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November 2010 Blog Posts (11)

Adminstrative Rights

When a loved one goes missing, life and business must go on.I have a wonderful attorney that helped me get Administrative Rights. This enables me to make business decisions regarding joint property that Ron and I have.

I am in the process of combining our mortgage and a home improvement loan and refinancing for as long a period as possible. Instead of paying 2 notes, I will hopefully have 1 lower note that I can pay off when I am able to get a Presumptive Death Certificate and life… Continue

Added by Cynthia Scheepstra on November 29, 2010 at 10:28pm — 2 Comments

Colombian Drug Lord Surrenders to U.S. Authorities

Julio Alberto Lozano, accused by Colombian authorities of being one of the hemisphere's most important drug traffickers, has surrendered himself to U.S. authorities, the Colombian police said. According to national police director General Oscar Naranjo, Lozano is part of the "executive board of directors" of an international drug trafficking and money laundering network that supersedes the Colombian drug trafficking organizations of "Cuchillo" and "El Loco Barrera," as well as the Mexican…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on November 24, 2010 at 11:19am — No Comments

Man Believed to Be Major Caribbean Drug Dealer Arrested on Cruise Ship

A man authorities say helped run the largest Caribbean drug ring headed off with his family on a Thanksgiving holiday cruise only to be nabbed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. Federal agents were waiting onboard the 3,080-passenger Caribbean Princess for Jorge Luis Figueroa Agosto. He had boarded the weeklong Caribbean cruise in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with his wife, two children and in-laws. The arrest was made without incident before the ship reached its first port of call… Continue

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on November 24, 2010 at 2:00am — No Comments

State Department ignores requests for forms necessary for Presumptive Death Certificate

I found out from my attorney today that after 6months of requesting the forms necessary to apply for a Presumptive Death Finding, she has had NO RESPONSE....in 6MONTHS!...This is so unacceptable, that I just don't have the words to say how I feel right now. Angry just does not cut it.
Our government is out of control and there is no one to be held accountable for their incompetance. How hard is it to respond to a request for forms??

Added by Cynthia Scheepstra on November 18, 2010 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Cornell Grad Ryan Crowder Was Stabbed in a Robbery Attempt

Ryan Crowder, the Cornell graduate killed in Nicaragua last weekend, apparently died from stab wounds during a robbery attempt, one of Nicaragua’s leading newspapers reported on Tuesday. Crowder was stabbed multiple times by a group of five or six robbers, El Nuevo Diario reported. The attack occurred as Crowder was traveling with an unidentified woman on a road near Managua, the Nicaraguan capital. The newspaper did not report whether the woman was injured during the robbery. Nicaragua’s… Continue

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on November 17, 2010 at 9:49pm — No Comments

"Shatter the Looking Glass": an Online Magazine About Ethical Travel

Please check out "Shatter the Looking Glass" - a new online magazine focused on ethical travel. Natalie J -- the founder, editor, and publisher -- is a friend and former student of mine...an excellent journalist, as well as advocate for human rights. She and her colleagues are producing some really fine work of the sort you won't normally see, I hope you'll take a bit of time to read this brand new online publication.

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on November 17, 2010 at 2:05am — No Comments

Cornell Graduate Student Killed in Nicaragua

Cornell University graduate student Ryan Crowder was killed in Nicaragua Saturday night, the university announced Monday. Crowder, seeking a master’s degree in natural resources, had been working there since May, trying to help a group of small fisheries and their surrounding community. Details remained unclear late Monday night, but “violence was involved,” according to an e-mail from Prof. Marianne Krasny, chair of the natural resources department.… Continue

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on November 16, 2010 at 5:30am — No Comments

7 Killed in Blast at Mexico Resort

Seven people, including five Canadian tourists, were killed Sunday in a powerful explosion that was thought to have been triggered by a mix of swamp gases beneath a large resort hotel south of Cancún, the authorities said. Read full story.

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on November 15, 2010 at 12:37am — No Comments

Gunmen in Mexico Drug War Getting Younger

Mexican police on Friday detained a minor accused of working as a gunman for a drug cartel after videos and photos surfaced online of fresh-faced boys mugging for the camera with guns and corpses. One video, briefly posted on YouTube, showed a youth, apparently in his teens, confessing to working for a branch of the Beltran Leyva cartel. The youth tells an unseen questioner that his gang was paid $3,000 per killing. "When we don't find the rivals, we kill innocent people, maybe a construction… Continue

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on November 14, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Somali Pirates Free British Couple

A British couple who were kidnapped by Somali pirates while sailing in a small yacht in the Indian Ocean and held in captivity in a remote, swelteringly hot patch of central Somalia for more than a year were finally released, Somali officials said Sunday. Read full story.

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on November 14, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

4 U.S. Citizens Killed in Mexico Over Weekend; 92 Since June 2009

Mexico authorities say they are probing the deaths of four U.S. citizens who were shot to death in separate attacks in the border city of Ciudad Juarez over the weekend, according to this Associated Press article. Furthermore, State Department officials say 92 Americans have been… Continue

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on November 2, 2010 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

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