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MondayJanuary 31, 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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Eva Longoria vs Tony Parker Divorce is Finalized

Television star, Eva Longoria and basketball star, Tony Parker have finalized their divorce today in a Texas courthouse.  Their lawyers filed all the necessary paperwork last week to end the marriage.  In order to expedite the divorce, Longoria removed her Los Angeles filed divorce petition.

The Mexican-American beauty filed for divorce last November 17th, citing irreconcilable differences though rumors were rampant that the real culprit was a ‘sexting relationship’ Parker was allegedly having with the ex-wife of a San Antonio Spurs fellow player.

Both ex-spouses appear to have moved on with Eva spending time with Penelope Cruz’ brother Eduardo.

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LULAC to Honor Legislative Champions and Arizona Hero-Intern Daniel Hernandez

The League of United Latin American Citizens will honor Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana, Congressman Pedro Pierluisi of Puerto Rico and Texas State Representative Trey Martinez Fischer of San Antonio at its 14th Annual National Legislative Awards Gala on February. In addition, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairman Charlie Gonzalez will speak at the event.

“LULAC is proud to honor these outstanding legislators who have championed key issues important to Latinos,” said LULAC National President Margaret Moran. “We look forward to thanking them for their efforts to pass the DREAM Act, increase access to healthcare, expand educational opportunities and defend our civil rights.”

Daniel Hernandez, Jr. the intern whose quick actions helped save Congresswoman Gabriella Gifford’s life will receive a special recognition during the Gala. Satcha Pretto, the host of Univision Network’s weekend newsmagazine “Primer Impacto Extra” will be the Mistress of Ceremonies.

The awards gala caps off LULAC’s two-day legislative conference which provides Latino leaders from across the country the chance to strategize on legislative priorities for the Latino community and visit with their elected members of Congress and senior administration officials.

The League of United Latin American Citizens, the largest and oldest Hispanic membership organization in the country, advances the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating through 880 LULAC councils nationwide

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Tough Times for Hispanic Caregivers

Tough Times for Hispanic Caregivers

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As parents/relatives age, their children/family members usually consider the option of sending them to nursing homes or other care facilities, but for almost one-third of Hispanic caregivers, that is not an option, whether due to income or emotional issues.

The responsibility to take care of aging and ailing relatives often falls on the women of the family, and there tends to be a sense of obligation for all their parents have tried to give them, and women like caregiver Fabiola Santiago say, “Family takes care of family.”

In 1969, Santiago’s parents fled Cuba, bringing her and her brother to the United States. When she had her first daughter, her mother quit her job to stay home and take care of the child, allowing Fabiola a career in journalism. She would eventually become a staff writer at The Miami Herald.

She said, “My parents left everyone they loved and everything they had so that my brother and I could live in a democratic country. How could I not take care of them now?”

For others like Santiago, even with already limited resources, it is commonplace for Hispanics to take on the responsibility of aging family.

While living longer than non-Hispanic whites and African-Americans, Hispanics also have higher rates of diabetes and obesity, making things even more difficult for the caregiver. The longer life, despite poverty and less health coverage, is referred to as the “Hispanic paradox.”

According to Professor Jacqueline Angel of the University of Texas, a number of Hispanic families are also having trouble with language barriers, making understanding the health care system a challenge. Poverty is often an issue as well and quite limiting when it comes to options. Retirement for caregivers is often not an option, as it saving up for it is near impossible.

“[Hispanic caregivers] often underutilize formal services and experience a great deal of stress,” said Maria Rosa, vice president of the National Council of La Raza’s Institute for Hispanic Health. “Still, because of language barriers, low income, lack of insurance or a genuine feeling of responsibility, Latinos continue to use family as a primary source of care. ” In 2008, the percentage of Hispanics over age 65 living with relatives was about double that of the total population of older adults.

Putting someone “in a home” is usually the absolute last resort for Hispanic caregivers, and only becomes an option when those being cared for make it almost impossible to be taken care of (ex. they wander away, leave stoves one, can never be left alone).

As new generations grow old and younger generations grow up, Dr. Angel says things must change for those providing care, and it begins with education.

The National Hispanic Council on Aging has recently introduced an “e-learning” center to help families as their relatives age. Also, educational materials for health care workers on how to be more involved in the Hispanic community to better understand their needs.

Read more at New York Times →

NV Area Immigration Consultants Arrested for Fraud & Costing Many Their Citizenship Status

Three employees of a Reno-based immigration consulting firm were arrested Friday on state criminal charges following an investigation into allegations they orchestrated a multi-state scam that included impersonating employees of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

The defendants, who worked for a company called Telestaffing, allegedly told clients they were USCIS employees and could assist them with obtaining and completing immigration forms and filing them with USCIS. The group used a fee schedule identical to the fees posted by USCIS. However, because Telestaffing failed to file many of those forms in a timely fashion, some of the company’s clients actually lost their legal immigration status.

Telestaffing, which was doing business under several names including - Immigration Forms; Immigration Forms Processing Center; Immigration Forms and Services; Immigration Forms and Documents; USA-Helpline.Info; and Immigration Helpline - duplicated electronic checks for its services without authority, resulting in a double payment for the filing. In some cases, Telestaffing clients who paid by money order or other means found the defendants either refused to file the benefit forms with USCIS or did nothing and kept the money.

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Dilma Rousseff Distances her Government From The Iranian Regime

Dilma Rousseff Distances her Government From The Iranian Regime

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In a speech that got her a standing ovation, the Brazilian President vowed to protect human rights before an audience of holocaust survivors in Rio Grande do Sul.

“My government will be a tireless defender of equality and human rights in any part of the world” she said. “We are not a nation that hates, or a nation that respects hate and this is why Brazil has a historic position that we are proud of.”

The president’s speech to the Brazilian Israeli Confederation was interpreted as a clear radical change in Brazilian foreign policy toward Iran, taking into consideration the strong ties with Tehran established by former president Lula during his time as president, specially within his second term.

Claudio Lottenberg, president of the Brazilian Israeli Confederation, said that “As leader of a community that is intensively engaged in the Brazilian life, I have the moral duty to align with those who preserve democracy and those who fight against the intolerant. Ms. President, you know better than all of us what it means to be tortured and have your right to expression subtracted.”

The regime of Mahmud Ahmadineyad executes homosexuals, denies the holocaust, and gives the death penalty to adulterous women—most recently Sakineh Ashtianí.

Rousseff sees Brazil as a nation “composed by values that respect two large principles: Peace and Conciliation.” Earlier this month, Mrs. Rousseff told the Washington Post that she would reconsider the position of her government toward the Iranian regime:

(Washington Post) So, will that affect your policy toward Iran, for example? Why is Brazil supporting a country that allows people to be stoned, that jails journalists?

(Dilma Rousseff) I believe that it is necessary for us to make a differentiation in [what we mean when we refer to Iran]. I consider [important] the strategy of building peace in the Middle East. What we see in the Middle East is the bankruptcy of a policy - of a war policy. We are talking about Afghanistan and the disaster that was the invasion of Iraq. We did not manage to build peace, nor did we manage to solve Iraq’s problems. Iraq today is in civil war. Every day soldiers on both sides die. To try to build peace and not to go to war is the best way.

[But] I do not endorse stoning. I do not agree with practices that have medieval characteristics [when it comes] to women. There is no nuance; I will not make any concessions on that matter.

Lottenberg added that he is glad to know that Rousseff has a different position regarding Iran than her successor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who personally befriended Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and never openly condemned Iran’s disrespect of human rights.

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Fewer Mexicans Remaining Monogamous

Fewer Mexicans Remaining Monogamous

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Recently, psychiatrist Alfredo Whaley revealed that only a small fraction of Mexicans are remaining monogamous these days, and unfaithfulness is not only common among men anymore.

Whaley said that he believes “infidelity in couples is now a fixture of the human condition,” and added that the number of unfaithful women is increasing, but it is not a revenge-type thing in most cases.

The psychiatrist stated, ““They also cheat on their partners and they do so not only as a reaction to boredom, lack of affection or as a way of taking revenge, but also to satisfy their sexual appetites, for the emotional and physical pleasure of it, and is an individual choice that each one makes.”

The increase of infidelity amongst women has probably only come to light recently, because unlike their “muy macho” counterparts, women are more secretive in their actions. The men are more likely to tell friends of their sexual conquests, while unfaithful women can be so discreet it takes their husbands years to discover any infidelity.

It was noted that the idea of the stay-at-home, selfless, and faithful “little lady” back home is becoming outdated, and women are even paying for sex more often too.

Whaley said the four most common types of infidelity include:

The casual encounter - a one-night stand kind of event, often referred to as just “letting your hair down.”

Romantic infidelity - a type of relationship involving the fantasy of love and often experienced with someone married to another. Whaley says, “These are relationships that seek erotic arousal imbued with infatuation.”

Structural infidelity - these affairs are to “get back” at their partner, revenge, “a permanent perverse aggression.”

Cultural infidelity - a primarily male occurrence, as they seek a mistress to have a “home away from home, “ and to seem macho.

Read more at LAHT →

Hollywood Actor Viggo Mortensen Will Shoot a Film in Argentina With Soledad Villamil

Hollywood Actor Viggo Mortensen Will Shoot a Film in Argentina With Soledad Villamil

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The actor, who lived in Argentina for eight of his younger years, will shoot his first Argentine film starting in June.

In the movie, Mortensen will star next to Last year’s Goya winner for Best New Actress Soledad Villamil, who starred in the 2010 Oscar winning film “El Secreto de Sus Ojos” directed by Juna José Campanella.

The film will be called “Todos Tenemos Un Plan” (“We all have a plan”) and it will be directed by Ana Piterbarg.



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Peru-Korea Free Trade Agreement Set to Take Effect in April

The bilateral free trade between Peru and South Korea is set to take effect in April, 2011 and is expected to expand trade between the countries five-fold through 2016. 

Currently both countries annual trade is valued at $1.4 billion and Peru exports to Korea $749 million worth of Peruvian goods.

Peru’s Deputy Trade Minister, Carlos Posada, has completed the legal review of the document and is expecting signing to occur in March.  The trade pact was the result of trade negotiations between Seoul President Lee Myung-bak and Peruvian President Alan Garcia back in November of last year. 

Read more at Andina News →

New Mexico Lawman Wants Drug Testing to be Requiremeed to Receive Unemployment Benefits

New Mexico Lawman Wants Drug Testing to be Requiremeed to Receive Unemployment Benefits

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In Santa Fe, one New Mexico lawman is proposing that anyone wishing to receive unemployment benefits be required to take drug tests before receiving checks.

Not only is Tim Jennings, the state Senate President Pro Tempore, asking for the drug tests, he is also asking that those seeking unemployment aid pay for the tests themselves.

The proposal know as SB 263 would require a negative test to receive the benefits, and if for any reason the applicant fails, they would be given drug-rehabilitation information, and be told to wait another 26 weeks before applying/testing again.

Gov. Susana Martinez has already said she “likes the idea” and will review the costs associated with the bill and its implementation.

The ACLU-New Mexico says the proposal brings about “the obvious Fourth Amendment issue of requiring someone to submit to a pretty intrusive search as a precondition of receiving a benefit to which they are entitled.”

In 2003, the ACLU-Michigan fought and won against a similar bill.

Currently, no state requires drug testing to receive any kind of public assistance, though at least another 16 states are considering the measure.

As of November, New Mexico’s unemployment rate was 8.5 percent.

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Wilmer Valderrama to Star in Remake of Chilean Comedy: ‘Que Pena Tu Vida’

Wilmer Valerrama is set to have the leading role in the remake of a Chilean favorite “Que Pena Tu Vida” (What a Shame Your Life Is).  The comedy is about love in the digital age and was adapted to the screen by screenwriter Hiram Martinez.

Distributor Pantelion is on a role and slated to release eight to ten films a year over the next five years targeted to Latino audiences.  Their kick off movie is the comedy from Prada to Nada also starring Wilmer Vaderrama. 

Pantelion is a joint venture by Lionsgate-Televisa and one of many formed to bring more Latino cultural content to the big screen. 

Read more at Guanabee →

Fox Sports Rejects Another Super Bowl Ad: this One Features “John 3:16”

Fox Sports Rejects Another Super Bowl Ad: this One Features  “John 3:16”

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Fox Sports has rejected a proposed Super Bowl commercial featuring “John 3:16”, a reference to a Bible verse that has been part of the culture of football in America for decades. Fans see it on signs in end zones after field goal and extra point attempts; on players’ tape and tattoos; and Tim Tebow was famous for writing it in his eye black. And yet, many fans don’t know what it means.

In producing this commercial, Fixed Point Foundation hopes to encourage fans to look up John 3:16 and consider its meaning. The spot ends by directing viewers to a website (lookup316.com) where the verse appears along with a simple explanation. Neither the website nor the commercial sell a product, ask for money, or promote a political agenda. It doesn’t even promote the sponsoring organization. The idea is to encourage viewers to consider their source of ultimate hope and purpose.

Fox Sports rejected the commercial on the basis that it contained “religious doctrine.” Of course, it seems one can advertize just about anything else. Few movie trailers are deemed too violent or commercials too sexual for primetime. But religious messages, even ones that are part of the sport and encourage viewers to decide for themselves if the message is a worthy one, are unacceptable.

In spite of Fox Sports’ rejection, the ad will air in some regional markets, starting with the state of Alabama. It is part of an initiative called “LookUp 316.”

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Venezuelan Ex-President Carlos Andres Perez Body Stuck In Limbo (No Pun Intended)

Venezuelan Ex-President Carlos Andres Perez Body Stuck In Limbo (No Pun Intended)

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More than a month after his Christmas demise, the body of Venezuelan ex-president Carlos Andrés Pérez is still at a Miami funeral home and at the center of a bitter battle between wife and mistress.

On Christmas of last year, Carlos Andrés Pérez, former president of Venezuela died in the city of Miami, where he fled to, promising to not comeback until Venezuela was once again a democracy.  Sharing his life of exile was his mistress, for the last 30 years, Cecilia Matos, while his wife, Blanca Rodriguez, remained in Venezuela

Not far from the funeral home where Pérez’s body lays in a low temperature chamber, preliminary hearings for a March 21st trial deciding the fate of the late Pérez’s body are being held. Pérez didn’t leave behind any written instructions as to what to do in the event of his death; his widow and first wife Blanca Rodríguez presented a lawsuit immediately after his death, demanding that the body was buried in his native Venezuela.

Perez’s mistress, and partner for the last 30 years of his life—Cecilia Matos and her two daughters (with Pérez) allege that the ex-president didn’t want to go back until Chávez was out of office, and wants him to be buried in Miami.

On the subject, Chávez said he has nothing to do with anything “Well, there’s two families who have to decide, and a trial,” he said.

Segundo Velázquez, the lawyer who in 1997 started the divorce process between Pérez and Rodríguez said that there had been “strange irregularities” in the case, from an enormous wait in a process that takes maximum 2 years, to the destitution of lawyers who had ruled in favor of Perez early in the process. Chávez has denied any intervention on the divorce proceeding, despite the fact that certain irregularities point at the head of state, and he’s footing the bill for Rodríguez’s lawyer expenses in the current matter.

In any case the divorce was never finalized, and from a legal standpoint, Perez’s first wife is still his wife, and her lawyers allege that Florida law gives precedence to the legal wife’s wish.

Historian Agustín Blanco was the witness for the Matos family. He said he wasn’t the first to denounce that the Venezuelan government is paying for the lawsuit, and added that the government has funneled over a quarter million dollars to finance it.

Since the process might take up to to or three more months, Judge Arthur Rothenberg proposed that the body was moved to a cemetery crypt.

The Rodriguez family refused, and demanded that the body be kept cold and embalmed, so they can hold an open casket funeral in Venezuela.  And that maybe the until revenge for a scorned wife and un-Democratic government. 

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Cocaine Production Aiding in Destruction of Colombian Rainforests

Scientists from Stony Brook University are reporting new evidence that cultivating coca bushes, the source of cocaine, is speeding up destruction of rainforests in Colombia and threatening the region’s “hotspots” of plant and animal diversity. The findings, which they say underscore the need for establishing larger protected areas to help preserve biodiversity, appear in ACS’ journal Environmental Science & Technology in an article entitled “Forests and Drugs: Coca-Driven Deforestation in Tropical Biodiversity Hotspots.”

Dr. Liliana M. Dávalos, professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook, and her colleagues note in that the pace of deforestation in Colombia has accelerated over the past 20 years, even as population growth has slowed and the economy has shifted from agriculture to other revenue sources.  This increase in deforestation overlaps with an increase in the cultivation of coca for cocaine production, and the country accounted for 75 per cent of the world’s coca in 2000.

Earlier reports found that direct deforestation from coca was surprisingly small, with as little as 150 km2 of forests replaced by coca each year by 2005. Since rainforests contain about 10 percent of the world’s plant and animal species — some of which become the basis of new medicines — deforestation represents a serious threat to global biodiversity. With studies suggesting that coca cultivation contributes indirectly to deforestation, the scientists set out to further document this impact.

Their analysis of data from 2002-2007 on the effects of coca cultivation on deforestation of rainforests in Colombia identified several factors that boosted the likelihood that rainforests would be destroyed. In southern Colombia, a forest close to newly developed coca farms, for instance, was likely to be cut, as was land in areas where much of the farmland was devoted to coca.

This is the first time the indirect impact on deforestation from cultivation destined for the global cocaine market has been quantified across South America’s biodiversity hotpots.

The Stony Brook University scientists also showed that designating protected areas, regions that are set-aside for special protection for environmental reasons, reduced forest destruction in coca-growing areas.  Establishing larger protected areas in the region could help control deforestation and preserve biodiversity, the report suggests.

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Janet Napolitano on Border Security: Our Approach is Working

Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, spoke at the University of Texas at El Paso speaking on the state of affairs on border security and the verdict is “Our Approach is Working.”

With the aid of $600 million supplement, the U.S. government continues to add technology, manpower, and infrastructure to the border. That includes:

• Adding 1,000 new Border Patrol Agents;
• Adding 250 new CBP officers at our ports of entry;
• Adding 250 new ICE agents focused on transnational crime;
• Improving our tactical communications systems;
• Adding two new forward operating bases to improve coordination of border security activities; and
• Adding additional CBP unmanned aircraft systems. In fact, we’ve now instituted Predator Unmanned Aircraft System coverage along the entire Southwest border – from the El Centro Sector in California to the Gulf of Mexico in Texas.

President Obama authorized the deployment of 1,200 National Guard troops who are now actively assisting us in our work along the border.

The $150 million in Operation Stonegarden funds help local law enforcement jurisdictions along the border pay for things like overtime. $123 million went to Southwest border states – more than ever before.

Border Patrol apprehensions – a key indicator of illegal immigration—have decreased 36 percent in the past two years, and are less than half of what they were at their peak.
While violent crime in border communities has remained flat or fallen in the past decade. And studies and statistics have shown that some of the safest communities in America are right here at the border.

Over the past two fiscal years, the U.S. government has seized 35 percent more illegal currency [$282 million total], 16 percent more illegal drugs [7 million pounds total], and 28 percent more weapons [6,800 total] compared to the previous two years.

In conclusion Sec. Napolitano said:  “I say to the cartels: Don’t even think about bringing your violence and tactics across this border. You will be met by an overwhelming response. And we’re going to continue to work with our partners in Mexico to dismantle and defeat you.”

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Body Piercing and Tattooing Takes Over Venezuela (VIDEO)

Body Piercing and Tattooing Takes Over Venezuela (VIDEO)

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The tattooed and the pierced of Venezuela had their own Expo-fair last weekend and what a show it was.  Even the pictures and videos here don’t do the ambiance justice: Image

Emilio González, organizer of “Venezuela Expo Tattoo 2011” and considered to be the best “Body Artist” worldwide, came up with the idea of a weekend long event, dedicated to the fine line where pain meets fashion, and mutilation meets art.

Image“I took the initiative of creating this project because there is a lot of curiosity in Venezuela about the art of tattooing, and every day there are more people who want to adorn their bodies in a healthy way, and with the highest quality standards” said González, who has 12 years of experience in body modification.

More than 150 body artists from all over South America and the US including Nikko Hurtado (USA), Víctor Portugal (Uruguay), Shanne O´neill (USA), Eric Marcinizin (USA) and locals Yoset Pérez and Darwin Henríquez offered discounts of up to 60% during the event.

In addition to discounted prices, assistants enjoyed live music, contests, art shows, seminars and up and close views of some of the most intricate and bizarre tattoos and body modifications.

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“Dating Game Killer” Charged With Two More Murders, Sits on Death Row

“Dating Game Killer” Charged With Two More Murders, Sits on Death Row

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A man being called the “Dating Game Killer” was just indicted in two New York murders that happened back in the 1970s, even as he’s jailed for a number of other murders.

Rodney Acala, 67, is already sitting on death row after being convicted in February 2010 of murdering four California women as well as a 12-year-old girl between 1977 and 1979. Acala is now being charged with the killing of an additional two women in New York, Cornelia Crilley and Ellen Hover.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said, “Ms. Crilley, a 23-year-old TWA flight attendant, was found raped and strangled inside her Upper East Side apartment in June of 1971. Ms. Hover, who was also 23 and living in Manhattan, was found murdered in Westchester County in 1977.”

In 1978, Acala was on the popular game show “The Dating Game,” and was the winning bachelor in his episode. At the time, he was actually already a convicted rapist. In 1968, authorities found him guilty of raping an 8-year-old girl, and he served a 34-month sentence.

During their investigation of Acala, police reportedly found dozens of photographs of women and children in a Seattle storage locker he used. The Orange County district attorney’s office stated that earrings belonging to Acala’s 12-year-old victim, Robin Samsoe, were also found.

When the photos were discovered, authorities asked for the public’s help in identifying the women and children in them to determine if any were additional victims.

Just one year before appearing on the dating show, prosecutors say Acala raped, sodomized and killed Jill Barcomb, 18, and Georgia Wixted, 27, in California. Barcomb after several blows with a rock to the face, was strangled to death by pants and a belt being tied around her neck. She was discovered in a mountainous area near Hollywood. Wixted was beaten with the claw end of a hammer, and also strangled to death, except with a nylon stocking. Her body was found in her Malibu apartment.

In June of 1979, Alcala beat, raped and strangled Charlotte Lamb, 33, in El Segundo, and that same month raped and strangled Jill Parenteau, 21, in Burbank.

What was probably a smart move for “Dating Game” bachorlette, Cheryl Bradshaw after Acala won her over on the show, was the fact that in the end, she declined her date with him.

“Cold cases are not forgotten cases—our prosecutors, investigators, and partners in the NYPD do not give up,” said Vance. “These cases were built one brick at a time, as each new lead brought us closer to where we are today.”

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Demi Lovato Returns Home from Rehab (VIDEO)

Demi Lovato Returns Home from Rehab (VIDEO)

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Demi Lovato has checked out from rehab. The Disney starlet completed her treatment last week after entering an undisclosed facility in November, and is now focused on getting back into her “regular routine.”

Lovato, 18, abruptly left the Jonas Brothers’ world tour in November and entered a treatment center to “seek medical treatment for emotional and physical issues she has dealt with for some time,” according to her publicist.

It was later revealed that she punched a backup dancer named Alex Welch on a mistaken belief that Welch informed their tour managers of her inappropriate behavior the night before.

Lovato’s camp has since reached an undisclosed settlement with Welch.

A rep for Demi Lovato has released the following statement about Demi returning home from treatment:

“Demi came back to LA earlier this week. She completed her prescribed treatment and an outpatient program near the treatment facility, and left with full sign-off from the facility. For now, she is getting back to her regular routine and spending time with her family and close friends. Demi will continue to focus first and foremost on her well-being. To that end, she will continue to see doctors in LA who will help her work on the issues she confronted in treatment. She is so grateful to all of her fans for their unbelievable support, and looks forward to being able to talk to all of them very soon.”

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Two Jail Inmates Sue GA Sheriff for $5 Million for Being Left Naked for 12 Hours

Two Jail Inmates Sue GA Sheriff for $5 Million for Being Left Naked for 12 Hours

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Two jail inmates are suing the Whitfield County Sheriff Scott Chitwood and six of his staff, for being kept naked for 12 hours in the cellblock.

“It was a physical strain with the coldness, the shaking and shivering,” David Bennett told The Dalton Daily Citizen. “It was complete humiliation.”

The two inmates were made to disrobe ,spread a cream on their naked bodies and remain that way for 12 hours.

David Bennett and Jesus Gallardo have filed a suit seeking $5 million dollars in damages for violating their civil rights.

Capt. Wesley Lynch, who runs the jail, said the two jail employees have been disciplined.

“There was an outbreak of body lice in one of the cell blocks, and everything in the cell block had to be decontaminated,” he said. “The application of the ointment was to kill the scabies. Lice become embedded in the skin, and covering the skin with that lotion kills them.”

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Mexican Micro Brewer Sells out of Beer marketed to LGBTQ Community

Mexican brewery “Minerva” has released (and sold out!) the first 500 cases of two new beer products exclusively targeted to the LGBT community.

Beer is the number one alcoholic beverage in México. 95% of the beer market is controlled by its two largest players:  The Modelo Group and the Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma breweries.

To compete with these giants, smaller breweries such as Minerva have started to target their products, and produce specialized beer.

Jalisco based Minerva is producing its second lot of Salamandra and Purple Hand, their “Artisan Honey-Ales” brewed with 100% organic honey and malt, a mix that according to Darío Rodríguez Wyler infuses the beer with a citrus flavor that appeals to the taste of the LGBT ( Lesbian Gay Bi, Trans) community. Image

“We’ve received alot of criticism about whether we were excluding heterosexuals, and yes, it is a product directed exclusively to the LGBT community,” said Rodríguez.  It’s been a great challenge, they tell us we are very brave for developing in México the first drink directed exclusive for such an interesting and badly tended to community.”

Both beers have been a success, completely selling out their first lot of 500 cases in a week.

“It is very interesting that an entrepreneur has dared to release a product like this; and that he has the vision to release it for a specific market like the gay market, seems even more interesting to me.  It shouldn’t be necessary to have a gay specific product, but in a society like the Mexican, where there’s such a resistance to get involved in LGBT affairs, it is a very commendable initiative.” Said a local LGBT bar owner.

The name “Purple Hand” is a reference and homage of sorts to the night of Halloween, 1969, when sixty members of the Gay Liberation Front and the Society for Individual Rights protested in front of the San Francisco’s Examiner in response to a series of news articles disparaging LGBT people in San Francisco’s gay bars and clubs. The peaceful protest against the “homophobic editorial policies” of the Examiner turned tumultuous when Examiner employees doused the crowd with printers ink. The protestors used the ink to stamp purple hand prints throughout downtown San Francisco, in what became one of the most visible demonstrations of gay power.

Minerva has received offers by the US, Argentina, Ecuador Chile, Colombia and Japan, interested in importing the beer. The brewery however, wants to supply the local demand before exporting their “LGBT Line” which would also include a red and pink wines.

ImageThis is not the first time that Minerva releases a product with a controversial target audience. In 2007 the brewery released “Malverde,” a light Pilsener inspired by the patron saint of Narcos, Robin Hood type Jesús Malverde.

Also Mexican “Revolución Brewery,” has several revolutionary-inspired beers, such as the “Maquiavelo” English Brown Ale, the “Zapata” Black Lager, the Pilsener “Ché Guevara,” and the Argentine Pilsener inspired by soccer revolutionary Diego Maradona “10 Maradó.”Image

Since 2006, Rodrigo Contreras, from Guadalajara, Mexico has embark on a crusade to produce and export a real and bottled in México Duff beer, identical to Homer Simpson’s drink of choice. Contreras designed the bottle to be identical to the one portrayed on The Simpsons. The bottle can be seen at his website, and is currently available at a few bars; legal issues over the trademark prevent him from exporting it, as Matt Groening, The Simpsons creator, refuses to release the brand, citing it would encourage kids to drink.


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Revenues, Employment in Latin American Tropical Areas to Decline Due to Deforestation Ban

Farmers in Latin America and Caribbean will see billions in lost revenue over the next two decades if a complete ban on deforestation is put in place, highlighting the need for compensatory actions to alleviate poverty in affected rural areas, according to new pilot study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The study also found that a deforestation ban would have a negligible impact on food prices.

Smaller countries with fewer economic alternatives within and outside of agriculture in Central America and the Caribbean would suffer disproportionately from the ban, while larger and more diverse countries such as Brazil may eventually benefit from the ban, according to the paper “Agriculture Greenhouse Emissions in Latin America and the Caribbean.”

The study forecasts that a hypothetical complete ban on land clearing for agriculture in tropical areas of Latin America and the Caribbean could generate potential large agricultural losses in these areas. For example, in 2030 farmers will receive $12.7 billion (in 2000 U.S. dollars) less than they otherwise would without a ban. Although there is much uncertainty regarding the value of greenhouse gas emissions in the marketplace, compensating farmers for refraining from land clearing may only offset over half of the total agricultural losses associated with the ban.

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Communities of Color Hardest Hit, Slowest to Recover from Recession

The Great Recession had dire consequences for Americans’ economic well-being. Communities of color in particular ended up with much larger losses during the recession than whites and they were more vulnerable as the economy moved through the second year of its recovery. “The State of Communities of Color in the U.S. Economy,” a new report by the Center for American Progress, explores the racial and ethnic economic gaps in the U.S. economy during and after the recession.

According to the report, communities of color were hit harder by the economic downturn and have been slower to recover than whites. Unemployment rates rose and homeownership rates fell faster for African Americans and Latinos than any other group. According to the report, the unemployment rate for African Americans was 15.8 percent in the last quarter of 2010. It was 12.9 percent for Latinos. The homeownership rate was 45 percent for African Americans and 47 percent for Hispanics, compared to 74.7 percent for whites.

Policymakers need to target job growth in communities of color and help to improve job quality. Otherwise communities of color will continue to lag economically behind whites even as the economy and the labor market grow.

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NASCAR’s ‘Drive for Diversity’ Announces its 2011 Line Up

NASCAR and Revolution Racing announced the 2011 driver lineup—the eighth season for the Drive for Diversity program—during the annual Media Tour at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Revolution Racing is a minority-owned NASCAR franchise whose mission is to develop minority and female drivers, pit-crew members and mechanics through an “academy-style” training model. All D4D competitors relocated to Mooresville and entered the development program under the single-team ownership structure.

Drive for Diversity is NASCAR’s leading on-track diversity initiative. The program is designed to give young minority and female drivers opportunities to compete with established NASCAR teams at the grassroots level. Since 2004, 42 drivers have competed in Drive for Diversity, winning 38 races.

Last year, the 11 drivers combined for five victories. Darrell Wallace Jr., who will return for his second year, earned rookie of the year honors. He became the youngest to ever win the award in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Sergio Peña won the pole for the Toyota All-Star Showdown at Toyota Speedway in Irwindale, Calif., then finished second to 2009 Sprint Cup Series rookie of the year Joey Logano.

This year’s class including the following Hispanic drivers:

Jorge Arteaga of Aguascalientes, Mexico, will race in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. Arteaga made three starts in the 2010 NASCAR K&N Pro Series including a 10th-place finish in his debut at Lee USA Speedway on July 30th. He won the 2010 NASCAR Mexico Series Most Popular Driver Award.

Bryan Ortiz of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, will race in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. In 2010, Ortiz drove for Sterling Marlin Racing in the Sunoco National Tour, recording a pole and four top-three finishes in seven races. He won rookie of the year honors after capturing rookie of the race awards in all seven starts.

Sergio Peña of Winchester, Va., returns to the Drive for Diversity program for a second season, and will race in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. He entered his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series race at last season’s Toyota All-Star Showdown, winning the pole and finishing second to Joey Logano.

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NARCO BLOG :Aeromexico Flight Caught With 80 Kilo’s of Drugs- Airline Staff Suspected

NARCO BLOG :Aeromexico Flight Caught With 80 Kilo’s of Drugs- Airline Staff Suspected

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In a statement issued by the Ministry of National Defense, it has been announced that a seizure of nearly 80 kilograms of drugs, has occurred in the Guadalajara International Airport.

The inspection was held on Saturday, when military police accompanied by a dog, performed a routine inspection of the cargo area of flight 116. The Aeromexico, flight was scheduled to come from Guadalajara to the city of Tijuana.

Sacks were found in 46 kilos 234 grams of the synthetic drug called Crystal, 27 kilos 813 grams of heroin and 10 kilos 500 grams of methylphenidate. The seizure would be worth nearly 315 million pesos. ( $26 Million Dollars).

No one has been detained yet, although investigators believe a relationship exists between the drug cartel and staff of the airline.

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Spanish and Mexican Land Grant Descendants in TX Hope to Gain Millions

Spanish and Mexican Land Grant Descendants in TX Hope to Gain Millions

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A 12-page bill called The Unclaimed Mineral Proceeds Act, is expected to be introduced at the Texas Legislature this year. The bill would release millions of dollars in royalties to descendants of Spanish and Mexican land grant holders, authorities say.

Approximately 500 descendants of the land grantees met in San Antonio to discuss the proposed bill and hopes of finally being able to claim oil and mineral royalties that have been derived from their ancestral lands.
Those royalties represent about $200 million to $561 million of the state’s $2.2 billion in unclaimed funds.

“Through the years, our ancestors—my father, his parents, his grandparents and his great-grandparents—all have been seeking justice and compensation of what our forefathers left us,” said Lilia Gonzalez Kohandani, an heir of Joaquin Galan, who settled in the area of what’s now South Texas in the early 1700s, the San Antonio Express-News reported Saturday.

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Two Haitian Nationals Accused of Killing Four-Yr Old of “Extreme Alcohol Poisoning”

Formal charges are pending against the Haitian father and aunt of a four-year old girl who died from “extreme alcohol poisoning” this past Saturday.

The two Haitian nationals were living in an apartment building in the Atlanta, Georgia area when policemen responded to a call for help from their apartment.

It is not known if the individuals are in the country legally and where the mother of the child is. 

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MondayJanuary 31, 2011