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MondayOctober 31, 2011

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STUDY: Hispanic & Black Teens Heavily Targeted by Soft Drink Manufacturers

STUDY: Hispanic & Black Teens Heavily Targeted by Soft Drink Manufacturers

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Yale University’s Rudd Center has released an unprecedented report on sugary drink nutrition and youth-targeted marketing.  The study found that young people are being exposed to a massive amount of marketing for sugary drinks, such as full-calorie soda, sports drinks, energy drinks, and fruit drinks, according to a new study from the Rudd Center.

The study is the most comprehensive and science-based assessment of sugary drink nutrition and marketing ever conducted.

The data show that companies marketing sugary drinks target young people, especially black and Hispanic youth.

The report’s authors studied marketing by 14 beverage companies and examined the nutritional quality of nearly 600 products including full-calorie soda, energy drinks, fruit drinks, flavored water, sports drinks, and iced teas, as well as diet energy drinks and diet children’s fruit drinks.

“Beverage companies have pledged to improve child-directed advertising,” said lead researcher Jennifer Harris, PhD, MBA, Director of Marketing Initiatives at the Rudd Center. “But we are not seeing a true decrease in marketing exposure. Instead companies have shifted from traditional media to newer forms that engage youth through rewards for purchasing sugary drinks, community events, cause-related marketing, promotions, product placements, social media, and smartphones.”

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Mexican Sinaloa Drug Cartel Operating in Arizona Dismantled, 76 Arrested

Mexican Sinaloa Drug Cartel Operating in Arizona Dismantled, 76 Arrested

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Federal, state and local authorities announced the results Monday of “Operation Pipeline Express,” a 17-month multi-agency investigation responsible for dismantling a massive narcotics trafficking organization suspected of smuggling more than $33 million dollars’ worth of drugs a month through Arizona’s western desert.

At a news conference Monday, top-level representatives for the agencies overseeing the investigation, including U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, laid out details of the case.

Officials say the ring, organized around cells based in the Arizona communities of Chandler, Stanfield and Maricopa, used backpackers and vehicles to move loads of marijuana and other drugs from the Arizona-Mexico border to a network of “stash” houses in the Phoenix area. After arriving in Phoenix, the contraband, which also included cocaine and heroin, was sold to distributors from multiple states nationwide.

Monday’s announcement comes just four days after federal and local investigators executed the third in a succession of large-scale enforcement actions tied to the probe, taking another 22 defendants into custody. To date, 76 individuals have been criminally arrested in connection with “Operation Pipeline Express,” ranging from organizational “bosses” to stash house guards and load drivers.

During last week’s warranted searches, authorities seized more than two tons of marijuana, 19 weapons - including assault rifles, handguns, and shotguns - and nearly $200,000 in cash.

Intelligence gathered as part of “Operation Pipeline Express” indicates the organization is tied to Mexico’s Sinaloan cartel and has been in existence for at least the last five years. During that timeframe, authorities conservatively estimate the ring has smuggled more than 3.3 million pounds of marijuana, 20,000 pounds of cocaine and 10,000 pounds of heroin into to the United States, generating almost $2 billion in illicit proceeds.

Authorities believe the organization has produced such huge profits by gaining a virtual monopoly over the smuggling routes along an 80-mile section of Arizona’s international border, from Yuma to just east of the community of Sells.

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U.S. Citizen Students Suing Florida for Denying them In-State Tuition Due to Parents’ Status

U.S. Citizen Students Suing Florida for Denying them In-State Tuition Due to Parents’ Status

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A group of American-born students have filed lawsuit against the state of Florida for denying them in-state tuition simply because their parents are undocumented immigrants, not the students.

‘As an American, and a lifelong Florida resident, I deserve the same opportunities,’ Wendy Ruiz told the Miami Herald.

Ruiz is one of five students suing the state for what they say is a violation of their rights as citizens.

Though Ruiz and the other students involved in the lawsuit were born in the U.S., their parents were not and do not currently have legal status.

Advocates for this group says their case has nothing to do with the DREAM Act, since legislation like that is intended for undocumented students and not legal residents born to undocumented parents.

Each semester, Ruiz has had to pay three times what other legal citizens have to pay, making the idea of advancing to another, more expensive school once she finishes up her current two-year Biology degree rather daunting.

The group’s representation, Tania Galloni, an attorney at the Southern Poverty Law Center of Miami told the Palm Beach Post. ‘There is nothing in the statute that says they have to do this. This is an interpretation of the law being made by state officials.’

The lawsuit states, “Many talented American students must either forgo higher education or incur extraordinary costs, in both money and time, in order to obtain the same education made available to other Florida residents at a small fraction of the cost.”

Michael A. Olivas, a professor of immigration and higher education law at the University of Houston, said Florida is going to have trouble defending the denial of in-state tuition to legal Florida resident.

Simply put, Olivas said, “There’s no asterisk on citizenship. Either you are or you are not.” He added that attempting to defend the policy will be “expensive” and “foolish” of the state.

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Victor Cruz Saves the New York Giants, Then Salsa Dances (VIDEO)

Victor Cruz Saves the New York Giants, Then Salsa Dances (VIDEO)

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Wide Receiver Victor Cruz saved the New York Giants from an embarrassing defeat against the Miami Dolphins yesterday, with a 25 yard touchdown followed by his signature salsa dance.

With only 6 minutes left in the game, Victor Cruz caught a 25 yard pass from Eli Manning, spun off a tackle attempt by Will Allen and raced into the end zone to score the game-winning touchdown.

Then, Cruz broke into a salsa strut, his signature celebration, and one that he’s not going to change anytime soon.  As “My mother (Blanca Cruz), doesn’t want me to change it, so I’ve got to keep it now,” said Cruz.

Cruz ended the day with 7 completed passes for 99 yards, another positive result to one of the player’s most exciting seasons so far.  Thanks to Cruz’ skills the Giants defeated the Dolphins 20-17 and they have a 5-2 record leading the NFC East.

Read more at nydailynews.com →

Chile’s Constitutional Court Says No Gay Marriage

Chile’s Constitutional Court Says No Gay Marriage

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In a 9-1 vote, Chile’s Constitutional Tribunal has declared arguments for the legalization of gay marriage “inapplicable,” refusing to grant marriage licenses to gay couples. 

On September 29 of last year, Cesar Peralta and Hans Arias tried to get a marriage license at the Civil Registry, but had their application denied. Another couple legally married in Canada—Stephane Abran and Chilean Jorge Monardes also tried to get their license in Chile, but were denied. Victor Arce and Miguel Lillo, legally married in Argentina also tried to get their marriage license, and they were also denied.

These three gay couples, in conjunction with Chile’s Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation  (MOVILH) filed the case last year as part of a campaign to challenge the constitutional validity of the Article 102 of the Chilean Civil Code, which defines marriage as an union between a man and a woman.

However in a 9-1 vote, Chile’s Constitutional Tribunal has declared arguments for the legalization of gay marriage inapplicable, according to the Santiago Times:

“The strictest reading of the law comes from Judge Marisol Peña and Judge Raúl Bertelsen, president of the tribunal. The judges hold that marriage between two people of the same sex is unconstitutional.

Three other judges within the tribunal, including former tribunal president Judge Marcelo Venegas, took a centrist position, ruling that the official’s decision was in accordance with the law and there is no room for appeal. The judges do not believe same-sex marriage is against the Constitution, however, and left the door open for future appeals.

The last opinion voiced, held by four left-leaning judges, rejected the appeal but called for legislation to be sent to Congress concerning the issue.

A spokesperson for MOVILH said that they would not provide an official comment on the ruling until the verdict is released next week.

They also said the group is prepared to challenge any adverse result in the appeals court and if necessary in Chile’s Supreme Court.

 

Read more at Santiago Times →

PGA Announces New Tour in Latin America

PGA Announces New Tour in Latin America

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The PGA Tour is launching a developmental tour south of the border, hoping it can expand its presence in South America as golf prepares to become an Olympic sport again in 2016 in Brazil.

The “PGA Tour Latinoamerica” will start next year, featuring 11 tournaments that will be played in seven countries, most of them in South America but including Mexico and Puerto Rico.

The tournaments will have 144-man fields consisting primarily of players from the region, although there likely will be some access for Americans who now play the mini-tours. The top players on the Latin American tour then will have access to the Nationwide Tour.

“This expansion into Latin America, when combined with what the Nationwide Tour has been able to accomplish in the region in recent years, is part of the natural progression for golf which continues to grow globally,” PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said. “We see this as an opportunity to help in the further development of elite players across the region.”

Tournaments are to be played next year from September through December in Mexico, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Peru. The Nationwide Tour already has an event in Colombia, and will have one next year in Chile.

The tour still has to determine how many players from Latin America could advance to the Nationwide Tour, though a decision is expected to be made before the Latin American tour begins.

Latin America already has produced players such as two-time major champion Angel Cabrera, Andres Romero and Jose Coceres of Argentina, Camilo Villegas of Colombia, Jhonattan Vegas of Venezuela and Carlos Franco of Paraguay, who has played in the Presidents Cup.

Cabrera and Romero got their starts by going to Europe, while Franco first blossomed while playing in Japan.

“This potential pathway to the higher levels of professional golf is something that is an improvement for the players in the region,” said Henrique Lavie, the commissioner of the Tour de las Americas.

Lavie will become executive director of the new Latin American tour, which hopes to grow to 14 events by 2013.

Read more at PGA - Tour de las Americas →

LATINO BLOTTER: Too Drunk to Fly. Airline Passenger Lands Himself in Jail After Hitting Officers

LATINO BLOTTER: Too Drunk to Fly. Airline Passenger Lands Himself in Jail After Hitting Officers

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A New Mexico man was allegedly too drunk to board a flight to Portland. He claims he only hit an officer in the face because he was upset about having to leave his luggage at the airport.

Laurence Peña would never make his flight over weekend, though he would land himself a luxurious trip to jail, courtesy of the Albuquerque Aviation Police.

Saturday, a TSA agent alerted an officer to Peña’s condition, as he seemed quite intoxicated.

When the officer arrived at Peña’s location and verified that he was indeed drunk, he left it up to Southwest Airlines to decide if they wanted him on the plane. When he was asked to sober up and come back later, Peña grew both verbally and physically abusive.

When officers tried to detain him, he literally went kicking and screaming. While in handcuffs, Peña managed to hit one officer in the face, and cut the hand of another.

Sunday, Peña told a judge he grew upset with the officers because he was “already at the airport and had checked my bags.”

The judge said he will allow Peña to go back to the airport to retrieve his belongings after he posts bail.

The Albuquerque Aviation Police Chief Marshall Katz told local ABC affiliate KOAT, ‘The best advice in the world is the free advice. Don’t drink and drive, and don’t come to an airport drunk. it’s just a bad idea.’

In the end, Peña was charged with battery on a peace officer.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Sends Racy Pictures of Fan to Everyone He Knows Including Fiancé -Oops!

Cristiano Ronaldo Sends Racy Pictures of Fan to Everyone He Knows Including Fiancé -Oops!

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Family members, Hollywood VIP’s, and even fiancé Irina Shayk got a forward e-mail from Cristiano Ronaldo containing half-naked pictures of a German fan. 

Not even Ronaldo can explain how he confused the ‘delete’ button, with the ‘send to everyone I know including my girlfriend’ button; but he did and everyone he knows got an email with 5 racy pictures of a sexy German fan.

Ronaldo is reportedly mortified, specially for having sent the email to his fiancé, who hasn’t said anything about it. He has had to explain to friends, family, and Hollywood personalities such as Kim Kardashian that somehow, when he meant to delete the email, he selected everyone on his list instead and hit the send button.

Oophs!!!

 

 

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President Obama’s Donated Nobel Prize Money Provides Scholarships for Hispanic Students

President Obama’s Donated Nobel Prize Money Provides Scholarships for Hispanic Students

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Thanks to the money President Obama received from his Novel Peace Prize in 2009, 12 Hispanic students are being given the opportunity to advance their education.

A dozen students were given money from the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, which was given $125,000 from the President, to pursue higher education in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Frank Alvarez, CEO of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF), said he knew exactly what to do with the money. Twenty-four $5,000 scholarships were created, 12 of them given out last year.

In a press release, the HSF announced the scholarship recipients.

• Walaa Abdallah, 20, of Yonkers, N.Y., is majoring in chemical engineering at Manhattan College in Riverdale, N.Y.
• Itxia Acevedo, 19, of Lewisville, Texas, who is majoring in biology with minors in chemistry, secondary education, and Spanish at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.
• Carlos Alas, 20, of Naples, Fla., is majoring in mechanical engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.
• Juan Crespo, 20, of Granger, Ind., is majoring in atmospheric science at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.
• Rachael Hernandez, 21, of Chanhassen, Minn., is pursuing a double major in biology and Spanish at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn.
• Roberto Jaramillo, 22, of Tucson, Ariz., is majoring in elementary education at the University of Arizona in Tuscon.
• Jesus-Mario Luevano, Jr., 20, of El Paso, Tex., is majoring in molecular and cellular biology with a minor in global health and health policy at Harvard University in Boston.
• Katherine Minaya, 19, of New York City is a biological science major at the University of Chicago.
• Eduardo Morfin, 23, of Sylmar, Calif., is majoring in aerospace engineering at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
• David Rodriguez, 20, of Casselberry, Fla., is an information technology major at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Fla.
• Adriana Ruiz, 19, of Phoenix is a civil engineering major at Arizona State University in Phoenix.
• Jenny Salgado, 21, of Charlotte, N.C., is a civil engineer major at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.


Katherine Minaya, who is attending the University of Chicago told the school’s paper, The Chicago Maroon, ‘Whatever it is I end up teaching, however, I want to make sure I impact another disadvantaged student’s life the way my life has been. Without teachers who cared, I would not be doing any of what I am doing today.’

In recent years, President Obama often spoke of wanted to increase both the number of students in STEM programs and the number of STEM educators. Alvarez says the HSF has also been working to get at least one college degree in every Hispanic household.

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Eva Longoria’s Flirty dinner with NBA’s Matt Barnes, ‘Just Business’

Eva Longoria’s Flirty dinner with NBA’s Matt Barnes, ‘Just Business’

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Actress Eva Longoria has denied rumors that she was on a date with Lakers’ Matt Barnes last Thursday, and said the dinner in NY was to talk about a charity event.

The New York Post’s ‘Page Six’  reported Sunday that actress Eva Longoria and basketballer Matt Barnes were seen sharing a cozy, flirty dinner at Il Mulino Restaurant in Greenwich Village.

A disgruntled Longoria lashed back on the internet, telling her 2.5 million followers “Once again, press gets it wrong, Matt Barnes and I are not dating! We are doing a charity event together for Padres and Athletes vs Cancer.  Why is the truth never the headline?”

Barnes had announced last week that he and fiancé Gloria Govan, mother of his 2-year-old twins and star of the VH1 reality show “Basketball Wives LA,” had separated.  Meanwhile Longoria has been dating Penélope Cruz brother, Eduardo Cruz since the Spring.

 


 

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10-Year Old Jasmen Gonzalez’ Body Found 2 Blocks From Where She Disappeared

10-Year Old Jasmen Gonzalez’ Body Found 2 Blocks From Where She Disappeared

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UPDATE:  The Dallas County Coroner has just revealed that 10-year old Jasmen Gonzalez was stabbed to death and sexually assaulted when she was apparently abducted from the residence she and her family where staying at while visiting family.  Reports say the young girl’s body was found four blocks away with her pants and underwear pulled down and no top.

Police have identified 23-year-old Jose Concepcion Sifuentes as the “person of interest” and are holding him for possible immigration violations.  Sifuentes was at the home where Gonzalez and her family where staying for a party.  Police no longer believe she wandered out of the house but rather was abducted.


The family of 10-year old Jasmen Gonzalez was given the tragic news today that a body found some 2 blocks from where she disappeared has been positively identified as Jasmen.

The 10-year-old and her family who are from Oklahoma City were staying in Carrollton, Texas visiting relatives when police say Gonzalez wandered out of the house possibly sleepwalking on Saturday.  There was a frantic search for her since she was unfamiliar with the area and was last seen wearing her pajamas with no socks, shoes or her glasses.

On Sunday at 3:35 p.m. police officials located a body of a young Hispanic female outside of another nearby residence. 

Now police authorities believe the youngster was kidnapped either from the home or while she was sleepwalking outside the home.  “A person of interest” is currently being interviewed.

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Florida Highway Patrol Pulls Over Speeding Miami Cop

Florida Highway Patrol Pulls Over Speeding Miami Cop

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Earlier this month, a Miami police officer was arrested for speeding by a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) officer just after 6:30 a.m.

Officer Fausto Lopez was late for another job when he was spotted by an Highway patrol Officer D.J. Watts. Lopez was seen reaching speeds of 120 mph in his marked police vehicle, while weaving in and out of traffic. The police report states that at one point, he slowed down to 78 mph, only to speed up once again.

Officer Watts followed Lopez, 35, for several minutes, even turning on her lights and sirens, only to watch Lopez continue driving. He eventually pulled over, and by way of her dashcam, Watts can be heard yelling for the driver to put his hands out the window. As she approaches the car, she has her gun drawn, in case the driver of the car is not in fact a police officer, but a thief.

When she gets to the Lopez, she sees he is in full uniform and has him exit the vehicle. He is handcuffed, though he can be heard saying, “Honestly, the handcuffs are not necessary, ma’am.”

Watts replied with, “You know what you are to me? You are a criminal.”

Lopez was cited with a misdemeanor moving violation, and when asked why he did not pull over sooner he said it was because he did not see Officer Watts behind him.

He added that he was trying to get to an off-duty job at a school, which he had to be at by 7:00 a.m.

After Officer Watts’ dashcam video went viral online, Commissioner Frank Carollo said, “The police, like everyone, must respect the laws. What has happened is unacceptable.”

Acting Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa told El Nuevo Herald that any person driving at that speed is putting the public in great danger, saying, “We learned of the incident the day it happened and immediately sent our internal affairs officers to contact the Florida Highway Patrol.”

Both the Miami Police Dept. and FHP have said they are investigating.


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WATCH ‘Anonymous’ Sends Video to the Zetas Cartel (VIDEO)

WATCH ‘Anonymous’ Sends Video to the Zetas Cartel (VIDEO)

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‘Anonymous’ says they will release information of Mexican cops, businesses and journalists that are connected with the Zetas cartel, if the thugs don’t release a kidnapped hacker.

An “Anonymous” hacker was kidnapped by the Zetas in Veracruz while participating in a street level protest called #OperationPaperStorm.

A video released by Anonymous earlier this month, demanded the liberation of their peer, and gave the Zetas until November 5th (when the group has also vowed to take down Facebook) to release him unharmed and if they don’t do so, Anonymous would release information uncovering the cartel’s corrupt allies in the Mexican police force, government and news media.

“Anonymous of Veracruz, Mexico and the World, we would like you to know that a member [of Anonymous] was kidnapped while engaged in #OperationPaperStorm in our city. We demand his freedom. We want the army and marines to know we are tired of the delinquent group “the Zetas” who have been dedicated to kidnapping, stealing from and extortion in many ways every honest and hard working Veracruz people that breaks his back day to day to feed his family. We are tired of the journalists and newspapers of Jalapa, Veracruz, Córdoba and Orizaba, who keep throwing s**t to honest authorities like the military and marines. We are tired of taxi drivers, commanders and police-zetas in the municipalities of Córdoba, Xalapa, Orizaba, Nogales and Río Blanco who have been dedicated to aid the zetas. For the time being we won’t publish the names and photographs of taxi drivers, journalists newspapers, or police, but if it becomes necessary we will even publish their addresses to see if the government detains them. We can’t defend us with a weapon, but we can do this with [make public] your houses, cars, bars, brothels and everything you own…We all know who you are and where you are. You made a mistake in taking one of us, release him and if something happens to him, you sons of b****es will remember the 5th of November.”

 

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Latinos: Will Eating Halloween Sweet Treats Make You Sweeter? Yes Says Research

Latinos: Will Eating Halloween Sweet Treats Make You Sweeter? Yes Says Research

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As Latinos get ready to don their Halloween finest the question must be asked:  If you have a sweet tooth for Halloween candy or for that matter all candy, will you have a sweeter personality?  You know you have to find a justification in gorging yourself in Halloween candy and we think we found one. 

The findings of U.S. researchers are the if you have a sweet tooth, you may have a sweeter personality. Researchers found that people who ate chocolate were more likely to volunteer to help another person in need, compared to those who ate a cracker or no food. Another test found that people tend to believe that people who like sweet foods are also more agreeable or helpful, but not more extroverted or neurotic.

“Our results suggest there is a real link between sweet tastes and pro-social behavior. Such findings reveal that metaphors can lead to unique and provocative predictions about people’s behaviors and personality traits,” Michael D. Robinson, a psychology professor at North Dakota State University in Fargo, said in a university news release.

The study was recently published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

“It is striking that helpful and friendly people are considered ‘sweet’ because taste would seem to have little in common with personality or behavior. Yet, recent psychological theories of embodied metaphor led us to hypothesize that seemingly innocuous metaphors can be used to derive novel insights about personality and behavior,” Brian Meier, an associate professor of psychology at Gettysburg College, in Pennsylvania, said in the news release.

“Importantly, our taste studies controlled for positive mood so the effects we found are not due to the happy or rewarding feeling one may have after eating a sweet food,” he added.

Unfortunately, Meier noted that the findings might not apply across all cultures, said similar cross-cultural research would be informative.

Read more at Health Finder →



MondayOctober 31, 2011