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SundaySeptember 11, 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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New Michele Bachmann Ads Will Attack Gov Perry on His Record on Illegal Immigration

New Michele Bachmann Ads Will Attack Gov Perry on His Record on Illegal Immigration

Photo: Bachman and Perry Fight over Illegal Immigration

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Rep. Michele Bachmann has been trying to figure out how to regain the lead she had in the Republican Presidential primary until Texas Governor Rick Perry entered the race and decided attacking his stance on illegal immigration is the way.

This week, The Hill is reporting, she will unveil radio ads attacking the Texas governor’s stance on illegal immigration which she clearly views as weak.  Many tea party conservatives like Bachmann do not agree with Perry signing a bill in 2001 allowing children of undocumented immigrants to receive in-state tuition. 

In the ad Bachmann will point out she believes E-Verify should be the law of the land, mandating all employers to check the legal status of employees.  She points out that Perry doesn’t and therefore “illegals take jobs.” 

Bachmann also feel that illegal immigration in a border state like Texas has become worse and that it happened while Perry was on watch for the last 10 years as governor.  While Perry may agree with Bachmann that illegal immigration is getting worse he blames the federal government.

Neither candidate has acknowledged several credible non-partisan reports that puts illegal immigration levels at its lowest since records were taken. 

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Plane Crash Victim Survives in Bolivian Jungle by Drinking His Own Urine (VIDEO)

Plane Crash Victim Survives in Bolivian Jungle by Drinking His Own Urine (VIDEO)

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Minor Vidal, 35,  believes he is alive today because of the Boy Scout training he received two decades ago.  Vidal was the lone survivor of an Aerocon flight between the Bolivian cities of Santa Cruz and Trinidad.

He was not rescued for nearly three days and survived by drinking his own urine, eating bugs and using his blood to paint an arrow so rescuers could locate him.  He was trapped in the plane for 15 hours before having the strength to get out and walk toward water.

He filtered his urine with water from a nearby lagoon and sifting it through his clothes.  The night crash occurred on Tuesday on approach to Trinidad and Vidal, the lone survivor, was found on Friday.

Early reports indicated all nine people on board were dead, an obituary for Vidal had already appeared in local Bolivian papers.

 


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Congressional Hispanic Caucus to Honor Writer/Director Chris Weitz and His Movie ‘A Better Life’

Congressional Hispanic Caucus to Honor Writer/Director Chris Weitz and His Movie ‘A Better Life’

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In honor of his excellence in filmmaking, his work to give voice to the Latino American dream and his efforts to create positive change through the arts, writer/director Chris Weitz will receive the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s Excellence in Service Award.  Chris Weitz most recently directed “A Better Life,” a multi-generational immigrant story about a father’s love and everything a parent will sacrifice to build a better life for his child, which Summit Entertainment released on June 24, 2011. 

Weitz is better known for his comedic films like “American Pie” and his film adaptations like “The Golden Compass” and “New Moon”.  However, his most recent project and the one for which he is being honored has personal relevance for the writer/director. 

Weitz is the grandson of Mexican acting legend Lupita Tovar who did the first talking movie in the country in the ‘30s.  A Better Life highlights the plight of an undocumented Mexican gardener working in the U.S. and the sacrifices he makes for his son and is presented with an entire Hispanic acting cast. 

 

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Tropical Storm Nate Hits Mexico with Little Impact

Tropical Storm Nate Hits Mexico with Little Impact

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Tropical Storm Nate was heading west aiming toward Mexico’s gulf coast and was expected to make landfall as a hurricane.  However, when the Tropical storm made landfall in the state of Veracruz today around noon CST report of damages were minimal.

Nate continues to move in its westernly direction with 45 mph winds and is expected to become a tropical depression later today.
The state of Veracruz had opened several storm shelters and only two were in use as of this afternoon.

The bad weather report comes as Mexican authorities continue to search for 10 employees of Houston-based Geokinetics who were working on an oil rig and went missing Thursday.  The missing 10 include American, Mexican and Kazakhstan nationals.  Mexico’s PEMEX is in charge of the rescue operation

In addition, authorities are looking for a dozen shrimp boat fisherman that have been missing since Friday. 

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Mexico’s Rescue Team “Los Topos Aztecas” Honored on Anniversary of 9/11

Mexico’s Rescue Team “Los Topos Aztecas” Honored on Anniversary of 9/11

Photo: Los Topos Azteca, Mexico's Rescue Team honored on 9/11

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Numerous U.S. embassies around the world commemorated the anniversary of 9/11 in different ways but in Mexico City a special tribute was given to “Los Topos Aztecas” the Mexican rescue team sent to New York to locate victims.

The Topos Azteca group, who were recently in Japan helping locate victims of the tsunami, is a largely volunteer organization that is not a formal part of the Mexican government and is privately funded.  The group was established in response to the tragic Mexico City earthquake of 1985. 

The remembrance ceremony was held at Mexico City’s Museum of Memory and Tolerance with representatives from the British and Spanish embassy. 

In addition to the tribute to all victims of 9/11, including the 16 Mexican nationals that lost their lives an official used the occasion to note solidarity with Mexico and their own fight on terrorism. 

“Although my personal analysis is that there are no terrorist groups in Mexico ... it’s no consolation for Mexicans when criminals use terrorist tactics to sow fear,” said Charge d’Affaires John Feeley. “You don’t fight alone. We march with you bearing the scars and grief of our own battles against evil.”

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Photo: Introducing This Week, From Los Angeles, California: Monte Negro

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Introducing:

From Los Angeles, California:
Artist: Monte Negro
Song: Give me love (No Llores)
Band Members: Kinski Gallo- Vocals, Rodas Gallo- Bass, Jason Li-Shing- Guitar, El Pipe- Drums

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“Let’s Say Thank You” Original Composition by Vicente de la Cruz for All Heroes on this 9/11 (VIDEO)

Vicente de la Cruz, a musician and the bass player on the classic song “Walking on Sunshine”, shared with us his beautiful thank you song to all our fallen heroes.  Vicente wrote, produced and filmed the video for a song benefiting all of our fallen heroes and HS News wanted to share it with all of you on this day the 10th anniversary of 9/11. 

We send “Let’s Say Thank You” to the first responders of 9/11 and all those families of victims that have weathered the storm of time with so much loss in their hearts.


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The Latino Experience on 9/11

The Latino Experience on 9/11

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No corner of New York was left untouched by the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. September 11 is forever etched as a painful and indelible mark on the soul of this city: The loss of so many loved ones seared our hearts and the solidarity that emerged was inspiring.

Ten years later, New Yorkers continue to suffer and show great resilience. But how a community that is 30 percent of the city’s population has weathered the lasting effects of September 11 was the question for us.

So in the months approaching the 19th anniversary of the attacks, El Diario/La Prensa launched a multimedia initiative to create a platform for Latino voices and to report the impact on Hispanics.

That devastating event changed the course of a mayoral race that could have ushered in the first Hispanic mayor of New York City; it shifted the real estate focus, which in turn, affected Latino communities already struggling with gentrification; and it set off a chain of policies that have had far-reaching consequences for immigrants.

“Latinos are 30% of New York City’s population,” said Erica Gonzalez, Executive Editor of El Diario/ La Prensa. “They lost loved ones, they responded at Ground Zero and today they are helping restore lower Manhattan to its former glory. We want to make sure their voices are heard
on this anniversary and beyond.”

The editorial team at El Diario dedicated months to researching and reporting for the project. The resulting archive of the Latino experience of September 11 has major historic value, as it features the perspectives of individuals not found elsewhere.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER September 11, the Latino Experience

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Senator Menendez Message of Remembrance on 10th Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks

Senator Menendez Message of Remembrance on 10th Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks

Photo: Pre 9/11 Photos from New Jersey

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Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere and is the only member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus from the Senate, issued the following remarks regarding 9/11.  700 people perished from New Jersey on 9/11.

“Ten years ago we stood witness to history.  We remember the twin towers against that cloudless blue September sky… the blue sky turning gray… smoke and ash blanketing the city.

“On that day Americans responded, united as one nation.  Thousands stood in long lines to give blood, to volunteer.  Instinctively, families brought food to firehouses to comfort exhausted firefighters who had put their lives on the line.

“On that day, we turned to the comfort of family, friends, and neighbors.  We drew closer as a nation, resolved to take a stand and the world stood with us.

“I’ll never forget Congressmen standing on the steps of the United States Capitol, joining hands and singing ‘God Bless America.’  We were not Democrats or Republicans that day. We were united as Americans.

“Now, 10 years later, we still struggle to fully understand how the events of 9-11changed the way we live, the way we view the world, and the threats we face.  But most of all we remember the 2,974 people who died that day, including 700 from New Jersey who lost their lives.  We remember their families and the courage and service of the first responders.

“On this 10th anniversary, all of the victims of 9-11 remain in our thoughts and our prayers.  To those families who lost a mother, a father, a son or daughter—a sister, a brother, or a friend—we know the passage of time may have helped ease the pain, but the loss has left a void in our hearts.

“This year, as all of us in New Jersey and across America stand in solemn remembrance… resolved never to forget, let us also stand as united as we were ten years ago, one nation indivisible.

“Let us remember – in the next ten years—the words of Robert Louis Stevenson: ’Give us the strength to encounter that which is to come, that we be brave in peril, constant in tribulation, temperate in wrath, and in all changes of fortune and down to the gates of death, loyal and loving, one to another…’

“Let that be our sincere hope for this nation, and our solemn pledge to those who lost their lives on that fateful day.  May God bless them, and God bless America.”

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SundaySeptember 11, 2011