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MondayJune 4, 2012

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Bus Accident in Chihuhua, Mexico Leaves 11 Dead, 13 Injured

Bus Accident in Chihuhua, Mexico Leaves 11 Dead, 13 Injured

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Eleven people died and 13 others were injured in a bus accident on a highway in the northern Mexican border state of Chihuahua, officials said Monday.

The accident occurred on Sunday on the highway linking the towns of Creel and Guachochi when a passenger bus went off the road and plunged into a ravine, a spokesperson for the Chihuahua state Attorney General’s Office told Efe.

Apparently, the bus owned by the Gran Vision company and which was transporting agricultural workers in the region, had a “brake problem,” which resulted in its crashing into a hillside, rebounding, crossing the containment railing and falling into the ravine, authorities said.

Eleven people died in the crash, among them two children, and 13 others were injured, including the driver, who “is in delicate condition and in the custody” of the authorities, the AG’s office said.

Authorities added that the injured, most of whom were seriously hurt, are being treated at several hospitals in the area, except for one woman who was airlifted to Chihuahua city, the state capital, because of the nature of her injuries.

In a communique, the state AG’s office identified the driver as Jose Manuel Flores Acosta, 74, who is in the custody of law enforcement authorities on homicide and negligent injury charges, and it said that it is investigating the accident.

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Mexican Architecture Magazine Arquine Launches New App

Mexican Architecture Magazine Arquine Launches New App

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Mexican architecture magazine Arquine has announced the launch of an interactive version for the iPad and other tablet computers, billing it as the first of its kind in Latin America.

“There’s no (architecture) magazine in Latin America that has a digital version. Many have Web pages that function as blogs, which is what we’ve had since 2007, but ... Arquine is a pioneer in this version,” architect Andrea Griborio told Efe.

Arquine will present this new application in Mexico City on June 7, a launch that coincides with the celebration of the magazine’s 15th anniversary and which is aimed at disseminating architectural knowledge and insight via new media.

The application will be formally unveiled in a “Jam” session, or roundtable discussion, that will analyze the significance and scope of the various platforms for disseminating an architectural culture and bringing together and linking architecture, design and all that relates to the city.

Arquine’s goal is to reach its audience - whether already established or not - in a more accessible way, Griborio said.

The new interactive platform is based on the print version of the magazine, which has been in circulation for 15 years in several Latin American countries, Europe and the United States.

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Maria Sans, the Inspiration for Hemingway’s Maria in “For Whom the Bell Tolls”, Dies at 91

Maria Sans, the Inspiration for Hemingway’s Maria in “For Whom the Bell Tolls”, Dies at 91

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Maria Sans, the woman who inspired the character Maria in Ernest Hemingway’s 1943 novel “For Whom the Bell Tolls, died in Mataro, a city outside this northeastern Spanish metropolis. She was 91.

Sans was born in 1920 in the Catalonian village of Arbeca and lived there until age six, when her family moved to Mataro.

The young Sans met the famed American writer in that Mediterranean city while working as a nurse at a hospital that treated members of the International Brigades, who fought on the Republican side during the 1936-1939 Spanish Civil War.

Sans had left her job at a textile factory to become a nurse at the hospital, where most of the doctors and health officers were foreign professionals in need of auxiliary staff.

According to writer Josep Puig, Sans fell in love there with a Swiss brigade member who transported wounded from the front lines by ambulance, but their relationship was thwarted by the International Brigades’ later withdrawal from the conflict and the subsequent onset of World War II.

In “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” Hemingway’s protagonist, Robert Jordan, a young American in the International Brigades, falls in love with Maria, a volunteer nurse and member of a band of anti-fascist guerrillas, during the Spanish Civil War, although he meets a tragic end when he is badly wounded by tank fire after dynamiting a bridge.

Hemingway, who drew on his own experiences as a reporter during that conflict in writing the novel, depicts Maria as a beautiful, selfless and helpful young woman, qualities that Sans - who did not acknowledge the link between herself and the fictional character until recently - must also have possessed.

It was Catalan architect Agapito Borras who determined through his research that the Catalan woman might be Hemingway’s Maria, publishing his theory in an article published in 1996 in the daily La Vanguardia.

Sans, who was buried last week, was recognized by local media in Mataro and by officials in Arbeca as the muse for one of Hemingway’s most acclaimed novels.

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Is The Big Z – Zambrano Back?

Is The Big Z – Zambrano Back?

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In yesterday’s Miami Marlins 5-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies, Carlos Zambrano showed us once again how dominate he can be, both on the mound and at the plate. 

Coming into the game Zambrano was 3-3 and the Marlins number 5 starter.  Zambrano allowed four hits, walked two and struck out seven before leaving with two outs in the eighth.  He also scored the game’s first run in the third inning hitting his career 24th homerun; which puts him into eighth on the all-time MLB’s all-time leading home run-hitting pitchers. Zambrano has pitched to a 2.84 era in 73.2 innings of work, though his strike outs are down, he has shown the Marlins and the rest of the league how dominate he still can be. 

Last season for the Chicago Cubs he was 9-7 with a 4.82 era.  He was traded to the Marlins on January 5, 2012 for pitcher Chris Volstad.  The trade was widely viewed as a salary dump, Miami is only responsible for $2.5 million dollars of the $18 million Zambrano is owed.

Update:  On Saturday we brought you the story of Johan Santana throwing the New York Mets first ever no-hitter. You now can own the game via download load from itunes store for $1.99. Click here for more information.

Written by HS News Sports Writer:  Tim Horodyski

 

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Family of Man Who Died During Threesome Wins $3 Million

Family of Man Who Died During Threesome Wins $3 Million

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On Thursday, a Georgia jury awarded a family $3 million in the case revolving around a man who died after a heart attack he had while during a threesome.

A lawsuit filed by the family of 31-year-old William Martinez alleged that medical malpractice resulted in his death after a threesome proved too much for his heart to take.

In 2009, Martinez, a police officer with the city of Atlanta Police Department, went to cardiologist Dr. Sreenivasulu Gangasani of the Cardiovascular Group in Lawrenceville with chest pain. After Martinez described the pain, Dr. Gangasani scheduled a heart stress test.

One day before that test however, Martinez died while talking part in a threesome with a woman (not his wife) and another man.

The lawsuit claims Dr. Gangasani did not take proper medical history the day he saw Martinez. Test showed Martinez had high blood pressure and was at high risk for clogged arteries. The lawsuit claims the cardiologist never told Martinez to not exert himself in the days before the test, which was to occur 8 days after the initial appointment.

Martinez’s estate sued for $5 million, but the Gwinnett County jury found Martinez was 40 percent liable for his death and the amount was reduced to $3 million.

It is unclear who would benefit from the money, Martinez’s wife or his two sons, though it may not matter, as the defense has stated it will appeal the verdict and the judgement.

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Messi and Argentina Top South America’s 2014 World Cup Qualifiers

Messi and Argentina Top South America’s 2014 World Cup Qualifiers

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With a 4-0 win over Ecuador, Lionel Messi and the Argentina ball club trampled Ecuador at the Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires on Saturday.

Coach Alejandro Sabella saw the decision to play his top four players Saturday, as together they scored 3 goals in just half an hour.

ImageSergio Aguero, who plays for Manchester City when not with Argentina’s world team, celebrated his 24th birthday with the first goal of the season at the 20 minute mark.

Nine minutes later came Gonzalo Higuain of Real Madrid, followed by superstar Messi two minutes after that.

Fifteen minutes from the end, winger Angel Di Maria sealed the deal with the fourth and final goal of the match.

Next week, Argentina will play against the U.S. in a friendly in Brazil.

And though speculation continues about whether Messi and long time girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo are expecting their first child, no confirmation has been given from either. However, Messi did fuel the rumor mill flames when he stuffed a soccer ball up his shirt on Saturday and walked around with a “pregnant belly”. You trying to tell us something, Leo?

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Mexican State Radiologist Charged with Rape for Multiple Marriage to Girls Under 15-years-old

Mexican State Radiologist Charged with Rape for Multiple Marriage to Girls Under 15-years-old

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Mexican authorities in the state of Quintana Roo have arrested the state’s radiologist, David Nestor Quijano Muñoz, on charges of rape and child pornography, thanks in great part to his three marriage to girls less than 15-years old.

Muñoz, whose is also known as ‘El Tigre’ (the Tiger), marriages were discovered after a complaint made by a local family that their minor daughter was shown children pornography when the radiologist should have been taking her x-rays.

It was discovered that ‘El Tigre’ started a relationship with his current wife when she was 12-years-old, with the implied permission of her parents.  His wife, who is believed to be less than 14-years old, gave birth to the couples son at age 13. 

The doctor is also believed to have been married at least three other times all with minor aged girls.  The investigation into these marriages continues.

He is charged with rape for having sexual relations with his under-age wives and charged with child pornography for the material that was found on his work computer at the state hospital.  Several state officials are also being investigated as to how they issued marriage licenses to minor children.

While in custody, over the last several days, Muñoz has attempted suicide twice by ingesting screws, thereby delaying the criminal investigation and court proceedings. 

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5 Bodies Found in Flaming SUV Believed to be a Result of Drug Cartel Violence in Mexico

5 Bodies Found in Flaming SUV Believed to be a Result of Drug Cartel Violence in Mexico

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Investigators are attempting to piece together the events that led to five bodies being charred in a SUV in Arizona’s southern desert.

According to reports, Border Patrol attempted to pull over the white Ford Excursion earlier Sunday, but failed to do so after the vehicle sped away.

Just hours later, tracks linked to the same vehicle were followed, leading officers to the smoking SUV.

After putting out the fire with extinguishers, the officers discovered five severely charred bodies. Four of the five bodies were reportedly in the cargo/back area, while the other was in the back seat.

Authorities believe this was a result of drug cartel-related violence, calling the Vekol Valley area where it occurred a “smuggling superhighway.

The investigation continues and serves to answer a number of questions, including whether the people in the SUV were alive when the fire began.

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu told reporters, “Clearly these people were murdered, but we don’t know the manner of death.”

The vehicle was found about 25 miles south of Phoenix.

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EXTREME TRAFFICKING:  120 Pounds of Meth Seized at Border

EXTREME TRAFFICKING:  120 Pounds of Meth Seized at Border

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Hidalgo International Bridge seized over $1,500,000 worth of methamphetamine and arrested a Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico man last week.

On May 30, 2012 a maroon 1995 Ford Ranger pickup truck arrived at the Hidalgo/Reynosa International Bridge driven by a 48-year-old male Mexican national from Reynosa. The lone male traveler presented his Mexican border crossing card to the CBP officer and was referred to secondary for a more thorough examination. In secondary officers discovered 35 packages weighing approximately 54.30 kilograms (119.70 pounds) of alleged methamphetamine which were concealed within the pickup’s bed. CBP seized the narcotics which have an estimated street value of approximately $1,795,000 and the vehicle as well.

The male traveler was released to the custody of Homeland-Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.

“This is a significant seizure involving hard narcotics that our officers discovered and prevented from entering the country,” said Efrain Solis Jr., Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas.

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Mexican “Theme Park” Shows What It’s Like to Illegally Cross U.S.-Mexico Border

Mexican “Theme Park” Shows What It’s Like to Illegally Cross U.S.-Mexico Border

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“Every year, thousands of Mexicans illegally cross the US border,” writes Vice. “To find out exactly how it’s done we went to El Alberto, Mexico to film the experience.”

El Alberto lies 800 miles south of the US border in the state of Hidalgo. It’s pretty much like any other town of 3,000 people, except in El Alberto they offer tourists the chance to participate in a simulated illegal border crossing. It all happens at a standard recreational park with swimming pools, river trips, zip lines, and the other typical fare. We took a few cameras and headed for the EcoAlberto Park to spend some late-nights running through underground tunnels on the heels of our personal “Coyote” while being chased by border patrol. While we were there, we crashed a quinceñera party and saw El Alberto from the perspective of the locals.

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RUBIO WATCH:  Dems Say Rubio on GOP Ticket “Insult to Hispanic Community”

RUBIO WATCH:  Dems Say Rubio on GOP Ticket “Insult to Hispanic Community”

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Just in case you were thinking Democratic political strategists were nervous of a Romney-Rubio GOP ticket – they are not. 

This weekend Democratic senior campaign adviser, David Axelrod went as far as to say that putting Florida Senator Marco Rubio on the ticket would be “an insult to the Hispanic community.”

While chatting with Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, Axelrod felt putting Senator Rubio on the Republican ticket would not overcome Latinos displeasure with Romney’s position on immigration and his pledge to veto the DREAM act. 

“I think it would be an insult to the Hispanic community to choose Senator Rubio if he thinks that that is somehow — if Governor Romney thinks that’s sort of a get-out-of-jail-free card for all of the things and the positions that he’s taken . . . I don’t think Marco Rubio will exonerate Governor Romney for the very, very extreme positions that he’s taken on immigration,” 

Axelrod stated according to the National Review

Several political polls show that the selection of the Cuban-American Senator as a VP candidate would not make a big difference to voters and would do little to boost Romney’s standing. 

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Gold-Plated Sex Toy Worth $4000 Stolen From High-End Brazilian Sex Shop

Gold-Plated Sex Toy Worth $4000 Stolen From High-End Brazilian Sex Shop

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Nothing says romance like a gold-plated vibrator stolen from a high-end sex shop.

As Brazil prepares for its Valentine’s Day-like holiday an armed man was apparently desperate for that “perfect gift”.

Police say the man walked into Brazilia’s Erotica Luxo luxury sex shop and stole just one item, an 18-carat gold-plated vibrator worth $4,000.

ImageWhat he has likely now realized however, is that the pleasure device will can neither be used nor the gold plating sold. The device has a steel core which will make it difficult to remove the gold plating, and on top of that he does not have the charger.

Looks like someone is going to have an unsatisfying holiday.

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MS-13 Gang Member, Rances Ulices Amaya, Sentenced to 50 Years for Rape and Prostitution of Girls

MS-13 Gang Member, Rances Ulices Amaya, Sentenced to 50 Years for Rape and Prostitution of Girls

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Rances Ulices Amaya, 24, aka “Murder” and “Blue,” was sentenced today to 50 years in prison for recruiting girls as young as 14 from middle schools, high schools, and homeless shelters in Northern Virginia and forcing them to engage in commercial sex acts on behalf of MS-13.

MS-13 (aka Mara Salvatrucha) is a transnational gang principally composed of individuals of Salvadoran descent that originated in Los Angeles and eventually spread throughout the U.S. and Central America. Members of the gang distinguish themselves by tattoos covering their bodies and face.

On Feb. 23, 2012, a jury convicted Amaya of conspiracy and three counts of sex trafficking of a child. Amaya reportedly joined MS-13 when he was a teenager and later became a “shot caller” for his MS-13 clique, the Guanacos Lokotes Salvatruchas. MS-13 gave him the gang monikers “Murder” and “Blue,” and he bears multiple MS-13 tattoos on his hands and arms.

In 2009, Amaya joined forces with an MS-13 associate who was already prostituting underage girls and used his MS-13 contacts to find sex customers, offering free sex with the victims and a cut of the profits for any gang member who provided customers or underage girls.

Victims were required to have sex with 8-10 paying customers per day, sometimes seven days per week. Some of the customers were sex addicts and repeat customers who paid daily for the sex. At night, after the paying customers were finished, Amaya would invite his fellow MS-13 members to have sex with the girls.

Besides raping them, to keep the victims compliant, Amaya would provide them with cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs.  The evidence showed that Amaya prostituted five victims who were between the ages of 14 and 17 years old. In addition, there was always an implicit threat of violence insofar as the victims knew that Amaya was MS-13 and he frequently carried a machete with him, MS-13’s weapon of choice.

Amaya charged between $30 and $120 for about 20 minutes of sex with the victims.  Customers were required to pay more for “unusual” sex acts.  The proceeds of the prostitution were used to purchase narcotics, alcoholic beverages, and to support MS-13 in the United States and El Salvador.

Amaya is the fourth MS-13 member to be convicted of sex trafficking children in the Eastern District of Virginia.

MS-13 have been involved drug and human trafficking robbery, extortion, illegal immigration, murder, kidnapping, arms trafficking, and various other criminal acts.

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Spanish Officials Deny Asking Germany for Bailout

Spanish Officials Deny Asking Germany for Bailout

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The Spanish government denied on Sunday that any “pressure” is being exerted by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble on Economy Minister Luis de Guindos to get Spain to ask the European financial stability fund for money to shore up the Spanish banking sector, while Berlin reiterated its confidence in the measures that Madrid is taking to deal with its fiscal woes.

Sources with the Spanish government told Efe that “there is no pressure” being exerted by Germany, a reaction to a report in Germany’s weekly Der Spiegel magazine, and they added that the meeting De Guindos and Schauble held last Wednesday focused mainly on the European banking union.

The proposal made Saturday night by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to create a European fiscal authority to harmonize member states’ fiscal policies and take charge of handling the European debt was another of the issues the Spanish and German ministers discussed, the sources said.

Der Spiegel reported Saturday that Schauble pressured De Guindos for Madrid to ask for help from the European Financial Stability Facility, or EFSF, with the aim of obtaining resources to strengthen the national bank’s capital.

However, officials with the German Finance Ministry told Efe that the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel has “total confidence” in and “great appreciation” for the reforms already implemented or in the process being implementated by Rajoy.

The latest issue of Der Spiegel says, without specifying its sources, that Merkel and her finance minister are pressuring Spain to turn to the EFSF for a bailout, given that the Spanish central bank needs between 50 billion and 90 billion euros (between $40 billion and $72 billion) to reinforce its capital.

Germany rejects the possibility of the banks directly receiving help from the EFSF without going through the member states, a formula that the European Commission, the International Monetary Fund and several countries - among them Spain and the United States - support.

Meanwhile, the spokesman for the governing Popular Party on the Spanish Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Jose Maria Beneyto, sparked controversy on Sunday by saying in an interview with Efe that Spain’s possible economic intervention is a scenario that “cannot be excluded.”

He said that that would not be an “apocalypse” for the country because in Portugal and Ireland such financial intervention had occurred without producing a collapse.

But he warned that such a scenario would force the country to adopt harsh measures such as “lowering the salary of officials or (cutting) pensions,” but also “reviewing the autonomous state ... which is the most expensive thing” Spain has.

In response to Beneyto’s remarks, the parliamentary spokesman for the United Left, Jose Luis Centella, told Efe that an EU intervention in the Spanish economy would make life “much harder” for Spaniards because it would bring with it a new reduction in salaries, fewer social rights and would do away with Spain’s current configuration as a state comprised of autonomous regions.

All this comes after a week marked by turbulence in the financial markets, in which the Spanish country-risk premium finished at 536 basis points and the stock market fell to 6,000, where it had stood in April 2003, and before Spain resumes this Thursday issuing bonds after 15 days without facing the market.

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More Bad News for Pablo Sandoval, Now Under Investigation for Sexual Assault (VIDEO)

More Bad News for Pablo Sandoval, Now Under Investigation for Sexual Assault (VIDEO)

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Pablo Sandoval took the San Francisco by storm when he emerged as a slugger in 2009.

He was given the nickname Kung Fu Panda and his Giants won the World Series in 2010.

However, the infielder born in Puerto Cabello, Venezuela has been in the news for the wrong reasons this year.  He suffered a broken bone in his hand last month and is just returning to minor league rehab assignments. Sandoval soon hopes to join a San Francisco Giants team that is closing in on first place Los Angeles in the National League West.

Now a report has surfaced that could affect and distract Sandoval. An investigation is underway about a sexual assault case that involves a woman Sandoval knows and had a “consensual, personal relationship of a sexual nature.” 

No charges have been filed and Sandoval has made no public comments.

Sandoval’s attorney Eric Geffon says that his client met with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Department about an incident that occurred on Friday June 1 in a hotel resort near Santa Cruz, California.

In the meantime, Kung Fu Panda hopes to get healthy and escape serious legal action.

Written by HS News Sport Writer:  Nate Jacobson

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Dominican Model Wants Bigger Share of Dead Jose Lima’s MLB Estate

Dominican Model Wants Bigger Share of Dead Jose Lima’s MLB Estate

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Deceased MLB pitcher Jose Lima name is back in the news because he had six children with six different women and they want money from his estate.

Lima passed away at the age of 37 in 2010 when he suffered a heart attack while living in California.

The Santiago, Dominican Republic native was a serviceable starting pitcher for seven MLB teams. His best years of his 13-season career were with the Houston Astros. Lima finished fourth in the NL’s Cy Young voting in 1999, after posting a 21-10 record with 187 strikeouts and a 3.58 ERA for the Houston Astros.

He was released from the New York Mets in 2006 and did not return to major league baseball.

Now the numbers that surround Lima’s name have to do with monthly stipends provided to ex-wives and ex-girlfriends.

Dominican model Dalla Leclerc gets $625 from Lima’s American Social Security benefits, but desires more money for her and her daughter Kammiell. Leclerc gave birth to Kammiell when Lima was married to his second wife, Melissa Lima. 

Leclerc is now suing Major League Baseball Players Association for benefits that are only reserved for legal heirs of players. The union refuses to acknowledge Kammiell as Lima’s child since the couple never married.

Written by HS News Writer:  Nate Jacobson

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Gunmen Leave 11 Dead and 10 Wounded in Drug Rehab in Mexico

Gunmen Leave 11 Dead and 10 Wounded in Drug Rehab in Mexico

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Gunmen killed 11 people and wounded 10 others at a drug rehabilitation center in Torreon, a city in northern Mexico, police said.

The attack occurred around 9:30 p.m. Sunday at the Centro de Rehabilitacion Tu Vida Sobre La Roca A.C. in the northern section of Torreon, which is in Coahuila state.

The gunmen entered the drug treatment center and opened fire on the people inside, state prosecutors said.

Gunmen working for drug cartels have staged a number of attacks in recent years on drug treatment centers in Mexico, especially in the northern region of the country.

The attacks on rehab centers apparently target individuals who are using the facilities to sell drugs on rivals’ turf, officials say.

Gunmen killed 13 people in an attack on Torreon’s Centro de Recuperacion de Alcoholicos y Drogadictos La Victoria on June 7, 2011.

Armed men attacked the Anexo de Liberacion y Adicciones treatment center on Dec. 5, 2010, in Ciudad Juarez, a border city in Chihuahua state, killing three people and wounding seven others.

At least 10 gunmen went into the clinic and opened fire, officials said.

Gunmen killed 13 people on Oct. 24, 2010, at a drug rehabilitation center in the northwestern border city of Tijuana.

The attack occurred at the El Camino treatment center in east Tijuana, which is in Baja California state.

Nineteen people were killed and six others wounded in an attack on a drug rehabilitation center in Chihuahua city, the state capital, on June 11, 2010.

Gunmen killed 18 people at a drug treatment center located two blocks from a police station and the Santa Fe international bridge in Ciudad Juarez, which lies just across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas, on Sept. 3, 2009.

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Evita Peron May Get her Own Currency in Argentina

Evita Peron May Get her Own Currency in Argentina

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Argentina may issue special bills bearing the likeness of Eva Duarte to mark the 60th anniversary on July 26 of the death of the famous wife of three-time President Juan Domingo Peron, the press reported Sunday.

The new bills are being inspired by the 5-peso bill designed in 1952 after Evita’s death but later scrapped by the dictatorship that took power in 1955, government spokesmen told the Clarin newspaper.

The face of Evita, who died from cancer on July 26, 1952, and is hailed as a champion of the poor, appeared on limited coin issues in 1997 and 2002.

Several members of Congress have introduced bills to put the likeness of Evita, who was just 33 at the time of her death, on Argentine money.

Evita was the second wife of Peron (1895-1974), who was president of Argentina from 1946 to 1955 and again from 1973 to 1974.

She is buried at Recoleta Cemetery, the most elegant in Buenos Aires.

Evita’s body was removed from Argentina in 1957 on the orders of the military officers who overthrew Peron.

After spending 14 years in a Milan tomb under another name, Evita’s remains were turned over to her husband.

Gen. Peron kept the embalmed body in his home in Madrid’s Puerta de Hierro neighborhood for three years and the remains were finally returned to Buenos Aires in 1974.

Evita, who was wildly popular among Argentina’s lower classes, is known to people around the world thanks to the hit musical “Evita,” written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, which was made into a film in 1994 by Alan Parker, with Madonna as the larger-than-life first lady.

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