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FridayOctober 29, 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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Happy Halloween from HS-News!

HS-News tracked down numerous Latin American leaders to bring you an exclusive insight on their Halloween costumes. Can you spot the Presidents?  What disfraces is Fidel, Sebastin, Calderon, Juan Manuel Santos, Evo, Lula, Alan Garcia, Rafael, Cristina Fernandez and our fave Hugo donning for some tricks and treats. 


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Courts of Brazil Acknowledge McDonald’s Makes You Porky and Mad Enough to Sue (VIDEO)

Yesterday, a portly former, employee of Brazil McDonald’s won suit against the company for allegedly making him 65 pounds overweight during his tenure as a franchise manager. 

The male employee filed suit charging that he was forced to sample the fried food made every day to ensure a high quality standard.  We don’t know if they mean a high quantity of grease or a high quality of artery choking oil.  In addition, the McDonald’s porker partook of the free lunches employees are offered claiming that also added to his girth. 

As a result of the suit McDonald’s has to pay the food victim $17,500.

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Violence in Mexico appears to be Targeting Innocent Bystanders

Three separate incidents in Mexico yesterday are indicating that the violence from the drug cartels wars is now targeting innocent Mexican citizens without an attributable cause except to cause more fear and panic amongst ordinary Mexican citizens.

Yesterday four employees of the Eagle Ottawa Company located near Ciudad Juarez were shot dead when gunmen boarded three company buses and started shooting randomly.  In Zapopan, a suburb of Jalisco, Mexico, grenades launched into a private residence wounding five people including two toddlers.

These attacks came on the heals of an ambush at a carwash that left 15 employees dead in Nayarit.  Over the weekend, 14 Catholic school teens were massacred at a birthday party – none were known to have any connections to drug cartels. 

Police officials in Mexico continue to be the target of many drive-by shootings and ambushes.  Yesterday in Jalisco, nine officers were killed in an ambush and one remains missing.  Assault rifles and grenades were used in most of these ambushes.

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Evo or Mahmoud. Who Handles Balls Better?

The President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, was in Iran on an official trip to sign bi-lateral agreements concerning energy and mineral exploration earlier this week. The three day trip concluded with a friendly soccer match with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and current and former players from Iran’s National Team. The match ended tied 3-3.


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Latin Grammy Announces More Superstar Performances (VIDEO)

Nominees Marc Anthony, Aida Cuevas, Jenni Rivera, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Aleks Syntek, and Johnny Ventura are the latest performers announced for the 11th Annual Latin GRAMMY® Awards telecast. Additionally, nominee Prince Royce will join R&B legend Ben E. King for a never-before-seen performance.

Confirmed to present awards are current Latin GRAMMY nominees Pepe Aguilar, Jorge Drexler, Kany Garcia, and Tito “El Bambino,” as well as actresses Camilla Belle and Alexa Vega. The Latin GRAMMY Awards are set for Nov. 11 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and will be broadcast live on the Univision Network.  Placido Domingo will be honored as Latin Grammy Person of the Year for his distinguished career and many philanthropic initiatives. 



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Two-out-of-Three Americans Don’t Feel Better Off Than They were Five Years Ago

As a highly anxious and in many cases angry electorate prepares to vote, a new national telephone survey finds that two-out-of-three Americans (67%) feel the country is not better off today than it was five years ago.

This finding comes at a time when just 32% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the country is heading in the right direction, while 64% say it’s heading down the wrong track. These findings have been largely unchanged for months.

Americans overwhelmingly anticipate that the federal government will have to dramatically cut spending like France and Great Britain are doing now, and a sizable number suggest that even Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid may have to be on the cutting block.  While 76% of American adults know someone who is out of work and looking for a job. 

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Serenade of the Seas Cruise Ship in Puerto Rico Scene of Drug Seizures

U.S. Customs officials (CBP) are reporting that earlier in the week they seized cocaine and heroin, in separate incidents, aboard the Serenade of the Seas cruise ship as it docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Early in the morning, CBP officers conducted a random inspection of ship cabins. During the search, a K-9 sweep alerted positive to the odor of narcotics.  CBP officers discovered three brick size packages between the beds which field tested positive to cocaine.

In a separate incident an inspection of the luggage exposed a large of amount of shoes that yielded a brown powdery substance. The CBP officers found, wrapped in duct tape inside the shoes, a substance which tested positive for heroin.

The estimated street value of the heroin is $324,000 and the estimated value of the seized cocaine is $84,000 and four passengers were arrested on the spot.

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Concern Over Prison Term for Panamanian Journalists Growing

The United Nations (UN) voiced concern over a prison sentence for two Panamanian journalists, who had earlier been acquitted on charges of slander and libel.

Frank La Rue from the UN said in a statement that, according to available information, the two journalists were also prohibited from carrying out activities related to their profession for one year.

“This judicial decision represents a worrying precedent for the efforts being made to decriminalize such incidents, especially in cases such as this, wherein the act which led to the punishment relates to information about the actions of public officials,” Mr. La Rue stressed.

Although the prison term was later commuted to a fine and there was the possibility of a pardon, the UN is stressing the importance of the right of citizens to be fully informed about the activities of public officials.

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FridayOctober 29, 2010