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TuesdayAugust 21, 2012

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Argentine Legislators Promote Bill to Combat Domestic Violence

Argentine Legislators Promote Bill to Combat Domestic Violence

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Two Argentine senators presented bills on Monday to combat domestic violence that include the so-called “supporting accusation” so that third parties or anyone else involved in a situation of violence can report it.

“In such cases, the judge or court will summon the presumed victim to confirm the accusation while providing all with a witness protection program,” Sen. Anibal Fernandez told a press conference.

Fernandez, accompanied by Sen. Elena Corregido, added that the bill also allows children and adolescentes to report “the way they are being victimized to any judicial, police or administrative authority.”

“The main goal is to eject the accused from the home and so put an end to the abuse as soon as possible,” said Fernandez, who acknowledged that “all the laws that can ever be passed” in that regard “are not enough.”

The senators said that the bills also contemplate punishing officials who do not act on reports of gender violence with fines and jail time of up to 30 days, and also create a national register of parents who are delinquent in paying child support.

Fernandez and Corregido expressed their faith in both bills, which will be presented Tuesday for a brief review in Senate committees so they can be enacted before the end of this year.

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Ozomatli’s Newest Album “Ozokidz” is For Their Younger Fans

Ozomatli’s Newest Album “Ozokidz” is For Their Younger Fans

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Ozomatli, the band that gained international fame with its fusion of styles ranging from salsa, jazz, funk and reggae to rap, cumbia, merengue and hip hop, now adds to its repertoire a new disc for youngsters dubbed “Ozokidz.”

The original idea, according to vocalist and trumpet player Asdrubal “Azdru” Sierra, arose when band members commented on the constant absence of friends and fans from their concerts.

“We knew a lot of fans didn’t come to our shows because they couldn’t get a babysitter, so that’s where we got the idea of doing concerts that were kid-friendly as well,” he said.

Their idea finally came together when PBS television asked them to record some educational numbers for its online children’s programming.

At the same time, Sierra said, the band wanted to be proud of their recording as musicians.

“My kids played their records for me and they were horrible to listen to, which is why we wanted to make a disc that grownups could enjoy too,” he said.

“Ozokidz” is made up of 14 songs including “Piraña,” “Let’s Go to the Movies,” “Germs” and “Changuito,” which don’t sound like traditional children’s music but they do have educational messages.

“We don’t want to get mixed up in politics but we do want to teach good manners, good behavior and the difference between good and bad,” Sierra said.

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Toddler Fight Club? Daycare Workers Encourged Tots to Fight, Recorded Them

Toddler Fight Club? Daycare Workers Encourged Tots to Fight, Recorded Them

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Three daycare workers in Delaware are facing multiple charges stemming from a video showing them setting up and encouraging toddlers in their care to fight.

Estefania Myers, 21, Tiana Harris, 19, and Lisa Parker, 47, were working at Dover’s Hands of Our Future Daycare when they reportedly encouraged 3-year-olds at the facility to fight.

The kiddie fight club was only recently discovered as a result of an unrelated investigation, but the video police found of the children fighting was from a March 2012 incident.

In the video, which was recorded on a cell phone, the small children were encouraged to fight and even after one tries to hide behind one of the women, he is simply turned around and pushed back into a fight.

Dover Police Capt. Tim Stump told Fox News the video was difficult to watch, saying, ‘The bottom line is that the kids were whaling on each other and the adults were doing nothing to stop it. In fact, they were egging it on.’

If the children would pinch each other, one of the adults would tell the fighting children, ‘No pinching, only punching.’

A full investigation is now underway, with Myers, Harris, and Parker charged with endangering the welfare of a child, reckless endangering, assault, and conspiracy.

They have been on $10,000 bond.

On Monday, the Dover Police Department arranged a meeting for parents and legal guardians to answer questions and address concerns. The video has not been shown to parents or the public, with police holding it as evidence.

The big question being: Why would anyone do this?

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Suspected Undocumented Alien Gets 30 Months in Jail for Assaulting Border Patrol Agent

Suspected Undocumented Alien Gets 30 Months in Jail for Assaulting Border Patrol Agent

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Jorge Cruz-Gallardo, Jr., 25, of Guadalajara, Mexico, been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison, with no parole for assaulting and causing bodily injury to a Border Patrol agent who was trying to detain him.

On February 2, 2012, Cruz pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Randy Crane to the assault charge, acknowledging that on May 10, 2011, he ran from agents who spotted him in a group of suspected illegal aliens south of McAllen and near the Rio Grande River.

When one of the agents caught up with him, Cruz resisted and assaulted the agent, causing him injury.

Cruz has been detained since the assault where he will remain pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility in the near future.

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Diana Nyad Forced to Stop as She Attempted to Swim from Cuba to Florida

Diana Nyad Forced to Stop as She Attempted to Swim from Cuba to Florida

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At 7:42 a.m. EDT Monday, Diana Nyad, who turns 63 on Wednesday, had to be pulled from the water on the fourth day of her swim from Cuba to Florida.

Stroking longer and farther than in any of her four attempts to swim from Cuba to Florida, Diana called an end to it early this morning (Tuesday), one day before her 63rd birthday. It took Mother Nature’s biggest force—the weather—to get her out of the water (a second storm cell even larger than the first), but nature’s arsenal for her was out full force throughout her 41-hour endeavor (41 hours, 45 minutes in the water). She was stung by box jellyfish nine times on Monday night alone, with sharks surrounding her as a team of divers labored for hours in the darkness to discourage them away.

Still, Diana was not discouraged as she was lifted onto her escort boat, and was talking of going back in minutes later. We can’t stay out here, her team told her, it’s too dangerous for you and the crew. This was at 12:55 a.m.; a quarter of an hour later, with lightning, thunder, and roiling winds tossing her tiny escort vessel up and down on the waves like a paper cup, she sat on the back of Quest, a larger escort boat, shaking her head angrily. Fully alert and articulate, she asked, “When can I get back in? I want full transparency that I was out. But I have plenty left in me and I want to go on.” However, the storm went on, too. In a long discussion with her core team, she realized that the obstacles against this swim were too great and agreed at dawn to return to Key West by boat, for the sake of the safety of her team and herself.

Nyad will arrive on shore in Key West today, Tuesday, August 21st at approximately 2:00pm EDT.

She will make a few remarks to the press at White Street Pier in Key West, FL once she is on the shore.

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Texas SUV Crash Leaves 5 Children Dead - 9 of 12 in Vehicle Ejected

Texas SUV Crash Leaves 5 Children Dead - 9 of 12 in Vehicle Ejected

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At around 2:15 Monday afternoon, a large SUV crashed in East Texas, ejected 9 passengers.

A green GMC Envoy carrying 12 passengers was on its way to Splash Kingdom in Canton, TX when the vehicle rolled off the Interstate 20 towards a frontage road. As the vehicle flipped, nine of the passengers were ejected from the vehicle.

The driver, Federico Esquivel Acuna, was one of only seven to survive the crash. Three adults were in the car – Acuna, his wife, Estela Acuna, 34, and her sister, Elida Jaimes, 24. The wife and sister were transported to ETMC in Tyler, TX.

ImageThe five fatalities were:
Judith Jaimes, 2
Yuliza Acuna, 3
Saideth Acuna, 6
Omar Jaimes, 7
Rosbelia Jaimes, 13

A 15-year-old girl was not injured, while three boys, ages 5, 9 and 10, were taken to Children’s Hospital in Dallas.
Everyone in the vehicle was related.

An account has been set up at Citizens National Bank in Marshall, TX to help with the family’s funerals and medical costs.

At the time of the crash, 12 people were in the car, though there are only restraints for 7 including the driver. The driver and the 15-year-old were the only ones wearing seatbelts.

Federico Acuna may now face multiple charges of negligent homicide, though police say the investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed yet.

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STUDY:  Hispanics View Obesity as the Biggest Health Problem for Their Children

STUDY:   Hispanics View Obesity as the Biggest Health Problem for Their Children

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Adults across the U.S. rate not getting enough exercise as the top health concern for children in 2012, according to a new University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health.

In the poll’s annual top 10 list, a nationwide sample of adults were asked to identify the top 10 biggest health concerns for kids in their communities.

For the first time, not enough exercise was rated by most adults at the top of the list (39 percent). That was followed closely by childhood obesity (38 percent) and smoking and tobacco use (34 percent).

The rest of the poll results were: 4). Drug abuse (33 percent), 5). Bullying (29 percent), 6). Stress (27 percent), 7). Alcohol abuse (23 percent), 8). Teen pregnancy (23 percent), 9). Internet safety (22 percent) and 10). Child abuse and neglect (20 percent).

The poll’s results varied based on race/ethnicity.

Hispanic adults were more likely to rate childhood obesity first (44 percent), followed by not enough exercise (38 percent), and also rated drug abuse higher than smoking and tobacco use. Black adults had higher levels of concern about smoking and tobacco use, ranking that most often (43 percent). They also had high levels of concern about racial inequality, ranking it seventh on the list, and gun-related injuries, ranking that ninth. Black and Hispanic adults both identified sexually transmitted infections as a greater concern for kids in their communities than did white adults.

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LATINO BLOTTER: At Least 33 Years for Wife Who Lit Husband, Home on Fire

LATINO BLOTTER: At Least 33 Years for Wife Who Lit Husband, Home on Fire

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Finding out your husband is cheating on you can being both hurtful and infuriating, but what one wife did was unthinkable.

After a two week trial, Georgina Pontes Furtado Vilela, 47, was convicted of arson with intent to endanger life and murder for setting fire to the family home in March 2011.

Vilela’s husband, Carlos Viela, and four of his daughters were sleeping in their home when the wife, angry that her husband fathered a child with another woman, covered him in gasoline and lit him on fire while he slept.

The angry wife, who in HIV positive, had reportedly suffered from depression and felt like an “incomplete woman” because she was unable to have children with Viela.

After setting fire to her husband, Viela went outside and watched as the rest of the house went up in flames. She knew four of her step-daughters were in the home.

In the end, the husband was dead and the four girls were sent to the hospital. The youngest, who was 13 at the time, was rescued by neighbors as she climbed onto the porch. Josefina, then 14, suffered burns on 60 percent of her body and had to be rescued by fire workers. She wound up having both her legs amputated at the knee as well as an arm and remains in the hospital. She is now 15. Her 17-year-old sister suffered a broken leg and pelvis after jumping from a window. The oldest sister, 21-year-old Helena, was treated for smoke inhalation and cuts and bruises. These girls’ other two siblings were not in the home at the time.

Viela was reportedly angry after finding out her husband had cheated on her and proceeded with what the jury considered to be a premeditated act. Viela reportedly bought the gasoline a few days prior to setting the fire and even had conversations with the daughters about wanting to appear in the newspapers or on TV.

She is now facing a minimum of 23 years for murder to be served concurrently with the 10 years she was given for arson with intent to endanger life.

Carlos Viela’s family has stated they have forgiven Georgina and say they are looking forward to moving on with their lives. 

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Portions of Immigration Laws in Alabama and Georgia Blocked by Federal Courts

Portions of Immigration Laws in Alabama and Georgia Blocked by Federal Courts

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A federal appeals court has blocked several provisions of anti-immigration laws in Alabama and Georgia, while leaving intact each state’s so-called “show me your papers” policies — a mixed-bag for those on either side of the heated debate over states’ immigration policies.

The decision Monday (August 20) largely fell in line with the U.S. Supreme Court’s June ruling on Arizona’s similar law.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit blocked Alabama’s requirement that K-12 schools check the immigration status of students, saying that it targets a specific population and “significantly interferes” with a child’s right to a public education. The court also blocked sections of the state’s law requiring immigrants to carry registration documents and banning Alabamans from entering into contracts while living in the country illegally.

In Georgia’s case, the three-judge panel ruled that the state could not criminalize knowingly transporting or harboring illegal immigrants.

However, the court upheld provisions in Alabama and Georgia’s laws allowing police to check the immigration status of anyone they suspect to be in the country illegally.

As Stateline has reported, Alabama officials have been slow to roll out the law as it nears a year old, treading carefully due to an initial lack of training and threats of federal lawsuits.

The court’s mixed decision drew praise from those on both sides of the immigration issue.

Read more at Jim Malewitz for Pew Stateline →

Mexican Teen Implicated in Multiple Rapes and Robberies in Camp Ground

A minor was arrested in connection with the assaults and rapes last month at a campground in Mexico state, which surrounds the Federal District and forms part of the Mexico City metropolitan area, police said.

The 17-year-old suspect, identified only as Enrique N. and who goes by the alias “El Chuky,” allegedly planned the July 12 attack on campers, Mexico state Public Safety Secretary Salvador Neme said in a Twitter posting.

“‘El Chuky,’ involved in the El Colibri case, where they attacked campers in Ixtapaluca, was arrested in an operation in Chalco,” a city in Mexico state,” Neme said.

About 90 young people were camping in the El Colibri park in the city of Ixtapaluca when the attack occurred.

The assailants raped five young women, including three minors, robbed the campers, beat several of them and held the group captive for several hours.

The suspect has been linked to some of the “sexual assaults that occurred in the said incident,” Neme said.

He has been identified as one of the individuals who planned the attack on the campground, Neme said, adding that the other leaders were still on the run.

Investigators have linked the suspect to other crimes, including extortion, robberies, attacks on businesses, assaults on hikers and several killings, the public safety secretary said.

Authorities arrested 17 people, including two police officers, last month in connection with the attacks on the campers in El Colibri.

The suspects belonged to a gang that operated in the area and targeted tourists who camped in parks, officials said.

Investigators found some of the belongings stolen from the campers, such as cell phones and clothing, in the suspects’ homes, as well as firearms used in the attack, officials said.

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MX President Calderon Reveals Death Threat Received Early in His Administration

MX President Calderon Reveals Death Threat Received Early in His Administration

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President Felipe Calderon told a gathering of journalists and celebrities over the weekend that a threat was made against the presidential aircraft early in his term and he took it so seriously that he recorded a message for his children in case he was killed, Mexican media outlets reported.

Calderon revealed the threat during a private event on Saturday to celebrate his 50th birthday.

The president said he decided to go ahead with a trip shortly after being inaugurated in December 2006 even though intelligence reports indicated a potential threat to the presidential aircraft.

“I decided to make the trip amid a very tight security operation. Before going, I recorded a message for my children in which I told them that if something happened to me, they should know that their father died doing what he felt he had to do,” the president said.

Security officials uncovered a plot to attack the presidential aircraft during the first year of the administration, Calderon said, without providing details on who was behind the threats or how they planned to carry it out.

Dimas Diaz Ramos, a suspected Sinaloa drug cartel money man who allegedly planned an attack on the president, was paraded before reporters in August 2009.

The Sinaloa cartel is led by Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman, Mexico’s most-wanted man.

The Sinaloa organization, sometimes referred to by officials as the Pacific cartel, is the oldest drug cartel in Mexico and has an extensive drug distribution network in the United States.

Guzman, who was arrested in Guatemala in 1993 and pulled off a Hollywood-style jailbreak when he escaped from the Puente Grande maximum-security prison in the western state of Jalisco on Jan. 19, 2001, is considered the most powerful drug trafficker in the world.

Chapo Guzman tops the list of Mexico’s 37 most-wanted criminals and is on the Forbes list of the world’s richest people.

The Sinaloa cartel, according to intelligence agencies, is a transnational business empire that operates in the United States, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, the Americas and Asia.

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By the Numbers: Mexico Saw More Than 27,000 Murders in 2011

By the Numbers: Mexico Saw More Than 27,000 Murders in 2011

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Mexico registered 27,199 murders in 2011, or 24 per 100,000 people, the highest number since President Felipe Calderon took office in December 2006, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography, or INEGI, said Monday.

The murder rate was higher than the 23 per 100,000 people registered in 2010, the 18 per 100,000 people in 2009, the 13 per 100,000 people in 2008 and the eight per 100,000 people registered in 2007, the first full year of Calderon’s term, the INEGI said in a statement.

The number of murders in 2011 was up 5.59 percent in absolute terms, compared to the previous year.

The murder rate last year was 2.7 times higher than in 2005, the last full year of former President Vicente Fox’s administration.

The states with the most murders were Chihuahua, with 4,502; Mexico state, with 2,613; Guerrero, with 2,425; Nuevo Leon, with 2,177; and Sinaloa, with 1,988.

Chihuahua was Mexico’s most violent state, with 131 murders per 100,000 people, but the homicide rate was down 30 percent from 2010, when a turf war between rival drug cartels was raging in the border city of Juarez.

Guerrero and Sinaloa states were next, with 71 murders per 100,000 people, followed by Durango (65), Nayarit (53) and Nuevo Leon (46).

The INEGI figures are based on preliminary death statistics compiled by the 4,723 civil registry offices and 1,096 federal Attorney General’s Office bureaus in Mexico’s 31 states and the Federal District.

The statistics are based on death certificates issued by coroners without specifying whether or not organized crime members were involved in the killing.

The Calderon administration does not plan to update the figures on deaths linked to Mexico’s drug war, the Mexico City daily Reforma reported last week.

The drug war murder figures were only an approximate number and an “experiment” that raised questions among members of the Security Cabinet, prompting officials to stop compiling these statistics, National Public Safety System Executive Secretariat Information Center director Jaime Lopez Aranda told the newspaper.

The latest report was released by the federal government in January and showed that 47,515 people had died in drug-related violence from Dec. 1, 2006, when Calderon took office, to Sept. 30, 2011.

The Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity, which was founded by human rights activist and poet Javier Sicilia, puts the death toll from Mexico’s drug war at 70,000.

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Constitutional Changes Supported by Gov. Fortuño Rejected by Puerto Rican People

Constitutional Changes Supported by Gov. Fortuño Rejected by Puerto Rican People

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Puerto Ricans surprised pollsters and political observers by voting against amending their constituition to limit the right of bail in certain homicide cases and also against reducing the size of the legislature.

Predictions pointing to majority support for Gov. Luis Fortuño’s initiative went unfulfilled and undermined his possibilities of winning a second term in the Nov. 6 elections.

Fortuño called for the referendum on grounds that giving judges the discretion to refuse bail in certain cases was the only way to deter criminals, while cutting the legislature by 30 percent would bring significant savings.

Soon after 50 percent of the vote had been counted, Fortuño appeared before the media to say that voting down the bail amendment was an opportunity lost, though he said he would respect citizens’ wishes in the matter.

Fortuño is consequently blocked from proceeding any further with one of his emblematic projects at a time when violent crime has become the worst problem facing this U.S. commonwealth in the Caribbean.

Critics said that limiting bail would do nothing to attack the root of the problem and was only a strategy to portray the governor as tough on crime.

Fortuño’s chief rival in the governor’s race, Alejandro Garcia Padilla of the main opposition PPD, who had let it be known that he would vote “yes” in the referendum, appeared before the media as a victor and said that the governor has lost all credibility.

Analysts and editorials noted, however, that Garcia Padilla does not come out of the situation with any particular advantage, since he backed the “yes” vote based solely on opinion polls.

The gubernatorial candidate of the small Puerto Rican Independence Party, Juan Dalmau, said that the “no” vote represents a “moral defeat” for both Garcia Padilla and Fortuño.

The idea of reducing the legislature by 30 percent was also rejected.

With 93 percent of the votes counted, the “no” to the bail-limiting amendment had 54.61 percent of the vote against 45.39 percent in favor, while 53.82 voted against reducing the legislature compared with 46.18 percent in favor.

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TuesdayAugust 21, 2012