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Beto “The Lion” Quintanilla, the king of "narcocorrido" songs
Beto “The Lion” Quintanilla, the king of "narcocorrido" songs
Lorenzo Cairoli

TURIN - Music and organized crime are a duo that have gone hand-in-hand since way back when. Outlaws often see songs as a way to glorify what they do, creating legends that inspire as well as frighten the regions they come to dominate.

The Mexico we hear about today is said to be held hostage by the drug traffickers. Every morning, you wake up to newspapers reporting collective beheadings, bodies that have been mutilated and left in walk-in freezers and crazy gun fights that we thought only appeared in B-movies. The drug cartels boldly mix drug trafficking with religious fundamentalism and extreme violence with divine unction.

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The Main COVID Risk Now: Long COVID

Death rates are down, masks are off, but many who have been infected by COVID have still not recovered. Long COVID continues to be hard to diagnose and treatments are still in the developmental stage.

Long COVID feels like a never-ending nightmare for those who suffer from it.

Jessica Berthereau

PARIS — The medical examination took longer than expected in the Parc de Castelnau-le-Lez clinic, near the southern French city of Montpellier. Jocelyne had come to see a specialist for long COVID-19, and exits the appointment slowly with help from her son. The meeting lasted more than an hour, twice as long as planned.

“I’m a fighter, you know, I’ve done a lot of things in my life, I’ve been around the world twice… I’m not saying this to brag, but to tell you my background," says the 40-year-old. "These days, I’m exhausted, I’m not hungry, I no longer drive, I can’t work anymore, I have restless legs syndrome.” She pauses before adding sadly: “I can’t read anymore either.”

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