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The operation involved U.S. and Mexican authorities.
Saenz, a former East Los Angeles gang member who once went by the nicknames “Peanut Joe” and “Zapp,” had been a fugitive since being named a suspect in two Los Angeles killings in 1998.
Governor passes on lighting of tree after 2011 protest
PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee won’t be hosting a tree lighting ceremony this season following last year’s hubbub over what to call the Statehouse spruce.
Last year, protesters crashed Mr. Chafee’s tree lighting ceremony to criticize him for referring to the tree as a “holiday” tree. Mr. Chafee, an independent, said the term was meant to honor the state’s origin as a sanctuary of religious tolerance.
Critics claimed he was trying to secularize Christmas. They flooded his office with thousands of telephone calls of protest.
Mr. Chafee’s spokeswoman says he made his position on the tree clear last year and is focused on more important matters now.
Officers probed for making children do push-ups
NORTH PROVIDENCE — Four police officers in Rhode Island are being investigated for making five boys do push-ups on the side of a street as punishment for damaging a mailbox.
Acting North Providence Police Chief Paul Martellini said a woman called police Friday morning to report her mailbox was damaged. Officers soon found several teenagers inside a bright yellow sports car that matched one described by the woman, he said.
Mayor Charles Lombardi told WPRO-AM on Monday the officers thought the best way to reprimand the teens was to have them do push-ups.
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