Occupy Denver Encampment Broken Up; Flight 587 Memorial; Pacquiao Beats Marquez


Police in Colorado broke up the Occupy Denver encampment, making 17 arrests in the process. The Denver Post reports “Police told the protesters they needed to remove anything that was blocking the sidewalk,” and that, according to a spokesperson, “People are still allowed to sleep on the sidewalk but they are ‘not allowed to set up homestead.'” The police, who were wearing riot gear, confiscated all the property and say they will make it available for the protesters to claim. Their clean-up was accompanied by a garbage truck. [Denver Post]

A memorial marking the ten-year anniversary of the American Airlines Flight 587 crash was held in Queens yesterday. 265 people were killed–260 on the plane and 5 on the ground–when the Dominican Republic-bound flight crashed into Belle Harbor. The Daily News reports “relatives and friends clutched roses..as the names of each [of the] victims were read aloud.” The accident, which occurred just months after the 9/11 attacks, was attributed to pilot error. [NYDN]

Manny Pacquiao won his fight last night against Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas. Two judges determined in favor of Pacquiao 115-113 and 116-112, while a third judge ruled it a tie. This was the third close fight between the two, with the previous bouts ending in a draw and a split decision for Pacquiao. [ESPN]

Antonio Francisco Bonfim Lopes, allegedly one of Brazil’s most prolific drug traffickers, was arrested yesterday in Rio de Janeiro. CNN reports that officers were conducting a sweep of a favela when they stopped a car and demanded to conduct a search. The driver insisted he was a Congolese diplomat and eventually tried to bribe the officers. After federal police searched the car, they found Lopes hiding in the trunk. [CNN]

Expect a partly cloudy day today with highs in the low sixties. [TWC]

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