The recapture of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was a classic display of over-inflated ego leading to a downfall.
Guzman, head of the powerful Sinaloa cartel, is a criminal of epic proportions. Six months after he fled through a tunnel from a maximum security prison, he was captured essentially because he wanted to make a movie. About himself, of course.
This twisted plot involves actor and director Sean Penn, Mexican actress Kate del Castillo (who once played a drug kingpin in a soap opera), burner phones and the sort of made-for-movie intrigue Guzman manufactured.
A classic case of pride going before a fall.
Kudos to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus for ending its elephant acts earlier than planned.
The circus’s parent company, Feld Entertainment, told the Associated Press that all of the elephants will be permanently retired in May to the company’s 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation.
The circus has been under fire for allegedly mistreating the magnificent animals. Their new home, as with many retirees, will be in Florida, where the pachyderms may also serve a greater purpose as part of cancer research.
Jumbo, the famed Asian elephant brought to America by P.T. Barnum in 1882, would be pleased.
Supermarket company Ahold USA plans to close its two Erie County warehouses by August, putting some 600 people out of work. It’s a major blow, though one that at least comes at a time when Buffalo is riding a wave of development. Those workers have a better chance of finding new work here than they have had in decades.
But Ahold could help. The company should offer retraining to those workers to help them become eligible for some of the 1,400 jobs at SolarCity, the solar panel manufacturing plant now arising in South Buffalo. It would be a fine farewell gift to a region that has treated the company well.
How not to get arrested, in two parts:
Part 1: If you want to smuggle 55 pounds of marijuana into the United States, don’t hide it in a foosball table and don’t cross where agents have drug-sniffing dogs. Miranda Ferron, 33, of Canada tried that at the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge Wednesday, and was promptly busted. It was dumb.
Part 2: If you attempt to cross the border from Canada with a wad of counterfeit money, don’t pull it out of your pocket and flash it at the agents. That’s what Kenishia S. Brown, 33, of Brampton, Ont., did at the Rainbow Bridge, also on Wednesday. Even dumber.