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MondayApril 16, 2012

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Border Patrol Rescue Undocumented Border Crossers in Peril

Border Patrol Rescue Undocumented Border Crossers in Peril

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine (OAM) and El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents worked together to rescue two distressed illegal aliens who had lost their way in the mountains.

The incident occurred Tuesday morning at approximately 8:45 a.m., after Mexican authorities contacted the El Centro Sector Border Patrol concerning two men who placed a distress telephone call. The men stated they ran out of water and were wandering lost in a mountainous area.

At approximately 10:14 a.m., a helicopter from CBP OAM located the two men and directed Border Patrol Agents to their location. Agents determined that both persons appeared to be in good physical condition and they declined medical attention. The 36 and 40-year-old male Mexican nationals were then transported to the El Centro Border Patrol Station to be processed for entering the U.S. illegally and for further evaluation.

The El Centro Sector Border Patrol has recorded seven rescues for fiscal year 2012.

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13 Cuban Migrants Transferred over to Colombian Immigration Authorities

13 Cuban Migrants Transferred over to Colombian Immigration Authorities

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The Colombian navy found 13 illegal Cuban migrants who were traveling on a boat in Colombian territorial waters in the Gulf of Uraba, officials said Monday.

The Cubans were on board a fishing boat that was intercepted off the coast near Titumate, a village in Choco province near the border with Panama.

The migrants had set sail from Turbo, a port in the neighboring province of Antioquia and were headed for Acandi, Choco, navy Lt. Cmdr. Carlos Alberto Serrano said in a communique.

The Cubans intended to “continue their illegal journey to Central America,” added Serrano, who also said that the 13 people were handed over to Colombian judicial and immigration authorities.

The officer said that six days ago the navy had discovered two other Cubans in the area who were traveling on board a boat crewed by two Colombians.

The motorboat was intercepted in the Bocas de Tarena, another coastal portion of Choco province.

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Today’s Show Natalie Morales Wages War on Kathy Griffin – Allegedly

Today’s Show Natalie Morales Wages War on Kathy Griffin – Allegedly

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In an USA Today interview, celebrity bashing comedienne Kathy Griffin announced Natalie Morales of The Today Show has banned her.  Who knew the Brazilian – Puerto Rican anchor had issues with Kathy Griffin??

Kathy of course if taking it all in stride as she prepares to launch her new show on Bravo this Thursday, April 19th.  Griffith claims to not even know that Morales was the co-host.  Diss.

So why is Natalie mad at Kathy, allegedly because Griffin was rude to her at a Golden Globes event.  Kathy said to USA Today: “I have been banned and re-banned from the Today show by several people. Katie Couric at one point. Matt Lauer at one point. This time my camp heard that it was actually Natalie Morales - who is on the show, I don’t even know if she’s the co-host, I think she reads the news.”

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Isabella Castillo Wins Nobel Kids’ Choice Award for Nickelodeon Latin America’s “Grachi”

Isabella Castillo Wins Nobel Kids’ Choice Award for Nickelodeon Latin America’s “Grachi”

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Isabella Castillo, the star of the Nickelodeon Latin America fantasy television series “Grachi,” has become the first Latina to receive a Kids’ Choice Award.

“Honestly, I didn’t think I was going to win. But this has proven to me that I have marvelous fans on whom I can count,” the 17-year-old actress and singer, who won in the Favorite Latino Artist category for her role as a romantic and dreamy teenage witch, said.

Born in Cuba, Castillo grew up in a family of artists, the daughter of percussionist Jose Castillo and singer Delia Diaz de Villegas. Her sister Gisel is a pianist.

The family emigrated from Cuba in 1997 and after a brief stay in Belize they settled in the United States.

From that moment on, Isabella began to participate in theatrical works and musical shows like “Fantasia en Disney” in Miami. But it was during their vacation one year that the family went to Spain and her luck changed forever.

“I was invited to participate in the casting of one of the most important musicals, ‘El diario de Anna Frank - Un canto a la vida,’ by musical producer Oscar Gomez, and they selected me for the main role,” said the young woman, who won the Gran Via Award in Spain for best new actress.

At present, in addition to continuing with the musical tour “Grachi en vivo,” which has been packing theaters in Mexico, Isabella is preparing the songs for her first album.

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Kelsey Grammer Gets 4th Wife’s Name Tattooed by Chicago Area Artist

Kelsey Grammer Gets 4th Wife’s Name Tattooed by Chicago Area Artist

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A tattoo shop in Chicago’s predominantly Puerto Rican neighborhood of Logan Square (Humboldt Park) had a celebrity patron over the weekend.

Former “Cheer” and “Frasier” star Kelsey Grammer reportedly walked into Insight Studios tattoo shop to get a questionable tattoo on his hip.

Now married for the fourth time to Kayte Walsh, Grammer was so in love that he decided to have the wife’s name tattooed near his waistline.

Being his first tattoo, Grammer, 57, reportedly told 23-year-old artist James Eastwood that he wanted to keep it small.

Grammer is currently starring as the Mayor of Chicago on Starz’s “Boss” and said he asked around and was told Insight Studios was the place to go.

The actor married Walsh – a British flight attendant – in February 2011 after his 3rd marriage publicly went to ruin on Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”.

Shop owner Bob Jones said Grammer and Walsh were nice and that the actor seemed like “a pretty down-to-earth dude.

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New Bottles for Dos Equis Ambar Recalled For Fear of Breaking Glass

New Bottles for Dos Equis Ambar Recalled For Fear of Breaking Glass

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Last week, Heineken USA announced a voluntary recall of several products and packages in specific states due to a defect in the 12-ounce brown bottles used for certain batches of Carta Blanca and Dos Equis Ambar. As a result of the recall, the ads for Dos Equis Ambar have been pulled, though the “Most Interesting Man in the World” TV spots for the regular Dos Equis brand will remain, as the defect is not present with the original.

The affected bottles were produced by a third party supplier and the defect was detected through routine quality inspections. Due to this defect, there is the potential for small grains or particles of glass to separate from the inside lip of the bottle and fall into the liquid. The pieces may vary in size and some may not be easily visible.

In a statement, Heineken USA wrote:

Although it is believed that the number of affected bottles is significantly less than 1%, to protect the safety of our consumers, the company has made the decision to voluntarily recall certain batches of products as a precautionary measure. There have not been any reports of consumer injuries, and while the likelihood of a possible injury to a consumer is very low, the presence of small particles of glass in the bottle could pose a health risk.

The affected products include:

  -Carta Blanca 12-ounce brown bottles in 6-packs and 12-packs
  -Dos Equis Ambar 12-ounce brown bottles in 6-packs and 12-packs
  -“Best of Mexico” 12-pack variety package (which contains the impacted Dos Equis Ambar brown bottle and Indio 12-ounce bottles; this pack is sold only in Texas)
  “-Beers of Mexico” 12-pack and 24-pack variety packages (which contains the impacted Dos Equis Ambar brown bottle)

“Our passion is to consistently deliver high-quality beer to our consumers, whose health and safety is our first priority,” said Dolf van den Brink, President and CEO of HEINEKEN USA. “We deeply regret this incident and are doing everything possible to resolve it quickly so that our consumers can continue to enjoy these products. We want every experience with one of our products to be flawless.”

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Should Undocumented Immigrant Jose Godinez-Samperio Be Admiited to Florida Bar?

Should Undocumented Immigrant Jose Godinez-Samperio Be Admiited to Florida Bar?

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Jose Godinez-Samperio was valedictorian of his high school class in 2004. He graduated at the top of his class from the Florida State University College of Law and he passed the Bar exam. It would seem the 25-year-old had done everything required to become a lawyer. However, there remains one thing \ in his way, his immigration status.

When Godinez-Samperio nine years, his parents brought him to the United States on a tourist visa from Mexico. The family overstayed their visas and have been living in the country illegally ever since.

Still, Godinez-Samperio made the best of every opportunity over the last 16 years, even doing everything required to practice law.

Having passed the Bar, he is now facing a very important question:

Should undocumented immigrants be allowed to practice law?

Though many say yes, pointing out that the Eagle Scout is exactly why the DREAM Act needs to be passed, others like Kendall Coffey, former U.S. attorney for the southern district of Florida, thinks otherwise.

“The question in this instance isn’t should he stay, but should he become a lawyer in Florida,” Coffey recently said on Fox & Friends. “A lawyer’s conduct should conform to the requirements of law, including in his personal affairs. I don’t see how that’s possible here given the present position.”

The Florida Board of Bar Examiners is now asking the state Supreme Court to determine whether they can admit someone who is not legally in the country.

What do you think? Should Jose Godinez-Samperio be given a Bar card when he doesn’t have a Green card?

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Sister Maria Ines Teresa Arias to be Beatified in Mexico

Sister Maria Ines Teresa Arias to be Beatified in Mexico

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Sister Maria Ines Teresa Arias (1904-1981), the Mexican nun who founded the Congregation of Poor Clare Missionary Sisters, will be beatified at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Catholic Church said.

The nun, born in Ixtlan del Rio, Nayarit state, dedicated her life to missionary work and now becomes the fourth Mexican woman to be beatified.

Those previously designated as “blessed” are Maria de Jesus Sacramentado (1868-1959), Maria Vicenta Chavez Orozco (1867-1949), founder of the Daughters of the Sacred Heart, and Maria Anastasia Guadalupe Garcia (1878-1963), who was beatified in April 2004.

The process of beatification will be led by Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints of the Roman Curia and papal nuncio in Mexico.

The late Pope John Paul II pronounced to be true the “miracle” attributed to Maria Ines Teresa Arias.

Beatification is a first step toward sainthood, though all of those beatified do not necessarily become saints.

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Is Milly the Puerto Rican Chihuahua the World’s Smallest Dog?

Is Milly the Puerto Rican Chihuahua the World’s Smallest Dog?

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Weighing in at an impressively light .37 pounds, Milly the Puerto Rican Chihuahua may be the world’s smallest dog.

Barely weighing as much as the average cell phone and standing at just 6.53cm high, Milly is 3.5 cm shorter than current Guinness World Record holder, fellow Chihuahua Boo Boo from Kentucky.

ImageThough very cute and seemingly cuddly, her caregiver and breeder have had to take special care of little Milly. Too small to feed normally, 3-month-old Milly is hand fed. When born, Milly had to be fed with an eye dropper.

Though she may one day take the title from Boo Boo, Guinness requires that the record holder be at least one year old, meaning Milly will have to avoid growth spurts for the next 9 months.

Milly, who easily fits in the palm of a hand, is cared for by Rivera Eizzil and breeder Vanessa Sier.

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Brazilian Cannibals Update: Made Home Movie of Crimes- More Victims Feared

Brazilian Cannibals Update: Made Home Movie of Crimes- More Victims Feared

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Two of the three suspects arrested for murdering, dismembering and eating their victims in the northeastern Brazilian state of Pernambuco made a home movie of their crimes, including cannibalism scenes, media reports said.

Jorge Beltrao Negromonte da Silveira, a 51-year-old actor, writer, musician and martial arts instructor, and his wife, Isabel Cristina Pires da Silveira, 50, made a 53-minute home movie titled “Espirito.”

The couple is under arrest in Garanhuns, a city about 234 kilometers (145 miles) from Recife, the capital of Pernambuco.

The movie, which may have been made several years ago, tells the story of “Hellen,” a woman tormented by the ghost of her husband, played by an actor named Emanuel Silveira, the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper reported on its Web site.

Investigators have not yet figured out whether the scenes are real or fictional in the movie, whose production date has not been determined, Folha de Sao Paulo said.

The couple and 25-year-old Bruna Cristina Oliveira da Silva, who was identified as Negromonte da Silveira’s mistress and lived with them, told police they consumed victims’ remains and made turnovers from human flesh that they sold in the city.

The three suspects told investigators they belonged to a cult that received orders from a “voice” to eliminate “bad” women.

The suspects confessed to murder, cannibalism and taking part in grisly rituals during questioning by police, and some details were released at a press conference Friday by the officer leading the investigation, Democrito de Oliveira.

Police found the remains of two women buried in the yard of the couple’s house, which was torched by angry neighbors last Thursday.

Investigators suspect that a 5-year-old girl found at the house may be the daughter of Jessica Camila da Silva Pereira, a 17-year-old who disappeared in 2008 and may be a third victim in the case.

Negromonte da Silveira became a person of interest for investigators after he identified himself as the author of a 2009 book, “Revelations of a Schizophrenic,” in which he reveals details of the supposed sect’s activities.

The three suspects may have been involved in at least five other murders in Pernambuco, police said.


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El Salvador Has First Homicide-Free Day in Three Years

El Salvador Has First Homicide-Free Day in Three Years

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Saturday marked the first time El Salvador had had a murder-free day in more than three years.

On average, the Central American country had 12 murders a day in 2009, but that average has risen to 18 a day so far in 2012.

April 14 was the Salvadoran’s first homicide-free day since President Mauricio Funes took office in 2009.

The country is said to have the highest murder rate in the world with a homicide rate of 66 per 100,000 people. In 2011, the small country was 2nd on the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s 10 most dangerous countries in the world list.

Mexico’s drug cartel’s are believed to be a major contributing factor to El Salvador’s murder rate as well as Guatemala’s, Honduras, and Belize, as these countries are used as transit points.

Authorities are said to be cracking down on violence and last month, two of El Salvador’s rival gangs called a truce.

President Funes has claimed credit for the murder-free day, citing his government’s security measures as a success.

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Shakira Screw Up:  Sings Colombian National Anthem at Summit and Fumbles It

Shakira Screw Up:  Sings Colombian National Anthem at Summit and Fumbles It

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Shakira is one of the biggest stars in the world and the biggest star in Latin America but for sure the pride and joy of her native Colombia.  That is until she appeared before 31 world leaders this weekend to sing the Colombian national anthem at the Sixth Summit of the Americas.

She apparently made two minor mistakes but that didn’t lessen the Twitter tirades she spawned because of it.  Apparently Shakira sang the lyric “El surco de Delores”  instead of “En surcos de Delores”  She also sang “La Libertad de sublime” instead of singing “La Libertad sublime.”

Colombians were criticizing Shakira that she wasn’t spending enough time in her home country to know the anthem.  The naysayers are forgetting her commitment to Colombian children and her efforts to fight poverty in the country.


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Summit of the Americas Concludes with No Decision on Cuba’s Inclusion

Summit of the Americas Concludes with No Decision on Cuba’s Inclusion

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The 6th Summit of the Americas wrapped up here Sunday with Latin American support for including Cuba at the next continental gathering but without a final declaration due to a lack of consensus among participating nations on that and other matters.

This summit of lights and darks was characterized by its host, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, as one “of dialogue and sincerity,” while his Mexican counterpart, Felipe Calderon, called it “a success.”

In a pair of press conferences after the close of the summit, Santos and Calderon said that the summit had produced favorable results, allowing participants - the leaders of the hemisphere, along with U.S. President Barack Obama - to express and contrast ideas and opinions

As a result, the two leaders said that they considered it a secondary result that no final declaration was issued.

At this summit, for the first time, an official debate was undertaken on sensitive political themes.

Among those matters was the inclusion of Cuba in future summits: “the majority of the countries support the participation of Cuba in the process of the Summits of the Americas,” announced Santos, later clarifying that the Cartagena summit concluded without a final declaration “precisely because there is no consensus” on this subject.

The United States insists that the Caribbean island is not fulfilling democratic requirements, and thus the problem will be transferred to the Panamanian government, which is organizing and will host the next summit in 2015.

The United States will welcome a “free” Cuba at future Summits of the Americas, Obama said Sunday, going on to reiterate that the Communist-ruled nation has not moved toward democracy or respect for human rights.

There was also no consensus on the issues of the Falkland Islands, although summit participants supported a solution through dialogue to the dispute over the sovereignty of the archipelago in the far South Atlantic claimed by Argentina but which currently is held by Great Britain.

Santos also received a complaint from Argentine President Cristina Fernandez for not having made mention of the Falklands - called by Spanish-speaking nations Las Malvinas - in his inaugural address at the summit, when he cited Cuba and the problem of drugs, which was the third sensitive topic discussed at the gathering.

Fernandez on Sunday left the conference before it was officially brought to a close, and she also did not attend Saturday’s gala dinner offered by Santos for the guests, a situation that led observers to infer that the Argentine leader was disturbed at how the issue of the Falklands had been dealt with in Cartagena.

But Santos insisted during his press conference after the close of the summit that Fernandez had told him that “she had to return quickly” to Buenos Aires to deal with a series of problems in her country.

Despite the lack of agreement on main themes, the Cartagena summit did produce some compromises and three communiques.

The most concrete result was the mandate received by the Organization of American States to engage in a rethinking of the fight against drug trafficking with an eye toward greater efficacy after 40 years of head-on struggle.

And with regard to the three communiques, one - at the request of Brazil and Argentina - supported the Rio+20 environmental meeting, another sponsored by Mexico pertained to the fight against organized crime and the third, supported by Colombia, dealt with a regional competitiveness forum.

In addition, regional leaders agreed to work in concert on the summit’s many official themes: poverty and inequality, access to technology, natural disasters and the environment, security and infrastructure.

With these results in hand, the Brazilian presidency’s advisor on international affairs, Marco Aurelio Garcia, said that “the summit ended well” and that the fact that there was no joint declaration “is not the most important thing.”

Garcia said that the relevant result was the exchange of opinions and the fact that this summit was “very political.”

But the Summit of the Peoples, which was held this week in Cartagena in parallel to the leaders’ summit, did not have the same view, with participants saying that the latter “has no future” after this year’s “failure.”

That is what Colombian Enrique Daza, the spokesman for the Summit of the Peoples, told Efe, adding that “everyone has taken note of the ... failure of these summits and the United States.”

He made the negative allusion to the United States with regard to its stance on Cuba and added that the government in Washington “is more isolated every day” on that subject.

Meanwhile, Santos, whose government had said that this would be “the summit of results,” remarked that he was “satisfied,” especially with the results of Obama’s visit to Colombia, during which the two leaders agreed to officially announce the entry into force of the FTA after the bilateral meeting they held following the summit’s close.

Notable absences at the Summit of the Americas were Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, in Cuba for further cancer treatment, and Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa, who did not attend because of Cuba being barred from the meeting.

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470 Inmates Riot in Brazil, Take 120 People Hostage

470 Inmates Riot in Brazil, Take 120 People Hostage

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About 470 inmates rioted at a prison in Aracaju, the capital of the northeastern Brazilian state of Sergipe, and took 120 people hostage, police said Monday.

The uprising started during visiting hours Sunday at the Attorney Antonio Jacinto Filho Penitentiary Complex, where more than 150 police officers and prison guards have been deployed while officials negotiate with the inmates, the Sergipe Public Safety Secretariat said.

The majority of the hostages are prisoners’ relatives, but three guards are also being held by inmates, the secretariat said.

“The quick response by police and officers from the Sergipe State Penitentiary System, and by the prison guards prevented other workers from being overpowered by prisoners,” the secretariat said.

The inmates, who claim they are being abused and tortured at the prison, are demanding, among other things, a new administrative team at the penitentiary, more respect for women on visiting days and the right to smoke in cells.

A committee that includes Sergipe Justice Secretary Benedito Figueiredo, Public Safety Secretary Joao Eloy de Menezes, a judge, a prosecutor, police officers and an ombudsman’s office representative is trying to negotiate with the inmates.

The inmates destroyed a section of the penitentiary during the early hours of the riot and occupied the largest section of the facility.

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Founder of National Salsa Day in Puerto Rico, Pedro Arroyo Dies at 60

Founder of National Salsa Day in Puerto Rico, Pedro Arroyo Dies at 60

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Businessman Pedro Arroyo, the founder of National Salsa Day in Puerto Rico, has died, media reports said. He was 60.

News of Arroyo’s death Saturday saddened the thousands of followers of salsa on the Caribbean island, as well as artists from different genres, who via their respective Twitter accounts thanked Arroyo for his work as director of programming at San Juan’s Z-93 radio station.

“With my heart in mourning over the loss of my friend Pedro Arroyo. I’m going to miss you, brother. God bless you,” Puerto Rican salsa performer Gilberto Santa Rosa said in a Twitter posting.

His compatriot and colleague, Victor Manuelle, added that Arroyo was “one of the most important defenders of Salsa” and that he behaved to Manuelle like “a brother and friend.”

Meanwhile, merengue star Elvis Crespo added that “tropical music is playing in heaven” upon the death of Arroyo, who was the person who gave the artist his first break in launching his career.

Also, Nicaraguan salsero Luis Enrique thanked Arroyo for “having done so much for our music” and Venezuelan bolero artist Ricardo Montaner said that “all Puerto Rico laments this loss. Peace to his family and music in heaven.”

Puerto Rican rapper Tego Calderon said: “My most heartfelt condolences to the family of Mr. Pedro Arroyo, a friend who always supported me.”

Puerto Rican salsero Michael Stuart said that “a great influence on Salsa in PR has just passed away,” and reggaeton music producer and composer Gocho said that Arroyo was “a radio institution” and asked him to continue “bringing good salsa to heaven.”

Also, businessman and president of Pina Records, Raphy Pina, said that “a leader in radio” had died, while writer Wise said that Arroyo, whom he described as “an angel, ... made our salsa shine.”

The first National Salsa Day was celebrated in Puerto Rico in 1983, but it was not officially established under Law 100 until June 17, 2000, as a way of paying tribute to the musical genre.

Since then, artists such as Hector Lavoe, Willie Colon, Celia Cruz, Ruben Blades, Richie Ray and Bobby Cruz, among others, have performed at the “National Salsa Day” show.

At the event this year, the bands La Sonora Ponceña, La Zodiac, la Corporacion Latina, Roberto Roena y su Apollo Sound and the youth group Villariny Salsa Project all performed, and posthumous tribute was paid to singer Frankie Ruiz.

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MondayApril 16, 2012