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ThursdayDecember 16, 2010

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Chile’s Piñera Named Communicator of the Year in the US, Not so Much in Chile

A ranking published by Decker Communication praises President Sebastián Piñera’s handling of the Chilean miners situation, and names the leader the Best Communicator of 2010 saying “The rescue of the Chile miners was the miracle – and the communications orchestrated by President Sebastián Piñera amplified the miracle to the world.” 

At the same time, Chilean news paper giant El Mercurio published an article listing the oh so many blunders and verbal gaffe’s of Piñera, going so far as saying that in his first month as President, he has been involved in more gaffes than former President Michelle Bachelet in her four years as President.

The first blunders came as early as the day he was sworn in. The new president was seen on live TV fumbling and jotting doodles that he showed to the people next to him, and presumably he had misplaced his speech. After an awkward few minutes the ceremony carried on without the president having said a word. All the while Chilean were suffering through a earthquake, a tsunami alert and some aftershocks only to not hear their new President say anything.  Traditionally, on their first day, Chilean presidents are supposed to be greeted at the government palace door by the presidential guard. Piñera took the back entrance, leaving press, civilians and the guard to wonder what happened to him.

On several occasions, Piñera has failed to recognize other heads of state, and more than once has been heard asking Chilean politicians to clarify to him who people are talking to him.

Piñera is also known for slipping, falling and in general being clumsy. He was incredibly close to falling into the Mississippi river last time he visited the U.S.

But without a doubt and eerily close to a certain former U.S. President, Piñera has built a reputation in Chile as someone who mispronounces, or simply makes up words. “Tusunami” instead of tsunami, as well as the epic “marepoto” (the word is maremoto, for a smaller tsunami) which became a YouTube sensation, even spawning a rap, as “poto” in Chile is “butt” so a marepoto, would be a “tsunami of butts.”

More elaborate blunders include the unfortunate comment in a ceremony for a fallen soldier “Parents, family members and friends of the Vergara Toledo Brothers are in their right of celebrating… or remembering his death,” “I’m happy she’s resting in peace” and his most recent gaffe recorded: “In life, one will always find conflicts of interests; only saints and the dead are safe from these situations.”

With the best part of four years ahead of him, we’re sure we’ll hear more Piñerisms, or as El Mercurio puts it additions to Wikipiñera.

Read more by HS News Staff →

STUDY:  Young Latino Men Face High Mortality Rate from Car Accidents and Homicide

An exhaustive study by the Yale School of Medicine shows that young Latino men are dying at a significantly higher rate due in great part to car crashes and homicides, versus their non-Latino peers. 

Yale conducted this seven-year analysis by studying 1.8 million deaths in the state.  The murder rate for this segment increased throughout the study but remained lower then what they were from 1989 to 1997. 

Young female Latinas are not suffering the same fate.  They had lower mortality rates than their non-Latina counterparts.  The higher mortality rate for young Latinos is in stark contrast to the overall U.S. Latino population that has better health than non-Latinos and have a longer life expectancy.

Read more at Reuters →

Japanese Car Makers Preferred Amongst Most Hispanics

Toyota, Honda and Nissan dominate new vehicle preferences among Hispanics in the U.S., according to Polk. The three companies account for 46.4 percent of the Hispanic market based on an analysis of new vehicle registrations for the first nine months of 2010. Toyota leads the market by far with more than 20 percent share of the Hispanic market, and 46 percent greater volume in registrations than its next closest competitor.

Only three domestic automakers are in the top 10, according to Polk. Chevrolet, Ford and Dodge represent a combined 21.2 percent of the Hispanic market. European brands have mixed performance with Hispanics, led by Volkswagen, with 2.8 percent of the Hispanic market.

Asian brands have grown in popularity among the Hispanic market over the past 10 years and many are growing their sales to Hispanics faster than sales to the overall population. This is a significant development in the market. Manufacturers have been engaging in increasingly important marketing programs geared specifically toward this audience, according to Polk.

Hispanic purchases now account for 8.7 percent of the total U.S. vehicle market, up from 8.5 percent just a year ago.

Read more at Hispanic Ad →

Adios, Larry. After 25 Years “Larry King Live” Leaves the Air

After 53 years in broadcasting and 25 years on “Larry King Live”, Larry King is having his final show Thursday. At 77, King announced that he would “hang up his nightly suspenders” and after around 50,000 interviews throughout his broadcasting career and 6,000 show for CNN, that’s precisely what he will do.


King’s notable Latino interviews include:

Jorge Ramos
Jimmy Smits
Jennifer Lopez
Mark Consuelos
George Lopez
Penélope Cruz
Carlos Santana
Jeanine Pirro
Alicia Keys
Jose Canseco
Geraldo Rivera

...and number of others.

Over the years, King has interviewed and had some of the most prominent Latino figures in the world on his show, and it is with bowed heads that HS News says, Adios, Larry. Adios.

Read more by HS News Staff →

LULAC Lawsuit Against Arizona’s SB1070 Dismissed

LULAC Lawsuit Against Arizona’s SB1070 Dismissed

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U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton has dismissed LULAC’s challenge of Arizona’s immigration law SB1070.

Last July, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) filed a lawsuit claiming SB1070 training materials provided to Arizona law enforcement officers promoted racial profiling.

So far, six of the eight lawsuits brought against Arizona for SB1070 have been dismissed in court.

Read more at The Examiner →

Does the Senate Need A Big Kick to Bring DREAM Act to Vote?

A lot of our readers keep asking us when will the Senate bring the DREAM Act to a vote.  Do we have any new news to report on the vote?  Will it be this week, next week or on Christmas Day?  Many seem to think some Senators need a good swift kick in the a** to get moving, so we are sending them a BIG FOOT to get the job down.

A little HS News humor to keep the DREAMer’s dreaming.Image

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The Sun Crowns Kim Kardashian Best Rear over J-Lo’s

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


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HERE WE GO AGAIN:  Proposed Arizona Bill to Target U.S.-born Children of Undocumented

HERE WE GO AGAIN:  Proposed Arizona Bill to Target U.S.-born Children of Undocumented

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In an attempt to challenge “birthright citizenship”, Arizona’s Legislature, with support from at least a dozen other states, is drafting a new bill and that will entice much debate on the issue of immigration.

While the specifics of the proposal are unknown, examples of what Arizona’s incoming state Senate President Russell Pearce could be up to include refusing birth certificates to the children of unauthorized immigrants living in Arizona, or issue those children birth certificates that differ from those given to children of documented parents. Perhaps they could even deny these children Medicaid and other benefits.

The point of such a tactic could be to elicit lawsuits against to challenge the constitutionality of it, by doing so, the lawsuits would take the bill all the way up to the Supreme Court.  In turn this would prompt the highest Court to reexamine the current interpretation of the 14th Amendment. According to the current amendment, all children born on U.S. soil are American citizens, no matter the parents’ immigration status.

The new bill’s supporters believe that by denying U.S. citizenship to the children of undocumented immigrants, the incentive for them to “sneak” into the country are eliminated.

Read more at Stateline →

Colombia’s Own Katrina: Rupture of Dique Canal (VIDEO)

The heavy rainfalls that spurrred state of emergency calls in Venezuela and northern Colombia, have caused a canal that connects the coastal city of Cartagena with the Magdalena river to rupture and submerge half of the state of Atlántico in Colombia under close to 80 million cubic meters of water (0.0191930207 cubic miles or 2.82517334 × 10⁹ cubic feet).

To understand the extent of the disaster, every week that the Canal remains ruptured is approximately equivalent to dumping the entire volume of St. Clair, one of the Great Lakes, on the region. It is estimated that even after the rupture is repaired, homes in the area will stay submerged for at least two to four months.

Due in part to the government’s quick response, as well as the relative low density of population in the area the amount of casualties and injured people has been minimal.

ImageThe social repercussions however, are dramatic and massive: more than a hundred thousand people have had to leave their homes, and the loss of food crops alone exceeds $200 million dollars.  It is estimated that reconstruction efforts in the area will cost twice that amount, putting the disaster in northern Colombia on the same scale as the horrific disaster hurricane Katrina was in this country.

ImageMore than 80 schools in the area have become shelters, and despite the fact that support in donations is ample, the area struggles, since more than 11 hospitals are completely submerged underwater, and in several parts of the country there is a complete collapse of public services.

Authorities hope to have the the canal fixed by Christmas, with collaboration from a team of engineers from the US Army Corp of Engineers.


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NARCO BLOG:  Bags with Human Remains Left Throughout Guadalajara

Several bags of human remains were abandoned in the Colonia Miravalle, in Guadalajara, Mexico the Narco Blog is reporting.

According to a narco message left inside one of the bags, the killing was is in revenge for the death of Ricardo Carrillo Orozco, 23, alias “The Stone”.  Orozco’s dismembered body was found yesterday morning in Colonia Miravalle in Tlaquepaque, outside of Guadalajara. 

At approximately 10:33 pm, Guadalajara police were alerted to the discovery of the two sacks on the central median of the Governor Curiel Avenue road, near the Architecture Avenue intersection.

Although authorities have not identified which human body parts were found, all indications are they belonged to a male victim.

One of the other packages had a cardboard signed attached, which warned of more deaths due to the internal warfare between two State criminal groups.

Minutes later, on the highway to Morelia, at the top of the St. Augustine bridge, the discovery of a corpse was reported, apparently with signs of torture, it is yet has yet to be determined whether it is related to the two bags that appeared in Miravalle.

To read in Spanish, click here. 

Read more by HS News Staff →

Rarely Granted Private Immigration Bills Passed by Government

Rarely Granted Private Immigration Bills Passed by Government

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Two Japanese citizens were granted U.S. legal status after Congress passed two separate (and rare) private immigration bills.

When private bills are granted, it is usually to give relief to specific individuals or companies when all other options have been exhausted. Private bills are used in immigration, taxation, medical affairs, and Armed services cases decorations.  During each session of Congress, hundreds of private bills are introduced, but most go no where, and many more don’t even get that far, as getting a member of Congress to even introduce one can be difficult. A private immigration bill had not been passed since the 208th Congress in the 2003-2004 session.

Hotaru Nakama Ferschke’s private bill, one of the two passed, grants her legal status after her husband and father of her son, Marine Sgt. Michael Ferschke died in Iraq in 2008. They were married over the phone while he was still overseas, but he never made it home. Since their marriage was never consummated, under immigration law, their marriage is not valid despite Hotaru being pregnant with the Marine’s child at the time of the telephone vows. Now, the Marine’s mother is hoping the her daughter-in-law’s case opens the door for the passing of more private bills.

The other private bill was that of 28-year-old Shigeru Yamada, who came to the U.S. on a visa with his mother when he was ten. Three years later, mother was killed in a car accident. Yamado went to live with his aunt in Chulas Vista, California, but was never legally adopted. He finished high school and went to community college. In 2004, while riding a bus to downtown San Diego, he was arrested by U.S. Immigration agents. Upon hearing his bill now only awaits President Obama’s signature, Yamado said, “For me to finally become, or have the potential to become a permanent resident, it means a great deal to me, it really does. I can’t really express how happy I am.”

Director of advocacy at the American Immigration Lawyers Association Gregory Chen believes Republican lawmakers have been hesitant to pass private bills lately because they believe immigration should be addressed by means on policy, and not on an individual basis.

The passing of both Chen and Ferschke’s bill’s now make them eligible for permanent resident status once they’ve filed an application.

Read more at Fox News →

Santana, Willie Nelson, Alberto Cortez and Others Support Immigration Reform Through Song (VIDEO)

How to get huge artists like Carlos Santana, Los Lonely Boys, Alberto Cortez, Alex Lora from El Tri and Willie Nelson in a recording studio for free?

Ask activist Dolores Huerta; her charity and the Hermes Foundation assembled a very impressive list of world renown artists to record the album, Proyecto de Amor.

With 15-tracks Proyecto de Amor features spoken poems from Deepak Chopra as well as different versions of the especially penned song “Claro Que Se Puede.” There is an Español version from Santana, an English version sung by Willie Nelson, and even a Corrido Norteño version of the song interpreted by Los Bravos Del Norte!

“La música soporta la lucha,” said Huerta, who has been fighting for Latino rights for more than 4 decades. “We know it’s a long struggle, but we can’t give up. Every immigrant group that has arrived to the US has been able to become legal. We’re not asking for anything else.”

Huerta’s foundation is planning to use revenue from the album to raise awareness about immigration reform, while The Hermes Foundation will use its share of the profit to aid children in Mexico’s poorest districts.  In 24 years of history,  The Hermes Foundation has given away more than 100,000 toys to kids in need and paid for countless cleft palate surgeries in Chiapas, Mexico.

During the release party, Hermes Music Foundation president Alberto Kreimerman announced that two more volumes will be recorded, featuring artists like José José, Maná and Camila; furthermore, there are plans of bringing all artists together in a concert in Los Angeles next summer.

Proyecto de Amor is available on iTunes and Amazon. It makes an excellent Christmas present. Not only will you be giving away great tunes and poems, but your present will improve the life of a Mexican child, and immigrants in general.


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Mexican Catholic Church Calls for Christmas Truce Amongst Drug Cartels

Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez of Guadalajara, Mexico has called upon drug traffickers to cease their violence, especially during the Christmas season. 

The call for a truce came after a shocking episode in which 10 people were killed and 30 injured by gunmen who fired into a congregation during Mass on December 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Tecalitlan, located two hours outside of Guadalajara. 
Cardinal Sandoval encouraged the faithful to defend themselves against drug-related violence and pleaded for the cartels to respect ‘sacred things’. 

The cardinal said the reason for Mexico’s ills are because the faithful “have not seriously accepted the message of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which is to pay attention to her son and put our faith into practice. He added that Our Lady calls Catholics “to live the commandments of the Lord, who is the King of justice and of peace.”

Read more at Catholic News Agency →

Dear Abby: 12/16/10- Readers Give Dear Abby Their Advice


DEAR ABBY: This is in regard to “Blocked Writer in Oklahoma” (Oct. 29), who has been writing in journals for her son for 22 years and wonders when to give them to him now that he’s married and has a son on the way himself. I agree with you that giving them to him now would be unwise because he has too much going on in his life.
She should give him a year’s worth of writings when his son turns 1, so he’ll know what his mom was going through when he was 1. Then give him another year’s worth when his son turns 2, etc. All I can say is, wouldn’t it be a great world if all kids had a mom like Blocked!—KATHY IN EDMOND, OKLA.

DEAR KATHY: Thank you for your letter. Blocked may have been unsure of when to present her son with the journals she had been keeping for so many years, but readers experienced no writer’s block in expressing their views on the subject. Read on:

DEAR ABBY: Any mother who secretly keeps a journal for 22 years has a screw loose. Instead of mothering, she sounds like she is smothering. For her to record every moment of her son’s life is an attempt to control him forever. That woman ought to get a grip and get a life of her own.—ANDREW IN SAN FRANCISCO

DEAR ABBY: You advised Blocked Writer to wait for a milestone birthday (25th) to give her son the journals. I would implore her not to wait three years. You never know what life brings. Now is the time for sharing such a wonderful, loving gift.—LINDA IN CALGARY, CANADA

DEAR ABBY: This journal is priceless, not only to her son and his posterity, but eventually to historians. Imagine how it will be to read this journal in 200 years and glimpse what life was like for this family. I beg her to make a copy of it before she gives the original to her son. I hope she can find some historical society willing to accept this journal as part of its collection.—JO ELLEN IN BOUNTIFUL, UTAH

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Latino Hotel Association First Hotel Franchise Forum a HIT

Officials of the Latino Hotel Association (LHA), the global organization dedicated to expanding Latino ownership, leadership and commerce in the hotel industry, today announced the successful completion of “Hotel Franchising,” the group’s first hotel franchising forum held outside the U.S. The event, concluded last week and was held in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico, attracting nearly 90 potential developers.

“The positive interest and feedback exceeded our expectations,” said Angela Gonzalez-Rowe, president and founder of LHA. “As many as 90 percent of attendees expressed interest in developing hotels, especially franchised properties, in the immediate future. As a result of the success of the event, we intend to hold at least one additional forum next year, in conjunction with the Mexican Hotel Association.”

Hotel investors, owners and developers in attendance learned the fundamentals of hotel development, acquisition, repositioning and financing at the forum. In addition, participants heard strategies for executing successful hotel investment offerings and maximizing strong relationships with brands’ management and franchise companies.

The success of the forum has prompted LHA to begin researching the feasibility of holding similar sessions in Central and South America. “Hotels and brands are expanding in Latin America, and we view our role as a resource to help Latino owners and investors make the most informed decisions,” said Gonzalez-Rowe.

Mexican attendees came from Saltillo, Monterrey, Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monclova, Parras de la Fuente, Zapopan, and Piedras Negras. In addition, Latino attendees from the U.S. came from Florida, Texas, Tennessee, New Mexico and California.

Read more at Hospitality Net →

Horoscopes for Thursday December 16th, 2010

Horoscopes for Thursday December 16th, 2010

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CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Hallee Hirsh, 23; Benjamin Bratt, 47; Sam Robards, 49; Billy Gibbons, 61

Happy Birthday: Concentrate on your home and what needs to be done to make your life better. It’s important to take action, instead of just thinking about it. Helping others will make you feel good and will broaden your outlook. It’s never too late to make a change that will better your lifestyle. Your numbers are 2, 6, 21, 25, 28, 36, 43

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Don’t let anyone bog you down with tedious details. Spending time with someone you love or working on a hobby or simply enjoying a good book will better prepare you for the rest of the week. 3 stars

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You can get so much done if you get up early and dig into your to-do list. Get together with friends, colleagues or a group that shares your interests. A romantic outing should be scheduled in. 3 stars

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Take care of last-minute paperwork if you want to take advantage of a tax break being offered. Discipline will help you restructure your current position for greater maneuverability in the new year. 3 stars

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Competence will be what secures your position or helps you get a new one. Get down to business. A love relationship needs a little tender, loving care. Make plans to celebrate the festive season with someone special. 4 stars

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Someone may be trying to get you to spend more than you can afford. Spend time with the people who want nothing from you but your company. Good friends and a little entertainment will be the best remedy for feeling low. 2 stars

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$48.3 Billion in U.S.-Mexico Trade Moves Through Ciudad Juarez Despite Cartel Violence

The trade that moves through the cities of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas increased 15 percent from 2008 to 2009 and is set to increase again in 2010 in spite of the escalating drug cartel violence. 

The trade that moves between the cities represents 15% of the total trade relationship between the U.S. and Mexico.  The bottom line in manufacturing continues to be strong in Juarez in spite of the negative light that city has been receiving as a result of the violence. 

The city that is considered Mexico’s most dangerous with a reported 3,000 deaths this year, has added more than 24,000 manufacturing jobs and sees a steady increase in tractor-trailer traffic hauling goods to the U.S. from Mexico and vice versa.

The same can not be said about small retailers and the residents themselves that have been fleeing the city due to the violence.  The factory or ‘maquiladoras’ pay good wages for Mexico and local employees come to work and then leave to their new homes outside the city. 

Read more at Texas Tribune →

Argentina Surpasses Brazil as the world’s Largest Exporter of Soccer Players

Many are not happy with this development in Argentina as it leaves a void in the local game market. With the players being considered assets, they can be sold off for various reasons such as paying down club debt.

The reality today is that a player is a major asset, bringing in more revenue than television, ticket sales, merchandising, licensing” Gerardo Molina, an agent for Euroamericas Sports Marketing, told reporters.

“In other words, they are the main source of revenue for clubs in Argentina and Brazil. That explains the haste with which they look at which players they can sell at the end of the season to find a way to somehow pay the debts that most Argentine clubs have.”

Argentina sold close to 1800 players between 2009 and 2010; this is in comparison to Brazils 1440 players.

Many players are “sold” while sill in the youth divisions at 15 or 16 years old. Many young players see a European contract as a way to escape poverty in Argentina.

Ramón Maddoni, head coach of Boca Juniors’ junior teams, who has discovered and nurtured many great players, believes that players are being sold too early. This is detrimental for two reasons. One it robs the players of the ability to excel at home and it opens up a talent void for the local clubs that take s along time to fill.

Read more at MercoPress →

Hispanic Health Groups Applaud FDA Action on Supplements

“We all need to know that what we take is safe. Today the FDA called the dietary supplements industry to task for deceptive practices that have hidden from consumers the presence of potentially harmful ingredients in some supplements,” said Dr. Jane L. Delgado, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, the nation’s leading Hispanic health advocacy group.

Dr. Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner of Food and Drugs, issued a letter today to dietary supplement manufacturers reporting that Food and Drug Administration (FDA) laboratory tests “have revealed an alarming variety of undeclared active ingredients in products marketed as dietary supplements.”  According to the letter the FDA has found hidden or deceptively labeled ingredients that are the active ingredients in FDA-approved drugs or their analogs and other compounds, such as synthetic steroids, that do not qualify as dietary ingredients.  Dr. Hamburg told the industry that under law, these products are illegal because they are unapproved new drugs and/or adulterated dietary supplements.

According to Dr. Delgado, “Before using any dietary supplement you should check with your health provider about if it is the right choice for your health.” To support individuals who do not have a health provider, the Alliance announced that consumers could call the bilingual and toll-free Su Familia National Hispanic Family Health Helpline at 1-866-SU-FAMILIA (1-866-783-2645) for information and referral to free and low-cost health services in their community.

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The New GM Volt Electric Car Has Shipped

With the auto industry increasing marketing efforts geared towards growing latino segment will there be interest in the new Electric Volt?

Today the first of 360 Volts were shipped from GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant. They’re also being delivered to dealers in California; Austin, Texas; New York and the Washington, D.C., area.

GM first unveiled the Volt concept nearly four years ago at the Detroit auto show. The automaker plans to sell 10,000 Volts next year and 45,000 in 2012.

The Volt can travel 35 miles on battery power alone. The four-passenger car also has a 1.4-liter gasoline engine that, when combined with electricity, gives it a range of 379 miles.

The car will compete against the Nissan’s all-electric Leaf, which is being delivered to dealers starting this month. With the number of deliveries multiplying rapidly in the coming day weeks and months, people taking ownership now have to decide whether to buy or lease the car.

At an MRSP of $41,000 the cutting-edge Volt comes in at a relatively affordable $33,500 after the $7500 federal tax credit it deducted. GM’s banking partners have formulated some creative methods for dealing with the credit such as floating the buyer a zero interest separate $7500 loan that comes due when they get their tax refund.

The lease option was created to make the car even more affordable, making the car available to a larger group of drivers.

The terms of the lease were spelled out in the summer as $350 per month with $2500 down for a 36-month lease with 36,000 miles.

What hasn’t been known is what the car’s residual value will be at the end of the lease, and what the customer could then buy it for.

Volt marketing manager John Hughes notes that every deal “will be a little different,” and “depends on the equipment and how the deal is written.” There’s some variability in it,” he said. “We’ve given dealers all the parameters.”

Rather than spell out those subtleties for us and long with the myriad of disclaimers that accompany them, Hughes said it was best we “talk to dealers to ask details.”

Read more at ABC News →

ThursdayDecember 16, 2010