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FridayDecember 16, 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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ICE Letter to Maricopa County Outlining Details of Response to Charges of Discrimination

ICE Letter to Maricopa County Outlining Details of Response to Charges of Discrimination

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Attached is a letter from John Morton to Maricopa County outlining DHS responses to the DOJ report.

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Nearly 11 Million Mexicans Expected to Travel Over Christmas Break

Nearly 11 Million Mexicans Expected to Travel Over Christmas Break

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Around 10.7 million Mexicans are expected to travel within the country between now and Jan. 3, an increase of 4 percent over the 2010 Christmas-New Year’s holiday, the Tourism Department said Friday.

Beach destinations will be the most popular, and hotels at seaside resorts will reach occupancy rates above 80 percent, the department said.

The department estimates that tourists will spend some 40 billion pesos ($2.88 billion) during this holiday season.

For travelers who need help on Mexico’s 262 highways, the tourism and transportation departments launched Friday the so-called Winter Operation of the Green Angels, a federal body that provides mechanical assistance.

Taking part in the program are more than 700 personnel concentrated in 75 camps along the nation’s expressways.

“The Green Angels Corps will maintain close coordination with the emergency management services of the Red Cross and Federal Police as well as with Federal Roads and Bridges,” the note from the Tourism Department said.

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Mexican Rockers~ Mana~ Makes Triumphant Return to Paraguay

Mexican rockers Mana thrilled a crowd here with a spectacle of sound and light in the band’s first concert in Paraguay since 2007.

More than 25,000 fans packed Asuncion’s Jockey Club Paraguayo for the Thursday night show, the promoters said.

“Good evening, Paraguay; good evening, Asuncion, we missed you,” lead singer Fher boomed shortly after he and drummer Alex Gonzalez, bass player Juan Calleros and guitarist Sergio Vallin took the stage.

The set highlighted the veteran band’s recent material, including songs from their latest album, “Drama y luz,” while many in the audience sang along on favorites such as “Corazon Espinado”, “Latinoamerica,” “Amor clandestino” and “Perdido en un barco.”

Mana, pioneers of the Rock en Español movement that emerged in the 1980s, last appeared in Paraguay in 2007, performing at Defensores del Chaco soccer stadium in the capital.

The band’s gig in Asuncion followed several shows in Argentina. Their next concert is set for Saturday in Uruguay.

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World’s Third Smallest Baby Just 9oz Born to Haydee Ibarra

World’s Third Smallest Baby Just 9oz Born to Haydee Ibarra

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At just 24 weeks in the womb, 9.5oz Melinda Star Guido became the world’s third smallest baby to be born and survive until her due date.

On August 30, Melinda was the born 16 weeks early, and is said to have weighed the same as just two iPhones and was the size of a pop can. If she had not been born early, and been carried full term, she would have been born Friday, December 16.

Now, weighing about 4.12 lbs, her mother, 22-year-old Haydee Ibarra and father, Yovani Guido, says they hope to have her home by the new year.

Melinda had to be delivered by caesarian section due to a high blood pressure condition that risked both mother and daughter’s health. Ibarra’s high blood pressure was interfering with her body’s ability to give the baby proper nutrition.

Though even doctors admit they did not think the tiny baby would survive, she it doing much better at 3 1/2 months after spending much of her time in an incubator with her mother by her side every night.

Though physically she is doing much better, doctors have warned the parents that extremely premature children can have developmental delays and impairments like blindness, cerebral palsy or deafness.

Melinda was born at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.


Watch an Associated Press video report about the tiny infant below.


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14 Rebels, 5 Soldiers Die in Clashes in Mexico

14 Rebels, 5 Soldiers Die in Clashes in Mexico

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Fourteen gunmen and five soldiers were killed in three separate clashes in the northeastern state of Coahuila, Mexican authorities said Friday.

Troops assigned to the 6th Military Zone came under attack twice Thursday by criminals while on a “terrestrial reconnaissance” mission in the La Palma neighborhood of Saltillo, the state capital, the Defense Secretariat said in a statement.

One gunman was killed in the first clash and eight others perished in the second shootout, which also left one soldier dead and another wounded in the arm.

After the fighting concluded, the soldiers confiscated 12 rifles, seven vehicles, ammunition and ammunition clips, the secretariat said.

In a third clash Thursday in the border city of Piedras Negras, Coahuila, five gunmen and four soldiers were killed and three other troops were wounded, a municipal government spokesperson told Efe.

After the clash, authorities seized four vehicles and 16 weapons and detained six people who were turned over to federal prosecutors.

Army soldiers have been deployed to the states of Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, Coahuila and San Luis Potosi as part of “Operation Northeast,” whose objective is to weaken organized crime gangs.

The Gulf drug cartel, which has an alliance with the Sinaloa mob, has been waging a turf war in that crime-racked region against Los Zetas, a band of army special forces deserters turned hired guns and drug traffickers.

After several years as the armed wing of the Gulf cartel, Los Zetas went into the drug business on their own account and now control several lucrative territories.

President Felipe Calderon militarized the struggle against the nation’s heavily armed, well-funded drug cartels shortly after taking office in December 2006, deploying tens of thousands of army soldiers and federal police to drug-war flashpoints.

The strategy has led to headline-grabbing captures of cartel kingpins, but drug-related violence has skyrocketed and claimed nearly 50,000 lives nationwide over the five-year period.

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Is Tequila at the Center of Jessica Biel’s Brother’s Fight with Justin Timberlake? (VIDEO)

Is Tequila at the Center of Jessica Biel’s Brother’s Fight with Justin Timberlake? (VIDEO)

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TMZ obtained a video recorded by actress Jessica Biel’s younger brother in which he called out Justin Timberlake for not taking care of the tequila company he is owns.

Justin Biel, the brother of Timberlake’s ex-girlfriend, and employee of 901 Tequila, says Timberlake has neglected the brand and has failed to promote it, leaving its sales in the dumps.

While the video may actually be an advertising gimmick, it’s really not that convincing.

A rep for 901 reportedly told TMZ that Biel’s video was part of a viral campaign to promote the tequila, though others wonder if it is actually just the younger Biel’s attempt to launch an acting career.

Watch the odd video below.

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Naughty Kalimba Bought Himself a Playboy - Does the Cover Look Familiar?

Naughty Kalimba Bought Himself a Playboy - Does the Cover Look Familiar?

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Kalimba purchased himself a copy of the Playboy Magazine featuring Daiana, the girl who says she was sexually abused by the singer.

Ironically, Daiana said she posed for the adult magazine to raise more funds to continue her legal battle against Kalimba.

Earlier this week a fake photo of Kalimba holding the magazine made its way to Twitter, and several news sources including TVAzteca published apologies.

....But this one right here seems real, specially the sardonic smile.  What do you think? Tell us in our forums section.

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Spanish Tenor Jose Carreras Raises $8.3M to Fight Cancer

Spanish Tenor Jose Carreras Raises $8.3M to Fight Cancer

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Spanish tenor Jose Carreras collected 6.4 million euros ($8.3 million) in a televised gala held in Germany for the foundation that he directs and which is dedicated to the fight against the bone-marrow cancer known as leukemia, event organizers said Friday.

Viewers contributed that amount during the 17th presentation of Carreras’ traditional pre-Christmas gala, which aired Thursday night on Germany’s public television channel ZDF from Leipzig.

“Our goal is to make leukemia curable as soon as possible for always and for everyone,” said the Spanish tenor on TV, who in 1988 was diagnosed with that illness and created a foundation to fight it once he was cured.

Carreras and German actress Desiree Nosbusch moderated the gala, among whose guests were predominantly German celebs like singers Peter Maffay, Andrea Berg, Sarah Connor and the Rosenstolz band.

Carreras also had some famous Germans lend a hand, including ex-boxing champ Henri Maske and singer Max Raabe, in manning the phones and noting down the donations of viewers who called in.

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Shakira is Hanging out in Japan With Her In-laws Ahead of Barça Game

Shakira is Hanging out in Japan With Her In-laws Ahead of Barça Game

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Shakira is doing a lot of sightseeing with Piqué’s parents, while the Barcelona FC defense prepares for the final of the Club World Cup, Sunday.

Since her arrival to the Asian nation, Shakira has been continually twitting pictures of her visits to Tokio and Yokohama, as well as the tourist places she visits accompanied by her boyfriend’s parents.

Take a look at the photos below, and don’t miss the Club World Cup final Barcelona FC vs. the Brazilian Santos this Sunday.

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Teen Latina Honored for Saving Boy Attacked by Dogs

Teen Latina Honored for Saving Boy Attacked by Dogs

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Teenager Gabriela Ramos was honored by officials of the Border Patrol’s El Paso Sector for saving a 7-year-old boy from an attack by two savage dogs.

Ramos, a 10th grade student in Deming, New Mexico, told Efe that on Oct. 5, 2011, while driving to school she heard some desperate screaming that seemed to be from a little boy.

“I could even hear it over the music I was listening to, and then I saw some dogs attacking this kid,” she said.

Without hesitating she looked for something in the car she could use to scare the dogs away, but finding nothing she ran with the keys in her hand to where a Rottweiler and a Doberman were on top of the boy biting his head and arms.

“I started yelling at the dogs and smacking them with the keys,” she said - and the surprised dogs looked up and stopped attacking little Eddie Chavez, whom she told to get in her car where it was safe.

“The dogs kept staring at me and I walked to the car, but I never turned my back on them,” she said, but before she could open the door on the passenger side, the two dogs ran up and cornered her.

“They bit my leg,” she said. Fortunately another car came down the street just then and the dogs ran after it.

“No, I didn’t think about the danger, I only thought about getting the dogs off the kid because I was sure that if I didn’t, they were going to kill him,” Gabriela said after the honor ceremony.

The communications director of the Border Patrol’s El Paso Sector, Douglas Mosier, said that Ramos is supervisor of the Border Patrol Explorer Program in Deming.

During the ceremony, the teenager was honored by the director of the El Paso Sector, Scott A. Luck, who gave her a letter saying that “Gabriela showed a unique quality of leadership, based on compassion and the sacrifice of her own safety to save the life of another human being.”

Federal agents said that the teen’s act of courage exemplifies how integrity and service to one’s country are fundamental values with which the Border Patrol invests the Explorer Program.

Mosier said that after being bitten by the dogs Gabriela managed to get back in her car and drove to Eddie’s home. His family then took them both to the hospital where they were treated and vaccinated.

The two dogs, which jumped over a fence to attack the boy, are in quarantine.

“I want to thank Gaby because she saved me from those dogs,” Eddie, whose body is scarred by bites to his head, back and arms, told the media.

“I was really scared,” he said, while Gabriel assured him “I’d do it again without thinking about it.”

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Hispanic Teen Gets Himself Stuck in Chimney Trying to Beat Curfew

Hispanic Teen Gets Himself Stuck in Chimney Trying to Beat Curfew

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Aside from likely feeling embarrassed, a California teen is also happy to be alive after he became lodged inside a chimney Thursday.

Jorge Herrera, 18, is believed to have been trying to sneak into his house after breaking curfew and staying out all night when he climbed into the chimney leading to his room, and became stuck.

At around 10 a.m. Thursday morning, Herrera’s family said they heard someone calling for help from the chimney. They called 9-1-1, and the Stockton Fire Department came to get him out.

While one story is that he was trying to avoid trouble and purposely climbed down the chimney a later story claimed he was cleaning,

ImageJorge’s friends arrived just in time to see their freed friend walking across the roof with his rescuers as he made his way down and back inside the house.

And now that the 5’10, 150-pound teen is safe, both firefighters and friends have begun their Santa Claus jokes.

His family however, told reporters that Jorge was in big trouble and has been sent to his room. Let’s hope he doesn’t try to climb through the chimney again

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Happy Holiday’s from Puerto Rican Mayor Santini - What’s Wrong With This Picture (VIDEO)

Happy Holiday’s from Puerto Rican Mayor Santini - What’s Wrong With This Picture (VIDEO)

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Check out the holiday greetings from Jorge Santini, Mayor of San Juan in Puerto Rico. What’s wrong with this picture?

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Take a look at the video below to see what the governor has to say about his Christmas card:

 

 

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Barcelona’s Human Pyramid Makers Release Nude Calendar (VIDEO)

Barcelona’s Human Pyramid Makers Release Nude Calendar (VIDEO)

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This human pyramid group lost its funding due to the Spanish fiscal crisis, and is hoping proceeds from the erotic calendar will help them continue building human pyramids as a hobby.castelliers de poble sec, human pyramids, barcelona news, spain people, naked calendar, erotic photo

The Poble Sec group of ‘castelliers’ in Barcelona has already sold the first 2,000 prints of their erotic calendar, featuring 12 candids of the entire group doing human pyramids in the castellier fashion, but naked. 

‘Castellers’ entertain during festivals and national holidays and are part of Spanish folklore culture. 

Check out the video below, and if you like it, buy your copy of the calendar here.

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Alabama Immigration Law Nabs Another Auto Executive

Alabama Immigration Law Nabs Another Auto Executive

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Alabama is once again being criticized after getting another foreign-born auto executive entangled in its new immigration law, and Missouri is using the opportunity to invite the automakers to their state.

In trying to control what they believe to be an “illegal immigration problem” Alabama passed a law stating, in part, that law enforcement was to arrest anyone they legally encountered (and suspected of being in the country illegally) if they could not provide the officer with documentation proving they were in the U.S. legally.

Last month, a German Mercedes-Benz manager was arrested after a police officer pulled over the rental car he was driving because it did not have a tag. When the officer asked for the man’s driver’s license he stated he did not have one, only a German identification card. The officer then arrested the man for not carrying proper identification, as it is now required under the new law.

The 46-year-old man was charged with violating Alabama immigration law and sat in jail until an associate was able to bring his passport, visa, and German driver’s license.

Then last week, another foreign auto executive found himself the victim of that law. This time it was a Japanese executive with Honda Motor Company. According to reports, Ichiro Yada was stopped in Leeds, Alabama at a checkpoint in set up to catch unlicensed drivers.

Though he showed an international driver’s license, a valid passport, and a U.S. work permit, Yada was given a ticket. Luckily, a judge dismissed the immigration charges against Yada three days after he was booked, but not before the state’s critics took notice.

With billions of dollars being pumped back into Alabama by the automakers, them leaving could seriously affect the state’s economy, and with a Missouri news source having already sent an open letter to the foreign automakers Alabama could be in serious financial trouble.

The letter was published by the Post-Dispatch of St. Louis, and stated, “We are the Show Me State, not the Show Me Your Papers State.”

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Mexican Students Complaining About Protection Pay to Sell School Snacks Found Dead

Mexican Students Complaining About  Protection Pay to Sell School Snacks Found Dead

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Authorities in the western Mexican state of Jalisco said the bodies of five people have been discovered at a student group’s headquarters in Guadalajara, three of whom have been identified as students missing since last week.

DNA tests identified those victims as Juan Pablo Valentin, 17, and 16-year-olds Francisco Carrillo and Gabriel Moran - who went missing last Friday and were found Wednesday night - and their families have already claimed the bodies, Jalisco Attorney General Tomas Coronado Olmos said.

The University of Guadalajara on Wednesday reported the disappearance of those three young people, as well as of another student, Francisco Ismael Gomez, and his father, Armando Gomez, and demanded “the immediate intervention of the authorities” to locate them.

Two more bodies were found late Thursday in a second grave located at the headquarters of the Federation of Guadalajara Students, or FEG, and DNA tests will be conducted to see if they correspond Gomez and his father, the attorney general said.

An autopsy showed that Valentin, Carrillo and Moran died of stab wounds to the chest and stomach, Coronado said, adding that forensic experts will determine the cause of death of the other two victims and approximately how long the bodies had been decomposing.

According to the Attorney General’s Office in Jalisco, whose capital is Guadalajara, the students went to the FEG’s offices near downtown to dispute the amount of protection money that group was charging Armando Gomez for allowing him to sell snacks outside a school.

The FEG, which comprises students at Jalisco public schools, has been accused of demanding payments from vendors who set up shop outside public schools and buildings.

That group and the Federation of University Students, or FEU, which is affiliated with the University of Guadalajara, are rivals and disputes among their members have erupted on numerous occasions.

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Angry Mother Says School Forced Child to Eat Spoonfuls of Jalapeños

Angry Mother Says School Forced Child to Eat Spoonfuls of Jalapeños

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A New Mexico mother is furious after hearing her young child was among those to forced to eat spoonfuls of jalapenos as punishment.

Michelle Bond of Rio Rancho, NM, says she was told by her daughter Katia and the assistant principal that as punishment for a game the third-graders were playing they had to gulp down jalapenos.

Bond stated that when she spoke with the assistant principal of Vista Grande Elementary School the AP told her, ‘I made sure to stand right there at the salad bar, and it told those children—you will eat every single jalapeno that you take.’

The game the children had been playing is one that goes on every time their cafeteria serves nachos. The point of the game is to get a bunch of jalapenos at the salad bar and eat as many of the peppers as they can, whoever can handle the most wins.

Bond said the AP told the students they should be accountable for every jalapeno they took, then forced them to eat them all.

Director of Rio Racho Student Services Sherri Carver said the incident never happened and that forcing students to eat anything as a form of punishment is not condoned.

Carver told KOAT that perhaps Bond’s daughter “took the sentence, ‘Only take what you can eat’ meaning as, ‘I have to eat every single one.”

Bond’s eight-year-old daughter maintains that she did not misunderstand and that she and the other children ate the spoonfuls of jalapenos because they were told they had to.

Earlier this year, after appearing on “Dr. Phil”, an Alaskan mother of six was sentenced to 3 years probation for punishing her adoptive son by forcing him to consume hot sauce and take cold showers.

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Ecuador Committed to Building Low-Income Housing, Spending $71 Million

Ecuador Committed to Building Low-Income Housing, Spending $71 Million

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Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a loan for $71 million to help Ecuador carry out a housing project for low-income families in the city of Guayaquil.

The project, which will be implemented by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, will provide grants and access to mortgages for thousands of families living in overcrowded informal settlements in an environmentally protected area.

As a result of the operation, an expected 8,762 families will receive permanent housing in a new location that will be provided with improved sanitation and access to public services. Another anticipated benefit of the relocation will be a 30 percent increase in average family income as a result of better access to the labor market and savings in the cost of services such as water and healthcare.

The previous settlement area will be rehabilitated and made into an environmental protection area of 2,200 hectares. Program funds will also finance the establishment of public parks, including a park along the Daule River diversion channel.

Three urban centres that will be created for the relocated families will contain cultural centers, shopping areas, plazas, and playgrounds. Facilities will include libraries, meeting rooms, and public services such as civil registries.

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Police Man Kidnapped by FARC Leaves Journal for Daughter (VIDEO)

Police Man Kidnapped by FARC Leaves Journal for Daughter (VIDEO)

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“As a token of my love, I made you this notebook, that I hope you’ll keep as a love treasure that reminds you every time you look at it, of your far-away and diffuse father, confined in the jungle serving a sentence that man invented on a whim,  but even so, neither distance nor time can make me forget the little angel of love begotten,” wrote Edgar Yesid Duarte to his daughter Viviana.
 
“I think he was trying to educate me as I was growing up , said Viviana to El Tiempo. “Every value he wanted to teach me, every rule of life, everything he thought to tell me in person, he wrote and drew on these pages.”

Duarte worked on his project at night. For each drawing he added to the notebook, the officer imagined a casual chat with his young daughter. yesid edgar duarte, viviana duarte, colombian guerrilla, farc killed hostages, hostage journal for daughter, kidnap victims, abducted

During the 13 years of his captivity in the Colombian jungle Duarte wrote 17 tales. On page 31, there is one entitled ‘The Millionaire Pig’ . “It is a lesson in humility he gave me here. This is a piglet who has everything, food, clothing, jewelry and money. From flaunting all the time, one day he bursts” remarked Viviana.

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Latino Teens Steal Bait Car—Caught on Video (VIDEO)

Latino Teens Steal Bait Car—Caught on Video (VIDEO)

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A 14-year-old and an 18-year old were looking for a ride to a party last Friday, when they stumbled upon a bait car and hopped in for a joyride.

The younger suspect was arrested at the scene, while 18-year old Jaguar Frezquez lead police on a brief chase; both teens were charged with felonies, including auto theft and conspiracy.

Watch the video below for footage of the incident, plus the moment where Frezquez remarks out loud “I hope this isn’t a bait car”

 

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Minorities Hit Hardest in Epidemic of Expulsions

Minorities Hit Hardest in Epidemic of Expulsions

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He was barely 11 years old. He had been expelled again - for the rest of the school year – from his Bakersfield elementary school district, this time for alleged sexual battery and obscenity.

The offense: “Slapping a girl on the buttock and running away laughing,” according to school documents.

The boy’s pro bono attorney, a retired FBI agent, was appalled.

“This, on his record, puts him right up there next to the kid who raped somebody behind the backstop,” said Tim McKinley, who spent 26 years in the bureau, much of it locking up murderous members of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang.

For the boy’s local school board in Kern County, the punishment fits the crime. It upheld a panel’s initial approval of expulsion.

For McKinley, the discipline is dramatic overkill sure to prove counterproductive for both the child and the community at large.

These days such disagreements are hardly unusual. In California’s southern Central Valley, Kern County is at the leading edge of a contentious debate over where to draw the line in exacting school discipline. Teachers want a safe environment in which to teach. Parents want to know their children are secure and not getting bullied. And no-nonsense school districts in this conservative oil and agribusiness region are suspending and expelling students for a broad range of indiscretions.

Meanwhile, a national reform movement is growing, fueled by reports that suspension and expulsion policies are disproportionately targeting minorities, and doing more harm than good by killing kids’ attachment to school and putting many on a fast track to failure.

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Hispanics Dining Out Helping Restaurant Sales Tick Upwards

Hispanics Dining Out Helping Restaurant Sales Tick Upwards

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MarketResearch.com has announced the addition of the new report “Latino Foodservice Trends in the U.S.” to their collection of Food & Beverage market reports.

The combination of anemic consumer confidence, a recession that has claimed 8 million jobs, decreased household wealth, and an uptick in the saving rate presents unique challenges for the restaurant industry, especially as consumer discretionary income is its lifeblood.

Without the influence of Hispanic spending and population patterns, therefore, restaurant industry sales would have declined during 2008 through 2010, according to Latino Foodservice Trends in the U.S., a just-released report from Packaged Facts.

Hispanic share of consumer-driven restaurant sales has ticked upward from 12% in 2006 to 12.7% in 2011, although Hispanic share of limited-service sales decreased slightly over most of this period.

From 2005 to 2025, the U.S. Census has projected 78% growth in the Hispanic population, compared to 15% growth in the general population. Put another way, some 70% of the estimated 47.2 million in population growth during 2005-25 is attributed to Hispanic population growth.

While the fastest growing segments of the Hispanic population will be those age 45 or over, under-25s are still expected to comprise 43.2% of all Hispanics, underscoring the long-term importance of younger Hispanics to the restaurant industry.

According to David Sprinkle, publisher of the report, younger consumers are more likely to use limited-service and snack and beverage restaurants than average, and likely to use them more often—and Hispanic consumers are no exception.

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Blockbuster Ordered to Pay $2M for Discriminating Against Latino Employees by EEOC

Blockbuster Ordered to Pay $2M for Discriminating Against Latino Employees by EEOC

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Blockbuster, Inc. has entered into a consent judgment requiring it to pay over $2 million to settle an employment discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S.  Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced.

The EEOC had charged the Dallas-based global entertainment retailer with subjecting female temporary employees to sexual harassment, retaliating against them for resisting sexual advances and complaining, and subjecting Hispanic temporary employees to national origin and race harassment and other discrimination.  The litigation concerned events that occurred in 2004 and 2005 at a distribution center in Gaithersburg, Md.

In its suit filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland (EEOC v. Blockbuster Inc., Case No. RWT-07-CV-2612), the EEOC charged that the male supervisory staff engaged in and condoned the harassment of a class of seven female employees, four of whom are Hispanic.

The EEOC charged that the incidents of harassment committed by Blockbuster supervisors included repeated requests for sexual favors; yelling; insults; threats; unwelcome sex-related questioning; offense racial remarks; touching women’s intimate body areas; and other discriminatory conduct. This pervasive and unlawful conduct culminated in the denial of work hours, discriminatory firings, forced resignations and other discriminatory actions, according to the EEOC.

Blockbuster filed a bankruptcy petition during the pendency of this case, which remains pending in the U.S.  Bankruptcy Court, and it has discontinued its former business operations.

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Trade Pact with Peru Rejected by Mexico

Trade Pact with Peru Rejected by Mexico

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The Mexican Senate’s Trade and Industrial Development Committee has voted down a bilateral trade treaty with Peru.

The panel rejected the trade accord by a vote of 7-5 with the argument that Mexico’s agricultural sector is at a competitive disadvantage versus its Peruvian counterpart.

Mexico’s agriculture and fishing sectors had lobbied the Senate not to ratify the treaty, saying it would adversely affect “sensitive products” such as chili peppers, beans, plantains, onions, avocados, potatoes, mangos and grapes.

The vote was the result of pressure exerted by an interest group within a single sector, Mexican Economy Secretary Bruno Ferrari said.

In a joint press conference, Ferrari and Agriculture Secretary Francisco Mayorga said the agreement would spur companies’ competitiveness and boost families’ development and living standards.

The economy secretary said Peruvian farmers do not pose a threat to Mexican agriculture, noting that the Andean nation “is a strategic ally” with which Mexico should forge deeper ties.

Ferrari said Mexico’s agricultural sector is five times bigger than Peru’s and he urged lawmakers to build support for ratifying the treaty, which needs the committee’s approval to pass the Senate.

The trade pact was the result of five years of intense negotiations that concluded with the signing of the treaty on April 6 in Lima.

Rejecting the pact would jeopardize Mexico’s leadership on other initiatives to spur integration and open markets in which Peru also is a strategic partner, he said.

Such is the case with the Pacific Alliance, a pact that also comprises two other pro-business nations, Chile and Colombia, and represents for Mexico a potential market of 93 million people, Ferrari added.

For his part, the agriculture secretary urged farmers to reflect on the consequences if the trade agreement is ultimately rejected.

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Latinos Like the Rest of America Not that In Love with Marriage

Latinos Like the Rest of America Not that In Love with Marriage

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Barely half of all adults in the United States—a record low—are currently married, and the median age at first marriage has never been higher for brides (26.5 years) and grooms (28.7), according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census data.

Among the major racial and ethnic groups, the rates of new marriages—that is, number of newlyweds per thousand unmarried and newly married adults—declined for all groups. Even though the new marriage rate was highest for Asians, the drop was sharpest for this group.

The study shows that in 1960 72% of Latinos were married and in 2010 only 48% are.  42% of Latinos are saying that the act of marriage is out of date.  Overall in the U.S. 4 out of 10 Americans don’t see marriage as a necessity in their life. 

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Fall Out From Arpaio’s Discrimination Practices - DHS Revokes Secure Community Program

Fall Out From Arpaio’s Discrimination Practices - DHS Revokes Secure Community Program

Photo: DHS Suspends Maricopa Counties Secure Communities Program

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After a three-year investigation into the abusive practices of Sherriff Joe Arpaio’s Maricopa County Sherriff’s Office (MCSO), the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced today that it had found a pattern and practice of civil rights abuses, including extreme cases of racial profiling. The enormity of the violations, the majority of which were experienced by immigrants and Latinos, has led the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to suspend its cooperation agreement (under section 287(g)) with the sheriff’s office and restrict the MCSO’s access to immigration databases through the Secure Communities program.

Secretary Napolitano issued the following statement in response to the DOJ announcement: 

“The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is troubled by the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) findings of discriminatory policing practices within the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO).  Discrimination undermines law enforcement and erodes the public trust.  DHS will not be a party to such practices. Accordingly, and effective immediately, DHS is terminating MCSO’s 287(g) jail model agreement and is restricting the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office access to the Secure Communities program.  DHS will utilize federal resources for the purpose of identifying and detaining those individuals who meet U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) immigration enforcement priorities.  The Department will continue to enforce federal immigration laws in Maricopa County in smart, effective ways that focus our resources on criminal aliens, recent border crossers, repeat and egregious immigration law violators and employers who knowingly hire illegal labor.”

The DOJ has requested a response from Maricopa County and writes “If MCSO is not interested or if we deem that MCSO is not engaged in good-faith efforts to achieve compliance by voluntary means, we are prepared to file a civil action to compel compliance.”

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FridayDecember 16, 2011