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TuesdaySeptember 4, 2012

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Venezuelan Indians Demand Thorough Investigation Despite Government Denying Massacre

Venezuelan Indians Demand Thorough Investigation Despite Government Denying Massacre

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The Venezuelan government labeled as false a report that 80 Yanomami Indians were massacred in an area on the Brazilian border, while indigenous organizations said that officials assigned to investigate never made it to the site of the alleged bloodbath.

“We visited all the Yanomami communities and fortunately they have suffered no regrettable incident or any act of violence,” Interior Minister Tareck el Aissami said on state television.

His comments followed a statement by the minister for indigenous peoples, Nicia Maldonado, who said that “no evidence of a massacre was found.”

The Venezuelan Attorney General’s Office designated last week a special commission to investigate an incident reported Aug. 27 by the Horonami indigenous defense organization that 80 Yanomamis were massacred on July 5 in an alleged helicopter attack.

“The communities were instead grateful for all the support that the Bolivarian government has given them and, thank God, no act of violence had occurred,” El Aissami said.

Meanwhile, the Amazon Indigenous Organizations Association, or COIAM, issued a communique asking the government to “continue its investigation into the reported incident until it gets to the Irotatheri community.”

“The commission never reached the Irotatheri shapono (Yanomami communial dwelling)...so they have no right to say they found no evidence of the alleged massacre,” the communique said.

The COIAM organizations “want their right to life respected and that the violent attacks against the Yanomami people by illegal miners from Brazil be controlled bilaterally by the two countries,” the note said.

On Aug. 29 the secretary of indigenous affairs for the Venezuelan state of Amazonas, Hilario Linares, told Efe that three survivors of the tragedy said that the helicopter flew over a shapono where the community was gathered and that they heard shots being fired.

“When they got to the site they saw the massacre,” said Linares, who indicated that there are other witnesses as well.

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Florida Can’t Charge Higher Tuition to U.S. Born Children of Undocumented Parents, Courts Says

Florida Can’t Charge Higher Tuition to U.S. Born Children of Undocumented Parents, Courts Says

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A federal judge in Miami ruled that Florida’s state-supported colleges and universities cannot require U.S.-born Florida residents whose parents are undocumented immigrants to pay tuition at the higher out-of-state rate.

The state’s policy violates the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause, U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore found.

“The state regulations deny a benefit and create unique obstacles to attain public post-secondary public education for U.S. citizen children who would otherwise qualify for in-state tuition,” he wrote.

Moore ruled on a lawsuit filed by attorneys of the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2011 in the name of five university students against the Florida Department of Education and the state university system.

The judge said that relationship between the residence of the plaintiffs, the immigration status of their parents and the interest of the state in providing quality university education is “too weak” to justify the state’s regulations.

The SPLC filed the suit to overturn the regulation tripling the cost of tuition for people who cannot prove that their parents are in the country legally.

Florida has 28 public two-year colleges and 11 four-year universities.

The policy challenged by the SPLC has been applicable to students under 24 whose parents claim them as dependents.

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Brazilian Salesperson Awarded Damages for Being Forced to Attend Party With Prostitutes

Brazilian Salesperson Awarded Damages for Being Forced to Attend Party With Prostitutes

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Beverage giant AmBev was ordered by a Brazilian court to pay damages to one of its salespeople who was forced by a superior to take part in meetings and parties where prostitutes were present.

The Superior Labor Court ruled that the firm must pay an indemnity of 50,000 reais ($25,000) to the employee who accused a manager of hiring prostitutes to motivate salesmen.

AmBev will have to pay its employee for “forcing him to show up at morning meetings where prostitutes were present and for subjecting him to humiliating situations with the aim of pushing for the fulfillment of sales targets,” the court said in a communique.

The court upheld the finding of a regional court in the southern state of Parana.

Several witnesses whose testimony was heard during the investigation admitted that an AmBev sales manager hired prostitutes and had them attend meetings on at least 10 occasions in 2003-2004.

The plaintiff, who said that he was married and an evangelical Christian, alleged that he was tied up so that he would attend pornographic films and that on one occasion a stripper showed up in his room.

He also said that the salespeople were forced to participate in parties at country houses attended by prostitutes, who were used as prizes for the salesmen in order to improve their sales results.

In the appeal calling for the overturning of the original verdict, AmBev claimed that the damage suffered by the employee was minimal and that the value of the indemnity was “disproportionate.”

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impreMedia-Latino Decisions Poll Finds Latino Support of Romney Up Following RNC

impreMedia-Latino Decisions Poll Finds Latino Support of Romney Up Following RNC

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In the second release of impreMedia-Latino Decisions’ 11-week tracking poll it was revealed that Latino voters’ support of Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney is increasing.

Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney appears to have gained some traction among Latino voters according to this week’s impreMedia-Latino Decisions tracking poll. Even though Barack Obama maintains a commanding lead with 64 percent support among Latino registered voters, Mitt Romney’s grew to 30 percent, his highest level yet.

When asked about the prominent roles that Senator Marco Rubio and Governor Susana Martinez played at the Republican National Convention, 39 percent of Latino voters who consider themselves independent stated it made a positive impression on them.

“This was the first bit of good news for the Republican candidate and his party”, observed Latino Decisions pollster, Gary Segura. “This poll shows that Latinos are paying attention, but this is not a slam dunk. The fact that Romney still trails with only 30 percent of the vote should be somewhat disappointing.”

Jobs and the economy continue to be the most important issue for Latinos. But despite Romney’s consistent efforts to negatively cast the President’s handling of the economy, Latinos continue to trust Obama and the Democratic Party to improve economic conditions more so than the Republicans by 59 percent to 30 percent.

The weekly tracking poll is part of impreMedia’s commitment to provide unique insights and superior coverage of the upcoming 2012 presidential elections. “We understand how critical the Latino vote will be in determining the outcome of this election and we will be reporting on the important issues, preferences and concerns of this growing constituent,” stated Monica Lozano CEO of impreMedia.

Read the full results of the poll here.

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Marc Anthony Signs Up as ‘X-Factor’ Mentor, Will Join Justin Bieber

Marc Anthony Signs Up as ‘X-Factor’ Mentor, Will Join Justin Bieber

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Puerto-Rican singer Marc Anthony will be joining Simon Cowell’s ‘X-Factor’ as a mentor.  Anthony will be joining Justin Bieber who has also signed on to be a talent mentor. 

The show has been undergoing a lot of revamping and added two very high profile judges for this upcoming season:  Britney Spears and Demi Lovato.  This is the show’s second season that will start on September 12. 

Anthony has been busy and not letting his recent divorce from former ‘American Idol’ judge Jennifer Lopez stop him.  This week we will see Anthony sing the National Anthem on Thursday at the Democratic National Convention, when Obama accepts the presidential nomination of his party. 

A source for E! News has confirmed the Anthony news but X-Factor has not.  There is no word on which of the judges Anthony will work with. 

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Marine Wife Killed in Sadomasochistic Sex Dungeon Was Not Willingly Involved

Marine Wife Killed in Sadomasochistic Sex Dungeon Was Not Willingly Involved

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While going through a divorce from her Marine husband in Afghanistan, a woman may have been trying to move on when she was strangled to death in April.

According to recently released court documents, just three days after filing for divorce from U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Cory Killgore, 22-year-old Brittany Kilgore reportedly went on a dinner cruise with Marine Staff Sgt. Louis Perez.

Initial reports speculated Kilgore could have been a willing participant in the sadomasochistic lifestyle, but on Thursday, 22 additional search warrants were released that stated she was actually an unwilling participant in the activity.

ImageInvestigators believe Kilgore was killed after she refused to be a part of sexual activities with Perez and his two female lovers.

The court documents reveal investigators found a “sex dungeon” full of knives, whips, ropes, pulleys, and duct. Blood was found in the dungeon, which had a posted list of so-called ‘Slave Rules.’

Investigators believe Kilgore was strangled in the home with the dungeon after she was kidnapped and tortured.

Perez, was arrested and charged with murder, along with Dorothy Maraglino, 36, and Jessica Lynn Lopez, 25. The three lived in the home together.

All three have pled not guilty to charges of murder.

ImageKilgore is said to have met Perez when she accompanied a friend to pick something up from Perez’s home. She later asked Perez to help her move out of her home. Court records show Perez offered to help if she would go on a dinner cruise with him. She agreed and Perez came to her home.

Investigators say just 13 minutes into their car ride, Kilgore texted her friend, saying, “Help.” It is believed Perez then sent texts from her phone before turning it off.

Four days after the night of torture, Kilgore’s body was found naked a ditch near Lake Skinner in Riverside County, California.

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‘Lost’ Alum Jorge Garcia to Make Appearance on ‘Once Upon a Time’

‘Lost’ Alum Jorge Garcia to Make Appearance on ‘Once Upon a Time’

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Widely known for his role on Lost, Jorge Garcia is reportedly headed to fantasy land with the upcoming season of ABC’s Once Upon a Time.

Garcia’s former Lost co-star, Emilie de Ravin, is also on the show and was recently promoted to season regular in the role of Belle from “Beauty and the Beast”.

Once Upon a Time is a fantasy-drama created by Tron: Legacy and Lost writers, Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis.

The show centers around a woman with a troubled past who is drawn into a small town in Maine where she soon learns magic and fairy tales may be real.

Though it has been confirmed Garcia will make an appearance on the show, it remains unclear what character he will play. So far, it appears he will only be in one episode. However, de Ravin’s role was extended, so Garcia’s could see the same.

The second season of Once Upon a Time premieres Sunday, Sept. 30 at 8/7c.

For six seasons, Garcia played Hugo “Hurley” Reyes on Lost, before it came to an end in 2010.

In 2011, Garcia picked up a recurring role on Fox’s Alcatraz, a mid-season replacement for Terra Nova. The show premiered in January of this year. However, despite initially success, the series was ultimately cancelled on May 9, 2012 due to a drop in viewership

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Rio de Janeiro to Spend $84 Million to Integrate Favela Youth into Society

Rio de Janeiro to Spend $84 Million to Integrate Favela Youth into Society

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The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a loan to support a , Rio de Janeiro, Brazil program to integrate into society 40,000 young people who live in favelas cleared of drug-trafficking gangs.

The goal over four years is to improve the living standards of 15-29-year-old residents of the “pacified communities,” where drug traffickers have been replaced by community police known as Police Pacification Units.

The program will make available and accessible schools, healthcare, culture, sports, leisure, and training to prepare participants to enter the workforce. The state government will contribute $24.5 million, raising total funding to $84.5 million.

The program aims to motivate young people so they not only become involved and take advantage of services and activities but continue to participate to receive the maximum benefit. Among other achievements, the program is expected to reduce early pregnancy, truancy rates, and increase employment opportunities.

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State Fair of Texas’ Big Tex Fried Food Awards Go to Abel Gonzales, Butch Benavides

State Fair of Texas’ Big Tex Fried Food Awards Go to Abel Gonzales, Butch Benavides

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Abel Gonzales Jr. and Butch Benavides are this year’s Best Taste and Most Creative award winners at the State Fair of Texas’ Big Tex Awards.

Gonzales, 42, won the Best Taste award for his deep fried Jambalaya. His winning was created by deep-frying shrimp with Cajun seasoning and sausage,

ImageBenavides won the Most Creative award with his fried bacon cinnamon rolls. When asked about his concoction, Benavides told the Dallas Morning News he came up with the idea because he is not a big fan of sweets, but does love bacon. The creation is made by dipping cinnamon rolls in semi-sweet pancake batter, rolling that into bacon crumbles, then deep-frying it and covering it with powdered. For someone who doesn’t have a sweet tooth, he sure knows how to appeal to those who do.

The contest is considered a friendly food fight among Fair concessionaires. The contest is not open to the general public. Only concessionaires leasing space from the State Fair of Texas were eligible to enter, and 54 entries were submitted for the contest this year. On Labor Day, judges were brought in for the final round of competition between the eight finalists and ultimately chose Gonzales and Benavides.

ImageWhat do you think? Would you eat either of these?

The State Fair of Texas will run from September 28 - October 21, 2012.

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William Levy Named PEOPLE en Español’s ‘Sexiest Man’ (SPANISH)

William Levy Named PEOPLE en Español’s ‘Sexiest Man’ (SPANISH)

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David Zepeda, Fernando Colunga, Prince Royce, Fabián Ríos y Sebastián Rulli también incluidos en esta edición especial

En su edición más reciente, PEOPLE en Español escoge al actor cubano William Levy como “El hombre más sexy” del 2012. En una entrevista exclusiva, Levy habla sin tapujos acerca de su relación con la también actriz Elizabeth Gutiérrez y confirma que, por ahora, no hay boda. Por su parte, Gutiérrez comparte con los lectores qué es lo que hace sexy a su pareja. 

Según Levy, el haber sido criado por su madre, su tía y su abuela fue la mejor escuela para aprender qué es lo que realmente quieren las mujeres. “Crecí viendo lo que a la mujer le gusta, no le gusta, lo que mi mamá buscaba en un hombre y no lo encontraba, y por eso estaba soltera”, recuerda el actor cubano de 32 años. “Ha sido algo muy importante saber cómo complacer a una mujer; eso fue a mi favor”, dice.

ImageAl parecer Levy pone en práctica esas lecciones en su casa. “De vez en cuando hago sorpresas para Elizabeth. Me encanta hacer el desayuno; no se lo llevo a la cama porque tampoco hay que mal acostumbrar[la]”, dice a la vez que suelta una carcajada. Gutiérrez, por su lado, parece estar muy gusto con su ‘hombre sexy’.  “A él le gusta meterse en la cocina y ayudarme”, cuenta la actriz. “Es considerado, no todo se trata de él; siempre está pensando en otros, en complacerlos, incluyéndome a mí. Le encanta hacernos felices”. 

De su supuesta boda a finales de septiembre, de la que informaron algunos medios, y de un presunto embarazo de Gutiérrez, Levy lo descarta todo con una sola palabra: “Mentira”. Estoy muy resentido con Elizabeth porque no me ha invitado a la boda”, dice bromeando el actor. “Lo sabrán cuando tengamos fecha”, agrega Gutiérrez.

David Zepeda, Fernando Colunga, Prince Royce, Fabián Ríos y Sebastián Rulli, entre otros, también aparecen en esta edición especial. Para ver la lista completa de los elegidos, busca la revista en los estanquillos o visita a PeopleEnEspanol.com.

Para ver vídeos y entrevistas exclusivas con William Levy, visita PeopleEnEspanol.com.

PEOPLE en Español debutó en el 1996 y actualmente se ha convertido en la revista hispana de mayor venta en los Estados Unidos. PEOPLE en Español se publica 11 veces al año, tiene una circulación garantizada de 540,000 ejemplares y llega cada mes a más de seis millones de lectores. Su contenido editorial combina cobertura del mundo del espectáculo hispano y del entretenimiento en general, moda y belleza, así como emocionantes historias de interés humano. PEOPLE en Español ofrece un contenido editorial original que capta los valores, las contribuciones y el impacto positivo de la comunidad hispana en los Estados Unidos. Para mantenerse al tanto de las noticias diarias y de las primicias del ambiente artístico, visite www.PeopleEnEspanol.com.

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U.S. Closes Criminal Investigation of AZ’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Other Legal Battles Await Him

U.S. Closes Criminal Investigation of AZ’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Other Legal Battles Await Him

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Ann Birmingham Scheel, acting on behalf of the United States due to the recusal of U.S. Attorney John S. Leonardo, announced that her office is closing its investigation into allegations of criminal conduct by current and former members of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office that include Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.

The abuse-of-power investigation is now closed but Arpaio still facing a civil suit by Latino advocates who believe he targets Latinos whether they are legally in the country or not.  Arpaio is also facing charges by the U.S. Department of Justice for alleged constitutional violations for racial profiling of Latinos and others with limited English language skills. 

The U.S. Attorney’s Office has advised Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery of its decision not to pursue state criminal charges related to the investigation.

Ms. Scheel commended the joint investigative efforts of the prosecutors and the FBI special agents who conducted the investigation.

Arpaio, who has supported the presidential candidacy of Republican Mitt Romney, said that if the former Massachusetts governor wins the presidency in November, Congress should work with him to legislatively solve the problem of illegal immigration.

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Chapo Guzman Cousin and Other Sinola Cartel Members Arrested after Three-Year International Man-Hunt

Chapo Guzman Cousin and Other Sinola Cartel Members Arrested after Three-Year International Man-Hunt

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Three members of the Sinaloa Cartel were arrested on drug conspiracy charges after a three-year long investigation, announced United States Attorney John P. Kacavas.

Manuel Jesus Guttierez Guzman, Rafael Humberto Celaya Valenzuela, and Samuel Zazueta Valenzuela were arrested in the port city of Algeciras, Spain, on August 7, 2012, by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Spanish National Police.

The arrests resulted from a three-year long investigation into the drug smuggling activities of the Sinaloa Cartel as it attempted to establish a market for cocaine in Europe and in the U.S.

Also arrested in Spain was Jesus Soto, an individual who was sent to Spain by the cartel to monitor the safety of the shipment of cocaine.

Manuel Guzman is the first cousin of Joaquin Guzman-Loera, also known as “Chapo,” the reputed leader of the Sinaloa Cartel.

U.S. authorities are working with the Office of International Affairs and the kingdom of Spain to obtain the extradition of those arrested. Each of the arrested individuals is a citizen of Mexico.

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Colombia’s 69-Year-Old ‘Queen of Cocaine’ Gunned Down in Medellin

Griselda Blanco, Colombia’s infamous “queen of cocaine” of the 1970s, was murdered in the northwestern city of Medellin, police said.

Blanco, who spent two decades behind bars in the United States, was gunned down on Monday as she left a butcher shop in the western section of Medellin, the capital of Antioquia province.

The 69-year-old Blanco was shot twice in the head outside the shop in the Belen neighborhood by a hitman who sped away on a motorcycle.

She was with her pregnant daughter-in-law, who was not hurt in the shooting, police spokesmen said.

Blanco began smuggling cocaine into the United States before the rise of the Medellin cartel, led by Pablo Escobar and Carlos Lehder, and the Cali cartel, which was founded by brothers Miguel and Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela, officials said.

Blanco came up with the idea of “exporting cocaine” to the United States and was known for not hesitating to kill anyone, including one of her husbands, who got in her way.

The drug trafficker, who was also known as “The Godmother,” was a pioneer in establishing smuggling routes from Colombia into the United States.

Blanco was convicted of conspiracy to smuggle cocaine into the United States in 1985, served two decades in prison and was deported to Colombia in 2004.

The former drug trafficker kept a low profile since returning to Colombia despite once being considered one of the wealthiest women in the world.

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Argentina’s Aconcagua Mountain Taller than Originally Thought

Aconcagua mountain, known as the “roof” of America, has a new official height of 6,980.8 meters (22,822 feet), a measurement slightly higher than it had more than 50 years ago, researchers said Monday.

The official altitude of Aconcagua was previously considered to be 6,959.6 meters (22,818 feet), according to measurements taken by University of Buenos Aires scientists in 1956.

The new height “cannot be compared” to the previous one because “the technology used for the measurement is totally different,” Argentine National Geographic Institute, or IGN, scientist Sergio Cimbaro told Efe.

“We can’t say that the mountain increased in height because the measurement technologies cannot be compared. On the other hand, we will be able to compare the height from now on thanks to the installation during the expedition of a GPS (global positioning system) on the peak,” Cimbaro said.

This system will permit “a more detailed monitoring of the Andes mountains,” the backbone of South America, the result of colliding tectonic plates that undergo gradual changes, particularly with the earthquakes of the past few decades, such as Chile suffered in 2010, Cimbaro said.

Cimbaro was one of the experts who in February took part in a major expedition to establish the height of the so-called “roof of America.”

The expedition, sponsored by IGN and the Sigma project of the National Council on Scientific and Technical Research, or Conicet, had as its goal the measurement of the height of the mountain by means of gravity studies, which differ from the GPS method that includes no reference to sea level.

The experts carried out tasks of tracking glaciers and tectonic plates and had to face “extreme” acclimatization problems from a height upwards of 4,500 meters (14,750 feet).

Not all the members of the expedition managed to reach the summit, however, including Cimbaro, who had to go back down because of a “peripheral edema.”

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Mother and Two Teen Daughters Found Murdered and Dismembered in Guatemala

Mother and Two Teen Daughters Found Murdered and Dismembered in Guatemala

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The dismembered bodies of a mother and her two teenage daughters were found Monday by emergency teams in southeastern Guatemala, authorities said.

The spokesman for the Volunteer Firefighters, Sergio Vasquez, told reporters that on Monday morning in the village of Cienaga Grande de San Jose Pinula, local residents found a head and a hand and alerted the National Civil Police, or PNC, and the Public Ministry so that they could begin investigating the matter.

Later, authorities reported that a hand and a foot were found in the village of El Pajon de Santa Catarina Pinula and, soon thereafter, the remaining body parts of a woman and a teenage girl were found inside a well.

Vasquez said that the woman was missing a hand and the girl was missing her head.

In another nearby well, the remains of the other girl were found, he said.

The victims were identified by the husband and father of the victims, Jose Luis Lima, as Toribia Perez, 38, and her daughters Jesica and Karen, 16 and 14, respectively.

In remarks to reporters, Lima said that his family had gone to a party and added that they had been threatened by members of Mara 18 because his daughters refused to join that gang.

The PNC is not ruling out the hypothesis that the triple murder was carried out by the gang and announced that an investigation has been launched to locate the killers.

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TuesdaySeptember 4, 2012