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WednesdayJuly 20, 2011

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15 & 16-Year-Old Arrested During Cartel Initiation- HS News Blog del Narco

15 & 16-Year-Old Arrested During Cartel Initiation- HS News Blog del Narco

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The initiation into the armed wing of the Juarez Cartel known as The Line has very strict tests that must be passed for one to be accepted. Yesterday two young men, who wanted to enter the criminal group, were on their last mission.

One applicant was a boy of just 15 years and the other was 16. The boys had passed several tests but needed to complete the last requirement of stealing a car to complete the initiation.  In Ciudad Juarez, the boys had been given a machine gun and an Uzi to carry out the robbery in the state of Chihuahua.  The boys were in the colony Satellite seeking a victim. Local Municipal Police grew suspicious watching the young men brandishing these weapons. When questioned, the nervous, inexperienced young men surrendered.


The soldiers seized the children and took them to the police station. The boys confessed that the Cartel would pay them $500 for the stolen vehicle but more importantly the boys could then join the criminal group.


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Eva Mendes to Make Directorial Debut at LA Shorts Festival

Eva Mendes to Make Directorial Debut at LA Shorts Festival

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Tomorrow is opening night for the largest short film festival in the world, LA Shorts Fest and Eva Mendes will be making her directorial debut with her comedy California Romanza.

The festival annually attracts more than 15,000 moviegoers, filmmakers and entertainment executives.  Among the nearly 300 short films playing during the 9 day festival is the Opening Night debut of Eva’s film which also features Christina Ricci and Kathy Najmy.

In this 19 minute film we see Lena coming out of a recent breakup and having a difficult time getting in the mood for Christmas. She is set to visit her yearly family gathering, but as she approaches her beloved Auntie JoJo and Uncle Pop‘s home, a manic situation is unfolding. Kissy Puss, the family cat and unofficial child of her Aunt and Uncle has gone missing!

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RSLC Announces Launch of Project to Recruit Hispanic Looking to Become Politicians

RSLC Announces Launch of Project to Recruit Hispanic Looking to Become Politicians

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Monday, the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) announced, the launch of its Future Majority Project (FMP), which works to recruit and support qualified Hispanic and female candidates for legislative seats, Attorneys General, and Secretaries of State across the nation. The FMP will coordinate with party officials and Hispanic leaders to identify qualified candidates and recruit them.

“In the next decade, elections will feature an electorate that is substantially different from that of today and is vastly different from the electorate that decided a major US election as recently as 2000,” said RSLC Chairman Ed Gillespie. “The Future Majority Project views the changing demographics of America’s electorate as a unique opportunity to build the strength, reach and appeal of the Republican Party.”

The FMP will consist of three core initiatives aimed at enhancing the Republican Party’s competitiveness among key constituencies in the face of changing demographics:

• Hispanic candidate recruitment, training and support initiative: In 2012, the FMP has set a goal to recruit at least 100 new Hispanic Republican legislative candidates across the nation.

• Female candidate recruitment, training and support initiative: The FMP will work with in-state party leaders to build up the number of qualified female Republican legislative candidates.

• Youth training and mobilization initiative: The RSLC, in partnership with the College Republican National Committee, will launch a national training and mobilization program to energize political participation among young adults.
• The RSLC will provide these candidates with direct and indirect training and support, within the bounds of each state’s campaign finance regulations.


Gillespie said the FMP’s main goal is to connect with Hispanic voters.

During a conference call with reporters, Gillespie said, “If we don’t adapt now to changes that are taking place in the country, we will face a very different electorate in a couple cycles.”

Read more at Politico →

Selena Gómez to Compete in Perfume Business With Bieber!

Selena Gómez to Compete in Perfume Business With Bieber!

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The 18 year-old singer/actress perfume line will hit shelves next year.

Selena gómez has signed a deal with “Adrenalina,” an “extreme sports and adventure themed lifestyle brand” for a fragrance deal.

“We are incredibly enthused to be working with Ms. Gomez and will reveal more details pertaining to the fragrance as we get closer to the launch date,” said Ilia Lekach, chairman and C.E.O. of Adrenalina.

Selena’s boyfriend, Justin Bieber’s own scent for women “Someday,” is likely going to become the best selling fragrance of the year.

“I’ve been working on my fragrance for almost a year now,” she told E! Online. “I’m excited, [because] it’s something I’m interested in … I’m already doing the whole process of smelling things and designing it and the campaign and everything, so it’ll be fun.”

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Gov. Snyder: Immigrants Coming to and Staying in Michigan are a Key to Helping the State’s Economy

Gov. Snyder: Immigrants Coming to and Staying in Michigan are a Key to Helping the State’s Economy

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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder says the state must do more to attract and keep immigrants in the Midwestern state.

Monday, while speaking at an immigration conference at Wayne State University, Gov. Snyder highlighted the fact that a number of Michigan-based businesses were started by immigrants, namely, Meijer Inc and Dow Chemical Co.

Snyder, a former computer exec stated, “Make no mistake about it, they (immigrants) are job creators and we should be embracing that.”

This is Gov. Snyder’s first term in office, and he has already stated that his administration will continue to develop the Global Michigan Initiative, which is a strategy that points to the substantial contributions made by immigrants as well as the boost they provide to the economy.

New York’s Mayor Bloomberg and others also participated in the conference via a video conference call in a panel called “Can Immigrants Save Detroit?”

While appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press” in May, Mayor Bloomberg gave suggested that anyone be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. “as long as they agreed to go to Detroit and live there for five or ten years,” and that by doing this, they would help the city grow its population and bring in new business.

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José Canseco’s Latest: Loses Boxing Lawsuit, Must Pay $7,600

José Canseco’s Latest: Loses Boxing Lawsuit, Must Pay $7,600

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Jose Canseco didn’t show to a hearing in which Celebrity Boxer Founder Damon Feldman was suing him.

Feldman was awarded more than $7,600 “because the defendant did not show up, even though he was given ample notification of the hearing,” according to a Broomall District Court spokesperson.

In March, Canseco was paid $5,000 upfront by Feldman to compete in a celebrity boxing match to which José sent his twin brother Ozzie. Upon the discovery, Ozzie was escorted out of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino by police officers.

Canseco refused to return the money that Feldman said he advanced to the former baseball player, because Canseco told him he needed it for expenses related to his father’s funeral.

“We received a default judgment since Canseco did not show up, which was not a surprise,” Mr. Feldman’s attorney, Robert Bush said. “We will now go after Mr. Canseco in an attempt to collect on it.”

 

 

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Maryland DREAM Act Struggling as Opponents Produce 130,000 Signatures to Stop it From Taking Effect

Maryland DREAM Act Struggling as Opponents Produce 130,000 Signatures to Stop it From Taking Effect

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A petition of 130,000 signatures of people against allowing undocumented students to pay in-state tuition in Maryland could put the issue on the 2012 ballot.

Despite the fact that the Maryland DREAM Act passed and was set to go into effect on July 1, it could still be shot down as petitioners push to bring it to a public vote next November.

“There are some who try to portray it as free tuition for illegal immigrants, and that’s not what it is,” Gov. Martin O’Malley told the Westminster Patch. “Once people learn that and once people kind of break through the hype and the hate that’s been wrapped around it, I think people will make a fair decision.

Immediately after Gov. O’Malley signed the bill in May, opponents began a campaign for a referendum to stop it.

Though it appears that more signatures than necessary have been collected for the petition, immigrations advocates are contesting the means by which they were collected.

Maryland’s largest immigrant advocacy group, Casa Maryland, filed a public information request of those who signed the petitions. The American Civil Liberties Union is backing the request.

Kim Propeack, Casa Maryland’s lead political organizer, said the inquiry is to make an “independent determination about whether the board violated the law in validating the signatures.”

The Maryland State Board of Elections has until July 20 to count the petition’s signatures and until July 22 to verify them.

The Maryland DREAM Act would allow undocumented students the opportunity to pay in-state tuition at any public 2- and 4-year college or university in the state, if their parents filed to pay state taxes, and if the student graduated from a Maryland high school that they attended for at least 3 years.

Read more at Westminster Patch →

Salvador Allende’s Cause of Death (Suicide) Now Certified With Autopsy

Salvador Allende’s Cause of Death (Suicide) Now Certified With Autopsy

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An autopsy has revealed the Chilean president died of two shots fired from an assault rifle, held between his legs.

American, Argentinean, British, Colombian and Spanish ballistic experts said the AK-47 Allende used to end his life, was a gift from Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and was set to fire automatically.

Spanish expert Francisco Etxeberria said the experts opinion was unanimous: “We have absolutely no doubt” that Allende committed suicide. 

The forensic team explained that there were two shots fired, two casings were recovered, and there are no signs that point to a third person.

“We want to say, in clear and simple terms, that we have a great peace because this report concludes something that we had conviction in,” Allende’s daughter, Chilean Senator Isabel Allende Bussi, wrote on her website.  The kin of the deceased former President wanted his body exhumed some 38 years later in order to conduct an autopsy into cause of death.

Almost forty years after the bloody 1973 coup that overthrew Chilean Socialist President Allende, the government of Sebastián Piñera has decided to put an end to 4 decades worth of gossip and urban myths surrounding the death of the leader violently replaced by general Augusto Pinochet.

“And the conclusion that the Allende family has is this: That President Allende, on September 11, 1973, under the extreme circumstances that he lived, made the decision to end his life rather than be humiliated or to live any other situation.”

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Sen. Schumer to Hold Hearing to Discuss Immigration’s Positive Impact on Economy

Sen. Schumer to Hold Hearing to Discuss Immigration’s Positive Impact on Economy

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Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is once again pushing to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill, stating that next week, he will hold a hearing focused on the economic effects of immigration, and the arguments for and against it.

“We decided we ought to start highlighting the fact that immigration creates jobs rather than takes them away,” Schumer told Politico. “Everyone agreed that is how we are going to start talking about immigration, as a job creator.”

Sen. Schumer is hoping that by focusing on immigrants’ role in the U.S. economy now it will garner more attention, as the main focus in Washington appears to be fixing the economy.

Though the Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates for stricter immigration laws, used a recently released a report highlighting the rising unemployment rate as a means of saying undocumented immigration is bad for the economy, Sen. Schumer said the July 26 hearing will argue the positive impact immigration has.

“Our immigration talks are moving along, and surprisingly well and regularly,” said Schumer, chairman of the Judiciary Committee’s immigration subcommittee. “Immigration is a rough road and I’m making no predictions, but (the talks) are clearly not dead.”

Read more at Politico →

PREMIERE TONIGHT: “South Beach Tow” Executive Produced by Jennifer Lopez (VIDEO)

PREMIERE TONIGHT: “South Beach Tow” Executive Produced by Jennifer Lopez (VIDEO)

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From Executive Producer Jennifer López, “South Beach Tow” takes you inside the world of the Latino family owned Tremont Towing.

Follow the Ashoff family in this new docu-series where “even the rich and beautiful can have their cars towed if they park illegally or fail to keep up with their car payments” and watch the hilarious consequences!

Don’t miss the premiere tonight, July 20 and every Wednesday at 10pm on TruTV.

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Migrants Zip Lining from Guatemala to Mexico en Route to the U.S.

Migrants Zip Lining from Guatemala to Mexico en Route to the U.S.

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A CNN affiliate in Mexico recently captured a new, albeit illegal, method migrants have been using to travel from Guatemala over the border to Mexico.

Televisa reportedly found a number of zip lines crossing the Suchiate River, a sort of water border for part of Mexico’s border with Guatemala. For just over US$1 (15 Mexican pesos or 10 Guatemalan quetzals), migrants can use the zip line to cross the border quickly.

The camera crews witnessed people using the line without fear of the immigration officers stationed nearby.

The line is managed by Guatemalans on either end of it, who are also responsible for collecting the money from those looking to cross. It takes “riders” from the community of El Carmen in Guatemala to Talisman, Mexico.

When arriving on the Mexico side, migrants often board freight trains, while others can afford to take a bus to the U.S.-Mexico border. Once there, the migrants either have to cross the Rio Grande or a 21-feet wall.

For some, neither seems like a good option, so some have taken to underground tunnels dug to prevent flooding. Such tunnels have also been used by drug traffickers, and they allow travelers go underneath the patrolled areas.

A U.S. Border Patrol agent told CNN, “There was a group down here and then they got caught in the flash flood and hours later they were looking for a body north of the openings.”

Still, though a number of migrants die during their travels, many continue to make the trek despite the warnings and horror stories. And for some, that means taking a zip line across the Guatemala-Mexico border .

Read more at CNN (Televisa) →

39 Undocumented Aliens Found in PR in One Day, Those from Cuba Stay - Others Face Deportation

39 Undocumented Aliens Found in PR in One Day, Those from Cuba Stay - Others Face Deportation

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents arrested 39 undocumented aliens from Cuba, Dominican Republic and Ecuador yesterday, found illegally in the United States territory of Puerto Rico in four separate events.

The total count of undocumented aliens arrested by Border Patrol are; 24 Cuban, 14 Dominican Republic and 1 Ecuadorian.  It is unknown if the illegal aliens arrived via boat which is a common practice. 

The group of alleged 25 Cubans were transported by the US Coast Guard to the Mayaguez port of entry and transferred to the Border Patrol for immigration processing.  The wet foot, dry foot policy is the name given to a consequence of the 1995 revision of the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966. Since then, in what has become known as the “wet foot, dry foot” policy, a Cuban caught on the waters between the two nations (i.e., with “wet feet”) would be sent to the place of embarkation. One who makes it to shore (“dry feet”) might remain in the United States.

The undocumented immigrants from the Dominican Republic and Ecuador do not have the protection of the Cuban Adjustment Act or the ‘west foot, dry foot’ policy and will face deportation proceedings.

Border Patrol Agents interview and fingerprint all undocumented aliens to verify prior immigration encounters or potential criminal records.

Among the detained group of Cubans, Border Patrol Agents identified a national of the Dominican Republic.

 

 

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POLL:  Majority of Voters Support Drug Testing Welfare Applicants

POLL:  Majority of Voters Support Drug Testing Welfare Applicants

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Florida and Missouri have already passed measures that require some form of drug testing during the welfare application process, with Florida now requiring all applicants to be tested. A majority of voters nationwide agree with automatically testing all welfare applicants for illegal drug use.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters shows that 53% believe all welfare applicants should be tested for illegal drug use before receiving benefits. Only 13% support randomly drug testing applicants, while 29% believe applicants should only be tested if there is a reasonable suspicion that they are using illegal drugs.

Governor Rick Scott of Florida signed legislation, which took effect on July 1, 2011, requiring adults applying for welfare assistance to undergo drug screening. He defended the law saying that it is “unfair for Florida taxpayers to subsidize drug addiction”.

But when it comes to those already receiving benefits, voters are more divided on the approach. A slight plurality (35%) believes recipients should only be tested when there is a reasonable suspicion of drug use. Thirty-one percent (31%) support random drug testing for welfare recipients, while 29% believe all recipients should be tested regularly.

A strong majority (70%) believes welfare recipients who are found to be using illegal drugs should have their benefits cut off. Fifteen percent (15%) are opposed to taking away benefits in this case while another 15% are undecided.

Of those who agree with ending benefits for illegal drug use, 58% say recipients who test positive for illegal drugs should lose their benefits on the first offense. Forty percent (40%) believe there should be one or more warnings before the benefits are cut off.

Read more at Rasmussen Report →

DORA Labeled 4th Hurricane of the Eastern-Pacific Season, Near Accapulco

DORA Labeled 4th Hurricane of the Eastern-Pacific Season, Near Accapulco

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The storm is centered about 240 miles south of Acapulco, with sustained winds close to 90 mph!

Mexican authorities issued a tropical storm watch from Lázaro Cárdenas to Cabo Corrientes, alerting of possible tropical storm conditions within the next 36 hours. Heavy-rain and high wave warnings have been issued in Guerrero, Oaxaca and Chiapas.

Infrared satellite data from NASA revealed a large area of very cold and powerful thunderstorms around the center of Hurricane Dora.

The frigid cloud-top temperatures—as cold as -63F/-52C, are indicators of how high thunderstorms are; the higher the thunderstorm is, the colder the cloud tops are and the more powerful the storm will be.

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Rhode Island Democrats Approve Voter ID, Angering the National Party

Rhode Island Democrats Approve Voter ID, Angering the National Party

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Should voters be required to show photo identification at the polls? For years, the question has amounted to a demarcation line between Republicans and Democrats.

The 2011 legislative year was shaping up to be no different. Republicans seized on their sweeping electoral victories last November by enacting photo ID laws in Alabama, Kansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin, arguing that tougher rules are necessary to fight election fraud. Democratic governors in five other states — Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire and North Carolina — vetoed similar bills that their Republican legislatures passed, calling them an unfair burden on disadvantaged voters, chiefly minorities and senior citizens, who may not have driver’s licenses or other forms of government-issued ID. Behind the policy dispute are important political calculations, since Democrats claim that their supporters would be most of the people turned aside at the polls and that whole elections could hang in the balance.

Amid all the partisan sniping, however, is a little-noticed new law approved by the nation’s smallest state — Rhode Island — that has turned the voter ID debate upside down. There, it was majority Democrats who bucked their own party’s national leadership — as well as traditional allies including the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People — by passing a photo ID requirement of their own. Lawmakers approved the measure on the hectic final day of the legislative session, and independent Governor Lincoln Chafee signed it into law without fanfare on July 2.

It wasn’t until days later, when the Rhode Island Tea Party issued a statement praising Chafee and the legislature, that many progressive advocates realized the photo ID measure had become law. When they did, they were stunned and angry, and began to wonder the same thing photo ID opponents around the country are also now wondering: How could a liberal, urban state that is firmly in Democratic hands approve a voting law that Democrats in almost every other state — and at the national level — have blasted as modern-day disenfranchisement of minorities and the poor?

“A lot of organizations are still smarting over it,” says Steven Brown, executive director of the Rhode Island chapter of the ACLU. “It was a tremendous disappointment.”

But if Rhode Island Democrats upset some of their traditional allies by approving photo ID rules, they are not remorseful about it. Instead, they are proudly standing behind their legislation, saying that they were motivated by common sense over party loyalty and that Democrats in other states may want to pay attention.

“I think that party leaders have tried to make this a Republican versus Democrat issue. It’s not. It’s simply a good government issue,” says state Representative Jon Brien, the Democratic sponsor of the legislation, who says he was pressured by the Rhode Island Democratic Party not to move forward with his bill. “We as representatives have a duty to the citizenry to ensure the integrity of our elections, and the requirement to show an ID will ensure that integrity.”

“Those who are opposed to voter ID,” Brien adds, “never let the facts get in the way of a really good emotional argument.”

What are the facts?

The truth can be hard to ascertain in the long-running battle over voter ID. On both sides, the argument is long on accusations but short on irrefutable evidence.

Verified instances of voter fraud, especially the kind in which one voter impersonates another at the polls, are few and far between. That undermines the core Republican argument that photo ID laws are necessary to handle a widespread problem, and has led Democrats to denounce such laws as a “solution without a problem.” When the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Indiana’s photo ID law in 2008, it noted that “the record contains no evidence of any such fraud actually occurring in Indiana at any time in its history.”

In Rhode Island, lawmakers seemed to be the only ones talking about election fraud, says Brown, the ACLU director. “Apparently all these felonies are being committed in front of people,” he says, “but no one is complaining about them except on the legislative floor.”

At the same time, it is difficult to say with certainty that voter disenfranchisement takes place when photo ID is required, as Democrats insist and as several academic studies contend.

Part of the problem is that the last presidential election to take place after many state photo ID laws went into effect — Barack Obama’s victory in 2008 — saw huge turnout among minorities, whom critics said the law would disenfranchise. While Democrats note that election of the nation’s first African-American president would predictably lead to a surge in minority turnout, Republicans say that very same high turnout undermines the argument against photo ID. They point to states like Georgia, which had a strict photo ID measure in place in 2008, but nevertheless saw huge participation among African-Americans.

Read more at John Gramlich for Pew Center on the States →

Madrid is Preparing to Welcome a Million Young People for World Youth Day

Madrid is Preparing to Welcome a Million Young People for World Youth Day

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Major religious and cultural events are being organized for World Youth Day (WYD) in Spain by the Catholic Church that gathers around the Pope thousands of young people from all continents.  This year the event will be held from August 16 to 21 in Madrid. According to the booking program “Forwardkeys”, airline reservations for Madrid for WYD days increased by 150% compared to 2010. The Municipality of Madrid has estimated that 4,000 media alone from five continents will follow the event.

The Tourism Authority of Madrid is organizing three specific tours: “Madrid essential for World Youth Day ” for people with disabilities, ” Pontifical Madrid” and “The Churches in Madrid” in which you can visit the church-related buildings and the Papacy, convents and parishes as well. “World Youth Day 2011” and “Madrid for you, the ecclesiastical patrimony” are the titles of two welcome publications offered to pilgrims who report useful information about the capital. Fixed points concerning tourist information have been set up where specific information desks about WYD are found and new points will be created as this event draws near.

The city of Madrid has also organized spiritual cultural events, such as the exposition “Moved, by the beauty” that gathers architect Antonio Gaudi’s inspirational reasons, or the special itinerary that Prado Museum offers concerning important paintings where the image of Christ is portrayed.

Read more at Agenzia Fides →

¡Felicidades! Colombia on Your 201th Year of Independence

Today, all of Colombia is celebrating and rejoicing its 201-year old independence from Spain. The Spanish arrived in the 1500’s and stayed for over 300 years as it colonized the region and enslaved native populations.  The fight for independence started in 1819 and was 14-years in the making; led by Simon Bolivar and Francisco de Paula Santander who liberated five countries from Spanish rule.

The third largest Spanish speaking country in the world, once known as New Grenada, is home to 45 million people that will be celebrating today with concerts and firework displays. 

President and Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent their congratulatory remarks:

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the Colombian people on the anniversary of your nation’s independence this July 20.

The United States and Colombia are united by our common interests, including a steadfast commitment to democracy, equal opportunity, and human rights. The people and governments of our two countries are exchanging ideas, bridging cultural divides, and finding solutions to our common problems. Just this year at the Smithsonian Institution’s Folklife Festival we had the opportunity to share and celebrate Colombia’s rich, vibrant culture with the many American and international visitors. This festival was an excellent way to experience Colombia’s art, music, and cuisine, and to reinforce the strong people-to-people ties between our two nations.

I look forward to our continued cooperation as we work to achieve our common goals and I wish all Colombians everywhere a safe and happy independence day.

 

 

Read more at Colombia Reports →

EXTREME TRAFFICKING:  Serrano Peppers Shipment Contains Over 1,400lbs of Marijuana, Seized at Border

EXTREME TRAFFICKING:  Serrano Peppers Shipment Contains Over 1,400lbs of Marijuana, Seized at Border

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa cargo facility Wednesday evening, discovered 1,420 pounds of marijuana in boxes of serrano chili peppers.

On July 13 at about 6 p.m., a 27-year-old male Mexican citizen entered the cargo port driving a 2000 International tractor, pulling a refrigerated trailer with cargo manifested as chili peppers. A CBP officer noticed the driver’s nervous demeanor and referred the conveyance for an intensive examination.

Officers ran the tractor trailer through the port’s x-ray imaging system that showed anomalies with the cargo. Officers then unloaded the shipment; they opened the boxes and discovered 112 wrapped packages of marijuana, comingled with serrano chili peppers.

The driver was arrested and transported to the Metropolitan Correctional Center. CBP seized the marijuana, tractor, and trailer.

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WednesdayJuly 20, 2011