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ThursdayOctober 27, 2011

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Mexican Chef Omar Covarrubias Wins National Latino Chef of the Year

Mexican Chef Omar Covarrubias Wins National Latino Chef of the Year

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Chef Omar Covarrubias was awarded the National Award for the Latino Chef of the Year at the 3rd Flavors Of Passion Awards, which took place this past September at The Studios at The Hill and whose founder is the Chef Felipe Gaytan.  Chef Gaytan created this event to celebrate excellence in the Latin kitchen, through the recognition of the Chefs who are distinguished by their reputation, quality, variety, authenticity, creativity, presentation and excellence as a whole.

Chefs Douglas Rodriguez and Aaron Sanchez were awarded in previous years.

This great event was sponsored by recognized companies and a host of personalities and representatives of the government of Mexico and the United States.

Chef Omar Covarrubias is a great promoter of the excellence of Mexican food in the world,” said the Mexican Consulate in Dallas, TX.

Covarrubias added: “It’s pure love for Mexico and dedicated to God and my family, because in the world of cooking it would not be possible without the support of the family.”

Chef Omar was born in Mexico City on August 24, 1969 and at a very young age he was already experimenting with traditional Mexican products at his family’s hotel kitchen en Cuautla, Morelos, Mexico with the guidance and “secretos” of traditional “cocineras” from several regions of Mexico. He attended and graduated Johnson and Wales Culinary School in Florida. He was chosen as the Executive chef for governmental functions including gala dinner for Mexican president during his visit to the world economic forum in Davos, Switzerland.

He is also is the producer and host of TV’s “Meet Mexico for it’s Flavors“program recently awarded by AMAAC (Asociacion Mexicana de Artistas y Asesores Culinarios/Mexican Association of Culinary Artists and Advisors).

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Sign Voto Latino’s Petition to Stop Alabama’s HB56

Sign Voto Latino’s Petition to Stop Alabama’s HB56

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Here is your opportunity to make a difference - sign Voto Latino’s petition to Stop Alabama’s HB56. 

Voto Latino is vocalizing that the new Alabama law is tearing families apart and hurting local economies.  The petition is also meant to support Alabama Senator Beasley’s efforts to repeal this anti-immigrant law. 

According to Voto Latino:

Latino children in one school were singled out, taken to a cafeteria and questioned on their legal status. Crime victims are afraid to contact the police. Cities are cutting off water service to people they suspect of being undocumented. Farmers are losing millions of dollars from unpicked crops. These are just some of the many horror stories trickling out of Alabama in the past two weeks after a judge upheld most of Alabama’s anti-immigrant law HB56.This law in Alabama is not reflective of our country’s values. Alabama State Sen. Bill Beasley has seen first hand the damage HB56 has caused to his state and introduced a bill to repeal the law he described as “mean spirited.”We can stand up to hate. Sign our petition and tell Sen. Beasley we support his efforts to repeal the law and make Alabama a more inclusive, welcoming state.

Click here to sign.

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Guatemalan Police Arrest “Facebook” Killer

Guatemalan Police Arrest “Facebook” Killer

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Guatemalan Eduardo Chen García, created a Facebook profile that he used to contact two teenage girls that were found buried in a house outside of Ciudad de Guatemala.

Now Guatemalan National Police have arrested the 23-year-old Chen García in connection with the kidnapping and murder of 16-year-old Heiser Mercado, and 17 year-old Heidy Montúfar Lorenzana.  Chen García allegedly contacted the teenage girls via Facebook and lured them to a public place in the south of the Guatemalan capital on August 26.

Chen García kidnapped the girls and contacted the families only once, demanding half a million quetzals, roughly $62,000 in exchange for their freedom. The girls had already been murdered when he made the call. 

A man who helped Chen Garcia burying the bodies approached police with the story, saying guilt was eating him alive.  The unidentified man took police to the country home where the bodies were buried, and gave them Chen García’s name. The owner of the country home is still at large.

Chen García was taken into custody, and will be charged with murder, kidnapping, conspiracy and illicit associations.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Two Men Arrested on Felony Charges of Spaceship Theft

LATINO BLOTTER: Two Men Arrested on Felony Charges of Spaceship Theft

Photo: Arturo Evan Cadena (L), Richard Chavez (R) caught trying to steal neighbor's spaceship

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A convicted felon is once again facing felony charges in New Mexico after allegedly attempting to steal his neighbor’s spaceship.

Arturo Evan Cadena, 22, of Chamberino, NM, was caught red-handed when he and another man tried to steal a spaceship his neighbor had in his yard. The craft is said to be from the 1950s or ‘60s and as Assistant District Attorney Scot Key explained, “heavier than all get go.”

Key told the Las Cruces Sun-News that he believes the spaceship has some collectability as “you don’t run across those things too often.”

He added that he has been hearing about a number of metal-type thefts in the area, as copper and scrap metal can get thieves a quick penny or two.

The man with Cadena, Richard Chavez, said he was originally asked to help him clean up the property and load trash into his truck, but then agreed to help Cadena steal the neighbors aluminum spaceship, which was valued at between $4,000 and $5,000.

A witness saw Cadena and Chavez loading the former amusement park unit onto a truck earlier this month and confronted the two men, who threw the spacecraft back over the fence and ran.

Thursday, the men were indicted of charges of conspiracy, felony larceny, and criminal trespass.

Cadena already has a criminal record. In 2006, he was convicted of aggravated assault against household member with a deadly weapon and interference with communications. Then in 2008, he was convicted of criminal property damage, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, marijuana possession and aggravated drunken driving. He has also violated his probation six times.

His accomplice is now angel either, having been convicted of criminal mischief, trafficking marijuana, sexual assault, sexual assault against a child causing injury, residential burglary, resisting arrest, evading police, and several charges of drunken driving.

After being arrested, Cadena told officers she was stealing the spaceship for his kids.

We’re just guessing, but that probably won’t win him any Father of the Year awards.

Read more at Las Cruces Sun-News →

Hispanics are Not Costumes, We are People. So Put Away Your Sombrero and Fake ‘Stache

Hispanics are Not Costumes, We are People. So Put Away Your Sombrero and Fake ‘Stache

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An Ohio University group called Students Teaching About Racism in Society (STARS) wants you to think about who you may be offending with your Halloween costume.

STARS posters feature youths from several different cultural backgrounds holding up photographs of people at Halloween parties wearing turbans, kimonos, blackface, etc., each with the caption: We are a Culture, not a Costume. This is not who I am, and this is not okay.

“We wanted to highlight these offensive costumes because we’ve all seen them. We just wanted to say, ‘Hey, this is not cool. This is offensive and this shouldn’t be taken lightly.’ It’s offending a culture and people should be aware,” STARS president Sarah Williams told ABC.

The initiative has gone viral, and garnered both praise and mockery; some circles think the group is making something out of nothing, and casting a veil of shame over the perfect last minute costume. Internet trolls have now come up with their own versions of the poster, turning it into a meme overnight.

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Ezra Winton, a writer at artthreat.net made an interesting point about the possibly offensive costumes.

“Dressing up as a racial or ethnic stereotype is not the same as dressing up as a police officer or a nurse. This is about identity and oppression. When people must spend their lives subjugated because they do not belong to the dominant culture or ethnicity, they are in a daily battle to maintain their identity as they wish it to be formed, not as a hostile society has decided it should be or look like. As one scholar has put it – ‘We weren’t ‘colored women’ until we arrived in America, then we became such’.”

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Hispanics to Contribute 24% Growth for New Car Sales, Spending $18 Billion this Year

Hispanics to Contribute 24% Growth for New Car Sales, Spending $18 Billion this Year

Photo: Looking to get in on Hispanic car consumer market, Ford launched "Focus Te da Más" campaign

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At the “Aligning Next Generation Marketing with Today’s Digital Consumer” conference earlier this month, a panel came together to discuss the need for those in the auto industry to target Hispanics.

Hispanics in the U.S. are expected to spend $18 billion on new vehicles this year, and will account for 24 percent of the increase in new-auto sale.

At the conference, Ford’s Multicultural Marketing Manager Dave Rodriguez said his company is looking to increase its marketing towards Latinos to take advantage of a still under-tapped consumer base.

The panelists pointed out the importance of creating campaigns for Hispanics who do everything on their mobile phones, and also noted the need for companies to do their own research into what the Hispanic market needs, wants, and notices.

Nissan’s marketing agency has already created a Hispanic-centric campaign for the Nissan Versa. The concept, a Spanish-language TV campaign, “Innovacion a tu medida, Innovacion para todos”, was revealed at the conference by Danielle Austen of the marketing agency Team Ignition.

Ford also showcased its “Focus Te da Más” campaign, which involves various media outlets, including TV, radio, digital, social media, and public relations. Included in that are live branded segments on a variety of highly-rated Spanish-language TV shows.

Read more at Advertising Age →

CELEBRATE With Us the 125th Anniversary of the Statue Of Liberty

CELEBRATE With Us the 125th  Anniversary of the Statue Of Liberty

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The Statue of Liberty, one of America’s most recognizable landmarks and a beacon of the American Dream for millions of immigrants, turns 125 today!

The statue, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and gift to the United States from the people of France, was designed by Frédéric Bartholdi and dedicated on October 28, 1886.

The statue, including the pedestal and base, is scheduled to close for up to a year beginning on October 29, 2011, so that a secondary staircase and other safety features can be installed; Liberty Island will remain open. Public access to the balcony surrounding the torch has been barred for safety reasons since 1916.

Check out the videos below for more insight about this spectacular monument, a 2 minute HD tour of the Statue, and the incredible stunt of illusionist David Copperfield, who ‘disappeared’ the entire statue in the eighties.

 

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Petitioners Asking Rapper Kanye West to Stand With them Against Alabama Immigration Law

Petitioners Asking Rapper Kanye West to Stand With them Against Alabama Immigration Law

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Kanye West, the man who has pegged himself as the voice of this generation, has been asked to speak to Alabama legislators about the state’s harsh new immigration law.

A petition with nearly 1,000 has asked the rapper/producer to speak with Alabama leaders during while in Birmingham for his Watch the Throne tour alongside rapper/mogul Jay-Z.

The petition began on the website Change.org by William Anderson, a Birmingham resident, who asked others to join him in his attempt to get West’s attention.

The Alabama law, formerly known as House Bill (HB) 56 has been called discriminatory and racist by many, and has been deemed the most anti-immigrant law in the nation.

On the cause’s Change.org page, Anderson writes:

Alabama [has] passed a heinous immigration law (HB56) that makes children afraid to go to school, criminalizes aiding or helping undocumented immigrants, and even legalizes racial profiling. This law is an attack on the state’s citizens, documented and undocumented—white, black, brown, and otherwise. It has taken Alabama backward, to an era that civil rights leaders have fought hard to overcome. It is a dire situation that affects people of all colors, classes, and statuses, as our state is already being crippled economically by the exodus of the migrant population.

In the spirit of social justice and hip hop, please help us get the message to a world-renowned artist that we need help in this fight. Kanye West has spoken out publicly about issues of racial and economic justice before, and earlier this month he even showed up at Occupy Wall Street. Getting Kanye to speak out while he’s in Birmingham would have a dramatic impact on letting folks around the country see what is wrong with extreme immigration policy like Alabama’s.

The petition, “Ask Kayne West to Denounce Racist Law while in Alabama”, currently has 1,089 signatures, including Devon Morrisette who wrote, “This is the country’s harshest anti-immigration law, yet it hasn’t received half the attention Arizona did. We need more people to talk about this. We need a bigger voice. Kanye can give that to us!”

West has not released an official statement to the press or via Twitter regarding the petition, though he is scheduled to be in Atlanta, GA on the 28th to kick off his tour with Jay-Z.

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Bruised Steven Tyler Recovers and Continues Tour (VIDEO)

Bruised Steven Tyler Recovers and Continues Tour (VIDEO)

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Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler was suffering from food poisoning when he fell on the bathroom of his Paraguay hotel; he’s all fine now, and back on tour!

According to the singer himself, he just passed out while he was sick, and had to be rushed to the best hospital in town, where they stitched his left brow, did some plastic surgery, and reconstructed two teeth he had knocked out.

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He wore sunglasses through the first song of the concert the next day, but then removed it to reveal the extent of his eye bruises. The crowd went crazy.

Check out the video below of Tyler’s interview with the “Today Show”  from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Undocumented Immigrant Paralyzed in Work Accident says Texas Hospital is Telling Him to Leave

Undocumented Immigrant Paralyzed in Work Accident says Texas Hospital is Telling Him to Leave

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A hospital in Texas has been accused of trying to send a paralyzed immigrant away because he is undocumented.

Francisco Martinez has been at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston since being injured at work three months ago.

Martinez and his wife now say the hospital is telling him he has to leave.

A written statement from the hospital said, “Under state and federal laws we are obligated to provide emergency treatment without regard to citizenship, legal status or ability to pay.” However, hospitals are not reimbursed for such care.

Joe Compian of Gulf Coast Interfaith, a group specializing in health care issues for families in the region told local CBS affiliate, KHOU-TV, that hospitals all over Texas are being forced to carry the burden of paying for the healthcare of undocumented immigrants who are unable to pay them.

‘Every day. Every day. Every day. It’s not the first case we’ve dealt with here at UTMB,’ Compain told them. “The community is still struggling to rebuild its emergency health care capacity,” he said. “We’re also in the unenviable position of Texas having the highest level of uninsured people in the country.”

Martinez is an undocumented Mexican immigrant, and his common-law wife, Brandi Cullen Valderram, says that from the moment the hospital discovered her husband had no health insurance they’ve been telling them they have to leave.

“There was no insurance. And since we’ve been here they’ve been telling us that there’s no other option except for him to go to Mexico. They’ve been trying to push, push, push, push, push,” Cullen Valderram told KHOU.

She says the hospital has been given $450 a week, and she and her son are currently living a shelter.

If Martinez is forced to leave they say they have no idea where they will go.

Read more at CBS →

Stephen Colbert to Alabama: ‘I Told You So’  (VIDEO)

Stephen Colbert to Alabama: ‘I Told You So’  (VIDEO)

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As immigrant workers flee the stringent immigration laws in Alabama, the state’s crops are rotting, as there are no enough field men to pick them. Who could have predicted this? Only Stephen Colbert.

 

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Occupy Movement Moves to Colombian Orphanage Where Kids Demand to be Adopted (VIDEO)

Occupy Movement Moves to Colombian Orphanage Where Kids Demand to be Adopted (VIDEO)

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A group of Colombian children between the ages of 5 and 12 years old, occupied a terrace of the Social Protection Center that fosters them, denouncing abuse and pledging to be adopted.

For several hours, the youngsters rebelled, occupying the building’s terrace, and throwing rocks, sticks and metal rods to the adults trying to control them.  The children, aged 5-12 denounced systematic abuse from care-takers; most of them wearing their pajamas, demanding to be taken to a different orphanage, or simply adopted.

Police called to the scene refused to do anything until units from the local Infancy and Adolescence Police showed up.  The children hurled rocks, sticks and metal rods at any authority figure they saw, but when a neighbor approached them and tenderly asked them questions to attempt to mediate and learn “their demands” the children carefully lowered pineapples and other fruit as gifts to anyone that would listen to them.

The “mediator” neighbor told reporters that the minors told him care-takers abused the children physically and verbally; he said that the occupation, more than an act of rebellion, is the direct result of a love-less, family-less and abusive upbringing.

Personnel from the Social Protection Center hid indoors throughout the event, and refused to give a statement to the press.

 

 

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Proof of Citizenship Required to Get Alabama Library Card

Proof of Citizenship Required to Get Alabama Library Card

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In certain parts of Alabama, a state in which very controversial immigration legislation was recently passed, some wishing to acquire a simple library card are being told they need to prove they are legally in the country.

According to the regulations of the North Shleby Library in Birmingham posted online, as of September 1, if you want a library card, you have to prove you’re a legal resident of the country.

However, the library’s official mission statement does not have that provision, and states that service will be provided to anyone living or working within the service area.

Though the library is technically a nonprofit organization, it is the only library in the state considered a public corporation, and as such, president of the library’s board of directors Kay Kelley says it “has to follow the rules that all businesses must follow.”

Since the passing of Alabama’s strict immigration legislation, all corporations engaging in any kind of a contract with customers has to ensure they patron is in the country legally.

So for the business known as the North Shelby Library, which considers a library card a contract between itself and its patrons, it must “be careful” and ask for valid proof of legal residency, be it a valid driver’s license, passport, or other state- or federally-issued form of identification.

Read more at The Birmingham News →

Uruguay Set to Invest Millions in Bolstering Tourism Sector

Uruguay Set to Invest Millions in Bolstering Tourism Sector

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The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a loan for $5 million to promote tourism in six Uruguayan departments with the aim of boosting foreign exchange earnings, income, and employment.

The Program to Support the Tourism Sector will increase tourism investment in the departments of Soriano, Río Negro, Paysandú, Salto, Artigas, and Rivera. The program will focus on tourist destinations and activities related to the Uruguay River.

Objectives for the next four years are to increase tourism investment by 17 percent, boost foreign exchange earnings in target areas by nearly 23 percent, create new tourism enterprises, generate jobs, and raise incomes of low-income households.

The program will seek to enhance tourism in the Uruguay River Corridor and associated destinations, support entrepreneurship and private investment, and establish an integrated management model for the corridor.  Activities include building a network of river-based attractions and visitor centers that will be strategically located for new operators and tourists.

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Who Needs a Fancy Setting When Singing a Song from ‘Desperado’ Makes You This Happy? (VIDEO)

Who Needs a Fancy Setting When Singing a Song from ‘Desperado’ Makes You This Happy? (VIDEO)

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While we don’t know exactly who this guy is, he seems to be enjoying himself.

He’s singing “Cancion del Mariachi” made overwhelmingly popular by Antonio Banderas in the movie “Desperado”. And though he starts off singing it in Spanish, YouTube commenters has confirmed he goes on to sing the same song in Armenian and the various dialects spoken in the country of Georgia.

No matter the language this guy, and even his small audience are having a lot of fun.


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7,500 Rounds of Ammunition About to be Smuggled to Mexico Seized at Border

7,500 Rounds of Ammunition About to be Smuggled to Mexico Seized at Border

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Tucson Field Office, a component of CBP’s Joint Field Command – Arizona, arrested a man for attempting to smuggle nearly 7,500 rounds of ammunition into Mexico yesterday.

Nogales CBP officers conducting outbound enforcement operations at the Dennis DeConcini Port referred the 51-year-old Mexican man living in Rio Rico, for a secondary inspection of his Chevrolet SUV. When officers searched the vehicle, they discovered 5,860 rounds of 7.62 x 39, 1,100 rounds of .223-caliber and 500 rounds of 9-mm ammunition concealed in the vehicle’s quarter panels. In addition, a tactical armored vest was seized.

After arresting the man, CBP officers turned the driver over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigation for further investigation.

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Alabama Sued for Requiring Proof of Citizenship for Marriage Licenses

Alabama Sued for Requiring Proof of Citizenship for Marriage Licenses

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In a class action lawsuit filed yesterday, the Southern Poverty Law Center challenged a policy of the Montgomery County Probate Office in Alabama and probate offices across the state that denies undocumented individuals and U.S. citizens whose intended spouses are undocumented their constitutional right to marry.

The policy, enforced in 54 of Alabama’s 67 counties, requires non-citizens who are seeking to obtain a marriage license to provide proof of their legal presence through a visa, green card or similar immigration document. The suit also challenges policies that require, without exception, marriage license applicants to provide a Social Security card, which undocumented persons cannot obtain.

The SPLC filed the case on behalf of Linda Smith, a U.S. citizen, and “John Doe,” an undocumented immigrant. Smith and Doe have lived together in a committed relationship for nine years. Doe provides companionship and critical financial support to Smith and their family, including Smith’s two children and grandchild.

“This arbitrary policy attacks one of the most fundamental rights in this country – the right to marry,” said SPLC Legal Director Mary Bauer. “There is no reason why anyone should have to produce their ‘papers’ before they say, ‘I do.’”

In addition to McKinney, the lawsuit is directed at probate judges who enforce the policy even though it is not required by any federal or state law, including the Alabama’s recently passed anti-immigrant law, HB 56. The lawsuit seeks class action status to represent couples across the state who would be denied a marriage license due to such a policy.

The U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to marry to all people, regardless of immigration status. The lawsuit charges that the Montgomery County Probate Office’s marriage license policy, and similar policies in other counties, violates the Constitution’s due process and equal protection clauses.

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Record Cocaine Seizure in Barcelona Port – Hidden in Coffee Shipment (VIDEO)

Record Cocaine Seizure in Barcelona Port – Hidden in Coffee Shipment (VIDEO)

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The Spain’s Guardia Civil is reporting the attempted smuggling of 625 kilos (almost 1,400 pounds) of cocaine in a freight container from Brazil. The ship was transporting coffee and had been chartered in the Dominican Republic but the report says that the drug was loaded on board during a stopover in Brazil.

This is the largest confiscation of drugs ever made at the port of Barcelona. The authorities arrested two port workers for their suspected role in the attempted smuggling.

The drug was hidden in 16 sports duffel bags camouflaged among bags of coffee beans. The ship had left the Dominican Republic in September and the coffee was being sent to a company in Madrid.

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ThursdayOctober 27, 2011