depriving the state, it is important to know that our brotherhood, the Caballeros Templarios, are not narcos, much less a group of criminals, the Caballeros Templarios are a brotherhood of civil people that respect the Constitution.  In recent days our brotherhood, through an invitation with business owners, achieved a reduction in prices in the meat and tortilla industry.  The invitation was accepted by our friends the business owners and recognized by the people in most need in our state.  We want to remain clear that this agreement occurred without pressure or blackmail.  As a result of our social actions, the Caballeros Templarios, invite the population to maintain union and peace.  We invite Michoacans to get to know our leaders and together we will defend our constitutional rights and make Michoacan a prosperous state.  Together until victory!  Sincerely, the Caballeros Templarios”

Although the banners state that the reduction in prices came without the use of force or blackmail, this is probably unlikely.  The banners appear to be a tactic by the ‘brotherhood’ to increase public support of their organization. 

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23 Cuban Migrants Rescued by Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship

23 Cuban Migrants Rescued by Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship

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A Royal Caribbean cruise ship this week, rescued 23 Cuban migrants after their small boat was spotted near Jamaica. 

According to Por Esto, a Mexican newspaper, the Cubans, originally from the Manzanillo and Bayamo areas, were trying to reach Honduras and had been traveling for three weeks in their makeshift boat.

Cynthia Martinez, a spokeswoman for the cruise ship according to the Huffington Post says that officials on the ship brought the people aboard and provided them with food and water as well as medical treatment. The U.S. coast guard was also alerted.  Upon arrival in Cozumel, the migrants were turned over to Mexican immigration authorities. 

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Mexican Singer Kidnapped, Tortured and Shot for Not Playing Requested Song

Mexican Singer Kidnapped, Tortured and Shot for Not Playing Requested Song

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A singer with the norteña band Los Ciclones del Arroyo was kidnapped and shot in the leg after refusing to perform a song requested by a group of people at a party in Choix, a city in the northwestern Mexican state of Sinaloa, police said.

Julio Cesar Leyva Beltran was abducted early Saturday, but he was later released and hospitalized in Los Mochis with a leg fracture caused by the gunshot.

The band was performing in the community of La Guayaba in Choix when several individuals asked that they play another song, spokesmen for the Choix police department told Efe.

The trio refused to perform the song and the unidentified individuals took the 41-year-old singer away in an SUV, police said.

The other musicians called police, filed a complaint and started searching for their bandmate.

Leyva Beltran, who was beaten, tortured and shot in the leg with a large-caliber weapon, was dropped off at a hospital in Choix a few hours later.

Los Ciclones del Arroyo’s best known songs are “Asesino a sueldo” (Killer for Hire), “La marcha” (The March), “El federal de caminos” (The Federal Highway Patrolman), “El corrido de Pedro Paez” (The Ballad of Pedro Paez) and the “narcocorrido” “El aguila blanca” (The White Eagle).

A number of performers of narcocorridos, ballads that recount the exploits and travails of drug kingpins, have been murdered in northern Mexico in recent years.

Last November, a singer-songwriter who performed grupero music and narcocorridos was gunned down along with two other people in Culiacan, the capital of Sinaloa.

Diego Rivas was killed by gunmen who opened fire at close range in Culiacan’s Lazaro Cardenas neighborhood, the Sinaloa Attorney General’s Office said.

Rivas, known for the hits “El amor no se vende,” “Los ojitos de mi Elena” and “Soy yo,” was drinking in the street with several other people when the gunmen opened fire.

Alfredo Herrera Gomez, a 24-year-old singer, was also pronounced dead at the scene.

Singer Sergio Vega, known as “El Shaka,” was shot to death while driving on a highway in Sinaloa on June 26, 2010.

Vega was driving to Alhuey, where he planned to perform with several other artists, when gunmen who had apparently been following him opened fire on the vehicle.

The 40-year-old singer was traveling with another person at the time of the attack.

Vega denied a few hours before his death that he had been the target of an attack.

The singer said he had bolstered his security in light of the attacks on musicians in Mexico in recent years.

Singer Carlos Ocaranza was gunned down on Aug. 16, 2009, as he left a bar where he had given a concert in the western city of Guadalajara and his agent, Jorge Altamirano Pelayo, was seriously wounded.

Ocaranza, who was related to a famous singer murdered in 2006, had just finished performing at the La Revancha bar in the city’s western section when two gunmen shot him and fled on a motorcycle.

Ocaranza was related to Valentin Elizalde, who was murdered on Nov. 25, 2006, in the border city of Reynosa by drug traffickers apparently unhappy with some of his compositions.

Elizalde and other singers perform what is known in Mexico as grupero music, a genre that includes so-called narcocorridos.

Reports claim that drug capos pay large sums for the ballads and more than a dozen grupero singers have been murdered since 1992.

In January 2008, Roberto Ignacio del Fierro Lugo, the publicist for Jesus Elizalde, Valentin’s brother, was murdered near a recording studio in the Guadalajara suburb of Zapopan.

Before managing Jesus Elizalde’s public relations, Del Fiero had represented Valentin.

Valentin’s brothers, including Jesus, have stopped playing narcocorridos.

In December 2007, a wave of violence was unleashed against various grupero singers, such as Sergio Gomez, 34, the lead singer of Grammy-nominated band K-PAZ de la Sierra, who was kidnapped and murdered after a concert, and vocalist Zayda Peña Arjona, 28, killed by a gunman who pursued her to the hospital where she was recovering from gunshot wounds.

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Calvin Klein Designer, Francisco Costa, Brings his “Magical Journey to Brazil” to Macy’s

Calvin Klein Designer, Francisco Costa, Brings his “Magical Journey to Brazil” to Macy’s

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The women’s creative director of Calvin Klein, Francisco Costa, will bring his newest line to Macy’s stores this spring.  The Brazilian designer, winner of the 2006 Designer of the Year Award, will unveil his new line at Macy’s on May 15th as a spring promotion, entitled “A Magical Journey to Brazil,” to benefit the Amazon rainforest. 

The line will include crepe and jersey dresses priced between $135 and $180.  More than 80 Macy’s stores as well as Macys.com will offer the apparel under the Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein label.  Costa grew up in Guarani, Brazil.

Both Macy’s executives as well as Costa are excited about the upcoming collaboration.  Costa states, “This fresh youthful line of dresses reflects both my roots and the modern, yet timeless spirit of Calvin Klein.”  Executive vice president of marketing, Martine Reardon told New York Magazine, the collaboration is a “huge coup for us.”  She continued to state, “We obviously have a huge distribution of Calvin Klein products but we do not carry the (designer) collection that Francisco creates.  Unfortunately those price points are not within Macy’s price points.” 

Through this collaboration, Macy’s customers will enjoy the designer label at a fraction of the usual cost while at the same time aide in efforts to save the Amazon rainforest.  Although Reardon declined to name names, it is thought that Macy’s also plans to work with other designers from the U.S. and South America in the future.   

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LATINO BLOTTER:  Prisoner Dressed in Wife’s Clothes Escapes – Temporarily

LATINO BLOTTER:  Prisoner Dressed in Wife’s Clothes Escapes – Temporarily

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Brazilian prisoner and alleged drug trafficker, Ronaldo Silva, demonstrated some impressive creativity in his latest escape attempt from prison.  Dressed in his wife’s blue dress, bra and long brown wig, with cleanly shaven legs, Silva squeezed into a pair of high heels and sauntered out of the jail during visitor hours along with other wives of prisoners.

The escape went almost flawlessly.  His biggest mistake was not being able to walk naturally in heels.  A talent that takes many women years to master, Silva was spotted as a guard noticed his clumsy gait and followed him to a nearby bus station.  It was there that police arrested him again and brought him back to the jail. 

Silva’s wife admitted to changing clothes with her husband but stated she didn’t know why he had wanted the clothes.  She left the jail in her husband’s Bermuda shorts and another shirt she had brought to the jail in her bag.  The police do not believe her story and are taking measure to make sure that an incident such as this does not repeat itself. 

Silva has been awaiting his trial for drug trafficking.  He had transferred to the prison after recently trying to escape his previous jail.  In the first attempt, armed men ‘invaded’ the jail trying to release him. 

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Chavez Returns Yet Again to Cuba for Third Round of Radiation Treatment

Chavez Returns Yet Again to Cuba for Third Round of Radiation Treatment

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Cuban President Raul Castro welcomed his Venezuelan counterpart, Hugo Chavez, back to Havana, where he will undergo another round of cancer treatment, state media reported Sunday.

Chavez and Castro had “a lively exchange” at Jose Marti International Airport, the Juventud Rebelde newspaper said in its cover story.

Chavez said Saturday he would travel to Havana to undergo another round of radiation therapy, a treatment he has been given since he was operated in late February for a new cancerous tumor.

“I’m leaving again (Saturday night) for Havana to continue the battle for my life and health - I’ll keep you informed,” the Venezuelan president told state television channel by telephone.

Chavez is undergoing his third round of radiation as part of a treatment program that began two weeks ago.

The Venezuelan leader underwent surgery on Feb. 26 for the recurrence of the tumor that was removed in June 2011.

Chavez said the tumor was in the pelvic region, but did not reveal the precise location.

He underwent several rounds of chemotherapy after the initial surgery before announcing in October that he was cancer-free.

Chavez gave an emotional speech Thursday after a Mass offered for his health in his hometown of Barinas, asking Jesus Christ for a “longer life” and pleading “don’t take me yet.”

“Give me your crown of thorns, Christ, give it to me, for I am bleeding, give me your cross, 100 crosses, but give me life, because I still have things to do for this people and this country, don’t take me yet, give me your cross, give me your thorns, give me your spear for I am willing to bear them all, but alive, Christ my Lord,” Chavez said at the church.

The Venezuelan president arrived Wednesday at midnight from Havana after his second round of radiation therapy.

Chavez has said that he has no metastasis and that he is certain of a full recovery.

He has vowed not to abandon his bid to win another term in Venezuela’s Oct. 7 presidential election.

In power since 1999, Chavez now faces a race against the governor of the central state of Miranda, Henrique Capriles, the consensus candidate of Venezuela’s long-divided opposition.

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Sofia Vergara on Saturday Night Live (VIDEO)

Sofia Vergara on Saturday Night Live  (VIDEO)

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Sofia Vergara, kicked off her hosting stint on Saturday Night Live last night with a “La Nocha de Saturday en Vivo” salute and interesting tidbits of how easy her immigrant experience was thanks to all the men buying her drinks and welcoming her to America with pulled down pants. 

The Colombian beauty was there to amuse and boy band sensation One Direction was there to entertain the younger set.

She participated in numerous skits and one of the funnier was her stint as a Sex Ed Teacher drawing her vagina and talking about ‘pub’ erty featuring the quirky Gilly (Kristen Wiig) character.  She also played Fran Drescher in Bein’ Quirky with Zoey Deschanel playing a loud Jewish woman which interestingly is very close to being a loud Colombian woman. 

Viewers were also treated to the myriad of products Vergara is endorsing, watching commercials for Cover Girl, Pepsi and her Kmart line during breaks.  The final skit even mocked her over exposure with her prepping for a Pantene commercial with a faux Penelope Cruz. 

Vergara really appeared to have enjoyed herself playing the sexy Latina over and over again from Maria Gutierrez reporting on the Hunger Games to the sex crazed Yolanda on the Manuel Ortiz show. 

At the end she gave a smile-filled ‘Buenas Noches Colombia’ sign-off to the viewers. 

 

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POLL:  Roughly Half of American Adults Consider Easter One of Nation’s Most Important Holidays

POLL:  Roughly Half of American Adults Consider Easter One of Nation’s Most Important Holidays

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Today is Easter, and most Americans will find a way to celebrate from making hard boiled eggs to baking green bean casseroles, all in the name of the resurrection of Christ.

Roughly half of American adults (48%) consider Easter one of the nation’s most important holidays, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Fourteen percent (14%) see it as one of the least important, while 37% rank it somewhere in between.

The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on April 3-4, 2012 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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Brazilian Actor Almost Hangs Himself, Seriously Injured During Good Friday Reenactment

Brazilian Actor Almost Hangs Himself, Seriously Injured During Good Friday Reenactment

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A Brazilian actor almost hanged himself fatally while playing the part of Judas in an Easter Passion play and was taken to hospital in serious condition, online media said Saturday.

The accident occurred on Good Friday in the town of Itarare, 345 kilometers (214 miles) west of Sao Paulo, where the actor Thiago Klimeck was acting the role of Judas, who according to the Evangelists hanged himself after betraying Jesus.

Klimeck apparently made a mistake when he pulled the rope around his neck and the other actors failed to notice that he was unconscious and thought he was just acting, according to a report by security personnel cited on the G1 news portal.

But a few minutes later they at last realized that the actor was unconscious, and with the aid of an emergency management team they lowered him, freed him from the noose and rushed him to a nearby medical center.

Due to the gravity of the case, on Saturday morning he was transferred to a hospital in the neighboring city of Itapeva.

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Top Tax Officials in Costa Rica Resign en Mass for Not Paying Their Own Taxes

In an effort to reduce an increasing federal deficit, Costa Rica’s President Laura Chinchilla has pushed for a tax hike, all the while without knowing that allegedly several of her staff members were not paying their own taxes. 

The head of direct taxation, Francisco Villalobos, resigned this week from his position after paying thousands of dollars in unpaid income tax, while his boss, Fernando Herrero, the finance minister, unwillingly resigned after “La Nación” the daily newspaper revealed his tax evasions on two separate properties.  His wife, a presidential advisor, was also involved in the tax evasion as she is listed as an owner of each property.  The newspaper also alleges that several more cabinet members who have yet to come forward are also guilty of the same crime. 

The scandal will greatly affect the President’s tax reform efforts.  It is believed that Costa Rica is already over priced for its region and after the downfall of many top government officials the tax hike will be a hard sell.  The plan has already been approved by legislators in a first vote yet still needs support from the opposing party, Citizen’s Action Party.  Costa Rica’s vice president, Luis Liberman, has reportedly taken over the finance ministry temporarily as a result of the recent and possibly future resignations within the department. 

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HS-News Wishes Our Readers a Very Happy Easter!

HS-News Wishes Our Readers a Very Happy Easter!

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As a celebration, HS-News brings you photos of how Catholics around the world celebrate this day.

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Copacabana, Bolivia


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Poteryaevka, Russia


 

 

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CALIFORNIA: Neglected for Decades, Unincorporated Communities Lack Basic Public Services

CALIFORNIA: Neglected for Decades, Unincorporated Communities Lack Basic Public Services

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Nearly every day, Modesto Junior College student Arleen Hernandez battles an aging septic tank that backs up into her toilet and shower, bringing with it “bits of paper and chunks of mold.”

Hernandez has learned to take quick showers and work swiftly with a mop. She has also tried to fix a leaking toilet herself, but her home repair skills have been no match for an outdated system with clogged piping.

When Hernandez’s parents moved to Parklawn in 1986, they didn’t realize the extent to which their new neighborhood, an island of county land within the city of Modesto, lacks basic public services.

Parklawn is not connected to nearby city sewer lines, so Hernandez and her neighbors flush their sewage into overloaded septic tanks. There is only one short strip of sidewalk along the southern edge of the community and not enough storm drains. During heavy rains, children dodge traffic in flooded streets on their way to school in the neighborhood that locals call “No Man’s Land.”

“I’ve lived here my whole life, and when you’re a child, you don’t think it’s something big,” said Hernandez, a member of the South Modesto Municipal Advisory Council, which advises the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors on issues regarding unincorporated communities. “But as you grow older, you start realizing that it doesn’t seem fair that people have basic needs met and you skip one community.”

Not all unincorporated communities are as bereft. Some, such as Rancho Santa Fe in San Diego County or Woodside in San Mateo County, are among the wealthiest in the state.

But across California, there are hundreds of neighborhoods like Parklawn. These poor, dense and unincorporated communities on county land – which uniformly lack some combination of sewer systems, clean drinking water, sidewalks, streetlights and storm drains – have been the victim of years of government neglect.

In the Eastern Coachella Valley, residents in mobile home parks pipe sewage into aging septic tanks and cesspools. On the outskirts of the city of Tulare, Matheny Tract residents can’t tap into the city sewer treatment plant, and arsenic contaminates their well. Arsenic also taints the tap water in Lanare, a community near Fresno.

“It’s like people are living in colonies of the United States,” said Miguel Donoso, a longtime Latino community advocate in Stanislaus County. “Living in a Third World country, that’s close to what you see here today.”

Read more at Bernice Young for California Watch →

Arizona Drywall Company Fined $450,000 and Owner Given Probation for Hiring Undocumented Workers

Arizona Drywall Company Fined $450,000 and Owner Given Probation for Hiring Undocumented Workers

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The president of a Sierra Vista drywall company was sentenced Thursday to one year of probation and ordered to pay fines totaling $450,000 following a probe by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) that revealed the business employed illegal aliens.

Ivan T. Hardt, 45, of Cananea, Mexico, the president of Sun Drywall and Stucco, Inc., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Raner C. Collins. As part of a plea agreement, Hardt also agreed to pay $225,000 in restitution to the U.S. Department of Labor for overtime back wages owed under the Fair Standards Act and an additional administrative forfeiture of $225,000 to ICE. To date, Hardt has paid the full amount owed in restitution and $75,000 of the forfeiture agreement.

Hardt was arrested following a 16-month HSI Arizona investigation into the company’s hiring practices that determined Sun Drywall had employed at least 27 illegal aliens and the company did not present employment documents when asked during a federal inspection.

Sun Drywall also pleaded guilty to unlawful employment of aliens and the company was sentenced to five years of probation. Under the probation terms, the company cannot knowingly hire, recruit or employ illegal aliens and is required to maintain employment verification forms for each employee. The company also agreed to waive the three-day notice requirement for federal inspection of employee files during the probation period.

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Latino Blotter:  Women Charged with Kidnapping 14-Year-Old Until Mom Paid Narco Debt

Latino Blotter:  Women Charged with Kidnapping 14-Year-Old Until Mom Paid Narco Debt

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Grace Marie Perez-Jimenez, 26, of Reading, Pennsylvania, was charged by indictment with conspiracy to kidnap, kidnapping, conspiracy to distribute phencyclidine (PCP), possession with intent to distribute phencyclidine, collection of extension of credit by extortionate means, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime, and with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Perez-Jimenez’s co-defendant, Samantha Conrad, 21, of Reading, Pennsylvania, was charged by indictment with conspiracy to kidnap, kidnapping, conspiracy to distribute phencyclidine, and possession with intent to distribute phencyclidine, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.

The indictment alleges that Perez-Jimenez and Conrad kidnapped and held hostage a 14-year-old child in order to collect a drug debt owed by the child’s mother. Perez-Jimenez threatened to harm the child if the debt was not paid. While holding the child hostage and making ransom demands, the defendants also distributed PCP to customers.

If convicted, Perez-Jimenez faces a maximum possible sentence of up to life imprisonment, a mandatory minimum term of 27 years’ imprisonment, a lifetime of supervised release, a $3,250,000 fine, and a $700 special assessment. If convicted, Conrad faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a mandatory minimum term of 20 years’ imprisonment, a lifetime of supervised release, a $2,500,000 fine, and a $400 special assessment.

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SundayApril 8, 2012