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SundayJanuary 9, 2011

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U.S. Will Not Extend a $215 Million Aid Program to Honduras

U.S. Will Not Extend a $215 Million Aid Program to Honduras

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The five-year, $215-million aid program to Honduras which helps the country’s farming and infrastructure will not be renewed government officials stated.  The program, which ended in December 2010, created over 30,000 rural jobs, trained 17,000 farmers on new farming technologies and upgraded key highways in the country.

The administration of Honduran President Porfirio Lobo believes the key program was not renewed because of corruption that occurred under the previous administration of former President Manuel Zelaya. 

For their part the U.S. State Department did not cite a reason but gave assurances that the U.S. would provide aid to Honduras through other programs in education, nutrition and agriculture. 

Read more at Fox News →

ICE Breaks Up Nationwide Network Producing Fake Identification

ICE Breaks Up Nationwide Network Producing Fake Identification

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have broken up a nationwide network of Hispanics who produce false identification for illegal immigrants.

Some of the false documents were distributed in the Myrtle Beach, S.C., area by Victor Hugo Roa-Alzua, who will be arraigned in federal court Tuesday on five felony charges that he conspired to produce and transfer false identification documents facing up to 75 years if guilty on all charges.

Roa-Alzua is part of a national network headed by Israel Cruz Millan _ also known as El Muerto, which is Spanish for “the dead one” - that has been under investigation for the past year, according to court documents. The network has sent 1,500 wire transfers totaling about $1 million from its activities to a home base in Mexico, ICE officials said.

According to an affidavit by an ICE investigator, Roa-Alzua met with document buyers in a parking lot across from the Wal-Mart Superstore in Myrtle Beach and at other locations where he would take the buyer’s photo with a cellular telephone and deliver the documents the next day.

He charged between $150 and $180 for a Resident Alien card and a Social Security card, according to the affidavit, which states the documents probably were made in Wilmington.

Read more at The Boston Herald →

Deceased Army Ranger, Roberto Sanchez, Image Used In Online Dating Scheme

24-year-old, Florida native, Roberto Sanchez was killed in Afghanistan on his fifth tour of duty in 2009.  His family has been grieving ever since and were slowly getting their life back in order when they were advised that a scam artist was using images of their deceased family member to seduce women he met online.

‘Dylan Sorvino’ used the memorial photos of the very handsome Sanchez, images with of him in uniform, and posted them on his Facebook.  His profile told of Sanchez as a law student who enlisted in the Army to fight the bad guys.

When Sorvino was confronted online by Sanchez’ army comrades, his Facebook page came down this last Thursday.  His Facebook page with the image of Sanchez would entice women into cyber-affairs and then promise to meet them and then disappear for an under cover military operation to be heard from again. 

Who the real ‘Dylan Sorvino’ is or if there is even a Dylan Sorvino is unknown.  Complaints have been filed with the FBI and Facebook but it is unclear if a crime has been committed. 

Read more at NY Post →

Republican Texans Propose Legislation to Eliminate ‘Cesar Chavez Day’ as Texas Holiday

Republican State Representative Tyron Lewis of Odessa, Texas has filed legislation with this 82nd legislative state session to eliminate “Cesar Chavez Day” as an optional holiday in the state.

House Bill 505 would eliminate the day honoring the migrant farm hero, with “Texas Hispanic Heritage Day” that would also be an optional state holiday.  When there is an optional state holiday, a public institution has an option to honor that date or not and each state institution, like a school can only select so many paid days off on their calendar.

Chavez is a revered civil rights leader in the Hispanic community for his role as co-founder of the United Farm Workers.  If the bill passes the holiday slated for March 31 would be eliminated and the new holiday date would be September 16 to honor Mexican independence. 

This action follows the Texas State Board of Education move started by Texas Conservatives to eliminate Chavez from state-approve textbooks citing he “lacks the stature…and contributions” and should not “be held up to our children as someone worth of emulation.” 

Read more at Rio Grande Guardian →

GOP Rhetoric of “Crosshairs” and “Don’t retreat. RELOAD” Has to Stop

GOP Rhetoric of “Crosshairs” and “Don’t retreat. RELOAD” Has to Stop

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It is clear that Sarah Palin was in no way associated with Saturday’s event, but the killings are drawing focus on the language that is fuelling the current climate of hate. “Crosshairs” is a political phrase that Sarah Palin’s political action committee used to target the congressional districts for the TEA Party last election. One of the districts highlighted was the district of Rep. Gabby Giffords.

The Crosshairs is the scope on a gun and part of hunting lexicon.

However, following the initial controversy over the “crosshairs” last year, Palin issued her now oft repeated rallying cry, “Don’t retreat. RELOAD.”


No connection has been made between this graphic and the Arizona shooting, but it has put the Palin team somewhat on the defensive.

The anger, hatred, and bigotry in political debate can give these lunatics the courage they need to act on their beliefs. The tone of our public discourse matters, full agreement is not expected but respect should be.

Read more at ABC News →

Daniel Hernandez, 20-Yr Old Hero at Tragic Arizona Shooting, Intern to U.S. Rep Giffords

Daniel Hernandez, a junior at the University of Arizona, was on his fifth day of his new job as intern to U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords when life as he knew it changed.

He was working the “Congress on Your Corner” Event checking in people when he heard shots and suddenly saw bodies everywhere.  That did not stop him, he not only ran toward where the shots were being fired he tried to help as many people as possible including the gravely injured Giffords.

He used his hand to apply pressure to the Congresswoman’s gunshot wound only after checking pulses on people lying on the ground nearby.  He pulled the wounded Giffords to his lap offering words of encouragement and strength and rode with her to the hospital holding her hand the entire time.

Hernandez did not realize all his clothes were soaked in blood and only realized it when the FBI asked for his clothes as evidence.  Arizona State Rep. Matt Heinz credits Hernandez quick thinking as probably having saved Giffords life.

20 year-old Hernandez is thrilled his boss is hanging in there but not surprised:  “She’s definitely a fighter, whether for her own life, or standing up for people in southern Arizona,” he told reporters.

 

Read more at USA Today →

Peru’s Machu Picchu Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Sanctuary Protection

Peru’s Machu Picchu Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Sanctuary Protection

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Peru’s main tourist attraction, historic Machu Picchu is celebrating it’s 30th anniversary this weekend as a protected natural area.

Machu Picchu was discovered by the world in 1911, and is important for being one of the only remaining areas of the ancient Incan empire.

The National Service of Natural Protected Areas (Sernanp) said that through a supreme decree, the Inca citadel was declared a Protected Natural Area by the Peruvian government on January 8, 1981.

Moreover, in 1983 it was given the status of a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, so it is 30 years of recognition hosting ten percent of biological diversity of Peru as species, plants, fauna among others.

Read more at Andina →

Water in Panama Rationed Yet Undrinkable

Water in Panama Rationed Yet Undrinkable

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The intense rains throughout Panama and other parts of Latin America have resulted in million of Panamanians having their water rationed while at the same time they are unable to drink it due to contamination.

The water supply in the country is dependent on local lakes and though at their highest levels in December due to rains, it is now the dry season when water has to be rationed.  Yet residents are angry they are being asked to ration water that is also unfit to drink unless boiled.

The December rains filled the lakes forcing floodgates to be opened which not only control the Panama Canal but also local water purification plants. 

The unprecedented rains, occurring every 200 years or so, washed tons of dirt into the water system, which the purification system is not able to handle in the country. The boiling of water will continue for the foreseeable future; the country does not have any plans to upgrade their purification systems at this time. 

Read more at Panama Guide →

Rare Garcia Lorca Poem Found in Library of Congress by Accident

Rare Garcia Lorca Poem Found in Library of Congress by Accident

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A rare first draft of Federico Garcia Lorca’s poem ‘Oficina y Denuncia’ (Office and Denunciation) has been accidentally found in the U.S. Library of Congress.  It is considered rare because it contains corrections in pencil written by the poet himself.

Lorca is part of Spain’s rich literary history and a member of the Generation 27 literary movement.  He came to the U.S., staying mostly in New York after making a name for himself in Spain and Latin America.  It was during this period that ‘Oficina y Denuncia’ was written that speaks of isolation of an immigrant, and the arrogance of a big city that values only money.

The final version of the poem, which is part of his Poet in New York collection came out in 1929-30, do not include the pencil corrections found on this first draft. 

A Boston University professor that is writing a book about Garcia Lorca and his time in New York made the discovery.

Read more at Typically Spanish →

AZ Sheriff Calls Arizona “Mecca for Prejudice and Bigotry”

AZ Sheriff Calls Arizona “Mecca for Prejudice and Bigotry”

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On Saturday Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said that the state has “become the mecca for prejudice and bigotry.”  While addressing Saturdays shooting of Rep Giffords, he said he believes the congresswoman was the target and that suspect Jared Loughner (22) likely did not act alone.

“When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government. The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous,” said the sheriff. “And unfortunately, Arizona I think has become sort of the capital. We have become the mecca for prejudice and bigotry.”

When asked by a reporter if Giffords being shot could have been motivated by “prejudice and bigotry,” Dupnik responded, “All I can tell you is that there’s reason to believe is that this individual may have a mental issue. And I think that people who are unbalanced are especially susceptible to vitriol.”

“And that’s the sad thing of what’s going on in America,” Dupnik explained. “Pretty soon, we’re not going to be able to find reasonable, decent people who are willing to subject themselves to serve in public office.”

Read more at Huffington Post →

Gutierrez Expected to By-pass Emanuel and Endorse Gery Chico For Chicago Mayor

Gutierrez Expected to By-pass Emanuel and Endorse Gery Chico For Chicago Mayor

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The Chicago News Cooperative is reporting that Rep Luis Gutierrez ( D-Il) is expected to throw his support to Gery Chico for Chicago’s upcoming mayoral election.
Gutierrez is the most prominent Latino politician in IL and has been highly critical of rival Mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel.  Gutierrez blamed Emanuel, the former White House chief of staff, for the failure of immigration reform efforts. “I don’t believe that he has helped facilitate the process to get us to comprehensive immigration reform,” Gutierrez said of Emanuel in September.

Chico, is of Mexican, Lithuanian and Greek heritage. He will be looking to Gutierrez to help increase his vote total among Hispanics, who make up an estimate 27 percent of Chicago’s population and about 16 percent of registered voters.
Chico also has received endorsements from Latino aldermen Danny Solis (25th),Proco “Joe” Moreno (1st) and George Cardenas (12th), as well as former 1st Ward Ald. Manny Flores.

Read more at Chicago News Cooperative →

Brazilian Footballer Late for Practice, So Fakes His Own Kidnapping

Brazilian Footballer Late for Practice, So Fakes His Own Kidnapping

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Somalia, a midfielder for the Rio de Janeiro club Botafogo, was faced with two options show up late to the team’s first pre-season practice of 2011 and take the 40 percent pay cut or come up with an acceptable excuse. 

Somalia, whose actual name is Paulo Rogerio Reis da Silva, chose the later and told the team he had been abducted at gun point on his way to practice.  He further elaborated that he was driven around Rio for two hours in a car and then his money and jewelry taken. 

The kidnapping could have been plausible since kidnapping is a big business in Brazil, though it is more common in Sáo Paulo. 

Unfortunately, the police who tend to deal with professional kidnappers doubted the story almost immediately and looked at security tapes from Somalia’s building, where he lives.  The tapes shows him leaving late to practice and two hours after he claimed he was kidnapped.  If found guilty he could face up to six months in prison. 

As for the team they have announced they will not drop his contract but will issue an internal reprimand.  Rumors are that Somalia did not show up to the January 5th practice because he was hungover from a night of heavy drinking and partying.

Read more at BBC →

Congratulations to Selena & The Scene- Winner Peoples Choice Breakout Artist of the Year (VIDEO)

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Selena Gomez of “The Wizards of Waverly Place”  took home an award this week at the Peoples Choice Awards– but not for her popular Disney Channel comedy series.  Gomez and her band, “The Scene” won for “Favorite Breakout Artist,” a category in which she bested her good friend – and rumored love interest – Justin Bieber.

A behind the scenes look on the red carpet of 2011’s People’s Choice Awards.


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Health Care Bill Repeal Vote Cancelled for Wednesday

Health Care Bill Repeal Vote Cancelled for Wednesday

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After voting last week to move forward the Republican effort to repeal the health care reform bill, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va. ,announce a delay in the efforts.  In light of the tragic shooting on Saturday that killed 6 and injured 20 in Arizona, legislative business will be delayed “so that we can take whatever actions may be necessary in light of today’s tragedy.”

The Virginia Republican added:
“Our nation was shocked by the tragedy in Arizona earlier today. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, members of her staff, and others became the victims of a senseless act of violence. Congresswoman Giffords serves Arizona’s 8th District with distinction and thoughtful leadership, and it is horrifying that she was exposed to such violence at an event designed to reach the people she represents. I couldn’t agree more with Speaker Boehner, who earlier said that, ‘an attack on one who serves is an attack on all who serve.’ Along with our nation, this institution has suffered a horrible tragedy. We are saddened, mourn those who lost their lives, and stand together in hopeful prayer for the recovery of the victims and their families.”

Read more at ABC News →

Laugh Out Loud This and Every Sunday With HS-NEWS SUNDAY COMICS

Laugh Out Loud This and Every Sunday With HS-NEWS SUNDAY COMICS

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First Ever Beatles Museum Opens in Latin America

First Ever Beatles Museum Opens in Latin America

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Rodolfo Vazquez is seeing his childhood idols, adored and idolized just like he imagined, in a museum in Buenos Aires, Argentina he brought to life.

Vazquez started collecting Beatles memorabilia when he was just ten years old and has been recognized by the Guinness World Records for amassing over 6,000 pieces back in 2001.

Today, Vazquez owns over 8,000 pieces of Beatles items and its all there in Buenos Aires, everything from signed checks to stuffed dolls.  And the admission price is just right at $2.50 and for those wanting a bigger experience there is a Beatles themed restaurant with a Liverpool bar to enjoy. 

Read more at Huliq →



SundayJanuary 9, 2011