Drug cartel hit-man arrested for journalist’s murder

first_img to go further Help by sharing this information September 28, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Drug cartel hit-man arrested for journalist’s murder MexicoAmericas Organisation Reports May 5, 2021 Find out more NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Follow the news on Mexico News Newscenter_img The Mexican authorities on 24 September arrested alleged contract killer Raúl Castelán Cruz as a suspected participant in the murder of journalist Francisco Arratia Saldierna. A former member of an elite Mexican army unit, Castelán Cruz is said to be a member of the Zetas, a gang of hit-men who work for the Gulf Cartel of drug traffickers. He was located through Arratia’s mobile phone, which he used three times. Under interrogation, he allegedly confessed to taking part in the murder but said he did not act alone. The contract for Arratia’s murder may have been issued by Gulf Cartel boss Jorge Eduardo “El Coss” Costilla and the motive is thought to have been Arratia’s reports about drug trafficking and organised crime.————————————————————-02.09.04 – Journalist killed in MatamorosReporters Without Borders expressed outrage today at the death of political journalist and commentator Francisco Arratia Saldierna. The worldwide press freedom organisation called for a speedy investigation to find the killers and determine whether the attack was connected with his journalistic work. “Every possibility must be considered,” it said. “The US-Mexican border, where trafficking of all kinds takes place, is a dangerous area for journalists doing stories about sensitive matters.” Police said they were looking at various motives.Francisco Arratia Saldierna was kidnapped and tortured on 31 August in the northeastern city of Matamoros (Tamaulipas state). He was seized by strangers who forced him into a car as he was on his way home from a garage he owned. An hour or so later, police got an anonymous call saying he was lying seriously wounded in front of the local Red Cross offices. He died in hospital a few hours later as a result of a broken skull and fingers and burns and injuries on his stomach and shoulders. As well as running the garage, Arratia Saldierna, 55, was a teacher and journalist who wrote political columns, especially about local corruption and organised crime, in four newspapers in Tamaulipas state – El Imparcial, El Regional, Mercurio and El Cinco. Receive email alerts RSF_en MexicoAmericas News May 13, 2021 Find out more 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Manning too much for Steelers… Defense to be tested versus Jets

first_imgSIDELINED—Steelers safety Ryan Clark, left, who has sickle cell trait that makes playing at altitude dangerous, watches as Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning throws before the start of the game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Sept. 9, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) Despite missing an entire season with a neck injury, Peyton Manning looked like the Peyton Manning of old as he led the Denver Broncos to an opening season 31-19 upset over the Steelers Sunday.The new Steelers offense looked a whole lot like the old. They controlled the game through ball control, keeping Manning on the bench most of the second half, but they still had to settle for field goals instead of touchdowns which, combined with a key interception at the end of the game, cost them the game. When Manning was on the field he was very effective, connecting on 19 of 26 passes for 253 yards. However, the Steelers still had a chance to win the game trailing 25-19 but a critical interception thrown by Ben Roethlisberger ended the game. It was obvious that Mike Wallace, 4-47, needed training camp because he was seldom open. However, Heath Miller, 4-50, saved them time after time but for some reason Ben stopped going to him. Injuries to offensive linemen Marcus Gilbert and Ramon Foster didn’t help, as Mark Legursky and rookie Mike Adams did a fair job in replacing them, but Adams did have problems keeping his man off Ben.The running game was very ineffective with Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer combining for 63 yards on 20 carries.The defense missing its best player James Harrison, plus Pro Bowler Ryan Clark was not as dominant as they were last year when they were the best in the NFL, but no defense is against Manning. With Harrison and Clark returning this week, look for the defense to be much more effective against the New York Jets.The Jets had huge question marks on offense and a big debate as to who the starting quarterback was going to be going into training camp. Their starter last season was Mike Sanchez, but they acquired Tim Tebow doing the off season from Denver, thus opening the door for Manning to go to the Broncos. Well, Sanchez responded in the season opener by putting up the most points by any NFL team in the opener, 48 against the Buffalo Bills, in the best game of his career.Sanchez was 19 of 27 for 266 yards and a quarterback rating of 123, as he distributed the ball to a variety of receivers. Led by Stephen Hill, 5-59, and Santonio Holmes, 4-68, with Shonn Greene leading the ground game with 94 yards on 27 carries.Sanchez will be determined to show that this wasn’t by chance, that he is an elite quarterback, which means the Steelers defense will be thoroughly tested this week. But when it’s all said and done the Steelers defense should be even stronger this year than the number one rated unit of last season.Despite the retirement of key line reserve Chris Hoke, the Steelers line is stronger this year than last. Joining Pro Bowler Casey Hampton is fellow Pro Bowler Brett Kesiel who was also named defensive captain, and young upcoming star Ziggy Hood. But what really makes this line tough is the young backups Cameron Heyward, Steve McClendon, Al Wood and Aloameda Ta’ Amu. There’s no better overall line in the NFL.The Steelers are noted for their linebackers and this year they have one of the best groups ever. Harrison, a five time Pro Bowler, is as good as any in the league. He’s joined by LaMarr Woodley who is challenging Harrison and Ray Lewis for the title of the best in the game. And inside they don’t miss a beat in Lawrence Timmons and veteran Barry Foote. But again the depth is the key with youngsters Chris Carter, Jason Worilds, Adrian Robinson, Brandon Johnson and third round draft pick Sean Spence, who may miss the season with an injury, filling in when a starter is hurt or during downs where extra linebackers are needed.The secondary used to be the Steelers Achilles hill, but not anymore. In Troy Palumalu and Clark there’s not a better pair of safeties in the league. At the corners Ike Taylor has become a top flight defender and second year player Keenan Lewis is expected to have an outstanding season, with Curtis Brown, Cortez Allen, Myron Rolle and Ryan Mundy giving them solid backups.The game against the Jets is a must win because in the strong AFC North Conference they can’t afford to start off at 0-2. Even though the Jets have a good team and should make the playoffs this season, they are not as good as the Steelers who should once again be a Super Bowl contender.last_img read more

This Week’s Favorite Features – Artesian Well, Nutrition Advice, And Oly…

first_imgFacebook18Tweet0Pin0 Well, clearly there is no theme surrounding this week’s favorite features.  The articles are a diverse sampling of ThurstonTalk stories.  Read on to see three positive stories that rose to the top this week.Olympia’s Artesian Well: Flowing Water From The HeavensThe artesian well post includes five photos captured during an afternoon visit to the site.  Our writer, Jake Luplow, chatted with users while they filled big jugs.  Visit the artesian well on 4th Avenue in downtown Olympia.Olympia Nutrition Consultant Finds Sweetness Beyond The Chocolate BarLacy Waltermeyer’s popularity is clear.  As soon as her new article posted, views jumped up.  We are excited to have Lacy as a community contributor.  Watch for her nutrition based stories each month.Oly Rollers Bring Home Another National TitleWhile this article was technically posted last week, it hung on to a top spot this week.  Oly Rollers is an awesome, dedicated group of women skaters that represented Olympia at a national competition last month.  Read about the team and their successes in this article.ThurstonTalk aims to be your source for positive information and events happening in Olympia.  If you have a suggestion for a story, send us a note at [email protected]  For more events and to learn what’s happening in Olympia and the surrounding area, click here.last_img read more

Percival Plinth Project Calls for 2017 Sculptures

first_imgFacebook18Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The City of OlympiaThe City of Olympia is seeking up to 15 loaned sculptures from Washington and Oregon state artists for temporary display of up to one year on Percival Landing and for consideration for the Peoples’ Choice purchase award of one sculpture for the City’s public art collection.Percival Landing is a waterfront boardwalk and park that hosts several large maritime-themed events during the year and provides guest moorage for visitors arriving by boat. It is a popular destination for visitors and locals alike. Percival Landing has been recognized as one of 10 Great Places in America by the American Planning Association. More information on the Percival Plinth Project at olympiawa.gov/plinth.Application deadline is March 22, 2017Applications accepted through CallforEntry.orgEach sculpture submitted must be available for exhibition June 2017 – June 2018Artists may submit up to two (2) entries, with two (2) images each.$700 honorarium for 1 year loan of each sculptureUp to $10,000 annual purchase – Peoples’ PrizeNew works will be celebrated with a public event, kicking-off one month of public voting for the Peoples’ Prizelast_img read more