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ThursdayOctober 4, 2012

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Girl Dies After Wall Collapses at Panamanian School

One girl was killed and two others injured Thursday when a wall collapsed at an elementary school in the Panamanian capital, authorities said.

The accident happened before the start of classes as the three students were playing with a rope anchored to the wall that gave way, first responders said.

Declining to give his name, one parent told a television reporter he had warned the school administration that the wall posed a danger to students because it was badly built.

Education Minister Lucy Molinar expressed regret over the accident a promised a full investigation.

“But that won’t bring back the girl,” the minister added, referring to the fourth-grade student who died.

The ministry will provide the girl’s family with all necessary assistance, Molinar said.

Panama’s head of emergency services, Arturo Alvarado, also announced plans for an exhaustive probe of the accident and said the students had been evacuated pending completion of a safety inspection at the school.

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Mexican President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto To Begin European Tour

Mexican President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto To Begin European Tour

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Mexican President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto plans to begin a tour of Germany, Spain, Britain and France on Oct. 11, transition team officials said.

The president-elect will be making his second foreign tour since Mexico’s highest elections tribunal certified his win in the July 1 presidential election.

The 46-year-old Peña Nieto will meet with the heads of state or government in the four countries, but additional details are not yet available, transition team officials told Efe.

Peña Nieto, of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, will be inaugurated on Dec. 1, opening the way for the party, which governed Mexico for seven decades, to return to power for the first time since 2000.

The president-elect will visit Germany Oct. 11-12; Spain on Oct. 15; Britain on Oct. 16; and he will wrap up his tour in France on Oct. 17.

Peña Nieto visited Guatemala, Colombia, Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Peru on a tour that started on Sept. 17.

The president-elect is expected to visit the United States in mid-November, but a date has not yet been set for the trip.

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Romney Fared Better Than Obama in First Presidential Debate

Romney Fared Better Than Obama in First Presidential Debate

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Repbulican presidential candidate Mitt Romney clearly got the upper hand over President Barack Obama, who appeared nervous and unable to clearly communicate his ideas, in their first televised debate, polls and media reports said.

Even commentators considered friendly to the Democratic incumbent, such as those on MSNBC, acknowledged that Obama lost and said they had expected a better performance from the president in Wednesday night’s debate at the University of Denver.

The press repeatedly used words like “strong” and “aggressive” to describe Romney and “stiff” and defensive to describe the president, who is seeking re-election on Nov. 6.

Some 67 percent of viewers on CNN said Romney won the debate, while 25 percent gave the upper hand to Obama.

A CNN poll of 430 adults found that 61 percent of viewers considered the president’s performance worse than expected.

A CBS poll of 523 likely voters found that 46 percent considered Romney the winer of the debate, while only 22 percent said Obama won.

Fox News said that while the debate lacked “knockout blows,” the candidates did throw some elbows.

The New York Times noted the many statistics cited by the candidates, who made the country’s economic problems the focus of the debate, weighing in on unemployment, the deficit, taxes and healthcare spending.

The Wall Street Journal pointed out the differences between the candidates over the role of the federal government, with both Romney and Obama portraying themselves as defenders of the middle class.

Democrats had said before the face-to-face showdown that Obama was rusty from not having debated in four years, while Romney was coming off a grueling Republican primary season that featured more than a dozen debates.

What is clear is that the president had his head bowed and appeared nervous at the start of the debate, preventing him from clearly communicating his plans for a second term.

Political commentators wondered why Obama did not go after Romney by mentioning recent controversial statements by the former Massachusetts governor, such as his quip to donors that “47 percent” of Americans would never vote for him because they were dependent on the government.

Obama also avoided referring to Romney’s time as head of private equity firm Bain Capital, an issue that the president’s campaign has been pounding away at during appearances and on television ads.

The president, moreover, failed to mention the former governor’s opposition to the 2009 auto industry bailout.

It is still too early to tell whether Romney’s debate victory will translate into better poll numbers, which have turned in Obama’s favor in recent weeks.

The president has two more debates - on Oct. 16 in New York and Oct. 22 in Florida - to put his loss in Denver behind him.

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Spain’s Crown Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia Wrap up Panama Trip and Head to Ecuador

Spain’s Crown Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia Wrap up Panama Trip and Head to Ecuador

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Spain’s Crown Prince Felipe and his wife wrapped up their visit to Panama with tours of the Panama City metro project and a canal-expansion construction site.

Those two infrastructure projects, the most important being undertaken by President Ricardo Martinelli’s administration, are being built with Spanish firms’ participation and demonstrate their ability to take on big challenges.

Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia first visited the site where one of the metro stations is being built and later toured one of two new lock complexes being constructed to expand the Panama Canal’s capacity.

A consortium that includes Spain’s FCC won a contract to build the Panama City metro’s Line 1, which will stretch for 14 kilometers (8.7 miles) and have 14 stations. Construction work is scheduled to conclude in 2014.

The 57 Alstom trains that will circulate on Line 1 are being built in Barcelona.

The royals also paid a separate visit to the new lock complex being built on the Pacific side of the canal.

With the noise of machinery, cranes, trucks and diggers in the background, the couple observed the large new lane that ships will eventually traverse and an enormous concrete monolith, one of dozens that will line the Pacific-side lock walls.

Spain is represented in this project by construction company Sacyr Vallehermoso, which has a 48 percent stake in the consortium building the third set of locks.

The prince and princess posed for a photo outside an observation tower after meeting with Sacyr CEO Manuel Manrique, who thanked the Spanish royal family for the support they are providing for “Brand Spain.”

After concluding their stay in Panama, Felipe and Letizia traveled Thursday to Ecuador.

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Puerto Rican Boxer Orlando Cruz Announces he is a “Proud Gay Man”

Puerto Rican Boxer Orlando Cruz Announces he is a “Proud Gay Man”

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Professional boxer Orlando Cruz, who represented Puerto Rico at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, acknowledged he is gay.

“I have and will always be a proud Puerto Rican. I have always been and always will be a proud gay man,” the reigning WBO NABO featherweight champion said in a statement released Wednesday night.

“I don’t want to hide any of my identities. I want people to look at me for the human being that I am,” said the 31-year-old fighter known as “El fenomeno.”

Expressing gratitude to his family and friends for their support, Cruz said he wants “people to continue to see me for my boxing skills, my character, my sportsmanship.”

Cruz, has compiled a record of 18-2-1, including nine knockouts, since turning pro after the 2000 Olympics. His next bout is an Oct. 19 title defense against Mexico’s Jorge Pazos.

The leader of Puerto Rico’s most prominent gay and lesbian organization hailed Cruz’s statement.

“I thank Orlando for his courage in affirming his identity in such a dignified manner. This shows, once again, that we lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and transsexual people are part of all facets and all environments of our society,” Pedro Julio Serrano said Thursday.

He said he knows Cruz as “a great boxer, as a peerless friend, but even more, as an extraordinary human being.”

“Thank you, Orlando, with all my heart,” Serrano said.

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Ricky Martin Urges Latino Voters to Vote for Obama in Spanish Ad (VIDEO)

Ricky Martin Urges Latino Voters to Vote for Obama in Spanish Ad (VIDEO)

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Singer Ricky Martin asks Hispanics to vote for President Barack Obama’s reelection in a video in Spanish in which he says that the incumbent is “committed” to the Latino community.

“I’m proud to be Latino and to see how much we’ve contributed to this country, from standing out at the best schools, starting businesses, to shaping American culture through art and music,” says the artist in the video, which mixes the faces of Hispanics with images of Obama campaigning.

Martin, who hosted an Obama fundraiser in New York in May, tells Hispanics that the Democrat must be reelected “so that this community can continue to advance.”

He notes that there are 50 million Latinos living in the United States and that their votes could decide the election on Nov. 6, “but only if we work together so that everybody knows how important it is to make ourselves heard in November.”

In an allusion to the controversial immigration issue, the musician says he is pleased with the Deferred Action initiative launched by the Obama administration last August and which suspends for two years the deportation of undocumented students who came to the United States as children.

Martin is not the only Latino artist who has publicly expressed his support for Obama’s reelection. The list includes singer Marc Anthony, Spain’s Antonio Banderas and actress Eva Longoria, among others.

Obama leads Republican rival Mitt Romney among Hispanic registered voters by a margin of 70 percent to 20 percent, according to a new survey published Wednesday.

Watch Ricky Martin’s video supporting Obama in Spanish here:

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Pulitzer Prize Winning Photographer Showcases Latinos in North Carolina

Pulitzer Prize Winning Photographer Showcases Latinos in North Carolina

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Jose Galvez’s black-and-white photography has captured the experience of Latinos in the United States for more than 40 years and he was one of the first Chicanos to receive a Pulitzer Prize.

In his most recent exhibition, “Al Norte al Norte: Latino Life in North Carolina,” a series of 51 photographs on display at the NC Museum of History in Raleigh, the Mexican-American documents the lives of people he describes as New Americans.

“What I’m looking for in this exhibition is for non-Latino visitors to come away with a better idea of who these Latinos are; that we’re neighbors, that we have celebrations, we’re religious, (we’re) workers, (we’re) with our children, that we just want to lead (our lives),” he told Efe.

Galvez fell in love with photography at the age of 10 when he carried his shoeshine box into the offices of the Arizona Daily Star in his native Tucson.

He later was part of a team of Los Angeles Times editors, reporters and photographers who in 1984 won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for their “in-depth examination of southern California’s growing Latino community.”

Armed with two cameras, a 50-year-old Rolleicord and a Nikon that dates from his years with the LA Times, the photojournalist spent several years after his arrival in North Carolina in 2004 documenting the new reality of emigrants to the southeastern United States.

“I feel like I’m creating a whole new reality,” Galvez said. “Because eventually we’re going to get past this whole debate about immigration, since 11 million people aren’t going to self-deport. They’re going to stay here.”

Capturing family and religious celebrations, workdays, naturalization ceremonies, businessmen, graduations, field workers and other images, Galvez presents a community that is active in the social, religious, labor and civic aspects of American life.

Galvez says the “Al Norte al Norte” exhibition is unique and not only because it is the first bilingual public display in a North Carolina museum, but also because it was put together by “one of us, a Mexican-American, with respect and with heart.”

Tricia Blakistone, an associate curator at the museum, said “the institution’s goal is to tell the stories of North Carolina residents, and Hispanics currently represent more than 8 percent of the population.”

For North Carolina Latinos like Brenda Martinez, who arrived from Mexico with her family at the age of 8, Galvez’s photos are like “a movie of her life.”

Diana Aguillon, who emigrated from Monterrey, Mexico, to the Tar Heel State just five years ago, said the exhibition is an opportunity for her “children to learn a little about the culture and learn about the richness it possesses.”

Galvez, meanwhile, continues to search for these New Americans in different corners of the country and explore new aspects of Hispanic culture, as well as participate in forums and conferences in institutions throughout North Carolina.

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Check Out Jennifer Lopez in ‘Parker’ Trailer Alongside Hunky Hero Jason Statham (VIDEO)

Check Out Jennifer Lopez in ‘Parker’ Trailer Alongside Hunky Hero Jason Statham (VIDEO)

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The trailer for Parker, which opens January 25, 2013, has been released, and from the looks of it, Jennifer Lopez used her recent concert tour to stay in shape.

Parker (Jason Statham) is a professional thief who lives by a personal code of ethics: Don’t steal from people who can’t afford it and don’t hurt people who don’t deserve it. But on his latest heist, his crew double crosses him, steals his stash, and leaves him for dead. Determined to make sure they regret it, Parker tracks them to PalmBeach, playground of the rich and famous, where the crew is planning their biggest heist ever. Donning the disguise of a rich Texan, Parker takes on an unlikely partner, Leslie ( Lopez), a savvy insider, who’s short on cash, but big on looks, smarts and ambition. Together, they devise a plan to hijack the score, take everyone down and get away clean.

Michael Chiklis (“The Shield”, Fantastic 4) and Nick Nolte (Warrior, Beverly Hills Cop, “Rich Man, Poor Man”) also star in the film, which is based on the fictional character developed in author Donald E. Westlake’s book series he wrote under the pseudonym Richard Stark. Parker, whose first name is never mentioned in the books, was the protagonist in 24 of Westlake’s 28 novels. The first book in the series, The Hunter, was adapted to film twice, as 1999’s Payback, starring Mel Gibson, and Point Blank, starring Lee Marvin.

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America Ferrera is Cosmopolitan For Latinas’ Cover Girl

America Ferrera is Cosmopolitan For Latinas’ Cover Girl

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Actress America Ferrera will appear on the cover of the new edition of the magazine Cosmopolitan for Latinas, where the star of “Ugly Betty” shows off her spectacular figure.

Ferrera, who debuted as an actress in 2002 with the film “Real Women Have Curves,” wears a tight blue and black dress with a leopard motif.

The actress confessed to the magazine that she “hates” photo and red carpet sessions, adding that she is not “very well equipped for the scrutiny or the pressure to be perfect.”

“And I don’t think anyone really is,” said Ferrera, 28.

“People are saying ‘We love you and love what you do,’ and you’re sitting there thinking, ‘I’m not skinny enough or pretty enough.’ It’s taken a lot of work to get over that,” she said, adding that when she is not working she uses her free time to sleep.

Off the set, she has participated in campaigns to mobilize the Latino vote, a project that has taken her to several states to speak on the subject because, she has said, there are many people who are imprisoned by fear.

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Celebrate National Taco Day With Us

Celebrate National Taco Day With Us

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Celebrate with Hispanically Speaking News ‘National Taco Day’ and enjoy a crispy, meat stuffed taco somewhere.  This Mexican dish is traditionally filled with chicken, beef, veggies or seafood.  But now a days you can find alligator tacos, african lion tacos, cheese tacos - you name it just put it in a taco shell. 

In 1520, the conquistador Hernando Cortez wrote to King Charles V of Spain to describe his experiences in the New World. In his letter he mentioned a delicious meal the Aztec inhabitants prepared with “tlaxcalli” or “tortilla.” It is the first historical reference to tacos!

 

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LATINO BLOTTER: Pedro Bravo Charged With Murder as Victim, Christian Aguilar, Remains Missing

LATINO BLOTTER: Pedro Bravo Charged With Murder as Victim, Christian Aguilar, Remains Missing

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The death of a University of Florida student is believed to be the result of a fight between friends over a girl.

Police say the student, 18-year-old Christian Aguilar, was last seen on September 20 at a Best Buy store in Gainseville with Pedro Bravo, a childhood friend. Bravo has said they got into an argument over a girl outside the store, but little else is known for sure.

After Aguilar’s disappearance, a major search began for the missing student, and even Governor Rick Scott joined the search, which also included helicopters and K-9 units.

During the investigation into the disappearance, police questioned Bravo, who admitted to beating Aguilar until he was barely breathing, swollen and bloody, but said he left him on the side of the road.

Police also found Aguilar’s backpack in Bravo’s closet and it was also discovered he had purchased duct tape and a shovel a number of days before Aguilar disappeared, though the items have no yet been recovered.

Aguilar still has not been found and police say Bravo has been inconsistent in his telling of the fight that occurred between the two of them.

Despite the lack of a body, police have charged Bravo with first-degree murder and he had been denied bail.

Thursday, the FBI announced they had joined the search for Aguilar, and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said she is glad to accept the support.

“I am pleased that the FBI has confirmed to my office that the agency is indeed involved in the case of missing UF student Christian Aguilar,” the Congresswoman stated. “The Aguilar family and all who know Christian deserve closure on this tragically sad case. It is my sincere hope that this development will accomplish this.”

Though it cannot be confirmed whether Aguilar is even still alive, police, family, and friends are all still hoping for the best.

Meanwhile, Bravo has reportedly frustrated investigators who say he has stopped talking to them.

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New Documentary Shares Brazilian Artist Bel Borba With the World (VIDEO)

New Documentary Shares Brazilian Artist Bel Borba With the World (VIDEO)

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Tattooed onto the skin of Salvador, Brazil, are ubiquitous public artworks created by the artist Bel Borba.

Known as “The People’s Picasso,” this eclectic artist represents a rarely seen side of Brazil.  For thirty-five years Borba has spread his artwork throughout the 500-year-old urban landscape. From three-year-old school kids to eighty-year old street vendors, Bel Borba is everybody’s family member, and the city most beloved son.

This film, Bel Borba Aqui, directed by Burt Sun and Andre Costantini, shares Bel’s joy and madness: creating large-scale outdoor art at lightning speed and then working alone in deep introspection.

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His exuberant personality shines as he draws inspiration from his surroundings, especially in impoverished neighborhoods. Working as a voice of the people, Bel breathes new life into the city he loves through his art. See his renaissance through constant acts of creation.

The film began running in select theaters on October 3rd. Watch the trailer below.
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Luis Soriano Brings Books to Remote Colombian Villages Via the Biblioburro (VIDEO)

Luis Soriano Brings Books to Remote Colombian Villages Via the Biblioburro (VIDEO)

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Some people just want to watch the world learn, people like Colombian primary school teacher Luis Soriano Bohorquez.

For more than a decade, Soriano has been bringing books to remote villages by strapping a small library to two burros, calling it the Biblioburro.

Growing up, Soriano says he loved reading, so when he grew up and that love continued, he went on to receive a college degree in Spanish literature.

The late 1990s, after seeing how much kids loved reading the books he’d bring them, he began the Biblioburro.

With just 70 books to start with, Soriano wrote to Juan Gossain, a Colombian journalist and writer he’d heard on the radio, and asked for a copy of his book, The Ballad of Maria Abdala. What happened next was nothing short of heartwarming.

After Gossain received Soriano’s letter and learned about the Biblioburro, he shared the story on his radio program. Almost over night, books came flooding in and Soriano’s little library of 70 books quickly expanded to around 5,000.

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Preview ‘The Voice’ Judges Christina Aguilera Cee Lo Green Collab on “Baby It’s Cold Outside”

Preview ‘The Voice’ Judges Christina Aguilera Cee Lo Green Collab on “Baby It’s Cold Outside”

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Set to be released later this month, Cee Lo Green had shared his upcoming album’s track list, and one of them is a holiday favorite with fellow judge on The Voice, Christina Aguilera.

Green and Aguilera teamed up on a new rendition of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”, which is set to be released October 30.

The song will appear on the upcoming Cee Lo’s Magic Moment.

The album track list:

1. What Christmas Means to Me
2. Baby, It’s Cold Outside (Ft. Christina Aguilera)
3. This Christmas
4. The Christmas Song
5. White Christmas
6. All I Need Is Love”(Ft. Disney’s The Muppets)
7. You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch (Ft. Straight No Chaser)
8. Please Come Home for Christmas
9. Run Rudolph Run
10. All I Want for Christmas
11. Mary, Did You Know?
12. River
13. Merry Christmas, Baby (Ft. Rod Stewart)
14. Silent Night

Check out a preview of Green and Aguilera’s song below. Could this be another hit between The Voice judges? Aguilera teamed up with Maroon 5, fronted by fellow judge Adam Levine, for “Moves Like Jagger”.

See the album cover below.

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Mexico Unveils New High-Tech Federal Prison

Mexico Unveils New High-Tech Federal Prison

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The government has inaugurated a federal prison featuring state-of-the-art technology in the northern Mexican state of Sonora, the first penitentiary built with the participation of the private sector.

Federal Prison No. 11 in Hermosillo, the capital of Sonora, “marks a strategic advance in transforming the federal penitentiary system and in strengthening the country’s security,” President Felipe Calderon said during the prison’s inauguration on Tuesday.

The prison, which will start operating at the end of this year, sprawls over 100 hectares (about 247 acres) and has the capacity to house 2,500 inmates under the tightest security standards.

The penitentiary, which cost 4.2 billion pesos ($325 million), has the potential to eventually house up to 4,000 inmates.

The facility features automated controlled entrances and a hospital with advanced laboratories.

The prison features cutting-edge technology, including 1,200 security cameras, X-ray equipment, scanners, gear to detect the molecular presence of drugs, biometric readers to monitor people entering and leaving the facility, and equipment to block telecommunications signals, Calderon said.

“Perhaps this is the biggest prison in the world. We’ll have to look at the corresponding Guinness record,” the president said.

“The most important thing is the people who run this prison. Professional, reliable, trained in accordance with the prison model we implemented in this administration,” Calderon said.

The National Human Rights Commission, or CNDH, Mexico’s equivalent of an ombudsman’s office, warned in a recent report of the problems in the prison system.

Mexico’s prison system is in the midst of a crisis caused by government neglect of inmates, a situation reflected in the escapes, fights and other problems plaguing penitentiaries, the CNDH said.

“The state provides enormous resources for fighting crime and arresting criminals, but it practically abandons inmates once they are in prison,” CNDH chief Raul Plascencia said during the presentation of the 2011 National Penitentiary Management Oversight Report.

“No public security policy will yield results if it does not address and deal with the situation inside the prisons,” Plascencia said.

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Detroit’s Triple Crown Tiger Miguel Cabrera Deserves AL MVP

Detroit’s Triple Crown Tiger Miguel Cabrera Deserves AL MVP

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When debating on who should win the American League MVP, voters need to know two words: Triple Crown.

That is what Detroit Tigers infielder Miguel Cabrera accomplished this regular season. The hitting Triple Crown is awarded to a player who leads the league in batting average, home runs, and RBIs. The 29-year-old Venezuelan did that, becoming the first player in 45 years to earn the honor.

Cabrera batted .330, hit 44 homeruns and drove in 139 runs. He was the star player of the AL Central champions.

However, there is a 21 year old out west who turned heads this season. Los Angeles Angles rookie Mike Trout had an incredible season in his first full campaign. His batting average was .326, 30 homeruns and 83 RBIs in 138 games. Trout’s advantage over Cabrera is has a great glove in the field and stole 49 bases.  Trout and the Angels missed the playoffs finishing behind the Oakland A’s and Texas Rangers in the AL West.

It’s an extremely close race, but the fact that Cabrera won the Triple Crown and his team won the division, the MVP award should go to the man playing in Detroit.

Story Written by HS News Sports Writer:  Nate Jacobson

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Archaeologists Uncover Tomb of Mayan Queen in Guatemala (VIDEO)

Archaeologists Uncover Tomb of Mayan Queen in Guatemala (VIDEO)

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The tomb of a powerful seventh-century Maya queen was discovered at the El Peru-Waka site in the northwestern Guatemalan province of Peten, archaeologists said Wednesday.

The co-director of the expedition, U.S. archaeologist David Freidel, called the tomb “the most important find” of his 43 years working in Guatemala.

K’abel was the wife of King K’inich Bahlam II, but her title, Kalomt’e, or Supreme Warrior, indicates she had greater authority than her spouse, Freidel said.

The couple ruled the Wak kingdom for at least 20 years in the late seventh century.

K’abel is depicted on a piece from El Peru-Waka, Stela 34, now on exhibit in the United States at Cleveland Art Museum.

The excavations that uncovered K’abel’s tomb were directed by Mexican-born U.S. scholar Olivia Navarro-Farr and Griselda Perez Robles, former director of prehistoric monuments with Guatemala’s National Institute of Anthropology and History.

The tomb was detected on June 9 inside the structure known as M13-1, Navarro-Farr told Efe.

Work at the El Peru-Waka site, located inside the Maya Biosphere Reserve, began in 2003 and the current effort is sponsored by the Foundation for the Cultural and Natural Patrimony of Guatemala.

Archaeologist David Freidel discusses the discovery below:

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Singer Larry Hernandez’s Reality Show to Air October 7 on mun2

Singer Larry Hernandez’s Reality Show to Air October 7 on mun2

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Popular singer Larry Hernandez will expose his daily life to the public on “Larrymania,” a 10-episode reality show that will begin airing on Oct. 7 on the cable channel mun2.

“I’m going to expose my edgy feelings, I’m going to present my children, my mother, my girlfriend in filming we’re doing in five U.S. cities, and also in Sinaloa (Mexico) where I went to visit the cemetery where my grandparents rest in peace,” the singer told Efe.

Hernandez, a Los Angeles native who began living in Sinaloa starting at age 4, said that the program brings personal risks.

“It was hard for me to decide to do a show about my private life, because that means making known what I love most, which is my family, including to criminal groups like those who kidnapped my brother in 2004 in Phoenix and tried to kidnap me in 2006,” Hernandez said.

Hernandez, who sings “narco-corridos,” ballads about the lives and often violent deaths of drug traffickers, said that despite the inconveniences the project carries with it, he opted to star in the program thinking about his children.

“I decided to participate fully in the production because ... my two children’s friends don’t believe them that their dad is the singer who’s on television and so they’ll be part of the reality (show) in which I do what I always do, which is take care of them, play with them and tell them that I want them to do well in school,” he emphasized.

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Police Arrest Man in Connection With Murder of Mexican Tourist in Croatia

Police Arrest Man in Connection With Murder of Mexican Tourist in Croatia

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A Croatian man was arrested in connection with the murder of Mexican tourist Selena Margarit Graciano Macedo at a park in Split in August, police said Wednesday.

“We are dealing with a 28-year-old citizen who lives with his family in Split, unemployed, with unfinished studies, who occasionally works construction and had no criminal record until now,” Split police chief Vitomir Bijelic told Radio Croatia.

The suspect was arrested four days ago after a woman identified him as the owner of the bloody AC Milan jersey bearing the name “Reksi” that was found near the crime scene.

“We have solid evidence against the suspect,” Split province prosecutor Michelle Squiccimarro told the Croatian news Web site Index.hr.

The motive for the murder has not been determined, officials said.

Investigators found fingerprints and DNA at the crime scene that is expected to help confirm the killer’s identity.

The police department expressed its regret Wednesday over the brutal crime and sent its condolences to the victim’s family.

The 31-year-old Graciano Macedo was murdered in Split’s popular Marjan park on Aug. 21 and her body was found buried nearby four days later.

Investigators initially found a sandal and hat belonging to the victim, whose throat was cut, but they later discovered evidence of a struggle along with her backpack and a bloody knife.

The victim’s brother, Enmanuel Graciano, said they arrived in Split the same day she was killed as part of a trip around Europe.

The siblings separated because Selena wanted to visit a church and the zoo, while her brother preferred to head back to their hotel and rest, Enmanuel Graciano said.

Police have detained 80 people and questioned a total of 300 in the course of the murder investigation.

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