When Americans go missing in Mexico, US officials have to tell loved ones 'go to Mexico'
BAJA CALIFORNIA, Mexico — When Karla Izquierdo’s ex-husband, Francisco Aguilar, disappeared in Rosarito, she unwillingly joined a group no one wants to become a member of: the tens of thousands of families searching across Mexico for their missing loved ones.But the case is a relative rarity, in one sense because Aguilar, a 20-year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department, is an American citizen.Each year, millions of Americans visit Mexico without incident. Still, 324 American citizens have vanished since 2006 and not been found, according to the Mexican federal government’s official tally ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Trudy Rubin: Whether Trump wins or loses, the post-election fight to refresh democracy won't be easy
Last week I got a call from a friend asking if I still had my bulletproof vest from my trips to Iraq over the last decade. She wanted to pass the vest on to a Black lawyer who was traveling to North Carolina to join Democratic poll watchers on Nov. 3, and whose life she feared for.I used to have to travel to places like Iraq, Afghanistan, Russia or Hong Kong to write about dangerous elections. Not anymore.My friend’s fears were legitimate — coming at a time when President Donald Trump is spewing falsehoods about wide-scale election fraud while encouraging armed white supremacists to support hi...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
US intelligence won't brief Florida delegation on 'spoofed' emails tied to Iran
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The office of Director of National Intelligence on Monday turned down the Florida congressional delegation’s request to be briefed on the claim that foreign governments have targeted voters to sow disinformation in the upcoming election, including through hundreds of emails sent to Florida voters last week.Florida U.S. Reps. Stephanie Murphy, a Central Florida Democrat, and Michael Waltz, a Republican from Northeast Florida, had asked for an FBI briefing for the delegation by Oct. 30 to find out more about the “nature and extend of Iranian and Russian efforts to undermine t...
Cholera arrived in Haiti 10 years ago. Victims are still waiting for compensation
It started as rumor: farmers in Haiti’s Artibonite Valley were dying after drinking unchlorinated water from the Artibonite River, becoming dehydrated and suffering severe diarrhea.Haiti’s health ministry, on guard for an outbreak after the devastating Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake left more than 300,000 dead and 1.5 million homeless nine months earlier, suspected it could be cholera, the deadly waterborne disease. The representative of the Pan American Health Organization, however, dismissed the possibility. The mortality rate, he told journalists, was too high.Specimens were eventually taken on ...
Ann McFeatters: How Trump delivered on his promises from 2016, and what it signals for a 2nd term
We have never heard a serious answer from Donald Trump about his priorities for a second term except that having first called the White House a “dump,” he’s come to like living there and flying on Air Force One.Republicans, also, refused to put out a platform for the next four years. But, hey, we easily can review how well Trump kept his promises in his first term as president.Trump promised to bring manufacturing jobs back to U.S. shores and started a trade war with China, imposing higher tariffs to bring jobs back. Sadly, there is not a higher number of American-made widgets. The U.S. trade ...
Tribune News Service
Speaking of the season: Minnesota outdoors advocates weigh in on their flight in autumn
MINNEAPOLIS — Time spent in the outdoors is a shared narrative among Minnesotans. Maybe now more widely shared than in a lifetime as people see a place where safety from the coronavirus feels a breath away.What follows are words from some of those people, for whom the outdoors is a place of action and vocation and, given the times, a place of even higher worth. Who can’t relate?Alumni of the Outdoors Weekend feature Currents were asked several questions:How have you spent your time outdoors this autumn?What’s been meaningful?And has the pandemic changed any of it?Their answers have been edited...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Florida reports 3,377 new cases of COVID-19, 20 deaths
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida reported another 3,377 cases of COVID-19 Monday and 20 additional deaths, as the number of people hospitalized for the disease continued to rise.The number of new cases is not the highest in the past week, having been exceeded by the counts on three other days. But it still represents a higher number than most days in early October, and it comes as the experts say Florida could be experiencing a resurgence of the disease.The Florida Department of Health has said it will review death count accuracy, since some doctors are reporting them up to three months after t...
Military, police in Washington state prepare for possible civil unrest after election
SEATTLE — As tension builds toward Election Day, law enforcement officials in Washington and elsewhere are preparing for the prospect that this year’s long, hot summer of unrest won’t end on Nov. 3, regardless of who wins the presidency.If anything, officials worry that pressure will only build in the coming weeks, faced with the possibility of a contested election, spiking gun sales and ongoing civil unrest over institutional racism and police violence, all driven by a tsunami of social media misinformation and conspiracies from the right and left, not to mention from foreign adversaries.“I c...
The Seattle Times
Commentary: Trump missed an opportunity in Syria to succeed where Obama failed
It was a very cold night on Jan. 28, 2017. Thousands of Chicagoans from all backgrounds were rallying at O’Hare International Airport and other airports around the country against a travel ban President Donald Trump had just signed into law. The executive order restricted travel to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Syria.One of the posters carried by three Catholic nuns from the South Side read “We are all Muslims now,” and others read “Refugees Welcome” and “Jews in support for Muslim rights.” It was a heartwarming rally in contrast to the chilling news coming from the ...
Trump, Biden campaigns lawyer up to take the election to court in Florida, rest of US
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — President Donald Trump and Joe Biden are still battling to get votes, but they’re also signing up thousands of lawyers and poll watchers in Florida and throughout the country in anticipation of a slew of legal challenges that could prevent the outcome from being known for weeks after Election Day.In fact, legal battles throughout the country have already been waged over voter registration deadlines, deadlines to turn in mail ballots, how to correct signatures on mail-in ballots, and drop-off boxes for mail ballots.It’s no different in Florida, which both campaigns see as a ...