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Ranitas Contaminadas - Agricultural Chemicals in Sierra Frogs

There is a little rhyme in Spanish that goes: “Sana, sana, colita de rana, si no sanas hoy, sanarás mañana” It is a common rhyme to comfort one with a boo-boo, roughly translating to: continue reading »

Oklahoma Says Good-Bye to 9-Yr-Old Antonia Candelaria: 1st Tornado Victim to be Buried

Nine-year-old Antonia Candelaria is the first Oklahoma tornado victim to be buried. The Plaza Towers third-grader lost her life on Monday with a EF-5 tornado hit Moore, Oklahoma right outside Oklahoma City. The death toll stands at 24, 10 of which are children. continue reading »

Parents & 1-Year-Old Passed Out from “Pot” Smoke Found in Car at McDonald’s Drive-Thru

Ashley Moreno and Alejandro Rodriguez just might qualify for worse parents of the year. The 22-year-old parents and their one-year-old child were found passed out inside their vehicle at a McDonald’s drive thru at 3:30 a.m. on Sunday. continue reading »

JUST IN:  Latino Favorite Yahoo to Buy Tumblr in $1.1B Deal

Yahoo Board of Directors has just approved the acquisition of social media network Tumblr in a $1.1 Billion cash deal, according to the Wall Street Journal. continue reading »

NTSB:  Lower Legal Blood-Alcohol Level .08 to .05, Latino Drivers Stand to Benefit Greatly

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in its advisory role has recommended the legal blood-alcohol level for all drivers be lowered to .05 from .08. continue reading »

When is Dia de Las Madres Celebrated in Latin America?

Many of our readers believe today, May 10th, is the official ‘Dia de Las Madres’ day but that is only if you live in El Salvador, Guatemala or Mexico. In Mexico the day is such a grand occasion that many government offices are closed. continue reading »

Invisible Racism - It’s Not the Racism of Your Parent’s Day

I’ve been watching the discussions over immigration reform and the civil rights movement for a number of years. I began reading about racism while I was still in the Army. I remember getting into trouble as a young Second Lieutenant for having a copy of Eldridge Cleaver’s “Soul on Ice.” continue reading »

Scrutiny and the Rise of New Online Networks

One of the primary questions at the start of a relationship is “Can I trust you?” The same is true on online relationships and in the process of vetting new connections and networks. Everyone gets invites to join this or that and if you don’t have a previous relationship or personally know the person IRL (in real life) then you might be suspicious of the attempt to connect. continue reading »

Getting More Latinos in the Outdoors

This past week, a story via NPR highlighted another benefit of taking to the outdoors. The story referenced a study indicating how participation in nature activities has positive effects on cognition, specifically creativity. As the study notes: continue reading »

The Dilemma of Higher Education Facing Latinos

One of the questions Latinos face in our time is the pursuit of higher education. The only reason this is an issue is due to the high cost of obtaining a degree and the prospects of finding employment with it. The high unemployment and underemployment scale has many re-evaluating conventional wisdom. continue reading »

A Turn At One Of My Enemies

Everyone has an archenemy. It is the sheer essence of life. Rising does not feel like rising unless someone or something is attempting to hold us down. Batman has the Joker. Superman had Lex Luthor. Even Papa Smurf had to do battle with Gargamel from time to time. I was not any different. I’ve had to battle different foes through my existence, but none have been as wily or as conniving as Juan the Border. continue reading »

Lard, Cheese and the Rewards of an Unhealthy Childhood

I was a fat kid. I mean, fat. I was so fat; I would start to sweat if I stood still long enough. I would like to blame it on the scourge of places like Burger King or Kentucky Fried Chicken, but my parents rarely relied on fast food as a means for a nutritional strategy. In fact, I was almost a teenager when I first went to Burger King. However, my mom fried everything in lard. Her arms were scarred from burns she had suffered battling breakfast. My mother used lard like some people use cinnamon. I suspect that she would put tapioca pudding on lard and simply called it flan. continue reading »

Saving the World, One Broken Stick at a Time

I am the last person in the world you would expect to save the world. As a kid, I would go to the backyard and light Styrofoam on fire and dance around it, like a pagan, so it was a bit of a shock when I joined the Ecology Club in high school. At first I joined it because it provided shelter inside the main building away from rainy days. However, I realized that the girls heavily outnumbered the boys, and this was the only forum where girls would actually care for what I had to say. continue reading »

School Shooting Plot by 6th-Graders Foiled in New Mexico

A school shooting plot by two sixth-graders was foiled by authorities in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A spokesperson for the Albuquerque Public Schools confirmed the plot at the Tony Hillerman Middle School continue reading »

Wells Fargo to Pay $175 Million for Discriminating Against Latinos and African-American Borrowers

The Department of Justice today filed the second largest fair lending settlement in the department’s history to resolve allegations that Wells Fargo Bank, engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination against qualified African-American and Hispanic borrowers continue reading »

Las Cruces Tea Party Displays Confederate Flag on Float and Wins Prize

Yes, the Las Cruces, New Mexico Tea Party display of the Confederate flag is “contrary to what 99% of the people think” but that didn’t stop the parade float with the flag from winning an award. continue reading »

$28 Million Worth of Counterfeit Piguet Watches Found at U.S.-Mexico Border

The Import Specialist Enforcement Team (ISET) at U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Laredo Port of Entry recently seized a commercial shipment of counterfeit watches and other watches used to facilitate the importation carrying a combined retail value of $28.7 million. continue reading »

JUST IN:  George Zimmerman’s Bond Set at $1 Million

Florida Judge Kenneth Lester has set a new bond at $1 Million, for George Zimmerman in the shooting death of teen Trayvon Martin. This same judge had revoked Zimmerman’s original bond of $150,000 continue reading »

Teen Lesbian Couple Shot in Portland, Texas Park – One Dies

Two teenagers who were allegedly dating each other were found shot in the head in Violet Andrews Park in Portland, Texas this past weekend. wonder if the girls’ sexual orientation had anything to do with the shootings. continue reading »

BREAKING NEWS:  George Zimmerman’s Wife has Been Arrested, Charged with Perjury

Today George Zimmerman’s wife, Shellie Zimmerman was arrested and charged with perjury in the case involving her husband in the shooting death of African-American teen-ager Trayvon Martin on February 26th. continue reading »