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ST THOMAS---A dispute over whether a
legislator convicted of tax evasion can run
for re-election in the US Virgin Islands has
disrupted early voting in the territory.
The election supervisor has called off
early voting in St Croix after the Virgin
Islands Supreme Court ordered Sen Alicia
"Chucky" Hansen's name removed from the
ballot. The court ruled the 10-term senator
was ineligible to run because of her 2009
conviction of three misdemeanor counts for
failing to file tax returns. Gov John de Jongh
pardoned her in September in an attempt to
end the long-running dispute over her
eligibility. But the island's Supreme Court
ruled otherwise. Hansen attorney Lee Rohn
said yesterday she will ask federal courts to
say they believe a school district police
officer who pulled over a motorist and
then asked to smell her feet may have
made similar demands of others.
Twenty-six-year-old Patrick Quinn is
charged with two counts of "official
oppression." He's free on $2,000 bond.
The district attorney's office says Quinn
stopped the woman in August and said he
found marijuana paraphernalia. Authorities
say Quinn told her he has a foot fetish and
would release her if she let him smell her
He later said he wouldn't need to smell
them if she gave him her underwear.
Investigators say he then changed his
mind and let her go. (AP)
HAVANA---Cuba has allowed construction of the
country's first new Catholic church in 55 years, the
church said Monday. Experts said it's a sign of
improving relations between the Vatican and Cuba's
The church, funded by donations from Catholics in
Tampa, Florida, will be built in Sandino, a citrus and
coffee-growing town in the far-western province of
Pinar del Rio.
The church publication "Christian Life" said it will
have space for 200 people.
"The construction of a church is a clear
demonstration of a new phase, of an improvement, in
relations between the church and the state," said
Enrique Lopez Oliva, a professor the history of
religions at the University of Havana.
The Catholic Church had tense relations with what
was long an officially atheist government for many
years after the 1959 revolution, but they began to
improve ahead of Pope John Paul II's visit in 1998.
The government revived observance of a Christmas
holiday and began allowing masses or homilies to be
broadcast on official media. It also dropped a ban on
church membership for Communist Party members
that had been adopted in the years after the 1959
COCULA---Forensic experts are combing a gully in
southern Mexico for the remains of 43 missing
students based on testimony from two new suspects.
Workers in protective gear are focusing on a 25-by-
25 foot-square area below the ridge of the municipal
dump in Cocula, a town in Guerrero state where police
have been arrested and linked to the September 26
Journalists taken to the site yesterday saw clothing
but nothing resembling remains. It appeared that
some debris on the hillside had fallen from a dump
above. Workers were not digging, rather working the
surface for clues.
The rural teachers college students disappeared
after an attack by police in nearby Iguala. Authorities
say it was ordered by former Mayor Jose Luis Abarca
and carried out by police working with a local cartel.
Torontonians love Rob
Ford. His brother? Not
Ford, the crack-
coasted to an easy win
on the Toronto city
council Monday night.
His brother, Doug
Ford, who ran for Ford's
old job as mayor---lost.
Rob Ford decided not
to run for re-election as
mayor after he was diagnosed with a malignant
liposarcoma, a rare and aggressive cancer.
The cancer, doctors said, spread from the
fatty tissue of Ford's abdomen to other parts of
He tapped his campaign manager and
brother, Doug, to run for mayor in his place.
On Monday night, Rob Ford won the Ward 2
city council seat.
His brother lost the mayoral race to John
Rob Ford's fall from grace, if you can call it
that, began in May 2013 with the release of a
cell phone video that appeared to show him
smoking crack cocaine. The Toronto city council
largely stripped him of his mayoral powers
months later over those and other allegations
of bad behaviour.
Ford didn't back down, though, instead
vowing "outright war" on the city council.
The mayor apologised for "a lot of stupid
things," including having used crack cocaine, but
he refused to resign or enter rehab. (CNN)
Full marks for ingenuity.
Some 2,440 Chinese students taking a
national exam have been caught using high-tech
cheating gear that wouldn't be out of place in a
According to state media, invigilators detected
abnormal radio signals that were being used to
transmit the answers in code to candidates, who
wore wireless ear pieces or placed "electronic
erasers" on their desks.
More than 25,000 students took the exam to
become licensed pharmacists in the
northwestern city of Xian on October 18 and 19.
The test took place in seven separate locations.
The organisers of the scam sent fake
candidates to take the test, who quickly left
after memorising the questions. They then
broadcast the correct answers to candidates,
who had paid $330 for the service.
Jiang Xueqin, a Beijing-based education
consultant, said that China's high-stakes, exam-
focused educational system had led to a culture
"Most examples are not as flagrant or as stark
as this but cheating is widespread because the
focus is on getting the certification, not the skills
you need in the work place." (CNN)
Armed soldiers have been deployed
at a top tourist attraction in the heart
of London s government district as a
precautionary measure after an
Islamist gunman attacked the Cana-
dian parliament last week, a military
source said yesterday.
The decision to deploy the troops at
the entrance to Horse Guards Parade
in London s Whitehall was not moti-
vated by a specific threat but was
designed to be a visible deterrent.
Large throngs of tourists gather each
day at Horse Guards, a short distance
from Prime Minister David Cameron s
official residence, to watch the cere-
monial changing of the guard.
The source said the decision had
been taken by a local military com-
mander in response to events in Canada
last week, when a soldier standing guard
at an Ottawa war memorial was fatally
shot by a man police said was a radical
recent convert to Islam who then
charged into the parliament building.
London s Metropolitan Police force
was responsible for security on the
streets of the British capital and armed
soldiers had only deployed at the tourist
attraction because it was also a military
barracks, the source said.
Britain raised its terrorism alert in
August to the second-highest level with
Cameron saying that Islamic State mil-
itants operating in Syria and Iraq posed
the greatest threat to the country s
Hundreds of British Muslims have
travelled to the region to fight and some
of them have already returned home,
raising fears about a possible attack on
British soil. (Reuters)
Virgin Island senator's past yields ballot dispute
Policeman who asked to smell woman's feet arrested
Cuba builds first new church in 55 years
Mexico investigators comb
gully for missing 43
Amber Vinson, 29, the Dallas nurse who was
being treated for Ebola, embraces members of
her nursing staff while leaving a news conference
after being discharged from Emory University
Hospital, yesterday, in Atlanta. AP PHOTO
The coffin of Cpl Nathan Cirillo is towed on a gun carriage during his funeral
procession in Hamilton, Ontario, yesterday. Cirillo was standing guard at the
National War Memorial in Ottawa last Wednesday when he was killed by a
gunman who went on to open fire on Parliament Hill before being shot down
in a hail of bullets. AP PHOTO
Britain puts armed
soldiers at London
After Canada attack...
Rob Ford wins council seat;
brother loses mayor's race
China catches 2,440 cheating
students in high-tech scam
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