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Those little capuchin monkeys might be really smart
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

There are some pretty smart creatures living in coastal Costa Rica, and they are not humans.

Some Oxford University researchers were surprised to find that Brazilian capuchins use stone tools to crack nuts. The researchers even went so far as to excavate around nut trees to find stone tools that showed that monkeys may have been doing this for hundreds of years.

Th Brazilian monkeys are the same species that live on the Caribbean and Pacific coasts here. And expats know they are pretty smart.

The Oxford scientists should not have been too surprised because the scientific literature shows that the same type of monkey uses stone tools to crack open crabs and other shellfish. Plus eating cashew nuts requires smarts because the nut is encased in a highly acidic covering, which is why the monkeys crack it open.

Yale University researchers have even taught monkeys there to engage in small-stakes gambling with bits of food as the prize. Elsewhere, monkeys have been trained as
service animals to assist the disabled, although animal rights activists frown on this practice.

Monkeys are not the closest relative to humans. That honor belongs to the chimpanzees.

The ancestors of today’s monkeys in the Americas must have been pretty hardy. Scientists estimate that somehow they crossed the Atlantic 35 to 40 million years ago. No one really has a clue how they did this. That was the beginnings of what was called New World monkeys that include the little capuchins.

This latest revelation resulted in an academic paper that involved researchers from Oxford and the University of São Paulo in Brazil. They observed groups of modern capuchins at Serra da Capivara National Park in northeast Brazil, and combined this with archaeological data from the same site.

Researchers said they watched wild capuchins use stones as hand-held hammers and anvils to pound open hard foods such as seeds and cashew nuts, with young monkeys learning from older ones how to do the same, according to a summary from the university.

Trout is on the menu up on Cerro de la Muerte
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Farmers who raise trout plan their fourth annual fair Saturday and Sunday in the heady altitude of Cerro de la Muerte.

The truchicultores, as they are called, will offer their fish, but there also will be other products from the area along with crafts and art work.

The government’s fishing agency reports that there are some 244 trout-raising operations in Costa Rica, and they product 800 tons of fish every year.

Most is exported to the United States.

About 150 of the operations offer tourist a chance to fish and catch their own dinner. Certainly farm-reared fish are not as feisty, pink and as tasty as a five-pound native trout plucked from the Las Animas River in Colorado, but there won’t be any bears around this weekend to dispute the catch.

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The location of the fair is at Kilometer 60 of the  Interamericana Sur adjacent to the Macho Gaff police station. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Cooks will be offering a variety of plates made from trout, said an announcement.

The fishing institute maintains a hatchery nearby in Ojo de Agua de Dota. There workers produce 800,000 fingerlings every year for the trout farmers.

Some fishermen report that they have found a lot of catch-and-release action in local streams, too.

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Thermal project reviving forest, ICE says

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The state power company said that its conservation efforts at the  Miravalles geothermalplant site have brought back to nearly 1,900 hectares land that had been intensively exploited by cattle-raising in the 1950.

The company has operated the geothermal power plant since 1994 in Bagaces, and its is reporting on its more than 20 years of stewardship.

The company said that it managed to increase the forest from just 297 hectares in 1984 to the current amount.

The forest has become repopulated with animals and pants now that cattle no longer graze there, said the company, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad, known as ICE.

The company is expanding its geothermal electrical production so that the technique no longer is a novelty, and the facilities also tap solar generation.

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Government officials inspect the site where a fire ripped through 11 structures in the settlement of  El Futurito in San Rafael de Alajuela and left 45 persons homeless last week. The officials said they were distributing more than 14 million colons, some $25,500, to the affected families.

Two police officers killed in crash

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Two Fuerza Pública officers from southern Costa Rica died Monday morning when their official pickup swerved into the oncoming lane and was in collision with a tractor trailer. The crash happened in Tárcoles not far from the Río Grande de Tárcoles bridge on the Costanera.

Both officers were headed to training, said the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública. The ministry identified the victims as Iver Cascante Ruiz, 50, and   Greivin Delgado Mata, 38.

A third occupant of the vehicle, also a policeman, was Juan Molina Gustavino, 47, said the ministry. He was hospitalized.

Solar plane nearing end of world trip

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

An airplane powered entirely by the sun has almost finished its more than year-long, globe-trotting journey.

The single-seat Solar Impulse 2 took off from Seville for Cairo Monday with pilot Andre Borschberg in the pilot's seat.

The odyssey this time will take the solar-powered plane over a number of air spaces, including Tunisia, Algeria, Malta, Italy, Greece and finally Egypt.

This is the solar-powered plane's next to last flight before arriving in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates where the trip around the world began in March of 2015.

Last month, Swiss aviator Bertrand Piccard was in the cockpit to take the Solar Impulse 2 on one of the most hazardous parts of its worldwide sojourn, a 71-hour flight over the Atlantic Ocean from New York.

Piccard and Borschberg have taken turns solo piloting the aircraft.

Borschberg piloted the plane across the Pacific Ocean, from Nagoya, Japan, to Hawaii, a 118-hour endeavor.

The two pilots have learned meditation and hypnosis as part of their training to help them stay alert for long periods of time.

Piccard and Borschberg say they aim to demonstrate that alternative energy sources and new technologies can achieve what some consider impossible, like flight without fuel.

The carbon fiber Solar Impulse 2 has a 72-meter wingspan, which is longer than the wingspan of a Boeing 747 and weighs about as much as an automobile.  The 17,000 solar cells built into the wings harness the sun's energy and charge onboard batteries.

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The facility for proposed for La Sabana and the one proposed for Parque de la Paz
Government says it will invest $40 million in two sports centers
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Solís administration plans to invest $40 million into two sport complexes. One will be in Parque de la Paz in southern San José, and the other will be in Parque la Sabana. 

The avowed purposes of the projects are to democratize sports and to promote recreation and competition.

The bulk of the money will be borrowed. The projects are under the jurisdiction of the Instituto Costarricense de Deportes. Officials outlined the specifics Monday.

The Parque de la Paz is on both sides of the Circunvalación highway. There the plan is to build a $13.5 million center for inside sports, such as basketball, karate, judo, small-scale soccer
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The proposed facility in La Sabana is being called an aquatic center. There already is an Olympic-size pool there, but this was not mentioned in the announcement. The project will cost about $25 million and will be very similar to the private Costa Rican Tennis Club across the street. A graphic showed the facility sitting adjacent to the Caldera highway, Ruta 27, in the general location where the pool now is.

As reflected in its name, the aquatic center will focus on swimming, diving, synchronized swimming, water polo, scuba diving, triathlon  and water therapies, said the announcement.

Construction of both facilities are scheduled to start next year with delivery in 2018, said the announcement.

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Researchers confirm that little red fruit can reverse effects of aging
By Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne news staff

The Fountain of Youth might be within a pomegranate.

Pomegranates have been called a way to counteract the aging process. But much of that has been dismissed a hype.

Up to now, scientific proof has been fairly weak. And some controversial marketing tactics have led to skepticism as well. A team of scientists wanted to explore the issue by taking a closer look at the secrets of this plump pink fruit.

They discovered that a molecule in pomegranates, transformed by microbes in the gut, enables muscle cells to protect themselves against one of the major causes of aging. In nematodes and rodents, the effect is nothing short of amazing. Human clinical trials are currently underway, but these initial findings have already been published in the journal Nature Medicine.

The study was by researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and the company Amazentis.

As humans age, cells increasingly struggle to recycle their powerhouses. Called mitochondria, these inner compartments are no longer able to carry out their vital function, thus accumulate in the cell. This degradation affects the health of many tissues, including muscles, which gradually weaken over the years. A buildup of dysfunctional mitochondria is also suspected of playing a role in other diseases of aging, such as Parkinson’s disease.

The scientists identified a molecule that, all by itself, managed to re-establish the cell’s ability to recycle the components of the defective mitochondria: urolithin A.

“It’s the only known molecule that can relaunch the mitochondrial clean-up process, otherwise known as mitophagy,” says Patrick Aebischer, co-author on the study. “It’s a completely natural substance, and its effect is powerful and measurable.”

The team started out by testing their hypothesis on the usual suspect: the nematode C. elegans. It’s a favorite test subject among aging experts, because after just eight to 10 days it’s already considered elderly. The lifespan of worms exposed to urolithin A increased by more than 45 percent compared with the control group.

These initial encouraging results led the team to test the

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molecule on animals that have more in common with humans. In the rodent studies, like with C. elegans, a significant reduction in the number of mitochondria was observed, indicating that a robust cellular recycling process was taking place. Older mice, around two years of age, showed 42 percent better endurance while running than equally old mice in the control group.

The fruit doesn’t itself contain the miracle molecule, but rather its precursor. That molecule is converted into urolithin A by the microbes that inhabit the intestine. Because of this, the amount of urolithin A produced can vary widely, depending on the species of animal and the flora present in the gut microbiome.

Some individuals don’t produce any at all.

For those without the right microbes in their guts, however, the scientists are already working on a solution. The study’s co-authors founded a start-up company, Amazentis, which has developed a method to deliver finely calibrated doses of urolithin A. The company is currently conducting first clinical trials testing the molecule in humans in European hospitals.

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Investigators in Dallas, Texas, are continuing to probe the background of the Dallas gunman who killed five policemen last week.

"Until we search every lead," Chief David Brown said Monday, "I'm not going to be satisfied" in ruling out that others may have been involved, to "make sure we don't leave anything uninvestigated."

He said police are examining 170 hours of video from cameras worn by officers, as well as footage from dashboard cameras inside police cars and video from retail store security cameras along the streets where the attacks on police occurred. In addition to the five officers killed in the incident, nine other police officers and two civilians were wounded.

Brown said 11 police officers fired weapons at Micah Johnson, and two others launched the $151,000 robot used to kill the suspect.

The police chief said it was not an ethical dilemma for him to use the robot to kill Johnson, apparently the first time a U.S. police force has used such a tactic to end a criminal rampage.

Bomb-making materials and a rambling journal were found at Johnson's home during a search.

"The materials were such that it was large enough to have devastating effects throughout our city and our North Texas area," Brown said.

U.S. law enforcement officials said Johnson did not have a criminal record.

In an emailed statement, the U.S. Army said Johnson was a carpentry and masonry specialist during his time in the service from March 2009 to April 2015. He was deployed to Afghanistan from November 2013 to July 2014.

Johnson left Afghanistan when a fellow soldier brought sexual harassment charges against him, saying he needed mental health counseling.

Trump takes on the title
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. Republican presidential contender Donald Trump declared himself the law and order candidate Monday, saying Americans had to both end our hostility toward police and improve life for people in inner-cities rife with crime.

"Too many Americans are trapped in fear, violence and poverty," the billionaire real estate mogul told a campaign rally in the mid-Atlantic city of Virginia Beach, Virginia.

He spoke as Americans are still reeling from last week's violence in which police shot and killed two African-American men at point blank range, one in Louisiana and one in Minnesota, days before a black gunman targeted white police officers in revenge in Dallas, Texas, gunning down five policemen.

Trump, set to become the official Republican presidential nominee at the party's national convention next week, said, "Our police officers rush into danger every single day to protect our communities and they often do it thanklessly and under relentless criticism. We support you and will always, always, always stand with you.

"The attack on our Dallas police is an attack on our country," Trump said. "Our whole nation is in mourning and will be for a very long time."

He said, "America's police and law enforcement personnel are what separates civilization from total chaos and the destruction of our country as we know it." Trump said that anyone who wants police presence curbed in inner-city neighborhoods is hurting the country's most vulnerable people.

He attacked Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as weak, ineffective and pandering.

Trump contended that last week's Federal Bureau of Investigation report on her handling of classified material on a private email server while she was secretary of State from 2009 to 2013 showed that she was "either a liar or grossly incompetent, one or the other. Personally, it's probably both."

Mrs. Clinton has pushed back against the contention of FBI chief James Comey that she was extremely careless in her handling of the email.

“Whatever they sent me they did not believe, and in my view had no reason to believe, it was classified at the time,” she said last week in television interviews. "I take classified material seriously."

Sanders expected to appear
with Mrs. Clinton at rally

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is holding a campaign rally today with Sen. Bernie Sanders, her biggest rival in the race to be the party's nominee in the November election.

The event in the northeastern state of New Hampshire comes one week after Mrs. Clinton welcomed another major figure to her campaign effort as President Barack Obama appeared with her in the southern state of North Carolina.

Mrs. Clinton and Sanders released a joint statement saying today's rally will focus on "building an America that is stronger together and an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top."

The language represents priorities of both campaigns, but particularly that of Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist who regularly criticized the influence of the rich on American politics throughout his candidacy.

Mrs. Clinton will not become the official Democratic nominee until later this month at the party's convention.  Sanders had insisted he would not concede the race until that point, but his campaign has also made clear he will do whatever is necessary to defeat the Republican Party's presumptive nominee, businessman Donald Trump.

That will include Sanders further campaigning for Mrs. Clinton.  The big benefit for her would be gaining the support of those who backed Sanders during the state-by-state primary process, many of them young people who were drawn to his policies.

Congress ready to close up
until beginning of September

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Americans regularly bash a do-nothing Congress, and the Senate is poised to validate that perception yet again during its final workdays before a seven-week recess, one of the longest in modern legislative history.

The Senate is expected to adjourn later this week, leaving weighty issues unaddressed and major legislation in limbo. They include funding the U.S. military to fighting the zika virus to preventing suspected terrorists from legally purchasing firearms,.

With the Republican and Democratic national conventions looming this month, lawmakers will abandon Washington well in advance of their usual August recess and will not return to work until Sept. 6.

When the Senate gaveled in Monday, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urged his colleagues to make good use of time that is running short.

“This week offers the opportunity for all of us, and for our country, to move forward,” the Kentucky Republican said.

“This week the Republican leader will continue with the pointless approach that has been a hallmark of his time as the leader,” predicted Democratic Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.

Among the bills that could reach President Barack Obama’s desk this week are two health initiatives: one on mental health and another on opioid addictions.

But McConnell’s goal of an orderly appropriations process that funds the entire U.S. government well in advance of the beginning of the next fiscal year, which starts Oct. 1, has all but collapsed.

A two-year bipartisan budget deal enacted late last year was supposed to give Washington a reprieve from major fiscal fights by setting total federal spending levels. At the time, Democrats cheered an end to automatic, across-the-board cuts to domestic programs. Republicans cheered a reprieve from cuts to military programs.

Nearly a year later, Democrats and Republicans still disagree on the proportion of spending for defense and non-defense activities.

Open carry laws sometimes
confuse police in a crisis

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Police response to last week's ambush killing and wounding of fellow officers and civilians at a protest rally in Dallas, Texas, was complicated by an inability to differentiate protest participants from the active shooter.

Dallas police estimated 20 to 30 rally participants carried rifles and handguns in compliance with the state's open carry gun law.

"We're trying as best we can as a law enforcement community to make it work so that citizens can express their Second Amendment rights," Dallas Police Chief David Brown told reporters Monday.

"But it is increasingly challenging when people have AR-15s slung over and shootings occur in a crowd … and we don't know if they are the shooter or not. We don't know who the good guy is versus who the bad guy is if everybody starts shooting," Brown added.

At a memorial site in front of the Dallas Police Department, people continue to gather to mourn the loss of the officers.

As Stephanie Wesson of Carrollton, Texas, paid her respects to the fallen policemen, she told VOA that law-abiding citizens should be able to openly carry a weapon. "As long as you are within the law and you are not committing a crime, I'm ok with it," she said.

Texas legalized concealed carry firearms in the 1990s, and now has more than 850,000 residents with licenses to carry firearms. Last year, the state legislature passed a law that gave those with concealed carry licenses the option to carry firearms unconcealed.

Licensed residents in Texas should be able to openly carry firearms as long as they "use them in a respectful manner to protect themselves and their families . . . and not use them for any ill gain or evil intent," said Roselyn Walton, as she visited the police memorial site.

The president of Open Carry Texas, C.J. Grisham, joined a small gathering Saturday outside the Lamar County Sheriff's Department in Paris, Texas, about 158 kilometers from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The crowd, most of whom had handguns and spare magazines strapped to their belts, was protesting the department's refusal to allow people to openly carry firearms into the building.

"We are not a threat," Grisham said.

Grisham told the gathering that the hot Texas weather can make it uncomfortable to conceal a gun under clothing.

"That's what this is really about: being able to get comfortable and not become a criminal," he said. "If you boil it down, the only difference between open carry and concealed carry is a thin piece of fabric."

Open carry gun laws in the U.S. are generally designed to give citizens the right to openly carry firearms in public places. They are governed on the state level and not by the federal government, which may, however, enforce specific rules that apply to federally owned or operated property.

Thirty-one states allow handguns to be carried openly without a permit, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

Fifteen states allow handguns to be carried openly, but only with a permit.

Only five states,California, Florida, Illinois, New York and South Carolina, as well as the District of Columbia prohibit the open carrying of handguns in public places.

Many state open carry laws have exceptions, such as the prohibition to carry handguns in places such as schools, state-owned facilities, on public transportation and places where alcohol is served.

Openly carrying a long gun is legal in 44 states, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

Two states, Virginia and Pennsylvania, allow long guns to be carried in public, but limit the ability to do so in certain cities.

Six states, California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota and New Jersey, as well as the District of Columbia, generally prohibit the open carrying of long guns.

Prisoner dies in Michigan
after killing two bailiffs

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Three people were shot dead Monday at a courthouse in the northern U.S. state of Michigan, when a prisoner set for a court hearing grabbed a holstered gun from a deputy sheriff and opened fire.

Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey said two of the dead were court bailiffs, and the third was the prisoner. The deputy also was wounded, but authorities say his condition was not life threatening.

Several civilians also were taken to a local hospital in the city of St. Joseph for treatment of unidentified injuries. All were expected to recover.

Bailey said the shooting occurred as the deputy and bailiffs were moving the unidentified prisoner from a third-floor holding cell to a nearby courtroom.

He said the prisoner began fighting before he seized the deputy's gun and started shooting. Bailey said the prisoner was killed by other nearby officers who responded to the shots with gunfire of their own.

Theresa May now unopposed
as next British prime minister

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Another day in post-Brexit British politics and more surprises. Government officials and Buckingham Palace were scrambling Monday to nail down the procedures for the country’s long-serving interior minister, Theresa May, to move into Downing Street Wednesday, replacing outgoing Prime Minister David Cameron.

The scramble was triggered following the abrupt withdrawal by May’s rival, Andrea Leadsom, from what would have been a long, drawn-out contest to lead the country's Conservative Party. Ms. Leadsom, a mother of three, quit following a brutal weekend of media and party criticism for ill-judged comments in which she suggested that she was better equipped to be prime minister than the childless May.

In announcing her sudden withdrawal, Energy Minister Leadsom, one of the main campaigners for Britain to exit the European Union, said, “A nine-week leadership campaign at such a critical moment for our country is highly undesirable.”

She made no reference to the storm of criticism following her motherhood remarks. Critics said they showed her inexperience. They also went down badly with the party’s rank-and-file, who were set to choose between Ms. May and Ms. Leadsom in a postal vote that was to have concluded in early September.

Certainly, the media had not expected Ms. Leadsom’s withdrawal. Most political reporters were covering the opposition Labour Party and reporting on Anna Eagle's announcement that she was formally challenging leftist Jeremy Corbyn for the party's leadership.

Ms. Eagle was left embarrassed as journalists rushed from her campaign launch to cover May's selection as Britain’s second female prime minister.

Ms. Leadsom’s exit saves the ruling Conservatives from what likely would have been an ill-tempered and divisive leadership contest pitching pro and anti-EU lawmakers against each other. And it has saved Ms. May from having to define clearly her position on Britain’s future relationship with the EU.

During last month’s Brexit referendum campaign, Ms. May favored Britain remaining an EU member. Following the vote, she committed to pulling the country out of the bloc. But unlike Ms. Leadsom and her Leave supporters, Ms. May wouldn't oppose the country's negotiating a close free-trade partnership with the EU. Such a partnership, EU leaders have said, must include free movement rights for EU nationals in Britain and Britons in Europe, a demand that infuriates Leave campaigners.

The outgoing prime minister ended speculation by making an impromptu announcement, saying he was "delighted we are not going to have a prolonged leadership contest" with a long period of transition. Cameron said he would see Queen Elizabeth Wednesday to resign.

Pokémon GO stresses servers
as game’s popularity takes off

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Anyone on social media in the past few days no doubt have seen pictures of little animated monsters in real life situations like on a subway or in a restaurant.

That’s thanks to the new Pokémon GO smartphone game from Nintendo.

The game has been so popular the company had to limit new users while it upgraded its servers.

The game is already impacting Nintendo’s bottom line as the stock jumped by 25 percent Monday, adding $7 billion to the company’s value.

Millions have already downloaded the augmented reality game in which users try to catch Pokémon characters on-screen in real-world situations. That means to play, a user must go out and about in search of Pikachu and other characters.

This has already led to some problems as people congregate at locations marked as important in the game.

For example, in Australia a police station was marked as a place to find creatures or collect other items for use in the games. So many players showed up, the police had to tell people not to go into the station while playing, according to CNN.

In the U.S state of Wyoming, Shayla Wiggins, 19, came across a dead body while playing Friday.

"I was trying to get a water Pokémon," said Wiggins in an interview with CNN. "I probably would have never went down there if it weren't for this game."

In Missouri, armed robbers lured players to isolated places hoping to rob them.

Taylor Swift is the richest,
Forbes’ annual list reports

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Pop star Taylor Swift is rich, likely beyond her “Wildest Dreams.”

The American singer-songwriter was ranked as the highest-paid celebrity for 2016, according to Forbes’ annual list, with an estimated $170 million. Last year, Ms. Swift was ranked eighth.

The top earners last year were boxers Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, who were involved in one of boxing’s biggest paydays in 2015.

For 2016, Ms. Swift beat out British boy band One Direction by a whopping $60 million, according to the magazine.

Other pop stars included Adele, who was ranked 9th with $80.5 million, Madonna came in at 12th with $76.5 million followed immediately by Rihanna with $75 million. Megastar Katy Perry’s $41 million was only enough for the 63rd place on the list.

Reality television star Kim Kardashian, who is on the cover of the magazine ranked 42nd with $51 million, 40 percent of which came from her mobile game, “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood.”

Ms. Swift is expected to launch a mobile game next year.
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Arthur Miller work to be presented

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The  Compañía Nacional de Teatro is presenting the Arthur Miller tragedy “A View from the Bridge.”

 The play debuts in the Teatro La Aduana Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m. The play will be presented at the same times Saturdays and Sundays until Aug. 28.

The bridge is the Brooklyn Bridge, and the drama involves a family of Italian immigrants in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn.

The play includes misplaced love and death.

The drama organization said the play was selected for this season to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Arthur Miller., who probably is best known for his play “Death of a Salesman” and for his marriage with Marilyn Monroe.

Miller grew up in Brooklyn after his family members lost their fortune in the crash of 1929.

The play is called "Panorama desde el puente” here and will be acted in Spanish.

Free vehicle checks planned on Ruta 27

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Globalvia Ruta 27 says it will give free vehicle checks for cars and motorcycles that use the highway,

The project is a joint effort with  IQ Radio, Castrol, Súper Baterías, Grupo Vargas Matamoros, Súper Servicio and the Consejo Nacional de Concesiones.

The highway concessionaire said that the inspections will be from 9  a.m. to  2 pm. Saturday at the westbound Escazú toll station.

The company said this was a free preventative effort.

Coffee growers to get some supplies

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The national emergency commission said it began distributing agricultural necessities to 1,300 coffee producers who suffered damage in flooding more than a year ago.

The agency said it has invested 400 million colons in agricultural products for growers in  La Suiza, Pavones, Tayutic, Tuis, Santa Teresita and Turrialba. That is about $735,000.

The distribution began Monday in La Suiza and Tayutic de Turrialba, The products include fertilizers, fungicides, and mineral supplements. The distribution will continue through the month, said the commission.

The Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería also was involved.  The amount of each donation will be adjusted based on the grower’s record of production with the Instituto del Café de Costa Rica, said the agency.

Cane growers in the area will will be visited by emergency commission workers for a distribution planned for next month.

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Hackers gain access to Twitter CEO's accounts

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The hacks on Silicon Valley’s biggest names continue, this time with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey having both his Twitter and Vine accounts apparently breached.

Hacking group OurMine Security claimed responsibility. The group is also behind recent high-profile hacks on the social media accounts of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Sundar Pichai.

The hackers posted a message saying,“Testing your security,” the same message posted in other attacks.

The hack appears to have come through Vine, which Twitter owns, according to The Guardian newspaper.

Twitter told the paper that it does not comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons.

Last month, Twitter locked down some accounts after a leak of username and password information.