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ThursdayMay 31, 2012

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Woman Found tied Up In Aroldis Chapman’ s Hotel Room

Woman Found tied Up In Aroldis Chapman’ s Hotel Room

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According to Cincinnati news, Aroldis Chapman’s girlfriend was found tied up in his hotel room.  Claudia Manrique, 26, was in the hotel room during the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates game in Pittsburgh.  The newspaper reported that some hotel guess called police around 10:00pm when they heard a women scream.  Manrique told police she opened the door after a man said he was a part of the hotels maintenance department.  Once the man was inside the room he demanded valuables.  When Manrique refused the man tied her up.  She was not harmed; however the assailant got away with jewelry, credit cards as well as other items. 

The Reds have issued the following statement: “We are aware of the hotel room robbery of one of our players and are working with local law enforcement agencies. Because it is an active police investigation, we have no other comment at this time.”

Chapman has made headlines the past few weeks for being arrested for speeding on a suspended license and facing a lawsuit from a man in Cuba who claims Chapman helped to falsely imprison him.  Nonetheless, Chapman is performing well having struck out 44 batters in 26 innings.

Written by HS News Sports Writer:  Tim Horodyski

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Mexican Constriction Company To Acquire Majority Ownership of Peruvian Mining Services Firm

Mexican construction company ICA said Wednesday it has signed a deal to acquire a 51 percent stake in Peru’s San Martin Contratistas Generales, which provides construction services to the mining industry.

ICA said in a press release that the purchase price is based on a formula that takes into account San Martin’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, or EBITDA, from 2011 to 2014 and will likely range from between $80 million and $100 million.

It said it will pay for the majority stake over a five-year period.

Mexico’s largest engineering and construction company said the transaction, which will likely close before June, is part of its international expansion efforts and interest in forming partnerships with domestic groups “of proven experience and recognized prestige” in selected Latin American countries.

ICA said San Martin’s revenues increased at an average annual clip of 35 percent over the past three years, climbing to approximately $240 million in 2011.

The acquisition of a majority stake in San Martin “creates value for ICA and ICA’s shareholders” and “opens up a new range of business opportunities for ICA in civil construction,” the Mexican company’s chief operating officer, Alfonso Quintana, said.

For his part, San Martin Chairman Julian Siucho said the partnership with ICA will allow the Peruvian firm to reach “new levels of growth and profitability.”

Founded in 1960, San Martin is a leading Peruvian contract mining company that performs open pit and site preparation works.

ICA, founded in 1947, is the largest engineering, construction and infrastructure company in Mexico, where it also operates toll roads and airports.

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3,000 Chileans Stranded After Mudslide

3,000 Chileans Stranded After Mudslide

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Some 3,000 people living in the towns of Palena and Futaleufu, in the southern Chilean region of Los Lagos, on Wendesday remained isolated because of a mudslide that buried the road leading to the area, authorities said.

The mudslide, about 120 meters (390 feet) long and 20 meters (65 feet) deep, occurred late Tuesday during a storm that affected the area, in the vicinity of Villa Santa Lucia, some 1,300 kilometers (800 miles) south of Santiago.

That is what Andres Ibaceta, the regional head of the National Emergency Management Office, or Onemi, told local media, adding that although the road link for the affected communities with the rest of Chile had been interrupted, the border pass to Argentina is open.

“You can’t get to Palena from the Chilean side, although it is possible from the Argentine side,” said Ibaceta, while the Highway Department said that the effort to clear the road could take between two and three days.

Ibaceta emphasized that the weather conditions had improved in recent hours, something that he said will enable work crews to accelerate the clearing of mud, rocks and other debris from the road.

The storm also resulted in power outages and the loss of telephone communications, a situation that authorities said they had resolved over the past few hours.

The front of bad weather that affected several regions of Chile over the past few days left two people dead and 3,542 with some sort of property damage, according to figures compiled by Onemi.

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Chicago Suburb Files Civil Suit Against Latin Kings

Chicago Suburb Files Civil Suit Against Latin Kings

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The city of Aurora has joined several municipalities in the Chicago area who are appealing to the civil courts to try and limit the activities of gangs like the Latin Kings.

Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said Wednesday that his office filed a civil suit against 35 suspected members of the gang to get the courts to prohibit them from openly associating with other gang members.

The accused, with criminal records or declared members of the Latin Kings, began receiving summons last week to appear in court in July and respond legally to the suit.

According to the court document, the prosecutor’s office is asking the judge for injunctions prohibiting the known gang members from going out in public, on foot, seated, walking, driving or at parties.

Those who violate the judicial order can be declared in contempt of court or be fined, and they could also be forced to reimburse the city for any damage caused.

McMahon said at a press conference that authorities have the responsibility to take the necessary legal measures to protect the safety of the community.

In the same county, authorities in the city of Joliet in 2010 charged 81 alleged gang members and managed to reduce criminal activity.

In Cook County, where Chicago is located, a pilot plan was launched in the city of Cicero and prosecutors of other Illinois counties like Boone and McHenry also are using the civil courts to attack the gangs.

In Chicago, the gangs are accused of being responsible every time one of their members commits a murder or other type of violence, and in some cases they are persecuted as mafia organizations.

The Chicago Crime Commission’s “Gang Book” lists the Latin Kings, Maniac Latin Disciples, Gangster Disciples, Sureño 13 and Vice Lords as the city’s most dangerous gangs.

Chicago and its environs have the largest gang population - approximately 100,000 members - in the United States, according to the book.

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Is Carlos Gonzalez Becoming a Hitter?

Is Carlos Gonzalez Becoming a Hitter?

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Carlos Gonzalez the Colorado leftfielder won the National League battle title in 2010 so you would think he is a good hitter. 

Gonzalez told mlb.com, “I won a batting title in 2010 swinging at everything, swinging at balls,” Gonzalez said. “When things like this happen, they happen. I have a really good swing. When the ball is close to the plate, I know I can reach any ball, inside or outside. But right now, I feel really good at the plate and I have more discipline.” This new plate discipline has paid off this season.  In his last four games he is 10-for-16 with five home runs, two doubles and seven RBIs.

After the 2011 season where he batted below .300, Gonzalez knew he had to change his approach at the plate, if he was going to help the Rockies compete in the National League West.  He is now hitting .323 with 13 home runs.  In last night’s game against the Houston Astros he collected four hit, three of them for home runs.  He had four RBI’s and three runs scored.  The Rockies routed the Astros 13-5 in Houston.  The Rockies are now 9 games below .500. 

Gonzalez is signed with the Rockies until the 2017 season. 

Written By HS News Sports Writer: Tim Horodyski

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Senators Say Yes to English in Puerto Rican Classrooms, but No to English-Only

Senators Say Yes to English in Puerto Rican Classrooms, but No to English-Only

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Opposition Popular Democratic Party, or PPD, Sen. Juan Eugenio Hernandez Mayoral told Efe on Thursday that the English-only schooling that the administration of pro-statehood Gov. Luis Fortuño wants to implement could reduce the knowledge of Spanish in Puerto Rico.

Hernandez Mayoral said that he is in favor of bilingualism and the teaching of English on the Caribbean island, which is a U.S. commonwealth, but he added that the current government’s alleged plan for all subjects to be taught in English in Puerto Rico’s public schools will be to the detriment of the knowledge of correct Spanish.

He said that in the hypothetical case that only English is used in the public schools - except in Spanish language classes - Puerto Rican children would end up with “gaps” in their knowledge of Spanish.

Hernandez Mayoral said that he had no specific details about the government’s plans and he was speaking on the basis of a report that appeared on Wednesday in the San Juan daily El Vocero about bilingual teaching in Puerto Rico.

The newspaper said that starting next week the island’s Department of Education will begin bilingual education training for 100 teachers, parents and students in accord with the “bilingual Education Community for the 21st Century” project.

The daily added that the assistant secretary of academic affairs in the education department, Grisel Muñoz, explained that educators in 31 schools on the island will be trained in the methodology of teaching and bilingual methodology.

The plan, El Vocero said, is being funded with $9 million and is designed to convert several schools into islands of bilingualism.

Classes will begin being taught in English in sciences, math and physical education and will reach around 4,000 students, according to the newspaper.

Hernandez Mayoral said that the initiative comes in response to Fortuño’s wish to have Puerto Rico become a U.S. state and after he was informed by members of the U.S. Congress that that goal will only be possible if English is fully established on the island.

The senator said that Fortuño’s idea in the long run is for English to be the language spoken in government agencies on an island where - he said - just 30 percent of the public speaks it correctly and well.

The governor said in his latest message from the legislature to the public on April 24 that he wants Puerto Ricans with fewer resources to have access to better knowledge of English as a way to give them better job prospects.

The governor announced that measures will be taken to establish English more widely in the public education system, but he gave no concrete details about the plan.

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Hispanic Candidate Forces Run-off in Texas Republican Primary

Hispanic Candidate Forces Run-off in Texas Republican Primary

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Cuban-American Ted Cruz, a rising star within the Republican Party in Texas, will face off in a run-off election for his party’s Senate nomination with rival David Dewhurst in a contest that presents several challenges.

Cruz obtained 34 percent of the votes in the Republican primary held Tuesday, while Dewhurst garnered 45 percent, although that was not sufficient to give him a first-round victory in a hard-fought race populated by nine candidates in all.

Although Cruz achieved his goal of forcing a July 31 run-off, some analysts predict a heated battle with Dewhurst, who has emerged - at present - as the Republican favorite to take the Senate seat.

The run-off “is going to be a very competitive contest. Dewhurst is the favorite, but Cruz has a reasonable chance to win,” Mark Jones, a professor of political science and member of the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University, told Efe.

After learning the results, Cruz said that his showing was a victory for conservatives, between “the established moderates and the (new) tidal wave of the (Republican) party.”

In a challenging tone he added in his speech that he wants to face Dewhurst in five debates and discuss what he considers to be false accusations leveled at him by his opponent.

One of those is that Cruz is in favor of amnesty for illegal immigrants and that he is a “China-loving pinko liberal.”

The allusion to China resulted from a political commercial in which Dewhurst attacks Cruz by making it seem as if he sold himself for money by legally representing a company based in the Asian country against a U.S. firm.

Cruz, who has the support of the so-called Tea Party and figures like Sarah Palin and former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, was the solicitor general of Texas from 2003 to 2008 and now works for a private law firm in Houston.

The result of the run-off will depend on how many voters go to the polls, and although in Tuesday’s election about 11 percent cast ballots, run-offs always attract far fewer people to the polls, Jones said.

Dewhurst, meanwhile, who has been lieutenant governor of Texas since 2003 and touts himself as a “successful businessman and rancher,” represents the Republicans’ more conservative wing.

“It’s a division between the new (Republicans) who represent pragmatism in opposition to the purism (of the more established camp),” Jones said.

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Kat Von D Being Sued By Insurance Company Saying She Caused Fire They Paid For

Kat Von D Being Sued By Insurance Company Saying She Caused Fire They Paid For

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Earlier this week, State Farm Insurance filed a lawsuit against tattoo artist/reality show star Kat Von D.

The lawsuit claims the 2010 fire that severely damaged her house and killed her cat, Valentine, was a result of her own negligence and says she must pay them back.

ImageThe Mexico-born artist reportedly lit a number of candles throughout the house which later caused the fire that did $909,199 worth of damage.

State Farm initially covered the bill, but is now suing the 30-year-old because she started the fire, albeit accidentally.

On Wednesday, Kat took to Twitter saying, “Contrary 2 rumors-I did NOT burn my house down (I was on my booktour during the fire) and no, I did NOT kill my own cat.”


(Photo above: Kat Von D tattoos as now-deceased cat Valentine watches.)

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Costa Rica Cat Fight: ‘Real Housewives of Orange Country’ Travel With Luggage AND Baggage

Costa Rica Cat Fight: ‘Real Housewives of Orange Country’ Travel With Luggage AND Baggage

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The women of the Real Housewives of Orange County traveled to Costa Rica recently and Tuesday’s episode saw them taking both luggage and baggage with them.

Before the women even arrive in Costa Rica the drama starts. Vicki (Gunvalson) prompts everyone to play a dirty version of the alphabet game, which the others are annoyed with and find distasteful. Her behavior after they arrive annoys the women once again and causes Gretchen (Rossi) to call her a “wack-a-doodle.”

Continuing the raunchy theme, Tamra (Marney) later makes a sexual reference towards Vicki, only to see Vicki get offended. A fight starts between the two and ultimately leads to Tamra calling Vicki a hypocrite while Vicki demands Tamra say she’s sorry. The whole thing is the kind of reality show drama fans drool over.

Alexis (Bellino), 32, later becomes the focus of the negativity as the others start pointing out her personality flaws, calling her materialistic and pretentious.

In the preview of next week’s episode, which will air on Bravo next Tuesday at 9/8c, Alexis is seen leaving the island after continued criticism from the other women.

All we can say is we hope Costa Rica made good money off of these ladies, because that’s a whole lot of crazy and a big bunch of “wack-a-doodle” for such a small country.

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Latino Blotter:  Meth Dealer Texts Drug Buy Message to Narcotics Officer by Mistake

Latino Blotter:  Meth Dealer Texts Drug Buy Message to Narcotics Officer by Mistake

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Reymundo Carlos Escobedo and John Martin Silvera of Santa Maria, California have been arrested for narcotics trafficking after sending a text message to a local police officer by mistake.

Escobedo sent a message to a local narcotics officer in Santa Maria about drug transactions thinking he had a buyer at the other end.

Escobedo sent a text message this past Tuesday trying to set up a sale and the officer went with the flow and got the Sheriff involved to set up the sting.  When Escobedo showed up he tried to complete the sale of two grams of meth.  Escobedo then was joined by his supplier Silvera who had seven grams of meth on him.

Both men were booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on $30,000 bail.

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While on Holiday in Spain, Woman Falls From Balcony Trying to Remove Spider from Luggage

While on Holiday in Spain, Woman Falls From Balcony Trying to Remove Spider from Luggage

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Chantelle Serginson remains in the hospital after she fell from a balcony while vacationing in Spain.

Chantelle and her mother Kimberley had reportedly been arguing in their room at the Hotel Marina Barracuda in Majorca not long before the 24-year-old lost her balance while attempting to remove a spider from her suitcase.

The Middlesborough, UK woman fractured her skull, lost a number of teeth, and broke her legs in multiple places when she fell six stories from their hotel room balcony.

The Serginson family has seen its share of tragedy. In 1999, Chantelle’s 7-year-old sister died as a result of a brain tumor and in 2006, she watched as a man slashed her mother’s throat.

However, it appears this story may have a happy ending, as Kimberley told reporters her daughter is making a “brilliant recovery” and is already “talking and everything.”

Chantelle’s fall is only the latest in a list of Brits falling from hotels at the Spanish resort area of Magaluf, Majorca recently.

In the last six weeks, three Brits have fallen to their deaths in Magaluf. Luckily, Chantelle was not the fourth.

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Red Cross Confirms French Journalist’s Release After 33 Days with the FARC

Red Cross Confirms French Journalist’s Release After 33 Days with the FARC

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The International Committee of the Red Cross, or ICRC, announced Wednesday that French war correspondent Romeo Langlois was released by the FARC guerrillas, left the village of San Isidro with the humanitarian mission that took custody of him and is en route to Florencia, the capital of Colombia’s southern Caqueta province.

ICRC spokesperson in Colombia Maria Cristina Rivera confirmed the reporter’s release to the press at the Gustavo Urtunduaga Paredes airport in Florencia, where authorities and others are awaiting in the coming hours the arrival of Langlois and the humanitarian mission that received him.

Although the handing over of Langlois to the mission took place several hours ago in San Isidro, where the FARC staged a political event, the ICRC said that it only considered that the journalist had been released at the moment he got into an ICRC vehicle and began the trip to Florencia.

The reporter, for whom Wednesday was his 33rd day in FARC captivity, will arrive in Florencia with the members of the humanitarian mission in three vehicles between 10:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. (0300 to 0330 GMT on Thursday), according to Rivera’s estimate.

From Florencia he will travel to Bogota, where on Thursday he is scheduled to hold a press conference.

The FARC had set up a large stage in the town and filmed the event, while hundreds of peasant farmers and villagers gathered there for the ceremony.

After saying that he had been “treated very well by the guerrillas during these 33 days,” the reporter confirmed that he had never been “tied up” and was given enough food, and he said that the rebels helped him carry his backpack and mattress.

“The feeling that I had is that the guerrillas wanted to hand me over, after many people began to talk (about it), the thing was politicized and they decided to postpone this a little bit,” he added.

However, Langlois, 35, went on to say: “I accept the apologies and come out of this without bitterness, but I don’t agree with this decision to hold me for 33 days.”

He justified his presence with the army and police at the time of his capture by saying that “one’s work, as a journalist, is to cover all parts of the conflict.”

He also invited other reporters to continue covering the conflict from all points of view, taking into account all the parties involved.

“They are poor people killing poor people, it’s supremely tragic. This has been going on for 40 years, there’s no good or bad, at times the press and the government have managed to sell distorted images, but when one comes into these zones one sees that the reality is more complicated,” he said.

The humanitarian mission spent more than five hours in San Isidro listening to one guerrilla apologize in the name of the FARC for having treated the journalist as a “prisoner of war” and to several peasant leaders, who complained that Caqueta is a forgotten area without a government presence except for fumigations of the coca crop, their only means of livelihood, and demanded basic services.

The committee that received Langlois is made up of three ICRC representatives, former Colombian Sen. Piedad Cordoba and two other members of the organization she heads Colombians for Peace (CCP) and French government emissary Jean-Baptiste Chauvin.

“Although he is wounded in one of his forearms, ... Langlois is in good general health,” said Rivera reading from a communique signed by the ICRC chief in Colombia, Spaniard Jordi Raich.

The correspondent for television channel France24 and the daily Le Figaro was accompanying a task force of Colombian police and army troops on April 28 when the contingent was ambushed by FARC units, sparking a battle that left four members of the security forces dead.

The journalist was wounded in the firefight and fled toward the rebel lines, after shedding the army helmet and bulletproof vest he was wearing.

FARC commander “Colacho Mendoza” said in a videotape released on Monday by Telesur that although Langlois had been wounded, he was recovering well, and he added that the war correspondent had turned himself over to the rebels to save his life in the midst of the firefight.

“First, he was wounded in one arm, a bullet that entered by the side of the elbow and exited ... He had lost the ability to move it and ended up surrendering to save his life,” said Mendoza.

A FARC medic treated Langlois’ wound, but the rebels then decided to hold him as a prisoner of war.

Last Sunday, the FARC announced that they would hand over the reporter to the humanitarian mission on Wednesday somewhere in Caqueta - later specifying the precise coordinates of the site - where military operations were suspended by the government to facilitate the release.

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Cuban Men Rescued by Disney Cruise Ship Near Key West - Were They Trying to Get to U.S.?

Cuban Men Rescued by Disney Cruise Ship Near Key West - Were They Trying to Get to U.S.?

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While one cruise ship defends itself for not helping stranded boaters, some of who died, another is being called heroic.

Over the weekend, cruise ship Disney Fantasy embarked from Port Canaveral, on its way to Grand Cayman. Near Key West, four Cuban men were spotted floating on a small raft signaling for help.

“The men were brought aboard the ship and provided with medical attention along with food and water. We are proud of our Disney Fantasy crew members, who skillfully demonstrated their training and commitment to maritime protocols around saving lives at sea,” Disney Cruise Line said in a statement.

The U.S. Coast Guard was in contact with the cruise ship to schedule the disembarkation of the men and as of Tuesday, the men were still aboard the ship for its stop in Mexico.

The Disney Fantasy is scheduled to return to Port Canaveral on Saturday.

There was no word on whether the men were attempting to reach U.S. shores or if something else had set them adrift in open waters.

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Top-Quality Tequila From Mexico Seeing a Surge

Top-Quality Tequila From Mexico Seeing a Surge

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A distilleries in Mexico have reportedly seen a noticeable increase in those looking for high-quality tequila.

Sangre de Aztec in Jalisco produces about 9,000 bottles of “real…100 percent agave” tequila per day.

The demand for high-end tequila from Mexico is increasing as distilleries find new markets for the alcohol. Today’s hipsters and young professionals in Guadalajara and Mexico City appear to more interested in tequila than those in that demographic formerly were.

For years tequila had been for the elite, with agave spirits reserved for royalty during the time of the ancient Aztecs. Commoners would partake in the agave-based drinks on special occasions. Though, in recent decades, tequila went from being the drink of the elite to that of the working class.

This would appear to be changing however, as both older and younger adult drinkers are finding the new, more refined tequila appealing.

Tequila producers have improved their agave distilling process while also becoming more aware of how to promote their product to a wider audience.

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LATINO BLOTTER: 2 Arrested After Using Sledgehammer on Horse to “Help” Owner

LATINO BLOTTER: 2 Arrested After Using Sledgehammer on Horse to “Help” Owner

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A California man in calling his friend misguided after he used a sledgehammer on the man’s ailing horse to “put it out of its misery.”

Lupe Valdez of Porterville, Calif. had a 27-year-old horse named Lobo who was reaching the end of his life. Valdez, who was in Sacramento at the time, said he received a call from his son that Lobo had fallen down. Valdez says he called his friend Martin Padilla, 50, to check and Maximo Rodriguez, 59, to go over an check on the horse.

One of them did more than just look in on the horse though. Padilla, realizing the horse was old and ailing, took it upon himself to put the horse down. However, he used a sledgehammer to the downed horse and failed to actually kill Lobo in one swing.

A neighbor reportedly called the police who arrived to find Lobo strapped to a flatbed trailer and still alive.

A veterinarian at Tulare County Animal Control determined the horse’s injuries were too severe and Lobo was put down humanely.

Both Padilla and Rodriguez were arrested by Tulare County Sheriff’s Department on suspicion of animal cruelty. Each was released after posting $2,500 bail.

Valdez says he understands Padilla being arrested, saying, “That’s not how you handle things,” but insists Rodriguez is innocent and “did not touch the sledgehammer.”

Lobo, a half-quarter horse and half-Arabian, was once a rodeo horse before being retired at the age of 14. Valdez said he was sometimes still ridden in parades.

Valdez and his family own four other horses.

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Brazilian Man’s Gag to Look Like the Hulk Not So Funny After Nuclear Submarine Paint Stains Skin

Brazilian Man’s Gag to Look Like the Hulk Not So Funny After Nuclear Submarine Paint Stains Skin

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A Brazilian man is rather embarrassed after local newspapers picked up the story of him painting himself green to look like the Hulk only to realize he could not get it off.

Enrique dos Santos, 35, was trying to look like the big green comic book/movie character when he used the heavy-duty paint used on ballistic missiles and nuclear submarines.

After he’d had his fun, dos Santos hopped in the shower to rinse the paint off. It was then that he realized it was not coming off. The paint had stained his skin and a quick shower was not going to get it off.

His story quickly spread and local media mistakenly reported the woman seen in photos helping him scrub was his girlfriend, when in fact it was his mother.

The Sun reports that after friends and family spent more than 24 hours scrubbing dos Santos’ skin, the stain finally started to come off.

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Mexico: Foster the People Invite Mariachi Band on Stage to Perform “Pumped Up Kicks” (VIDEO)

Mexico: Foster the People Invite Mariachi Band on Stage to Perform “Pumped Up Kicks” (VIDEO)

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During their tour, the increasingly popular band Foster the People stopped in Mexico. While there the band heard a mariachi band, El Mejor Mariachi De Mexico, and really got into the music.

The next day, during their concert in Guadalajara, the band brought the El Mejor on stage, and with sombreros of there own hanging behind them off their necks, the boys of Foster the People played and sang a mariachi-infused version of their hit song “Pumped Up Kicks.”

Below is that performance. We really dig this version. What do you think? (Credit to Thrash Lab for the great catch!)


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Obama Releases Next Set of Spanish Language TV, Radio Ads Featuring Latino Organizers

Obama Releases Next Set of Spanish Language TV, Radio Ads Featuring Latino Organizers

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Obama for America released the third 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, which discuss the President’s record on jobs and health care, feature first person accounts from Obama for America organizers sharing their personal stories of how the President’s policies have empowered Latino families and communities.

The newly released ads highlight the President’s record on job creation and the economy, a record that includes 26 straight months of private-sector job growth, with businesses adding more than 4.2 million jobs through April 2012 and Hispanics.

Also, Obama for America released a television ad highlighting the President’s record on healthcare—a record that “includes making affordable healthcare available to up to 9 million previously uninsured Hispanics by 2014, enabling 736,000 young Hispanics to stay on their parents’ health insurance plans, strengthening Medicare so that 1.2 million Hispanic beneficiaries can receive free preventive screenings and affordable prescription drugs, and making sure that millions of Hispanics will no longer be denied insurance or charged more for insurance because of their gender or pre-existing condition.”

Watch the television ad highlighting the President’s record on healthcare below.


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Texas Primary: Congressman Silvestre Reyes Loses

Texas Primary: Congressman Silvestre Reyes Loses

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U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, will have to give up his seat in the House of Representatives after losing the primary in his state, thus ending a 16-year-political career in Washington.

Reyes lost his seat on Tuesday in Texas District 16, a district with a high proportion of Hispanics and Democratic leanings that he has represented for eight terms. Beating him in the primary was his Democratic rival, former El Paso councilman Beto O’Rourke.

The final vote count showed that O’Rourke beat Reyes - who is of Mexican origin - by 23,248 votes to 20,427, or 50.5 percent to 44.4 percent, a situation that avoids the need for a runoff election.

Reyes, the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, had been supported by top Democrats and the party’s political machinery, including President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton, the latter of whom even participated actively in his reelection campaign.

The unexpected defeat for Reyes, who strongly pushed the issue of border security and immigration reform in Congress, was due in part to the enormous infusion of money by the “Campaign for Primary Accountability,” a “Super PAC” that launched a campaign to unseat him.

That group, which spent around $361,000 in advertising and attack ads, also tried without success to ensure the defeat of Republican Ralph Hall, who was vying for another House seat in Texas with a rival from that party.

A spokesman for the group, Curtis Ellis, said Tuesday night in a communique that O’Rourke won because of heavy citizen participation despite the fact that Reyes had the backing of the Democratic hierarchy.

After a campaign that analysts described as a fight between “experience and new blood,” Reyes blamed his defeat not only on the activities of the Super PAC but also on his rival who, he said, ran a “filthy, dirty campaign.”

Reyes, who based his own campaign on his vast experience in Washington and attacked O’Rourke for supporting the legalization of marijuana, said that his team ran a wide-ranging, “professional campaign” with the voters of the district.

The Campaign for Primary Accountability, which favors term limits on political officeholders, already had managed to unseat Illinois Republican lawmaker Adam Kinzinger and it contributed to the defeat of Ohio Republican legislator Jean Schmidt.

The group has made clear that its next target will be Democratic New York Congressman Charles Rangel.

The Super PACs, groups created as a result of several rulings in 2010, individuals, unions and companies may make unlimited contributions to political campaigns and their funds may be spent to help ensure the victory or defeat of a federal candidate.

Although by law Super PACs cannot directly coordinate their activities with a candidate, in practice they wind up being an extension of the campaign, activists claim.

O’Rourke on Tuesday night told a local Texas media outlet that his victory came about because he ran “a great campaign” and now he has his sights set on measures to improve the community.

O’Rourke will vie for the seat with Republican Barbara Carrasco in the Nov. 6 election and, because the district is mainly Democratic and Hispanic, analysts predict that he will obtain an easy victory.

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Fiery Bus Crash in Argentina Kills 8, Injures 20

Fiery Bus Crash in Argentina Kills 8, Injures 20

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At least eight people were killed and 20 others injured when a bus collided with a truck in Misiones, a province in northern Argentina, officials said Wednesday.

The accident occurred Tuesday on Route 12 near the town of Caraguatay when the bus crashed head-on into a truck traveling in the opposite direction.

The two vehicles burst into flames, making it difficult for rescue workers to reach victims and complicating the identification of bodies, El Dorado police precinct chief Alejo Bermudez told the TN network.

The death toll could rise because rescue and recovery operations have not ended, Bermudez said.

The bus was traveling from the city of Puerto Iguazu to Posadas, the capital of Misiones.

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Canada Hosted the Annual Mexico-Canada Alliance

Canada Hosted the Annual Mexico-Canada Alliance

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Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Patricia Espinosa met with Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird in Ottawa to discuss bilateral affairs and the upcoming G-20 Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico.

Espinosa met with Baird on Wednesday as Ottawa hosts the 8th annual Mexico-Canada Alliance, the main forum for bilateral dialogue and cooperation.

Baird and Espinosa also discussed security issues, consular affairs and other North American matters, a Canadian Foreign Ministry spokesman told Efe.

“The foreign ministers analyzed central issues in the broader bilateral agenda, as well as regional and global matters of shared interest,” the Mexican Foreign Relations Secretariat said.

The meeting was also attended by Canadian Minister of State of Foreign Affairs for the Americas and Consular Affairs Diane Ablonczy.

Baird praised the strong relations between Canada and Mexico, and he thanked Espinosa for being a great friend of Canada.

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ThursdayMay 31, 2012