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The mystery of newlywed Wendy Trapaga, who was found beaten to death with a tire lever, has been solved after crucial evidence was uncovered

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Wendy Trapaga Was Murdered In October 2002 At The Age Of 21

THE case of a newlywed bride found beaten to death with a tire lever has been solved after crucial evidence was uncovered.

Wendy Trapaga, 21, was murdered just four days after her marriage to Michel Escoto, 30, in 2002.


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Michel Escoto Had Been Married To Trapaga For Four Days When He Murdered Her, Police Said


Michel Escoto had been married to Trapaga for four days when he murdered her, police saidPhoto credit: NBC Miami
Yolanda Cerrillo Testified Against Escoto In Court


Yolanda Cerrillo testified against Escoto in courtPhoto credit: NBC Miami

Escoto faced a charge of first-degree murder after Trapaga was found “strangled, drugged and beaten to death in a warehouse parking lot,” according to the Daily Mail.

His motive was to cash in on Trapaga’s million-dollar life insurance policy and then elope with his secret girlfriend, Yolanda Cerrillo, prosecutors said.

However, thanks to Cerrillo’s testimony in court, he did not get away with the crime.

Cerrillo admitted to being an accomplice in Escoto’s crimes in exchange for complete immunity from prosecution.

She told the jury: “The mystery was too much. It was too stressful.”

The convicted killer reportedly told his longtime partner Cerrillo about the plan to murder his new wife so he could take her money and then elope with Cerrillo.

After Escoto’s plan was put in place, he drove to Cerrillo’s house, where she could see what Trapaga’s drugged corpse was lying in the passenger seat of Escoto’s vehicle.

Cerrillo then followed Escoto in her own car to the warehouse parking lot, where she drove around for a while to give Escoto more time to kill his bride.

When she found Escoto later, Cerrillo said he abandoned his car and walked down the street, covered in blood, with a tire lever in his hand.

Trapaga’s body was left at the camp and only found days later.

In the months that followed, Escoto moved back in with Cerrillo, but the abuse he allegedly inflicted on her was too much to bear.

“I had no way out,” said Cerrillo.

“Either he kills me or I go to jail.”

Escoto was sentenced to life in prison without parole at his second trial in 2014.

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Although Cerrillo faces no criminal charges, she was found responsible for Trapaga’s death in a civil court, where a jury awarded Trapaga’s mother $44 million.

Dateline aired an episode about the murder called “Mystery in South Beach.”

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The mystery of newlywed Wendy Trapaga, who was found beaten to death with a tire lever, has been solved after crucial evidence was uncovered



Treasury yields fall as investors assimilate previous week’s data

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Treasury Yields Fall As Investors Assimilate Previous Week'S Data

Bond yields fell on Monday as investors digested the flurry of data releases from the previous week and wondered if the US Federal Reserve could ease its tightening cycle on improving inflation news.

The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury was 2 basis points lower at 2.824% at the start of the week, while the yield on the 30-year Treasury fell 2 basis points to 3.0932% . Yields move inversely to prices and one basis point is equal to 0.01%.

The short-term 2-year Treasury yield rose just under a basis point to 3.2529%.

The previous week brought a slew of economic data, including more positive inflation news than many market participants expected. Last week’s data showed a slightly larger-than-expected drop in imports, weaker export prices and stronger-than-expected consumer sentiment in a preliminary August reading of the University Index. from Michigan.

Steady US consumer price inflation also slowed to an 8.5% year-on-year rise in July, data showed last week, slightly below expectations. due to a drop in oil prices.

Yet the Fed has yet to embrace the bond market’s apparent view that the rate hike cycle is almost over.

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Investors will be looking at housing data this week, including housing starts, mortgage applications and building permits, as well as retail sales, industrial production, manufacturing output and annual Redbook data. . The Redbook Index is a measure of weighted annual sales growth at 9,000 US retailers.

Auctions for 13- and 26-week US Treasuries are due to take place on Monday.

Fed Governor Christopher Waller is due to speak at the week-long 2022 Summer Money, Banking, Payments and Finance Workshop in Washington DC hosted by the Reserve Board of Governors federal.

A series of Chinese data is also due this week on retail sales, house prices and sales, energy production and industrial production for July. Japan will announce its preliminary gross domestic product figures for the second quarter this week.


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HBCUs are back in the spotlight for black students and their families: NPR

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Hbcus Are Back In The Spotlight For Black Students And Their Families: Npr

Morehouse College is one of several historically black colleges and universities to have seen an increase in applications and enrollments in recent years.

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Hbcus Are Back In The Spotlight For Black Students And Their Families: Npr

Morehouse College is one of several historically black colleges and universities to have seen an increase in applications and enrollments in recent years.

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A number of historically black colleges and universities are seeing an increase in the number of black students applying and enrolling after years of decline.

The National Center for Education Statistics reports that such enrollment has fallen from 18% in 1976 to 8% in 2014. But in 2020, that number has risen to 9%. HBCUs such as Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia have seen an increase in applications. In this school, the number has increased by more than 60% in 2020, from the previous year, according to Data USA.

There are a number of factors behind the change – including nudges from famous graduates such as Vice President Harris – but some black students and their families see a safer learning environment with these institutions.

Sherrille McKethan-Green, whose son Gideon Green attends Morehouse, is counted among them.

“I felt after he graduated from college he would have time to be a minority, but at Morehouse he would be a majority,” she told NPR.

The first one HBCU was created in the 1830s, before the Civil War, give black Americans the opportunity to pursue higher education.

Walter Kimbrough, acting executive director of the Black Men’s Research Institute at Morehouse College, told NPR that these schools were essential to the development of a black professional group.

“Your teachers, your doctors, your lawyers, your ministers — they come from that HBCU tradition,” he said.

However, these schools are not immune to the forces such as financial challenges and whether affirmative action policies should still exist.

The pandemic has also affected the enrollment of black students in higher education in general, according to an analysis by the Latino Policy and Politics Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, on the impact of COVID on student enrollment. of color.

But then a movement for racial justice captured the nation’s attention.

Paulina Webber, a new senior at Dillard University, told NPR she’s seen more students choose HBCUs.

“We saw the height of the Black Lives Matter movement, and then we saw students saying, “Hey, I want to go to a black school. I want to be safe. I want to enjoy my time,” she said.

Webber added that shared experiences as Black people in HBCUs help students understand and navigate the world when they graduate.

For McKethan-Green, her son attending Morehouse is the culmination of a dream of many years.

“I’ve had [him] a sweatshirt that reads “Future Morehouse College Graduate” at the age of 3,” she said.

He chose to apply only to HBCUs, and when he was accepted to Morehouse, she was thrilled.

“He needed to be around people … who had his best interests at heart and who would also tell him, ‘You’re going to be great. You’re going to be a success.’”

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The dollar appreciates further on the day as risk appetite remains subdued

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The Dollar Appreciates Further On The Day As Risk Appetite Remains Subdued

Against the likes of the euro and the pound, the dollar has done just about that. Both currencies are trading down 0.5% against the dollar today as risk appetite remains more subdued in European morning trade. As mentioned late last week, the bond market was the first to turn around after the markets had time to digest the US CPI data and FX was next. We are now witnessing a continuation of the latter, although helped by a certain aversion to risk.

EUR/USD is now down near 1.0200 as sellers hold the rejection of the 61.8 Fib retracement level at 1.0361:

We have now fallen back into previous consolidation territory and this is a blow to buyer sentiment. The key defensive line still remains at 1.0100, but the latest decline early in the week appears to be invigorating sellers to try and retest this in the days ahead.

Meanwhile, GBP/USD also stumbled to 1.2070 with a rejection of key trendline resistance from last week:

The 1.2000 handle is the next key level of support to watch and a break below that will look to add to Cable’s woes in search of the next lows of the year.

Coincidentally, the two currencies that have seen their post-CPI advance against the dollar wiped out are perhaps the two currencies with the worst economic prospects among the majors right now. The Eurozone continues to struggle as economic sentiment deteriorated sharply in July and an energy crisis also looms as the winter months approach. Meanwhile, the UK is facing a deepening cost of living crisis, with second quarter output already contracting – well ahead of the BOE’s warning of a long recession from the end of the year.

Elsewhere, USD/CAD is up 0.8% at 1.2870 (more details here) and AUD/USD is down 1.1% at 0.7040 as selling begins to heat up. turn into a rout for the Aussie after bad data out of China (more on that here).


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Projecting the Ravens’ 53-man roster: How injuries could affect the team’s final cuts

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Projecting The Ravens’ 53-Man Roster: How Injuries Could Affect The Team’s Final Cuts

The Ravens know the kind of talent they have on their team. That doesn’t make general manager Eric DeCosta’s job over the next two-plus weeks any easier.

By 4 p.m. Tuesday, the Ravens will have to trim their active roster to 85 players. A week later, they’ll need to get down to 80. On Aug. 30, three days after the Ravens’ preseason finale against the Washington Commanders, they’ll finalize their initial 53-man roster.

Even then, DeCosta’s roster management won’t slow down. After making space for injured players who can return in 2022 — anyone placed on injured reserve by Aug. 30 is ineligible to play this season — the Ravens will have to make injured-reserve decisions, find short- and long-term replacements and assemble a practice squad.

It won’t take much to change DeCosta’s calculus. But with training camp winding down, here’s a look at how his 53-man roster could take shape.


Quarterback (2): Lamar Jackson, Tyler Huntley

Anthony Brown impressed in the second half Thursday, finishing 10-for-15 for 117 yards, but the Ravens can’t hold on to everyone. There are more pressing needs than keeping an undrafted rookie to back up one of the NFL’s best backup quarterbacks.

Running back (4): J.K. Dobbins, Mike Davis, Justice Hill, Tyler Badie

The Ravens are hoping for good news on Dobbins, who missed practice Saturday and Sunday for scheduled knee evaluations. Dobbins returned to practice last Monday, his first appearance since tearing his ACL last year, and is expected back Monday.

The Ravens’ next-best option, Gus Edwards, is on the physically-unable-to-perform list and considered doubtful for Week 1 as he recovers from his own season-ending knee injury. Coach John Harbaugh’s recent comments on Edwards’ timetable — “I think before the season’s over, he’s going to be rolling and ready to go” — suggest he’ll open the season on the reserve/PUP list, giving the Ravens another roster spot until Edwards is cleared for practice.

Thursday’s opener didn’t produce a breakout candidate at running back, but Davis’ work with the first-string offense won’t hurt his job security. Badie’s a sixth-round pick who hasn’t looked out of place in practice, which also bodes well. Even if Dobbins is on track for Week 1, the Ravens will likely look to keep three other healthy backs on their initial roster. Hill’s speed and special teams ability should give him an advantage over Nate McCrary and Corey Clement.

Wide receiver (5): Rashod Bateman, Devin Duvernay, James Proche II, Tylan Wallace, Jaylon Moore

With Proche dealing with a soft-tissue injury and Wallace working his way back from a sprained knee, it’s impossible to know just what the Ravens will need at the end of the preseason. But Proche’s spot is safe, and Wallace’s likely is, too.

The front-office calculations after that are difficult: Would DeCosta be comfortable having just four receivers on the initial 53-man roster, then adding another before Week 1? What are the odds of a practice squad reunion with Moore, one of their better receivers in camp, if he hits the waiver wire? How attached are the Ravens to promising undrafted rookies Shemar Bridges and Makai Polk? And what if they want a free agent like Will Fuller V? There’s a lot to consider.

Tight end/fullback (5): Mark Andrews, Patrick Ricard, Nick Boyle, Isaiah Likely, Charlie Kolar

The Ravens’ depth means they can afford to be patient with Kolar, the fourth-round pick who’s recovering from sports hernia surgery. He’s a candidate to start the season on short-term IR, which would sideline him for at least the first four weeks. Tony Poljan, who spent his rookie season on the practice squad and has outplayed Josh Oliver in camp, could also help if injury strikes the position again this preseason.

Offensive tackle (4): Ronnie Stanley, Morgan Moses, Ja’Wuan James, Daniel Faalele

There’s optimism about Stanley’s recovery, and Harbaugh said recently that he could be ready for Week 1. But the Ravens will have to err on the side of caution. DeCosta blamed himself for believing Stanley would be available last year, and his ankle surgery left a house of cards in his wake at left tackle. If the Ravens keep James, who started at left tackle Thursday, they’d have six linemen who could line up at tackle if called upon: the four full-timers, plus Patrick Mekari and Tyre Phillips.

The biggest question mark is James, who’s played just three games since 2019 and would be owed a $2.5 million base salary this season — not a small sum for the salary cap-strapped Ravens.

Interior offensive line (6): Ben Powers, Tyler Linderbaum, Kevin Zeitler, Patrick Mekari, Tyre Phillips, Ben Cleveland

The Ravens appear committed to entering the season with 10 offensive linemen, even if they’ll activate only eight on game days. Versatility will be key. Powers entered preseason play with the edge over Phillips and Cleveland at left guard, and he played some center Thursday and held up well, Harbaugh said. Both Mekari and, to a lesser extent, Phillips can move out wide. Cleveland’s range is limited, but he boosted his preseason stock Thursday, and the Ravens are typically reluctant to part this early with Day 2 draft picks. Trystan Colon’s odds, meanwhile, appear to be fading.


Defensive line (6): Calais Campbell, Michael Pierce, Justin Madubuike, Broderick Washington, Brent Urban, Travis Jones

This position group has been among the Ravens’ most consistent, healthy and productive throughout camp. Isaiah Mack has shown enough flashes to make an NFL roster, but until he does, he’d be very useful on the Ravens’ practice squad. Aaron Crawford is another solid depth piece.

Outside linebacker (4): Tyus Bowser, Odafe Oweh, Justin Houston, Daelin Hayes

Second-round pick David Ojabo, who told Harbaugh recently that he’s going to be back by midseason, “at the latest,” will likely start the season on the nonfootball injury list, opening a roster spot for another player. Bowser on Thursday declined to offer a timetable for his return from a torn Achilles tendon, but his optimism over his rehabilitation suggests he won’t be out for too long.

Vince Biegel’s season-ending Achilles injury should secure a spot for Hayes, who’s had a quiet camp, and open one for Stephen Means, a vested veteran (at least four years of accrued service time) who could bypass waivers and re-sign with the team after cut-down day. Undrafted rookie Jamario Moon is a dark-horse candidate to make the roster. Given the injury concerns at the position, the defense can’t afford to be short-staffed here.

Inside linebacker (4): Patrick Queen, Josh Bynes, Malik Harrison, Kristian Welch

Harrison missed a couple of tackles Thursday, his first extensive work at inside linebacker since a Halloween shooting interrupted his second season. He also forced a fumble and helped out on special teams, which never goes unnoticed in Baltimore. Welch’s spot is more tenuous; undrafted rookie Josh Ross, who played for defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald at Michigan, had a team-high-tying four tackles in just 22 defensive snaps Thursday. But to unseat the third-year veteran, he’ll need to show he can contribute elsewhere. Welch leads all returning Ravens in 2021 special teams snaps.

Cornerback (6): Marlon Humphrey, Marcus Peters, Brandon Stephens, Kyle Fuller, Jalyn Armour-Davis, Damarion “Pepe” Williams

The Ravens are well stocked here. Of course, they were well stocked last summer, too, then watched one injury after another decimate the position. Peters, who’s recovering from a torn ACL, is expected to be ready for Week 1. Stephens, Armour-Davis and Williams are all recent draft picks who can contribute. Fuller didn’t play Thursday, suggesting his uneven camp hasn’t thrust him onto the roster bubble.

If Peters’ rehab drags into September or another injury cuts into the group’s depth, Kevon Seymour figures to be the next man up. The Ravens value his special teams contributions — “We know what he is, as a teamer,” Harbaugh said early in camp — and as a vested veteran, Seymour wouldn’t have to pass through waivers.

Safety (4): Marcus Williams, Chuck Clark, Kyle Hamilton, Geno Stone

Stone’s star turn in Thursday’s win all but assured him of a job here. There’s always a chance the Ravens trade Clark before they trim their roster, but the speculation has quieted since the offseason. With or without Clark, the Ravens probably want to keep Tony Jefferson in Baltimore, too, even if they can’t keep him on their initial roster. As another vested veteran, he could rejoin the team once an IR designation frees up a spot.

Special teams

Specialists (3): Justin Tucker, Jordan Stout, Nick Moore

No surprises here. Tucker, fresh off a contract extension, made all three of his field-goal attempts Thursday, while Stout averaged 47.8 yards and 43.8 net yards per punt. Sam Koch, his predecessor turned teacher, averaged 44.4 yards and 40.0 yards, respectively, in 2021.

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If the job market is so good, why is gig work booming?

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If The Job Market Is So Good, Why Is Gig Work Booming?

Under this approach, while providing the flexibility of on-demand work, recruitment agencies typically serve as the employer and administer benefits. Workers are paid as W-2 employees, not independent contractors, which means they are still protected by federal labor laws and elements of the social safety net, including the workers’ compensation for injury.

Snagajob, an hourly work platform, says these shifts have tripled from 2020 to 2021, and are likely to quintuple in 2022 – mostly as a side income because people’s regular jobs weren’t enough.

“I think if they got the ultimate flexibility and all the compensation they wanted from their full-time employer, there would probably be less need for shifts,” said Snagajob chief executive Mathieu Stevenson. “But the reality is, in the overwhelming majority of businesses, you can’t offer that much flexibility. So that’s a way of saying, “If you want to add an extra $150 because you need it, whether it’s because you want to do something special with your family or you have to foot the light bill, that’s is an avenue.”

More than online jobs, it can also be a stepping stone to other opportunities.

It worked for 24-year-old Silvia Valladares, who started taking quarters from Snagajob a few years ago to support herself as a fine arts student in Richmond, Va., the original market for the company. Washing up and catering at different locations allowed her to work between classes. But while working at an event venue called Dover Hall, she became interested in hospitality and decided to make it her career.

“I got to know the regular staff and management, and they got to know me,” Ms Valladares said. “Eventually I asked if I could just work here, and they just put me on regular staff.” Now, as a bed and breakfast manager, she’s the one posting gigs on Snagajob – which fill up fast lately.

Worker advocates say allowing many competing employers to post last-minute shifts through an intermediary is likely a better model than a world of platforms that change rates at will and lack numerous legal obligations that employers must respect. But they say that still leaves workers on the margins of the labor market. Research on labor outsourcing has generally shown that temporary workers are paid less generously than colleagues who are hired directly.


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Man United fans are ‘spoiled brats’ ‘scaring’ their players with abuse after years of winning

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Man United Fans Are 'Spoiled Brats' 'Scaring' Their Players With Abuse After Years Of Winning

Manchester United fans have been described as ‘spoiled children’ who ‘scare’ their players with so much abuse.

United reached what many described as a ‘new low’ at the weekend, losing 4-0 to Brentford within 35 minutes of their Premier League encounter.


Things have rarely been worse at United

And Ambrose Thinks Players Are Intimidated By Fans


And Ambrose thinks players are intimidated by fans

The Bees picked up one of their greatest wins ever by easily squeezing their opponents into mistakes, leaving them in shock as the goals piled up.

The attention of many in Manchester, much like former player Gary Neville, has turned to Glazer ownership when it comes to who is responsible for such a poor start under new boss Erik ten Hag .

Protests are planned for the upcoming home game against Liverpool, with fans planning to leave Old Trafford, with calls growing for the American family to sell the club.

Former Premier League midfielder Darren Ambrose isn’t too happy with the club’s fans, however, with the current talkSPORT host saying abuse directed at players is part of their current malaise.

“United supporters need to pull themselves together, get into real life,” he said. “You deal with what other football clubs deal with week in and week out.

“Since the start of the Premier League, now the 30th anniversary, Manchester United have won 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups, four League Cups, two Champions Leagues and a Europa League.

Have United Been Spoiled By Ferguson?


Have United been spoiled by Ferguson?

“As Spurs supporters we have won two League Cups and been in the Champions League final once, that’s why I say they are spoiled brats, you haven’t won a title since 2012/13, boohoo.

“This is when Manchester United need the fans, they don’t need people booing, they don’t need social media saying Harry Maguire was standing on the wrong side of the tunnel, no wonder They’re so scared to go out there, no wonder Manchester United don’t win anything, the support base is just wasted by winning so many titles.

Players Seem To Be Running Out Of Answers


Players seem to be running out of answers

“I understand the passion, I understand that’s the reason why, but that’s football now, you’re in transition and you have to rebuild.

“You’ve spent an awful lot of money, you can argue it’s the property, you can argue it’s the players, I don’t disagree with either, something has to change at the top, the players are unfortunately not the players of old, the manager is not Alex Ferguson.

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