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Mexico arrests construction

overseer of collapsed school

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican police have arrested the construction supervisor who oversaw work at an elementary school that collapsed in Mexico City during a September earthquake.

The attorney general’s office for Mexico City said Sunday that the supervisor will be charged with homicide.

The 7.1-magnitude earthquake last Sept. 19 killed 37 at the Enrique Rebsamen elementary school.

Reports on a girl purportedly trapped alive in the school’s rubble captivated people worldwide. But authorities later announced that the girl never existed.

Officials have said the owner of the private school built an apartment for herself on top of the school wing that collapsed, which may have played a role in the tragedy.

Mexico has asked Interpol for help to find the owner, Monica Garcia Villegas.

‘Hamilton’ creator announces

arts fund for Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Lin-Manuel Miranda jumped up to a podium shortly after landing in Puerto Rico on Sunday to announce he has helped create a multimillion-dollar fund to boost the arts in the U.S. territory as it struggles to recover from Hurricane Maria.

The “Hamilton” playwright said he hopes the fund will grow to $15 million in upcoming years. He added that he will donate all funds from the Broadway hit when it is performed January in Puerto Rico.

“The goal wasn’t just artistic satisfaction, but how can we leave Puerto Rico a little better than we found it,” said Miranda, whose parents are from the island.

Hurricane Maria caused damage estimated at more than $100 billion when it hit in September. Cultural and artistic groups across Puerto Rico have been greatly affected, losing government and nonprofit support amid an 11-year-old recession.

The first five recipients of the fund include a dance school and a theater company.

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