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MondayNovember 28, 2011

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Three Killed in Chihuahua City, Mexico - Unidentified Gunmen Escape

Three Killed in Chihuahua City, Mexico - Unidentified Gunmen Escape

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Two men and a woman were killed by gunmen as they drove down an avenue over the weekend in Chihuahua city, the capital of the like-named northern Mexican state, police said.

The victims were on a busy avenue when their compact car was cut off by the gunmen, who opened fire on the vehicle, the Chihuahua municipal police department said.

The men got out of the car and tried to run, but the gunmen killed them, police said, adding that the woman was shot dead inside the automobile.

The unidentified gunmen managed to get away from the crime scene and investigators do not have any leads in the shooting.

Chihuahua, one of the states most affected by drug-related violence in Mexico, has accounted for about 30 percent of the more than 40,000 drug-related murders registered since President Felipe Calderon declared war on the country’s drug cartels nearly five years ago.

The state accounted for 1,567 of the 10,022 drug-related murders registered between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30 in Mexico, a report published last month in Mexico City’s Reforma newspaper said.

Chihuahua is home to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico’s murder capital.

Juarez, located across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas, has been the scene in the past few years of a turf war between the Sinaloa and Juarez drug cartels.

Ciudad Juarez has been plagued by drug-related violence for years.

The murder rate took off in the border city of 1.5 million people in 2007, when 310 people were killed, then it more than tripled to 1,607 in 2008, according to Chihuahua AG’s office figures, with the number of killings climbing to 2,754 in 2009.

More than 3,100 people were murdered in the border city last year, making 2010 the worst year since a war between rival drug gangs sent the homicide rate skyrocketing in 2008.

The killing has not slowed this year, with about 1,900 people murdered in Juarez.

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Registered Nurse John Benitez Jr. Fired for Treating Muslim Women Wearing Hijab

Registered Nurse John Benitez Jr. Fired for Treating Muslim Women Wearing Hijab

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A male nurse in Michigan has filed a sex-discrimination alleging that he was fired after he treated a woman wearing conservative Muslim dress known as hijab.

John Benitez Jr., 63, a registered nurse and Vietnam war Army medic working at hospital in the Detroit suburb f Dearborn says he was told by a Muslim supervisor not to care for Muslim women in hijab, and to refer them to her, the nursing supervisor.

However, on November 17, 2010, a doctor witnessed him referring a Muslim woman and questioned him about it. He explained what he had been told, and the doctor told him to stop doing that and to treat them himself.

He complied, but less than a month later he was fired. His lawyer, Deborah L. Gordon said her client was told that his termination was “not because of any performance problem, but was instead carried out because the clinic’s conservative male Muslim clientele did not want a male treating female patients.”

In October 2011, Benitez was told by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that he did have the right to sue, and his case was since filed in the Detroit U.S. District Court on Wednesday.

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Homemade Bomb Explodes in Santiago De Chile

Homemade Bomb Explodes in Santiago De Chile

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A homemade bomb exploded Monday outside the military prosecutor’s office in Santiago, but no injuries or damage were reported, Chile’s Carabineros militarized police force told Efe.

No one has claimed responsibility for the bombing, which occurred at 1:00 a.m., a few hours before the trial of six people accused of setting off 20 bombs between 2006 and 2010 started at the Justice Center.

More than two dozen bombings have been staged in Chile since 2006, targeting banks, large corporations, churches and public buildings.

Responsibility for the blasts is usually claimed by anarchists or anti-globalization groups, some of them linked to Chile’s disgruntled Mapuche Indians.

The six defendants are being tried for planting bombs and financing terrorist activities.

A total of 476 witnesses and 152 experts are slated to be called to testify during the trial, which is expected to last at least six months.

The six defendants are part of a group of 14 people arrested in August 2010 for belonging to anarchist groups.

Prosecutors withdrew the conspiracy charges against 13 of the suspects on Oct. 4, and eight of them were allowed to go free.

A member of one of the anarchist groups linked by authorities to the attacks died in May 2009 when the bomb he was carrying in a backpack exploded while he was riding a bicycle in Santiago, while another anarchist lost a hand, three fingers on his other hand and was partially blinded when a bomb went off as he was preparing to plant it at a bank branch in June.

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Infamous Murder Suspect Joran Van Der Sloot Sues Perú Govt, Vicitm’s Dad

Infamous Murder Suspect Joran Van Der Sloot Sues Perú Govt, Vicitm’s Dad

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Murder suspect Joran Van Der Sloot claims his human rights were violated when the Chilean government extradited him to Perú and is seeking $10M in damages.

According to Van Der Sloot’s suit, former Perú president Alan García pressured the Chilean government to have him extradited, a violation of his rights.

Furthermore, Van Der Sloot says police in Chile denied him access to a telephone, or the right to proper counsel.

In addition to Alan García, the lawsuit implicates former Peruvian Minister of Interior Octavio Salazar, former police generals Miguel Hidalgo and Cesar Guardia, as well as Ricardo Flores, the father of murder victim Stephany Flores.

Van der Sloot is charged with the death of Flores in a Lima hotel in May 2010. Prosecutors say they are seeking a 30-year sentence in her killing. The trial is set for Jan. 6.

Van der Sloot’s lawsuit against Chile is not the first time the Dutch murder suspect has complained his rights were violated.

Shortly after he was extradited he filed a complaint against investigators in Perú, claiming his laptop was improperly searched, and that he was arrested without a warrant and never provided with an official translator, which allegedly caused confusion during interrogation.

Van der Sloot is also the main suspect in the disappearance of Mountain Brook’s, Natalee Holloway, back in 2005. The Alabama 18-year-old, was on a trip to the island of Aruba with classmates when she disappeared. Van der Sloot, was arrested two times, but since the body of Holloway was never found, lack of evidence became his out-of-jail-card; he wrote a book about the case in 2007.


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Mexican American Mathematician Seeks a Place for Minorities in Science

Mexican American Mathematician Seeks a Place for Minorities in Science

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Mexican-American mathematician Richard Tapia, recent recipient of the National Medal of Science, has dedicated his career to endowing women and minorities with scientific knowledge.

Tapia, who received the award last month from President Barack Obama, became one of the few Hispanics to receive it thanks to his dedication to stimulating the study of mathematics and science among the least represented students.

The Rice University professor always knew such an award existed but never dreamed of one day winning it, because he never saw himself on a level with the more than 450 people who have been so honored since the medal was created in 1959.

“It makes me proud and I take it as a compliment, with a great deal of humility, maybe because that’s the way my Mexican-American roots are, or how my mother brought me up, somewhat submissively and taking everything calmly,” Tapia told Efe in an interview.

Tapia is esteemed by colleagues as a man of science who has fought for his ideals, struggled to get ahead and to help his fellow man.

“Richard is being recognized for his work in optimization theory and numerical analysis as well as for his contributions to ensuring that women and underrepresented minorities can also have successful careers in mathematics and science,” faculty colleague Neal Lane said.

Since Tapia assumed his position at Rice, the number of students belonging to ethnic minorities that have graduated from its school of science has doubled.

The son of Mexican immigrants, Tapia grew up in Los Angeles and became the first member of his family to go to college.

“My mom was 7 and my dad 11 when they came from Mexico, and they grew up talking about Mexico in a way than made the word sound like something beautiful - but it was definitely derogatory in the place I grew up,” Tapia recalled.

“I never heard anything good about Mexicans. People always said they stole cars, they didn’t study. There was an ideological conflict but it was my mother who took me to Mexico when I was 13 so I would understand where I came from,” he said.

Tapia knew then that he belonged to two cultures and chose the best of both.

“My mother made us believe that if we studied we could achieve anything we wanted. And she was right,” Tapia said.

To gain acceptance he had to deal with a host of obstacles in the course of his life, such as the day he won a math contest in high school and the teachers chose not to give him the prize in public as was customary - he was given the award out of sight in private instead.

“They didn’t want a Mexican to stand out and that’s something that hasn’t changed much today. What I want is the make everybody understand that they’re not going to look down on me because of the way I look, because I’m good at what I do and I can prove it,” he said.

Tapia was the first Latino named to the National Science Board, by President Bill Clinton in 1996.

In his personal life he has also dealt with some tough challenges, such his wife (a professional dancer) being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and the death of a daughter in a car crash.

“Who doesn’t like to receive prizes and honors? It’s encouraging, but the greatest satisfaction I’ve had is helping students when others won’t help them and refuse to forget about the color of their skin,” he said.

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Wife of Uruguay Soccer Coach Sprayed With Acid

Wife of Uruguay Soccer Coach Sprayed With Acid

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Not far from her own home, Silvia Martínez, 62, wife of Uruguayan soccer coach Oscar Tabárez was attacked by two men who sprayed a corrosive liquid on her face.

Police have no leads on the Saturday afternoon attack other than the unofficial testimony of the victim, who said two men on a motorcycle sprayed her in the face as she approached her property.

After the attack, Mrs. Martínez ran home, were she was tended to by her husband, who called the ambulance.

Hospital reports indicate Mrs. Martínez suffered first and second degree burns on 25% of her body, as well as severe lesions in her airways, as well as on her arms, face and torso.

So far, investigators have no suspects and have been unable to unearth evidence that could link this attack with the coach’s former maid, who was released from prison last Tuesday after serving a year-long sentence for stealing $500,000 from the coach.

Two months ago, Mrs. Mrtínez also filed a police report after she found ashes and burnt papers under one of the windows to her home; Police sources said the woman had been feeling threatened since that episode.

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Off-Duty Cop Makes Arrest at 30,000 ft on Dominican Flight to New York

Off-Duty Cop Makes Arrest at 30,000 ft on Dominican Flight to New York

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An off-duty police officer is being called a hero after an intoxicated passenger punched a male flight attendant in the face.

Officer Anibal Mercado, 39, of the New York Police Dept. was able to subdue and handcuff a man, Antonio Ynoa, 22, after he punched the flight attendant in the face numerous times for asking him to stop drinking the duty-free rum he had brought from the Dominican Republic, where the plane had departed from.

The JetBlue aircraft had plastic handcuffs on board and Officer Mercado used them to restrain the man.

After identifying himself as a police officer, the 18-year NYPD veteran said Ynoa ‘struck me a few times in the face as I was trying to restrain him.’

The plane landed at its destination, JFK airport, and Ynoa was met by FBI agents and was charged with assault and interfering with a flight crew. He has two previous closed arrests.

He said the arrest was “normal routine” except for the fact that it was made at 30,000.

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Argentina High-School Teacher Distributes Her Own Sex Clip Among Students

Argentina High-School Teacher Distributes Her Own Sex Clip Among Students

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A biology teacher from the Escuela Media Nº 1 “Manuel Dorrego”, in the city of Junín accidentally pointed her pupils towards a folder containing videos of her sex-capades with another teacher, stored in a USB flash-drive.

In an unfortunate and careless move, the biology teacher made all the files in her USB flash-drive available to her class of 17 year-olds.

The bulk of the files were biology readings and study materials, but inside a folder labeled “Vacation,” students found video of their teacher engaged in sexual intercourse with another teacher from the school.

In a matter of minutes, the video was downloaded and shared over the internet; parents knew about it before the teacher even found out it had been leaked.

According to local media, concerned parents went to the school to complain about the faux pas, adding it is not the first time the biology teacher has been involved in a sexcandal.  Allegedly she had been caught ‘fondling’ her lover on school grounds a while back, but no sanctions were issued then.


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Undocumented Student Takes Own Life, Frustrated DREAM Act Not Passed (VIDEO)

Undocumented Student Takes Own Life, Frustrated DREAM Act Not Passed (VIDEO)

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Letters from an undocumented student provide the only window into the mind of a high school student who committed suicide fearing he had no future.

As a senior at Juarez Lincoln High School in Mission, Texas, the family of 18-year-old Joaquin Luna says he dreamed of being an engineer, but after seeing the DREAM Act fail to pass earlier this year, he did not think he would be able to pursue that dream.

Friday night, his family said he put on a suit and tie, said goodbye to all of them, then proceeded to the bathroom where he shot himself in the head with a small handgun.

Luna’s family said he was devastated when the DREAM Act, and saw no way to pursue an engineering career without it.

He left behind letters explaining that he just wanted to continue his education, reach his goals, and improve life for his mother.

After hearing the shot, Luna’s brother, Diyre Mendoza ran to the bathroom, found his little brother and pulled in out.

‘As soon as I pulled him out into the kitchen I could see the bullet hole and there was no movement, no signs of anything,’ Mendoza told KGBT-TV Action 4 News.

His family is now preparing for his funeral.

Last year, the DREAM Act failed in the Senate despite support from both Democrats and Republicans. When it was reintroduced this past spring, it received no Republican support and failed once again.

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Chile and Mexico Sign Crime Fighting Agreement

Chile and Mexico Sign Crime Fighting Agreement

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The attorneys general of Mexico and Chile signed a cooperation agreement to bolster efforts to fight transnational criminal organizations, the Mexican Attorney General’s Office said.

The agreement, which was signed by Mexican Attorney General Marisela Morales and Chilean Attorney General Sabas Chahuan Sarras, expands the exchange of intelligence and promotes the training of prosecutors and forensic specialists.

Morales and her Chilean counterpart also opened the way for the expanded training of administrative personnel and other officials, who will be able to share experiences and learn best practices, “with strict respect for the autonomy of both institutions,” the AG’s office said.

National Criminal Justice Institute, or INACIPE, personnel will be trained in the area of oral arguments “given that Chile has experience in this area since it was the first Latin American country to adopt these types of practices,” the AG’s office said.

Officials discussed the need to coordinate efforts to fight transnational criminal organizations.

Mexico and Chile agreed to fight drug trafficking and related crimes under a policy of “shared responsibility,” the AG’s office said.

The Chilean AG discussed the work being done by the National Center for Planning, Analysis and Intelligence to Fight Crime, or CENAPI, in gathering and analyzing intelligence.

Morales, for her part, said the cooperation agreement would make it more difficult for criminal organizations to operate.

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Bikini-clad Woman Holds Signs Asking for Help to Find MIssing Chihuahua

Bikini-clad Woman Holds Signs Asking for Help to Find MIssing Chihuahua

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Sometimes the love of a pet can lead owners to do crazy things. Such the case of 20-year-old Arlene Mossa Corona, who took to the streets – or street, rather – to get her missing Chihuahua Chispita back.

Beginning Wednesday, Corona stood at the corner of La Jolla Village Dr. and Genesee Ave. in San Diego, holding up signs asking for help in finding her precious Chispita, clad only in a bikini and red heels.

She said that after searching high and low, calling local pounds and even contacting a pet psychic, she was still without her dog and believed standing on the street in a bikini, holding informative signs with photos of Chispita was the only thing left to do.

With temperatures dropping to 50F, it became quite cold for Corona at times, but she remained steadfast in her mission.

ImageShe has also vowed not to eat until her dog is returned, even skipping Thanksgiving with her family, one of her signs reading, “Thanksgiving won’t be the same without Chispita.”

Corona was determined to stand there as long as it took, that is, until a man who said his daughter had her dog turned out to be looking for sexual favors, leading her to believe that her stunt may have brought her a stalker.

The man, who went by the name “Merl”, emailed her picture of the dog he said was Chispita, but it was followed by a photo of his genitals. She believed he was lying and concluded the dog in the photo was not hers.

She then received another lead, but believes it was the same man. The University of California San Diego student was sent a text message from someone saying they were a neighbor who had found the dog, but when she called the number, it went to the voicemail of a man named “Merl”.

‘I was like oh my God this is so scary, I was like shaking, and I was like maybe he really does have my dog, or maybe he’s just a creep,’ she told a local NBC affiliate. ‘This is turning into something that I didn’t think it would.’

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Spain Busts Gang Hiding Drugs in Babies’ Diapers

Spain Busts Gang Hiding Drugs in Babies’ Diapers

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Spanish police, with the collaboration of Belgian and Dutch authorities, broke up a gang that used children and babies to smuggle cocaine into Europe by plane from South America, hiding the drug in the youngsters’ diapers.

Authorities arrested 20 people - 16 in Spain, two in Belgium and two in the Netherlands - who flew from South America with shipments of between one and five kilos of cocaine, police here said Monday.

Police seized 11 kilos of drugs during the course of the operation.

The initial investigation focused on several people living in the Spanish city of Zaragoza who were suspected of smuggling cocaine.

Police were able to determine that the network had scheduled a shipment of cocaine from South America to Amsterdam’s Schiphol International Airport.

The information was transmitted to Dutch authorities, who arrested a Spanish couple who traveled with a baby and were transporting about 1.6 kilos of cocaine taped to their bodies and hidden in the child’s diapers.

In late September, three of the people being investigated in Zaragoza traveled to Madrid to take delivery of a kilo of cocaine.

Over the next few weeks, authorities intercepted new drug shipments and made other arrests, many of them at Barajas International Airport in Madrid.

In the final phase of the investigation, police arrested the two ringleaders of the organization in Spain when they were making a drug transaction.

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First Shipment of Venezuela’s Gold Reserve Arrives to Caracas

First Shipment of Venezuela’s Gold Reserve Arrives to Caracas

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The Venezuelan central bank reported that about $300 million in gold was brought in to Caracas by plane and taken to the Central Bank Friday.

As he promised in August, Chávez is bringing back 85% of the Venezuelan gold reserve—160 tons worth approximately $11bn, to keep it in the capital’s Central Bank.

Hundreds of Venezuelans waved Venezuelan flags while chanting “It’s returned! It’s returned!” as armored cars flanked by soldiers carried the first gold bullion to the Central Bank from Maiquetia airport. Two light tanks escorted the shipment.

“The gold is returning to where it was always meant to be: the vaults of the Central Bank of Venezuela,” Said Chávez.

“It has historic value. It has symbolic value. And it has financial value,” bank chief Merentes said about the first shipment.

“Each box of gold weighs 500 kilograms and is worth about $30 million,” Merentes said before cheering crowds. “We’ll bring the rest back little by little.”

President Chávez explained the move as an act of patriotic sovereignty, that will protect Venezuela’s assets from the turmoil of the current world economy.

Critics say the move is unnecessary and expensive, some calling it a populist call, aimed at boosting Chávez’s popularity ahead of next year’s elections.

Others have suggested that the repatriation of the country’s gold reserves might answer to Chavez’s own concerns that in the near future, the nation’s assets could be frozen by sanctions like it happened to his friend, the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

According to the World Gold Council, Venezuela holds the 15th largest gold reserves “It’s the economic reserve for our kids. It’s growing, and it’s going to keep growing, both gold and economic reserves” Chávez said.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Christopher Valdez Killed on 4th Birthday, Mom and Boyfriend Arrested

LATINO BLOTTER: Christopher Valdez Killed on 4th Birthday, Mom and Boyfriend Arrested

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It was supposed to be a happy day for Christopher Valdez. He was turning four and his family was preparing for the celebration. Sadly, he did not make it through the day, and police are now accusing his mother of covering up marks left by the man suspected of beating him to death, her boyfriend.

Crystal Valdez, 28, and her boyfriend Cesar Ruiz were arrested for their parts in the death of Valdez’s 4-year-old son Christopher who police say was brutally beaten to death on his birthday.

Ruiz, 34, has been charged with first-degree murder and concealment of a homicidal death.

After examiners revealed that the bruises on Christopher’s body had been covered with concealer, the boy’s mother was arrested and charged with concealment of a homicidal death and endangering the life of a child causing death.

Last month, a Cook County judge allowed Valdez to avoid jail time after being convicted of battering the same child in July. She was told to take parenting classes and was given a conditional discharge.

ImageRuiz was described as being anti-social and violent, and is said to have savagely beat a dog that had urinated inside the house.

Friday, Valdez’s brother Joe and sister-in-law Katrine Valdez went over to the house after hearing from a neighbor that Christopher was seen with a black eye Thanksgiving Day.

When they arrived at the home, they had to force their way past the boy’s mother, to see the house in disarray, and Christopher’s 5-year-old sister laying in the floor next to a blanket. The boy’s uncle and Ruiz then got into an altercation, but he was eventually able to call 911.

When police arrived, it was determined that Christopher had already been dead for hours.

Prosecutors allege that his mother not only failed to call 911 herself, but that she helped Ruiz try to cover up the murder, as make-up concealer was found on all over his bruise-riddled body which had been wrapped in the blanket his sister was laying next to.

The Cook County Medical Examiner ruled that he death was caused by blunt force trauma.

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First Bilingual Web-Original Programming Network Launches on YouTube

First Bilingual Web-Original Programming Network Launches on YouTube

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Web video giant Maker Studios announced today the launch of its flagship online global bilingual network Tutele and Tutele Dos. This is the first bilingual online network of original web programming created to supply the demand for content by Spanish-speaking, English-speaking and bilingual Latinos.

Tutele, which is part of the launch of more than 100 thematic channels in YouTube, was announced recently by the Internet giant as one if its original investments.

Current programming includes the action/comedy series“Si! es I, Pepe”, telenovela“Melodia de Amor”and the music/talk variety show “Hello, Domingote.

The network’s focus is cultural programming for young and adult Latino audiences, targeting viewers in the Latino community in the United States, Mexico, South America and Spain.

“Our vision is to become the largest Internet network focusing on a variety of bilingual original web programming that will entertain, teach and inspire all range of audiences worldwide, while empowering our talent to take creative control and help them build a brand for themselves,” said Jai Bugarin, Head of Bilingual Programming.

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Ronaldo, Ahead of Messi in Season’s Goal Count

Ronaldo, Ahead of Messi in Season’s Goal Count

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Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo scored two penalty kicks this past Saturday and became the top scorer of the season thus far, with a grand total of 16.

Ronaldo hasn’t missed a penalty kick the last 17 times he has had to kick one; Saturday was no different.  Ronaldo scored 2 penalties in the Real’s 4-1 win over Atlético de Madrid, becoming the top scorer of the season.

Ronaldo is only one goal ahead of runner-up Lionel Messi, whose unstoppable Barça had a grey weekend, and lost their first game of the season. 

Below, the list of top scorers this season; join our forums section for the conversation.

Cristiano Ronaldo     (Real Madrid)    16 goals
Lionel Messi   (Barcelona FC)    15 goals
Gonzalo Higuaín   (Real Madrid)    12 goals
Roberto Soldado   (Valencia)    8 goals
Radamel Falcao (Atlético de Madrid) 7 goals
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) 7 goals
Adrián López (Atlético de Madrid) 5 goals
Xavi Hernandez (Barcelona FC) 5 goals
Cesc Fábregas (Barcelona FC) 5 goals
Nicolás Ladislao Fedor Flores AKA Miku (Getafe) 5 goals


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Dominican Republic First Lady to Be Vice Presidential Candidate in Upcoming Election

Dominican Republic First Lady to Be Vice Presidential Candidate in Upcoming Election

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The ruling PLD party has proclaimed First Lady Margarita Cedeno de Fernandez as its vice presidential candidate for the next elections in 2012 when her husband’s term finishes.

Yesterday’s event took place in the Gran Arena del Cibao with thousands of party faithful in attendance, including President Leonel Fernandez and the PLD presidential candidate, Danilo Medina.

Medina gave the main address, stating that if he reaches the presidency, he will push for a new economic model for the country. He said that he chose Margarita as his running mate because she represents what Dominican society needs due to her sensitivity, her talent and her perseverance in the fight to improve the quality of life for Dominicans.

“We are happy because now a woman forms part of our presidential candidacy and I feel it is an act of justice for all Dominican women,” said Medina. He reiterated his intention to “do what has never been done” and he stressed that this means, among other things, “putting the fight against poverty at the center of economic policy.”

During his talk, the presidential candidate mentioned the name Margarita twelve times, listing her qualities and describing the social work carried out by the First Lady.

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Four Women Found Murdered in Argentine Apartment

Four Women Found Murdered in Argentine Apartment

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The bodies of three women and an 11-year-old girl were found in an apartment in the Argentine city of La Plata, 60 kilometers (37 miles) south of Buenos Aires, police said Sunday.

They had all been murdered.

The bodies were found after a neighbor called emergency services when blood was seen seeping out from under the apartment door, which was not completely closed.

Police said that, according to initial reports, the women had all been stabbed to death and the apartment was in complete disorder.

The victims included a woman in her 60s, her 30-year-old daughter, her 11-year-old granddaughter and another woman, age 30, authorities said.

Several hours after the bodies were found, prosecutor Alvaro Garganta announced that a 27-year-old man identified as Oscar Martinez had been arrested as a suspect in the crime.

According to press reports, the arrested man was the boyfriend of one of the victims.

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MondayNovember 28, 2011