Brazil Busts Rio Gang Made of Police, Councillors


first_imgBy Dialogo December 28, 2010 Brazilian police have busted a feared criminal gang which killed at least 50 people and counted more than a dozen officers and some municipal councillors in its ranks, officials said on 22 December. Twenty-five members of the 34-strong gang were arrested the day before on warrants based on wiretaps that found the organization sold weapons to drug dealers in a nest of Rio slums that was cleared by police and soldiers last month. The two local councillors of the Duque de Caxias neighborhood were suspected of running the para-police outfit, while the 13 policemen arrested were part of its “muscle” thought to have carried out hits. “The gang worked like a real criminal enterprise, with roles defined for each member. There were managers and hitmen,” the police chief in charge of the arrests, Alexandre Capote, told media. The gang was one of several comprising police officers that operate in Rio’s notoriously violent and lawless slums. They started activities in late 2006, as militias that forced out local gangs then took over to run extortion rackets. The Duque de Caxias outfit is suspected of killing 50 people, and earning 150,000 dollars a month by illegally selling television cable connections, gas and land to residents, Capote said. According to a former captain in Rio’s elite police unit, the Special Operations Battalion, police-manned militias are present in more than 100 of the city’s 250 worst slums.last_img read more

Rooney waits on Fergie’s final team


first_img Rooney was not even on the bench for Ferguson’s final home game before his retirement, against Swansea on Sunday, after asking for a transfer. When Ferguson selects his line-up to play West Brom at the Hawthorns on Sunday he is likely to pick a team symbolic of his years at Old Trafford, with starting places for Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, plus Robin van Persie. Until recently that would have included Rooney, but the 27-year-old could well find himself left out in the cold again. Press Association Although United have stated that Rooney must honour his contract, which has two years left to run, there is a strong chance the England forward will be sold in the summer even if he decides to withdraw his request now that Ferguson is retiring. Ferguson said on Sunday that Rooney “was not keen to play” ahead of the 2-1 win over Swansea. “I don’t think Wayne was keen to play, simply because he has asked for a transfer,” Ferguson said. Much will depend on the view of Ferguson’s successor, David Moyes, who managed Rooney at Everton but later sued him for libel – and won – over remarks in the player’s autobiography. That issue has been patched up, but Rooney’s future is already top of Moyes’ new in-tray. United defender Rio Ferdinand insists everybody at the club must prove themselves to Moyes – no matter who they are. Speaking to MUTV, Ferdinand said: “We’ve got to prove ourselves to the new manager. He’s going to come in with new ideas, new rules, a new regime. “No matter how long you’ve been here – whether it’s the likes of Giggsy or myself, we’re going to be in the same boat as people like Danny Welbeck, Phil Jones, Tom Cleverley. We have got to make sure he feels we’re the right people to start each game.” center_img Wayne Rooney is facing the possibility of having played his last game in a Manchester United shirt as Sir Alex Ferguson decides on the squad for his final game in charge.last_img read more

USC vs. Ohio State tickets at a premium


first_imgWhat do you bring to a football stadium to go watch a game?If you’re talking about the Sept. 12 matchup between USC and Ohio State, you’ll need seat cushions, drinks and a grill for tailgating — and a whole lot of cash. Tickets for the game will cost at least four times the average face value of $63 — and those prices are strictly for the nosebleed seats.Main event · The Trojans must travel to Columbus, Ohio, to face the Buckeyes in one of their most highly touted games this season. Fans trying to buy tickets now, however, will be have to pay large sums. – Leah Thompson | Daily TrojanWith a capacity of 102,000 in Ohio Stadium, you might think that finding reasonably priced tickets for the game would be a none-too-strenuous feat. Not so, it turns out. Field-level seating, available only in the long-sold out contest, starts at $1,000. Seats on the 50-yard line — only two are advertised for purchase — are being offered on resale site StubHub.com for no less than $5,000 apiece.“Unfortunately, that’s the way of the world,” said Bill Jones, assistant athletic director for ticketing at Ohio State, in an interview with the Columbus Dispatch. “We don’t have a whole lot of control over it.”It makes sense that the game would draw a crowd. OSU and USC boast two of the most storied legacies in all of college sports, and the pair’s on-field rivalry is legendary. Having played 22 times in the last 70-odd years, the matchup is a close one, with USC just barely holding the edge, 12-10.Of course, fans will recall that last year’s game was a blowout, with USC dominating an overmatched Buckeye team 35-3 at the Coliseum. The losing team in this year’s match is likely out of the national championship picture, so it’s understandable that the Buckeye faithful would demand a premium price for parting with their tickets to next Saturday’s game.Still, those familiar with ticket resale admit that the prices being charged for seats are becoming excessive.“Ohio State fans [just] don’t often part with their tickets,” said StubHub spokesman Sean Pate. “You’re seeing some serious advantage for the seller.”Southwest Airlines, anticipating a crush of USC fans to attend regardless of cost, has added a flight to its regularly scheduled service, going so far as to offer a nonstop weekender that runs directly between LAX and Columbus.With game ticket prices that almost demand a second student loan, it seems likely that much of the Trojan faithful will spend this game rooting from the cheapest seats they can get: the ones in their living rooms.last_img read more