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Let’s Forget El Chapo For Two Seconds And Talk About This

Gisela Mota
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Mexico’s drug war did not end with Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán’s second arrest. Far from. His arrest is but a dent in what has been Mexico’s decade-long war against the drug cartels. And to show that, the following six things prove there’s a long way to go.

1. The assassination of Gisela Mota happened just a day after she had become mayor of Texmico, Morelos. Although she had said she was going to fight against the drug cartels, the reason for her killing is not clear, but many blame the Los Rojos drug gang. Mota is one of the 100,000 mayors who have been killed in the last 10 years.

2. It’s well-known that corruption runs rampant within the Mexican government. Humberto Moreira, former governor of the state Coahuila, has been accused of such corruption. He was recently arrested in Spain because of money laundering allegations. While he was in office, he was accused of embezzling public funds while the state’s debt rose to 35 billion, 100 times more in six years. He maintains his innocence and was released from jail soon after he was arrested. Like him, there are 15 governors accused of corruption, but not much has been done against them.

3. The homicide rate in Mexico had declined between the years of 2011-2014, but last year, the country saw an incredible increase of 7.6 percent.

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4. 27,600 people have “disappeared” in Mexico due to the security forces’ practice of kidnapping and killing any political opponent. That number includes the 43 teachers and college students of the rural town of Ayotzinapa. Little has been done to investigate their disappearance.

5. Mexico is trying to change the criminal justice system to help deal with violence and corruption. The reform set to take place will focus on oral arguments of any given case rather than the current method of written testimony given to a judge who makes a decision behind doors. The new system is supposed to be implemented in the entire country by July 18th.

6. A major problem fueling the crime rate in Mexico is the 70 percent of the firearms used in those crimes come from the United States. However, the guns are purchased legally in gun shows and shops and then smuggled into Mexico.

Read more about what’s going on in Mexico’s drug war from the Huffington Post here.

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California Teen Slays Calculus Exam, Leaves World Speechless

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California Teen Slays Calculus Exam, Leaves World Speechless

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CREDIT: KTLA

If you thought the bar was high to get good grades in school, Cedrick Arguetta just raised it way high, like WAY high.

He’s a half Salvadorean, half Filipino 17-year-old from Abraham Lincoln High School in Lincoln Heights who was one of 12 students in the world to get a perfect score on his AP Calculus exam. A PERFECT SCORE.

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But his calculus smarts didn’t come overnight. “Leading up to the exam we spent about two or three hours every day after school,” he said. That’s like two to three hours too much for us, the mathematically challenged.

And listen to this, he also got a perfect score in the English and math sections of the ACT, a college entrance exam. With that kind of intelligence, we doubt he’ll have a hard time getting into his prefered college, Caltech or getting his dream job at NASA.

Read more about Cendrick Arguetta from KTLA here.

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