Police stage record crackdown on Brazil’s biggest gang

first_imgPolice launched what they called Brazil’s biggest-ever anti-narcotics operation Monday against the country’s largest gang, the First Capital Command (PCC), seeking to arrest hundreds of people.More than 1,000 officers aimed to arrest 422 suspects and execute search and seizure warrants at 201 properties across 19 states, federal police said in a statement.The operation targeted the Sao Paulo-based gang’s financial infrastructure, blocking $46.6 million in bank deposits and seizing $1.1 million in cash, they said. Topics : Investigators said they had identified the network responsible for laundering the gang’s drug trafficking proceeds by following the money trail of payments made to 210 gang members in maximum-security prisons.The payments were for holding “high-ranking posts in the criminal organization” and carrying out orders such as “executing public officials,” they said.Formed in 1993, the PCC is estimated to have more than 30,000 members.It operates across most of Brazil and is involved in the international drug trade to Europe, Africa and Asia.center_img It is led by Marcos Willians Herbas Camacho, alias “Marcola,” currently serving a more than 200-year sentence in a maximum-security prison in Brasilia.The gang’s turf wars and flare-ups have unleashed brutal violence at times, including a record crime wave in 2006, when members attacked hundreds of police stations and patrol cars.The attacks, which left 90 people dead, were believed to have been triggered by plans to transfer Camacho and hundreds of other jailed gang leaders to maximum-security prisons.last_img read more

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Coleman sparks Syracuse to win, Orange sweeps Canada

first_img Published on August 24, 2013 at 9:50 pm Contact Trevor: [email protected] | @TrevorHass DaJuan Coleman scored 26 points in 26 minutes, propelling Syracuse to a 73-50 win over the University of Ottawa at Montpetit Hall in Ottawa on Saturday.Coleman shot 10-for-13 from the field and 6-for-10 from the free-throw line, adding seven rebounds and dominating the undersized Gee-Gees in the paint. The win put the finishing touches on a successful four-game road trip as the Orange knocked off all of the Canadian schools it faced.After eking by Carleton 69-65 in overtime Friday, SU had an easier time against Ottawa. The Orange used an 18-0 run in the second half to pull away from the pesky Gee-Gees. Though Ottawa hit just 26.4 percent of its shots in the first half, Syracuse only held a 34-28 lead at the break.Ottawa hit four 3-pointers in the first half but then entered a nasty dry spell, scoring just one bucket in 11 minutes while the Orange pulled away.Rakeem Christmas chipped in 12 points and 11 rebounds. He didn’t record a double-double all of last season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textC.J. Fair sat out for Syracuse with a bruised lower left leg, an injury suffered against McGill University on Wednesday that caused him to miss the following game against Bishop’s University. Fair played against Carleton University on Friday, scoring 11 points and adding eight rebounds before re-aggravating the leg injury in a scramble for a loose ball. He missed the final 11 minutes on Friday. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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In Memoriam: Professor Paul Ilie

first_imgPhoto courtesy of USC newsUSC professor emeritus Paul Ilie, an expert in European history and Spanish literature, died on July 18 in Los Angeles. He was 84 years old.Ilie is best remembered for his passion for intellectual engagement, his ability to genuinely communicate with people and his dedication to independent thought, according to USC News.Ilie graduated from Brown University with master’s and doctoral degrees in romance languages and literatures. He then taught at the University of Michigan, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and UCLA.=Ilie joined the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences in 1982 and taught for 15 years before retiring as a professor emeritus in 1997. Aside from teaching, Ilie wrote over 100 academic articles and literary criticisms, authored eight books and received a Guggenheim fellowship in 1965 to expand his research in Spanish and Portuguese literature.Shortly before his death, Ilie had been working on a novel concerning the 17th century Spanish King Felipe V. Jesús Torrecilla, a Spanish literature professor at UCLA and former doctoral student of Ilie’s, expressed the gratitude and admiration he felt for Paul Ilie. “It is hard for me to convey the deep sense of gratitude I have for Paul Ilie as a mentor and as a role model,” Torrecilla said to USC News. “I could not be the scholar and the person I am today without the influence of Paul. Because of this, I feel that even if he is sadly not around us anymore, he will continue to be with us always.”last_img read more

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