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MondayOctober 11, 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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Four Dead in Gunfight Inside a Bus in Guatemala (BILINGUAL)

Four people died and another four sustained wounds after a gunfight inside a bus this Monday in the province of Jutiapa, in the south west of Guatemala, informed officials of the rescue corps.

A spokesman for the Voluntary Firefighter Corps of Jutiapa explained to the local radio that the incident happened 57 miles into the “interamerican route”, close to the town of Calderas in the municipality of San José Acatempa.

The bus, from the company “Montoya” had left the city of Agua Blanca earlier in the day, towards Guatemala City, the capital.

Sources indicated that according to witnesses, the shootout begun when four passengers assassinated Misael Guzmán, in an apparent robbery.
Eldin Arias, an agent of the National Civilian Police that happened to be in the bus, tried to repel the assault, but was overpowered and killed in the incident, as well as another passenger Inés Ordoñez; a third passenger, identified as Idalia García, died before arrival to the national hospital of Jutiapa.

Police are still investigating the incident.

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Ambush In Mexico Leaves 8 Police Dead

Ambush In Mexico Leaves 8 Police Dead

Photo: Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera

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In northern Mexico, eight officers have been reported dead after they were ambushed on Monday.

The State’s Attorney General’s office in Sinaloa, Mexico said four police cars were ambushed on a highway in Navolato, a central coast town on the Mexico-California border.

The Sinaloa official said the gunmen escaped, but it is believed that a vehicle found many miles away belonged to the attackers. The official did not release any names for security reasons.

A cartel simply known as the Sinaloa Cartel is located in the city, and is run by the nation’s most-wanted man, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera.

Also, in Tijuana, the bodies of two decapitated men were found hung by their feet off of a bridge. Police found the heads in an abandoned car on the bridge.

Additional details were not immediately available.

Read more at Asssociated Press →

Argentine Soccer Star Messi, the New Image of Dolce & Gabbana (BILINGUAL)

Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi, currently considered the best on the planet for his spectacular performances with the Barcelona soccer team, will be from now on the face of the Italian brand Dolce & Gabbana.

It is a surprise, for up until today, the star nicknamed “the flea” hadn’t show a major interest in fashion, Messi nonetheless expressed a profound thankfulness and excitement about this collaboration with D&G. “I always preferred their elegant style and always loved the sophisticated image that projects.” said Messi.

Will Leo Messi be able to attract as much attention to D&G as David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo draw to Armani?

Only time and full page ads of the soccer stars in dapper clothes will tell.

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Yet Another Spanish Cyclist Caught in Doping Scandal (BILINGUAL)

Spanish cyclist Margarita Fullana admitted to having used the forbidden doping substance EPO after a urine test turned out positive for the drug.
Fullana’s case is the latest of four doping cases involving Spanish cyclists: team Mates Ezequiel Mosquera and David García da Pena tested positive for hydroxyethyl starch, and Tour de France winner Alberto Contador, tested positive for Clebuterol.

Spokesmen for Contador were hasty in attributing the positive result to contaminated steak. French sports daily L’Equipe reported Friday however, that the German lab that found a tiny amount of the banned drug clenbuterol in Contador’s urine sample also found plastic residues of the kind that might turn up after a transfusion of blood from a plastic bag.

A blood transfusion would oxygenate blood, leading illegally to a better performance.

All four cyclist have been suspended by the International Cycling Union, and face sanctions as severe as two-year bans.

Fullana regretted her actions on her website; she acknowledged she had committed a “stupid” act and would “accept my sanction and turn the page.”

“Nothing was working out for me and I had the damned chance to get hold of this substance, but in such a small quantity that it made no difference,” Fullana wrote. “I did not improve and my world championship race went like all the others: badly, horrendously. “I have been stupid, but I am brave enough to recognize it. I have spent so many years working to build a sporting career and now through one error that I have made, I have put my foot in it.”


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New Mayor of Violence-Plagued Juarez Takes Office

The most violence city in Mexico has a new, albeit nervous, Mayor who took office on Sunday.  Hector Murguia, also known by the name, El Teto was sworn into office at the Juarez Gimnasio Universitario amidst intense security and many hopefulness residents.

This is the second time Murguia is serving as the Mayor of this border city having served from 2004 through 2007 and things are quite different now.  Murguia is succeeding Jose Reyes Ferriz, whose tenure is marked as the deadliest in the city’s history with more than 6,600 people killed since 2008.  This year alone 2,400 Juarez citizens have been killed.

The city is not only plagued by drug cartel violence but also a 20 percent rate of unemployment.  Regardless Murguia remains focused and committed to the city’s “main problem” public safety.

Read more at El Paso →

Is the Latino Enthusiasm Gap Closing?

With three weeks to go until election day the Latino Decisions tracking poll reports the first signs of increasing enthusiasm and vote intention among Latino registered voters in 2010. Last week the Pew Hispanic Center released a report indicating that just 51% of Latinos planned to vote in the November midterm.

Latino Decisions tracking poll data report 74.9% of Latino registered voters state they are “almost certain” to vote, up from 72.6% last week, and 65.6% two weeks ago. When asked about how enthusiastic they were about participating in the midterm election, 50.2% of Latinos said they were “very enthusiastic” about voting in November, up from 41.3% last week, and 40.3% two weeks ago. In contrast to the Latino Decisions tracking poll, which surveys Latino voters on a continual basis every week, the Pew Hispanic Center survey was fielded August 17 – September 19, at an earlier point when many Latino voter mobilization drives had not yet begun in earnest.

In recent weeks, Latino civic groups such as Mi Familia Vota, NALEO, NCLR, Southwest Voter, and others have started large scale voter education and mobilization drives. However, some very notable gaps do exist among Latinos in terms of enthusiasm in 2010. Young Latino voters who mobilized to vote in record numbers during the 2008 election, report much lower rates of voter engagement in 2010.

Read more at Latino Decisions →

Chavez Agrees with China in Dissing Nobel Peace Prize given to Chinese Dissident

The Chinese government has found an ally in Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in agreeing that jailed dissident, Liu Xiaobo, should not have received the Nobel Prize for Peace.

The Chinese government reacted angrily when the award was given to Xiaobo who is currently in a Chinese jail for his opposition to the government.  Chavez agreed with the Chinese government that Xiaobo is a criminal.  Chavez was also critical of President Barack Obama receiving the peace prize last year and views the Nobel Prize Committee as “lackeys of the West.” 

China is one of the largest consumer’s of Venezuelan-produced oil with plans to increase its purchases to 1 million barrels a day by 2012.  “Viva China! And its sovereignty, its independence and its greatness,” Chavez stated as his concluded his comments on the matter. 

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No Joke: Charo Makes American TV Debut of New Song “Sexy Sexy” (VIDEO)

You would think we should be offended that any artist is lip-synching a performance but actually that was the least offensive aspect of Charo’s American TV debut of her new song “Sexy Sexy”.  We don’t know where to start except to say its GOD AWFUL. 

There are only two or three words in the song and they are too garbled to even make sense – not that anyone would even listen.  You are mesmerized by Charo’s train wreck performance on the Wendy Williams Show from her 1980’s glitter gown to the hay stack on her head, otherwise known as her hair, to her running out of breath as she is lip-synching.

Who gave this poor soul the impression that the American people wanted her back and how did Wendy Williams people book her on the show.  Clearly Erik Estrada and the Frito Bandito were unavailable. 

We ask: Aren’t there enough collagen fueled, talent-less women on TV already??

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Mantienen en Monterrey Reclamo Contra Violencia

Regiomontanos mantuvieron por cuarto día consecutivo, en la zona peatonal de la avenida Morelos, su reclamo a las autoridades para que pongan un alto al clima de violencia, tras la muerte de la joven Lucila Quintanilla Ocañas.

Con la permanente exigencia de justicia y paz, lo que inició con un corazón como homenaje póstumo a la universitaria, ahora tiene el objetivo de formar una estela de veladoras y mensajes hasta la Catedral de esta ciudad, al suroriente de la Macroplaza.  Dicha acción es desde el cruce de Morelos y Juárez, frente a la Plaza de la Tecnología, donde el 6 de octubre anterior cayó abatida la joven de 21 años durante un tiroteo en el que otras cinco personas resultaron heridas.

Este domingo, portando de nuevo flores, personas adultas y jóvenes, de distintos estratos sociales y credos religiosos, siguieron acudiendo de manera espontánea, para orar y manifestar su indignación por estos lamentables hechos que han consternado a los regiomontanos.

“¡Ni un muerto más, alto a la impunidad!”, se lee en una de las pancartas; “Ya basta, por caridad hagan algo”, decía otro mensaje de una madre que dijo padecer el secuestro de uno de sus hijos desde junio, sin que las autoridades hayan dado una respuesta a sus demandas.

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Most Voters Feel U.S. Government Encourages Illegal Immigration

Voters feel more strongly than ever that the federal government is encouraging illegal immigration and that states like Arizona have the answer to the problem.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 62% of likely U.S. Voters believe the policies and practices of the federal government encourage people to enter the United States illegally, up six points from October of last year.  Only 23% disagree and think the federal government is not encouraging illegal immigration, but another 16% are not sure.

Sixty-three percent (63%) of voters now favor passage of an immigration law like Arizona’s in their own state, despite the U.S. Justice Department’s highly-publicized lawsuit challenging the law in court. That’s a four-point increase from late July. Twenty-six percent (26%) oppose such a law in their state.

The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on September 24-25, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95%level of confidence.

Read more at Rasmussen Reports →

Elected Officials in Oaxaca Mexico Targeted Over the Weekend

An elected official from the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) was shot to death over the weekend near his home while another from the National Action Party (PAN) was kidnapped-both incidents occurring in Oaxaca, Mexico. 

Antonio Jimenez Banos, 47 was elected mayor of a small municipality in the state of Oaxaca and was due to take office in January 2011.  This makes the third killing of an elected official in Oaxaca and the twelfth throughout all of Mexico.

Earlier in the week Manuel Manzanares, a congressional deputy-elect, was kidnapped by masked gunmen. His whereabouts remain unknown. 

Mexican police are investigating the murder and kidnapping and directly related to the country’s on-going drug cartel violence or politically motivated.

Read more at Fox News →

MondayOctober 11, 2010