TODAY IS COLUMBUS DAY
Today, October 12, is Columbus Day (Día de la Raza). Federal and co-
mmonwealth government offices are closed today. There is no school or
mail delivery, and most financial institutions are closed for the day. The
day commemorates Christopher Columbus' arrival in America. In some
places, it is seen as a day to celebrate the native peoples of the Americas.
US SENATORS URGE CHAPTER 9 ACCESS
From The San Juan Daily Star:
"Twelve U.S. senators, including the top Democrat on the Senate Judici-
ary Committee (Patrick Leahy of Vermont) and the top Democrat on the
Judiciary panel subcommittee that has jurisdiction over the bankruptcy
code (Chris Coons of Delaware) on Thursday wrote Senate Judiciary Co-
mmittee Chairman Charles Grassley a letter seeking a hearing on S. 1774
/H.R. 870, companion bills that would give Puerto Rico access to Chapter
9 bankruptcy protections equal to that of the 50 states..."
POLICE INVESTIGATE TRIPLE KILLING IN BAR
From Caribbean Business:
"Puerto Rico police say three men have been killed and four other people
wounded in a San Juan bar shooting. Sgt. Omayra Arnaldi Vélez says ab-
out 20 people were inside the El Regreso bar in the Hato Rey district when
the shooting took place at about 2:24 a.m. Sunday. She says police have not
yet established a motive or identified the three dead, who were men between
the ages of 20 and 30..."
CUOMO SENDS MEDICAID EXPERT TO PR
"Gov. Andrew Cuomo is sending his top Medicaid official to Puerto Rico
today, the administration's second trip in two months to help improve the
commonwealth's healthcare system. Cuomo announced Sunday the group
would visit Puerto Rico from Oct. 12 to 14. People on the trip include Lt.
Gov. Kathy Hochul, Secretary of State Cesar Perales, Health..."