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FridaySeptember 17, 2010

Latino Daily News: Bringing You the Latest Hispanic Current Events and News Stories 24/7

To reflect the dynamic interests of our audience, Latino Daily News is an online daily news source and virtual cultural center for and about Latinos. We offer the latest news headlines, as well as innovative and insightful Hispanic current events stories, photos, videos, and commentaries from a Latino perspective, 24/7.

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Coco LoCo Latinos of the Week

It’s time to identify our CoCo LoCo Latinos of the week and we didn’t have too hard of a time finding them.  What with Lady GaGa’s gagging meat couture outfit donned at the Video Music Awards we should know Franc Fernandez - self appointed butcher to the stars - by now.  Franc provided the flak steak, sirloin tips and God knows what else to dress the Lady.  Fernandez out did himself with the butcher-string on GaGa’s Frankenstein-like booties.  Franc has confirmed that was actual meat used from his dad’s butcher shop.  Lets hope Franc doesn’t have a relative who’s an undertaker.  Yikes.

Unfortunately for those of us with taste, we had to deal with Wacko Tacko Paz de La Huerta (model, muse and actress) all week.  She is promoting her new HBO project ‘Boardwalk Empire’.  From her snake tattoos to her tranny look at Fashion Week, she was a shoo-in for CoCo LoCo.  Unfortunately she is a regular loony bird so you will be seeing her again.

Finally, we have former Mexican President Vicente Fox chillin’ with YouTube sensation the Gregory Brothers, asking them to make him more of a celebrity.  Clearly Foxy Fox hasn’t noticed Mexico has been in the news a lot lately.  He was overheard saying “I wish I were still president of Mexico, because you would write a song about me and I could be famous.”  Foxy Fox what do you think that would be ‘La Cucaracha’?????


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Couple Charged with Passing Nuclear Secrets to Venezuela

Two former employees of Los Alamos National Laboratory were arrested for trying to pass nuclear secrets to persons they thought were representatives of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’ government.

Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni and Marjorie Roxby were implicated in the crime after a two-year FBI sting operation, where agents posed as Venezuelan government officials.  Mascheroni who is a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Argentina asked for $793,000 in order to help Venezuela develop nuclear weapons within 10 years.

The couple is alleged to have delivered coded documents containing restricted data from Los Alamos.  The FBI nor the U.S. government is implicating Venezuela or President Hugo Chavez in this matter.

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Shooting in Well Known Juarez Nightclub Leaves 7 Dead

The well known V-Bar located in the Pronaf area of Juarez, Chihuahua was the scene of an early morning AK-47 shooting leaving 7 dead and many wounded.  The shooting occurred inside the nightclub bar when gunmen burst in and starting shooting.  It appears from early reports that the gunmen were targeting certain individuals since they walked up to a group of patrons sitting at a table and shot at them. More than 4,000 people have died in this U.S-Mexico border city in the last two years.  The area is a key drug distribution corridor and the site of a violent turf battle between the Juarez and Sinaloa cartels. 

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BREAKING NEWS: Plan B reaches Chilean Miners after 40 days!

In a surprising development, the secondary hole that was begun to reach the miners through an existing borehole has reached the miners. Now they engineers will continue making it bigger until the miners can squeeze out.

It will be several more weeks before the whole is widened enough.

The hole reached the top of the underground cavern at 10:45 am today!

Read more at The Vancouver Sun →

Bolivia to Spend on Its Biodiversity and Sustainable Farming Methods

Bolivia is launching a program and investing $14 million to promote traditional sustainable local soil and water conservation practices that will protect the environment and benefit local communities.

Bolivia is among the 15 countries with the greatest biodiversity in the world. Although much of Bolivia’s territory is in good conservation condition, 36 percent of its area is in critical condition.

The project area, around the mountain range in northern Potosí, is especially vulnerable to processes of erosion. Northern Potosí and southeastern Oruro are home to 270 indigenous communities with 38,000 inhabitants.  Almost all of these inhabitants live below the extreme poverty threshold.

The program aims at achieving an average annual increase of at least 10% in productivity, and at least 15 percent in production of native and introduced species, in accordance with the traditional agricultural calendar. It will further increase the volume of products traded at fairs or in markets by 20 percent.

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Latino Cancer Research Gets $5.6 Million in Federal Funding

After a decade of success reducing Latino cancer through research, training and education, Texas based Redes En Acción: The National Hispanic/Latino Cancer Research Network has received a new $5.6 million grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to bolster and expand its cancer-fighting efforts.

Redes En Acción, launched in 2000, is led by the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

In 10 years, Redes has successfully tested novel interventions to improve access to cancer care and screening, trained the next generation of Latino cancer researchers and raised public and scientist awareness of Latino cancer challenges and solutions.

The new grant will bolster Redes’ efforts through 2015 and pave the way for two new studies: a large-scale study to test novel strategies to improve Latino cancer survivors’ quality of life and a pilot study of an Internet-based tobacco cessation service.

Redes research focuses on policy and organizational change and innovative interventions to reduce disparities.  Investigators do groundbreaking Latino cancer research in: genetics; network analysis; obesity; tobacco; cancer screening; cancer clinical trials; cancer survivorship; and patient navigation.

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Puerto Rico to See $20 Million from Small Business Bill Just Passed

Yesterday the Senate in a 61 to 38 vote passed a small business aid bill that will make obtaining credit easier and cut taxes of these businesses all with the intended motive of creating more jobs. 

The bill contains $12 billion in tax relief and a $30 billion lending fund to be administered by the Treasury Department.  Puerto Rico will be in line for an estimated $20 million stated Governor Luis Fortuño. 

“Small businesses in Puerto Rico play a vital role in our economy,” Fortuño said. “This legislation contains a winning combination of incentives to stimulate the flow of credit and capital, which is what is most needed for sustained growth and job creation in the sector.”

Read more at Caribbean Business Report →

SB 1070 Defense Fund draws Contributors from Across the US.

41,000 donors from across the country have contributed to Gov. Jan Brewers defense fund, keeping Arizona residents off the hook so far. Brewer made the appeal to the nation for financial support and has since received $3.6 million dollars, while only having spent $440,000 so far in defenses.

The Arizona immigration law is facing several lawsuits that experts predict will end up costing several million dollars to defend.

Brewer recently disclosed that a donation had been received from an individual in Wyoming for $1.5 million dollars. The balance of the contributors primarily fall in $20, $50 or $100 donations made online.  There was a surge in donations when Obama filed the Federal suit against the bill SB 1070.

The legal work done so far on defending the bill has been massive. With over 900 separate filings challenging the bill, it is impossible to estimate what defense of the Arizona bill could end up costing.

Read more at The Christian Science Monitor →

U.S. Citizen to be Stripped of Citizenship and Imprisoned for War Crimes Committed in Guatemala

Following an investigation led by the Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Gilberto Jordan, 54, a former Guatemalan special forces soldier, was sentenced today to 10 years in prison and revocation of his U.S. citizenship for unlawfully procuring his U.S. citizenship by lying about his participation in a 1982 massacre at a Guatemalan village known as Dos Erres.

According to the indictment and court documents, in approximately November 1982, a Guatemalan guerrilla group ambushed a military convoy near Dos Erres, Guatemala, killing soldiers and taking a number of rifles.  In response, a patrol of approximately 20 Guatemalan special forces soldiers, known as “Kaibiles,” including Jordan, were deployed in December 1982 to the village of Dos Erres to search for the stolen rifles and find suspected guerrillas.  According to court documents Jordan and the special patrol entered Dos Erres who created a security perimeter around the village so that no one could escape. 

Court documents further state that members of the special patrol then proceeded to systematically kill the men, women and children at Dos Erres by, among other methods, hitting them in the head with a sledgehammer and then pushing them into the village well.  Members of the special patrol also forcibly raped many of the women and girls at Dos Erres before killing them.  Approximately 162 skeletal remains were later exhumed from the village well.

At the hearing on his guilty plea, Jordan admitted that he had been a Kaibil in the Guatemalan military who participated in the massacre at Dos Erres.  Jordan also admitted that the first person he killed at Dos Erres was a baby, whom Jordan murdered by throwing in the well.

When Jordan applied to become a U.S. citizen in September 1996, he falsely denied that he had ever served in the military or committed any crimes for which he had not been arrested.  In July 1999, when Jordan was interviewed by a naturalization examiner in connection with his naturalization application, he falsely swore under oath that the answers he had earlier provided on his application were true and correct.  Jordan was sworn in as a U.S. citizen on Aug. 25, 1999.  “Gilberto Jordan obtained the privilege of U.S. citizenship by lying about his prior military service and concealing his brutal, murderous participation in the Dos Erres massacre,” said Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer.

The U.S. Government places a high priority in investigating human rights violators, including those who have participated in war crimes and acts of genocide, torture, extrajudicial killings, and violations of religious freedom, who frequently seek to evade justice by seeking shelter in the United States. These individuals may assume fraudulent identities to enter the country, seeking to blend into communities inside the U.S.

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Visita de Benedicto XVI al Reino Unido

Poco después de las 8:00 hora local, partió el vuelo del Papa Benedicto XVI de Roma hacia Edimburgo. Durante el vuelo papal que lo trasladó desde Roma hasta Edimburgo, el Papa dijo que las revelaciones sobre abusos a menores por parte de clérigos fueron un choc para él, una gran tisteza. “Es difícil comprender como esta perversión del ministerio sacerdotal sea posible”, dijo Benedicto XVI, y añadió que “también es una gran tristeza que las autoridades de la Iglesia no hayan sido suficientemente vigilantes”, suficientemente rápidas y decisivas al adoptar las medidas necesarias.

A su llegada al aeropuerto de Edimburgo, en Escocia, su Santidad fue recibido por autoridades religiosas, y civiles. Más tarde se dirigió al palacio real de Holyrood House, residencia oficial de la Reina Isabel II quien recibió al pontífice a su llegada. En su alocución el Papa recordó las raíces cristianas de la Gran Bretaña. También indicó que la exclusión de Dios, la religión y la virtud de la vida pública conduce finalmente a una visión sesgada del hombre y de la sociedad y por lo tanto a una visión “restringida de la persona y su destino”.

Al terminar la ceremonia de bienvenida, el Papa se trasladó a la residencia del Arzobispo para comer. Más tarde se tiene previsto que el papa vaya a Glasgow, a presidir la misa en el Bellahouston Park de esa ciudad.

Read more at Catholic Association of Latino Leaders →

1.4 Million U.S. Hispanics Slipped into Poverty Last Year

There are one in seven Americans now officially poor according to the latest U.S. Census numbers which translates to a quarter of all U.S. Hispanics living in poverty, or 12.4 million Hispanics.

More individuals slipped below the poverty line last year for a total of 43.6 million Americans making less than $10,830 (U.S. poverty threshold) and families of four living on less than $22,050.  Among Hispanics 1.4 million more slipped into poverty last year however other Hispanics households were able to increase their average annual income now pegged at $38,029.

The statistics for U.S.Hispanic children was grimmer, with 33.1 percent of all Hispanic children in this country living below the poverty line. 

Read more at LAHT →

Violent Gunbattle at U.S.-Mexican Border

As Mexico was celebrating its bicentennial anniversary of independence there was sporadic violence throughout the country leaving suspected drug cartel members dead.  On Wednesday, the U.S. State Department is reporting a gun battle occurred between the Mexican army and suspected drug cartel members leaving 22 dead. 

As soldiers were conducting routine exercises in the city of Ciudad Mier, that shares an 18-mile border with Texas, they were fired upon.  The shootout occurred at a local ranch where soldiers seized weapons and grenades after securing the location.  Elsewhere, in the border city of Ciudad Juarez two newspaper photographers were shot at as they were driving, killing one.  Both photographers worked for the newspaper Diario de Juarez.

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Let the Party Continue: Mexico Celebrates with Bicentennial Song & Military Parade (VIDEO)

Mexico is in its second day of celebrating its bicentennial anniversary.  Thursday brought out thousands to view the annual parade that was larger and more international in scope.  Six hundred troops from 17 countries joined the Mexico City parade as did supersonic F-5 fighter aircraft.  The military aircraft flying over head kicked off the parade with parachutists floating down to the Zocalo square.  The day before the country kicked off a year long bicentennial celebration with fireworks, El Grito and many concerts.  A new song to honor the anniversary was also debuted, simply titled Mexico, performed by Paulina Rubio, Aleks Syntek and Erik Rubin.

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FridaySeptember 17, 2010