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20-year-old student is new police chief

Photograph: Jesus Alcazar/AFP/Getty Images (Guardian website)

Marisol Valles Garcia is only 20 years old, yet she has become the police chief of Praxedis Guadalupe Guerrero. It’s a Mexican town on the border of Texas and it has a population of 8,000 people.

The town was named after Praxedis Guadalupe Guerrero, a Mexican hero who was a journalist by day and a revolutionary leader by night. Okay, I made the day and night thing up, but he did start his career as a journalist and end it as a revolutionary leader.

Marisol Garcia was the only person brave enough to accept the job of police chief, and it’s not hard to see why. Her predecessor, Martin Castro, was kidnapped for several days, and his severed head was found outside the police station!

Click here for The Guardian’s take on the story. Ms Garcia is a criminology student and the mother of an infant son. She now plans to combine those challenging tasks with the job of tackling crime in a town that’s known for drug-related violence. Is she very brave or is she just being really foolish?


A new home for Hicks and Gillett

I’m a Manchester United fan, but I’m really glad to see the backs of Hicks and Gillett. They are the former owners of Liverpool Football Club, and they placed the club into a lot of debt. They owed £237m to the Royal Bank of Scotland, and today was the deadline for repayment of the loan. They actually wanted to borrow more money to meet today’s deadline!

My club is also in debt. A lot of debt. According to this article in The Guardian, Manchester United owes £225m in high-interest PIK loans (no, I don’t know what a PIK loan is either!). We also have more than £520m in bond debt on our balance sheet. It sounds like a lot debt to me, but at least we are still winning trophies.

Anyway, now that the Chilean miners have escaped from the San Jose mine, I think it would make the perfect home for Hicks and Gillett. Not FOREVER, obviously! Just for a week or two, so they can have time to think about what they have done to the most successful club in English football history.

They bought the club in 2007 for £174m and now they are being forced to sell it for £300m (with most of the money being used to pay off the debts). Hicks and Gillett are going to lose A LOT of money in this deal. No wonder they were desperate to cling on to the club!

This is what all Liverpool fans have hoped for, and today I feel really happy for them. Only today though. Tomorrow, I’ll go back to my old Liverpool-hating ways. Good luck for the future, but I hope we continue to spank you guys home and away! 😉

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