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MondayAugust 29, 2011

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Homeland Secretary Napolitano Meets with Honduras’ Secretary of Security

Homeland Secretary Napolitano Meets with Honduras’ Secretary of Security

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Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano met yesterday with Honduran Secretary of Security Oscar Alvarez to discuss joint U.S.-Honduras security strategies and to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the bilateral use of traveler information to strengthen international air transportation security.

“The United States and Honduras have a shared interest in protecting the security of the region and securing air travel between our nations, while facilitating legitimate travel and trade,” said Secretary Napolitano. “This agreement affirms both nations’ commitment to increasing information sharing capabilities and strengthening aviation security standards.”

The Advanced Passenger Information System (APIS) is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection program designed to enhance border security through the collection and review of passenger information.

The APIS MOU strengthens the ongoing partnership between the Department of Homeland Security and its Honduran counterparts.  DHS currently works with the Honduran government through a transnational criminal investigative unit to fight drug trafficking, transnational gangs, organized crime, and related violence in effort to enhance border security, operated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). 

In July, Secretary Napolitano hosted a multilateral meeting in Washington where she and Honduran Security Secretary Alvarez joined participating officials from various Central American countries and Mexico to sign a regional letter of intent, highlighting enhanced support of regional security cooperation and increased information sharing.

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Justice Dept Settles With Puerto Rican Government on Charges of Disability Discrimination

The Justice Department today settled a lawsuit with the Puerto Rico Department of Justice (PRDOJ) to protect the rights of employees with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  The settlement resolves a complaint that the PRDOJ discriminated against an employee with a disability by failing to provide her with a reasonable accommodation, as required by the ADA.

The complaint alleged that the PRDOJ relocated an employee who uses a wheelchair to an office building that the PRDOJ knew did not provide the employee with accessible bathrooms or accessible parking.  As a result, the employee was forced to seek help from others to park and enter her place of work, and she resorted to intentionally dehydrating herself at work because she could not access the office bathrooms, according to the complaint.

The settlement agreement, which must be approved by the district court in San Juan, requires the PRDOJ to pay $45,000 to the aggrieved employee; to provide training to employees on the requirements of the ADA; and to adopt policies to ensure that the PRDOJ does not require employees with disabilities to attend meetings at, or to be relocated to, an inaccessible office location.

Title I of the ADA prohibits employers, such as the PRDOJ, from discriminating against a qualified individual on the basis of disability in regard to job application procedures; hiring, advancement, or discharge; employee compensation; job training; and other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment.

In addition, an employer is required to make a reasonable accommodation to the known disability of an employee if it would not impose an “undue hardship” on the operation of the employer’s business. Reasonable accommodations are adjustments or modifications provided by an employer to enable people with disabilities to enjoy equal employment opportunities.

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Miami’s Cuban-Exiles Celebrate the Feast of the Virgin for the Legend of Our Lady of Charity

Miami’s Cuban-Exiles Celebrate the Feast of the Virgin for the Legend of Our Lady of Charity

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Sunday, a number of Cuban-American Catholics in Florida’s Biscayne Bay came together in a pre-celebration parade, to honor the arrival of the statue of Our Lady of Charity.

The parade was held ahead of the 50th anniversary of the statue’s arrival in Miami. According to Catholic legend, nearly 400 years ago, the statue was found floating in Eastern Cuba’s Nipe Bay.

Legend has it that in the early 1600s, two brothers, Rodrigo and Juan de Hoyos, and their slave, Juan Moreno, set out to the Bay of Nipe (Cuba) used for the preservation their meat. While out on the boat, a sudden storm arose, and began dangerously throwing their boat from side to side. The slave wearing a Virgin Mary medal, and the three men prayed for her protection. The storm suddenly dissipated, and off in the distance, the men saw something floating. They rowed towards it, and found that it was a statue of the Virgin Mary, holding baby Jesus and a gold cross in her arms. The men brought the statue on board and saw it had an inscription that read “Yo Soy la Virgen de la Caridad” (“I am the Virgin of Charity”).

It was brought back to shore and upon seeing the statue, Don Francisco Sánchez de Moya, a government official, ordered that a chapel be built around her. Four times the statue disappeared then reappeared inside the locked chapel, without any sign of how. The people came to the conclusion that she desired another location so they moved the statue to El Cobre, but even there so continued to come and go.

Finally the idol was moved to the a small hill near the Sierra Maestra mountains, where she was once find by a young girl named Apolonia. A church was erected at the spot, and every year, a water procession is held to honor where the statue was initially found.

In 1961, a replica of the statue was smuggled out of Cuba into Miami, in time for Cuban exiles to celebrate Our Lady of Charity at the Feast of the Virgin.

September 8th, a large Mass for Miami’s exile’s will be held in honor of the 50th anniversary.

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Watch Comedian Katt Williams Latino Racist Rant in Phoenix (VIDEO)

Watch Comedian Katt Williams Latino Racist Rant in Phoenix (VIDEO)

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Not the calmest of summers for the comedian who despite dodging jail time, was kicked out of his own show in California, and was the a-hole in two separate Phoenix altercations.

The comedian dodged a bullet earlier this month when he was found not guilty of blocking a L.A. man in a tractor this past June, while the poor man was trying to escape three women attacking him with rocks and sticks.

The specifics are hazy, and media didn’t have time to poke fun at the bizarre court case because of the media revolt already caused by the hot headed comedian, who had to be escorted out of his own California show by police officers in early August.

Then it was Phoenix’s turn to be yelled at in two separate incidents; at a Young Jeezy concert, where he started a giant fist fight, and at his own Comedy Show, when he went on a racist tirade against Mexicans.

Watch the clip below, taken from the latest “Comedy” act of Katt Wiliams.  Make sure you catch the “go back to Mexico” rant or the “Motherf***er thinks you can live in this country and still be allegiance to another country.  You know how white people said to us [blacks], ‘Go Back to Africa’ and we didn’t want to?  Well, if you love Mexico, bitch get the fuck over there.”  Nice Huh??

 

 

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Is This the Next Cast of ‘Dancing With the Stars’?

Is This the Next Cast of ‘Dancing With the Stars’?

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Though there hasn’t been an official announcement from ‘Dancing With the Stars’ on who will be in the next cast but there is plenty of speculation. 

USA Today has thus far provided the most comprehensive list and its a doozy: 

Nancy Grace (legal eagle), Kristin Cavalleri (actress, sort of), Riki Lake, Chynna Phillips (former member of the Wilson Sisters), Hope Solo (soccer superstar), Elisabetta Canalis (former George Clooney girlfriend), David Arquette (ex of Courtney Cox), Rob Karadashian (least known member of the Karadashian clan), Ryan O’Neal (ex of Farrah), J.R. Martinez (actor, burn victim), Chaz Bono (Cher’s son/daughter) and Ron Artest (athlete).

WOW.

The official cast will be released tonight on ABC during the airing of Bachelor Pad 2.

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Pedro Almodóvar To Be American Film Institute’s Next Guest Artistic Director

Pedro Almodóvar To Be American Film Institute’s Next Guest Artistic Director

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The Spanish director will succeed David Lynch as the next Guest Artistic Director at the American Film Institute’s (AFI) annual film festival.  This year’s AFI’s film festival, will run from November 3rd to the 10th in Hollywood, CA.

The Spanish auteur will present a special screening of his 1986 film “Laws of Desire,” on the 25th anniversary of both the film and Almodóvar’s production company.

“I have an enormous respect for AFI FEST, which has always been very generous with me, so I am very honored to be its Guest Artistic Director this year,” said Almodóvar.  “This will give me the chance to present a selection of some of my favorite films along with one of my own, “Law of Desire,” on its 25th anniversary.  I’m looking forward to being in LA this November with my AFI FEST friends.”

Almodóvar will also be curating a selection of films that inspired him through his career; titles will be announced in October.

Almodóvar has a long history with AFI, having showcased many of his award-winning films at the festival, beginning with the1990 presentation of TIE ME UP! TIE ME DOWN!  AFI FEST screened “High Heels” in 1996, “All About My Mother” in 1999 (Closing Night), “Talk to Her” in 2002 (Closing Night), “Volver” in 2006 (Tribute to Penélope Cruz), “The Headless Woman” in 2008 and “Broken Embraces” in 2009. 

AFI FEST honored Almodóvar in 2004 with a Tribute and Retrospective that included a Gala screening of his film, “Bad Education”.

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JUST IN:  Alabama’s Immigration Law, Toughest in Nation, Temporarily Blocked by Judge

JUST IN:  Alabama’s Immigration Law, Toughest in Nation, Temporarily Blocked by Judge

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Today, a federal judge has blocked Alabama’s controversial anti-immigration law from going into effect on Thursday – however the stay is temporary.  Judge Sharon L. Blackburn stated she needs more time to look at the various suits filed against HB 56 including the suit brought by the U.S. government.

The new law, considered the toughest in the country, enacted in June would affect virtually every aspect of an unauthorized immigrant’s daily life, from employment to housing to transportation to entering into and enforcing contracts to going to school.

Alabama’s H.B. 56 goes further than Arizona’s controversial S.B. 1070 in that school administrators are being asked to check how many students are registering without birth certificates, hence the immigration status of their students.  The law doesn’t mandate that they turn students away if they are undocumented.  The state justified the need to check immigration status as a fiscal policy matter, needing to determine the impact illegal aliens are having on its education budget.

The judge said she would provide a final ruling by September 28, 2011.

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Dominican Conjoined Twins Coming to the States for Possible Separation Surgery

Dominican Conjoined Twins Coming to the States for Possible Separation Surgery

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Dominican Republican conjoined twins Maria Teresa and Teresa Maria will travel to Virginia to the Children’s Richmond Hospital for a final test prior to possible separation surgery. The case is described as complex because they share a liver and small intestine.

The girls, who are 16 months old, were born joined at the abdomen.  They are able to walk around the house, are good eaters, say mama, papa and the names of their three brothers. They are playful, although they often need to be supervised because they fight, bite and scratch each other’s face.

On Wednesday the family will travel with their mother and a representative of the Office of the First Lady, Dr. Margarita Cedeño de Fernandez, that has assisted the babies and family since their birth at the Luis Eduardo Aybar Public Hospital on April 8, 2010.

This is their second diagnostic trip. The mother said they would stay in the United States for about three months. “Now we are going to do another study to see if they can separate them without a liver transplant, and if they can then operate,” she said.

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PETA Entering Fight to Stop Pamplona-Style Bull Run in Arizona, Permit Recently Revoked

PETA Entering Fight to Stop Pamplona-Style Bull Run in Arizona, Permit Recently Revoked

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Arizona has built up it’s reputation as being hard on undocumented immigrants, namely Hispanics, so it’s decision to hold an event like Spain’s running of the bulls seems a rather odd choice.

However, officials in Cave Creek are doing their best to stop those that want to do just that, host a bull run.

Those running the event, which is scheduled for October, have had their permit revoked, though it only relieves the town of liability, as the event is still allowed to occur as long as the event covers the cost of insurance.

Cave Creek Mayor Vincent Francia said the permit was revoked because the promoter, Phil Immordino, refused to adhere to the terms of the town’s insurance and failed to appear at any of the council’s most recent meetings.

Though he admits a bull run has its risks, Mayor Francia said he was looking forward to having it in his town, but said Immordino’s unwillingness to follow regulations throws up a “red flag.”

Most recently, PETA has gotten involved with trying to stop the event saying it is not just the benefit of the animals they are concerned with. A number of people are injured by bulls each year in Pamplona’s bull run, and this will be no different.

The animal rights organization’s spokeswoman Gemma Vaughn recently sent a letter to the mayor and the council saying, “The bulls will be antagonized to run and could possibly injure participants and bystanders. People could fall into pileups and get trampled or gorged. Bulls are bulls, and the danger cannot be denied.”

The event is scheduled for October 14-15, and Immordino said he would use rodeo bulls rather than Mexican fighting bulls, saying it will make his run safer than that in Pamplona, Spain.

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Camila Vallejo, the Face of Chile’s Student Revolution (VIDEO)

Camila Vallejo, the Face of Chile’s Student Revolution (VIDEO)

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In only 2 months, the 23 year-old leader of the student protests in Chile has received countless death threats while keeping Chile’s government in check. Image

Camila Vallejo Dowling has become the living nightmare of Chilean President Sebastián Piñera. Her beauty, brains, eloquent speech and the clarity and sheer strength of her ideas and proposals have made her one of the main actors in Chile’s current political stage—the face of the Student Movement in Chile.

Her image is in the face of every newspaper, and seems to grow popular at the same rate President Piñera’s grows unpopular. Vallejo has an admirable capability to solidly state the needs, and demands of Chilean students with the same intransigent humility and powerful, charismatic logic before thousands at a march, inside the chambers of the education ministry, or as a guest on a talk show.

“We don’t want violence, our fight is not versus the police or to destroy commercial shops … our fight is to recover the right to education, on that we have been emphatic and clear,” said Vallejo in a speech outside La Moneda, Chile’s presidential palace.

Hundreds of students had been marching peacefully, banging pots and chanting to demand education as a right, and not as a purchasable good, and were met with teargas by police. As she spoke, Camila was surrounded by a peace sign made with empty teargas canisters thrown at students, and symbolically returned to La Moneda. Image

“Here we have more than 50m pesos’ worth of teargas bombs,” said Vallejo. “Imagine how much was used on the regional or the national level? This is unacceptable, we want to reiterate our demand that we made to the minister of the interior that he step aside.”

Not in a long time a Latin American rebel leader’s voice resonated with such power among the people. Earlier this month, the government ordered Police protection for her, after she begun receiving death threats from opposition groups, by phone and on the social networks.

Tatiana Acuña, a former official from the ministry of culture was fired after suggesting protesting in Chile would end if Camila was assassinated.

Youth groups close to the government of Piñera hacked into her personal files, and published private information, including her home address.

Nothing though, has thus far stopped Camila from writing her mind on her blog, being a constant presence on twitter and becoming the icon of the Chilean Student Revolution.

Camila is the daughter of Reinaldo Vallejo and Mariela Dowling, former members of the Chilean Communist Party in the 1970s.

Vallejo lived her childhood between the communes of Macul and La Florida, and she studied in Colegio Raimapu, a mixed-private school in La Florida. In 2006, Vallejo entered the University of Chile to study geography, but the current state of the Chilean education system has complicated the completion and evaluation of her thesis, which she will publish once education in Chile is a right, and not a luxury.

 

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During Hurricane Irene Many Wondered, Who Is Miguel Bloombito and What Does ‘He’ Want? (VIDEO)

During Hurricane Irene Many Wondered, Who Is Miguel Bloombito and What Does ‘He’ Want? (VIDEO)

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Just as New York and the rest of the East Coast were preparing for Hurricane Irene, with announcements from NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg coming out in both Spanish and English, one person was having a little fun at the mayor’s expense.

Ahead of Irene, which would later be downgraded to a tropical storm, Rachel Figueroa-Levin (@Jewyorican), a Jewish Puerto Rican mother in New York, created a Twitter account with the username ‘Miguel Bloombito’ (@ElBloombito), and began posting warnings about the incoming storm in what can only be described as Spanglish, in a way, making fun of Mayor Bloomberg’s sincere attempts to warn his city in both Spanish and English, with the Spanish being not quite perfect.

“Hola Newo Yorko!” began El Bloombito’s first tweet on August 27. “El stormo grande is mucho dangeroso!” followed by the hash tags #nyc  #irene  #bloombito  #inwood.

Figueroa-Levin has since said she started the parody account simply to entertain her friends, and certainly did not expect it to “take off the way it did.

During one of this weekend’s press conferences, a reporter asked the real Mayor Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) how he felt about @ElBloombito. His response: That’s great!

As for Figueroa-Levin, her creation, Bloombito gained 10,000 Twitter followers in just a matter of days (as of Monday afternoon there are over 11,000) and she is using it too do some good with, one Bloombito tweet saying, “Necesito helpayudo para el cleanup del Irene! Por favor to signo up to volunteeriento at nyc.gov/service.”


Some of HS-News’ favorite tweets from before, during, and after the storm:

-Nueva Yorkos! Remain in la casa para mucho rain y lighningo y thundera! El Bang Bang! #Irene #NYC

- Los windy estan mucho rapido. El tropical force. No standing el proxmio las windowos! Los branchos del tree!

- No elevatorador serviso en el high rises por que no electrico para movo y no rescue. el sucko para you. #NYC #Irene

- Muchos trees esta falling downo. No stando under los trees. Que splat!

- El hurricano ahora es un stormo de trpoical. Still mucho dangerouso! Remaindo en el casa!

- Nuevo Yorko: Yo soy mucho proud to be tu mayorador!

- Coño Edisono restorando el power by el Tuesdayo.

- Cuidado! Stayo away para los downed linos de power. Que Electrocuto! El BUZZZ!


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To Commemorate LA’s “Immigrant Pride Month,” Immigrant Rights Activists Celebrate at Dodger Stadium

To Commemorate LA’s “Immigrant Pride Month,” Immigrant Rights Activists Celebrate at Dodger Stadium

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Earlier this month, the Los Angeles City Council passed a resolution making August 2011 “Immigrant Pride Month” in to provide “a positive counter example to the current anti-immigrant policies in many states like Arizona, Georgia, and Alabama.”

Image“The City of Los Angeles is home to at least 1.6 million immigrants or 40% of the total City population,” and “anti-immigrant legislation like SB 1070 in Arizona and other ‘copy-cat’ measures now circulating across the nation inherently cause racial profiling and discrimination against certain ethno-racial groups that ‘look/sound’ like immigrant populations,” the Council said in a resolution back in July.

It was passed August 3rd, making it the second year in a row to have an Immigrant Pride Month in L.A. Throughout the month, corporations, schools, and the community were asked to show their support for the contribution made my immigrants to the Los Angeles area and the U.S

On August 28th, Latino and immigrant rights activists met at Dodger Stadium to commemorate the month at the Los Angeles Dodgers-Colorado Rockies match-up, with Councilman Ed Reyes, the resolution’s author, throwing out the first pitch.

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5 Arrested in Casino Royale Firebombing in Mexico, More Suspects Sought

5 Arrested in Casino Royale Firebombing in Mexico, More Suspects Sought

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The government of the state of Nuevo Leon is announcing the arrest of five suspects in the firebombing of the Casino Royale in Monterrey, Mexico.  The police have yet to site a motive and continue to search for other suspects.

Some reports say Mexican authorities are looking into the idea that the failure to pay extortion money was behind the tragedy that left 53 dead and many others injured.  The country just finished three days of national mourning for the deadliest attack since President Felipe Calderon starting his offensive against the country’s drug cartel in 2006.

Nuevo Leon’s Governor Rodrigo Medina has assured the public that they remain safe and that the capture and arrest of all suspects is a priority.  Regardless, the U.S. Consulate has issued an emergency warning message to U.S. citizens urging them to stay out of casinos and nightclubs. 

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Meet Amado Boudou. Argentina’s Next Rock ‘n’ Roll Vice-President (VIDEO)

Meet Amado Boudou. Argentina’s Next Rock ‘n’ Roll Vice-President (VIDEO)

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Don’t be fooled by his Harley-Davidson enthusiast outfit, this 47 year-old rock star and current Economic Minister has been chosen to be the next Vice-President of Argentina! 

Boudou has been selected to serve as Vice President for the front-runner and current President Cristina Fernandez Kirschner who is seeking reelection.  Current Vice President Julio Cobos has been feuding with Kirschner and was not asked back on the ticket.

Amado Boudou’s campaign trail stops could be more accurately described as tour dates; often traveling with Argentine rock band “Mancha de Rolando”.  Boudue delivers his take on the progressive branch of politics introduced in 2003 by then president Néstor Kirshner, through rock and roll music.

Boudou says that the inherent honesty of rock music is his formula to reach the people, tired of dishonest politics and politicians.

Amado Boudou keeps three photograph frames on his desk at the Economy Ministry: in the first one, he is hugging Argentine rock star Andrés Calamaro, in the second one, he is next to activist and “Madres de Plaza de Mayo” founder Hebe de Bonafini, and the third one is of the day Cristina Fernández was sworn in as President.

But the picture that he keeps closest to him, adorns his laptop’s background and the one that he carries in his wallet to show proudly, is a portrait of his girlfriend, the stunning redhead CN23 journalist Agustina Kämpfer.

The couple lives together and though they both want children in the future, they sleep separately.

“I got kicked out of the bedroom,” he says “because I snore too loud…”

 

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Zoe Saldana Set to Star and Produce another Thriller “Dominion”

Zoe Saldana Set to Star and Produce another Thriller “Dominion”

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Zoe Saldana is not resting on her “Colombiana” success and recently announced another project “Dominion”.  She apparently likes to stick to what she knows and what her audience expects to see her in – action thrillers.

The new film project which she will star in and produce has a supernatural bent to it with Saldana playing a half-human, half-angel.  The Dominican - Puerto Rican actress started her trajectory as a female action star as Neytiri in “Avatar”. 

Soldana certainly has been busy since Avatar came out starring in an upcoming film with Bradley Cooper, “The Words” and another project with Mark Ruffalo, “Infinitely Polar Bear.”

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Three Arrested in First Ever Twitter Terrorism “For Each Zeta Killed a Child Will Die”

Three Arrested in First Ever Twitter Terrorism “For Each Zeta Killed a Child Will Die”

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Mexican authorities have arrested three men in the first ever Tweet terrorism case over the weekend.  The three men were arrested in the state of Veracruz for tweeting about attacks that the vicious drug cartel Zetas would be carrying out.

The first of several tweets came on Thursday and during the school day.  Since several of the tweets warned of attacks on schools, such as “For each Zeta killed a child will die,” parents rushed to take their kids out of school, and many have not allowed them to return.

Mexican authorities are contemplating whether to charge them as terrorists, which brings severe penalties.  The men claim they were high on drugs when they made the tweets.

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The Next Rave: Cigar Flavored Beer Using Cuban Espresso and Guavas

The Next Rave: Cigar Flavored Beer Using Cuban Espresso and Guavas

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For anyone that misses the Cuban mother land or the smells of Latin America we have the beer for you.  Image a beer that is brewed with Spanish cedar, you know the wood used in cigar boxes or used to wrap the cigars in.  But it doesn’t stop there the brewer then adds ingredients like guava and Cuban espresso to give you a Latino feel to your beer.

The Cigar City brewer out of Tampa, Florida is doing just that and is becoming quit successful at it.  The success of this creative brewer is bringing a lot of attention to ‘craft’ beer makers in the state.  Cigar City launched in 2009 and its success has encouraged seven other breweries to open around the state of Florida.

Few people know that Tampa’s nickname is “The Big Guava” so it only made sense to incorporate into it the brew mix but the Cuban heritage elements of roasted Cuban espresso coffee is what sets it apart.  And the owners of Cigar City have also tried brews with jalapenos and cocoa in them.

If you are aching for a Cigar Brew you might have to wait since there is limited distribution but you are welcome to visit their tap room and buy as much as you want.

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Another Mass Grave Found Near Mexico City, Contains Bodies of Missing Police Officials

Another Mass Grave Found Near Mexico City, Contains Bodies of Missing Police Officials

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An anonymous letter led Mexican authorities to a mass grave in the State of Mexico in the municipality of Zinacantepec near Mexico City.  Thus far the police have recovered five bodies but they are expecting to find up to 23 or more.  Most of the bodies were in advanced stages of decomposition.

The mass grave was located in the back yard of an abandoned house.  It is believed that some of the victims are missing local federal police.  This discovery comes on the heals of the 27th body being identified in the mass grave in San Fernando, Tamaulipas.

The Tamaulipas mass grave was made up of 43 burial sites with over 190 bodies found.  The forensic work continues on the remaining bodies and 80 people have been arrested thus for involvement in the mass grave killings.

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Justice Dept Settles Immigration Discrimination Case Against Indiana Manufacturer

Justice Dept Settles Immigration Discrimination Case Against Indiana Manufacturer

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The Justice Department today reached a settlement agreement with Kinro Manufacturing Inc. in Goshen, Ind., resolving allegations that the company engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination against work-authorized non-citizens in the employment eligibility verification process.  The company, a manufacturer of components for recreational vehicles and manufactured homes, is a subsidiary of Kinro Inc., which is wholly owned by White Plains, N.Y.-based Drew Industries Inc. 

According to the department’s findings, the company subjected newly hired non-U.S. citizens to excessive demands for documents issued by the Department of Homeland Security in order to verify their employment eligibility, but did not require U.S. citizens to show any specific documentation .  The charging party, a lawful permanent resident, filed his charge of discrimination after he was required to provide additional proof of his employment eligibility not required by law before he could begin work at the company. 

The Immigration and Nationality Act’s (INA) anti-discrimination provision prohibits employers from placing additional documentary burdens on work-authorized employees during the hiring and employment eligibility verification process based on their citizenship status or national origin.

Under the terms of the settlement agreement, Kinro Manufacturing will alter its practices to ensure that citizens and non-citizens are treated equally in the employment eligibility verification process, pay a $25,000 civil penalty and $10,000 in back pay to the injured party.  Kinro Manufacturing has also agreed to train its human resources personnel about employers’ responsibilities to avoid discrimination in the employment eligibility verification process, to produce Forms I-9 for inspection and to provide periodic reports to the department for one year.

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MondayAugust 29, 2011