25 Year Cold Case of Kristin Smart Finally Solved

In May of 1996, a college freshman year teen, Kristin Smart (19) disappeared after she attended her school party off-campus. The key suspect, Paul Flores was the last person who had seen Kristin alive. After Kristin went missing, her family filed a civil suit against Paul Flores. Flores has maintained his innocence in the involvement in Kristin’s disappearance, however. However, her family and the detective-in-charge never gave up on Kristin’s case.

The key suspect, Paul Flores (44) was taken into custody with a murder charge on Tuesday morning in San Pedro California, and his father Luben Flores (80) arrested on an accessory charge; San Luis Obispo County sheriff confirmed on Tuesday.

Paul Flores is being held without bail and his father, Luben Flores is being held on a bond of $250,000. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s officials served another search warrant at the Arroyo Grande property this morning. Ian Parkinson, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff held a conference at the California Polytechnic State University where Kristin went to college.

In February, authorities served search warrants on multiple members of the Flores family. Some of the “items” were discovered during searches, investigators said at the time.

In March, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office searched Ruben Flores’s home in Arroyo Grande.

A judge signed the two arrest warrants and two search warrants that were executed today. Parkinson said that the searches may continue into Wednesday, depending on what is found.

Parkinson explained that the cold cases podcast which is Lambert’s podcast, “Your Own Backyard,” brought renewed interest to the investigation. “He took a local story and expanded it into an international story,” Parkinson told reporters. “Once that message got out, we started getting more information… there are a lot of people that are students here that are not from San Luis Obispo. When they graduate, a lot of them will leave, and so they’re dispersed all over the country. That message gets out to the nation, and those people that used to live here at the time might remember something.”

The Smart family expressed how they felt when their fears of Kristin’s death became a reality, “The knowledge that a father and son, despite our desperate pleas for help, could have withheld this horrible secret for nearly 25 years, denying us the chance to lay our daughter to rest, is an unrelenting and unforgiving pain,” in a long heartbroken statement.

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미래학자 최윤식 박사 : Church and Faith in Post-Pandemic Future: Clinic Open to All

“미래학자, 최윤식 박사와 함께 미래 통찰력을 경험하라”

“교회 함께 가자”처치 클리닉(대표 손기성)에서는 4월 26일 (월) 오후 7:30 분 오픈 강좌를 진행한다. 4월 강좌의 강사는 미래학자로 널리 알려진 최윤식 박사가 진행한다.  최윤식 박사는 ‘2030 대담한 미래’ ‘앞으로 5년 한국의 미래 시나리오’ ‘제 4의 물결이 온다’ 등 미래에 나타날 다양한 현상들을 예견한 서적들을 출간하고 독자들에게 많은 통찰력을 가질 수 있는 기회를 제공해왔다. 최박사는 지난 2014년에도 처치클리닉을 통해 워싱턴 지역 사회와 소통을 하기도 했으며, 당시 세미나를 통해 많은 사람들에게 미래에 대한 사고를 넓히는 계기를 마련해 주기도 했다.

손기성 목사는 “현재 나타나는 펜데믹 시대의 현상을 학자로서 명확하게 분석하고, 교회가 나아가야 할 방향성과 신앙인으로 준비하며 살아야 할 삶의 태도 들을 또 한번 제시하는 시간이 될 것이다.” 그리고” 펜데믹으로 인해 변화될 미래에 대한 고민은 목회자 뿐 아니라 일반 성도들에게도 절실한 부분이다. 그러기에 더 없이 유익한 시간이 될 것이다.” 고 말했다.

참가비는 없으며, 줌을 통한 화상 강의로 진행되기 때문에 반드시 사전접수가 필요하다.

접수 및 문의는 (703) 334-7602 나 [email protected] 으로 하거나 카카오톡 아이디 churchclinic 을 통해 쉽게 할 수 있다.

The Church Clinic announced that it will invite futurist scholar Dr. Yoonsic Choi through an online zoom method to give a lecture on the future of church and faith after the pandemic. The open course will be held on the evening of the 26th at 7:30 (EST), and anyone who interested can participate after making a reservation in advance.

The event is free to all, although they do ask that you come with the love of faith.

Reservation: www.churchclinic.net or [email protected]

phone: (703) 334-7602

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Vaccine hesitancy causes Another Rapid Coronavirus Surge in the U.S.

According to NPR, Many people who are in their politically affiliated with the Republican Party don’t want to take the Coronavirus Vaccine, although there are enough doses to cover the whole region to get vaccinated as most live in rural areas.

The people who don’t take vaccine have their own excuses:

Some are worried about the side effects of vaccination, and some are distrusting of mass media that it might hide some real facts that they don’t want to reveal.

However, They still want to see their relatives in person and engage in behavior detrimental to their health.

Currently, India and Brazil are seeing a rising death toll. It is uncountable in India, and 4,000 people died on a single day leaving no space to bury the dead in Brazil.

The Northeast coast states in the U.S., California, and Florida are not much help, as people leave their homes to spend vacations and spring breaks in these states.

The positive news is that at least 32% of the U.S. population have already taken the first dose of the Vaccines, but it is not nearly high enough for herd immunity.

The one cause of low numbers of Vaccination is that almost 20% of the population are children under the age of 16 that are not yet eligible to receive a vaccine. Also, these youngsters cannot engage in social distancing in school.

Vaccine hesitancy is very risky to many Americans in danger and the quarantines will not prove to be effective the longer the pandemic continues. Adults not taking vaccines risk putting their ineligible children at further risk of permanent damage or death.

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“Love of Italian Cooking” Helps to an Arrest of Italian Mob Criminal

An Italian mob criminal, Marc Feren Claude Biart (53) was arrested by Interpol in the Dominican Republic. According to Interpol, They tracked down Biart and his wife via their Youtube videos, where the couple engaged in Italian cooking.  Birat hides his face at all times, but he couldn’t hide his tattoos. Interpol noticed the particular tattoo on his arms and tracked him down.

Biart had been wanted on drug trafficking charges since 2014, and he and his wife lived for 5 years in this Caribean island. The authority stated Biart is a member of the ‘Ndrngheta, a powerful and notorious crime syndicate that originated in the southern region of Calabria. The Ndrngheta has expanded worldwide.

Interpol said his “love for Italian cuisine” made the arrest possible at the statement reported by NBC News. Biart is accused of trafficking cocaine into the Netherlands. He was arrested last Wednesday and arrived in Italy this week according to Interpol Twitter.

Interpol said that the two key members Biart and Francesco Pelle are now in custody. Pelle was convicted in Italy of ordering the revenge killing of a mobster’s wife and arrested Monday in Portugal at a clinic where he was reportedly being treated for COVID-19, according to AP.

The biggest Mafia in Italy, The Ndrangheta has 355 suspected mobsters and political officials who are related to this mafia face charges of murder, drug trafficking, extortion, and money laundering according to the BBC.

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Cuba : The First Country to Run Phase 3 Clinical Trials In South America

Cuba will take the phase 3 clinical trials as the first country amongst in South American continent. Cuba kept very low Covid-19 cases compared with other South American countries before reopening to the travelers last November. At least 44,000 people will take this phase 3 trial, according to NPR.

Cuba has been independently developing the Covid-19 vaccine. Dagmar Garcia Rivera, the research director at the Finlay Vaccine Institute in Havana stated that one of five vaccine candidates, Soberana 2 is to be very effective and entering the final stage of clinical trials.

A second vaccine candidate, Abdala has entered a phase 3 trial. Cuba is a self-sustaining country that never asked for any help from WHO or multinational corporations. Normally vaccine development takes a decade or more. Eduardo Ojito, the head of the Cuban Center for Molecular Immunology proudly announced that by the end of summer, all Cuban will be immunized enough doses with the Soverana 2.

Ojito stated that “We are preparing to produce between one and two million doses each month, and the country is on track to have 1 million doses available in April.” The Cuban government has started to distribute the vaccine to Iran, Mexico, and Venezuela.

Helen Yaffe, a specialist at the University of Glasgow, wrote about the country’s pharmaceutical sector and its previous success in developing another vaccine, such as cancer vaccine. Yaffe states there’s talk about offering vaccines to the tourists who enter the country at the airport upon arrival in Havana.

The Cuban government would provide the vaccine to international tourists and be open to international tourism again if this phase 3 vaccine trials succeed.

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Grocery store shooting kills multiple, including A Police officer in Colorado

The suspect of mass killing, Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa(21)

(updated 11:00 AM)

Around 2:30 pm in local time on Monday, a mass-shooting in South-Boulder, Colorado horrified the world. This event left 10 people dead and many injured. A suspect was injured but treated and in police custody.

Less than a week after the Atlanta shooting, Americans are fearing the uncertainty of safety in public space, even grocery stores.

The mass killer was arrested, but we still don’t know the motive. The first responder, a police officer, Eric Talley(51) died at the scene from gunshots being fired. He is survived by a wife and 7 children.

According to the Boulder Police Department, the victims of this massacre are Denny Stong(20), Neven Stanisic(23), Rikki Olds(25), Tralona Bartkowiak (49), Teri Leiker(51), Suzanne Fountain(59) Kevin Mahoney(61), Lynn Murray (62) and Jodi Waters(65).

The suspect is identified as Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa(21). “He was kind of scary to be around,” said Dayton Marvel, who graduated from Arvada West High School in 2018 and was on the wrestling team with Alissa. Alissa once had an outburst and threatened to kill people during an intra-team match, Marvel said.

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VA Wrong Way Accident kills 3 and injures 4

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On Thursday afternoon, A Dodge driver eluding police took the wrong way onto the express lane of I-95. At the time, the line was open for southbound travelers but this driver took a northbound route, breaking through the closed gates. According to police, the driver, Tia O. Porter (46) from Richmond, VA, and her passenger, Stephanie T. Morton (26) hit an oncoming truck. The truck hit the guardrail and turned over, killing the truck driver, Kenneth E. Crosby Jr. (61), of Dumfries at the scene.

Later the Dodge was hit by an oncoming Hyundai Tucson and a Volkswagen vehicle. When the Dodge was hit on impact by the Volkswagen vehicle, the Dodge car burst into flames. The Dodge driver and the passenger died at the scene, but two other adults and two children from Hyundai and Volkswagen drivers and passengers were injured.

According to police, the Dodge driver drove 80 mph at a 65 mph zone, and police repeatedly tried to pull her over but she refused to stop. Eventually, she took the wrong way ending 3 lives including her own, and landed four other people in hospital beds.

The Truck driver heading home from his work was a civilian with the Marine Corps and a 9-11 hero. According to his friends and family, he was a 9-11 survivor, then a recently-retired Marine Corps lieutenant when the airplane hit the Pentagon where he had come to retrieve his retirement papers. He had courageously saved many of his colleagues and people by helping them into his truck and hauling them away for their safety.

Crosby’s family and friends are mourning his death tonight.

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GWA Today : 12 high-schoolers of COVID-19 Positive, A man possesses Long gun with unregistered ammunition detained at the VP’s Mansion in DC

Loudoun County, VA – A dozen high school students tested positive for COVID-19 after attending a cheerleading competition in Richmond, VA, according to NBC.

Dr. David Goodfriend, health director for Loudoun County stated the risk increases for young people and parents involved in club sports that aren’t following the social distancing and mask guidelines imposed during in-school activities.

Of course, many students and families are very careful to minimize possible exposures, but when in-school activities are involved, it can be much more difficult to stay vigilant. Loudoun County Public Schools said close contacts were quarantined, and the students who tested positive are staying home until they recover.

Washington, D.C.- A man in possession of a long gun with high-capacity ammunition magazines was arrested outside the vice president’s mansion in Washington, DC, on Wednesday.

Secret Service detained Paul Murray (31) from San Antonio, Texas around 12:15 p.m., and charge him for carrying a rifle or shotgun outside of a business, possession of unregistered ammunition, and possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device.

Cops in Texas tipped off DC area authorities that a suspicious person was at the Naval Observatory mansion at 3400 block of Massachusetts Avenue.

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Washington D.C. Fires: Lower Humidity Causes Havoc

On March 15, fires from U street, I street, to R street in Downtown DC, EMS and fire trucks wailed all day long as heavy winds and dry conditions in the Greater Washington Area created conditions suitable for fire.

According to weather news, from today to Friday we have chances of rain. However, in one day, EMS received 477 emergency calls with 144 calls being critical and 251 calls being non-critical dispatches. Luckily no one was seriously injured except a firefighter who got away with a minor injury.

Some of the fires occurred in construction buildings and renovation housing, thus no one occupied these sites, and they were not hurt. However, 82 incidents being fire-related were noted to be significant, with many residents in danger due to high-density living.

The area might get some relief on Friday from possible snow, but the conditions are not pleasant for anyone living in DC at the moment.

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Korea and Japan: Too close to be Forever Friends or Forever Enemies

Throughout East Asian history, Japan has worked hard to gain its power over the Asian continent for centuries. Granted, East Asian history has spanned thousands of years, with power shifts between many different parties. However, the last villain has been Japan. During World War II, Japan forced many women into sexual slavery, including those from Choson (the last dynasty in the Korean peninsula), China, Russia, Mongolia, and even Europeans like the Dutch, to fund its imperialist military. Japan has taken many artifacts from various cultures it invaded during this time as well.

Due to its proximity and the strategic placement of Korea as a peninsula to the great Asian continent, Japan often sought to invade Asia through Korea. It seems that whenever Japanese governments needed to reorganize themselves and repress dissent, they’d use Korea as a tactic, engaging in war. However, ultimately, Japan has maintained its “victimhood,” refusing to accept that they were defeated in the last war, and maintaining their “innocence” in all matters, even though Japanese citizens that participated in the war had repeatedly revealed the truth of the sexual slavery Japanese government forced on the women of its colonized empire.

A few weeks ago, a Harvard professor and a Mitsubishi scholar John Mark Ramseyer argued that “comfort women” were actually contracted prostitutes rather than sex slaves. It brought outrage amongst the academic community. To add to his lack of credible assertion is the absolute lack of evidence to support his assertion. For example, if these sex slaves were actually contracted prostitutes with the government, where were the documents? He had none.

Yet Japan is a major player in East Asian politics, and they are also heavily invested in the economy of ASEAN countries. Korea and Japan are currently allies and maintain an amicable international relationship. For example, in 2011 Japan was devastated by a massive earthquake, and South Koreans collected funds and sent it over to Japan.

At the time, the Japanese media said, “We don’t need help from a lesser country,” infuriating the Koreans who vowed never to help Japan again.

However, in 2021, as Japan seeks to get the Olympics moving, Korea is one of the biggest walls against Japan. South Korea questions the safety of holding Olympics in a country that is currently storing a large amount of radioactive waste (Fukushima) as well as during the Pandemic. It seems many countries agree with South Korea.

Recently, the Japanese government has thanked South Korea for its kind donations during 2011, which they rejected 10 years ago. It is a political ploy to get South Korea to loosen up on its opposition to Japan holding the Olympics this year.

Korea and Japan can never be fully friends, and they can never be fully enemies. They’re too close to each other and hold a lot of emotions against each other. However, South Korea might wise up to Japan’s behaviors and learn to play against Japan’s passive-aggressive tendencies and play frenemy just as well, instead of continuing to reach out like a friend and getting used up every time until it gets too emotionally angry to be a “friend.”

This dynamic will probably go for a very long time, and because of its roots in history, it is doubtful as to whether it will ever go away.

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