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MondayJuly 25, 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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Over 125 Global Scholars & Student Leaders Participate in U.S. Exchange Programs

Over 125 Global Scholars & Student Leaders Participate in U.S. Exchange Programs

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The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs will host over 125 participants for the inaugural Around the World in an Afternoon, a cultural and academic festival at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. This is the largest ever gathering of Study of the U.S. Institute participants who represent 30 countries, including Afghanistan, Angola, Burma, Colombia, Egypt, Iraq, Philippines, and Sudan.

More than 115 undergraduate student leaders from 20 countries will share information about their countries and cultures through traditional dress, photos, cultural artifacts, and informal interactions with guests. Concurrently, 13 scholars representing countries from all major world regions will share their research through an academic poster session.

The event is open to the media and will take place on Thursday, July 28, 2011 between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. in the Exhibit Hall of the Harry S Truman Building (2201 C St., NW, Washington, DC). Interviews with U.S. Department of State spokesperson can be arranged upon request. Press attendance is by RSVP only (contact information is available below).

Study of the U.S. Institutes bring scholars and student leaders from around the globe to the United States for five- to six-week intensive academic programs that serve to expand and strengthen people-to-people relationships and increase mutual understanding. During their academic program, participants are exposed to U.S. culture and diversity, and participate in community service, while focusing on a specific theme. The student leader institutes focus on such themes as new media, pluralism, social entrepreneurship, women’s leadership, and U.S. history and government. The scholar institute participating in the event focuses on American politics and political thought.

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Hear Demi Lovato Sing “Skyscraper” in Spanish, Here’s “Rascacielo”  (VIDEO)

We first heard Demi Lovato’s “Skyscraper” in English last week now she has released a version en Espanol.  It really is good!!  She has described the song as very personal.

The song has apparently struck a chord with her fans, as “Skyscraper” rose to No. 1 on the iTunes top 10 chart. We hope her Spanish language version will do just as well.

Watch and let us know what you think.


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At NCLR Conference, Obama Addresses Immigration, Economy

At NCLR Conference, Obama Addresses Immigration, Economy

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Monday, President Obama spoke at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) luncheon in Washington D.C. and reiterated his commitment to the DREAM Act, and stated what it will take to make sure that America remains a place where opportunity is open to all who work for it, and how the American family will only be as strong as our growing Hispanic community.

The President’s address came just two weeks after the White House hosted a Hispanic Policy Conference that brought together 160 community leaders and local elected officials from 25 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia with more than 100 White House and Cabinet officials for an in-depth series of interactive workshops and substantive conversations on the Administration’s efforts as they relate to the Hispanic community.

The President stated that he would continue to “work tirelessly to fix our broken immigration system and make the DREAM Act a reality.” Adding that the country needs an “immigration system that holds true to our values and our heritage, and meets our economic and security needs.”

President Obama went on to say that his “number-one priority, every single day, is to figure out how we can get businesses to hire and create jobs with decent wages. And in the short-term, there are some things we can do right away. I want to extend tax relief that we already put in place for middle-class families, to make sure that folks have more money in their paychecks.  And I want to cut red tape that keeps entrepreneurs from turning new ideas into thriving businesses. I want to sign trade deals so our businesses can sell more goods made in America to the rest of the world, especially to the Americas.”

He remarked, “Every day, NCLR and your affiliates hear from families figuring out how to stretch every dollar a little bit further, what sacrifices they’ve got to make, how they’re going to budget only what’s truly important. So they should expect the same thing from Washington…both parties have a responsibility to come together and solve the problem and make sure that the American people aren’t hurt on this issue.

“We can’t just close our deficits by cutting spending,” President Obama stated. And it’s “not fair if all of this is done on the backs of middle-class families and poor families, it doesn’t make sense.

And that’s why people from both parties have said that the best way to take on our deficit is with a balanced approach –- one where the wealthiest Americans and big corporations pay their fair share, too. Before we stop funding energy research, we should ask oil companies and corporate jet owners to give up special tax breaks that other folks don’t get.  Before we ask college students to pay more to go to college, we should ask hedge fund managers to stop paying taxes that are lower in terms of rates than their secretaries.  Before we ask seniors to pay more for Medicare—before we ask seniors to pay more for Medicare, we should ask people like me to give up tax breaks that we don’t need and weren’t even asking for.”


The President also slammed Senate Republicans for blocking the DREAM Act after it passed in the House last year, and argued that in order to pass any immigration reform he needed supporters “to keep building a movement for change outside of Washington, one that they [the Republicans] can’t stop.”

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Mexican Anthropologists Unearth Cannibal Tribe Remains in Durango

Mexican Anthropologists Unearth Cannibal Tribe Remains  in Durango

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Research on bones found in caves were the Xixima Indians resided, shown the ancient Mexican tribe were cannibals.

Bones dating back to the 1450’s found in caves where the Xixima tribe resided, shown cut marks, and signs of having been boiled.

The bones, interestingly belonged to people from their own tribe; the Xiximes seem to have practiced cannibalism as part of a tribal “planting and growing of the maize” ritual, eating only members of their own ethnicity, as the bones of enemies and prisoners of war, were used as part of a ritual for renewing the maize cycle.

Colonization along with evangelization wiped off these people’s customs and traditions, reason why archeologist have to dig and interpret their findings against science, to try and make sense of the practices of the Xiximes.

 

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INTRODUCING: HS-News “Matinee” Featuring Up and Coming Latino Filmmakers

INTRODUCING: HS-News “Matinee” Featuring Up and Coming Latino Filmmakers

Photo: Show of the month: "A Two Woman One Act" by Vanessa Libertad García.

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Celebrating, supporting and promoting Hispanic and Latin America’s new generation of Filmmakers.

Show of the month: “A Two Woman One Act” by Vanessa Libertad García.

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In the barrio . . . mortuaries are made for dancing.

A Two Woman One Act is a musical film set on one night in the mortuary of a Los Angeles barrio. Two women, Le Gallienne and La Vibora, find themselves together alone in passionate grief over the death of vicious gangster Panchito – beloved husband to one and treasured brother to the other. With Panchito’s death as the catalyst, the two fierce women are forced to face the hidden and forbidden lust for each other that has secretly tormented their lives.

A Two Woman One Act screened such festivals as The International Film Fest of Cinema & Technology, Outfest: The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival and Fusion: The LA LGBT People of Color Film Fest. It is a recipient of the HSF/McNamara Family Creative Arts Grant (2005).

Year: 2005 TRT: 11 min
Written, Directed & Produced by Vanessa Libertad Garcia

Cast & Crew

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER:
Vanessa Libertad Garcia

PRODUCERS:
Chris Arias
T.J. Stevko
Gabriela Uribe

CAST:
Le Gallienne: Sarah Connine
El Hombre, Pancho: Rafael Garcia
La Vibora: Mercedes Le Anza

CREW:
Cinematographer: Hayley Nenadal
1st A.C.: Nick Crew
2nd A.C.: Brenden Mendez
1st A.D.: Gabriela Uribe
2nd A.D.: Karen Pinto
Grips: Susie Connely , Houston Guy

SOUND DEPARTMENT:
On Production Sound Mixer: Gregson Gabrio
Sound Designers: Lauren Carara, Laura Schmadel
Composer/Music Mixer: Justin Bates

ART DEPARTMENT:
Costume Designer: Anthony Garcia
Lighting Designer: Steve St. John
Make-Up: Sarah Padilla
Production Designers: Kelly Grimmett , Carolyn Johnson
Art Directors: Megan Anderson, Rita Maloney
Set Designers: Mayra Atilano, Lindsay Koenig, Thadius Roze, Manuel Ruiz
Hair: Jessica Ledesma
Production Stills: Jean – Luc Renault
Choreographer: Sarah Connine

 

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LATINO BLOTTER: Woman Locks 5-year-old Daughter in Closet, Starves Her for Looking Like Her Father

LATINO BLOTTER: Woman Locks 5-year-old Daughter in Closet, Starves Her for Looking Like Her Father

Photo: Asusena Marie Gonzales kept her child, 5, in the closet and starved her

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Social workers found a severely malnourished 5-year-old girl in a closet in her mother’s house July 18. The child is reported to have been starved and beaten due to her resemblance to her father.

Asusena Marie Gonzales has been arrested and charged with child abuse and neglect for the deplorable treatment of her 5-year-old daughter.

Weighing just 19 lbs, about half that of an average child her age, the girl was locked in a closet, starved, and beaten with a cord.

Social workers said five other children lived in the Oklahoma City home, but the 5-year-old was targeted because she looked most like Gonzales’ ex-lover, the child’s father. The couple had fallen out.

It was reported that the child was so painfully thin that her bone joints were clearly visible. Also, the young girl is said to have been found with still-bloodied marks along her arms and legs allegedly from a cord.

She was also only given a cup to urinate and defecate in, and social workers reported being able to smell it coming from the closet.

Though the children appeared to be severely abused and neglected, the other children appeared to be healthy and well-fed.

Gonzales told officers that the child was born premature and weighed just 4 pounds when he was born. She also admitted to not taking her to the doctor since she was 4 years old.

“She was unable to focus on my face and said only a few word which I could not understand,” said one of the police officers called by the social workers.

The girl was taken to the hospital for treatment, and the other children were taken into protective custody by the state’s Department of Human Services.

Gonzales was charged last Monday, and released on $20,000 bail. She is also wanted on seven charges including disorderly conduct and failure to show insurance.

Read more at Daily Mail →

Chatty Chihuahuas Scare World’s Tallest Dog

Chatty Chihuahuas Scare World’s Tallest Dog

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The world’s tallest dog has realized what many little dog owners have long known. Chihuahuas may be tiny, but they can be mighty scary.

George the Great Dane, is the largest the dog in the world. Standing at 4ft tall and 7ft long, and weighing roughly 252 pounds, George is a big sweetheart his owners say.

Like just about every other dog you’ll meet, George’s favorite activities include eating, sleeping, and playing.

In 2010, one of George’s owners applied to the Guiness Book of World Records on his behalf, and in February ’10 an adjudicator came out to see him measured by a vet. His owners, Dave and Christie Nasser, learned that not only is George the tallest living dog in the world, he is the tallest dog ever.

From paw to shoulder, George stands at 43 inches.

But for all his size and grandeur, when he was still a pup, George’s owners realized he had an interesting fear after a day at the doggy park.

“Our local park had a section for puppies but we were bullied out of it by other owners, who were scared George would hurt their pups – but the opposite was true.

“The smaller dogs ran around and under him, and he’d be constantly sidestepping them, obviously anxious and jittery. Slowly we realised that our enormous puppy was a big softie,” wrote owner Dave Nasser in “Giant George”, published by Simon & Schuster.

The loveable giant may be big enough to demand sleeping on his owners’ king-size bed, but put a Chihuahua in front of him and he may just run you over as he flees.

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Labor of Love: Argentine Man Fulfills Late Wife Dream Guitar Garden

Labor of Love: Argentine Man Fulfills Late Wife Dream Guitar Garden

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Using over 7,000 cypress and eucalyptus trees, Pedro Martín Ureta built a giant guitar visible from space on his property.

Pedro and his late wife Graciela, had an ambitious plan for the landscaping in their property, but as it often happens, other priorities took precedence, and the few drawings and blueprints got put in the back burner.

“My wife passed in ’77, at the time I did not have the heart or money to complete the project.” remembers Pedro. “But I felt I knew I had to complete the project she so yearned for, this guitar.”

Pedro dug out the drawings and designs that Graciela had been working on before passing, and with his four children begun planting cypress trees to create the outline, and eucalyptus, in six neat rows across an enormous fret-board.

Take a look at the pictures below, and check out its striking magnitude from the satellite of GoogleMaps!

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Mexico Cartels Equipping Themselves with Crudely-Armored Vehicles

Mexico Cartels Equipping Themselves with Crudely-Armored Vehicles

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As the drug war rages in Mexico, the cartels are increasing their number of crudely-armored assault vehicles.

“Narco-tanks” known as narotanques, “rhino trucks” and “monster trucks” known as monstruos are evidence that the narcos are extending their infantry operations.

The drug cartels in Mexico are known to primarily stick to small raids, blockades, and gun battles. With the increase in the number of armored vehicles, it makes transportation easier and less dangerous for those engaging in battles, allowing them to hit their targets and retreat more easily.

As Gordon Housworth of the Intellectual Capital Group noted, the increased complexity and lethality of platoon and company sized engagements in the drug war has led to a greater demand for mobility—and armored SUVs are not enough to create a “poor man’s mechanized infantry.” Each narco-truck can transport a squad, and are reminiscent of the “gun trucks” used in convoy security operations in Vietnam.

“…The emergence of ‘narco-tanks’ is a natural result of the desire to ‘up-armor’ larger vehicles that could transport a squad level unit along with their weapons in order to close on their adversaries without significant attrition,” Housworth said.

Though many have minimized the importance of these vehicles, other are quick to point out that with these tanks, the conflicts in Mexico are beginning to look like those in Iraq.

Read more at In Sight →

La Ladrona of El Cajon, California – Have You Seen Her?

La Ladrona of El Cajon, California – Have You Seen Her?

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The FBI and police from El Cajon, California are seeking your help to find and identify this unknown female.  The ladrona of El Cajon is responsible for robbing a Bank of the West this past Friday.

Check out her pic and see if you know her and if you do call the FBI (858) 565-1255 or Crime Stoppers (888) 580-8477.

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“Black Swan” Producer Buys Rights to Chilean Miners Film

“Black Swan” Producer Buys Rights to Chilean Miners Film

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“Black Swan” and “Shutter Island” producer Mike Medavoy has purchased the rights to the extraordinary story of the 33 Chilean miners who spent 69 days underground.  The script will be written by José Rivera (“Motorcycle Diaries”) and production is expected to start next year.

“One year after the collapse of the mine, we consider this to be a great step towards the realization of a film based on our experience in the mine. This is the only official and authorized film about what we lived in the San José mine. Much of our story has never been told,” said miner Juan Andrés Illanes.

“Motorcycle Diaries” writer José Rivera will write the script based on miner’s accounts transcripted by Pulitzer Prize winner Héctor Tobar, who is writing the official book on the miners’ odyssey.  The script will also include material from the diary of miner Víctor Segovia, written during his time underground that has never been released.

“Like millions of people around the world, I was completely engrossed watching the rescue at Copiapó. At its heart, this is a story about the triumph of the human spirit and a testament to the courage and perseverance of the Chilean people. I can’t think of a better story than this one to bring to the screen,” said Medavoy.

Read more at Deadline →

A Quiet 42nd Birthday Weekend for Jennifer Lopez in Miami

A Quiet 42nd Birthday Weekend for Jennifer Lopez in Miami

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Jennifer Lopez celebrated her 42nd birthday yesterday quietly amongst family and friends and no Marc Anthony.  She started celebrating on Friday when she was joined at The Forge Restaurant in Miami with her mom, sister, manager Benny Medina, and some girlfriends.

On Saturday she hosted a group of 16 also in Miami at the Scott Conant restaurant inside the Fontainebleau hotel.  The group was treated to a “lavish Italian dinner” according to sources. Early in the day she spent the day shopping the luxury stores of Bal Harbour.

The American Idol judge’s actual birthday is Sunday, June 25th.  On that day she sent out tweet thank-you’s for all the good wishes her fans bestowed on her.

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New Mexico Gov. Tells 10,000 People to Verify their Residency

New Mexico Gov. Tells 10,000 People to Verify their Residency

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In new Mexico, Gov. Susana Martinez is continuing to work against undocumented immigrants. The governor is fighting against the state issuing driver’s licenses to the undocumented, and has now asked 10,000 foreign nationals to verify their New Mexico residency.

Immigrants from China, Mexico, and Poland have been arrested on suspicion of obtaining New Mexico driver’s licenses by falsifying documents, and Gov. Martinez says it is proof that New Mexico’s licenses are not secure.

“We are one of only two states that offer driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, and our state has become a destination spot for people from other states and around the world who wish to receive an official government-issued ID care,” the governor said.

The Republican governor tried to outlaw licenses for undocumented immigrants, and failed last winter, but has stated that she will revive the issue this fall.

A number of Democrats, including State Senator Michael Sanchez and State Rep. Antonio Lujan, oppose Martinez’s attempts to take driver’s licenses away from undocumented immigrants.

“I guess what she’s trying to do is keep this driver’s license issue as a wedge issue,” said Sanchez, the Democrats’ floor leader.

Lujan added that regardless of Martinez’s claims, the licensing program for the immigrants has made the public safer, since many foreigners drive to work, and identification is required to purchase car insurance. By allowing them to have driver’s licenses, they allow more people on the road to be insured.

In her arguments against driver’s licenses for the undocumented, Martinez has claimed that the 2003 licensing system, established under former-Gov. Bill Richardson, has made New Mexico the target of fraud rings as far away as Chicago. She says that undocumented immigrants unable to obtain driver’s licenses in other states take advantage of New Mexico’s system.

An average of 85,000 foreign nationals have New Mexico driver’s licenses, and account for 5 percent of the 1.6 million people with licenses from the state.

Tuesday, the state’s Motor Vehicle Division began writing 10,000 of the foreign nationals with New Mexico licenses to meet for an in-person appointment to verify they live in the state. The 10,000 were chosen randomly, and if chosen, the people have 30 days to make the appointment.

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Mexican Inmate Caught Raffling 5 Star Prison Cells, Decorated by Prison Guards

Mexican Inmate Caught Raffling 5 Star Prison Cells, Decorated by Prison Guards

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An inmate in Sonora, Mexico, was caught holding sweepstakes for 3 “luxury suite” prison cells!

Inmate Juan Manuel Márquez, serving time for murder at the Cereso 1 jail of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, raised about $3,000 in tickets for the raffle of one prison cell fully equipped with wooden cabinets, a fridge, TV, a DVD player and even air conditioning.

He was caught before he could auction another two not as lavish (but definitely lavish for a maximum security prison), furnished opulently with complicity of bribed guards.  Also included was a prayer area for the religious criminal. 

Last week Márquez was sent to a punishment area and the cells were destroyed.

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Mexican Police Arrest Over 1,000 for Human Trafficking in Country, Majority Arrested Were Women

Mexican Police Arrest Over 1,000 for Human Trafficking in Country, Majority Arrested Were Women

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Federal police agents in the state of Chihuahua have arrested over 1,00 individuals in the border city of Juarez on charges of human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

The majority of those arrested by authorities were women.  Specifically 530 women were arrested for sexually exploiting minor girls making them work in local bars, motels and boarding houses in the city.  In addition 20 minor girls were rescued from their captors during the two day operation.

Mexico’s Ministry of Public Security oversaw the investigation that netted these arrests.  The investigation was prompted via the Amber Alert that is now used in Mexico to locate missing youngsters.  The Amber Alert system came to Mexico in April of this year.

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Chávez Returns to Venezuela Determined to Rule Until 2031

Chávez Returns to Venezuela Determined to Rule Until 2031

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Hugo said he was free of cancer cells, and that the illness would not mar his 2012 campaign.

The Venezuelan newspaper “Correo del Orinoco” published an interview with Chávez, in which the president reiterates his plan that has always been to stay 30 years in power, with a “golden decade” between 2020 and 2030.

Chávez said that despite his illness, he has not considered for a moment to quit the presidency of Venezuela.

“On a personal level, I can tell you if there were reasons, I would quit; specially if there were physical or mental reasons, I would be the first and responsibly quit” Chávez said.

“I have medical reasons, scientific reasons, human reasons, reasons of love and political reasons to keep myself at the front of the government and the candidacy with more force than before,” Chavez told the Correo del Orinoco newspaper.

Saturday, when Chávez made a surprise return to Venezuela he said doctors had not detected any cancer cells in his body, and that he would continue treatment, to prevent any relapse.

“I have to take care of this body to continue living and fighting […] The whiplash of illness has provoked in me more will to live, to fight and defeat” Chávez said.

Hugo also said that he will celebrate his 57th birthday next July 28 with the Venezuelan people “like never before” but said he wouldn’t give further details for “security reasons.”

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U.S. Recall of Papayas Imported from Mexico, Possibly Linked to 97 Cases of Salmonella

Agromod Produce, Inc. of McAllen, Texas is recalling all Papayas, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Fresh, Whole Papayas were distributed nationwide and to Canada through retail stores and wholesalers.  Agromod is recalling all Blondie, Yaya, Mañanita, and Tastylicious Brand papayas sold prior to July 23, 2011. Each Blondie Brand papaya can be identified by a blue and orange sticker label with green and white lettering on the fruit that states Blondie 4395 Mexico. The Yaya Brand Papayas can be identified by a yellow, red, orange, and green label with white, green and red lettering that reads Yaya Premium Papayas Yaya PLU-4395 Mexico. Each Mañanita Brand Papaya can be identified by a green, yellow and red sticker label that states Mexico Mañanita 4395. The Tastylicious Brand Papayas can be identified by a white and blue sticker with red and white lettering that states 4395 Tastylicious MEXICO.

The papayas were imported from Mexico and are possibly linked to 97 reported cases of Salmonella Agona, including 10 hospitalizations, in 23 states throughout the United States.  Recent sampling by the FDA found the outbreak strain in two papaya samples collected at Agromod Produce, Inc. location in McAllen, TX and at the U.S. border destined for Agromod Produce, Inc. The shipments that tested positive with the outbreak strain were not distributed in the U.S. Distribution of the product has been suspended while FDA and the company continue their investigation as to the source of the problem.

This recall is being made with the knowledge of the US Food and Drug Administration.

Consumers who have purchased the Blondie, Yaya, Mañanita, and Tastylicious Brand Papayas are urged to return it to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (800) 385-7658,

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75 Democrats Sign Letter to Obama Against HALT Act, That Strips His Right to Administer Deportations

75 Democrats Sign Letter to Obama Against HALT Act, That Strips His Right to Administer Deportations

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A dozen pro-immigrant Democratic Members of Congress gathered for a press conference today to release a letter to President Obama saying they are opposed to the HALT Act, which they described to the President as “an attack on your integrity that should not pass unnoticed or unopposed.”  The letter was signed by 75 Democrats.

The HALT Act (“Hinder the Administration’s Legalization Temptation” Act, H.R. 2497), was introduced last week by Rep. Lamar Smith (D-TX), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and a companion bill was introduced in the Senate this week by Sen. David Vitter (R-LA).  The bill would suspend—until January 21, 2013—certain powers the President has under current law to prioritize the deportation of criminals and suspend the deportation of individuals whose countries have been decimated by natural disasters, whose families serve in the U.S. military, or for whom other circumstances warrant leniency or special consideration.

Rep. Gutierrez said at the press conference that the HALT Act is “a mean-spirited affront to the President’s integrity” and that the 75 signatures so far—after only a week of gathering support—represented over half of the votes the House would need to sustain a presidential veto if it ever got to that point.

“We are half way there in a week,” Rep. Gutierrez said at the press conference, “and at that rate of growth from last week to this week, I am pretty confident the President has nothing to worry about if he vetoes the HALT Act.”

Rep. Gutierrez (IL) was joined by eleven other Democrats at the press conference, all of whom signed the letter—Reps. Judy Chu (CA), Yvette Clarke (NY), Lloyd Doggett (TX), Mike Honda (CA), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX), Hank Johnson (GA), Barbara Lee (CA), Grace Napolitano (CA), Jared Polis (CO), Silvestre Reyes (TX), and Jan Schakowsky (IL)—who said they would call on the House Democratic Caucus to stand with them in opposing Rep. Smith’s bill.

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MondayJuly 25, 2011