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SundayNovember 6, 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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$150 Million Gift to Stanford University to Alleviate Poverty Expected to Benefit Latin America

$150 Million Gift to Stanford University to Alleviate Poverty Expected to Benefit Latin America

Photo: Robert & Dorothy $150 MIllion Gift to Standord

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The Stanford Graduate School of Business has established the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies with a $150 million gift from Dorothy and Robert King, MBA ‘60. The gift is among the largest ever to Stanford University. The institute’s aim is to stimulate, develop and disseminate research and innovations that enable entrepreneurs, managers and leaders to alleviate poverty in developing economies.

The donation will seek to “stimulate and spread research and management techniques for healthcare, transportation, agriculture, banking, communications and other sectors in poor countries.”  Entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, managers and leaders in Africa, Latin America and in other developing economies will be educated to relieve poverty through effective leadership and problem-solving.

Stanford faculty and students will be expected to work to support local groups in Africa, Asia, Latin America and other regions.

The institute’s work is based on the belief that a critical route for economic growth is through the creation of new entrepreneurial ventures.

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Decades Later ‘Carlos the Jackal’ Goes on Trial for 11 Murders & Countless Acts of Terrorism

Decades Later ‘Carlos the Jackal’ Goes on Trial for 11 Murders & Countless Acts of Terrorism

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The freelance terrorist Illich Ramirez Sanchez, better known as ‘Carlos the Jackal’ will finally come to trial for 11 murders he allegedly committed almost three decades ago in France.

Prior to being arrested in France in 1994, Sanchez has been tied to countless acts of terrorism from kidnapping OPEC ministers to hijacking a French jetliner to Africa to the massacre of Israeli athletes at the ’72 Munich Olympics.  He describes himself a ‘revolutionary for hire’. 

At tomorrow’s trial Sanchez will hear the case against him for four deadly bombings in France that occurred from 1982-83 that killed 11 people and injured 140.  He is currently serving 30-years mandatory on a life sentence in France for killing two French police and an informant in Paris.

Though vilified in movies, books and globally he is praised and admired by his home country of Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez, once praising him as a “revolutionary fighter”.  That is where the Jackal hopes to live out the rest of his life and this trial will ultimately determine that.

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Rain-Fueled Landslide Kills at Least 21 People, Traps Dozens in Colombia

Rain-Fueled Landslide Kills at Least 21 People, Traps Dozens in Colombia

Photo: Deadly Landlside in Manizales, Colombia

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Colombian authorities and the Red Cross are reporting that at least 21 people are dead and dozens of others trapped in the northwestern city of Manizales from a landslide over the weekend.

Rooftops and homes gave way in the landslide that was caused by heavy rains.  Today Red Cross and other rescue workers were looking for signs of life amongst the rubble, with CNN reporting that at least 13 people have been rescued.

Red Cross rescue director Cesar Uruena reported that as of early today at least 20 to 40 people remain missing with most of the deceased having been identified. 

The country continues to struggle with one of the worst rainy seasons on record.  Thus far over 200,000 Colombians have had to be evacuated due to the rainy season. 

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LATINO BLOTTER:  Is Luis Lopez the Most Honest Convict in America? (VIDEO)

LATINO BLOTTER:  Is Luis Lopez the Most Honest Convict in America? (VIDEO)

Photo: Luis Lopez turns himself in After Accidental Jail Release

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Luis Lopez, 37,  thought it was very odd that he was being released three months into his year-long conviction for drunk driving, driving with a suspended license, hitting two cars and then fleeing the scene.  Nonetheless, the Florida prison guard insisted he had a court order to release Lopez with the expectation he would serve the rest of his sentence from home.

Lopez, now being dubbed the ‘most honest criminal in America’, called his lawyer immediately who in turn told him that due to a bureaucratic snafu he should of never been released.  Many would of run, and many would of waited until (if ever) the over crowded Marion County jail system would of discovered their mistake. 

Lopez said when he turned himself in ‘It never should have happened. I just want to do what I have to do now, and get on with my life. That’s it.’  Check out the video when Lopez, accompanied by family and friends, turns himself back to jail.  The Florida prison system has not released a statement as to how this mistake occurred and when they expected to catch their mistake. 

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Kids Computer Game Fave ‘Carmen Sandiego’ to be a Live Action Film with Jennifer Lopez

Kids Computer Game Fave ‘Carmen Sandiego’ to be a Live Action Film with Jennifer Lopez

Photo: Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego to Feature J Lo

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Kids favorite detective ‘Carmen Sandiego’ is getting ready to become a feature film star, starring Jennifer Lopez in the title role.  The Hougton Mifflin educational video and computer game features the ‘world’s greatest detective becoming the world’s greatest thief’ and has been a teaching tool for young kids for years.

When the character became an animated TV series it developed a bigger following.  Now Walden Media has acquired the rights to create a film about this beloved character and will title it “Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?

Lopez, who just wrapped up ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’ with fellow Latina Cameron Diaz, is reported to be a producer on this live action version through her Nuyorican Productions.

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Newspaper Office in Vera Cruz Mexico Set on Fire With 20 Employees Inside

Newspaper Office in Vera Cruz Mexico Set on Fire With 20 Employees Inside

Photo: El Buen Tono Firebombed, Veracruz

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Mexican authorities in the state of Veracruz are reporting that early this morning a local newspaper office was set ablaze with approximately 20 employees inside it. 

The newspaper, El Buen Tono in Cordoba had only been in business for a month and had already come under fire for pointing out the failings of local authorities in the town.  According to reports 15 armed individuals easily overtook the guard on duty and quickly spread gasoline inside the entrance, editorial and advertising offices.

Mexican authorities are reporting no injures in spite of the facility being doused with gasoline.  Owner and publisher, Jose Abella Garcia is a former mayoral candidate of the PAN party.  On his twitter account he wrote in Spanish “Me quemaron el periodico, pero no las ganas,” meaning ‘they torched my newspaper but they won’t win this one.’

Cordoba, founded in 1618, is located in the middle of the state and has historical significance in that the Plan of Iguala was signed there confirming Mexico’s independence from Spain.

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Predominantly Latino Church Sues City for Discrimination When Its Not Allowed to Operate

Predominantly Latino Church Sues City for Discrimination When Its Not Allowed to Operate

Photo: Iglesia Cristiana Renacer Sues Lynn city

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What is going on in Lynn city, Massachussetts with the Iglesia Cristina Renacer – is it racial discrimination or a simple case of bureaucracy?  The members of the Iglesia Cristina are suing city officials betting it’s discrimination that is keeping them from practicing their faith in the building they own but can not occupy.

The predominantly Latino congregation purchased the property back in 2009 for $300,000 and then proceeded to spend over $100,000 to repair the building until the city refused to issue it permits to continue construction.  The city claims they need close to one hundred parking spaces for the 84 person congregation. 

Apparently the city has overlooked that a nearby church is not being held to the same zoning standard or that churches are typically given ‘hardship’ exemptions.  And the city is apparently overlooking that the next door neighbor to the church is the head of the city council, John Phelan.  Will it matter that Phelan and others have argued that having Iglesia Cristina will “hurt property values and quality of life” in the neighborhood?

The congregation is losing money every day and followers since it does not have a church to pray in, has to pay legal fees and is paying the mortgage for the property.  In its suit the church is confident Lynn officials are violating federal law that does not allow discrimination against houses of worship.

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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 Honduras, Tropa de baco

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Juan Laverde, Open Mic, tropa de baco

Introducing:

From Honduras:

Artist:Tropa de Baco
Song: Constante

Band Members:

Ramsés Barrientos - Guitar
Jorge Servellón - Bass
Fernando Varela - Vocals
Marlon David - Keyboards
Luis Servellón -  Drums

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STUDY:  Latinos and Blacks Will be the Most Hurt With Medicaid Cuts

STUDY:  Latinos and Blacks Will be the Most Hurt With Medicaid Cuts

Photo: Latinos & Blacks to be Most Hurt by Medicaid Cuts

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A new report, Medicaid: A Lifeline for Blacks and Latinos, shows how the state and federally funded health insurance program for low- income people, has historically played a critical role for people of color, providing coverage for millions of blacks and Latinos of all ages.

While Medicaid covers many more white people, because blacks and Latinos tend to have lower incomes than whites,3 they are more than twice as likely to rely on Medicaid for health coverage. In both black and Latino communities, a little more than one in four people relies on Medicaid for their health care;.

Medicaid helps roughly half of all black and Latino children get a healthy start in life. And it helps black and Latino seniors and people with disabilities who need long-term care.

Specifically for the Latino community Medicaid covers nearly one in four Latino with cancer, more than 25% of Latinos with diabetes are covered by Medicaid and nearly two in five Latinos with lung disease are covered by Medicaid. 

The study concludes that Cuts to Medicaid, whether at the state or federal level, would mean the loss of essential health care for people of color who rely on Medicaid, including millions of blacks and Latinos with serious health care needs. Proportionally, cuts to the program have a much wider and deeper impact on the black and Latino communities than on whites because a significantly higher share of these communities depends on the Medicaid lifeline, including roughly half of all black and Latino children.

 

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POLL:  Latinos Overwhelmingly Support Stronger Gun Laws

POLL:  Latinos Overwhelmingly Support Stronger Gun Laws

Photo: Latinos Overwhelming Support Gun Control

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The bipartisan coalition of Mayors Against Illegal Guns today announced the results of a new public opinion survey showing overwhelming support among Latino voters for strong gun laws designed to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, tough enforcement practices, and state control over who can carry concealed, loaded guns in public places.

The survey by Lake Research Partners shows Latinos strongly believe laws governing gun sales should be made stronger and that states – not Congress – should have the authority to decide who can carry loaded, concealed guns within state borders. A measure headed quickly for a vote by the U.S. House would override state authority to set standards for who can obtain a concealed carry permit.

Among the poll’s key findings:

- 69 percent of Latino voters believe laws governing the sale of guns should be stronger.  24 percent believe laws should be kept as they are now, and only five percent of Latinos believe gun laws should be less strict.

- A large majority of Latinos, including more than 70 percent of Latino Republicans, Latino gun owners and Latinos over 50, believe that people from other states should not be allowed to carry a loaded and concealed gun in their state unless they meet their state’s legal requirements.

- Nearly nine in 10 Latinos – 86 percent – support requiring all gun buyers to pass a criminal background check, no matter where they buy the gun and no matter who they buy it from.  Today, only federally licensed gun dealers are required to perform background checks, although 40 percent of U.S. gun sales are conducted through unlicensed sellers.

- 6 percent of Latinos favor a new Obama Administration program requiring gun dealers in border states to report when someone attempts to buy more than one semi-automatic assault rifle within a five-day period.

The Lake poll also shows strong support among Latino voters for requiring all gun sellers to conduct instant criminal background checks, a central element of the Fix Gun Checks Act of 2011.  The legislation was first proposed by the Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition after January’s mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona and has been introduced in the House and Senate. 

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Humanitarian Emergency Due to Floods Only Beginning in Central America UN Warns

Humanitarian Emergency Due to Floods Only Beginning in Central America UN Warns

Photo: Severe Flooding El Salvador, Nicaragua

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The humanitarian emergency caused by last month’s devastating floods in Central America is only just beginning, a top United Nations relief official said today, warning that the situation could get worse for the estimated 1.2 million people affected without urgent international support.

“The people affected by this crisis have lost everything, and their difficulties are only just beginning,” Catherine Bragg, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said as she wrapped up a four-day visit to Nicaragua and El Salvador, two countries badly hit by the disaster.

“Hundreds of thousands of people face a struggle for survival over the next six months. We must act now. We cannot let the people of El Salvador and Nicaragua down.”

Up to 300,000 people fled the floods in El Salvador during the peak of the rains in October, and the homes and livelihoods of 143,000 people have been affected by heavy rains in Nicaragua. Thousands of homes have been damaged, possessions destroyed and hundreds of schools, roads and health facilities are closed.

The Governments and peoples of Nicaragua and El Salvador mobilized emergency responders immediately after the floods, and have succeeded in minimizing the loss of lives, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

“But the cumulative effect of annual catastrophic events has pushed national capacities to their limit,” the Office said. The UN is mobilizing international assistance to assist the efforts of the Governments and last week launched emergency appeals for both countries.

However, the $14 million appeal for Nicaragua is currently only 22 per cent funded, while the $15 million appeal for El Salvador is only 23 per cent funded.

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FBI Breaks Up Major Fake ID Ring Supplying to Undocumented Aliens in Over 40 States & Mexico

FBI Breaks Up Major Fake ID Ring Supplying to Undocumented Aliens in Over 40 States & Mexico

Photo: Major Fake ID Ring Busted

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More than 300 law enforcement officers from federal and local agencies executed dozens of arrest and search warrants this week relative to multiple fraudulent document rings operating in Los Angeles, Riverside, and Santa Barbara Counties; Northern California; Illinois; and Texas, with connections to other states and Mexico.

The document fraud rings supported a variety of criminal activity. The announcement was made on behalf of multiple departments whose investigators worked on the case, including the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, as well as agencies in Illinois, Texas, and other parts of California.

One of the main targets of the investigation is Alejandro Morales Serrano, who allegedly manufactures raw materials that are then used to manufacture false documents on a large scale. The false documents generated by the rings included United States Permanent Resident cards, Social Security cards, Mexican Consular Identification cards, and driver’s licenses. The indictment alleges the Serrano and other co-conspirators support the manufacture of false driver’s licenses for approximately 40 of the 50 states and within Mexico.

Evidence developed during the investigation revealed that the fraudulent documents were utilized by illegal aliens to gain employment, as well as other citizenship and residency related benefits. In addition, the operation supported a variety of criminal activity, in that the false documents were instrumental in the commission of credit and bank fraud, tax fraud, identity theft, and pharmaceutical diversion schemes.

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Bolivia Sets Out to Reduce Infant & Maternal Mortality

Bolivia Sets Out to Reduce Infant & Maternal Mortality

Photo: Bolivia to Tackle Infant Mortality

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The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $35 million loan to Bolivia for a program to reduce infant and maternal mortality by improving the health services network in the department of Potosí.

The program, which will benefit more of 788,000 people, will help the Ministry of Health and Sport to meet Objectives Three and Four of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. The Bolivian government will contribute $7.27 million to the program to ensure the sustainability of its investments.

Located in southwest Bolivia, Potosí is one of the country’s poorest departments. The majority of the population is indigenous and rural. Rates of maternal and child mortality in the department are among the highest in the country and in Latin America.

The program will improve the promotion and adequate use of health services and will strengthen the referral system.

Another priority is to improve infrastructure and equipment for Potosí´s departmental health network by constructing and equipping the Madre Obrera Hospital in the city of Llallagua, which will provide quality care to the local rural population. In addition, two top-level health centers will be built, 50 health centers will be renovated, 25 will be expanded, and 200 will be provided with equipment.

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SundayNovember 6, 2011