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What Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman’s Mom Thinks Of Him

During an exclusive interview with TIME, the mother of notorious drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman shared what she thinks of her son.

Guzman, 61, is in New York City’s highest-security prison after escaping from Mexican prisons twice, once in 2001 and again in 2015. He is accused of trafficking drugs worth $14 billion into the United States. His is one of the biggest narcotics cases in U.S. criminal history.

LAWYER: El Chapo’s mental health is deteriorating while in prison

During the interview, Guzman’s mother, Consuelo Loera, 88, spoke about his childhood growing up in a mud-made shack in Mexico’s Sierra Madre mountains.

“They were difficult times. We longed for something better,” Loera told TIME.

TIME reports Guzmán helped bring food to the table by hauling sacks of oranges around the hills to sell to peasant farmers for a few pesos.

“He always fought for a better life,” Loera told TIME, “even as a small boy.”

TIME reports Guzman’s mother no longer lives in a muddy shack, but instead in a sprawling brick compound with guards outside on quad bikes brandishing Kalashnikov assault rifles.

“I just talked to him by telephone,” Loera told TIME. “He is putting on a brave face. He has always been someone who acts as if everything is fine.”

IN THE FAMILY: No one parties like the son of ‘El Chapo’

Dozens of other Mexican drug lords who have been extradited to the U.S. in recent years have pleaded guilty – usually, as part of deals. Guzmán however has declared himself innocent. Due to his plea, a trial is scheduled for September in a federal court in Brooklyn. Until then, he remains in the New York City prison.

911 Operator Jailed For Hanging Up On Thousands Of Emergency Calls Because She Wasn’t In The Mood

In the philosophical words of our beloved Flavor Flav…

” get up get, get get down
911 is a joke in yo town… Get up, get, get, get down
Late 911 wears the late crown”

Via Bossip — A lot of us “phone it in” for a few minutes here and there while at work…but one Texas woman took it to the point of criminality in a career where your presence on the job is a life or death matter.

Read the entire story here: Bossip

SMH! Terrible. Alot of people rely on 911 for health emergencies, etc.

Columbine Survivors Join Parkland Students to Push for Change 19 Years After Massacre

I really admire these students for standing up and doing what is right to protect not only themselves, but hopefully generations to come. Growing up in the 80’s, I can not imagine having endured such evil and hate in the world. The most of our troubles were school yard bullies. I can’t help but believe that having to live through the horror of something as tragic as a school shooting will affect these children for the rest of their lives. It’s up to us as a community to be that pillar of support in keeping them safe.

Read the entire story on KTLA

Report: Lead Found In Hundreds of Chicago Homes’ Water

Here we go again.

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Toxic lead was found in tap water drawn from nearly 70% of 2,797 homes across Chicago within the past two years, according to a Chicago Tribune analysis of results from the tested water. The daily newspaper published a report on that analysis Thursday.

Tap water in three of every 10 homes included in the analysis had lead concentrations above 5 parts per billion, the Tribune reported.

Lead can leach from certain kinds of pipes as water travels from utilities to home faucets. The US Environmental Protection Agency has set its limit for lead in tap water at 15 parts per billion — but for bottled water, according to the US Food and Drug Administration, the limit is 5 parts per billion.

Lead exposure can affect nearly every system in the body, and no safe blood lead level in children has been identified, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s why the concentrations found in Chicago are raising a few eyebrows.

My immediate take is that Chicago has a lead problem,” said Dr. Philip Landrigan, dean for global health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and an expert on environmental pollution in children, who was not involved in the Tribune’s analysis.

However, “nobody should panic here. This is a problem that has to be dealt with, but it’s not a cause for panic,” he said. “In the meantime, fortunately, children can be protected here simply by switching water sources,” such as by drinking bottled water.

Lead is a naturally occurring metal found deep within the ground and has been used in a variety of products, including paint, pipes, gasoline, batteries and even cosmetics. Yet to the human body, lead exposure can be toxic.

Exposure is especially dangerous for young children and for pregnant women because the developing brain of a fetus in the womb or a young baby is very sensitive to lead, and even very low levels of lead exposure can cause brain injury in a child with loss of IQ and disruption of behavior,” Landrigan said. “So people have to take this quite seriously.”

Megan Vidis, a spokeswoman for the Chicago Department of Water Management, said in a statement to CNN on Thursday that the city’s water beats the standards set by the EPA year after year.

The department “takes a proactive approach to mitigating lead in our water system by introducing corrosion control into water mains; providing residences and businesses with complete instructions for flushing whenever there is any water infrastructure work being done in the vicinity; and free lead testing of drinking water,” the statement said.


Um, yea ok.

Read the rest of this article here.

Is it a coincidence that Chicago, like Detroit, is a predominately urban city with this ongoing lead issue? Could racial demographics be the delay in getting these lead filled pipes replaced in these particular cities?

Please leave a comment & let me know what you think.

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