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^Identical twins. Identical asylum claims. Very different luck at the border<
IMMIGRATION-ASYLUM-TWINS:LA â€” The 12-year-old identical twins entered Texas from Mexico days apart in the foothills of Mount Cristo Rey. One came with their father. The other arrived with their mother.
It was June. The family’s plan was to get caught by Border Patrol agents as quickly as possible, then claim asylum so they could stay in the U.S. legally while awaiting immigration court hearings.
The parents had hoped that crossing the border separately, each with one son, would improve the chance that they all would be allowed into the country legally.
But that’s not what U.S. immigration officials decided. They released Nostier Leiva Sabillon and his father in Texas, and sent Anthony Leiva Sabillon and his mother back to Mexico.
The difference in treatment shows how arbitrary the U.S. immigration system has become as the Trump administration tries to stem the flow of migrants from Central America.
1400 by Molly Hennessy-Fiske in Juarez, Mexico. MOVED
^CBD may be natural, but is it safe?<
CBD-SAFETY:SH â€” At a recent conference here, Denver and Colorado public health officials recounted their scariest hemp CBD manufacturing stories to a packed hotel ballroom.
There was the woman who was making hemp oil in her kitchen crockpot and selling it online. The manufacturing facility with no sinks for workers to wash their hands. The facility where dogs ran underfoot.
Hemp cannabidiol (CBD) has become wildly popular, with more Americans hoping the cannabis extract will ease their aches, pains and anxiety.
But the health benefits of cannabidiol are unclear, and many products hitting the market haven’t been made in clean, permitted facilities or tested for toxic pesticides, heavy metals and bacteria.
1700 (with trims) by Sophie Quinton in Denver. MOVED
^Ed Buck was known for his abrasive behavior. But politicians still took his money<
BUCK-POLITICIANS:LA â€” West Hollywood City Councilman John Duran said Ed Buck once hung an effigy of him in a park.
Some municipal employees said they refused to meet alone with him, and he unnerved two political foes so much at council meetings that sheriff’s deputies accompanied them to their cars afterward.
Still, for years, Buck was a fixture in West Hollywood, where he donated to City Council members and enmeshed himself in local activist groups.
Buck was tolerated more than beloved, said some of those who took his money while looking past his caustic behavior.
That attitude has become the subject of much consternation in West Hollywood and local Democratic circles after he was federally charged in connection with the overdose deaths of two black men in his West Hollywood apartment.
Buck’s political influence has drawn intense criticism, especially from black and LGBTQ activists who believe his status as a white Democratic donor initially insulated him from prosecution and that influential people made excuses for a man whose volatility was on public display for years.
2250 (with trims) by Hailey Branson-Potts in Los Angeles. MOVED
^A sock and a snapshot: How a Temple professor helped state police crack a cold-case murder<
PROFESSOR-COLDCASE:PH â€” In 2015, Byron Wolfe helped a Pennsylvania State Police detective enhance 24-year-old photographs. The work took two hours, and Wolfe promptly forgot about the case, chalking it up as a simple favor, he recalled recently in his office on Temple University’s campus.
Last month, he was reading an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer about a major break in a cold-case murder that had dogged investigators for decades. The headline grabbed his attention. As he read, the details deepened his interest. And then it all came together.
On Sept. 3, almost four years to the day of Wolfe’s fateful meeting with Trooper Andrew Martin, Theodore Dill Donahue was arrested in the 1991 slaying of Denise Sharon Kulb, his ex-girlfriend. And investigators have since said an important step in bringing those charges forward was enhancements Wolfe made to those photographs, which, unbeknownst to him at the time, were gruesome mementos recently recovered by detectives.
800 by Vinny Vella in Philadelphia. MOVED
^Is video game addiction a mental health disorder? South Korea looks in the mirror<
SKOREA-VIDEOGAMES-ADDICTION:LA â€” His video game habit started in middle school.
His bedroom door was always locked, and when his grandmother stood on the veranda and peered through his window, he was invariably engrossed in an on-screen gunfight.
He eventually began disappearing to play at internet cafes.
Now he is 21 and unemployed. In June at his grandfather’s funeral, he played games on his phone.
“There wasn’t a day he’d go without playing,” said his grandmother. “Games ruined the child.”
That’s a controversial opinion in South Korea these days.
Video games are practically the national pastime. Rising concerns over the effects of games on mental health have been met with skepticism and disdain by the $13 billion gaming industry.
The debate intensified in May after the World Health Organization officially added “internet gaming disorder” to the 2022 edition of its International Classification of Diseases, which sets global standards for diagnosis.
1350 by Victoria Kim in Seoul, South Korea. MOVED
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