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TuesdayAugust 7, 2012

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Spanish Windsurfer Wins Country’s First Gold Medal in London

Spanish Windsurfer Wins Country’s First Gold Medal in London

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Marina Alabau dominated the field in Olympic women’s windsurfing to give Spain its first gold medal of the 2012 London Games.

Alabau, who took the lead and stayed there during previous rounds, had to finish Tuesday among the first seven out of the 10 participants to grab the gold, something she not only did with ease but went one better and crossed the finish line of the Medal Race in first place.

The Spaniard went into the final with a 14-point lead over those classified second and third, Israel’s Lee-El Korsiz and the Finn Tuuli Petaja, respectively.

Alabau started well to windward without problems and turning at the first buoy was in third place with the Ukrainian Olha Maslivets in first place and Britain’s Bryony Shaw second.

By the fourth marker in the race the Spaniard had surged to second place amid 15-knot winds.

In the home stretch Alabau passed the Ukrainian to coast in the winner.

After the Spaniard and the Ukrainian, the third to cross the finish line was Poland’s Zofia Noceti-Klepackala, while Korsiz, who started out in second place, ended in ninth place Tuesday and so was out of the running for a medal.

The podium was shared by Spain with the gold, Finland with silver winner Petaja, and Poland with the bronze, thanks to Noceti-Klepackala’s performance in the final.

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LATINO BLOTTER:  Mom Uses Kids to Cause Diversion as She Steals Their Clothes from JC Penney

LATINO BLOTTER:  Mom Uses Kids to Cause Diversion as She Steals Their Clothes from JC Penney

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Kristy Alcala has been charged with theft after entering a Harlingen, Texas J.C. Penney with her family and proceeded to steal more than $530 worth of boy’s clothes.

The 26-year-old mother was observed in the children’s department while the children caused diversion in another department and acted as lookout for their mother.  When Alcala completed the purchase of two blouses she ran out to the close-by Wal-Mart.

Store security found she had stolen 17 boys shorts, 20 shirts and 7 tee-shirts, all stuffed inside a Dillard’s shopping bag.

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Oscar Isaac Plays Mysterious Agent 3 in “The Bourne Legacy”

Oscar Isaac Plays Mysterious Agent 3 in “The Bourne Legacy”

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Oscar Isaac has one of the most interesting roles in “The Bourne Legacy,” the espionage and action film opening this week at U.S. theaters.

However, just like the character he plays, the 32-year-old actor must measure his words to preserve the mystery.

“I can’t give many details without ruining the suspense. I can only tell you that I play Agent 3, a very mysterious guy. You never know what his motivations are or where his loyalties lie,” Isaac told Efe during an interview held from Los Angeles.

When he is not on the road filming, Isaac, who was born in Guatemala to a Cuban father and Guatemalan mother, makes his home in Miami, where he spent his childhood.

Apart from these details, he offers little information about his private life. The reason is very simple: Isaac doesn’t want to be a show business personality; his goal is to be able to lose himself in his characters.

“I like being like a chameleon who transforms himself with each role,” he said.

Isaac began his film career in “The Nativity Story.” To that, he has added credits in “All About the Benjamins” and “Body of Lies,” where he worked with Leonardo Di Caprio, and “Agora,” with Rachel Weisz.

In addition, Isaac has just finished filming “Inside Llewin Davis,” the latest project by two of his movie idols, brothers Joel and Ethan Cohen.

“In this film I play a folk music singer of the (19)70s and I had the opportunity to write five songs that are going to come out on the film’s soundtrack,” he said enthusiastically.

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Puerto Rico’s Police Chief Sued by ACLU for Obstructing Freedom of Expression

Puerto Rico’s Police Chief Sued by ACLU for Obstructing Freedom of Expression

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing Puerto Rico’s Police Chief and Justice Secretary in order to stop the enforcement of a new public safety law that the organization says violates everyone’s right to freedom of expression.

The new public safety law, according to the Washington Post, was approved by Puerto Rico’s Governor Luis Fortuno, restricts certain type of public protests and is accompanied by stiff prison sentences.

The ACLU is seeking a ‘permanent injunction’ to stop Justice Secretary Guillermo Somoza from enforcing this law, which is due to go into effect on September 1, 2012.

The ACLU has already filed a lawsuit against Puerto Rico’s police force alleging excessive use of force and “is steeped in a culture of unrestrained abuse and near-total impunity.”

A report, ‘Island of Impunity: Puerto Rico’s Outlaw Police Force’, documents the brutality and shortcomings of the second largest police department in the United States with more then 17,000 police officers.

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OLYMPICS 2012: Women’s Water Polo Team from Spain to Play for the Gold

OLYMPICS 2012: Women’s Water Polo Team from Spain to Play for the Gold

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The Spanish women’s water polo team, making its debut in Olympic competition, surprised observers and supporters alike by moving into the final at the 2012 Games in London after defeating Hungary by a score of 10-9.

The team has overturned the principles of experience and knowledge by making it into the final round. With a very young team, Spain set up its chance to take home the top medal by winning all the undrawn matches it has played so far, giving up only one draw to the United States, the team they must face in the gold medal match.

Spain’s triumph to date has come as a result of very good execution and taking maximum advantage of the team’s abilities. In addition, the brilliant work of 19-year-old Anni Espar, who scored four goals in Tuesday’s match, has been a major contribution.

There had been some doubt before the match with Hungary as to whether the “warriors,” as they like to call themselves, would be weighed down by the responsibility of playing in an Olympic semifinal contest, but just a couple of minutes into play those concerns vanished.

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A Tearful Tribute to Ranchera Chavela Vargas in Mexico City (VIDEO)

Tears and songs flowed in Mexico City’s Plaza Garibaldi as the coffin of Chavela Vargas was on display last night.

Many said her voice gave Mexico’s suffering a voice.  All those interviewed by BBC had a favorite song of Chavela’s but most remember her tough girl appearance noted by tequila and a gun in her holster.

The iconic ranchera singer was also well known to American audiences through her ground breaking appearance at Carnegie Hall at age 83 and her haunting songs in Salma Hayek’s ‘Frida’.  There is a tribute planned for her on November 27, 2012 at Carnegie featuring Ely Guerra, Eugenia Leon and Tania Libertad

The 93-year-old singer was born in Costa Rica Isabel Vargas Lizano, but used her Spanish pet name of Chavela to perform.  She was considered 100% Mexican and her music treasured throughout the Americas. 

She died from respiratory failure on August 5, 2012. 

                   

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Taco Bell Employee Pees on Nachos, Posts the Photo Online, Gets Outed by ‘Anonymous’ Hacker

Taco Bell Employee Pees on Nachos, Posts the Photo Online, Gets Outed by ‘Anonymous’ Hacker

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“Nothing is more important than the safety of our customers and team members. We have strict food handling procedures and zero tolerance for any violations.”

Taco Bell recently issued the above statement after one of its employees posted a photo of himself urinating on a plate of what the restaurant calls their Narchos BellGrande.

The employee, now identified as Cameron Jankowski in Fort Wayne, Indiana, posted the photo on Twitter and addressed it to Hunter Moore (@Huntermoore) with the hash tags #pissolympics and #nachobellgrande and a link to the photo below.

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In response, an Anonymous hacker then found and posted Jankowkis’ information in a YouTube video. Shortly after, Jankowski deleted the tweet with the photo. He was suspended and will likely be fired.

Taco Bell released a statement:

As soon as we learned of the situation, we immediately investigated and found the photo was an ill-conceived prank and the food was never served to customers. We find this prank absolutely unacceptable, and we plan to terminate anyone involved and work with authorities to pursue legal action.

ImageBefore removing the photo, Jankowski argued with critics on Twitter saying (in various tweets), “Sorry for disappointing you all, but I didn’t serve those. That’s too f*cked hahaha” He then posted, “I pissed on them where nobody could see, in private, an [sic] I threw them away. There’s literally nothing they can do. Fire me. I don’t care.” He then claimed, “There are no laws saying what you can and cannot piss upon.”

Why he thought peeing on food at work would not result in punishment is quite odd.

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Spanish Retailer, Amancio Ortega, Replaces Warren Buffet as Third-Richest in the World

Spanish Retailer, Amancio Ortega, Replaces Warren Buffet as Third-Richest in the World

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The founder, Amancio Ortega, of the popular Zara clothing chain that trades as Inditex SA (ITX) has replaced Warren Buffett as the third-richest person in the world.

Ortega whose company trades as Inditex SA (ITX) is worth $46.6 billion according to Bloomberg Billionaires Index.  His net worth increased by an astonishing $1.6 billion thanks to the strength of the company’s stock.  Buffett’s net worth came in at $45.7 billion.

Zara has enjoyed international success in such markets as the U.S. where it entered in 1989 and is a teen favorite.  The company’s stock has enjoyed 12 straight profitable quarters according to Bloomberg.  The retailer was founded in Spain in 1975 by Ortega. 

The 76-year-old Spanish billionaire comes in after the world’s richest man Mexico’s Carlos Slim Helu and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates who is the second richest in the world. 

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Herbicide Used on Argentina Soy Bean Crops May be Causing Birth Defects, Miscarriages

Herbicide Used on Argentina Soy Bean Crops May be Causing Birth Defects, Miscarriages

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Pesticides and herbicides being used on Argentina’s genetically modified soy crops are believed to be behind the health issues many in the surrounding areas are experience.

The BBC recently spoke with a woman in the Ituzaingo community who went through the heartache of 17 miscarriages, and seen countless woman experience similar strain, many believing the

Susana Marquez miscarried time and time again before finally being able to conceive and give birth to her now seven-year-old daughter. Her daughter Lourdes, however, was not born a healthy baby girl. She is currently battling a serious heart condition which may stunt her growth.

Marquez and others in the neighborhood have been watching closely the case against two farmers and a pilot currently on trial for violating local regulations that prohibited the use of chemicals near residential areas.

Public prosecutor Carlos Matheu has stated that should the court return with a guilty verdict, he will ask the government agency in charge of regulating chemical use to review how it classifies chemicals’ toxicity.

According to researcher Andres Carrasco of the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research and director of the Molecular Embryology Laboratory, the pesticides used Argentina’s soy crops, even in “doses lower than those used in fumigation, cause defects.”

Carrasco told LAHT, “The companies say that drinking a glass of glyphosate is healthier than drinking a glass of milk, but the fact is that they’ve used us as guinea pigs.” Adding, “In communities like Ituzaingo it’s already too late, but we have to have a preventive system, to demand that the companies give us security frameworks and, above all, to have very strict regulations for fumigation, which nobody is adhering to out of ignorance or greed.”

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Mexican Archeologists Discover 500 Year Old Corpse and “Sacred Tree”  Burial Site

Mexican Archeologists Discover 500 Year Old Corpse and “Sacred Tree”  Burial Site

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Mexican archaeologists discovered a pre-Columbian grave containing human skeletal remains along with relics of a “sacred tree” near the archaeological site of the Great Temple of Tenochtitlan in the historical downtown area of Mexico City, the Mexican National Anthropology and History Institute, or INAH, said.

Found in the burial ground dating back more than 500 years were the complete skeleton of a woman and over a thousand human bones of children, young people and adults.

The discovery is “the only one of its kind” from the Mexica culture, the archaeologist heading INAH’s Urban Archaeological Program, Raul Barrera Rodriguez, said.

Though other multiple burials have been found in the past, “this is the first where the skeleton of an adult is accompanied by bones and bone fragments from humans of different ages,” Barrera said.

Apart from the grave, the specialists found a circular structure of red volcanic rock with a tree trunk in its center that, according to the archaeologists, “would be one of the sacred trees” associated with the god of war Huitzilopochtli, one of the chief figures in Mexica cosmogony and one of the deities to whom the Great Temple was dedicated.

The discoveries occurred in an area called Manuel Gamio Plaza in the course of building an access corridor to the archaeological site and to the museum of the Great Temple, the INAH said.

The skeletal remains were found at about 5 meters (16 feet) under street level, and were beneath a floor of basalt slabs laid at a stage of the Great Temple of Tenochtitlan’s construction between the years 1481 and 1486, so that the mass grave dates back to that time, Barrera said.

“The complete skeleton was found on the west side of the burial site, while the rest of the bones were placed around it, some of them grouped in small compositions, particularly in the case of ribs and femurs,” Barrera said

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Have You Played ‘Bean’s Quest’ Yet? Check it Out (VIDEO)

Have You Played ‘Bean’s Quest’ Yet? Check it Out (VIDEO)

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Ever wonder what it would be like to play a game like Super Mario but as a Mexican jumping bean? No? Humor us.

One of the latest games for both Androids and the iPhone is called Bean’s Quest and it’s based on the legend of the Mexican jumping bean that states they move about because they are actually men who have been transformed into conscious beans an evil witch.

This 2D platform game, which is a nod to console games of the 80s and early 90s, is based on that legend.

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Emilio has been cursed and his girlfriend kidnapped! Transformed by dark magic into a jumping bean, you must bounce your way to victory through 50 levels spread over 5 worlds. Can you rescue your one true love and find your missing pet axolotls?

At $1.99, the game is reportedly worth the money, as Touch Arcade has said it offers “a huge amount of replay value and an overall stellar presentation.”

With vibrant graphics and a less offensive concept than some games (see Snuggle Truck – formerly Smuggle Truck) it looks to be a very entertaining way to spend your non-work hours.

The game is from Melbourne-based Kumobius and is now available for both Android phones, and Apple here.


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BREAKING NEWS:  Mexico Starts Evacuations as Ernesto Gets Upgraded to Category 1 Hurricane

BREAKING NEWS:  Mexico Starts Evacuations as Ernesto Gets Upgraded to Category 1 Hurricane

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The state government of Quintana Roo in Meixco have starting ordering evacuations from the coastal village of Punta Allen and other low-lying areas in preparation for Tropical Storm Ernesto that has now been upgraded to a Category 1 Hurricane.

As of 1pm CST the storm was located near the coast of Honduras.  Ernesto has maximum sustained winds of 80 mph as of this afternoon according to the National Hurricane Center and is 185 miles east of Chetumal, Mexico. 

Honduras avoided Ernesto staying off in the Honduran coast in the sea.  No damages or injuries have been reported by the Honduras government. 

Hurricane Ernesto is expected to make landfall near the Yucatan Pennisula sometime tomorrow morning and the Bay of Campeche by Wednesday afternoon.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Woman Poses as Nurse to Steal Newborn

LATINO BLOTTER: Woman Poses as Nurse to Steal Newborn

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A woman in Southern California was arrested after she tried to kidnap a newborn baby girl on Monday.

Grisel Ramirez, 48, reportedly dressed as a nurse at the Garden Grove Medical Center, told a new mother to take a shower. When the mother was out of sight, Ramirez put the infant in a duffel bag and attempted to carry her out of the hospital.

Ramirez did not get far however, as sensors are placed on the babies and hospital employees were alerted the moment she crossed a certain threshold in the ward.

Police say the infant was only in the duffle bag for a few moments and was not harmed.

She has no recorded history of mental illness, but police say Ramirez was uncooperative after her arrest. It was also determined that she was likely the woman who entered an Anaheim hospital last week, asking a barrage of questions about pregnant women. After she left that hospital, employees called police and a flier with Ramirez’s photo was circulated in the area.

Authorities say she has lived in the U.S. for the last 20 years, but have reason to believe she is not here legally.

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Sen. Dick Durbin, Rep. Luis Gutierrez: Messages for DREAMers About Deferred Action

Sen. Dick Durbin, Rep. Luis Gutierrez: Messages for DREAMers About Deferred Action

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In June, President Obama and Secretary of Homeland Security Napolitano announced that they would spare certain immigrants from deportation if they meet the general criteria of the DREAM Act and other criteria on a case by case basis.  Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) recorded videos in English and Spanish as a special message to DREAMers who will begin filing applications for deferred action (protection from deportation and work authorization) beginning on Aug. 15.

The videos give basic information on the deferred action application process, who does and does not qualify, and suggestions for getting more information, including community based organizations, Members of Congress, and the website www.DREAMrelief.org

The Senator and the Congressman (and Chicago Mayor Emanuel, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights - www.icirr.org, and numerous Chicago groups and individuals) are holding an event at the Navy Pier in Chicago (9:00-3:00 p.m. CT, August 15) where everyone can get more information and DREAMers who qualify will be able to sign-up.  More info at www.DREAMrelief.org


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OLYMPICS 2012:  Spain Men’s Basketball Wisely Lose to Brazil

OLYMPICS 2012:  Spain Men’s Basketball Wisely Lose to Brazil

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It has been a shaky tournament for the second ranked team in the world according to FIBA.

Spain played less than convincing basketball in their first three victories and then followed that up with losses to Russia and Brazil.

Spain has not supported star Pau Gasol in the first five games. The Lakers forward is tied for first in points with 20.6 points per game.  Other players must step up for Spain now with the quarterfinals starting on Wednesday.

Spain’s loss to Brazil is something that the team and fans wanted because they stay away from the United States until the gold medal game. Spain finished third in their group. If they finished second they could’ve played the USA in the semifinals.

Spain plays France on Wednesday in the quarterfinals. France finished second in their group. The winner of this tilt will meet Russia or Lithuania on Friday in the semifinals.

The other side of the men’s bracket sees the USA play Australia. The winner will meet the victorious team in a South American clash between Brazil and Argentina.

Story Written by HS News Sports Writer:  Nate Jacobson

 

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‘Sacred’ Pre-Columbian Tree Discovered Near Tenochtitlan

‘Sacred’ Pre-Columbian Tree Discovered Near Tenochtitlan

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Mexican archaeologists discovered a pre-Columbian grave containing human skeletal remains along with relics of a “sacred tree” near the archaeological site of the Great Temple of Tenochtitlan in the historical downtown area of Mexico City, the Mexican National Anthropology and History Institute, or INAH, said.

Found in the burial ground dating back more than 500 years were the complete skeleton of a woman and over a thousand human bones of children, young people and adults.

The discovery is “the only one of its kind” from the Mexica culture, the archaeologist heading INAH’s Urban Archaeological Program, Raul Barrera Rodriguez, said.

Though other multiple burials have been found in the past, “this is the first where the skeleton of an adult is accompanied by bones and bone fragments from humans of different ages,” Barrera said.

Apart from the grave, the specialists found a circular structure of red volcanic rock with a tree trunk in its center that, according to the archaeologists, “would be one of the sacred trees” associated with the god of war Huitzilopochtli, one of the chief figures in Mexica cosmogony and one of the deities to whom the Great Temple was dedicated.

The discoveries occurred in an area called Manuel Gamio Plaza in the course of building an access corridor to the archaeological site and to the museum of the Great Temple, the INAH said.

The skeletal remains were found at about 5 meters (16 feet) under street level, and were beneath a floor of basalt slabs laid at a stage of the Great Temple of Tenochtitlan’s construction between the years 1481 and 1486, so that the mass grave dates back to that time, Barrera said.

“The complete skeleton was found on the west side of the burial site, while the rest of the bones were placed around it, some of them grouped in small compositions, particularly in the case of ribs and femurs,” Barrera said.

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OLYMPICS 2012: Gold Medal in Wrestling for Cuba and Silver in Women’s Pole Vault

OLYMPICS 2012: Gold Medal in Wrestling for Cuba and Silver in Women’s Pole Vault

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Cuba’s Mijain Lopez remains the Olympic champion in men’s 120-kg. Greco-Roman wrestling after beating Estonian Heiki Nabi here Monday in the gold medal match at the London Games.

Lopez, a four-time world champion who took the gold at the 2008 Games in Beijing, was the consensus favorite going into the competition.

Nabi, who beat Lopez in 2006 at the World Championships, had to settle for the silver after the Cuban thoroughly dominated in the match at London ExCeL Arena, while Turkey’s Riza Kayaalp and Sweden’s Johan Euren received bronze medals.

The 29-year-old Lopez carried the Cuban flag in the procession at the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.

In addition, Cuba’s Yarisley Silva, fifth in the 2011 World Athletic Championships at Daegu, South Korea, and Pan American champion, became the first pole vaulter from her country to win an Olympic medal.

She took the silver and if she had soared over the bar at 4.80 meters (15 feet 8 inches) in her last jump of the competition, she would have snatched the gold from America’s Jenn Suhr - but the height eluded her and she had to make do with second place.

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OLYMPICS 2012:  Venezuelan Gold Medalist Ruben Limardo Given Hero’s Welcome Back Home

Thousands of Venezuelans turned out on Monday to welcome home Ruben Limardo after he won the gold medal in fencing at the London Olympic Games, the country’s first Olympic medal since 1968.

“In the future, we’ll be a great world power. We’ve shown that, yes, an Olympic medal can be won and for Brazil 2016 we’re going to seek another one. Long live all the people of Venezuela!” exclaimed the medalist at Maiquetia international airport after he disembarked from the aircraft that brought him back across the Atlantic.

Dressed informally and draped with a large Venezuelan flag, Limardo was visibly moved at the reception.

Relatives, friends, fans and even members of the government such as Sports Minister Hector Rodriguez were on hand to welcome the athlete at the airport, where they chanted his name and cheered both him and his historic achievement.

One of the most emotional moments at the welcoming ceremony was the encounter between the 26-year-old fencer and Venezuela’s other gold medalist, boxer Carlos “Morochito” Hernandez, who greeted him with a big hug.

“I never imagined that you were going to welcome me like this,” Limardo remarked to reporters without being able to hold back his tears.

On Aug. 1, Limardo won the gold in the men’s individual epee by defeating Norway’s Bartosz Piasecki 15-10 in a brilliant final match.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez declared Limardo a “national hero” and announced that he will present him with a replica of the sword carried by Simon Bolivar, the Venezuelan liberator of much of Latin America from Spanish rule.

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OLYMPICS 2012: Brazil Gold Medalist Arthur Zanetti Loves Competing On Rings

OLYMPICS 2012: Brazil Gold Medalist Arthur Zanetti Loves Competing On Rings

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Gymnasts are divided into two groups: those who hate the rings and those who love them. Brazil’s Arthur Zanetti, the new Olympic gold medalist in the event and Latin America’s first Olympic gymnast to win a medal at all, is in the latter group.

So much has he specialized in this particular event that it is the only one for which he qualified at the London Olympics. He has been completely focused in recent months on improving his performance and routine with the rings, and all his hard work has certainly paid off.

The achievement of the athlete, who is just 156 centimeters (5 feet 1 inch) tall, transcends his victory, given that Rio de Janeiro will be hosting the 2016 Summer Games and Zanetti has now added himself to the list of probable medal winners at the great event on his home turf.

Born 22 years ago in Sao Caetano do Sul, a suburb of Sao Paulo, Zanetti became a fan of gymnastics at age 7. A teacher noticed that although he was small in stature, he was very quick and more agile than his schoolmates, and he recommended to his mother that she take him to join a gymnastics club, the SERC Santa Maria.

He is currently studying physical education and lives in Sao Bernardo do Campo, another city near Sao Paulo.

His first big international success in the discipline was coming in fourth place in the rings at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in 2009, followed in 2010 by a gold medal at the South American Games.

Also in 2010, he underwent an operation on his right shoulder that required four months of recuperation.

The year of his takeoff, however, was 2011, when he won the silver at the Pan American Games and the gold at the Summer Universiade.

And now, Zanetti has become the first Brazilian gymnast to win gold with his victory on Monday in the men’s rings final at the London Olympic Games.

The 22-year-old Zanetti won the event with 15,900 points, edging out Chinese defending champion Chen Yibing with 15,800 and Italy’s Matteo Morandi with 15,733.

Marcos Gotto has coached Zanetti for eight years and broke down in tears of joy when the athlete’s score was announced.

Zanetti places great importance on psychological preparation, and he showed that on Monday by not flinching - either mentally or physically - at his competition, which included Chen; Morandi, the three-time Olympic competitor and European silver medalist; and Bulgaria’s Iordan Iovtchev, a six-time Olympian and multiple medal winner.

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Argentine Train Derailment Leaves at Least 30 Injured

Argentine Train Derailment Leaves at Least 30 Injured

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At least 30 people were injured when a train derailed Monday at the entrance to the Retiro station, one of the main stations in Buenos Aires, where more than 50 people were killed in a railway accident at another station in February, Argentine officials said.

At least six of the injured, including five with multiple injuries, were taken to hospitals, but no one is listed in serious condition, Buenos Aires emergency services director Alberto Crescenti said.

Paramedics treated 25 other people who did not require hospitalization at the scene, Crescenti said.

The accident, whose cause has not been determined, occurred around 300 meters (328 yards) from the Retiro station, one of the largest train terminals on the outskirts of Buenos Aires.

Television reports showed that the last car on the train hit an iron structure.

A train accident in February killed 51 people and injured more than 700 others at the Once station in Buenos Aires, drawing attention to the poor state of the railway system.

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TuesdayAugust 7, 2012