Guatemalan teen is buried in hometown
SAN JOSE LAS FLORES, Guatemala
A 15-year-old Guatemalan boy whose death became a symbol of the perils facing children attempting to illegally cross into the United States was buried in his hometown Saturday, amid prayers and tears from his family. Neighbors in this mountain village filled the small home where Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez grew up.
The boy’s decomposed body was discovered June 15 in the Rio Grande Valley, not far inside Texas from the border with Mexico. Around his neck was a rosary he had received as a gift for his first communion as a Roman Catholic. Scribbled inside his belt buckle was the phone number of an older brother in Chicago he had hoped to reach.
Trump Plaza casino is expected to close
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.
Atlantic City’s crumbling casino market disintegrated even further Saturday as the owners of the Trump Plaza casino said they expect to shut down in mid-September.
Trump Entertainment Resorts told The Associated Press that no final decision has been made on the Boardwalk casino. But the company said it expects the casino to close its doors Sept. 16. Notices warning employees of the expected closing will go out to the casino’s 1,000-plus employees Monday.
Debating merits of teachers’ degrees
Efforts to eliminate extra pay for teachers who earn advanced degrees are gaining momentum in a small but growing number of U.S. schools, stirring a national debate about how best to compensate quality educators and angering teachers who say the extra training is valuable.
More than half of the nation’s teachers have master’s degrees or higher, but the changing salary structure is giving pause to others considering the same path. Texas’ two largest school districts, in Houston and Dallas, recently eliminated advanced-degree pay going forward, following the example of North Carolina, where lawmakers last year started phasing it out. A few other states have made tweaks to reduce how much advanced degrees factor into pay.
Man convicted in attack on children
A New Jersey man has been convicted of killing a 6-year-old boy who was trying to protect his sister from a sexual assault.
Osvaldo Rivera, of Camden, was found guilty Friday of felony murder. He faces life in prison when he’s sentenced Oct. 23.
Camden County authorities say the 33-year-old Rivera broke into the children’s home in September 2012 while they were asleep and their mother was in the hospital. They say Rivera was trying to assault a 12-year-old girl when her little brother intervened to protect her. Authorities say Rivera slashed the children’s throats. The girl ran to a neighbor’s house for help.
Two other girls, ages 9 and 14, were inside the home but weren’t injured.
Suspect back in La.
The Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office says a suspect in the gunfight that killed one person and injured nine others last month in the French Quarter is back in New Orleans.
Trung Le is being held in Orleans Parish Prison. Le was booked with one count of first-degree murder and nine counts of attempted first-degree murder. Le is an Asian male from Belle Chasse, La.
Prison officials said Le was booked about 1:15 p.m. Saturday.