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MondayJune 6, 2011

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Florida Senator Rubio to Get 2nd Job While Senate Not in Session – Will Teach College

Florida Senator Rubio to Get 2nd Job While Senate Not in Session – Will Teach College

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The Cuban-American Republican Senator Marco Rubio may soon be known as the hardest-working man around.  The junior Senator from Florida has agreed to co-teach a college political science class twice a week while the Senate is not in session.

He will be doing his teaching at Florida International University (FIU) which is located in Miami and is “Miami’s first and only four-year public research university.” 

He will co-teach with two other professors on Monday and Fridays and is expected to earn $24,000 a year.  Teaching college courses is not new for Rubio who taught at FIU from 2008-10.

Rubio went through the appropriate channels and obtained permission from the Senate Ethics Committee and the salary does not exceed the $26,955 cap on outside income earned.

Read more at Miami Herald →

Angry New Mexico Man Puts Up Billboard Saying Ex Had an Abortion

Angry New Mexico Man Puts Up Billboard Saying Ex Had an Abortion

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An angry New Mexico man, jilted by his lover, lashed out and paid to have a billboard ad put up in which he states that his ex-girlfriend had an abortion against his wishes.

The billboard, in Alamogordo, New Mexico has sparked a legal battle over privacy issues and free speech. The ex-girlfriend has now taken Greg A. Fultz to court accusing him of harassment and a violation of her privacy. A domestic court official has recommended that the billboard be removed, but the man’s attorney argues that the billboard’s removal violates his client’s right to freedom of speech.

The billboard, which is along the town’s main road shows the 35-year-old man holding the outline of a baby. The text reads, “This Would Have Been A Picture Of My 2-Month Old Baby If The Mother Has Decided To Not KILL Our Child!”

The woman’s friends say she miscarried, and did not have an abortion.

The anti-abortion Right to Life New Mexico group said that despite their name being on the billboard, they no longer endorse Fultz’s billboard.

“As the situation and time went on we received additional information from others that it no longer seemed in the best interest of Right to Life to participate in the billboard.,” said Betty Eichenseer, the president of RTLNM.

Read more at The Washington Independent →

Tests on Cilantro Revealed Over 30 Unapproved Pesticides

Tests on Cilantro Revealed Over 30 Unapproved Pesticides

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In federal tests of cilantro, the U.S. Department of Agriculture found 34 unapproved pesticides on the herb, results that surprised even them.

Cilantro is a popular ingredient in salsa and guacamole – among other dishes – and becomes even more widely used come summer time.

USDA chemist, Chris Pappas, who oversaw the Virginia-based testing said,” We are not really sure why the cilantro came up with these residues,” but researchers suspect growers may have mixed up the guidelines for flat-leaf parsley, as more pesticides have been approved for the parsley.

Of the 184 samples tested in 2009, 94 percent had traces of at least one pesticide, and 44 percent of cilantro tested recently had residue of at least one unapproved pesticide. Pesticide analyst Chris Campbell said that number is “higher than I have ever seen” in over 10 years.

The pesticides were not removed upon washing the cilantro, and the mere presence of it has both regulators and industry leaders worried.

“I can assure you that some of these will be followed up,” said FDA food safety specialist Ronald Roy. “When we have a clustering of non-permitted residues around a certain (crop) or with a certain grower, then we investigate to find the cause and correct the specific problem so that it doesn’t continue.”

Kathy Means, vice president of the Produce Marketing Association, also said, “It’s something we need to look into. We need to determine: Why this year, why this crop? What’s going on? ... There aren’t that many cilantro suppliers. And so if you have a problem with one supplier, percentagewise (contamination) may be higher.”

Of all the cilantro tested, 81 percent was grown in the U.S. and 17 percent were imported. The remaining 2 percent was from unknown origin.

Read more at Chicago Tribune →

Marc Anthony to Produce Signature Music of “Hawthorne”

Marc Anthony to Produce Signature Music of “Hawthorne”

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The Grammy-winning star has been named Executive Music Producer of the TNT medical drama starring Jada Pinkett Smith.

The hour-long drama revolves around Christina Hawthorne, a chief nursing officer dealing with the tribulations attached to managing a cash-strapped medical institution. Marc Anthony is also in it, he plays detective Nick Renata.

Pinkett Smith, an executive producer on the show, told Billboard about the Marc Anthony’s new role as Executive Music Producer.

“When we first started, Marc said that the show had to have signature music,” she said. “The music had to be identifiable to the show. You want to be able to recognize the music and the show even if you’re in another room.”

“We compose from scratch and write pieces and incorporate them into the show during pivotal moments,” Said Marc Anthony to Billboard while taking a break from shooting the series. “Certain characters and situations have a certain sound.”

The third season of Hawthorne is set to begin June 14 (10/9c) and will include theme music composed by Anthony as well as creative partner Julio Reyes.

Read more at Billboard.com →

Immigrant Advocates Ask For More Officer Training At Border Following Taser Deaths

Immigrant Advocates Ask For More Officer Training At Border Following Taser Deaths

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Immigrant advocates have grown increasingly worried over the number of Taser and shooting deaths involving federal border officers at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Groups like the American Friends Service Committee wonder if the officers were not trained properly as the number of them at the border rose very quickly.

Christian Ramirez with AFSC told SignOnSanDiego, “The narrative of Washington has become that the border is out of control and an iron fist must be used. If it is an immigrant that is being beaten up, people think he got what he deserved.”

Last year, an undocumented immigrant was Tasered in San Ysidro and later died in U.S. custody. Since then, four more immigrants have died in shootings or Taserings by border agents.

Ramirez and advocates from other border states have met with U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials a number of times since 2009 seeking change, but the groups say that little has changed.

CBP released a statement in which they said they were unaware “of any deaths caused by electrical pulses” from Taser guns.

The statement continues saying, “Agents and officers are trained to use only that force which is both reasonable and necessary in any given situation, considering the totality of circumstances and the following factors: the severity of the offense at issue, whether the subject poses an immediate threat to safety of the agent/officer or others, whether the subject is resisting arrest or attempting to evade arrest by flight.”

But Ramirez and the other groups are not accepting that, and maintain that officers at the border need to undergo more in-depth training.

“Something is wrong. Either the training is off or something is going on,” said Ramirez.

Read more at Sign on San Diego →

NARCO BLOG: Mexican Army Locates Cartels “Monster” Armored Vehicle Factory

NARCO BLOG: Mexican Army Locates Cartels “Monster” Armored Vehicle Factory

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Yesterday the Mexican Army located a factory where “Monster” Armored vehicles were being made for the drug cartel. Vehicles were specifically being made for the Zeta Cartel.

The discovery was made on Highway Reynosa-Nuevo Laredo, in the colony extension Gonzalez in Camargo, Tamaulipas, by soldiers of the Eighth Military Zone

Inside the factory they located four 2011 model, large armored vehicles. The vehicles are all capable of carrying gunmen, inside the vehicle the armored steel was covered by rubber heat shield high temperature resistant material and to provide comfort to the gunmen of Los Zetas. In addition, the vehicles have special sound deafening equipment intended to protect passengers from the intense sound of the explosions.

Inside the vehicle there are seats for the rest of the gunmen while being transported from one place to another, including steel railings for support. Unlike the models presented earlier this Monster is austere, and which has no sound device, only radio. They only run up to 70 miles per hour, due to their weight.

There were 24 units under construction in various levels of completion also located. Also seized were four rifles, two grenades, 43 magazines, and 77 cartridges. These weapons were used for testing shielding the sources said.

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Justice Dept Resolves Citizenship Discrimination Against Large Stadium Concessionary

Justice Dept Resolves Citizenship Discrimination Against Large Stadium Concessionary

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The Justice Department announced today that it has reached a settlement agreement with Canvas Corporation, a vending company based in Woodbury, N.Y., that contracts with various concessionaires at stadiums around the United States , to settle allegations that Canvas Corporation engaged in a pattern or practice of citizenship status discrimination by preferring to hire only U.S. citizens. 

The case originated when a lawful permanent resident responded to a Canvas Corporation job advertisement seeking U.S. citizen applicants for vendor positions.  According to the department’s findings, Canvas Corporation rejected the resident because she is not a U.S. citizen.  Under the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), a person or entity may not discriminate against certain protected individuals in the hiring process based on their citizenship status unless required by law, regulation, executive order, or government contract.

The department’s investigation revealed that Canvas Corporation posted several job advertisements requiring U.S. citizenship and had a pattern or practice of rejecting non-U.S. citizen applicants, even though U.S. citizenship was not legally required.


Under the terms of the settlement agreement, Canvas Corporation has agreed to pay $10,397 in back pay to the charging party, and $13,400 in civil penalties.  Canvas Corporation has also agreed to receive training on the INA’s anti-discrimination provision and to maintain and submit designated employment records to the United States for the two-year term of the agreement.

Read more by HS News Staff →

MEET Lily Vásquez, New York Based Colombian Rising Star Thanks to the Internet (VIDEO)

MEET Lily Vásquez, New York Based Colombian Rising Star Thanks to the Internet (VIDEO)

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Lily has become the first Hispanic singer to raise the money to make and release her album “Pasión de Mujer” entirely on the internet!

Lily Vázquez is a Colombian born singer and salsa dancer; she has getting ready for the limelight since she was four years old.

In 2008, Lily opened an account on sellaband.com, a revolutionary website which served as platform to launching her career. Users login to sellaband.com and purchase “stock” and invest on acts they wish to help fund.

Lily became the first Hispanic artist to collect $50,000 from fans and music lovers to record her Latin Pop/Rock album “Pasión de Mujer”.

In early 2009 Lily won the Billboard Song World Contest for the single Pasion de Mujer. In 2010 she released two singles, the first one called “Nunca Dejes De Hacerme El Amor” and “Me Marcho De Aqui”  developing her now signature style: an edgy rock/pop feel.

With a blend of Latin, Dance, Pop and Rock in Spanish, Lily has introduced her music abroad, as far as Holland, while also taking part in the Festival of the Canary Islands, in Spain, where she had the opportunity to share the stage with Dominican singer Angela Carrasco. 

Read more by HS News Staff →

Judge Grants J.Lo Injunction to Stop Release of “Sex Tape”

Judge Grants J.Lo Injunction to Stop Release of “Sex Tape”

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Just as the bidding war for J.Lo’s intimate honeymoon video with her ex-husband was heating up, TMZ.com is reporting that a judge has granted a restraining order against the woman currently in possession of the 1997 video.

Last month, Ojani Noa was told by a judge that he was not permitted to sell the tap of him and his then-wife Jennifer Lopez on their honeymoon. However, someone else is allowed to sell it, and that person just happened to be Claudia Vasquez, Noa’s current girlfriend.

But Lopez’s lawyers did not giving up, today a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge granted the singer a restraining order against Vasquez and Noa, and ruled that the tape can not be sold without the consent of the Lopez.

The battle over the tape, in which there is no actual intercourse, but other intimate moments showcasing the American Idol judge’s most famous asset.

Since J.Lo is not likely to sign-off on any kind of deal that would release the video, it is safe to say that she has won this round.

This tape appears to be the latest in Noa’s multiple attempts to get money from/through Lopez.

In 2005, Noa took his ex to court after he was dismissed from her restaurant, Madre, in Pasadena. He accepted $125,000.

Then in 2007, the angry ex tried to make money from a book ghost-written about the couple’s time together. In that case, a judge ruled that the book was not to be marketed and that Noa had to pay $545,000 to J.Lo.

Read more at TMZ →

Tacos y Cervesas Arrive in Paris

Tacos y Cervesas Arrive in Paris

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Earlier this year, a restaurant opening brought the city of Paris some hard-to-find items. Tacos.

Candelaria, one of the few restaurants in the City of Light serving up tacos and other Mexican favorites, opened in March in the hipster-friendly Marais district, and not only serves the Mexican cuisine but Mexican beer and Jarritos sodas as well.

Located at 52 rue de Saintonge, this taqueria was founded by former New Yorkers and NYU grads Adam Tsou and Josh Fontaine, and Adam’s wife Carina Soto Velasquez. To make sure the food is authentic, chef Luis Rendon was brought in. Rendon is originally from Mexico City, and while forced to have the chiles imported, he hand makes a

Business is currently booming for Tsou and his partners in a city where Mexican food doesn’t tend to do well.

It could have something to do with Tsou and Rendon’s approach to the Mexican cuisine.

ImageTsou says he knows the French tend to avoid spicy food, but told the New York Times, “We didn’t’ want to compromise.”

However, for those that simply don’t have a taste for Mexican, they can indulge in Mexican cocktails in the bar portion of the building, which is relatively hidden behind a mostly-unnoticed door at the back of the taqueria.

When entering the bar, patrons leave “that taco-shack-on-the-beach feel” and enter the completely different atmosphere of the lounge-like back room.

The back bar has bartenders serving up reasonably priced margaritas, Singapore slings, and a specialty known as the “Guêpe Verte,” or “green hornet,” with a number of the drinks’ sweeteners made in-house, only serving to show their dedication to “getting it right.”

Read more by HS News Staff →

MTV Names Alexa Vega as “Best Latino Actor” for Role in “Prada to Nada”

MTV Names Alexa Vega as “Best Latino Actor” for Role in “Prada to Nada”

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Alexa Vega has been named “Best Latino Actor” at the “2011 MTV Movie Awards”.  After thousands of votes fans selected Alexa Vega’s “From Prada to Nada” performance as the favorite for 2011.

This year’s nominees included a stellar list of additional Latino performances by Benjamín Bratt, Danny Trejo, Jennifer Lopez, Rosario Dawson and Zoe Saldana. Hosted by Saturday Night Live’s Jason Sudeikis, the 20th Annual “2011 MTV Movie Awards” will air on Tr3s: MTV, Música y Más, on Saturday, July 18th at 7pm with Spanish-subtitles and an exclusive acceptance speech from Alexa Vega.

Alexa Vega won “Best Latino Actor” for her role as Mary Dominguez in “From Prada to Nada”, the story of two spoiled sisters who have been left penniless after their father’s sudden death are forced to move in with their estranged aunt in East Los Angeles.

A Latino spin on a classic story!

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Univisión Launches Hispanic Version of “The Biggest Loser”  - ‘Si se Puede’

Univisión Launches Hispanic Version of “The Biggest Loser”  - ‘Si se Puede’

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“Si se Puede,” is the title of the show Emilio Estefan and creator Dave Broome are now bringing to Hispanics that want to lose weight, and improve their lifestyle!

The show has a team of professional trainers and nutritionists who will guide three to four families per episode as they compete in a variety of challenges which will include outdoor activities designed to integrate outside audiences for an interactive experience

“Si Se Puede is another example of the powerful, exclusive entertainment programming Univision brings to Hispanic America,” said Cesar Conde, president of Univision Networks. “This program featuring real life challenges will connect and entertain families like never before.”

The weekly competition show will count with entertainment and sports personalities as well as an online component geared toward fans who wish to get fit.

“Exclusive elements of the program will be cross-integrated on Univision’s entertainment programs,” a Univisión spokesperson said without elaborating.

Production is set to begin in Los Angeles this coming October.

Read more at International Business Times →

LATINO BLOTTER:  Florida Man Shoots Ex-Wife, Kills her Boyfriend and Teen Daughter

LATINO BLOTTER:  Florida Man Shoots Ex-Wife, Kills her Boyfriend and Teen Daughter

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In a family dispute that turned violent in Florida, Jose Antonio Negron is accused of shooting his ex-wife multiple times, killing his teenage daughter and also killing his ex-wife’s boyfriend.

The altercation apparently started in Lakeland, Florida late Saturday night where Negron confronted his ex-wife Olga Gonzales, his daughter Marta Negron, 15 and his wife’s boyfriend, 46-year old Luis Fernandez.

Some sort of altercation followed whereby Negron shot all three people, incredibly his ex-wife survived multiple gun shots and went to a neighbor for help.  She immediately identified her ex-husband as the culprit.  As of Sunday morning Negron had turned himself in to face murder and attempted murder charges.

Read more at My Fox Tampa Bay →

Peru Election Update: Ollanta Humala Continues to Lead and Is Apparent Winner

Peru Election Update: Ollanta Humala Continues to Lead and Is Apparent Winner

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In a Presidential election race that has been too close to call for most of the day, it now appears that leftwing candidate Ollanta Humala has won.

Millions of Peruvians turned out to vote for their President and by a slim margin chose this former coup member.  His opponent was Keiko Fujimori, daughter of jailed former President Alberto Fujimori and a senator.

Throughout most of the day Humala was leading but by a very slight margin of 51.3% vs 48.7% for Fujimori.  Many Peruvians were not happy with either candidate so much so that Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa described both of them as a choice between Aids or Cancer.  Vargas Llosa finally did support Humala in the name of democracy.  Fujimori moved up in the polls when she agreed not to pardon her jailed father but not enough to claim victory.

Late on Sunday neither candidate had claimed victory or conceded but that didn’t stop Bolivia’s President Evo Morales to announce a fellow lefty to the party.  Finally Humala claimed victory but Fujimori has yet to concede. 

Read more at Guardian UK →



MondayJune 6, 2011