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MondayMay 7, 2012

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Dept of Labor Launches Campaign to Prevent Heat-Related Deaths Amongst Outdoor Workers

Dept of Labor Launches Campaign to Prevent Heat-Related Deaths Amongst Outdoor Workers

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has kicked off a national outreach initiative to educate workers and their employers about the hazards of working outdoors in hot weather. The outreach effort builds on last year’s successful summer campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of too much sun and heat.

“For outdoor workers, ‘water, rest and shade’ are three words that can make the difference between life and death,” Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis said. “If employers take reasonable precautions, and look out for their workers, we can beat the heat.”

Every year, thousands of workers across the country suffer from serious heat-related illnesses. If not quickly addressed, heat exhaustion can become heat stroke, which has killed — on average — more than 30 workers annually since 2003. Labor-intensive activities in hot weather can raise body temperatures beyond the level that normally can be cooled by sweating. Heat illness initially may manifest as heat rash or heat cramps, but quickly can become heat exhaustion and then heat stroke if simple prevention steps are not followed.

“It is essential for workers and employers to take proactive steps to stay safe in extreme heat, and become aware of symptoms of heat exhaustion before they get worse,” said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. “Agriculture workers; building, road and other construction workers; utility workers; baggage handlers; roofers; landscapers; and others who work outside are all at risk. Drinking plenty of water and taking frequent breaks in cool, shaded areas are incredibly important in the hot summer months.”

In preparation for the summer season, OSHA has developed heat illness educational materials in English and Spanish, as well as a curriculum to be used for workplace training. Additionally, a Web page provides information and resources on heat illness — including how to prevent it and what to do in case of an emergency — for workers and employers.

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Giant’s Guillermo Mota Given 100 Game Suspension

Giant’s Guillermo Mota Given 100 Game Suspension

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Major League Baseball has suspended San Francisco Giant pitcher Guillermo Mota for 100 games after the Dominican born reliever failed a second test for a performance enhancing drug. 

The first failed test was back in November 2006 when he was playing for the New York Mets.  He would be suspended for 50 games for that infraction.  This time he tested positive for a drug named Clenbuterol the same drug Tour de France winner Alberto Contador tested positive for.  “The Giants are disappointed to learn of Guillermo Mota’s suspension,” the team said in a statement. 

Outfielder Manny Ramirez and catcher Eliezer Alfonzo are the only previous players to twice test positive for a performance enhancing drug.  When a player tests positive a third time, the league issues a lifetime ban - thus far no player has tested positive three times.

Mota is playing in his 14th big-league season and it’s his third season with the Giants.  The 38-year-old right-hander has a 5.06 ERA in 11 innings for the Giants as a middle reliever.  When Mota returns to the Giants they will have 34 games left to play this season. 

Written by Tim Horodyski, HS-News Sports Writer.

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RUBIO WATCH:  Weekend Anti-Obama Rhetoric Makes Marco Rubio Look Like a Candidate Again

RUBIO WATCH:  Weekend Anti-Obama Rhetoric Makes Marco Rubio Look Like a Candidate Again

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Florida Senator Marco Rubio appeared on Chris Wallace’s ‘Fox News Sunday’ chatting on all things President Obama has done wrong.  He was so critical that you would think Rubio is running for office again but this time against the President.  More likely he is hoping to be noticed for the Republican Vice Presidential slot in spite of all his denials.

Rubio said, “He did inherit a very difficult economic climate and he knew that when he was elected. But one of the reasons why he won is because he told the American people he knew how to fix it. He’s run up a five trillion dollar debt and you have more people than since 1981 that are either underemployed, unemployed or have stopped looking for work.”

While bashing Obama on everything from the economy to Osama bin Laden’s death he was not as forth coming when asked if Mitt Romney would capture the Latino vote. Rubio’s answer was simple – there’s isn’t one ‘Hispanic vote’ but rather several and that he has the opportunity to take a majority of the Cuban vote in Florida. 

Senator Rubio forgot to mention that the majority of Latinos in the U.S. that are registered voters are Mexican-American and that majority is not in Romney’s corner even if Rubio was named a Vice Presidential candidate.  The presumptive candidate himself is doubtful of garnering the Latino vote.

Politico is reporting that at a private fundraising reception in Palm Beach, Florida Romney was overheard ‘acknowledging his weakness among Hispanic voters’ and noting that if the situation doesn’t turn around “It spells doom for us.”

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Bardem’s Documentary Wins Prize on Plight of Saharawi People

Bardem’s Documentary Wins Prize on Plight of Saharawi People

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The documentary “Hijos de las nubes, la ultima colonia” (Sons of the Clouds, the Last Colony) produced by and starring Javier Bardem, is the winner of the White Camel award, the top honor handed out at the Sahara Film Festival, or FiSahara, that took place this weekend at this refugee camp.

Directed by Alvaro Longoria, the film analyzing the political and strategic interests that are hampering the resolution of the Saharawi conflict was screened in Dakhla before it is due to hit Spanish theaters in a few weeks but after being presented at the Berlin Film Festival.

In the documentary, Bardem leads the viewer through the roots of the conflict up to the current situation of stagnation and obscurity of the Saharawi people.

Neither Bardem nor Longoria traveled to Dakhla, but the prize - which was awarded on Saturday by a popular panel at the non-competitive festival, the only one in the world held in a refugee camp - was to be accepted by sound technician Charlie Schmukler from the hands of actress Aitana Sanchez Gijon.

The festival’s co-director, actor Willy Toledo, told Efe that it was “predictable” that “Hijos de las nubes” would take the top award because “always when there is a great film that deals with the Saharawi conflict, like ‘El problema’ two years ago, it is greatly appreciated here.”

Bardem’s documentary “has a focus on high politics, the corridors of the U.N., world leaders, that had not been seen in other films with a Saharawi theme, and beyond that it’s very educational for whose who aren’t familiar with the conflict,” Toledo said.

Breaking the tradition of offering a real camel to the Saharawi family who hosted Bardem at the camp during the 2008 FiSahara festival, when the idea for the documentary was born, the organizers decided to donate it to the Saharawi police force that currently guarantees the safety of the public and of the event’s invited guests.

That was to avoid a recurrence of something like the dramatic kidnapping more than six months ago at the Saharawi camps of three aid workers - Spaniards Ainhoa Fernandez and Enric Gonyalons, and Italian Rosella Urru - to whom the festival paid tribute.

Two special mentions will be made at the festival, one of them regarding the documentary “Gdeim Izik: detonante de la primavera arabe,” which tells about the creation and displacement, in November 2010, of the Saharawi camp in the area occupied by Morocco established at El Aaiun, a protest that some analysts felt was the beginning of the so-called Arab Spring throughout the Middle East and North Africa

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Female Candidate in Mexico Bares Some Skin in Campaign Posters

Female Candidate in Mexico Bares Some Skin in Campaign Posters

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A female candidate of the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution, or PRD, posed semi-nude for posters in her “provocative” campaign for a seat in Mexico’s lower house.

Natalia Juarez, 34, told Efe Monday that she posed topless with another six women to launch a “provocative, different and unprejudiced” campaign here in the western state of Jalisco.

“It’s an attempt to run a campaign that is different and cheerful, but also an invitation for people to reveal who they are and commit themselves,” the University of Guadalajara professor said.

In one shot used in her campaign, Juarez appears at the center of a group of six women of different ages who cover their breasts with their right hand while raising their left hand. Underneath appears the headline: “Dare to join a new, unprejudiced nation-building project!”

The photos were posted on the busiest streets of Guadalajara, capital of Jalisco and Mexico’s second city, and will also be used to illustrate the leaflets that the candidate’s campaign team will hand out to the public.

The idea of the campaign is “to make an impact and not go unnoticed” among voters and use to the fullest the scant finances that she has available, the candidate said.

In a state with a very conservative society and governed by the right-wing National Action Party, Juarez said she isn’t afraid of a stern reaction against her campaign. “It’s a risk we have to take,” she said.

Juarez is running for a seat in Jalisco’s 8th District agains two of the state’s best known politicians: National Action’s Jorge Salinas Osornio and Leobardo Alcala Padilla of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI.

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LATINO BLOTTER:  Pot Smell at Motel 6 Leads to Discovery of Massive Bra Theft from Victoria Secret

LATINO BLOTTER:  Pot Smell at Motel 6 Leads to Discovery of Massive Bra Theft from Victoria Secret

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Cary, North Carolina police were called to check out pot odors wafting from a room at the local Motel 6 only to discover over $4,000 worth of bra’s from a Victoria Secret. 

Jeiner Leonardo Quintero and Maria del Carmen Pozo were found in the room with lots of stolen bras, over $2,000 worth of Ulta perfume and multiple fake id’s. 

The alleged bra thieves said they recently had arrived from Los Angeles, while other reports say they are residents of Cary. 

According to News Observer, after the pairs arrest for identity theft and larceny they were held on an immigration hold to confirm if they are legally in the U.S.

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“I Will Always Cherish Him” - Messi Says He’ll Always Have Repect For Barça Coach Guardiola (VIDEO)

“I Will Always Cherish Him” - Messi Says He’ll Always Have Repect For Barça Coach Guardiola (VIDEO)

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After leading his team to 13 titles in for years, FC Barcelona coach, Pep Guardiola,41, announced last month that he would be stepping down citing physical and mental stress.

Argentine superstar and Barcelona striker, Lionel Messi was happy to give his coach, a former defensive midfielder himself, a 4-0 win over Espanyol Saturday. Following his fourth goal, Messi ran to the sidelines to give Guardiola a hug, with a number of his teammates following suit.

Messi told reporters after the game that he will forever be indebted to the Barça coach for everything he has done for him in football, saying, “He has been massively important in my career. I am grateful to all of whom I’ve made happy with my goals.”

Messi’s fourth goal Saturday marked his 50th La Liga goal this season, a new Spanish league record.

“Pep will always have my respect,” Messi told Tencent Weibo. “I will always cherish him.”

In September 2011, Guardiola was awarded the Catalan parliaments highest honor, the Gold Medal, and on January 9, 2012, Guardiola was named the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Men’s Football, receiving 42 percent of the votes.

Following his 97th win in 118 home games, Guardiola told the massive crowd, “Life has given me this gift during the past five years of being able to live with these players and enjoy this spectacle.” He added, “I have been the privileged one, to feel so loved and admired during all these years. Many thanks to all, above all to those who I have worked with every day.”


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Mercedes-Crashing Playboy Model Makes Appearance at Mexico’s First Presidential Debate

Mercedes-Crashing Playboy Model Makes Appearance at Mexico’s First Presidential Debate

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A Playboy model who worked as a production assistant at Mexico’s first presidential debate over the weekend is at the heart of a controversy Monday, with even some of the presidential candidates weighing in.

Julia Orayen, who graced the cover of the September 2008 issue of Playboy Mexico, was seen on national television wearing a tight, white low-cut dress as she handed out materials at the start of Sunday night’s debate.

Orayen appeared on camera for less than 30 seconds during the two-hour debate, but her voluptuous figure and naughty smile were in the media spotlight on Monday.

The Playboy model’s appearance at the event sparked debates on radio shows, while the election officials who organized the debate were unable to explain how someone dressed like that could end up on stage with the four presidential hopefuls.

“We asked the production company to not have any things that could be a distraction, that (the assistant) wear appropriate attire in accordance with the setting, but this condition was clearly not met,” Federal Electoral Institute, or IFE, representative Alfredo Figueroa told MVS radio.

Orayen, who was hired by the production company selected by the IFE to set up the debate, changed one hour before the event started and was ready to go.

Social-networking sites lit up after the debate, prompting some of the candidates to comment on Orayen.

“I was taken aback a bit, she spiced the thing up and took away the solemnity of the debate,” New Alliance Party, or PANAL, presidential candidate Gabriel Quadri said.

“I’ll be honest, I had never been around a playmate and the truth is that it’s something that takes you aback,” Quadri said.

Orayen’s attire “did not fit the seriousness, the importance” of an event like this, National Action Party, or PAN, presidential candidate Josefina Vazquez Mota said.

“We were in a quality debate about the presidency and not at some other type of gathering or spectacle,” Vazquez Mota, who wore a black business suit to the event, said.

Presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, of the Party of the Democratic Revolution, or PRD, refused to comment on the controversy, and frontrunner Enrique Peña Nieto, of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, has not commented either.

The press has been digging into Orayen’s background, with the Reforma newspaper reporting that she is from Argentina and the daily El Universal revealing that she was arrested on March 22, 2006, after crashing her Mercedes into a gas station in Mexico City.

Orayen said she was released because she had relatives who worked for the National Human Rights Commission, or CNDH, El Universal reported.

Some 80 million Mexicans will head to the polls on July 1 to cast ballots for a new president, 628 legislators and thousands of other officials.
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Body of Guatemalan-Born Man Found at Churchill Downs, Just Hours After Kentucky Derby

Body of Guatemalan-Born Man Found at Churchill Downs, Just Hours After Kentucky Derby

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Mere hours after the running of the Kentucky Derby, the body of 48-year-old Guatemala native, Adan Fabian Perez was found on the grounds at Churchill Downs.

At around 5 a.m. Sunday, police were called after Perez’s son found his father’s body in a barn not from where Derby-winning horse I’ll Have Another was stabled. Perez and his son both worked at the track. The barn was being occupied by Louisville trainer Angel Montano Sr. who did not have a horse in the big derby.

Though there were no signs of a struggle, police say the Perez’s boy had sustained injuries leading them to believe “he was involved in some type of altercation.”

Jefferson County chief deputy coroner, Jo-Ann Farmer stated, “At this point we don’t have anything pointing to the fact that this had any association with Churchill Downs or the Derby itself.” Farmer added, “Our investigation is ongoing as to why he would have specifically been at this location.”

An autopsy was scheduled for Monday, with police saying they “do not have suspect information at this point.”

Last year, the body of jockey Michael Baze was found in a vehicle near Churchill about a week after the Derby. However, his death was ultimately ruled an accidental overdose.

On Saturday, in front of a record-setting crowd of more than 165,000 people, the horse named I’ll Have Another, ridden by jockey Mario Gutierrez, won the 138th Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Ikea Accused of Using Cuban Prisoners to Make their Products in the 1980s

Ikea Accused of Using Cuban Prisoners to Make their Products in the 1980s

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Amid news that Swedish-based furniture company Ikea was looking to open a store in Puerto Rico, claims have surfaced saying Cuban dissidents and East Germans were forced to make its products.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), a German newspaper is reporting that they have discovered secret police files that detail a deal made between Sweden and Cuba in the late 1980s.

Using their trading connections, East German business representatives traveled to Havana to speak with the Cuban Interior Ministry. Head of the state company Emiat, Enrique Sanchez was then brought in. Emiat, which was tasked with furnishing the homes of Cuba’s elite politicians, reportedly made a deal for Cuba to produce 35,000 dining tables, 10,000 children’s tables, and 4,000 three-piece suites.

Cuban prisoners were allegedly the unwilling workforce used to make said products. This claim comes just a week after allegations that East German political prisoners were forced to do the same in the prior decade.

Ikea has said it is investigating the allegations made by FAZ and have asked to see the police documents, adding that they condemn the use of political prisoners in its production.

The documents the paper claims to have are said to be from the the East Germany official security service known to most as the Stasi.

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ABC and Univision Launch English-Language News Network

ABC and Univision Launch English-Language News Network

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The ABC and Univision Networks have announced a 50-50 joint venture to bring a English-language news, entertainment and lifestyle network to Latino viewers. 

The TV channel will be up and running in 2013 but will do a soft launch over the summer with a web presence to take advantage of the presidential election news cycle.

According to the joint venture press release the purpose of the venture is:  “… dedicated to informing, empowering and inspiring Hispanic Americans in English while providing all audiences with uncompromising coverage of current events with a unique perspective.”

The television venture will provide news coverage, lifestyle reports and provide a social platform for dialogue.  Topics of special focus for the joint venture is the economy, jobs, health care, immigration, education, politics, entertainment, and health living.

ABC News and Univision News will share news gathering and production resources to produce the segments for the 24/7 network.  The network will also feature ABC News and Univision news anchors and correspondents, though a management team has not been announced.

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Washington Post Claims Hispanic Voter Registation is Down, Obama Camp Cries False

Washington Post Claims Hispanic Voter Registation is Down, Obama Camp Cries False

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In response to a Washington Post article titled, “Voter registration down among Hispanics, blacks,” President Obama’s Director of Constituency Press released a piece of their own calling the Post article inaccurate due to the use of 18-mponth-old Census data from November 2010.

In 2008 we saw participation increase across the board—more young voters, more older voters, more black voters, more Hispanic voters, more white voters. And they realize that voting once isn’t enough; to bring about real and lasting change, we need to stay involved throughout 2012 and vote in November.

The supporters who make this grassroots campaign what it is understand that principle. Unfortunately, sometimes the media does not.

The analysis on which the Post based its mistaken claim is fundamentally flawed in several ways. Let’s look at a few of them:

First, the Census data the article cited is 18 months old—it’s from November 2010, the month of the last midterm elections.Since that time, more than 1.4 million African Americans and more than 1.2 million Latinos have registered to vote.

Second, it’s misleading to compare May 2012’s voter rolls to November 2010’s, since one refers to a national election for which registration has far from closed, and the other is not. A fair apples-to-apples comparison would look at the same point in a similar election cycle. So let’s do what the Post didn’t: when you compare the number of Latino and African American voters in November 2010 to those in November 2006, or compare the rolls in May 2012 to May 2008, it’s clear that the number goes up, not down, in each case. For example, the Post article claimed that in Florida, the largest battleground state, the number of Latino registrants decreased by 10 percent from Election Day 2008 and Election Day 2010; in reality, it increased by 5 percent. That’s a mistake 15 percentage points wide.

Third, registration among Latinos and African Americans has never been higher. There are more Americans of both backgrounds registered to vote today than there were when President Obama was elected.

Republicans who wish The Washington Post’s registration count is accurate will be disappointed by these facts. Registration numbers are rising in spite of GOP legislatures and governors in more than half of the states who have put up onerous hurdles that make it harder for Americans to vote—with the excuse that they’re solving a non-existent epidemic of voter fraud.

Read the full piece titled, “The real voter registration numbers” here.

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Peruvian Artist Mario Testino Announces 1st Exhibition for Non-Profit Organization ‘MATE’

Peruvian Artist Mario Testino Announces 1st Exhibition for Non-Profit Organization  ‘MATE’

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Peruvian artist Mario Testino has announced the opening of MATE - Asociación Mario Testino in Lima, Peru. The non-profit focuses on the photographer’s work, calling it a “manifestation of his desire to contribute to the cultural heritage of Peru.”

While Testino has a large body of work (he was Royals Will and Kate’s engagement photographer and took many enduring photos of the late Princess Diana),MATE aims to promote culture and creativity by providing a dynamic platform to celebrate Peruvian artists both locally and internationally.

MATE’s inaugural exhibition “Todo o Nado” will open on July 12, 2012.

ImageThe exhibition Todo o Nada brings together 58 photographs that reveal the two opposing concepts to be found in Mario Testino’s work, fashion and the nude. These concepts are present both in his better known activities as a fashion photographer, including the images that he has created for Vogue, Vanity Fair, V Magazine, Allure and The Face, as well as in his more personal creations, including a number of unpublished photographs specially taken for this exhibition. All combine analogue photography with the latest digital technology.

For Mario Testino, the essence of the exhibition lies in contemplating the process and implications involved in the act of removing one’s clothes to become naked: “a voyage from haute couture to nudity, including the intermediary process that implies baring the form.” In this sense, the exhibition includes photographs in which the model wears extravagant dresses, enveloped in a setting specifically created for the shot and characterized by a deliberate desire for theatricality, as well as others in which she is seen unclothed.

The exhibition also examines the relationship between the photographer and his female models; from the glamour of top models, either nude or wearing haute couture and on occasions photographed with a touch of irony and a sense of humour, to the beauty of friends and anonymous individuals. Todo o Nada is a tribute to “Testino’s woman”, an iconic image of woman that he has defined and redefined over the course of his career, a woman who moves at totally opposing poles: “I like strong, independent women. Women who, despite their strength, never lose their femininity and who do not use their beauty as a tool. Women with personality who can reflect their own desires and ours.”

MATE - Asociación Mario Testino is the third institution to exhibit Todo o Nada. It was first shown in 2010 at the Museo Thyssen - Bornemisza in Madrid and in 2011 at the Fondazione Memmo - Palazzo Ruspoli in Rome.

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Alabama Immigration Debate Heats UP

Alabama Immigration Debate Heats UP

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A year after approving the toughest state anti-immigration legislation in the country, Alabama lawmakers want to revise the law to make it easier to comply with and enforce. But their efforts have rekindled the same emotional fight that was so contentious in the first place.

The ambitious law touches many parts of everyday life in Alabama. It affects police, businesses, schools and churches and those they serve. Many parts of the law are on hold, but most accounts are that it has had an immediate and profound impact: Immigrants and many in their communities have either fled or gone into hiding.

“Word gets out very fast,” says one supporter, Elois Zeanah of Tuscaloosa, the president of the Alabama Federation of Republican Women. “That was the intent of the law. The reason why the immigration law was passed was to reduce illegal immigration through attrition.”

But the Republican architects of the law are already proposing changes.

“Make no mistake; no changes have been suggested that weaken the law,” House Minority Leader Micky Hammon wrote in an email to supporters last week. “Instead, they simply aim to make it even more workable for local governments, more enforceable for state and local police, and less burdensome for law-abiding citizens and businesses.”

The changes are being discussed while nerves are still raw from last year’s fight and while last year’s law is under a cloud of legal uncertainty. There is no guarantee that changes will leave the law’s supporters or detractors happy.

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Justice Dept to Monitor Wisconsin Election to Assure Rights of Spanish Speaking Voters

Justice Dept to Monitor Wisconsin Election to Assure Rights of Spanish Speaking Voters

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The Justice Department announced today that the Civil Rights Division will monitor the election on Tuesday, May 8, 2012, in Milwaukee. 

The monitoring will ensure compliance with the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  The Voting Rights Act prohibits discrimination in the election process on the basis of race, color or membership in a minority language group.  In addition, the act requires certain covered jurisdictions to provide language assistance during the election process. 

The city of Milwaukee is required to provide assistance in Spanish.

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

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

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

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Hurray!  Albert Pujols Hits First Home Run for California Angels

Hurray!  Albert Pujols Hits First Home Run for California Angels

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The hitting dry spell for the California Angels $250 million man has ended.  Albert Pujols hit his first home run as an Angel this Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays giving the Angels a 4-3 victory. 

Pujols gave his critics the first at home win for the Angels.  They have now won five out of their last seven games but had lost 15 of their first 22 games.

When Pujols signed a historic, mind boggling 10-year, $250 million contract expectations were sky high.  The pay was based on an incredible batting record that included a batting average of .328 and a .617 slugging percentage at the end of the 2011 season. 

However, first baseman Pujols was not performing to expectations for the first 27 games.  Baseball experts have said that “he had never struggled this badly for this long.”

Pujols is back and just in time. 

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Deadly Teen Party Shooting Leads to 11 Argentine Police Arrested

Deadly Teen Party Shooting Leads to 11 Argentine Police Arrested

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Eleven police officers were arrested in the Argentine province of Mendoza after a 19-year-old was shot to death during a party where the officers showed up because of noise complaints, local media reported Sunday.

Francisco Diaz, who lived in Chile and was on vacation in Argentina, died from a gunshot wound on Saturday morning during a party convened via Facebook, police spokesmen said.

The incident occurred after a neighbor called police to complain about the noise coming from the house where the party was being held.

Evidently, the young people who were partying at the home threw stones at at least one police patrol car that came to the site and, later, Diaz was killed by gunfire, presumably from one or more officers, witnesses said.

The police officers who intervened at the party are “under arrest. The number of weapons that were discharged is being investigated,” provincial Security Minister Carlos Aranda told the local press.

“We’re at the beginning of the investigation. Written reports on the weapons still have not been made. There are no injured police officers, just some (patrol cars) that were hit with stones,” he said.

The 11 police officers, all of whom belong to the Special Patrol Unit in the Mendoza district of Godoy Cruz, are being held in jail awaiting questioning by judicial authorities.

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Inmates in Costa Rica Can Wear Women’s Panties and Cross Dress Says Supreme Court

Inmates in Costa Rica Can Wear Women’s Panties and Cross Dress Says Supreme Court

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The Constitutional Chamber of Costa Rica’s Supreme Court ordered prison officials to allow a male inmate to dress in women’s clothing after he claimed that they forbade him to do so, the La Nacion newspaper reported Sunday.

David Avila Ulloa, who changed his name to Sherlyn Tatiana, has been in prison since March 2011 for drug trafficking and a few months after being incarcerated he filed a request for protection with the Constitutional Chamber, saying that officials at the La Reforma prison some 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) west of San Jose prevented him from dressing as a woman.

The court ruled in Avila’s favor on March 30, but prison officials have not done anything regarding the case yet because they have not been presented with the comprehensive ruling, La Nacion said.

The justices said in their ruling, however, that Avila may dress “as a woman or in the way that he wants, provided that such clothing is not obviously scandalous or is displayed in an act ... whereby it affects the order or the security of the penal center.”

The 22-year-old inmate said that since he was a child he has liked to use female accoutrements, jewelry and makeup, and he added that discrimination in the prison is “very strong,” with prison staff not viewing him as either man or woman but rather “as an animal.”

“They told me that if I wanted to go to the school (where the prisoners study) I had to dress like a man and they returned me. Sometimes, due to my desire to study, I transformed myself,” Avila said.

Several months ago, the inmate was transferred to another prison where he says that the authorities were more flexible regarding his sexual orientation.

At the prison, Avila participates in anonymous drug meetings, studies and sings in a musical group, and he says he hopes to be paroled in six months.

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