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Alba Marina Escobar: Where did Pablo Escobar’s Money Go?

Search Bloc members with the body of Pablo Escobar, killed in a shootout after a 17 month intensive search. By Steve Murphy, copied from flickrp. Image is in the public domain via

by Juan Pablo Escobar Juan Pablo Escobar writes, after his father’s death, his aunt Alba Marina Escobar stole the hidden money Pablo Escobar had left in his secret stashes. Juan Pablo wrote that his uncle Roberto also betrayed the family

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Jim Lovell: The Eagle Scout That Saved Apollo 13

Jim Lovell

by Alvin Townley Jim Lovell: Troop 60, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Jim Lovell later described the event as a “bang-whump-shudder,” and its reverberations pulsed through the spacecraft, knocking the astronauts into the walls of the cramped ship. Lovell, the mission commander, looked

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Swamp Gas: UFOs and the Ford Administration

Swamp Gas

by Larry Holcombe Swamp Gas Over a period of six days in March 1966, UFOs were seen by hundreds of people in southern Michigan and Ohio, in an area between and around Toledo and Detroit. Later classified as swamp gas,

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Elie Wiesel: Night

Elie Wiesel

Preface to Night by Elie Wiesel If in my lifetime I was to write only one book, this would be the one. Just as the past lingers in the present, all my writings after Night, including those that deal with

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A History of Brushing our Teeth

Otzi; Teeth

by Greg Jenner Brushing our teeth at 11.45 p.m. Dragging our leaden feet up the staircase, we look longingly at our bedroom door. But, before we can clamber gratefully under the duvet, a nagging voice in the back of our

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