From the emails and voice mails:
Piro specialized in counterterrorism, which took him to Iraq in 2004, a year after Saddam had been plucked out of a rat-infested hole in the ground by U.S. special forces. He took along friend and fellow agent Todd Irinaga, who had recruited Piro into the bureau in 1999.
Born in Lebanon, Piro speaks fluent Arabic, which helped him get the Saddam gig. He and Irinaga worked 16-hour days, interrogating Saddam in a small room near his cell in what once had been Saddam International Airport. Piro gained Saddam’s trust, and the former dictator told them that while United Nations inspectors had destroyed some of his weapons of mass destruction and he had eliminated the rest, he would have rearmed had he stayed in power.
Fast forward to last week, when the FBI named Piro to head its 400-agent Miami office. According to The Miami Herald, his new turf is one of the busiest offices for federal crime in the nation and includes FBI agents stationed in the Caribbean and Latin America.
Piro, 46, came to the U.S. when he was 12 and joined the Ceres Police Department in 1989. He joined the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office in 1997 and spent two years there before joining the FBI.
I wonder what they’d write today? On second thought, maybe that’s not such a good idea.
It is a written and pictorial history depicting all of the queens and side maids, bloodless bullfights, parades and officers of the organization dating back to its creation by a group of Portuguese immigrants. Many Valley towns hold their own festas, with each supporting the others.
Lloyd Vierra of the Gustine Pentecost Society said the book was printed in the Azores – where most of the Portuguese families in the Valley once lived – and covers 685 pages, split between Portuguese and English. Vierra said problems with getting the books through customs at the Port of Long Beach had members wondering if they would be able to proceed with their presentation scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at the Gustine Pentecost Hall, 500 Third Ave., in Gustine. But lo and behold, the books arrived last week. The books will be on sale for $40 each and include scores of color photos, with the cover and logo designed by Florie Nunes of Gustine. Also, club members plan to present a copy Wednesday to the Portuguese Consulate in San Francisco.
“The biggest compliment I get is that people who didn’t know Daniel, after reading, feel like they do,” Glenda Hyde said.
The Bible is extra special to Embree because it contains all of the notes and writings from the time she and husband Paul “Doc” Embree spent as Free Methodist missionaries in Africa. If you found it, or know someone who did, contact the church at (209) 522-3583.