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SundayDecember 19, 2010

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BREAKING NEWS: Fuel Thieves cause Explosion Killing 23, Injuring 51 in Mexico

BREAKING NEWS: Fuel Thieves cause Explosion Killing 23, Injuring 51 in Mexico

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Fuel Thieves are believed to have caused a spark that lead to a blast leaving at least 23 people dead on Sunday. Thieves tampered with the oil pipeline causing a leak that quickly burst into a fireball that wrecked cars and flattened homes in San Martin Texmelucan, a small community in the state of Puebla about 50 miles east of Mexico City.

Several streets were flooded with fuel. With a spark, there was a river of fire,” said Valentin Meneses, interior minister of the state of Puebla.

The state-owned oil company Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, said in a statement that it had shut down the pipeline. Government authorities said the fire was under control by midday, but the area was without electricity or water.

“A drop in pipeline pressure was noticed ... minutes later Pemex reported a fire in two fuel ducts,” the state enterprise said in a statement. “A secret tap was the possible cause.”

Fuel theft is rampant in the Pemex network as hundreds of millions of dollars worth of combustible fuel have been stolen in recent years, the company has said. In 2009, the U.S. Justice Department said U.S. refineries bought millions of dollars worth of oil stolen from Mexican government pipelines and smuggled it across the border in illegal operations led by Mexican drug cartels expanding their reach.

The explosion killed at least 23 people and injured 51, Pemex said. It also destroyed 32 houses and damaged dozens more, Meneses added.

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DEAR ABBY: Since being diagnosed with two types of cancer I have been unable to work. I have two wonderful dogs, and all my time is invested in them. I show them in obedience and agility exhibitions and love them dearly.
While talking with my husband of 25 years, I casually asked him about the dogs’ care if I should pass away. His answer was shocking. He said he is prepared to give the dogs away—to a good home, of course—because he doesn’t have the time and doesn’t want to be bothered with them. What does this say about how he truly feels about me?—DOGGIE BLUES IN PENNSYLVANIA

DEAR DOGGIE BLUES: What it says is your husband does not regard your dogs as extensions of you. It also says he is completely honest. Now that you know how he feels about your dogs, if you’re smart, you will contact some of your friends on the dog show circuit and ensure that your dogs will be placed in homes where they are loved and appreciated—preferably together—should they outlive you. It will give you peace of mind, and your husband will have two less things to be “bothered” about in the event that you predecease him.

DEAR ABBY: My sister, who is six years younger, married for the first time at 42. Until she met her husband, who is overweight, she was never heavy. She always tried to watch her weight and exercised to a moderate degree. Once she met him, they found fine dining to be a favorite pleasure. She also has discovered that she loves to cook and watch the food channels on TV.
When we visit, talk or write, food dominates the topics. My sister has gained 70 or 80 pounds in six years. She doesn’t exercise and won’t buy a scale. My husband and I mention exercise or calories every time they discuss food. She does not appreciate “Big Sis” giving her advice, but I’m concerned about her. She doesn’t read or watch the news, so I feel if I’m not telling her the risks, I’m just standing by watching her kill herself. What can I do?—BATTLING A WEIGHTY ISSUE

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Horoscope for Sunday December 19, 2010

CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Marla Sokoloff, 30; Jake Gyllenhaal, 30; Alyssa Milano, 38; Tyson Beckford, 40

Happy Birthday: This is a pivotal year that can bring the changes you need in your life to reenergize. Don’t dream about what you should be doing—take action and see what’s available. Leave absolutely nothing to chance. Get any promises in writing before you take a leap of faith. Your numbers are 5, 12, 23, 27, 34, 45, 48

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Plan to socialize if it will enable you to spend time with people you find interesting, but don’t share your secrets. Listen and ask questions. The more progressive and positive you are, the greater your chance of future success. 4 stars

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): With the end of the year fast approaching, you should be finishing what needs to be done and preparing to enjoy people, places and partners. Walk away from a questionable money deal, even if you let someone down who wants to take part. 3 stars

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Although you want to help the world right now, focus on the people you are responsible for. Don’t donate or overspend when the future looks so uncertain. An offer that will help you bring in extra cash must be taken. 3 stars

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Don’t be fooled by what a negative person says about your professional position or goals. You have to follow through with your plans if you want to reap the rewards. Spend time with positive people who make you feel good about yourself. 3 stars

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Share your ideas, plans and thoughts with someone you respect. You will get a different perspective. Travel plans will face some uncertainties and delays. A passionate moment with someone special will leave you breathless and confused. 4 stars

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UPDATE Narco Blog: Mexican Authorities Confirm 151 Inmates Escaped - NOT One Captured Yet

UPDATE:  Mexican authorities have confirmed that at least 151 jail inmates from the border city of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico escaped from jail as had been reported earlier.  Though news reports put the number of inmates between 150 to 191, first head counts were at 148 inmates.  The Secretary of Public Safety for the state of Tamaulipas made the announcment yesterday and also indicated that the prison warden Efrain Hernandez Llamas who did not report to work on Friday, when the incident happened is missing.

The Secretary also confirmed that not one of the escaped inmates has been captured thus far.  This latest jail break brings the total of inmates escaped in this state up to 352.  The city of Nuevo Laredo sits on the Rio Grande river across the border from Laredo, Texas. 

ORIGINAL STORY:  At least 191 inmates escaped from the Nuevo Laredo prison in the state of Tamaulipas, Friday morning the Narco Blog is reporting.

“There were 159 inmates who apparently left through the main entrance,” an employee with the city’s penitentiary system told the American Free Press (AFP) anonymously.

While official sources of the Mexican Secretary of Public Safety confirmed that there has been a break out, but failed to give out details of the current situation inside the prison, the condition of its director and employees, or the exact number of escaped inmates, though they said that by 11:30 am, they estimated the number to be around 191.

The city of Nuevo Laredo—which lies next to the Rio Grande river next to the city of Laredo, Texas—is under the intense patrol of federal, state and municipal forces, who are looking for prisoners and trying to restore order.

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UN Calls for Respect of Migrant Rights and their Crucial Economic Role

With mounting unemployment spurring discrimination and the politics of polarization on the rise, United Nations officials have decried the human rights violations, xenophobia, and exploitation faced by many of the world’s 214 million international migrants.

Migrants contribute to economic growth and human development they enrich societies through cultural diversity, knowledge and technology exchange and they improve demographic balance in aging populations. While for many, migration is a positive and empowering experience, many others endure human rights violations, xenophobia, and exploitation.  The UN stressed the plight of the tens of millions of migrants who are in “an irregular situation” and thus more likely to be denied basic labor protections, due process guarantees, personal security, and health care.

“They are vulnerable to suffering prolonged detention or ill-treatment, and in some cases enslavement, rape or even murder,” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said. “Clearly much more needs to be done to safeguard the rights of migrants.”  The Secretary General called called on all nations to ratify the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Their Families. 

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ANALYSIS:  Senate Vote Against DREAM Act Goes Against Polled Latino Priorities

Yesterday the U.S. Senate failed to invoke cloture on the DREAM Act (HR 5281), ending the chance for any legislative accomplishments on the issue of immigration. While much of the last two years was spent addressing the issues of health care reform, and the economy, to Latino voters a third issue loomed as being equally important for the President and Congress to address - immigration reform.

In final tracking poll released November 1, 2010 Latino voters told Latino Decisions that immigration was the second most important issue, just behind the economy. In their 2010 election eve poll 48% of Latino voters said jobs/economy was the top issue of concern, but immigration loomed as a major issue with 37% calling it the top issue to be addressed. And when asked specifically about the DREAM Act, the same poll found 75% of Latino voters said it was very or extremely important for the DREAM Act to be passed by Congress, with another 13% saying somewhat important—that’s 88% all told who thought it was important for Congress to pass DREAM.

Last week, Prof. Stephen Nuño posted analysis of the DREAM Act by party affiliation which found that 80% of Latino Republicans supported the DREAM Act, as did 90% of Latino Democrats. Among foreign born Latino voters 94% supported passage of DREAM, and among U.S. born Latinos 86% supported its passage. It was clear from more than two-dozen polls conducted in 2010 that immigration reform was a top issue of concern for Latino voters, and yesterday those hopes and dreams for just a small start to comprehensive reform were shattered by the 45 Senators who did not support moving forward with the DREAM Act.

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Immigrant Community Not Only Growing in Size but Also in Power

Immigrant Community Not Only Growing in Size but Also in Power

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The five Democrats who voted against the DREAM Act and ultimately lead to its failing in the Senate yesterday will not soon be forgotten. The immigrant community is growing not only in numbers, but they are increasing their power by becoming more politically aware.

Democrats who voted no: Max Baucus and John Tester of Montana, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, and Mark Pryor of Arkansas.

President Obama received a message from the newly empowered Republicans yesterday that his priority on immigration is not theirs. Obama’s approach was to increase border security and workplace enforcement to entice the Republicans to support the DREAM Act, a piece of legislation that only benefits children brought here illegally. Clearly this strategy did not work and now Obama will face growing pressure by Latino groups to do something. Latino’s came out in strength in the mid-term elections and are responsible for saving the Democratic Majority in the Senate.

Despite the defeat, Democrats who supported the bill said they would continue to push for it. “As long as these young people are determined to be part of this great nation, I am determined to fight for them to call America home,” said Senator Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, the bill’s main champion.
Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, another sponsor, said Latinos would remember in the elections in 2012 how senators had voted.
“This is a vote that will not soon be forgotten by a community that is growing not just in size, but also in power and political awareness,” Mr. Menendez said.
“We have woken up,” said Carlos Saavedra, national coordinator of the United We Dream Network, a student group. “We are going to go around the country letting everybody know who stands with us and who stood against us.”

The 65,000 undocumented students who graduate from High School every year will serve to refuel the fire.

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“Los Tigres del Norte” to Record an MTV Unplugged Session Along With Other Latino Music Stars

With at least 50 number 1 singles, and countless Grammy Awards, Los Tigress del Norte have been a staple of Mexican-American culture through generations, in a career that has spanned for 42 years.

They not only have notoriously influenced the Mexican music scene, but have also influenced Latino pop, rock and even rap.  Rage Against the Machine’s Zack de la Rocha has cited them in numerous occasions as a big influence in his music. Billboard magazine called them “the most influential regional Mexican band — widely viewed as the voice of the people.”

So it comes as no surprise that they have decided to record an MTV Unplugged session, called ‘Los Tigres del Norte and Friends: MTV Unplugged’.  It’ll be the first time that a band records the MTV special with “friends,” and these are no ordinary friends: Juanes, Calle 13, Zack de la Rocha, Andrés Calamaro.  Imagine Juanes putting in an acoustic version of “La Puerta Negra” or Rage’s Zack de la Rocha rapping over “Perdonen Mi Canto” in the signature intimate live setting of an MTV Unplugged session.

“We are very excited to be a part of the extraordinary series of MTV Unplugged concerts, it is truly a wonderful opportunity to reinvent our music and to share the stage with the most talented and influential artist of the industry” said the Tigres.  “Los Tigres are the rock of our race. It is an honor to be next to them in this Unplugged. I love their music, their attitude and all of their career” Juanes said.

The special is set to tape in early 2011 and will be broadcast shortly thereafter on MTV, MTV Tr3s, MTV Spain and VH1 Latin America.

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MTV Latinoamerica Promotes Road Safety-Car Accidents in Region Leading Cause of Death Amongst Youth

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and MTV Latinoamérica announced that they have joined with the young Colombian singer Marre to promote a road safety message “Do your Part—Safe Roads for All.” The public service announcement, which features the young singer, will premiered this week throughout Latin America on MTV.

More than 1.2 million persons die each year in highway accidents worldwide and some 50 million persons sustain non-fatal traffic injuries. Highway accidents are the principal cause of death of young people between the age of 10 and 24 in Latin America and the Caribbean. The most recent highway safety surveys in the region indicate a traffic mortality rate of 17 per 100,000 persons. According to projections for the year 2020, Latin America and the Caribbean will be the region with the highest rate of mortalities as the result of traffic accidents.

Many families cannot emerge from poverty because road accidents have claimed the lives of the persons responsible for providing the family income. Similarly, the family must pay for the care of a family member who has been left an invalid as the result of an accident. The region’s countries devote up to 4 percent of their gross domestic income on expenses related to traffic accidents.

The objective in the campaign “Do your Part—Safe Roads for All”—regarded as a pioneering initiative for the region—is to lead a process of change that helps to promote responsible behavior in the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Two Colombian Stowaways Nationals Sentenced to 15-25 Years for Cocaine Distribution

Two Colombian men were sentenced on Wednesday for trying to distribute 457 pounds of cocaine. The joint investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) with assistance provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG).

Esneider Hidrobo, 47, a Colombian national, unlawfully present in the United States, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for distributing a controlled substance, to be followed by 10 years probation. Additionally, Hidrobo received a concurrent sentence of 20 years for illegally re-entering the United States after having been deported. Luis Alberto Arias-Lopez, 39, Colombian national was sentenced to 15 years in prison and 10 years probation. Both men are subject to deportation after they complete their prison sentences.

“As a result of this investigation, two distributors have been put out of business and jailed. This seizure represents a significant amount of cocaine being kept out of our communities,” said John Connolly, acting special agent in charge of ICE HSI in Houston.

The investigation was initiated after information was received by ICE HSI regarding a large shipment of cocaine being smuggled aboard a sea-going vessel, along with two stowaways.  Law enforcement personnel boarded the Panamanian-flagged oil tanker Parnaso at Port Aransas, Texas, and discovering and seizing the cocaine and the two stowaways.

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Scary:  Watch Mexican Bus Driver Write, Label His CD’s All While Barreling Down Highway (VIDEO

Yes, there are many social ills in Mexico and of course many great things.  But now is not the time to add to the negative column but somebody did when they posted this anonymous YouTube of el Chofer from Omnibus De Mexico barreling down a highway while taking notes, labeling his CD’s and occasionally glancing at the road.

The YouTube is titled Irresponsable – Irresponsible.  Not sure who is more irresponsible the bus driver or the people taking the video and not calling him out on this serious safety hazard. 

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SundayDecember 19, 2010