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SundaySeptember 18, 2011

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Latino Family Tragedy:  6-Yr-Old Find Bodies of Parents & Her Baby Sitter in Apparent Murder-Suicide

Latino Family Tragedy:  6-Yr-Old Find Bodies of Parents & Her Baby Sitter in Apparent Murder-Suicide

Photo: Tragedy in Oakdale, Murder-Suicide Leaves 3 Latino Children Orphaned

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The city of Oakdale, Minnesota is reeling from its first murder since 2007 and that the discovery of the bodies was none other then a 6-year-old.

Killed in an apparent murder-suicide was mother of three Cintia Guadalupe Ornelas Bustos, age 28, Jaime Anival Almaras Velasquez, 32, and live-in baby sitter Angela Uscanga Gonzalez, age 43.  It is believed the male who had ‘previous problems with alcohol’ and was ‘a little violent’ killed the two women before shooting himself.

It is not known if Bustos and Velasquez were legally married but they are the parents of three children including the 6-year old that found the bodies when she returned from school on Friday.  Police found the other two children in the house unharmed that included 3 and 8-year-old boys.

The young girl fled the house and went to a teen age neighbor sobbing with bloody hands telling the teen her mom and dad were dead.

Velazquez had recently returned from his native Guatemala after an eight month visit and Bustos ran their roofing company in his absence.  The live-in baby sitter only worked for the family for three months.  It is expected the children will end up in a foster care situation according to local reports.

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Will He or Won’t He:  Charlie Sheen Due to be Presenter at Tonights Emmys 2011

Will He or Won’t He:  Charlie Sheen Due to be Presenter at Tonights Emmys 2011

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There are a lot of nervous people out in Los Angeles with the reported plan to have Charlie Sheen serve as a presenter on tonight’s Emmy’s 2011 Award telecast.

According to the always correct Deadline/Hollywood several people have asked Fox, which is broadcasting the show, to drop Sheen from the show.  There is fear that an open mic in Sheen’s hands could lead him to insult Chuck Lorre (creator of Two and a Half Man), his replacement Ashton Kutcher or anyone else he sees fit to.

Recently Sheen, a.k.a Carlos Estevez, who has been making the TV talk show rounds to promote his Comedy Central Roast has been all mea culpa.  He has been on his best behavior for the moment going as far as saying he would have “fired my ass, too.”

So will he present or won’t he present will not be known until the actual show starts tonight at 7:00pm CST on the Fox Network.  Who is sure not to disappoint on the Emmy show and on the run carpet will be Emmy nominee Sofia Vergara. 

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New Republican Bill, Co-Authored by Rep Bill Flores, to Speed Up Deportations of Illegal Immigrants

New Republican Bill, Co-Authored by Rep Bill Flores, to Speed Up Deportations of Illegal Immigrants

Photo: Rep Bill Flores of TX co-author bill to expedite deportations

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This week twenty-one House Republicans introduced house bill H.R. 2952 which aims to speed up the time in which a detained illegal alien is deported out of the country.

Bill author Rep. Duncan Hunter of California wants to mandate the Department of Homeland Security expedite undocumented immigrants deportation.  The bill is in part a response to Obama’s ‘selective deportation’ policy that would review the deportation cases of almost 300,000 immigration detainees.  The new White House policy would allow some detainees to stay and criminal aliens to be deported. 

If deportation is expedited as this proposed law is requiring detainees would have less time to pursue avenues in which to ‘stay’ their removal from the U.S.  The bill would require the immediate removal of illegal aliens that have not been in the country for four years.

One of the bills sponsors is Bill Flores of Texas who identifies his family as having emigrated from Spain in 1725 via Spanish Texas that existed prior to Mexican Texas. He is staunchly opposed to amnesty for those that are here in the country illegally.

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Victor Ortiz Tries to Head Butt to Victory but Losses to Mayweather’s Strength (VIDEO)

Victor Ortiz Tries to Head Butt to Victory but Losses to Mayweather’s Strength (VIDEO)

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. may not ever be the crowds favorite but he is respected for his decisive wins.  Yesterday evening at the MGM Grand it was no different in his fight against Victor Ortiz.

The welterweight championship match went for four rounds but throughout it Ortiz was being pummeled, unfortunately the finish was dirty.  Even though Ortiz committed a cardinal sin of boxing with a head butt that he lost points for, he was overwhelmed by Mayweather.  Mayweather noted the infraction and said “He [Ortiz] did something dirty.”

In spite of the victory Mayweather was booed when he was declared the winner.  Never one to try to win the crowd over he even swore at HBO boxing announcer Larry Merchant in a post-match interview.

With a 42-0 match record and world champion titles in five weight classes, it is doubtful there is an able opponent for Mayweather out there. 

For his part Ortiz and his camp are now saying the loss was unfair, saying he never heard the referee re-start the fight after being knocked out.  They also feel the fight’s final 1-2 punch combination from Mayweather was illegal and are asking for a rematch.


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UPDATE: DNA Results Show Teen Claiming to be Missing Robbie Romero IS NOT

UPDATE: DNA Results Show Teen Claiming to be Missing Robbie Romero IS NOT

Photo: Robbie Romera disappeared in 2000, young man claiming to be him, IS NOT

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LATEST:  This weekend the DNA results came in disproving Robert Terrazas claim that he is the long missing Robbie Romero.  Santa Fe Police chief Raymond Rael confirmed what Terrazas mother and others were saying, that Terrazas is not the long lost 7 year old that went missing 11 years ago.  Family members of Terrazas apologized to the Romero family that might of gotten their hopes up and thought Romero had returned.

The police did not disclosed why Terrazas, who looked like Romero did as a child, would make such an outlandish claim.  Police noted that it doesn’t appear Terrazas has broken the law with his claim and says the missing case of Robbie Romero remains open.  The boys family included his mother are devastated to find out the teen was not their son and feel like they are being victimized again. 


UPDATE:

The young man that may be Robbie Romero, who went missing at age 7 in 2000, is named Robert Terrazas.

Terrazas said his friends have called him Robbie Romero as a joke for years due to his resemblance to the missing child, whose photo was posted various places throughout Santa Fe.

Police Chief Raymond Rael said, “The individual is an adult at this time, the individual has committed no crimes we’re aware of, and we have absolutely no authority to detain the individual.” Adding, “We know where he is, and we know where we can find him.”

A DNA test is being processed for Terrazas, who left the station right after being swabbed, but his mother, Yolanda Almendariz, says he is her son, Robert Terrazas, and is not Romero.

Romero’s mother said she wants to know the truth, but is trying not to get her hopes up.

“In case it’s not Robbie, then we go back to Square One,” she told KOAT. “If it’s not, then maybe one day, it will be our time.”

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ORIGINAL STORY

In 2000, Robert Marcos Romero disappeared from his Santa Fe, New Mexico home. He was just seven years old. Now, more than 11 years later, a man claiming to be “little” Robbie has police wondering if he is in fact, the missing boy.

Police say the man entered a Santa Fe police station Wednesday, saying he was the missing Robbie Romero, and agreed to take a DNA test. The test was performed by the police and they said they did not know exactly when the results would be in.
When Robbie disappeared in June of 2000, police believed he had been abducted by a stranger. One month later his brother Ronnie was a suspect. He was questioned by police, lied to them, and failed a polygraph test. A woman claimed he had confessed to killing his brother by hitting him with a car, but police were unable to verify her statement.


ImageIn 2006, while Ronnie was in jail on other charges, he attempted to make a deal with the police, saying he would tell them the location of Robbie’s body if his current charges were dropped. No deal was ever made, but the police tore up the Romero’s yard anyway. They found nothing but animal bones.

Then in 2008, Ronnie died of a heroin overdose while in jail.

A body was never found and no one was ever charged in the Robbie Romero case.

Sadly, if the man that walked into the police station on Wednesday is indeed Robbie Romero, his father Rudy Romero Sr. will never get to welcome his son home, as Rudy died in October 2002 of natural causes.

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Older Hispanics Unable to Recover from Recession

Older Hispanics Unable to Recover from Recession

Photo: Latinos Over 55 Not Getting Hired

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Alberto Tarud would like to treat your lawn for pests, notarize your will or provide security at your office.

Really, he’d like any kind of job at all.

Tarud, 63, knows first hand how the recession and the subsequent jobless “recovery” have disproportionately affected people like him. He used to run a plastic-bag factory in his native Colombia. In 2006, he moved to South Florida to be closer to his adult daughters, brother and grandchildren. He has a work permit and was able to buy a home in southern Miami-Dade County in 2008.

But, for two years now, Tarud has been unemployed or underemployed; his home is under water with a mortgage higher than the value of his house, and his grown daughters and his brother have to help him with car payment.

Moving in With Their Children
Although Tarud has been able to stay in his home, many older Hispanics have had to move in with their children.

“Hispanics tend to live in larger households, with more support from each other,” said Rakesh Kochhar, the senior researcher of a recent study of Latino economic security by the Pew Hispanic Center.

“There are cultural reasons for that and economic reasons. The recession has reinforced that trend,” Kochhar said.

Tarud worries what will happen if he gets sick – he has no health or disability insurance – or if he loses his home.

“I guess I’d have to move in with one of my daughters,” he said outside the government building where he works as a greeter three hours a day for minimum wage. “They help me when they can, but they can’t afford to support me.”

Tarud’s situation is not unusual. An analysis of U.S. labor numbers by AARP’s Public Policy Institute found that as of July, workers ages 55 and older who lost their jobs stayed unemployed an average of almost 54 weeks, over four full months longer than younger unemployed workers.

Tarud’s net worth has evaporated just when he needs a financial cushion. Hispanics have seen the greatest drop in personal wealth of any group in the United States, according to the Pew Hispanic Center study. The median wealth of Hispanic households dropped a staggering 66 percent from 2005 to 2009, compared to a decline of one 16 percent in non-Hispanic white households.
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Fallen Housing Values

The Pew report pinned the disparity on the fact that Hispanics have more of their assets tied up in housing and a disproportionate share live in the states where property values fell the most: Florida, California, Nevada and Arizona.

Tarud knows just what the report is talking about. He bought his home for $87,000 in 2008, when he was working for the pest control company and felt his future was secure enough to sink his savings into a down payment. Now, the modest, two-bedroom is worth about $32,000, according to the county property appraiser.

Not only does Tarud owe more than the home is now worth, but his interest rate just reset, increasing the payments he was already struggling to make.

“I can’t refinance because I don’t have a job, but I’m not behind on my mortgage,” he said. “I could understand if they were scared of me because I haven’t made my payments, but I have.”

In 2010, 2.2 percent of homes in the country were in foreclosure, but in Florida, the number was 5.5 percent, according to RealtyTrac numbers discussed in the Pew report.

In Miami-Dade County, the unemployment rate was 12.5 percent in July 2011, compared to the national rate of 9.1 percent.

Tarud responded to his layoff by learning new skills: He took a class to become a notary and then went through training to get his license as a security guard. But no job has materialized. He gets by with small notary commissions and by doing the occasional pest-control job. He lost an arm in a car accident in 2004, but until the economy went south, he had always been able and eager to work.

Only 38 percent of employed Hispanics aged 50 to 69 had employer-sponsored retirement plans from 2006 to 2008, compared to 62 percent of non-Hispanic whites, according to AARP.

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Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony Reunite for Anthony’s 43rd Birthday

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony Reunite for Anthony’s 43rd Birthday

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Marc Anthony celebrated his 43rd birthday by crying with his fans and sharing some birthday cake with ex-wife Jennifer Lopez – as they say only in Hollywood.

Anthony sang to a sold-out crowd in Miami on Friday and became teary-eyed and fell to his knees when all his fans sang him happy birthday.  According to People he let them know how much he appreciated their support:  “All your love and support, especially this year, it means a lot to me.”

He apparently cheered up enough to join his twins Max and Emme along with his ex to cut some birthday cake in their home in Miami the next day. 

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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

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Juan Laverde, Open Mic, presuntos implicados

Introducing:

From Spain:

Artist:Presuntos Implicados
Song: Satélite
Band Members: Lydia Rodríguez—Vocals
Nacho Mañó—Bass
Juan Luis Giménez—Guitar

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Mandating E-Verify Finds Some Unlikely Critics: Conservatives and Tea Party Activists

Mandating E-Verify Finds Some Unlikely Critics: Conservatives and Tea Party Activists

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While the Republican majority in Congress moves forward to make E-Verify mandatory in this country opposition is coming from some unlikely sources:  conservatives and Tea Party members.

The critics argue that mandating E-Verify at every business will diminish civil liberties, devastate certain industries, is too expensive and that E-Verify is faulty.  The E-Verify program that is endorsed by the Obama White is currently optional but a bill sponsored by Republican Congressman Lamar Smith would mandate all businesses check the legal status of all workers.

Tea Party members feel it could lead to further incursions on employees and lead to more background checks. Some conservatives feel it is expensive and will unfairly burden the small business with more bureaucratic paperwork. 

Certain industries like agriculture says it will devastate their business and not give them the workers they need to survive.  Experts say the bill does not recognize the need for legal, temporary foreign laborers to work the fields.

Republican Rep. Dan Lungren of California said at hearings on the Hill this week: 

“Anybody who suggests that we can do it with American workers, with all due respect, does not understand agriculture in America today.”

 

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International Student Visa Process Streamlined with New Initiatives Announced

International Student Visa Process Streamlined with New Initiatives Announced

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Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton announced a new initiative to streamline the international student visa process for foreign students seeking to study in the United States. The Study in the States initiative is a key component of a government-wide effort to encourage the best and brightest foreign students to study and remain in the U.S.

“Attracting the best and brightest international talent to our colleges and universities is an important part of our nation’s economic, scientific and technological innovation and competitiveness,” said Secretary Napolitano. “Foreign students and exchange visitors bring invaluable contributions to our nation, and the Study in the States initiative is an important step in empowering the next generation of international entrepreneurs, right here in America.”

More than 1.1 million active nonimmigrant students and exchange visitors and their dependents study in our nation’s world class system of universities, exchange programs, and training opportunities. The Study in the States initiative will examine regulatory changes, expand public engagement between the government and academia, and provide a central on-line information hub for DHS and its agency partners to provide current and prospective students with updated and relevant visa requirements in a streamlined, user-friendly format.

The Study in the States initiative builds upon other new policies that embrace talented students from other countries, who enrich the nation by working in science and technology jobs and fueling innovation in their chosen fields here in the United States. Earlier this year, DHS announced an extension to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) degrees for international student studies, allowing graduates of a STEM degree to remain in the U.S. through Optional Practical Training (OPT) for up to 29 months after graduation.

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Development in Latin America Threatened by Violent Crime Says UN

Development in Latin America Threatened by Violent Crime Says UN

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High levels of crime and insecurity continue to pose a challenge to social and economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean, despite steady improvements in governance over the past two decades, the head of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has warned.

“In the last two decades, Latin America’s quest for democratic governance has made great progress, with the strengthening of electoral democracy and a steady transition towards civilian and more transparent forms of governance,” UNDP Administrator Helen Clark said while visiting Mexico to mark the 50th anniversary of UNDP’s presence in the country.

“These achievements followed a recent past of violence and repression from authoritarian political regimes which limited citizens’ rights,” she said during a meeting with Mexico’s Interior Minister, Francisco Blake.

Miss Clark cautioned that chronic insecurity and entrenched inequality could undermine hard-won gains in governance as well as development in the region.

With an annual average of 25 murders per 100,000 inhabitants, Latin America is among the most violent regions in the world. Last year, more than 18,000 people were murdered in Central America alone and UNDP found that governments there spent $4 billion on security and justice – a 60 per cent increase over four years and more than what some countries receive in foreign aid.

“Trans-national criminal organizations pose a huge threat to state security institutions whose mandate is limited to the national context,” she said. “Societies and States are sometimes tempted to use illegal means to fight crime, and the public debate on insecurity can become unduly polarized. More coordination is needed across borders in matters of intelligence, security, and policing to combat these gangs.”

Given the scope of the challenge, the next UNDP Human Development Report for Latin American and the Caribbean will focus on people’s security. It will be coordinated by Mexican scholar Rafael Fernández de Castro, a former foreign policy adviser to Mexico’s President Felipe Calderón.

“We have helped governments develop and implement regional and national comprehensive plans, promoted legal reforms and innovative local security management approaches, and supported reforms to justice and law enforcement institutions,” said Miss Clark.

Last week, Mexico and UNDP signed a strategic partnership agreement to boost the country’s efforts to share its experiences in social and economic development with other nations. UNDP has signed similar partnerships with Brazil, China and Turkey.

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SundaySeptember 18, 2011