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May 10, 2013

Kidnap suspect is father of child born in captivity: Ohio official

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – DNA tests show Ariel Castro, a former school bus driver charged with kidnapping and raping three women during a decade of captivity in his Cleveland house, is the father of a 6-year-old girl born to one of the victims, the Ohio attorney general said on Friday.

The tests did not link Castro to any other state cases, Attorney General Mike DeWine said in a statement.

May 10, 2013

Kidnap saga puts spotlight on Cleveland’s Puerto Rican community

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Puerto Ricans came to Cleveland in the 1950s, drawn to a booming post-war America. Word quickly spread back home about the well-paying jobs at the steel and auto plants that were once the backbone of this Midwestern industrial city.

The family of Ariel Castro, the man charged with kidnapping three women and raping them in captivity for nearly 10 years, was among the first wave of immigrants to settle Cleveland’s Puerto Rican community.

May 9, 2013

Three kidnapped women in Ohio endured decade of isolation, rape, beatings

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – An ex-school bus driver accused in the abduction ordeal of three young Ohio women was due in court on Thursday to face charges he kidnapped and raped the victims, who authorities said were held captive in the dungeon-like confines of his house for 10 years.

As two of the women received jubilant homecomings from loved ones on Wednesday and the third remained in hospital, authorities in Cleveland disclosed details of the isolation and brutal treatment the captives endured before they were freed earlier this week.

May 9, 2013

Cleveland captive tells police she took first chance to escape

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Amanda Berry and two other women were isolated, held captive and raped in a house stocked with ropes and chains for nearly a decade, and she told police her escape two days ago was her first chance to break free.

Ohio authorities on Wednesday revealed some of the grisly details of the years Berry, now 27, Gina DeJesus, 23, and Michelle Knight, 32, and a six-year old girl allegedly spent as prisoners of suspect Ariel Castro, who was charged with kidnapping and rape.

May 8, 2013

Ariel Castro charged in Cleveland kidnapping

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Cleveland resident Ariel Castro was charged on Wednesday with raping and kidnapping three women who were rescued on Monday after nearly a decade in captivity at his house.

Castro’s two brothers Pedro and Onil, originally arrested in the case, were not charged, said prosecutor Victor Perez at a news conference.

May 8, 2013

Cleveland kidnap victims arrive at family homes

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Two newly freed Cleveland women had family homecomings on Wednesday after a decade of captivity in a house where police said chains and ropes had been used to hold them prisoner.

Neither Amanda Berry nor Gina DeJesus spoke publicly as they were hustled past crowds of spectators and media.

May 8, 2013

Cleveland kidnap victim Amanda Berry arrives at family home

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Amanda Berry, free less than two days from a decade of captivity with two other women in a Cleveland house, arrived on Wednesday at her sister’s home, where her family pleaded for privacy.

Berry, 27, had been expected to make a statement, but she did not. She and her 6-year-old daughter, who was conceived and born in captivity, could be seen from an aerial television camera returning to her sister’s house in a convoy of vehicles and going in the back door.

May 4, 2013

Miami Dolphins stadium renovation bill rejected

MIAMI, May 3 (Reuters) – A proposal by the Miami Dolphins to
use taxpayer money to help finance an upgrade of the NFL team’s
stadium failed on Friday to win broad support among Florida
state lawmakers, dealing a potential blow to Miami’s bid to host
the 2016 Super Bowl.

The Dolphins, owned by real estate tycoon Stephen Ross,
lobbied the state legislature for months to back a bill to
increase hotel taxes in Miami-Dade County to finance nearly half
of a proposed $350 million renovation of the Sun Life Stadium,
which is privately owned.

Apr 10, 2013

Top U.S. storm team sees above average Atlantic hurricane season

MIAMI, April 10 (Reuters) – The 2013 Atlantic hurricane
season will be “above average” with 18 tropical storms, nine of
which will intensify into hurricanes, forecasters at Colorado
State University predicted on Wednesday.

Four of the hurricanes will be major with sustained winds of
at least 111 miles per hour (178 kph), the leading U.S. storm
research team said.

Mar 10, 2013

Miami real estate revival a boon for Latin American developers

MIAMI, March 10 (Reuters) – Argentine developer Jose Luis
Melo watched as Miami’s real estate market reeled from the U.S.
housing crash and thousands of the city’s condominiums sat
unsold — and decided it was time to build.

It was late 2010 and Melo, who runs the Melo Group real
estate company with his two sons, bought a $1.4 million parcel
of land near downtown Miami.