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SaturdayApril 23, 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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2011 Baseball’s Race & Gender Report Card:  Good but Has Been Better in the Past

2011 Baseball’s Race & Gender Report Card:  Good but Has Been Better in the Past

Photo: Ozzie Guillen, General Manager of Chicago White Sox

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The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) has just released the 2011 Racial and Gender Report Card for Major League Baseball.

The report acknowledges the ‘steady improvement’ the league has been doing in the area of hiring, promoting and including people of color and women.  However it also noted this year there had been decreases in the percentage of people of color and women working in MLB.

The most notable decrease came in the percentage of African-American players now in MLB.  Overall 38.3% of all players in the league are of color with 27 percent being Latino.  The percentage of Latino players decreased from 28.4 percent in 2010 to 27 percent in 2011.  This was one of the lowest percentages for Latinos since 1999 when it was 26 percent. 

The only owner of color is a Latino, Arturo Moreno who owns the Los Angeles Angels.  There are four Latino managers,  one Latino general manager and 17 percent of all managers are Latino.

The MLB received an overall grade of 1 for race and B- for gender in 2011.

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CBP Offers Tips for Easter Holiday Border Crossing

CBP Offers Tips for Easter Holiday Border Crossing

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the ports in Arizona are providing guidance to assist travelers who intend to travel between the United States and Mexico in the days before the Easter holiday. The tips are designed to ease the crossing process as CBP officers maintain their principal anti-terror mission.

The Easter/Holy Week season is historically one of the busiest travel periods at Southwest border crossings. Along with an increase in overall traffic figures, another area that experiences a significant increase in volume is the number of Mexican laser visa card holders who request the I-94 travel documents required to travel beyond the border zone during the holiday. The number of I-94 applications typically double or triple at many of the Arizona ports during the Holy Week.

U.S. citizen travelers are also reminded they now need a U.S. Passport, U.S. Passport card or other approved Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative document to enter the U.S. at a land border crossing as per the new requirements.

In an effort to provide the best possible service to the traveling public during the upcoming holiday season, CBP officials are proactively reminding members of the traveling public there are a number of steps they can employ to cross the border as quickly and safely as possible while avoiding violations of U.S. law.

Tip #1 – Travelers should prepare for the inspection process before arriving at the inspection booth. Please have crossing documents available for the inspection including a WHTI-approved document for U.S. citizens. ( getyouhome.gov )

Tip #2 – Travelers should declare all items acquired abroad. In addition, individuals should end cellular phone conversations before arriving at the inspection booth.

Tip #3 – Travelers should build extra time into their trips in the event they cross during periods of exceptionally heavy traffic.

Tip #4 – Travelers who do have Radio Frequency Identification enabled cards may wish to consider using the designated “Ready Lane” at the Dennis DeConcini crossing at the Port of Nogales.

Tip #5 – Travelers are encouraged to visit the “Know Before You Go” section of the CBP website to avoid fines and penalties associated with the importation of prohibited items. “Know Before You Go” brochures are available at border ports. ( Know Before You Go )

Tip #6 – Consult the CBP website to monitor border crossing times. Information is updated hourly and is useful in planning trips and identifying periods of light use/short waits. ( Border Wait Times )

Tip #7 – Visit the port of entry to obtain I-94 travel documents in advance of the busiest holiday travel periods. This will allow travelers who require I-94 documents (those planning to travel beyond the border zone or stay in the U.S. for more than 30 days) to bypass those lines when they formally enter the U.S. They will still be subject to the inspection process.

Tip #8 – Drivers should insure that their vehicles are properly maintained and mechanically sound and that occupants avoid riding in areas of vehicles not specifically designed to carry passengers. Failure to follow these steps can expose crossers/passengers to carbon monoxide.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Read more at U.S. Customs and Border Protection →

Five Women Found Savagely Murdered in Acapulco, Victims Include 14-Year Old

Five Women Found Savagely Murdered in Acapulco, Victims Include 14-Year Old

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The beautiful beach resort town of Acapulco is the scene of two bloody murder scenes, both involving women as the victims. 

Early this morning in a beauty salon the first set of victims were found with their throats slashed.  Mexican police found the three females, one of which was a 14-year old, all were semi-naked and bound.

Later in the day Acapulco police found two other women whose throats were also slashed and their bodies had been dumped in the street for everyone to see.  According to some reports all the victims worked at the first crime scene, the beauty salon.

Currently there is a U.S. issued travel warning to downtown Acapulco where much drug cartel violence has occurred – the beach resort areas where most foreign tourists go have not been affected.

This week the U.S. State department revised their travel warning from last September and added the state of Jalisco including Guadalajara to their travel warning list.

Read more at Reuters →

Hispanic Teen Pretends to be Pregnant at Local School to Highlight Stereotypes

Hispanic Teen Pretends to be Pregnant at Local School to Highlight Stereotypes

Photo: Gaby Rodriguez, Faked Teenage Pregnancy

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No everyone in Toppenish, Washington expected honor student Gaby Rodriguez to get pregnant at 17 years old but she did, well actually she faked it.  Why such an outlandish lie and hoax – it was a social experiment to debunk some myths about teen pregnancy and highlight the stereotypes associated with it.

One out –of-every six teens is pregnant and the U.S. has the highest rate of teen pregnancy in the developed world.  Recently there has been a lot of glamourizing of teen pregnancy through TV show’s like Teen Mom (one of MTV’s must popular ever) and 16 & Pregnant.

So Gaby convinced her mom, boyfriend, principal and school superintendent to go along with her ‘faux’ pregnancy and not say anything as her belly got bigger and bigger.  This stealth social experiment showed Gaby that being pregnant is isolating, and depressing.

She found that people and even her own friends were calling her irresponsible, that she would be a drop out even with her 3.8 GPA, and most painful that as a Hispanic teen it was bound to happen.  She felt alone and ashamed not at all glamorous like TV can make it seem.

She revealed the truth at a school assembly and was heralded for her boldness.  She was hoping to fight stereotypes, especially that not all teens, especially Hispanic teens get pregnant but if they do they need everyone’s support.

Read more at ABC News →

Join Eva Longoria in Supporting the National Museum of the American Latino

Join Eva Longoria in Supporting the National Museum of the American Latino

Photo: Eva Longoria and Museum of the American Latino Commission

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As we near Cinco de Mayo and prepare to honor Latinos across our community, both locally and nationally, Eva Longoria, is inviting you to join her in a historic effort to memorialize the role of Latinos in the U.S. by supporting the work of the National Museum of the American Latino Commission.

Latinos are woven into the fabric of America and all Americans benefit from a greater understanding of Latino contributions throughout our history. The Commision, of which Longoria is a Commissioner, will be submitting a report to Congress and the President on their efforts and therefore need to hear everyone’s voices. Tell us if you support this museum and its placement on the National Mall.

The National Museum of the American Latino Commission has heard from thousands of Americans. Now we want to hear from you.

Here are three things you can do right now to show your support:

1. Become a Fan on Facebook. It’s easy, all you have to do is click here and go to our Facebook page and click the like button.

2. Tell 5 friends. It is important this message gets out to as many people as possible. Forward this email to 5 friends today or click here to send them an email just like this one from me.

3. Tell Us What You Think. Fill out the questionnaire and tell us why you think this is so critically important to you.

Thank you for signing up and spreading the word to your friends and loved ones.

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New Travel Warning to Mexico Issued by State Department

The U.S. Department has issued another new travel warning to Mexico for government employees to area where drug cartel violence is highest.

The new travel warning is banning U.S. government personnel from traveling in certain parts of the state of Jalisco and from traveling along certain highways in that state.

Employees are also being required, if necessary, to travel from Guadalajara to the cities large airport only by day.  This is the eighth state in Mexico that travel warnings have been issued for.

This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning for Mexico dated September 10, 2010 to consolidate and update information about the security situation and to advise the public of additional restrictions on the travel of U.S. government personnel.  Click here to see the warnings in its entirety.

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WATCH Demi Lovato’s Interview on 20/20

WATCH Demi Lovato’s Interview on 20/20

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In last night’s interview on ABC’s 20/20, Sonny With a Chance star Demi Lovato opened up about her leaving the show, her time in rehab and her struggle with bipolar disorder.

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Top Anchorage Police Officer Identified as Illegal Alien, This ‘Excellent Employee’ Now in Jail

Top Anchorage Police Officer Identified as Illegal Alien, This ‘Excellent Employee’ Now in Jail

Photo: Anchorage Police Rafael Espinoza, Illegal Alien

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Anchorage, Alaska law man Rafael Espinoza is actually Rafael Mora-Lopez an illegal alien from Mexico working here illegally and with false credentials.

Mora-Lopez had been a police officer for six years and took a false identity that no one seemed to question and that passed police department review.  It helped that his peers and Police Chief Mark Mew saw him as an excellent employee who doesn’t appear to have ever broken the law except for how he got the job he loves.

Mora-Lopez’ double life came apart when he applied for a U.S. passport with false identification flagging Homeland Security and immigration officials.  These agencies are investigating if any of Mora-Lopez police work was compromised or if he was part of a larger ‘conspiracy’ – thus far it doesn’t seem so.

The officer – “the real one and the one hired by the Anchorage Police Department—had “squeaky clean backgrounds,” Mew said. There was nothing to indicate the man should not have been hired, he said. 

Mora-Lopez, who has lived in the community for over 20-years is now in jail, leaving his wife and child behind and if found guilty faces a 10-year sentence and deportation.

Read more at Anchorage News →

Governor John Kasich of Ohio Looking to Expand Minority Contracts for State Work

Governor John Kasich of Ohio Looking to Expand Minority Contracts for State Work

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Republican Governor John Kasich is seeking to expand the number of state contracts minority suppliers currently receive from Ohio.  He has directed his cabinet to look at all state agencies and see how they can increase state ‘set-asides’ by 15 percent for businesses owed by minorities and economically distressed groups.

The bold announcement came as many other states are ignoring or not promoting set aside programs for minority owned businesses in their state.  It also came on the heels of Ohio opening up a federal minority business center in Cleveland, the first since 2006.

Kasich, who is a former Fox News contributor, sees the call for more minority contracts as a win-win for the state.  He believes it will help communities and the Ohio economy and create successful entrepreneurial role models.

Read more at Business Week →



SaturdayApril 23, 2011