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Does the AP Style guide allow for exclamation points in article headlines? I don’t care because this is great news! From CBS News:
“Information Minister Andres Izarra initially reported the rescue via Twitter, saying Ramos was "found alive by security forces in mountainous zone.”
Izarra said it was “a rescue operation by air,” which was authorized earlier in the day by President Hugo Chavez. “Ramos free!,” said one message on Izarra’s account. State television reported that three men were arrested in the kidnapping.
Ramos’ mother celebrated, exclaiming on television: “Thanks to God!”
“Thanks to my country, to my neighbors and to my family, who were supporting us,” she said. Shortly afterward, she spoke with her son by phone and said jubilantly: “He’s fine.”
Sadly, Venezuela’s kidnapping rate is extremely high, so there are countless others without the fame that warrants aerial rescues. Hopefully Ramos’ kidnapping can have a greater meaning, with the media attention helping to galvanize efforts at curbing the disturbing trend.