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2009-01-29 15:26:00

SILVER SPRING, Md., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Hosted by investigative journalist Ross Kemp, GANG NATION explores the mysterious and brutal existence of some of the world's most notorious gangs. Giving viewers a glimpse into gang mentality and lifestyle, Kemp immerses himself in the vastly different cultures in an attempt to better understand their violent behavior and understand what - if anything - is being done to control them. Each hour-long episode follows Kemp as he journeys around the...

2006-07-12 19:14:08

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - Police swooped on an ultra-violent street gang in one of its strongholds outside El Salvador's capital on Wednesday, arresting 195 suspected members, authorities said. The raid on the Mara 18 gang followed the Tuesday killing of a policeman that was blamed on the organization. Policeman Jose Mauricio Sanchez, 25, was shot on duty on Tuesday near the scene of the arrests and police said they believed his killer to be among the suspects in custody. Mara 18 is...

2006-06-14 15:17:05

HOUSTON (Reuters) - U.S. customs officials arrested more than 2,000 illegal immigrants, gang members and other fugitives in a nationwide sweep, the head of the U.S. Immigration and Customer Enforcement agency said on Wednesday. The sweep, code named "Operation Return to Sender," has yielded arrests in 34 states since May 26 and comes as the U.S. Congress is debating several immigration measures, including proposals that would tighten border security and create a temporary worker...

2006-04-04 18:56:58

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (Reuters) - Central American governments could wipe out violent street gangs in two months by treating them like opponents in a war, El Salvador's police chief said on Tuesday. The tattooed street mobs, blamed for a rampage of murders, rapes and robberies and also operating in southern Mexico and in the United States, grew out of Hispanic youth gangs in Los Angeles and have around 100,000 members, police say. "If this were a war and war concepts were...

2006-02-20 21:01:57

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (Reuters) - Unidentified killers shot dead a gang member and attached a note to his corpse criticizing talks planned between Honduras' government and two ultra-violent gangs terrorizing the country. The tattooed body of a 37-year-old member of the Mara 18 gang was found near a Roman Catholic seminary on the outskirts of the capital Tegucigalpa on Monday, said a police chief. The corpse had been dragged through the streets on a rope. A white placard attached to...

2006-02-06 22:09:06

By Gustavo Palencia TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (Reuters) - Violent street gangs terrorizing Honduras will talk to the new government about ending years of bloodshed, but first want random arrests of tattooed suspects to end, a mediator said on Monday. Catholic Bishop Romulo Emiliani said both main youth gangs, or 'maras,' also wanted President Manuel Zelaya's guarantee their leaders would be safe after two were killed during failed talks with the Central American nation's last government....

2006-01-23 08:57:11

By Bernd Debusmann, Special Correspondent GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Bodies dumped in vacant lots, shot through the head, hands and feet tied. Victims beheaded, strangled, clubbed, hacked with machetes. Torture marks. Hand-written notes pinned to corpses. Such images, familiar during a long civil war, are part of the daily routine again in Guatemala, nine years after a peace accord ended the fighting. The victims are often in their teens and early 20s, suspected of being gang...

2006-01-05 21:56:57

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (Reuters) - A gun battle between inmates at a prison in Honduras left 13 prisoners deadon Thursday, the latest lethal incident in the Central American country's notorious penal system, an official said. One person was also wounded by gunfire in the clash at a high-security wing of a national penitentiary 12 miles north of the capital city, national prison chief Jaime Banegas told reporters. The clash, which left corpses littered in a stairwell, a prison cell...

2006-01-05 19:00:17

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (Reuters) - At least 13 people were killed on Thursday in a clash between inmates at a prison in Honduras, the latest deadly incident in the Central American country's notorious penal system, an official said. One person was also wounded by gunfire in the fight at a high-security wing of a national penitentiary 12 miles north of the capital city, national prison chief Jaime Banegas told journalists. He said the clash was later brought under control. In May...

2005-10-11 07:26:58

By Alistair Bell ESCUINTLA, Guatemala (Reuters) - In Guatemala's Escuintla prison, known by inmates as "The Hole," old metal beds with dirty, sagging mattresses sit in a dormitory with damp running down the walls. And that's the guards' quarters. The prisoners, all members of infamous "mara" youth gangs, languish in conditions more fitting medieval dungeons than a modern nation that has just become a trade partner of the United States. Convicted murderers and rapists sleep up to 40...


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  • A spider.
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'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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