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SundayJanuary 30, 2011

Latino Daily News: Bringing You the Latest Hispanic Current Events and News Stories 24/7

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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Costa Rica Dismantles Cocaine Smuggling Ring Using Local Fishermen

The defense ministry of Costa Rica has announced it has dismantled a cocaine smuggling ring using local fishermen and their fishing vessels. 

The drug smuggling ring moves drugs from Ecuador and Colombian through Central America and into Mexico; the drugs were ultimately headed for U.S. distribution.

The ministry announced it arrested six individuals, the majority of which are Colombian and one Costa Rican native.  The drug network paid local fishermen to haul the cocaine and used their fishing vessel as a front. 

Read more at Fox News →

Juju, 8-Year-Old Saudi Girl, Lectures Egypt’s President Mubarak (VIDEO)

Juju, 8-Year-Old Saudi Girl, Lectures Egypt’s President Mubarak (VIDEO)

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Introducing Juju, an 8 year old Saudi girl who has some words of advice for Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.

Juju thinks that he should “let the people of Egypt vote” because if he doesn’t, “they’re just going to make problems for you.” And in a whisper she adds, “Some of your police officers removed their jackets and they’re joining the people.”

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California Latinos Protesting Arizona’s Push to Abolish Birthright Citizenship

As the state legislature of Arizona considers an end to birthright citizenship guaranteed under the 14th amendment, California Latinos joined Arizonian Hispanics to protest the measure.

The protests occurred over the weekend and in predominantly Latino neighborhoods of Los Angeles.  The protesters, exceeding 1,000 people, fear that more and more states will start considering a similar measure if Arizona’s efforts are successful.

Arizona faces an uphill battle in passing the legislation, proposed by Republic Arizona State Representative John Kavanagh, and if passed will most likely be rebuked by the courts and the federal government.  These practical matters where not on the minds of protesters but rather that this legislation is aimed at one specific demographic that doesn’t want to be viewed as passive on the issue. 

Read more at CNN Edition →

“Gun Hill Road” Picks Up Distributor and Much Praise at Sundance Film Festival

The Latino-themed movie by writer-director, Rashaad Ernesto Green, “Gun Hill Road” starring Esai Morales and Judy Reyes has acquired a worldwide distributor and was well received at the Sundance Film Festival.

The movie tells the struggles of a Latino family, living in the Bronx, with a hard-knocked father (Esai Morales) returning once again from prison to his struggling wife (Judy Reyes) and a teen age son (Harmony Santana) who is trying to figure out his sexual identity.  Incredibly this complex movie was filmed on a tight budget and in 22 days. 

The movie premiered this week at Sundance to a sold-out audience and a standing ovation.  More importantly the independent film was able to obtain a distributor, the Motion Film Group, so that the film can be seen at a theater near you soon.

The current plan is to release the film early this summer in cities with large Hispanic populations like New York, Los Angeles and Chicago and then roll out to other markets.  Video release is planned for the fall.  With this warm reception the movie will also go to the Cannes Film Festival in May. 

Read more at Latin Heat →

NFL Players Association Creates New Ad Campaign To Spread Awareness of Potential Lockout

NFL Players Association Creates New Ad Campaign To Spread Awareness of Potential Lockout

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Players: “Let Us Play” Fans: “Let Them Play”

Here we are, The Super Bowl, the biggest event in sports, and an NFL Lockout looms very large. As the NFL celebrates its most successful season ever, NFL owners are preparing to lock out players and fans from their game starting in March. Owners have not opened their books or offered justification for this threat. The players want to play and the fans want to see them play. So, why won’t the Owners take a Lockout off the table? Do your part as a fan and help Block the Lockout.

In a new ad campaign during Super Bowl weekend, the NFL Players Association expects a social-media-backed video and petition drive will gain traction with fans.

The union is unveiling 30 – and 60-second spots entitled “Let Us Play,” in which players and fans alike intone “Let us play” and “Let them play.” The spots have no other dialogue and depict a padlock of a chain-link fence and images from an empty football stadium.

“For us, it’s a simple issue: there’s a lockout being threatened by the owners of America’s most popular sport,” said NFLPA Assistant Executive Director of External Affairs George Atallah. “In that context, the ‘Let Us Play’ message is one that is delivered not just by the players but by the fans. We need to stand together to avoid a terrible outcome.”

Players and fans began using #LetUsPlay on Jan. 18, when the Twitter hashtag was one of the world’s top-four trending topics. The NFLPA is using @NFLLockout on Twitter and NFLLockout on Facebook as it’s Block the Lockout social media arms.

The NFLPA will rely heavily on social media channels, but the spot will appear on TV only once: during CBS’s telecast of the NFLPA All-Star Game on Saturday, Feb. 5, a day before Super Bowl XLV.

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Guerrero Mexico Votes for New State Governor Today

Guerrero Mexico Votes for New State Governor Today

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Just one day after a mutilated body was left in Acapulco, thousands find their way to the polling stations in the heat to vote for either the incumbent part or the opposition, PRI.

“We’re just hoping there’s no violence,” said hotel worker Carlos Reyes as he waited to vote in Acapulco, the famed Pacific resort that is being terrorized by rival drug cartels.

The PRI ran the country for 71 years until 2000 but are hoping this election will give them momentum as they prepare for the 2012 presidential elections. The PRI candidate, Manuel Anorve, who resigned as Acapulco’s mayor to run, is up against a former PRI ally, Angel Aguirre, who switched sides to run for the PRD. President Felipe Calderon’s party is supporting the Leftist Party of Democratic Revolution, or PRD candidate.

Mexico voters are divided in an elections too close to call. Mexicans are very disappointed at a decade of the conservative and pro-business PAN, which brought democracy but has failed to generate enough jobs, improve education or end decades of corruption.

Read more at Yahoo News →

Cuba Approves 178 Private Sector Jobs, Everything from Dandy to Mule Driver to Umbrella Repairer

The Cuban government has announced 178 private-sector jobs that its citizens can seek or create.  These jobs are part of the country’s partial movement from government controlled employment to a larger private sector economy, and one that generates tax revenue.

The jobs are as follows and we have highlighted some of our favorites:
1. Musical Instrument Tuning and Repair
2. Water Delivery
3. Construction Laborer
4. Animal Rental
5. Formal Wear Rental
6. Door-to-door knife and scissors sharpener
7. Party Entertainer (clowns, magicians)
8. Mule Driver
9. Artisan (Arts and Crafts Maker)
10. Mechanical Saw Operator (as in a sawmill)

11. Babysitter/Nanny
12. Barber
13. Embroiderer/Knitter
14. Wagon or Pushcart Operator (to help move things)
15. Flower Bed Arranger
16. Carpenter
17. Wheelbarrow Operator (for construction work)
18. Locksmith
19. Furniture Repairman
20. Collector and Payer of Bills

21. Operator of Children’s Fun Wagon Pulled by Pony or Goat
22. Buyer and Seller of Records (LPs, 45’s, CDs)
23. Used Book Seller
24. Builder/Seller/Installer of Radio and TV Antennas
25. Craftsman/Seller/Repairman of Wicker Furniture
26. Breeder/Seller of Pets
27. Window Glass Repair
28. Animal Caretaker
29. Public Bathroom Attendant
30. Caretaker of Elderly/Handicapped

31. Public Park Caretaker
32. Leather Tanner (except cows and horses)
33. Decorator
34. Palm Tree Trimmer
35. Restaurant/Cafe Owner
36. Door-to-Door Non-Alcoholic Beverage Seller
37. Home or Street Based Seller/Preparer of Non-Alcoholic Beverages
38. Seller of Non-Alcoholic Beverages at a specified location (i.e. a coffee shop)
39. Charcoal Preparer/Seller
40. Wine Maker/Seller

41. Maker of Yokes, Harnesses and Rope for Oxen
42. Electrician
43. Automobile Electrician
44. Building Superintendent
45. Book Binding
46. Electric Motor Rewiring (wraps new wire around bobbin on burned motors)
47. Animal Trainer
48. Funeral Flower Arranger
49. Button Coverer (Wraps buttons in cloth for upholstery and cocktail dresses popular in the 50’s and 60’s)
50. Photographer

51. Car washer/Oil Changer
52. Bus/Train/Taxi Stop Barker (Calls out instructions to waiting passengers)
53. Engraver of Numbers
54. Blacksmith/Seller of Horseshoes and Nails
55. Buyer/Seller of Scrap Metals
56. Driving Instructor
57. Sports Trainer (except martial arts)
58. Gardener
59. Clothes Washing/Ironing
60. Woodsmen/Logger

61. Shoeshiner
62. Spark Plug Cleaner and Tester
63. Septic Tank Repairman and Cleaner
64. Manicurist
65. Make-up Artist
66. Masseuse
67. Plasterer
68. Refrigerator Mechanic
69. Typist
70. Messenger

71. Seamstress/Tailor
72. Miller
73. PA System Operator
74. Tire Repair
75. Children’s Ride Operator
76. Parking Attendant Including for Cars, Bicycles and Tricycles
77. Hairdresser
78. Animal Hairdresser
79. Cleaning/Household Help
80. Car Painter

81. Furniture Painter and Varnisher
82. House Painter
83. Sign Painter
84. Fish Farmer
85. Plastic Covering Maker for IDs
86. Plumber
87. Well Digger
88. Producer/Seller of Items Used in the Home
89. Producer/Seller of Rubber Accessories (relates to pressure cooker seals and blender O-rings)
90. Producer/Seller of Clay Goods (pots and planters and cookware)

91. Producer/Seller of Bricks and Tiles
92. Producer/Seller of Religious Articles (except those deemed National Patrimony by the Ministry of Culture) and Seller of Animals for Religious Use
93. Producer/Seller of Harnesses, Blankets, and Saddles
94. Producer/Seller of Arts and Crafts
95. Shoemaker/Shoe Salesman
96. Producer/Seller of Brooms and brushes
97. Producer/Seller of Plaster Figurines
98. Grower/Seller of Ornamental Plants
99. Pinata Maker/Seller

100. Grower/Seller of Plants for Animal Feed and medicinal Purposes
101. Music/Art Instructor
102. Shorthand, Typing, and Language Instructor
103. Computer Programmer
104. Metal polisher
105. Collector/Seller of Natural Resources (i.e. someone who would sell shells at the beach)
106. Collector/Seller of Recyclable Goods
107. Watch Repair
108. Leather Repair
109. Jewelry Repair
110. Bedframe Repair

111. Automobile Battery Repair
112. Bicycle Repair
113. Costume Jewelry Repair
114. Fence and Walkway Repair
115. Stove/Range Repair
116. Mattress Repair
117. Small Household Goods Repair
118. Office Equipment Repair
119. Electronic Equipment Repair
120. Mechanical and Combustion Equipment Repair

121. Eyeglass Repair
122. Sewing Machine Repair
123. Saddle and Harness Repair
124. Umbrella and Parasol Repair
125. Disposable Lighter Repair and Refill
126. Tutor (Currently active teachers not eligible)
127. Doll and Toy Repair
128. Art Restorer
129. Night watchman or Building Doorman
130. Welder

131. Leather Craftsman
132. Upholsterer
133. Roofer
134. Bookkeeper (Currently employed accountants not eligible)
135. Textile Dyer
136. Machinist
137. Roaster (i.e. of peanuts, coffee)
138. Part-time Farm Laborer
139. Document Translator
140. Shearer (as in sheep)

141. Plow operator
142. Vegetable/Fruit Vendor (From Fixed Venues and Kiosks)
143. Shoe Repair
144. Hired hand/Employee of Another Person’s Business
145. Room/Home Rental
146. Producer/Seller of Food and Beverages With Special Characteristics relating to Chinatown (in Havana)
147. Horse and Carriage Rides
148. Private Contractors
149. Habaneras (Women who pose for tourists wearing colorful dresses with flowery headdress)
150. Fortune Tellers

151. Folkloric Dancers
152. The Musical Group Los Mambises
153. Caricaturists
154. Artificial Flower Seller
155. Painters (Who sell Pictures in the Street)
156. Dandy (Man dressed in Colonial era garb)
157. Hair Braider
158. Fresh Fruit Peeler
159. Dance Duo Amor
160. Benny More Dance Team

161. Trained Dog Exhibitor
162. Los Amigos Musical Duo
163. Extras (i.e. People Paid to Pose for Pictures in Old Havana)
164. Traditonal Barber (Barbers in Old Havana, as opposed to the rest of the country)
165. Truck driver
166. Station Wagon Driver
167. Small-Truck Driver
168. Bus Driver
169. Mini-Bus Driver.

170. Taxi Driver
171. Handcar Operator
172. Jeep Driver
173. Passenger Boat Operator
174. Motorcycle Driver
175. Three-Wheeled Pedal Taxi Driver
176. Cart Operator
177. Horse-Drawn Carriage Operator
178. Pedal Taxi Driver

Read more at Seattle Times →

Egyptian Demonstrations a Little Calmer on Sunday (VIDEO)

Egyptian Demonstrations a Little Calmer on Sunday (VIDEO)

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Although Egyptian military tanks blocked roads and F-16 fighter jets flew over downtown Cairo, thousands marched in protest.

Opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei called Mubarak’s appointment of Omar Suleiman as vice president a “hopeless, desperate” attempt to keep power. He told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria that Mubarak’s exit is “non-negotiable for every Egyptian.”

Salma Soueif, 23, said she has been surprised at the spontaneous protest against Mubarak. “Nobody believed this would happen,” said Soueif, who was at Tahrir Square with a couple of her friends.
Friday, police fired tear gas in an effort to disperse demonstrators. “That made us cry,” she said. “Today it’s more like a festival.”

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Tortilla Flats Founder , Trumpeter ‘Ham’ Guerrero Dead ( VIDEO TRIBUTE)

Tortilla Flats Founder , Trumpeter ‘Ham’ Guerrero Dead ( VIDEO TRIBUTE)

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Trumpeter Tony “Ham” Guerrero who founded the band Tortilla Flats, died in Texas at the age of 66 this weekend.

Guerrero suffered a heart attack Jan. 10 and contracted pneumonia after being in a coma for a week. Funeral arrangements are still pending at this time.

Guerrero began playing the trumpet as a child and formed Tortilla Flats in 1968. The group produced a sound that was a unique blend of jazz, Latin music and rock.

Tortilla Flats recorded 20 albums, two of which were nominated for Grammys. The band last performed at a 2006 benefit 23 years after breaking up.

WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD - SUNG BY TONY “HAM” GUERRERO Grammy nominated Tortilla Factory album Cookin!

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Bruno Mars, aka Peter Hernandez, Agrees to Plead Guilty to Felony Cocaine Charges in Las Vegas

The Grammy nominated pop singer and song writer, Bruno Mars, has cut a deal with Las Vegas legal authorities on his cocaine possessions charges from last September.

Mars, whose legal name is Peter Hernandez, was arrested September 19, 2010 at the Hard Rock Las Vegas hotel for possession of 2.6 grams of cocaine.  Mars agreed to plead guilty to the felony cocaine possession charge and can have those charges removed if he pays a $2,000 fine, attends drug counseling, stays out of trouble and finishes 200 hours of community service.  He was facing up to four years in prison but the prosecutors took into consideration that he was a first time offender.

The pop singer, whose songs “Just the Way You Are” and his co-production “F… You” are nominated for numerous Grammys including Record of the Year, plans on attending the awards ceremony. 

The plea agreement still has to be finalized and approved by a judge some time in February. 

Read more at Las Vegas Review Journal →

Chicago’s Polar Bear Plunge Does Not Disappoint-Meet the Class of 2011

Chicago’s Polar Bear Plunge Does Not Disappoint-Meet the Class of 2011

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The Lakeview Polar Bear Club hosted its 10th annual plunge this weekend . 600+ participants braved the cold weather took to Oak Street Beach for a nippy dip in Lake Michigan.

The 2010 plunge raised more than $15,000 to help two local families and this year the Lakeview Polar Bear Club is aiming for $18,000. The two beneficiary families are certainly deserving. Here’s what LPBC has to say about The Cottles and The Wagoners.

Tracee Cottle is a single mother with 2 boys, ages 12 & 4. Tracee does not receive support from the fathers of the 2 boys and she is struggling to afford the basic life expenses such as shelter, groceries and daycare. She has entered a mentoring program to develop career skills while continuing her education to become a medical assistant. With the LPBC’s support, Tracee will provide her boys with basic life necessities and be the positive role model that they need.

On June 11, 2010, four year-old Zaine Wagoner and his grandmother were in a car accident. The grandmother was killed instantly and Zaine spent 68 days in the hospital after suffering from a traumatic brain injury and a massive stroke that caused paralysis on his left side. The LPBC’s donations will ensure that Zaine receives the best care possible and is given every opportunity to live an independent and normal life.

Even if you don’t take the plunge, the LPBC is accepting donations [all of which are tax deductible]. Contributions can be made out to the Lakeview Polar Bear Club, NFP and send to PO Box 61 7694 in Chicago, IL 60661. You can also make them on the club’s website.

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Another DREAM Acter Facing Deportation, Detained En Route to His Christian College Classes

Another DREAM Acter Facing Deportation, Detained En Route to His Christian College Classes

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Eighteen year-old David Morales dreams to pursue a college education to become a Christian pastor have been put on hold indefinitely as he faces deportation after being detained en route to starting college.

Morales came to the U.S. at the age of 9 from Mexico with his parents, who were seeking a better life.  He graduated from high school last year in Salt Lake City, Utah where he was the keynote speaker at graduation.  He saved enough to go to college and was en route to bible college in Louisiana via a Greyhound bus when it was stopped for a routine check two weeks ago.

Morales, who was just 45 minutes away from his final destination, knew the outcome of the routine stop by immigration officials would not be good.  They asked all passengers if they were U.S. citizens, Morales was honest and told them he was not. 

He was arrested, spent 17 days in jail before his family could afford the $4,000 bond and awaits a deportation hearing in Louisiana on February 23rd.

Morales is another DREAM Act case that highlights the need for some form of immigration reform that will address the plight of students like him.  The DREAM Act legislation was voted down during the lame duck session of Congress and is not slated to be voted on again anytime soon.

Read more at The Salt Lake Tribune →

Lady Gaga New Song ‘Born This Way’ Criticized by Latinos for Having Racist Lyrics

Pop icon Lady Gaga can’t seem to catch a break with her recently released song “Born This Way”.  First she was accused of sounding too much like Christina Aguilera’s in “Beautiful” and then of borrowing the idea and lyrics from Carl Bean’s “Born this Way” and now some Arizona Latino groups are chiming in with their opinion.

Organizations like Chicanos Unidos Arizona and MEChA do not like Lady Gaga’s use of the words ‘Chola’ and ‘Orient’ in her lyrics, viewing both as being racist and derogatory. 

The word chola according to the critics refers to Latina girls in gangs, Latinas from the barrio who have a certain look about them and conjure very negative stereotypes.  Lady Gaga use of this term in the song is sure to promote already negative Hispanic stereotypes, according to these organizations.

The song is set to release on February 13 and be performed at the Grammys, which may bring out more protests.  Lady Gaga has not responded to the Latino organizations and their racist-lyrics criticism, however she did post on her Twitter about the song “It has been in my heart for over a year. I’m so excited to share it .”  So changes to lyrics are unlikely. 

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Scientology Opens Record Number of New Churches Around the World in 2010

Scientology Opens Record Number of New Churches Around the World in 2010

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In 2010, major Churches of Scientology opened across Europe, North America and Africa.

These new Churches are the realization of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard’s vision, where he prescribed the standard and model for all Churches of Scientology to aspire to in becoming what he called an Ideal Organization (Org). Ideal Orgs are built to provide all services of the Scientology religion while also serving as a home for the community at large for the cooperative advancement of the underprivileged and forsaken of every ethnic and denomination. Ideal Orgs are made possible by the contributions of Scientology parishioners dedicated to uplifting their communities and helping their fellow man.

New Church Grand Openings are attended by thousands of parishioners, guests and dignitaries from across the social spectrum.

The first new Ideal Org opened in 2010 was the Brussels branch of the Churches of Scientology for Europe, on the 23rd of January. Thousands of guests were on hand from across Europe to cut the ribbon on an 88,000-square-foot historic structure along Boulevard de Waterloo. Among the distinguished guests was the Honorable Hugo Coveliers, Senator in the Belgian Parliament, who addressed those gathered: “This new Church in the capital city of Europe stands as a beautiful testament to your help, and you can be certain of my continued support. You care for people, and this Church is such an example of this attitude.” Since opening, dignitaries from across the European community have visited the Church and toured its massive Public Information Center, comprising hundreds of multimedia presentations illustrating Scientology beliefs (19), the life and legacy of Founder L. Ron Hubbard, and the full array of Church-sponsored social betterment and community outreach programs.

One week later, on the 30th of January, Scientologists and their guests assembled in Quebec, at the heart of the Nouvo Saint-Roch district to open a new Ideal Org for that city. Many dignitaries participated in the dedication, including the Honorable Pamela Appelt, from the International Center for Human Rights and Democratic Development, who declared: “It has been my privilege to work alongside the Church of Scientology for 25 years. Whatever the issue, you have answers that are useful to anyone in public service.”

The following week, on the 6th of February, came the Grand Opening of the new Church of Scientology and Celebrity Centre of Las Vegas. Thousands of Scientologists and community leaders gathered to dedicate the new Ideal Org designed to serve those who work in the entertainment capital of the world. Those taking the podium for the ceremony included United States Congresswoman Shelley Berkley and Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, who stated: “As the Mayor of the fastest-growing city, I look forward to partnering with you, as the fastest-growing religion.”

On the 26th of March, a new Scientology Life Improvement Centre opened in Johannesburg, South Africa, directly adjacent to the nation’s university. Joining Scientologists for the dedication ceremony were university students, community leaders and government officials. The welcoming address was delivered by Ms. Phumzile Zuma, daughter of the nation’s president.

On April 24th, the new Ideal Org of Los Angeles opened its doors. More than 6,000 parishioners and guests celebrated the opening of this Church which stands at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and L. Ron Hubbard Way. Formally welcoming the Church were a host of local and state officials, including State Assembly Member Karen Bass and Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, who spoke to the Church’s social betterment programs in his address: “Your drug education means everything to the safety of our schools and neighborhoods. That is why we trained a corps of our own deputies in the use of your unbeatable program. So I want to thank each and every one of you for everything you do in helping me do my job.”

On the 10th of July, the National Scientology Organization opened in Mexico City. More than 7,000 Scientologists and guests attended the dedication of this first Scientology Ideal Org in Latin America, in a fully restored cultural landmark that stands near Mexico’s National Fine Arts Palace and the Supreme Court. Here, too, officials took the opportunity to recognize the Church and its social betterment programs. Ms. Laura Chapa from the Federal Ministry of Education addressed the gathering by stating: “I believe that with the opening of this new Organization, leaders of all sectors of society will have the same realization I had: that you have the solution. And so I also believe that what will come from this new Organization is a turning point for our nation.”

On the 17th of July, an assemblage of 4,200 parishioners and guests filled the streets to inaugurate the new Church of Scientology of Pasadena. The heritage of the 58,000-square-foot historic Victorian landmark is preserved in the fully restored structure, including the classic four-story atrium galleria, and the interior Chapel featuring Tiffany-inspired stained glass windows as a backdrop for Scientology religious services and community gatherings. Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard was among the notable guests who participated in the dedication ceremonies: “With this beautifully restored structure in Old Pasadena, the Church of Scientology represents not only a growing religion, but an important factor in the future of this city.”

On the 24th of July, parishioners and their guests congregated just blocks from the Seattle Center and Space Needle for the opening of the new Church of Scientology of Washington State. Among those welcoming the new Church was State Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders, with whom the Church has partnered in the field of human rights for 35 years: “There is nothing more important in life than being true to yourself and standing up for what you believe. That is freedom, and that is what makes life worth living. And that, to me, is what you represent.”

In the last five years, the implementation of Mr. Hubbard’s vision for Ideal Orgs has resulted in 22 new Churches. An additional 60 buildings are currently under construction or renovation to house Ideal Orgs scheduled to open over the next two years.

The Scientology religion was founded by author and philosopher L. Ron Hubbard. The first Church of Scientology was formed in the United States in 1954 and has today expanded to more than 9,000 Churches, Missions and affiliated groups, with millions of members in 165 countries.

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Venezuela Arms Depot Fire, Explosions Kill One (VIDEO)

Venezuela Arms Depot Fire, Explosions Kill One  (VIDEO)

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In the Venezuelan city of Maracay a fire has set off a series of explosions at a military arms depot on Sunday. A woman nearby the facility was killed in the explosion, and three were injured in car accidents during the immediate chaos caused by the explosion.

Authorities have evacuated approximately 10,000 people from a four-mile radius surrounding the depot.

“This is a preventive measure because the ammunitions that were detonating are ammunitions that have a powerful impact,” Aragua state Gov. Rafael Isea told state television.

Firemen are on the scene putting out the fires and monitoring the small explosions as they begin to diminish.

Information Minister Andres Izarra went on state television calling for calm and saying that authorities were tending to the situation.

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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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NARCO BLOG: 15-year-old Member of Mexico’s Pacific South Cartel Captured

NARCO BLOG: 15-year-old Member of Mexico’s Pacific South Cartel Captured

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Giovanni Molina Ortiz, 18 years old, and Erik Antonio Gomez, 15 years old, were captured this week by the Mexican Army in Cuernavaca, Morelos Mexico.

The Mexican Army seized two young member of the South Pacific cartel, and who maintained a friendship with the captured and now infamous ‘El Ponchise’, whose legal name is Edgar Jimenez Lugo.

When the boys were captured they declared themselves as ‘apprentice assassins’ currently working as lookouts for their boss Julio Hernandez Radilla.  Radilla also required the young boys to assist with executions and mutilations of rivals.

Gomez, also confessed to receiving $2,000 pesos a week just for being the look out, which included looking out for Mexican officials and members of the Army.

The Mexican Intelligence Force consider the PSC to be a bloodthirsty group known to have many children who are recruited by Julio Hernández Radilla, deputy of the organization.

After arresting the boys, they were questioned by the press and taken into custody.

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Another ‘Pot’apult Found Near U.S.-Mexico Border

Mexico’s defense department announced that they have confiscated another catapult on Friday near the U.S. border in the town of Agua Prieta, Mexico used to fling pot across the U.S.-Mexico border.

This ‘pot’apult was discovered when U.S. National Guard were reviewing surveillance video and saw several men on the Mexican side of the border flinging packages over the border.  Border patrol notified Mexican officials immediately who investigated.

When they arrived on the scene they discovered 45 pounds of marijuana and the ‘pot’apult but none of the operators of the device.  Last week the first such catapult was found in Naco, which is near Tucson, and it was also detected by U.S. surveillance video.

Read more at Voice of America →

Remarks with Colombia’s VP Angelino Garzon and Sec. Hillary Clinton after Diplomatic Meetings

The Vice President of Colombia, Angelino Garzon, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had very productive, wide-ranging discussions on many important issues, and reaffirmed the enduring partnership this past week.  On Friday at the conclusion of their diplomatic talks they issued summary remarks on those meetings. 

Both Clinton and Garzon confirmed they are hosting the second round of the U.S.-Colombia High Level Partnership Dialogue in March, where they plan on covering a very broad discussion of issues, from sustainable energy to human rights, with both countries seeking a successful conclusion and ratification of the U.S.-Colombia Trade Agreement and an extension of the Andean Trade Preferences Act.

The U.S. on the other hand is pleased that Colombia remains committed to, among other things to work together to defend fundamental rights especially those of Colombian labor groups, indigenous groups, and women’s groups.  Colombia also agreed to continue to work and cooperate with all countries to combat drug trafficking.

Read more at State Department →

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