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FridayJune 29, 2012

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Cuban Dissident, Dr. Darsi Ferrer, Arrives in Miami as a Political Refugee

Cuban Dissident, Dr. Darsi Ferrer, Arrives in Miami as a Political Refugee

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Cuban dissident Darsi Ferrer traveled Friday from Miami to Tennessee, where he will live with his family after coming to the United States with a political refugee program.

Ferrer, a 42-year-old physician, arrived Thursday night in Miami and will join his family in Chattanooga, where they have been living since April.

Ferrer “leaves Cuba with a certain sadness, because he leaves behind his life and his struggle,” but with the hope of beginning a new life in the United States, Janisset Rivero, director of the exile group Directorio Democratico Cubano, told Efe.

He seems in good spirits and now will need time to heal the “wounds caused by the repression and viciousness” of the Cuban regime against him and his family, Rivero said.

And, she said, though Ferrer will feel somewhat isolated in Chattanooga, far from the exile groups in Miami, that will help him learn English, one of his priorities, and integrate more quickly into American society.

Ferrer will try in some way to resume his profession, which he was forced to quit in Cuba “after being expelled from the center where he worked and the authorities refused to let him continue practicing medicine,” Rivero said.

In December 2010 the dissident said that Cuban State Security made it clear that if it gave permission for his family to leave the country, he would have to travel with them to the United States, where his wife, Yusnaimy Jorge, sought needed medical treatment.

Ferrer was held without charges in Havana for 11 months and even after his release was the victim of several brief arrests for his opposition activities and for trying to meet with other dissidents.

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Kidnapped Mayor Found Dead in Mexico

Kidnapped Mayor Found Dead in Mexico

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A small town mayor kidnapped last weekend in the Mexican Gulf coast state of Veracruz was found dead Thursday, authorities said.

The body of Marisol Mora Cuevas was discovered in the neighboring state of Oaxaca.

She was bound hand and foot and bore signs of having been tortured, both hallmarks of a gangland murder.

Mora Cuevas, a member of Mexico’s ruling National Action Party, or PAN, was kidnapped last Sunday from her home in Tlacojalpan, a town of just over 5,000 people in southern Veracruz’s Papaloapan Basin region, near the border with Oaxaca state.

The mayor’s abduction was denounced Monday by Julen Rementeria, the spokesman in Veracruz for PAN presidential candidate Josefina Vazquez Mota.

The Los Zetas and Familia Michoacana drug cartels have been fighting for control of the Papaloapan Basin, a farming and ranching region.

Veracruz has been plagued by a turf war between rival drug cartels that has sent the state’s murder rate skyrocketing over the past 18 months.

The federal government launched “Operation Safe Veracruz” last October in an effort to stem the wave of drug-related violence.

Veracruz, Mexico’s third-most populous state, is coveted as a key drug-trafficking corridor to the United States, officials say.

President Felipe Calderon declared war on Mexico’s drug cartels shortly after taking office in December 2006, deploying tens of thousands of soldiers and Federal Police officers across the country to combat drug cartels and other criminal organizations.

The death toll in Mexico’s drug war stands at more than 50,000 since 2006.

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Books You Can’t Wait to Read: Argentinean Publisher Uses Ink that Fades Away

Books You Can’t Wait to Read: Argentinean Publisher Uses Ink that Fades Away

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An independent book publisher in Argentina has created a line of books you really can’t wait to read.

Publishing company Ererna Cadencia has teamed up with DRAFTFCB Buenos Aires, an ad agency, and created something very cool (or very annoying if you’re a slow reader).

For many people, you don’t always read books immediately after getting them. Whether it’s because you’re busy or you simply forget about it, sometimes books just go unread, something first-time authors say is interfering with their careers.

To combat that, Ererna Cadencia’s latest idea is turning many books into “must reads.”

The video below shows you how disappearing ink may keep authors from being one-hit wonders.

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Students Demand Free Education, Protest For-profit Schools in Chile

Students Demand Free Education, Protest For-profit Schools in Chile

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Thousands of college and high school students took to the streets of Chile’s capital on Thursday to protest the existence of schools run as for-profit enterprises and renew demands for free, quality public education.

The march followed the release last week of a congressional report accusing seven private universities of violating a legal requirement that educational institutions operate on a non-profit basis.

“We have to say once again that education is not a consumer product, education is a right. And to make it so, we need a state that ensures adequate regulation of the private sector and which also permits the strengthening of the public sector,” student leader Noam Titelman told reporters.

The protesters marched down Santiago’s main thoroughfare past the presidential palace.

Despite rain and the chill of a Southern Hemisphere winter, the students sang songs, chanted slogans and danced as they made their way across the city.

The festive atmosphere was disturbed only by a few confrontations between police and a small group of militants.

Starting last year, Chilean students have mounted a series of protests against a highly stratified education system that funnels state subsidies to private institutions even as public schools in poor areas struggle.

Chile’s public schools and universities were neglected by the 1973-1990 dictatorship of the late Gen. Augusto Pinochet, who embraced doctrinaire free market policies.

Private schools mushroomed under the military regime and the trend continued after democracy was restored, even during the 1990-2010 tenure of the center-left Concertacion coalition.

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California Teacher and 4 Students Arrested Over High School Hazing, Assault

California Teacher and 4 Students Arrested Over High School Hazing, Assault

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Police in San Bernardino, California say a teacher and four summer school students have been arrested for their participation of a at least one incident of hazing.

Teacher Emmanuel De La Rosa allegedly knew students at AB Miller High School had assaulted fellow students during his summer class at the high school.

The 27-year-old masonry teacher was was charged with two felonies: false imprisonment and attempted sexual penetration by a foreign object, and two misdemeanors: child abuse and failure to report child abuse.

Police reports say De La Rosa not only knew about the abuse, but encouraged the behavior to maintain order in his classroom.

One of the victims told police he was held down by fellow students and had his pants pulled down as 18-year-old Fernando Salgado “attempted to penetrate him with a piece of steel rebar.”

A second victim came forward after the start of the investigation and reported a similar incident with four students, one of them Salgado who attempted to “force a wooden broom handle into [the victim’s] body.”

On Thursday, Salgado was arraigned and pled not guilty to charges of attempted sexual penetration with a foreign object and false imprisonment.

When he was ordered to remain in jail until July 9, both Salgado and others in the courtroom began to protest. As deputies attempted to escort the large handcuffed teen out of the room, he began to struggle, saying, “I want to go home so bad. Let go of me!”

De La Rosa had been a substitute teacher at the school until he was hired as a full-time teacher in 2009. He is currently on administration leave without pay and has been released from jail. He is scheduled to appear in court for arraignment on August 27.

The alleged attacks occurred earlier this month. The June 21 assault involved a 14-year-year victim, while the age of the victim in the June 14 alleged attack is unknown.

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Mexico Deports Daughter of Barrio Azteca Narco Leader Back to U.S.

Mexico Deports Daughter of Barrio Azteca Narco Leader Back to U.S.

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April Cardoza, 24, of El Paso, Texas was recently arrested by the United States Marshals Service. Cardoza had been a fugitive since March, 2011, when a federal arrest warrant was issued for Racketeering Activities, which included multiple instances of violent crimes. Cardoza’s charges were the result of an investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in El Paso, Texas. The culmination of this investigation resulted in a multi-defendant indictment which dealt a serious blow to organized crime in the El Paso, Texas/Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico area.

Procuraduria General de la Republica (PGR) of Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico located Cardoza in Juarez, Mexico late last night. PGR had been following up on information developed that Cardoza had been in the home of Ricardo Zuniga, a.k.a. “Nano”, the night of June 6, 2012, when he was arrested. Cardoza is the purported spouse of Zuniga who was recently returned to the United States to face capital murder charges stemming from a double homicide in June, 2009. Cardoza was an undocumented alien in Mexico. Cardoza was expelled from Mexico and returned to the United States at the Paso Del Norte Port of Entry where the USMS effected the arrest.

Robert Almonte, the United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas, stated, “Law enforcement on both sides of the border is working together on many different fronts. We are proud to be taking part in serious efforts to curb the international crime predominant in our area and to decrease the amount of violence occurring in Juarez, Mexico.”

The El Paso Times reported Cardoza may be the daughter of Barrio Azteca gang capo Manuel Cardoza, who is currently serving a life sentence. The Barrio Azteca gang is allied with the Juarez drug cartel and operates on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.

April Cardoza is one of 35 believed to have been involved in the March 13, 2010 ambush of two vehicles leaving a children’s party. An employee of the U.S. Consulate in Juarez, Lesley Enriquez Redelfs, was killed along with her husband, Arthur Redelfs, an El Paso County Detention Officer, there daughter survived the ambush.

The husband of a U.S. Consulate worker was killed in the ambush as well, but in a separate vehicle.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Attempted Burglar Caught After Garage Door Closes On Head, Pins Him to Floor

LATINO BLOTTER: Attempted Burglar Caught After Garage Door Closes On Head, Pins Him to Floor

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A Rent-A-Center employee in Brockton, Massachusetts was in disbelief when he arrived at work Tuesday morning to find a man with his head pinned between the bottom of a garage door and the ground.

Manuel Fernandes, 54, spent the night pinned underneath the door after police say he tried to slide underneath it after using a metal bed post to pry the door open about 7 or 8 inches. Fernandes became stuck when the door came back down just as he began “shimmying” himself underneath it.

When an employee arrived the next morning and found Fernandes, the trapped burglar tried to convince him he was a legitimate customer. The Rent-A-Center employee immediately called police and Fernandes was removed from under the door and taken to the hospital. He was treated for a bruise on his head.

Though being trapped in a door by your head in quite the embarrassing punishment itself, Brockton Police still charged Fernandes with breaking and entering and malicious damage to property.

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Brazilian Fattening Up - Does it Spell Doom for the Brazilian Thong?

Brazilian Fattening Up - Does it Spell Doom for the Brazilian Thong?

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Although known for their perfect beach bodies, statistics are beginning to prove what is already becoming evident to an observer on the beach, Brazilians are getting fat.  Although Brazilian women, famous for their itsy bitsy bikinis can still be found on the beaches, many are there with fuller midsections, hips and thighs.  More men are still sun tanning in their Speedos, yet now also sporting large beer bellies. 

Brazil’s economic boom has helped to create a consumer group that can afford daily restaurant meals and fast food more often.  As a result, many healthy staples in the Brazilian diet such as sweet potatoes and fish are being replaced by beef, rice and potatoes.

The trend has begun to alarm local health officials.  According to Gloria Valeria de Veiga, a professor at the Institute of Nutrition at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, “It’s the ‘American tendency.’  They don’t eat bananas, but they’ll eat cookies.”

According to a 2008-2009 study by the National Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, 33 percent of children ages five to nine were considered overweight, while 14 percent were obese.  Among Brazilian teenagers, 20 percent were classified as overweight while 5 percent were considered obese.  A shocking 50 percent of Brazilian adults were found to be overweight while 15 percent were considered obese. 

According to Veiga, the weight among Brazilian teenagers has tripled since the 1970s.  Public health officials, concerned by these statistics, have begun to fight back.  Snack bars, soda, French fries, candy and cakes are banned from school cafeterias.  Many cities are attempting to make working out more affordable for everyone by creating free workout stations in parks and alongside subway stations.  Beach workouts are also becoming popular. 

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Chicago Police, DEA Seize Massive Shipment of Cannabis

Chicago Police, DEA Seize Massive Shipment of Cannabis

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Seizure Keeps Millions Worth of Marijuana from Hitting City’s Streets

A joint task force comprised of Chicago Police Department Narcotics officers and federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents intercepted a shipment of cannabis destined for Chicago on Tuesday afternoon. Illinois State Police and Special Agents of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division also assisted in this investigation. The seizure, part of a long-term investigation, totaled approximately eight tons (16,000 pounds). Officials believe this represents the largest seizure of cannabis in Chicago in at least 20 years.

“A seizure of this magnitude is an important tool in stopping the violence in our communities. It disrupts the operations of those trafficking in narcotics and the impact is felt from the level of street gangs all the way up to the cartel level,” said Superintendent Garry McCarthy. “I would like to thank our federal and state partners, as this operation once again demonstrates that by working together in new and innovative ways, we can have a real impact on crime.”

Officers assigned to the CPD/DEA “Strike Force” received information that a large shipment of cannabis was en route to the Chicago metropolitan area. It is believed the shipment originated in Mexico and passed through Texas on its way toward Chicago. Officers made the seizure near a warehouse in the greater Chicago metropolitan area around 5 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon.

“This seizure is representative of the impact Mexican organized crime is having on the distribution of illegal drugs sold here in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs,” said Jack Riley, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration. ”But it’s also representative of the impact law enforcement can have on these organizations when we share information and resources. I’m proud of the work done by these agents and officers, who worked tirelessly to achieve these results and I’m confident that with our continued partnership, we will have increasing success.”

Intelligence indicates that the shipment was destined for the warehouse, where the cannabis would be divided and allocated for distribution in the area via local drug suppliers and street gangs. The seized cannabis has an estimated street value of over 40 million dollars.

No one was arrested in conjunction with Tuesday’s seizure. The action was taken as part of a long-term investigation, which remains on-going.

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Archaeologists Working in Guatemala Find 1,300 Year Old Reference to “Apocalypse Date” 2012

Archaeologists Working in Guatemala Find 1,300 Year Old Reference to “Apocalypse Date” 2012

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Archaeologists working at the site of La Corona in Guatemala have discovered a 1,300-year-old-year Maya text that provides only the second known reference to the so-called “end date” of the Maya calendar, December 21, 2012.

The discovery, one of the most significant hieroglyphic finds in decades, was announced today at the National Palace in Guatemala.

“This text talks about ancient political history rather than prophecy,” says Marcello A. Canuto, director of Tulane’s Middle American Research Institute and co-director of the excavations at La Corona.

Since 2008, Canuto and Tomás Barrientos of the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala have directed excavations at La Corona, a site previously ravaged by looters.

What Canuto and Barrientos found was the longest text ever discovered in Guatemala. Carved on staircase steps, it records 200 years of La Corona history, states David Stuart, director of the Mesoamerica Center at The University of Texas at Austin, who was part of a 1997 expedition that first explored the site.

While deciphering these new finds in May, Stuart recognized the 2012 reference on a stairway block bearing 56 delicately carved hieroglyphs. It commemorated a royal visit to La Corona in AD 696 by the most powerful Maya ruler of that time, Yuknoom Yich’aak K’ahk’ of Calakmul, only a few months after his defeat by long-standing rival Tikal in AD 695. Thought by scholars to have been killed in this battle, this ruler was visiting allies and allaying their fears after his defeat.

“This was a time of great political turmoil in the Maya region and this king felt compelled to allude to a larger cycle of time that happens to end in 2012,” says Stuart.

So, rather than prophesy, the 2012 reference places this king’s troubled reign and accomplishments into a larger cosmological framework.

“In times of crisis, the ancient Maya used their calendar to promote continuity and stability rather than predict apocalypse,” says Canuto.     

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Andres Torres Starting to Hit

Andres Torres Starting to Hit

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During the fifth inning of the Los Angeles Dodgers New York Mets game Andres Torres come to bat in a 2-2 game.  With a runner on base Torres doubled home Mike Nickeas before stealing his sixth base in five games.

The run would prove to the game winning.

The switch-hitting Torres has had an up and down season at the plate thus far. As a right handed batter, Torres is now hitting .298 with a .437 on-base percentage in 71 plate appearances; however as a left handed batter, Torres is hitting .163 with a .271 on-base percentage in 108 plate appearances.

Torres has gotten hot recently over his last five games, he is hitting .286 (4-for-14) with 3 RBI and a .444 on-base percentage.  This is the type of player the Andres Torres hitting thought they were getting when they traded for Torres during this past winter.  Thanks to Torres clutch-hitting the Mets now find themselves 3.5 games out of first place in the National League East. 

Written by HS News Writer:  Timi Horodyski

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Major Carjacking Operation Taken Down in Puerto Rico, 17 Arrested

Major Carjacking Operation Taken Down in Puerto Rico, 17 Arrested

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On June 27, 2012, a federal grand jury in the District of Puerto Rico returned multiple indictments against 17 defendants charged with carjacking and firearms offenses.

This is the largest carjacking arrest operation in the District of Puerto Rico. The 10 indictments are the result of a joint effort between the U.S. Attorney’s Office the FBI and the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD).

The 17 defendants are: Luis Agosto-De Jesús; Elías Quiñones-Hernández; Kelvin Mundo-Vélez; Ángel Tarik Marchi-López; Jason Piñero-Vera; Jesús M. Martínez-Valle; José Cortez-Vilella; Jassel Díaz-Santana; Yanitza Mejías-Centeno; Oliver Thomas Rodríguez, aka “Bin Laden;” Ramón Acevedo-Carrasquillo; John Doe 1; John Doe 2; Dave Berríos-Hernández; Johan Díaz-Martínez; Edwin E. Narváez-Soto; Miguel A. Andino and Jesús M. Ríos-Ramos.

These 17 defendants are responsible for many violent crimes within Puerto Rico, and had committed offenses which until now remained unsolved.

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Tourists Flocking to Mexicali for Affordable Healthcare

Instead of heading across the border in search of a night out, many tourists instead are trekking to Mexico for less expensive healthcare procedures according to an extensive analysis by the New York Times.

The city of Mexicali has attracted tourists from California and several other nearby states by offering less expensive medical procedures.  Some of the most popular procedures include gastric bypass surgery, liposuction, as well as chronic back pain management.  Dentists also offer less expensive options with extractions, fillings and teeth whitening procedures, while ophthalmologists offer eye exams as well as laser surgery for less. 

Over the past several years, more and more people have arrived in this border town in search of an affordable medical procedure.  Last year, more than 150,000 patients arrived in Mexicali in search of some type of medical treatment.  Stephanie Rusky, a 26 year old social worker from Perkins, OK, paid close to $8,000 for her ‘mommy makeover.’  This included liposuction, a breast lift as well as a tummy tuck.  All three procedures in the United States would have been double the price.  “At first, I was like, Mexicali, where is that?  But I asked every question I could think of and eventually felt really comfortable with it,” stated Rusky.

Juan Salas arrived with his daughter Abigail to be fitted for her braces.  Although he has health insurance through his job as a restaurant supplier in Desert Hot Springs, CA, dental work is not included.  He drove close to three hours from his town and he believes the cost outweighs the travel time.  “Saving the money is as important as the time,” said Salas.  His wife, Araceli, has been coming there for medical treatment with her family since she was a young girl. 

They also have been bringing their eldest daughter there to see a doctor about her seizures.  At the time, their local doctor could not see them soon enough, so they came to Mexicali.  Here the doctor prescribed her with a new medication and also provided the Salas’ some peace of mind by giving them his cell phone number for follow-up questions.  “At that point, paying for the care didn’t’ really matter.  We were talking about our daughter’s life, so we wanted help right away and we had it,” stated Mrs. Salas.

Carlo Bonfante, an owner of the Hospital de la Familia, says that the gastric bypass procedure is the most popular right now.  However he hopes that more people begin to choose his hospital for their primary care as well.  “The people who live a few miles away from here but in another country can’t afford the care so we will provide it for them for less, whatever they need,” stated Bonfante.

This rise in patients from across the border may continue to increase as the medical lane at the border crossing was recently opened at the end of April.  Since then, doctors have issued close to 1,600 passes needed to use this lane upon entering the country. 

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Argentine Actress and Model Takes on the Mysteries of the Male Psyche in New Series

Argentine Actress and Model Takes on the Mysteries of the Male Psyche in New Series

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Argentine actress and model Araceli Gonzalez explores the mysteries of the male psyche in “¿Que piensan los hombres?” (What do men think?), a new series on international cable network Utilisima.

The 13-episode program, which airs Sunday nights, features interviews with prominent men in sports, entertainment and culture.

“I am an observer of life,” Gonzalez told Efe. “This project has to do with me, with my preoccupations.”

Anyone tuning in to see a battle of the sexes will be disappointed.

“The conversations are wonderful and entertaining. I’m not looking for a fight, but an encounter. With this type of interview one can know the protagonist of each program better, and from a more human perspective,” says the host, herself a star of telenovelas such as “Amas de casa desesperadas” and “Mujeres asesinas.”

Guests on “¿Que piensan los hombres?” include actors Jencarlos Canela and Osvaldo Rios, music icon Juanes and soccer stars Diego Forlan and Luis “El Matador” Hernandez.

“They are successful, but they are also people who suffer, who are passionate, who believe inside,” Gonzalez said of the men she interviews.

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FridayJune 29, 2012