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On Monday, July 13, Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will address an audience of 2,000 Latino advocates and leaders at the 2015 NCLR (National Council of La Raza) Annual Conference, held at the Kansas City Convention Center, Kansas City, Mo.

“We are thrilled that Secretary Clinton will join us to speak to the thousands of Latino community leaders who will gather in Kansas City next week,” said Janet Murguía, president and CEO of NCLR. “We look forward to hearing about her vision for the country and her thoughts on the issues of greatest concern to our community.”

A Kansas City, Mo., man pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal bank robbery charge and admitted threatening employees with a gun and dragging a woman by her hair, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Clifton B. Cloyd, 54, Kansas City, Mo., pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery and one count of brandishing a firearm during the robbery. On Oct. 29, 2014, he and another man robbed the Bank of America at 9500 Mission in Overland Park, Kan. In his plea, Cloyd admitted:

• He and his accomplice held five bank employees and one customer at gunpoint.
• Cloyd, who was carrying a handgun, grabbed one of the bank employees and pulled her by the hair and scarf to the teller station. He struck her in the face with a handgun.
• Cloyd struck a customer so hard her glasses flew off and she was knocked to the floor.
• Cloyd struck a male bank employee with such force that his head started bleeding.

Sentencing is set for Sept. 14. He faces a penalty of not less than 10 years and not more than 25 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the bank robbery charge, and a penalty of not less than seven years and a fine up to $250,000 on the firearm charge.

Co-defendant Steve A. Watts, 55, from Missouri, is awaiting trial.

Grissom commended the Overland Park Police Department, the Prairie Village Police Department, the Leawood Police Department, the FBI and Assistant U.S. Attorney David Zabel for their work on the case.

The Ride 2 Freedom will visit the Kansas City area at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 27, at the J.C. Nichols Memorial Foundation on the Plaza in Kansas City, Mo.

Thirty youth from 13 countries will participate in this event. Some Wyandotte County residents are expected to attend.

The youth are riding their bicycles across the United States to call attention to the plight of orphaned children of people who are persecuted in China for their spiritual beliefs, specifically, Falun Gong.

Falun Gong is a meditation practice that follows principles of truthfulness, compassion and forbearance.

Thousands of people have been arrested and jailed for their beliefs. Ride 2 Freedom is calling attention to the plight of the children who are orphans. For more information, see http://ride2freedom.us/.

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