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FridayMarch 30, 2012

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Mexican Family Accused of Human Sacrifices After 7 Year Old Disappears

Mexican Family Accused of Human Sacrifices After 7 Year Old Disappears

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Eight members of a Mexican family were arrested in the northern state of Sonora on suspicion of committing ritual murders, authorities said.

The spokesman for the state Attorney General’s Office, Jose Larrinaga, told Efe that the arrests made on Tuesday resulted from a recent report on the disappearance of a 7-year-old boy.

He said that when questioned by police on the matter, some of the boy’s family members began contradicting each other and finally confessed that they had taken the youngster’s life “as a sacrifice to Santa Muerte (Holy Death).”

“They performed a ritual of the Santa Muerte cult and offered up the blood of a minor,” Larrinaga said.

He said that those in custody were interrogated about another minor whose disappearance was reported about a year ago “and they admitted to killing him as well and finally confessed that they had also slain a woman.”

The prisoners directed police to a place where they buried the bodies of their victims at about 200 meters (650 feet) outside the town of Nacozari, where the remains of three human sacrifices were uncovered.

The AG’s office spokesman said that the investigations are continuing to determine whether there were other participants in the murders or other if more people were sacrificed.

The Santa Muerte cult, popular among drug traffickers and some other Mexican criminals, is an eccentric blend of Christianity, Indian traditions and folk beliefs that arose in the 1940s in poor Mexico City neighborhoods and subsequently spread throughout the country.

Condemned by the Vatican, the cult is not recognized as a religious denomination by the Mexican government.

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Man Convicted of Espionage Returns to Cuba to be With Terminally Ill Brother

Man Convicted of Espionage Returns to Cuba to be With Terminally Ill Brother

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One of the five Cuban intelligence agents convicted of espionage in the United States returned to the Communist-ruled island on Friday for a brief visit with his terminally ill brother, state television said.

Rene Gonzalez, 55, was released from prison last October after 13 years, but has been unable to return to Cuba due to a requirement that he serve his three-year probation on U.S. soil.

Last week, a federal judge authorized the dual Cuban-U.S. citizen to spend two weeks on the island with his brother Roberto Gonzalez, who is said to be in the “terminal stages” of lung and brain cancer.

“Despite the conditions imposed, our people, with deep respect, bid welcome to the homeland to our beloved Rene, and do not cease in the struggle for his permanent return, along with his four brothers,” Cuban state television said in a report on Gonzalez’s arrival in Havana.

The “Cuban Five” - Gerardo Hernandez, Rene Gonzalez, Ramon Labañino, Antonio Guerrero and Fernando Gonzalez - were arrested by the FBI in 1998 and convicted three years later by a federal jury in Miami.

Havana acknowledges that the men are intelligence agents, but says they were spying on Miami’s Cuban exile community, not the U.S. government.

U.S. contractor Alan Gross, jailed in Cuba since December 2009, recently asked the Cuban government for a two-week furlough to travel to the United States to visit his ailing mother.

Attorney Peter Kahn distributed in Washington a copy of the letter he sent in Gross’s name to Cuban President Raul Castro asking that he be allowed to make the trip for humanitarian reasons, with assurances that he would return to Cuba when the two weeks were up.

The prisoner’s mother, 89-year-old Evelyn Gross, is too ill to travel.

Alan Gross, now 63, was arrested in Havana on Dec. 3, 2009, in possession of satellite communications equipment he said he was planning to distribute among Cuba’s Jewish community.

Havana says he was illegally aiding dissidents and inciting subversion on the Communist-ruled island. Last August, Cuba’s highest court upheld the 15-year jail sentence imposed on Gross five months earlier.

Gross was in Cuba as an employee of a Maryland firm contracted by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

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Young Mother Veronica Olguin Suing Hospital After Nurse Cuts Off Her Daughter’s Finger

Young Mother Veronica Olguin Suing Hospital After Nurse Cuts Off Her Daughter’s Finger

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Being a teen mom with a sick child is hard enough, but when you arrive at a hospital you hope things will get better not. For young mother Veronica Olguin, however, that was not the case.

On October, Veronica, 15, took her then three-month-old daughter Selena to the hospital because she was running a fever. The infant was admitted to Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center and after three days in the hospital she had improved and was in the process of being discharged when a nurse came to remove the baby’s IV.

While cutting off the tape that held the IV against Selena’s arm, the nurse was not paying attention and actually cut off the end of the little girl’s pinky.

With a bleeding and screaming baby in her arms, Veronica was terrified to see her baby girl bleeding everywhere as she cried.

The nurse, realizing her mistake, threw the scissors in the waste basket and ran out of the room. Doctors entered the room shortly after and found the end of Selena’s finger. Due to the small veins however, the finger piece could not be reattached.

Olguin’s attorney says he was communicating with the hospital for awhile, but that all communication was halted on their end, at which point a lawsuit was filed. Veronica is suing the Tampa hospital for negligence.

Today, 8-month-old Selena seems to be doing well, but Veronica says she cannot forget that moment, telling Florida’s WFLA, “I saw everything… And I can’t imagine what she went through. It’s really hard that she, she was born so perfect. And they just, they just cut off her finger.”

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HBO Creating Drama Series Around Brando Skyhorse Novel ‘The Madonnas of Echo Park’

HBO Creating Drama Series Around Brando Skyhorse Novel ‘The Madonnas of Echo Park’

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The critically acclaimed novel The Madonnas of Echo Park by Brando Skyhorse has now been picked up by HBO for adaptation into a drama series.

The project will reportedly be written by Julia Cho, the award-winning playwright who has also written for the hit show “Big Love” (HBO) and “Fringe” (Fox).

The novel takes a look at the world of Los Angeles’ Echo Park neighborhood and the lives of Latinos who inhabit it. Though the neighborhood has changed since the time Skyhorse lived there the story remains modern, as the tale of the Mexican immigrant in search of the American dream continues today.

Also collaborating on the HBO project are Terra Nova pair Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment and British writer Kelly Marcel, who will serve as executive producers.

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Father Forces Thieving Son to Hold Sign Public Saying he Stole From Family

Father Forces Thieving Son to Hold Sign Public Saying he Stole From Family

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When a Colorado man learned his son had stolen money from a cousin he wanted to teach the by a lesson.

Joseph Gonzales of Aurora, CO wanted his son to learn that there are consequences to every action, so when he learned the boy had taken $100 from his cousin he presented one heck of a consequence.

For his thievery, 12-year-old Jose was forced to stand on a street corner in Denver holding a bright yellow sign telling anyone who passed of his actions.

The sign read:

I AM A THIEF
I took money from a family member
Don’t give me money

Tuesday, Jose stood on the corner outside of his father’s pawn shop in for hours before being allowed to go home, but the very next day he was told to go stand on the corner once again.

Jose’s father told the Denver Post that Jose is ‘a good kid,’ adding, ‘This is the first time he’s done something like this. I hope it will be the last.’

The father said he gave his son a choice: hold the sign or go to jail.

It’s clear which he chose.

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Barista Reveals South American Bugs Provide Color for Starbucks Drink

Barista Reveals South American Bugs Provide Color for Starbucks Drink

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A South American insect used to make a dye called carmine, cochineal, Natural Red 4, or Crimson Lake, was recently “revealed” to be the ingredient that gives Starbucks’ Strawberry Frappuccino its pink color.

A Starbucks barista, who is also a vegan, shared with the website ThisDishIsVeg.com that the pink tint in the strawberries and crème drink comes from crushed insects from Mexico and South America called Cochineals.

The reason fellow vegans and vegetarians were so angry was due to the fact that they believed that if ordered with soy instead of cow’s milk, the strawberry drink was okay for vegans to consume.

However, a Starbucks spokeswoman has since said that the company has never claimed the drink was vegan-friendly.

Carmine is used in the manufacture of artificial flowers, paints, crimson ink, rouge, and other cosmetics, and is routinely added to food products such as yogurt and certain brands of juice, the most notable ones being those of the ruby-red variety.

Cochineal are native to tropical and subtropical South America and Mexico, where their host cacti grow natively.

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Q’VIVA! THE CHOSEN Paves the Way for Multilingual Television

Q’VIVA! THE CHOSEN Paves the Way for Multilingual Television

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Produced in Spanish, Portuguese and English in 21 Countries Worldwide

!Q’VIVA! THE CHOSEN has achieved international success as the first multilingual television show to be broadcast simultaneously throughout the Americas. Created by Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Jamie King, XIX Entertainment and BlackBerry(R), !Q’VIVA! THE CHOSEN is a groundbreaking series celebrating Latin culture, music and performance arts.

Broadcast in Spanish on 22 networks across the Americas, !Q’VIVA! THE CHOSEN has become the #1 or #2 show on the network in Puerto Rico, Peru, Uruguay, the Dominican Republic, Colombia and Brazil (Portuguese version). The docu-journey, which highlights the richness of Latin America’s culture, has consistently received critical acclaim and rated well on Univision in the US, with subtitled repeats on FOX.

The 12-part series is seen by over 30 million viewers across North, Central, and South America each week. !Q’VIVA! THE CHOSEN stars superstar entertainers Lopez and Anthony and legendary show director King as they travel throughout the Americas in search of the most incredible Latino performers that will stun the world with their color and originality.

“This is a passion project on so many levels. It’s really our dream to see it come together,” shares Jennifer Lopez. “I believe that people will be so enlightened, so enriched by this experience.”

During the course of the series which is also sponsored by BlackBerry, American Airlines and Kohl’s, Lopez, Anthony, and King travel throughout the region and witness the most amazing singers, dancers, musicians, and mesmerizing performers that they have found through local grassroots efforts, YouTube ( www.youtube.com/qviva ), and Facebook ( www.facebook.com/qvivathechosen ).

“The Chosen” artists make a dream journey to the U.S. for a once in a lifetime opportunity to share their artistic gifts with the world as part of a spectacular live Las Vegas show that will be the greatest celebration of Latin music and performance arts that the world has ever seen.

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Tornado phenomenon in Monterrey, Mexico (VIDEO)

Tornado phenomenon in Monterrey, Mexico (VIDEO)

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In an unusual event, an apparent tornado was reported touching the ground near Nuevo Laredo-Monterrey highway on Thursday morning said reports.

Two young women who witnessed the phenomenon were able to video tape the event while driving only miles away from the funnel.

According to experts, these tornadoes can have wind power that can reach up to 250 mph, which is close to the rate of a Category 5 hurricane.

At the end of the video a trailer was overturned and thrown into the middle of the highway blocking both sides of traffic.


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Brazilian School Uniforms Now Come with Tracking Devices

Brazilian School Uniforms Now Come with Tracking Devices

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Attempting to keep students both safer and in school, the Brazilian city of Victoria da Conquista has required students to wear new uniforms equipped with tracking devices.

At a cost of about $670,000, city officials have designed, tested, and manufactured school uniforms with radio frequency sensors embedded in them. The uniforms are a result of students in the 20,000 grade and middle schools throughout the city repeatedly skipping school.

With the new uniforms, each child is “checked in” as he or she enters the school. Parents are informed of their arrival with a text message. Should they fail to arrive within 20 minutes of the start of class parents are sent a message from a central computer stating, “Your child still have not arrived.”

According to school rules, three absences require a call to parents for an explanation and additional absences could result in authorities being called.

The city’s education secretary Coriolano Moraes said he estimates that the tracking shirts will be worn by all of the city’s 43,000 public elementary and middle school students with in the next few years.

The shirts with the devices are said to be washable and are even okay to iron.

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Brazilian UFC Champ Fancies Adele and Katy Perry (VIDEO)

Brazilian UFC Champ Fancies Adele and Katy Perry (VIDEO)

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Brazilian UFC fighter Junior dos Santos has been bred to fight, but perhaps he was born to sing.

In a recent interview with TMZ the MMA fighter sang a bit of Adele’s “Someone Like You,” saying he really likes the her, and is a big fan of Katy Perry as well.

Okay, so he’s not exactly a great singer, but we’re not going to tell him. We’ll have for someone else.

He reportedly told the TMZ crew that he listens to Katy and Adele as away of improving his English skills. Spanish is reportedly the next language on his list. Maybe he’ll be adding Marc Anthony and Luis Miguel to iPod to help him learn that one.

The 27-year-old Brazilian-born fighter is the reigning UFC Heavyweight Champion and many have ranked him as the number one heavyweight fighter in the world.


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Ahead of Elections, Many Fear Violence Against Media in Mexico Will Increase

Ahead of Elections, Many Fear Violence Against Media in Mexico Will Increase

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Reporters Without Borders said Thursday after an attack on the offices of a national television network that violence against the Mexican media could increase in the lead-up to general elections this summer.

Last weekend’s bomb attack on Televisa’s offices in the northeastern border city of Matamoros “has raised fears of a resumption of the threats that were aimed against the organization in the same place in 2010,” the Paris-based press freedom watchdog, known by the French initials RSF, said.

The group said Televisa’s offices were damaged in Sunday’s blast but no injuries were reported.

The attack in that city of Tamaulipas state, one of the hardest hit in recent years by drug cartel turf wars, “occurred in the wake of two other attacks in the same part of northern Mexico, which has a history of violence.”

“Violence against the media appears likely to escalate as the July 1 federal election approaches,” RSF said.

Efforts to silence the media “play into the hands of the drug cartels and their accomplices among the authorities” ahead of the elections, in which the country’s severe problems of violent crime once again will be a major issue.

“After a six-year federal offensive against drug trafficking during which more than 50,000 people have been killed and human rights and basic freedoms seriously undermined, how do the presidential candidates propose to restore the rule of law?” RSF asked.

The attack on Televisa occurred six days after a car bomb exploded on March 19 at the offices of the Expreso daily in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, also causing damage but no injuries.

RSF also expressed concern over a shooting attack on March 24 on the home of journalist Victor Montenegro, editor of the weekly El Contralor and a contributor to the Contralineas and Lobo Times magazines.

Montenegro’s mother was inside the home, located in the northern state of Durango, at the time but was not injured in the attack.

Mexico ranked just 149th out of 179 countries in RSF’s latest world press freedom index, the group said, adding that 80 journalists have been killed and 14 others have gone missing nationwide over the past decade.

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FridayMarch 30, 2012