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TuesdaySeptember 28, 2010

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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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Visit HS-News Cartoons- Baldo Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Baldo is a comic strip written by Hector Cantú and illustrated by Carlos Castellanos. Widely billed as being the first comic strip to feature Latino characters and themes to be marketed to a mainstream audience.

HS NEWS brings it to you in English and Español.

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Hispanics in Mississippi Claiming Discrimination

In Pearl Mississippi, a city of about 22,000, an immigrants rights group is challenging a city ordinance for unfairly targeting Hispanics.
The ordinance restricts how many occupants can live in a dwelling.
The ordinance allows no more than two people per bedroom. It requires landlords to file a report with the city notifying them of names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of all residents at each of the city’s homes.

“The city wants to make sure that people who are renting living space are not being forced to live in overcrowded and squalid conditions,” said city attorney Jim Bobo, who researched and wrote the ordinance. Violators of the ordinance face a maximum of 90 days in prison and $1,000 in fines. A person who submits misleading information faces similar penalties.

It’s asking too much private information from individuals,” said Abby Peterson, a staff attorney for Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance (MIRA). “It’s overstepping boundaries.” The group learned of the ordinance when members of the alliance began to field complaints from Hispanic residents about an ordinance that had been passed in February.

MIRA is skeptical of the ordinance’s intentions, Peterson said.

“The consensus with the people we have spoken with is that the objective of this ordinance is to eliminate the Hispanic population,” Peterson said as he left a meeting with a group of residents last week where they talked about the federal Fair Housing Act.

Read more at The Americano →

Venezuelan President Studying Nuclear Program

Monday, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said the country needs an atomic energy program, and that his government had already started looking into it.

“We’re taking on the project of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, and they aren’t going to stop us,” Chavez said. “We need it and we’re carrying out the first studies.”

A close ally of Iran, Chavez has defended their nuclear program saying he is sure that despite U.S. and European concerns, Iran is not making atomic weapons.

As of yet, it remains unclear how quickly Chavez wishes to pursue the atomic energy program, having previously mentioned the idea.

Chavez even brought up the issue while referring to the case of a physicist and his wife in New Mexico accused by U.S. authorities of offering to help develop nuclear weapons. This came after the couple allegedly had contact with an undercover U.S. agent posing as a Venezuelan government.
“They detained some scientist professors, I think Argentines, and then I was ready to respond when I saw that a government spokesman came out there saying that no, no, there is no evidence,” Chavez said.

He brought up the case in response to what he claims his leftist government has to deal with.

“They invent so many things,” he alleged. “The fact they say there’s no evidence doesn’t mean they aren’t going to find it tomorrow, or fabricate it…that Venezuela is making an atomic bomb.”

The South American president added, “Who in Venezuela could take on a project of that type? Who? We aren’t going to take it on.”

Read more at Fox News →

Hispanics Huge Facebook Users

More than 8 in 10 Americans (86.2%) say they regularly surf the Internet in a given week, according to the BIGresearch Simultaneous Media Usage Survey. But Americans’ digital activities differ greatly among ethnic segments. Compared to Caucasians, minority groups are more likely to surf the Internet and visit social networking sites in their leisure time; read, post to and maintain blogs; view news, videos and TV shows online; and send text messages.

When it comes to social media, Facebook ranks among the top sites regularly visited by Asians (55.7%), Hispanics (54.2%), African Americans (47.7%) and Caucasians (43.0%). Regular Facebook usage has doubled since December 2008 for all ethnic segments except Asians, who were early adopters. YouTube places second for Hispanics, African Americans and Caucasians, but is #1 for Asians (56.0%). Hulu is also popular among Asians (17.5%), followed by Hispanics (15.1%), African Americans (11.3%) and Caucasians (8.0%). In addition, minority groups are more likely than Caucasians to regularly use Twitter.

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Pathologists Believe Deputy Sheriff Shooting to Be a Hoax

Pathologists’ evidence leads them to believe the claim that a deputy sheriff in Arizona was shot by drug runners in the desert in July 2010 was an elaborate hoax.

Penal County Deputy Louie Puroll, said a gang of men in possession of a large amount of marijuana were chased through the desert. The chase resulted in a gunfight with more men confronting them with AK-47’s along the way. The deputy claims he was shot from several yards away, and that a bullet grazed his back before the men fled.

But two different pathologists say the angle and depth of the wound shows that the shot was fired from inches, not at least 25 yards away as Puroll had claimed. The bullet wound is one of many discrepancies leading authorities to investigate the deputy’s claims further.

Dr. Michael Baden from New York and Dr. Werner Spitz of Detroit are criminal pathologists who say Puroll’s account of what happened in the desert is obviously inaccurate.

The story and shot seem to be part of an orchestrated hoax Puroll created to stir up tension to support the controversial Arizona immigration bill and leave people angry towards immigration of southern Arizona.

Puroll is not the first Arizona official caught lying. Governor Jan Brewer, claimed months ago that headless bodies were being found in the Arizona desert. After police confirmed that no headless bodies were found she refused to admit that she lied. Brewer later admitted that the bodies never existed.

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Positive Tourism News for Mexico and Dominican Republic

Mexico and the Dominican Republic are reporting positive news for their tourism sector with increasing demand from foreign tourists.

Mexico will see more flights to several of its cities as American Airlines announces additional services due to increasing customer demand.  The Fort Worth-based carrier said the expansion will add trips on nine American Airlines routes to Mexico.  American will also initiate several flights out of Los Angeles to destinations in Mexico on Alaska Airlines and its regional subsidiary, Horizon Air.

The new flights to Mexico include adding a fifth daily flight between Dallas/Fort Worth Airport and Mexico City, as well as additional round-trips on American Eagle to Guadalajara, Aguascalientes and Leon.  American is also seeking government approval for American Eagle flights between D/FW and Veracruz and Queretaro.

Some of the new flights will start in November, with others beginning in December or February.

In the Dominican Republic (DR), Tourism Minister Francisco Javier Garcia Fernandez says that China should become the next great emerging market for DR tourism. Garcia Fernandez will be heading a Dominican mission to the Shanghai World Fair this month.  He says that World Tourism Organization statistics show that 15 million Chinese nationals have already traveled overseas as tourists. This figure is projected to increase to 100 million by 2020.

Read more by HS News Staff →

George Lopez and Wife to Divorce After 17 years

Comedian and late night talk show host, George Lopez and his with Ann have started divorce proceedings.

Sources say Ann and George had been working out the details of their split for a while, but it only became public knowledge Monday.

The couple has been married for 17 years, and they have a 15 year-old daughter together. They wish to keep the divorce amicable for her sake.

George Lopez is a Mexican-American born in Mission Hills, California. His career skyrocketed in 1999 when his sitcom George Lopez debuted on ABC in 2002 and ran until 2007. In November of 2009, he began his late night talk show on TBS named Lopez Tonight.

In 2004, after years of struggling with a genetic condition that caused his kidneys to fail, doctors told Lopez he’d need an organ transplant, and in 2005 Ann donated a kidney to George. After the successful transplant George lost 45 lbs. in part due to his vastly improved health and chose to bring awareness to the issue, by having his on-screen son, Max, diagnosed with a similar illness.

A rep for George and Ann released a statement saying, “George and Ann Lopez have made the decision to end their 17 year marriage. The decision is amicable and by mutual agreement. They remain dedicated parents, and committed partners in business and their philanthropic organization, The Lopez Foundation.”

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Target Continues to Fund Education in U.S. with $1 Billiion Pledge

Target® announced its plans to donate more than $500 million by the end of 2015 to support education, doubling its support to-date, for a total of more than $1 billion. The financial commitment is part of Target’s new reading initiative, Target Read With Me(SM), aimed at helping more U.S. children read proficiently by the end of third grade. As part of the initiative, Target also announced a reading pledge, a donation of up to 2 million books to kids in need, and plans for an innovative reading center that will reach communities across the country through a physical and virtual presence.

According to the most recent available data, one in four kids in the U.S. did not graduate from high school. The odds were even worse for African-American and Hispanic students, nearly 40 percent of whom did not receive a diploma.(1) “When more than a million students a year fail to graduate with their class, it’s more than a problem, it’s a catastrophe,” said Gen. Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.) and founding chair of America’s Promise Alliance. “Our economic and national security are at risk when we fail to educate the leaders and the workforce of the future. No single organization or entity can solve this issue on its own. We have a responsibility to unite across sectors to address this crisis because we cannot afford to let our kids fail.”

Research proves that reading proficiently by the end of third grade is a significant milestone on the path to graduation.(2) This is when children make the transition from learning to read to reading to learn. By launching the Target Read With Me initiative and increasing its focus on helping more U.S. children read proficiently by the end of third grade, Target hopes to bring greater awareness to the education crisis in America, reinforce the important role reading plays in shaping a child’s future, and provide access to the tools and resources needed to help kids beat these odds and stay on the path to graduation.

Target will invite the public to get involved in its reading initiative through a variety of channels, including encouraging parents to commit to a regular reading schedule with a child, increasing the access to books by donating 1 million books and through their virtual reading centers.

Read more at Target Company →

Marc Anthony y Amaia Montero Recorrieron la Ruta del Tequila en México

Los cantantes Marc Anthony y Amaia Montero exploraron la ruta del tequila en Guadalajara con motivo de su visita a México para participar en un concierto benéfico, reveló hoy la organización del evento.

El cantante boricua y la solista española (antigua voz de La Oreja de Van Gogh) actuaron el sábado en Jalisco en Vivo, junto a artistas como Chayanne y Belinda, entre otros, para recoger víveres destinados a los damnificados por el huracán “Karl” en Veracruz.  Para aprovechar su visita a la considerada por excelencia tierra del tequila y el mariachi, Jalisco, ambos cantantes tomaron la tradicional ruta para conocer cómo se elabora el codiciado destilado.

Tras disfrutar del paisaje de los campos de agave, planta de la que se elabora el tequila, visitaron la hacienda San José del Refugio, donde conocieron paso a paso el proceso de producción.  Como es tradicional, los jimadores le enseñaron al marido de Jennifer López y a la cantante española a “jimar” el agave (cortar cuidadosamente las hojas duras de la planta para descubrir la piña, en la parte interior).

Read more at Yahoo en Espanol →

Tropical Storm Matthew Claims At Least Six

Monday, authorities said remnants of Tropical Storm Matthew, which was later downgraded to a tropical depression, left six and possibly more dead with four missing and floods that forced thousands of people to leave their homes.

Chiapas was hit hardest as four people died, three went missing and around 2,000 were evacuated. 800 homes, as well as water systems and highways were severely damaged.

Nuevo Leon, a Texas-border state, suffered two fatalities due to the rain, another is missing and because of a mudslide in a residential neighborhood, several families were evacuated.

The two died in rural Allende when the Mireles stream took a car carrying three men away. Hours later, two of the bodies were found while the search continues for the body of the third.

Earth and boulders broke from a Loma Larga mountain hillside on Sunday in Monterrey and buried nine parked cars. 84 people were evacuated as a precaution.

Rains of more than 6 inches raised rivers’ levels and swamped Villahermosa, the state capital.

Of 10 of Tabasco’s rivers, seven flooded.

And in Gulf coast Veracruz, previously battered by Hurricane Karl last week, damage was minor. However, heavy rains swelled Papaloapan and Coatzacoalos rivers.

With thousands of people affected as it headed to the Gulf of Mexico, Matthew downgraded to a tropical depression and it moved away from Central America.

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Placido Domingo Leaving Washington National Opera

Placido Domingo announced Monday that he will be leaving the Washington National Opera when his contract expires next year.

The Opera has been struggling financially in the recent past, and Domingo is credited with bringing more large productions and international stars to Washington.

Spanish tenor, Domingo, 69, has been the artistic director of the Washington National Opera ince 1996 and served as genera director since 2003.

In a letter, he wrote, “I think it is time for the company to go in new directions, including studying the possibility of a merger with the Kennedy Center, and you can rest assured that I will do everything I can to help during this, my last year as general director.”

Washington National Opera President Kenneth Feinberg, responding to Domingo’s departure said, “He will be missed, but all good things must come to an end. Placido’s association with WNO was essential to the company’s artistic development and helped it to gain recognition nationally and internationally.”

Under his current contract, Domingo will return to Washington early next year to sing “Iphigenie en Tauride” and will conduct performances of “Madama Butterfly” and “Don Pasquale.”

Popular music audiences know Domingo best for his “Three Tenors” performances with Jose Carreras and the late Luciano Pavarotti.

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Mexican Border City Mayors Blames U.S. Deportations on Violence Surge

Last week a group of Mexican mayor’s gathered for a conference to discuss cross-border issues; the mayor from San Diego was the only U.S. mayor in attendance.  From the Mexican side mayor’s from Tijuana, violence plagued Ciudad Juarez, Nogales and Nuevo Laredo were in attendance.

In their discussions the mayor’s all pointed to the deportation of Mexican criminals from the U.S. to their border cities as a leading cause of the rise in violence in their communities.  The mayor of Ciudad Juarez that is now deemed the most violent in Mexico asked that the U.S. reduce the deportation of convicts to the border, where many are bused and dropped off.  He noted that in the past three years 80,000 people were deported out of the U.S. and let in his city and of those 30 percent of 28,000 had criminal records.

The mayor are under the assumption that the U.S. is reviewing a program that would send deportees via plane and not bus and fly them to central Mexico versus border cities.  U.S. authorities have not confirmed this revised policy

Read more at SignOn San Diego News →

Another Mexican Official Murdered

Monday, the mayor of a small town and an aide were found stoned to death in a drug-riddled western state. The mayor’s death makes it the fifth city leader to be slain in Mexico since mid-August.

The body of Tancitaro Mayor Gustavo Sanchez and of city adviser Rafael Equihua was found in an abandoned pickup truck on a dirt road outside the city of Uruapan, said Michoacan state Attorney General Jesus Montejano.

Initially, it was said the two victims were killed by repeated slashes of a machete, but the attorney general said they were killed with stones.

A region where 20 meth labs have been destroyed, Tancitaro, a town 26,000 people, is also the sight where suspected drug gang members have killed several police officers.

Last year city council chief Gonzalo Paz was kidnapped, tortured and killed and the mayor and seven other town officials resigned after being threatened by drug traffickers. Local police stopped showing up to work, and shortly after, the department’s entire 60-officer force was fired. They had failed to stop a series of killings and other crimes, and soldiers and Michoacan state police.

Sanchez had been named mayor in January.

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Congressional Briefing Today on Hispanic Child Obesity Rates

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2008, 18.5 percent of Hispanic children were obese compared to 12.6 percent of white children and 11.8 percent of African American children and the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) is bringing experts to Congress to discuss strategies that work to reduce this rate amongst Hispanic children. 

The NHMA is convening a Congressional Briefing, “Prevention Policies & Programs to Reduce Obesity among Hispanic Children” today to help change these statistics.  One of the speakers, Dr. Shale Wong from the First Lady’s Office said, “We commend NHMA for organizing this Congressional briefing which showcases policies and programs to help reduce obesity among Hispanic Children and thus contributes to ending the wider childhood obesity epidemic, the goal of the First Lady’s Let’s Move Campaign.”  Other speakers include Rajen Anand, DVM, PhD, Executive Director, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cecilia Pozo Fileti, MS, RD, Director, Latino Infant Nutrition Initiative, Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH, Vice President & Chief Medical Officer, Health Care Service Corporation, and Ana Garcia, MPA, Senior Policy Associate, New York Academy of Medicine.

The good news is that there has been growing attention in Washington, DC to reducing child obesity. The Affordable Care Act, passed in March, will support major prevention programs to transform communities to reduce obesity. This summer, Congressman Joe Baca (D-CA) introduced the Healthy Children through School Nutrition Education Act to add nutrition education to school lunch programs and the Physical Education to Create a Healthier Nation Act for public schools to have minimum physical education time.

This week Congress will be voting on The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act that includes many significant improvements over current law including updated nutrition standards for all foods and beverages sold in schools, increased lunch reimbursements to include fresh produce, training to help schools serve healthier meals, expansion of afterschool meals and enrolling more low-income children for free meals. Most low income communities have limited resources that result in families eating foods high in calories, low in nutrition and contributing to the growing obesity epidemic. 

The National Hispanic Medical Association is a non-profit organization in Washington, DC with the mission to empower Hispanic physicians to lead efforts to improve health of Hispanic populations in collaboration with public and private sector partners. 

Read more at National HIspanic Medical Association →

TuesdaySeptember 28, 2010