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SundayDecember 12, 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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Rahm and that Pesky Residency Question, Chicago Board of Elections to Meet this Week

To run for mayor, a candidate must be a Chicago resident for at least one year before the Feb. 22, 2011, election. Generally, if a candidate leaves the state for work yet retains ownership of a city property, maintains his voter registration and continues to vote absentee, he should not have a problem, according to Jim Allen, a spokesman for the Chicago Board of Elections.

However, when Rahm originally filed his 2009 Illinois Tax return, he checked that he was a “part year resident” of the state as he had moved to DC to work as Obama’s Chief of Staff.

After Rahm decided to run for mayor and knew that he would be challenged he filed an amended return on November 24th. “The amended returns make clear that we were full-year residents of Illinois in 2009. ... We are also full-year residents of Illinois in 2010.” Rahm said.

These tax returns were amongst hundreds of documents released on Saturday. Chicago Board of Elections will hear claims this week that Rahm gave up his residency when he and his family moved to Washington and rented out their Ravenswood home, and is therefore ineligible to run under Illinois law.

Attorney Burt Odelson, who is leading the case to have Rahm removed from the ballot, said Saturday night that the fact that Emanuel filed the “non-resident and part-year resident’’ tax return shows even he acknowledged that he wasn’t a resident in the last half of 2009 or for most of 2010 before he moved back to the state recently.

Rahm Emanuel is expected to testify Tuesday before the Chicago Board of Elections.

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NARCO BLOG: 13 Mexican Mayors Executed in 2010

During 2010 there have been 13 executions of locally elected throughout the country.  All of them losing their lives in the hands of organized crime in different states of Mexico.

November 8, 2010
The elected mayor of the municipality of Juan Rodriguez Clara, State of Veracruz, Gregorio Barradas Miravete, was killed along with two other people. The political who won election last July 4, was taking office in January.

November 5
The mayor of San Bernardo, Durango, Jaime Lozoya Avila, died of cardiac arrest after being stopped by an armed group, which intercepted the car, taking him out and beating him.  He died later in the hospital. The mayor was in office since August 31st.

September 27
The body of the mayor of Tancítaro, Gustavo Sanchez, was found near Uruapan with another body. The mayor had taken office in December 2009 after the city council resigned under pressure from organized crime.

September 23
Prisciliano Rodríguez Salinas, Mayor of Doctor Gonzalez, was executed in the metropolitan area of Monterrey when he arrived at his ranch in his truck, in the Colonia Loma de los Coyotes, in Doctor Gonzalez, a municipality located where in prior days there were clashes between the army and organized crime. 

September 8
An armed group stormed the town hall of El Naranjo in San Luis Potosi and executed at close range the mayor Alexander Lopez Garcia, 35, who was in a meeting in office .

August 29
Marco Antonio Leal García, mayor of Hidalgo, was executed when he was with his daughter, who was injured. The Attorney General of Justice in the state said that two handguns used to kill the mayor.

August 16
At dawn armed commandos woke the mayor of Santiago, Edelmiro Cavazos Leal, up in his residence and two days later his body was found dead on the road Santiago-Cola de Caballo. The body had three shots, two in the head and once in the chest. He was found handcuffed and blindfolded.

June 30
Nicolás García Ambrosio, Mayor of Santo Domingo, Oaxaca, and a PRD politician was killed as he returned to participate in a protest with the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO). He was attacked on the road near the town of Tonameca, and the town’s treasurer Nicasio Hernandez was wounded.

June 20
Oscar Venancio Rivera, mayor of San Jose del Progreso, Oaxaca, was shot dead while trying to block militants from the United Peoples Assembly for Ocotlán Valley in Defense of Nature and People Empowerment from entering the local school. The head of health, Misael Felix Hernandez, was also killed.

June 19
In the municipality of Guadalupe in the state of Chihuahua, the mayor Jesús Manuel Lara Rodriguez, who was ambushed by surprise in his home where he was shot 11 times.

April 28
The mayor of Zapotitlan Tablas, Guerrero, José Santiago, was shot at close range coming out of a local market..

February 22
The mayor of El Mezquital, Durango, Manuel Estrada Escalante, was inside the restaurant VIP Eden, in the company of a local district legislator when six armed men came charging in and fired at them.

February 17
Ramon Mendivil Sotelo, Mayor of Guadalupe y Calvo, Chihuahua, Valentin Gonzalez Aceves, were killed by an armed group after their truck was shot at. Also injured was the director of public safety. Crisoforo Arellanes Lugo.


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BREAKING NEWS: Metrodome in Minneapolis has Collapsed Under weight of Snow-(VIDEO )

Heavy snow in Minneapolis has caused the roof of the Metrodome to collapse, multiple media outlets are reporting. Today’s Giants-Vikings game had already been rescheduled to Monday night, but it will now possibly need to be moved to another venue as well. There’s no word yet on where the game might take place.

Minneapolis and much of the upper Midwest have been hit by a blizzard that has dumped up to 20 inches of snow in some areas.

Bill Lester, the executive director of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, said Sunday morning that the stadium is unlikely to be ready in time for kickoff on Monday night.
“Monday’s game between the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings was already postponed Sunday after the Giants’ flight was diverted Saturday to Kansas City as area air travel was shut down.” Lester said.

There are no reports of injuries, and no one is believed to have been inside early this morning. The Metrodome roof is inflatable, not rigid. Minnesota Public Radio reports that the roof is no longer visible above the dome’s concrete bowl.

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UN Climate Conference in Mexico Ends – World Forests are the Clear Winners

The United Nations climate change talks in Cancún have concluded with a package of decisions to help countries advance towards a low-emissions future, delivering what the world body’s top officials have hailed as a victory in the battle against one of today’s biggest challenges.

Dubbed the “Cancún Agreements,” the decisions include formalizing pledges and ensuring increased accountability for them, as well as taking concrete action to protect the world’s forests, which account for nearly one-fifth of global carbon emissions.  Critical to the Cancun Agreements was the creation of a framework to reduce deforestation in developing countries.

Agreement was also reached on establishing a fund for long-term climate financing to support developing countries, and bolstering technology cooperation and enhancing vulnerable populations’ ability to adapt to the changing climate.

The next climate Conference is scheduled to be held in South Africa in late 2011.

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Latin American Exports Projected to Grow by 29% in 2010

Latin American exports to the world grew by a projected 29 percent in 2010, to approximately $853 billion, reversing a 23 percent fall in 2009, according to preliminary estimates by the Inter-American Development Bank’s Integration and Trade Sector.

Intra-regional exports grew 27 percent, while extra-regional flows expanded nearly 30 percent. Intra-regional trade as a share of Latin America’s total trade with the world stands at an estimated 17.5 percent, slightly lower than last year’s 17.8 percent.

The steep fall in exports that began with the global financial crisis in October 2008 was largely reversed by late 2009, and export performance has been generally strong ever since. Trade with China in particular has provided a counterbalance to weak demand in the developed countries. Latin America’s overall exports to China grew nearly 50 percent this year over 2009 levels.

Mexico’s exports are projected to grow by a third this year, more than offsetting last year’s 21 percent decline.

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Excuses, Excuses, Excuses   -  Why the Top Reasons for Opposing the DREAM Act are Wrong

CLAIM: The DREAM Act will encourage more illegal immigration.

FACT: The DREAM Act DOES NOT encourage more illegal immigration.
It is not a magnet for new arrivals. Only those who have been here for five years or longer before enactment will qualify and they must have arrived when they were under 16-years old. You can’t be older than 29 to qualify.

CLAIM: Americans want Congress to work on reducing the deficit and fixing the economy.

FACT: The DREAM Act will reduce the deficit and create jobs.
According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the House version of the DREAM Act (H.R. 6497) would reduce deficits by about $2.2 billion and increase revenues by $1.7 billion over the 2011-2020 period.

CLAIM: The DREAM Act has not been properly vetted.

FACT: The basic contours of the DREAM Act have not changed in 10 years.
The DREAM Act has been debated and introduced every session since 2001. This is not a new idea or piece of legislation that the Senate is in unfamiliar with.

CLAIM: DREAM Act Beneficiaries will bring family members en masse.

FACT: DREAM Act Will Not Open Flood Gates to Family Members.
It would take upwards of 25 years for a DREAM Act beneficiary to get a green card for their parents, and 30-40 years for their siblings. (A U.S. citizen CANNOT petition at all for a grandparent, niece, nephew, uncle, aunt, or cousin under our immigration laws).  DREAM Act beneficiaries would have to wait in line for ten years under a conditional nonimmigrant status before they would be able to adjust to a lawful permanent resident status and three more before becoming US citizens. After this 13-year process to become citizens, they could finally apply for their parents or siblings only to come to the US. If their parents (presumably) entered illegally, they would be subject to a ten-year bar from being in the U.S., if they are even eligible at all. So, in order to legalize, they would have to wait the initial 13 years, plus leave the U.S. for another ten, and then finally apply, a process which would probably take upwards of 25 years. The wait for any siblings would likely be even longer. They would also likely be subject to the ten-year bar, and in addition would have to wait in the backlog for a visa, a process which could take up to 30 more years.

CLAIM: We must secure the border first.

FACT: The border has more boots and dollars on it than ever before.
• The annual budget of the U.S. Border Patrol stood at $3.0 billion in Fiscal Year (FY) 2009—a nine-fold increase since FY 1992.
• The number of Border Patrol agents stationed along the southwest border with Mexico grew to 16,974 in FY 2009—a nearly five-fold increase since FY 1992.
• The combined budgets of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) grew from $9.1 billion in FY 2003 to $17.2 billion in FY 2010.
• In August, President Obama signed another new border bill which will pump $600 million into border enforcement, including funds for 1,500 new border patrol agents and 1,200
      National Guard troops.

Immigration Policy Center- www.immigrationpolicy.org

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San Juan, Puerto Rico – One of CNN’s Top Places to Spend Christmas

CNN has announced their preferred 10 places to spend Christmas and the only tropical hot spot on the list was San Juan, Puerto Rico.  The island city was chosen as the number three choice because it celebrates La Navidad – Christmas longer than anybody else in the world.  The partying starts in November and doesn’t stop until mid-January.

San Juan is the capital city of the island and the most populated. During the Christmas season the island average winter low is 71 degrees Fahrenheit with some days as high as the 80’s. The highlight of the long Christmas celebration is the Day of the Three Kings or El Dia de los Tres Reyes Magos when all the children of Puerto Rico get free gifts from the Puerto Rican government.  The New Year celebration in the city is also very special especially for tourists who get to enjoy a free-for-all party hosted by the government. 

On CNN’s list Boston, Massachusetts was given the honored place as being the top place to celebrate Christmas followed by London, England.  U.S. favorite New York also made this list as well as the relatively unknown city of Pogost, Belarus. 

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Mormon Church Expands Hispanic Outreach- Their Fastest Growing Group of Converts

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) is one of the most active modern practitioners of missionary work, with over fifty thousand full-time missionaries worldwide, as of the end of 2009.

Commonly referred to as Mormon missionaries, most LDS Church missionaries are single young men and women in their late teens and early twenties and are assigned to a mission of the church, which is usually far from the missionary’s home. Missionaries do not receive a salary for the work they undertake, and themselves or their families financially support most. Throughout the history of the church, over one million missionaries have been sent on missions. Image

Nationwide, less than 1 percent of Hispanics are Mormon, compared to almost 70 percent Catholic, according to the Pew Research Center. Worldwide, Hispanics make up the fastest growing contingent of Mormon converts, church leaders said.

In Virginia recently a group of new Mormon missionaries arrived. In homes, speaking Spanish, the Mormons kept their message simple and repeated their invite to their Church, which includes a service translated into Spanish and carried through headphones.

“We go a lot off trial-and-error,” Mormon Elder Carter Campbell, 20, said of the language challenge. Like other elders and sisters, as the missionaries are known, Campbell learned Spanish in six weeks. “It’s hard to persuade in Spanish,” he said. “How to get to the hearts of the people?”

During lessons in homes, missionaries try to help individuals grow, not change, they said. In the case of speaking to Catholic Hispanics, the goal is reaching common ground.

The Mormon Church first deployed Spanish-speaking missionaries in the over 20 years ago, it is only this year that they plan to expand their outreach to Hispanics and further increase their fastest growing population.

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La Virgen of Guadalupe Celebrated Today Throughout the Americas

Today is the feast of the Patroness for millions of Mexican and Mexican-Americans, Our Lady of Guadalupe, who appeared to the humble St. Juan Diego in 1531 on the hill of Tepeyac near Mexico City- 479 years ago. She is also the secondary patroness of the Philippines.  Image

She is one of the most iconic religious symbols in the world and the most famous in Mexico.  She is know also as the “Queen of Mexico” or the “Empress of the Americas”.

An image thought to be the Virgen Mary told Juan Diego to go to the bishop with the request to build a church in her honor on the hill where she appeared. The bishop then asked Juan Diego for a sign to prove that the lady had appeared to him.

She had directed Juan Diego to gather a bouquet of flowers, roses in particular, that miraculously appeared on a bush nearby to be presented to the bishop, although roses did not bloom at that time of the year. Juan Diego gathered the roses in his tilma. When Juan Diego arrived at the bishop’s residence, he opened his tilma and the roses felt to the floor, and the miraculous image of the Blessed Mother imprinted on the cloak.

Today the tilma since exists in the basilica in Mexico with out ever having been proven as a fake.  The peasant Juan Diego was canonized as a saint in 2002.


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