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TuesdayMay 8, 2012

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Juanes Announces Plan for World Tour and Launches ‘Juanes MTV Unplugged’

Juanes Announces Plan for World Tour and Launches ‘Juanes MTV Unplugged’

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Now recovered from the exhaustion he suffered several months ago, Juanes has called off his announced temporary retirement with the launch of his first acoustic disc “Juanes MTV Unplugged,” and plans for a world tour.

If all goes according to schedule the tour will kick off in Mexico at the end of August and head for Spain and other European countries in October. He will then continue on to Colombia and the rest of Latin America.

He is promoting his latest work with a brand new single, one of three on the album, called “La Señal” (The Sign) and which, according to its composer in an interview with Efe Tuesday in Madrid, is about the “constant search for answers” that we often find within ourselves.

Juanes himself received an “important” sign a relatively short time ago, though in his case it was a danger signal. “I decided to make a brief stop to redefine my career, to decide what I really wanted to do,” he said.

The much-needed stop came after his tour of Spain last year. He enjoyed several months of peace and quiet working at home - until he got the invitation from MTV.

That led to a concert recorded last February in Miami, which will debut May 27 on the MTV network in Latin America and June 2 in Spain.

That in turn made use of two projects he had in mind ever since meeting several months earlier with two Latin music all-stars: the Dominican Juan Luis Guerra, producer of the concert, and Spain’s Joaquin Sabina, with whom he composed and sang “Azul” (Blue).

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Latino Information for Primary Voter States: IN, NC and WV

Latino Information for Primary Voter States: IN, NC and WV

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To mark today’s Republican primaries, the Hispanic Leadership Network released “Top 10 Facts about Hispanics in Indiana, North Carolina, and West Virginia.” 

Top Facts about Hispanics in Indiana

• Indiana has the 21st largest Hispanic population in the nation (Pew Hispanic Center, 2010).
• Indiana’s Hispanic population is 389,707, or approximately 6% of the state’s total population (U.S. Census Bureau, 2010).
• From 2000 to 2010, Indiana’s Hispanic population grew by an astonishing 82% (U.S. Census Bureau, 2010).
• Hispanics accounted for 43% of the statewide population increase (U.S. Census Bureau, 2010).
• There are 116,000 Hispanic eligible voters in Indiana, which constitute 2% of all eligible voters in the state (Pew Hispanic Center, 2010).

Top Facts about Hispanics in North Carolina

• North Carolina has the 11th largest Hispanic population in the nation (Pew Hispanic Center, 2010).
• North Carolina’s Hispanic population is 800,120, or approximately 8% of the state’s total population (U.S. Census Bureau, 2010).
• From 2000 to 2010, North Carolina’s Hispanic population grew by an astonishing 111% (U.S. Census Bureau, 2010).
• There are 138,000 eligible Hispanic voters in North Carolina, which constitute 2% of all eligible voters in the state (Pew Hispanic Center, 2010).
• In North Carolina, the median age of Hispanics is 24, whereas the median age of Non-Hispanic Whites is 41 (Pew Hispanic Center, 2010).

Top Facts about Hispanics in West Virginia

• West Virginia’s Hispanic population is 22,268, or approximately 1% of the state’s total population (U.S. Census Bureau, 2010).
• From 2000 to 2010, West Virginia’s Hispanic population grew by 81% (U.S. Census Bureau, 2010).
• There are 11,000 Hispanic eligible voters in West Virginia, which constitute 1% of all eligible voters in the state (Pew Hispanic Center, 2010).
• Among the Hispanic population in West Virginia, 80% are native-born while 20% are foreign-born (Pew Hispanic Center, 2009).
• Nearly half of Appalachia’s 321,000 new residents since 2000 are minority, about 80,000 of them Hispanic (U.S. Census Bureau, 2006-2010 American Community Survey).

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Argentine Teacher Gets 12 yrs for Offering Better Grades in Exchange for Sex to Students

Argentine Teacher Gets 12 yrs for Offering Better Grades in Exchange for Sex to Students

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An Argentine court confirmed the 12-year prison sentence meted out to a high school teacher who offered better grades to his students in exchange for sex, local media reported Tuesday.

The appellate court upheld the sentence handed down to Julio Fernandez, 48, for aggravated corruption of minors at a school in Santa Fe province, La Capital newspaper said on its Web site.

Also participating in the abuse, which occurred in a state-owned house on school grounds, was another teacher who was also an official of the Education Ministry.

The second teacher was beaten to death by a group of students to whom he had offered money in exchange for sexual relations, the daily added.

During the court proceedings for the case, which was initiated after the mother of one student complained to school officials, several victims testified that Fernandez distributed written exams with the correct answers to the students who were abused so that they could pass their tests.

All of the victims were male students.

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U.S. Treasury Targets Sons of El Chapo Guzman and Other Sinaloa Cartel Members

U.S. Treasury Targets Sons of El Chapo Guzman and Other Sinaloa Cartel Members

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U.S. Treasury’s Office today announced that key Sinaloa Cartel narcos, including two sons of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, would be targeted.  Therefore the assets of Ivan Archivaldo Guzman (aka ‘El Chapito’) and Ovidio Guzman are being sought and all U.S. citizens are prohibited from doing business with these individuals. 

El Chapo’s sons are being targeted for their roles in their father’s drug trafficking organization and the Sinaloa Cartel, which he heads up. In 2005, Mexican authorities arrested Ivan on money laundering charges, but he was later released. Ovidio also plays a significant role in his father’s drug trafficking activities and is currently in a Mexican prison

The other Sinaloa Cartel member named by Treasury is Noel Salgueiro Nevarez, head of the Sinaloa Cartel in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. He is currently in a Mexican prison. 

Joaquin Guzman Loera and the Sinaloa Cartel were previously identified by President Obama as significant foreign narcotics traffickers pursuant to the Kingpin Act.

Internationally, Treasury has designated more than 1,000 businesses and individuals linked to 94 drug kingpins since June 2000. Penalties for violations of the Kingpin Act range from civil penalties of up to $1.075 million per violation to more severe criminal penalties.

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Meet Argentina’s Kike San Martin - Photographer of the Stars

Meet Argentina’s Kike San Martin - Photographer of the Stars

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Kike San Martin has had posing in front of his camera such top stars as Ricardo Montaner and Jose Luis “El Puma” Rodriguez, along with new discoveries like singer Prince Royce and Cuban-American actor William Levy.

The “photographer of the stars,” as San Martin is known for his 20 years taking celebrities’ pictures, says rather surprisingly that working in the world of entertainment isn’t something he chose to do.

“I didn’t choose show business, show business chose me,” he told Efe during an interview in Miami where he has his studios.

Born and raised in a small town in northeastern Argentina, San Martin said he doesn’t identify with the world of showbiz and even less with its glamor.

“I’m a provincial, a simple guy…I don’t consume, I produce,” the 42-year-old artist said.

“I started doing photos for newspaper society pages and later I was a paparazzo in Miami,” he said.

His time of lying in wait for stars at all hours of the day and night in order to pounce on them “in flagrante” was a tough period, plagued by sacrifices, about which he will soon spill all in a book he is writing.

“It pays money, but it’s something you do when you’re young and single because it’s pure adrenaline. I turned the page on that chapter 14 years ago and, maybe because I never harmed anyone, I began creating a market among those celebrities,” he said

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La Liga Game Leaves Granada’s Dani Benítez Frustrated, Throws Bottle at Ref’s Face (VIDEO)

La Liga Game Leaves Granada’s Dani Benítez Frustrated, Throws Bottle at Ref’s Face (VIDEO)

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A Spanish league soccer match had one player so angry he smashed a referee in the face with a bottle.

During a La Liga match between Granada and Real Madrid, Granada’s Dani Benítez lashed out at the referee, throwing a bottle at face and trying to leave.

He, as well as other members of his team were anxious to score, as every point and had grown frustrated throughout the match.

Usually, the referee will allow the trailing team to finish an attack before ruling the game over. However, this was not the case and frustrated the team further, as they were down 2-1. The ref blew the whistle, calling full time before a pending corner kick.

Angry Granada players swarmed the ref and two were actually sent off the field. Still on the field, Benítez angrily chucked the bottle.

Luckily, it appears the ref was left without serious injury.

Granada will now have to get a positive result in the last game of the season without Hurtado and Siqueira, the players sent off the field just before the bottle-throwing, to keep the team in the running.


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Jilted Peruvian Lover Extorts Webcam Nudes and Cash, Then Sends Out to Family and Friends

Jilted Peruvian Lover Extorts Webcam Nudes and Cash, Then Sends Out to Family and Friends

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A Peruvian national was sentenced to six months in prison for demanding nude photographs and cash from a South American woman after she ended their online relationship.

Jose Marcial Garcia-Hernandez, 43, a Peruvian national who last resided in Panorama City, was sentenced today to six months in prison by U.S. District Judge Otis D. Wright, II.

On December 7, 2011, Garcia-Hernandez was taken into custody and charged in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. Garcia-Hernandez was indicted with 48 counts of extortion.

On February 15, 2012, Garcia-Hernandez pleaded guilty to two counts of extortion and admitted that he had sent a series of extortionate and threatening communications via the Internet to the victim, a Peruvian residing in Peru. In those communications, sent from approximately September 2010 through January 2011, Garcia-Hernandez demanded that the victim continue posing nude for him via her webcam, and if she chose not to, he threatened to disseminate previously obtained nude images of the victim to the victim’s family and friends and to publicly post such images on the Internet. At one point, Garcia-Hernandez told the victim that she must pay him $2,000 if she wanted to stop communicating with and posing nude for him.

Ultimately, Garcia-Hernandez carried out his threat and did send sexually explicit images of the victim to individuals with whom she was acquainted.

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‘Angel’ Alessandra Ambrosio and Fiancé Welcome Son Noah Phoenix into the World

‘Angel’ Alessandra Ambrosio and Fiancé Welcome Son Noah Phoenix into the World

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Brazilian supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio and fiancé Jamie Mazur welcomed baby Noah Phoenix into the world on Monday, giving the couple’s daughter Anja a little brother.

The couple made the announcement of baby Noah’s birth on both Twitter and Facebook, saying, “Well, the day just arrived and we couldn’t be more happy!!! Noah Phoenix was born yesterday afternoon and already stole our hearts. Anja is a proud big sister now and we are so thankful he is with us…”

Just this weekend, the proud parents were thrown a baby shower in Brazil, with the Victoria’s Secret Angel posting photos on Twitter, saying, “So much fun at my little [boy’s] baby shower !! Now just have to wait for him to arrive!!!”

(She clearly did not have to wait long.)

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‘Start-Up Chile’ Looking to Make Country Latin America’s Silicon Valley (VIDEO)

‘Start-Up Chile’ Looking to Make Country Latin America’s Silicon Valley (VIDEO)

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For the world’s entrepreneurs, Chile might not seem like a good place to start a tech business, especially if no one involved speaks Spanish. However, for those willing to take another look, a new program from the Chilean government is helping bring entrepreneurs to South America.

Known as Start-Up Chile, the program was created by the Chilean government, executed by Corfo via InnovaChil. It seeks to attract early stage, high-potential entrepreneurs to bootstrap their startups in Chile, using it as a platform to go global. The end goal of the accelerator program is to convert Chile into the definitive innovation and entrepreneurial hub of Latin America; this is a mission shared by the Government of Chile and is a primary focus of the Ministry of Economy.

Former Minister of Economy, Juan Andrés Fontaine stated, “Instead of changing the world through revolution, we can change the world through innovation.

In 2010, the program, at that point just a pilot, brought 22 startups from 14 countries to Chile, providing them with $40,000 (US) of equity-free seed capital, and a temporary 1-year visa to develop their projects for six months, along with access to the most potent social and capital networks in the country. These selected entrepreneurs were approved by an admission process conducted by Silicon Valley experts and a Chilean Innovation board that focuses ardently on global mindsets and worldwide potential. Of all required criteria, it is essential that the chosen entrepreneurs work in a global mindset, believing that the route to success is via expansion not isolation.

The first application process of 2011 brought 87 startups to Chile from over 30 countries, after having received 330 applications. In July of 2011, 650+ startups applied for the program’s second process, though only 100 slots were available. The program’s website states it hopes to have “1,000 bootstrappers participate in the program by the culmination of 2014.”

While the long-term benefits of the program for Chile are still coming to light, immediate benefits come from the entrepreneurs themselves. Since they come to Chile they have to pay for housing and other day-to-day necessities.

Bungalow.com founders Scott Thompson and Scott Bird took advantage of Start-Up Chile, with Thompson recently telling SmartPlanet, “Most of our money was spent in Chile,” adding that 17 people visited them while they were in Chile, bringing tourism to Santiago.

Bird added, “My mom did all the Christmas shopping for ten relatives to take back to the U.S.”

Perhaps Chile is looking to get Chileans to invest in their country by using their own money to finance entrepreneurs like Bird and Thompson.

”Chile has a lot of mining money,” Bird told SmartPlanet. “There are some very rich people in Chile who don’t yet invest in start-ups. I think when they see successes it will encourage them to invest locally.”

It would appear Chile is looking to become Latin America’s answer to the U.S.‘s Silicon Valley.


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Astronaut Dr. Chang Díaz Becomes First Hispanic Inducted into NASA Astronaut Hall of Fame

Astronaut Dr. Chang Díaz Becomes First Hispanic Inducted into NASA Astronaut Hall of Fame

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On Saturday, May 5, Astronaut Dr. Franklin R. Chang Díaz became the first Hispanic astronaut to be inducted into the NASA Astronaut Hall of Fame.

Dr. Chang Díaz was born April 5, 1950, in San José, Costa Rica, to the late Mr. Ramón A. Chang-Morales and Mrs. María Eugenia Dìaz De Chang. He graduated from Colegio De La Salle in San José, Costa Rica, in November 1967, and from Hartford High School in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1969. He went on to receive a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Connecticut in 1973 and a doctorate in applied plasma physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1977.

ImageIn May 1980, Chang Díaz was selected by NASA and became an astronaut in August of 1981. While undergoing astronaut training he was also involved in flight software checkout at the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory (SAIL), and participated in the early Space Station design studies.

During his 25 years in the astronaut program, Chang Díaz became one of only two astronauts to fly on seven space shuttle missions and has logged more than 1,601 hours in space. Chang Díaz’s missions aboard the space shuttle include STS-61-C, STS-34, STS-46,STS-60, STS-75, STS-91, and STS-111.

He retired from NASA in July 2005.

Chang Díaz was among the three astronauts inducted into the NASA Astronaut Hall of Fame on Saturday. Astronauts Kevin P. Chilton and Charles J. Precourt were also honored at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

Chilton is a three-time space shuttle astronaut, and has logged more than 704 hours in space. He has served as the pilot of STS-49 and STS-59, and as the commander of STS-76.

During his 15 years in the space program, Precourt flew four space flights and logged a total of 932 hours in space. He served as mission specialist on STS-55, as pilot on STS-71, and as commander on STS-84 and STS-91.

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Indiana DREAM Students Protest Romney

Indiana DREAM Students Protest Romney

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The DRM Capital Group, which serves as a voice for undocumented youth and a lobbying arm of the DREAM act movement organized a protest in Indiana of Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney.  They reported the following:

Braving the elements,  undocumented youth and Latino voters from across the state of Indiana came out to voice their opposition to Mitt Romney’s extreme immigration rhetoric and “heartless” stance on the DREAM Act.  Standing in solidarity with DREAMERS were women’s groups who chanted “Veto Romney, Not the DREAM Act.”

In the wake of Indiana’s SB1070 copy cat law,  SB590, undocumented youth and Indiana Latinos have been mobilizing against anti-Latino candidates. This includes Mitt Romney, who has gone on record saying that SB1070 should be a model for the nation, and Richard Murdoch, Indiana’s Tea Party candidate for U.S. Senate, who has chosen to develop deep ties with Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Outside of the JW Marriott, Veto Romney signs were waved along side the “DREAM Quilt,” pieced together by undocumented youth hopeful for their future with messages such as “My Dream is to become a Teacher” and “My Dream is to become a Nurse.” 

“Although the movement in Indiana is still young, the Latino demographic is growing and Latinos are becoming increasingly aware of immigration issues whether or not they or their families are undocumented” said Jose Alvarez, a DREAM activist from northern Indiana.

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Met Ball Brings Out Latino Beauties, Exhibit Inspired by Miguel Covarrubias

Met Ball Brings Out Latino Beauties, Exhibit Inspired by Miguel Covarrubias

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The Costume Institute Met Gala 2012 was held last night to benefit the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and many Latin beauties were out to impress.

There was Brazilian beauty Camilla Belle in a metallic beaded Ralph Lauren gown, while Colombian stunner and Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara wore a Marchesa gown with Harry Winston jewels.

Jessica Alba wore a gold metallic gown by Michael Kors, and Cameron Diaz also chose metallics with a custom-made Stella McCartney gown created from glass beads and crystal chains.  Eva Mendes donned a Prada couture that was bright orange and really stood out. 

Of course the men did not disappoint.  The red carpet saw crooner Bruno Mars in head-to-toe Prada donning an afro-style hair do.  Quarterback Tom Brady had the weirdest hair style of the evening but had the best accessory his wife Brazilian super model Giselle Bundchen who wore Givenchy Haute Couture.

The Met Gala is a must invitation for the fashion forward.  The Gala started back in 1948 with a ticket price of $50 and at that time Grande Dames of fashion wore vintage gowns from the Costume Institute’s collection – no more.  Now it’s the place to be seen and does some very serious fundraising, last year the gala took in $9 million.

The gala kicks off a new spring exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where the Costume Institute collection is held.  The exhibit ‘Schiaparelli and Prada, Impossible Conservations’ was inspired by Mexican Miguel Covarrubias 1930’s “Impossible Interviews” for Vanity Fair.

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Manager of Several Burger Kings Chris Peña Fired After Informing Supervisor He’s HIV Positive

Manager of Several Burger Kings Chris Peña Fired After Informing Supervisor He’s HIV Positive

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Until September 2011, Christopher Peña served as manager for several Virginia Burger King restaurants, but after 7 years with the company, he says he was fired after informed his supervisor that he is HIV positive.

Peña has now filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming his dismissal violates the American with Disabilities Act. The ADA is a civil rights law which prohibits discrimination based on disability and includes those with HIV.

The 35-year-old found out he was HIV positive in April 2011 and says he fought with himself for months over whether he should inform his supervisors. However, in June 2011, he said he decided to share his status with one of his supervisors just in case his medication’s side effects caused him to need time off of work.

Instead of support or understanding however, Peña says he was fired on Sept. 19, with the company stating his dismissal was a result of performance issues. Peña stated that prior to informing his supervisor of his HIV status, he had never been disciplined, yet afterwards he was and even received a number of critical emails after one of the nine restaurants he oversaw failed an audit.

Burger King maintains Peña’s employment was terminated due to performance issues.

Senior counsel at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), Victor Viramontes, is serving as Peña’s lawyer and recently told the Huffington Post that discrimination against HIV-positive Latinos is a growing concern, as those fired usually lose their healthcare benefits.

Latino men are three times as likely as white men to contract HIV, with Latinos overall being disproportionally affected by HIV.

Peña says despite a number of interviews he remains unemployed.

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“What to Expect When You’re Expecting” Stars Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz Open Up About Motherhood

“What to Expect When You’re Expecting” Stars Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz Open Up About Motherhood

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Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diaz joined their What to Expect When You’re Expecting costars on the cover of Redbook magazine’s June issue.

The lovely Latinas each star as mothers or mothers-to-be in the hilarious comedy based on the New York Times bestselling book of the same name.

The film is described as “a hilarious and heartfelt big screen comedy about five couples whose intertwined lives are turned upside down by the challenges of impending parenthood.”

Diaz plays Jules, fitness guru who along with dance show star partner Evan quickly realize that their celebrity fast-paced lives are about to be changed with the arrival of a baby.

In June’s Redbook, when asked if she feels the pressured to have children, Diaz, 39, said, “I’m sure a lot of people would expect that I would have had a child by my age. But it’s not what I’ve wanted out of my life thus far. We still live in a largely chauvinistic world. There’s a box people put themselves in, and when you [live] outside of it, that makes them uncomfortable–they have to look at themselves and question their own choices.”

Alongside Diaz, Jennifer Lopez stars as photographer Holly, who is prepared to travel the globe to adopt a child. However, her husband Alex isn’t so sure, and tries to quiet his panic by attending a support group of fathers with children, where he’ll learn what being a father is really like.

ImageIn the June issue, Lopez, 42, opened up saying, “I remember after the babies were born, about seven to 10 days in, I was like, ‘What is going on with me?’ I felt sad and depressed and thought the babies didn’t love me.”

She credits the book the movie was based on with helping her understand what was happening to her after the birth of her now 4-year-old twins.

“It said how you have this huge hormonal drop about seven to 10 days after you give birth. It’s called the ‘baby blues.’ But I just thought they didn’t like me!”

Lopez and Diaz star alongside Hollywood starlets Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks, and Brooklyn Decker.

Check out the trailer for the movie below and check out the upcoming June 2012 issue of Redbook to see the full article.


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Obama Launches Second Set of Spanish Radio and TV Ads

Obama Launches Second Set of Spanish Radio and TV Ads

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Obama for America today released the second in a series of Spanish language television and radio ads highlighting the President’s record on issues of particular importance to the Hispanic community.

The ads feature first person accounts from Obama for America organizers and supporters sharing their personal stories of how the President’s policies have empowered Latino families and communities.

The ads, which will air in Colorado, Nevada and Florida, feature Latino organizers and community members about their support for President Obama and sharing the Presidents healthcare accomplishments.

Meanwhile presumptive Republican candidate Mitt Romney has to find out how to answer Obama’s label ‘as most extreme presidential canidate in modern history on immigration.’ 

The President’s campaign noted that Romeny has “promised to veto the DREAM Act, thinks all undocumented immigrants should self-deport, has called the anti-immigrant AZ law a ‘model’ for the nation and has paraded around the country with the nation’s leading anti-immigrant voices.  Mitt Romney has decided to be the most extreme presidential candidate on immigration; Hispanics and all Americans have heard it loud and clear.”

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Endangered Mexican Wolves Born at New York Conservation Center

Endangered Mexican Wolves Born at New York Conservation Center

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New York’s Wolf Conservation Center has some new residents - eight pups of the endangered Mexican gray wolf species, which join the 16 already living in a reserve dedicated to preserving these canines from extinction.

The newborns include five males and three females, all in perfect health, the center said on its Web site.

The litter is a great contribution to the survival of this species, one of the most endangered on the planet.

Only about 400 specimens of Mexican gray wolf survive, of which 24 are now at this reserve in South Salem, New York state.

The populations of these animals, endemic to central and northern Mexico and which once roamed the southwest U.S border states like Texas and Arizona, began to decline in numbers during the mid-19th century when they were widely hunted down to keep them from killing cattle.

By the mid-20th century they had been exterminated in U.S. territory while wolf packs in Mexico where considerably depleted.

Things got worse for the Mexican gray wolf from then on and by 1976 it was considered in danger of extinction, the motivation for its reintroduction into Arizona and New Mexico as part of an intense campaign to save it.

Its litters typically consist of between four and six pups born after a 63-day gestation period.

Besides Mexican gray wolves, the conservation center in the town of South Salem in Westchester County, New York, is home to six specimens of red wolf, a species of which only 300 exist in the world.

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Argentine Pro Soccer Player Dies in Crossfire between Police and Thieves

Argentine Pro Soccer Player Dies in Crossfire between Police and Thieves

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A 20-year-old player with Argentina’s Banfield soccer club died over the weekend when he got caught in the crossfire between a police officer and thieves outside Buenos Aires, the player’s agent said.

Lautaro Bugatto, who was on loan to the Tristan Suarez club, died on Sunday.

Police officer Damian Benitez was arrested as part of the investigation into the shooting.

Bugatto was preparing to return to playing for Banfield in the middle of the year, Banfield president Carlos Portell said.

The player was leaving his house in Burzaco with three friends early Sunday when he was shot.

“They took him to the clinic, but he died because the shot perforated his lung and he lost a lot of blood,” Bugatto’s agent, Adrian Romero, told a television station.

“This all happened because they tried to steal the scooter belonging to the police officer’s daughter on the corner by Lautaro’s house. Apparently, he (the officer) shot it out with them and a stray bullet hit him (Bugatto),” Romero said.

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Plans in Peril for High School Standout & Duke Enrollee as Mom Faces Deportation

Plans in Peril for High School Standout & Duke Enrollee as Mom Faces Deportation

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An outstanding student from western Colorado named last week as a recipient of a prestigious scholarship could find his dreams frustrated due to the recent arrest and possible deportation of his mother.

“This past week has been devastating. I can’t imagine moving forward without her,” said 18-year-old Carbondale resident Hector Morales, who has asked for the support of the community to prevent his mother’s deportation.

Norma Galindo was arrested at her home last Tuesday. Morales was born in the United States, but his mother - who has lived in this country for more than two decades - still is not a legal resident.

The arrest came as a result of an incident that occurred four years ago, when Galindo served a year’s probation for having used documents that were not hers.

Galindo’s arrest came a few days after her son was notified that he had been accepted to Duke University and just hours after Morales learned that he had been selected as a Daniels Fund Scholar.

“My whole life my mother has instructed me to exceed expectations and do everything wholeheartedly,” Hector said. “She encourages me to strive to be the best person I can be, and that is why I have accomplished so much up to this point. It is crucial that she be present at my (high school) graduation.

Edgar Niebla, the spokesman for the Asociacion de Jovenes Unidos en Accion (Association of Youth United in Action), said the possibilities are good that Galindo will not be deported because of her good moral character and because she - due to the type of minor crime she was convicted of - qualifies for prosecutorial discretion that would allow the case to be suspended or dropped.

Galindo’s deportation would destroy the family’s stability and the ability of Hector and younger brother Oswaldo “to continue with productive lives,” Niebla said.

Galindo’s arrest came one day before the sheriff of Garfield County, Lou Vallaria, said at a press conference that his department will continue participating in immigration operations along with federal agents.

“The Morales family should be celebrated and a model for all of our families,” Daniel LeBlanc, Hector’s teacher and basketball coach, said. “We should be honoring them, not tearing them apart.”

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Demian Bichir, Diego Luna, Zoe Saldaña Nominated for MTV Movie Awards

Demian Bichir, Diego Luna, Zoe Saldaña Nominated for MTV Movie Awards

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Zoe Saldaña, Diego Luna, Demian Bichir, Penelope Cruz and Harmony Santana are the nominees for Best Latino Actor at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards, which will be held June 3, the MTV, Musica y Mas television channel announced Monday.

The bilingual entertainment channel said in a press release that Saldaña was nominated for her role in the film “Colombiana,” Luna for “Casa de Mi Padre,” Bichir for “A Better Life,” Cruz for “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” and Santana for “Gun Hill Road.”

The winner will be announced on Tr3s on June 10 on the rebroadcast subtitled in Spanish of the 2012 MTV Movie Awards that MTV will broadcast live on June 3.

Between now and June 2, viewers will be able to vote online for this year’s Best Latino Actor at movieawards.tr3s.com.

In 2011, film fans selected actress Alexa Vega as Best Latino Actor for her role in the comedy “From Prada to Nada.”

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TuesdayMay 8, 2012