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ThursdayJanuary 20, 2011

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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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Eduardo Caballero: First Hispanic Inducted into Advertising Hall of Fame

Eight industry pioneers will be inducted into the prestigious Advertising Hall of Fame this year and for the first time there will be a Hispanic inductee, Eduardo Caballero.

Eduardo Caballero, is the founder of Caballero Radio & Television out of Coral Gables, Florida.  This Hispanic broadcasting pioneer, owns and operates, amongst other things, Caballero TV & Cables Sales, which is the nation’s first, only and largest unwired network of independent stations aimed at the Hispanic market. 

Among other achievements, the corporate inductee will have made a significant and positive impact on the industry through innovative and forward thinking, promote diversity and multiculturalism within their organization, and have achieved a global reputation as an industry leader.

Now in its 62nd year, the Advertising Hall of Fame has grown to include 193 pioneers and legends of the industry and is administered by the American Advertising Federation on behalf of the entire advertising community. 

Read more at American Advertising Federation →

U.S. Immigration and Tyson Foods Partner to Ensure They Maintain Legal Workforce

Tyson Foods, Inc. is the newest member of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s(ICE) nationwide program designed to encourage businesses to collaborate with ICE and use hiring best practices to ensure they are maintaining a lawful workforce.

Tyson Foods, Inc., which employs almost 100,000 people at locations throughout the United States, is the first major food company to become a full member of ICE’s IMAGE program.

IMAGE is a voluntary program that allows businesses to partner with ICE as part of their efforts to maintain an authorized workforce and protect themselves from the use of fraudulent identity documents by current or prospective employees. This program compliments ICE’s worksite enforcement strategy, which focuses on holding employers accountable who knowingly hire unauthorized workers to minimize operating costs and boost profits.

To become certified, Tyson was subject to an I-9 audit and other checks by ICE. The company met other IMAGE requirements with programs it already has in place. For example:

• Tyson voluntarily participates in the online government employment verification program known as E-Verify and has since 1998. The company also voluntarily uses the ‘Social Security Number Verification Service.’

Read more by HS News Staff →

Diversity in the Workplace Must Include Participation by Whites

Diversity in the Workplace Must Include Participation by Whites

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As businesses are trying to create a more diverse work environment, a University of Michigan researcher says they often meet resistance from white employees, and that just can’t happen if they wish to create and inclusive

Associate professor of management and organization at the University of Michigan Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks said that “without the support of whites, organizations and educational settings will fail in their attempts to navigate and manage the complexities of diverse work forces and constituencies. In the face of the dramatic projected growth in demographic diversity, such failure could have severe economic, social and political consequences.”

Though Sanchez-Burks added that the research revealed that the whites’ resistance may have little to do with being prejudice, and can in fact “stem from a basic human need to belong.”

Studies done by Sanchez-Burks, U-M doctoral students Flannery Stevens, Victoria Plaut of the University of California-Berkeley, and Laura Buffardi of the Universidad de Deusto in Spain found that multiculturalism is not seen as an inclusive ideology by whites, and that they actually see it as exclusive. That is, until whites are specifically included in the conceptualization of multiculturalism.

It was also discovered that in large health care organizations, whites are less likely to endorse diversity than minorities, and often feel less included in the facilities’ description of “diversity.”

“Careful attention should be paid to the inclusion-related processes that help shape support for these efforts. In other words, taking seriously the ‘What about me?’ question may be crucial in stemming the tide of backlash responses to diversity efforts.”

The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology will be publishing Sanchez-Burks and colleagues’ research in an upcoming issue.

Read more at Ponte al Día →

Argentina Ahead of Chile in Wine Exports to the U.S.

Argentine wine exports to the United States surpassed those of neighboring Chile in 2010 by almost $12 million dollars.

The total sales of Argentine wine to the entire world exceeded $860 million last year,  a 12% increase from 2009.  The bad weather ruined the nation’s harvest and forced Argentina to import Chilean wine to meet their domestic demand.

Argentina, who proclaimed wine their national beverage last November is now the fourth,  supplier of wine to the U.S. behind Italy, France and Australia.

“The recession in the U.S. made people stop consuming European wines, and the search for “other options” led them to Argentina’s Malbec variety,” said wine expert Jose Zuccardi.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Italy’s Prime Minister Berlusconi Doesn’t Discriminate:  Lady Loves Include Latinas

Two Dominicans are on the list of women being investigated by Italian judges following claims that the 74-year old billionaire and Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, had paid for under-age prostitutes.

In a 385-page dossier detailing the sex-investigation, there is ample evidence that a “significant number of women” were offered money and free housing for having sex with the Prime Minister, according to Italian officials.  The investigators are seeking to see who amongst that list is under age, sex with a prostitute under 18 in Italy is an offense but not prostitution itself. 

10 women are named in the dossier: six Italians, a Romanian, a Brazilian and two from the Dominican Republic.

Read more by HS News Staff →

NEW Adiddas Commercial Honoring the Best Soccer Player in The World (VIDEO)

NEW Adiddas Commercial Honoring the Best Soccer Player in The World (VIDEO)

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To celebrate Lionel Messi’s second straight Ballon d’Or, Adidas put together a Spanish-language ad showing just how many millions of people he beat out to be the best. It also takes a funny jab at Ronaldo.

About 43 seconds into the video, the animated Leo signs a contract with Adidas as the voice over narrator says, “A big company believes in you, sponsors you and does not make you a fashion model,” a jab at Cristiano Ronaldo and Nike.

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In Mexico: More than 1,200 Plant and Wildlife Species At Risk

In Mexico: More than 1,200 Plant and Wildlife Species At Risk

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Environmentalists say that more than 1,200 species of indigenous wildlife and plants in Mexico are in danger.

According to the Mexican Environmental Law Center (known as CEMDA), around 500 species are in danger of extinction, and another 700 are threatened. In 2001, the number of species on the verge of extinction was 372.

A spokesperson for CEMDA said that among the most endangered species is a porpoise native to the northern part of Mexico’s Gulf of California known as the vaquita, or “little cow.” It is believed that there are only around 600 still in existence.

Despite the ban on the hunting, trafficking and selling of the species, most of the sea turtles along Mexico’s Caribbean coasts are said to be critically endangered despite and a few, like the hawksbill turtle, are even worse off.

It has also been reported that 50 percent of macaw and parakeet species are quite close to becoming extinct.

Greenpeace Mexico’s coordinator says Mexico’s official statutes have been ineffectual in terms of “providing legal protection for wild species,” and environmental organization agree and say that since 1994, when the official regulatory statute was passed, the number of endangered species has actually seen a sharp increase.

Gustavo Alanis, the President of CEMDA, says that it is necessary to promote less obstructive and violent was to utilize resources, and wildlife, if these species are to remain in existence.

Read more at LAHT →

Attorney General Issues Arrest Warrant for Singer Kalimba (GAME)

Attorney General Issues Arrest Warrant for Singer Kalimba (GAME)

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Mexico’s DF Attorney General has issued a warrant for the arrest of Mexican musician Kalimba, and the promoter Gerard Michel Manel Aguilar.

Francisco Alor, Attorney General of Quintana Roo made effective an order (issued by Judge Daniel Esteban Farah) to arrest Kalimba for the crime of rape and assault of a minor,  and the promoter for corruption of minors.

On Wednesday morning, Alor said the two men were fugitives of justice from the moment the warrant was issued, and asked 32 police officers to search for Kalimba throughout the nation, an event that sprung a videogame on the internet called “Run Kalimba, Run” where the objective is to evade the 32 cops while jumping obstacles by clicking.

If convicted, Kalimba could be in prison for 25 years, to life.

This news is in development.

 

Read more by HS News Staff →

Latinos Wanting a Voice in Compton

Latinos Wanting a Voice in Compton

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In Southern California’s city of Compton, no Latino has ever held office in a city position despite the area now being around 60 percent Latino.

Since 1969, eight Latinos have run for city council, but not a one has won a seat in the previously African-American-dominant neighborhood. However, in an attempt to change the “racially polarized voting”, three Latino representatives from the Latino Chamber of Commerce (LCC) took Compton to court on Wednesday.

The LCC is suing the city under the California Voting Rights act. Should they win, they will begin the complicated process of switching the area to district elections rather than at-large elections in order to give Latino candidates what they believe to be a more fair chance when running for office.

The problem, the LCC claims, is that the city uses at-large elections rather than district elections. With district elections, neighborhoods are better able to pull their local political power to get officials elected. The at-large elections can cause problems because it has the overall population of the city voting for every seat on the council instead of a certain district voting for their representative. At-large voting allows 50 percent of the voters to control 100 percent of the seats.

Read more by HS News Staff →

STUDY:  Bilingual Toddlers Have Edge Over Other Toddlers Who Only Speak One Language

Researchers from Canada’s Concordia and York universities have published a study in the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology showing that bilingual toddlers have a cognitive edge over their monolingual peers.

The study shows that youngsters exposed to a second language from an early age outperformed unilingual kids on attention-related tasks.

This advantage is usually attributed to bilinguals’ extensive practice in exercising selective attention and cognitive flexibility during language use because both languages are active when one of them is being used.

Read more at Science Direct →

“Chit Chat” Poised to Become Latina Version of “The View”

“Chit Chat” Poised to Become Latina Version of “The View”

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If, during the last decade or so, people wanted a female perspective on current events, they’d tune in to shows like “The View” and see a young mother, black women, middle-aged women, and various guest stars discuss them, but one perspective always seemed to be missing, Latinos’. Never fear though, Extra producers are looking to correct that with a new Latina-panel show, “Chit Chat.”

This past Christmas, Mario Lopez introduced the half hour pilot of “Chit Chat” during an airing of “Extra.” The show was aired again at 4 a.m. this past Sunday.

“Extra” producers (Telepictures) have not yet begun shopping the new show, say insiders, but if Latino audiences like what they see that could change quickly.

Hosts of “Chit Chat” include former “Cheetah Girl” and “Dancing with the Stars” contestant Sabrina Bryan, BET co-host Julissa Bermudez, Sara Sohn (who is ethnically Korean, but was born in Spain, raised in Guatemala, and speaks fluent Spanish), and the kicker is that the other two hosts were both “married” to comedian George Lopez. Constance Marie, Lopez’s TV wife from his ABC TV show, and his real-life ex-wife Ann Lopez (who gave him a kidney 5 years ago) round out the rest of Chat’s lineup.

On the pilot, the table of ladies interviewed actress Nia Vardalos, Colombian singer Juanes, and recently spotlighted TV Azteca reporter Ines Sainz.

Though the future of “Chit Chat” is still uncertain, “Extra” has a pretty decent track record when it comes to spinoffs. “Celebrity Justice,” and the upcoming “Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers” both began as mere segments on “Extra”.

Read more by HS News Staff →

BREAKING NEWS:  Two Miami-Dade Police Officers Killed When Serving Warrant

Officer Roger Castillo and an unidentified female officer from Miami-Dade were shot to death in a gunfight with suspects they were trying to serve warrants on.  Officer Castillo, a father of three died at the scene, the female officer died at the hospital.

One unidentified suspect was also killed, with another suspect taken into custody.  Florida police said they are not looking for any other suspects.  This is the first time in several decades that a police officer was murdered in South Florida.

The shootings occurred at a home located at Seventh Avenue and 69th Street, around noon, when a homicide warrant was being served there.  Nearby schools were put on lockdown. 

Read more at Miami Herald →

Want a Roaring Good Taco - Try African Lion Tacos but Hold the Salsa

Want a Roaring Good Taco - Try African Lion Tacos but Hold the Salsa

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If you are wondering what more can happen in Arizona to put it in the news here it is:  African lion tacos for $8.75.

Boca Tacos y Tequila in Tucson is accepting orders for African lion tacos for anyone looking for something besides boring beef or chicken tacos.  Fret not; no one can legally sell game meat of an endangered species.  What is not known is if lion meat needs to be relished with salsa, pico de gallo or pinto beans. 

In case you don’t have a palate for our fabled cowardly lion on a corn tortilla, Boca Tacos y Tequila offers python, alligator, elk or kangaroo tacos. 

If anyone decides not to travel to Arizona after this who could blame them, right???

Read more at MSNBC →

Not as Many Migrant Workers Coming to Work in U.S. as Mexico’s Economy Improves

Not as Many Migrant Workers Coming to Work in U.S. as Mexico’s Economy Improves

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As the U.S. economy slowly creeps out of a recession, many who migrated to the states in search of work are now seeing there could be better opportunities back in Mexico.

Mexican officials announced that in 2010, Mexico created 730,348 jobs, the highest in 14 years. This number comes after a record number of people were repatriated/deported from the U.S., and it appears the two are not unrelated, and also accounts for a number of new businesses.

When undocumented immigrants are sent back to Mexico, they often have no option but to open their own business. Though despite the improved employment rate, the average daily wages are still only about $19.29 a month (232 pesos).

Really, the main reason many are not coming into the country to work right now is not because the Mexican economy is doing so well. It is more so due to the fact that living in the U.S. is expensive. Simple living expenses like food and a shelter are far cheaper in Mexico, and with unemployment dropping slightly in Mexico (6.5 percent to 5 percent) people are choosing to take their chances there and be with family.

As the U.S. unemployment rate is still about 10 percent, and as it becomes harder to get into the country, the appeal of the U.S. is dimming, said Napa Valley business owner Angel Calderon.

“To cross the border illegally right now is very dangerous, very expensive and it’s not worth it.”

Read more at Napa Valley Register →

Animapocalypse Continues with Squid and Octopus Die Offs (VIDEO)

Animapocalypse Continues with Squid and Octopus Die Offs (VIDEO)

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Thousands of octopi have washed ashore in a 5 mile stretch of beaches in northern Portugal.

The causes of this environmental disaster are not yet known.

In addition, the remains of a massive 20ft. octopus washed ashore in Bahamas on January 19. Scientists have not linked his death to the ones in Portugal, but have said that if any more octopi are found, they will test their remains for the cause.

Small animals all over the world have been dying in mass. Birds and fish have been documented to have died by the hundreds at the time. Brazil reported over two million fish washing ashore in one coastal city at the time.

No link between the episodes has been established, as they have happened within thousands of miles of each other, and in random locations spread through every continent, with several events in the U.S, Sweden, Colombia, Brazil and New Zealand. 


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New Mexico Sheriff Greg Solano Arrested for Selling Bullet Proof Vests on eBay for Gambling $$

Greg Solano, the former sheriff of Santa Fe County, New Mexico was arrested on 251 charges of embezzlement and one count of fraud for an alleged scheme to sell bullet proof vests on eBay.  He was arrested two months after confessing to the crimes.

Last November the sheriff admitted to selling public property to the highest bidder on eBay, property which included vests, gun holsters, handcuffs and ink cartridges.  His arrest warrant values his theft at $60,000.  Police suspect that Solano has been pilfering the public coffers for some time possibly even when he was launching his Democratic bid for Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico in early 2010. 

In his November confession Solano said he needed the money to pay his mortgage, investigators dispute that and have proof he used the money for gambling at New Mexico casinos and online gambling.  Solano, if convicted faces up to 250 years behind bars. 

Read more at KOAT News →

Bolivia Appeals to the UN to Legalize Chewable Coca Leaf

Bolivia Appeals to the UN to Legalize Chewable Coca Leaf

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Chewing coca leaves has been a common practice among Andean indigenous populations through countless generations, dating back to pre-Colombus times. 

But the United Nations considers the practice to be of an illegal nature, since the leaf, once processed in a laboratory, becomes one of the main components of the drug cocaine, an illegal substance in most of the world.

The government of Evo Morales started in 2009 a quest to convince the world, represented by the UN, that coca leaf does not present health risks, and that it’s ban is causing “Historical Damage” to Bolivian culture. Image

Bolivian Foreign Affairs Minister David Choquehuanca has started in Spain a tour that will encompass five European countries, and aims to persuade leaders to not object to Bolivia’s motion to have the United Nations decriminalize its national stimulant.

President Evo Morales, who is also the main leader of the Cocaleros of Chapre, said that chewing coca leaves is a century old cultural practice of native-andean populations in Bolivia, Perú, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador and Colombia.

He also said that in the case of Bolivia, not only indigenous populations consume it; the practice has extended to the general population, and it has become specially popular among workers and students, who aside from cultural reasons, consume it to stay awake and energetic.

Bolivia is the world’s third coca leaf producer. The government not only protects, but sponsors the crop; authorities only investigate cargo that is being transported without official permits.

As a part of this campaign, the government backed the release of a coca leaf soda-pop called “Coca Brynco,” and presented it to the public in a ceremony held at the Ministry of Rural Development.

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Other coca leaf products available in Bolivia include an energy drink, tooth paste, candy, pastries and other products of a religious/ceremonial practice character.

In a plea for support, Morales explained that the amendment that his country is requesting does not intend to provoke changes in the national legislation of any other country, as the country is only requesting the legalization of the chewable variety of coca leaf, and not the exclusion of coca from the world list of illegal substances.

The United Nations has said that the laws concerning chewing coca leaves will be amended, if no country objects to Bolivia’s petition before January 31.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Brazil Spikes Its Interest Rates to 11.25%

In an effort to curb inflation Brazil’s central bank hiked its key interest rate to 11.25% from 10.75%, the first under the country’s new President, Dilma Rousseff.

The very attractive rate of interest will continue to attract foreign investment and foreign money and add to the currently overvalued Brazilian real.  Inflation worries nonetheless continue, inflation was 5.91% last year and is predicted to hover around 5% this year.

Brazil is Latin America’s largest economy, growing 7% last year and is anticipated to grow between 4.5% - 5% in 2011. 

Read more at BBC.UK →

Latino Organizations Unveil Plan to Protect Social Security from Cutbacks

Today, Latinos for a Secure Retirement was launched to serve as a voice for the Latino American community in the fight to defend Social Security as new threats emerge against the 75 year-old program.

The Latinos for a Secure Retirement coalition brings together some of the strongest and most prominent advocates for Latinos in the country including the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), and The Hispanic Federation, amongst others.

During their announcement today, Latinos for a Secure Retirement unveiled their policy recommendations in a report entitled “Protecting Social Security: A Blueprint for Strengthening Social Security for All Americans.” The plan features recommendations to ensure the sustainability and solvency of Social Security for the next 75 years and beyond without any cuts to benefits or increase in the retirement age. The full report is available at www.lulac.org/socialsecurity.

The need for the coalition grew in response to recent attacks from Social Security adversaries who have falsely attributed the nation’s rising deficit problems with the program. In the Latino community Social Security benefits represent nearly all the income for almost half of Latino seniors. While keeping millions of seniors out of poverty every year, the average Social Security benefit for Latino seniors is only $12,213 for men, and only $9,536 for Latinas.

Read more at LULAC →

Fewer Americans Applied for Unemployment Last Week, Down by 37,000

In the week ending Jan. 15, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 404,000, a decrease of 37,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 441,000. The 4-week moving average was 411,750, a decrease of 4,000 from the previous week’s revised average of 415,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.1 percent for the week ending Jan. 8, unchanged from the prior week’s unrevised rate of 3.1 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Jan. 8 was 3,861,000, a decrease of 26,000 from the preceding week’s revised level of 3,887,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,006,250, a decrease of 52,250 from the preceding week’s revised average of 4,058,500.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Nebraska State Senator Introduces New Take on Immigration

Nebraska State Senator Introduces New Take on Immigration

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Omaha state lawmaker Brenda Council has introduced a new measure that would make immigration a federal issue rather than a state concern.

State Sen. Brenda Council introduced legislation this Tuesday that calls for immigration to be a federal matter and therefore subject to federal policy issue between the United States and other countries.  She argued that the federal government should be monitoring immigration cases, no individual states. 

The motion refers to a state immigration system that “separates Nebraska families, destabilizes communities and creates uncertainty, inefficiency and an uneven playing field for Nebraska’s businesses and economy.”

This proposal is in sharp contrast to Fremont Sen. Charlie Janssen’s bill that would enforce a requirement upon police officers to check the immigration status of suspects when enforcing other laws.  It would also require all immigrants to carry documents showing the legality of their stay in the country.

Read more at Omaha lawmaker introduces immigration resolution →

Reid lists Spending ,Tax and Immigration Reform As Priority for Senate

Harry Reid stated Tuesday that he places government spending, taxes, and immigration reform as objectives for this congressional term. 

Reid, the current Senate Majority Leader said that he would be willing to compromise with Republicans in order to achieve these goals. On a Nevada television program, Reid said that tax reform “certainly needs to be done this Congress,” adding “We need to go back to a flatter tax.” 

Tax and spending reform have been considered topics where agreement is possible between Obama, the Democratic-led Senate, and the Republican-held House. 

Reid also said that spending cuts need to happen across the board.  “It’s not only domestic, discretionary spending that we have to something about,” said Reid, adding that the budgets for Medicare, Medicaid, and Defense should be viable options.  “We cannot sustain the spending of this country.  We have to get it under control. We cannot end up like Greece, or like Ireland, and default on our debt.”

Reid also plans on making another attempt on immigration reform, regardless of the failure of the DREAM Act during the lame-duck Congress.  Now, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) with other lawmakers has shown interest in reforming immigration laws after U.S. boarders have been secured. However, the Republican House could prove troublesome for bills that offer what conservative politicians may believe “amnesty” for illegal immigrants. 

Regardless, Reid remains optimistic.  “I think the answer is unequivocally yes, I think we can get something done,” said the Senator.  He also maintains that immigration reform is a thing of the present stating, “The tide is turning on this.  This is not something that is going to be a lost program; we’re going to get this done.”

Read more at Reid: Taxes, spending and immigration reform top Senate agenda →

National Hispanic Media Coalition Urges FCC to Study Effects of Hate Speech in Media Outlets

The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC), joined by a diverse collection of other organizations, reached out to leaders at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to urge each entity to act on NHMC’s long-standing requests to study the effects of hate speech in media.

NHMC sent letters to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and Assistant Secretary Lawrence Strickling of the NTIA. In the letter to FCC Chairman Genachowski, NHMC requested prompt action on its two-year-old petition for inquiry and urged the FCC to examine the extent, nature and effects of hate speech in media, and possible non-regulatory ways to counteract or reduce its negative impacts.

These letters follow almost two weeks of public conversation about the effects of violent rhetoric in media. A recent Washington Post/ABC News poll found that 82% of Americans feel that the tone of political discourse is “negative” and 49% believe that this negative tone creates or could create a climate that encourages violence.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Brazil Flooding Death Toll May Reach 1000

Authorities fear that the death toll could reach 1000, as there are currently 730 confirmed dead and at least 207 people missing.

The Wall Street journal reports that despite a massive recovery effort, it is very difficult to get an accurate count as victims are still being found. The situation is further complicated where in areas entire families are unaccounted for, making it very difficult to compile an accurate list of those affected by the flooding and mudslides.

The search is including local hospitals and shelters in hopes of finding survivors .

Read more at UPI.com →



ThursdayJanuary 20, 2011