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FridayOctober 1, 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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WEEKLY FEATURE:  Coco Loco Latinos of the Week


It’s time to identify our Coco Loco Latinos most of whom we found at different fiestas throughout the week.  We had the decrepit ‘’chuchi chuchi’’  hoochy Charo showing up at PETA’s 30th Annual Awards with an outfit that defines logic.  Lets forget that we all thought she was already dead and after seeing her in a flamenca outfit you’d wish she was.  Any chuchi chuchi flaunting old chi cha’s is Coco Loco. 

Then we had Mexican soccer player Carlos Salcido celebrating Mexico’s win over Colombia with tranny Yamille in the bathroom. The he/she is proclaiming to be in love with Salcido, just after 15 minutes of lust.  Salcido must love to play with balls even when off the field no matter whose they are.  Carlos, who is married, may end up having to file for divorce like George Lopez.

This week our favorite fun Coco Loco announced the end to his 17-year marriage possibly related to his hooker hook-ups reported by the National Enquirer.  Hopefully his wife will just cut his balls off and not the kidney she donated to him. 

The top Coco Loco award of the week however goes to newcomer Nicandra Santillan, also known as the Mad Mexican Maid who changed her name to Nicky so everybody would think she’s actually Americano and not notice she’s in the country illegally - that is until she told the world at a press conference.  Coco Loco.


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US Apologizes for Infecting Guatemalans with Syphilis

The United States apologized today for an experiment carried out from 1946-1948 in Guatemala. US government researchers deliberately infected Guatemalan prisoners with syphilis, so they could test the new drug penicillin.

“The sexually transmitted disease inoculation study conducted from 1946-1948 in Guatemala was clearly unethical,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement.

“Although these events occurred more than 64 years ago, we are outraged that such reprehensible research could have occurred under the guise of public health. We deeply regret that it happened, and we apologize to all the individuals who were affected by such abhorrent research practices,” the statement said.

Clinton called Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom on Thursday night to inform him, said Arturo Valenzuela, assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs.

The study was discovered when Wellesley College researcher Susan Reverby found the unpublished notes on the experiment.


Read more at The Chicago Tribune →

UNWIND this weekend with a Latin American Wonder

UNWIND this weekend with a Latin American natural wonder.  Guess What and Where this is?


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Senator Menendez Introduces New Immigration Reform Bill

Senator Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey) introduced The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act, and brought hope to many immigration supporters.  The bill was filed Thursday just as Congress prepares to break until after the November 2nd elections.

Menendez’s immigration bill includes: The DREAM Act, an AgJobs program to legalize undocumented farm workers, grant funding for border security, and clears up a recent issue by stating that only the federal government has the authority to enforce immigration law.  In an immediately released statement, President Obama said, “I’m pleased that the bill includes important building blocks laid out in the bipartisan framework presented earlier this year addressing the urgent need for reform.

We cannot continue to allow partisan politics and divisive rhetoric to dominate and delay action on this critical issue. Comprehensive immigration reform would provide lasting and dedicated resources for our border security, while restoring accountability and responsibility to the broken system. I look forward to working with members of both parties to get this done.”

Within the last 12 months three different immigration reform bills have been drafted. The first introduced in December of 2009 by U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez.

Read more at Latin in America →

Rahm Emanuel Steps Down With a Tearful Good-bye

Rahm Emanuel Steps Down With a Tearful Good-bye

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President Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel stepped down Friday with praise from the president who called Emanuel “an incomparable leader” and said he would be missed by colleagues on this “bittersweet day here at the White House.”

Obama added, “It’s fair to say that we could not have accomplished what we’ve accomplished without Rahm’s leadership.”

While he did not mention his prospective campaign, Emanuel stepped down to run for mayor of Chicago as current mayor, Daley announced he is finished after the current year. In his speech, he praised the president for confronting what he called “some of the toughest challenges of out time.”
“You had the guts to make the tough calls that stopped the free fall and saved our country from a second Great Depression,” Emanuel said. “You’ve taken on some of the most powerful interests in this town to stand up for the American people. “

The now former chief of staff got emotional when he spoke of his family and immigrant ancestors, and received a standing ovation from the crowd.

“Thank you all,” he said. “I look forward to seeing you all in Chicago.”

Upon his departure, President Obama has named senior advisor Pete Rouse as Emanuel’s interim replacement saying he has already made many contributions, saying, “There’s a saying around the White House – ‘let’s let Pete fix it.’”

Low-key Rouse was present on the stage, but made no comments. Rouse had helped organize Obama’s presidential campaign and was his chief of staff during his time as Senator in Illinois.

Though Emanuel was choked up at times, he still expressed his close relationship with Obama with a joke saying, “I’m sure you’ve learned some words that you’ve never heard before, and assortment of combinations of words.” Referring of course, to his often-public profane and colorful language.

Read more at USAToday →

HS News has Figured out Who Meg Whitman’s Maid Really Works For - Partake of our Humor

Come visit our Amigo ó Enemigo section as we analyze and dissect what is said by and about Hispanics. 


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Walgreen Co Celebrates Products Made by Hispanic Owned Businesses

Walgreen Company will highlight the successes of Hispanic-owned businesses during Hispanic Heritage Month in October as part of its Community Corner program, a supplier diversity initiative designed to allow consumers to easily identify and purchase products produced by diverse companies.

Walgreens will recognize these Latino vendor partners through print advertisements, in-store announcements, in-store product demonstrations and on its website.  Products such as Zote laundry soap by Mercado Latino and its studio 35 line will be featured.

Select Walgreens locations will host special events in October featuring these products and customers will have the opportunity to try featured products and take home samples.

The company will also host events between October 1 through the 15th that include free health screenings for cholesterol, blood pressure, bone density, and blood glucose levels. The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), as part of its Latinos Living Healthy Initiative, will deliver an education campaign during the events about the increase of childhood obesity among Latinos and community health resources that can help overcome this epidemic.

Walgreens launched the Community Corner program in February featuring products made by African American vendors in honor of Black History Month and products from women-owned businesses in May. In the coming months, Walgreens plans to expand the program to feature businesses owned by Native Americans and Asian Americans.

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Spanish Men Allowed Breastfeed Time at Office – NO This Isn’t a Title of a Porno Movie

Europe’s highest court has declared that Spanish fathers who are working are entitled to take ‘breastfeeding leave’ everyday while at their jobs.  Therefore mama’s and papa’s are allowed to leave work for up to an hour to breastfeed up to nine months after the birth of their baby.

New father Pedro Manuel Roca Alvarez asked his employer to take a breastfeeding leave to be with his child when his wife couldn’t and his employer refused hence his lawsuit.  The court ruled it would be discriminatory on grounds of sex not to allow dads the same time off for breastfeeding.

What Spanish men will actually do with their breastfeeding leave is frightening to think of and possibly pornographic.  You would think with an unemployment rate of 20.5%, the highest in the European Union, Spanish men would want to stay glued to their desks, but maybe not. 

Read more at Telegraph.co.uk →

This Year 23,384 Mexican Citizens Volunarily Return Home with U.S. Help

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced Thursday that 23,384 Mexican citizens agreed to voluntarily return to their hometowns in the interior of Mexico by participating in the Mexican Interior Repatriation Program (MIRP).

MIRP is a bilateral voluntary program that ensures the safe and swift return of Mexican nationals found unlawfully in the Sonora Arizona desert region of the United States to their places of origin in the Mexican interior. The program is run by ICE, the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Mexican Ministry of the Interior.

The last flight for 2010, carrying 130 people, departed Tucson Tuesday for Mexico City.

MIRP was designed in 2004 as a bilateral effort between the United States and Mexico to reduce the loss of human life and combat organized crime linked to the smuggling, trafficking and exploitation of persons.  Under MIRP, Mexican nationals apprehended in U.S. Border Patrol’s Yuma and Tucson Sectors are taken to DHS facilities in Nogales and Yuma, Ariz., where candidates are medically screened, meet with officials from Mexican Consulate and are offered the opportunity to voluntarily participate in the program.

This year’s first repatriation flight departed Tucson International Airport on June 1. Of the 23,384 people returned this year 85 percent were men and 15 percent were women. A total of 963 juveniles accompanied by their parents participated in MIRP as well.

More than 116,000 Mexican nationals have been safely returned under MIRP over the program’s seven summers of operation.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Families of Chilean Miners Suing Mining Company

Of the 33 trapped men in the Chilean mine, families members of 27 are suing the San Esteban mining company, accusing them of negligence and violations of several safety regulations. A lawyer said the families will also be demanding a similar amount from Chile’s government within the next few days.

The families say they’re angry the mine was re-opened a year after a fatal accident even though safety standards had not been improved at the site.

Local mayor Brunilda Gonzalez told Radio Cooperativa, “The suit is against the company that owns the mine, against the state workers who did not do their jobs and the Chilean state.”

The government froze the mining company’s assets after the mine collapse resulting in them filing for bankruptcy in September and leaving the government to pay the massive rescue operation costs.

The trapped miners are said to be in high spirits as the progress made in drilling their escape tunnels has raised hope they may be rescued a month ahead of schedule.

The drill could break through to the miners in as little as 15 days, but rescuers warn that unforeseen problems could occur and slow progress. Currently, one of the drill rigs is about 1,000 ft deep, about half way.

Read more by HS News Staff →

President Obama Nominates Jimmie V. Reyna to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. President Obama announced the nomination of Jimmie V. Reyna to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC).  The CAFC has nationwide jurisdiction of appeals arising from among others federal district courts.  Mr. Reyna is a partner in the Washington,  DC office of Williams Mullen with over three decades of legal experience and 24 years as an international trade practitioner.  He is a noted and prolific author, having written books and numerous articles on international trade, trade policy and customs. 

Diana Sen, President of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HBNA), noted that “the HNBA family is delighted by the nomination of Mr. Reyna, a former national president of our Association.  We are confident that Mr. Reyna will make an exceptional jurist and the HNBA urges the U.S. Senate to confirm his nomination with deliberate speed.” 

He has been Editor-in-Chief of the HNBA Journal of Law and Policy, which he founded, for many years.  He also has a record of service with the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, the ABA Presidential Commission on Diversity and the ABA House of Delegates, and
within the ABA International Law Section. 

In 2009, the Government of Mexico honored Mr. Reyna with its Ohtli Award, in recognition of his contributions to opening pathways for the Mexican-American and Latino communities in the U.S.

Read more at HNBA →

Ford Motor Increases Spending with Minority Owned Businesses

Ford Motor Company, maintaining a strong commitment to supplier diversity, is on track this year to exceed its annual goal to source 10 percent of U.S. purchases with minority- and women-owned businesses.

In 2009, Ford purchased $2.7 billion worth of goods and services from its tier one minority- and women-owned businesses in the U.S., down from $3.3 billion in 2008. The decline is attributable to lower industry volumes. Despite the decrease in dollar amounts, the level of Ford’s U.S. diversity sourcing in 2009 remained at approximately 10 percent. Ford’s tier one suppliers purchased $1.02 billion from minority- and women-owned businesses in 2009, compared to $1.2 billion in 2008.

These opportunities provided minority- and women-owned suppliers with new business valued at more than $150 million during a period when purchasing budgets and the supply base were being downsized.  Ford’s minority- and women-owned suppliers are also playing an important role in the company’s revitalized product line. For example, Ford Gonzalez Production Systems, a Hispanic-owned supplier, is expanding in Ford’s final manufacturing assembly area. The company, based in Pontiac, Mich., has won contracts for the next-generation Focus, as well as another product from Ford’s global car platform.

In the last year Ford also named four additional minority- and women-owned businesses to its Aligned Business Framework (ABF), a group of preferred suppliers that Ford has selected for collaborative, long-term relationships. The four are Piston Automotive; Saturn Electronics, an Asian-American manufacturer of electromechanical components in Rochester Hills, Mich.; Uniworld Group, Ford’s African-American advertising agency of record, based in New York; and Zubi Advertising, Ford’s Hispanic agency of record, based in Miami.  There are now 13 minority- and women-owned suppliers among the 89 companies in the ABF network.

Read more by HS News Staff →

El Crimen hace Huir a Alcaldes; Despachan Fuera de sus Municipios

La inseguridad que vive México por el crimen organizado ha obligado a alcaldes de seis estados a gobernar a “control remoto”.

Decenas de presidentes municipales de Tamaulipas, Michoacán, Chihuahua, Guerrero, Sinaloa y Durango han huido de su lugar de origen y han optado por despachar desde ciudades donde sus vidas no corran peligro.  En Tamaulipas, la mitad de los 43 municipios carecen de alcaldes de tiempo completo. En las demarcaciones fronterizas, los munícipes acuden a sus oficinas de día y salen de sus pueblos para pernoctar en sitios seguros, incluso en Estados Unidos.

En Michoacán, donde tres alcaldes han sido ejecutados en los últimos dos años, los presidentes municipales de Nocupétaro, Carácuaro y Tiquicheo gobiernan desde la capital michoacana, debido a la inseguridad.  “Están despachando desde Morelia, algunos van de vez en cuando a su municipio”, dijo el dirigente del PAN en la entidad.

Debido a la incertidumbre, temor, desconfianza y recientes asesinatos, algunos presidentes municipales de zonas con alta incidencia delictiva y presencia del crimen organizado han tenido que cambiar su residencia y despachar desde ciudadades más seguras, incluso de Estados Unidos.  Otros que despachan en sus municipios, pernoctan en localidades cercanas, también con el fin de evadir las amenazas y el riesgo que hay en sus propias ciudades.

En Tamaulipas, por ejemplo, alrededor de la mitad de los 43 municipios de esta entidad carecen de alcaldes de tiempo completo.

Read more at Excelsior.com.mx →

FridayOctober 1, 2010