On Wednesday, two men were indicted on federal charges in the deaths of 53 migrants who died in the rear of a tractor-trailer that was abandoned in an underdeveloped area of San Antonio last month.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas Homero Zamorano Jr., 46, and Christian Martinez, 28, received indictments from a grand jury that could result in life in prison or the death penalty. The two men had previously been charged but were not facing the death penalty.
The gruesome event from June 27 is believed to be one of the most fatal human smuggling cases in modern U.S. history.
San Antonio officials reported that 50 adults and three children died inside the back of an 18-wheeler.
The U.S. attorney’s office said that Zamorano and Martinez were indicted on conspiracy to transport illegal aliens resulting in death, transportation of illegal aliens resulting in death, and other counts.
Prosecutors said those two counts carry up to life in prison or the death penalty.
Zamorano, who was reportedly seen in surveillance video at an immigration checkpoint, matched the description and was wearing the same clothes as the driver of the vehicle carrying the migrants.
According to court documents, he was allegedly seen hiding in the brush and was arrested by San Antonio police, who responded to the incident.
Martinez’s phone indicated he communicated with Zamorano, asking where he was, and a confidential informant allegedly told investigators that Martinez admitted being involved. The informant said that he identified the driver as “Homer,” according to a criminal complaint.
According to the criminal complaint, Martinez “said the driver was unaware the air conditioning unit stopped working and was the reason why the individuals died.”
Martinez’s lawyer, Michael Gross, told the San Antonio Express-News that he believes his client was intimidated into talking to agents about the incident. He noted that his client cannot read or write.
Two Texas men were indicted on federal charges for their roles in the deaths of 53 people in what officials have called the deadliest migrant smuggling case in U.S. history. https://t.co/LxR7PZR0T3
— KSAT 12 (@ksatnews) July 21, 2022
Aside from the primary charges, both men were indicted on one count each of conspiracy and transportation of illegal aliens resulting in serious bodily injury and placing lives in jeopardy, prosecutors said. Those counts can carry up to 20 years in prison each.
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Disney Parks discreetly announced that they would be ditching the term “fairy godmother” for gender-neutral language as part of the company’s ongoing effort to be more inclusive.
The small but whimsical boutiques are where young girls ages 3 to 12 get to transform into princesses or knights. It has been one of the park’s most successful attractions.
Disney said it is set to reopen the boutiques on August 25th after another COVID-19 shutdown. They also noted when cast members (their term for employees) return, they will call themselves “Fairy Godmother’s Apprentices” instead of “Fairy Godmothers in Training.”
The Disney blog “Streaming the Magic” said, “This way, cast members that might not identify as female can still be part of the process to dress up & style the children without having to refer to themselves as a female Disney character.”
Not all Disney fans were thrilled about the gender-neutral changes to the company’s boutiques.
Multiple individuals across social media criticized the company for participating in “woke” culture.
“This is a mental illness…the magic is gone,” wrote another.
This is a mental illness…the magic is gone
— DisneyDreaming (@GoldenOakDreams) July 20, 2022
Another wrote, “This has to be a parody……right?”
This has to be a parody……right?
— Sid (@sid4364) July 21, 2022
“Thanks, but I do not want a dude with a 5 O’clock shadow giving my daughter her princess makeover,” said another person.
Thanks, but I do not want a dude with a 5 O'clock shadow giving my daughter her princess makeover.
— Biden Sucks (@LGBFJB_MegaMAGA) July 20, 2022
The changes come as Disney moves to make their theme parks more inclusive and politically correct. Last summer, Disney omitted “ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls” from its parks.
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In its second quarterly report on Tuesday, Netflix released “better-than-expected” results, which showed the streaming service only lost about half of the two million subscribers initially expected.
The report indicates that approximately 970,000 subscribers canceled their membership during the previous 90 days.
The better-than-expected number comes after the service took a massive hit in the first quarter when it lost 200,000 subscribers between January and March.
Big surge for $NFLX in AH – jumping almost 8% after a 'beat' on subs saw the streaming giant only lose 970k in Q2, but eyeing a 1mn gain (plus FX headwinds) in Q3. https://t.co/0GDN7jEIJf pic.twitter.com/pcaxHOAE7x
— R.NFT R “Ray” Wang 王瑞光 #1A #Metaverse #HCLCommerce (@rwang0) July 20, 2022
However, despite beating estimates, the company still saw its most significant loss in customers since its foundation 25 years ago.
“If there was a single thing, we might say ‘Stranger Things,'” Hastings said. “But again, we are talking about losing 1 million instead of losing 2 million.”
“So our excitement is tempered by the less bad results,” he added.
The company currently boasts about 220 million subscribers. Its leadership has said accelerating revenue growth has presented a big challenge. This week’s report indicates that the company will add another million subscribers by the third quarter of 2022.
“We’ve been through hard times before,” the company said in its shareholder letter. “We’ve built this company to be flexible and adaptable, and this will be a great test for us and our high-performance culture.”
The company blamed the loss of subscribers last quarter on competing with other popular streaming services.
With a looming global recession, soaring inflation, and the war in Ukraine as significant factors, Netflix leaders warned shareholders that as the US dollar strengthens and global currencies weaken, the historic pace could disrupt its international market, which makes up about 60% of the company’s revenue.
The company has laid off more than 450 employees and lost roughly 70% of its stock value so far this year.
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Last week, a wealthy couple and their pilot were tragically mauled and eaten by wild bears after their helicopter crashed deep in the Russian countryside.
The young couple, Zoya Kaygorodova and Sergey Kolesnyak were on an expensive tour of the eastern province of Russia, flying high above the Kamchatka peninsula on the Sea of Okhotsk when the helicopter crashed. Famous Russian athlete Igor Malinovsky was flying the aircraft at the time.
According to The Daily Mail.
Russian sports star and two wealthy tourists 'killed in helicopter crash and eaten by brown bears' https://t.co/ak9pX20puk
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) July 20, 2022
Local authorities said the chopper encountered poor weather conditions.
“The missing aircraft was found by a passing helicopter on the afternoon of July 17 near the Semyachik pass, 13 kilometers from the Uzon volcano,” the Russian Emergencies Ministry said in a statement.
“Unfortunately, no one survived the crash,” they noted.
According to a Newsweek report on Tuesday, the wreckage and three mangled bodies were recovered near Kamchatka.
Malinovsky, just 25 years old and a five-time world junior biathlon champion, reportedly lost communication. He then lost control of the aircraft due to the poor weather conditions just before the chopper crashed. Malinovsky was from the Kamchatka region.
The events that occurred after the helicopter crashed are unclear. It is unknown if the victims had survived the helicopter crash. However, when rescuers arrived, wild bears had dragged, mauled, and eaten all three bodies.
According to Vladimir Solodov, the governor of the Kamchatka region, the luxury air tour was a private flight, and the group was not registered as tourists. The Robinson helicopter belonged to Vladimir Malinovsky, the pilot’s father.
“Multiple world junior champion Igor Malinovsky has died,” the Russian Biathlon Association said in a statement. “He loved biathlon and aviation. After completing his sports career, Igor became a pilot and worked in his native Kamchatka.”
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Prozac pill, screengrab
A review by University College London has concluded that depression is not a chemical imbalance in the brain, and scientists have no idea how antidepressants work.
According to the British study, one in six adults in England are currently prescribed antidepressants. Most of the prescribed medications act by maintaining serotonin levels. However, the new study suggests low serotonin levels do not cause depression.
Instead, the study suggests depression may be more strongly correlated with adverse life events, which lower mood.
Wow…turns out depression has nothing to do with "chemical imbalances" to the best of our knowledge. Antidepressants? We don't really know why they work.https://t.co/HRztRjvANa
— Angelica (@AngelicaOung) July 20, 2022
Since the 1990s, antidepressant use has grown alongside the theory that drugs establish correct levels of chemicals in the brain. However, researchers say that is unfounded.
“I think we can safely say that after a vast amount of research conducted over several decades, there is no convincing evidence that depression is caused by serotonin abnormalities, particularly by lower levels or reduced activity of serotonin,” said Joanna Moncrieff, a professor of psychiatry at UCL who authored the study.
“Many people take antidepressants because they have been led to believe their depression has a biochemical cause, but this research suggests this belief is not grounded in evidence,” she noted
“The popularity of the ‘chemical imbalance theory of depression has coincided with a huge increase in the use of antidepressants,” she continued.
Moncrieff also pointed out that “thousands of people suffer from side-effects of antidepressants, including the severe withdrawal effects that can occur when people try to stop them, yet prescription rates continue to rise.”
“We believe this situation has been driven partly by the false belief that depression is due to a chemical imbalance.”
Moncreiff then said, “It is high time to inform the public that this belief is not grounded in science.”
Researchers in the report reviewed studies regarding serotonin and depression and found no difference in levels between thousands of people diagnosed with the condition and healthy control participants.
They also looked at studies where serotonin levels were artificially lowered in hundreds of people by depriving their diets of the amino acid required to make serotonin. The study surprisingly found that it did not make them depressed.
The researchers say that patients should not be told a chemical imbalance causes depression. They also noted that patients should not be informed that SSRIs can correct the problem. However, antidepressants can work but must do so through a different route.
It is worth noting that experts have warned people against stopping their medication.
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