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Black Mental Health Oregon Offers Free Computers, Internet Access

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Merkley, Clay Propose Constitutional Amendment to Close Slavery Loophole in 13th Amendment

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Police Guide That Calls BLM a Terrorist Group Draws Outrage

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NEWS BRIEFS

Commissioner Fritz Directs Portland Parks & Rec to Remove the Name 'Custer Park'

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Oregonians May Qualify for Help Paying for Health Insurance

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OHS Shares Update on Afro-American Heritage Bicentennial Commemorative Quilt Conservation Efforts

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Ex-OSU employee says he was fired for taking parental leave

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A former Oregon State University employee has filed a lawsuit saying he was fired because he took parental leave. Joseph McQuillin was assistant director of facilities maintenance and custodial manager in the university’s department of recreational sports when his...

Bighorn sheep could be in danger from domestic sheep

OKANOGAN, Wash. (AP) — Bighorn sheep in central Washington could be in danger if domestic sheep continue to graze nearby. That’s the concern from two groups suing the U.S. Forest Service.Domestic sheep or goats can pass a deadly bacteria to bighorns, the Northwest News Network...

Missouri takes on ex-coach Odom, Arkansas in rivalry game

Missouri quarterback Conor Bazelak should have a pretty good idea how to dissect the Arkansas defense on Saturday.His old coach is the one running it.Barry Odom didn't wander far after he was fired by as the head coach of the Tigers late last year, accepting a job as the defensive coordinator under...

Vanderbilt women's soccer player receives SEC football honor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Southeastern Conference has named Vanderbilt kicker Sarah Fuller as the league's co-special teams player of the week after she made history becoming the first woman to play in a Power 5 conference football game. Fuller shared the award Monday with Florida punt...

OPINION

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Thanksgiving 2020: Grateful for New Hope and New Direction in Our Nation

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AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Rams players award 0,000 to social justice programs

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Man linked to white supremacist group to plead guilty

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Virginia board renames schools honoring 2 US presidents

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — Schools in Virginia honoring two U.S. presidents who sided with or praised the Confederacy are getting new names, along with an elementary that honored a superintendent who funneled money away from Black schools. The Portsmouth School Board voted 8-1 Thursday night to...

ENTERTAINMENT

Hillary, Chelsea Clinton to tell unheralded heroes' stories

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In seismic shift, Warner Bros. to stream all 2021 films

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U.S. & WORLD NEWS

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Fugitive is killed, 2 US marshals shot in Bronx gunfight

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AP PHOTOS: Peru's monuments mostly left alone in protests

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The Latest: Alabama man beats COVID-19, marks 104th birthday

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As hospitals cope with a COVID-19 surge, cyber threats loom

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MLK Breakfast 2021 Save the Date
Michael Martinez CNN

(CNN) -- He was a 20-year-old male model. His lover was a 65-year-old man who was a television journalist. They were from Portugal, visiting New York City. The older partner broke off the relationship and ended up mutilated and dead.


Now, almost two years later, a New York jury has convicted model Renato Seabra of the grisly second-degree murder of Carlos Antonio De Castro in their InterContinental Hotel room in Times Square.


"This was a brutal and sadistic crime, where Renato Seabra bludgeoned, choked, and mutilated his victim before murdering him," Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said following Friday's verdict. 


"But the jury's verdict now, finally, holds Seabra accountable. It is particularly tragic that Carlos Castro was not only ... betrayed by his spurned lover, but met a very painful and violent end far from his home," Vance said.


Castro was found bludgeoned and castrated in the hotel room in January 2011, a law enforcement source told CNN at the time.


Seabra, now 23, attacked Castro because he was angry that Castro had ended their relationship, prosecutors said.


Following the prolonged attack, Seabra showered, took about $1,600 from Castro's wallet, and hung a "Do Not Disturb" sign on the door, prosecutors said.


On his way out of the hotel, Seabra bumped into a friend of Castro's in the lobby, who later testified that Seabra said Castro "won't be leaving the room," prosecutors said.


Castro's body was found shortly after an acquaintance appeared at the hotel asking to see him, saying she had been in contact with him earlier in the day, but was unable to reach him for some time, officials said.


A hotel employee found Castro's unclothed body on the room floor on Jan. 7, 2011, and the cause of death was later determined to be blunt injuries to the head and neck compression, prosecutors said.

 


Seabra was taken into custody after he was spotted leaving a New York hospital where he received treatment for lacerations to his wrists, authorities said. He underwent a psychiatric evaluation at Bellevue, the source said at the time.

 


The day after the murder, Seabra confessed to the crime at Bellevue Hospital, prosecutors said.

 


A television journalist, Castro had also been a recent gossip columnist for the Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manha. Seabra was a recent finalist on a Portuguese model-search television show called "A Procura de um Sonho." 

 


The two men departed from Portugal on December 29, 2010, prosecutors said.

 


Seabra, of Cantanhede, Portgual, is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 21.

 


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