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MondayMarch 19, 2012

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PItbull Says Song “Give Me Everything” Protected by 1st Amendment, Wants Lohan Suit Thrown Out

PItbull Says Song “Give Me Everything” Protected by 1st Amendment, Wants Lohan Suit Thrown Out

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Attorneys for hip hop artist Pitbull asked a federal judge in New York to throw out the suit filed by actress Lindsay Lohan against the Latino artist for mentioning her in his song “Give Me Everything,” according to The Hollywood Reporter on Monday.

The defense team of Pitbull, whose real name is Admando Christian Perez, said that the song is protected by the First Amendment.

Lohan objected to the line “Hustlers move aside, so I’m tiptoein’, to keep flowin’ / I got it locked up like Lindsay Lohan.”

The lawsuit filed on her behalf last year in New York’s Nassau County alleges that “by virtue of (the song’s) wide appeal, condemnation, excoriation, disparaging or defamatory statements by the defendants about (Lohan) are destined to do irreparable harm.”

The 25-year-old actress, who was arrested twice in 2007 for driving under the influence, also sued Pitbull’s record labels, Sony Music and RCA Music.

“Sustaining Ms. Lohan’s allegations would lead to absurd results: the use of a celebrity’s name in any work of art—such as a song, poem or painting—would trigger liability,” the rappers’ lawyers said in their brief.

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Theme for National Latino AIDS Awareness Day - ‘Hispanics United to End AIDS! Get Tested for HIV’

Theme for National Latino AIDS Awareness Day - ‘Hispanics United to End AIDS! Get Tested for HIV’

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The National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) takes place annually on October 15th, the last day of Hispanic Heritage month. NLAAD is a community mobilization and social marketing campaign focused on HIV testing, awareness prevention and education.

Since 2003, NLAAD responds to the serious impact of HIV/AIDS within Hispanic/Latino communities in the U.S. and its territories. In the past eight years, organizations participating in NLAAD have provided HIV testing to over 80,000 individuals nationwide.

This year’s theme “Hispanics United to end AIDS! Get tested for HIV” speaks to the critical role of our communities uniting and collaborating in order to eradicate AIDS. NLAAD is dedicated to addressing the health challenges in our communities.

Hispanics/Latinos account for 16% of the population but account for 20% of new HIV infections. The most recent data from the Center’s for Disease Control (CDC) shows that over 200,000 Hispanics/Latinos have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.

The Latino Commission on AIDS recognizes the Centers for Disease Control, Office of Minority Health, Southwest Airlines and OraSure technologies on their support for the mission and vision of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD)

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Human Rights Commission Condemns Murder of Well-Known Colombian Radio Journalist

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) condemns the murder of Colombian broadcast journalist Argemiro Cárdenas Agudelo, which took place on March 15 in Dosquebradas, and is urging authorities to carry out a diligent, timely, and thorough investigation and not to rule out the possibility that this crime is related to the victim’s work in the media.

According to the information received, when Agudelo was at the radio station where he worked, he received a phone call requesting that he meet with someone.  As he was on his way to the meeting, an unknown person approached him and shot him several times in plain view.  Argemiro Cárdenas had been the mayor of Dosquebradas, and he was the founder and manager of the community radio station La Metro Radio 92.1 FM.  He was the director of the Cafetera Radial Radio Network (Red Radial Cafetera) and representative of the western region of Colombia before the Consultative Committee of Radio of the Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies (MINTIC).

On March 1, he had been nominated for the position of National Representative of the World Association of Community Radios (AMARC).

The authorities have not determined the causes behind the killing and are investigating several theories.  The Commission urges them to clarify the motives of the crime, to identify and punish those responsible, and to ensure just compensation for the victims’ next of kin.

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Nurses at Uruguay Hospitals Accused of Killing 16

Nurses at Uruguay Hospitals Accused of Killing 16

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Uruguayan authorities tried on Monday to calm the public after the alarm generated by the deaths of 16 patients in two Montevideo hospitals at the hands of two nurses.

In presenting a set of actions to ensure that other patients do not die in a similar manner, Health Minister Jorge Venegas said that all personnel subordinate to his office must “work (hard) to recover the image and credibility” of the health care system.

The two nurses, identified only as J.A.A., 46, and M.P.G., 39, were arraigned Sunday and ordered held without bail, after confessing before Judge Rolando Vomero to being the perpetrators of the 16 murders.

J.A.A. admitted killing 11 patients at the Asociacion Española, a prestigious private institution, and M.P.G. admitted killing the other five at the Hospital Maciel, a public clinic.

Along with the two men, a nurse who knew one of them was charged with covering up their deeds, although it is not known at present if there was a coordinated attempt to do so.

Despite the fact that defense lawyers are suggesting that “mercy” was the motive for the crimes, Ines Massioti, J.A.A.‘s legal representative, said that her client suffered sexual abuse as a child and went through an episode of stress after working for 20 years in intensive care units.

Authorities also say that not all of the slain patients were terminal.

The capture of the nurses followed a weeks-long police investigation.

Among the actions approved by the Health Ministry to deal with this situation are the launching of administrative investigations at the hospitals in question and the inspection of every ICU in the country.

Psychological support will also be offered to health personnel if they need it and a confidential telephone line will be set up to take complaints or tips of possible questionable deaths at hospitals, as well as strengthening the support unit for families of the victims.

The identities of the victims are being withheld, but two daughters of a woman who died last Monday at Hospital Maciel, Gladys Lemos, revealed to the daily El Observador that their mother’s case is the one that led authorities to take the nurses into custody.

Lemos, 74, had been admitted to the hospital with convulsions on March 1 and after being treated she was to be released last Monday, but she died suddenly a few hours before she was scheduled to leave the hospital.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Homeless Man Uses Stolen Woman’s Identity to Recieve $100,000 in Medical Care

LATINO BLOTTER: Homeless Man Uses Stolen Woman’s Identity to Recieve $100,000 in Medical Care

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A homeless man living on the streets of Southern California has been accused of using a stolen identity to receive as much as $100,000 in medical care, but the perhaps the most remarkable aspect of his deception is the fact that he was using a woman’s identity.

For the last 13 years, the 51-year-old homeless man has used the identity of Perla Aldama Serrano, and used the stolen identity to run up hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills. Using the name, the man obtained a healthcare card, and used it in hospital in San Clemente, Laguna Beach, and Mission Viejo.

Last week, a sheriff’s deputy saw “Serrano” sleeping in a public area and grew suspicious of the man when he gave a name that did not match a hospital tag he was wearing.

Further investigation revealed that he has as many as 10 aliases, though the real Serrano is the only known victim.

Perla Serrano is said to have gone to court numerous times over the years as she has received a number of arrest warrants for things the homeless man has done.

Currently being held in lieu of $20,000 bail, the man now faces charges of felony unauthorized use of personal identifying information, false impersonation, second-degree burglary and grand theft.

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Dominican Jail Warden Arrested for Bringing Drugs to Inmates

Dominican Jail Warden Arrested for Bringing Drugs to Inmates

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A Dominican Republic jail warden, Severino Brazoban Guzman, has been arrested for smuggling cocaine and marijuana to prison inmates at the La Victoria prison.

Guzman was found with over 108.6 grams of cocaine and 198.6 grams marijuana that was hidden in his underwear and boots. 

Dominican authorities suspect Guzman was selling drugs to the inmates and caught him during a surprise prison inspection after getting a credible tip.  They believe Guzman was working on behalf of narcos that were trying to introduce drugs into the prison. 

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LATINO BLOTTER: Catalina Reyes Put Baby in Crawlspace to Hide it From Daycare Inspector

LATINO BLOTTER: Catalina Reyes Put Baby in Crawlspace to Hide it From Daycare Inspector

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Police say a daycare owner in Waterbury, Connecticut was trying to hide a baby from an inspector because she was overcapacity.

For four hours, the 6-month-old baby was locked in a crawlspace because Catalina Reyes was afraid she would get in trouble for having too many children in her Yates Avenue home out of which she was running the daycare center.

The Department of Public Health inspector heard the baby crying and opened the crawlspace. Though the baby had no food, water, or supervision for fours hours, it was thankfully unharmed.

The 54-year-old childcare worker was arrested and charged with risk of injury to a minor. She was released after posting $5,000 bond.

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Ferran and Albert Adria May Be Opening Mexican Restaurant in Spain

Ferran and Albert Adria May Be Opening Mexican Restaurant in Spain

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The famed Adria brothers of Spain will reportedly be opening another restaurant.

Spanish sources are reporting that this time around, Ferran and Albert Adria will be opening a Mexican restaurant in Barcelona. The inspiration for their latest venture may come from their current trip to Mexico for the Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival.

Ferran, 49, told Spain’s ABC newspaper that the idea for the new restaurant came from Albert, 42, and said he will be using the trip to Mexico “to try new things and develop ideas for the restaurant.”

If plans for the Mexican restaurant in Spain pan out, it will become the brothers’ third restaurant. They have already seen great success with restaurants named 41 Degrees and Tickets.

Ferran also created LaBullipedia, which he says is the “Wikipedia of high cooking with free access to all of its content.” The website is said to be a Wikipedia-type resource for everything you would need to know modern cooking.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Iraq War Veteran Abel Gutierrez Kills Sister, Self - Mother Still Missing

LATINO BLOTTER: Iraq War Veteran Abel Gutierrez Kills Sister, Self - Mother Still Missing

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Police believe an Iraq War veteran in southern California killed his sister, himself, and possibly his mother.

Two weeks ago, the family of 27-year-old Abel Gutierrez called police, saying the national guardsman was talking about suicide and brandishing guns. However, a police spokesman told the Associated Press that the family told the officer who arrived that they did not feel he was dangerous and did not request a psychiatric hold.

Spokesman Sgt. Chad Gallacinao said, “At the end of the contact, the family said they did not fear any physical harm from him, but they wanted him to get help. The officer knew there were firearms present inside the house. However, they were legally possessed and he did not display signs that he was a danger to himself or others. If he did, we would have seized the firearms.”

However, Wednesday, a roommate at the family’s apartment called police who discovered the bodies of Gutierrez and his 11-year-old sister Lucero. It was apparent they have died of gunshot wounds. His mother, Martha Gutierrez, 52, is still missing and police say they have no leads regarding her whereabouts. Sunday, they suspended their search.

Gutierrez reportedly had symptoms of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) making this the latest on the growing list of cases involving Iraq-Afghanistan veterans.

Gutierrez did not leave a suicide note and the investigation is ongoing.

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Will Ferrell’s ‘Casa de Mi Padre’ Makes it into Weekend’s Top 10 with $2.2 Million at Opening

Will Ferrell’s ‘Casa de Mi Padre’ Makes it into Weekend’s Top 10 with $2.2 Million at Opening

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Though it had a limited release (just 382 theaters) Diego Luna’s film Casa de Mi Padre, starring Will Ferrell and himself, broke into the top 10 films in its opening weekend.

Bringing in $2.2 million, Casa is a film revolving around Armando Alvarez (Ferrell) and his brother Raul’s (Luna) war with drug lord Onza (Gael Garcia Bernal) to keep their father’s Mexican ranch.

The film is almost completely in Spanish (subtitled of course) and it seems to have picked up quite the male Hispanic audience, as The Hollywood Reporter said 68 percent of the overall audience was Hispanic and 51 percent were male.

The film was written by Ferrell’s Funny or Die partner Andrew Steele and directed by former Saturday Night Live writer Matt Piedmont.

It looks as though the modern take on the spaghetti western may be able the recoup the $6 million in cost to make, though only time will tell.

Casa de Mi Padre came in at number 9 this weekend, finishing ahead of Fox’s This Means War with Chris Pine.

In the end, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill’s 21 Jump Street, also in its opening weekend, came in at number 1 with about $35 million.

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LATINO BLOTTER:  Latina Arrested for Hiding Crack in Her Crack

LATINO BLOTTER:  Latina Arrested for Hiding Crack in Her Crack

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El Paso Times is reporting the arrest of Jessica Onsurez for trespassing and hiding crack cocaine in her butt.

Police believe the 19-year-old Chapparal, New Mexico woman was a lookout possibly a narco lookout.  She had been ordered to not be in the area earlier in the day.  Since she violated this ordered she was charged with trespassing when she was observed walking back and forth in front of an apartment complex.

It wasn’t until a female El Paso sergeant did a body cavity search that they found the crack in the crack.  Onsurez is also charged with possession of a controlled substance.

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JUST IN:  Justice Department to Monitor Elections in Illinois

JUST IN:  Justice Department to Monitor Elections in Illinois

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The Justice Department announced today that the Civil Rights Division will monitor elections on March 20, 2012, in Cook and Lake Counties, Ill.  The monitoring will ensure compliance with the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and other federal voting rights statutes.  The Voting Rights Act prohibits discrimination in the election process on the basis of race, color or membership in a minority language group.

Justice Department personnel will monitor polling place activities in Cook and Lake Counties.  Civil Rights Division attorneys will coordinate federal activities and maintain contact with local election officials.

Each year, the Justice Department deploys hundreds of federal observers from the Office of Personnel Management, as well as departmental staff, to monitor elections across the country.

To file complaints about discriminatory voting practices, including acts of harassment or intimidation, voters may call the Voting Section of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division at 1-800-253-3931.

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Trying to get Marriage License, NYC Latina Learns She’s Already Married…Three Times

Trying to get Marriage License, NYC Latina Learns She’s Already Married…Three Times

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When a New York City resident went to apply for a marriage license she was surprised to learn that she was already married, and more than once!

In 2004, Anna Vargas learned she was the victim of identity fraud when she was told she could not legally marry her fiancé because she was already married. Four times.

With just three until her wedding the 37-year-old mother was heartbroken.

Upon investigation, she learned that at some point, someone began falsely using her identity to arrange fraudulent marriages to two men from other countries, Mexico and Ecuador, in 1996.

In 2009, she was informed that the man from Ecuador was claiming to be married to her, but he was suing for divorce. When he sent divorce papers she refused to sign them. Angry, he showed up at her mother-in-law’s house. After seeing a photo of their Anna Vargas, the man realized he had the wrong woman.

This past January, a judge ruled that Vargas was the victim of a fraud scheme and nullified the 1996 marriages. However, Vargas’ fight is not over, as she has learned she is married to a fourth man. She is currently working to erase this marriage as well.

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Pair of Male Nurses in Uruguay Charged with Killing at Least 16 Patients

Pair of Male Nurses in Uruguay Charged with Killing at Least 16 Patients

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Two male nurses apparently acting independent of each other are charged with killing at least 16 patients in Uruguay.

Both of the nurses, age 39 and 46, were operating out of hospitals in the capital city of Montevideo and justified their actions as humane.  They did not want to see their patients suffering though some of the patients were not facing terminal illness. 

One nurse is charged with five murders the other with 11 aggravated homicides.  Uruguayan authorities believe the nurses murdered their patients by overdosing them on morphine and/or injecting air bubbles into their blood stream.

One of the defense attorneys labeled these as “mercy” killings and said “After 20 years in intensive care, or constant stress on the edge of life and death, he could not take it anymore.”

The suspects remain unidentified.

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Shootout in Rio de Janeiro Leaves 3 Dead

Shootout in Rio de Janeiro Leaves 3 Dead

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Three people were killed Monday in a gunbattle between drug gangs in a Rio slum that has been under police occupation for four months, Brazilian authorities said.

Police said none of their officers were involved in the pre-dawn violence in Rocinha, the city’s largest “favela.”

The sound of gunfire brought police to a home where they found three people dead and another wounded, as well as five handguns, three grenades, 1,500 small bags of cocaine, two-way radios and ledgers documenting drug sales.

The clash pitted subordinates of jailed Rocinha kingpin Antonio Francisco “Nem” Bonfim Lopes against members of a rival gang trying to take over drug corners in the favela, police said.

The shooting prompted police to beef up their already substantial presence in the hillside favela overlooking some of Rio de Janeiro’s most affluent neighborhoods.

Backed by 15 armored vehicles and seven helicopters, nearly 1,500 cops met no resistance when they occupied Rocinha last Nov. 13, but the community of roughly 72,000 people remains a hub of drug dealing.

The occupation is part of the Rio de Janeiro state government’s plan to pacify the city’s most violent favelas in preparation for hosting the 2016 Olympics.

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U.N. to Hear First Cast Against Mexican Military for Alleged Torture

U.N. to Hear First Cast Against Mexican Military for Alleged Torture

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Three non-governmental organizations said they have brought a case of illegal arrest and torture against Mexico before the United Nations’ Committee Against Torture.

“It’s the first private case against the Mexican state that’s been presented” to that U.N. body, Andrea Meraz, a coordinator with the Geneva-based World Organization against Torture, known by the French initials OMCT, said Friday at a press conference in this capital.

The alleged crimes occurred on June 16, 2009, when four people were arrested by hooded soldiers in two separate incidents in Tijuana and Rosarito, in the northwestern Mexican state of Baja California.

According to the NGOs, personnel with the federal Defense Secretariat arrested those individuals without a warrant, tortured them and kept them incommunicado in private homes before taking them - 96 hours after they were initially detained - to military installations on organized crime charges.

Those four detainees are brothers Ramiro and Rodrigo Ramirez Martinez, a person who was with them in Tijuana, Orlando Santaolaya, and another individual who was arrested in Rosarito, identified as Ramiro Lopez Vasquez.

The complaint was filed Thursday in Geneva and still must be formally accepted by the committee. If that occurs, the Mexican government will be notified so it can respond to the allegations and the panel will analyze the case in depth to determine if the four individuals’ rights were violated.

In 1984, Mexico ratified the U.N. Convention against Torture and in 2002 recognized the jurisdiction of the Committee Against Torture - a body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the convention - “to receive and consider reports from people who allege having been victims of torture and cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment.”

“Nevertheless, that mechanism had never before been used in a case against Mexico,” Meraz said.

The activist said the case has been taken before an international body because Mexico’s civilian and military courts have refused to hear the torture allegations brought by family members of the four detainees.

The only organization that has recognized those complaints as valid is Mexico’s independent National Human Rights Commission, which is preparing a non-binding recommendation demanding that authorities to hold the Mexican army accountable for the abuse, the NGOs said.

“We think the case is part of a systematic pattern of abuse in which, in the case of Tijuana, public safety has been handed over to soldiers who have acted with complete arbitrariness,” an attorney for the Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights, or CMDPDH, Octavio Amezcua, said at a press conference.

He added that in the case in question errors were detected in the Mexican courts, which “foster these types of actions (torture) and allow them to go unpunished, maintaining military jurisdiction (for cases of human rights abuses involving civilians) and (inadequate) criteria for weighing evidence.”

Also taking part in the press conference were Maria Isabel Reyna Martinez - mother of two of the detained individuals, the Ramirez Martinez brothers - and Martha Alicia Vazquez Jimenez, mother of Ramiro Lopez Vazquez, who said they trust the international body will help prove their sons’ innocence.

Both women said they are hoping a quick decision will be handed down in favor of the four imprisoned men, although the OMCT said it could take “two or three years” for the case to be resolved.

That NGO has previously filed torture cases against Tunisia, Greece, Sri Lanka, Cameroon and other countries and has had “favorable results,” Meraz said.

Besides the OMCT and the CMDPDH, the Mexican non-governmental organization Citizens’ Human Rights Commission of the Northwest also is backing the case.

International rights groups say abuses by Mexican security forces - particularly in the context of President Felipe Calderon’s more than five-year-long war on drug cartels that are blamed for tens of thousands of murders - are commonplace.

In a report released last year, New York-based Human Rights Watch said Mexico’s ‘war on drugs’ has resulted in a dramatic increase in killings, torture, and other appalling abuses by security forces, which only make the climate of lawlessness and fear worse in many parts of the country

It recalled that Calderon’s government has deployed more than 50,000 soldiers, marines and federal police to drug-war flashpoints, where they have assumed the roles of both police and prosecutors, including patrolling streets, investigating crimes and gathering intelligence.

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Frontman for ‘Los Illegales’ and Renown Dominican Singer Hospitalized

Frontman for ‘Los Illegales’ and Renown Dominican Singer Hospitalized

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Dominican singer Vladimir Dotel was hospitalized in Santo Domingo due to heart problems, doctors said.

Dotel, who became a national and international star in the 1990s as the frontman for Los Ilegales, started having an irregular heartbeat due to stress and excessive work, cardiologist Dr. Victor Atallah said.

“This is the second time that Vladimir has this condition, precisely due to too much stress and a large amount of work. We put him in the intensive care unit to get his arrhythmia down,” the specialist told the Listin Diario newspaper.

Dotel, who scored a huge hit with “La Morena Quiere Mas,” has been ordered to avoid stress and have bed rest for the next two weeks.

The singer will be released as soon as his symptoms improve, doctors said.

Vladimir Dotel too part last Tuesday in the presentation of the Casandra Prizes at Santo Domingo’s Teatro Nacional.

Last year, he staged a concert in the capital to mark his 16th year in show business.

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MondayMarch 19, 2012