Did El Salvador’s government make a deal with gangs?

El Salvador's government wants to show it has not given any special treatment to gang members
El Salvador’s government wants to show it has not given any special treatment to gang members

El Salvador’s jailed gang members will see “not one ray of sunshine”, said the country’s prisons director, Orisis Luna Meza, in April.

He was describing the latest phase in the government’s hard-line security policy, the “Plan for Territorial Control”, which imposed stricter, more inhumane conditions in the country’s maximum-security prisons.

Natural light would be shut out from the inmates’ cells, family visits were banned and prisoners from two rival gangs – the MS-13 and Barrio 18 – would be housed together, mortal enemies living cheek-by-jowl in the heavily overcrowded cells.

Images of hundreds of half-naked, shaven-headed prisoners shackled together in the prison yards amid a worsening coronavirus outbreak sparked outrage among international human rights groups.

‘Show me one privilege’

Today, the government is not concealing the appalling state of its prisons but showing them

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Two Stanford scholars have been named American Physical Society Fellows

JAMES CRYAN, an investigator with the Stanford PULSE Institute (a joint institute of Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory), and ALISON MARSDEN, associate professor of pediatrics (cardiology) and of bioengineering, have been honored by the American Physical Society as 2020 American Physical Society Fellows.

James Cryan and Alison Marsden have been honored by the American Physical Society as 2020 American Physical Society Fellows. (Cryan credit: Courtesy SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory; Marsden credit: L.A. Cicero)

The APS Fellowship Program was created to recognize members who have made advances in physics through original research and publications or made significant innovative contributions in the application of physics to science and technology. They may also have made significant contributions to the teaching of physics or service and participation in the activities of the society.

Marsden was nominated by the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics for “the development of numerical

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U.S. government appeals judge’s ruling to block WeChat app store ban

By David Shepardson



FILE PHOTO: The messenger app WeChat is seen among U.S. flags in this illustration picture


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FILE PHOTO: The messenger app WeChat is seen among U.S. flags in this illustration picture


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department on Friday said it was appealing a judge’s decision to block the government from barring Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google from offering Chinese-owned messaging app WeChat for download in U.S. app stores.

The government said it was appealing the Sept. 19 preliminary junction issued by U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The injunction blocked the U.S. Commerce Department order, which would also bar other U.S. transactions with Tencent Holding’s WeChat, potentially making the app unusable in the United States.

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A U.S. spokesman for Tencent did not immediately comment.

The Justice Department said earlier that Beeler’s order was in error and “permits the continued, unfettered use of WeChat, a mobile application that the

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Steve Barnes of Cellino & Barnes law firm reportedly dies in plane crash

Stephen Barnes, one half of the personal injury attorney duo Cellino & Barnes, reportedly died Friday in a plane crash.

Barnes, a registered pilot, was flying a plane he owned from New Hampshire back to Buffalo, New York, on Friday when the plane crashed outside of the city. Terry Connors, an attorney from Cellino & Barnes, first said the plane was Barnes’. Another source later told The Buffalo News that Barnes was flying the plane, and that he and a female relative onboard died in the crash. Other Buffalo news sources later confirmed Barnes was piloting, and police later confirmed both people on the plane died.

Barnes and Ross Cellino worked together

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Law & Order Spinoff Starring Christopher Meloni Delayed at NBC as Showrunner Exits

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The Law & Order: SVU spinoff starring Christopher Meloni has been delayed.

Production on Law & Order: Organized Crime — and the return of Meloni’s beloved Elliot Stabler character — continues to take shape, PEOPLE confirms.

Meanwhile, previously announced showrunner Matt Olmstead is exiting the series. He formerly had a four-year run with Wolf Entertainment and inked a three-year overall deal to return to Universal TV, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported the delay.

Organized Crime was originally planned to air Thursdays at 10 p.m. this fall —  following Law & Order: SVU — though a premiere date was not announced. THR reports that the show is still slated to air in the 2020-21 broadcast season.

RELATED: Christopher Meloni Confirms Mariska Hargitay Will Appear on Upcoming SVU Spinoff

Meloni was an original cast member when the SVU franchise premiered

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Harvard poll shows voters receptive to law and order messaging

A new poll from Harvard University suggests the American electorate is receptive to President Trump’s messaging about law and order.

More than two-thirds of the 1,314 registered voters surveyed by the Harvard Center for American Political Studies/Harris Poll have a favorable opinion of law enforcement, compared with 51% for the Black Lives Matter movement.

The two have found themselves increasingly at odds this year after the death of George Floyd, a Black man being detained by a White Minneapolis police officer. Caught on video, Floyd’s death sparked nationwide protests and occasional violence, spurring harsh rhetoric from the White House.

Antifa — a loosely-knit movement opposing right-wing ideologies that has been a frequent talking point for the president — has just 14% approval.

TRUMP ACCUSES BIDEN OF BEING WEAK ON CRIME: ‘WE BELIEVE IN LAW AND ORDER AND YOU DON’T’

Approximately three-quarters of survey respondents want to see the southern border

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Russian Journalist Sets Herself on Fire and Dies, Blaming Government

MOSCOW — A Russian journalist who edited an independent news website died on Friday, setting herself afire in front of police headquarters in the city of Nizhny Novgorod, a day after investigators had searched her home there.

Just before her self-immolation, Irina Slavina, 47, the founder and editor of Koza Press, a local news site, posted a message on Facebook saying: “I ask you to blame the Russian Federation for my death.”

Koza Press confirmed her death. The local branch of the Investigative Committee, Russia’s equivalent of the F.B.I., said in a statement that the allegation that her death had anything to do with the search of her apartment was “groundless.” The statement said the search had been conducted as part of a criminal case in which Ms. Slavina was considered a witness.

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Ms. Slavina said on Facebook Thursday that early in the morning 12

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New Jersey officials to unveil legislation that would codify Roe v. Wade into state law

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) on Friday will unveil legislation aimed at codifying the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion into state law. 

Murphy told NPR in an interview on Thursday that the decision to put the legislation together with other state officials and reproductive rights advocates was influenced by President TrumpDonald John TrumpPresident Trump, Melania Trump test positive for COVID-19 Trump, first lady to quarantine after top aide tests positive for coronavirus Secret recordings show Melania Trump was frustrated about criticism of Trump 2018 border separation policy: CNN MORE’s Supreme Court nomination of conservative Judge Amy Coney Barrett, whom many anti-abortion GOP members hope will help bring an overturn of Roe v. Wade. 

“I hope to God that doesn’t happen, but we don’t want to take a chance that it could happen,” Murphy told NPR.

In addition to securing the right to abortion under New Jersey

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Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo in ‘urgent need’ of foster families

WATERLOO REGION — The Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo and Stratford Perth is calling on anyone thinking about fostering a rescued or surrendered pet to step forward.

“We are in urgent need of fosters,” said Anya Barradas, spokesperson for the organization.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a reduction of staff and volunteers at the organization’s centres. Adoptions are still happening, but only “fast trackers” — kittens, puppies or unique breeds that quickly go up for adoption after they arrive — are kept at these shelters.

All other animals are moved into foster care once they’re cleared by the medical team. The problem is there isn’t enough foster families to take them.

In July, there were close to 100 families fostering animals on a regular basis. At that point in the pandemic, many people were sticking close to home.

But now that the province has opened up a bit more,

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New York Government Officials Urge Senate to Pass the ‘Save Our Stages’ Act (Guest Column)

The House of Representatives on Thursday passed the revised $2.2 trillion “Heroes Act” coronavirus stimulus package, which includes provisions of the $10 billion bipartisan “Save Our Stages” Act designed to provide financial assistance to independent music and live-entertainment venues across the U.S. However, the Republican-controlled Senate appears unlikely to vote on the latest version unless an agreement is reached between Democrats and the White House.

Below, Justin Brannan, New York City Council Member, District 43, and Ariel Palitz, Senior Executive Director, NYC Office of Nightlife, a division at The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, urge the Senate to pass “Save Our Stages.” Head here to find out more you can do to support your local music venue and others across the country. 

Our greatest comfort as human beings is so often found in public, in the company of others—grabbing a drink with friends, catching some live music, or letting

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