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SundayOctober 23, 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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President Cristina Kirchner Makes Latin American History While Winning Re-election in a Landslide

President Cristina Kirchner Makes Latin American History While Winning Re-election in a Landslide

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Current Argentine President Cristina Fernandez Kirchner has won re-election in a landslide victory against six other rivals today making her the first female to be re-elected as president in Latin America.

Regardless of the history Kirchner, 58,  is making and the landslide win the victory is also bittersweet since this is her first win without her husband and predecessor, Nestor Kirchner who died last year, at her side.  Though Kirchner has many detractors the economic growth the country is enjoying was hard to argue with, garnering her over 50 percent of the votes.  The country’s economy grew at an annual average of 7.6 percent over the past eight years

The actual margin of victory for Kirchner was 54% to 55% making it the widest victory margin for any Argentine president. 

Nearly all the registered voters voted, approximately 29 million people, since voting is mandatory in the country.  Kirchner will start her next four year term when she is inaugurated on December 10th.

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See How GiveForward Is Helping Latino Families Survive Medical Crisises

See How GiveForward Is Helping Latino Families Survive Medical Crisises

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GiveForward gives people personal fund raising pages to raise money for loved one’s medical expenses.  The organization has helped thousands of people raise millions of dollars for things like chemotherapy, organ transplants, travel, and living expenses while undergoing treatment.  And there are numerous Latinos with fund raising pages that are being helped like 13-year old Alejandra Alvarez who was visiting from Mexico when she suffered acute respiratory distress or Margie Matos who is hoping to fund raise for a critical kidney transplant.

Earlier in the month eight-year-old cancer patient, Bella Rodriguez-Torres received an anonymous donation of $25,000 on her GiveForward page.  That money will be used to help cover medical expenses from the young girl’s third battle with cancer, this time, Bella needs a tumor grafting.

Shannah, Bella’s mom says “I was a mom on a mission.  My baby was fighting cancer for the third time and I had to do whatever it took to her get help.”  Shannah started a GiveForward fund raising page that allowed friends and family to come together and donate. Within just seven days they raised $50,000 for Bella’s treatment.

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Bolivian Evo Morales Cancels Controversial Amazon Highway

Bolivian Evo Morales Cancels Controversial Amazon Highway

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As 2,000 or more Amazonian Indians made their way through Bolivia to the capital of La Paz to meet with President Evo Morales on a controversial highway, he announced he was scraping the whole project.

The plan was to build a super highway right through the Isiboro Secure National Park, which is an ecological reserve where many indigenous people live.  Morales not only canceled the project he declared the area “untouchable”.  This designation will help local authorities remove any non-natives that enter the area and protect the area from additional mining and logging.

As the Indians made their way on their 370 mile trek they gained supporters and international attention to their cause and simple way of life.  They started walking in August and only this week were setting up camp near the presidential palace.

Regardless of this major victory the Indians still want to meet with the President to be assured of his decision and to discuss other incursions into native lands in Bolivia.

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J Lo’s Emotional Breakdown on Stage Over Lost Loves

J Lo’s Emotional Breakdown on Stage Over Lost Loves

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Jennifer Lopez was hired to celebrate the 15th year anniversary of the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut by singing a medley of her songs but she had an emotional breakdown mid-point through her performance witnesses are reporting.

Yesterday, as J Lo sang ‘If You Had My Love’ and spoke to the packed house at Mohegan about love and “The first song I wrote about love. And the last song I wrote about love.  A lot has happened since then.” She lost her composure and started to cry shortly thereafter.  She was able to finish the song Radar Online reports but left the stage immediately after. 

She was able to return to the stage but only stayed for a short time visibly distressed accordance to other witnesses.  The audience treated Lopez to a standing ovation.

 

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15-Year Mexican Teen Detained as Narco Leader and Killer of 2 Female Associates

15-Year Mexican Teen Detained as Narco Leader and Killer of 2 Female Associates

Photo: Isla Mujeres Has a Teen Narco Killer on their Hands

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Mexico once again has a teen-narco killer on its hands, known by the nickname of “El Gallito” or “The Little Rooster”, who is alleged to have run a drug gang and have murdered two female underlings of his.

The teenager, Jhonatan Marin Meneses, has confessed to Mexican authorities that he ran a narco operation on the Isla Mujeres, a well known resort area and for killing two females that worked as local drug dealers for him.  The teen allegedly ran drug operations on the Quintaa Roo resort area for a local gang that has been identified as “Los Pelones” or the “Bald Ones”.

This local gang is in a vicious battle to gain turf from the violent and national narco gang “Los Zetas”.  The teen came to police attention late last week when two women’s bodies were found murdered in a hotel room that Meneses paid for.  The women’s, whose throats were slashed, were allegedly killed for betraying “El Gallito” and selling drugs for another trafficker. 

The teen will be tried as a youth due to his age and will be sentenced as a juvenile offender and by Mexican law will be released when he turns 18 years-old.

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HELP FIND: 10-Year Old Run Away from Group Home Claiming to be Latin King Gang Member

HELP FIND: 10-Year Old Run Away from Group Home Claiming to be Latin King Gang Member

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Help us find BJ Peray, that Chicago Police are describing as a ‘high risk missing’ Hispanic juvenile.  The 10-year old boy has been a resident of the Lawrence Hall Youth Services group home on the northside of the city, since August 2011.  Since then he has run away from this group home on 6 different occasions.

He was last seen wearing blue uniform pants, a gray shirt and a black hoody. The 4’08”, 95 lb child told a staff member that he is now working security for the Latin Kings street gang.

On the same day Chicago police reported 13-year old Anycco Rivers also ran away from the group home, who also like Peray has run away often. 

Lawrence Hall Youth Services treats, educates and provides a home for some of the most at-risk youth in Illinois.

Anyone with information can contact the Chicago Police department at (312) 744-8266.

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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 San Antonio, Tx, Girl In a Coma

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Juan Laverde, Open Mic,  girl in a coma

Introducing:

From San Antonio, Tx:

Artist: Girl in a Coma
Song: “Si Una Vez” Selena Cover.

Band Members:
Nina Diaz - Guitars, Vocals
Phannie Diaz - Drums
Jenn Alva - Bass

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Hispanic Standout:  Eddie Bocanegra Chicago’s Own ‘Violence Interrupter’

Hispanic Standout:  Eddie Bocanegra Chicago’s Own ‘Violence Interrupter’

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It is not often you meet someone who says they want to make a difference and is willing to put their life on the line to do so.  HS News has found such a person in Eddie Bocanegra, a Chicago native, who is part of a unique group known as Violence Interrupters. The interrupters even step in between a would-be killer and their victim to try to avoid a shooting or killing.

Eddie, is on the front line of gang and urban violence and is on call 24/7 to reduce conflict and shootings.  In Chicago alone the city recorded 239 murders from beginning of the year through July, 2011 and 29 percent of the offenders were Latino. 

These ‘violence interrupters’ work under the umbrella of the CeaseFire program that uses a public health model to stop shootings and killings in local neighborhoods.  CeaseFire, founded eleven years ago, is a grantee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and uses a combination of street smarts and science to figure out where the next incident of violence is going to occur. 

Eddie himself is no stranger to violence, so when he comes on the scene or as he says ‘hangs out’ with the guys, they know he is one of them.  Having grown up in a predominantly Mexican-American neighborhood, he lives where he works and has learned the hard way to stay away from life on the street having served a 14 year prison sentence for murder. 

Eddie was not recruited by gang bangers he says but rather joined them to belong to something bigger and better than him self.  He felt out of place in school and at home so those ‘boys’ were another family to him.  And that family approach is what he brings when he goes on the street to diffuse a situation after a gang shooting occurs in Chicago – usually he knows what is going to happen on the streets before it even happens.  Eddie’s work is so impressive as well as those of other violence interrupters that a documentary has been made about this unique group.

The film titled “The Interrupters” comes from acclaimed director Steve James who gave us ‘Hoop Dreams’ and was produced by Alex Kotlowitz.  The film premiered in New York in July and has received numerous awards including being an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival.

This Hispanic Standout could of gone down many paths after going to prison at 17-years old and being released 14-years later but he knew where he would be needed the most - back on the streets of Chicago – stopping violence.  Eddie wants to keep up the incredible work he is doing but also has aspiration to go to Harvard or University of Chicago for a degree in social work or public policy. 

Check out Eddie helping kids through art when he isn’t on the street ‘interrupting violence’ and making a difference. 


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CNN’s Soledad O’Brien and Her Immigrant Roots

CNN’s Soledad O’Brien and Her Immigrant Roots

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CNN anchor and award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien recently visited Target headquarters in Minneapolis to talk about the importance of diversity, Hispanic Heritage Month and her critically-acclaimed memoir, The Next Big Story: My Journey Through the Land of Possibilities.

Daughter of two immigrant parents, O’Brien spends her life traveling around the globe telling other people’s stories and now she is ready to tell her story.  when asked about her new book she noted:  “I felt it was the right time to write a book. People asked me all the time about the stories behind the documentaries, like Black in America and Latino in America. And my perspective on those documentaries couldn’t be summarized into one sentence. It was an answer that involved my career and my upbringing.  I also felt that there was so much negativity around opportunity in America today. I think America is the land of possibilities. It certainly was for my parents. I wanted to explore that theme.”

And when asked on the importance of Hispanic Heritage Month she said:  “I think Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity to get a bunch of people with a shared background together in a room to talk about issues that matter to us.  And maybe more importantly, to ask questions, be inspired and think about a future.”

To read more about Soledad and her interview click here

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POLL:  Latinos Overall Have Favorable Opinion of Obamacare

There has been much debate related to health care reform both before President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law, and after its historic passage.

An October 2011 poll released by impreMedia and Latino Decisions (IM-LD) in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico indicates that Latinos are generally supportive of the major elements of the ACA, while uncertainties regarding implementation and recent experiences with health coverage loss and increased health care costs have weakened Latino’s optimism that the law will succeed in its goals.  One of the goals of the survey was to gather information about the economic well-being of the Latino population and their perceptions regarding the costs of health care in the heart of the economic recession.

Respondents were asked how their families’ financial situation has fared over the past year. While a large segment (43%) of the Latino population reports that they are doing “about the same” financially as they were a year ago, a comparable segment (39%) stated that they were doing “worse off.”
The survey also reveals that the majority (52%) of Latino families report that the costs of health care, including insurance, have “gone up” over the past year.  In addition to recognizing that health care costs have risen, the survey also reveals that the economic recession has resulted in many Latino families losing access to health insurance over the past couple of years.

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Roberto Perez: One of this Year’s Presidential Citizens Medal Recipients

Roberto Perez: One of this Year’s Presidential Citizens Medal Recipients

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President Obama recognized the 13 recipients of the Presidential Citizens Medal, one of the highest honors a civilian can receive. The award is given to Americans who have “performed exemplary deeds of service for their country or their fellow citizens.” At a ceremony in the East Room, the President praised the honorees’ commitment to service:

“The 13 Americans that we honor today have all faced that … moment when you see a neighbor in need and you have to ask yourself the question. They come from different backgrounds and they’ve devoted their lives to different causes, but they are united by the choice that they’ve made. They could have made excuses for doing nothing. Instead, they chose to help.”

This year’s winners truly included Americans from all walks of life and this year includes Roberto Perez of Miami, Florida.  As President of Alfalit, a non-profit organization combating illiteracy, Roberto Perez has led the charge for fighting illiteracy from Africa to South America. The organization has helped 7 million people learn to read in 22 countries. Perez previously worked as a social worker and as an ordained Methodist Pastor counseling prison inmates and recovering alcoholics. Perez receives the Citizens Medal for his passion and work on behalf of the less fortunate around the globe.

The 13 people chosen to receive this year’s medal were nominated by the public, and then carefully selected by the White House.  Click here to see entire list of winners.

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SundayOctober 23, 2011