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ThursdayApril 21, 2011

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National Latino Leaders Fast to Protest Budget Cuts

Today national Latino leaders and organizations announced that they will be joining Ambassador Tony Hall in fasting, prayer and personal sacrifice to call attention to proposed budget cuts that will hurt vulnerable people.

“The Latino community would be devastated if the proposed cuts to programs benefitting the hungry and poor in America were to become law,” said Margaret Moran, LULAC National President. “Draconian cuts to Head Start, WIC, and SNAP programs are mean-spirited and unnecessary. Congress should not attempt to balance the budget on the backs of the hardest working yet lowest paid Americans.”

Moran is joined by former governor Bill Richardson, Congressman Joe Baca (D-CA), Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and Rev. Gabriel Salguero, President of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition.

“As the largest and oldest membership-based Hispanic organization in the country, the League of United Latin American Citizens stands firm in its commitment to work towards ending hunger in the U.S.,” states National Executive Director, Brent Wilkes. “Given the tough economic climate, the high rates of unemployment and the surge in the number of Latinos struggling to feed their families, these irresponsible budget cuts will be detrimental to hard-working, middle-class Hispanic families. Today I join the HungerFast movement in opposition to these proposed budget cuts—the burden of closing the deficit should not be carried on the shoulders of the most vulnerable in society.”

The HungerFast.org movement was first announced on Monday, March 28th by Ambassador Hall who stopped eating and started fasting twenty-four days ago, challenging people of faith and conscience to join him, pledging to put pressure on Congress to form a “circle of protection” around programs benefitting poor and hungry people.

To date over 36,000 Americans, 28 Members of Congress and the leaders over 40 diverse organizations—including Bread for the World, Sojourners, World Vision, American Jewish World Service, Islamic Relief USA, Feed America, Share Our Strength, ONE, Mo

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Mexican American Children in CA Exposed to 2nd Highest Amount of Flame Retardant Chemicals

Mexican American Children in CA Exposed to 2nd Highest Amount of Flame Retardant Chemicals

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A new study has revealed that Mexican-American school children in California are contaminated with up to seven times more flame retardants (also called PBDEs) than children in Mexico and their own mothers.

The study was published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, and noted that “only Nicaraguan children who lived and worked on hazardous waste sites had higher reported levels of PBDEs in their bodies than the California children.”

The study’s leader, Brenda Eskenazi of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health’s Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health (CERCH) stated, “The levels in young children noted in this study present a major public health challenge. While this challenge is particularly pronounced in California children, it is also relevant to other regions in the U.S.” because the flame retardants are used in furniture and other items sold nationwide.

The study, while revealing that the Mexican-American children of California have the most of the chemicals, it has very little to do with ethnicity. Instead, the findings suggest that low income is likely “major factor in determining who is highly exposed to brominated flame retardants. Poorly manufactured or deteriorating furniture may release more of the compounds, which are added to polyurethane cushions to slow the spread of flames when furniture catches fire.”

Though the health effects of the chemicals are still mostly unknown, two additional studies have linked them to worse fine-motor skills and attention in children, and declines in fertility.

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Evo Morales Accepts U.S.  Financial Aid Offer to Combat Illegal Coca

Evo Morales Accepts U.S.  Financial Aid Offer to Combat Illegal Coca

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Bolivia has agreed to, in a joint effort with the US and Brazil, destroy every last bit of illegal coca plant.

“Under the Bolivian principle of respect to the sovereignty and the dignity, Bolivia will sign the agreement with those two countries, only to modernize and strengthen the process of illegal coca in our country”  Said the Vice-minister of Social Defense, Felipe Cáceres.

Cáceres emphasized to the press that the agreement with the united states is purely of financial and logistic aid, and it does not include the “support of American personnel in the eradication of coca, or to combat narco-traffic.

According to Cáceres, Washington will provide a quarter of a million dollars for the purchase of GPS equipment, aiming to modernize their gear.

Brasil will donate another hundred thousand dollars which will go into further educating Bolivian technicians.

Bolivia has—acording to UN numbers, 76,300 acres of coca, and only 29,000 are legal. Its production is exclusive for local chewing, tea-making and Andine religious ceremonies.

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Hispanics More Digitally Engaged Than General Population

Hispanics More Digitally Engaged Than General Population

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Not only are Hispanic consumers more likely to regularly use smartphones and tablets, they tend to be more engaged on their mobile devices than the general population, according to the BIGresearch® Simultaneous Media Usage® Survey (SIMM®17 - December 2010, N=24,754).

Hispanics (17.4%) have a higher percentage of regular Droid users than Adults 18+ (10.6%) and regular BlackBerry users (18.6% vs. 13.6%). Apple products are also a hit with Hispanic consumers—17.8% regularly use iPhones (vs. 11.2%) and 7.8% regularly use iPads (vs. 4.9%).

Further, Hispanic consumers are more likely to access the Internet from mobile devices:

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Hispanic consumers (58.4%) are more likely to stay connected through text messaging than Adults 18+ (41.4%). They are also more likely to view News (17.9%), Sports (12.4%) and TV/Video (13.2%) on their mobile devices (vs. 10.6%, 7.5% and 7.2% of Adults 18+, respectively.)

Advertising budgets should take into account the unique media usage and behaviors of Hispanic consumers. With a market that is more digitally-engaged than the general population, Hispanic Mobile initiatives should be allocated more ad dollars for increased ROI. For example, Mobile ranks as the #1 influencer for Electronics purchases when weighted by consumption for Hispanics.

Prosper MediaPlanIQ™* Allocation Models for ELECTRONICS Purchases
Hispanics 18+ Adults 18+
Mobile (18.5%) Online (18.9%)
Online (17.6%) TV (17.5%)
Radio (15.2%) Newspaper (15.9%)
TV (14.4%) Radio (12.4%)
Newspaper (11.2%) Mobile (11.8%)
Magazines (7.4%) Direct Mail (8.0%)
Direct Mail (6.9%) Magazines (7.6%)
Social Media (5.3%) Social Media (4.9%)
Outdoor (3.5%) Outdoor (3.0%)

*Media is weighted by influence and consumption

Read more at Prosper MediaPlanIQ™

Telemundo Debuts First Bilingual Action-Drama “RPM Miami”

Telemundo Debuts First Bilingual Action-Drama “RPM Miami”

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Telemundo and mun2 have partnered to bring the first English-Spanish action drama about Miami’s underground car racing scene.

“It is designed for the new multicultural American audience. We hope it will grow and that we will be able to cater to this new growing audience in the United States,” said the executive producer, Alonso Galvez.

The show is shot in South Florida, and though it may be about cars and the macho men behind the steering wheel, it is said to have telenovela roots, so you can expect fragile and vulnerable characters by day who are bad decision-making tough crazy daredevils by night.

Adrian Bellani, plays Alejandro, who returns from Iraq to enter the world of Miami underground street racing, hoping to learn more about his father’s disappearance. He’s joined by pop star Frankie J as Ramon, who owns the RPM shop, and Fernanda Romero as Luisa, a single mother whose husband died in Iraq.

“This is the first of a kind,” said Mexican born R&B singer Frankie J., who plays the owner of the RPM car shop in the 13 episode series, “We are making history here.”


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Arizona’s Sheriff Arpaio Keeps His Name in the Headlines with “Mugshot of the Day”

Continuing his antics and public humiliation, “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” as he likes to call himself, is now allowing the online community to vote on the “Mugshot of the Day.”

When visiting the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office website, we’re immediately greeted with a “contest.” Arizona’s Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio believes he has come up with a new way to fight crime. This time, he’s posting the mugshots of those in custody, and having people vote on which they believe should have the title of “Mugshot of the Day.”

The controversial lawman said he’s doing it in hopes that the increased Web traffic will highlight the work of his employees.

Arpaio the media monger, is no stranger to the spotlight, and in fact has many wondering if he only does things like this to extend his 15 minutes of fame. He’s argued with comedian Carlos Mencia on television, forced his inmates to wear pink uniforms, let Steven Seagal attack cockfighters in a vehicle that can only be described as a tank, and had a prison Christmas caroling contest.

We’d ask, “What’s next?” but with Arpaio, we’re not sure we want to know.

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Meet Rubén Vives, The Pultizer Prize Winner, Who Narrowly Missed Deportation

Meet Rubén Vives, The Pultizer Prize Winner, Who Narrowly Missed Deportation

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Growing up, Rubén Vives never knew that at any moment, he could have be deported.

Today, the 31-year-old is a Pulitzer winner reporter for the Los Angeles Times,

He was a kindergartner in Guatemala when the person he always thought was his mom, packed him in a van for a what he thought was a spontaneous road trip to Southern California to be raised by a couple he had never seen—his parents!

Former Times journalist Shawn Hubler, wrote an article in Orange Coast Magazine detailing how she first became acquainted with her nanny’s son:

He was about six months shy of his 18th birthday when she told us the real story: Her son had been born in Guatemala and brought into the country as a little boy. She had left him with his grandma, had saved every spare cent to pay the coyote. For the first six years of his life, she’d scarcely seen him; when she had swept him into her arms, he barely recognized her. She’d never told him that his papers had expired, that he was here illegally. She had assumed they were all going back to Guatemala. Now, though, she was reading that her citizenship wasn’t enough, that at 18, he could be deported. Her boy, she said, desperately wanted to go to college.

Hubler contacted an immigration attorney, who eventually straightened out Vives’ legal status, enabling him to attend college and work a clerical job at the newspaper, where after learning the ropes, got the assignment to cover the city of Bell in Los Angeles County.

The team of reporters and editors led by Vives and writer Jeff Gottlieb uncovered that Bell officials secretly raised taxes on the city’s residents—among the poorest in Los Angeles County, to treat themselves to $700K salaries and benefits.

“I said to Rizzo, ‘So how much money do you make?’ said Gottlieb about former Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo. “And he coughed out, ‘$700,000.’ And I wasn’t sure I heard him right, and I said, ‘How much?’ And he said, ‘$700,000.’ And Ruben goes, ‘Jesus Christ!’ ”

Their work exposing the crooked politicians of Bell, got them the Pulitzer Prize, Selden Ring Award for investigative reporting from USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, the American Society of News Editors’ distinguished writing award for local accountability reporting, the Investigative Reporters and Editors’ top honor, and the George Polk Award for local reporting.

“At a time when people say that newspapers are dying, ” said Vives, “This is a day that I think we can say, no not really. I mean, we gave a small town … the opportunity to speak out. And that’s what newspapers do.”

Read more at LA Times →

Chevron Maintains It Owes No Fines in Ecuador Oil Pollution

Chevron Maintains It Owes No Fines in Ecuador Oil Pollution

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Update
In 2001, oil giant Chevron purchased Texaco. When Texaco left Ecuador, it spent $40 million dollars cleaning up the country’s Amazon area from with they pumped the oil, areas like Sacha 53. However, last month, courts in Ecuador ruled that Chevron, having bought Texaco, is now responsible for any lawsuits brought on by the mess, though Chevron not only maintains that it holds no responsibility for what its predecessor did, and thereby owe now fines or penalties, but in fact there is nothing for which to owe a fine.

Called the “Toxic Tour” by many, Donald Moncayo takes environmentalists, celebrities, reporters, and shareholders to Lago Agrio, Ecuador to see Sacha 53, an area that he and other advocates say Chevron’s predecessors are responsible for destroying, and not properly cleaning up, despite being absolved by the courts in 1998 or any additional responsibilities.

Sacha 53 is where Texpet, a subsidiary of Texaco, helped pump crude from the 1960s to 1992 when it was a minority partner of the state-run oil company. Since Texaco has left however, many are claiming that the mess was never properly cleaned up, though Chevron says it was, and that any evidence indicating otherwise is flawed.

In February, a judge in Ecuador ruled that the oil company was to pay as much $17 billion in penalties and fines for the oil pollution, but Chevron spokesman, James Craig, who performs a tour of his own, says the remnants found in the area could be naturally-occurring. He also said that those looking to discredit Chevron could have spiked the ground with oil themselves.

“Even if you do find hydrocarbons in the ground, it doesn’t mean that they’re a risk to people’s health or the environment,” Craig said.

“This is a smoke and mirror game.”


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An Ecuadorean judge has ruled that Chevron Corp. is to pay $17 billion in penalties and fines for damage caused by oil pollution in the country’s rainforest, making the judgment the single largest is any environmental case.

It was ordered that an $8.6 billion fine is to be paid, and an equal additional amount in punitive damages if the company did not make a public apology within 15 days.

The judgment is a result of an 18-year lawsuit stating that Texaco Inc. dumped chemical-filled waste into the Amazon River basin from 1964 to 1992. Chevron bought Texaco in 2001, and have claimed that they are not responsible for the results of actions taken before they obtained ownership.

Unfortunately, Ecuador may never see a penny, said analyst Mark Gilman, because the judgment is likely “unenforceable … given the lack of local assets.” Chevron has no refineries or oil wells in Ecuador that the country could seize until payment is received, and in anticipation of a ruling against them, last week, Chevron went to a New York court to obtain an order shielding them from collection efforts related to the case, but only temporarily.

Read more at Miami Herald →

Merengue Singer Frankie The Boss Arrested for Traffic of Minors

Merengue Singer Frankie The Boss Arrested for Traffic of Minors

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The Dominican singer is wanted in North Carolina, where there are kidnapping and forcing a minor into prostitution.

The singer was arrested in the Dominican Republic, in connection with suspicions of his participation in a prostitution ring which prostituted young hispanic girls in North Carolina.

Allegedly, one of these young women managed to escape, and told the Dominican press about the abuse.

The girl said Jose Altagracia de León Corcino, or Frankie the Boss, was a part of the criminal band who tricked her into a place where they locked her, and forced her to sell 15 minutes of intercourse for $25 on a regular basis.

Corcino has been arrested, his property confiscated, and awaits for trial and possibly extradition.

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Republicans to Obama: Immigration Reform with Amnesty or Legalization Will Not Pass

Republicans to Obama: Immigration Reform with Amnesty or Legalization Will Not Pass

Photo: President Obama still faces strong opposition from Republicans on immigration reform

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As President Obama’s approval rating among Hispanics drops to the lowest it has been since he took office, Republicans are telling his administration that comprehensive immigration reform even mentioning amnesty is unlikely.

During a White House meeting of elected officials and immigration experts, President Obama wished to discuss one of the promises he made during his campaign; immigration. Republicans in Congress however, have stated that if he and his administration are looking to do a complete overhaul of the current immigration system, they will be waiting indefinitely.

Obama has reportedly been informed that any bill that includes any kind of amnesty or legalization for millions of undocumented immigrants already living in the U.S. will be shot down long before it ever has a chance before a congressional committee.

During a recent hearing on immigrant agricultural workers, California Republican Dan Lungren said that a path to citizenship is “what doomed all immigration legislation in the last two administrations.”

The hearing at which Lungren was speaking was regarding an agricultural workers’ bill that had been proposed in the last congressional session. He assured that the proposal had no hope of moving forward.

“It’s not going to pass,” stated Lungren. “And it’s not going to pass because it has, frankly … a path to citizenship.”

And Rep. Lamar Smith, a Republican from Texas, has a similar opinion on the issue, and says that paths to legal residency are nearly equivalent to amnesty.

During Obama’s White House immigration meeting Tuesday, Lamar said, “I think most members of Congress and most Americans don’t want to reward lawbreakers and don’t want to give them amnesty.” Adding, “remember, last Congress, the Democrats had large majorities and weren’t able to pass the comprehensive immigration amnesty bill. I don’t think the bipartisan resistance to mass amnesty has (abated).”

President Obama has promised to continue working to build on a compromise on immigration reform, and said a “civil debate” will likely be held in the coming months, but the White House states that the debate cannot succeed if the president is the only one leading the debate.

After Tuesday’s meeting, a statement from the White House read:

The president urged meeting participants to take a public and active role to lead a constructive and civil debate on the need to fix the broken immigration system. He stressed that in order to tackle the issue successfully they must bring the debate to communities around the country and involve many sectors of American society in insisting that Congress act to create a system that meets our nation’s needs for the 21st century and that upholds America’s history as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.

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UN Voices Concern About Violent Evictions in Argentina

An independent United Nations human rights expert today voiced concern about the increasing rate of violent evictions taking place in Argentina and called for a comprehensive strategy to tackle the country’s housing crisis.

In a news release issued at the end of her week-long visit to the country, Raquel Rolnik said she heard countless testimonies about violent evictions, often carried out by the State and on public land and without the possibility of relocation or compensation for affected families.

The evictions, she said, are increasing in both urban and rural areas and affect in particular the residents of informal settlements, as well as peasants and indigenous peoples.

“I’m very concerned about violent evictions taking place in various regions of the country and the lack of more comprehensive promotion of adequate housing in Argentina,” said Ms. Rolnik, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing.

She said that the “informal occupation” of land has become the main form of access to housing in the country due to the lack of affordable housing.

In addition, there is a growing phenomenon in various parts of the country of criminalization of people who occupy lands or buildings, and who are victims of growing stigmatization.

“Despite the significant budgetary commitment adopted by the Government since 2003 in response to the housing crisis, and the participation of provinces and municipalities in this effort, the imbalance between supply and demand has continued to increase,” she noted.

“This is partly due to State neglect of housing issues in previous decades. But the situation has deteriorated recently due to the economic growth that Argentina is experiencing and its direct effect on price increases for land, including urban land, housing and rents which have grown proportionately more than the income of most of the population.”

She also voiced concern about the weakness of the allocation system of the social housing programmes, which opens the door to discrimination, and has made the issue the object of political disputes.

 

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Barça Might Have Lost, but the Shame is Real Madrid’s as Their Bus RUNS OVER Their Trophy! (VIDEO)

Barça Might Have Lost, but the Shame is Real Madrid’s as Their Bus RUNS OVER Their Trophy! (VIDEO)

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Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos has butter-fingers; while he was showing the trophy to cheering Madrid crowds, it slipped out of his hands, and landed under the team’s bus.

The 15-pound brand new trophy that Real Madrid won when they defeated Barça in last night’s 1-0 game in Valencia, was reportedly crushed, and broke into multiple pieces. It was recovered and kept in the bus.

The maker of the trophy said he always casts a back-up, just in case something happens to the original.

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‘El Kilo’ Suspect in Mexican Mass Grave Killings, Grew up in U.S.

‘El Kilo’ Suspect in Mexican Mass Grave Killings, Grew up in U.S.

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The lead suspect in the mass graving killings in Mexico – thus far official reports puts the number of bodies at 126, unofficially the number is at 145 – is said to have grown up in the U.S.

Martin Omar Estrada Luna, known as ‘El Kilo’ grew up in central Washington state and was deported after committing crimes in the town of Tieton during the 1990’s.  Luna is better known as a leader of the Zeta drug cartel who ran operations for them in the town of San Francisco, Tamaulipas – where the mass graves were located. 

This town was also the location where 72 migrants bodies were found heaped together last year – a crime that sparked outrage throughout Latin America and called for Mexico to better protect migrants traveling through its country.

34 year-old ‘El Kilo’ has an arrest record state side with charges ranging from burglary to immigration violations to flashing a knife.  In total he had 16 felony and misdemeanor convictions before being deported in 2009.

Read more at The Monitor →

WATCH Sofía Vergara and David Beckham’s New Diet Pecsi Commercial (VIDEO)

WATCH Sofía Vergara and David Beckham’s New Diet Pecsi Commercial (VIDEO)

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Watch the Barranquilla born bombshell use Twitter to get herself a cold Diet Pepsi!

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Spain Clashes with Google Over “Right to be Forgotten” Even on the Internet

Numerous Spanish citizens are arguing they have the ‘right to be forgotten’ or at least some of the more unfavorable things in their past are.  Approximately 90 citizens have filed a complaint with Spain’s Data Protection agency in an effort to have negative information about them removed from Google’s search engine, and in essence removed from the internet.

In what can be a landmark case should these Spanish citizens succeed, Google is fighting back hard.  The Data Protection Agency has ordered Google to remove any information about these citizens or any links to them.  Google for its part has challenged the orders and is appealing to the national court.

The cases taken up by the Spanish agency range from the insignificant to public records of official misconduct – yet they are all connected in that these individuals lay claim to the “right to be forgotten.”  A decision isn’t expected for months and if Google looses it is expected to appeal to higher courts. 

The European Union is also very interested in this matter since it is considering legislation that would give European more right to delete personal information they once posted online. 

Read more at Washington Times →

Chile Prepares for Record Number of IPO’s, Thanks to Fast Growing Economy

Chile Prepares for Record Number of IPO’s, Thanks to Fast Growing Economy

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Thanks to its fast pace growth economy, the Latin American country of Chile is set to offer a record number of initial public offerings (IPO’s).

The Chilean economy is growing at the fastest pace in more than a decade and expects to raise as much as $9.6 billion from now through next year in IPO’s.  Currently there are 12 companies slated to become public in the near future, where as in the past the Santiago exchange saw on average 1.8 IPO’s a year. 

Last year there were 1,787 global IPO’s and 22 of those were in Latin America – Chile this year might consume the majority of IPO’s in the region. The Chilean economy is pegged to grow by more than 6.5% this year. 

The Latin American economy in general weathered the economic crisis well and has sufficiently recovered that it will be an area of IPO growth – Mexico for example is expecting to offer 10 IPO’s to its stock exchange.

Read more at Bloomberg →

Alleged member of Latin Kings & Queens Charged in Multiple Murders

Alleged member of Latin Kings & Queens Charged in Multiple Murders

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An additional alleged member of the Almighty Latin Kings and Queen Nation (Latin Kings) has been indicted for his alleged role in a racketeering conspiracy in Hammond, Ind., and elsewhere, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney David Capp of the Northern District of Indiana. 

The second superseding indictment, returned yesterday by the federal grand jury in Hammond charges Ivan Quiroz, aka “Captain Kirk,” 29, of Posen, Ill., with conspiracy to engage in racketeering activity.  Previously charged in the conspiracy are: Alexander Vargas, aka “Pacman,” 33, of Highland, Ind.; Sisto Bernal, aka “Cisco,” aka “Shug,” 44, of Chicago; Jason Ortiz, aka “Creeper,” 27, of Chicago; Brandon Clay, aka “Cheddar,” aka “Swiss,” aka “Slick,” 23, of Chicago; and Martin Anaya, aka “Lefty,” 40, of Chicago.  In addition, the second superseding indictment also charges all of the defendants with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana. 

Quiroz is charged also in the second superseding indictment with two counts of murder and two counts of using and carrying a firearm to commit murder during and in relation to a crime of violence. 

As previously charged in the superseding indictment, the southeast region of the Latin Kings is allegedly responsible for at least 15 murders.  The second superseding indictment specifically alleges that Quiroz participated with Vargas, Ortiz, Clay and other Latin King members in the murder of rival gang members James Walsh and Gonzalo Diaz outside of a bar in Griffith, Ind., in the early morning of Feb. 25, 2007.  As previously charged in the superseding indictment, in addition to the violent crimes, the Latin Kings also distributed more than 150 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 kilograms of marijuana.

According to the second superseding indictment, the Latin Kings is a nationwide gang that originated in Chicago and has branches throughout the United States.  The Latin Kings is a well organized street gang comprised of regions that include multiple chapters.  The Latin Kings enforces its rules and promotes discipline among its members, prospects and associates through murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to murder, assault, and threats against those who violate the rules or pose a threat to the Latin Kings. Members are required to follow the orders of higher-ranking members, including taking on assignments often referred to as “missions.” 

The racketeering and drug conspiracy charges each carry a maximum penalty of life in prison.  The murder-related charges carry maximum penalties of life in prison or the death penalty. 

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ThursdayApril 21, 2011