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U.S.-NORTH KOREA SUMMIT

Trump-Kim commit to stop nukes

ATLANTA FEDERAL COURT

‘La Barbie’ sentenced to 49 years in prison

By Zeke Miller, Catherine Lucey, Josh Lederman and Foster Klug A S S OCIAT E D PRE SS

SINGAPORE — Clasping hands and forecasting future peace, President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un committed Tuesday to “complete denuclearization” of the Korean Peninsula during the first meeting in history between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader. Yet as Trump toasted the summit’s results, he faced mounting questions about whether he got too little and gave away too much — including an agreement to halt U.S. military exercises with treaty ally South Korea. Meeting with staged ceremony on a Singapore island, Trump and Kim came together for a summit that seemed unthinkable months ago when the two nations traded nuclear threats. The gathering of the two unpredictable leaders marked a striking gamble by the American president to grant Kim long-sought recognition on the world stage in hopes of ending the North’s nuclear program. Both leaders expressed optimism throughout roughly five hours of talks, with Trump thanking Kim afterward “for taking the first bold step toward a bright new future for his people.” Kim, for his part, said the leaders had “decided to leave the past behind” and promised: “The world will see a major change.” Soon, Kim was on a plane headed home, while a clearly ebullient Trump held forth for more than an hour before the press on what he styled as a historic achievement to avert the prospect of nuclear war. Along the way, Trump tossed out pronouncements on U.S. alliances, human rights, and the nature of the accord that he and Kim had signed. Light on specifics, the agreement largely amounted to an agreement to continue discussions, as it echoed previous public statements and past commitments. It did not, for instance, include an agreement to take steps toward ending the technical state of warfare between the U.S. and North Korea. Nor did it include a striking concession by Trump, who told reporters he would freeze U.S. military “war games” with ally South Korea while negotiations between the U.S. and the North continue. Trump cast the decision as a cost-saving measure, but also called the exercises “inappropriate” while talks continue. North Korea has long objected to the drills as a security threat. It was unclear whether South Korea was aware of Trump’s decision before he announced it publicly. U.S. Forces Korea said in a statement Tuesday it was unaware of any policy change. Trump phoned South Korean President Moon Jae-in after leaving Singapore to brief him on the discussions. Trump also said he’d obtained a separate concession from Kim to demolish a missile engine testing site, though it was just one site of many connected to the nuclear program.

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In this Aug. 31, 2010 file photo, Laredo-born fugitive Edgar Valdez Villarreal, also known as "La Barbie," center, reacts during his presentation to the media after his arrest in Mexico City. The former United High School football player, who authorities say rose to the top ranks of a Mexican drug cartel, was sentenced to prison on Monday in Atlanta on drug and money-laundering charges.

Villarreal’s relatives pack courtroom, ask judge for leniency By Kate Brumback ASSOCIATED PRE SS

ATLANTA — Native Laredoan Edgar Valdez Villarreal, who prosecutors say rose to the top ranks of a Mexican drug cartel using ruthless violence to defeat rivals and secure control of drug trafficking routes, was sentenced Monday by a federal judge in Atlanta to serve nearly five decades in prison. Villarreal, known as "La Barbie" because of his light eyes and complexion, was sentenced to serve 49 years and one month and was also

ordered to forfeit $192 million, which prosecutors say is a conservative estimate of the value of the cocaine Valdez was responsible for importing into the United States. Valdez, 44, was born and raised in Laredo, and began dealing marijuana when he was still a linebacker on the United High School football team, prosecutors said. He climbed the ranks of the Beltran Leyva cartel at a time when the gang's leaders were associated with Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman and the Sinaloa Cartel, they said.

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Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar shows 1997 booking photos of Edgar Valdez Villarreal, also know as "the Barbie," at his office in 2010. Villarreal, who was sentenced to prison on Monday in a federal court in Atlanta, grew up in Laredo, where he had his first bouts with the law.

He enjoyed a flashy lifestyle and cultivated an image in the media to impress

people and intimidate his rivals, prosecutor Elizabeth Court continues on A3

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Over 900 pounds of marijuana were seized during a recent enforcement action by Border Patrol and the Webb County Sheriff’s Office.

Laredo Sector Border Patrol has reported a higher than usual number of drug and human smuggling attempts intercepted by agents. In total, Border Patrol said that over $4.4 million in narcotics were seized and almost 60 undocumented immigrants detained in various incidents in the Laredo, San Ygacio and Zapata area last week. Several of the cases involved agents working with the National Guard and authorities in Mexico. $1.9M in meth seized

Border Patrol agents seized more than 60 pounds of methamphetamine while conducting regular operations at the checkpoint on I-35 on Monday. The narcotics were found in the gas tank of a vehicle. Additionally, agents discovered a small amount of cocaine inside the vehicle. The estimated value of the drugs was about $1,925,760. Both the driver and the passenger of the vehicle were arrested at the scene. The case was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. 22 bundles Agents working assigned

duties at the checkpoint on I-35 seized more than 500 pounds of marijuana on Monday. After a service canine alerted them to the possible presence of narcotics, the search of an SUV and a flatbed trailer revealed the contraband. All 22 packages of drugs were hidden under the wood floorboards of the trailer. The driver, a U.S. citizen, was arrested at the scene. Subsequent records checks revealed that the driver had an active arrest warrant for possession of heroin. The driver, narcotics, vehicle and trailer were all turned over to the DEA. The estimated value of the drugs Cases continues on A5


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First United Methodist Church Used Book Sale. 1220 McClelland Ave. 10 a.m. to noon. Hard cover $1, paperbacks $0.50, magazines and children’s books $0.25. Public is invited. Proceeds are used to support the church’s missions.

THURSDAY, JUNE 14 Tiny Toes Super Milk Class – Spanish. 6-7 p.m. This class offers mothers-to-be all the information they need before their baby’s birth to ensure a successful breastfeeding experience. To reserve a space, call 956-796-4019 or visit www.laredomedical.com/tiny-toes.

MONDAY, JUNE 18 Ray of Light Anxiety and Depression Support Group Meeting in Spanish. 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Holding Institute, 1102 Santa Maria Ave., classroom #1. The support group welcomes adults suffering from anxiety and/ or depression to participate in free and confidential support group meetings. Contact information: Anna Maria Pulido Saldivar, gruporayitodeluz@gmail.com, 956-307-2014.

TUESDAY, JUNE 19 Tiny Toes Virtual Tour – English. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. 1700 East Saunders. Tower B, 1st floor. The virtual tour gives mothers-to-be detailed information about what to expect upon arrival and during their stay at Laredo Medical Center. To reserve a space, call 956-796-4019 or visit www.laredomedical.com/tiny-toes. Tiny Toes Prenatal Class – English. 6-7:30 p.m. This class gives mothersto-be the most important information to help them deliver a healthy, fullterm baby from the start of labor until birth. To reserve a space, call 956796-4019 or visit www.laredomedical.com/tiny-toes.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20 First United Methodist Church Used Book Sale. 1220 McClelland Ave. 10 a.m. to noon. Hard cover $1, paperbacks $0.50, magazines and children’s books $0.25. Public is invited. Proceeds are used to support the church’s missions. Domestic Violence Coalition Meeting. 12 p.m. 1700 East Saunders. Tower B, 1st floor. The Webb County Domestic Violence Coalition holds its monthly meeting. The luncheon is open to those interested in learning more about resources available to help victims and their children who find themselves in dangerous situations. For more information, call Sister Rosemary Welsh at 956-718-6810. Joint Replacement Surgery Seminar. 6 p.m. Learn more about this innovative program, offered by the Laredo Bone and Joint Center at Laredo Medical Center. To reserve a space, call 956-796-3009 or 7963223. Weight Loss Surgery Seminar. 6:30 p.m. Learn more about this innovative program, offered by the Laredo Bone and Joint Center at Laredo Medical Center. To reserve a space, call 956796-3223. Monthly walk: Un paso más de fe. 6 p.m.-7 p.m. North Central Park. Performing physical activity regularly helps keep oneself encouraged, reduces stress levels, controls depression and anxiety, and strengthens self-esteem. If you suffer from depression and/ or anxiety we invite you to come out every third Wednesday of every month. Contact information: Anna Maria Pulido Saldivar, gruporayitodeluz@gmail.com, 956-3072014.

THURSDAY, JUNE 21 Tiny Toes Prenatal Class – Spanish. 6-7:30 p.m. 1700 East Saunders. Tower B, 1st floor. This class gives mothers-to-be the most important information to help them deliver a healthy, full-term baby from the start of labor until birth. To reserve a space, call 956-796-4019 or visit www.laredomedical.com/tiny-toes. Cancer Friends Meet. 6 p.m. Laredo Medical Center, 1700 East Saunders, Tower A, 1st floor. The Laredo Cancer Society, in partnership with Laredo Medical Center, holds its monthly meeting for cancer patients and their families. For more information, call 956-796-4725. Celiac Support Group Meeting. 7:15 p.m. Laredo Medical Center, 1700 East Saunders, Tower B, 1st floor. The Laredo Chapter of the Celiac Disease Foundation invites the community to attend. For more information, email laredo@celiac.org.

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AG Jeff Sessions delivers remarks at the Justice Department's Executive Officer for Immigration Review (EOIR) Annual Legal Training Program on Monday in Tysons, Virginia.

AG LIMITS REASONS TO CLAIM ASYLUM SAN DIEGO — Immigration judges generally cannot consider domestic and gang violence as grounds for asylum, U.S. AG Jeff Sessions said Monday in a ruling that could affect large numbers of Central Americans who have increasingly turned to the United States for protection. “Generally, claims by aliens pertaining to domestic violence or gang violence perpetrated by non-government actors will not qualify for asylum,” Sessions wrote. “The mere fact that a country may have problems effectively policing certain crimes — such as domestic violence or

US man gets 15 years for trying to join Islamic State BUFFALO, N.Y. — A New York man who traveled to Turkey to join the Islamic State group said Monday he thought it would be the best way to help victimized Syrians and that he never wanted to be a fighter, as prosecutors contended. Before being sentenced to 15 years in prison for attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization, Arafat

gang violence — or that certain populations are more likely to be victims of crime, cannot itself establish an asylum claim.” The widely expected move overruled a Board of Immigration Appeals decision in 2016 that gave asylum status to a woman from El Salvador who fled her husband. Sessions reopened the case for his review. Sessions took aim at one of five categories to qualify for asylum — persecution for membership in a social group — calling it “inherently ambiguous.” — Compiled from AP reports

Nagi said his goal was to provide humanitarian aid. But it was a claim U.S. District Judge Richard Arcara said he had a hard time believing after looking at Nagi’s graphic and violent social media posts and a photo showing him wearing camouflage and posing with an assault-style rifle, his face, except for his eyes, covered in black. “How would you go out and give humanitarian aid wearing this kind of an outfit?” Arcara asked Nagi, a 47-year-old American-born grandfather.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Lynch said Nagi bought body armor and other tactical gear and reached out to a member of the “Lackawanna Six” — a group of men from his city who went to prison for providing material support to alQaida — for advice on what to pack for the Middle East. He also shared numerous images and videos of people being drowned, burned and beheaded and publicly pledged his loyalty to Islamic State leaders. — Compiled from AP reports

AROUND THE WORLD Trump: Trudeau’s criticism will cost Canada ‘money’ SINGAPORE — President Donald Trump said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “learned” from the mistake of criticizing him and it’s going to cost Canada “a lot of money.” Trump adviser Peter Navarro, meanwhile, said Tuesday he made a mistake when he said “there’s a special place in hell” for Trudeau. At a news conference Tuesday after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trump recounted his recent tough exchanges with Trudeau. He said the Canadian leader must not have realized that Trump had televisions on Air Force One, allowing him to monitor Trudeau’s news conference at the end of the G-7 summit. “That’s going to cost a lot of money for the people of Canada. He learned,” Trump said

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Canada's prime minister Justin Trudeau speaks at the closing of the Group of Seven (G7) Leaders Summit in Quebec, Canada.

wagging his finger. “You can’t do that. You can’t do that.” The president said he was annoyed by Trudeau’s comments about not letting Canada get pushed around. “He’s giving a news conference about how he will not be pushed around by the United States. And I say, push him around? We just shook hands.

It was very friendly,” Trump said. Trump called Trudeau “dishonest” and “weak” in tweets following the summit on Saturday. Trump advisers also took up the attack in appearances on Sunday’s news shows. — Compiled from AP reports

Today is Wednesday, June 13, the 164th day of 2018. There are 201 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On June 13, 1978, the movie musical "Grease," starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, had its world premiere in New York. On this date: In 1525, German theologian Martin Luther married former nun Katharina von Bora. In 1789, during the French Revolution, the National Assembly convened. In 1927, aviation hero Charles Lindbergh was honored with a ticker-tape parade in New York City. In 1935, James Braddock claimed the title of world heavyweight boxing champion from Max Baer in a 15round fight in Queens, New York. In 1942, a four-man Nazi sabotage team arrived on Long Island, New York, three days before a second four-man team landed in Florida. (All eight men were arrested after two members of the first group defected.) President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Office of Strategic Services and the Office of War Information. In 1957, the Mayflower II, a replica of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to America in 1620, arrived at Plymouth, Massachusetts, after a nearly twomonth journey from England. In 1966, the Supreme Court ruled in Miranda v. Arizona that criminal suspects had to be informed of their constitutional right to consult with an attorney and to remain silent. In 1977, James Earl Ray, the convicted assassin of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., was recaptured following his escape three days earlier from a Tennessee prison. In 1983, the U.S. space probe Pioneer 10, launched in 1972, became the first spacecraft to leave the solar system as it crossed the orbit of Neptune. In 1993, Astronaut Donald K. "Deke" Slayton died in League City, Texas, at age 69. Ten years ago: Tim Russert, moderator of NBC's "Meet the Press," died suddenly while preparing for his weekly broadcast; he was 58. Pope Benedict XVI took President George W. Bush on a rare stroll through the lush grounds of the Vatican Gardens during the leaders' third visit together. Five years ago: The White House said it had conclusive evidence that Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime had used chemical weapons against opposition forces seeking to overthrow the government. The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously threw out attempts to patent human genes, siding with advocates who said the multibillion-dollar biotechnology industry should not have exclusive control over genetic information found in the human body. One year ago: A comatose Otto Warmbier, released by North Korea after more than 17 months in captivity, arrived in Cincinnati aboard a medevac flight; the 22-year-old college student, who had suffered severe brain damage, died six days later. Two inmates got through a gate inside a Georgia prison bus, shot and killed two guards and fled in a carjacked vehicle; the inmates were captured two days later in Tennessee. Rolling Stone magazine agreed to pay $1.65 million to settle a defamation lawsuit filed by a University of Virginia fraternity over a debunked story about a rape on campus. Anita Pallenberg, a model and actress who had children with Keith Richards and served as a muse for the Rolling Stones, died in Chichester, West Sussex, England. Today's Birthdays: Actor Bob McGrath is 86. Artist Christo is 83. Magician Siegfried (Siegfried & Roy) is 79. Actor Malcolm McDowell is 75. Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is 74. Singer Dennis Locorriere is 69. Actor Richard Thomas is 67. Actor Jonathan Hogan is 67. Actor Stellan Skarsgard is 67. Comedian Tim Allen is 65. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is 61. Actress Ally Sheedy is 56. TV anchor Hannah Storm is 56. Rock musician Paul deLisle (Smash Mouth) is 55. Actress Lisa Vidal is 53. Singer David Gray is 50. Rhythm and blues singer Deniece Pearson (Five Star) is 50. Rock musician Soren Rasted (Aqua) is 49. Actor Jamie Walters is 49. Singer-musician Rivers Cuomo (Weezer) is 48. Country singer Susan Haynes is 46. Actor Steve-O is 44. Country singer Jason Michael Carroll is 40. Actor Ethan Embry is 40. Actor Chris Evans is 37. Actress Sarah Schaub is 35. Singer Raz B is 33. Actress Kat Dennings is 32. Actress Ashley Olsen is 32. Thought for Today : "What intellectual snobs we have become! Virtue is now in the number of degrees you have — not in the kind of person you are or what you can accomplish in real-life situations." — Eda J. LeShan, American educator (1922-2002).

Sunny and the Sunliners. 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. L.I.F.E. Down pavilion. For information call 480-5843.

TUESDAY, JUNE 26 Tiny Toes Virtual Tour – Spanish. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. 1700 East Saunders. Tower B, 1st floor. The virtual tour gives mothers-to-be detailed information about what to expect upon arrival and during their stay at Laredo Medical Center. To reserve a space, call 956-796-4019 or visit www.laredomedical.com/tiny-toes.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27 First United Methodist Church Used Book Sale. 1220 McClelland Ave. 10 a.m. to noon. Hard cover $1, paperbacks $0.50, magazines and children’s books $0.25. Public is invited. Proceeds are used to support the church’s missions.

AROUND THE STATE Ex-judge Texas challenges citations in rape victim case HOUSTON — A former Texas judge is fighting disciplinary sanctions by the state’s watchdog agency for issuing a court order that landed a mentally ill rape victim in jail. Stacey Bond, a Harris County judge from 2013 to 2016, is challenging disciplinary action by the State Commission on

Judicial Conduct while she campaigns for another court seat this fall. The commission cited Bond in March for her actions involving an unidentified witness who had a mental breakdown while testifying in a 2015 sexual assault trial. The commission’s findings show Bond issued a bench warrant to ensure the woman would resume her testimony. The woman was committed to a mental hospital and later transferred to Harris County jail for nearly a month. The

CONTACT US woman was accidently booked as a defendant rather than a witness. The victim was assaulted by an inmate while in the county lockup and charged after an altercation with a guard. The victim’s jailing spurred legislators to pass a law guaranteeing that witnesses or sexual assault victims receive a court-appointed lawyer and a formal hearing before a judge can order them into custody to secure their testimony at trial. — Compiled from AP reports

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FROM THE COVER COURT From page A1 Hathaway said in court. He wore nice suits and owned luxury homes, including a ranch with a zoo that housed a lion. His security team captured a member of a rival gang known as the Zetas who had been sent to assassinate Valdez during a turf war. A video shows Valdez and others interrogating the man and then shows him being shot in the head, prosecutors said. Valdez had the video sent to news outlets and even to law enforcement in the U.S. At his sentencing hearing, one of his six sisters and his brother pleaded with the judge for leniency. His parents, other siblings and nieces and nephews, packed the courtroom. Carla Valdez, who works as a prosecutor in Texas, told U.S. District Judge William Duffey that she and her siblings were raised by humble, hardworking parents who taught them strong values and morals. She acknowledged that her brother strayed from that upbringing but insisted he's a good person. Duffey said he struggled to understand how Valdez got so off track despite his strong family background. "Why are you a prosecutor and why

is your brother a seriously evil criminal?" Duffey asked Carla Valdez. That's a question her family asks every day, she said. After Mexican marines killed Arturo Beltran Leyva in December 2009, Valdez and Beltran Leyva's brother, Hector, began a bloody fight for control that left dismembered and decapitated bodies in the streets and often hanging from bridges in Cuernavaca and Acapulco. Mexican federal police arrested Valdez and four others at a woody vacation home outside Mexico City in August 2010. At the time, then-Mexican President Felipe Calderon called Valdez "one of the most-wanted criminals in Mexico and abroad." He was among 13 people extradited to the U.S. from Mexico in September 2015. He pleaded guilty in January 2016 to charges of conspiring to import and distribute cocaine and conspiring to launder money. Defense attorney Buddy Parker stressed that his client cooperated with U.S. law enforcement agents even before his 2010 arrest, putting his own life in jeopardy. Valdez considered surrendering to law enforcement, but feared it would seriously endanger his family, Parker said as he asked the judge to stick to the low end of the sentencing guidelines and give his client 30 years.

Duffey was skeptical, noting that even as he communicated with law enforcement, Valdez was arranging for regular shipments of cocaine into the U.S. Hathaway seized on that skepticism when asking the judge to impose a 55year sentence. By providing information to U.S. authorities, she said, Valdez was "structuring a situation where his competitors were being taken out by law enforcement." She acknowledged that Valdez has cooperated and saved the government money and effort by quickly pleading guilty, but she argued that a harsh sentence was needed to send a message to other traffickers. Valdez told the judge he accepted responsibility for his wrongdoing and apologized to his family. He said he'd like for his life to serve as an example to young people about the dangers of getting mixed up in drugs. "I'm not a bad person," Valdez told the judge. "I am a good person who has made bad decisions." Duffey wasn't swayed, telling Valdez that his actions were despicable and amounted to a betrayal of his family and his country. He said he didn't get a real sense of remorse from Valdez for flooding American communities with drugs. "You haven't earned the right to live in an American community," Duffey

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Edgar Valdez Villarreal’s yearbook photo when he was a senior at United High is shown.

said. Laredo Morning Times contributed to this report.


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Court takes a nakedly political turn By Noah Feldman B L OOM BE RG NEWS

In a 5-4 decision along party lines, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld an Ohio law that lets the state kick people off the voter rolls if they don’t show up to vote for six years and don’t return a postcard saying they haven’t moved. It would be nice if legal principle had played any role in the decision on either side, but it didn’t, not really. The five conservatives, including Justice Anthony Kennedy, found in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute that the state law was consistent with federal law; the four liberals said it wasn’t. Like the Republican state legislature that passed the law, both sides are apparently operating on the unspoken assumption that Democrats are more likely to decide not to vote and fail to return the postcard than are Republicans. No matter which side you think is correct, the partisan breakdown on a voting rights case is not a great look for the justices. The legal background for the decision is a federal law, the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, that sends two arguably conflicting messages to the states. On the one hand, the federal law says that the states must make a "reasonable effort to remove the names of ineligible voters" who have changed their residences. On the other hand, the same law tells the states that they can’t take away anyone’s voter registration "by reason of the person’s failure to vote." One way for states to satisfy these legal obligations is to target people for removal from the voting rolls if they have filed a change of address notice with the U.S. Postal Service that moves them into a new voting district. Ohio does this. But apparently, 40 percent of people who move don’t submit a change of address notice. The Ohio law addresses this reality by adding another method of purging the rolls. If you don’t vote for two years, then the state sends you a postcard asking if you are still there. If you reply that you haven’t moved, you stay registered. If you don’t send back the postcard, then the state waits four more years, a period that must include two federal elections. Once a total of six years has passed since the first election you missed, Ohio takes away your registration. You don’t have to have gone to law school to guess how the two sides reasoned out the conclu-

sion. Writing for the conservative majority, Justice Samuel Alito argued that Ohio’s approach doesn’t remove anyone "by reason of" the failure to vote. Nonvoting is just the trigger that begins the process, plus a factor in determining whether the person still lives where he or she is registered. The postcard, he maintained, is a form of notice that also helps makes the whole process about more than just removing voters who don’t turn out. For good measure, the federal law also says expressly that the state can’t remove you unless you haven’t responded to a notice and haven’t voted in two straight federal elections. Alito used this restriction to conclude that if you have received the notice and haven’t voted in two straight elections, you can be removed. Justice Stephen Breyer went the other way. He focused on nonvoting as the triggering event for sending the notice in the first place. That, Breyer reasoned, amounted to removing you for failing to vote. If you really wanted to, you could try to claim that Alito’s opinion focuses on the literal meaning of the words "by reason of," and that Breyer’s opinion focuses on the purpose of the federal law, namely not taking away people’s registration for not voting. That would give some color of jurisprudential principle to the outcome here. In the past I’ve often pointed out in this column that the court’s conservatives interpret statutes based on text, while the liberals, especially Breyer, prefer looking to statutory purpose. But in this instance, Alito acknowledged looking to "context" to resolve the meaning of the words "by reason of." And Breyer claimed his view was required by the text of the federal law. So the best, albeit unfortunate conclusion is that the justices are just being political. I have no idea if they are correct about the partisan effects of the Ohio law or if they are just basing themselves on the same prejudices that informed the state legislature. I also don’t think there’s any way to read the tea leaves of this opinion to tell us anything about what Justice Kennedy will do on the partisan gerrymander case yet to be decided this term. He could be throwing a bone to the conservatives here because he plans to hold that some partisan gerrymanders are unconstitutional. Noah Feldman is a Bloomberg News columnist.

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President’s North Korea ambitions are far too small By Eli Lake BL OOMBERG NEWS

As eyes turn to President Donald Trump’s big summit in Singapore with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, the focus has been on the prospect of a decent deal to rid the young tyrant of his nuclear weapons. That won’t happen Tuesday. Even the president is lowering expectations, promising he will be able to surmise Kim’s seriousness within the first minute of their meeting. There is though a chance for something smaller -- yet significant -- to emerge from the summit than a nuclear bargain. Over the weekend, Axios reported that Trump is open to establishing formal relations and even building an embassy at Pyongyang. The Axios dispatch presents the establishment of diplomatic relations with North Korea as an American concession in exchange for commitments on the nuclear file, and it’s easy to see why. Kim presides over the most isolated state on the planet. He has sought to end that international isolation and the U.N. sanctions imposed last year for his brazen nuclear and missile tests. A U.S. mission would send a powerful message that his country is open for business. That said, the U.S. has historically viewed a diplomatic presence in Pyongyang not as a concession, but a benefit in and of itself. Two decades ago, the establishment of a U.S. interest section – basically, an unofficial embassy -- was a key part of a proposal presented to Kim’s father, Kim Jong Il, by William Perry, the defense secretary. Perry was the coauthor of a study for the Bill Clinton administration that had concluded an attack on North Korea’s known nuclear sites would risk the obliteration of Seoul, because of the conventional artillery Kim’s military had amassed on the demilitarized zone. His mission to Pyongyang in 1999 was part of a diplomatic effort to build upon an interim

deal reached in 1994 to pause and roll back the Hermit Kingdom’s nuclear program. A year after Perry’s visit to North Korea, the Clinton administration was preparing to send a small team of diplomats to Pyongyang following Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s visit there in October 2000. The plan was scrapped, though, after Albright was unable to get a deal on North Korean missiles and the regime rejected the offer for a U.S. diplomatic presence. So why have American diplomats and national security officials viewed the establishment of diplomatic relations as a desirable outcome? In his new memoir, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper provides an interesting answer. He writes that the North Korean regime “survives because it fosters isolation,” and yet many of its citizens are curious about America. Clapper adds: “Currently, we have limited means to satisfy their citizens’ hunger for information, something very difficult to do in the absence of a physical presence in the country.” What’s more, Clapper argues that establishing such a mission should not be presented as “reward for bad behavior, but rather as an opportunity for direct physical access, which would enhance our insight and understanding and, perhaps even more importantly, foster interaction with the people of the DPRK and enable the flow of information from the rest of the world.” In this respect, an embassy or U.S. interest section in North Korea is something like a poison pill. At first it may confer some legitimacy on an outlaw regime, but over time it would provide U.S. spy agencies with new insights into a notoriously hard intelligence target and also give North Koreans direct access to America, a country demonized by the dictatorship. Not everyone agrees. Greg Scarlatoiu, the executive director of the Washington-based Com-

mittee for Human Rights in North Korea, told me it’s “wishful thinking” to expect U.S. personnel stationed in Pyongyang to learn new insights into a totalitarian regime that has perfected the surveillance and subterfuge common in police states. As for Clapper’s hope that a U.S. mission could help break the isolation the regime imposes on its people, Scarlatoiu is skeptical. He noted that regime elites live in Pyongyang, whereas the people who most suffer from the regime live outside of the capital. “I don’t think European diplomats in Pyongyang have a chance to look at the real North Korea because they are under heavy surveillance and their movements are so restricted,” he said. “Why would we expect something different for American diplomats?” Michael Auslin, a fellow in contemporary Asia at the Hoover Institution, is also doubtful that a U.S. diplomatic presence in North Korea would make a difference. He said that U.S. embassies in China and the Soviet Union before its collapse offer no evidence that an embassy in and of itself will help a closed society open up. What’s more, there is a danger now following the Trump-Kim summit that North Korea is gaining legitimacy before it has made serious commitments to disarm. The worse-case scenario is that the U.S. ends up backing into recognition of North Korea as a nuclear power and then backs out of its nuclear commitments. That is a real danger. But it’s possible that a diplomatic opening to North Korea could be the beginning of a process that undermines the political security of the Kim regime. Nicholas Eberstadt, a researcher at American Enterprise Institute and a specialist in North Korea’s economy, told me he was open to the idea if it meant that a U.S. mission in Pyongyang gave American intelligence agencies a beachhead to do things they could not do before. “I would keep an open

mind about it,” Eberstadt told me. “I would love if this were to be what the North Korean regime has called ideological and cultural poisoning. I am not sufficiently confident we are up to that task though.” Eberstadt gets to the real problem with Trump establishing an embassy in Pyongyang. Without a policy that empowers the Korean victims of the Kim family, there is no chance a U.S. mission will help open the country. A dozen years ago, George W. Bush’s second secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, called this approach, “transformational diplomacy.” The objective, she said, was “to use America’s diplomatic power to help foreign citizens better their own lives and to build their own nations and to transform their own futures.” If Trump pursued this kind of broader foreign policy, then a diplomatic opening to North Korea could pay benefits down the road. But the president has no time for such lofty visions. He has pursued instead a transactional diplomacy, which fails to distinguish between tyrants and presidents. We saw this on the eve of the Singapore summit in Quebec, where he used the opportunity of a meeting of the G-7 to ask why Russia was kicked out of this elite international club. Now Trump will bring his transactional diplomacy to a meeting with a man who allegedly had his half-brother poisoned with an outlawed nerve agent, who presides over prison camps reminiscent of Stalin’s gulags. Trump wants this man to give up an apocalyptic arsenal in exchange for the promise of normal relations with a great power the tyrant’s family has demonized for nearly seven decades. The president and his supporters want us to call all of this statesmanship. But given the regime’s history and nature, it’s more accurate to call this summitry what it is: a shakedown. Eli Lake is a Bloomberg News columnist.


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FROM THE COVER CASES From page A1 was approximately $414,128. $737K in pot seized Agents working with Webb County sheriff’s deputies seized more than 900 pounds of marijuana after surveilling a narcotics stash house on Monday. Once a search warrant was obtained for the residence, 15 bundles of marijuana were found buried in a large manmade hole outside the house, and the remaining 29 packages were located inside the house. The estimated value of the drugs was approximately $736,800. The marijuana was turned over to the Webb County Sheriff’s Office. Working with National Guard Agents seized 373 pounds of marijuana at a busy intersection west of Laredo on Wednesday. Agents working together with National Guard Air Operations were able to locate a suspect and narcotics in the area. As agents responded to the scene, they located the vehicle, where they discovered several bundles of narcotics inside of it. The marijuana was estimated to have a value of $298,240. Border Patrol took custody of the driver and vehicle and the narcotics were turned over to the DEA. Search warrant Together with Border Patrol agents and the Webb County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division, the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at a residence in the 600 block of Malinche Avenue. The search, which was

part of an ongoing investigation, resulted in the seizure of 44 bundles of marijuana weighing a total of 921 pounds, with a street value of $737,120. The investigation continues and several arrests are pending. Crossing the river On Friday, agents seized 365 pounds of marijuana after seeing several people crossing the river with bundles at hand. The agents approached the individuals, but they immediately dropped the bundles and absconded back to Mexico. A total of five bundles were recovered with an estimated value of $291,840. The narcotics were turned over to the DEA.

Stash house rescue Agents coordinated with Webb County Sheriff’s Office in an operation that resulted in the rescue of three undocumented immigrants from a stash house in Laredo on Thursday. The incident transpired after agents received information that the house was being used in a human smuggling operation. After the rescue, one of the three immigrants was turned over to the Sheriff’s Office for an outstanding arrest warrant. Immigrants in cabinets Agents assigned to work at the checkpoint on U.S. 59 said they rescued six undocumented immigrants who were trapped inside cabinets in

the back of a truck on Monday. After a service canine alerted agents to the possible presence of concealed humans or narcotics, agents searched the truck and found the six immigrants, who were from Mexico. They were trapped inside large cabinets that were closed tightly with ratchet straps. The immigrants had no means to exit the cabinets as they could only be opened from the outside with the removal of the straps. The danger in which they found themselves was compounded by the hot weather and the lack of air circulation inside the cabinets. The driver of the truck, a U.S. citizen, was arrested at the checkpoint and later turned over to

Homeland Security Investigations for prosecution. 15 immigrants apprehended Agents assigned to the Freer Border Patrol Station apprehended 15 undocumented immigrants in two separate cases on U.S. 59, east of Laredo, on Tuesday.

The first incident occurred when agents attempted to stop a Chevrolet Suburban. The vehicle subsequently stopped and the occupants attempted to abscond into the brush. Agents were able to apprehend eight undocumented immigrants, but the driver was not located. Cases continues on A8


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PGA TOUR: HOUSTON OPEN

Astros owner to run Houston Open PGA event will return in 2019 after Astros Foundation signs 5-year operations deal By Doug Ferguson A S S OCIAT E D PRE SS

The Houston Open will not be on the PGA Tour schedule next season as it prepares for a move to the fall under the guidance of Houston Astros owner Jim Crane. The PGA Tour announced Tuesday that it has a five-year agreement with the Astros Foundation to run the Houston Open starting in the fall of 2019. The date of the tournament was not announced. The prize money will be $7.5 million. The Astros Foundation will use a consortium of local sponsors for financial support of the tournament. The Houston Open has been without a title sponsor since Shell Oil declined to renew its con-

tract after the 2017 tournament. The Houston Golf Association ran it without a title sponsor this year, and the tour struggled to find a replacement. The move to the fall opens a spot on next year’s schedule for the 3M Championship in Minnesota to move to the PGA Tour. The Minnesota event has been a PGA Tour Champions event since 1993. Minnesota would give the PGA Tour two new markets for the 2018-19 season, which is being tightened to end the FedEx Cup a week before Labor Day. Quicken Loans already has announced its new tournament at Detroit Golf Club next June. Still to be determined is the schedule between

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the PGA Championship in May through the British Open in July. That part of the schedule includes where to put Detroit, Minnesota and the Canadian Open. The announcement also means the Houston Golf Association is no longer the host organization of the Houston Open after 72 years. The HGA already has been cutting its staff, though executive director Steve Timms said it will remain active in its successful junior golf programs — which includes The First Tee — amateur tournaments and a municipal golf project to restore city golf courses in Houston. “We’ll make adjustments going forward,” Timms said. “PGA Tour golf needs to be in Houston.”

Crane said money raised from the Houston Open will allow the Astros Foundation to extend its commitment to the city and country and to help improve Houston’s parks. The Astros Foundation is the team charity of the Houston Astros. The Houston Open dates to 1946 when Byron Nelson won at River Oaks Country Club. It took a risk in 2007 by moving from May to the week before the Masters, and it paid off when Augusta National began awarding invitations to winners of PGA Tour events. It became the last chance to get into the Masters, and it attracted players such as Phil Mickelson who prefer to play the week before a major. Ian Poulter won this

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Astros owner Jim Crane will take over operations of the Houston Open after the Astros Foundation agreed to a five-year deal to operate the tournament. The PGA Tour event will return in 2019.

year, one week after being mistakenly told he was in the Masters. His title defense would not be until 2019, possibly in October. Next season will be the

first time the Houston Open is not part of the PGA Tour season since 1969, when it was held at Champions Golf Club. Champions hosted the U.S. Open that year.

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE: HOUSTON TEXANS

TEXANS ADJUSTING TO REPLACE HAL Kin Man Hui / San Antonio Express-News file

Kawhi Leonard and Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich are reportedly trying to schedule a meeting this week to discuss any lingering concerns.

Relationship on the mend By Jabari Young SA N AN T ONI O E XPRE SS-NEWS

The trade chatter involving Kawhi Leonard has cooled off over the last few weeks, with some around the NBA surprised it gained significant traction in the first place. And now, the healing can commence. With the NBA Draft approaching, the Spurs are attempting to settle in-house business first, starting with Leonard. League sources tell the Express-News head coach Gregg Popovich and Leonard are trying to schedule a meeting, possibly this week, to discuss any issues or concerns Leonard may have, and hopefully come to a decision on offering Leonard the fiveyear, $219 million supermax extension he is eligible to receive. Leonard, who is still rehabbing from his quad injury, is close to feeling 100 percent – "He's at 96, 97 percent," a source told the Express-News – and anticipates being ready for the start training camp in September. Leonard, 26, has also added the San Diego area, his usual offseason workout destination, to his rehab location, while still spending time in New York where his medical advisors are based. If Popovich can help rectify Leonard's situation, the Spurs can then focus on other roster-related decisions in efforts to surround their franchise player with more help.

Should he become a free agent, national reports suggest Popovich could seek out a meeting with LeBron James in efforts to sell him on the idea of playing in San Antonio with Leonard. James has long admired Popovich; hence, if the long-time coach requested a meeting, it's hard to see James declining. Leonard played in nine games this past season, averaging 16.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.0 steals. ANDERSON UPDATE In other contract news, the Spurs are also looking to re-sign forward Kyle Anderson, who can become a restricted free agent this summer. The team is expected to offer Anderson his qualifying offer, which increased to roughly $4.7 million. The Spurs will be allowed to submit the offer on June 29. If a long-term deal isn't reached, Anderson can seek out a contract from another team, which the Spurs can match, or sign the qualifying offer and become an unrestricted free agent next summer. Leagues sources tell the Express-News, about seven teams could make a run at Anderson during free agency. Anderson had his most productive season with the Spurs since being drafted in 2014. He averaged career-highs in points (7.9) rebounds (5.4) and assists (2.7) in 74 games.

Houston safety diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma By John McClain HOUSTON CHRONICLE

Something to watch in the Texans' minicamp that begins Tuesday and training camp that starts in late July will be if cornerback Kareem Jackson gets more time at safety in the absence of Andre Hal. Hal started 16 games last season and was penciled in as the starter opposite Tyrann Mathieu until he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, which the Texans announced Friday. Hal is still being evaluated at MD Anderson Cancer Center to determine what treatment he'll undergo. Hal said last week that he'll beat cancer and play again. Meanwhile, coach Bill O'Brien has only five healthy safeties at camp: Mathieu, Justin Reid, Kurtis Drummond, Treston Decoud and Ibraheim Campbell. Corey Moore has been rehabbing an injury and will be ready for training camp, according to O'Brien. General manager Brian Gaine could sign another safety. Three well-known veterans are available – Kenny Vaccaro, Tre Boston and Eric Reid, older brother of the Texans' rookie. The Texans have nine cornerbacks on the roster. Defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel could play Jackson more at safety, a move that would be easier to make with Johnathan Joseph, Kevin Johnson and Aaron Colvin at cornerback. More than likely, Jackson will continue to do both. His versatility gives Crennel the kind of options coaches like. Jackson, who can play inside or outside at corner, has also been getting practice time at safety, which is nothing new for him. He's entering his ninth season and has more seniority with the Texans than any player on the roster. Jackson has played safety in practice and in games. Without Hal, the Texans return safeties who started three games for them last season – all by Moore. Safety was one of the weakest positions on the team last

Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle file

Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson (25) could be shifted to safety to help fill the void created when Andre Hal (29) was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

season when they allowed more points than any team in the league. Safety needed upgrading. That's why Gaine signed Mathieu in free agency and used his top draft choice on Reid. This is an ideal situation for Reid to capitalize on. He was projected to be drafted in the second round, and when he was available in the third, Gaine didn't hesitate selecting him. At 6-1, 205, Reid looks the part. The coaches like the way he's picked up the season and how hard he works, but until they see him in pads at training camp, they're not going to know if he can earn the starting job opposite Mathieu. That's the case with all rookies, though. Drummond, who signed as an undrafted free agent, enters his fourth season. He's received some playing time and has contributed

on special teams. This would be the ideal time for him to step up and play better than any time in his career. Decoud, who was a reserve cornerback as a rookie last season, was moved to safety at the start of the offseason program. He's in the same situation as Hal, who was drafted as a corner but moved to safety and earned a starting job. At 6-2, 205, Decoud looks more like a safety. The coaches need him to improve significantly in his second training camp. Campbell, who was signed at the end of last season because of injuries, came off the bench. This is his fourth season. With the offseason program ending after the minicamp, Gaine, O'Brien and Crennel have a lot of time to figure out what to do about finding a safety to replace Hal in time for the start of training camp in West Virginia.


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RIBEREÑA EN BREVE SERVICIOS DE GENEALOGÍA 1 ¿Quiere conocer sobre sus raíces familiares? Visite el centro Roma Birding Center/ Computer Lab en Roma, cada martes a las 6:30 p.m., para obtener información. CONSULADO MÓVIL 1 El Consulado General de México en Laredo invita a la comunidad de Zapata y zonas cercanas para que acudan al Consulado Móvil que se llevará a cabo el 16 de junio en las instalaciones del centro Zapata County Technical and Advance Education Center, de 8 a.m. a 2 p.m. Se brindarán servicios de expedición de matrícula consular y pasaportes, así como expedición de copias certificadas de actas de nacimiento para personas que hayan sido registradas en México. Para hacer cita y para solicitar requisitos, pueden comunicarse a MEXITEL al 1-877-6394835 ó visitar el sitio oficial de MEXITEL 4 DE JULIO 1 Celebración del 4 de julio en el Distrito Histórico de la Ciudad de Roma, el 4 de julio de 6 a 11:30 p.m. VERANO SOCIAL 1 Sabor de verano en Dairy Queen, Hwy 83 N., disfrute de un sundae gratis en Zapata DQ el jueves 9 de agosto de 3 a 5 p.m. todas las edades están invitadas. Habrá estaciones para hacer tu propio sundae, premios, souvenir bowls y diversión familiar. ZAPATA HS CLASE DE 1993 1 Reunión de la generación de 1993 de Zapata High School, celebrarán su 25 aniversario en Patno’s Patio Bar & Grill, 313 Lake Shore Dr., el sábado 11 de agosto a las 8 p.m. Solo estudiantes y sus parejas. AVIARIO 1 La Ciudad de Roma invita a visitar el aviario Roma Bluffs World Birding Center en el distrito histórico de Roma. El aviario estará abierto desde el jueves a domingo de 8 a.m. a 4 p.m. hasta enero. Mayores informes al 956-849-1411 BOTES DE BASURA 1 La Ciudad de Roma informa a la comunidad que sólo estará recolectando basura contenida en botes propiedad de la ciudad. Informes al 849-1411 PAGO DE IMPUESTOS 1 Desde diciembre, los pagos por impuestos a la propiedad de la Ciudad de Roma deberán realizarse en la oficina de impuestos del Distrito Escolar de Roma, localizado en el 608 N. García St. LLENADO DE APLICACIONES 1 La Ciudad de Roma ofrece el servicio de llenado de aplicaciones para CHIP, Medicaid, SNAP, TANF, Chip, Prenatal y otros. Contacte a Gaby Rodríguez para una cita en el centro comunitario o en su domicilio al 956246-7177.

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SENTENCIA

Dan casi 50 años ‘La Barbie’ fue sentenciado a 49 años en prisión federal Por Kate Brumback ASSOCIATED PRE SS

ATLANTA— Un hombre nacido en Laredo que según fiscales recurrió a actos de violencia despiadada para ascender por las filas de un cártel mexicano del narcotráfico hasta tomar el control fue sentenciado el lunes a casi cincuenta años de prisión por un juez federal en Atlanta. Edgar Valdez Villarreal, conocido como “La Barbie” por su tez y ojos claros, fue sentenciado a 49 años y un mes de cárcel, y también se le confiscaron 192 millones de dólares, que a decir de los fiscales es un cálculo conservador del valor de la cocaína que introdujo en Estados Unidos. Valdez, de 44 años, nació y creció en la localidad de Laredo y comenzó a vender marihuana cuando todavía jugaba de linebacker en un equipo de futbol americano, dijeron los fiscales. La Barbie comenzó a subir puestos en el cártel de los Beltrán Leyva cuando los jefes de esa organización estaban asociados con Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán y el cártel de Sinaloa, agregaron. A Valdez le gustaba un estilo de vida ostentoso y a través de los medios se forjó una imagen dirigida a impresionar a personas e intimidar a sus rivales, dijo la fiscal Elizabeth Hathaway en la corte. Valdez vestía buenos trajes y tenía propiedades

lujosas, entre ellas un rancho con un zoológico que tenía un león. El equipo de seguridad de Valdez capturó a un miembro de la organización delictiva rival de los Zetas enviado para que lo asesinara durante una guerra por el control de territorios. En un video se ve a Valdez y a otros cuando interrogan al hombre, al que después matan de un disparo en la cabeza, de acuerdo con los fiscales. Valdez envió el video a medios noticiosos e incluso a fuerzas policiales de Estados Unidos. En su audiencia de sentencia, una de sus seis hermanas y su hermano solicitaron al juez que fuera indulgente. Los padres, hermanos, sobrinas y sobrinos de La Barbie, llenaron la sala. Carla Valdez, quien labora como fiscal en Texas, dijo al juez federal William Duffey que ella y sus hermanos fueron criados por padres humildes y trabajadores que les infundieron valores y principios morales firmes. Carla Valdez dijo que su hermano se descarrió e insistió en que él es buena persona. Duffey señaló que le era difícil entender cómo fue que Valdez se corrompió a pesar de su firme contexto familiar. “¿Por qué es usted una fiscal y por qué su hermano un delincuente?, preguntó Duffey a Carla Valdez. Esa es una pregunta que la familia se hace

todos los días, respondió. Después de que efectivos de la Marina mexicana mataron a Arturo Beltrán Leyva en diciembre de 2009, Valdez y el hermano de Beltrán Leyva, Héctor, lanzaron una guerra sangrienta por el control de territorios en la que aparecían en las calles cadáveres desmembrados y decapitados, y a menudo colgando de puentes en Cuernavaca y Acapulco. La policía federal mexicana arrestó a Valdez y cuatro sujetos más en una casa de campo en las afueras de la Ciudad de México en agosto de 2010. El entonces presidente mexicano Felipe Calderón se refirió a Valdez como “uno de los criminales más buscados en México y en el extranjero”. La Barbie fue una de 13 personas que México extraditó a Estados Unidos en septiembre de 2015. Se declaró culpable en enero de 2016 de los cargos de asociación delictuosa para importar y distribuir cocaína y de asociación delictuosa para lavar dinero. El abogado defensor Buddy Parker subrayó que su cliente había cooperado con agentes estadounidenses incluso antes de que lo arrestaran en 2010 y lo que puso su vida en peligro. Valdez consideró entregarse a la justicia, pero tuvo mucho miedo de que eso pusiera en grave peligro a su familia, dijo Parker cuando solicitó al juez que se

EDUCACIÓN

LCC arranca programa de doble matrícula

Alexandre Meneghini / Associated Press

En esta foto de agosto de 2010 Edgar Valdez Villarreal, tambien conocido como “La Barbie”, originario de Laredo reacciona ante los medios durante su arresto en la Ciudad de México.

apegara a la sentencia más baja posible y condenara al acusado a 30 años de cárcel. Duffey manifestó escepticismo y subrayó que aun cuando Valdez se había comunicado con agentes de Estados Unidos, continuaba arreglando envíos regulares de cocaína hacia el país. Hathaway aprovechó ese escepticismo y pidió al juez que impusiera una sentencia de 55 años. Cuando pasaba información a la policía estadounidense, dijo la fiscal, Valdez “estructuraba una situación para que sus competidores fueran capturados por la ley”. La fiscal reconoció que Valdez había cooperado y ahorrado dinero y esfuerzo al gobierno por declararse culpable con celeridad, pero afirmó que era necesario que le impusieran una sentencia severa para enviar un mensaje a

otros traficantes. Valdez dijo al juez que aceptaba la responsabilidad de sus malas acciones y se disculpó ante su familia. Señaló que le gustaría que su vida sirva de ejemplo para los jóvenes sobre los peligros de involucrarse en el narcotráfico. “No soy una mala persona”, dijo Valdez al juez. “Soy una buena persona que ha tomado malas decisiones”. Esas palabras no convencieron a Duffey, quien dijo a Valdez que sus acciones eran despreciables y equivalían a una traición a su familia y su país. El juez dijo que no percibió ninguna sensación de remordimiento en Valdez por inundar de drogas comunidades estadounidenses. “Usted no se ha ganado el derecho a vivir en una comunidad estadounidense”, declaró Duffey.

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REMODELACIÓN MUESTRA AVANCE

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Mas de 1.300 estudiantes se han inscrito al programa de doble matriculación de verano de Laredo Community College. A principios de la década de los 2000 LCC unió sus fuerzas con Laredo ISD para ofrecer educación superior a estudiantes de preparatoria a través de su programa de doble matriculación. Durante los siguientes años las asociaciones se extendieron a otros distritos como United ISD, Zapata CISD y Webb County ISD. Instituciones privadas locales como San Agustín High School y Piedra Angular Academy también se unieron. El programa de doble matriculación ofrece a los estudiantes elegibles de preparatoria la oportunidad de obtener una carrera técnica y hasta 60 horas de créditos de colegio para obtener su licenciatura en lo que completan sus estudios de preparatoria. LCC junto con Lyndon B. Johnson y Martin High School ofrece a estudiantes la oportunidad de obtener una carrera técnica a través del programa Early College. Cigarroa High School se encuentra en planes para lanzar su primer programa de Early College con LCC, donde LISD proporcionará su tercer programa de Early College con LCC. Para calificar, los estudiantes deben estar en preparatoria y tener el apoyo de sus padres, director y consejero que puedan verificar que los cursos a nivel superior son apropiados para el estudiante. La verificación se hace a través de exámenes realizados por cada distrito. Los estudiantes deben satisfacer los estándares mínimos bajo las provisiones de la Iniciativa de Éxito Tejana o a través de excepciones permitidas por el estado. Además, el estudiante debe cumplir con todos los prerrequisitos del distrito y los requisitos regulares del colegio designados para el curso de doble matriculación. Para mayores informes sobre el programa de doble matriculación llame al 956-7944111.

Cuate Santos / Laredo Morning Times

Una vista panorámica de Laredo y IH35 es vista el lunes 11 de junio del segundo piso de las oficinas administrativas que se encuentran en construcción como parte del proyecto de expansión y restauración del Puente Internacional Juárez-Lincoln.

Instalaciones estarían terminadas en enero 2019 Por Julia Wallace TIEMP O DE ZAPATA

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espués de dos años de trabajo y una inversión de alrededor de 66 millones de dólares, las renovaciones del Puente Internacional Juárez-Lincoln se encuentran a tiempo para ser terminadas en enero de 2019. Funcionarios federales y locales realizaron un recorrido para los medios de las nuevas instalaciones el lunes, las cuales van desde el área para procesar pasajeros de autobús, baños públicos para los pasajeros, oficinas administrativas y salones de trabajo, y un área de seguridad donde personas que llegan en busca de asilo y otros detenidos podrán esperar a ser trasladados por Operaciones de Deportación. Hay siete de estas celdas de detención, unas cuantas de las cuales están designadas para familias, y tienen sus propios baños y televisiones para mantener a los niños

tranquilos. El Congresista Henry Cuellar dijo que numero de personas que llega al país pidiendo asilo ha incrementado. Esto es particularmente cierto en el Valle, pero en Laredo se esta viendo un incremento también, dijo Cuellar. Él dijo que estas celdas de detención son para mantener a la gente en una manera humana y respetuosa. “Porque, de nuevo, los puertos de entrada no son para mantener a la gente mucho tiempo”, dijo Cuellar. “Pero debido al incremento que estamos viendo, desafortunadamente tenemos que lidiar con esta situación”. Además de la nueva área de detención, uno de los mayores cambios a las instalaciones del puente es el hecho de que todo se maneja adentro con aire acondicionado y equipado con baños. Los pasajeros de autobús que cruzaban por el puente II en el pasado tenían que esperar bajo el sol y el calor de Laredo mientras eran proce-

sados. Ahora saldrán de su autobús hacia un pasillo con aire acondicionado. Hay espacio para alrededor de tres cargas de autobuses o 150 personas para ser procesadas aquí, de acuerdo con el Director de Puerto de Laredo Alberto Flores. Los pasajeros entonces caminarán hacia el lobby donde Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza emitirá su permiso I-94, en donde CBP expandió de ocho a 13 ventanillas de atención. Afuera, hay siete espacios para autobuses en espera, en donde hay maquinas de comida para snacks y refrescos. Comida disponible es otra nueva adición a las instalaciones del puente. En el 2016, el puente II procesó 41.856 autobuses, 1.039.605 pasajeros de autobús y 4.606.050 automóviles. Estas nuevas instalaciones deberán reducir los tiempos de espera al 47 por ciento, de acuerdo con la oficina de Cuellar.


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FROM THE COVER CASES From page A5 In a separate incident, agents noticed a Nissan Sentra stopped alongside the road and observed people running from the vehicle. A search of the area resulted in the apprehension of six people. The driver was located later in the day. Freer agents and Webb County sheriff’s deputies also seized 8.9 grams of marijuana discovered in the car. The arrests and seizure were a result of the coordination between the Freer Border Patrol Station, Webb County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety. Concealed between seats Agents assigned to the I-35 checkpoint encountered a woman accompanied by a child on Wednesday at the primary

inspection lane. The driver was questioned in regards to her immigration status and was referred to secondary for further inspection. Moments later, a Border Patrol canine alerted agents to the presence of concealed humans or narcotics. Upon further inspection, agents discovered an undocumented immigrant concealed between the seats, covered with a blanket. The driver, a U.S. citizen, was arrested and the vehicle was seized by Border Patrol. Stash house rescue with LPD Agents coordinated with the Laredo Police Department in an operation which resulted in the rescue of five undocumented immigrants from a stash house in Laredo on Monday. The incident transpired after agents discovered

that the house was being used in a human smuggling operation. The immigrants were determined to be from Mexico and El Salvador. Additionally, two U.S. citizens were arrested for their involvement with the stash house. Human smuggling attempt in San Ygnacio The Zapata Border Patrol Station intercepted a smuggling attempt involving four undocumented immigrants on Thursday. The incident unfolded when Laredo Sector intelligence agents reported a suspicious vehicle on U.S. 83 near San Ygnacio. Agents patrolling the highway near San Ygnacio attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a maroon Chrysler 300. Agents reported the vehicle stopped before they could pull it over and all the passengers exited Cases continues on A10


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Markets rise slightly ahead of Trump-Kim meeting By Ken Sweet A S S OCIAT E D PRE SS

NEW YORK — U.S. and global markets rose modestly on Monday, as investors made preparations for President Donald Trump’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore. European investors also focused on Italy’s new government, and its future using the euro. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 5.78 points, or less than 0.1 percent, to 25,322.31. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 2.97 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,782.00 and the Nasdaq composite rose 14.41 points, or 0.2 percent, to 7,659.93. Investors spent most of Monday waiting for Tues-

day’s meeting between Trump and Kim, aimed at settling a standoff over the North’s nuclear arsenal. North Korea has reportedly said it is willing to deal away its entire nuclear arsenal if the United States provides it with reliable security assurances and other benefits. But many say Kim’s government is unlikely to give up weapons that help guarantee its survival. If successful, the meeting would lower geopolitical tensions in an area that involves three of the world’s largest economies: South Korea, Japan and China. “There’s a lot of potential volatility that could come this week: we have the Trump-Kim summit and the central bank

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Market specialist Paul Cosentino works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Monday,. Stocks are opened higher on some corporate deal news.

meetings,” said Ryan Larson, head of U.S. equity trading at RBC Capital Markets. “A lot of the tone for this week will be set out in Trump’s meeting with Kim.”

The Federal Reserve will start a two-day meeting on interest rates on Tuesday, wrapping up on Wednesday. Investors expect the nation’s central bank to raise interest

rates from their current level of 1.75 percent to 2 percent, but most attention will be on how many rate hikes Fed officials are considering doing later this year. Investors showed little concern over the swipes that Trump took at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over the weekend and Monday. Trump roiled a weekend meeting of the Group of Seven major industrial economies by agreeing to a group statement only to rapidly withdraw from it while complaining about Trudeau’s criticism of his tariff threats. After leaving Canada, Trump called Trudeau “dishonest” and “weak” on Twitter. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she found Trump’s

tweet disavowing the G-7 statement “a little depressing.” Italy’s markets jumped after the economy minister said the country’s new populist government isn’t considering leaving the eurozone or adding to the high public debt load. The statement was the strongest yet on the topic from an official in the new government. Markets fell sharply last month on worries that the new administration might consider pulling Italy out of the euro or weakening its role in the currency. European markets closed broadly higher. Italy’s main stock index jumped 3.4 percent, Germany’s DAX rose 0.6 percent and France’s CAC-40 index rose 0.4 percent.

Internet use may change as ‘net neutrality’ ends By Mae Anderson A S S OCIAT E D PRE SS

NEW YORK — Your ability to watch and use your favorite apps and services could start to change — though not right away — following the official demise Monday of Obama-era internet protections. Any changes are likely to happen slowly, as companies assess how much consumers will tolerate. The repeal of “net neutrality” took effect six months after the Federal Communications Commission voted to undo the rules, which had barred broadband and cellphone companies from favoring their own services and discriminating against rivals such as Netflix. Internet providers such as AT&T, Verizon and Comcast had to treat all traffic equally. They couldn’t slow down or block websites and apps of their choosing. Nor could they charge Netflix and other video services extra to reach viewers more smoothly. The rules also barred a broadband provider from, say, slowing down Amazon’s shopping site to extract business concessions. Now, all that is legal as long as companies post their policies online. The change comes as broadband and cellphone providers expand their efforts to deliver video and other content to consumers. With net neutrality rules

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This photo shows a person displaying Netflix on a tablet. The ability to watch and use apps and services could start to change, though not right away, following a formal repeal of Obama-era internet protections on Monday.

gone, AT&T and Verizon can give priority to their own movies and TV shows, while hurting rivals such as Amazon, YouTube and startups yet to be born. The battle isn’t entirely over, though. Some states are moving to restore net neutrality, and lawsuits are pending. Also, the Senate voted to save net neutrality, though that effort isn’t likely to become law. For now, broadband providers insist they won’t do anything that would harm the “internet experience” for consumers. Most currently have service terms that specify they won’t give preferential treatment to certain websites and services, including their own. However, companies are

likely to drop these selfimposed restrictions; they will just wait until people aren’t paying a lot of attention, said Marc Martin, a former FCC staffer who is now chairman of communications practice at the law firm Perkins Coie. Any changes now, while the spotlight is on net neutrality, could lead to a public relations backlash. Companies are likely to start testing the boundaries over the next six months to a year. Expect to see more offers like AT&T’s exemption of its DirecTV Now streaming TV service from customers’ mobile data limits. Rival services like Sling TV and Netflix count video against data caps, essentially making them more expensive to watch.

This file photo shows an IHOP sign at a restaurant in Florida. IHOP, which teased a name change to IHOb earlier this month, says the “b” is to promote its burger menu.

After teasing a name change, IHOP says "b" is for burgers ASSOCIATED PRE SS

NEW YORK — IHOP, which teased a name change to IHOb earlier this month, says the “b” is to promote its burger menu. The pancake chain has been coy about whether the name flip is permanent, saying Monday that it was “for the time being.” Pressed for details, the company would not give an end date for IHOb but referred to the “tongue-in-cheek name change” and said it was tied to the summer burger promotion. The company known for breakfast already had burgers on the menu, but is adding a line made of Black Angus ground beef. It started using the IHOb name on social media, on

its website and for in-store promotions. The hints of a name change had spurred guesses on social media — and some disappointment Monday at what was revealed. Others were concerned that the pancakes would disappear: “No need to worry, the pancakes aren’t going anywhere!” IHOP reassured customers on Twitter. Burger joints, meanwhile, fired off blistering tweets. “Can’t wait to try a burger from the place that decided pancakes were too hard,” Wendy’s posted. And Red Robin, which doesn’t have a breakfast menu, teased: “We’re as serious about pancakes as (at)IHOb is about burgers.”


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the vehicle and attempted to abscond. Agents also reported that the driver of the vehicle failed to shift the vehicle into park and the vehicle struck an unoccupied stationary civilian vehicle. Agents proceeded to search the area and apprehended four undocumented immigrants.

Dehydrated immigrant Agents assigned to the Laredo Sector Hebbronville Station rescued an undocumented immigrant who was lost in a ranch near Highway 285. They located the person and requested emergency medical services to the location to assist and render aid to the immigrant, who was severely dehydrated. Brooks County EMS arrived at the scene and took the immigrant to a local hospital. The immigrant was determined to be from Ecuador.

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was located, a Border Patrol emergency medical technician was able to respond quickly and evaluate the individual’s medical condition. The person rescued is now in good health.

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Nuevo Laredo stash house On Thursday, agents coordinated with the government of Mexico in an operation which resulted in the arrest of 24 individuals from a stash house in Nuevo Laredo. The incident transpired after agents assigned to the Laredo Sector Intelligence Unit received information regarding a

large group of individuals at a residence in Nuevo Laredo, waiting to be smuggled into the United States. The information was relayed to the Laredo Sector Foreign Operations Branch, which collaborated with the government of Mexico and coordinated the enforcement action. The 24 individuals discovered in the stash house were determined to be from Guatemala.

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Telemundo hopes viewers like World Cup in Spanish By RONALD BLUM A S S OCIAT E D PRE SS

NEW YORK — Andres Cantor screamed "Goal!" for 38 seconds, four fortissimo shrieks of shock, elation and hysteria that exceeded even the usual volcanic standard set by the Pavarotti of the pitch. Getting ready to broadcast its first World Cup, Telemundo hopes his huge-capacity lungs persuade American viewers that soccer is better in Spanish. “I never time myself,” the five-time Emmy Award-winning broadcaster said. “If I can have three new people watch soccer because they have this crazy announcer that goes nuts when a goal is scored and that’s what they think about, but they’re watching the game, I’m happy for the game.” Alongside with the competition on the field will be the battle for American viewers of an audience likely to shrink because of earlier U.S. kickoff times than four years ago —and because this will be the first World Cup since 1986 that won’t have a United States

team competing. ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC averaged 3.5 million viewers for 48 groupstage games four years ago, boosted by a 13.4 million average for the three first-round games involving the Americans. Fox acquired U.S. Englishlanguage television rights for three World Cups starting with this year’s championship in Russia and hired mostly American commentators to differentiate itself from the mostly British voices employed in 2010 and 2014 by ESPN, which broadcast the last six tournaments. Telemundo, part of Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal Inc., took over U.S. Spanish-language rights from Univision, where Cantor called World Cups in 1990, ‘94 and ‘98 before switching networks. “It’s disingenuous for us or anybody to say that it doesn’t matter that the U.S. isn’t there,” said Fox analyst Alexi Lalas, who worked three World Cups for ESPN before switching in December 2014. “Having said that, as the big-

gest party in the world, I think it’s going to overtake some people, and I think people are going to be introduced to teams that maybe they wouldn’t, to players they wouldn’t and they’re going to exposed to stories that maybe they wouldn’t.” Fox is planning more than 320 hours of broadcast television and over 1,000 hours including digital, according to David Neal, the network’s World Cup executive producer. After the U.S. was eliminated in qualifying last October, Fox decided to base four of its six announce teams at its Los Angeles studios, where they will call matches off monitors. John Strong and Stuart Holden will call games from stadiums in Russia, as will JP Dellacamera and Tony Meola. Eight of Fox’s 12 match commentators are American, including Aly Wagner as the first female game analyst for a men’s World Cup on U.S. television. “For us it’s a celebration of the growth of the game in the United States,” Neal said. “You

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Argentine sportscaster and legendary Telemundo soccer broadcaster Andres Cantor leaves after an interview about his 2018 World Cup assignment in New York.

want American voices, I think, because that’s what’s familiar to Americans and their ears.” Telemundo, using the marketing power of many NBCUniversal networks, wants to attract viewers with a different

sound: Cantor’s cantabile con brio. His calls of Carli Lloyd’s 54-yard goal in the 2015 Women’s World Cup final and of Landon Donovan’s stoppagetie score that advanced the U.S. in 2010 are indelible.

Actor Jackson Odell is found dead at 20 By Alex Marshall NEW YORK TIME S

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This image shows Sandra Bullock, left, and Cate Blanchett in a scene from "Ocean's 8." The film won the weekend box-office crown with $41.6 million in ticket sales.

‘Ocean’s 8’ dethrones ‘Solo’ at the box office A S S OCIAT E D PRE SS

NEW YORK — The female-led reboot “Ocean’s 8” stole the box-office crown from “Solo: A Star Wars Story” with $41.6 million in ticket sales at U.S. and Canada theaters over the weekend, according to final figures Monday. The Warner Bros.Village Roadshow production, which cost about $70 million to make, debuted slightly above expectations and set a high mark for the “Ocean’s” franchise, not accounting for inflation. Reviews were so-so for the gender-swap installment, starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway. The audience, which was 69 percent female, gave it a B-plus CinemaScore. The fast-falling “Solo” slid to second with $15.7 million in its third weekend. The horror thriller “Hereditary,” starring Toni Collette, debuted in fourth place with $13.6 million, setting a company record for A24, the indie distributor behind releases like “The Witch” and “Moonlight.” The feature-film directing debut of Ari Aster, “Hereditary” has been hailed as the year’s scariest movie since its debut at the Sundance Film Festival, though audiences gave “Hereditary” a Dplus CinemaScore. Less successful was “Hotel Artemis,” starring Jodie Foster. The Global Road release, also starring Sterling K. Brown, Dave Bautista and Charlie Day, flopped with $3.2 million. The top 10 movies at

U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by comScore: 1. “Ocean’s 8,” Warner Bros., $41,607,378, 4,145 locations, $10,038 average, $41,607,378, 1 Week. 2. “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” Disney, $15,748,575, 4,335 locations, $3,633 average, $176,700,049, 3 Weeks. 3. “Deadpool 2,” 20th Century Fox, $14,148,517, 3,823 locations, $3,701 average, $279,164,058, 4 Weeks. 4. “Hereditary,” A24, $13,575,173, 2,964 locations, $4,580 average, $13,575,173, 1 Week. 5. “Avengers: Infinity War,” Disney, $7,238,699, 2,882 locations, $2,512 average, $655,136,398, 7 Weeks. 6. “Adrift,” STX Entertainment, $5,272,040, 3,015 locations, $1,749 average, $21,962,065, 2 Weeks. 7. “Book Club,” Paramount, $4,285,456, 2,802 locations, $1,529 average, $56,959,580, 4 Weeks. 8. “Hotel Artemis,” Open Road, $3,232,790, 2,407 locations, $1,343 average, $3,232,790, 1 Week. 9. “Upgrade,” OTL Releasing, $2,384,415, 1,458 locations, $1,635 average, $9,346,020, 2 Weeks. 10. “Life Of The Party,” Warner Bros., $2,167,142, 1,842 locations, $1,177 average, $50,328,719, 5 Weeks.

Jackson Odell, an actor and aspiring singer best known for appearing in the ABC sitcom “The Goldbergs,” died Friday at age 20, according to the County of Los Angeles coroner’s office. “The Odell family has lost our beloved son and brother,” Odell’s family said in a statement posted to his website. “He will always be a shining light and a brilliant, loving and talented soul. He had so much more to share.” “We are now going to try to make sense of our immeasurable loss privately,” it added. “We will not be making any further statements.” The coroner’s office said that the actor was found unresponsive on Friday in his room at a sober-living facility in the

Tarzana neighborhood of Los Angeles, where he had been living. He had failed to attend a meeting that day. Sober living is typically an interim step between rehabilitation and regular life. An autopsy is pending to determine the cause of death, a spokesman for the coroner’s office said. Odell appeared as Ari Caldwell in several seasons of “The Goldbergs,” about a family in the 1980s, as well as on episodes of “Arrested Development” and “Modern Family.” He had also been trying to make it as a singersongwriter, posting covers online. And he wrote several country songs for a romantic drama, “Forever My Girl,” released earlier this year. Sean Giambrone, one of the stars of “The Goldbergs,” said on Twitter that he had seen Odell a

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Actor Jackson Odell died Friday at age 20, according to the County of Los Angeles coroner’s office. Odell was found unresponsive in his room at a sober-living facility in the Tarzana neighborhood of Los Angeles, where he had been living.

few weeks ago: “He talked about his music and his plans. So talented and one the sweetest most welcoming people I’ve ever met. I’m really going to miss that.” Wendi McLendon-

Covey, another star on the show, also paid tribute to Odell on Twitter. “We hadn’t seen him for a while, but he was a bright, sweet soul,” she said. “Love and blessings to his family.”

Robert De Niro drops ‘F’ tirade at Tony Awards By Brian Niemietz NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Robert De Niro rallied the Tony Awards crowd by chanting "F - k Trump," on Sunday, but that was hardly new material for Bobby D. Since the 2016 election, the Oscar winning "Raging Bull" star has put together a bit of a greatest hits collection at Trump’s expense. In October, De Niro was the guest of honor at Hudson River Park Gala, where a park bench was dedicated in his honor. "One of my pleasures will be keeping people off my bench who don’t deserve a view of the park like Donald Trump," he said in his acceptance speech. "F - k you, Donald Trump. It’s a horror with this motherf -er." In attendance that night was comedian Seth Meyers, singer Gloria Gaynor and former mayor Michael Bloomberg. A month later at the Plaza Hotel in Midtown, the 74-year-old actor called out The Donald again at the Crain’s N.Y. Business Hall of Fame, where he was honored along with former top cop Bill Bratton and entrepreneur Larry Sil-

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Robert De Niros expletive-dotted castigation of President Donald Trump draws a standing ovation at the Tony Awards in New York on Sunday.

verstein. De Niro referred to Trump and his associates as a "gang of businessfriendly thugs" and said that "business without humanity is not business, it’s greed." That statement was met with a roaring ovation. In January, De Niro spoke at the National Board of Review’s Awards Gala, where he

reportedly called Trump a "f - -ing idiot" and referred to him as the "baby in chief." At April’s Untold Stories Program, which coincides with the TriBeCa Film Festival, De Niro made another run at Trump. "It ain’t over till it’s over," he told us at that event, when asked about news including Robert Mueller’s ongoing in-

vestigation of the president. "I can’t wait for him to get impeached!" In October 2016, De Niro made headlines by declaring that he wanted to punch Trump in the face. Shortly, after the election, still not a Trump fan, De Niro conceded to the Daily News that that he wouldn’t say that about a sitting president.


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