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80 Migrants Kidnapped in Southern Mexico

80 Migrants Kidnapped in Southern Mexico

Masked gunmen stormed a train in southeastern Mexico and kidnapped at least 80 Central American migrants presumably bound for the United States, a priest who runs a migrant shelter said Monday.

The Rev. Alejandro Solalinde said migrants who escaped the attack told him that armed men in ski masks and civilian clothes intercepted the train as it headed northward through Veracruz state Friday. The gunmen then allegedly forced migrants to climb down from atop the cars and stuffed some into at least three waiting SUVs.

Solalinde, who runs a migrant shelter in nearby Oaxaca state, said he suspects that the Zetas drug cartel was involved because it operates in the area.

The train was scheduled to stop at the community of Medias Aguas in Veracruz but continued on to an isolated area, Solalinde said the witnesses told him, implying that the train’s operators were cooperating with the gunmen.

The federal government’s National Immigration Institute said in a statement late Monday that it was assisting an investigation by federal prosecutors and state officials in Veracruz and Oaxaca. Agents with Grupo Beta, a government-sponsored organization that aids migrants, have gone to the area of the alleged kidnapping to look for witnesses, it said.

The priest said some who escaped told authorities about 250 migrants were on the train, most them from Honduras and Guatemala.Thousands of Central American migrants enter Mexican territory without permission each year, many bound for the United States.A report released in February by Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission says at least 11,333 migrants were abducted between April and September 2010.

Mattek-Sands has a Lady Gaga moment

Mattek-Sands has a Lady Gaga moment

Bethanie Mattek-Sands is the self-proclaimed Lady Gaga of the women’s tour. She wears tube socks and black under-eye patches; she likes to make her own fashion statements.It doesn’t hurt the comparison that Alex Noble, who creates many of the flashy costumes that Gaga wears, has recently provided some wardrobe get-ups for Mattek-Sands.When Mattek-Sands walked on court to play her first-round match at Wimbledon on Wednesday, she topped off her regular tennis apparel with a funky Noble number.

The white jacket had a cowgirl feel with long fringes on the front and back. The jacket sleeves were where the tennis theme took hold: They were adorned with white tennis balls in keeping with Wimbledon’s all-white rule. Each sleeve had 12 balls attached. There was a round circle of the balls just below the shoulder and a single row of balls going down the sleeves.

Mattek-Sands smiled while assuring Pam Whytcross, the Grand Slam Supervisor, that she would be taking the jacket off before playing. “I’m not hitting a ball in it, so don’t worry,” Mattek-Sands told Whytcross, who replied, “I’m never worried, you know that.”She removed the jacket for what’s called in these parts the “knock up” — that’s warm-up in the United States.”Well, geez, it’s really not proper tennis attire, but she could certainly walk out in it, there’s no problem with that,” Whytcross said. “It was quite creative.”

The 28-year-old has put an early marriage to fellow player Ashley Harkleroad behind him and now has a happy family life with girlfriend, Luana, and their 18-month-old son, Maddox. His month-and-a-half suspension in 2005 for failing to file paperwork for his asthma medication is now out of his mind, and he’s fully recovered from a 2008 surgical procedure on his left wrist.Things started to go well for Bogomolov when he upset Andy Murray in the second round of the Miami tournament in March. He arrived at Wimbledon having reached the quarterfinals at the UNICEF Open in the Netherlands the previous week.

Selling shoes, Dad taught me to see work as a calling

Selling shoes, Dad taught me to see work as a calling

Sure, I knew women who worked, but the impression the young me got from them was that women had jobs not so much because they wanted them, but because they

had to have them, to help their families survive financially. With my heart set on being a journalist, I felt my work would be different. To figure out what

it was like to be someone who saw his profession as a calling, I looked to Dad.

For his entire adult life, Dad was a manager for the now-shuttered Kinney Shoes. What a disservice the shoe man Al Bundy on the TV comedy “Married … with

Children” did for that job! My dad, who has been retired for quite a while now, just loved his work; he enjoyed the customers and his employees so much.

I know I picked up a lot from watching how he felt about his job. Working long hours, giving the job your all — and then some — treating the people who

worked for you fairly, those are all traits I believe I picked up from Dad.

As a teen I worked for him. We rode to work together — more time to glean his wisdom — and it was in these years I witnessed how, when you found the kind

of work you loved, there was so much joy and personal satisfaction in it. Take the first big snow of every season. While everyone else dreaded its arrival,

that was like Christmas Day for Dad. The store would be packed, boxes of boots were everywhere and the register never stopped ringing. In the middle of it

all there he was, talking to customers, helping this employee or that one and always so pleased at the big sales.

Or there’d be the times when he’d be out back tinting a pair of shoes for someone’s prom or a wedding. He’d stand at that table mixing those colors like

a chemist and experimenting until he’d gotten it just right; after all, someone would wear them for a special day. From watching him, I realized if I was

going to have a career, money was not nearly as important as having work that mattered to you.

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