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FridayJuly 22, 2011

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Coalition Asks Court to Block Alabama’s Anti-Immigrant HB 56 Law

Coalition Asks Court to Block Alabama’s Anti-Immigrant HB 56 Law

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The Southern Poverty Law Center and a coalition of other civil rights groups filed a motion asking a federal judge to block Alabama’s anti-immigrant law from taking effect Sept. 1.

The motion for preliminary injunction, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, follows a federal lawsuit the groups filed earlier this month that charged the law is unconstitutional on multiple grounds. Alabama’s law, which affects myriad aspects of daily life for countless Alabamians, is even more restrictive than Arizona’s infamous SB 1070, which has been blocked by the courts.

“This law so undermines our core American values of fairness and equality that it is essential this be weighed before the law is allowed to go into effect,” said SPLC Legal Director Mary Bauer. “When the speaker of the House, who championed this law and guided it to passage, is acknowledging it has problems, it is clear we have a serious issue.”

The Alabama law was signed into law in June by Gov. Robert Bentley and is the harshest of the Arizona copycat state laws.

The lawsuit charges that HB 56:

  * Chills children’s access to public schools by requiring school officials to verify the immigration status of children and their parents.

  * Authorizes police to demand “papers” demonstrating citizenship or immigration status during traffic stops and criminalizes Alabamians for ordinary interactions with undocumented individuals.

  * Unconstitutionally interferes with federal authority over immigration matters – a violation of the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution. It also subjects Alabamians – including U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents – to unlawful search and seizure, a violation of the Fourth Amendment.

Alabama is one of six states that have enacted a law emulating Arizona’s controversial SB 1070.  Federal courts have been unanimous in blocking similar provisions in Arizona, Utah, Indiana and Georgia. The coalition has also vowed to challenge South Carolina’s anti-immigrant law.

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Spanish Collector Selling a Possible Marilyn Monroe Sex-Tape (VIDEO)

Spanish Collector Selling a Possible Marilyn Monroe Sex-Tape (VIDEO)

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A Spanish collector is seeking to put the 8mm film of the platinum blond star having sex for auction.

When she was still a minor known as Norma Jean Baker, back in 1947, Marilyn Monroe was filmed engaging in sexual intercourse.

The Spanish collector, Mikel Barsa said that the print is an 8mm identical copy a 16mm film that was bought for $1.2 million in a private sale brokered by Barsa as well.

But memorabilia expert Scott Forner says the film is a fake, and that the woman in Barsa’s print shows a woman who is considerably heavier and less feminine than Monroe.

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Gov. Patrick Pushing for In-state Tuition for Undocumented in Massachusetts

Gov. Patrick Pushing for In-state Tuition for Undocumented in Massachusetts

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Governor Deval Patrick is pushing for measures that would allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition, and may have rejuvenated the fight in Massachusetts.

During a packed hearing at the Statehouse on Wednesday, Democratic Gov. Patrick made a surprise visit to urge legislators to pass a bill that would give undocumented students who met certain requirements the opportunity to pay in-state tuition rates.

“I know they’re going to hear the arguments on both side,” Gov. Patrick said after speaking to the Joint Committee on Higher Education. “But they should keep in mind we’re talking about real people—individuals, students, and families—whose ambitions are caught up in the only community in most cases that they know.”

Though opponents of such measures don’t believe undocumented immigrants should be offered the same benefits at citizens, supporters point out that many immigrant students were brought to the U.S. as children by their parents, and should not be at a disadvantage for a situation they did not create for themselves.

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Olympic Size Problem:  Manhole Covers Exploding in Rio De Janeiro

Olympic Size Problem:  Manhole Covers Exploding in Rio De Janeiro

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More than 60 manhole covers have been blown into the skies since last year, injuring bystanders and causing thousands in damages.

Explosions are mostly caused by old transformers inside underground junction boxes failing, sparking and igniting gasses;  two American tourists were hit by flying manhole covers in Copacabana, the flying manhole covers have totaled parked motorcycles, shattered windows, and caused thousands of dollars of damage.  But who is responsible? The manhole cover owners: Rio’s electricity company Light says the government.

“We are renovating the underground system, which is more than 60 years old and has visible signs of stress and aging,” Jerson Kelman President of Light said. “We started with the boxes where there are transformers. There’s never been this kind of investment in reforming the underground system, we have 88 million reais [around $56 million]. Cash is there, but we can not fix everything in a month.

Kelman stated that in April, 130 manhole covers had shown signs of explosion, but the Rio de Janeiro state public prosecutor’s office believes the real number could be as high as 4,000 and have sued Light, saying they “turned the city’s streets and avenues into veritable minefields.” Which is not good news for Brazil as its trying to put it best foot forward for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. 

“The risk of unexpected lethal explosions only exists in places that are at war or where there are bomb threats,” it said in a brief. A judge ruled that Light must pay a 100,000 reais fine (around $64,000) for any explosion in the future.

Locals have taken the whole situation in stride, some saying the stray bullets from Rio’s drug wars have been replaced by stray manhole covers, some that they were evidence that flying saucers exist. Artists glued adhesives on the ground around selected covers to make them looking like time bombs, it seems that Rio is aware that this all will change soon, as renovations for the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016 take place.

Read more at Christian Science Monitor →

WATCH The Trailer for “INTRUDERS” (VIDEO)

WATCH The Trailer for “INTRUDERS” (VIDEO)

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The Film, Directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo features Clive Owen and will open the San Sebastián Film Festival October 7.

With a script written by Nicolás Casariego and Jaime Marqués, “Intruders” is a horror film revolving around two youths—a Spanish male and a British female, who believe their homes are being visited by supernatural forces.

The film features Clive Owen, Daniel Brühl, Ella Purnell, Pilar López de Ayala, Kerry Fox and Carice van Houten.

 

 

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Dominican Students Break Reading World Record!

Dominican Students Break Reading World Record!

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Five students from the Dominican Republic broke the “Reading Aloud” record after reading aloud for close to 300 HOURS!

Guinness World Records documented the breaking of the previous record, set at 240 hours in 2009 by a group of Florida college students.

“There is no time to sleep, nor even to eat,” he said. “Sometimes they are reading by themselves at dawn, without support.”

Only 39 percent of primary schools in the Caribbean nation have a library, compared with 51 percent of primary schools across Latin America, according to statistics from the United Nations.

“We’re going to make reading hip,” said José Manuel Bueno, a 19-year-old philosophy student.

The team trained for over 2 years, reading up to three daily hours.

The students broadcasted over the internet a continuous reading of the works of historian and former Dominican President Juan Bosch. They had planned to stop shortly after beating the record, but at the last minute decided to extend their deadline, and read aloud for 365 hours, one hour for each day of the year.

HS-News wishes to congratulate Carlos Jose Reyes, Cristian Rodriguez, Martha Esther Madera, Randolfo Jimenez and Jose Manuel Bueno for their commitment to reading, and their Guinness Records accomplishment.

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Mexico Considering Launching Its Own Space Program

Mexico Considering Launching Its Own Space Program

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As NASA welcomes back its last space shuttle, Atlantis, Mexico and other countries are looking to begin space programs of their own.

“I think it’s a great thing, it’s a great opportunity. We’d like to open up space exploration to the entire world population,” said Allen Pointdexter, a 13-year astronaut now working for the Naval Postgraduate School. He noted that a space program for Mexico could really boost the country’s economy, and push for an advancement of education.

“Human space flight has always inspired young kids. It certainly inspires today’s school children to learn more and study science, technology, engineering and math.”

The director of sciences at Hartnell, Andy Newton agrees, saying, “If you have a new young workforce and new generation of scientists and engineers, then research will drive industry behind it and hopefully there will be more high tech industry coming out of Mexico.”

So far, legislators have set aside $700,000 for the Mexican space agency in next year’s budget, though the program has yet to be officially established.

Read more at Fox 35 KION 46 →

ANONYMOUS Has Colombian Government Under Siege

ANONYMOUS Has Colombian Government Under Siege

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Colombia’s President Juan Manual Santos, former President Alvaro Uribe, the Ministry of Defense and the National Police were all victims of attacks by hackers this week.

Thursday, from 10am and up until 5pm, the web pages of the Ministry of defense and the National Police became the objective of attacks perpetrated by Anonymous hackers.

Earlier in the week, President Santos’ Facebook account and Former President Uribe’s Twitter account were used to post videos promoting Anonymous cause.

On a Facebook account labeled “Operation Colombia” the cyber-activists released personal National Police data— names, id numbers, ranks, home addresses and such.

Authorities are still trying to pinpoint the origin of these attacks. 

 

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‘En Quien Confiar’ the Democrats and Obama’s 1st Spanish Language Ad for 2012 Election (VIDEO)

‘En Quien Confiar’ the Democrats and Obama’s 1st Spanish Language Ad for 2012 Election (VIDEO)

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The first Spanish language ad for the Democratic National Party’s (DNC) bid to reelect President Obama has been launched with the title: “En Quien Confiar”. (The One to Trust).

The DNC’s sponsored ad will first run in seven latino-centric markets that are also considered swing states:  Albuquerque, Denver, Las Vegas, Miami, Orlando, Tampa and Washington D.C.

The ads translates as follows: “Behind the ads that pretend to care about our children, it’s the Republicans who would end the Medicare guarantee while protecting tax cuts for the very rich. It was the president who extended health insurance for our children, financial aid for students and tax cuts for the middle class.” The kicker: “We know who to trust, and who we can’t. Because it’s our job to protect our families.”

The President clearly stayed away from the contentious issue of immigration reform and the struggling economy preferring to focus on what he has done for the Latino community. 

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Nicaraguan Pres. Ortega May Introduce Referendum to Decide Whether to Push Receive $17M From U.S.

Nicaraguan Pres. Ortega May Introduce Referendum to Decide Whether to Push Receive $17M From U.S.

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Though the United States government had considered the matter closed, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has opened to door to the possibility of the U.S. paying his country $17 billion for their involvement in Nicaragua’s civil war.

Back in 1986, the money was awarded to Nicaragua by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague. The case was brought against the U.S. because during Nicaragua’s civil war, the U.S. armed, financed, and supplied the Contra fighters, in violation of international law.

The Contras were counter-revolutionaries who fought against the ruling Sandinista government.

Though U.S. support of the Contras was banned by Congress, the Reagan Administration tried to continue its support covertly, despite the many human rights violations they carried out.

And though the ICJ ordered the U.S. to compensate the Nicaraguan government, no fixed amount was ordered.

The U.S. government managed to block implementation of the ruling however and in 1991 the then administration of Violeta Chamorro relinquished claims.

Now, President Ortega is pushing a referendum that may force the U.S. to pay the $17 billion he believes the country is owed.

Read more at CNN →

The Copa América is Almost Over. How do You Think It’ll End? (POLL)

The Copa América is Almost Over. How do You Think It’ll End? (POLL)

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Come participate in our poll, is it going to be Paraguay or Uruguay? Who will be third, Venezuela, or Perú? Come to our Forum!

Copa América it’s almost over.

This Sunday we will know if it is Uruguay or its neighbor Paraguay the best team of the Copa América.

And tomorrow, we will know the third place, in Venezuela Vs. Perú!

Who will be the winners?

Vote!

 

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We are Sending Las Mañanitas to Selena Gomez on Her 19th Birthday (VIDEO)

We are Sending Las Mañanitas to Selena Gomez on Her 19th Birthday (VIDEO)

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For her 19th birthday HS News is sending Selena Gomez the traditional song sung on birthdays, Las Mañanitas.  The Wizard of Waverly Place when interviewed by E! Entertainment said she wanted a quiet day with family and friends (not sure if that includes Justin Bieber) and some time at the beach.

Selena has been busy rehearsing for her world tour that now brings her to the U.S. She is back on stage in two days at Costa Mesa, California. She is touring with her band The Scene.

Feliz Cumpleaños Selena


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Maryland Hispanic-Hating Tire Slasher Convicted

Maryland Hispanic-Hating Tire Slasher Convicted

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A Maryland man has been found guilty of slashing the tires of a Hispanic man’s car, and it was determined he did so due to race or ethnic bias.

Thursday, Steven Armstrong, 53, was convicted of malicious destruction of property and committing a crime based on race or ethnicity.

Prosecutors say Armstrong admitted to vandalizing the Hispanic man’s vehicle as well as a number of others last year. All 21 suspected victims are Hispanic, with the exception of one that is of East Indian decent When the victim asked Armstrong what he was doing, he reportedly replied that he hated Hispanics.

John McCarthy, the Montgomery County State’s Attorney, stated racially motivated crimes will not be tolerated and he urged all crime victims to come forward.

Armstrong, of Silver Spring, Md, is scheduled to be sentenced on September 30 of this year.

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Hugo Chávez Using Twitter to Complain About Soccer and Run the Country

Hugo Chávez Using Twitter to Complain About Soccer and Run the Country

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Hugo said he’ll talk to Conmebol officials to Protest the semifinal Copa América Match between Venezuela and Paraguay.

Hugo Chávez took to social network Twitter to protest Wednesday night’s soccer match results between his beloved Venezuela, and Paraguay. 

Whether last night’s final minutes of transmission were about sore losers or bully winners remains somewhat of a mystery, but whatever the case, a massive fist fight broke out. 

Chávez was sore: Not only his beloved Burgundy Eleven lost the penalty tie-off, and got eliminated, but earlier, the referee ruled off-side an otherwise extraordinary Venezuelan header deep into the Paraguay frame.

“In my humble opinion and based in observable facts “THEY STOLE OUR WINNING GOAL! And I hope with this I’m not offending anybody” Said Chávez through his Twitter account @chavezcandanga.

Chávez who is in Cuba receiving treatment for cancer is governing and approving trash collection project budgets via Twitter, Twitted his discomfort again yesterday morning:

“In all truth, our Burgundy won last night! Paraguay didn’t beat us. Both Fidel and I saw very clear the goal that they robbed us.

“Why the deuce would that referee invalidate such an spectacular goal? In an advanced position any of our glorious artillery men? NONE!”

With an evident load of time on his hands, Chávez continued his Twee-rade, calling on South American Soccer Confederation (Conmebol) President, Mr. Nicolás Leoz.

“I think we have to bring our voices to -–as we have the authority to do so, the Conmebol. Cheers to our great friend Nicolás Leo.!” “Friend Leo, we have to take care of our Copa América! I wish we could chat about this. César (Farías, Venezuela’s coach) spoke with me about that subject of “a few wee things” that sometimes slip up in these competitions. Specially refereeing. Lets revise, Leo!!”.

Leoz told to radio news yesterday that “the important thing is that the tournament is coming to an end, and these are things that sometimes some overanalyze.”  The president of Conmebol said he wasn’t feeling well, and watched the game from bed.

Leoz went on to invite Chávez to talk to him about the semifinals result.

 

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Goats, Never Fear! El Chupacabra has Been Shot in Texas. Well, Sort of. Maybe. Who Knows?!

Goats, Never Fear! El Chupacabra has Been Shot in Texas. Well, Sort of. Maybe. Who Knows?!

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The notorious Chupacabra is dead!

At least, that’s what one Texas teen believes after landing three shots in an animal he saw not far form his La Salle, Texas home.

Carter Pop, 13, said he saw an odd looking animal outside his home on Sunday. Believing it to be the infamous blood-sucking beast that preys on livestock, Pope grabbed a rifle and said he shot the animal three times before it finally stopped moving.

“It just walked across and started shaking, slowly moving across. No hair at all on it. It’s back legs were shriveled up. I mean, I honestly think it’s a chupacabra,” Carter told local reporters.

ImageThe young teen said he then woke up his father, Will Pope, to show him the dead animal.

“I thought maybe I’m dreaming or this kid is crazy,” said Carter’s father. “But probably a little bit of both.”

Though Carter is certain this is beast of local legend, he has sent hair and skin samples to scientists for analysis.

Most animals claimed to be the Chupacabra are sick coyotes with severe mange, causing them to lose their hair, and appear like a strange new animal.

The Chupacabra or Chupacabras is a crea­tu­re said to inhabit parts of the Americas. It is associated particularly with Puerto Rico (where it was first reported), Mexico, and the United States, especially in the latter’s Latin American communities.

The name which translates literally from Spanish as “goat-sucker”, comes from its reported habit of attacking and drinking the blood of livestock. Physical descriptions of the creature vary. Sightings began in Puerto Rico in the early 1990s, and have since been reported as far north as the Carolinas and as far south as Chile.

Though some argue that the Chupacabra may be a real creature, mainstream scientists and experts generally contend that the Chupacabra is a legendary creature, or a type of urban legend.

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American Interpreter Kidnapped in Mexico by Alleged Exotic Dancer Girlfriend & Accomplices is Killed

American Interpreter Kidnapped in Mexico by Alleged Exotic Dancer Girlfriend & Accomplices is Killed

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Mexican and American authorities are confirming the kidnapping and killing of 57-year-old American Jorge Luis Dieppa in Juarez, Mexico.  Dieppa who was born in Puerto Rico and lived in El Paso, Texas went into Ciudad Juarez on July 5th to get his car fixed.

After that the story gets murky. His alleged Mexican exotic dancer girlfriend and her friends apparently kidnapped him for money.  Dieppa is married and a father of 21 and 14 year old sons.  Mexican authorities have confirmed they have arrested Lisabeth “La Liz” Nayeli Rodriguez, age 22 and two other men for the crime while others are still being sought.  The FBI is also investigating the case.

The kidnappers decided to kill him after he recognized the dancer that he had an on-and-off five-year relationship with.  He was repeatedly stabbed and his body found a day later.  The kidnappers nonetheless proceeded with ransom demands from the family, demanding $10,000 and having one of them pretend to be the deceased Dieppa – the ransom was not paid.

Dieppa, a graduate of MIT, was a Spanish interpreter for the U.S. District Court of El Paso for 30 years and a part-time professor at University of Texas when he died. 

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WATCH NYC Subway Brawl Results in Baby Rolling Out the Door & Hair Weaves Tossed (VIDEO)

WATCH NYC Subway Brawl Results in Baby Rolling Out the Door & Hair Weaves Tossed (VIDEO)

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You know its hot when the fights gets really nasty on a New York subway over who took whose seat.  Watch this crazy brawl between two women that turns nasty when one of their hair waives is pulled and the other’s baby stroller rolls out the subway door.  You think she would of stopped to make sure her baby was ok - but no way she still had some fightin’ to do.

And as we say here - let just hope this wasn’t a Latina makes us look bad!


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The Murder of A Dozen Honduran Journalists Drawing International Criticism

The Murder of A Dozen Honduran Journalists Drawing International Criticism

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The head of the United Nations agency that works to defend press freedom spoke out about the recent slayings of another two journalists in Honduras, where at least a dozen reporters have been killed in the past 18 months.

Nery Jeremías Orellana, who served as manager of Radio Joconguera and as a correspondent for Radio Progreso, was gunned down on July 14, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reported. The 26-year-old had also been a member of the FARP opposition movement.

Adan Benítez, a 42-year-old reporter for 45TV and Teleceiba Canal 7, was in the northern port city of La Ceiba on July 4, when he was shot in the head by two gunmen who also robbed him.

In a statement UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova called for a thorough investigation into the killings of both Mr. Orellana and Mr. Benitez.

“The killing of journalists constitutes a crime against society as a whole,” she said. “Democracy and rule of law require a free and independent press to nourish informed debate. I call on the authorities to conduct a thorough investigation of these crimes to ensure that everyone in the country is free to exercise their fundamental human right of freedom of expression without fearing for their lives.”

UNESCO, which began work in 1946, is specifically mandated to defend freedom of expression and press freedom.

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Brazil Urged to Have Olympics & World Cup Leave “Positive Social Legacy”

Brazil Urged to Have Olympics & World Cup Leave “Positive Social Legacy”

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The upcoming World Cup soccer tournament and Summer Olympics in Brazil should be harnessed to deliver a “positive social legacy” for the South American country and beyond, the United Nations envoy for sports and peace has said.

Wilfried Lemke, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, paid a five-day visit earlier this week to Brazil, which will host the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

“The upcoming major sports events are a historic and unique opportunity for the people of Brazil and the UN family to harness the power of sport and the world’s attention to disseminate important messages and deliver a positive social legacy that makes a difference and lasts far beyond the events,” he said.

Mr. Lemke visited sports facilities in various cities and held meetings with Orlando Silva, Sports Minister of Brazil; representatives of the Foreign Ministry; Andrew Parsons, President of the Paralympic Committee; and Carlos Arthur Nuzman, President of the Brazilian Olympic Committee and the Organizing Committee of the 2016 Rio Games.

“The Special Adviser offered his full support to ensure that the sport events will be a success and, in particular, leave behind a sustainable social development legacy,” his said in a press release issued today.

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FridayJuly 22, 2011