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SundayJuly 17, 2011

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Wild Blueberries Native to Central and South American Have 2x-4x More Antioxidants Than U.S. Berries

Wild Blueberries Native to Central and South American Have 2x-4x More Antioxidants Than U.S. Berries

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The first analysis of the healthful antioxidant content of blueberries that grow wild in Mexico, Central and South America concludes that some of these fruits have even more healthful antioxidants than the blueberries — already renowned as “super fruits” — sold throughout the United States. These extreme super fruits could provide even more protection against heart disease, cancer and other conditions, the report suggests. It appears in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

Edward Kennelly and colleagues note that although there are over 600 species of blueberries and blueberry-like fruits growing in Mexico, Central and South America (the so-called “neotropics”), very little research has been done on them. U.S.-grown blueberries are already famous for their antioxidants, which help the body get rid of harmful free radicals. So, the researchers decided to find out how neotropical blueberries stacked up against a grocery-store variety.

Working with Kennelly was Paloa Pedraza, a botanist from the New York Botancial Garden who specializes in South American blueberry species.  He noted “The results are very promising.”

After studying five species of these ‘neotropial’ species two appear to have the highest amounts of antioxidants and those were the Cavendishia gradifolia and Anthopterus wardii, which unfortunately grow in the wild and are not currently available commercially here. 

The neotropical blueberries were extreme super fruits — they had significantly more antioxidants than a type of blueberry commonly sold in U.S. supermarkets stores. The researchers say that these neotropical blueberries “have the potential to be even more highly promising edible fruits.”

The authors acknowledge funding from the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

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Open Letter to Sen. Marco Rubio to Get on Right Side of Legal Immigration

Open Letter to Sen. Marco Rubio to Get on Right Side of Legal Immigration

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OPEN LETTER FROM SOMOS REPUBLICANS DATED July 12, 2011

We were disappointed to hear about Senator Marco Rubio’s brother in law who was endicted on drug charges also implicated on the death and dismemberment of a federal informant in Florida.  We know that this occurred several years ago, however, and as you might be aware, Rubio has taken a hard line stance on immigration when he opted to support Arizona’s SB 1070 (anti-immigrant law) last year.  The quote that struck a nerve with us is when he attributed his support for the unConstitutional anti-immigrant law due to “public safety” and his concern with “Mexican Drug violence”.

It was unfair for Rubio and other politicians to blame the situation solely upon on Mexican drug violence.  The source of drugs comes from all over the world, not just Mexico, and this should have been evident with regard to Marco Rubio’s personal experiences in Florida with what occurred to his sister’s family.

We would like to see the Senator retract his statement that drug violence stems from “just Mexico” because this is not just a “Mexican problem”, and we ask that he correctly acknowledges that drugs come from other countries, too, and drug violence is performed by “legal citizens” — not just immigrants.  We know that “legal citizens” and drugs come from other countries, too.  In fact, Census data show that immigrants are actually less likely to commit crimes than their native-born counterparts.  Marco Rubio’s statements with regard to our trading partner — Mexico, adds to xenophobic ideas as we continue to fight for legal immigration and fixing a clearly broken immigration system.  “Legal citizens” are involved in drug violence, bribery and deaths as such was the case in Florida.  Drugs come from other parts of the world and wind up in non-border states and their ports of entry (like Florida) where drug activity is fueled by native born citizens.

We would also like to see Rubio retract his support for Lamar Smith’s national e-verify plans unless a complete legal immigration overhaul system has taken place.  There are millions of undocumented individuals who are not drug traffickers, but are hard workers and contributors to our American society.  It does not make sense to add another level of government bureaucracy while embracing protectionist-only ideas particularly when the State of Florida recently rejected their e-verify and 287(g) – enforcement only policy bill.  The enforcement only approach on immigration does not work, because it does nothing to create “new taxpayers” that our economy needs to sustain future entitlements such as social security, medicare and medicaid.

Please tell the Senator to retract his statement and support for Arizona’s SB 1070 type of laws and enforcement only policies, besides SB 1070 was basically deemed unConstitutional.  We need a complete legal immigration overhaul.  This will help us against the perception with the xenophobes that “just Mexico is bad”, and only immigrants participate in drug violence.

Thank you.

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ODD NEWS: River in Costa Rica Disappears Due to Earthquake

ODD NEWS: River in Costa Rica Disappears Due to Earthquake

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This week Costa Rica experienced several moderate earthquakes with thousands of after shocks, which is not usual for this Central American nation.  What is usual is a river, the Guacalito River located near Armenia de Upala, simply disappeared and turned into a muddy mess.

The government is investigating if the river disappeared into some kind of sink hole or if the earth’s rattling dried the river up.  Either way it is very usual for this to happened say experts.  The US Geological Survey confirmed that there were three earthquakes on July 12th, measuring 5.0, 5.1 and 5.6 in magnitude, which are considered moderate

Most recently, in February, a 6.3 New Zealand earthquake made a 36 million liter water reservoir disappear. 

The villagers who use the Guacalito River for fishing and transportation reported the missing river to government authorities.  The river is near the Nicaragua-Costa Rican border and by the Miravalles volcano. 

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Latino Gossip Roundup:  From Bruno Mars to J. Lo and Marc Anthony Still Working Together

Latino Gossip Roundup:  From Bruno Mars to J. Lo and Marc Anthony Still Working Together

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This weekend on the Latino entertainment gossip roundup we have Bruno Mars who is a stand out on his first magazine cover and J.Lo and Marc Anthony who plan on going forward with their Latin American talent search project.

Check Mars out on the cover of ‘Billboard’ Magazine where he chats about his professional journey from Elvis impersonator to music super stardom.

Case in point his worldwide sales for his singles are at 15 million and his work has been certified 14 times platinum.

On another latino entertainment gossip front and to answer the many inquiries into what would happen to the new J. Lo and Marc Anthony show “¡Q’ Viva! The Chosen!”, - that finds undiscovered talent throughout Latin America – its still on

Deadline is reporting that the two in spite of the split announced late Friday they are committed to their latest project.  Of course this will only add to the buzz about the show. 

The project, which is another Simon Fuller concept, has the soon to be divorced duo traveling through 21 Latin America countries and will starting filming in late 2011.

“The show goes on,” says reps for the production.

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Gas Station Employee Fernando Tellez $4.9M Richer Thanks to Paris Hilton’s Brother

Gas Station Employee Fernando Tellez $4.9M Richer Thanks to Paris Hilton’s Brother

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Back in 2008 when 18 year old Barron Hilton, little bro of Paris Hilton, hit Fernando Mendoza Tellez at a Malibu gas station no one thought Tellez would become a millionaire.

Well thanks to the Los Angeles County Superior Court he is and in great part due to the injuries suffered at the hand of Hilton’s irresponsible drinking.

Hilton was arrested after that incident for DUI and for registering a .14 blood content.  Prior to hitting Tellez, who worked at the station, Hilton had been driving down the scenic Pacific Coast highway on the wrong side of the road – luckily no one was killed.

Tellez claimed he was permanently disabled and was awarded the $4.9 million for his pain, suffering, his medical expenses and for loss income.  Hilton for his part claimed he was not driving that night rather his female passenger was.

According to his attorney “This wild night of [Barron’s] reckless partying resulted in Mr. Tellez’s permanent disability, required him to undergo multiple surgeries and medical procedures and destroyed his family and his ability to provide for his family,” Joseph M. Kar said.

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Join us This and Every Sunday At HS-News Open Mic

Join us This and Every Sunday At HS-News Open Mic

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Juan Laverde, Open Mic, glez

Introducing:

From Spain:

Artist: Glez
Song: Todo El Tiempo

Band Members:

Toni Toledo drums
Suso Saiz bass/others
Emilio Saiz guitars/vox/others
Amaro Ferreiro guitar/vox

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Chilean Miners Sue Government for Negligence that Caused Mine Collapse

Chilean Miners Sue Government for Negligence that Caused Mine Collapse

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It has almost been one year when the San Jose mine in Chile collapsed on August 5, 2010 trapping 33 miners 2,300 feet underground for 69 days. 

Everyone assumed them dead until that now famous note that read “Estamos bien en el refugio, loss 33” (“We are well in the shelter, the 33”) surfaced.  Since then some of the miners have found fame and fortune others have been to Disneyland, Graceland and have run the New York City marathon – but none have forgotten their ordeal and who they believe caused it.

31 of the 33 miners are now suing the government of Chile for the negligence they feel they showed in operating an unsafe mine.  A mine that is over 100 years old and was not properly inspected, they allege. 

Miner Luis Urzua told reporters “We want what we went through at the bottom of that mine to be recognized. We are here to say that the 31 of us wish that all our suffering, and the suffering of our families, is recognized.”

The miners are seeking $540,000 in compensation for each of them for the ordeal that they suffered that captivated the world last year.

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Hispanic Standout Arturo Pedraza: Teacher Extraordinaire in the Making

Hispanic Standout Arturo Pedraza: Teacher Extraordinaire in the Making

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As the nation’s schools struggle to thrive and the need for high quality teachers goes unmet there is National Louis University (NLU) who is answering the call one teaching student at a time with its 125 year history producing outstanding educators.  Recently it developed a program in Chicago, the Harrison Fellowship, to identify potential educators that can serve their community and who otherwise would not have the opportunity to attend college.

And within the confines of this program there is a Hispanic standout, Arturo Pedraza, who is a teacher extraordinaire in the making.

Arturo, inspired by his older sister who is a teacher and the desire to provide a college-educated role model for his daughter, decided to leave the music business and go to school at the ripe old age of 33.  Of course like a lot of aspiring Latino college students there were the realities to contend with, like paying for school and providing for family while going to school full-time.  This did not deter Arturo and the community that came together to support his dream to get an education so he could come back and educate them.

Harrison Fellowships are awarded to full-time students at NLU interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree in elementary education.  In order to qualify, an applicant must be sponsored and recommended by a community leader, who in turns agrees to provide encouragement and leadership opportunities and use their education to serve and advance their communities - and that was Pedraza.  This very generous $50,000 scholarship is given to those students who exhibit strong promise in their communities and NLU saw in Pedraza what many others saw - a Hispanic standout.

Arturo was sponsored for the program by a community organization serving the Mexican-American community in Pilsen, a predominately Latino neighborhood in southwest Chicago.  Pedraza worked for the National Able organization and they saw him as a giver and a wise investment for the community.

Arturo, who is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree in elementary education with a concentration in science and math, will focus on middle school and bi-lingual eduation after he graduates.  He also plans to give back to the Pilsen community with plans to develop after school arts and math inspired music programs.  In addition, Pedraza is an outspoken advocate of bilingual education and its benefits.

He juggles his full-time studies, with full-time work all while parenting 9 year-old Grey Marie.  This work ethic was inherited from his Mexican immigrant parents, who came to the U.S. some 40 years ago.  He says “I see myself as a role model who wants to give back” and Arturo we also see you as a role model who already is giving back by setting an example to many.

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Hugo Chavez Arrives in Cuba for Chemo, Foregoes Treatment in Brazil, Cedes Some Powers to VP

Hugo Chavez Arrives in Cuba for Chemo, Foregoes Treatment in Brazil, Cedes Some Powers to VP

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On Friday the Brazilian government was reporting that ailing Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was heading to their country to receive treatment for his yet-to-be-identified cancer - those reports were in fact wrong.

Yesterday, Chavez arrived in Cuba for an unknown period of time to receive chemotherapy.  It is believed Chavez opted out of going to the renown Brazilian hospital Sirio-Libanes, because they could not guarantee him privacy and the security he felt he needed while convalescing.

Before he left he held a rally for supporters worried about him and the future of his presidency.  He assured everyone that no new cancerous cells have been found since his June cancer surgery.  Nonetheless, Chavez delegated some of his duties to his Vice President Elias Jaua.

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USA Today Study: Border Cities Safer Than Most U.S. Cities, Crime Rates Declining (VIDEO)

USA Today Study: Border Cities Safer Than Most U.S. Cities, Crime Rates Declining (VIDEO)

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USA Today has just concluded an indepth analysis of crime statistics along the U.S.-Mexico border using a decade of information from multiple law enforcement agencies.  And what did they find? 

Apparently, crime along the border has been declining for quit some time and the border is ‘statistically safer on average’ than most other U.S. cities.  These findings of course have been proven by other studies it’s just the political rhetoric that is not reflecting these facts.

The repeated demand for a secure border is so often used as the cause for not implementing immigration reform that more than 80% of all American’s believe the border is unsafe and lawless and therefore demand the border be secured before discussing immigration reform. 

Irresponsible and untrue statements, such as those made by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer about ‘headless’ bodies found at the border, do not help the border city image.

The USA Today study shows that the murder rate for border cities (those cities 50 miles or less from Mexico) were lower ‘nearly every year from 1998 to 2009’ compared to the other state averages. 

In addition, kidnapping from drug cartels along the border were at 25 in 2010 down from 62 in 2009 and thus far in 2011 there have been 10 confirmed cases.

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Creepy:  14 yr Old Kidnapper Found in Home with Santa Muerte Altar & Skeleton Bride in Juarez

Creepy:  14 yr Old Kidnapper Found in Home with Santa Muerte Altar & Skeleton Bride in Juarez

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Mexican authorities in the state of Chihuahua were investigating the kidnapping of 50-year old business man when they came upon a creepy and gruesome find – a Santa Muerte altar with a skeleton bride holding court.

The police were led to the Joaquin Castellanos street in Juarez where they found a 14-year old kidnapper and his 45 year old accomplice Andres Sanchez Balderas.  They believe that these individuals are involved in kidnap for ransom and that the home was used as a safe house.

According to Mexican authorities the Santa Muerte (the cult known as “Saint Death”) altar had a bride skeleton adored with a satin wedding dress accompanied by several human skulls and cigarette packs that were offered to appease the saint of death.

Police are trying to determine if all the skeletal parts are human and if so who they belong to.

Santa Muerte is believed to have over 2 million followers and is condemned by the Catholic Church but is growing in popularity especially in Mexico where it originated starting with the Aztecs.

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SundayJuly 17, 2011