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ThursdayJune 23, 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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Former Menudo Singer, Draco Rosa Talks About His Cancer Battle

Former Menudo Singer, Draco Rosa Talks About His Cancer Battle

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Former Menudo singer, and producer of some of Ricky Martin’s hits, told the El Nuevo Dia he is “happy to be alive” after going through months of cancer treatment.

Draco Rosa, a singer-songwriter from Puerto Rico underwent six months of a controversial cancer treatment after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

The singer said he learned “a thousand things” about himself and that the illness has changed his life and allowed him to understand it better. He also stated that his wife Angela has been “incredible and amazing” throughout the treatment.

Rosa turns 42 next week, and said he goes to a Catholic church almost every day, whether they be near his home or his son’s school.

His cancer treatment in Houston, Texas followed Dr. Stanislaw R. Burzynski’s method, and remains controversial because it uses medicines allegedly not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and forgoes the usual treatments of radiation and chemotherapy.

Rosa was the producer of fellow former Menudo member Ricky Martin’s hits “Maria” and “La Copa de la Vida” (The Cup of Life).

Read more at LAHT →

BREAKING NEWS: CFK Cuts Her Head Open! Governing From Home For Now (VIDEO)

BREAKING NEWS: CFK Cuts Her Head Open! Governing From Home For Now  (VIDEO)

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Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner tripped and fell face first onto a security fence!

Mrs. Fernández (58) had just inaugurated a science activity building in Buenos Aires; as she was leaving the facility, she tripped and cut her forehead open as she fell onto a security fence.

The President “will resume her official activities at her Los Olivos residence by recommendation of her doctor, following a small accident she suffered” earlier this afternoon.

She has taken to the hospital, where tests and x-rays returned normal, according to an Argentine government spokesman.

Mrs. Kirchner’s accident comes as she prepares for running for a second term in office.

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Journalist José Antonio Vargas Reveals he is an Illegal Immigrant (VIDEO)

Journalist José Antonio Vargas Reveals he is an Illegal Immigrant (VIDEO)

Photo: José Antonio Vargas: Illegal Immigrant Pulitzer Prize Journalist

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The Pulitzer Prize winner will talk about it tonight and tomorrow night on an ABC special interview.

“You can call me whatever you want to call me. But I am an American,” said José Antonio to Dan Harris, from ABC.

José Antonio is telling everyone his story because he wishes to support the millions of illegal immigrants in the United States, while at the same time drawing attention to the DREAM Act.

José Antonio Vargas wrote the following on “The New York Times” about a phone call he made to his mother (who he hasn’t seen in 18 years), trying to “fill the gaps in my memory” about the day he left for the United States:

“My mother told me I was excited about meeting a stewardess, about getting on a plane. She also reminded me of the one piece of advice she gave me for blending in: If anyone asked why I was coming to America, I should say I was going to Disneyland.”

Vargas grew up with his grandparents. When he was 16, he discovered his green card was fake at the DMV office, applying for a Drivers License.

Upon realizing his precarious situation, young José Antonio realized that he “could never give anyone reason to doubt I was an American. I convinced myself that if I worked enough, if I achieved enough, I would be rewarded with citizenship. I felt I could earn it.”

False documents that he obtained through the years allowed him to stay in the United States and live in Oregon; a friend of his provided a mailing address.

“Are we seriously going to deport 11 million people?” Vargas asked José Antonio to Dan Harris. “That’s the estimated number of undocumented people in this country. We’re not seriously going to do that. We have not had a really serious conversation about this issue.“

“We are a part of this society. And I think everyone deserves dignity.”

Don’t miss the whole interview tonight and Friday!


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Spanish-Language Billboard Upsets Some Alabama Residents

Spanish-Language Billboard Upsets Some Alabama Residents

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In Theodore, Alabama, Spanish-language billboards have caused a stir among town residents.

If translated into English, the billboards read, “First-time home buyers. Yes, you can. Achieve your dream of homeownership,” and some residents are angry to see a billboard they can’t understand.

“I can’t read it. I have no idea what it says,” area resident Rita Perrine told one reporter. “I don’t care if it is in 10 languages as long as it is in English and as long as I understand what’s up there.”

The billboards were paid for by the Mobile County Commission with a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Though the signs are intended for Spanish-speaking first-time home buyers, the program they advertise is open to everyone.

HUD’s national office released the following statement:

“It is important that those with limited english proficiency be provided every opportunity under the law to understand their rights. On August 11, 2000, Executive Order 13166, “Improving Access to Services by Persons with Limited English Proficiency,” was issued.

Executive Order 13166 requires federal agencies to assess and address the needs of otherwise eligible persons seeking access to federally conducted programs and activities who, due to LEP cannot fully and equally participate in or benefit from those programs and activities. It promotes a positive and cooperative understanding of the importance of language access to federally conducted and federally assisted programs. HUD wants to ensure that the programs and activities made possible through resources are made available to the LEP population and therefore, focus on providing equal opportunity to persons with LEP.”

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WATCH The Goal Of The Century, on its 25th Anniversary

WATCH The Goal Of The Century, on its 25th Anniversary

Photo: Diego Maradona about to score the goal of the century!

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Mexico ‘86 World Cup Quarterfinals. Diego Armando Maradona had just scored a goal with his hand (God’s, allegedly) and the English were furious. Suddenly, Maradona gets the ball and in 44 steps, 12 of which touched the ball, Diego became a legend, an icon of the Fútbol world.

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Poet Scheduled to Meet With Mexican Pres. Calderon to Discuss Crime-Fighting Strategy

As leader of a popular anti-violence campaign in Mexico, poet Javier Sicilia will meet with Mexican President Felipe Calderon this week to discuss the nation’s crime-fighting plans.

The Mexican poet, along with fellow activists, are looking for “specific responses about modifying Mexico’s approach to national security,” wrote CNN.

Emilio Alcarez, a human rights advocate, to CNN that the poet will also push for Mexico’s government to give more attention to the victims of violence.

Sicilia and the other activists were scheduled to meet with Calderon and several members of his Cabinet on Thursday at the National Anthropology Museum in Mexico City.

Gonzalez de Bustamante, an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Arizona, said, “[Sicilia is] more than just an intellectual. He’s a person that’s been directly affected by the wave of violence. ... Artists and poets have a way of being able to relate to the public, as well as get the ear of government officials, because of their way of expressing what is happening.”

Read more at CNN →

Brazil’s CCBB Hosts Hitchcock Fest in Rio de Janeiro (VIDEO)

Brazil’s CCBB Hosts Hitchcock Fest in Rio de Janeiro (VIDEO)

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The Centro Cultural Banco do Brazil will be showing 59 films, 127 television episodes, in total,  8,954 minutes of the master of suspense.

The one of a kind festival started June 1st and will run to mid July; it will shokase a retrospective of the director’s films through his six decade long career.

The CCBB and curator Ardnt Roeskens scheduled exclusive activities open to the general public, like weekly workshops and debates intended to explore Hitchcock’s work, with topics including aesthetics of crime, gender roles, symbolism, modernity in film etc.

Films like Psycho, North By Northwest, Rope, Rear Window, The Birds, Dial M for Murder, Lifeboat and Notorious (which appropriately enough takes place in Rio) will be shown; there will also be special screenings of three silent films accompanied by a live pianist, a DJ, and live narration.

As a special offer the CCBB is giving away a special Hitchcock catalog featuring Hitchcock photographs, interviews, and essays. A complete copy is available on the exhibit’s website.


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Is Dancing Weatherman on Univision Tom Hanks’ New Gig? (VIDEO)

Is Dancing Weatherman on Univision Tom Hanks’ New Gig? (VIDEO)

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Having already mastered his acting skills, Tom Hanks may be looking for a new challenge to take on, dancing weatherman.

After promoting his upcoming movie Larry Crowne on the Univision’s Despierta America, Tom Hanks joined the show’s co-host Chiquinquira Delgado for the weather report.

However, while Delgado tried to inform viewers of the day’s weather, Hanks chose to let loose and dance while he shouted out some of the temperatures in Spanish. (See hilarious video below.)

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Advocates Worry a Texas Bill Could Result in “Harmless Immigrants” Being Detained Indefinitely

Advocates Worry a Texas Bill Could Result in “Harmless Immigrants” Being Detained Indefinitely

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Immigration activists in Florida are keeping a watchful eye on a Texas bill that could allow immigrants to be detained for long periods, whether they are violent offenders or not.

Texas Republican Rep. Lamar Smith introduced the bill, which would call for undocumented immigrants to be sent to jail until they are deported, even if they have not been convicted of any other crime.

Miami activist are particularly worried about the bill’s passing, as Cubans coming to the U.S. would likely be among those most affected by it.

Susan Barciela of the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center told UP “This bill is so sweeping that it would result in thousands of harmless immigrants being jailed for years—among them, asylum seekers and torture survivors.”

This bill looks to overturn a 2001 and 2005 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, which removed power for such detention from immigration services.

Read more at UPI →

Immigrant Shot at U.S.-Mexico Border by Border Patrol Agent

Immigrant Shot at U.S.-Mexico Border by Border Patrol Agent

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A man has lost his life after an encounter between Border Patrol agents and undocumented immigrants turned took a deadly turn Tuesday evening.

According to San Diego police homicide Lt. Ernie Herbert, an agent witnessed three men crossing at the border fence just before 7:30 p.m.

A second agent arrived at the scene shortly after the first called for assistance. The two agents then tried to arrest the three immigrants, but two of them ran, and escaped back through an opening in the fence, returning to the Mexico side of the border. The third man allegedly resisted arrest and began to fight the agents.

During the struggle, one of the men now on the Mexico side of the fence began to throw large rocks and swing a piece of wood with nails sticking out of it at the agents, Lt. Herbert said. He added that one of the agents was hit in the head by the wood.

As the man began throwing more rocks, one of the agents opened fire, hitting the rock-throwing once, The man fell back into Mexico and died at the scene, said Lt. Herbert.

The deceased man was later identified as Jose Alfredo Yañez Reyes, 40, of Tijuana.

The agent that fired the weapon had not been identified, but it was said he has been on the force for three years.

Both the ACLU and Mexican government are calling for an investigation into the shooting.

Mexico’s Foreign Relations Secretariat released a statement saying, “he Mexican government energetically condemns the death. ... (We) reiterate that the use of firearms to repel attacks with rocks, which is what preliminary information indicates may have occurred in this case, represents a disproportionate use of force.”

executive director of the ACLU of San Diego, Kevin Keenan, said, “We’re concerned that the Border Patrol has a policy supporting the shooting of rock throwers in an situation. Apparently they do not train their agents to handle these situations better.”

“We don’t know all the facts on this incident, but Border Patrol needs to come clean on its policy of shooting rock throwers and reform their use of force.”

Between June of last year and March of 2011, there were three other fatal shootings involving Border Patrol agents.

Read more at San Diego Union Tribune →

Three People Killed in Perú University Protest

Three People Killed in Perú University Protest

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A minor, a security officer, and another student died on Tuesday when a rally against a new University project turned violent.

A 14 year old girl, a 21 year old student and a 30 year old government security officer were killed in the central region of Huancavelica during a rally against the creation of the National Autonomous University of Tayacaja.

The University of Tayacaja is to be created by law, but it wasn’t given enough government funds, and so by law, the National University of Huancavelica must share its financial income.

Police chief Edward Marín Grandez said more than 5,000 protesters attacked the Huancavelica Regional police department.

Officers used tear gas and pellets to prevent the entry of the protesters to the facilities, but rabid rioters attacked them with homemade explosives, stones and knives and attempted to take away their guns.

Protesters tried to take the police headquarters, and the University. They also set ablaze the regional government house and a police truck.

In the meantime, another group of people started protesting, calling for the urgent creation of the university.


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WATCH Enrique Iglesias and Usher’s Electrifying New Video “Dirty Dancer” (VIDEO)

WATCH Enrique Iglesias and Usher’s Electrifying New Video “Dirty Dancer” (VIDEO)

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Enrique Iglesias and Usher sat down with Lil Wayne to record the new track, which comes from Enrique Iglesias latest album, Euphoria.


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Where The Hugo is Chávez?

Where The Hugo is Chávez?

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The usually all-over-the-place Venezuelan president has been silent for two weeks in Cuba. What is going on?

Rumors of all shapes, sizes and flavors are brewing in Venezuela as a result of the long recovery process of a simple surgery, and the puzzling silence of the president since June 10, when he went into a Cuban medical facility to treat a pelvic abscess.

Since then, there has been no news of the man who was news everyday. No interviews, no twitter activity, none of his characteristic tirades, rants and litanies, nothing.

All particularly strange in such an eventful news week in Venezuela: massive blackouts and an electricity crisis is underway, WikiLeaks revealed that the Venezuelan clergy disobeyed orders to not plot against Chávez, Venezuela’s overnight bank lending rate fell to its lowest figure since 2008 and 25 prisoners died in a massive prison riot, headlines that traditionally would elicit a TV appearance by the Venezuelan President, have failed to even provoke a comment.

Fishy, isn’t it?

So far, authorities have not tried to bring up the constitutional passage that would dictate that Vice-president Jaua should take over because of presidential absence. They expect Chávez to be back in 10 to 12 days, as announced on state television by Aden Chávez, the President’s brother.


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ThursdayJune 23, 2011