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WednesdayApril 18, 2012

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Violence Explodes Inside Venezuela Police Lockup Leaving 7 dead, 12 Injured

Violence Explodes Inside Venezuela Police Lockup Leaving 7 dead, 12 Injured

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At least seven detainees died and 12 others were injured in a violent confrontation at a police lockup in the southern Venezuelan state of Amazonas, authorities and non-governmental organizations said Wednesday.

The head of the independent Venezuelan Prisons Observatory, or OVP, Humberto Prado, provided those figures to Efe, noting that three of the slain individuals were members of an Amazon Indian tribe.

He said the participants used “firearms and knives” in Wednesday’s clash at the lockup, which serves as a preventive detention center “due to the lack of incarceration facilities in that remote, sparsely inhabited state.

He said the lockup is designed to hold 160 people, although it currently houses 190.

Amazonas Gov. Liborio Guarulla told Globovision that his office had unsuccessfully sought the national government’s assistance in transferring some of the detainees to one or more of the country’s 35 prisons.

According to the OVP, 560 people were killed and 1,457 injured in Venezuela’s jails and prisons in 2011.

Venezuela’s prison system is plagued by lengthy delays in bringing cases to trial and overcrowding at incarceration facilities, which house more than 45,000 inmates and detainees, or more than three times their capacity.

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Obama’s Reelection Campaign Launches Spanish-Language Ads in Florida, Nevada and Colorado

Obama’s Reelection Campaign Launches Spanish-Language Ads in Florida, Nevada and Colorado

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President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign said the Hispanic vote will be a “deciding” element in the upcoming election and, to capture it in November, on Wednesday launched a barrage of Spanish-language radio and television ads in Florida, Nevada and Colorado.

“It’s no secret that Latinos will be (a) deciding factor in this election,” Obama campaign manager Jim Messina said in a conference call with the media to introduce “Latinos for Obama.”

Obama, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) said on the same call, is “someone who clearly stands on our side” and is committed to working with Congress to achieve comprehensive immigration reform.

Also taking part in the call was San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, who attacked virtual Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

“Mitt Romney would be the most extreme nominee that the Republican Party has ever had on immigration,” the Texas politico said.

The almost 50 million Hispanics in the United States constitute the country’s largest and fastest-growing minority, but just nine million of them are registered to vote.

Each of the Spanish-language ads released on Wednesday presents an Obama supporter who speaks about education policy, including improving the Head Start centers that serve some 365,000 Hispanic kids and increasing the Pell Grants with which some two million Latino students finance their university studies.

Latinos for Obama is “the largest ever national effort to engage Hispanic Americans in their communities and involve them in the upcoming election through voter registration, volunteering and voting,” the campaign said in a statement.

In the 2008 presidential election, Obama garnered 67 percent of the Hispanic vote.

The presence of many collections of Latino citizens in several key states makes this group a voting block that finds itself much-courted by the candidates of both parties.

It is true that the Obama administration has increased the rate of deportations of undocumented immigrants and has not fulfilled the president’s promise to regularize their immigration status, but the anti-immigrant rhetoric of the Republican presidential hopefuls and the harsh laws against undocumented immigrants approved in states with GOP governors seem to have chased Latinos away.

Spanish-language media outlets and groups such as the National Council of La Raza have launched campaigns to encourage eligible immigrants to become citizens and register to vote.

Along with the running of radio and TV ads, the Latinos for Obama campaign on Wednesday also offered a program in which comedian George Lopez and national policy director Katherine Archuleta participated.

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Gay Activists Protest Annulment of Marriages in Cancun- Annulment Pursued by Uninvolved Party

Gay Activists Protest Annulment of Marriages in Cancun- Annulment Pursued by Uninvolved Party

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Gay rights groups have launched a campaign to protest the annulment of two same-sex marriages performed last November in the Mexican Caribbean resort city of Cancun.

“We just left the prosecutor’s office, where we filed a discrimination complaint over the annulment of our marriage, (a move) that lacks all legal reasoning and is an act of homophobia,” Sergio Monje, whose marriage was one of those annulled, said.

The complaint was filed on Tuesday afternoon at the Quintana Roo state Attorney General’s Office.

The same-sex marriages’ annulment “lacks reasoning and a (legal) basis,” Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, or LGBT, organization president and National Diversity Organization member Jaime Lopez Vela said.

“The whole process is full of irregularities, the challenge was presented in an extemporaneous manner and at an agency different from that specified by the law, and the person who appears as the one who complained has no legal interest in this,” the gay rights leader said.

“The annulment document does not list the reasons, it simply annuls (the marriages) without citing a legal reason and that is a complete violation of the law,” Lopez Vela said.

Two couples who entered into same-sex marriages on Nov. 28, 2011, were notified in February that a woman named Hilda Cauich Pool, a resident of Kantunilkin, the community within the city of Lazaro Cardenas where the marriages took place, had filed a complaint.

Officials at the Civil Registry in Chetumal, the capital of Quintana Roo, annulled the marriages on April 13 in response to the complaints.

The two same-sex couples whose marriages were annulled - Sergio Arturo Monje Cruz and Manuel Reyes Chale de la Fuente, and Maria Patricia Novelo Infante and Arely Castro Garcia de Alba - staged a symbolic closing of the state office building in Cancun.

Dozens of members of the gay and lesbian community protested what they termed violations of their rights and displayed banners that said “Closed for Discrimination and Homophobia.”

The gay rights community will continue to fight for the recognition of same-sex couples’ rights in Quintana Roo, Lopez Vela said.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Mexican Citizen Arrested for Killing Ex-Girlfriend in India

LATINO BLOTTER: Mexican Citizen Arrested for Killing Ex-Girlfriend in India

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Martin Manrique, a Mexican citizen, has been arrested for the killing of his Mexican ex-girlfriend, Cecile Denise Acosta Reinaud, in India, a police spokesman told Efe on Wednesday.

“Mr. Manrique has confessed that he ended her life during an argument with the deceased over custody of their 6-year-old daughter,” Madurai police chief Bala Naga said.

The 36-year-old Acosta, who had dual French-Mexican citizenship, threatened to take the little girl to France, triggering a fight that ended with the 40-year-old Manrique stabbing her to death, the police chief of the southern Indian city said.

ImageManrique told investigators that he stuffed the body into a trash bag, hauled it to the outskirts of Madurai and set fire to the remains to erase evidence.

“Police found the body on April 11, but they could not identify it,” Naga said, adding that Manrique was already under suspicion because of his delay in reporting the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend and refusal to file a missing person report.

Manrique reported Acosta missing on April 14 and said he had last seen her five days earlier, when he left her as she boarded the bus that would take her to her home in neighboring Kerala state.

The suspect had custody of the little girl and Acosta visited her regularly.

Acosta’s family told the Mexican Embassy on Tuesday that she had arrived in India in August 2011, two months after Manrique, and was studying dance.

Indian police had searched for Acosta, an anthropologist and yoga instructor, in Tamil Nadu and Kerala states.

Manrique has been “contacted by telephone already” and “will be provided with the necessary consular assistance” to ensure that his rights are protected as the investigation proceeds, Mexican Foreign Relations Secretariat officials told Efe.

Acosta’s relatives have been contacted so they can be assisted in case they decide to travel to India, the officials said.

The Mexican Embassy initially handled Acosta’s disappearance as a missing person case and worked with police in Madurai.

Indian officials have assured the Foreign Relations Secretariat that Manrique will have access to consular assistance and the case will be handled “in accordance with the law,” Mexican officials said.

Acosta’s family had confirmed on Tuesday that the missing woman was dead.

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Admitted Child Rapist Asks to be Deported Rather Than Serve a Jail Sentence in the U.S.

Admitted Child Rapist Asks to be Deported Rather Than Serve a Jail Sentence in the U.S.

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An admitted child rapist who was also an undocumented immigrant hailing from Mexico has asked the courts to deport him rather than force him to serve a jail sentence.

Juan Gonzalez, 22, admitted to raping a young boy and a 3-year-old girl in 2005, and she was arrested in 2010 for raping a 6-year-old girl.

Gonzalez was reportedly not deported in 2005, because New Mexico’s Children, Youth and Families Department had a policy of not reporting illegal immigrants who had committed serious crimes to the federal government.

In October 2011, Gonzalez was examined by a state health expert, who stated Gonzalez was unfit to stand trial. However, prosecutors pointed that the health expert did note “Mr. Gonzalez was not motivated to put forth his best effort in this evaluation…he understands enough about the legal system to know that if he were to be determined competent by the court, he would likely be imprisoned.”

Still, last month, Gonzalez’s attorney filed a motion to dismiss claiming his client has a history of head trauma symptoms, including “memory deficit, seizures and other medical problems” resulting from a head injury the age of three.

“[Deportation is] not a solution,” District Attorney Kari Brandenburg told KRQE News 13. “Shipping him back to Mexico, losing track of him and then having him cross the border at some unknown time.”

Despite fears of his return his attorney’s promise Gonzalez will not return to New Mexico or the anywhere else in the U.S., claiming that his parents have agreed to move to Mexico to care for their mentally ill son.

Gonzalez is currently jailed at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Albuquerque.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Barking Dogs Lead Police to Escaped Inmate, Marco Cabrera

LATINO BLOTTER: Barking Dogs Lead Police to Escaped Inmate, Marco Cabrera

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For nearly 24 hours, California police were scouring the Folsom area looking for escaped prison inmate Marco Cabrera.

Officials say the 32-year-old was discovered missing Sunday night during a routine head count at around 9 p.m. Cabrera was being held at California State Prison-Sacramento’s minimum security facility.

Cabrera reportedly left the facility and stole a car about three miles from the prison. Neighbors of the victim used their vehicles to block Cabrera after he hit a water main with the stolen car.

Realizing he was not getting anywhere in the stolen car, Cabrera grabbed the victim’s cell phone and took off on foot.

For almost 24 hours, officers were unable to find Cabrera, that is until they received a canine tip.

While attempting to travel through a family’s rural property near El Dorado County, two Labradors began chasing him. Looking for his dogs, their owner followed the sound of their barking and discovered Cabrera standing the bed of a pickup truck with the dogs barking around him.

Inmates in the minimum security facility are those serving three to five years for non-violent, non-sex, and non-serious offenses according to Sgt. LeVance Quinn, spokesman for the facility.

Quinn said that since the 222 minimum security inmates are housed outside the prison’s maximum security area, Cabrera’s escape was really more of a “walkaway rather than an escape.”

Cabrera was serving a five-year sentence for assault with a firearm, transport/sale of marijuana, corporal injury to a spouse, possession of an assault weapon, possession of a firearm by an ex-felon and possession of ammunition by an ex-felon. He was admitted to the facility on August 4, 2011.

He now faces charges of robbery and auto theft.

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VENEZUELA: Chavez ‘Cancer Travel’ to Cuba Has Cost the Country $12 million in Less Than a Year

VENEZUELA: Chavez ‘Cancer Travel’ to Cuba Has Cost the Country $12 million in Less Than a Year

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According Carlos Berrizbeitia, a political opponent of the Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez’s cancer treatment has cost the country millions of dollars.

Between travel for both himself and his delegation to Cuba as well as whatever medical treatment he is receiving, Chavez has reportedly cost Venezuela $12 million. Air travel to Havana alone has cost the country $1.7 million says Berrizbeitia.

At a meeting of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Berrizbeitia stated that the health of the President “is a personal problem and as it is a problem of the State, he also has to ensure the country’s sovereignty. He has infringed the national sovereignty by governing from Cuba.”

Of the last 340 days, President Chavez has reportedly spent 240 in Cuba.

“He has made all of these because he does not delegate power… It is not normal that a president continues to rule from another country,” Berrizbeitia added. “The governments priority are not the problems of Venezuela, instead they want Chavez alive for October 7.”

October 7 is the day Venezuela will hold its presidential elections. If Chavez is elected once again, should his health improve and he is fit to serve a full six-year term, he will have served 20 years as president.

On 13 April, Chávez claimed that presidential opponent Capriles Radonski was behind a conspiracy against his government. He also predicted he would win with at least 70% of the votes come October and that should the opposition not recognize the results, he had created a civil-military command to neutralize any of the opposition’s plans to defy the them.

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Miami School Board Honors DREAM Act Valedictorian Who Faced Deportation

Miami School Board Honors DREAM Act Valedictorian Who Faced Deportation

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A Florida high school student and class valedictorian who just a couple of months ago faced deportation was honored this week by the school’s board.

Daniela Pelaez and her sister Dayana of Miami were facing deportation back to Colombia, a country they came from when Daniela was just four-years old.  The sisters won a two-year deportation reprieve.  In the meantime Daniela has been busy telling legislators of her plight and that of many other DREAM Act students and urging them to pass the DREAM Act.

Those pleas fell on the deaf ears of Senator Marco Rubio of Florida. The Senator reiterated his opposition to the DREAM Act.  He said the DREAM Act is “the wrong way to do the right thing,” and then went on to suggest that the legislation would “reward or encourage illegal immigration by granting amnesty.”

The 18-year-old was honored by the Miami-Dade School Board for creating the ‘We are Here Foundation’ to help other undocumented students in the same situation.  Unlike Senator Rubio, School Superintendent Alberto Carvalho fully support Pelaez and said she would be deported ‘over my dead body.’

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Venezuela You Are INSANE: Demi Lovato Tweets About Fans Getting a Bit Too Crazy in Caracas

Venezuela You Are INSANE: Demi Lovato Tweets About Fans Getting a Bit Too Crazy in Caracas

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Young starlet Demi Lovato tweeted, “17 freaking bodyguards yesterday and I STILL got my hair pulled!!! Hahahahaha Venezuela you are INSANE!!! I love you guys.”

Her Twitter message came the day after her concert at the Universidad Metropolitana in Caracas, where fans were so excited they became a little grabby and reportedly tugged at her clothes and hair.

ImageShe took the ruckus like a pro however, and found humor the craziness.

As she flew over Venezuela she tweeted, “How BEAUTIFUL is Venezuela!!!!???” even adding a photo (see right).

After Venezuela, Lovato headed to Peru. She is currently on tour in Latin America and will perform in Brazil, Chile, Paraguay Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil again before two concerts in Mexico.

June 12, Lovato is scheduled to head back to the U.S. for 12 concerts before closing out her tour at Queen’s Park Savannah in Trinidad and Tobago.

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Newly Engaged Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Arrive with Family to Visit Ecuador

Newly Engaged Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Arrive with Family to Visit Ecuador

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The newly engaged super star couple Brangelina have arrived in Ecuador to visit and tour the Galapagos Islands.  The islands, located approximately 525 west of Ecuador, are a World Heritage site and home to some of the most unique animals like the Marine iguana and the Galapagos penguin.

The couple arrived at the Baltra airport in the Galapagos which was built by the U.S. military during World War II.  The airport also serves as a naval base for Ecuador.  Jolie and Pitt are traveling with their six children and are expected to stay at the Royal Palm Hotel situated on the Santa Cruz Island. 

The family might decide to rent one of the hotel’s luxurious yachts like the 16-passenger Grand Odyssey with a deck pool to tour all the islands.

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Police Chief Acevedo Apologizes to Man Whose Dog Was Shot by Officer - Was it Justified? (VIDEO)

Police Chief Acevedo Apologizes to Man Whose Dog Was Shot by Officer - Was it Justified? (VIDEO)

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Four seconds. That is how fast a misunderstanding escalated to the death of a man’s best friend at the hands of an Austin police officer.

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo has apologized to Michael Paxton, owner of a 7-year-old Blue Heeler (Australian Cattle Dog) that was fatally shot over the weekend, saying, “Regardless of whether or not it’s justified or not justified, Mr. Paxton saw his dog killed, saw his dog die, and my heart goes out to him. I just want to say I’m sorry on behalf of all the department, I’m sorry you saw that.  I know the pain’s real.  We all love our pets and I hope we can get through it.”

On April 14, A woman believing she had witnessed a domestic dispute between a Hispanic man with salt-and-pepper hair and a woman attempting to get away from him. She called the police to report the incident and gave the dispatcher an address. That address would turn out to be home to three different residences, one belonging to Michael Paxton.

Parked just a few minutes away, Officer Thomas Griffin responded to the call and drove to the address he was given. He explained to his dispatcher that the address was a split residence and got out of the car.

As Officer Griffin, a two-year veteran of the Austin Police Department, walked up the driveway, Paxton, a white male with reddish-brown curly hair, says he was walking to his truck, having no idea Griffin was there until the officer began shouting and drew his gun.

On Paxton’s Justice for Cisco Facebook page:

While I was at gunpoint my dog came from my backyard barking at the officer. I yelled for the officer to not shoot my dog, that he will not bite, but the officer immediately shot and killed my dog right in front of me.

I was unable to stop or restrain Cisco because I was being held at gunpoint.

Watching/listening to Officer Griffin’s dash cam footage, it’s easier to understand just how quickly everything unfolded.

What has upset many is not simply that the Cisco was shot, but that Officer Griffin seemed to immediately place all blame on Paxton, who while “putting his hands up” was also supposed to restrain his dog, Cisco. All this, as noted earlier, happened in a matter of seconds.

Though he has a right to be upset with Austin PD and specifically Officer Grifffin, on his Justice for Cisco page, Paxton has stated that he “will not tolerate defamatory comments towards law enforcement, or Officer Griffin.” Adding, “I will have you comment deleted and block you. This page is for positive change. Not negative defamatory comments that defeat every step forward we make for Cisco.”

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14 Bodies Stuffed in Garbage Bags Found at City Hall of Border Town - Nuevo Leon, Mexico

14 Bodies Stuffed in Garbage Bags Found at City Hall of Border Town - Nuevo Leon, Mexico

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Mexican authorities are reporting a grizzly find in front of Nuevo Laredo’s City hall – 14 bodies of men aged 30 to 35 all stuffed in 10 garbage bags inside a parked car.

The find was discovered yesterday morning and then confirmed by the states Attorney General of Tamaulipas. 

Reports coming out of Mexico are identifying the deceased as all member of Los Zetas narcos, allegedly killed by the rival Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion, a division of the Sinaloa cartel.

The bodies were inside a green minivan that did not have tags according to news agency EFE. It is also possible the killings were committed by members of the Gulf cartel that have been fighting for control of border smuggling routes to the U.S.

Nuevo Laredo, Mexico is located across the Rio Grande from Laredo, Texas.

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LATINO BLOTTER:  One of New Mexico’s Most Wanted, Tommy Alvarado, Captured in Texas

LATINO BLOTTER:  One of New Mexico’s Most Wanted, Tommy Alvarado, Captured in Texas

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On March 2, 2012, United States Marshals Service, District of New Mexico, placed fugitive Tommy Alvarado on the New Mexico’s Most Wanted.  Alvarado is a self-proclaimed member of the Barrio Azteca street gang and EPT prison gang and on April 9, 2012 he was arrested in El Paso, Texas. 

Alvarado was the passenger in a vehicle that fled from the El Paso County Constable Precinct 6.  When the Constable got the vehicle stopped Alvarado was taken into custody and found in possession of a firearm and methamphetamine.  The Barrio Azteca Gang is the largest and most active prison gang in the El Paso area and was founded in the mid 1980’s.

Tommy Alvarado had a warrant for his arrest out of the State of New Mexico Probation and Parole Office for Absconding.  Alvarado’s initial charge is for Trafficking narcotics.

In January of 2012, Alvarado violated his probation by being in possession of a firearm.  Alvarado was released from custody on bond on January 31, 2012, and immediately fled from justice.  Alvarado violated his probation in 2010 when he was involved in a shooting with rival gang members.  Alvarado was booked in to custody and is awaiting extradition.

District of New Mexico, United States Marshal, Conrad Candelaria, said “In order to combat the sub culture of gangs, the Marshals Service for the District of New Mexico has implemented an enforcement strategy that concentrates on three types of violent fugitives that are more likely to promote and engage in the furtherance of criminal activities: the violent criminal offenders, sexual predators and criminal gang offenders are the makeup of the District’s New Mexico’s Most Wanted.

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16-Year Old Throws Party, 100 Norteño Gang Members Show Up to Party with Machetes

16-Year Old Throws Party, 100 Norteño Gang Members Show Up to Party with Machetes

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A party thrown by a 16-year old while he baby sat a 8, 10 and 13 year old got out of hand in Kings County, California, so much so that the Gang Task Force was called out.

According to the Fresnobee, this week a party got out of hand when 100 people descended on the 500 block of East Cameron many of which were Norteño gang members.  The gang bangers no only came with lots of booze they came with knives, daggers and machetes. 

It is not known what the connection the 16-year-old party host has to the Norteño gang but what is known is that he is now charged with child endangerment.  The frightened children told officers their mother was at work and were scared of so many people in the house.

The Norteño gang operates mainly out of northern California and are affiliated with the Mexican-American narcos Nuestra Familia that are known for extortion and operating violent prison gangs.

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Taiwanese Diplomat Beaten to Death in Her Dominican Republic Home

Taiwanese Diplomat Beaten to Death in Her Dominican Republic Home

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A Taiwanese diplomat was found slain Tuesday in her apartment in Santo Domingo’s university district, local police reported.

They said that Julia Ou, 52, had stab wounds and appeared to have been beaten and strangled.

The door to the apartment had not been forced open, the police said in a communique, adding that they have begun to question the woman’s neighbors and the people who work in the building.

The second secretary in the Press Office at the Taiwanese Embassy in the Dominican Republic, Jose Wang, told Efe that several of the victim’s friends had called her by telephone several times to find out why she had not come to work and, when they did not receive an answer, they decided to go to her home.

“When they arrived at the apartment they found blood stains in front of the door and decided to call the police,” said Wang.

Ou had been posed in Santo Domingo for about a year.

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Grammy-Nominated Artist Gustavo Galindo Shows Support for Latino Youth, DREAM Act

Grammy-Nominated Artist Gustavo Galindo Shows Support for Latino Youth, DREAM Act

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Singer Gustavo Galindo, who was nominated for a Grammy for his disco debut, came out on Tuesday in favor of the DREAM Act after meeting with a group of Hispanic students in Chicago.

The performer said in an interview with Efe after the meeting with the young people that he is a “super fan of the DREAM Act” and that the United States is growing thanks to “those people who want to work and who want to fight to have a better life.”

“Without them, and without that youth, this country’s not going to grow any more. The DREAM Act is as important to the United States as to the Latino culture,” he said.

The legislation, which would offer a path to legal residence for qualified undocumented students, remains stalled in Congress.

The Mexican-born, U.S.-raised Galindo showed up at Benito Juarez High School as part of the national “Celebrity Music Teacher for a Day” initiative.

Through this campaign, which was carried out earlier in New York, Dallas and San Francisco, Galindo gave some advice about the creative process.

The singer also spoke about the importance of immigrants preserving their cultural identity and accepting the music of both sides of the border.

“Our musical cultural heritage is rather rich. Those two cultures have to be taken advantage of,” said Galindo, who named Soda Stereo, Joaquin Sabina, Bob Dylan and U2 as his musical influences.

The musician added that his music is born after “grabbing the Mexican heart and mixing it with that force of American rock.”

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University of California Admits Record Number of Latino Students

University of California Admits Record Number of Latino Students

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The proportion of Hispanics among the roughly 61,443 state residents admitted this year to the nine undergraduate campuses of the University of California marks an all-time high, the system’s administrators said Tuesday.

Latinos make up 27.3 percent of the in-state entering class, nearly equal to the proportion of non-Hispanic whites, 28.2 percent, and well ahead of African-Americans, at 4.4 percent.

Asians account for 36.3 percent of in-state applicants admitted for the Fall 2012 term.

The figures show a continuous increase in the number of Hispanics accepted by UC, according to Kate Jeffery, the system’s interim director of undergraduate admissions.

While UC Riverside admitted the largest number of Latinos, 5,500, the more than 3,800 Hispanics accepted at UC Merced represent nearly 40 percent of that institution’s incoming freshmen.

California’s 14.1 million Hispanics constitute around 40 percent of the state’s population.

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