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  • Ex-Bogota mayor Steve Lonegan to head up Cruz presidential campaign in N.J.

    06/08/2015 1:36:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Bergen Record ^ | June 8, 2015 | Herb Jackson, Washington correspondent
    Former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan, a conservative activist who ran unsuccessfully for governor, House and Senate, will be New Jersey chairman of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign. In a news release, Cruz called Lonegan “a tireless advocate for taxpayers” and said he knows New Jersey politics. Lonegan, a former state director for Americans for Prosperity, said his duties include raising money and putting together a slate of delegates who would run in the 2016 primary pledged to Cruz. He praised Cruz’s unsuccessful effort to force a repeal of the health insurance law commonly called Obamacare through a partial shutdown...
  • Evacuations as 6.6 earthquake shakes Colombia capital

    03/10/2015 5:17:40 PM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 17 replies ^ | Edited time: March 10, 2015 23:34 | Published time: March 10, 2015 21:23
    A magnitude 6.6 earthquake has hit the Colombian capital of Bogota, prompting mass evacuations from the city’s buildings. Strong and prolonged tremors sparked panic and a social media storm.
  • October 16th: rare opportunity to win one for we the people (Booker vs Lonegan NJ Senate race)

    08/31/2013 3:16:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | August 31, 2013 | Lloyd Marcus
    Dear Patriots. Though apprehensive upon hearing Obama tell Joe the Plumber that he wanted to spread the wealth around, I understand America’s extremely emotional response to electing its first black president. White America naively thought, finally, we can never be called a racist nation again. My 100 year old black grandmother wept. Never in her wildest dreams could she imagine a colored man sitting in the president’s chair in the Oval Office. But little did America realize that the beautiful articulate shiny golden black man that they opened the gates of our country and housed in the White House was...
  • Treasury Targets Major Money Laundering Network Operating Out of Colombia

    07/10/2013 1:56:06 AM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Treasury Targets Major Money Laundering Network Operating Out of Colombia 7/9/2013 Trade Based Money Laundering Network Supported Narcotics Traffickers Ayman Joumaa and Evaristo Linares Castillo WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today announced the designation of Colombian nationals Isaac Perez Guberek Ravinovicz and his son, Henry Guberek Grimberg, as well as 29 other individuals and entities, including companies located in Colombia, Panama, and Israel, as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers (SDNTs). These 31 individuals and entities together form a money laundering network responsible for laundering hundreds of millions of dollars in...
  • DEA agent killed in Colombia during apparent robbery attempt

    06/21/2013 10:11:55 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 10 replies
    CBS News ^ | 06/21/13
    A DEA agent has died in an apparent robbery attempt in Colombia, U.S. Ambassador Michael McKinley said Friday. Colombian authorities said the American agent was stabbed four times.
  • THE BIG STORY: Spain arrests woman with cocaine breast implants

    12/12/2012 11:08:12 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 27 replies
    AP ^ | 12/12/12
    MADRID (AP) — Spanish authorities say they have arrested a Panamanian woman arriving at Barcelona airport with 1.38 kilograms (3 pounds) of cocaine concealed in breast implants. The Interior Ministry said Wednesday that border police noticed fresh scars and blood-stained gauze on her chest as well as pale patches beneath her skin.
  • Bogota Officer May Be Fired For Stopping Beatdown

    05/04/2012 9:51:21 AM PDT · by Altariel · 10 replies
    WPIX ^ | April 16, 2012 | Kirsten Cole
    Plenty of cop "beat downs" can be found online, but how often does the officer who stops others from handing out the beating get fired for it? That's exactly what's happening to Officer Regina Tasca in the Bogota Police Department. Tasca's dashboard camera captured her as she attempted to stop two officers from beating an emotionally disturbed young man. Just days after the incident, she was told she was being suspended with pay. A year later, her trial is about to begin as the Bogota PD seeks to fire her. In Bogota, officers control whether or not their dashboard camera...
  • Bogota Jail Holds Beauty Pageant

    09/25/2010 12:22:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Although it might appear a less than glamorous home for Colombian women, El Buen Pastor prison in Bogota hosts an annual beauty contest for prisoners as part of its rehabilitation process. Virginia Camacho, secretary of the jail and co-coordinator of the pageant explained "The fact that they made a mistake in their lives doesn't mean they aren't allowed to be a human being or feel like a woman." Many of the women were recruited into paramilitary organizations at an early age, and have never known a life outside of crime. A representative is elected from each of the nine cellblocks,...
  • Bomb wracks offices in Colombia capital, injures 9

    08/12/2010 5:27:44 PM PDT · by Cheap_Hessian · 5 replies
    MSNBC (AP) ^ | August 12, 2010 | Libardo Cardona
    BOGOTA, Colombia — A car packed with at least 110 pounds (50 kilograms) of explosives blew up in an office district of Colombia's capital Thursday, shattering windows in dozens of buildings and injuring nine people, police said. No deaths were reported. It was the first car bombing in Bogota since a blast killed two people a year and a half ago, and came five days after Juan Manuel Santos was sworn in as president.
  • Colombia to build new military base on Venezuelan border

    12/19/2009 5:37:55 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies · 562+ views
    AFP ^ | December 19, 2009
    Colombia has announced it will build a new military base near its border with Venezuela, in a move likely to further strain its tense ties with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Defense Minister Gabriel Silva said Friday that the base, located on the Guajira peninsula near the city of Nazaret, would have up to 1,000 troops. "It is a strategic point from a defense point of view," Silva said. Army Commander General Oscar Gonzalez meanwhile announced Saturday that six air battalions were being activated, including two on the border with Venezuela. Venezuela shares a ...1,250-mile border with Colombia . In November...
  • Intercession of Virgin Mary prevented war in South America, newspaper reveals

    03/24/2008 1:56:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 128 replies · 1,308+ views
    CNA ^ | March 24, 2008
    Colombian President Alvaro Uribe Bogota, Mar 24, 2008 / 11:19 am (CNA).- The Colombian daily “El Tiempo” revealed on Holy Saturday that a crisis that could have ended in an open conflict between Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela was averted by Colombian President Alvaro Uribe confiding the situation to the intercession of Mary under the three different titles by which she is the country’s patroness. The crisis between Colombia and its southern (Ecuador) and northeastern (Venezuela) neighbors started On March 1, when Uribe ordered a military raid into Ecuador's territory against a rebel camp used by Marxist guerrillas to launch terrorist...
  • Female rebels' fates diverge in Colombia

    11/28/2007 12:29:05 AM PST · by OKIEDOC · 5 replies · 55+ views
    LOS ANGELES TIMES World ^ | November 27, 2007 | Chris Kraul,
    BOGOTA, COLOMBIA -- One rebel, call her Angelly, hijacked a private airplane to escape the guerrilla ranks. The other, Marilu Ramirez, is charged as a modern-day Mata Hari who at the time of her arrest had infiltrated the highest levels of Colombia's military establishment. The stories of the two women, both members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, have riveted Colombians' attention in recent weeks, presenting the two faces of the guerrilla movement. SNIP The benefits are not what made Angelly flee after five years in the rebel ranks. It was the hope of reuniting with her...
  • 5 Colombian congressmen arrested (including the brother of the foreign minister)

    02/16/2007 10:50:36 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 203+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/16/07 | Carlos Gonzales - ap
    BOGOTA, Colombia - Five Colombian congressmen, including the brother of the foreign minister, were arrested in a widening scandal linking the country's political class and far-right militias drew closer to the president, local media reported. It was the latest wave of arrests of lawmakers arising from a Supreme Court investigation into collusion between politicians and the militias, who are responsible for some of the worst massacres of Colombia's five-decade civil conflict and a sizable portion of its cocaine trade. Previously, other politicians have been charged with funding the paramilitaries and ordering murders during the civil conflict. Colombian media reported late...
  • Nude photo shoot at cathedral draws ire of Colombian bishop

    11/04/2006 5:18:23 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies · 491+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | November 3, 2006
    Bogotá, Nov. 03, 2006 (CNA) - Bishop Ramon Dario Molina of Neiva expressed disgust this week over a photographer who managed to sneak past security to shoot photos of a nude model at the local Cathedral. Bishop Molina said the photographer deserves to spend “a few hours in jail” for the stunt, which has caused outrage among the residents of Neiva in southern Colombia. “It’s disrespectful.  It merits at least a few hours in jail so they will learn their lesson,” he told reporters. The photographer, identified as Reynel Llanos, chose the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Neiva to...
  • Spanish McDonald's ad prompts talk of a boycott; Bergen town's mayor calls billboard 'divisive'

    07/08/2006 3:02:49 AM PDT · by Liz · 375 replies · 5,336+ views
    STAR LEDGER ^ | Saturday, July 08, 2006 | ANA M. ALAYA Star-Ledger Staff
    The mayor of a small Bergen County, New Jersey town is calling for a McDonald's boycott if the fast-food chain does not take down a Spanish-language billboard.... Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan said the advertisement is "offensive" and "divisive"......"The true things that bind us together as neighbors and community is our belief in the American flag and our common language," Lonegan said. "And when McDonald's sends a different message, that we're going to be different now, that causes resentment." Representatives for McDonald's and CBS Outdoor in New York, the company that owns the billboard on River Road in Bogota, defended the...
  • In Colombia, peace proves elusive

    07/22/2006 12:04:02 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 4 replies · 311+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | July 22, 2006 | Indira A.R. Lakshmanan
    BOGOTÁ -- The beheading of more than a dozen woodcutters last week was the latest of several recent attacks by Colombia's leftist guerrillas to exploit the power vacuum left by the demobilization of 32,000 right-wing militiamen -- and a signal that peace will not come easily to besieged rural areas. The bloodshed at Riosucio bore the hallmarks of the four-decades -long war waged by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, in neglected regions lacking state services or security. Giovanny Ramírez was chopping wood in the mountains of northwestern Colombia last week when a group of rebels emerged from...
  • Franciscan priest killed in Colombia

    07/04/2006 4:04:31 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies · 254+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | July 4, 2006
    Bogotá, Jul. 04, 2006 (CNA) - A Franciscan priest was killed this week in Colombia in the northern region of Magdalena.  Initial investigations indicate the 46 year-old priest was assaulted. Father Luis Alfonso Herrera Moreno, who was the accountant at the San Luis Beltran School, operated by the Franciscans in the costal city of Santa Marta, disappeared on Tuesday after he went out to run a few errands for the school.  His body was found one day later and police said it appeared he had been bludgeoned to death.   According to other officials at the school, Father Herrera took...
  • Colombian bishops threaten civil disobedience, excommunication for creators of new abortion law

    05/12/2006 1:38:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies · 458+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | May 12, 2006
    Bogotá, May. 12, 2006 (CNA) - In response to a ruling by Colombia’s Constitutional Court making the country the first in Latin America to legalize abortion, the country’s bishops said Thursday that civil disobedience may be necessary to resist the new immoral law. Likewise, Bogotá’s Archbishop, Cardinal Pedro Rubiano Saenz is threatening excommunication against the responsible lawmakers. The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, Archbishop Luis Augusto Castro, rejected the Court’s decision to legalize abortion in certain cases and said it was a crime against human life.  “A door is being opened toward the elimination of the innocent lives...
  • Town May Make Carrying Condoms Mandatory

    01/13/2006 3:43:07 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 28 replies · 691+ views ^ | 1 13 06 | SERGIO DE LEON
    BOGOTA, Colombia - A western Colombian city councilman wants to require everyone in town 14 or older to carry a condom to prevent pregnancy and disease, outraging local priests. William Pena, a councilman in Tulua, said Wednesday he will present a formal proposal to force all men and women _ even those just visiting _ to always carry at least one condom. Those caught empty-pocketed could pay a fine of $180 or take a safe sex course, he said. "Sexual relations are going on constantly," Pena told The Associated Press by telephone. "If you carry a condom, chances are you'll...
  • Lawyer's love of labor

    08/28/2005 4:44:26 PM PDT · by Coleus · 402+ views
    North Jersey Newspapers ^ | 06.05.05 | SCOTT FALLON
    Lawyer's love of labor Richard Loccke laughs sheepishly when he's told what other lawyers say about his demeanor at the bargaining table. "I've never intimidated anybody," he says in his standard baritone. "I've never exploited anyone." As a labor lawyer who has thrived in the rough-and-tumble backrooms of collective bargaining for more than 30 years, Loccke knows full well what he brings to negotiations. His tenacious bargaining skills, mastery of the state's arbitration laws and vast client list have had an enormous impact on police salaries and municipal budgets, his friends, clients and critics say. "Rich is the best police...
  • Venezuela's Jesse did not say the truth, neither did I

    01/13/2005 6:49:02 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 215+ views
    Tal Cual, via The Devil's Excrement (Venezuela) ^ | Jan. 13, 2005 | Noe Pernia, translated by Miguel Octavio
    Noe Pernia is a reporter for Channel 2 News in Caracas, known as "El Observador". Because of the muzzle Bill he was not able to report correctly the news on the Granda case. He writes this in today's Tal Cual: Jesse did not say the truth, neither did I By Noé Pernía I tried to construct a story, a simple story that would help TV viewers of El Observador understand the labyrinth of the Minister of The Interior and Justice since on Thursday the 6th., the day of the wise men, he replied to the lawyers of Rodrigo Granda in...
  • FARC Confirms that "the Chancellor" was Kidnapped in Caracas

    01/04/2005 6:15:59 PM PST · by marron · 4 replies · 464+ views
    El Universal, Caracas, Venezuela ^ | January 4, 2005 | ALICIA LA ROTTA MORAN
    The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) confirmed that Rodrigo Granda Escobar, known as "the Chancellor" was kidnapped in Venezuela, while attending the Second Bolivarian Peoples Conference. In a statement published on their web page, the Central Command of this organization blamed the kidnapping of "Ricardo", as he is known within FARC, on "the Colombian intelligence services" and blamed his deportation on "gringo advisors and the complicit support of corrupt elements of the Venezuelan police". In the statement they went on to ask that the government of Venezuela make "its position clear regarding guarantees to the other bolivarian organizations that...
  • Night of caroling won't be silenced

    12/19/2004 10:10:50 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 16 replies · 714+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | December 20, 2004 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    A Republican in the blue state of New Jersey is bucking what some decry as a national trend to eradicate all traces of religion in public places. Steve Lonegan, who is running for the Republican nomination for New Jersey governor, is defying a school-district edict that bans religious music from holiday-season celebrations this year. Mr. Lonegan has asked local residents of all religions to join him at 5 p.m. tomorrow "to sing and listen to" songs such as George Frederick Handel's "Messiah" and "Silent Night," which have been banned from schools, even in instrumental form, by the South Orange/Maplewood School...
  • Colombian rebels aimed to kill Bush, official says

    11/28/2004 6:05:39 AM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 958+ views
    Arizona Daily Star/REUTERS ^ | 11/28/04 | Hugh Bronstein
    BOGOTA, Colombia - President Bush was targeted for assassination by Colombia's biggest Marxist rebel group this week when he visited the Caribbean port city of Cartagena, a top Colombian official said Saturday. "According to informants and various sources, we had information indicating that various members of the FARC had been instructed by their leaders to make an attempt against President Bush," Defense Secretary Jorge Alberto Uribe told reporters. He would not reveal details of the threat. The Secret Service, which protects the president, said it "does not comment or release information regarding our protective intelligence and protective methods." "We do...

    08/12/2004 6:25:27 PM PDT · by Ziva · 62 replies · 1,620+ views
    TRENTON -- Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan this afternoon said that he has filed paperwork with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission to run for Governor in the 2005 election. Lonegan will run in the June 2005 Republican Primary and said his announcement today was designed to tell Republicans and Democrats alike that “the Democrats can run who they want to replace McGreevey. They don’t scare me. Every one of these possible candidates represents the same failed pro-tax, anti-suburban, pro-abortion, anti-homeowner liberal-left agenda that McGreevey represented and I’ll beat whoever they put up, regardless of how much they spend.” The...
  • Colombia Troops Hunt for Kidnapped Bishop

    07/27/2004 7:57:52 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies · 307+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | July 27, 2004 | KIM HOUSEGO
    Misael Vacca Ramirez, the Bishop of Yopal BOGOTA, Colombia - Colombian President Alvaro Uribe ordered his troops to launch a rescue operation if they locate a Roman Catholic bishop being held by Marxist rebels in jungle-covered mountains. Hundreds of counterinsurgency forces searched the northwestern Casanare region Monday for signs of Misael Vacca Ramirez, the Bishop of Yopal. He was seized Sunday by members of the National Liberation Army, or ELN, the smaller of Colombia's two main rebel groups. "Kidnapping is indefensible," Uribe told reporters. "He must be rescued, and I hope that he quickly regains his freedom." Speaking Tuesday from...
  • 10 Injured in Colombia Car Bombing

    06/07/2004 9:59:39 AM PDT · by TexKat · 3 replies · 189+ views
    AP ^ | 6/7/04
    BOGOTA, Colombia - A car bomb exploded Monday near a police station and a church in Colombia's second-largest city, injuring 10 people, including a priest and two pregnant women, police said. The blast in a parking lot in the northwestern city of Medellin knocked down walls and damaged a Catholic church where morning Mass was under way. About 60 people were in church when the explosion occurred, shattering Italian windows that were more than a century old, the Rev. Jose Giraldo, who was unhurt, told local radio. Another priest, the Rev. Javier Arango, was hospitalized with cuts to his face,...
  • Lonegan leads fight against gas tax hike -- and possibly prepares for '05 gubernatorial bid

    12/02/2003 6:43:53 AM PST · by Ziva · 3 replies · 257+ views ^ | 12/2/03 | STEVE KORNACKI
    Lonegan leads fight against gas tax hike -- and possibly prepares for '05 gubernatorial bidBy STEVE KORNACKIPoliticsNJ.comDecember 1 - As Democrats and Republicans in Trenton decide whether they want to take up the hot potato issue of a gas tax\ increase during the lame duck legislative session, one Republican mayor is seeking to turn the matter into a litmus test for conservatives. Steven Lonegan, who was just elected to his third term as mayor of the Bergen County town of Bogota, launched a web site -- -- several weeks ago to combat the effort to raise the tax....
  • Bomb Kills 11, Wounds 40 in Southern Colombia

    09/28/2003 1:44:30 PM PDT · by TexKat · 2 replies · 187+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 9/28/03 | Ibon Villelabeitia
    BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Suspected leftist rebels on Sunday detonated a remote-control bomb attached to a motorcycle, killing 11 people and wounding 40 in a crowded street lined with restaurants and discos in southern Colombia, authorities said. The device, packed with 6 to 10 pounds (3 to 5 kg) of explosives, exploded at about 3 a.m. in the Zona Rosa district in the city of Florencia, 210 miles south of the capital, as revelers were leaving the pubs to go home, Gen. Luis Ardila, commander of the 12th Army Brigade in Florencia told Reuters. Two police officers who were patrolling...
  • Huge Drug Money Seizure in London, Colombia Says ($7 Billion Seized)

    09/05/2003 1:22:56 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 7 replies · 191+ views
    Reuters | August 4, 2003
    BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombia's state prosecution service said on Thursday British police had seized $7 billion in securities from a drug-trafficking ring in London. If confirmed, it would be one of the biggest confiscations of criminal goods in history. British police also seized 7 million pounds in cash and securities, ecstasy tablets and amphetamines, and made 10 arrests after receiving information from Colombia's Technical Investigation Department, or CTI, the prosecution service said in a news release. The British Embassy in Bogota had no immediate comment and in London Scotland Yard said it was unaware of any such arrests...
  • Colombia Seize $41M in Fake Money

    12/31/2001 12:28:22 AM PST · by mdittmar · 10 replies · 568+ views
    AP ^ | Sunday December 30 7:51 PM ET | AP
    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - U.S. and Colombian authorities on Sunday found $41 million in bogus U.S. dollars inside a house in Bogota - the largest seizure of counterfeit dollars in Colombia, police said. The commander of the Colombian national police, Gen. Ernesto Gilibert, described the discovery to reporters as an ``overwhelming blow'' to the counterfeiting industry. Colombia is the world's top producer of phony dollars, responsible for nearly half of the false notes in circulation, authorities said. U.S. Secret Service agents and Colombian police discovered the fake money packed in boxes in a middle-class neighborhood in the capital, Bogota, said ...
  • Bomb dogs guard Bogota's posh brides

    05/23/2003 7:04:38 AM PDT · by miltonim · 1 replies · 209+ views
    yahoo ^ | Thu May 22,11:11 PM ET | By Amira Abultaif Reuters
    Bomb dogs guard Bogota's posh brides BOGOTA - Want to walk down the aisle as a chic Bogota bride? First order the long white dress, book a band -- then line up the bomb-sniffing dogs. One pair of high society sweethearts has asked the swank Dann Carlton hotel chain in Colombia's capital to lay on tail-wagging bomb sniffers for their forthcoming marriage, to which they have invited diplomats and notable figures. Demand for the trained dogs, which cost between $7,000 (4,400 pounds) and $13,000 each, has boomed since a car bomb, planted by suspected Marxist rebels, ripped through Bogota's exclusive...
  • Colombia - Several 60mm rockets fired near US embassy - FARC rebels demand US military withdrawal

    12/03/2002 10:58:38 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 12 replies · 238+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation | December 4, 2002
    Attacks close to the US embassy: rockets of military origin (armed) Wednesday December 04, 2002 - 3h30 GMT BOGOTA, 3 déc (AFP) - Several of the rockets fallen close from the embassy to the United States in Bogota on November 22, with an assessment of two wounded, were of military manufacture, one learned Tuesday near the army. The explosive machines, of gauge 60 mm, had been launched one away kilometer by a tube rocket launcher, found in the enclosure of the national university with two other intact rockets. "Manufactured by military national industry (INDUMIL), several of these rockets were...
  • Hundreds Mourn Slain Mortar Victims

    08/10/2002 4:37:04 AM PDT · by ppaul · 3 replies · 299+ views
    AP ^ | 8/10/02 | Andrew Selsky
    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Mourners in ragged clothing wept and laid flowers Friday over 14 caskets containing the bodies of people killed when a rebel mortar struck Bogota's skid row during this week's presidential inauguration. Hundreds of people milled around the caskets, which were laid out on the sidewalk of this impoverished neighborhood. Seven of the coffins contained bodies that had not been identified. One woman looked among the caskets for the body of her dead son, who was apparently decapitated in the blast. Peering through the glass of the casket bearing her son's name, Maria Acevedo said to no...