Miss Venezuela http://wlrn.org en The Miss Venezuela Murders: Maduro Needs To Create Police Instead Of Plots http://wlrn.org/post/miss-venezuela-murders-maduro-needs-create-police-instead-plots <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Latin American leaders don’t know how to stop their violent-crime epidemic, but they sure know how to spin it.</span></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 04:12:18 +0000 Tim Padgett 26259 at http://wlrn.org The Miss Venezuela Murders: Maduro Needs To Create Police Instead Of Plots Beauty Queen Murder Shines Light On Venezuelan Violence http://wlrn.org/post/beauty-queen-murder-shines-light-venezuelan-violence <p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; line-height: 19px; color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Venezuela got a tragic New Year reminder of one of its most pressing problems: violence. Mónica Spear, 29, a former beauty queen and a popular soap opera star who was raised in Orlando, was killed Monday night during a presumed highway robbery.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 15:43:13 +0000 Jim Wyss and Joey Flechas -- Miami Herald 26186 at http://wlrn.org Beauty Queen Murder Shines Light On Venezuelan Violence How Venezuela Won Miss Universe – And Lost Its Relevance http://wlrn.org/post/how-venezuela-won-miss-universe-and-lost-its-relevance <p>What do Miss Universe and <a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/11/11/3746827/miami-herald-reporter-recounts.html" target="_blank">Miami Herald South America correspondent Jim Wyss</a> have in common? Not a heck of a lot physically. But quite a bit symbolically: Left-wing Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro would have liked to use both of them recently to distract voters from his so-far disastrous administration.</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 22:19:10 +0000 Tim Padgett 23715 at http://wlrn.org How Venezuela Won Miss Universe – And Lost Its Relevance