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SundayJuly 31, 2011

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ACLU Files Lawsuit Against Puerto Rican Govt Detention Center for Girls - Alleging Abuse

ACLU Files Lawsuit Against Puerto Rican Govt Detention Center for Girls - Alleging Abuse

Photo: ACLU Sues Girls Juvenile Facility in Puerto Rico

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The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Puerto Rico filed a lawsuit today against the Puerto Rico Department of Corrections demanding information about allegations of the abuse of girls – including solitary confinement for girls who practice self-harm and sexual contact by staff – at a juvenile detention facility near the city of Ponce.

The ACLU learned of the abuse through interviews with girls at the facility, but the investigation was halted when staff at the detention center stopped the questioning and refused to allow the research team to return.

The ACLU was able to learn from the interviews that girls who commit self-harm, such as cutting the skin of their arms, are automatically given a six-month extension of their term of detention and subjected to solitary confinement. Self-harm is often a sign of depression or anxiety requiring the attention of a mental health professional. Other allegations included sexual contact by staff with girls, severe limitations on contact with family members, unnecessary strip searches and physical abuse.

“Nobody in custody should be subjected to these conditions, but it is absolutely shocking to think that these things are happening to young girls,” said Mie Lewis, senior staff attorney with the ACLU Women’s Rights Project.

The ACLU requested public information about the confinement of girls at the facility to investigate the alleged abuse and to determine if boys in the facility were being similarly mistreated. After more than three months, there has been no response from the Department of Corrections.

“It is very distressing to think that girls who are badly in need of mental health care are not only being denied critical professional attention, but in fact are being even more traumatized by longer sentences and harsher conditions,” said William Ramirez, executive director of the ACLU Of Puerto Rico.

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Two Foreign Tourists Brutally Assaulted and Murdered in Argentina

Two Foreign Tourists Brutally Assaulted and Murdered in Argentina

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Over the weekend tourists in Argentina found the bodies of two female victims near a hiking trail in the Salta province which is located in the northwest of the country.  Both female victims were staying at a hostel and identified as French tourists last seen on July 16th. 

Early evidence indicates that the women were shot, beaten and probably sexually assaulted.  The bodies were located in the vicinity of the San Lorenzo ravine which is near the very popular las Costas natural reserve.

French government representatives are traveling to Argentina to check in on the investigation being handled by the Salta regional government.  Thus far they are expressing full confidence in how the matter will be handled while French authorities are calling for a quick solution.

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‘I Ordered 1,500 Killings’ Says Recently Captured La Linea Leader ‘El Diego’ Hernandez

La Linea cartel leader Jose Antonio Acosta Hernandez known as ‘El Diego’ has been in custody for just one day and he has already confessed to ordering the murders of 1,500 people.

El Diego was apprehended and arrested for running the enforcement arm of the Juarez cartel.  In essence La Linea kept everyone in line, in order that the Juarez cartel could stick to its business of trafficking drugs.  He was one of Mexico’s most wanted felons with a price tag of $1.3 million on his head.

Most of the killings Acosta Hernandez is admitting to were carried out in Ciudad Juarez, one of Mexico’s most deadly cities.  El Diego has been implicated in organizing and carrying out the murder of three U.S. consulate employees last year in March and the mass killing of 15 youngsters at a house party in January of 2010.  He acknowledges that most of his intended targets were government officials, cartel rivals and ordinary citizens that got in the cartels way. 

Acosta Hernandez was captured after engaging Mexican authorities in a gun battle in Juarez.

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All of Mexico City’s Splendor Now Available on New Travel iApp

All of Mexico City’s Splendor Now Available on New Travel iApp

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One of the world’s largest metropolitan spaces is now easier to maneuver with the launch of the StyleMap Mexico City application, now available to download for free at the iTunes store. The newly released app invites travelers to get a feel for Mexico City before boarding the plane and be fully prepared to live like a local upon arriving to the dynamic city.

Whether a veteran or novice traveler, the StyleMap Mexico City app is the quintessential guide to navigating the third largest city in the world. The user-friendly interface empowers travelers with insider guides to Mexico City’s neighborhoods, restaurants, hotels, art galleries, boutique shopping and museums. The app is compatible with the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad and requires iOS 3.1.3 or later.

“This is the most comprehensive and functional Mexico City app to launch and we are excited about the opportunities it will afford our visitors,” said Marcelo Ebrard, mayor of Mexico City. “The app allows travelers to utilize accessible, insider guides to our exceptional city, highlighting our vibrant culinary, fashion, architectural and entertainment scenes.”

Created for the universal traveler, the app includes suggestions such as:

  * Exploring Mexico City’s cultural and art-influenced history at Casa Lamm, a cultural center and public art gallery located in the colonial Roma neighborhood.
  * Shopping along The Presidente Masaryk Stip in Polanco, often compared to New York City’s Fifth Avenue or Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.
  * Grabbing a cool drink and listening to live local music at the charming T Gallery lounge in the Condesa neighborhood.

Mexico City is the country’s premier tourism destination, welcoming more than 12 million visitors a year.  The ancient capital presents a vibrant, contemporary culture combining pre-Hispanic, colonial and modern influences that span nearly seven centuries.  With 160 museums (more than any other city in the world), 31 distinct archeological and historic sites, as well as 100 art galleries,.

The city’s tourism industry is enhanced with the support of the Mexico City Tourism Promotion Fund.  This government entity works with industry partners to attract both leisure and business travelers by implementing the use of dedicated public- and private-sector funds.

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TRENDING:  ‘Selena and Justin Broke Up?! YES!!!  (VIDEO)

TRENDING:  ‘Selena and Justin Broke Up?! YES!!!  (VIDEO)

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Watch YouTube sensation (remember the bar for talent is very low) TimothyDeLaGhetto trying to win our Latina sweetheart Selena.  His only viable talent appears to be making YouTube videos that everyone watches.  Tell us what you think because we think it stink:


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Tecate Wins Out Over Bud Light in the Robot World (VIDEO)

Tecate Wins Out Over Bud Light in the Robot World (VIDEO)

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Clearly the brainiac’s at Trossen Robotics didn’t know how to entertain their robotic creation call Darwin-OP the Humanoid, so they decided to see what his artificial intelligence would tell them about beer preferences.

Watch the video when Darwin has to choose between Tecate and Bud Light.  He clearly prefers the Mexican brewer hands down.  It’s kind of creepy when the robo-boozer shakes his head when presented with Bud Light and even creepier when he trots over to his beloved Tecate.

Is this what the gifted and bright do with their time??  And I’m not talking about the robot here.  Incidentally if you need a classy and unique drinking buddy that likes Mexican beer, Darwin can be all yours for about $12,000.


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WATCH:  Enrique Iglesias “Ayer” Video Debut (VIDEO)

Watch here Enrique Iglesias’ new video for “Ayer” also known as “Yesterday”.  We LOVE this Spanish ballad and love him.  He remains sexy as ever even with his self-acknowledged small penis.  If this video doesn’t give you enough of the Latino hottie he will be featured TONIGHT on VH1’s ‘Behind the Music” program. 


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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

Photo: Introducing This Week, From México: RUIDO ROSA

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Juan Laverde, Open Mic, ruido rosa

Introducing:

From México:

Artist: Ruido Rosa
Song:Dentro

Band Members:

Alejandra Moreno - Vocals
Daniela Sánchez - Guitar
Carla Sariñana - Bass
Maryluz Alatriste - Drums

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Extreme Trafficking:  3,500 Ammo cartridges Found on Women Traveling to Mexico from U.S.

Extreme Trafficking:  3,500 Ammo cartridges Found on Women Traveling to Mexico from U.S.

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Mexican authorities are reporting the arrest of a yet to be identified women for carrying some 3,500 ammunition cartridges into Mexico from the U.S.

The women was traveling legally from El Paso, Texas on a passenger bus when her luggage was inspected in a routine border inspection at Juarez.  The border patrol on the Mexican side of the border discovered boxes upon boxes of ammo for different caliber guns, there were 9mm, 30mm, .38 super and 39mm cartridges. 

The woman tried to excuse her large holdings on her husband, whom she claimed worked for Mexican law enforcement.  She noted she was bringing the ammo for him and his job – that claim has yet to be confirmed, however, the woman was placed under arrest. 

Read more at OEM.MX →

Unwarranted Arrest of Civil Rights Attorney Brings Sheriff Joe Arpaio Another Lawsuit

Unwarranted Arrest of Civil Rights Attorney Brings Sheriff Joe Arpaio Another Lawsuit

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A year after Sunita Patel, a civil rights attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), was arrested while documenting law enforcement activity during protests against Arizona’s SB1070 immigration law, CCR and Patel jointly filed a lawsuit in federal court in Arizona against Maricopa County, Sherriff Joe Arpaio, and several other officials within the Sheriff’s office on the grounds of unlawful arrest and detention, and for violating Patel’s First, Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendment rights during her arrest and detention.

The lawsuit centers around a July 29, 2010 incident in which journalists and legal observers alike were arrested for their association with a lawful protest and documenting police activity.  Patel was detained for fifteen hours and repeatedly interrogated about her place of birth and immigration status. The suit seeks changes in police policies and damages for the harm Patel suffered during the incident and the subsequent prosecution of the case.

Darius Charney, representing Patel and CCR said, “Time and time again, the Maricopa County Sherriff’s Office, under the direction of Sherriff Arpaio, has demonstrated a desire to strip away rights from immigrant communities and anyone who tries to protect their rights. The Sheriff should change its policies to reflect training and supervision of officers in compliance with the Constitution.”

After over 10 months of prosecution on the charges that Patel had disobeyed a police order and obstructed a public thoroughfare, attorneys for Maricopa County filed a motion to dismiss the case “in the interest of justice.”  On June 14, 2011, the judge granted the request.

Sunita Patel is also one of the attorneys representing the National Day Laborer Organizing Network in its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) case against ICE and other federal agencies seeking records about the Secure Communities program.

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Rare Paralyzing Infection Affecting Residents of Arizona-Mexico Border

Rare Paralyzing Infection Affecting Residents of Arizona-Mexico Border

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Health officials on both side of the Arizona-Mexico border are on high alert for the cause of a rare but paralyzing condition that has affected a small community of people.

The rare condition known as the Guillain-Barre Syndrome typically is linked to bacterially infected water or food and on average only affects one in 100,000 individuals.

In the Arizona border community of Yuma County state officials are reporting 7 cases and the neighboring town of San Luis Rio Colorado in Mexico is reporting 17 cases.  The condition causes muscle weakness, numbness and in some cases can result in paralysis and death.

Health investigators are looking at travel patterns and foods consumed at large gatherings while initiating educational outreach to local residents.  Arizona health officials have asked local medical professionals to be on the look out for signs of Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

Officials recognize that it is highly unusual to have 24 cases reported in a small geographic area and are hopeful that it is a contained situation. 

Read more at Reuters →

International Condemnation for Murders of Journalists in Mexico and Brazil

International Condemnation for Murders of Journalists in Mexico and Brazil

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The United Nations agency tasked with defending and promoting press freedom condemned the murders of journalists in Mexico and Brazil, two Latin American countries where reporters have already been killed this year.  Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) demanded the killers of both Yolanda Ordaz de la Cruz in Mexico and Auro Ida in Brazil be brought to justice, and called for strong measures to curb violence against journalists.

Ms. Ordaz de la Cruz, a veteran crime and security reporter security for the Veracruz newspaper, had been missing since July 23 and was found dead three days later.

“It is essential that the authorities investigate the alarming number of attacks on reporters in Veracruz and bring their culprits to justice,” Ms. Bokova said.

Ms. Ordaz de la Cruz is the third journalist to be killed this year, after the murder of columnist Miguel Angel Lopez Velasco who was murdered, along with his wife and their son and crime photographer Misael López Solana on June 20th in their home.  According to the non-governmental organization (NGO) Article 19, five journalists have been murdered in Mexico this year, four of them in the state of Veracruz.

In the case of Mr. Ida, Ms. Bokova said: “The use of violence to stop journalists from exercising their basic human right of freedom of expression is unacceptable. It is essential that the authorities bring the killers of Auro Ida to justice.”

Mr. Ida, 53, a former press secretary of the Government of the city of Cuiabá, was a founder of the news site Midia News, and wrote an opinion column for another news website, Olhar Direto. He was shot dead in his car on 22 July by an unidentified man.  Mr. Ida is said to have been investigating local political corruption at the time of his killing. He is also said to have spoken of having received threats, UNESCO said.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Mr. Ida is the fourth journalist killed in Brazil this year.

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NARCO NEWS:  Cocaine Sub Located in Honduras with $250 Million Worth of Drugs Aboard

NARCO NEWS:  Cocaine Sub Located in Honduras with $250 Million Worth of Drugs Aboard

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The Honduran government with assistance from a U.S. Coast Guard patrol have seized a submarine with tons of cocaine aboard.  The submarine-like water craft appears to be made of fiberglass and was found about 50 feet below the water surface in the province of Gracias a Dios (thanks to God).

The vessel was spotted by a U.S. Coast Guard patrol with five crew members detained.  The crew attempted to sink the submarine when spotted.  Officials seized close to 13.8 tons of drugs with a street value of $500 million but thus far have only been able to recover from the submerged vessel approximately 7.3 tons with a value of $250 million. 

The seizure was so large that officials have not yet finished recovering all the drugs aboard in spite of being at it since Wednesday.  Officials believe the submarine originated in Colombia with cargo on its way to the U.S.

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SundayJuly 31, 2011