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TuesdayFebruary 8, 2011

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2nd Royal Caribbean Cruise Passenger Dies on Ship Docked in Cozumel, this Time from a Safety Pin

The Royal Caribbean cruise line is faced with another mysterious death in less than five days.

Yesterday, a 24 –year old tourist died at a local hospital in Cozumel from internal bleeding after eating a safety pin that damaged her organs.  It is not known if this was an intentional, accidental or criminal act.  She had been a passenger on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship currently docked in Cozumel, Mexico

Just this past Saturday, this same cruise line experienced its first brush with death when cruise musician, Monika Markiewicz’ body was found floating in the waters near Cozumel.  Markiewicz was working on the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Allure of the Sea when she disembarked as the ship was docked in Cozumel.

Foul play is feared in Markiewicz death since she apparently suffered a blow to her head and was drowned.  All this is bad news for the cruise business in Mexico, when different cruise operators are reviewing their business in the country in light of growing violence. 

Read more at MSNBC →

Obama Officials Travel to Latin America in Preparation for His Regional Visit

Different White House officials and State Department officials are starting to travel to Latin America in anticipation of the President’s upcoming trip in March.

Assistant Secretary for Economic, Energy and Business Affairs Jose W. Fernandez will be traveling to Brazil from February 9 to 11, 2011 to lead the U.S. delegation in bilateral Economic Partnership Dialogue (EPD) to be held in Brasilia on February 10. The EPD was created in 2007 to provide a forum for the U.S. and Brazil to discuss how to promote economic advancement that generates prosperity throughout our societies and beyond.

Assistant Secretary Fernandez will also visit Sao Paulo, where he will meet with business leaders to discuss investment opportunities in Brazil, in an event organized by the Americas Society and the Council of the Americas. He will also participate in a half-day energy-focused infrastructure conference on February 11, organized for U.S. companies by the Brazil-U.S. Business Council and hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce. The conference will focus on helping U.S. companies to partner with Brazilian companies to address Brazil’s growing energy infrastructure needs, including projects related to the development of oil reserves and nuclear power.

Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo A. Valenzuela is traveling to El Salvador also from February 9 through the 11th. The purpose of his trip is to engage the government of El Salvador on ways to deepen and enhance our bilateral partnership through the Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development, and discuss our joint efforts to ensure the safety and security of Salvadoran citizens.

Assistant Secretary Valenzuela will be joined by USAID Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean Mark Feierstein, and OPIC Executive Vice President Mimi Alemayehou in meetings with senior officials to discuss these and other issues of mutual interest, including bilateral cooperation and regional concerns. He will also meet with political and private sector leaders.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Asst Attorney Gen. Thomas Perez Speaking to Latino Elected Officials on Redistricting

The following are comments made today by Assistant Attorney General Tomas Perez at a luncheon hosted by the National Association of Latino Elected Official on redistricting.  Mr. Perez’ comments are a good gauge as to where the Obama administration stands on legally protecting redistricting efforts made in light of the most recent Census.

“Last week, the Census Bureau began releasing the data to be used in redistricting, which means the official beginning of the redistricting cycle has arrived.  The results of the 2010 Census show an increase of more than 27 million people a large proportion of whom are Latino.”

“The Civil Rights Division’s interest is simple:  that the redistricting does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or membership in a protected language minority group.  In short, substantially unequal districts or vote dilution cannot be justified.”

“We review redistricting plans and other voting changes for a determination of whether they have the purpose or will have the effect of denying or abridging the right to vote on account of race, color or language minority status.”

“Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act provides that, in areas of our country determined by the Census Bureau to have significant numbers or percentages of language minority voters, a person who is a member of a language minority group can receive election language assistance in the language of their choice .”

“I believe that together we can ensure that the coming round of redistricting will produce plans that provide the full measure of fairness to racial and language minorities required by the Constitution and the Voting Rights Act.”

Read more by HS News Staff →

Budget Officials Delay Proposal Designed to Stop Gun Runners Headed to Mexico

Budget officials in the White House have delayed federal investigators’ proposed gun control requirement intended to catch gun-runners to Mexico, for at least two months after rejecting an emergency request. They claimed they wanted to allow the public to voice their opinions on the matter.

The proposal would require all gun dealers along the Mexican border to report any person buying more than two semiautomatic rifles of greater than .22 caliber with detachable magazines, such as the popular AK-47s which are commonly in the hands of drug cartels.

Just under two weeks ago, 34 people were charged with trafficking an estimated 700 firearms to Mexico.

The emergency request for the requirement came from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) after more than 30,000 people have been killed and at least 65,000 guns have been seized by the U.S. government as Mexico’s drug war continues.

Gun lobbyists and the National Rifle Association have been against the proposal since its inception with gun industry spokesperson Ted Novin saying, “Multiple-sales reporting for long guns is an ill-considered mandate and one that ATF does not have the legal authority to unilaterally impose.” He goes on to claim that “this reporting requirement would further burden law-abiding firearms retailers with yet another onerous regulation that would do nothing to curb crime.”

Though the proposal has been delayed, the ATF was given some good news. The Office of Budget and Management did announce that ATF would be receiving a larger portion of the budget than previously thought, as OBM had proposed drastic cuts to the ATF budget. Initially, ATF requested a $1.25 billion dollar budget, but were told it could be cut by about $160 million. The OBM announcement revealed that ATF’s 2012 budget will include “an increase above current funding levels.”

Read more at The Washington Post →

Bad Weather in Colombia Forces Locals to Reinvent Their Fruit Business (VIDEO)

Bad Weather in Colombia Forces Locals to Reinvent Their Fruit Business (VIDEO)

Photo: Farmers in Santander, Colombia created Tangerine Wine from fruit they were unable to transport

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A woman in Rionegro, Santander in Colombia is putting to good use hundreds of kilos of tangerines that were spoiling in farms in Rionegro, Santander due ultimately to the bad weather.

The torrential downpours that affected the region for the last couple of months, turned the road that locals used to get the fruit to the markets in Bucaramanga (the department’s capital and largest city) into a sludge path, way too dangerous for their fruit trucks to transit.

The fruit was spoiling, and to these humble country folk it looked like their income as well, was rotting with their fruit.

That is until Margarita Hernández decided to use the older batches of tangerines, to run a trial and error experiment in the making of Tangerine Wine.

Technically, Wine is ONLY the resulting liquid from the alcoholic fermentation—total or partial of the juice from grapes and/or raisins, that being the reason why you don’t hear of “Honey Wine”, but of Mead.

But until Señora Hernández re-christens her brew, her recipe of secret ingredients plus “6.5 pounds of sugar per every ten bottles of tangerine broth,” as she puts it, shall be known as Tangerine wine.

“I find the Tangerine wine a delicious option for drinking, because is dry, delicious, a drink to enjoy with the family” said Johana Quintero, a tourist visiting the area.

Señora Hernández and Rodrigo Torres, who supported the initiative, are hoping to commercialize their product in markets and liquor stores in the area.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Super Bowl XLV the Most Watched TV Show EVER Amongst Hispanic Viewers

According to the NFL and the Nielsen Company this year’s Super Bowl with the Steelers taking on the Packers was the most watched telecast among Hispanic viewers.

An average of 10 million Hispanic viewers watched the Packers earn the Lombardi trophy, which beat the viewing record in 2010 for the World Cup Finals.  The audience for the Super Bowl this year also beat the Hispanic audience numbers, that at the time set a record for a telenovela, for the series finale of the telenovela ‘Destilando Amor’ back in 2007.

Super Bowl XLV is the first English or Spanish language show to average more than 10 million Hispanic viewers.  This Super bowl, also according to Nielsen, was the most-watched U.S. televised show in history with an audience of 162.9 million viewers. 


Read more at TV by the Numbers →

Texas Sees Sudden Increase in Indian Immigrants Arriving Across Mexico Border

Officials in Texas are in awe at the sudden increase in the number of undocumented Indian immigrants entering Texas from its Mexico border.

The reported surge is due to an estimated 1,600 Indians having been caught in Southern Texas since early last year, with 650 being arrested in the last three months of 2010 alone. In 2009, Border Patrol only arrested 99 Indians along the entirety of the Southwest border.

It is said this recent influx is the “most significant” occurrence of human smuggling being tracked by the U.S. officials.

Kumar Kibble, deputy director of ICE said, “It’s a dramatic increase. We do want to monitor these pipelines and shut them down because it is a vulnerability. They could either knowingly or unknowingly smuggle people into the U.S. that pose a national security threat.”

The majority of undocumented Indians are young Sikh men from poor areas of Punjab or Gujarat states who say they fear religious persecution, or are members of the Bharatiya Janata Party who claim to be targeted and beaten by members of the National Congress Party.

However, activists and human rights monitors have said migration for political and religious reasons do not explain the surge in Indian migration to the U.S., as Sikhs haven’t been targeted since the 80’s and currently, the prime minister of India is Sikh.

A theory being tossed around by some authorities is that the immigrants are merely seeking a better economy than their own, and paying thousands of dollars to be smuggled into the U.S. and risking their lives is worth the better economical climate.

Read more at LA Times →

Revenge is a Dish Better Served Cold, Says Humboldt Park Resident (VIDEO)

Security camera salesman David Welles, couldn’t find his trusted snow shovel after last week’s blizzard in Chicago. Frustrated for not being able to build an igloo for his daughter, he set on to review his security cam’s tapes hoping to find the culprit in the footage.

And sure enough, Welles discovered that a woman had wandered onto his property in Humboldt Park to take his shovel, while also failing to discourage her dog from relieving itself.

The video clearly shows the woman stealing the shovel and using it to dig out her car, but she fails to return the shovel in the place where she found it or at the very least say Gracias. 

What did David do?  Find out in the video below.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Gwyneth Paltrow and the cast of SNL Spoof ESPN Deportes (VIDEO)

Watch Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow present sports news in Spanish in Saturday Night Live.

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Sarah Palin’s Trademark Application Denied:  Not Why You Think, She Forgot to Sign Application

As had been reported last week former Vice Presidential candidate and conservative ‘duh’ darling Sarah Palin and her, now-taut looking, daughter Bristol Palin filed a trademark application to protect their names, images and brand.

That request has been denied and not because no one knows what their brand is except Mo’Money – but because they forgot to sign the application.  The U.S. Patent and Trademark office has refused the registration “because the applied-for mark, SARAH PALIN, consists of a name identifying a particular living individual whose consent to register the mark is not of record.” 

What the hell does this mean? Are those liberal Democrats going after the Mama Grizzly?  Or is the dynamically dim duo, dimmer than we thought?  Could be that Bristol is too busy giving speeches on abstinence and giving an ‘exclusive’ preview of her inadequately decorated Arizona abode to ‘E’ Entertainment.

Fear not the dynamic duo has assured everyone they will resubmit the forms this time with signatures.  We do not want anyone else except for Sarah and Bristol diminishing the Palin brand. 

Read more at USA Today Content →

Govt Reaches Settlement with NV School District to Ensure Equal Rights of English Language Learners

A settlement agreement with the Carson City School District in Nevada has been reached to ensure that all English Language Learner (ELL) students receive sufficient services as required by federal law, the Justice Department announced today.

With the district’s cooperation, the department conducted an extensive examination of the district’s ELL program, and conducted a site visit of each of the district’s schools to determine whether ELL students were receiving adequate services as required by the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974.

Almost 20 percent of the district’s students have been identified as ELL students, and the Justice Department’s compliance review revealed that many of these students were not receiving any ELL services and others were receiving insufficient services.

The four-year settlement agreement will ensure that they receive appropriate ELL services by qualified instructors. Under the agreement, all ELL students will receive English as a Second Language and sheltered content instruction by teachers who are adequately trained to provide this instruction, and those teachers will be assigned to classes to ensure that all ELL students receive sufficient services. The district will dedicate funding, resources and time through the end of the 2011-12 school year toward professional development to ensure that a sufficient number of teachers are trained to adequately serve its ELL population.

The district also has agreed to adopt policies to actively monitor the academic performance of current and former ELL students. With respect to special education ELL students, the district will modify its policies to ensure that they are properly assessed and served to address their unique needs. In addition, the district will conduct a comprehensive review of its ELL materials to ensure their adequacy, and it will provide translation and interpreter services to the parents of ELL students.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Florida Ruling on Immigrant Basketball Player’s Ineligibility Stands, Team Out of Playoffs

Tuesday, the Florida High School Athletics Association (FHSAA) upheld its original ruling on the matter of a foreign-born high school basketball player who was discovered ineligible to play.

Bryan Delancy, 19, was born in the Bahamas and arrived in Florida three years ago on a student visa. Before this school year, Delancy was enrolled at Choice Academy in Miami. In order to be eligible to play basketball, his school filed international student paperwork with the FHSAA, he was cleared to play. However, last August, he switched schools and enrolled at Michael Krop Senior High School, and joined the basketball team.

The problem arose when, in January, it was discovered that the international student paperwork was not filed when Delancy transferred to Krop. Unfortunately, that meant Delancy was ineligible for the 19 games he played with the team he helped reach the playoffs.

Tuesday’s ruling upheld the decision of Delancy’s ineligibility and forces Krop to forfeit the games in which he played, causing them to miss out on the playoffs this year.

“We have never had a situation where we’ve had to deal with this,” said Shakey Rodriguez, a Miami-Dade basketball legend who has five state titles in 14 years under his belt. “I thought immigration status was not something we’re supposed to ask about.”

While Florida public schools currently do not reject students based on immigration status, that only applies to education and not after-school activities.

Read more at The Miami Herald →

Royal Caribbean Crew Member Believed to Have Been Murdered in Cozumel

Royal Caribbean Crew Member Believed to Have Been Murdered in Cozumel

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Police are investigating the possible murder of Royal Caribbean cruise musician that was found dead over the weekend in Cozumel.

An autopsy of Monika Markiewicz of the cruise line’s Allure of the Seas ship, revealed that she suffered a blow to the head and drowned.

Markiewicz, 32, was recovered from the ocean off Cozumel, Mexico’s southern coast on Saturday.

A Royal Caribbean spokesperson said the information the company had so far received provided evidence that Markiewicz’s death was not an accidental drowning, and that she “was the victim of a violent crime.”

USA TODAY received a statement from the cruise line stating, “Tragically, we recently became aware that the crew member was a victim of a violent crime while ashore in a remote area in Cozumel. We extend our most sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of out crew member.”

Royal Caribbean said they have no plans to cancel trips to Cozumel.

Read more at USA TODAY →

Next Media Animation’s Take on “Top Gear’s” Remarks About Mexican Stereotypes (VIDEO)

The Taiwan based Next Media Animation, famous for their quick turnaround of hilarious animated spoofs of American news, has created a computer animated rendition of the controversy surrounding the British anchormen of BBC’s Top Gear, who said Mexicans were lazy and flatulent.

In a recent episode of ‘Top Gear’ the irreverent hosts talk about a Mexican sports car and diss it because it would be like all Mexicans “…just being to be lazy, feckless, flatulent, overweight, leaning against a fence asleep looking at a cactus with a blanket with a hole in the middle on as a coat.”  Mexican Ambassador in UK, Eduardo Medina Mora, filed a complaint to the BBC about their popular car show ‘Top Gear” for the poor portrayal of Mexicans on the show.

To make matters worse the show even refers to the Ambassador Mora himself, commenting that he won’t even watch the show because he just sits in front of the TV with a remote and sleeps.  The hosts also described Mexican food as “refried sick” and Mexicans obsessed with slopping cheese on top of everything.

But… let the guys at Next Media Animation tell you the story how they know best:

Read more by HS News Staff →

Tequila Production is Ruining Nearby Land

In the Mexico town of Tequila, Jalisco, where the popular liquor is made, a little-known mess is being made of the land surrounding the distilleries.

For every liter of Tequila produced, ten liters of hot, liquid waste (called vinaza) and five to six kilograms of agave plant remnants (known as bagasse) are illegally disposed of. The agave plant is the main ingredient in Tequila.

While the government is supposed to monitor the disposal of the byproducts, a large amount is still dumped illegally, and it causing a lot of putrid damage to the environment.

José Hernández, a researcher with the University of Guadalajara and member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences said, “The vinazas are acidic, they have an oil that makes the soil impermeable, and are hot when they are dumped. The acid is not recommended for agriculture; it should be neutralized. The oil makes the soil hard so it is useless for farming. And where the ground cracks, the vinaza filters into underground water sources.”

As Tequila has now become Mexico’s top export, the land surrounding the distilleries has paid the price. Alejandro Viecco, however, saw a business opportunity in making the waste disposal an environmentally friendly process.

ImageViecco is the Director of Operations for Greenhouse Soluciones, and the company combines the bagasse and vinaza and turns it into compost to be sold to Mexican farmers who currently buy most of their compost from outside the country.

The larger producers have the resources to find environment-friendly ways of disposing of the waste, but about 50 percent of the tequila produces are small and medium sized businesses that do not have the money to abide by government rules and they choose to dispose of the leftovers illegally and harmfully.

Tequila Herradura, one of the largest producers turns the bagasse into mulch, and last year, built a water treatment facility for the liquid waste. The water is reportedly “so clean you could fish in it.”

But while Herradura and Viecco are trying to address the problem, with so many producers (146 in Jalisco), there is still a lot to be done.

Read more at Fox News Latino →

Hispanics Regardless of Economy Remain Loyal to Brand Name Products

The market brand research company Mintel latest research is showing that regardless of income levels and/or economic downturn Hispanics remain loyal to name brand personal products and do not opt for less-expensive items to save money.

Sixty-four percent of Hispanics surveyed that had incomes between $25,00-$49,999 claim to buy the same brand personal products like soaps and gels regardless of their income level.  This remains true if the household is Spanish or English dominant, though English dominant households are more focused on saving money.

“Spanish-dominant Hispanics are most likely to stick to their favorite brand of hand soap, body soap and shower gel, signifying that less acculturated Hispanics remain loyal to the same brand despite the econ¬omy,” says Leylha Ahuile, senior multicultural analyst at Mintel.

Therefore in spite of lower–than-average income levels Hispanics do not like to trade down on small personal luxuries like getting rid of their favorite bath gel, body lotion or toothpaste. 

Read more at Hispanic PR Blog →

DNA Tests Hope to Identify Remains of the Americas First Woman Poet & Playwright Sor Juana Ines

Mexico’s is hoping to be able to give Sr Juana Inés de la Cruz, considered the most important woman poet/playwright of the Spanish language a proper resting place by conducting DNA tests on remains believed to be hers.

Carmen López-Portillo Romano, Dean of the “Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana” in México City, explained that the analyses will be of the bone remains discovered in November 28, 1978 within the facilities of the “Universidad del Claustro”, the convent where Sor Juana lived. 

López-Portillo said that the DNA in the skull and bones found at the “Claustro,” will be compared with the DNA of the descendants of Sor Juana Inez’s sister, the Ramirez España family (residing in México), as well as with blood found on a document signed by Sor Juana herself and kept at the University of Austin, Texas, in which she wrote “I Worst of Them All.” 

Juana Ines de Asbaje y Ramirez de Santillana, (1651-1695) spent her childhood on her grandfather’s ranch in Mexico; then spent her teenage years and early 20s living in the Spanish vice-royal court, and the last 27 years of her life, living at the convent, where she wrote the bulk of her poetry and plays.

The poet may have died from an outbreak of cholera or typhoid fever at the convent, but in depth studies have never been performed.  Though it is believed she died at the convent her remains have never been tested for proof. 

The remains were found in 1978 in a grave that stood out “because of its level, structure and measurements, as well as laying alone and separate from other remains piled up at the burial site. Also, the remains had what was left of the emblematic medallion, ”indicating that it belonged to Sor Juana,” López Portillo said.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Fewer Whites and More Diversity Found in Nations Preschools and Kindergartens

A recent Brookings Institute analysis released yesterday shows that the youngest people in the country are more diverse than ever before with non-Hispanic whites in the minority in eight states.

The census analysis shows whites continuing to decline in population, and account for 58.8 percent of all school enrollees down from 64.6 percent in 2000. 

23 percent of all children in kindergarten were Hispanic in 2009 and are driving the population growth in schools.  Hispanics make up a fifth of all nursery school enrollments. 

White preschoolers and kindergarteners are now in the minority in Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and D.C.

Read more at NY Times →

First Ever Aerial Footage of Uncontacted ‘Lost’ Amazon Tribe Released (VIDEO)

This truly extraordinary film footage by Survival International is part of their new campaign to protect some of the world’s last uncontacted tribes in the Amazon. You can help protect them, just sign this petition asking Peruvian President Alan García to protect uncontacted tribes also known as the ‘Lost’ tribes of the Amazon.

Read more by HS News Staff →

Chilean Wanted to Keep her Boyfriend from Flying to New Job So Makes Bomb Threat

We assume that phoning in a bomb threat to an airliner is not on any advice columnist’s list on how to keep a boyfriend – yet that is exacting what Chilean Grace Guarjardo did.

“I’m sorry, but I did it for love,” was the only excuse Guarjado had for phoning in a bomb threat on Sunday that evacuated 300 people on Iberia Flight 6830 minutes before take off.

Guarjardo boyfriend, Rodrigo Gomez, was leaving on the Madrid-bound flight to take a job on a cruise as a ship waiter.  After dropping him off at the Chilean airport she first called airport authorities telling them Gomez father had become deadly ill so please to have him come off the plane.  After that effort failed she called back with the bomb threat.

For his part Gomez, is very forgiving “I can’t be angry, I have to support her. What she needs is love, nothing more.”  Meanwhile Chilean authorities are also compassionate charging her with a false threat instead of terrorism. 

Read more at KLKNTV →

Senators Trying to Find Some Common Immigration Reform Language

Senators Trying to Find Some Common Immigration Reform Language

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Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) have begun conversations between their two camps as well as civic and religious organizations to see if the will is alive to tackle immigration reform this year.

“It’s in the infant stage,” Graham told POLITICO. “I don’t know what the political appetite is to do something.”

Immigration Reform Advocates point out that there is much to be optimistic about:
-President Obama made a pitch for comprehensive immigration reform in his Sate of the Union address

-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has ranked immigration reform as his third priority (after cutting government spending and taxes)

-House Republicans did not support the very vocal anti immigration Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) from becoming the new committee cahier of the immigration subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee.

-Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) is not actively, pursuing the most divisive immigration proposal, that of revoking birthright citizenship.

And in a much talked about comment, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Was.) has said that Sen. John McCain (R-Airs.) “seems to think that there’s a shot at this.” Could it mean that the McCain of old, the senator who ushered a comprehensive bill through the chamber in 2006, might be ready to come back?

Schumer said his staff has been meeting with Graham’s staff to “try to come up with something that he and I and many of the outside groups can agree on, and then we will try to sell it to our colleagues.”

Republicans hoping to take the White House in 2012, are keenly aware that the Latino vote will be critical- at least some of it.

Read more at Politico →

Judge Challenges VA. Supreme Court Decision on Immigration Issue

Judge Challenges VA. Supreme Court Decision on Immigration Issue

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A Loudoun County Judge decided last week that he would not comply with the Virginia Supreme Court’s decision last month that judges in the state may not use an obscure aspect of the law in order to reopen the case of immigrants who were not aware of the fact that a criminal conviction could cause them to be deported. 

Chief General District Court Judge Dean S. Worcester is the judge who has publically come out dissenting against the VA Supreme Court Decision.  Last week, Worcester ruled that he believed that the justices were “simply wrong,” and that he would continue to open closed cases.  “If this Court were to abide by the ruling, a constitutional violation will stand uncorrected…the Court will not allow this to happen,” wrote Worcester. 

The defense attorney who was working on the case, Rob Robertson, was very happy with the Judge’s decision.  “It is very refreshing to see that there are judges in the commonwealth who are not going to let a constitutional violation stand,” said Robertson. 

Read more at Loudoun judge defies Va. Supreme Court, continues to reopen immigrants' cases →

Three High School Teenagers Killed in Mexican Border City, 2 were U.S. Citizens

Three teenage boys this Saturday in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico were doing want boys who are new drivers do, look at cars – except this time it cost them their lives.

Two boys from private catholic high school’s, 15 year old Juan Carlos Echeverri and 16 year old Carlos Mario Gonzalez were joined by their 17 year-old friend, Cesar Yalin Miramontes Jimenez to look at cars when they were shot to death.

The shooting took place around 4:30 pm Saturday, one of the victims was found in side the showroom inside a Jeep Cherokee and two others were found in the dealerships courtyard – possibly they were fleeing.  60 bullet casing were found at the scene.

Echeverri and Gonzalez were U.S. citizens, Echeverri was attending a school in Ciudad Juarez, which is right across the border from El Paso, Texas.  Gonzales was a sophomore at a catholic high school in El Paso but lived in Ciudad Juarez.  The third teenager is believed to be a Mexican citizen.  No motive is known for the shooting, except that one of the two dealership managers, who were on during the shooting, are refusing to cooperate with authorities. 

Ciudad Juarez is considered the most dangerous city in Mexico, and home to the Sinaloa and Juarez drug turf battles.  Last year 3,000 people were killed in the city. 

Read more at AOL News →

Keith Olbermann to Host New Show and Become Chief News Officer at Al Gore’s Station

Keith Olbermann to Host New Show and Become Chief News Officer at Al Gore’s Station

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Keith Olbermann, the acclaimed broadcaster and writer whose verbal pyrotechnics and moral passion have outraged, informed, and dazzled viewers of “Countdown With Keith Olbermann” for the past eight years, is bringing his slashing wit, analytical eye, and distinctive commentary to Current Media, the Emmy® and Peabody Award-winning TV and digital media company that was founded in 2005 by Al Gore and Joel Hyatt and is now distributed in more than 75 million households around the world.

In addition to executive producing and hosting a new nightly primetime news and commentary show, Olbermann will also serve as the company’s Chief News Officer and will have an equity stake in Current Media.

The new show will air live weeknights in primetime beginning later in 2011.

“Nothing is more vital to a free America than a free media, and nothing is more vital to my concept of a free media than news produced independently of corporate interference,” said Olbermann. ” In Current Media, Al Gore and Joel Hyatt have created the model truth-seeking entity.  The opportunity to partner with Al, Joel and Mark Rosenthal makes this the most exciting venture in my career.”

“Keith Olbermann is a gifted thinker, an amazing talent and a powerful communicator, and having him tap Current as his new home is exciting and very much in line with the core vision we founded this network on:  To engage viewers with smart, provocative and timely programming,” said Al Gore, Chairman and co-founder of Current.  “In a world where there are fewer and fewer opportunities to hear truly distinct, unfettered voices on television, we are delighted to provide platform and freedom that Current can, and does uniquely offer.” 

“Keith Olbermann is one of our society’s most courageous talents.  He speaks truth to power.  He calls them as he sees them.  He speaks his mind. Our society needs his kind of thoughtful analysis and commentary,” said Joel Hyatt, Executive Vice Chairman and co-founder of Current.  “Keith Olbermann is not afraid of dissenters.  In his long and impressive career, he has developed a massive following of intelligent, informed people who enjoy a good debate and smart conversation.  We welcome Keith and we also look forward to welcoming his fans as new Current TV viewers.”

Keith Olbermann’s show will lead a programming slate on Current that includes original and acquired TV series aimed at an influential adult audience. Current features compelling stories about everyday heroes and ordinary people in extraordinary situations, and takes you to sometimes dangerous and always intriguing places.  Current shines a light on controversial subjects, tackling hot issues of the day in a thoughtful and sometimes humorous way.  Current engages its viewers by sparking debate and discussion, and via interactive formats that allow viewers to inform its stories.

“We’re very excited to welcome Keith Olbermann to Current,” said Mark Rosenthal, CEO,  Current Media.  “Current is aimed at viewers who seek authentic, thought-provoking and meaningful television and an alternative to the ‘scripted reality’ or hard news found on other non-fiction networks.  Keith is one of our great provocateurs.  His style and voice are perfectly aligned with the programming we’ve developed to deliver on what those viewers demand.

Read more by HS News Staff →

TuesdayFebruary 8, 2011