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FridayDecember 9, 2011

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Immigrant Advocate Group Warn of Deportation Review Policy Pitfalls

Immigrant Advocate Group Warn of Deportation Review Policy Pitfalls

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The review of thousands of immigration cases pending in federal courts in Denver and Baltimore would benefit certain people by not forcing them to leave the country, but at the same time would leave them in a legal limbo that would keep them from regularizing their status, several leaders said.

During a conference call with the press placed by the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, Laura Lichter, president-elect of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, said that immigrants should learn all they can about the pilot program in Denver and Baltimore.

On Nov. 25, the federal government announced that immigration courts in those two cities had been chosen for a pilot program in which prosecutors will review thousands of immigration cases, giving priority to deporting criminals or people thought to pose a threat to national security.

Eventually the lessons learned in Denver and Baltimore will be expanded to more than 300,000 cases pending nationwide, Lichter said.

“Prosecutorial discretion doesn’t refer to a single point in the process; it’s a principle that should be implemented at every step of the process,” she said, while adding that designating a case as low priority is not the same as canceling the original deportation order.

For that reason she said she prefers to speak of “frozen cases,” since if an immigrant commits a crime or if some other immigration irregularity is discovered, the case could be reopened.

Furthermore, immigrants with frozen cases do not receive visas, residence permits or work permits.

“That’s what has happened to me. My hearing was canceled, but I don’t know what will happen with my deportation. I’m in limbo. I can’t leave the country, but on the other hand I’m not here legally. I can’t work. I can’t do anything. I feel useless,” said Raul Cardenas, a Mexican immigrant who in 2002 married a U.S. citizen and since then has tried to regularize his status.

In April, Cardenas received his deportation order, which was suspended in mid-November following a national campaign by the Unitarian Universalist Church calling attention to the case.

For his part, Gerardo Noriega, 21, an activist who testified in February before the Colorado legislature in favor of opportunities for undocumented students, has a deportation order that could be effective this month after a postponement announced in May.

“I came to this country when I was 9 years old. I’m really an American. I’ve spent almost my whole life here. This is my home. I just want to contribute to the country and give back something of what I have received,” Noriega said.

Julie Gonzales, CICR’s director of organizing, said that while the pilot program “could provide relief to hundreds of immigrants, it is not a substitute for real immigration reform.”

“There are millions of people in this country who need to be put on a path to citizenship, who are not going to be affected by this limited program,” she said.

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U.S. Anti-Drug Aid to Mexico is Part of “Shared Responsibility for the War on Drugs”

U.S. Anti-Drug Aid to Mexico is Part of “Shared Responsibility for the War on Drugs”

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U.S. assistance to Mexico’s battle against drug cartels “is not a handout” but rather an alliance against organized crime, Washington’s envoy here said upon delivering a fourth Blackhawk helicopter as part of the Merida Initiative.

“With this helicopter, nearly $700 million in equipment and training have now been delivered to our partners in a multitude of government agencies, including the federal police, the attorney general’s office and the military,” U.S. Ambassador Anthony Wayne said in a ceremony at a police base in the Mexican capital.

After expressing his pride at the achievements of the Merida Initiative created in 2007 under the George W. Bush government, he noted that it has also helped train more than 50,000 Mexican government workers.

Mexican Public Safety Secretary Genaro Garcia Luna said that both nations face “with firmness and determination” the threats against their security.

“The guiding principle of the alliance between Mexico and the United States is a shared responsibility for the war on drugs,” he said at a ceremony for the delivery of the Blackhawk UH-60M, worth some $20 million.

The aircraft, equipped with technology that permits nighttime operations, will strengthen the Mexican government’s operations against organized crime.

The United States has provided Mexico with 15 helicopters as part of the Merida Initiative, including the three Blackhawks delivered to the Mexican navy in September.

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Chicago Attorney Accused of Showing Breasts to Co-Workers, Arriving to Work Drunk

Chicago Attorney Accused of Showing Breasts to Co-Workers, Arriving to Work Drunk

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Chicago attorney Tamara Tanzillo is accused of showing co-workers photos of her breasts, showing up to work late and drunk, and storing nude photos of herself on state-owned computers.

Tanzillo, a 52-year-old attorney formerly with the Illinois Department of Health and Family Services, was fired in 2009 for her inappropriate behavior and is no facing sanctions from the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission.

Her attorney however, claims Tanzillo was fired in response to her refusal to follow orders she was given during now-shamed former Gov. Rod Blagojevic’s administration.

An inspector general report claimed Tanzillo (formerly Hoffman) was fired from her $118,000-a-year position after it was discovered she was engaging in “arguably decadent personal behavior” including: shopping while on the clock; showing female co-workers photos of her breasts asking what they thought of her implants; arriving at working smelling like alcohol, while appearing wobbly on her feet; keeping nude photos of herself on state computers; and exposing her breasts to two state workers at a tavern in Springfield.

In 2009, she was also accused of threatening a woman after finding out they were dating the same man. A harassment complaint was filed against her, but droped after Tanzillo completed a deferral program.

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5 Drown, 20 more Rescued While Trying to Flee Cuba

5 Drown, 20 more Rescued While Trying to Flee Cuba

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At least five people died when the makeshift boat in which they intended to leave Cuba capsized, the Communist Party daily Granma said Friday.

According to a note from the Interior Ministry published in Granma, another 18 people on the boat were rescued by employees of the SEPSA company, oil workers and border troops from the Palmarejo area in the western province of Mayabeque.

The note said that the body of a person who died trying to reach the shore was found this Thursday and that, according to survivors, another four died when the shoddy boat “capsized due to the power of the waves.”

Those who were rescued said that more than 20 people were in the boat and that they had left Cuba from a point north of the western province of Artemisa in late November.

The communique said that combined armed forces groups and the Interior Ministry “are carrying out an intense aerial search” for “possible survivors and for the bodies of those killed in this unfortunate accident” both at sea and along the north coast of the island.

Authorities “are investigating the circumstances that caused the incident,” Granma said.

Under Washington’s “wet foot, dry foot” policy, Cubans who manage to set foot on U.S. territory can apply for permanent residence a year later.

The Cuban government considers that policy an incitement for people to leave the island illegally.

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Ambulance Ambushed in Mexico, Paramedics and Patients Shot and Killed

Ambulance Ambushed in Mexico, Paramedics and Patients Shot and Killed

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An ambulance in Mexico was ambushed in Ciudad Juarez on Wednesday and all people inside the emergency vehicle were killed say police.

It is being reported that unidentified gunmen rammed into an ambulance carrying two paramedics and two patients, forcing the ambulance to stop, and that’s when the gunmen surrounded the vehicle and forced the four people out. They were then executed and left in the road.

Police are unsure who is behind the attack, and are still investigating.

The patients were being transported from the city of Nuevo Casa Grandes and were en route to a Juarez clinic for kidney failure treatment.

Ciudad Juarez is often called Mexico’s most dangerous city.

Since President Calderon declared war on the organized crime in 2006, between 30 and 40 thousand people have been killed in Mexico, with just over 15,000 drug-related deaths in 2010 alone.

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14 Dead as Tuck Plows Into Religious Procession in Brazil Town

14 Dead as Tuck Plows Into Religious Procession in Brazil Town

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14 people were killed when an out-of-control truck plowed into a religious procession in the northeastern Brazilian town of Feira Grande, authorities said.

The truck’s brakes failed as it was proceding downhill toward the town, media outlets said, citing reports from firefighters and Alagoas state police.

After cutting a swath through the procession, the truck crashed into a building, bursting into flames on impact. The driver was trapped inside the cab and burned to death.

Authorities said they were searching through the rubble of the building for more potential victims.

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Juanes to Record ‘Greatest Hits’ Mtv Unplugged

The Colombian singer personally asked Juan Luis Guerra to be in charge of the direction and production of his next album, to be recorded in February 2012.

“To record an Unplugged means everything to me, is to comeback to the center of it all, to the basics, the essence and nakedness of my music,” said Juanes in a Mtv Tr3s press release.

Juanes Mtv Unplugged will include classic songs such as “A Dios le Pido,” and “Mala Gente,” as well as new material, developed with the collaboration of Dominican great, Juan Luis Guerra.

Guerra, said Juanes is playing better than ever. “This Unplugged will be the perfect scenario to get acquainted with the most intimate corners of [Juanes’] music,” remarked Guerra.

The Juanes MTV Unplugged special will be recorded on February 2012 at the New World Center in Miami Beach.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Hit Man Hired by Lesbian Lovers Convicted of Shooting One of Their Husbands

LATINO BLOTTER: Hit Man Hired by Lesbian Lovers Convicted of Shooting One of Their Husbands

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Eduardo Leme de Oliveira of Brazil has been convicted of killing a man in 2008 after being hired by lesbian lovers to kill one of their husbands.

Thursday, a Texas jury felt they had enough evidence to convict de Oliveira of being the shooter of Juan Antonio Morales, 42.

According to prosecutors, de Oliveira was hired by Julissa Gonzalez and Enedelia “Nelly” Canales, two co-workers and lovers.

Morales was the common-law husband of Gonzalez, 26, who along with Canales, 22, are serving 10 and 17 years in prison for arranging the murder, allegedly telling de Oliveira that Morales was abusive.

De Oliveira’s attorneys attempted to place the murder solely on Canales after she testified, saying de Oliveira has no reason to kill Morales.

“What motive did he have?” his attorney asked. “She didn’t give him (oral sex). She didn’t have sex with him. She didn’t give him anything in return.”

Canales and Gonzalez, who both plead guilty, worked together at Taqueria Don Felipe in Hidalgo County, and that’s also where they met de Oliveira.

After being on the run for nearly two years, de Oliveira was apprehended and brought back to Hidalgo County by Sheriff’s deputies.

His sentencing trial is scheduled to begin Friday, and he faces a $10,000 fine and life imprisonment.

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Argentine Boy Paralyzed After Riding EuroDisney ‘Tower of Terror’

Argentine Boy Paralyzed After Riding EuroDisney ‘Tower of Terror’

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12 year old Bautista Riera lays paralyzed in a Paris hospital bed, after a day of fun and rides gone terribly wrong two weeks ago at EuroDisney. 

The Riera family had only enjoyed the thrill of three or four rides, when young Bautista started feeling sick; shortly after climbing off “The Tower of Terror,” a “Twilight Zone” themed ‘sudden-plunge’ ride.  Shortly thereafter, Bautista’s father took the boy to the Park’s medical center.

Bautista’s condition rapidly deteriorated, and when it became evident he was undergoing severe neurological problems, he was taken to the Necker hospital in Paris. At the time of arrival, his upper limbs had become paralyzed.

In a matter of minutes, Bautista got worse and had to be connected to a respirator because he was having trouble breathing as the paralysis moved down in his body.

According to Bautista’s family the boy was in good health and played rugby, basketball and practiced martial arts back in Argentina.

The amusement park released a statement saying “We run routine checks in our attractions daily. We having received reports of any incidents with the rides, and control checks say all rides work properly.”

Bautista is stable and doctors are reportedly preparing to transport him to Buenos Aires.

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WATCH Spanish Trailer for ‘Snow White and The Huntsman’ (VIDEO)

WATCH Spanish Trailer for ‘Snow White and The Huntsman’ (VIDEO)

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The Spanish-language trailer for ‘Snow White and The Huntsman’ is out and loaded with footage not shown in the American trailer!

“Blancanieves y El Cazador” is due out in Mexico theaters June 1st 2012.

 

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LATINO BLOTTER UPDATE: Drunk JetBlue Passenger Being Sued by Flight Attendant

LATINO BLOTTER UPDATE: Drunk JetBlue Passenger Being Sued by Flight Attendant

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Late last month Antonio Ynoa was arrested after assaulting a JetBlue flight attendant en route to New York from the Dominican Republic.

Thursday, flight attendant Elio Cabral filed a lawsuit in a Manhattan Supreme Court asking for an unspecified amount after he says Ynoa punched him three times and hyper-extended his elbow.

On the November 27 flight, Ynoa was asked by Cabral and other flight attendants to stop drinking the duty-free alcohol he had purchased in the Dominican Republic. He refused, became belligerent and had to be restrained by an off-duty police officer also on the fight.

Ynoa was turned over to the FBI and charged with assault and interfering with a flight crew.

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U.S. Cuban Exile Fotilla Heads to Cuba to Support Dissidents

U.S. Cuban Exile Fotilla Heads to Cuba to Support Dissidents

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Around 60 Cuban exiles aboard five boats set out from Key West on Friday with plans to weigh anchor in international waters off the coast of Cuba and launch fireworks in a display of support for dissidents on the Communist-ruled island.

The flotilla will reach its destination about 8:00 p.m. (0100 GMT Saturday), project organizer and president of the Democracy Movement, Ramon Saul Sanchez, told Efe on Friday.

The shooting of the “Lights of Freedom” fireworks from the flotilla will coincide with a pot-and-pan banging protest called by Cuba’s internal opposition and “a series of responses being planned for Havana’s seafront esplanade, the Malecon,” Sanchez said.

He said the activity is not meant to provoke the Cuban government, but as a demonstration on international waters with lights, flowers, prayers and a white flag.

“We go in peace, without violence, as we have always done, to take our message to the people of Cuba,” he said.

The flotilla will be “presided over symbolically” by a large image of Laura Pollan, the late leader of the Ladies in White, a group of women seeking freedom for Cuba’s political prisoners.

The flotilla will remain at a distance of 24 kilometers (15 miles) off the coast facing Havana.

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Sex-Crazed San Fernando Government- A Telenovela in the Making

Sex-Crazed San Fernando Government- A Telenovela in the Making

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A City Council meeting in San Fernando, CA took an uncomfortable turn last month when Mayor Mario Hernandez announced that he was having an affair with his colleague. His confession came at a time when the actions of the city’s government were already being watched like a telenovela.

The San Fernando Valley town has so much going on for such a relatively small place that it those on the outside are pulling up a seat to watch what will happen next.

The predominantly Latino city is facing a serious financial crisis, but scandal is what dominates the headlines.  Extramarital affairs, conflicts with developers, and the connections between the two are all anyone can talk about.

For example, during the last few minutes of a November City Council meeting, after blaming some of the city’s financial issues on developer and local newspaper owner Sev Aszkenazy, Mayor Hernandez announced he was having an affair with Councilwoman Maribel de la Torre.

In addition to announcing he was cheating on his wife, Mayor Hernandez stated that he had lost his business and had filed both corporate and personal bankruptcy.

He went on to say Aszkenazy, his “big, bad landlord” was responsible for forcing him out of his home, saying the consideration other tenants received in terms of rent extensions, was not extended to him.

“Mr. Aszkenazy,” he said at the meeting, “you can sit there with a smug look on your face, that is the truth.”

Apparently their relationship began to fall apart when Hernandez opposed one of Aszkenazy’s proposed developments.

Adding to the story is the fact that Mayor Hernandez’ estranged wife, who was also sitting in the crowd as he made his announcement, is the sister of Aszkenazy’s wife.

As if that wasn’t enough of a television storyline, add to it the fact that earlier this year a teenage police cadet filed a lawsuit in which she claimed she was fired after having a months-long affair with the police chief. Also, residents have accused another councilmember of having a relationship with a police sergeant.

This saga certainly has all the makings of a blockbuster!

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Mexico’s Calderon Tries to Revive Narco-Ghost Town (VIDEO)

Mexico’s Calderon Tries to Revive Narco-Ghost Town  (VIDEO)

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President Felipe Calderón traveled to Ciudad Mier to inaugurate a brand new Military base that he hopes will restore peace and order in the currently abandoned town.

The border town of Ciudad Mier in the State of Tamaulipas became a ghost town years ago, when its almost 63,000 citizens left the town, fleeing the daily clashes between the Zetas and the Gulf Cartel.

President Felipe Calderón traveled to inaugurate an army batallion of 500 men, in hopes of restoring peace and order, while encouraging area folks to come back to this ‘narco ghost town’. ciudad mier, mexican narco ghost town, los zetas cartel, gulf cartel, narco-news, Felipe Calderón, juan laverde, hs-news, hispanically speaking news

“Thanks to the efforts of the military, nearly two thirds of the people that fled Ciudad Mier have returned,” Calderón said.

ciudad mier, mexican narco ghost town, los zetas cartel, gulf cartel, narco-news, Felipe Calderón, juan laverde, hs-news, hispanically speaking newsThe president added that because of his “Operation Northeast” crime has significantly decreased, and the murder rate was been reduced 40% during the first half of the year.

However, the president was emphatic in clarifying this is a temporary fix.

“The Mexican Army’s presence will be temporary,” Calderón said. “It will allow local authorities to recruit and reform their own law enforcement.”

 

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Extreme Trafficking: Man Arrested With 7lbs of Meth Stuffed in Jalapeño, Nacho Cheese Cans

Extreme Trafficking: Man Arrested With 7lbs of Meth Stuffed in Jalapeño, Nacho Cheese Cans

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Federal Police arrested a man trying to re-enter the U.S. from Mexico with 7lbs. of meth submerged inside cans of nacho cheese and Jalapeños.

The 21 year-old Mexican citizen had told agents at the San Ysidro border crossing in San Diego County, that he was returning to the U.S. after grocery shopping in Mexico. 

Who knew that nacho cheese jalapeño’s came mixed with meth and available at your local Mexican grocery store.

Police thought the cans seemed rather heavy and screened them with an x-ray machine, which lead them to find $140,000 worth of methamphetamines stuffed inside the nacho-fixing cans.

Police seized the cans as well as the offender’s vehicle, a 1999 Toyota Solara.

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LULAC Urging Auto Supply Giants to Reconsider Doing Business in Alabama

LULAC Urging Auto Supply Giants to Reconsider Doing Business in Alabama

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Today, LULAC announced a call to auto manufacturers and related supply companies to reconsider doing business in a state that has passed and is enforcing anti-immigration laws like HB 56. 

Alabama is currently the center of automotive manufacturing in the south.  Giant auto manufacturers like Mercedes–Benz have decided to open manufacturing plants in the state and thus greatly enhancing the state’s economy.  LULAC feels harsh anti-immigrant laws like HB 56 should make auto manufacturers rethink their commitment to the state of Alabama. Alabama has extended considerable resources in an attempt to project an image of a state with a quality workforce, based on education tolerance for diversity. 

Whereas LULAC believes a critical review of Alabama reveals that it is not the diverse culture melting pot it claims to be for attracting foreign investments. Instead it’s a state with the harshest anti-immigration laws in the country and the poster child for intolerance.

The following industries have either expanded existing businesses in the state or have recently announced a plan to move their operations to the state of Alabama.

*  ThyssenKrupp AG – announced its plans to build a $3.7 billion steel mill north of Mobile

*  Carpenter Technology Corp – is building a $500 million steel facility that will add 241 jobs and in 2017 expanding the operations with an additional $100 million investment, adding 60 more employees

*  Golden Dragon Precise Copper Tube Group – announced earlier this year plans to build a $100 million facility, in Thomasville, Alabama which will add 300 jobs. The company is the largest maker of specialized copper tubes

*  The North American Lighting Company – a manufacturer of signal lamps for cars, is investing $10.2 million in machinery to expand its operations. This growth will bring an additional 100 jobs

* C and J Alabama – a company of plastic injection and molding is expanding operations in Alexander City, Alabama. The company expects to add 150 employees by 2013

* Topre America – a company specializing in technology for car manufacturers is investing $109 million to expand its plant in Cullman, Alabama that will add 250 jobs to the community

*  Navistar International Corp.  – has agreed to lease the once abandoned National Alabama railcar plant and start production of school buses and medium and heavy duty trucks. The company will be employing 2,200 workers within the next four years

* Mercedes Benz & Daimler AG – between 2012 to 2014, the company announced a combined investment of $2 billion to upgrade and expand the operation; in 2015 the company is investing an additional $350 million and adding 400 jobs to the state

* Hyundai – in March 2012, the company will be increasing its investments by $173 million to expand the engine plant in Alabama

* Honda – in 2011 and 2013, the company is increasing investments by $191 million for the production of a new SUV model

* Toyota – in 2012, the company is investing $147 million for the production of a 4 cylinder car.

LULAC calls upon these companies, with a vested interest in the economic development of Alabama, to reconsider doing business in a state that supports such harsh anti-immigration laws. 

LULAC believes that the state has wrongfully usurped federal authority with legislation that directly conflicts with current federal enforcement of immigration laws.  LULAC has long opposed state intrusion into the federal government’s exclusive jurisdiction over immigration and views HB 56 as an unconstitutional encroachment of federal law and an effort by Alabama to harass and intimidate its Latino population.

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Moche Monkey Artifact Heading Back to Peru after Being Stolen by Tomb Raiders

Moche Monkey Artifact Heading Back to Peru after Being Stolen by Tomb Raiders

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A gold Moche monkey head was returned to the government of Peru today in a repatriation ceremony at the Peruvian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

The Moche culture flourished in Peru from the first through eighth centuries AD. Moche nobility were buried in tombs with important symbols of power, often made of gold. Due to the dry climate, the bodies and artifacts have been preserved through the years. In 1987, the royal tombs were discovered in northern Peru, including the Sipan region.

Shortly thereafter, tomb raiders descended on the sites, looking for gold. They found it, including the gold monkey head (circa 300 AD). The monkey head ended up in a private collection in the United States. The collector subsequently donated the monkey head to the Museum of New Mexico, Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe, N.M.

The Museum of New Mexico entered into a memorandum of understanding with the government of Peru to return the monkey head to its rightful place in Peru.

U.S. Attorney Charles M. Oberly III noted “I commend all parties for their efforts in producing this positive outcome. In particular, I commend the Museum of New Mexico for its selfless and noble action in returning this invaluable artifact to Peru. Artifacts like this Moche monkey head represent the history not only of the source country, in this case Peru, but the history of all mankind. We hope that this repatriation will help repair at least some of the damage caused by the looting of Moche sites.”

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Colombian Psychologist Targeting Kids 6-9 to STEAL THEIR BABY TEETH

Colombian Psychologist Targeting Kids 6-9 to STEAL THEIR BABY TEETH

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Colombian Psychologist Carlos Saavedra has been labeled “Ratón Pérez” (Tooth Fairy) after several outraged parents have accused him of stealing their kids’ baby teeth!

The most recent ‘tooth fairy attack’ took place last Friday evening when a 9 year-old and her cousins were sitting in the sidewalk in front of their grandmother’s house and a man in a business suit approached her, and kindly asked if she had any loose teeth.

“When my daughter showed him her teeth, the man put his fingers in her mouth and pulled them out,” said the girl’s father to El Tiempo reporters.

It is not the first time this has happened, outraged parents have filed three different complaints against Saavedra in the last 4 months

Saavedra, who works as a psychologist for the area’s Family Court admitted to reporters to have pulled the children’s teeth, and said he wanted to apologize to anyone he could have offended but offered no other explanation for his actions.

Town folk speculates he either collects teeth (gross), or makes necklaces with them (goth), but Saavedra denied hoarding teeth. “I pull them because they are loose, but I don’t take them with me,” he said.

We then ask WHERE ARE THE TEETH???

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Mario López Launches Own Underwear Collection (VIDEO)

Mario López Launches Own Underwear Collection (VIDEO)

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“It’s smart, sexy and masculine,” said actor Mario López of his new underwear line called ‘RatedM,’ available now at freshpair.com and soon at Bloomingdales.

López’s new line of briefs, trunks, tees, tanks, knickers, singlets and long johns come in three different collections, Elementary, Atelier and Play.  The undies line was designed by New York-based apparel masterminds Mad Projects Industries and Mario Lopez for “good-looking men, as well as okay-looking guys, and even some ugly yet charming dudes,” according to the company’s Facebook Page.

Prices range from $7.35 to $15.50 and will hit the shelves of Bloomingdale’s in February, but if giving undies for Christmas is your shtick, you can get them now at www.freshpair.com.

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TRAILER: “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” Starring Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz

TRAILER: “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” Starring Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz

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Check out the new trailer for Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diaz’s new film What to Expect When You’re Expecting, based on the preparedness guide often recommended for expectant parents.

The film boasts an all-star cast, and shines a comedic light on what it’s really like preparing for a baby, and how everyone’s experience is different.


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POLL:  Iowa Caucus Republicans Open to Expanding Immigration Policies

POLL:  Iowa Caucus Republicans Open to Expanding Immigration Policies

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The Partnership for a New American Economy, in collaboration with a group of prominent Iowa Republican leaders, today released a new survey of likely Iowa Republican Caucus attendees specifically on the issue of immigration—the first survey of its kind. Caucus-goers were asked their views on a host of immigration-related issues.

“This survey demonstrates that while opinions are strong on tough enforcement for illegal immigration, it is not the top-tier, hot button issue among Republican caucus-goers it’s often made out to be. Further, there is clearly an appetite for working to solve problems with our legal immigration system and Iowa Republicans make the connection that doing so can help grow our economy,” said John Stineman, a Republican strategist unaligned in the 2012 race and a spokesman for the group.

The survey found support for proposals to expand legal immigration, with likely Iowa Republican caucus attendees saying the following proposals are “definitely good” or “worth a try”:

• 72% are open to allowing foreign-born students educated in the U.S. to enter the workforce after graduation
• 64% are open to streamlining the process for employers to hire the seasonal and permanent employees they need when Americans are not filling vacant jobs
• 66% are open to increasing opportunities for high-skilled legal immigrants to enter the U.S. workforce
• 71% are open to increasing opportunities for entrepreneurs from other countries to move to the U.S. to start a business here.
In the end, only 16% of likely Iowa Republican caucus attendees were outright opposed to proposals to modernize and/or expand legal immigration.

“Despite the conventional wisdom on the politics of immigration, this survey shows that Republican Iowa caucus support expanded immigration policies that will produce jobs for Americans – just as business leaders and mayors around the country do,” said New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

“The survey showed that likely Republican caucus attendees are supportive of increasing legal immigration and that they are open to several proposals that would expand legal immigration in a way that will spur economic growth,” added Kurtenbach. “It is critical that we are able to have this important discussion – and that the political discourse and reporting of it are reflective of the openness of Republicans on this set of issues.”

The economy is clearly the driving issue in the campaign, with only government spending, taxes and the creation of new jobs and businesses registering as critical issues by a majority of likely Caucus attendees.

 

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Pope Confirms Visit to Cuba as “Pilgrim of Charity”

Pope Confirms Visit to Cuba as “Pilgrim of Charity”

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At the conclusion of the National Pilgrimage of “Our Lady of Caridad del Cobre,” the Bishops of Cuba issued a message for the Marian Jubilee Year which celebrates 400 years of the finding of the image of ” Our Lady of Caridad del Cobre “, entitled “To Jesus through Mary, Charity unites us “, and have confirmed the upcoming visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the island, which is why it is called the visit of the “Pilgrim of Charity.”

The Bishops in their message urge all Cubans, “to live with joy the Marian Jubilee Year, from January 7, 2012 to January 5, 2013” and invite to take part in various celebrations programmed. The message recalls the experience of the Marian pilgrimage made and the faith of the Cuban people, which is expressed with clear manifestations of everyone’s religious sentiment, young and old. “Our Lady of Charity is an expression of Cuban soul,” write the Bishops, “as demonstrated by the long history of 4 centuries written in the soul of the nation”.

In conclusion, the Bishops called on the Cuban people to “live with joy the Marian Jubilee Year,” and announce the visit of Pope Benedict XVI, who palns to visit the country in the Spring, 2012 as a “Pilgrim of Charity”, “to foster and strengthen the faith of the Cuban people, to commemorate 400 years of the presence of the Blessed Virgin’s image among us. “

This will be the first papal visit since 1998 when John Paul II visited.

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Professor at Hidalgo Polytechnic University Injured by Parcel Bomb

One professor received minor burns from a parcel-bomb sent to Hidalgo Polytechnic University, authorities told Efe Thursday.

The incident occurred around 5:00 p.m. Wednesday at the campus in the city of Zempoala.

Noticing that the return address was unfamiliar, the professor who received the parcel followed the security protocol for handling suspicious packages, Hidalgo state’s deputy education secretary, Rolando Duran, told Efe.

Despite the precautions, the package “exploded in the hand” of the instructor, causing minor burns, Duran said, adding that he had already referred the case to the state Attorney General’s Office for investigation.

The injured professor was able to teach his classes on Thursday, university president Sergio Arteaga Carreño said.

Arteaga told Efe that officials from all of Hidalgo’s institutions of higher learning met Thursday to review and reinforce security procedures.

Two scientists were wounded in August when a parcel-bomb sent by an anti-technology group calling itself Individuals Tending to Savagery, or ITS, exploded at a Monterrey Institute of Technology campus in the central state of Mexico.

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FridayDecember 9, 2011