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Outrage In Colombia Over Dead Horse In Garbage Truck

It was just a month ago that public anger exploded in Colombia after reports of horses drawing tourist carriages being worked to death in the coastal city of Cartagena de Indias. Now, another bout of equine outrage is trending on social media sites after a picture surfaced of a dead horse left in a garbage truck in the same northern Colombian city.

The Bogota daily El Espectador reports on the anger over the unceremonious way in which the animal's body had been hoisted onto the compacting truck with a pulley, after which people had to see it being driven through the town to its final "resting" place.

According to local daily El Universal de Cartagena, the animal had been found dead and rotting in a pond in the Tubarco district just outside of Cartagena.

La Inconsciencia que se vive en la ciudad de cartagena, tirar el cadáver de un caballo a la basura :S pic.twitter.com/lggAj1VB0a

— wisley saumeth (@saumeth17) September 30, 2014

The city's cleaning contractors Bioger agreed to clear away the horse, which was becoming a health risk, "as a favor to the community" since it was not contractually obliged to, said spokesman Arturo Fernández.

"We did not parade the animal around," Fernández said.

Bioger explained it usually only cleared away "cats and dogs," and that owners themselves were responsible for burying farm animals. Authorities established the horse had not, in fact, been used to draw a carriage. They identified and contacted its owner, who denied any link to the animal. The horse may have died of tetanus.

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Pasta v. Fascists: How Italy's Staple Dish Became A Symbol Of Resistance

Pasta may not be considered controversial today, but it played an important role during Italy's fascist years, particularly in one family's celebration of community and liberation.

Photo of the Cervi family.

Photo of the Cervi family, whose seven children were shot by the Fascists on December 28, 1943, at the Reggio Emilia shooting range.

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Jacopo Fontaneto

ROME — Eighty years ago — on July 25, 1943 — the vote of no confidence by the Grand Council of Fascism, leading to Benito Mussolini's arrest, set off widespread celebrations. In Campegine, a small village in the Emilian province, the Cervi family celebrated in their own way: they brought 380 kilograms of pasta in milk cans to the town square and offered it to all the inhabitants of the village.

The pasta was strictly plain: macaroni dressed with butter and cheese, seen as more of a "festive dish" in that period of deprivation. As soon as the Cervi brothers learned about the arrest of Mussolini, they procured flour, borrowed butter and cheese from the dairy, and prepared kilos and kilos of pasta. They then loaded it onto a cart to distribute it to their fellow villagers. Pastasciutta (dry pasta) specifically regards dishes with noodles that are plated "dry", not in broth. That would disqualify soup, risotto, ravioli...

Even though pastasciutta is the most stereotypical type of pasta today, it had a complicated relationship with the government during Italy's fascist years.

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