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ThursdayJune 2, 2011

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Man Left Hanging in Puente de Los Lobos

Man Left Hanging in Puente de Los Lobos

Photo: Hanging in Nayarit

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The turf war between rival drug trafficking groups has spread terror in the state of Nayarit. For some time things have been quiet but the violence appears to not have an end in sight.

Yesterday at approximately 10:00 pm, the Puente de Los Lobos located near Mazatlan, was again the scene of a gruesome discovery, this time a young man was hung in place and hundreds of people were able to witness the event.

The hook was tied to the feet, and he was wearing only boxers. Immediately, elements of different police forces came to rescue the body. The maneuvers took a few minutes, while people were watching.

Staff from the Medical Examiner, moved the body to its facilities to perform the autopsy by law.

Read in Spanish Here

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Received $1.2 Million in Advance

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Received $1.2 Million in Advance

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The memoirs of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor reportedly garnered the Justice more than $1 million, according to the Associated Press.

The book, which will be simultaneously released in both English and Spanish, will detail her life from her early years living in a housing project in the South Bronx to her appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Knopf Doubleday Publishing has given the Justice $1.2 million in advance, much like Justice Clarence Thomas received in ahead of the 2007 release of his book, “My Grandfather’s Son.”

Sotomayor was appointed to her current position in 2009, becoming the first Latina to hold a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, and only the third female in U.S. history.

Read more at Associated Press (LA Times) →

Someone Just Punched Leo Messi In The Face!

Someone Just Punched Leo Messi In The Face!

Photo: Lio Messi got punched in the face!

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It happened today after a lunch with two friends in his hometown of Rosario, Argentina.

For at least three hours, Messi and a couple of friends enjoyed lunch at a Rosario bar called “El Club de la Milanesa.”

A crowd of youngsters gathered outside the establishment, alerted of the presence of the soccer star via twitter, text message and word of mouth.

Messi, the kind person he always is, finished his lunch and stepped outside to sign autographs and take pictures with the young fans, when suddenly, a hooded kid called him “pecho frío,” punched him in the face, and took off running, followed closely by upset fans.

“Pecho Frío,” some kind of Argentine slang, hints at the fact that Messi has won all kinds of titles and awards with the Barcelona, but none with the Argentina National soccer team. 

Messi wasn’t hurt in the incident, laughed it off, and quickly moved on. He didn’t attempt to press charges, chase after the aggressor, or loose his cool for a second.

He told “Ole” newspaper: “They didn’t even touch me, I felt nothing. It was just afterwards I heard about the commotion. Nothing really happened.”

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LATINO BLOTTER:  Colombian Singer by day, Paid Assasin by Night

LATINO BLOTTER:   Colombian Singer by day, Paid Assasin by Night

Photo: Singer-Murderer Carlos Humberto Valencia

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With a successful career as a singer, and several YouTube hits, few knew Carlos Valencia led a second life as a paid killer.

“You were lucky you caught me without my gun on me” said Valencia to the group of officers that arrested him in Bogotá’s south side, “If I have had it, I would have killed at least two or three, and you wouldn’t have taken me alive”

Valencia, a short, thin, harmless looking man, was wearing the same leather jacket he wore to several of his music videos at the time of his arrest.

Puzzled passersby wondered why it took 15 men from the group of special operatives (GOES), eight members of the SIJIN (Local Branch of the Judicial and Investigative Police), 2 intelligence officers and 25 men from the Operative Commando of Control and Reaction (cocor) to capture such a scrawny young man. Their surprise grew ample, when they realized the scrawny man, was singer Carlos Valencia.

At 25 years old, Valencia has appeared in several renown television shows as a young musical promise, and had even performed for several aspiring politicians during campaign times. Several of his videos had a strong YouTube following, and he was perceived as a wonderful voice with a bright future ahead.

Six months ago, following a series of operatives against criminals in Bogotá, police learned of the existence of alias “The Soloist.”

Every other criminal the police caught seemed to want to take some blame off their shoulders and put it on “The Soloist.” Skeptically, as it seemed truly impossible that the baby-faced, angel-voiced artist could harm a fly, authorities decided to follow Valencia to dissipate doubts. Soon, they realized they had opened Pandora’s box.

“That man died for being a fa**ot, he refused to deliver the money the easy way, and ended up flat on the ground by the sidewalk. Oh well, now for the important part. What’s for dinner at home? Did you save me some meat?” said Valencia in a recorded phone conversation with his partner.

“He worked for everyone. His “services” were solicited by merchants, guerrilla members, former paramilitary, drug lords and even petty criminals” a police officer told Colombian Magazine Semana. “His range of “services” was very wide, and practically goes through the entire Penal Code. He trafficked weapons—mainly grenades, threatened, extorted, and used his guerrilla experience to cook explosives” said the officer.

Valencia charged different sums per “client,” anywhere from a hundred to 25 thousand dollars. Sometimes, he even “worked” for free, as favors to friends.

Police estimate that between victims of revenge, blackmail, social cleansing, and the sort, Valencia killed no less than 40 people.

The former singer has accepted charges for aggravated conspiracy and extortion, and is due in court within a few days to answer for the countless murders police has evidence against him. He is looking at up to 40 years in jail.

HS News:  The music videos of Valencia appear to have been pulled for all Latin American sources including YouTube.

Read more at Revista SEMANA →

‘One Nation’ Sarah Palin Disses DREAM Act at the Footsteps of Ellis Island (VIDEO)

‘One Nation’ Sarah Palin Disses DREAM Act at the Footsteps of Ellis Island (VIDEO)

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Sarah Pallin’s ‘One Nation’ bus tour or Alaska’s version of RV travel with out a map, stopped in New York at the Statute of Liberty and Ellis Island.  As she continues to proclaim this traveling fiasco is not political or presidential she did make time to diss DREAMers and the DREAM Act.

When she appeared to casually stop by a group of reporters at Ellis Island she explained her visit to Lady Liberty in the following way: “It’s one of the symbols of course of our country, and it’s a reminder too that immigrants built this country.”  “So we want to make sure that we’re highlighting that on our bus tour, maybe so that the present day immigrants know how much we appreciate them and their work ethic, and their love of country and freedom.”

Who knew that immigrants needed a poorly organized, self-aggrandizing bus tour to let them know they are appreciated.  Gracias.

When asked by a Fox NY reporter about the DREAM Act she used the opportunity to diss the DREAMer students as ‘usurping’ the law and inferring that they don’t work hard, supply revenue and only defined them in terms of law breaking. 

“And unfortunately, the DREAM Act kind of usurps that-the system that is a legal system to make sure that immigrants who want to be here legally, working hard, producing and supplying revenue and resources for their families, that they’re able to do that right and legally. Unfortunately, the DREAM Act doesn’t accomplish that.”

Watch and partake: 

Sarah Palin In Jersey City: MyFoxNY.com

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How Much Are the Porn Sites Willing to Pay for J.Lo’s Sex Tape?

How Much Are the Porn Sites Willing to Pay for J.Lo’s Sex Tape?

Photo: Jennifer Lopez and ex-husband Ojani Noa

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Sources are reporting that Jennifer Lopez’s “sex tape” is at the center of a porn site bidding war.

Both TMZ and Gossip Cop have said the singer’s intimate video, which she tried to stop her ex-husband, Ojani Noa, from selling, has the bids around $40,000.

Red Light District, YouPorn.com, and PornHub.com are all battling for the rights to tape, which reportedly contains no sex, but shows Noa “spanking” the American Idol judge’s most famous ass-et.

When J.Lo learned her ex was shopping the video from their honeymoon back in 1997, she went to court to try to stop him. However, last week, a Los Angeles judge ruled that she had no case, giving Noa the chance to sell.

Read more at Gossip Cop →

Mitt Romney, Official Presidential Candidate’s Family Has Mexican Roots

Mitt Romney, Official Presidential Candidate’s Family Has Mexican Roots

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In a 2007 interview with “60 Minutes” the now-presidential candidate Mitt Romney said he couldn’t “imagine anything more awful than polygamy,” when asked about his family’s polygamist-Mormon history, a history that actually roots members of his family to Mexico.

Nearly 100 years ago, the Romney family was divided in two when Mexican revolutionaries forced nearly all Mormons to leave due to the family’s practice of polygamy. Half the family remained in the U.S., while those wishing to continue remain polygamists fled to an already established Mormon colony in Mexico, where Mitt’s great-grandfather, Miles Park Romney, settled his part of the family.

As a result of the division, Mitt’s father, George W. Romney was born to American parents in Colonia Dublán, Galeana in Chihuahua, Mexico in 1907. George would go on to become the Governor of Michigan, where Mitt would be born in 1947.

So while the presidential candidate has taken a staunch stand against undocumented immigration in recent years, many point to his family’s ties to Mexico as signs of possible hypocrisy.

Though he has not spoken with much of the “other side” of the family, those whose ancestors fled to Mexico all those years ago have had their share of dangerous Mexican run-ins.

In June of 2009, Mitt’s (distant) cousin Meredith Romney, a rancher living just outside of Janos – about 140 miles southwest of Juárez – was kidnapped. He was released two days later after being held in a cave. The Romney cousin is the former president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints temple in Colonia Juárez. The church is just 15 miles from Casas Grandes, Chihuahua and the Colonia Dublán, where Mitt’s father was born.

On Thursday, Mitt confirmed that he will be running for president in 2012.

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Mexican Government: 73 Suspects (Some Police) Charged in Connection With Mass Graves in Tamaulipas

Mexican Government: 73 Suspects (Some Police) Charged in Connection With Mass Graves in Tamaulipas

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In recent weeks, Mexican authorities had arrested 74 suspects, which included a number of police officers suspected of protecting drug gangs. Wednesday, 73 suspects were officially charged in the killings of 183 people whose bodies were recovered from a number of mass graves found near the U.S.-Mexico border in Tamaulipas, Mexico.

Spokesman for the federal Attorney General’s Office Ricardo Najera said additional suspects are in custody, but he did not know the exact number.

The mass graves were found in the border state of Tamaulipas, and Mexicans were shocked and horrified, which resulted in a number of them filing missing-person reports.

Officials have said that most of the victims were Mexicans migrating to the U.S. who never made it, as they were taken off passenger buses and killed. So far, only 12 victims have been identified. All but one, a Guatemalan man, were Mexican.

It is believed that Los Zetas, a powerful and extremely violent drug gang are behind the mass graves, as they are at war with the Gulf cartel, former allies. When kidnapped, the migrants are often forced to fight for Los Zetas, any refusal to do so results in their demise.

Since April, the Mexican state of Durango has also uncovered a number of mass graves – 226 bodies have been unearthed. The graves and in Durango and Tamaulipas are not thought to be related, and are instead simply the grave-of-choice for Mexico’s drug gangs – Los Zetas in Tamaulipas, and the Sinaloa cartel in Durango.

An anonymous source with the federal police told the Associated Press that the killings in the Sinaloa are a result of a power struggle within the Sinaloa cartel.

Since President Felipe Calderon declared war on the drug world in Mexico in 2006, more than 40,000 people have lost their lives.

Read more at Associated Press (MSNBC) →

Puerto Rico Based Artists Allora & Calzadilla Arrive at Venice Art Biennale (VIDEO)

Puerto Rico Based Artists Allora & Calzadilla Arrive at Venice Art Biennale (VIDEO)

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Puerto Rico based artists Allora & Calzadilla have arrived at Venice Art Biennale.  The pair represent the US in the monumental exhibition, with six pieces that incorporate interactive sculpture, performance, and sound elements.

The work of Allora & Calzadilla, a Spanish-speaking team living and working in Puerto Rico, encompasses a broad range of mediums such as sculpture, print-making and video.  Six of their works (comprising an art proposal called “Gloria”) will be on display at the biennale, which starts this Saturday, and runs until November 27:

Image by the Indianpolis Museum of Art“Body in Flight (Delta)” and “Body in Flight (American)” are stained wood, life-size replicas of business class seats found in Delta and AA airplanes.
The seats act as balance beams and pommel horses for gymnasts, who will perform gymnastic routines atop them.

Image by the Indianpolis Museum of Art
“Track and Field,” is a 60-ton military tank that rests upside down on the entrance to the US pavilion, welcoming visitors. It has been repurposed into a fully functional treadmill, in which athletes will run, at regularly scheduled intervals throughout the exhibition.

Image by the Indianpolis Museum of Art “Algorithm” is the fusion of a pipe organ with a fully functional ATM from which visitors can actually get cash. As visitors interact with the ATM buttons, card reader, cash dispensers and the like, tones, chords and melodies ranging from sweet to deafening emerge from the organ pipes.

Image by the Indianpolis Museum of Art “Armed Freedom Lying on a Sunbed” is a replica of the bronze Statue of Freedom which sits atop the U.S. Capitol since 1863; this replica, however is lying horizontally in a Solaris 422 tanning bed.

Image by the Indianpolis Museum of Art “Half Mast/Full Mast” is a 21 minute long video installation about the Puerto Rican island of Vieques, controlled by the U.S. Navy until 2003. Two video pieces projected one on top of the other are joined by a single flagpole the center of the image. Gymnasts enter the screens to take position as human flags, and depending on which screen the gymnasts appear, top or bottom, the flag seems to be raised at full or half mast, in symbolical representation of victories or setbacks in the island’s 60 year struggle for peace, decontamination, ecological justice, and sustainable development.

The selection of Allora & Calzadilla as the US ambassadors at the Viena Art Biennalle, came after the pair won an open competition, which earned them the endorsement and the recommendation of an advisory committee assembled by the National Endowment for the Arts.

LATINO BLOTTER: Loquita Cuts Up Ex-BF, Buries Body in Yard & Flower Pots in “Gardening Project”

LATINO BLOTTER: Loquita Cuts Up Ex-BF, Buries Body in Yard & Flower Pots in “Gardening Project”

Photo: Suspected of killing her ex-boyfriend, Carmen Montenegro. (Ontario Police Department)

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In suburban Los Angeles, a woman was arrested after police discovered she was wheeling around a trash can full of human remains.

The San Bernardino County police arrested Carmen Montenegro, 51, Sunday afternoon near the home of a relative. Police said she has been at the home regularly, but does not officially live there. She was taken into custody when police discovered that the trash bin she was moving away from the house held the remains of a human. Police believe there was only one person’s remains in the receptacle, but said the coroner would be confirming the assumption.

Montenegro’s ex-boyfriend had been missing for almost a month, and many wondered if the “parts” belong to the former lover. Late Wednesday, police confirmed that the victim is in fact Samuel Wiggins Jr., 53, the suspects ex-boyfriend.

Police officers had been keeping an eye on Montenegro after neighbors reported suspicious behavior and odd smells to the authorities.

Tuesday, police went to Wiggins’ home, which they described as a crime scene in a release Wednesday. Montenegro’s son and daughter, Daniel Ortiz, 25, and Chanel Alicia Ortiz, 26 have also been arrested under suspicion of acting as accessories to the killing. It is believed that the son transported the remains to the house Montenegro was arrested near.

Additional remains were found at Wiggins’ Bell Gardens home in flower pots.

A police release said, “…The San Bernardino County coroner confirmed that the human remains found in the trash can with Montenegro, as well as those buried in the flower pots at the Bell Gardens residence, were that of missing person Samuel Wiggins Jr. of Diamond Bar. The entire body has been recovered.”

The Sun of San Bernadino reported:

Carmen [Montenegro] of Riverside was arrested Sunday after she allegedly exhumed body parts in the backyard of a relative’s home …

She exhumed the dismembered corpse with help from a possible day laborer, according to a cousin, and later loaded the remains into a trash can.

After the laborer left, [Montenegro] sought help from the cousin, Matthew Bell, who refused to help and called 9-1-1 as he left the home on foot.

[Montenegro] followed Bell, still asking for help, and wheeled the trash can behind her … 

Bell said he believes [Montenegro] may have buried the corpse about a month ago, when she dug several large holes in the backyard during what she said was a gardening project.

Montenegro has been booked on murder charges, and remains in custody.
The video below appears to have been taken by a neighbor from within their own home, and shows Montenegro and a man – likely Bell—in handcuffs.

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Spanish TV Show ‘Jose Luis Sin Censura’ Losing Key Advertisers & Pulled from Certain Markets

Spanish TV Show ‘Jose Luis Sin Censura’ Losing Key Advertisers & Pulled from Certain Markets

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The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) today announced that AT&T and Time Warner Cable have withdrawn advertising from “José Luis Sin Censura.” It was also announced that WSVN-TV in Miami, Florida and KCTU-TV in Wichita, Kansas are the first two affiliates to pull the show from airwaves.

GLAAD and NHMC first filed an FCC complaint against “José Luis Sin Censura,” earlier this year. GLAAD and NHMC have since started outreach to advertisers as well broadcast TV stations that currently carry the program to inform them of the highly offensive nature of the show.

The original FCC complaint documented over twenty episodes that aired between June18 and December 7, 2010. The program contained images and language of the nature that is never displayed or is bleeped out of pre-taped English-language programs of the same nature, including the words “pinche” (“f*cking” in English) and “culero” (“assf*cker”), anti-gay language, including epithets such as ““maricón,” “joto” and “puñal” (or “f*ggot”), and anti-Latino slurs, such as “mojado” (“wetback”).

The program frequently feature blatant nudity and female guests have been shown in violent fights. Guests and audience members were often incited to engage in verbal and even physical attacks. Many episodes showed the audience standing and shouting anti-gay epithets and profanity at guests.

Read more at National Hispanic Media Coalition →

Chilean Anarchist’s Bomb Goes Off, Alights Him and Its All Caught on Video (VIDEO)

Chilean Anarchist’s Bomb Goes Off, Alights Him and Its All Caught on Video (VIDEO)

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22 Year old Luciano Pittronello was severely injured by the explosion of the artifact he was planting in front of a Santiago bank and the entire incident was horrifyingly caught on video.


Eggs Front and Center of Crime Spree in Dominican Republic

Eggs Front and Center of Crime Spree in Dominican Republic

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Thieves and assailants in Santo Domingo and other urban areas are now using eggs mixed with water to carry out robberies and assaults on cars and trucks.

Their tactic, generally employed at night, is to throw eggs at a vehicle’s windshield, and when the driver’s near-automatic reflex of engaging the wipers produces an opaque mess, the driver is forced to stop in order to clean the mess, and the assailants make their move.

This tactic is being discussed on many of the local social networking sites, according to El Nuevo Diario, and drivers are being advised to keep calm and refrain from using the wipers in case of an attack of this nature. The advice is to get out of the area as soon as possible and go to a well-lit spot to clean up the mess.

Eggs and water form a viscous film that obscures the driver’s visibility and forces him or her to stop, and possibly become a victim.

Read more at DR1 →

Coors Light Ad in the Bronx Offends Puerto Rican Community

Coors Light Ad in the Bronx Offends Puerto Rican Community

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Coors has missed the mark on Latino marketing. A new ad campaign by Coors for the upcoming Puerto Rican Parade has ignited a controversy that has offended many Puerto Ricans living in the Yankee Stadium section of The Bronx.

As reported by WPIX:

There is a new controversy being served up on the corner of Grand Concourse and East 161st.  At a bus stop in the shadows of the Bronx Supreme Court, a Coors Light ad is brewing questions from the Puerto Rican community with its “Emborícuate” ads - Spanish for “become Puerto Rican.”

Coors Light is a sponsor of the Puerto Rican Day Parade, the inspiration for the message.  The ads, however, show large bottles of beer with the “Emboricuate” message below, and the only mention of the parade in tiny print.

“That is really wrong. I can’t believe that they would allow that or even put that on there like that.  That doesn’t look right at all,” says Eva De La Cruz.

There are approximately three million Puerto Ricans in New York, and a handful that PIX11 spoke to - along with others from various backgrounds - were offended when they came across the ad.  “I was looking at that sign and Boricua means a breed of people, I don’t think that drinking represents our culture that way, I think that is not good advertisement,” says David Madera.

A few feet away from him, a Puerto Rican man sitting on the steps of the Courthouse drinking a Pepsi, who would only identify himself as Juan, added, “That is like saying that us Puerto Ricans, that, ‘Hey we just get drunk!’. . . it’s not like that you know.

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Deportation in the Time of Cholera

Deportation in the Time of Cholera

Photo: Deportation of Haitians during Cholera Epidemic

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Days after the tragedy of the January 12, 2010, earthquake, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano swiftly exercised her discretion to designate Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). This enabled tens of thousands of Haitians already in the U.S. to apply for work permits and remain in the country without fear of deportation. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) suspended removals to Haiti - including more than 1,000 Haitian orphans who were paroled into the U.S. for adoption by American parents. 

At the end of 2010, however, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) hit a fork in the road. While gearing up for the final push before the mid-January 2011 TPS registration deadline – historically the time when the largest number of individuals register – ICE informally announced that it was resuming deportations to Haiti in December and anticipated deporting approximately 700 Haitians by year’s end. Over 300 Haitians were quickly rounded up, transported to remote detention centers in Louisiana far from their attorneys and family members, and prepared for removal. Despite a raging cholera epidemic (especially in the detention centers where Haitian deportees are routinely held), the first planeload of 27 Haitians was sent back on January 15, 2011. Ten days later, Wildrick Guerrier - a lawful permanent resident who had lived in the U.S. for 17 years - died of cholera-like symptoms in a Haitian jail cell. ICE deported a second group of 19 Haitians on April 15.

While the U.S. doesn’t typically suspend all removals to a TPS-designated country for more than a brief period, doesn’t Haiti’s extensive earthquake damage and recent cholera outbreak arguably make it an exception to the rule? What more can be done and what alternatives are there to deportation in the time of cholera?  Today, the Immigration Policy Center released Deportation in the Time of Cholera: DHS’s Mixed Response to Haiti’s Earthquake by Royce Bernstein Murray, Esq. to answer some of those very questions. 

Read more at Immigration Policy Center →

ThursdayJune 2, 2011