By Dialogo November 27, 2012 Brazil’s largest organized crime gang has now spread across most of the country, according to a Justice Ministry report on November 25. The gang called the First Command of the Capital is now present in 22 of the country’s 27 states, as well as in Paraguay and Bolivia, said the report quoted by Brazilian newspaper O Globo. The group was formed in 1993 by drug traffickers doing time in a prison 140 kilometers from São Paulo. It is blamed for a wave of violence ravaging São Paulo state. In response, authorities have transferred jailed leaders of the gang to maximum-security facilities elsewhere in Brazil. The report quoted startling numbers: the gang takes in $32 million a year in drug sales and boasts 13,000 members, 6,000 of whom are held in jails in São Paulo state. It said that of the 152 jails in São Paulo state, 135 are controlled by the gang. Members who are not in prison have to contribute $400 a month. The increase in violence blamed on the gang is sobering: So far this year, around 100 people have been killed in São Paulo state, compared to 47 in all of 2011.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Levi Seals, who passed away on September 20, 1960; two sons, Paul Edward in 1943 and David in 1944; one great-grandchild, Triston Seals, as well as two brothers, Ernest “Bud” Tipton of Carlisle, OH and Herbert Tipton of Fairborn, OH. Addie loved her flowers and was winner of the monthly garden spot twice. She also loved decorating for Christmas. Addie loved her children, grandkids and great-grandkids, and she was loved by all them. Addie had 9 grandchildren, Arron (Bobbi Jo) Reynolds of Peppertown, Daron (Kelly) Reynolds of Laramie, WY, David (Kris) Reynolds of Hamburg, Brian Seals of Liberty, Gina (Randy Schuck) Robinson of Liberty, Mike (Lea) Seals of Brookville, Justin Seals of Brookville, Holly (Ryan) Meyer of Harrison, OH, and Andrew Seals of Cedar Grove. Also surviving are 11 great-grandchildren, Patrick Seals, Jessica Seals, David Kyle Reynolds, Kathleen Reynolds, Megan Schuck, Travis Schuck, Kennedy K. Seals, Jack Seals, Colin Seals, Naomi Seals and Alina Seals. Addie Mae (Seals) Johnson, at the age of 95 went home to be with the Lord on August 9, 2018. She was born in Estill County Kentucky, a daughter to George and Patsy (Barnes) Tipton on September 11, 1922. Addie retired from Philco Ford after 17 years of service. Those surviving who will cherish Addie’s memories are her children, Allen “Butch” and Alice of Liberty; Virgia (Reynolds) and Ray Effing of Batesville; Gary L. and Janet of Brookville, and Denny and Maureen of Cedar Grove. Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 from 9 until 11 a.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street Brookville. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. at the funeral home and burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery. As much as Addie loved her flowers, the family has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorials be given to the Brookville VFW in honor of Addie, who was a member of the ladies auxiliary for many years. To sign the online guestbook please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Addie Mae Seals Johnson.
The USC men’s basketball team lost its fourth consecutive game on Sunday, falling to the Stanford Cardinal (17-8, 7-6) 59-47. USC’s defeat was their 20th of the season, the first time the Trojans have lost at least 20 games since 1989, when they finished 10-22.For the second time in four days, the Trojans (6-20, 1-12) played a competitive first 20 minutes but were unable to keep up with their opponents in the second half.USC trailed 20-18 going into the break after forcing 10 turnovers and holding Stanford to an 8-24 shooting performance. But the Trojans didn’t fare any better, shooting 7-24 (29 percent) in the first half and 15-48 (31 percent) for the game. They were outscored 39-29 in the second half of play.“We played pretty hard, but when you’re not making, you’re not making,” USC coach Kevin O’Neill said. “When you force 18 turnovers and basically hold them to 40 percent shooting, that’s enough to win only if you score.”USC received 13 points apiece from junior guard Greg Allen and freshman forward Byron Wesley. Wesley, however, was just 1-6 from the floor after pacing the Trojans with 10 early points.“They made defensive changes,” Wesley said. “They switched to zone in the second half. That slowed me down a bit.”USC’s leading scorer of the season, sophomore guard Maurice Jones, struggled offensively, finishing 2-14 and 6-7 at the free throw line en route to 10 points.“Mo’s shots when he’s at the point are not nearly as good of shots for him when he’s off the ball,” O’Neill said. “He had a lot of wide-open looks that didn’t go down. The guy’s got to be fatigued, let’s face it, playing that amount of minutes all year long as a sophomore.”Stanford was led by freshman guard Chasson Randle’s 16 points, while senior forward Josh Owens added 15 points and five rebounds of his own. Coach Johnny Dawkins utilized his entire roster on Sunday, as Owens was the only Cardinal player on the court for more than 30 minutes.USC, meanwhile, had six players with at least 20 minutes of playing time, a point O’Neill made after the game.“Every one of these guys is playing too many minutes,” O’Neill said. “They’re doing as well as they can.”The Trojans have two days to prepare for their cross-town rivals, the UCLA Bruins, whom they will face Wednesday night at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. The Bruins (14-11, 7-6) lost their previous game on Feb. 11 to the Cal Golden Bears, 73-63.Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Prime Ticket.