Colombia reinvents itself from a troubled past

Colombia reinvents itself from a troubled past

Any big city has its rough spots, but visiting Colombia’s capital was slightly more daunting than others because of its past reputation of drug lords and cartels. Those thoughts dissipated when I arrived in downtown Bogotá and began wandering La Candelaria, a neighborhood equivalent to a European old city. The buildings were of Spanish colonial and art deco styles, colorful and quaint, and decorated with intricate murals. A cat eye painted on a utility pole…

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Trump impeachment parties, featuring ‘Comey cake balls,’ try to entice Congress to remove president

Trump impeachment parties, featuring ‘Comey cake balls,’ try to entice Congress to remove president

President Donald Trump’s potentially impeachable actions may be heavy topics weighing on members of Congress, but Lisa Levinski—one of 6,500 people across the country who agreed to host a “Party to Impeach” on Saturday—is making them lighter and sweeter for her guests to digest. One of a couple dozen bite-sized items Levinski is serving up at her Trump impeachment-themed house party are symbolic “Comey cake balls,” made of white Oreo cookies with cream cheese and…

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Trump impeachment is just a matter of time after more than 4 million sign petition, Tom Steyer says

Trump impeachment is just a matter of time after more than 4 million sign petition, Tom Steyer says

For Need to Impeach campaign founder Tom Steyer, it’s not a matter of if, but when, President Donald Trump will be removed from office. “There will be increasing evidence and increasing urgency with the American people to get this guy out of office as people realize we really can’t survive him,” Steyer said during a recent sit-down with Newsweek in New York City. “When it happens, I don’t know. Exactly what the next events will…

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Why travelers shouldn’t stereotype Amsterdam

Why travelers shouldn’t stereotype Amsterdam

The postcard image I had heading to the Netherlands was of gigantic windmills and grand canals. But the thought of them faded when I arrived at the Amsterdam City Centre. A wide waterway was lined on both sides by monumental 17th and 18th century buildings in a myriad of warm, earthy colors. Boats and brick bridges crossed the still, reflective water. As soon as I started wandering, I found myself delightfully lost in a maze…

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Disabled Americans lost voting rights under Trump election fraud commissioner’s law

Disabled Americans lost voting rights under Trump election fraud commissioner’s law

The head of President Donald Trump’s election fraud commission drafted a law as a Kansas official that led to 23 disabled people not having their votes counted in a recent local election. The disenfranchisement occurred in Sedgwick County and was a direct result of a law pushed by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a member of Trump’s voter fraud commission, which requires disabled voters’ signatures on their ballot envelopes. Until Kobach’s Secure and Fair…

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Santa Ana not sure what to do with its state-of-the-art, nearly empty 512-bed jail

Santa Ana not sure what to do with its state-of-the-art, nearly empty 512-bed jail

It doesn’t have the gritty look you’d expect of a 20-year-old jail that has housed thousands of accused murderers, robbers, gang members and immigrants detained by federal authorities. Two-person dorm-style cells remain clean and tidy, with dark blue tables, mint green bunk beds and doors with glass windows rather than cage-like metal bars. There is clean, blue and beige carpet to muffle ambient noise and large areas where inmates can mingle, watch TV, play board games or…

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Santa Ana police chief resigns amid controversy over rise in shootings, says he has new job

Santa Ana police chief resigns amid controversy over rise in shootings, says he has new job

Santa Ana Police Chief Carlos Rojas has announced his resignation, saying he has agreed to take a job with another undisclosed agency. In a letter dated Wednesday, April 19, to Acting City Manager City Manager Gerardo Mouet and obtained Thursday by the Register, Rojas noted he had served the city for more than 27 years. He called for the appointment of an acting police chief to “allow for a seamless transition as I separate from…

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A trip to Iceland to chase the Northern Lights

A trip to Iceland to chase the Northern Lights

The allure of the Northern Lights led me to Iceland. Little did I know how elusive they are. Checking the weather one last time before departure on my WOW air flight, things weren’t looking promising. Precipitation appeared in the forecast for the entire week, and clear skies are required to see the aurora borealis. When my three travel buddies and I landed at Keflavik International Airport, we were greeted by rain, not snow. Turns out…

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How a violent month in Santa Ana set the stage for Council infighting, election angst and jobs possibly lost

How a violent month in Santa Ana set the stage for Council infighting, election angst and jobs possibly lost

Just minutes into the new year last year, a 22-year-old man was gunned down walking in the alley behind the Santa Ana apartment where he lived. Two days later, a 19-year-old was fatally wounded in a car-to-car shooting near the city’s Centennial Regional Park. Over the next 24 hours, two more men were killed in gun violence a mile apart in a gang-plagued area already targeted for special enforcement by police and prosecutors. The four…

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Cuba: How to get there ahead of the American tourist invasion

Cuba: How to get there ahead of the American tourist invasion

Visiting Cuba before it completely opens to U.S. travelers – and to McDonald’s – was a race against the clock, from what I had read. So, in the spring, when no one I knew could commit to a trip, I decided to go it alone. Pricey charter flights were the only direct option to the communist country seemingly stuck 50 years in the past – commercial flights from the U.S. will fly soon – so,…

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