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FridayJuly 27, 2012

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Chicago Latino Files Defamation Suit After Photo is Published in Gang Book

Chicago Latino Files Defamation Suit After Photo is Published in Gang Book

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A young Hispanic man is suing the Chicago Crime Commission over its decision to include his name and photograph in a book of area gang members, the Chicago Tribune said Thursday.

Edward Arroyo’s suit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, contends the commission’s Gang Book erred in identifying him as a leader of the Spanish Gangster Disciples.

Insisting that he is not part of a gang or any other “criminal enterprise,” Arroyo says the commission damaged his reputation.

“It’s beyond the point where a simple retraction will correct the situation,” one of Arroyo’s attorneys, Lesley Pickering, told the Tribune.

She said her client has suffered extreme mental anguish and expressed fear that he could be targeted by rivals of the Spanish Gangster Disciples.

The Chicago Crime Commission, an unofficial, non-profit entity, published the Gang Book in January. The text includes profiles of the area’s gangs and information about their estimated 100,000 members.

The commission’s spokesman, John Pastuovic, said the book draws from police records and information provided by informants, law enforcement professionals and gang members.

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Unemployment Rates in Spain Reach 24.6 Percent, Highest Yet

Unemployment Rates in Spain Reach 24.6 Percent, Highest Yet

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Spain’s economic crisis continued to take its toll on employment in the second quarter, with the jobless rate edging up to 24.6 percent overall and more than 53 percent among youth.

Those figures - up from 24.4 percent and 52 percent in the previous quarter - mean unemployment in Spain remains the highest among the European Union’s 27 member states, whose average jobless rate is 10.3 percent.

The latest results from the National Statistics Institute’s EPA workforce survey reveal the human cost of the country’s recession-mired economy, as the ranks of the unemployed swelled by 53,500 people between April and June to a record total of 5.69 million.

The statistics are even bleaker considering businesses traditionally take on workers in those months as they prepare for the start of the summer tourist season.

According to the EPA figures, the unemployment rate at the close of the second quarter already reached the level the government had projected for the end of the year.

The figures also showed that the number of households with all its members unemployed rose to nearly 1.74 million, up 370,200 from a year ago.

Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said Friday that Mariano Rajoy’s administration has no plans to reverse course on the austerity tack it has pursued through since taking office last December, adding that the unemployment figures “have their origin in the recession.”

The government projects that Spain’s economy, already officially in recession for the second time in three years, will contract by 1.5 percent in 2012.

According to projections announced last week by Finance Minister Cristobal Montoro, the country’s gross domestic product will shrink by an estimated 0.5 percent next year before a recovery gets underway in 2014.

In a report released Friday, the International Monetary Fund took a more pessimistic view, forecasting that Spanish GDP will decrease by 1.2 percent next year and continue contracting in 2014.

The IMF revised its projections for Spain after Rajoy on July 11 unveiled his administration’s latest austerity package - including plans for more budget cuts and a hike in the sales tax aimed at shaving 65 billion euros ($80.5 billion) off the national budget deficit.

Those latest measures, which were in line with the IMF’s own recommendations, will increase unemployment and inflation and lead to a drop in consumption, the report said.

The IMF projects that Spain’s unemployment rate will remain higher than 24 percent until 2014 and above 20 percent as far out as 2017.

Rajoy’s government defends the austerity measures, which have included sharply reducing subsidies to the coal sector, saying Spain must bring its budget deficit down to EU-mandated levels before it can start growing and creating jobs.

“Unless we fulfill our deficit objective, there won’t be any way out of the crisis,” Saenz de Santamaria said Friday.

Spanish unions, however, say the rise in the unemployment rate in months when businesses typically increase their hiring is due to the harsh austerity measures.

This month’s approval of the tax hike and budget cuts followed a decision by EU finance ministers to ease Spain’s deficit targets in the coming years.

Spain now must bring its national budget deficit down to 6.3 percent of GDP by the end of 2012, as opposed to an earlier 5.3 percent target. The country must then lower its deficit in 2013 and 2014 to 4.5 percent and 3 percent, respectively.

Spain’s economy has been battered in recent years by the global recession and the collapse of a massive real-estate bubble, which has left many banks saddled with toxic property assets.

The yield on Spain’s benchmark 10-year bond set a new euro-era record on Wednesday due to concerns the country may need an international sovereign bailout like those received by euro-zone partners Greece, Ireland and Portugal, although it fell later in the week thanks to European Central Bank assurances that it will defend the euro at all costs.

A European rescue package has already been approved for Spain’s struggling banks.

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Mexican Immigrant Catalino Tapia Helps More Than 100 Latinos to Go to College

Mexican Immigrant Catalino Tapia Helps More Than 100 Latinos to Go to College

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Mexican immigrant Catalino Tapia was a very young man when he came to California and started a gardening service, and then, aware of the importance of learning, founded an organization to help the children of other gardeners get a college education.

“I crossed the border in 1964 when I was 20, having only studied up to the 6th grade, without knowing anyone and with $6 in my pocket,” Tapia said in an interview with Efe.

Like so many other immigrants, Tapia worked at whatever jobs were going - washing dishes and cars, “helping out in flower shops and gardening.”

Later he worked as a lathe operator in a factory that made safes, but when the company closed down in 1982, Catalino, who worked at gardening on weekends, started his own business.

From the outset he and his wife Margarita were keenly aware of how important it was to save money for the education of their sons Adel and Noel.

“We started saving what little we could from the time they were tots,” he said.

Though the older brother didn’t want to continue studying and preferred to concentrate on business, the younger continued his studies and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.

“Seeing one of my sons graduate from such a prestigious university, I thought: “I could never have hoped or dreamed that one of my kids would reach this level of education,” Tapia said.

But he was also struck by seeing that “only a handful of Latinos graduated and I thought, ‘If there’s so many of us, why do so few of us graduate?”

That was when he got the idea of creating a foundation to help needy young Hispanics.

In 2002, Noel Tapia and another two attorneys, Maribel Medina and Miguel Marquez, gave him all the legal advice necessary to create the Bay Area Gardeners Foundation, whose primary goal is to help the children of gardeners go to college.

Up to now the foundation has helped 112 young people from low-income families.

The first five young people who received scholarships were “invited to my house and I chatted a little about my life,” Catalino Tapia remembers. “Then I asked them to tell me something about their lives. They all started talking and when we got to the fifth person, Ana Carranza, she was bathed in tears and so moved she couldn’t even talk.”

A few weeks later a local newspaper printed an article about Carranza in which she told her life story and about the help she had received. Two months later, Ana’s school received a call from an anonymous donor who offered to pay for her four-year course at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

With that donation, Ana could finish her nursing studies. Now she’s one of the people who will attend this Saturday’s gala to celebrate the foundation’s 10 years of helping kids get a college degree.

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Mexican Marines Arrest 5 Zeta Members, Seize $1.6 M

Mexican Marines Arrest 5 Zeta Members, Seize $1.6 M

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Mexican marines detained five suspected members of the Zetas drug cartel this week and seized more than $1.6 million in cash, the Navy Secretariat said in a statement.

The arrests in Mexico City and in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz were the result of intelligence gathering and several operations conducted in recent days, the statement said.

Rafael Antonio Medina Rea and Ricardo Fuyivara Romero were detained Tuesday in this capital in possession of a suitcase with $880,000 in cash, as well as a handgun and a grenade.

The military personnel also detained suspected Zeta Jesus Rosas Ibarra on Wednesday in Mexico City and confiscated a box inside his vehicle with $730,890 in cash, as well as a handgun and another grenade.

According to the statement, authorities suspect Rosas Ibarra of serving since 2008 as a money manager for Los Zetas, a criminal gang notorious for its brutality.

Rosas Ibarra told authorities the two men detained Tuesday in the capital worked with him and were involved in transporting ill-gotten cash in hidden vehicle compartments.

The secretariat also said two men suspected of transporting money for the Zetas - Feliciano Ruiz Atilano and Rafael Vazquez Solis - were arrested Wednesday in Xalapa, capital of the Gulf coast state of Veracruz.

Los Zetas, a group founded by deserters from a U.S.-trained Mexican special forces unit, started out as the armed wing of the Gulf cartel, but the two criminal organizations had a falling out in 2010 and the Zetas went into the drug business on their own account, gaining control of several lucrative territories.

Even in the violent world of Mexican organized crime, the Zetas stand out for their propensity to dismember the bodies of their victims.

President Felipe Calderon, who will step down in December, gave marines, army soldiers and federal police the lead role in the battle against drug cartels shortly after taking office in 2006.

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Salvadoran Priest Celebrates 5 yrs in Chicago’s Little Village

Salvadoran Priest Celebrates 5 yrs in Chicago’s Little Village

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Salvadoran priest Jose Landaverde has become a pro-immigrant activist, community organizer and the heart and soul of Our Lady of Guadalupe Anglican Mission in Chicago’s mainly Mexican Little Village neighborhood, where he has been working for five years to “create hope among those who don’t have it.”

“I came to this country with nothing 21 years ago, but here the place that God had chosen for me was waiting among people who are suffering a lot,” Landaverde told Efe on Thursday.

The neighborhood is where the greatest number of Mexican immigrants are concentrated in the Chicago area and where in 2007 the mission was established that today attends each day to about 200 people with services that range from providing immigration advice to dispensing health care in a medical clinic, and from giving advice about domestic violence to distributing food.

“Here I’ve discovered a deep love of the people for me. In the streets, I’m Father Jose, or Jose. They are families or gang members, all of them embrace me, they give me a cigar and ask how I am,” he said.

“It’s the deep love of God, something that makes me very happy and tells me what I’m going to do for the rest of my life,” said the 41-year-old priest.

His work is not easy, with his weekly salary of $250.

And his early life in La Reina, El Salvador, was not easy either, growing up in a very poor family who often didn’t have anything to eat except tortillas with lemon and salt. At 9, he left home and lost contact with his parents.

The 1980-1992 Salvadoran civil war placed him between a rock and a hard place: on one side was the army and on the other were the leftist guerrillas of the FMLN.

However, amid the “fear and panic” caused by the gun battles, Jose Sigfredo Landaverde felt inspired by the sermons of Catholic Bishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, whom he heard on the radio without having much idea who he was.

In 1980, he went to the national capital, San Salvador, and linked up with the Christian Popular Movement to work in the poor peasants’ organization. He was arrested and tortured by the army, until the intervention of Catholic groups allowed him to leave El Salvador and travel to Guatemala and Mexico and eventually arrive in the United States as a political asylum seeker.

In Chicago, the Catholic Church housed him first with Capuchin monks and later with a group of nuns “who taught me to read and write well, because I had no formal education as a boy.” After completing his studies, he went to the university and obtained a Master’s Degree and a Ph.D. in divinity and pastoral studies.

However, it was an Episcopalian church where he was ordained a priest and had the opportunity to begin his ministry in Little Village.

The first mission was established in a local bar. For Landaverde, the Mass and the sacraments were just a compliment to the real focus of his mission, which was to attend to the needs of the families separated by “the ‘polimigra’ (immigration authorities) and the raids,” he said.

And later the mission moved to its current location on 26th Street, the main axis of Little Village, “where there are days, like on Sundays, where it fills with people who stay to chat and get to know one another,” he said.

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Actress Lupe Ontiveras Dies of Liver Cancer at 69

Actress Lupe Ontiveras Dies of Liver Cancer at 69

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On Thursday, July 26, notable Mexican-American actress, Lupe Ontiveros died at the age of 69.

Ontiveras was known for playing snarky and wise maids, and in her later years, grandmothers, but she is possibly best known for her portrayal of Yolanda Saldivar, the convicted murderer of Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, alongside Jennifer Lopez in the movie Selena. Ontiveras believed she played more than 150 maids in her career, which spans multiple decades.

Born Guadalupe Moreno in El Paso, Texas, Ontiveros was more than an entertainer. she promoted higher education for Latinos through advertisements for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

She was a beloved actress and prior to her death received calls from a number of fellow actors as well a political figures like Hilda Solis.

Ontiveros died of liver cancer, which she had been batting since January of this year. Her Selena co-star, Jacob Vargas, was at her bedside. She is survived by her husband, Elias Ontiveros, and their three adult sons.

Following her death, Vargas tweeted:

My friend Lupe Ontiveros just passed away. May you rest in peace. Thank you for your great contribution to film and TV. You will be missed.

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Brazil Sees 21.8 Percent Increase in Violent Deaths in Sao Paulo

Brazil Sees 21.8 Percent Increase in Violent Deaths in Sao Paulo

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The number of violent deaths here in Brazil’s largest city climbed 21.8 percent in the first half of this year compared with the same period in 2011, the Sao Paulo state government said Thursday.

Sao Paulo city accounted for 585 of the 2,183 homicides recorded in the entire state in the period from Jan. 1 to June 30, the state Public Safety Office said.

Murders statewide were up 8.3 percent from last year.

Last month witnessed 434 homicides in the state, which is home to more than 40 million people, and 134 of those killings were in Sao Paulo city, representing an increase of 49 percent over June 2011.

Violence surged in June, with massacres in bars, attacks on police stations and the burning of 15 public buses, apparently in reprisal for police crackdowns in neighborhoods dominated by drug traffickers.

Six more people were slain overnight in the Sao Paulo suburb of Jacana, including three who were gunned down in a parking lot.

Recent victims of the carnage in Sao Paulo have included Tomasso Lotto, a 26-year-old Italian economist who was killed in an attempted robbery.

The son of Spanish Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon was with Lotto at the time of the incident, but escaped unhurt.

Authorities are also investigating a rise in the incidence of fatal shooting by Sao Paulo police.

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Argentina Unveils New Currency Bearing Eva Peron’s Face

Argentina Unveils New Currency Bearing Eva Peron’s Face

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Last month, it was announced that Argentina was planning to issue special bills bearing the likeness of Eva Peron, whose full name is Maria Eva Duarte de Peron, widely known as Evita.

The bills are to mark the 60th anniversary of the death of the famous wife of three-time President Juan Domingo Peron.

The new bills are being inspired by the 5-peso bill designed in 1952 after Evita’s death but later scrapped by the dictatorship that took power in 1955, government spokesmen told the Clarin newspaper.

The face of Evita, who died from cancer on July 26, 1952, and is hailed as a champion of the poor, appeared on limited coin issues in 1997 and 2002.

Evita was the second wife of Peron (1895-1974), who was president of Argentina from 1946 to 1955 and again from 1973 to 1974.

Current President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner unveiled the new 100 Argentine pesos bill on Wednesday. Kirchner stated that while the initial printing will be commemorative, she would like to see all 100-peso bills to bear Evita’s image. Should that happen, her face would take the place of 19th century’s President Julio Argentino Roca.

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Say Hola to ‘Step Up: Revolution’ Leading Man, Ryan Guzman

Say Hola to ‘Step Up: Revolution’ Leading Man, Ryan Guzman

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Mexican-American actor Ryan Guzman is dancing his way onto the big screen in the fourth installment of the Step Up dance movie franchise Step Up: Revolution.

Guzman, 25,  plays Sean, a member of a “dance mob” that orchestrates flash mobs in Miami and try to gain notoriety through a YouTube contest. This contest could possibly be the start of a new and better life for Sean and his group. Sean meets Emily, his boss’ daughter and they dance their way into each other’s hearts. Sean also finds out Emily’s father is working to destroy and transform his beloved Miami neighborhood.

The fighter-turned-actor-turned-dancer is the son of a Mexican-born father and a California-born white mother.

“She’s a blonde-haired, blue-eyed girl,” he told the Huffington Post. Laughing, “She’s a whitey.”

Interestingly, Guzman said he landed the leading role in the film without any real dance experience. However, his7 years of martial arts training and his family’s love of salsa music helped him prepare.

“I grew up in a big ol’ Latin family, so that’s all the music we used to play—salsa music. We’d always dance and have fun. You know how families get down, man! We just had fun with it.”

Be sure to check out Ryan Guzman’s moves in Step Up: Revolution which opened in theaters today.


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Report Finds 32% of Hispanic Children in the U.S. Live in Poverty

Report Finds 32% of Hispanic Children in the U.S. Live in Poverty

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The Anne E. Casey Foundation’s annual report known as the Kids Count Data Book has revealed that while the national average of children living in poverty as of 2010 was 22 percent, the percentage of Hispanic children living in poverty is substantially higher at 32 percent.

In 2000, the official child poverty rate, which is a conservative mea- sure of economic hardship, was 17 percent. From 2000 to 2010, the number of children living in poverty jumped from 12.2 million to 15.7 million, an increase of nearly 30 percent. The additional 3.5 million children living in poverty is nearly equivalent to the entire population of the city of Los Angeles.

Using data from the 2010 U.S. Census, other key findings in the report include:

- 40% of Hispanic chlldren’s parents lacked secure employment (National average: 33%)
- 11% of Hispanic teens were neither in school nor working (National average: 9%)
- 80% of Hispanic 8th-graders were not proficient in math (National average: 66%)
- 82% of Hispanic 4th-graders were not proficient in reading (National average: 68%)
- 34% of Hispanic high school students not graduating on time in 2008/2009 school year (National average: 24%)
- 14% of Hispanic children had no health insurance in 2010 (National average: 8%)

For the complete report, click here.

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Missing Actress, Mabel Pantaleon, Found at Airport

Missing Actress, Mabel Pantaleon, Found at Airport

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On Sunday, police received word that actress Mabel Pantaleon had gone missing and was possibly off her medication, which she took for bipolar disorder.

According to her mother, the 31-year-old actress, who had appeared on Dexter and Mystery ER, accosted family members, accusing them of being terrorists, just before she disappeared.

“She was staying with me. She saw something on the internet and got very upset,” Sylvia Pantaleon told ABC News.

Sylvia said her daughter just “started saying a lot of weird things.”

“She said, ‘I’m leaving from here, all of you are terrorists, you’re not my mother.’ I knew it wasn’t her.”

After days of searching, the New York Port Authority found the actress at JFK airport. She was reportedly trying to buy a plane ticket on Thursday when her name popped up on a police database.

Though she was reported to be in good condition and no signs of anything suspicious going on, Pantaleon was taken to Jamaica Hospital in Queens.

Pantaleon’s family said she moved to California to pursue her acting career, but came back soon after and lived with her mother. Though she eventually moved into a place of her own, she lost the apartment and had to move back in with her mother, who said her daughter had no friends and never had a boyfriend.

In 2003, Mabel was the second runner-up in the Miss Latina New York USA Pageant.

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Pontifical Catholic University of Peru No Longer ‘Catholic’ Vatican Says

Pontifical Catholic University of Peru No Longer ‘Catholic’ Vatican Says

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After 22 years of conflict between the Vatican and university officials, the Catholic Church has ruled that the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru can no longer call themselves ‘Catholic’ or ‘Pontifical.’  The ruling, announced last week, comes after university officials failed to meet an April deadline demonstrating that the university’s statutes were more in line with the Catholic Church. 

The University, founded in 1917 and granted canonical status in 1942, began disputing with the Church in the 1960s after several dissident faculty members became evident and the university changed the school’s bylaws without the Vatican’s approval.  Problems continued to worsen when university officials refused Lima’s Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani a seat on the governing board.  In 2011, after a visit to the university, school officials agreed to align their statutes to the church if the church was not allowed as governing members of the board.  The Church, however refused this proposal. 

Although the Vatican stated in their announcement that they plan to monitor the situation and hopes the university begins to reconsider their decisions, it is apparent that university officials will not be bullied.  Marcial Rubio, the university’s chancellor stated after the announcement, “Pontifical University of Peru is our official name, under with we are recognized nationally and internationally.” 

Yet, it is not clear if university officials will be able to win this ‘battle’ with the Church.  The donor who originally provided the land for the university stated that if the school ever lost this status, the land would be turned over to the Archdiocese of Lima.  It is unclear if the archdiocese will follow through with this stipulation. 

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After Winning Silver in Beijing, Brazilian Men’s Volleyball Aims for Gold in London

After Winning Silver in Beijing, Brazilian Men’s Volleyball Aims for Gold in London

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The members of the Brazilian Olympic men’s volleyball team said here Thursday they have put a disappointing World League performance behind them and are ready to battle for the top prize in London.

Wing spiker Dante Amaral said the entire squad is “in good form” and has been training more intensely to achieve its “main goal” for this year: Olympic gold.

“We weren’t totally prepared for the (2012 FIVB Volleyball) World League. Our goal was the Olympic Games, not the League. Now our training is different, our rhythm is different,” the 31-year-old Dante said after a training session in the British capital.

Middle blocker Rodrigo Santana, known as Rodrigao, said the team is seeing the result of its hard work and is playing “with more coordination” than they had during the May 18-July 8 World League, in which Brazil finished sixth after being eliminated in the group phase.

Poland took the title, defeating the United States 3-0 in the final, which was played in Bulgaria.

The 33-year-old Rodrigao, who - like Dante - won a gold medal in Athens and a silver in Beijing, said Brazil is always the favorite and pledged to give his all in what he said will be his third and final Olympics appearance.

Referring to the other medal hopefuls, Rodrigao said no other team plays at Brazil’s pace although he acknowledged they have learned to adapt to the South Americans’ style.

Another member of the gold-winning squad in Athens, 36-year-old setter Ricardo Garcia, or Ricardinho, who recently returned to the squad after a five-year spat with coach Bernardinho, said he is recovering his maximum velocity.

“Coming back after five years is difficult. I’ve tried to adapt as quickly as possible. I’ve improved a lot in these last three weeks,” Ricardinho said.

Brazil is in Group B along with the United States (the defending Olympic gold medalist), Germany, Russia, Serbia and Tunisia, and will square off against that latter side in its opening match Sunday at the Earls Court Exhibition Centre.

The men’s gold medal match in volleyball will take place on Aug. 12.

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Spain’s Olympic Soccer Team Not Off to a Good Start in London

Spain’s Olympic Soccer Team Not Off to a Good Start in London

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Spain made its task in the 2012 Olympic soccer competition more difficult with a 1-0 loss here Thursday to an impressive Japanese squad.

It was an inauspicious start for the Spanish, who seemed unprepared for the skill and speed of Japan and were forced to play more than half of the contest with only 10 men after the expulsion of Iñigo Martinez in the 41st minute.

Though Japan only scored once, a tally by Otsu at minute 34, the Asian side thoroughly dominated and the Group D match would have turned into a rout but for the efforts of Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea.

Even so, the Spaniards can take heart from their experience earlier this summer in the European Championship, where the squad overcame an opening loss to win a third international title in four years, following the 2008 Euro crown and 2010 World Cup.

The other two teams in Group D, Honduras and Morocco, played to a 2-2 draw earlier Thursday in Glasgow.

In Group A action, Uruguay came back from a 1-0 deficit to beat the United Arab Emirates 2-1 in Manchester.

Mexico, touted as a favorite to bring home a medal from the 2012 Games, had to settle for a scoreless tie in its Group B match with South Korea, a perennial nemesis for the Mexicans since the 1948 Olympics.

The Koreans were clearly the better team on Thursday in Newcastle, fulfilling Mexican manager Luis Fernando Tena’s prediction of a “tight” and very difficult contest.

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Gunman Attacks Mexican Festival Kills 4, Injures 9

Gunman Attacks Mexican Festival Kills 4, Injures 9

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Four people died after a man armed with an M1 rifle opened fire during a festival in the southern Mexican town of Huehuetan, the Guerrero state Attorney General’s Office said Thursday.

The shootings took place after midnight Wednesday at a street dance that was part of celebrations of the feast day of the town’s patron saint.

One person was declared dead on the spot and three others, one of them a 17-year-old girl, died later at a hospital, the state AG’s office said.

Nine other people were wounded.

Authorities have identified the shooter and are searching for him, but declined to release his name.

While officials have not speculated on his motive, media accounts said the assailant arrived at the dance in pursuit of one of the eventual victims.

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