Cops Eye ‘Persons Of Interest’ In Colorado Mom’s Brutal Slaying

Authorities in Colorado are trying to determine who stabbed mom Amalia Lopez De Mansilla to death inside her Broomfield mobile home and carted away a large safe weighing nearly 500 pounds.

Police are keeping details of the incident under wraps as they chase down leads. 

“We do have a couple persons of interest, but … it’s an active investigation and we don’t want to lose any potential evidence or opportunity we have to catch the bad guys,” Sgt. Steve Griebel of the Broomfield Police Department told The Huffington Post On Thursday.

The 33 year old woman was killed in October, but authorities did not release her cause of death until this week.

According to an autopsy report obtained by The Broomfield Enterprise, Lopez De Mansilla suffered a brutal fate. The Adams County coroner found blunt force trauma to her neck and eight stab wounds to her chest and torso, which ranged from one to seven inches deep. The wounds reportedly punctured Lopez De Mansilla’s lungs, heart, liver and stomach. Cuts and bruises were also found on her scalp and left hand.

The investigation into the case began on Oct. 18, when Broomfield police were dispatched to the Front Range Manufactured Home Community to check on the welfare of Lopez De Mansilla, also known as Karolina Amalia Lopez-Leon. When officers arrived at the scene, they entered the residence and found her dead inside.

Authorities discovered at least two items — a gold Michael Kors purse and a large safe – were missing.

“It was a heavy safe – 450 to 500 pounds,” Griebel told HuffPost. “We do have a witness who saw somebody wheeling a large object that they think could have been the safe down the street. When the witness saw it going down the street, it was being handled by one person and was on a dolly.”

Lopez De Mansilla was killed just eight days after reporting a suspected burglary at her home. In that case, she told police someone had tampered with her safe. It remains unclear what she kept inside the safe and authorities have not yet said if they suspect that incident is connected to her death.

“We don’t know if it was a burglary, if it was a robbery [or] if it was premeditated,” the sergeant said. “Really, not until we put more of the pieces together and do more interviews will we have the whole picture of what happened.”

Few details have been released about Lopez De Mansilla. According to Denver’s KCNC-TV, she is a mother of two children and had recently separated from her husband.

“It’s sad because she was a good person,” neighbor Kristal Garcia told KCNC-TV. “I never seen her be violent or anything. It’s really sad that she’s gone.”

 

Police say Lopez De Mansilla was last seen alive on the night of Saturday, Oct. 17, at the ViewHouse restaurant and bar in Downtown Denver. It remains unclear if she attended the restaurant with anyone.

While authorities are still trying to determine a motive in the slaying, Griebel said investigators have several leads they are following up on.

“It’s still under active investigation and obviously we are still looking for anyone who might know anything about anyone involved,” Griebel told HuffPost. “It’s definitely not anything close to a cold case.”

Anyone with information in this case is asked to contact the Broomfield Police Department at 303-438.6400.

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Cops Eye ‘Persons Of Interest’ In Colorado Mom’s Brutal Slaying

Authorities in Colorado are trying to determine who stabbed mom Amalia Lopez De Mansilla to death inside her Broomfield mobile home and carted away a large safe weighing nearly 500 pounds.

Police are keeping details of the incident under wraps as they chase down leads. 

“We do have a couple persons of interest, but … it’s an active investigation and we don’t want to lose any potential evidence or opportunity we have to catch the bad guys,” Sgt. Steve Griebel of the Broomfield Police Department told The Huffington Post On Thursday.

The 33 year old woman was killed in October, but authorities did not release her cause of death until this week.

According to an autopsy report obtained by The Broomfield Enterprise, Lopez De Mansilla suffered a brutal fate. The Adams County coroner found blunt force trauma to her neck and eight stab wounds to her chest and torso, which ranged from one to seven inches deep. The wounds reportedly punctured Lopez De Mansilla’s lungs, heart, liver and stomach. Cuts and bruises were also found on her scalp and left hand.

The investigation into the case began on Oct. 18, when Broomfield police were dispatched to the Front Range Manufactured Home Community to check on the welfare of Lopez De Mansilla, also known as Karolina Amalia Lopez-Leon. When officers arrived at the scene, they entered the residence and found her dead inside.

Authorities discovered at least two items — a gold Michael Kors purse and a large safe – were missing.

“It was a heavy safe – 450 to 500 pounds,” Griebel told HuffPost. “We do have a witness who saw somebody wheeling a large object that they think could have been the safe down the street. When the witness saw it going down the street, it was being handled by one person and was on a dolly.”

Lopez De Mansilla was killed just eight days after reporting a suspected burglary at her home. In that case, she told police someone had tampered with her safe. It remains unclear what she kept inside the safe and authorities have not yet said if they suspect that incident is connected to her death.

“We don’t know if it was a burglary, if it was a robbery [or] if it was premeditated,” the sergeant said. “Really, not until we put more of the pieces together and do more interviews will we have the whole picture of what happened.”

Few details have been released about Lopez De Mansilla. According to Denver’s KCNC-TV, she is a mother of two children and had recently separated from her husband.

“It’s sad because she was a good person,” neighbor Kristal Garcia told KCNC-TV. “I never seen her be violent or anything. It’s really sad that she’s gone.”

 

Police say Lopez De Mansilla was last seen alive on the night of Saturday, Oct. 17, at the ViewHouse restaurant and bar in Downtown Denver. It remains unclear if she attended the restaurant with anyone.

While authorities are still trying to determine a motive in the slaying, Griebel said investigators have several leads they are following up on.

“It’s still under active investigation and obviously we are still looking for anyone who might know anything about anyone involved,” Griebel told HuffPost. “It’s definitely not anything close to a cold case.”

Anyone with information in this case is asked to contact the Broomfield Police Department at 303-438.6400.

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The Price of Beans: Proof of Raul Castro’s Failure

Beans are an effective indicator to calculate the cost of living in Cuba. (DC)
Beans are an effective indicator to calculate the cost of living in Cuba. (DC)

14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, 31 December 2015 – Tiny and tasty, they seem to look at us from the plate and mock the work it takes to get them. Beans are not only a part of our traditional cuisine, they constitute an effective indicator to calculate the cost of living in Cuba. The price increases these delicious little bits have experienced in the past year is proof of the disastrous economic policy promoted by Raul Castro.

When, in February of 2008, the former Minister of the Armed Forces assumed the presidency of the country, many were betting on the pragmatic character of his mandate. His sympathizers never stopped reminding us of the phrase in which he asserted, “Beans are more important than canons.” They predicted that our national agriculture would work like certain farms managed by the Ministry of the Armed Forces and the Youth Labor Army.

Hopes that overlooked José Martí’s accurate maxim, “A nation is not founded like a military camp is commanded.” The behavior of a soldier in the trenches can never be equated with a farmer’s day, and an officer’s command to bend one’s back over the earth has nothing in common with the efforts of a peasant to hire someone to bring in his harvest.

The harangues against the invasive marabou weed, launched by Raul Castro in his first years as president, fueled expectations, as did his call to put a glass of milk on every Cuban’s breakfast table. The Raulistas discerned in those statements the soaring of food production and the bringing down to earth of prices, to be consistent with wages. But neither occurred.

Instead, in recent months consumers have suffered a significant increase in the cost of agricultural products. If the year started with a pound of black beans costing between 12 and 15 Cuban pesos, at the close of December the price varied between 15 and 20 pesos – the wages of an entire working day – reaching the staggering price of 30 pesos in the case of garbanzo beans.

Meanwhile, the average monthly wages in the country only grew from 581 to 640 Cuban pesos (roughly $25 US), a symbolic increase which, expressed in a worker’s purchasing power, equals about three more pounds of beans a month. The results Raul Castro has achieved with his much-vaunted methods are not far removed from the little his brother Fidel Castro achieved with his grandiose agricultural and livestock projects.

The usufruct leasing of land to farmers ran up against the bureaucracy, excessive controls and the poor state of the leased land. El Trigal, the experimental wholesale market, is a sequence of empty stalls, petulant bananas and high prices. In reality, it is easier to find an apple brought from thousands of miles away than an orange or chiromoya planted in our own fields. For the coming year, the country will spend 1.94 billion dollars on food imports, and nobody even talks about the battle against the invasive marabou weed any more.

“I have to earn my beans,” says a teacher, as he justifies dedicating his workday to cooking pork, along with a portion of”Moors and Christians”- as we call black beans and rice – that he sells illegally to the workers at a hospital. Because yes, our lives revolve, rise and fall around those delicious little bits that we long to put on our plates. Expensive and tasty, they are the best indicator of the General’s failure.

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14ymedio, Cuba’s first independent daily digital news outlet, published directly from the island, is available in Spanish here. Translations of selected articles in English are here.

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From Adult Diaper Fetishes To Anal Sex, Here Are HuffPost’s Best 2015 Sex Podcasts

The Huffington Post launched its Love+Sex podcast in January 2015 and over the last 12 months co-hosts Carina Kolodny and Noah Michelson, as well as producer Katelyn Bogucki, have explored everything from sex in outer space to what it’s like to visit a BDSM dungeon.

To celebrate a year of podcasts, Kolodny and Michelson headed into the studio to last week to chat about their favorite episodes and what their own personal sex and relationship resolutions are for 2016:

Below, you can check out a few of the most talked-about episodes from 2015 and be sure to visit iTunes or Stitcher or your favorite podcast app to stay updated on all of the latest Love+Sex podcasts in 2016.

The Power Of The Clit

Here’s What It’s Like To Be A Straight Man Who Has Sex With Other Men

Can A Magic Spell Really Help Your Love Life?

Everything You Want To Know About Anal Sex (But Are Too Afraid To Ask)

This Is What Living With An Adult Diaper Fetish Is Like

The HuffPost Love+Sex podcast is produced by Katelyn Bogucki and edited by Nick Offenberg. Production assistance and design is provided by Lauren Bell.

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Why I’m Taking The Happiness Challenge — And Why You Should, Too

Happy New Year! Truth is, the onset of January often leaves me feeling quite the opposite of happy. It marks the end of the holidays. The days are cold and dark. And it’s back to the daily routine.

But the beginning of the year doesn’t have to be a letdown. It’s all about how I look at it: Is the glass half empty or half full? Do I focus on the positive or the negative?

So instead of dwelling on the holiday excitement being over and all the bad weather, I’ve decided to accept HuffPost’s 30-day happiness challenge. And I hope you’ll embark on this journey with me!

Here’s the deal: Each day in January, every participant will receive tips, hacks and simple challenges from HuffPost to help us find bliss in our everyday lives.

And the best part? The happiness doesn’t stop at the end of January. This challenge provides the tools we need to maintain that positive outlook throughout the entire year – and for years to come.

There’s another reason I’m taking this challenge: I think an optimistic attitude will help me accomplish my other resolutions. Whether it’s bettering my relationships, work performance or physical health, it all starts with happiness and gratitude.

So are you ready to take the challenge with me? Just sign up for our daily newsletterWe are in this together. 

Goodbye, dreadful January. Here’s to 30 days of finding our happy place. 

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