They promised Cubans entry into US; instead, they allegedly tortured and extorted them
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Two men promised to smuggle Cuban migrants into the United States via Mexico, but instead they tortured and extorted their victims, prosecutors say.Reynaldo Marquez Crespo, 41, and Jancer Sergio Ramos Valdes, 33, both Cuban, face charges of alien smuggling and kidnapping in a South Florida federal court.Crespo and Valdez promised their victims safe passage across the Yucatan Straits, the body of water that separates Cuba from Mexico, on go-fast boats and then over land across Mexico to the United States border sometime during January 2019, according to court documents.B...
Haiti's public works minister is accused of intimidating the country's watchdog agency
Haiti’s public works minister showed up at the offices of the government’s watchdog agency Wednesday. But it wasn’t an ordinary visit.Joiseus Nader was accompanied by heavily armed men dressed in ski masks and black clothing. While they stood guard, civilians accompanying them snapped photos and took videos of some of the 300 employees and sensitive documents that are part of an ongoing corruption probe.Now Nader is being accused of intimidation.“When you come into an institution with a group of heavily armed men who have their faces covered and dressed in black, and whom we can’t even identif...
Kyle Rittenhouse, the Lake County teen charged with killing two in Kenosha, set for court hearing Friday
CHICAGO — Kyle Rittenhouse is scheduled for a hearing in Lake County court Friday morning that will focus on whether he will be sent to Wisconsin to face charges alleging he fatally shot two people and wounded a third during protests in Kenosha last month.Lawyers for the 17-year-old from Antioch could waive his right to challenge extradition or demand future hearings to fight his potential return to Kenosha County, where he is charged with murder and several other counts.If he fights extradition, those proceedings would turn on the questions of whether the warrant from Wisconsin is valid and w...
Cordarrelle Patterson, Bears express fear as they continue to reckon with the Breonna Taylor ruling: 'It was heartbreaking'
CHICAGO — Cordarrelle Patterson saw the Breonna Taylor ruling through the eyes of his 8-year-old son.“My girlfriend, she’s white. So my kids are mixed,” the Chicago Bears running back and return specialist said via Zoom Thursday. “But I’m fully Black so my kids think they’re fully Black, so they don’t see color.“… So, when my kid comes to me asking like, why is this going on? First thing he said was like, ‘I thought Dr. Martin Luther King fixed all this?’“I was like, ‘How do you even know stuff like this, dude?’ ”More than six months after Taylor, an emergency medical worker, was shot to death...
Fantasy football Week 3: Start and sit
The injury bug struck the NFL hard in Week 2. Here’s a recap of last week’s games, followed by Week 3’s best bets:———WEEK 2 RECAPBrowns 35, Bengals 30: Both Baker Mayfield and rookie Joe Burrow will be solid streaming candidates in most fantasy formats going forward.49ers 31, Jets 13: Here’s hoping Raheem Mostert doesn’t miss too much time, because he was looking like a peak Chris Johnson before he suffered a MCL sprain.Bears 17, Giants 13: High volume (almost 17 touches per game) will help David Montgomery maintain his RB2 status.Cowboys 40, Falcons 39: Never has a player been vultured like E...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Giants blow early lead, lose crushing extra-inning game to Rockies as wild card chaos continues
SAN FRANCISCO — For all the entertainment and excitement the San Francisco Giants have provided television viewers this season, the 2020 club has suffered no shortage of gut-wrenching and heartbreaking losses.The Giants watched reliever Trevor Gott blow three consecutive save opportunities in August, saw their former center fielder, Kevin Pillar, crush their hopes with a go-ahead triple in Colorado at the beginning of September and squandered a chance at a comeback victory over Arizona the same week when rookie center fielder Mauricio Dubón committed a terrible baserunning mistake that same we...
The Mercury News
Parkland families will have to share no more than $300,000 in mass shooting lawsuit against school district, court rules
The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the school district where the Parkland mass shooting took place more than two years ago does not have to pay more than $300,000 in combined damages to the victims’ families.Attorneys for survivors and families of the 17 students and staff killed at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February 2018 had asked the court to consider each gunshot as a separate incident, arguing that each plaintiff was entitled to receive $200,000, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.But the limit under Florida state law is $300,000, which the court said shou...
New York Daily News
Source: Cubs cut 60 jobs in business department — and plan for potential limited seating at Wrigley Field next season
CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs on Thursday laid off about 60 members of their business department because of declining revenue amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a source told the Chicago Tribune.In addition, the team is bracing for limited seating capacity for games at Wrigley Field in 2021 in the event fans are allowed to attend games without a vaccine for the coronavirus, the source said. Should fans be allowed to return in limited capacity, the Cubs would prioritize season ticket holders for admission.The Cubs likely are to follow the model of other teams that have allowed fans to attend games should...
Hornets' Devonte Graham was angry about Most Improved: 'Nobody knows the real definition of it'
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte Hornets point guard Devonte Graham has made peace with not winning the NBA’s Most Improved Player award.But he still thinks he got ripped off, not even being among the three finalists. He’s for the NBA providing some definition to voters of what the award is.“Obviously, I was upset about it. I’m pretty much over it now,” Graham said following the Hornets’ workout Thursday. “I just know the people who really watch and are around basketball know.”Graham received endorsements, first from Dallas Maverick Luka Doncic, and then from Los Angeles Laker LeBron James, that he...
The Charlotte Observer
Documenting Violence in Guinea During a Pandemic
https://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/media_2020/09/202009africa_guinea_street.jpgWhen Guinea’s President Alpha Condé tried to get approval via a referendum in March for a new constitution that would allow him to run for a third term, violent clashes between opposition groups, the security forces, and pro-government supporters erupted across the country. The violence was at its worst in N’Zérékoré, the West African country’s second largest city. In just 3 days, more than 30 people were killed, and numerous homes and buildings destroyed while security forces failed to adequately protect peopl...
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