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FridayFebruary 3, 2012

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Woman Becomes First Transsexual to Run for Office in Mexico

Woman Becomes First Transsexual to Run for Office in Mexico

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Diana Sanchez Barrios, the first transsexual women to seek a seat in Mexico City’s municipal assembly, says she is confident of winning.

“This isn’t a matter of transsexuality but of capability, and I’m capable of legislating for all citizens - I’m ready to win and I know I’m going to win,” she told Efe.

Sanchez Barrios, who at 16 began a hormone treatment to modify her body and then for several years prepared herself for sex-change surgery, said that she spent more than 10 years developing her activism in defense of human rights and sexual identity.

The activist has been a local councilor in the leftist PRD and is now seeking the party’s nomination for a spot in the municipal assembly.

In her opinion, there’s still a long way to go before transsexuals enjoy their full rights in Mexico, since little has yet been done about such issues as adapting documents and obtaining the relevant health care.

“You live undocumented in your own country. How are you going to apply for a job or be treated by doctors if your name doesn’t match the way you look?” she asked.

In 2009 the capital’s assembly approved an ordinance that allows transsexual people to go through the procedure of identity change, though in the rest of the country no such progress has been made.

Sanchez Barrios has managed to change all her documentation to her new identity: birth certificate, voter registration and documents of property ownership.

“I’m beginning to open the way not only for the transsexual community but for all kinds of vulnerable groups that are sometimes afraid to go out and do things,” she said.

Sanchez Barrios said she will not just legislate for transsexuals but for all citizens, with the priority going to the most vulnerable groups.

“My personal situation made me more mature, it made me understand a lot of things and fight - it got me where I am right now,” she said.

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A Daughter, a Salsa, and the Super Bowl. NY Giants’ Victor Cruz Has Had Quite a Year

A Daughter, a Salsa, and the Super Bowl. NY Giants’ Victor Cruz Has Had Quite a Year

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Salsa-dancing receiver Victor Cruz has had quite a year, and not just because he became a father for the first time.

As his team heads into Sunday’s Super Bowl against the New England Patriots, the Puerto Rican sensation caps off a fantastic year.

In his first full season in the NFL, Cruz was the Giants’ fourth wide receiver, but after injuries took out two receivers he was on his way to showing everyone what he could really do.

He later tied the record for longest touchdown reception at 99 yards on December 24 against the New York Jets.

The 25-year-old athlete currently holds the New York Giants’ record for 1,536 receiving yards in a single season.

Ahead of Super Bowl XLVI, Cruz told, The Detroit News, ‘Nobody expected this kind of performance from me. Including myself.’

Though his skills as a receiver are impressive, his other talents have garnered him a number of fans all on their own.

Cruz’s touchdown dance shows his Latin roots, as he breaks into what is now his signature dance: the salsa. The first time the world saw his touchdown dance was when he scored against the 99 yards against the Jets.

Today, his charming personality, salsa skills, and fluency in both English and Spanish, make him the one we’ll be watching this Sunday.

Check out his dance moves at Modell’s Sporting Goods store in New York’s Time Square where he donned a smile, and laughed as he joined a group of fans wearing his signature “Cha Cha Salsa” shirts.

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LATINO BLOTTER: New Mexico High School Seems to be Full of Shoplifters

Police in New Mexico say a group of at least six students from a local high school were behind a series of shoplifting incidences.

KOAT reported that police initially suspected that all six teenagers were cheerleaders from Eldorado High School, leading many to conjure images of from the 2001 movie “Sugar & Spice,” in which a school’s top cheerleading squad come together to rob a number of banks to raise money for one of their own. However, the police department came back to say that the shoplifters, five girls and one boy, were not in fact all cheerleaders.

The teens are no longer allowed at the Coronado Mall, but police say they have been unable to obtain enough evidence to press charges against any of the students.

Earlier this month, KRGE reported that two other Eldorado High School students were sentenced to jail and probation, one of them for shoplifting.

One of the boys was 14-year-old Jose Diaz. He was sentenced to a year in jail for shoplifting from a Albuquerque smoke shop in October.

The other boy, Aaron Herrera, 16, was sentenced to probation after he pled guilty to aggravated DWI.

Herrera received the DWI after he caused a collision with another teen. The charge against him was elevated to an aggravated DWI after he refused to take a breath test after the crash.

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Cuban Government Once Again Denies Blogger Yoani Sanchez an Exit Visa

Cuban Government Once Again Denies Blogger Yoani Sanchez an Exit Visa

Photo: Yoani Sanchez known for her blog, Generation Y, was again denied her exit visa by the Cuban government.

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The Cuban government has again denied dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez permission to leave the country, which on this occasion she requested for a trip to Brazil where she was invited to the premiere of a documentary.

“No surprises. Again they refused me permission to leave,” Yoani Sanchez tweeted on Twitter, recalling that this is the 19th time Cuban authorities have violated her right to travel abroad.

Sanchez, known for her blog Generacion Y, received the invitation from filmmaker Claudio Galvao da Silva to attend the premiere in Brazil of the documentary “Conexion Cuba-Honduras,” which deals with the repression of freedom of expression on the Caribbean island and during the coup that brought down Honduran President Mel Zelaya in 2009.

The blogger sent a letter earlier to Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to take the opportunity of her visit to Havana this week to intercede with Raul Castro on Sanchez’s behalf.

The Brazilian foreign minister awarded the blogger her visa to enter Brazil, but Sanchez was waiting for the Cuban government to grant her an exit visa to go abroad.

In recent years Yoani Sanchez, 35, has been honored with numerous international prizes that she has been unable to receive because the Cuban government has repeatedly refused her permission to leave the country.

The Communist-ruled island is one of a handful of countries that require their citizens to obtain permission to travel abroad.

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Miami Tops Forbes List of ‘America’s Most Miserable Cities’

Miami Tops Forbes List of ‘America’s Most Miserable Cities’

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According to a recent Forbes.com report, Miami tops the list of ‘America’s Most Miserable Cities’.

As a result of income inequality, crime, unemployment rates, foreclosures, taxes, traffic, and various other factors, Miami made no.1 even ahead of troubled Detroit, which has suffered the most from the downturn of the U.S. auto industry.

The five cities that made up the top of the list were:

1. Miami, FL
2. Detroit, MI
3. Flint, MI
4. West Palm Beach, FL
5. Sacramento, CA

Forbes Senior Editor Kurt Badenhausen said, ‘The one percent in Miami is doing fantastic. But for the vast majority, who make less than $75,000 (a year), Miami can be a challenging place,” he said. ‘Forty-seven percent of homeowners sit on underwater mortgages. That’s tough.’

However, Badenhausen was quick to point out, ‘We’re trying to judge cities where residents have a lot of complaints. It doesn’t mean that there aren’t terrific things there.’

As always, Miami has plenty of sun, beautiful beaches, a rich cultural history and a booming night life.

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Are Kim Kardashian and Mark Sanchez Dating?

Are Kim Kardashian and Mark Sanchez Dating?

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Kim Kardashian and quarterback Mark Sanchez have reportedly been dating secretly since the first season of “Kourtney and Kim Take New York” and before Kim began dating Kris Humphries, her soon-to-be ex-husband.

According to recent reports from RadarOnline, the two have been dating on and off since the show’s first season, often meeting up for dinner dates and the occasional trist.

This is not the first time that Sanchez’s love life has been the subject of rumors, as he has also been suspected of having ‘friendly’ relationships with stars like Kate Upton and Hayden Panettiere.

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Cuba bids farewell to singer-songwriter Sara Gonzalez

Cuba bids farewell to singer-songwriter Sara Gonzalez

Photo: Cuban singer-songwriter, Sara Gonzalez, passed away in Havana at the age of 60.

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Singer-songwriter Sara Gonzalez, one of the original voices of the New Cuban Song Movement, has died in Havana, official media reported. She was 60.

The artist revealed several months ago that she had undergone a colon operation, the official Web site Cubadebate noted.

Also, Cubadebate reported that Gonzalez had bade farewell last Dec. 26 to her fans at Havana’s “El patio de la Gorda” club, an artistic venue where she performed once a month.

There, the artist said that after that appearance “what remains for me to do is to wish you many nice things, a lot of happiness, I wish you health - above all health - for the rest of your lives. Be happy, be as happy as you feel every time you come here. We have to give thanks every day for the life we’re living.”

Gonzalez produced music for film, television and radio as well as her solo albums, and she also participated in several album collections.

She studied guitar and viola and began her professional career in the early 1970s as a member of the musical group Los Dimos and in an occasional duo with singer-songwriter Pedro Luis Ferrer.

In 1972, she joined the Grupo de Experimentacion Sonora of Cuba’s ICAIC film institute and stood out as the female vocal performer with that outfit along with fellow New Cuban Song pioneers Silvio Rodriguez, Pablo Milanes and Noel Nicola.

During the course of her career, Gonzalez shared the stage with artists such as Joan Manuel Serrat, Mercedes Sosa and Pete Seeger, among others.

She performed throughout Europe and Latin America as well as in the United States.

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Cop Suspected of Having Sexual Relationship With Teen is Fatally Shot by Fellow Officer

Cop Suspected of Having Sexual Relationship With Teen is Fatally Shot by Fellow Officer

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A California police officer was shot and killed over the weekend by a fellow officer.

After it was alleged that Santa Maria Officer Albert Covarrubias Jr. was engaging in a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl, an investigation began.

On Saturday, while Covarrubias was on duty at a DUI checkpoint, fellow officers attempted to arrest him.

Among those attempting to bring him in was Covarrubias’ friend and best man at his recent wedding, Officer Matt Kline. Covarrubias reportedly resisted them and drew and firing his weapon – though not at anyone – before pointing the gun at his Kline. After a struggle to get the gun away, a third officer fatally shot Covarrubias in the chest. He was pronounced dead after emergency surgery at Marian Medical Center.

Now, the 29-year-old officer’s family is struggling with what happened, asking why they felt it necessary to arrest Covarrubias while he was on duty and armed.

The Associated Press is reporting that at a news conference earlier this week, police Chief Danny Macagni said that Covarrubias had recently become aware that he was being investigated for having the inappropriate relationship with the unnamed teenager.

As for why Covarrubias was arrested while armed, Macagni said that since Covarrubias was now aware that he was under investigation, the department “had no choice” but to “take this officer off the street immediately.”

‘The information that we had in hand demanded that we not let him leave that scene, get in a car, drive somewhere, it would put the public at risk,’ Macagni reportedly said at the news conference. ‘We just did not know what was going to happen, we did not expect him to react the way that he did.’

Covarrubias’ family was struck with another blow, as they learned the 4-year veteran of the force would not be given a police funeral.

The young officer was recently married for a second time. His first wife reportedly committed suicide 13 months ago while they were going through divorce proceedings

According to Fox News Latino, the girl he is suspected of having the inappropriate sexual relationship with was a part of the department’s Police Explorer program for young people interested in a career in law enforcement.

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American Missionaries, Wanda and John Frank Casias, Killed in Mexico, Police Say They Knew Killer

American Missionaries, Wanda and John Frank Casias, Killed in Mexico, Police Say They Knew Killer

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The two American missionaries strangled to death in the northern Mexican town of Santiago knew their killer, the Nuevo Leon state attorney general said Thursday.

“We didn’t find that the doors were forced to enter the property,” Adrian de la Garza told a press conference here. “It’s probable that the killer knew them, by virtue that the one who did this was inside the house by the will of the people who lived in it.”

The bodies of Wanda Casias, 67, and John Frank Casias, 76, who came to Mexico from Colorado three decades ago, were found Tuesday by their son at a ranch about 37 kilometers (23 miles) from Monterrey, the state capital.

The woman’s body was found in the kitchen and the man’s body was in the yard. Both victims were beaten and then strangled with wire, which was found around their necks.

The couple were missionaries with the First Independent Fundamentalist Baptist Church.

“We have some lines of investigation that are already being followed and we will pursue it to the final consequences,” De la Garza said Thursday.

Neighbors told detectives the couple was active in aiding the community and that it was not unusual for them to invite people into their home.

Electric appliances, a pick-up truck and other property were missing from the house.

“All the possibilities are being investigated, including that of organized crime,” the state attorney general said.

Santiago, a popular tourist destination, has been rocked by drug-related violence in recent years.

Mayor Edelmiro Cavazos was kidnapped and murdered on Aug. 15, 2010, by gunmen working for the Los Zetas drug cartel, which was trying to take control of the town.

Santiago police officers assisted the hired guns who killed the mayor.

The mayor was the victim of what Mexican officials call a “levanton,” a kidnapping with no ransom demands usually staged by drug cartel enforcers to obtain information via torture or to kill the victim for having betrayed the criminal organization.

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Gisele Bundchen Asks Friends and Family to Pray for Husband Tom Brady Ahead of Super Bowl Sunday

Gisele Bundchen Asks Friends and Family to Pray for Husband Tom Brady Ahead of Super Bowl Sunday

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According to the New York Post, Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen, 31, e-mailed friends and family earlier this week asking for prayers for her husband Tom Brady, 34, as he prepares for Super Bowl Sunday.

In the e-mail, the model reportedly wrote:

My sweet friends and family, this Sunday will be a really important day in my husband’s life. He and his team worked so hard to get to this point and now they need us more than ever to send them positive energy so they can fulfill their dream of winning this super bowl …

So I kindly ask all of you to join me on this positive chain and pray for him, so he can feel confident, healthy and strong. Envision him happy and fulfilled experiencing with his team a victory this sunday.

Thank you for your love a support. Love, G smile

Brady and Bundchen have been married since 2009 and have a 2-year-old son, Benjamin.

This Sunday, Brady and the New England Patriots will face off against the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI (46).

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WATCH Ricky Martin’s Glee Performance of LMFAO’s ‘Sexy and I Know It’ (VIDEO)

WATCH Ricky Martin’s Glee Performance of LMFAO’s ‘Sexy and I Know It’ (VIDEO)

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On the next episode of Fox’s hit show Glee, Ricky Martin brings some serious Latin flavor to both Glee club and LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It.”

Since Gwyneth Paltrow exited the show as the Spanish teacher, the school was in need of a replacement. Enter: Ricky Martin.

As his introduction to the students, Ricky shows off his dance moves as he jumps right into Glee club, showing everyone he’s sexy and he knows it.

In behind the scenes interviews, the Puerto Rican heartthrob said, “It’s one of my favorite moments in my career, shooting that specific video.”

It looks like a lot of fun, so be sure to check out the full episode, “The Spanish Teacher”, Tuesday, February 7 at 8/7c on Fox.

Until then, check out the cast’s Spanish-infused “Sexy and I Know” performance featuring Ricky Martin.

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Colombian Chef Ingrid Hoffmann Brings New Cooking Show to Univision

Colombian Chef Ingrid Hoffmann Brings New Cooking Show to Univision

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Colombian chef Ingrid Hoffmann is making her dream of getting into more Hispanic homes a reality with the help of the Univision television network, on which her cooking program “Delicioso” will be broadcast.

“It’s a dream (I had) when I began to write down the idea for my program on paper 15 years ago,” Hoffman said in an interview with Efe.

This Saturday the leading U.S. Spanish-language network will begin broadcasting the chef’s program at 1 p.m., and she says it’s been a “long and difficult” road to get to this point.

“Things happen when they have to happen,” she added, although she admitted that she “could never have dreamed” that her dream would turn out so well.

Besides the TV program, Hoffman will get through to the public with her cooking advice on the social networks, mobile apps and radio.

Thus, her cooking program will be interactive.

“I invite the public to join the forums (social networks) to pose questions to me about the recipes I’m making. The good thing is that, practically, they have the chef at their disposal at any time, except when I’m sleeping,” she joked.

The new overall project “still doesn’t exist on any cooking program,” said Hoffman, who has appeared on “Ellen,” “Oprah,” “Martha Stewart,” “The Today Show,” “The Early Show” and “Good Morning America.”

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Arrest Warrants issued in the killings of Mexican students in Guadalajara

Arrest Warrants issued in the killings of Mexican students in Guadalajara

Photo: Warrants have been issued to eight suspects in the homicide and of four students and a snack vendor in Guadalajara, Mexico.

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A Mexican judge has issued arrest warrants for eight people linked to the murder of four students and a snack vendor in December in the western city of Guadalajara, Jalisco state Attorney General Tomas Coronado said.

In mid-December, authorities found the bodies of the four adolescents and the father of one of the youths in clandestine graves at the headquarters of the Federation of Guadalajara Students, or FEG, a few days after they had been reported missing.

The victims apparently went to the FEG’s offices on Dec. 9 to demand that the student group lower the fee they were charging Armando Gomez, a vendor and the oldest victim, for permission to sell snacks outside a school.

Of the eight suspects now facing formal charges, four were held in preventative detention in mid-January and therefore have already been brought before the judge in the case for homicide, Coronado said Thursday at a press conference.

Under Mexican law, authorities can hold people linked to serious crimes for up to 80 days without formal charges.

The other four have not yet been detaiined; two of them are accused of murder, while the other two are charged with covering up the crime, Coronado added.

The suspects in custody include three minors who will be tried in juvenile court in Jalisco.

The fourth detainee has been identified by authorities as 19-year-old Gerardo Godoy Solano, who was transferred Wednesday to Guadalajara’s Puente Grande maximum-security prison.

After he and the three minors were detained in January, Godoy acknowledged that he was a bodyguard and assistant of the FEG’s president, David Castorena, who allegedly witnessed the burials.

The other three teenagers told investigators they were responsible for coordinating the FEG’s campaigns at area high schools and confessed to helping dig the two graves where the five bodies were deposited.

In addition to Thursday’s warrants, arrest orders also have been issued for Castorena and FEG President-elect Israel Mariscal after they did not appear before prosecutors to testify in the case.

The FEG, which comprises students at Jalisco public schools, has frequently been accused of demanding payments from street vendors in exchange for the so-called “derecho de piso,” or right to set up shop outside the schools.

The FEG and the Federation of University Students, which is affiliated with the University of Guadalajara, are rivals and disputes among their members - even involving firearms - have erupted on different occasions.

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FridayFebruary 3, 2012