Caribbean system near Florida now at 70% chance to develop; Hurricane Epsilon's swells to affect East Coast
ORLANDO, Fla. — A Caribbean low pressure system had its chances of becoming the next tropical depression or tropical storm escalate Friday afternoon to a 70% chance of developing in the next two days.The broad area of low pressure is becoming better organized and will likely become a tropical depression, according to the National Hurricane Center’s 2 p.m. EDT update. The system is west of Grand Cayman Island and is producing showers and thunderstorms mainly east and south of the center. It will likely move near western Cuba by Sunday.If the system does become a tropical storm it will be the 27...
A legitimate fear of death doesn't always matter in the US asylum system
SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras — When Yovin Estrada Villanueva returned to his family home just months after fleeing for his life, even the dogs didn’t recognize him.He had lost weight in U.S. immigration custody, his sister said. His hair and beard had grown long.He hadn’t told anyone that he was being deported back to Honduras. His attempt to win asylum in the United States had failed.Just over a year later, shortly before his 28th birthday, Villanueva was killed by the very people he fled.He was shot while driving his mototaxi — a dangerous occupation in neighborhoods under gang control.Villanuev...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Emailed threats in Florida dry up as congressional delegation asks for FBI briefing
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Threatening emails claiming to be from a pro-Trump group called the Proud Boys that were sent to voters in Florida and other states earlier this week appeared to have come to a halt after the FBI accused Iran and Russia of being behind attacks to influence the U.S. election.But two Florida members of Congress are now requesting an FBI briefing for the Florida delegation and at least seven local election officials say they have not been given any information from authorities on the scope of the issue other than what has been publicly reported.“This request is in direct respo...
Caribbean system could affect Florida; Hurricane Epsilon's winds drop to 85 mph near Bermuda
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — South Floridians should keep an eye on an area of low pressure in the southwestern Caribbean Sea between Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and Cuba.The system is likely to bring heavy rain to South Florida through early next week. It’s too early to tell if the system will track over the peninsula.It has a 10% chance of developing in the next two days and a 30% chance of developing in the next five days, the National Hurricane Center said.The next named storm to form would be called Zeta.Near Bermuda, Hurricane Epsilon lost a bit more strength Thursday afternoon. Epsilon is sti...
This teacher uses the didgeridoo to help kids get through online classes, one breath at a time
SEATTLE — Beth Anderson, a mother of two, suddenly found herself back in middle school music class this fall.When school started, her sixth grade daughter Catelyn sat by her side while they learned and worked at the kitchen table. For the most part, Beth, an administrator at Seattle Colleges, tuned middle school out.But she couldn’t tune out Cuauhtemoc Escobedo, a 30-year Seattle Public Schools (SPS) veteran who teaches music and band at Eckstein Middle School. Through his virtual classroom, the tone of his voice, one that Beth said makes you sit down and listen, caught her ear. And “now I’m p...
The Seattle Times
Commentary: US complicity in Mexican crimes: Who were Cienfuegos' allies and accessories in American government?
Mexico’s former defense minister, Salvador Cienfuegos, was arrested on Thursday in Los Angeles and will arrive soon in New York to face conspiracy, organized crime and money laundering charges at the same courthouse which has already convicted Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman and where former Mexican police chief Genaro Garcia Luna also stands trial.The symbolism is powerful. The DEA, the U.S. Department of Justice and the American judiciary apparently have embarked on a fearless crusade against the most vicious international drug traffickers and their powerful accomplices in the Mexican government. ...
New York Daily News
Fabiola Santiago: This Bay of Pigs vet in Miami is all in for Joe Biden, rejects GOP's socialist attacks
Maybe it’s too late.Less than two weeks before Election Day, people already are voting in record numbers.But finally, somebody with credibility and authority — a Bay of Pigs veteran, no less — is addressing the most damaging accusation by the Donald Trump campaign and the Florida GOP against Joe Biden and down-ballot Democrats.Democrats are socialists. Democrats are Communists.Voting Democrat is a betrayal to the cause of a Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua.Failing to follow the Trump cult? You must be an infiltrado, an agent of the Castros, an ill-born Cuban (cubano mal nacido, a favorite insult of ...
Nation and world news briefs
Trump envoy Grenell tried to secretly negotiate Maduro’s exit in VenezuelaWASHINGTON — An influential Trump administration official secretly met with a representative of Nicolas Maduro’s regime in Mexico City in September to try to negotiate the Venezuelan leader’s peaceful exit from power.Richard Grenell, the former Acting U.S. director of National Intelligence and ambassador to Germany, and Jorge Rodriguez, a Venezuelan politician who is close to Maduro, met in the Mexican capital, according to four people familiar with the matter. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and the rest of the State ...
Tribune News Service
Army rules Vanessa Guillen death as 'in line of duty,' grants benefits
AUSTIN, Texas — Fort Hood officials on Tuesday said the family of U.S. Army Spc. Vanessa Guillen received word that the Army classified the soldier’s death as “in the line of duty.”Army officials spoke with the Guillen family of Houston, saying the new classification would allow them to receive Army benefits on behalf of the 20-year-old who is thought to have been killed by a fellow soldier on post, Fort Hood officials said in a written statement.Typically, those benefits include compensation to help the family with expenses, a funeral with full military honors, life insurance and final pay an...
Updated Belize protocols eliminate visitor applications
Travelers to Belize will no longer be required to complete an application to enter the country under updated protocols announced Tuesday by government officials.Belize visitors who arrive in the country with proof of a negative PCR test or who test negative at the airport no longer need to quarantine in the country for 10 days, officials said.Visitors will still be required to download the Belize Health App and provide requested information within 72 hours of arrival in the country, said Belize Tourism Board (BTB) officials in a statement.Under the country’s entry process, arriving travelers w...