Category Archives: Costa Rica

A family in Missouri had a life for 15 years. Then they were torn apart

Marie Gonzales moved from Costa Rica with her parents at age five. Her parents worked hard until they were forced to leave. This is their story

A month after the September 11, 2001, attacks, Marvin Gonzalez , a government mail clerk in Jefferson City, Missouri, was sorting packages for Governor Bob Holden when he came across a package addressed to the governor that included an unmarked envelope and a book about Osama bin Laden. Frightened but remaining calm, he alerted his superiors. The nation was on the lookout for another terrorist attack, after a series of anthrax incidents had killed five people, sickened more than a dozen and left the country once more on edge.

State investigators later determined the package did not contain anything hazardous, but the government took anything that looked like the deadly white powder seriously, and the FBI came to Jefferson City, Missouri, to interview Marvin. He and others in the mail room began wearing protective gloves and masks when they handled the mail and were moved out of the capitol building.

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At least 10 tourists and two pilots killed as plane crashes in Costa Rica

Aircraft came down in mountainous area of Punta Islita, a popular tourist area 140 miles west of the capital of San José

A plane crashed in Costa Rica on Sunday, killing at least 12 people – with 10 of them US citizens – the country’s security ministry said.

The crash, the cause of which is not yet known, took place in the mountainous area of Punta Islita, which is popular with tourists, in the province of Guanacaste, about 140 miles west of the capital of San José.

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