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MondayJuly 9, 2012

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U.S. Drug Agents Kill Narco in Honduras

U.S. Drug Agents Kill Narco in Honduras

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Agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration fired the shots that killed one of the Brazilians aboard a plane carrying more than two tons of cocaine that was forced down in Honduras last week, the American embassy in Tegucigalpa said Monday.

Elias Aureliano Herrera was accompanying another Brazilian pilot on board a Colombian-registered small plane that was forced to land last Tuesday near the eastern town of Catacamas.

“When the Honduran police team and the DEA agents arrived at the plane, one of the seriously injured pilots was arrested while the other, who ignored orders to surrender, fired on them after making a threatening gesture,” U.S. Embassy spokesman Stephen Posivak told Efe.

The pilot who survived, George Luis Rivera, 44, remains hospitalized in Tegucigalpa under heavy security.

This is the second occasion on which the DEA has acknowledged that its agents fired at alleged drug traffickers during joint operations with Honduran security forces.

On June 24, the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa confirmed that the day before one of the DEA agents fired at a suspected drug trafficker in the Ahuas sector, where authorities seized 360 kilos of cocaine.

Honduran authorities in 2011 confiscated more than 22 tons of cocaine in several operations in the Caribbean.

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Hispanic Bar Association Launches New Effort to Help Pass DREAM Act

Hispanic Bar Association Launches New Effort to Help Pass DREAM Act

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The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is launching a new advocacy effort for the DREAM Act.  The effort involves promoting a model resolution in state legislatures urging Congress to pass the DREAM Act.  This grassroots campaign will be an ongoing effort, meant to keep the DREAM Act in the national consciousness.

Several national organizations are partnering with the HNBA in this important effort: DRM Capitol Group, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF),
and the National Latino/a Law Student Association (NLLSA).

The DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act) would provide certain undocumented youth, who arrived in this country as minors, with a credible path to legal residency by satisfying certain conditions, among them graduating from high school or earning a GED. They would also be expected to attend college or serve in our country’s armed forces.

Once enacted, the DREAM Act will help eliminate the legal limbo of the approximately 65,000 students who finish high school each year but are unable to pursue their dreams of going to college, enrolling in the military, or getting a job simply because they are undocumented.

“The DREAM Act is a matter of simple justice and fairness. It is good for our country. And it is the right thing to do. When it comes to making the DREAM Act a reality, HNBA is in it for the long run. And we appreciate our partners who share the same vision for the Act,”
stated HNBA President Benny Agosto, Jr.

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Homeless Couple in Sao Paulo Making $7.50 a day Return 10K Found on Street

Homeless Couple in Sao Paulo Making $7.50 a day Return 10K Found on Street

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A homeless couple turned over to police a bag containing about 20,000 reais ($10,000) that they found abandoned on a street in Brazil’s largest city, authorities said Monday.

The couple, who have been living together for about four months under a bridge in eastern Sao Paulo and support themselves by selling recyclable trash, approached a security guard in the wee hours Sunday and asked him to call the police to report the find.

The indigent couple said that they were sleeping when they heard an alarm, apparently from a nearby shop, and looked out to see what was happening.

They saw the bag with the money lying near a bus stop on a main thoroughfare in the eastern part of the city.

Rejaniel Silva Santos, 36, said that the first thing he thought about when he saw all the money in the bag was to call the police.

The man, who earns about 15 reais ($7.50) per day for recycling trash, said that the only thing he wants is for his mother, who lives in the northern state of Maranhao, to see him on television.

“My mother taught me that I must not steal and to tell the police if I see anyone doing anything (illegal). If she sees me on TV there in Maranhao she’ll know that her son is still one of the honest people in the world,” he said.

Police said that besides the money, inside the bag were checks and receipts that enabled them to determine that it was money stolen last week from a Japanese restaurant.

Santos said that he came to Sao Paulo 16 years ago from Maranhao to work in civil construction and decided to live on the street after losing his job and separating from his then-wife, with whom he had a son that he has never seen again.

He met his current partner, Sandra Reina Domingues, with whom he has been living for about four months, on the street.

The police officers who responded to the man’s call said that they had never dealt with a similar case and admitted that they were perplexed when Santos showed them the money and explained the situation to them.

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Cuban-Born Gymnast Danell Leyva Qualifies for U.S. 2012 Olympic Team

Cuban-Born Gymnast Danell Leyva Qualifies for U.S. 2012 Olympic Team

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Gymnast Danell Leyva always aims very high because he considers it the best way to achieve his goals - and it apparently works, because he has just qualified for the U.S. team competing in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

The Cuban-born Leyva decided at a very early age that he wanted to be a gymnast and did not let asthma, unusually long arms, flat feet or attention deficit disorder stop him.

“My mom didn’t want me to be a gymnast because of my physical problems. It was hard, I couldn’t jump, but I had a lot of heart and passion for the sport. My parents realized that and decided to give me their support,” the 20-year-old athlete told Efe.

The young man reached the U.S. at the age of 2 accompanied by his sister and mother, after his grandfather managed to get them out of Cuba by first going to Peru.

“I was born asthmatic and in Cuba there were no medicines for it at that time - my mom was looking for better medical treatment for me,” the gymnast said in an interview with Efe.

When the family reached South Florida, the man who is now his stepfather brought a video to the boy’s house of the routine he and Leyva’s mother performed together - both were gymnasts in Cuba - and those shots captivated the youngster’s imagination.

“After the video finished I told them ‘I don’t know what this is, but I want to be like that.’ I was about 2 1/2 years old,” the athlete said.

Immediately afterwards, Leyva began to train, embarked on a sports career and never stopped until he achieved his greatest ambition, the chance to compete in the Olympic Games.

That goal came within reach a little more than a week ago in San Jose, California, when he finally classified for the Olympics that begin July 27.

“I was tremendously excited when the president of USA Gymnastics mentioned my name as a member of the team going to the Olympics. The Olympics are my dream,” he told Efe.

This is the first time Leyva will compete in the Olympic Games, and even acknowledging that he has a powerful rival in the Japanese athlete Kohei Uchimura, his objective is to win and bring home the gold medal.

“I always aim very high. I believe it’s the only way to achieve the goals you set for yourself. I want to win the individual and team competitions, and that’s aiming high,” Danell said.

His 22-year-old Japanese rival made his name in the history of the sport by becoming the first male gymnast to win three consecutive world titles.

Asked what other goals he has in life, Leyva said he wants to be a musician and actor.

“I don’t know if I want to study (at university), because I want to be a musician and actor, anything in the world of the arts. I love music and acting,” he said.

If he manages to get started in one of those careers, the gymnast is very clear about what he wants to achieve: “an Oscar for acting, a Grammy in music and an Emmy for television. I told you that I always aim very high,” he said with a smile.

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¡Felicidades! Argentina on Your 196th Year of Independence

¡Felicidades! Argentina on Your 196th Year of Independence

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Today, all of Argentina is celebrating and rejoicing its 196-year old independence from Spain.  The Spanish arrived in the 1500’s and stayed for nearly 300 years as it colonized the region, enslaved native populations and decimated the region with disease. 

Then news of the French and American Revolution inspired liberal ideas in the region among Latin American intellectuals and politicians.  The fight for independence officially started on May 25, 1810 with the Argentina War of Independence being fought from 1810 to 1818 under military heroes:  Manuel Belgrano, Juan Jose Castelli and Jose de San Martin.

Argentina Independence Day is a public holiday and the day is known as the Acta de la Declaración de la Independencia.  This was the day that the Congress of Tucuman passed a resolution declaring Argentina’s independence from Spain official.  The declaration of independence also included modern day Uruguay, Paraguay and Bolivia.

President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent their congratulatory remarks to the people of Argentina:

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to Argentines as you celebrate your independence day this July 9.

Argentina and the United States share important common values that have helped shape and strengthen our relationship. We are committed to strengthening democracy and promoting fundamental freedoms. We are working to expand social inclusion, promote scientific excellence, and increase the exchange of students and scholars between our countries.

I hope you enjoy the locro and asados during your Independence Day celebrations. As you celebrate with family, friends, and loved ones, know that the United States stands with you as a partner and friend.

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Enrique Trevino Raising Money for Wounded Warriors with “1 Year 1 Million Push Ups”

Enrique Trevino Raising Money for Wounded Warriors with “1 Year 1 Million Push Ups”

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There are 31,536,000 in every year, so how many would it take one man to do 1 million push-ups.

The best person to ask is probably Sgt. Enrique Trevino of the U.S. Marines.

Sgt. Trevino is attempting to do 1 million push-ups in 2012 and recently announced that at the year’s half way mark, he was right on schedule, having down about 500,000 push-ups so far.

The Marine is attempting this feat of strength and endurance to raise money for war veterans as part of the Wounded Warriors Project.

Wounded Warriors helps veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars adjust to life as civilians.

Trevino’s project, “1 Year 1 Million Push Ups”, has already raised $19,671 of his initial goal of $20,000.

He recently told Miami’s WTVJ-TV, ‘People who are suffering from PTSD (port-traumatic stress disorder). Those are scars that are not seen, but people don’t notice every day. I’m just trying to bring awareness to those veterans who’re transitioning into civilian life, and just make sure they’re never forgotten.’

Though he has nearly reached the $20,000 goal, Sgt. Trevino said, ‘…If we can do more than that, which I know we can, I’m all for it.’

In order to reach the 1 million push-up goal, Sgt. Trevino has to do 2,732 per day.

To stay updating on his progress, you can follow him on Facebook here.

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Florida Man Calls 911 Multple Times Claiming Honduran Gang Trying to Kill Him

Florida Man Calls 911 Multple Times Claiming Honduran Gang Trying to Kill Him

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On June 23, police in Fort Pierce, Florida received multiple 911 calls from a man claiming Honduran gangsters were trying to kill him.

A police report states, a man called 911 numerous times stating there had been a murder. “All phone calls were unfounded and [found] to be false calls to 911 communications,” the report states. When police arrived in the area indetified from the calls, they found Luis Perez-Perdago, 27, hiding in bushes near a vacant home.

The home was familiar to police, as it has a history of shooting activity.

When questioned, Perez-Perdago said he was in the area visiting friends. However, when asked to give his friends’ names and address, he could not. In fact, police say he told them he could not remember his own name.

As he spoke with police, he grew angry, taking off his sweatshirt and making a fist while yelling at officers.

He was then handcuffed, put in the back of a police cruiser, and police took his phone. They asked a 911 operator to call the number that had called them numerous times that day. Immediately, Perez-Perdago’s cell phone rang.

Because Perez-Perdago did not give his name, he was arrested and taken into custody under John Doe.

He was charged loitering or prowling, public order crimes and/or misuse of wireless 911 system, resisting an officer and/or interfering with law enforcement without violence.

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Salvador Dalí Painting Stolen From New York Gallery Returned via Mail

Salvador Dalí Painting Stolen From New York Gallery Returned via Mail

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In June, police began the search for a Salvador Dalí painting stolen from a New York gallery. However, before the search could prove successful, he gallery received an e-mail stating the painting, Cartel de Don Juan Tenirio, was already on its way back to the gallery.

When it arrived on Friday, June 29, investigators examined the piece and discovered the sender used both a fake name and address. The package was mailed from somewhere is Europe and was being authenticated.

Police speculate the painting was returned after the thief was unable to find a buying, likely due to media coverage of the theft. He painting had been missing since June 22.

The 1949 painting is worth roughly $150,000 and has been returned to the Venus of Manhattan gallery on New York City’s Upper East Side.

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Indictment for 5 Individuals Involved in Border Agent Killing, May Be Hiding out in Mexico

Indictment for 5 Individuals Involved in Border Agent Killing, May Be Hiding out in Mexico

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An indictment charging five individuals involved in the death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was unsealed today in Tucson, and a FBI reward of up to $1 million leading to the arrest of four fugitives, thought to be hiding out in Mexico.

According to the indictment, Manuel Osorio-Arellanes, Jesus Rosario Favela-Astorga, Ivan Soto-Barraza, Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes and Lionel Portillo-Meza are charged with first degree murder, second degree murder, conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery, attempted interference with commerce by robbery, use and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence, assault on a federal officer and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. 

The indictment alleges that on Dec. 14, 2010, the defendants engaged in a gun fight with Border Patrol agents.  During the exchange of gunfire, Agent Terry was shot and killed.  The indictment alleges that the defendants had illegally entered the United States from Mexico for the purpose of robbing drug traffickers. 

Manuel Osorio-Arellanes has been in custody since his arrest the night of the shooting. 

The indictment is being unsealed today in order to seek the public’s assistance in locating the fugitive defendants.

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Congratulations to Sara Ramirez - ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Star Ties the Knot

Congratulations to Sara  Ramirez - ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Star Ties the Knot

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The Huffington Post is reporting Sara Ramirez of Grey’s Anatomy has wed longtime partner Ryan Debolt.

Last year, reps for singer/actress announced that she and Debolt had gotten engaged on June 17.

The Mexican born actress is most notably recognized as Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Callie Torres on Grey’s Anatomy, but is also an award-winning Broadway performing, having won a Tony (Best Featured Actress in a Musical) for her role as The Lady of the Lake in Month Python’s “Spamalot”.

The 36-year-old was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico. She moved to the U.S. with her mother at the age of 8 when her parents divorced. She graduated from Julliard in 1997 with a B.F.A. in drama. Her mother is Mexican and Irish-American, while her father is full Mexican.

On Monday, HuffPo received an e-mail from reps of Ramirez and Debolt:

On July 4th 2012, after a year-long engagement, Sara Ramirez and Ryan Debolt were married in an intimate ceremony in New York. The private event was attended by close family and friends.

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Venezuelan Tattoo Artist, Yomico Moreno, Creates Amazingly Realistic Body Art

Venezuelan Tattoo Artist, Yomico Moreno, Creates Amazingly Realistic Body Art

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Tattoos can be polarizing. While some see them as permanent forms of body art and self-expression, others do not care for such permanence, seeing them as mistakes to be acknowledged later on in life.

Whatever one’s opinion however, talent like that of Yomico Moreno cannot be denied.

Moreno, 29, is a Venezuelan artist who has done some of the most impressive tattoos we have ever seen.

He has even taken part in some of the largest tattoo and body piercing conventions in the world.

Moreno became interested in tattooing at the age of 14 and has since traveled to Australia, Belgium, Denmark and England.

Check out some of the work that has kept Moreno busy in the 9 years he has been tattooing professionally.

Some of his tattoo work shown below may be too graphic for some, so we suggest using your own discretion.


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LATINO BLOTTER: Child Shot by Man Angry he Set Off Fireworks

LATINO BLOTTER: Child Shot by Man Angry he Set Off Fireworks

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A young boy was in a Missouri hospital last week after being shot by a man who was angry he and his friends were playing with fireworks.

William Prada, 56, has been charged with multiple counts of first degree armed criminal action for shooting at three boys, hitting one in the thigh.

An 11-year-old boy and two 10-year-old friends reportedly had an encounter with Prada Thursday night in an alley regarding the boys’ use of fireworks. After the argument, the boys left on their bikes and continued shooting off fireworks.

Angered by this, Prada began shooting at the boys, hitting the 11-year-old in the thigh. The boy’s injuries were not life threatening and his friends were not injured.

Police say Prada admitted to firing shots at the boys, saying he was angry they were setting off fireworks near his house.

He was arrested and his bond set at $75,000.

Assistant Circuit Attorney Mary Pat Benninger told reporters, “Mr. Prada is facing counts of assault in the first degree 3 counts of armed criminal action for shooting at 3 children, one 11- and two 10-years-olds, striking and wounding one of the children. I’ve been in this office for nine years and I have never seen a case like this.”

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Human Rights Commission Urges Investigation of Lesbian Teen Couple Shooting

Human Rights Commission Urges Investigation of Lesbian Teen Couple Shooting

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The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) condemns the killing of Mollie Judith Olgin and the attempted homicide of her partner Mary Christine Chapa, 19 years old and 18 years old in Texas.

On June 22, 2012 close to midnight both of them were shot in the head in a park in Portland, Texas. They lay in knee-deep grass for nine hours before being discovered by visitors to the park. Mollie Judith Olgin died and Mary Christine Chapa was hospitalized and following surgery she is in serious but stable condition.

The authorities have reportedly stated that they do not believe this was a random attack, and have indicated that this crime has some of the earmarks of a targeted attack. 

The Inter-American Commission urges the State to conduct an investigation that takes into account whether this murder was committed because of the gender expression, gender identity or sexual orientation of the victim. 

The Commission notes that problems exist in the investigation of those crimes, which involve, in part, failures to open lines of investigation into whether the crime was committed by reason of the victim’s gender identity or sexual orientation.

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1.2 Tons of Ingredients Used to Cook Up Biggest Chop Suey in Costa Rica

1.2 Tons of Ingredients Used to Cook Up Biggest Chop Suey in Costa Rica

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A team of 23 cooks in Costa Rica prepared what they described as the “biggest chop suey in the Americas,” aiming to feed some 10,000 people, organizers said.

The event was organized Sunday by a brand of noodles at La Sabana Metropolitan Park in San Jose, where hundreds of locals of all ages came to savor the dish originally from China.

In preparing the chop suey the cooks used 1.2 tons of ingredients including broccoli, cauliflower, Chinese sauce, smoked chops, ham and more, all stirred together in a huge pot by the 23 cooks, many of them from the Far East.

“Nothing like this was ever made in the region before and the idea was to thank the 20,000 families that consume the brand’s products every day in this country,” the organization said in a communique.

The event was expected to continue throughout the day until the 10,000 portions of the dish made of noodles, meat and vegetables were all eaten.

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U.S. Commission on Civl Rights to Hold Briefing on Effects of State Immigration Laws

U.S. Commission on Civl Rights to Hold Briefing on Effects of State Immigration Laws

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The United States Commission on Civil Rights will hold a public field briefing on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 9:00 AM CT to hear testimony on the effects of recently enacted state immigration laws on the civil rights of individuals, an issue of great currency as a result of today’s decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in Arizona v. U.S. affirming one Arizona state law provision, striking down the other three challenged provisions, and remanding. 

The Commission will hear testimony concerning whether state immigration laws of the type enacted in Arizona, Alabama, South Carolina and Georgia foster racial discrimination such asracial/ethnic profiling, hate crimes, bullying directed at persons based on their actual or perceived race, national origin or immigration status, diminished student educational rights underPlyler v. Doe, and whether the laws compromise public safety and community policing.  The Commission will also hear from proponents of the laws as to their rationale and intended effects.

Commission Chairman Martin R. Castro stated, “I’m pleased that my fellow Commissioners, in aunanimous and bipartisan fashion, voted to conduct this important inquiry on issues not addressed by the U.S. Supreme Court in its present decision.  It is also significant that for the first time in many years the Commission is leaving Washington, D.C. to conduct a briefing and hear directly from persons in the community.”

The location of the Birmingham briefing will be announced in the near future.

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Placido Domingo to Celebrate 45th Anniversary of Debut in Chile with Free Concert

Placido Domingo to Celebrate 45th Anniversary of Debut in Chile with Free Concert

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Some 2,000 free tickets to attend a concert to be offered by Spanish tenor Placido Domingo here on July 17 were snapped up Sunday even before the official start of their distribution in Chile, organizers said.

The reason the tickets went to fast is that thousands of people turned out on the coldest morning so far this year - minus 8.5 C (17 F) in some neighborhoods - and stationed themselves at the three distribution points, whereupon organizers, to avoid disorder, issued numbers to the members of the crowd according to which they would be allowed to access the ticket booths.

Thus, when the ticket booths actually opened, all the tickets were - in effect - already taken, that is to say that people had already received numbers whereby they would be able to claim them all.

Domingo is in Chile to star, starting on Monday, in the opera “Il Postino” at Santiago’s Municipal Theater, in which he plays the poet Pablo Neruda.

In addition, he will perform in the Movistar Arena on July 17 to commemorate the 45th anniversary of his debut in Chile, in 1967, the show for which the 2,000 free tickets were made available, amounting to about a sixth of the venue’s capacity and where Domingo will present a selection of pieces ranging from opera arias to popular music.

“We expected a lot of people, but what’s impressive is that there was a very orderly process. The people came much earlier than expected and everything went very normally,” Municipal Theater manager Francisco Torres told reporters after the tickets had been distributed.

The Spanish tenor also will participate in a dinner intended as a fundraising tool to help with the reconstruction of the Municipal Theater’s scenery and set workshops, which some time back were destroyed in a fire.

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MondayJuly 9, 2012