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MondayOctober 1, 2012

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NY QB Mark Sanchez Struggles in Humiliating Loss

NY QB Mark Sanchez Struggles in Humiliating Loss

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The quarterback controversy in New York got a little more interesting on Sunday.

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez was abysmal his team’s 34-0 loss against the San Francisco 49ers.  Sanchez was 13-for-29 for 103 yards and an interception. The entire Jets offense was stifled by a 49ers defense, as New York only gained 145 yards of offense.

Jets backup Tim Tebow threw one pass for nine yards and ran twice for zero yards. After the game Jets coach Rex Ryan still said he is sticking with Sanchez, and contract status has nothing to do with his decision.

Jets fans and the mainstream national media are starting to make their case that Tebow should start. Tebow was in a similar situation last year in Denver. Kyle Orton started the year under center, and when he struggled, Tebow stepped in to turn the Broncos fortunes around.

Will the same thing happen soon in New York and Tebow will get an opportunity? Only time will tell. The Jets play next Monday against undefeated Houston, who has a stellar defense of their own.

Written by HS News Sports Writer:  Nate Jacobson

 

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PEW: Record 24 Million Latinos Are Eligible to Vote, But Turnout Rate Has Lagged Whites & Blacks

PEW: Record 24 Million Latinos Are Eligible to Vote, But Turnout Rate Has Lagged Whites & Blacks

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A record 24 million Latinos are eligible to vote in the 2012 presidential election, according to an analysis of Census Bureau data by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center. This is up by more than 4 million, or 22%, since 2008, when 19.5 million Latinos were eligible to vote.

Latinos are the nation’s largest minority group. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2011 there were 51.9 million Latinos in the U.S., making up 16.7% of the nation’s population. Latinos today comprise a greater share of the nation’s 215 million eligible voters than they did just a few years ago——11.0% this year, up from 9.5% in 2008 and 8.2% in 2004.

However, the turnout rate of eligible Latino voters historically lags that of whites and blacks by substantial margins. In 2008, for example, 50% of eligible Latino voters cast ballots, compared with 65% of blacks and 66% of whites. Also, despite ongoing Latino population growth, the number of Latinos who said they are registered to vote fell by about 600,000 between 2008 and 2010, according to Census Bureau data. This was the only significant decline in the number of Latino registered voters in the past two decades.

There is not yet any nationwide data on Latino voter registration levels so far in 2012. In the only four states that report such records by ethnicity——Alabama, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina——the 2012 registration levels of Hispanics have already surpassed the 2008 levels. However, these states are not necessarily representative of the nation as a whole; more so than most other states, they have experienced very rapid growth in their Hispanic population in recent years. 

This report explores electoral participation trends among Hispanics in recent presidential election cycles. It also provides a snapshot of the geography and demography of the Hispanic vote in 2012, with a special focus on the so-called “battleground states.” Accompanying this report are state profiles of Latino eligible voters in 41 states and the District of Columbia, each based on data from the 2010 American Community Survey. Also accompanying this report is an interactive map showing key characteristics of Latino voters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The report, “A Record 24 Million Latinos Are Eligible to Vote, But Turnout Rate Has Lagged That of Whites, Blacks,” authored by Mark Hugo Lopez, Associate Director, Pew Hispanic Center, Seth Motel, Research Assistant, Pew Hispanic Center and Eileen Patten, Research Assistant, Pew Hispanic Center, is available at the Pew Hispanic Center’s website, www.pewhispanic.org.

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Chile Hooligan Shooting Leaves One Dead

Chile Hooligan Shooting Leaves One Dead

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One man was killed and another badly wounded in a shooting attributed by Chilean police to a feud between rival factions of hardcore fans of the Colo Colo soccer club.

The incident occurred in the Santiago district of Macul, home of Colo Colo’s Monumental stadium, and the dead man was identified by police as Claudio Andres Lincaqueo, who was the coordinator of the collective fan group.

The automobile in which Lincaqueo and two other members of the group were riding was cut off by another vehicle, whose occupants opened fire on the trio.

Lincaqueo was hit by three bullets and one of his companions, Pablo Rigo, was admitted to a hospital in serious condition with unspecified injuries.

The third occupant of the vehicle, whose identity has not been released, was unhurt, according to his friends.

Police said that the initial investigation points to the fact that the attack was revenge by one faction of the hardcore fan group, whose chief, Javier Figueroa, was knifed to death a few months ago outside a stadium in Rancagua.

A new law that takes effect this week drastically increases the penalties for acts of vandalism by soccer fans and placed complete responsibility for the organization of matches, including security, on Chile’s clubs.

One of the main aims of the law is to eradicate soccer hooligans such as the Colo Colo group and another one linked to the Universidad de Chile.

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Gulf Cartel Boss Found Guilty of Drug Trafficking after 2 Hours of Jury Deliberations

Gulf Cartel Boss Found Guilty of Drug Trafficking after 2 Hours of Jury Deliberations

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Juan Roberto Rincon-Rincon, a high-ranking member of the Gulf Cartel, has been convicted on all counts as charged in a large drug trafficking conspiracy, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today.

The jury returned its verdict just a short time ago after seven days of trial and less than two hours of deliberation.

Rincon, 41, from Matamoros, Mexico, was convicted of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute as well as conspiracy to import into the United States more than five kilograms of cocaine and 1000 kilograms of marijuana from January 2002 until his capture on October 26, 2011.

As the plaza boss, which is the lead representative for the Gulf Cartel in a particular region or town, Rincon-Rincon, aka Primo or X-5, was in charge of maintaining control to ensure safe passage of the Cartel’s narcotics and ensuring no narcotics pass through his area of responsibility without his approval or knowledge.

Rincon-Rincon worked as a municipal police officer in Matamoros and assisted the Gulf Cartel in their drug trafficking activities as a police officer and also by selling narcotics and collecting a piso at local drug houses in Matamoros.

U.S. District Judge Hilda G. Tagle, who presided over the trial, has set sentencing for January 7, 2013.

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TRAGEDY: Gabriel Estevez, 3, Falls From 4th-Floor Window of Bronx Apartment

TRAGEDY: Gabriel Estevez, 3, Falls From 4th-Floor Window of Bronx Apartment

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A tragic accident on Saturday has left a New York family missing 3-year-old Gabriel Estevez.

The Bronx family is grieving after the loss of little Gabriel who fell from the window of fourth-floor apartment.

Witnesses say they were horrified as they rushed to help the boy they said they heard screaming before he fell.

A man across the street said he heard Gabriel screaming as he tried to hold on to the window ledge. The neighbor said he jumped a fence to try to get the boy, but could not make it in time.

The boy’s mother was out and his father was working when he fell from the building superintendent’s apartment. The family lived on the 5th floor of the Morrisania Apartments, but Gabriel was being watched on the fourth floor.

Gabriel was taken to Lincoln Hospital around 4:15 pm by ambulance but could not be saved. His mother is said to still be grieving the loss of her son, a little boy described as a “sweet” and “happy child”.

Candles, cards and balloons were laid outside the building in remembrance of the young life lost.

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“Crucifixion of Neymar” Magainze Cover Blasted by Brazil’s Bishops

“Crucifixion of Neymar” Magainze Cover Blasted by Brazil’s Bishops

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The controversial photo montage in the Brazilian sports magazine “Placar” of Neymar, a rising star of Brazilian football, has been labeled “shameful and disgraceful” according to the Agenzia Fides, by the Bishops of Brazil.  The magazine depicts Neymar on the cross with an expression of pain on his face, his hands and feet bleeding. The title “The Crucifixion of Neymar” refers to Neymar’s nickname “Cai-cai” (“fall-fall”) given to him by sports critics for the frequency with which he falls into the penalty area to earn fouls. 

The Bishops’ note, signed by the Secretary General of the Episcopal Conference, Mgr. Leonardo Ulrich Steiner, recognizes “freedom of expression, a fundamental principle of the democratic state” but indicates “limits on the exercise of this principle.” He emphasizes also the insensitivity with respect to the global situation after the violence caused “by the misuse of religious figures.”

The striker Neymar da Silva Santos Junior, 20 years old, led his team, Santos, to win the “Recopa Sudamericana.”  When Santos won the Paulista Championship in May last year, he honored it by wearing a headband with the inscription “100% Jesus.” The player claims to pay part of his large salary to the Evangelical Church.

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“Vote4Stuff” - Selena Gomez, Benicio Del Toro Join Hollywood Stars in New Voter PSA (VIDEO)

“Vote4Stuff” - Selena Gomez, Benicio Del Toro Join Hollywood Stars in New Voter PSA (VIDEO)

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Benicio Del Toro and Selena Gomez are just some of the celebrities urging Americans to vote.

The two Latino stars are joined by Ellen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Edward Norton, Leonardo DiCaprio, Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried, and many more in the new PSA “

“I vote yes on cats. I know they’re up to something, but I like them,” says del Toro. He’s also behind 3 day weekends “…well, 4.”

Though the video is hilarious at the beginning, it transitions into the voting for things that really matter, things that are important to you.

“This is one of the most important elections of our lifetime,” said DiCaprio. “We are using the power of social media throughout the Vote4Stuff campaign to incite bipartisan conversation around real issues, encourage registration and voting in November.”

DiCaprio’s production company, Appian Way, is a producer of Vote4Stuff, a nonpartisan campaign conceived and produced by DiCaprio and Maguire.

Check out the organization’s Facebook page to learn more about why it’s important to “Vote4Stuff in 2012.”


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Paris Hilton’s Boyfriend, Spanish Model River Viiperi, Arrested for Battery

Paris Hilton’s Boyfriend, Spanish Model River Viiperi, Arrested for Battery

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Matching mugshots for the mantel?

Paris Hilton’s latest beau, Spanish model River Viiperi, was arrested Monday morning for allegedly punching someone at a Las Vegas club.

At around 2:30 a.m. Monday morning, Viiperi, 21, was angered when the alleged victim’s girlfriend began making out with Hilton. Apparently not a fan of the girl-on-girl love fest, Viiperi took it out on the boyfriend, allegedly punching him so hard he needed medical attention.

According to TMZ, the incident took place at the Encore hotel’s XS nightclub.

The alleged victim told hotel security he wanted to press charges against Viiperi, and when Vegas Metro arrived, the male model was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery. However, Viiperi was never actually taken to jail, but cited and released before ever having to spend any time behind bars.

Hilton, 31, was not said to be involved in the incident and was not charged.

Welcome to the tabloids, Viiperi.

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Brazilian Beauty Pageant Contestant has Boyfriend Kill Competitor

Brazilian Beauty Pageant Contestant has Boyfriend Kill Competitor

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A Brazilian beauty pageant contestant has reportedly confessed to hiring her boyfriend to kill a competitor who won the southeast Brazil contest and a role in a music video.

After losing to Alini Oliveira, Adayane Matias was furious. Matias was so upset about losing that she allegedly asked the her boyfriend, Deivid Correa, to kill her rival to prove he loved her.

Matias, 20, is said to have also plotted with dance partner Juliermeson Baston, to have the competition winner killed.

On September 21, just hours before the music video was to begin shooting, investigators say Correa shot 21-year-old Oliveira in a hotel garden in Cariacica, Brazil.

Matias believed that if Oliveira was out of the picture, she would take her place because she was the second place finisher.

According to police, Matias and Baston planned the murder. Once the murder was carried, Baston reportedly sent a text to Marias saying, “Now you can have some ham with your breakfast.” ‘Ham’ is Brazilian slang for ‘dead body.’

Police chief Adroaldo Lopes told Gazeta TV, ‘They thought that Alini had robbed them of something that was rightfully theirs. Adayane became depressed and convinced her boyfriend to kill Alini to prove that he loved her.’

After the murder, Matias and Baston confessed their plan to police, saying it was a plan forged out of desperation to “make it big” as dancers.

Matias, Correa, and Baston have each been charged with first-degree murder.

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Puerto Rico’s Suiza Dairy to Pay Fines, Update Facilities after Repeatedly Violating Clean Air Act

Puerto Rico’s Suiza Dairy to Pay Fines, Update Facilities after Repeatedly Violating Clean Air Act

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Suiza Dairy has agreed to pay a penalty and make significant upgrades to settle Clean Air Act violations, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today.  The case stems from violations at two Suiza Dairy Corporation dairies located in Rio Piedras and Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, including two major releases of anhydrous ammonia from the Rio Piedras facility.

The Clean Air Act violations stem from Suiza’s failure of its general duty of care to identify hazards and to maintain safe facilities and its failure to comply with regulatory requirements for process safety management under the Clean Air Act, as well as Suiza’s failure to comply with administrative orders at both facilities.

As part of the consent decree announced today, Suiza will pay a penalty of $275,000 and will also spend approximately $3.75 million on improvement projects.

Suiza’s first accidental ammonia release from the Rio Piedras facility was in July 2005. Then in May 2007, approximately 1,146 pounds of anhydrous ammonia was released into the atmosphere causing at least 14 residents from the community located near the Rio Piedras Facility to require medical attention.  At least nine of the people requiring medical attention also required an overnight stay in the local hospital.

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Suicide on Live Television: Jodon Romero Shoots Self After Arizona Car Chase

Suicide on Live Television: Jodon Romero Shoots Self After Arizona Car Chase

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Despite a five second delay, Fox News accidentally broadcasted the suicide of a man involved in an Arizona carjacking on Friday. That man has now been identified as Jodon Romero.

As Fox anchor Shepard Smith gave a play-by-play of the police chase that began when Romero allegedly carjacked a 2008 red Dodge Caliber at gunpoint in Phoenix.

Police learned Romero, 33, was also involved in another incident before stealing the Dodge SUV, and gave chase down Interstate 10.

As it continued, the Fox News helicopter covered the chase, showing Romero driving dangerously and shooting at police. The chase ended when Romero stumbled out of the SUV onto a grassy area off the interstate. During Fox’s coverage, Smith was growing increasingly weary, and though footage was on five second delay, those watching Fox’s live coverage of the incident witnessed Romero pull a gun from his waistband and shoot himself in the head.

Smith was heard yelling for his production team to cutaway, but it was too late. The show went to commercial and upon its return, Smith apologized to viewers, saying, “We really messed up and we’re all very sorry. That didn’t belong on TV… I personally apologize to you that it happened.”

Fox later released a statement:

We took every precaution to avoid any such live incident by putting the helicopter pictures on a five second delay. Unfortunately, this mistake was the result of a severe human error and we apologize for what viewers ultimately saw on the screen.

Romero was not immediately identified as the suspect, but his name was given Sunday. His family has said Romero only recently got out of jail, and was likely heading back. Police say he had a felony warrant for his arrest for a parole violation on a weapons charge. He may also have additional warrants, but it is unclear.

Romero was the father of four and his sister has said he was not a bad man and did not want to hurt anyone, saying, “He was just going through a lot and all he wanted to do was hurt himself.”

*Though the video of Romero’s suicide can be found on various websites, HS News has chosen not to post it here.

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Spain Honor’s 75th Anniversary of Picasso’s “Guernica”

Spain Honor’s 75th Anniversary of Picasso’s “Guernica”

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Spain’s Queen Sofia Museum has mounted an impressive exhibition to celebrate the 75th anniversary of “Guernica,” painted by Pablo Picasso in memory of the devastating bombing of that northern Spanish town on April 26, 1937.

“Encounters with the 1930s” is the title of the exhibition designed to put visitors in touch with history and show what artists were doing during a turbulent decade, a key to understanding the times we live in now.

The exhibition, inaugurated Tuesday by Queen Sofia, is one of the most important of the season for the museum as is evident from the 2,000 square meters (21,500 sq. ft.) dedicated to displaying more than 400 works, including many from the most important institutions and collections around the world.

A good 75 percent of these works have never been shown in Spain before, such as the 1937 painting “New Chicago Athletic Club” by Antonio Berni.

The bombardment of Guernica, a town of 5,000 people, by the German and Italian allies of Gen. Francisco Franco, was the first indiscriminate air attack on a city.

As immortalized by Picasso, the attack has come to symbolize the horror of war and the suffering of the civilian population, whether targeted directly or simply caught in the crossfire.

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California to Issue Driver’s Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants

California to Issue Driver’s Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants

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California may become the first U.S. state to grant driver’s licenses to some undocumented immigrants.

On a mixed day for pro-immigrant advocates, Governor Jerry Brown late Sunday (September 30) signed into law legislation directing the state Department of Motor Vehicles to grant licenses to illegal immigrants who qualify for the federal government’s “deferred action,” program, which grants temporary legal status to some undocumented immigrants brought into the U.S. as children.

As many as 450,000 undocumented Californians may qualify for licenses under the law, its backers estimate.

“It is a victory for those who were brought here through no choice of their own, played by the rules, and are only asking to be included in and contribute to American society,” Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, the bill’s Democratic sponsor, said according to the Associated Press.

With Brown’s signature on the legislation, Cedillo fulfilled a 10-year-old promise to his wife, a community activist, as she lay dying of cancer.

“She made me promise. It became my mission,” he told the Los Angeles Times earlier this month.

But the victory came on a day when pro-immigrant groups saw a setback on another front.  The governor vetoed legislation that would have protected some undocumented immigrants from deportation.

Under the so-called Trust Act, widely referred to as “Anti-Arizona” legislation, California would have opted out of parts of a federal program requiring law enforcement officials to check the fingerprints of people arrest against a database of people living in the country illegally.

Tens of thousands of people nationwide have been detained for deportation under the “Secure Communities” program. That includes about 72,000 Californians, 70 percent of whom have no criminal convictions or have committed only minor offenses, according to the bill’s sponsor.

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Check Out “Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan’s New Show in Spain to Help Homeless Dog Situation

Check Out “Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan’s New Show in Spain to Help Homeless Dog Situation

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Nat Geo Mundo presents El Lider de la Manada, the first series ever to air in the U.S. featuring famed Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan speaking in his native Spanish language. 

In this new series, Cesar travels half way around the globe to Spain where, each year, 100,000 dogs are left abandoned, with nearly 50 put to sleep every day. Working to nurture and revitalize abandoned dogs while also finding them a permanent home, the show’s premise is a dream for Cesar as he is able to exert his passion for the adoption of dogs and educate others on the canine recovery process.

Cesar works with three pet adoption candidates and one dog. These canines have serious behavioral problems in dire need of rehabilitation on order to make them fit for adoption. Cesar works with each dog, applying his know-how and expertise to find the perfect match between the dogs and their potential owners. 

The greatest challenge is of course matching the owner to the dog – the animals carry the scars of a difficult and cruel past, but Cesar Millan knows best how to choose the perfect person to raise the dog.

The mission of Nat Geo Mundo is to encourage U.S. Latino families by expanding their horizons through programs about the world around them.

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Three Still Missing as Spain’s Rain Eases

Three Still Missing as Spain’s Rain Eases

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The storm that for two days has been deluging southern and eastern Spain, leaving 10 people dead, eased up somewhat on Sunday, although three people remain missing and there are still traffic circulation problems on some roadways.

In the region of Murcia, the Civil Guard is looking for a German woman who disappeared on Friday, the day the storm began, while driving her car from Puerto Lumbreras to Lorca.

Two other people are missing in the region of Andalusia, a 52-year-old British woman, Diana Dudas,. who disappeared in the town of Vera, in Almeria, and a man who vanished in the Guadalhorce Valley in Malaga.

In addition, a man was seriously injured when a tornado hit the Mediterranean town of Gandia during the storm and knocked over the Ferris wheel at the local fairgrounds.

Several highways remain cut, particularly the A-7 in Murcia and the AP-7 in Almeria, where traffic circulation has been completely halted at some spots.

Renfe, Spain’s national railway company, said that it was able to reestablish rail service in Andalusia at 10 p.m. (2000 GMT) on Saturday.

In addition, the high-velocity train service between Madrid and Valencia has been operating normally since just before 5 a.m. (0300 GMT) Sunday after having been halted all day on Saturday.

Also, authorities are working to free the two merchant ships that went aground on Friday night near the city port.

The heavy rain has caused electricity and telephone problems, and also ironically water supply problems, as well as damaging numerous homes and private vehicles.

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