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SaturdayFebruary 11, 2012

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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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Rick Santorum Takes Lead in New Nationwide Poll for First Time

Rick Santorum Takes Lead in New Nationwide Poll for First Time

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Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum for the first time took the national lead in voter preference in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, a Public Policy survey indicated Saturday.

Less than a week after defeating Mitt Romney in the primary elections in three states, Santorum holds a 15-point advantage over the ex-governor of Massachusetts, who up to now had been ahead in the polls with a 10-point lead over his immediate rival, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

According to the Public Policy survey, Santorum now has 38 percent of voter preference nationwide compared with 23 percent for Romney, while Gingrich has 17 percent and Texas lawmaker Ron Paul 13 percent.

This is Santorum’s best poll result to date, since up to now his best national position came after a surprise victory in Iowa, but even so Romney led the ex-senator by 10 percentage points.

Santorum’s standing surged following his win Tuesday in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado, the latter state formerly considered a solid Romney stronghold, and his campaign has said that since then he has collected more than $2 million in campaign contributions.

Santorum also surpassed Romney among the main demographic groups including those identified as highly conservative, voters of the ultraconservative Tea Party and the Evangelicals.

The survey was taken with a sample of 656 voters in the Republican primaries between Feb. 9 and 10 by means of automated telephone interviews, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.

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Possible Guantanamo Detainee Transfer Questioned

Possible Guantanamo Detainee Transfer Questioned

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A new U.S. congressional report says the United States cannot ensure that former detainees at the Guantanamo Bay military prison will not become involved in insurgent activities.

The report by the oversight panel of the Republican-led House Armed Services Committee says 27 percent of the 600 detainees transferred out of Guantanamo were confirmed or suspected to be presently or previously engaged in terrorist activities.

The report comes as the Obama administration is considering transferring some Taliban inmates from the prison to Qatar, in an effort to engage the Taliban in peace talks.

Democrats on the subcommittee called the report incomplete and issued a dissent.

The top Democrat on the subcommittee, Rep. Jim Cooper of Tennessee, said the report seems to be politically motivated and aimed at scaring Americans during an election year, instead of being a comprehensive, bipartisan look at former detainees.

Then-president George W. Bush set up the prison at the U.S. naval base in Cuba, after U.S.-led forces went to war in Afghanistan against terrorists behind the September 11, 2001 attacks on U.S. soil.

Last month, on the 10th anniversary of the prison’s opening, United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay voiced deep disappointment that the U.S. government has failed to close the facility, as President Obama pledged to do when he took office three years ago. Pillay said that prisoners remain arbitrarily detained indefinitely, in what she called a clear breach of international law.

In 2009, in one of his first acts as president, Obama promised to close the prison, but his efforts have been met with broad opposition from Congress, including on transferring prisoners from Guantanamo into the U.S. for trial or jailing.

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Madonna’s 15-year-old daughter, Lourdes Leon Sports Shocking Hairstyle

Madonna’s 15-year-old daughter, Lourdes Leon Sports Shocking Hairstyle

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Madonna’s 15-year-old daughter, Lourdes Leon was spotted on her way to school Thursday morning with a half shaved head. The left side of her head was still covered with her normally long dark hair, while the right side of her head showed the drastic change in style.

According to People Magazine, the teenager has not made such a change in her hairstyle before, although she has been talking about it. In 2010 Leon spoke about wanting to die her entire head royal blue. People reports that Leon never actually got to die her hair blue due to her mother, Madonna’s, disapproval. However, it seems she was able to convince her mother to allow her to sport this more than permanent style.

Perhaps Leon’s new haircut is simply a way to show off her personal fashion edge and changing teenage style. However, Daily Mail Online believes that Leon’s shaved head may be her way of following in her mother’s footsteps of shocking and outrageous stage outfits. And who could blame her?

While the undercut shave was shocking to those who saw Leon’s hair in a bun on Thursday, the style is not new to Hollywood. Kesha, Rihanna, and Willow Smith have all previously sported the half shaven head style.

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2011 Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Benefits Working Families With Up to $5,751 in Tax Refunds

2011 Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Benefits Working Families With Up to $5,751 in Tax Refunds

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The Greater Los Angeles Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Campaign Partnership and United Way of Greater Los Angeles, the City and County of Los Angeles, the Office of the Controller John Chiang, and the IRS announced their annual effort to help qualified low and moderate-income families reach financial stability. The EITC partnership is part of a widespread national effort supported by The Bank of America Charitable Foundation, The Walmart Foundation, and Citi Community Development to drive public awareness about the tax credit and other services provided by participating organizations.

As the largest anti-poverty programs for working families, EITC brings an estimated $2 billion in refunds to qualified taxpayers nationwide, helping to subsidize family income and further drive the local economy in Los Angeles County. For 2012 (the 2011 tax year), the credit can translate to a refund of up to $5,751 for low and moderate-income families with three or more children – a figure equal to nearly two months of income for many families.

The EITC provides the following benefits for qualified working families:
Families with three or more qualifying children who earn less than $49,078 (or $43,998 for a single parent) are eligible for up to $5,751;

Families with two qualifying children who earn less than $46,044 (or $40,964 for a single parent) are eligible for up to $5,112;

Families with one qualifying child who earn less than $41,132 (or $36,052 for a single parent) are eligible for up to $3,094; and

Married workers between the ages of 25-64 who earn less than $18,470 (or $13,660 for single) and have no children are eligible for up to $464

“The EITC is a vastly underutilized benefit, with up to 20 percent of eligible taxpayers leaving $300 million in credits left on the table. Costs for basic needs like housing and food are on the rise, and wage growth is virtually non-existent,” said Elise Buik, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Los Angeles. “Last year our goal was to increase participation in EITC by ten percent, and we succeeded, helping residents claim over $38 million in total refunds. This year, we want to again increase participation in the program by another ten percent, which means almost 50,000 residents would get free tax assistance and help to claim money that is rightfully theirs, and back into our local economy.”

This year, EITC has been expanded to help qualifying families with three or more children with a larger credit worth up to $5,751. Those who qualify, but have failed to claim the credit in prior years, may also apply for the EITC retroactively for a period of up to three years.

Our comprehensive financial stability programs, which include free tax preparation, help working families establish and grow savings, which is very important to the health of the economy,” said Rick Kim, Economic Development Services Coordinator at Koreatown Youth and Community Center. “We’ve seen this effort be very positive for families and individuals, and it really helps them identify and achieve both short and long-term financial goals.”

In addition to the refund available through the EITC, the Child Tax Credit also provides families earning over $3,000, with dependent qualified children under 17 years old, the opportunity to receive credits of up to $1,000 per child. Free income tax preparation, supported by the EITC Partnership, can help families apply for these credits. Last year, the Partnership supported and promoted free income tax preparation at social services organizations that helped residents collect approximately $17 million in EITC (a 19 percent increase from the previous year) and $48 million in total tax refunds (a 21 percent increase from the previous year).


To qualify for the EITC, claimants must be qualified working U.S. citizens and individuals with valid Social Security numbers. If a U.S. resident meets all of the qualifications, they are also able to retroactively claim the EITC for a period of up to three years.

For more information, individuals and working families can call 1-800-906-9887 or visit the EITC Partnership’s website at www.FreeTaxHelpLA.com to find one of over 150 free tax preparation sites.

 

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Romney’s 90s Immigration Policy Hands Latino Voters To Democrats

Romney’s 90s Immigration Policy Hands Latino Voters To Democrats

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The 1990s are back, but unfortunately not any of the good stuff, like Tupac or tennis shoes that you had to pump. No, unfortunately the worst of the 1990s has reemerged in the form of former California Governor Pete Wilson, who endorsed Mitt Romney for president Monday, and will now serve as the honorary chair of his California campaign.  Wilson campaigned for governor on the hate platform, then known as Proposition 187,  the precursor of Arizona’s SB 1070, as well as Alabama’s law, Georgia’s law, South Carolina’s and other similar hateful anti-immigrant laws.

What do you get when you take Proposition 187 and add it to Arizona’s SB 1070 (the author of which is serving as an unpaid immigration advisor for Romney)?  You get the most extreme anti-immigrant presidential platform of any mainstream candidate in modern history. Even Ronald Reagan, the revered conservative archetype, oversaw immigration reform that paved pathway to citizenship for at least 1.1 million immigrants. Is it possible that Romney is realistically trying to reach Latino voters with this message? Doubtful, it’s much more likely he’s bypassing them in favor of recruiting the anti-immigrant vote.

And it’s not just the idea of the law that would deny immigrants legal services that is extreme. Rather it’s the manner in which these politicians presented their legislation that is the bigger problem. When Wilson ran for governor in the 90s, he ran ads that portrayed immigrants as an infestation, that was slowly and surely overwhelming the state of California, a scourge that need be remedied before it was too late. Of course, the worst never came, and “the worst” never was really defined, but hapless viewers of his television commercials were left to figure out exactly what the consequences could be.

Passing draconian laws, excluding groups of people based on appearance, and suing the federal government for the rights to do so, are unfortunately not new, even though we’ve recently seen such actions in Arizona, for example. Rather, California did this all in the 1990s, and it failed.  What happened instead was that Latino voters in California solidified to become a solid Democratic voting bloc, one that has remained steadfast in the ensuing years. What’s happening in Arizona right now is that Latinos, from the grassroots level to the legislative level, are organizing into blocs that must be contended with.

It would seem that what has really returned from the 1990s is the misguided assumption that using racism and fear to win short-term victories can result in long-term power for Republican interests. If only people like Mitt Romney could look to the past and learn a lesson, perhaps we would not have to repeat the viciously hateful cycle wherein any votes gains for a primary or election season, are snuffed out by years of political aversion, transformed into loyalty for the other party.

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Jennifer Lopez Poses Nude for Glowing Perfume Ad

Jennifer Lopez Poses Nude for Glowing Perfume Ad

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Jennifer Lopez, is set to launch her new perfume, Glowing. Her new scent, which is her 18th fragrance, is a take off of her 2002 perfume, Glow. To mark the 18th scent created by the perfumer, Lopez is taking it all off in the perfume’s ad.

The 42-year-old mother of two is seen posing naked, while sitting on the floor covered in oil with soaking wet hair. She sits in the middle of a glowing orb, which is intended to match the perfume bottle that also glows.

After ten years of creating fragrances, Lopez and the senior vice president of American fragrances for Coty Prestige, Catherine Walsh, wanted to “break all the boundaries.”

“Glowing is such a clean fragrance. That’s what I’ve always been about,” Lopez told WWD. “At the essence, it’s still natural, earthy, clean, and real, but a little different side of that. It’s the woodsy side of it, which I think is kind of New York-y, darker and sexier.”

According to WWD, Glowing will contain the best of bergamot, mandarin, cypress, orange and flower, vanilla and cashmere musk. The perfume will be sold in three sizes. The 1.7 ounce and 2.5 ounce size bottles will light up for 15 seconds if the atomizer is pressed. The fragrance will also be available in body lotion.

E! News reports that Lopez’s new fragrance and ad will launch in the United States in May and will be available to purchase only in Kohl’s stores.

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Handover of Recovered Sunken Treasure to Spain Moves One Step Closer

Handover of Recovered Sunken Treasure to Spain Moves One Step Closer

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The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued on Friday a mandate obliging a Florida company to hand over to Spain $500 million in gold and silver coins salvaged from the bottom of the Atlantic in May 2007.

The Atlanta-based appellate panel sent a notification of the mandate to the district court in Tampa that originally heard the case pitting the Spanish government against Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc.

“The formal notice has been issued this morning, so I assume it was sent today (Friday),” the lawyer representing Spain in the case, James Goold, told Efe.

Once U.S. Magistrate Mark Pizzo receives the mandate, he will likely convene a meeting with both parties to establish a procedure and timetable for the handover of the coins.

“There is no mandate from the Atlanta court of appeals,” an official at the Tampa district court told Efe. The 11th Circuit, he said, “doesn’t send anything electronically, it only sends paper,” meaning that it will take at least a day for the notice to reach the Florida court.

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected on Thursday a motion from Odyssey seeking an injunction against the 11th Circuit’s order to turn over the treasure.

Odyssey filed the brief with the Supreme Court days after the 11th Circuit rejected the Tampa-based company’s motion to stay the same court’s November decision ordering the firm to turn over the coins.

The treasure-hunting firm sought an emergency injunction that would give it time to submit a more detailed brief asking the Supreme Court to requisition the case file from the Tampa trial court for review.

U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday ruled in December 2009 that Spain was the rightful owner of the treasure Odyssey salvaged from waters off Portugal where the Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes, a Spanish navy frigate, was destroyed in battle in 1804.

Within days of recovering the $500 million in coins, Odyssey took the loot to Gibraltar and loaded it onto a chartered Boeing-757 for transport back to the United States.

The treasure remains at a secret location in Florida, but Spanish officials have been allowed to conduct periodic inspections to verify that the cargo is intact.

Madrid says the treasure came from the Mercedes and that the vessel and its contents rightfully belong to Spain under the principle of sovereign immunity.

Odyssey, however, contends that contemporaneous Spanish diplomatic communications show the Mercedes was on a commercial mission at the time of her sinking, invalidating Madrid’s sovereign immunity claim.

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HSN Narco News- 3 Found Brutally Murdered in Northwestern Mexico

HSN Narco News- 3 Found Brutally Murdered in Northwestern Mexico

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Mexican authorities found the bodies of three people, all with their throats slashed and bearing signs of torture, on a road near the northwestern town of San Ignacio, officials said.

All of the victims, including a 67-year-old woman, had been strangled and the three bodies had been dumped outside the school administration office for the town, located in Sinaloa state, a municipal police spokesperson said Friday.

Mexican army soldiers and state and municipal police cordoned off the area where the bodies were found to allow forensic experts and detectives to work the scene of the triple homicide.

Officials did not say who may have been behind the killings, but it is common for ruthless drug gangs to brutally murder their victims and dump the bodies in public places.

Mexico had a record 15,273 homicides linked to organized crime last year and three of Mexico’s 32 federal entities - the states of Chihuahua, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas - together accounted for half of those murders.

Sinaloa, the birthplace of the first generation of Mexican drug lords, is the bastion of the cartel led by the fugitive Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, whose name appears on Forbes magazine’s list of the world’s wealthiest people.

In recent years, however, the Sinaloa cartel has faced challenges even on its home turf.
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Protest the Grammys! Reinstate the Musical Categories now! Music Rights is Our Fight!  NILP ALERT

Protest the Grammys! Reinstate the Musical Categories now! Music Rights is Our Fight!  NILP ALERT

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Sunday, February 12, 2012
3:30pm until 5:00pm

corner of Figueroa and W. Pico Blvd
Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Grammywatch.org and Presente.org invite you to join us in a protest to demand that the Grammys reinstate the 31, mostly Latino, Black, Asian and Native American categories.

Come Support Musicians—- Blues, Mexican, Latin Jazz, Gospel, Cajun, Native American, Hawaiian, others—- fighting for music justice!

Join us in sending a message to Grammy President Neil Portnow and the Grammy Board and Demand that they Reinstate the Musical Categories now!

Bring your instruments and play with us…

Following the protest, come listen to the music the actual music the Grammys wants to stop recognizing.

Alternative Grammy Party
4:00pm- 8:00pm
Mama Juana’s Latin Lounge
3707 Cahuenga Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90068


We Want Latin Music Fully Recognized at the Grammys


Insiders at the Recording Academy quietly eliminated 31 categories of awards from the Grammys this year, at least 15 of them which are received predominantly by people of color.

Awards for Latin Jazz, Regional Mexican, Banda, Tejano, and Norteño music, all central to Latino culture, were eliminated or consolidated. Awards for Native American, Hawaiian, and Cajun music were eliminated too.

Musicians like Carlos Santana, Ruben Blades, and Bobby Sanabria have all come out under the umbrella of grammywatch.org against these changes, some even calling them racist. As tens of millions prepare to watch the Grammys, let’s show the Recording Academy just how many fans the music they refuse to recognize has. Sign this petition so that we can get these categories reinstated by next year.
To sign petition, click here

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Plane Crash in Peru Kills Two Air Force Officers

Plane Crash in Peru Kills Two Air Force Officers

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Two Peruvian air force officers died Friday when their small aircraft crashed at a base in Pisco province, north of Lima, the military said.

The accident occurred at 1:20 p.m., the police chief in the nearby town of San Andres, Oscar Arrue, told the official Andina news agency. Killed in the crash were Capt. Victor Bustamante Velasco and Maj. Angel Cano Machado, both assigned to the 51st Air Group.

“The accident occurred in the circumstances of a training flight,” Arrue told Andina. “The causes are being investigated.”

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Bravo’s Season Two of ‘Real Housewives of Miami’ Marysol Patton, Lea Black & Audriana Moura are In

Bravo’s Season Two of ‘Real Housewives of Miami’ Marysol Patton, Lea Black & Audriana Moura are In

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As fellow real housewives have proven time and time again, they won’t go away without a fight. After the first season of The Real Housewives of Miami debuted with less than stellar ratings and Bravo cut the season short after much criticism and poor viewer feedback, it seemed like this particular group of women would go into the Bravo vault along with The Real Housewives of Washington D.C. never to be seen or heard from again.

But Bravo has never made any statement on what the future of the show would be and the show was never officially canceled by the network. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Bravo has renewed the series for a second season with three of the six original cast members returning to the show. Marysol Patton, Lea Black and Audriana de Moura will return for the new season while Larsa Pippen, Cristy Rice and Alexia Echevarria will just have to watch with everyone else.

“The Real Housewives of Miami follows a group of the most beautiful, connected and influential women in town who work hard and play harder,” said Bravo in a press release. “This season will give viewers an inside look at these aspirational women as they juggle family, work and the fabulous social scene in a city where the ooh is spicy, and the drama is even spicier.”

BuddyTv.com reported that besides Bravo’s guarantee to give the show a “relaunch worthy of the other series in the franchise,” RHOM will also get a new production company that has had success with other Bravo shows, including Real Housewives of Atlanta, New York and New Jersey, as well as Real Housewives spinoff Bethany Ever After.

Part of the reason the Miami season didn’t have any initial success could be due to the fact that the women were originally cast for a show about the Miami social scene. It was only after filming that Bravo decided to turn the show into a Real Housewives show.

There is no news as of yet on who the new cast members will be or how many new women will be added to the cast. But with nearly every other offshoot of the series increasing in viewership, this just might be the right time to strike.

Read more at The Celebrity Cafe →

How N. Carolina Latinos Survive Without Driver’s Licenses

How N. Carolina Latinos Survive Without Driver’s Licenses

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Delivery and shuttle services offered by supermarkets, restaurants and individuals in this North Carolina metropolis have become a solution for Hispanics without driver’s licenses, who avoid driving to keep from being deported.

For a mom to go shopping and take her kids to school, for the family to dine at a restaurant on Sunday after church, or for a worker to get something to eat at lunchtime, all that becomes terribly complicated without a driver’s license.

Due to the enactment in 2006 of the 287(g) program and of Secure Communities in 2010, which together have put more than 11,000 immigrants here in line for deportation, plus a law banning the undocumented from getting or renewing their driver’s licenses, the Hispanic community and local businesses have been forced to get more creative.

“It’s dangerous for us workers to drive in Charlotte because we don’t have licenses and the cops are watching for us. Sometimes we take the bus or get a lift from our friends,” the Guatemalan Erick Valdomar told Efe.

Valdomar, who works at an Indian supermarket, says he sometimes resorts to the services of restaurants that deliver lunches to save time at noon.

“We used to go eat in a group, but now it’s safer to stay here and order lunch in, and that way make sure none of us runs into cops along the way. And of course we like to eat Hispanic dishes,” the immigrant said.

The Guatemalan and his workmates enjoy the service provided by the Pollo Royal restaurant, whose owner Efrain Ortez personally delivers the orders.

Ortez, who started his business in 2006, noted that two years later there were fewer customers coming to his restaurant and by the end of 2008 he had lost 30 percent of his diners despite offering tasty fare at reasonable prices.

“Our business completely changed with the problem of driver’s licenses and immigrants without papers, not to mention the sagging economy,” Ortez told Efe.

In another part of the city, two passenger minivans pick up workers, mothers and their kids, and people in general every day.

The Atlantic Farmers supermarket chain, owned by a Vietnamese businessman, found it necessary to offer that service to win the Hispanic market.

“Many moms don’t drive, they’re housewives for whom transportation problems make life difficult, so we created this solution,” Maria de Jesus Marquez, the Hispanic-market coordinator for Atlantic Farmers, told Efe.

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‘Cause I’ve Never Shot Anybody in My Life. I Mean, Shooting a Police Officer? My Father Was a Cop.’

‘Cause I’ve Never Shot Anybody in My Life. I Mean, Shooting a Police Officer? My Father Was a Cop.’

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Dateline” Profiles Jon-Adrian Velazquez, Incarcerated at Sing Sing for 2nd Degree Murder

Airs Sunday, February 12 at 7p/6c

Luke Russert tells the story of Jon-Adrian Velazquez, convicted of murdering a retired NYPD officer back in 1997. An investigation that the “Dateline” team has been working on for 10 years, Russert interviews Velazquez, his mother, former girlfriend, sons, eyewitnesses and attorneys. Image

They also recount the timeline - asking the question – is Velazquez, who is serving 25 years to life in Sing Sing Correctional Facility, actually innocent?
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“Dateline” frequently receives mail from prison inmates making claims of innocence. Many of those claims turn out to be unfounded. But almost ten years ago, when Dan Slepian, a “Dateline” producer, began receiving letters from Jon-Adrian Velazquez, there was something in his story that seemed to warrant a careful re-evaluation of his conviction. This case then attracted attorneys Celia Gordon and Bob Gottlieb who have been representing Velazquez for the past two years and who believe they now have enough evidence to prove that he is an innocent man.Image

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Obama Compromise on Contraceptive Mandate Gets Mixed Reviews

Obama Compromise on Contraceptive Mandate Gets Mixed Reviews

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In an move that appears unlikely to end the controversy over a federal mandate that all health insurance plans include contraception and sterilization free of charge, President Barack Obama outlined a plan that would allow religious employers not to offer such services to their employees but would compel insurance companies to do so.

The president announced the policy in a brief statement Feb. 10, but took no questions.

“No women’s health should depend on who she is, who she works for or how much money she makes,” Obama said. He said the new policy remains faithful to the “core principle” of free preventive care, but also honors the principle of religious freedom, which “as a Christian, I cherish.”

There was no immediate reaction to the announcement from officials of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Sister Carol Keehan, a Daughter of Charity who is president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association, praised what she called “a resolution ... that protects the religious liberty and conscience rights of Catholic institutions.”

“The framework developed has responded to the issues we identified that needed to be fixed,” she said in a statement. “We are pleased and grateful that the religious liberty and conscience protection needs of so many ministries that serve our country were appreciated enough that an early resolution of this issue was accomplished.”

But U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., a Catholic who has co-chaired the bipartisan Congressional Pro-Life Caucus since 1982, said the policy announced by Obama “is the discredited old policy, dressed up to look like something else.”

He said the requirement that insurance companies provide contraception and sterilization free of charge to all employees of religious organizations would still place the cost ultimately on the religious employers. “Who pays for the insurance policy?” he asked. “The religious employer.”

Read more at Catholic News Service →

JLo Smacks Marc Anthony on Camera   ( VIDEO)

JLo Smacks Marc Anthony on Camera   ( VIDEO)

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Despite being exes, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony are working together on their new reality show Q’Viva! The Chosen. But, that doesn’t mean they always get along great. When the former couple stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Jennifer tried to defend herself against a clip of her smacking Marc!

Ellen DeGeneres showed a clip from J. Lo and Marc’s show that revealed Jennifer giving Marc a smack on the head for gawking at some beautiful women.


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SaturdayFebruary 11, 2012