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Leader of a mafia family was shot dead in New York

Washington / Mafia boss Francesco “Frank” Cali, leader of the Gambino family, was shot dead Wednesday night in front of his house in New York, police said.

Cali, 53, was shot six times in the chest at around 9:20 pm local time (01.20 GMT Thursday) and, according to some reports, he was also hit by the van driven by his alleged assassins.

The mafia boss was transferred to Staten Island University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The incident occurred in front of Cali’s house in the Todt Hill neighborhood of Staten Island, known for the influence of mobsters.

The Gambino family, one of the five that make up the Sicilian mafia in New York, came to be considered the largest criminal organization in the United States dedicated to all types of criminal activities until its fall in the 1990s by the coups of the authorities.

The murder of Cali is the first in decades of a Mafia boss in New York and the most profiled in the Gambino family since in 1985 John Gotti ordered to kill the then leader Paul Castellano to take power of the organization.

Gotti was arrested in the late 1990s thanks to the collaboration of his second in command, Salvatore Gravano, with the FBI, a relationship that would lead to the downfall of several mafia bosses and the Gambino family losing much of its power. Gotti died in prison in 2002.

Of Sicilian parents of Palermo, Cali was born in New York in 1965 and from a young age was involved in the New York mafia.

Between 2008 and 2009 he served 10 months in prison for a crime of extortion. Cali took control of the organization in 2015.

The US and Italian authorities considered him a member of Cosa Nostra and an ambassador in New York of mafia families in Sicily. (March 14, 2019, EFE/Practica Español)

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Mainly, the text talks about... (Principalmente, el texto habla de...)  
A
un jefe de la mafia que está herido.
B
la muerte de un jefe de una familia mafiosa.
C
la detención de un mafioso.
Question 2
According to the text, Frank Cali... (Según el texto,  Frank Cali...)  
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era el líder de una familia vinculada con la mafia.
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no tenía mucho poder dentro de la familia Gambino.
C
era un agente de policía.
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The attackers used firearms. (Los atacantes utilizaron armas de fuego.)    
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No se sabe.
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Para nada.
C
Así es.
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According to the text, Cali... (En el texto se dice que Cali...)    
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jamás llegó a tener vínculo alguno con la mafia.
B
empezó tener contacto con la mafia desde hace poco.
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estuvo vinculado con la mafia desde que era joven.
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Según el texto, la familia Gambino...  
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no es la única familia vinculada con la mafia siciliana en Nueva York.
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es la única familia vinculada con la mafia siciliana en Nueva York.
C
jamás ha estado vinculada con la mafia siciliana en Nueva York.
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According to the text, Cali took control of the organization... (Según el texto, Cali tomó el control de la organización...)    
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desde hace tres décadas.
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desde hace un año.
C
desde hace tres año.
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Video talks about a mafia clan in Rome. (En el vídeo se habla de un clan mafioso en Roma.)
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Para nada.
B
¡Imposible saberlo!
C
Es verdad.
Question 8
According to the video, the authorities... (Según el vídeo, la autoridades...)
A
podrían arrestar a 33 miembros de los Casamonica.
B
no arrestaron a ningún miembro de los Casamonica.
C
arrestaron a 33 miembros de los Casamonica.
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According to the video, the Casamonicas... (En el vídeo se dice que los Casamonica...)
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vivían en lujosas mansiones.
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jamás tuvieron viviendas lujosas.
C
actualmente viven en modestas viviendas.
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A 'suceso' is...  (Un 'suceso' es...)  
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un acontecimiento.
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un problema.
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un éxito.
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A synonym of 'integrar' is.. (Un sinónimo de 'integrar' es...)  
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constituir
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descomponer
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dividir
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The determined article for 'organización is: (El artículo determinado para 'organización' es:)    
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lo
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el
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la
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The word 'delictivo' is related to... (La palabra 'delictivo' está relacionada con...)    
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deleite
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delimitar
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delito
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A 'decada' is the same thing that... (Una década es lo mismo que...)  
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10 años.
B
12 años.
C
5 años.
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'Provocar' means... ('Provocar' es...)  
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evitar algo.
B
causar algo.
C
calmar.
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