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As most woodsmen know, orphan deer probably are not. Mother is nearby watching, but she will not take back the fawns if they smell of humans. So these two young deer someone thought they were rescuing in  San Isidro de Alajuela are now at a wildlife refuge.


Government seeks to reduce number of street people
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The central government is mobilizing a number of agencies to assist, protect and prevent abandoned individuals and street people.

Budgets of a handful of agencies will be tapped to produce 3.7 billion colons over two years or about $6.5 million, said Casa Presidencial,

There is no doubt that Costa Rica has a street people problem. Saturday when members of a religious group brought food to those along Avenida 5 near Calle 2 more than 200 disheveled individuals turned out.

The problem of abandonment is less visible. Some are in public hospitals with no place to go and with no overriding medical problem.

Their families, if they have one,  abandoned them.

Casa Presidencial said that the program would combat the exclusion and social inequality that has affected historically this population, speaking of street people.

A decree establishing this problem is soon to be published in the official La Gaceta newspaper.

The government plans to strengthen the care and protection of these groups with independent homes, multi-family homes,
institutional residences, private residences and temporary shelters, it said. The plan also calls for shelters that are air conditioned.

The project originated with the  Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social and the vice president’s office on humane development and social inclusion.

Some of the agencies involves are the Instituto Mixto de Ayuda Social, the  Ministerio de Planificación Nacional y Política Económica, the  Consejo Nacional de Personas con Discapacidad, the Consejo Nacional de la Persona Adulta Mayor, the lottery agency, which is the Junta de Protección Social, and others.

The project is supposed to be for 10 years, although the Luis Guillermo Solís administration has less than two years left in office.

Ana Helena Chacón, the vice president, said that officials want to create an effective rapid response system and a registry of abandoned persons, mainly those in Caja hospitals.

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Virus prevention is mainly the basics

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Health officials agreed Monday that the current wave of respiratory disease is a good reason to wash hands often and thoroughly and to cover mouths when sneezing.

The  Ministerio de Salud issued a health alert that basically means keeping good track of infection cases and making an effort to issue information on preventative measures.

The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social said that one of three cases that are being handled in public hospitals are of older individual.

Usually the respiratory virus is considered serious for children under 1. But the Caja is reporting that nine out of 10 cases in children being handled by public health agencies are of youngsters 2 and under.

The Caja also urged those with symptoms to seek medical care rapidly. The public hospitals and clinics have been flooded with cases of this, the respiratory syncytial virus. The Hospital Nacional de Niño has several hundred of the most serious cases.

The health ministry also said that parents might want to keep uninfected tots in the home and they certainly should avoid large groups. The public school mid-year vacation is in full swing, so class attendance will not be a reason the virus spreads.

Both the ministry and the Caja noted that for most individuals the virus is no more than a cold. But those with health problems, such as asthma, might face a more serious bout.



Today is expected to be windy, too

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

One of the problems in letting trees die a  natural death is that they do so unexpectedly.

Winds Monday have brought down some trees and the falling limbs have taken out some electrical lines and transformers.

Costa Rican officials are strict on trees, and even those that are clearly weak usually are allowed to stand until gravity takes its toll. Getting a permit to cut a tree is difficult, and there is little maintenance of those on public rights-of-way.

One came down near the Hotel Palacio Monday in la Uruca, and it damaged two vehicles. The tree also caused traffic chaos because it blocked an exit route from the Circunvalación to the Autopista General Cañas

The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional said that atmospheric instability on the Caribbean coast and in the northern zone was generating rain, too. The conditions are expected to continue today.

The rain sometimes is accompanied by strong winds, said the weather institute. The central and south Pacific also are likely to get rain today, and some was falling Monday night.

The weather institute warned of more slides and more possible damage to trees and electrical lines.

Our readers’ opinions
The problem is not sex tourism

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

Thanks for your article Friday about the U.S. Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report. The Costa Rican government's lack of attention and resources to our growing trafficking problems is overwhelmingly disturbing.

As one of the folks working on the streets, providing direct care to some of our many sexually exploited children, I can tell you that it's embarrassing only three victims were identified last year. The number of real victims is certainly at least in the hundreds, if not in the thousands. Worse yet is that we have no aftercare facility for female or male child victims of sex trafficking.

Equally disturbing is the fact that so much focus is placed on sex tourism predators and not the families of these kids who are most often those responsible for their situations.

I'd like to point out that in the safe house I used to work at here in Costa Rica, we had a total of 30 girls stay with us during the time it was open. Twenty nine of these girls had been sold into prostitution by their own families with just one girl being a victim of sex tourism. That should speak volumes.

I would urge the government to please take this problem seriously and to begin putting real resources into the prevention of the problem, and the care of the victims.​
Scott Pralinsky     
founder & executive director   
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San José

Objection to the term consensual

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

What your article on the State Dept.'s Human Trafficking report overlooked:

How much of the “consensual prostitution” in Costa Rica is actually voluntary? Few young girls anywhere dream about the day when they can become a prostitute. Poverty, addictions and literal sex-slavery are what force most of them into it, even here in Costa Rica.

You also overlook the fact that the majority of voluntary prostitutes you're likely to meet in Costa Rica are not Ticas, but rather economic immigrants from other poor nations here in Central and South America and the Caribbean. It was poverty and lack of educational opportunities that drove them here to practice their profession, and by any definition those who use them are engaging in human trafficking. Putting lipstick on this terrible worldwide situation by calling it consensual doesn't change what it fundamentally is.
David Wyllie
San Rafael, Alajuela

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Lawmakers asked to draw clear line between tax avoidance and evasion
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Frequently the country’s finance and tax officials seem to confuse tax avoidance with tax evasion. The first is legal, and the second is a crime.

A representative of the  Colegio de Abogados, Juan Luis León, has appeared before lawmakers saying that the country requires a clear definition between the two concept.

The legislature has impaneled a special commission to study and discuss the revelations of the Panamá Papers, the documents stolen electronically from a Panamá law firm.

León said that the creation of a sociedad anónima  or similar is not incorrect but it is the use to which such an entity may be put that could be illegal.

Some lawmakers seemed to agree.

The Panamá firm of Mossack Fonseca & Co. specialized in creating offshore corporations for clients.

The stolen data related to more than 200,000 such firms which are located in countries where, for the most part,  taxes are low and there is less red tape.

Costa Rica does not tax its citizens on foreign earnings, so residents here have an advantage to operate international businesses elsewhere. Finance officials have come close to calling this tax evasion, which it is not.

However, lawmakers are in the process of closing what they consider to be tax loophole. The legislature just voted to submit a tax fraud measure to what is called a rapid process. The procedure limits the amendments and discussions on the measure.

Lawmakers have not passed the anti-fraud bill itself, although government officials are hopeful. Among other requirements in the proposed law is that companies that do business with the public have to accept credit or debit cards as payment, and a firm must have been registered with the tax agency, the  Dirección General de Tributación, to obtain a business license or other various local permits.

The government also is pushing strongly to require corporations to disclose the names of their shareholders.

The main concern of expat retirees is that the government will impose some form of tax on money that comes into the county, such as pensions or rents. That is not in the anti-fraud bill.


Proposed law puts burden of blocking inmate calls on providers
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The nation’s prisons are full of crooks who have nothing better to do all day than try to scam citizens on the outside.  The techniques are many and usually involve responding to classified ads and using the assistance of an accomplice.

All this is possible because the prisoners have illicit cell telephones. Regular fixed-line calls are monitored, and those who receive a call from prison receive a taped alert saying from where the call originates.

The Ministerio de Justicia y Paz, which runs the prisons, has
been unable to eliminate the cell telephones or prevent their use. So now the ministry seeks a law that will allow blocking the cell frequencies in the vicinity of prisons.

The measure, No.  19.932, already is in the legislature, and Friday representatives of the justice ministry and the Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Telecomunicaciones held meetings with cell telephone providers.

Of course, they decided to form a commission. That is because the proposed legislation puts the burden on cell service providers who would have six months  to come up with a plan to prevent prisoners from making a call.



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Another prosecutor in U.S. targets ring with wire room operation here
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

An outsourced bookmaking operation in Costa Rica has led to the indictment of four U.S. men. Prosecutors in Brooklyn, New York, said the operation took in $900 million in wagers during the last North American football season alone.

The man identified as the principal is  Gordon Mitchnick, 58, of  Crestline, California. He has said he pioneered the per-head betting system. That means stateside bookmakers were charged by the number of bettors.

The District Attorney’s Office said that, according to the indictment, between April 10, 2015, and June 9, the defendants were part of an illegal enterprise headed by Mitchnick, who controlled a series of Internet sports gambling sites, including www.wagerabc.com, www.thewagerspot.com and www.hustler247.ag, all of which required password-protected access.

According to the evidence, Mitchnick bragged about being one of the first bookmakers to use that pay per head system of online-based gambling that largely replaced payments
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percentage of profits and also indicated that he was running an illegal operation.

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson said that the gambling operation spent $200,000 a month to maintain the wire room in Costa Rica.

In addition to Mitchnick, the others indicted are  Joseph Schneider, 39, of La Verne, California; Arthur Rossi, 66, of  Manhattan,  and Claude Ferguson, 43, also of Crestline.

The defendants are variously charged in a 57-count indictment with enterprise corruption, first-degree promoting gambling, second-degree possession of gambling records and fifth-degree conspiracy. They face up to 25 years in prison if convicted of the top count with which they are charged.

Additional arrests are expected as part of the investigation, said the District Attorney’s Office.

Having the back office activities done in Costa Rica is not new. Even several bookmaking rings in the Brooklyn and New York vicinity have had their technical operations here.

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Backers doubt Mrs. Clinton
will face federal indictment


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Prominent Democrats predicted their party’s presumptive presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, will not be indicted for her use of a private email server for official business as President Barack Obama’s first secretary of State.

"That’s just not going to happen," said Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, appearing on CNN's “State of the Union” program Sunday. "That’s something that, to me, is not within the realm of possibility."

Intrigue mounted after Mrs. Clinton met for more than three hours Saturday with FBI investigators. The interview could be the final step before the Justice Department decides whether to indict or clear her of wrongdoing.

"It was something I had offered to do since last August," Mrs. Clinton said on MSNBC. "I’ve been eager to do it, and I was pleased to have the opportunity to assist the department in bringing its review to a conclusion."

While Mrs. Clinton wants to quell furor over an issue that will not go away, her expected Republican opponent, Donald Trump, pounced on Twitter, writing Saturday: "It is impossible for the FBI not to recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton. What she did was wrong!"

Not so, according to Clinton allies.

"I am not worried about it," Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” program. "There will not be an indictment, and that means she did what many secretaries of State have done in the past."

While Democrats dismiss the possibility of formal charges against Mrs. Clinton, revelations that she evaded State Department guidelines for electronic communication could reinforce broad public perceptions that she is secretive, unbound by rules that apply to everyone else and untrustworthy.

In two recent public opinion polls, roughly two-thirds of respondents doubted her honesty or expressed concerns about her trustworthiness.

It’s a stumbling block Mrs. Clinton herself has acknowledged.

“A lot of people tell pollsters they don’t trust me. I don’t like hearing that, and I’ve thought a lot about what’s behind it,” she said at a campaign event last week. “I take this seriously, as someone who is asking for your votes, and I personally know I have work to do on this point.”

Republicans have long sought to exploit what they see as one of Mrs. Clinton’s core weaknesses, with Trump referring to her as “crooked Hillary” and others alleging she has received special treatment.

"If she was not Hillary Clinton, if she was an under secretary of State who had done the same types of things, number one, he or she would have been fired, and, yes, they would have been brought up for prosecution by the Justice Department," said former Republican senator Rick Santorum, also on “This Week.”

Mrs. Clinton’s FBI interview came days after a firestorm erupted over a meeting between her husband, former president Bill Clinton, and Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who bears ultimate responsibility for the government’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails.

"Certainly my meeting with him raises questions and concerns," Ms. Lynch admitted late last week. "I certainly would not do it again. But it really was a social meeting."

An unwritten rule in Washington is that wise officials avoid even the appearance of potential impropriety. Trump and other Republicans suggest the encounter proves the Obama Justice Department cannot conduct an impartial probe of someone the president has endorsed as his successor.

The White House insists its approach to the Clinton email investigation is hands off.

Democrats hope the FBI probe concludes before the Democratic National Convention later this month. Meanwhile, Republicans are expected to hammer away at the controversy right up to the November election.


Both candidates are facing
choices for vice president


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The presumptive U.S. presidential candidates, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, are nearing the time when they will have to select their vice presidential running mates.

With the Republican national nominating convention set to start in two weeks and the Democratic convention a week later, the teams for both candidates are narrowing their lists of possibilities. They are gauging whether their respective choices could help their ticket in some way, as a plausible president should either Trump or Clinton die in office, or possibly help carry a state in the November national election.

Trump, a billionaire real estate mogul, has said he wants someone as a running mate who can help him navigate the political culture in Washington and advance his legislative program through Congress, since he has never held elected office before.

Several U.S. political analysts say his top choices are a former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich, who last held elected office in 1999 although he ran unsuccessfully for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who ran against Trump this year for the 2016 nomination before dropping out and endorsing him.

While current Vice President Joe Biden, a Democrat, has endorsed Mrs. Clinton's election, he suggested to Gingrich that he ought to join Trump's ticket if the one-time television reality show host asks him to be his running mate.

"Newt and I disagree," Biden said recently when he was at a conference with Gingrich. "He's one of the brightest guys I know. He knows the government, he knows the issues. I would feel better knowing that there was somebody there with the depth and gravitas on the issues that Newt possesses. That's a long way of saying the relationship, the personal relationship, really, really, really matters."

Trump has not tipped his hand on his selection yet, however, instead meeting with other possible choices as well, including Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Sunday and Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst on Monday.

"The only people who are not interested in being the VP pick are the people who have not been asked," Trump said in a Twitter comment Monday

Analysts say Mrs. Clinton has a wide list of possible choices as well, among them Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, a one-time governor of the mid-Atlantic state; Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who drew loud cheers for a sharp attack on Trump at a Clinton rally last week; two other senators, Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Cory Booker of New Jersey, and two members of President Barack Obama's cabinet, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and Housing Secretary Julian Castro.


Saudi Arabian terror links
contained in new document


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A new list of names that possibly links Saudi Arabia to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York and Washington has come to light, even as President Barack Obama weighs whether to release a still-secret 28-page report about Riyadh's alleged connection to the funding of the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.

The document, known as File 17, lists more than 30 names of people, most of them Saudis, who met with or talked with at least some of the hijackers who commandeered commercial jetliners and crashed them into the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were Saudis.

A former U.S. senator, Bob Graham of Florida, who was co-chairman of the U.S. congressional inquiry into the 9/11 attacks, told a reporter that much of the information in File 17 was based on the 28-page report Obama is considering declassifying.

Graham believes the hijackers had an extensive Saudi support system in the United States before launching the attacks, saying that the secret 28-page segment of the massive official report on the attacks points "a very strong finger at Saudi Arabia as being the principal financier."

"File 17 said, ‘Here are some additional unanswered questions and here is how we think the 9/11 Commission, the FBI and the CIA should go about finding the answers,'" Graham said.

File 17, first disclosed by 28pages.org., an advocacy group calling for the release of the secret document, lists the contacts that the Saudis had with the hijackers, many of them in the western U.S. state of California. Much of the information has been generally known for years, but the mystery of possible Saudi involvement in the 9/11 attacks remains of key interest in the United States.

The Saudi government has said repeatedly there is no truth to the allegations.  Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told reporters in Washington there is "no there there."

The 9/11 commission's final report concluded that there is "no evidence that the Saudi government as an institution or senior Saudi officials individually funded" the al-Qaida terrorist network in carrying out the 9/11 attacks.

But the report added, "This conclusion does not exclude the likelihood that charities with significant Saudi government sponsorship diverted funds to al-Qaida."


Former champ recaptures
hot dog-eating contest title


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Joey Chestnut regained his championship title and set a new record by wolfing down 70 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes at the annual Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest at New York's Coney Island.

The win marked a return to form for the 32-year-old Californian, who saw his 8-year winning streak broken by challenger Matt Stonie in 2015.

Stonie this year managed to eat a mere 53 frankfurters to place second.

The women's contest was won for the third time by Miki Sudo, 30, who chomped down 38 and a half hot dogs.

"This is a great year for me," Chestnut said. "I kind of refound myself, reinvented myself, and got myself together, and the hard work paid off."

Chestnut set the previous Nathan's record in 2013 by eating 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

Held by one of America's best-known hot dog purveyors, the competition supposedly dates back 100 years.

It is held annually on the July 4th holiday, and pushes America's love of Independence Day hot dogs to a stomach-churning extreme.

Most competitors slide franks into their gullets while drenching the buns in water to make them easier to swallow, then wriggle around to help the meaty mouthfuls descend into their stomachs. Anyone who vomits is disqualified.


Three more firms join up
to create self-driving autos

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

BMW, Intel and Mobileye, an Israel-based sensor technology firm, said they are teaming up to develop self-driving car technology that will be ready for production early in the next decade.

At a joint news conference held outside Munich, Germany, the three companies announced plans to offer self-driving cars by 2021.

In spite of occasional accidents, such as last week’s fatal crash of a Tesla car driving on auto-pilot, big technology companies are in a tight race for the new technology, which is expected to actually reduce the number of car accidents.

Tesla’s Model S and several other high-end cars already have limited autonomous driving capabilities, which allow them to automatically brake, steer and accelerate at low speeds, but drivers must keep their hands on the wheel.

Experts say much improvement is required before the self-driving cars will be able to safely carry their passengers under all conditions.

Mobileye is well known as a developer of camera-based sensors, while the world’s biggest microprocessor maker, Intel, is expected to provide a new computer platform capable of processing the huge amount of data coming from them.

Volkswagen, General Motors and Nissan also formed an alliance with the goal of developing a standardized self-driving system for their cars, while Google and Apple are working on similar systems.


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This is John Trumbull's ‘Declaration of Independence.’ that depicts the presentation of the draft of the Declaration of Independence to Congress.

Americans celebrate holiday
with a three-day weekend

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Millions of Americans celebrated their country's 240th anniversary of independence from Britain with traditional fireworks displays, parades, concerts and barbecues, amid heightened security following recent terror attacks in Bangladesh and Turkey.

Law enforcement officials say they had not received any specific threats against the United States, but heavily armed police officers, many accompanied by dogs, patrolled airports, and train and bus stations.

Security has been enhanced in Washington, New York City and Chicago where hundreds of thousands of people gather annually to watch fireworks, listen to music and have picnics.

More than 1,200 newly sworn-in police officers in New York City are busy at work, along with the city's newly formed Critical Response Command, a heavily armed counter-terrorism force.

About 5,000 police are patrolling the streets of Chicago this extended holiday weekend, which is traditionally one of the most violent. Gun-related murders in Chicago have spiked this year. This weekend, at least 24 people have been shot, three fatally.

Eight security checkpoints were in place along Washington's Mall, where officers are searching all bags and coolers, and confiscating alcohol and marijuana.

The Department of Homeland Security is reminding citizens to be alert and to report anything unusual to authorities.

President Barack Obama commemorated the holiday at the White House, where the United Service Organization, which serves military families, hosted a program featuring musical guests. While the planned picnic has been canceled due to rain, scheduled performances by singer Janelle Monae and rapper Kendrick Lamar went on as planned indoors.

A short distance away on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, the Capitol Fourth Concert features legendary musical performers Smokey Robinson and Kenny Loggins.

In Austin, Texas, 10,000 people were to gather at a race track to attend a party hosted by country music legend Willie Nelson.

In keeping with tradition, many communities and individuals are lighting fireworks. Consumers spent $755 million dollars in 2015 on fireworks for personal use, a $60 million increase from the previous year, according to the American Pyrotechnics Association.

But traditional fireworks displays may not be an option this year in some parts of the United States. Fireworks have been banned in drought stricken Santa Barbara County, California and in some other dry communities in Western states.

On July 4, 1776, representatives of the 13 American colonies officially adopted the Declaration of Independence that announced the severing of ties with Britain.

The rebellion had begun the previous year and would continue until the United States and Britain signed the Treaty of Paris in 1783, which formally recognized the independence of the United States of America.

Although the Declaration of Independence states, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," the document was drafted by Thomas Jefferson, a slave owner who later became the third U.S. president.

Jefferson was not the only slave owner to sign the document.  About one-third of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, from the north and the south, owned or had owned slaves. George Washington, who also signed the decree and later became the country's first president, owned nearly 125 slaves, whom he freed in his will.

John Adams, the second president and Washington's vice president, did not own slaves, but supported a gradual process of abolishing slavery.

The issue of slavery was not settled until the Civil War ended nearly 80 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Pennsylvania Post
 The Pennsylvania Evening Post printing of the
 newly adopted Declaration of Independence.


Original 1776  Philly paper
on display in Washington

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

At the Newseum building in downtown Washington, there’s another, quieter Independence Day celebration going on.

The museum, dedicated to news and journalism, just opened “1776 — Breaking News: Independence.” The exhibit features one of only 19 known copies of the July 6, 1776, edition of The Pennsylvania Evening Post, the first newspaper to publish the newly adopted Declaration of Independence.

“This extraordinary 240-year-old newspaper shows the Declaration of Independence as Americans first saw it, as front page news,” says Cathy Trost, senior vice president of exhibits and programs at the Newseum.

In 1776, there were no television sets, computers or digital devices, as Patty Rhule, the exhibit development director points out. "Today we get news over our Facebook feeds or on Twitter or Instagram or on the radio or on television. Back then, newspapers were it. This is the way ideas were debated and discussed, where people argued pro or con to leave Great Britain."

All four pages of The Pennsylvania Evening Post are on display, along with other pages of the newspaper that offer a glimpse into the everyday life of Philadelphians in the 18th century. Among the items listed for sale in advertisements, for example, are sugar, spirits and very fine hay "of this year’s growth." Another listing offers a $2 reward for the safe return of a 5-year-old brown horse that had strayed from its owner’s pasture.

Interactive kiosks allow visitors to zoom in and explore the newspaper in high definition.

In addition to the historic newspaper, large, illustrated panels around the gallery use the format of a graphic novel to tell the story of how and why delegates from the 13 American colonies gathered in Philadelphia to break the bonds of British rule and forge a new nation.

"The words and images of America’s revolution come alive in this exhibit in dramatic graphic novel form to tell the story of how the colonial press fanned the flames and spread the news of the fight for freedom," Ms. Trost says.

And a Newseum-produced video features original, animated illustrations and interviews with journalist Sebastian Junger, political commentator S.E. Cupp and comedian Lewis Black.

One video segment is about Thomas Paine, a Founding Father who published a pamphlet called "Common Sense," presenting to his fellow colonists his arguments for American independence.

In another segment, Black explains how Benjamin Towne published The Pennsylvania Evening Post three times a week in a town full of weeklies. "His dream," narrates Black, "was to create America's first daily."

Rhule says the exhibit ties in perfectly with the mission of the Newseum, which is "to champion, explain and defend free expression and the five freedoms of the First Amendment. So we want people to understand why it's important that we have free expression here, why it's important that we have a free press here, because without a free press, there pretty much wouldn’t have been independence."
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Beautiful home in the mountains near San Ramón with 180-degree view of the gulf of Nicoya. 7 miles from San Ramón, 1 mile from Interamericana highway. 3,200 foot elevation so temp is 65 to 75 year around. Electric gate, private drive. house built in 2010. 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, appliances included. High-speed internet installed,  Price for sale $179,000    Contact Mike: mmpeace@hotmail.com 
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This is a 3-bedroom, 1-bath home located at about 100-foot elevation one mile from the beach.  Remodeled 2 years ago. Everything is new including total new kitchen, windows, floors, AC units, electric, plumbing, etc.  Super fenced yard for dogs.  Very low electric bill even with the AC.  This is a zero lot line property but with room to expand up and out.  Very secure & private.  Police chief next door. $149,900.  Call Glenn at 506 6214-0056.
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House for Sale in Escazu Downtown
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We invite you to a horseback tour of 187 acres of pristine farm land with breathtaking vistas, including the islands of the Gulf of Nicoya. There are multiple springs and streams, wooded areas, hard-wood and fruit trees, rolling hills with a geat variety of birds and wildlife. This property boasts the privilege of being bordered by thousands of acres of forest preserve down a steep canyon, offering its own spectacular views, which will never be developed. The many hills provide a builder an endless array of possibilities for nestling buildings in where they will have both views and privacy. The elevation of the property at 1,200 to1600 feet above sea level ensures fresh breezes and ideal year-round temperatures with a day-time average in the low 80's for open-air living. There is a ranch-style house with guest house with 8 total bedrooms, 5 modern baths, huge eat-in kitchen, landmark palm-thatched giant rancho, stable, and storage buildings. The home will come partially furnished, including beds, ample dishware for large groups, housewares, linens, washer/dryer, and fine hard-wood hand-built cabinetry. The remaining horses, 4 to 6 of them, will also convey if one wishes. We are also including a LARGE BEACH LOT in nearby Playa Bejuco. San Rafael de Nandayure is a tiny rural village nestled into the mountainside above Carmona with all the charms of the simple good life of a BLUE ZONE. Carmona is a thriving town with a clinic, restaurfants, shopping, and everything else one may need.  More information
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B&B for sale in Costa Rica $650,000

I believe this is the finest area of Costa Rica in which to live and, with a lock on 80percent of all tourists visiting Costa Rica, to invest. There are birds and flowers of every description, terrific neighbors, incredible views, wonderful weather with a healthy climate, visits by sloth, deer, monkeys, a very good business that can expand and grow, if desired, or simply a beautiful place to live. Please look at my Web site and the guest reviews, the people's reaction to the property, and you'll see just what a wonderful opportunity this is

There is about 7,000 square meters of land included (over 1 3/4 acres) as well as another smaller home and an apartment above the carport, designed as maid's quarters but usually rented out to tourists. The rear of the property is bordered by a small and very clean spring-fed creek/river. Across the river there is jungle, which makes for a great deal of all around privacy and which will never be developed. Restaurants, a supermarket, services, and many natural attractions are just a short distance away. The property was appraised at over $1.7 million (US) a few years ago, which might indicate what an incredible bargain this is.

It can also include a franchise for Best Western Hotel, if interested in growing with the tourism business, and a small hobby farm bordering Arenal National Park with spectacular views of Lake Arenal, is also available. All is available at an excellent price for the right person (people) and a package price can certainly be arranged. Email me at: grantchy@yahoo.com For more photos and info click HERE!
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Professional fugitive back in custody

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

That U.S. fugitive who spent a year hiding in Jacó managed to escape briefly again in Florida.

The  Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office said deputies captured  John Wesley Saatio late Sunday night. The man escaped from a private prison transport vehicle  about 10:30 p.m.  Saturday while it was passing through the county on Interstate 10, said the sheriff’s office. That generated a manhunt.

Law officers credited a citizen with spotting Saatio and reporting his whereabouts around 7 p.m. Sunday.

Deputies and three separate dog units followed the trail until they encountered the fugitive before 11 p.m., they said.

Saatio escaped while being transported in Michigan and eventually made his way to Costa Rica where he worked as a cook. After he was picked up here in early June, he tried to escape from  the Fuerza Pública lockup in Jacó, and then he successfully fled the immigration lockup in Hatillo by breaking through bars on the ceiling.

He was then detained in Desamparados and extradited to the United States.

Santa Rosa County deputies said that when Saatio was detained there Sunday night they found two makeshift handcuff keys in his socks.

The 35-year-old Saatio was reported to have fled custody in Milton, Florida, after the transport crew stopped at a rest area for a bathroom break. Commentators in Florida said the transporting employees had not been briefed on Saatio’s history. He was believed on his way back to Michigan. Now Florida prosecutors might file charges.



Garrison Keillor, 73, leaving his show

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

On the very last performance of "A Prairie Home Companion," Garrison Keillor's long-running public radio variety show famous for its tales from the fictitious Lake Wobegone, Minnesota, President Barack Obama phoned in.

“One of the reasons I miss driving is that you kept me company," the president said. "'A Prairie Home Companion' made me feel better and more human.”

It's fair to say that many other fans, in an audience that peaked at 4.1 million in 2006, would agree with the president.

Keillor, 73 and distracted by recent health concerns, came up with the idea for the public radio show 42 years ago while working as a writer for The New Yorker.

He quit the elite magazine and, later in1974, an audience of 12 watched the very first edition of the show, a live performance of songs, skits and the "News from Lake Wobegone" in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Keillor's show helped form the voice of public radio in America at a time when it was just emerging and had no identity. Keillor himself reflected on his unexpectedly long career in an interview with The New York Times last month:

"With radio, I owned it. I owned it. Nobody else was doing this," he said. "You find yourself on new ground, and you are so free. You are so free."

The format of Keillor's final show was very much like the first: live performances of American folk music interspersed with skits, humorous ads for Powdermilk Biscuits and other fake products, and, of course, Keillor's recounting of the week's events in his fictional hometown of Lake Wobegone.

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Decree issued to reduce construction dust

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The health ministry has come out with a decree that should benefit those living near construction sites.

The ministry said that operators who generate dust must take steps to mitigate it.

That might just mean covering piles of construction materials to prevent the wind carrying away some. Or it might mean covering trucks that are hauling dirt and materials.

The decree cites both public and private projects, although it does not seem to cover those gravel roads in the country where vehicles create dust bowl conditions.

The ministry said that  dust can worsen allergies and can lead to skin diseases or respiratory illnesses. A lot depends on the weather conditions at the time, it said.

Project managers also are supposed to maintain access roads so they are not sources of dust, perhaps by spraying them with water.