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FridayApril 6, 2012

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Narco Leader Pleads Guilty to His Role in U.S. Consulate Murders, Gets Seven Life Sentences

Narco Leader Pleads Guilty to His Role in U.S. Consulate Murders, Gets Seven Life Sentences

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The Juarez Drug Cartel’s leader in Juarez and Chihuahua, Mexico, pleaded guilty in El Paso, Texas, and was sentenced to life in prison for his participation in drug-trafficking and numerous acts of violence in connection with the Barrio Azteca gang.

Jose Antonio Acosta-Hernandez, 34, aka “Diego,” “Dienton,” “Diez” and “Bablazo,” of Chihuahua, was extradited to the United States from Mexico on March 16, 2012.  He pleaded guilty to four counts of racketeering, narcotics trafficking and money laundering.  Acosta-Hernandez also pleaded guilty to seven counts of murder and weapons charges, which specifically related to the March 13, 2010, triple homicide in Juarez of U.S. Consulate employee Leslie Enriquez, her husband Arthur Redelfs and Jorge Salcido Ceniceros, the husband of another U.S. Consulate employee.  I

Immediately after the guilty plea hearing, Acosta-Hernandez was sentenced to seven concurrent life terms, three additional consecutive life terms and 20 years in federal prison.

The third superseding indictment, returned on March 2, 2011, alleged that Acosta-Hernandez was an associate of the Barrio Azteca (BA), a violent street and prison gang that began in the late 1980s and expanded into a transnational criminal organization.  According to information presented in court, the BA formed an alliance with “La Linea,” which is part of the Juarez Drug Cartel and is also known as the Vincente Carrillo Fuentes Drug Cartel or “VCF.”  The purpose of the BA-La Linea alliance was to battle the Chapo Guzman Cartel and its allies for control of the drug trafficking routes through Juarez and Chihuahua.  The drug routes through Juarez, known as the Juarez Plaza, are important to drug trafficking organizations because they are a principal illicit drug trafficking conduit into the United States. 

Acosta-Hernandez admitted that he directed or participated in more than 1,500 murders since 2008.

For example, Acosta-Hernandez admitted that on Jan. 30, 2010, he ordered hit-men in his organization to kill members of the opposition that were sighted at a daytime birthday party at a home in Juarez.  As part of this incident, 16 individuals were killed and 10 individuals were wounded at three different residences in Juarez.  On July 15, 2010, Acosta-Hernandez directed a car bombing in Juarez that ultimately killed four people.

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Exiled Cuban Dissident, Albert Santiago du Bouchet, Commits Suicide in Spain

Exiled Cuban Dissident, Albert Santiago du Bouchet, Commits Suicide in Spain

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One of the scores of former Cuban political prisoners given refuge in Spain committed suicide this week on Grand Canary Island, his former girlfriend told Efe on Friday.

Ana Iris said that she, Albert Santiago du Bouchet and their two children arrived in Spain on April 8, 2011.

At first the family lived in hostels in Torremolinos and Malaga for close to four months until Du Bouchet went to look for work in Las Palmas because he knew a Cuban doctor there.

But he was unsuccessful and survived on aid from the Spanish government.

Last week he called Iris and told her he was thinking of returning to Madrid to begin the process of emigrating to the United States.

In a second call to his son, the journalist admitted that he was “very sad,” since after “struggling so many years in Cuba and being now in a free country,” he couldn’t find a job and saw little hope of getting one.

“He didn’t even have enough money for food,” said Iris, who has asked Spanish authorities to pay for her flight to Las Palmas and for “all the procedures” necessary for his cremation.

The woman said Du Bouchet’s body was found Wednesday and that police contacted her the following day.

Like the other dissidents welcomed into the country, Du Bouchet and his family benefited from an aid plan stipulated to last one year, with the option of a six-month extension.

The plan consisted in economic aid to the amount of 700 euros ($916) a month for renting a home, 180 euros ($235) for each member of the family to live on, plus allowances for transportation and medical coverage.

Now the government is studying whether to give more economic aid to dissidents and their families still in Spain, a total of some 500, who are still without work due to the poor economy or because they have been unable to get their professional licenses accredited.

The Cuban dissidents plan to gather next Tuesday in Madrid to stage a protest and call attention to their plight.

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Officials Want Mexico to Pay for Undocumented in Texas and U.S. to Take Back Offer to Send MX Water

Texas State Rep. Lyle Larson (R-San Antonio) believes that Texas spends in the ballpark of $7 billion a year on illegal immigrants and is now saying Mexico should reimburse the state for the cost of providing health care to and even detaining undocumented immigrants from south of the border.

Rep. Larson reportedly told KSAT that while he does not expect to see a check from Mexico anytime soon, he thinks that as a repayment Mexico should let U.S. companies into northern Mexico’s mineral-rich areas to collect resources. Rep. Larson added that such a deal would benefit the economies in both Texas and Mexico.

But Larsen isn’t the only Texan perturbed with the U.S.’s relationship with Mexico. Texas officials recently wrote a letter to commissioner Edward Drusina of the U.S. Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission, asking it to rescind its decision to release water from the Rio Grande River system to Mexico.

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples and the commissioner for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Carlos Rubinstein wrote Drusina:

We are greatly concerned that as Texas has been stricken by extreme drought and farmers and ranchers have lost access to their water, you have chosen to forgo negotiations with Mexico and meet their call for water, to the detriment of the water resources and the interest of your constituency, the American irrigators.

Comparing the U.S. Section of the IBWC on the unresolved issues noted above to your response to Mexico’s call for water, we are gravely concerned that the 1906 Convention is being implemented in a way that discriminates against U.S. water users. We respectfully urge you to resolve these issues in a manner that restores the confidence of Texas water users in the U.S. Section of the IBWC.


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Miami Fugitive, Martin James Malone, Found In Ecuador After 22 Years on the Run

Miami Fugitive, Martin James Malone, Found In Ecuador After 22 Years on the Run

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After 22 years on the run, fugitive Martin James Malone was recently found in Ecuador after police there arrested him for not having identification after he says his wallet was stolen by burglars who broke into his vehicle.

In 1990, Malone was arrested for conspiring to import cocaine from Colombia into Miami. However, before the court proceedings were over, he skipped bail and fled to South American where he stayed and started a new life.

Though he was not present at his own trial, Malone was still found guilty along with several others involved in the cocaine smuggling plot, in which they planned to bring thousands of pounds of the drug in the country. Their plan proved fruitless as Coast Guard members spotted some of the bales floating near the Bahaman islands.

He is said to have been living near Montanita, Ecuador with his common-law wife, their daughter, and his step-daughter.

After being brought back to the U.S., Malone was brought before U.S. District Judge William Zloch who jokingly clarified, “I’m afraid we can’t give you bond anymore.”

Malone smiled and said he understood. He is even said to have pointed out to his prosecutor that in the original 1990 court documents his name was incorrect and that his first and middle name had been switched.

The fugitive’s family members believe it was Malone’s ex-wife that told authorities of his whereabouts, because she would benefit greatly from his extradition, as they had been fighting over possession of property.

After pleading guilty to jumping bail on Wednesday, Malone is now scheduled to be sentenced on May 31 in Fort Lauderdale for both that charge and his 1990 conviction.

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What a Beach! Dominican Republic Builds Artificial Beach Along Santo Domingo Boardwalk

What a Beach! Dominican Republic Builds Artificial Beach Along Santo Domingo Boardwalk

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The Dominican Republic has now built its first temporary artificial beach along capital city Santo Domingo’s boardwalk.

Though the city has 19 miles of coastline the water is contaminated and not safe for swimmers and the beaches are not pleasant to walk on.

Made up of 1,500 square feet of sand, the 300-foot-long beach came with a price tag of roughly $100,000 and features 12 swimming pools, lounge chairs, and of course, palm trees.

The beach was opened in time for the end of Holy Week. The Christian celebration is the last week of Lent and includes the religious holidays of Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, and Good Friday. Holy Week then leads up to Easter Sunday, which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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For Disfiguring Women in New York, Dominican Plastic Surgeon Will Serve Community Service

For Disfiguring Women in New York, Dominican Plastic Surgeon Will Serve Community Service

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A plastic surgeon not licensed to practice in the United States will serve just 250 hours of community service for disfiguring seven women in New York.

Along with the community service, 52-year-old Hector Cabral is being sent back to Dominican Republic, will not be able to return to the U.S. for three years, and will being paying a mere $23,000 in total restitution to his victims.

ImageThe surgeon, who is only licensed to practice in the Dominican, is said to have promised Latinas cheap liposuctions to make them more beautiful, but what the women were left with was not beauty, it was pain and infection accompanied by both physical and emotional scars.

After the liposuctions of the women, each was left with post-op blackening of their skin followed by life-threatening infections.

Though he pled guilty in October 2011, Cabral avoided jail time by making a deal with the State Attorney General’s office. Tuesday, the deal was finalized by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Laura Ward.

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Wilmer Valderramma Will Join Cast for ‘That ‘70s Show’ Reunion

Wilmer Valderramma Will Join Cast for ‘That ‘70s Show’ Reunion

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Shortly after Wilmer Valderrama posted a photo of him with on a boat with reported girlfriend Minka Kelly (and others), the Venezuelan-born actor was announced to be taking part in the upcoming That ‘70s Show anniversary show.

Fox is reportedly organizing a ’70s reunion to air on the network’s 25th Anniversary Special on April 22.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Valderrama, Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, and Laura Prepon have signed on for the reunion.

During the show’s 8-season run, 32-year-old Valderrama played Fez, the group’s foreign exchange student (FES, get it?)

ImageSince the show’s end in 2006, Valderrama has been a part of a number of projects, but since 2006, he has been the voice of the main character Manny on the popular children’s show Handy Manny.

Though he was recently linked to much younger Demi Lovato (again) they have since split and rumors have been flying that Valderrama is dating Friday Night Lights actress Minka Kelly, who is also the only child of former Aerosmith guitarist Rick Dufay.

Monday, Valderrama posted a photo of himself with Mink and other friends on a boat in Sydney, adding to the rumors that they are dating.

During a radio interview with Ryan Seacrest last week, Valderrama simply said that he and Kelly “have been friends for a long time.”

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China Gives Go-ahead to Mexican Pork Imports

China Gives Go-ahead to Mexican Pork Imports

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China’s government on Friday gave five Mexican companies the go-ahead to export pork to the Asian giant, releasing that initial list during Mexican Foreign Secretary Patricia Espinosa’s visit to Beijing.

The list was delivered during a meeting between Espinosa and her Chinese counterpart, Yang Jiechi, and marks the culmination of five years of talks that began on her first visit to China in 2007.

“The companies have been waiting for the moment to have this certification, which will allow them to make their first exports,” Espinosa said at a press conference, adding that she was pleased to announce this important trade development during what was likely her last visit to China as foreign secretary.

Mexico’s current administration will leave office in December.

In her meetings with Yang and Chinese Commerce Minister Chen Deming, the foreign secretary also analyzed the possibility of that “green light” being extended to other types of meat, including beef and poultry, as well as fruits such as limes and mangos.

“As well as to avocados from other parts of the country, since China currently imports Mexican avocados, but from Michoacan, and the idea is that (avocados) from Jalisco also can be exported,” she said.

“We said very frankly that the process to obtain the companies’ certification took a long time,” Espinosa said, adding that hopes are that the authorizations for pork will pave the way to faster negotiations for the other products.

Espinosa joined Yang for the 5th China-Mexico Binational Commission and also was received Friday by Vice Premier Wang Qishan and Vice President Xi Jinping, who is expected to become China’s next president in 2013.

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VIDEO: Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart in “Dance Again”

VIDEO: Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart in “Dance Again”

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Jennifer Lopez officially debuted her sexy new “Dance Again” video on Thursday’s “American Idol”, which features multiple steamy dance scenes with her beau Casper Smart.

In the clip, the singer/actress and her new beau get very close and personal, and Lopez teased her fans with some intimate photos during their scenes together.

The pop song included a collaboration with Pitbull in its creation.


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LATINO BLOTTER: Woman Beats Boyfriend For Not Having Sex With Her

LATINO BLOTTER: Woman Beats Boyfriend For Not Having Sex With Her

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A Florida woman is facing battery charges after officers say she beat her boyfriend because he would not have sexual intercourse with her.

According to a Coral Springs Police report, officers were called to a home on a domestic disturbance call. When they arrived they found Inez Nuñez and her boyfriend arguing.

Nuñez, 18, admitted to slapping her boyfriend in the face and pushing him “because he was disrespectful.” She claimed he would not have sex with her, saying she was ugly.

A verbal dispute quickly erupted into physically assault. Nuñez told police that her boyfriend choked a pushed her, but police question her claims as her story changed multiple times.

Nuñez was then arrested and taken to the Broward Sheriff’s Office before being booked into Broward jail. She was released on $2,500 bond.

Her and her boyfriend had been living together since October 2011.

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Ricky Martin and Elena Rogers Make “Evita” a Hit

Ricky Martin and Elena Rogers Make “Evita” a Hit

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The intense acting of Ricky Martin and Elena Roger in a new stage production of “Evita” transports New York audiences to Buenos Aires where the plot evolves from the contradictory personality of Eva Peron.

Martin returns to Broadway where he debuted in 1995 in “Los Miserables,” this time in the role of Che, the voice of the people and narrator of the story, whom the actor’s charismatic personality brings to life.

Elena Roger plays a more than believable Eva Peron (1919-1952) in her New York debut, while Michael Cerveris portrays Juan Peron.

New York theater-goers, who since March 12 have attended the previews leading up to Thursday’s premiere, have been entranced by the acting of Roger and Martin, who dazzle with their talent in song, dance and stage presence.

Ricky Martin was grateful for the crowds’ support and the chance to finally “savor” the debut after eight weeks of previews.

“It’s been a lot of work. Today was a moment for the cast to savor and enjoy. Everyone in the audience was our friend and what we did was enjoy the moment and celebrate” the debut, the 40-year-old superstar told Efe.

Roger told Efe that the premiere was “wonderful, moving. The audience was always with us, we felt the laughter, the applause.”

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Oscar De La Hoya Wins in Hooker Lawsuit

Oscar De La Hoya Wins in Hooker Lawsuit

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The former boxing champion, Oscar de la Hoya, defeated his lastest foe after winning over a hooker’s accusation of sexual abuse in a $5 million dollar lawsuit.

Manhattan’s Supreme Court Justice Paul Wooten ruled that Angelica Cecora’s tale of being held captive by De La Hoya as frivolous and threw her suit out. The court also ruled that Cecora pay a $500 dollar fine and cover all of the boxer’s legal fees.

The petite blonde beauty sued De La Hoya for $5 million, accusing him of intimidating her and causing “emotional distress” during a drug-induced sex romp.

According to reports, Cecora had claimed that De La Hoya grabbed her roughly and intimidated her during an hour-long session of non-consensual sex acts.

She also claimed that during the sex romp, she was required to wear lingerie and her roommate was also forced to join in.

In response to the accusations, De La Hoya stated, “Many celebrities are targeted out of greed, and it is important to stand your ground.”

The judge completely disagreed with the alleged charges stating that they were “without merit in the law” and was only an effort to harass the fighter.

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Mexican Serial Entrepreneur Designs Instagram Add-on that Gets 150k Downloads in 6 Days

When users would to post to the photo-sharing site Instagram, aside for posting a link to it on Twitter, that’s all they could do. There was no way for users to communicate directly through Instagram.

That is where Mexican entrepreneur Cristian Castillo came in. Looking to fill the need for a private messaging service on Instagram, Castillo developed instaDM. Though the application was initially a web app when it was released a year ago, with the help of his brother, it was eventually developed it into the iOS app many have been rushing to download.

When it was still just a web app, instaDM saw a peak of 62,000 visits in one day, and that is when he decided it was time to develop the idea further.

The iOS app has seen amazing success as well, especially considering it was only launched on Apple’s AppStore on March 29, reaching 150,000 downloads in just 6 days.

Calling himself a serial entrepreneur, Castillo worked on a number of apps before finding his way to instaDM, including a Web to SMS message service. In only four months, that service saw 10,000,000 SMS sent, with 300,000 visits and over 1,000,000 daily pageviews.

What makes Castillo’s success even more amazing however, is the fact that he’s done it all without investors, using one thing to fund another.

He recently tolg Business Insider, “We currently do not have any backing from investors. It has been profitable since we placed ads in February.

Also, we’ve received over 865 in-app donations since launch.”

He adds that by creating a number of apps himself and not using investors he’s able to “fail quickly, and move as needed.”

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Truck Accident in Mexico leaves 14 dead

Truck Accident in Mexico leaves 14 dead

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At least 14 people died and nine others were seriously injured when the pick-up truck in which they were riding crashed into a tree and overturned on a road in the western Mexican state of Jalisco, officials said.

The truck carrying some 30 sugarcane workers struck the tree between the small towns of El Carmen and Ahualulco del Mercado, some 80 kilometers (50 miles) from the state capital of Guadalajara, Jalisco emergency management officials said Thursday.

They added that the driver of the truck had to have been traveling at high velocity at the time the vehicle slammed into the tree, located on a narrow dirt road that links ranches and rural properties in the area.

Eleven passengers died at the scene and the other three perished while being transferred to different Jalisco hospitals, where the seriously injured were receiving medical treatment.

Firefighters and emergency management teams from Jalisco state and the city of Zapopan were dispatched to the site of the accident.

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Thalia Returns to Telenovelas after Long Absence

Thalia Returns to Telenovelas after Long Absence

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Mexican singer and actress Thalia has recently accepted proposals to take up acting once again and return to where she first found success, telenovelas.

The main star of the old television drama Maria, la del Barrio had reportedly received multiple offers to return to telenovelas in the past years but none had meet her expectations. She only agreed after setting conditions of having enough time for her family and other professional activities.

Thalia’s novela, which will be produced by Roberto Gomez and Pedro Torres, was also reported to be an original story written for her. The story will apparently be a romantic comedy that will consist of 100 episodes, and there is still no news on who will be her romantic counterpart.

This is not the only career opportunity Thalia has accepted. She also plans to participate as a coach on the new televised music competition La Voz de Mexico, created by singer Lucero.

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Venezuelan Robot Dinosaurs on Display in Havana Park

Venezuelan Robot Dinosaurs on Display in Havana Park

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An exhibition of life-sized robotic dinosaurs will be on show until September in a Havana park, from where the giant beasts from Caracas, donated to the island by the Venezuelan government, will begin an international tour.

The exhibition at Metropolitan Park, considered the “green lung” of Havana, has 34 robots representing such dinosaurs as Kritosaurus, Spinosaurus and Tyrannosaurus rex.

The show also includes a museum that traces the origins of life in the Precambrian, Paleozoic and Mesozoic Eras, while presenting theories on what caused these creatures to become extinct.

Metropolitan Park workers told Efe on Thursday that the exhibition was shipped to Cuba from Caracas, where it was first seen at Los Caobos Park in 2011, and will remain on the island until September, when it go tour to other countries.

Official Cuban media said Thursday that the arrival of the robotic dinosaurs is part of a “project of collaboration” between Cuba and Venezuela, while Venezuela’s ambassador to Cuba, Edgardo Ramirez, described it as “a gift” from the South American country to its close ally.

Ramirez took part together with the first secretary of the ruling Communist Party in Havana, Mercedes Lopez, and other Cuban authorities at the official inauguration on Wednesday, which preceded the opening to the public this Thursday.

The organizers have stressed the ecological and didactic nature of the project and note that its main message is about preserving the planet.

Metropolitan Park covers an area of some 700 hectares (almost 3 square miles), which includes Havana’s only urban woodland, officially described as a tropical forest with the category of Protected Natural Landscape.

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After Radiation Treatments, Chavez Returns to Home State for a Visit

After Radiation Treatments, Chavez Returns to Home State for a Visit

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez bypassed the capital and traveled directly to his home state of Barinas after spending four days in Cuba for a second round of radiation following an operation to remove a cancerous lesion.

“Arriving in Barinas, at the cradle, with the old lady, with the old man,” Chavez said late Wednesday as he was greeted warmly by his parents, siblings, one of his daughters and members of the government.

The radiation treatments have caused no ill effects, the 57-year-old president said after disembarking from his official aircraft.

“The body has assimilated it well” and all of the medical tests show his recovery is progressing, Chavez said in remarks broadcast live on all television and radio networks.

Chavez had surgery in Cuba in late February to extract a cancerous lesion from his pelvic region.

The leftist president had a larger, malignant tumor removed from the same region last year, but he has never revealed the precise nature of the cancer. He underwent several rounds of chemotherapy after the initial surgery before announcing in October that he was cancer-free.

Chavez noted on Wednesday the approach of the 10th anniversary of the April 11, 2002, coup that briefly removed him from office before his supporters took to the streets and loyal military units intervened.

“We must commemorate it with everything,” he said, because “never before had a coup supported by the Yankees failed.”

The U.S. government was seen as providing at least tacit approval for the attempt to oust Chavez, an outspoken critic of Washington’s policy toward Latin America.

Chavez went on to predict he will win Venezuela’s Oct. 7 presidential election, giving him six more years in power to make his self-styled revolution “irreversible.”

In power since 1999, Chavez now faces a race against the governor of the central state of Miranda, Henrique Capriles, the consensus candidate of Venezuela’s long-divided opposition.

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Latino Vote to be Important in Election and ‘Extremely Influential’ in Certain Key States

Latino Vote to be Important in Election and ‘Extremely Influential’ in Certain Key States

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Hispanics once again will be a key swing vote in the presidential election in states like Florida, but they also could sway the outcome in places with small Latino communities such as Virginia, according to a study presented Thursday by immigrant advocacy group America’s Voice.

Several researchers and statistics experts on Thursday unveiled a model aimed at measuring the influence Latino voters will have on the Nov. 6 election results.

The method developed by polling firm Latino Decisions and America’s Voice Education Fund will gauge the Hispanic community’s expected influence over the balloting as Election Day approaches, although the researchers already have identified certain trends.

The Latino vote is “extremely influential” in Florida, a key state in previous elections and one where Hispanics make up 16 percent of the traditionally polarized electorate, the experts say.

The coordinator of the study, the University of Washington’s Matt Barreto, said on a conference call that Hispanics played a decisive role in that state in the last two presidential elections.

Republican George W. Bush garnered 56 percent of the Latino vote to win Florida in 2004, while Democrat Barack Obama was supported by 57 percent of Hispanics when he captured the state in 2008.

The study also forecasts a key role for small Latino communities in states where the electorate is nearly equally divided between Republicans and Democrats.

The Hispanic vote, for instance, is expected to be crucial in states such as Virginia, Pennsylvania, Washington and North Carolina, where a close contest is anticipated between Obama and the Republican nominee.

In that same vein, America’s Voice recalled the influence exerted by the Latino population in 2008 in Indiana and North Carolina.

The researchers acknowledge that the results of their model will evolve in the coming months depending on Hispanic voters’ enthusiasm and Republicans’ ability to win their support, among other factors, one of the researchers involved in designing the framework, Justin Gross, said.

The states selected for study were chosen either because neither the Republicans or Democrats enjoy a sizable lead in the polls, the state has a statewide election of interest or they have a large or emerging and potentially decisive Latino electorate.

Hispanic voters make up 37.9 percent of the total electorate in New Mexico, 25.5 percent in California, 14.2 percent in Nevada and 13.1 percent in Colorado.

Over the next several weeks, researchers will update their picture of Hispanic voters’ expected impact on the elections by incorporating the results of voter-preference surveys, statistics on the percentage of Latino voters and electoral trends.

Gross noted, however, that “elections are always unpredictable.”

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Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony Bringing “¡Q’Viva!” to Las Vegas May 26

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony Bringing “¡Q’Viva!” to Las Vegas May 26

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Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony are bringing their television program, “Q’Viva! The Chosen,” to the Las Vegas stage, producer XIX Entertainment said Thursday.

“¡Q’VIVA! THE CHOSEN LIVE,” will make its debut on May 26 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

Lopez and Anthony, who split up last year after seven years of marriage, will perform together in the stage show, which is to feature the 50 new artists the co-hosts discovered in their Americas-wide talent search.

“‘¡Q’VIVA! LIVE’ is about feeling, passion, and love. It not only unites the raw talent discovered in Latin America on a world class stage but also fuses together the different rhythms, textures, and artistic styles found throughout the region,” Anthony said in a press release.

“Our final selection of 50 performers represents the best of Latin artistry, music and dance,” said the show’s director, Jamie King.

Anthony and J.Lo traveled to cities and towns in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Venezuela, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Paraguay, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Panama, Uruguay, Aruba and United States in search of aspiring stars.

The television series is seen by more than 30 million people throughout the Western Hemisphere.

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Mexico Extradites ‘El Rey’ Narco to NYC, Partner of El Chapo Guzman

Mexico Extradites ‘El Rey’ Narco to NYC, Partner of El Chapo Guzman

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A man accused of smuggling large quantities of cocaine into the United States has been extradited to that country, the Mexican Attorney General’s Office said.

Jesus Zambada Garcia is the brother of Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, one of Mexico’s most powerful drug traffickers and a partner of Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman.

Zambada Garcia, a native of Culiacan, the capital of the northwestern state of Sinaloa, was being held at a maximum-security prison in Matamoros, a city in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas.

The 50-year-old Zambada Garcia was flown to New York, where AG’s office agents handed him over to the U.S. Marshals Service.

Zambada Garcia, known as “El Rey,” allegedly smuggled 120 tons of cocaine worth some $10 billion into the United States.

The suspected drug trafficker was arrested in October 2008 in Mexico City by agents from the Siedo organized crime unit of the AG’s office, the lead agency in fighting Mexico’s drug cartels.

Zambada Garcia, who was arrested along with 15 suspected associates, was considered one of the Sinaloa cartel’s top leaders and allegedly ran the criminal organization’s operations in central and southern Mexico, as well as at the Mexico City international airport.

Zambada Garcia’s son, Jesus Zambada Reyes, was arrested along with him and later committed suicide while in custody, the AG’s office said.

U.S. federal prosecutors filed drug charges in 2009 against 43 people, including Zambada Garcia.

His extradition is part of the war declared on Mexico’s drug cartels by President Felipe Calderon.

Zambada Garcia’s prosecution in the United States is expected to weaken the Sinaloa cartel, considered Mexico’s most powerful drug trafficking organization, since Mexican traffickers usually cut deals with U.S. authorities to reduce their sentences.

The U.S. Treasury Department on March 6 barred U.S. citizens from doing business and conducting financial transactions with Zambada Garcia and two companies based in Culiacan that have links to Ismael Zambada.

The Treasury Department also froze assets belonging to Zambada and the companies in the United States.

The Zarka de Occidente and Zarca de Mexico companies were targeted because they are owned by Zynthia Borboa Zazueta, who the Treasury Department concluded in 2007 was acting for Ismael Zambada.

Zarka de Occidente is an agribusiness firm and Zarka de Mexico operates a clothing and accessories store.

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