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MondayOctober 3, 2011

Latino Daily News: Bringing You the Latest Hispanic Current Events and News Stories 24/7

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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WATCH Amazing Goal by Real Sociedad’s Iñigo Martínez (VIDEO)

WATCH Amazing Goal by Real Sociedad’s Iñigo Martínez (VIDEO)

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Real Sociedad defender Iñigo Martinez scored an amazing goal from behind the halfway against Bilbao yesterday. Bilbao eventually won the match 2-1.


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Florida Sen. Marco Rubio to Pen Autobiography

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is looking to become the next best-selling author, as the Miami Herald is reporting that he is currently in the process of writing his autobiography.

Tea Party wonderboy is said to be working on the book that will chronicle last year’s Senate victory and perhaps even his parents’ immigrant journey to America and his upbringing.

Rubio is quoted as saying, “I think we have something to say.” Adding, “I’d like to tell a little bit about my upbringing, and how my upbringing has led me to some of the policy conclusions I’ve reached, and I’d like to tell about the campaign, my time in the Legislature.”

At just 40 years old, many have Rubio pegged as either a vice presidential candidate for the upcoming election or a presidential candidate for the 2016 election.

Sen. Rubio is said to have the political autobiography guru Robert Barnett on his side. Barnett is a lawyer with the heavy-hitting Washington law firm Williams & Connolly.

Barnett’s other clients have include or have included Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sarah Palin, Dick Cheney, and Laura Bush.

Barnett, who stated that some of the proceeds of Rubio’s book will go to Florida charities, told the Herald, “The publishing community has expressed great interest in Sen. Rubio, in his personal story, in his campaign and in his views.”

Rubio has said his book will go into more detail about the “twists and turns” his Senate campaign went through, as well as public policy issues that he hasn’t really been able to get into by way of op-eds or television interviews.

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Justin Bieber Receives Death Threats in Perú

Justin Bieber Receives Death Threats in Perú

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A Facebook page calling for Justin Bieber’s murder during his Perú tour date on October 17 has made over 1,000 followers!

Ahead of Justin Bieber’s Perú tour date October 17, a Facebook page titled “Matar a Justin Bieber el 17 de octubre en el Estadio Nacional” (Kill Justin Bieber on October 17th at the National Stadium) calling for his murder, has garnered more than eleven hundred “Likes.”

The death of Justin Bieber, as twisted and grim as it may is the object of many on online games like the one below, but there’s a stark difference between putting an animated Bieber through spinning saws, and using social media to bully and issue a death threat with a date, to a seventeen year old.

Concerned Bieber fans have started a Twitter movement to persuade their idol against going to Perú and have created #BiebsStayOutOfPeru Twitter hashtag.

Bieber hasn’t officially commented and everything indicates that the 10/17 concert at Perú’s National Stadium is still a go.

After all, the Bieber doesn’t negotiate with Facebook terrorists.

Juegos Gratis


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Mexican Drug Lords Complain U.S. Prison Conditions are Causing Psychological Harm

Mexican Drug Lords Complain U.S. Prison Conditions are Causing Psychological Harm

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Detained Mexican drug lords are reportedly upset with the conditions of the U.S. prisons they are being held in, saying the unnecessarily harsh conditions may be causing them physical and psychological harm.

The cartel members and leaders have taken to the courtroom to claim their treatment in U.S. prisons violates U.S.-Mexico extradition treaties.

The men being held are those suspected and/or convicted of taking part in or ordering the gruesome acts of violence against people in Mexico and the U.S.

However, Thursday, a U.S. judge conceded that their claims have some merit and ordered that Jesus Vicente Zambada Niebla, son of the Sinaloa cartel’s leader, should be allowed to leave his cell and have outdoor recreation time on a roof top.

Before the judge’s decision, Zambada, who himself is a ranking member of one of Mexico’s most violent and powerful cartels, was primarily confined to his 10x6-foot cell for what his lawyers said was, “18 months of isolation without seeing the sun or breathing fresh air.”

Many believe these complaints come from men who, if ever captured in Mexico, were able to either buy better accommodations or bribe themselves out of jail time completely. In the U.S., they have come face to face with a justice system far different than that of Mexico.

Former Houston-based federal prosecutor Mark W. White III said, “The word on the street in the United States is you can’t bribe your way out of prison or bribe your way into better living conditions. In other places, it might not be as uncomfortable..”

U.S. prison officials have said these prisoners, while very powerful, have a number of enemies and are kept in isolation for their own safety.

Read more at Houston Chronicle →

Largest Shrimp Cocktail Record Broken in Mazatlán México (VIDEO)

Largest Shrimp Cocktail Record Broken in Mazatlán México (VIDEO)

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The largest shrimp cocktail ever, was made by 80 Mazatlán chefs, who joined forces to create a half a ton shrimp cocktail extravaganza!

As a part of an ongoing efforts to promote Mazatlán as a culinary destination, Hotel Playa Mazatlan Chefs joined forces with the local shrimp industry to create the world’s largest shrimp cocktail.

127 lb of ketchup, 22 lb of lemon juice, 12 lb of “salsa brava,” 8 lb of Worcestershire sauce, 6 lb of salt, 2 lb of Tabasco sauce and 30 g of pepper went into making the record breaking appetizer, that at 1,187 lbs. surpassed Holland as the record holder.

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LATINO BLOTTER: High School Student Killed By Ex-Boyfriend Just Days After His Release From Jail

LATINO BLOTTER: High School Student Killed By Ex-Boyfriend Just Days After His Release From Jail

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A California high school student is dead after being stabbed by her ex-boyfriend, police allege.

Cindi Santana, 17, died at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, California Friday night after police say her ex-boyfriend, Abraham Lopez, 18, stabbed her multiple times on South East High School’s campus in South Gate, which is just 15 miles from Los Angeles.

Sheriff’s Deputy Benjamin Grubb said witnesses at the South Gate school saw Lopez push Santana, then push her again, this time knocking her to the ground. He then stabbed her several times before being subdued by student Jorge Garcia, school Dean Christina Ordonez, and a campus police officer. Santana, Lopez, and the those that subdued Lopez were taken to local hospitals.

Lopez apparently told detectives he hid explosive devices in various places, including one in the vehicle owned by Santana’s family, but a bomb squad search turned up nothing.

The attack happened just before 11 a.m., and the school was briefly put on lockdown, while a search of the campus was done.

Los Angeles Unified School District police Chief Steve Zipperman told local station KABC-TV, “It’s difficult to understand if somebody gets stabbed, but then when we lose a student as a result of that, let’s face it there isn’t anything worse.”

Early reports said Lopez was being held on $1 million bail for suspicion of murder, though more recent accounts say he is being held without bail at the Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles.

Three days prior to the fatal stabbing, Lopez had been released on $50,000 bail for making criminal threats against Santana.

Though some parents and students are asking for more safety measures, Dave Sievers, a special education teacher at the school told the Los Angeles Times that the lunchtime supervision that day – when the attack occurred – seemed more than adequate. He added that both students and adults acted quickly when the attack began.

“We have some heroes here,” he said.

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DHL Sued by U.S. Government for Harrassing and Intimidating Hispanic Workers

DHL Sued by U.S. Government for Harrassing and  Intimidating Hispanic Workers

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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced today that it has filed suit against DHL Global Forwarding for subjecting a class of Hispanic employees to national origin discrimination. The EEOC’s suit also alleges that DHL Global unlawfully retaliated against a non-Hispanic employee by firing him for reporting the treatment of Hispanic employees.

The suit alleges that Hispanic employees at DHL’s Dallas warehouse were constantly subjected to taunts and derogatory names such as “wetback”, “beaner,” “stupid Mexican” and “Puerto Rican b—-h”. According to the EEOC, Hispanic workers, who included persons of Mexican, Salvadoran and Puerto Rican heritage, were often ridiculed by DHL personnel with demeaning slurs which included referring to the Salvadoran worker as a “salvatrucha,” a term referring to a gangster.

Other workers were identified with derogatory stereotypes by being told they should be outside the facility “mowing the grass” or that their “homies” were on a television show about prison. The EEOC further asserts that harsh admonitions to bilingual employees about use of their Spanish language were motivated by prejudice, unnecessary and unrelated to the effective performance of the job duties.

DHL Global officials ignored the complaints of employees even after the discriminatory conduct was reported to management. The suit also alleges that DHL retaliated against Troy Petty, a union steward, by terminating his employment after he reported the mistreatment of Hispanic employees to DHL officials on several occasions.

The EEOC seeks injunctive relief, including the formulation of policies to prevent and correct national origin discrimination and retaliation. The suit also seeks lost wages for Petty and compensatory damages and punitive damages for all the victims of DHL Global’s unlawful practices, including both actions and inactions that resulted in harm.

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Yankees Beer Vendor Suspended After Joking With Red Sox Alfredo Aceves

Yankees Beer Vendor Suspended After Joking With Red Sox Alfredo Aceves

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Aceves answered by grabbing his crotch and saying, “I got your ID right here.”

Lazarus said he and his co-workers all erupted in laughter and Aceves continued to walk away.

Apparently, nearby managers did not find the encounter funny, and Lazarus was called to his supervisor’s office later in the game.

“They take my badge—this is only my 35th year, by the way—and they escort me out like a common criminal,” he told the New York Post. “To suspend me, when I did nothing?”

Thursday, Lazarus was initially suspended from the first two games of the American League Division Series which will likely cost him between $200 to $300, for “harassing he opposing team’s player.” The sold-out playoff games will give the vendors a major boost in sales as their incomes have been cut in half this season by the introduction of waiter service in choice sections and by bad weather, Lazarus said.

“The vendor is always wrong,” he told the Post. “I’m so fed up.”

Sunday, after Lazarus’ story appeared in the media, he was suspended for at least one additional game.

“I don’t know why they’re making such a big deal out of this,” he told the Post “They come up, and they tell me: ‘You’re still suspended. You’re in violation of company policy,’ because I’m in the newspaper and they got a [policy] saying you’re not supposed to be in the media, but I’ve been in the newspapers and on TV plenty of times. Now it’s a problem?”

Lazarus, 53, is also the author of the book, “The Pope and Me at Yankee Stadium,” and says he regularly donates the proceeds to and performs his stand-up routine for charity.

No word on Aceves’ thoughts on the situation.

Though he is currently playing for Boston, Aceves once previously played for the Yankees.

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Demi Lovato Tells “Billboard” Who her Real BFF’s Are

Demi Lovato Tells “Billboard” Who her Real BFF’s Are

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Demi Lovato told “Billboard” about two special friends that stood by there through her darkest moments, as she went through treatment.

I feel like there are some people that you’re friends with that talk to you on Twitter or you text,” the skyscraper star told Billboard, “but the people that are really there for me are the people that were there for me when I went into treatment.”

Demi was of course talking about old pal Selena Gómez, and new big buddy Kim Kardashian.  “Those two girls,” Demi said, “they meant the world to me. They still do.”

Awwww…. Super cute! What do you think? Join us in our forum section for the conversation.



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South American ‘Hairy Crazy Ants’ Begin Invasion of Southern U.S.

South American ‘Hairy Crazy Ants’ Begin Invasion of Southern U.S.

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An invasion of sorts is occurring in the U.S.’s southern states, as insects known as ‘hairy crazy ants’ are making their way north. The ants are believed to be native to South America.

The ants are about the size of fleas and are said to be crazy because they are much quicker than the ants many are used to and they seem to move in random directions. They have been called hairy due to the fuzz that, to the naked eye, makes their abdomens look less glossy than those of their slower, bigger cousins.

What is so frightening about these ants is the fact that they eat almost anything, plant or animal, and that they do not run when attacked.

If one of these ants is electrocuted, the dead ant’s body releases a chemical that calls the other ants to attack the threat. If pesticides kill thousands, millions more arrive.

Roger Gold, an entomology professor at Texas A&M, said that when electrocuted, “the other ants rush in. Before long, you have a ball of ants.”

These ants have invaded industrial complexes, homes, and are being found in both rural and urban areas. The do not dig out ant hills like many ants. Instead, they prefer to reside in sheltered, moist spots.

So far, the ants have been reported in Florida, Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

In 2000, the ants were reported in 5 counties in the southern states, today, they can be found in 20, 18 of them being in Texas, 2 in Mississippi, and 1 in Louisiana.

The ants are believed to have come from South America, though records of their appearance in the Caribbean date back to the late 19th century. They have been called, ‘hairy crazy ants,’ ‘Caribbean crazy ants,’ and ‘Rasberry crazy ants.’ Tom Rasberry is an exterminator who is leading the fight against these insects in Mississippi.

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Spanish “Meeting Bowls” To Stay in Times Square Through The Fall (VIDEO)

Spanish “Meeting Bowls” To Stay in Times Square Through The Fall (VIDEO)

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Designed by Madrid’s artist collective “Mmmm…”  the “Meeting Bowls” invite locals and tourists to sit down and absorb Times Square, join in conversation, or just rest, enjoying the gentle rocking feeling of the contraption. 

The collective describes the bowls as “Temporary and playful urban furniture, that encourage friendly dialogue between strangers in a close yet pleasant space.”

Mmmm… is a collaboration of Alberto Alarcón, Emilio Alarcón, Ciro Márquez and Eva Salmerón from Madrid, Spain.

Take a look at the videos below and join us in our forums section for the conversation.


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Global Nonprofit Breastcancer.org Launches Spanish-Language Site

Today, global nonprofit Breastcancer.org announced the Spanish-language rollout of its website, a dedicated effort to bring the most up-to-date information about breast cancer to the Spanish-speaking community. Actress Judy Reyes (Gun Hill Road, Scrubs) and oncologist Dr. Generosa Grana are speaking to media nationwide during Breast Cancer Awareness Month to help raise awareness of the impact of breast cancer on the Latino community and let them know about this comprehensive, new resource that can ensure they make informed decisions about their breast cancer care.

Breastcancer.org is the number one online resource for breast health and breast cancer information and support. They have been providing services in English since 2000. Last year alone, Breastcancer.org received more than 10 million visits from 230 countries and territories around the world.

As the Hispanic population continues to increase rapidly, Breastcancer.org has rolled out a Spanish-language version of the website to extend their resources to a vast sector of the global population that is not being reached with this level of disease and support information.

While Hispanic women are statistically less likely than other ethnicities to be diagnosed with breast cancer, their death rate from the disease is higher, a fact that the organization found troubling.

Medical spokesperson Dr. Generosa Grana has been treating breast cancer patients since 1994, and her practice cares for patients from the Philadelphia-area Hispanic community. Dr. Grana notes, “Latinas have poor mortality and treatment outcomes because they experience challenges in getting access to care – often brought on by financial burdens and cultural fears and myths that hold many back from seeking treatment. Another factor is clearly the language barrier, which also can interfere with important discussions with their health care providers and affect their care. Information – especially when presented in a friendly, non-threatening, and credible way – can bridge many of these obstacles.”

Spokesperson Judy Reyes, best known for her role as “Nurse Carla Espinosa” on the hit TV series Scrubs, understands the issue intimately as the daughter of and caregiver for a breast cancer survivor. Reyes had just moved to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. She quickly found herself returning to the Bronx to care for and support her.

Dr. Marisa Weiss, president and founder of Breastcancer.org, has been a strong champion of Breastcancer.org’s Spanish-language site. “We hope that this major resource will help raise awareness of preventive and treatment measures that will empower Latinas to protect their precious lives,” says Dr. Weiss.

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20 Feet Long New Species of Crocodile Found in Colombia

20 Feet Long New Species of Crocodile Found in Colombia

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University of Florida researchers have unearthed a new and enormous species of crocodile in a Colombian coal mine.

The crocodile, Acherontisuchus guajiraensis, the latest prehistoric reptile to be found in El Cerrejón coal mine, was dug up by Associate Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Florida Museum of Natural History, Jonathan Bloch and Carlos Jaramillo, a Paleo-botanist with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

Researchers said the Acherontisuchus species was a relative of modern-day crocodiles and not their direct ancestors.  This species dates back 60 million years, at the period immediately following the mass extinction event that killed the dinosaurs.  These giant crocodiles belonged to a group that somehow managed to survive the cataclysm.



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MondayOctober 3, 2011