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ThursdayMarch 15, 2012

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POLL:  56% Oppose Govt Blocking Texas Voter ID Law to Benefit Latino Voters

POLL:  56% Oppose Govt Blocking Texas Voter ID Law to Benefit Latino Voters

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The Obama administration has blocked Texas’ new law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls, saying it would suppress Hispanic voter turnout, and the United Nations is now investigating the fairness of such laws in Texas and other states. But voters in this country still overwhelmingly support voter ID laws and don’t think they discriminate.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 72% of Likely U.S. Voters believe voters should be required to show photo identification such as a driver’s license before being allowed to vote.  That’s in line with findings from December but remains down slightly from the 75% to 82% of voters who have supported a photo ID voting requirement in surveys since June 2006.

Only 22% are opposed to the photo ID requirement.

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Puerto Rico Cargo Plane Crash Kills Two

Puerto Rico Cargo Plane Crash Kills Two

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Two people died Thursday when the cargo plane in which they were riding crashed into Torrecillo Lagoon in Carolina, Puerto Rico, near San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marin international airport.

Authorities identified the crew as pilot and owner of the plane Uriel Bristol, 67, and Anthony Tavarez, 45, who had been working for two years for the Jet One Express air cargo firm.

The accident occurred shortly after Bristol and Tavarez took off from the Luis Muñoz Marin airport about 7 a.m. in the Convair 340, which was manufactured in the 1950s.

The plane’s destination was the island of Santa Cruz and its cargo consisted of food produced by the Holsum company.

The pilot relayed an “Alert 2” to the control tower signifying an emergency, which could be due to “problems with the brakes, an open door or with the control system,” said airport administrator Arnaldo Deleo.

He said that Bristol told the control tower after communicating the alert that he would try to return to the airport, but before the plane could be turned around and landed it crashed into the lagoon.

Deleo said that the airport’s main tower never heard the pilot declare an “Alert 3,” which indicates that an aircraft has been involved in an accident.

He said that Jet One Express makes 15 trips a week with two aircraft from the island’s main airport.

In addition, Deleo said that the type of plane involved in the crash requires regular maintenance, although a company employee told reporters that Bristol had been advised that the aircraft was missing one engine.

Also, Port Authority director Bernardo Vazquez said that the agencies tasked with investigating the crash said that the plane crashed as a result of “a mechanical breakdown.“http://www.hispanicallyspeakingnews.com/uploads/images/article-images/Puerto_Rico_Cargo_Plane_Crash_Kills_Two.jpg

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NJ Jury: Latino Lottery Winner Must Share Millions With Co-Workers

NJ Jury: Latino Lottery Winner Must Share Millions With Co-Workers

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Thursday, a New Jersey jury ruled that Americo Lopes must share his multi-million dollar lottery winnings with his former construction co-workers.

In November 2009, Lopes cashed in a lottery ticket worth $77 million alone, but his co-workers at Berto Construction say he ripped them off by not including them.

For three years, the construction workers pooled their money to buy lottery tickets with the agreement that if one of the tickets won money they would share the winnings.

When Lopes “won big” he mysteriously took leave from work to foot surgery and returned in March 2010, informing his co-workers of his good fortune.

The construction workers were happy for him until they realized that the winning ticket was purchased on a day when their pooled money was collected and Lopes was to purchase the 12 tickets for the group.

In court, Lopes stated that the winning ticket was his alone, as it was purchased with his own money. He said proof that the ticket was his alone was the fact that he routinely used numbers from a Canadian lottery win he’d had years prior. He chose those same numbers on the winner ticket, which he said proved that it was purchased with his own money, not the group’s.

In the end, the jury sided with his co-workers and Lopes was ordered to split the winnings – $24 million after taxes – with the other construction workers, awarding each $4 million.

The attorney for the five men, Eric Kahn told ABC News, “It feels good. The jury believed our clients. They are vindicated. I think they are still in some shock. It hasn’t set in yet.”

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Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos to Produce CMT Cheerleading Series “Cheer”

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos to Produce CMT Cheerleading Series “Cheer”

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CMT will grow its fall lineup with the addition of a new one-hour, six-episode series CHEER, it was announced today by Jayson Dinsmore, EVP, Development and Programming, CMT. Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ Milojo Productions will produce CHEER, which documents hard-driving coach Patty Ann Romero and her elite competitive cheerleading team as they journey toward the world cheerleading championships. The series is in production now and will debut in September, along with a seventh season of CMT’s hit series DALLAS COWBOYS CHEERLEADERS: MAKING THE TEAM.

“Kelly and Mark’s passion for this project, along with the sport’s universal appeal, make this a fantastic project for CMT,” said Dinsmore. “This series, paired with the powerhouse DALLAS COWBOYS CHEERLEADERS, promises to be the next breakout hit on the network.”

”We’re thrilled to be showing off the real world of competitive cheerleading,” says Ripa and Consuelos. “Having been a cheerleader, I know all too well what these girls give up to join forces and compete,” Ripa adds. “After meeting Patty Ann we knew her program was the perfect place to show everyone what it’s all about.”

CHEER will go inside the high stakes, high pressure world of competitive cheerleading with tough-as-nails coach, Patty Ann Romero. Romero’s senior team consists of 20 highly-conditioned athletes capable of jaw-dropping stunts and perfectly choreographed dance moves. When they’re not practicing in their gym, these ordinary teenage girls must balance a grueling schedule of conditioning and competitions along with school and the pressures of everyday life. Romero dominates in the gym, but she’s like a second mother to her team and will do what it takes to make sure they succeed on the mat and in life. CHEER is produced by Milojo Productions with Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos, Albert Bianchini and Julia Silverton serving as executive producers.

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Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and Husband to Speak on Spanish Cruise

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and Husband to Speak on Spanish Cruise

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A Los Angeles cruise line has invited former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, former NASA astronaut Mark Kelly to speak and engage in a photo session with guests of a Mediterranean luxury cruise this summer.

Giffords made headlines as the world pulled for her recovery after she was shot in the head at a local community event in January 2011. With her devoted husband by her side, the Democratic Representative from Tucson continues to make a remarkable recovery. However, despite her fight for life and amazing strength, in February 2012, Giffords resigned from her U.S. House seat.

Crystal Cruises said former astronaut Kelly is scheduled for a speaking engagement on the cruise, and a photo opportunity with him and Giffords, the trip’s guests of honor, will be held for cruise guests as well.

The 12-day, $5,410-per-person cruise will travel through the Mediterranean from Lisbon, Portugal to Rome, Italy, which stops in Gibraltar; Barcelona and Palamós, Spain; Cannes, France; Monte Carlo; and Livorno and Porto Venere, Italy.

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Latino Blotter: Texas Man Admits to Smoking 170 Joints a Day to Justify a Ton of Pot in His Basement

Latino Blotter: Texas Man Admits to Smoking 170 Joints a Day to Justify a Ton of Pot in His Basement

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Michael Sepulveda of Rio Grande City, Texas is not only a prolific pot smoker he is a quick thinker.

When Immigration and Custom Agents showed up at his house and found close to a ton of pot he had to figure out whether to come clean as a dealer, pot hoarder or as a pot loving guy.  He chose the latter.

The 28-year-old told authorities that the 2,551 pounds of pot found in the basement, which interestingly is only accessible via his bedroom, is his.  Sepulveda claims to smoke close to 170 joints a day which translates into a $9,000 a day habit.

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Clint Eastwood, Wife Dina Ruiz and Family to Star in New Reality Show

Clint Eastwood, Wife Dina Ruiz and Family to Star in New Reality Show

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Actor, director, producer, composer…reality show star?

Clint Eastwood, his wife Dina Ruiz Eastwood, and their family have reportedly signed on to let the cameras roll on their lives for a new reality show on the E! network.

The show will be titled, “Mrs. Eastwood & Company.” Dina, 46, and Eastwood, 81, have been married since 1996 and have two child together, though he has six other children from previous relationships. It will follow the Hollywood icon, his wife, 15-year-old daughter, Morgan, and his 18-year-old daughter Francesca, whom he had with Frances Fisher.

While Eastwood was filming Invictus with Matt Damon in South Africa, Dina discovered the six-piece male singing group Overtone. The group will also be seen on the show, as Dina is now managing them.

She told E!, “I flipped out for them. I said, ‘I’m moving them over here.’ From the day they got off the plane, everyone said, ‘This has to be a show.’”

It should be pointed out that the cameras will not be following Eastwood around a la the Kardashian clan, but he will be making occasional appearances.

The 30-minute reality show, will premiere May 20.

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If Habla Español than No Statehood for Puerto Rico Says Santorum

If Habla Español than No Statehood for Puerto Rico Says Santorum

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Republican Presidential Rick Santorum is in Puerto Rico ahead of Sunday’s primary and obviously forgot the territory’s official languages are BOTH English and Spanish. 

When addressing the issue of statehood that many Puerto Ricans want, he basically told them if you speak Spanish then no statehood, urging them to make English their official language.

He was adamant, according to Vocero, that any state wanting to join the Union had to not only have English be the official language it had to be the ‘primary’ language. 

Various polls and census reports show that most Puerto Ricans speak Spanish, therefore they are probably saying to Santorum ‘Adios 20 delegate votos’. 

Constitutional experts are also weighing in on the issue since Santorum’s position is at odds with the U.S. Constitution that does not have a language requirement for statehood. 

In November Puerto Ricans will vote on a referendum as to whether the territory should pursue statehood.

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Kim Kardashian Suing Over Mexicali Doctor’s Plastic Surgery Billboard With her Image

Kim Kardashian Suing Over Mexicali Doctor’s Plastic Surgery Billboard With her Image

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Kim Kardashian is suing a plastic surgeon for using her image on a billboard without getting the reality star’s permission.

The advertisement is for Dr. Victor Ramirez and has a photo of Kardashian laying across the bottom of the billboard, clad in a bikini. Above her image it reads, “NO ARRIESGUE SU BELLEZA, NI SU SALUD” (Don’t risk your beauty or your health), and tells them to call him instead.

When TMZ reportedly called the doctor and informed him that in the U.S. it is not legal to use someone’s image without their permission. When asked he if received her go-ahead, Dr. Ramirez said, “Obviously I did not speak to Kim Kardashian. I do not have her number.”

Kardashian has moved to take legal action against the Mexicali doctor for the use of her image on the billboard that sits just across the California border.


See the billboard here.

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Dominican Republic Removes 68 City Dump Child Laborers

Dominican Republic Removes 68 City Dump Child Laborers

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The Domincan Republic’s Department of Labor along with the Unit against Child Labor (UTI) removed 68 children working at the Rafey dump in Santiago as well as the city market, ‘Hospedaje Yaque.’ 

The coordinator of UTI, Félix Hidalgo, led the inspection and removal of these children in an attempt to reduce child labor in the country.   

Felipe Rosario, the president of the Association of Workers at the Rafey Dump, stated that last year, three minors were killed after being run over by garbage trucks.  He was grateful for the presence of UTI and the Labor department and hopes that future tragedies will now be prevented. 

The Secretary of Labor, Francisco Domínguez Brito, made a plea to all Dominican citizens to avoid putting the children of the country in such horrific situations.  He also stated that they will be pushing to guarantee that children remain in school instead of the workforce, where many of their young lives are in danger. 

He continued to express that there needs to be options and social support given to the parents of these children in order to keep them away from dangerous working conditions.

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Albuquerque Animal Welfare Worker Caught Running Pitbull Breeding Business Using Work Email

Albuquerque Animal Welfare Worker Caught Running Pitbull Breeding Business Using Work Email

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A New Mexico man entrusted with the welfare of animals has been arrested for allegedly running a pit bull breeding company and using his city email address to conduct the business.

After working for the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department for seven years, supervisor Jose Martinez has been fired.

Dayna Gardner, of the City of Albuquerque told local ABC affiliate KOAT, ‘What he was doing was the absolute antithesis of what the folks at Albuquerque Animal Welfare get up and want to do every day.’

She added that Martinez’s actions violate employee policies and Albuquerque’s Animal Humane and Ethical Treatment rules.

Not only was the breeding itself questionable, but he was using his city email address and conducting business during hours he was supposed to be working.

Martinez’s firing comes as a result of a month-long investigation.

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CHECK OUT American Idol Contestant Jessica Sanchez do Gloria Estefan’s ‘Turn the Beat Around’

CHECK OUT American Idol Contestant Jessica Sanchez do Gloria Estefan’s ‘Turn the Beat Around’

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CHECK OUT American Idol Contestant Jessica Sanchez do Gloria Stefan’s ‘Turn the Beat Around’.  It wasn’t a hit with the judges, what do you think?


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Wife Escapes Machete Gang by Jumping off 50 ft Mountainside in Ecuador

Wife Escapes Machete Gang by Jumping off 50 ft Mountainside in Ecuador

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While on vacation in Ecuador, Laura Milcawich leapt off the side of a 50ft mountain ledge instead of staying as a machete gang’s hostage. 

Milcawich and her husband, Stephan Aube, both from Toronto, were vacationing in Ecuador and visiting a remote village, Vilcabamba, outside the city of Loja in southern Ecuador. 

While taking a walk in the woods, the couple was approached by a group of men armed with guns and machetes demanding money.  The group then ordered Aube to withdraw an additional $3,000 yet after he left, his wife, not wanting to remain a hostage, leapt off the side of the mountain and escaped.  The thieves also escaped and it is not known if there have been any arrests yet in Ecuador.

Milcawich is recovering from her injuries in a local hospital.  Both families of the couple are outraged and feel that many of the details are possibly being hidden so as to not detract tourists from visiting the country.  Shortly after the incident, Aube posted a Facebook message stating, “Hello everyone, My wife has suffered an accident, she’s in a hospital in Ecuador for a couple months.  The government is taking great care of us.  We will be in touch soon.  Thanks for all your support.” 

Milcawich’s parents are being flown to Ecuador to be at the side of their daughter.

The Foreign Affairs department of Canada has issued a warning advising Canadians to avoid “non-essential travel to Vilcabamba,” based on this and other similar attacks and robberies in the Mandango mountain region.

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Rep. Luis Gutierrez Join the Fight to Stop Deportation of Mexican Dad, Gabino Sanchez

Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez returned to North Carolina to witness the deportation hearing of a Mexican man and be able to test the policy of President Barack Obama to give priority for deportation to criminals

Outside the Immigration Court building in Charlotte, Gabino Sanchez, accompanied by his wife, one of his two U.S.-born children and a group of community leaders, begged the president not to deport him.

In a press conference before the hearing, Gutierrez emphasized that the Sanchez case “should never have been brought forward,” given the official policy of prioritizing expulsion of criminals.

“Getting rid of gang members and drug dealers - we will assist you. But Gabino is the father of two American citizen children. He is not a criminal,” the Democratic lawmaker said.

Sanchez, who lives in South Carolina, has multiple misdemeanor convictions for driving without a license, but no felonies or serious traffic offenses.

Gutierrez asked U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to abandon the push to deport Sanchez.

A federal immigration judge in Charlotte on Wednesday granted Sanchez’s attorney, Marty Rosenbluth, two months to present his arguments in the case and demonstrate that the migrant’s deportation would cause extreme hardship for his family.

The personal attention paid by Gutierrez to Sanchez’s case is part of his effort to closely follow the implementation of the Obama administration’s policy to concentrate on undocumented foreigners with criminal records when it comes to carrying out deportations.

Last week, the ICE director told Congress that the agency had reviewed about 142,000 pending deportation cases and had set aside just 1,500.

More than 1 million people have been deported since Obama took office in January 2009, half of whom did not have criminal records.

Sanchez came to the United States at age 14. He settled in Ridgeland, South Carolina, worked in gardening and construction and eventually married and had two children, ages 6 and 2.

The Mexican’s nightmare began on Nov. 2 when police stopped him for speeding. Because he is undocumented and did not have a driver’s license - and also has a history of fines for driving without authorization - he was turned over to ICE.

He spent several days in the local jail before he was released on bail pending deportation.

Gutierrez learned of Sanchez’s case when he attended a meeting of Hispanic leaders in Charleston last November as part of his national tour to demand that the federal government overturn harsh state immigration laws such as South Carolina’s SB 20.

Rosenbluth suggested that Sanchez’s arrest was a clear case of racial profiling.

Sanchez hopes that his fate will be decided on his next court appearance, May 15, and that the case will be closed once and for all. If he wins, he would receive a work permit but that would not resolve his legal situation.

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Greenpeace: Mexican Resort Project Threatens Marine Reserve

Greenpeace: Mexican Resort Project Threatens Marine Reserve

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Greenpeace has launched a campaign to drum up local opposition to a tourist project in the northwestern Mexican state of Baja California Sur that opponents say will threaten the nearby Cabo Pulmo marine reserve.

The proposed Cabo Cortes mega-project “is an example of what we call predator tourism, which provides short-term benefits to developers without considering the negative environmental, social and economic impact,” Greenpeace oceans and coasts campaign coordinator Alejandro Olivera said in a press conference here Tuesday.

Backers of the campaign include Mexican actors Cecilia Suarez, Diana Bracho, Patricia Llaca, Ana Brenda and Mel Pacheco, musicians Ruben Albarran, Roco Pachukote and Moyenei Valdes, as well as TV host Claudia Lizaldi and TV producer Epigmenio Ibarra.

The goal of the campaign is to secure cancelation - before President Felipe Calderon’s six-year term expires on Dec. 1, 2012 - of an environmental permit issued last March to the local division of Spanish developer Hansa Urbana, Greenpeace representatives said.

The Environment Secretariat approved Cabo Cortes’s environmental impact statement in September 2008.

The development was later temporarily halted when a resident filed a request for a review. Environmental officials gave the go-ahead for the project for the second time on March 1, 2011, but they set certain conditions

Environmentalists say the mega-project, which they compare to Mexico’s large-scale tourist resort of Cancun, will destroy the only coral reef in the Gulf of California.

Cabo Cortes would cover a 3,800-hectare (9,380-acre) expanse and feature a marina with 490 boat slips, two golf courses, seven hotels with 27,000 guestrooms for tourists and 5,000 residences for workers, all within a short distance of the Cabo Pulmo preserve.

The Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park in Baja California Sur state was created by decree on June 6, 1995. It has a marine area of 7,111 hectares (17,550 acres) and boasts the best-preserved coral reef in Mexico’s Pacific region.

In 2005, Cabo Pulmo was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and in 2008 it was added to the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance.

The 20,000-year-old Cabo Pulmo reef, one of the oldest in the American Pacific, is home to 226 of the 875 fish species that inhabit the Gulf of California.

Greenpeace urged Mexicans to cast their “vote” against the project at tables to be installed for three months beginning Sunday in a dozen cities nationwide, or online at salvemoscabopulmo.org.

“Today we’re calling on citizens to make their demands known by voting to preserve Cabo Pulmo,” Greenpeace Mexico executive director Patricia Arendar said.

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Human Smugglers Captured at Tucson Border

Human Smugglers Captured at Tucson Border

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Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents detected two illegal immigrants concealed in the trunk of a vehicle and arrested two male U.S. citizens at the Interstate 19 checkpoint last night.

A Border Patrol canine team alerted to a vehicle which was then sent to secondary inspection where the driver and passenger were asked to exit the vehicle. Using non-intrusive inspection technology, agents discovered two individuals hiding in the trunk of the vehicle. An inspection of the trunk also revealed there were no internal release levers or mechanisms that would allow a person to exit. The illegal immigrants hiding in the trunk were taken to the Nogales Station and will be processed for removal.

Both U.S. citizens are being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for alien smuggling.

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ThursdayMarch 15, 2012