SANTIAGO GALICIA ROJON SERRALLONGA
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Y así se va la vida, entre un suspiro y otro, como las hojas que el viento otoñal arranca una tarde de los árboles y dispersa en la campiña, en los bosques, en todo el paisaje, hasta dejarlas secas y rotas, tan quebradizas como son los minutos y las horas, los sueños y las realidades, la vida y la muerte. Y así huyen los momentos, casi sin darnos cuenta, porque el tiempo es silencioso al andar y discreto en sus actos, a pesar de que siempre deja sus huellas en lo que pisa y toca. Y así se consumen las oportunidades de vivir en este mundo, igual que el vuelo fugaz de una mariposa, las burbujas que surgen de los manantiales y revientan y las flores de efímera existencia. Y así, la gente queda sola, al ya no sentir…
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Richard M. Fierro was at a table in Club Q with his wife, daughter and friends on Saturday, watching a drag show, when the sudden flash of gunfire ripped across the nightclub. His instincts from four combat deployments as an Army officer in Iraq and Afghanistan kicked in.
He charged through the chaos, tackled the gunman and beat him bloody with his own gun.
“I don’t know exactly what I did, I just went into combat mode,” Mr. Fierro, 45, who left the Army in 2013 as a major, said on Monday at an interview in his garage, his first since the shooting on Saturday night. “I just know I have to kill this guy before he kills us.”
On Monday, the authorities said they were holding Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, on suspicion of murder and bias-motivated crime causing bodily injury, Colorado’s equivalent of a hate crime, for each of the five people killed in the shooting. Chief Adrian Vasquez of the Colorado Springs Police Department identified the victims as Daniel Aston, Kelly Loving, Ashley Paugh, Derrick Rump and Raymond Green Vance…
…As the fight continued, he said, he yelled for other club patrons to help him. A man grabbed the rifle and moved it away to safety. A drag performer stomped on the gunman with high heels. The whole time, Mr. Fierro said, he kept pummeling the shooter’s head while the two men screamed obscenities at each other.
When police arrived a few minutes later, the gunman was no longer struggling, and Mr. Fierro said he feared that he had killed the man…
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A poem in Vietnamese by Lê Vĩnh Tài Translator: Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm Photography: Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm
we've been waiting for their announcement the result of the election you refused lunch, even after I begged you perhaps you want to stop praying for happiness dreams on an empty stomach unreachable we’ve stuck our tongues out but couldn't imagine the saltiness of sea or blood we dreamed of a sky though in the end there's nothing but hollow darkness we got one life and we got nothing the discarded votes of a nation like poetry appearing overnight from the cracks of the four walls poems that aren't black or white coloured, rich or poor wages or subsidies fat or skinny it's a knife used to pry open our mouths just for a yawn _____ chúng ta đã ngồi chờ người ta thông báo kết quả một cuộc…
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