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ThursdayJune 9, 2011

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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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Latino Gang Tried to Rid Entire California City of Its African-American Residents

Latino Gang Tried to Rid Entire California City of Its African-American Residents

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Unsealed Tuesday, a federal racketeering indictment reveals that a Latino gang was working towards ridding a town in southern California of it’s black residents.

Wanting to prove themselves to the Mexican Mafia prison gang, the affiliated Varrio Azusa 13 gang intimidated, threatened and hurt the African-American residents of Azusa, California attempting to “cleanse” the predominantly working-class Latino city of the this specific minority. Gangs with the number 13 in their names are associated with the Mexican Mafia. The 13 indicates the 13th letter in the alphabet, “M”.

After police performed a number of early morning raids, more than 50 people were charged of the estimated 400 members. Federal prosecutors say those arrested took part is crimes ranging from drug trafficking to hate crimes.

U.S. Attorney André Birotte Jr. told the Associated Press, “We hope that this federal case will signal the end of this racist behavior and will help vindicate all of the victims who have suffered over the years.”

Thom Mrozak, the public affairs officer for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, said, “What is underlying this whole thing is a belief held by some people that the Mexican Mafia ordered essentially a racial cleansing in some Latino neighborhoods.”

Court documents say that the gang has been active for around 20 years, and were often violent, and intimidating not only to rival gangs, but to average citizens.

“This gang has waged an insidious two decade campaign of violence fueled not only buy drug dealing, but also by racial hatred,” Birotte said. “We hope that this case will signal an end to all this behavior and will help vindicate all of the victims who have suffered over the years.”

According to a branch of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s office, known as Operation Safe Streets, there are 1,100 documented gangs in Los Angeles County, and Azusa’s “cleansing” is only the most recent indication of tension between Hispanic gangs and African Americans.

Back in 2009, more than 140 members of the Varrio Hawaiian Gardens gang were charged for racially-driven crimes, while in 2007, members of two other gangs in the L.A. area were arrested for racial hate crimes.

Read more at NBC News →

Interview With Marc Anthony Goes Awry When Sex Tape Questions Arise (VIDEO)

Interview With Marc Anthony Goes Awry When Sex Tape Questions Arise (VIDEO)

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The visibly annoyed Puerto Rican artist cut the interview short after Burma Rivers asked about the Jlo’s old sex tape with first hubby, Ojani Noa.

Watch Marc Anthony go from kind singer boasting his new friendship with President Obama, to annoyed husband, walking away from an interview.


Read more at Radar Online →

“The Guardian” Says Best Goal of The European Soccer Season, Scored By Colombian (VIDEO)

“The Guardian” Says Best Goal of The European Soccer Season, Scored By Colombian (VIDEO)

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Not Messi, Not Pedro. Porto’s Fredy Guarín scored the best goal of the season from about one hundred feet away, against Marítimo.

“One more triumph I want to share with all of you, thank you so much for your support, which has been pivotal” said the player on Twitter.

Watch the best goal of the European soccer season below:


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Highly Skilled Immigrant Workers Now Outnumber Lower Skilled Immigrants

Highly Skilled Immigrant Workers Now Outnumber Lower Skilled Immigrants

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According to a new study, a change 30-years in the making has resulted in more highly skilled immigrants living in the U.S. than lower-skilled immigrants.

Using census data, the Brookings Institution, a nonprofit public policy organization out of Washington, DC, found that as of 2007, 30 percent of working-age immigrants of all residency statuses in the U.S. have at least a bachelor’s degree, compared to 28 percent that are without high school diplomas.

The report points to a change in the U.S.’s economic demands as an indication that the economy is less driven by manufacturing and more driven by information and technology.

Executive director of the American Immigration Council, Benjamin Johnson, says the research also highlights that while the hot topic of immigration tends to focus on undocumented low-skilled workers, there are a great deal more highly skilled immigrants coming to the U.S. than perceived.

“Too often the immigration debate is driven by images on television of people jumping over fences,” said Johnson. “The debate has been stuck in the idea that it’s all about illegal and low-skilled workers.”

Director of research at the Center for Immigration Studies, Steven Camarota, took a different look at the data in the report and said there are other issues to consider.

It seems, based on this and other studies, that we’ve got an oversupply of highly skilled workers coming into this country,” he said, adding that he did not find the report’s findings surprising. “New college graduates are faring very poorly on the labor market, and what the report is telling us is that we’re bringing in a high number of workers to compete with them.”

According to the report, the number of working-age immigrants in the U.S. has grown from 14.6 million in 1994, to 29.7 million as of 2010.

Read more at Washington Post →

Number of Minority-Owned Businesses Soar from 2002-2007 Contributing $860.5 Billion to Economy

Number of Minority-Owned Businesses Soar from 2002-2007 Contributing $860.5 Billion to Economy

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In 2007, minority-owned firms numbered 5.8 million, up from 4.0 million in 2002, an increase of 45.5 percent, more than double the 17.9 percent increase for all U.S. businesses, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2007 Survey of Business Owners. Receipts of minority-owned firms increased 55.0 percent to $1.0 trillion over the five-year period, compared with the 32.9 percent increase for all businesses nationwide. In 2007, more than one-fifth (21.3 percent) of the nation’s 27.1 million firms were minority-owned.

Of the 5.8 million minority-owned firms, 766,533 had paid employees, an increase of 21.7 percent from 2002. These firms employed 5.8 million people, a 24.4 percent increase from 2002, and their payrolls totaled $164.1 billion, an increase of 42.2 percent. Receipts of minority-owned employer firms totaled $860.5 billion, an increase of 54.3 percent from 2002.

In 2007, minority firms with no paid employees (nonemployers) numbered 5.0 million, an increase of 50.0 percent from 2002. These firms had receipts totaling $164.3 billion, an increase of 58.9 percent.

“Just as the 2010 Census has documented our increasingly diverse population, so too the Survey of Business Owners demonstrates the increasing diversity of U.S. business ownership,” said Tom Mesenbourg, deputy director of the U.S. Census Bureau. “The growth in the number of minority-owned firms — both employers and nonemployers — has far outpaced that of businesses overall.”

The new data are from the 2007 Survey of Business Owners: Company Summary, which provides statistics on minority and nonminority business ownerships every five years, as well as breakdowns and cross-tabulations by gender, race, ethnicity and veteran status. Separate data are provided on firms equally owned by minorities and nonminorities, by men and women and by Hispanics and non-Hispanics.

For most minority groups, the gains in the number of women owners were higher than for men.

The three states with the largest number of minority-owned firms in 2007 were California, Texas and Florida. California had 1.2 million minority-owned firms, or more than a fifth of all minority-owned firms in the United States. Texas had 723,057 minority-owned firms, or 12.6 percent of all minority-owned firms, and Florida had 680,069 minority-owned firms, or 11.8 percent.

Among counties, Los Angeles County had the most minority-owned firms with 466,312, accounting for 44.5 percent of the county’s total firms; followed by Miami-Dade County, Fla. with 286,596 (71.0 percent); Harris County, Texas, with 169,381 (45.7 percent); and Cook County, Ill., with 154,811 (30.3 percent) firms.

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PGA Thinking About South American Circuit

PGA Thinking About South American Circuit

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PGA Officials have spent the last 18 months meeting with golf federations all through South America and the Caribbean.

Important details, such as finding sponsors, deciding upon the number of tournaments as well as the eligibility criteria are all being considered.  Officials say that the initiative to have a south American circuit is critical to help develop Latin American talent, and provide a platform for players to find a way to the pro league. The circuit could be a reality as early as next year.

“If you look at the top 500 in the world ranking, only 14 players are from South America and eight of those come from Argentina,” said Ty Votaw, executive vice president of international affairs who is spearheading the Olympic effort for the PGA Tour. “It’s a part of the world where the development of elite players is something that we see as being an opportunity.”

Latin America is the home of several young outstanding golfers: two-time major champion Angel Cabrera, and PGA Tour winners from Argentina (Andres Romero), Colombia (Camilo Villegas), Venezuela (Jhonattan Vegas) and Paraguay (Carlos Franco).

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Study: Minorities Believe Bottled Water is Safer, Buy More

Study: Minorities Believe Bottled Water is Safer, Buy More

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Poor minority parents are spending a sizeable chunk of their income on bottled water based on unfounded beliefs that it’s safer, researchers say.

A poll of 632 parents visiting an emergency department in Milwaukee showed black and Hispanic kids were three times as likely to drink only bottled water at home compared to their white peers.

“These are really disadvantaged people,” Dr. Marc Gorelick, who led the study, told Reuters Health. “I would argue that people should save their money and drink tap water.”

The poll, published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, shows that a quarter of blacks and Hispanics give their children only bottled water, compared to eight percent of white parents.

The findings bolster earlier research, but offer new clues to the ethnic differences. It turns out the greater thirst for bottled water among minorities springs from a belief that it’s safer, cleaner, better-tasting and more convenient than tap water.

But when it comes to health, avoiding tap water could actually lead to a backlash, Gorelick said.

“Most bottled water is just purified tap water—there really aren’t any more nutrients in it,” he explained. “There is no real advantage to bottled water, but there might be some disadvantages.”

Tap water is a main source of fluoride, which helps keep kids’ teeth strong, for instance. And earlier work by Gorelick has found that children drinking bottled water have more diarrhea than those who stick to the tap.

“The message is that although many people believe that bottled water is cleaner and safer than tap water,” said Gorelick, “there isn’t any evidence that it is.”

What’s more, packaging and transporting water is a significant burden on the environment, with more than 37 billion liters sold annually in the U.S.—a number that continues to climb, according to the new report.

And then there is cost, ranging from a few dollars per gallon to more than $20. The poll—including similar numbers of Hispanics, blacks and whites—shows minorities spend $20 a month on bottled water and whites shell out $12.

Although that might seem like a trifle to some, more than one in 10 blacks and Hispanics said they had to give up other things to buy bottled water, while only half as many whites did.

“If people with limited resources are spending money on bottled water that means they might defer resources from more important things,” Gorelick said.

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President Chavez Raises Tariffs at Venezuela Ports

President Chavez Raises Tariffs at Venezuela Ports

Photo: Puerto Cabello in Venezuela where tariffs are rising as much as 250 percent

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According to an official statement form the government, on June 24, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will increase the country’s port tariffs. Tariffs at certain ports will rise as much as 250 percent.

A recent statement from the Puerto Cabello Chamber of Commerce warned that that the increase will “continue the inflationary spiral” in the country, which will only make worse the devaluation of Venezuela’s currency.

According to Bloomberg, the chamber estimated that port charges at Puerto Cabello will rise by an average of 250%.

In 2009, Venezuela nationalized its ports with facilities now administered by a government-run agency. Bloomberg added that that the government announcement stated that services would now be administered at a single rate.

The fee rise is taking place during a period when importers remain constrained by a lack of access to dollars. The Chavez administration has limited the ability of importers to exchange bolivars for dollars, restricting their ability to pay for inbound cargoes.

It is estimated that Venezuela imports roughly 70% of its goods, with oil being its dominant export, requiring box carriers to manage high levels of empties.

Bloomberg wrote:

The cost for a ship to land and dock for 12 hours with a cargo weighing up to 6,300 tons rose 365 percent, to $1,485, according to the chamber’s calculations, based on prices published in the Gazette. The cost of storing a 40-foot empty container in a dock rose 333 percent, to $20 from $6, according to the chamber’s calculations.

Read more at Bloomberg →

Argentine Polo Team Captain Signs Deal to Clone Horses

The clone of a top mare was sold for $800,000 at an auction in Argentina last year.

Adolfo Cambiaso, Captain of Lucchese Polo Team, signed a deal with a US genetic lab to clone polo horses.

The cloning of horses started in 2003 with thoroughbreds, and show jump horses begin being cloned in 2006; this is the first time a polo horse will be cloned.

Experts estimate that genetics only account for 30% of the animal’s performance, so duplicating a champion horse doesn’t guarantee the result will be a champion horse as well.

“Throughout the sport everybody’s talking about what’s going to happen with cloning. There is a big internal debate,” said the president of the veterinary commission of an Argentine breeders association to The Guardian.

Whatever internal debate there is in the Polo world, it will have surely blown over before cloned horses are fit to perform in polo, four or five years down the road.


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Proportionately More Young Hispanic Adults Getting HS Diplomas, Fewer Dropping Out Than Decade Ago

Proportionately More Young Hispanic Adults Getting HS Diplomas, Fewer Dropping Out Than Decade Ago

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Proportionately more young Hispanic adults are completing high school and fewer are dropping out than were doing so a decade ago, according to an analysis of enrollment trends by the U.S. Census Bureau. Among Hispanic 18- to 24-year-olds, 22 percent were not enrolled in high school and lacked a high school diploma or equivalent in 2008, compared with 34 percent in 1998.

These statistics come from a new analysis, School Enrollment in the United States: 2008, which examines a number of trends among the U.S. population enrolled in school. The analysis focuses particularly on the issue of enrollment below modal grade, resulting from students being held back or made to repeat a grade.

Among Hispanics who had been enrolled in high school in October 2007, 5 percent reported being out of school with no diploma or equivalent in October 2008, compared with 6 percent for blacks. The percentage for non-Hispanic whites was 2 percent, and for Asians it was 4 percent. The percentage of Asians who left school without a high school diploma is not statistically different from the percentage of non-Hispanic whites, blacks and Hispanics.

Fourteen million Hispanics were enrolled in schools at all levels in 2008 out of a total enrollment of 76 million students across the United States. The Hispanic portion of all students (18 percent in 2008) increased by 5 percentage points from a decade earlier (13 percent in 1998).

Nineteen percent of students ages 6 to 17 were enrolled at a grade level that is lower than the typical grade for their age in 2008, often referred to as “below modal grade.” The below modal grade rate for Hispanic students was the same as for the white-alone, non-Hispanic population.

In 2008, 22 percent of Hispanic 18- to 24-year-olds were not enrolled in high school and lacked a high school diploma or equivalent. The corresponding percentages for non-Hispanic whites were 6 percent, blacks were 13 percent and Asians were 4 percent. The percentage of non-Hispanic white and Asian adults who were not enrolled and lacked a high school diploma or equivalent were not statistically different in 2008.

The percentage of Asians who were not enrolled and lacked a high school diploma in 2008 is not statistically different from the percentage in 1998. The decrease from 1998 to 2008 in the percent who were not enrolled and lacked a high school diploma or equivalent was 12 percent for Hispanics, 3 percent for non-Hispanic whites, 4 percent for blacks and 1 percent for Asians (not statistically significant from zero). The only decrease that was significantly different from the other race groups was the Hispanic decrease.

Statistics for this analysis were collected in the October 2008 Supplement to the Current Population Survey.

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Pennsylvania Court Ordered to Take Another Look at Hazleton Immigration Law

Pennsylvania Court Ordered to Take Another Look at Hazleton Immigration Law

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Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered a federal appeals court to a look at the Hazleton, Pennsylvania law that calls for a local authorities to enforce immigration laws that are generally left to the federal government to enforce.

The high court threw out the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling that prevented city officials from enforcing a law that allows the denial of permits to businesses that hire undocumented immigrants and the fining of landlords who rent to such immigrants.

The Hazleton Illegal Immigration Relief Act was written by attorney Kris Kobach, who also wrote a similar measure for Fremont, Nebraska.

Tuesday, Kobach stated the opposition to the regulations are on “life support,” after the high court’s ruling the prior day.

Hazleton’s former mayor, U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta said, “Hazleton has paved the way for other cities and states across the country to enact similar laws, so this is a great day for all of those cities and states, and for the people of Hazleton who had to endure criticism from those who opposed what we were trying to do because the federal government didn’t want do its job.”

As mayor, Barletta passed the measures in 2006.

However, attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) disagreed with Kobach’s assessment, with the ACLU in Pennsylvania’s legal director Witold Walczak stating, “Any celebration by the Hazleton officials would be premature. We’re certainly not putting up the white flag. There’s much battle left to be done in this case.”

Read more at Associated Press →

Boston Archdiocese Seeks to Canonize Spanish-Born Priest and Opus Dei Leader

Boston Archdiocese Seeks to Canonize Spanish-Born Priest and Opus Dei Leader

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The Archdiocese of Boston has just announced that it has begun the process to have Father Joseph Muzquiz canonized.  Father Muzquiz was born in Spain, ordained in 1944 and was part of the Opus Dei ministry starting in 1941. 

The process is called “opening the cause for canonization” and is the formal opening of an inquiry as to whether Father Muzqiz is worthy of canonization.  Muzquiz was critical in bringing Opus Dei to the states from Spain and worked in Boston for many years.

He was also critical in establishing Opus Dei centers in Canada, Japan and Venezuela.  He was also instrumental in getting Opus Dei founder Father Josemaria Escriva canonized. 

Father Muzquiz passed away in Boston in 1983. 

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Senate Dems & Hispanic Education Experts Meet to Find Ways to Improve Education System for Latinos

Senate Dems & Hispanic Education Experts Meet to Find Ways to Improve Education System for Latinos

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Today the Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force discussed the state of education for Latinos, within the context of the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). One out of every five K-12 students in the United States is Latino, and their success is critical to the competitive future of this country.

Senator Robert Menendez, Chair of the Hispanic Task Force, convened a group of Latino education leaders from across the country and 11 Senate Democrats to discuss how this law impacts Hispanic students, and how specific provisions of the law should be revised to better address these students’ needs. Among the issues discussed were:

·      The need to improve accountability and student success rates, given that only 55% of Latino students graduate high school on time.

·      Meeting the needs of English language learners, who comprise almost half of the Hispanic student population (45%).

·      Addressing teacher quality and parental involvement

·      Closing the achievement gap between White and Latino students, which has remained largely unchanged since 1977.

“As someone who benefitted from our nation’s public education system, I cannot emphasize enough how important the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act is to this country.  It is in our national interest to ensure Latino students are given the resources and support system they need to be successful, given that the recent census showed that today one in five children are Hispanic and not too long from now, one in three students will be Hispanic,” said Senator Menendez.  As Chair of the Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force, I am committed to working with my colleagues to ensure this legislation addresses the unique challenges faced by the Hispanic community.”

Nine community leaders and senators participated in the meeting, including Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid, Sen. Michael Bennet –former superintendent of the Denver Public Schools—Sen. Tom Harkin, Chair of the Health Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. Also present were Thomas Saenz, President of the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF); Lillian Rodriguez-Lopez, President of the Hispanic Federation. A complete list of participants can be found at the end of the release.

“I commend the Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force and Chairman Sen. Menendez for tackling the important issue of education. The growing number of Hispanic children in our school system and the alarming educational achievement gap calls for urgent changes to help us better serve the needs of these students, which in turn, will strengthen our nation,” said Reid. “I remain committed to continue working alongside my fellow Task Force members to ensure that all students get the education they need so that our schools are producing a workforce that can compete in the global economy.”

“We can no longer allow for a child’s zip code to determine the quality of education they receive,” said Bennet. “With the reauthorization of ESEA, we have the opportunity to fix our system of public schools so that every child, regardless of who they are or where they live, has the chance for a quality, competitive education that prepares them for success in the 21st century.”

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ANIMAPOCALYPSE: Hundreds of Penguins Wash Up On Uruguayan Shores

ANIMAPOCALYPSE: Hundreds of Penguins Wash Up On Uruguayan Shores

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As many as 600 Magallan penguins have been found dead on Uruguayan coasts; scientists are investigating why so many penguins have died on their way to Brazilian waters.

Authorities said they also spotted turtles, several albatros, and dolphins, in addition to the large amount of penguins.

Scientists are baffled; though it is not unusual to have dead sea life in the area, as large boats do their maintenance in the vicinity, it is very unusual to have such large numbers, as well as the fact that no small animals have washed up ashore, only large animals.

“It’s worrisome, because in these case, the penguins didn’t have oil in them”  said Lourdes Casas, a veterinarian for the Biodiversity Conservation Society of Maldonado, Uruguay. “We’ve performed necropsies and sent samples away for analyses”


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HEAR Selena Gomez and the Scene’s Brand New Song “Bang Bang Bang”

HEAR Selena Gomez and the Scene’s Brand New Song “Bang Bang Bang”

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Selena’s newest album “When The Sun Goes Down” will be officially available on June 28.

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Study: Stark Differences in Media Use Between Minority, White Youth

Study: Stark Differences in Media Use Between Minority, White Youth

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Minority youth aged 8 to 18 consume an average of 13 hours of media content a day—about 4-1/2 hours more than their white counterparts, according to a Northwestern University report, the first national study to focus exclusively on children’s media use by race and ethnicity.

“In the past decade, the gap between minority and white youth’s daily media use has doubled for blacks and quadrupled for Hispanics,” says Northwestern Professor Ellen Wartella, who directed the study and heads the Center on Media and Human Development in the School of Communication. “The big question is what these disparities mean for our children’s health and education.”

The report finds that minority children spend one to two additional hours each day watching TV and videos, approximately an hour more listening to music, up to an hour and a half more on computers, and 30 to 40 minutes more playing video games than their white counterparts.

The only medium for which no difference was found between minority and white youth was reading print for pleasure. Young people in all groups read for pleasure approximately 30 to 40 minutes a day, the study finds.

“Our study is not meant to blame parents,” says Wartella, a longtime Sesame Workshop trustee and Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor in Communication. “We hope to help parents, educators and policymakers better understand how children’s media use may influence health and educational disparities.”

The study, “Children, Media and Race: Media Use Among White, Black, Hispanic and Asian American Children,” is based on a new analysis, by race, of data from the Kaiser Family Foundation’s previous media use studies. It finds that race-related differences among youth are robust even when controlling for factors including parent education and whether or not children are from single- or two-parent families.

Other report findings:

• Minority youth are especially avid adopters of new media, spending about an hour and a half more each day than White youth using their cell phones, iPods and other mobile devices to watch TV and videos, play games, and listen to music (a total of 3 hours and 7 minutes, or 3:07 in mobile media use among Asians, 2:53 among Hispanics, 2:52 among blacks, and 1:20 among whites).

• Traditional TV viewing remains the most popular of all media—with black and Hispanic youth consuming an average of more than three hours of live TV daily (3:23 for blacks, 3:08 for Hispanics, 2:28 for Asians and 2:14 for whites).

• TV viewing rates are even higher when data on time-shifting technologies such as TiVo, DVDs, and mobile and online viewing are included. Total daily television consumption then rises to 5:54 for black youth, 5:21 for Hispanics, 4:41 for Asians, and 3:36 for whites.

• Black and Hispanic youth are more likely to have TV sets in their bedrooms (84% of blacks, 77% of Hispanics compared to 64% of whites and Asians), and to have cable and premium channels available in their bedrooms (42% of blacks and 28% of Hispanics compared to 17% of whites and 14% of Asians).

• Minority youth eat more meals in front of the TV set—with 78% of black, 67% of Hispanic, 58% of white and 55% of Asian 8- to 18-year-olds reporting that the TV is “usually” on during meals at home.

• Trends such as TV sets in the bedroom and eating meals with the TV on begin at an early age. Black children under 6 are twice as likely to have a TV in their bedroom as whites and more than twice as likely to go to sleep with the TV on. Black children under 6 are almost three times as likely to eat dinner in front of the TV than white children the same age.

• Asian youth spend more time in recreational computer use: nearly 3 hours a day (2:53) compared to just under 2 hours for Hispanics (1:49), nearly 1-1/2 hours for blacks (1:24) and slightly less for whites (1:17).

• Asian youth also are more likely to have computers at home (an average of 2.8 computers per home compared to 2.0 for whites and 1.8 for blacks and Hispanics) and are more likely to have a computer in their bedroom (55%, compared to 39% of Hispanics, 34% of blacks, and 32% of whites).

• No significant differences exist in the time young people spend using a computer for schoolwork, and only modest differences are evident in their tendency to multitask with media while doing homework. White, black and Hispanic youth average 16 minutes a day using a computer for schoolwork while Asians average 20 minutes (not a significant difference). The proportion of young people who report using entertainment media “most of the time” while doing homework ranges from 28% of whites and 30% of Asians to 35% of blacks and Hispanics.

• There are no significant differences in time spent by youth multi-tasking their media. For example, 37% of white, 44% of black and 41% of Hispanic middle and high school students report using another medium “most of the time” while watching TV.

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JUST IN:  Weekly Jobless Claims Rises, Recent Data Show 7.6 Million Americans Receiving Unemployment

In the week ending June 4, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 427,000, an increase of 1,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 426,000.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending May 28 was 3,676,000, a decrease of 71,000 from the preceding week’s revised level of 3,747,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,719,250, a decrease of 29,000 from the preceding week’s revised average of 3,748,250.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending May 21 was 7,601,344, a decrease of 89,233 from the previous week.
The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending May 21 were in Alaska (5.0 percent), Puerto Rico (4.4), Oregon (4.0), California (3.9), Pennsylvania (3.9), Nevada (3.6), Connecticut (3.5), New Jersey (3.5), Illinois (3.3), and Rhode Island (3.3).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending May 28 were in New York (+3,187), Oregon (+1,508), Missouri (+1,158), Illinois (+1,081), Washington (+844), while the largest decreases were in California (-1,614), Wisconsin (-1,032), Massachusetts (-929), New Jersey(-882) and Texas (-659).

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Pending Alabama Immigration Law Violates Federal Law

Pending Alabama Immigration Law Violates Federal Law

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The Alabama legislature passed a bill last week that requires schools to collect citizenship information on students. The bill calls for public schools to confirm citizenship with a birth certificate or similar document. 

The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division said in a May 6 letter to school districts nationwide that “student enrollment practices that may chill or discourage” the enrollment of undocumented aliens, based on their immigration status or their parents’, violated federal law.

“The undocumented or non-citizen status of a student (or his or her parent or guardian) is irrelevant to that student’s entitlement to an elementary and secondary public education,” the letter states.

“Once you start asking that question, you get to the point where you’re tacitly trying to deny access to school,” Louis Fryer, attendance coordinator for Elmore County Public Schools, said. “Not many people are going to try to enroll students if they are illegal immigrants.”

The Supreme Court ruled in 1982 that undocumented aliens could not be denied public education based on their immigration status. The case, Plyler v. Doe, involved a Texas law that denied money for the education of undocumented children and a school district that tried to charge children without documentation tuition to attend public school. The court ruled the laws were “directed against children” and violated the 14th Amendment.

The law, still awaiting the signature of Gov. Robert Bentley, requires school boards to submit citizenship data to the State Board of Education.

Read more at Montgomery Advertiser →

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