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ThursdayDecember 6, 2012

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Mexican Duo Jesse and Joy Celebrate Grammy Nod

Mexican Duo Jesse and Joy Celebrate Grammy Nod

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Mexican duo Jesse and Joy have added one more success to a fruitful year of international recognition by being nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Latino Pop category for their album “Con quien se queda el perro?”

The siblings are competing in the category with Guatemalan singer-songwriter Ricardo Arjona (“Independiente”), Puerto Rico’s Kany Garcia (“Kany Garcia”) and Colombians Juanes (“MTV Unplugged Deluxe Edition”) and Fonseca (“Ilusion”).

The nominations for the prestigious prize bestowed by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences were announced Wednesday evening in Los Angeles.

This year, Jesse and Joy already walked away with five Latino Grammys at the Nov. 15 awards ceremony in Las Vegas and that same week it was also announced that they were nominated in five categories for Premio Lo Nuestro awards, which are given out by the Hispanic television network Univision.

The performers of “Corre!” (a success on the social networks with almost 100 million views on YouTube), “La de la mala suerte” and “Me voy” are continuing their international tour in Mexico and soon will give concerts in Latin America, the United States and Spain.

Watch Jesse and Joy’s “Corre!” here:

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Latino Lawyer Defends Labor Rights of 70,000 Farm Workers in Illinois

Latino Lawyer Defends Labor Rights of 70,000 Farm Workers in Illinois

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The attorney son of a Guatemalan immigrant is in the forefront of defending the labor rights of about 70,000 farm workers in Illinois.

Since 2009, Miguel Keberlein has been the supervisor of the Illinois Migrant Legal Assistance Project of the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago.

Keberlein started working for the Legal Assistance Foundation in 2002 and when the organization began the migrant project he did not hesitate to accept his current post.

This son of a U.S. father and a Guatemalan mother earlier worked with Water For People, which builds potable water systems, schools and bridges in rural communities in Guatemala.

Helping others is part of a family tradition, since his father met his mother while working with the Peace Corps in Guatemala in the 1960s.

So, it was almost natural that he opted to help migrants.

“It’s a population that simply operates below the radar,” said Keberlein in an interview with Efe. “They are people who work in the fields from sunup to sundown but people never see them.”

Keberlein regularly visits farms in the southern and central part of the state and he even opens temporary offices where law students advise the workers in civil cases.

The majority of the cases of migrant workers, Keberlein said, focus on job-related questions.

“The core of each complaint we receive at first has to do with they didn’t pay me what they should have paid me, or I’m missing a check. Later, when we analyze the situation we note that they were also exposed to pesticides or their house is terrible or they bought a car and they got swindled,” he said.

Apart from the low salaries, the farm workers also are housed in inadequate quarters.

“There’s an abandoned hospital in Rantoul, Illinois, where 400-plus migrant workers are housed every summer,” Keberlein said.

Migrant field hands are largely excluded from the laws that protect other workers.

The migrant workers are not protected by the National Labor Relations Act. They also do not receive overtime pay and lack the right to organize, except in California and in Washington state.

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U.S. Senate Demands Cuba Free Alan Gross

U.S. Senate Demands Cuba Free Alan Gross

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By unanimous consensus, the U.S. Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan resolution demanding that Cuban authorities immediately release imprisoned U.S. contractor Alan Gross.

The non-binding resolution, introduced by Maryland Democrat Ben Cardin and Kansas Republican Jerry Moran, is Congress’ first formal pronouncement on the issue.

Now 63, Gross was detained in Havana three years ago in possession of satellite communications equipment he said he was planning to distribute among Cuba’s Jewish community.

Havana says he was illegally aiding dissidents and inciting subversion on the Communist-ruled island. Last August, Cuba’s highest court upheld the 15-year jail sentence imposed on Gross five months earlier.

Gross was working for a firm hired by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

The Senate resolution said Gross’ health has “seriously deteriorated” over the past three years, during which time he has developed degenerative arthritis in a leg and a problem in a shoulder, and they are asking that he be examined by an “independent” physician.

Havana says that Gross is not suffering from any life-threatening illness, is being taken care of by a “world class” medical team, is receiving “decorous and humane” treatment and is in weekly telephone contact with his relatives, lawyers and friends.

The State Department demands that Gross be released and has rejected the concept that the case is comparable to that of the “Cuban Five,” the group of Cuban agents serving sentences for espionage in the United States.

Gross’ wife, Judy Gross, has turned to the public and to Congress to exert pressure for her husband’s release and so that the United States and Cuba will sit down to negotiate and take steps toward a frank dialogue regarding the bilateral agenda.

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Mexican Court Rules in Favor of Same-Sex Couples Seeking Marriage

Mexican Court Rules in Favor of Same-Sex Couples Seeking Marriage

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Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled in favor of three same-sex couples to whom the authorities in the southern state of Oaxaca had refused authorization to wed, bringing the country one step closer to general recognition of this type of union.

The high court declared Article 143 of the Civil Code of Oaxaca unconstitutional, specifically the part stating that marriage “has the purpose of perpetuating the species.”

That language “threatens people’s self-determination and the right to the free development of their personality, by conditioning the union between a single man and a single woman to the fulfillment of that task,” the justices found.

In addition, the court said, it violates the principle of equality because “it gives differentiated treatment to couples of men or of women compared to heterosexual couples, excluding people of the same sex from the possibility of marrying.”

Same-sex matrimony has been legal in Mexico City since 2009, and the Supreme Court ruled in 2010 that Mexico’s 31 other jurisdictions must recognize the validity of marriages between people of the same sex that are performed in the capital.

Other states, such as Coahuila and Quintana Roo, have less restrictive laws than the one in Oaxaca, but the Mexico City law is, to date, the only one explicitly permitting same-sex marriages.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Police Looking for Machete Wielding Attackers Named ‘Applez’ and ‘Sauce’

LATINO BLOTTER: Police Looking for Machete Wielding Attackers Named ‘Applez’ and ‘Sauce’

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Arizona police are looking for two men believed to have tried to kill a man with a machete.

Flagstaff authorities are looking for Andrew ‘Applez’ Jaurequi and another man only known as ‘Sauce’, meaning they are looking for Applez and Sauce.

Applez, who has tattoos of the appropriate fruit on his neck, was last seen driving a 1991 yellow four-door Cadillac.

The attack took place on Saturday morning, and the victim said his face, head, back, and leg were injured by a machete following. The attack a previously altercation.

Though the second attacker’s actual name is not known he is described as a Hispanic male in his 20s approximately 6-feet-tall. He may be driving a blue 1990’s four-door Cadillac.

The Flagstaff Police Department has asked anyone with information regarding Applez and Sauce’s whereabouts to contact them immediately at the station or CoconinoSilentWitness.org.

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Messi Only Suffering From Bruise After Collision on the Field

Messi Only Suffering From Bruise After Collision on the Field

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Argentine phenom Lionel Messi said Thursday that though he feared the worst after a collision during FC Barcelona‘s Champions League match with Benfica, the injury turned out to be only a bruise.

“I’m fine, luckily it was no more than a bruise,” he told a throng of reporters during a sponsorship event here at the club’s Camp Nou stadium.

“But, honestly, I thought it was going to be the last ball I was going to touch for a long time,” Messi said, recounting his emotions as he waited to be carried off the field.

The 25-year-old Argentine striker rejected the suggestion that he shouldn’t have been on the pitch for Wednesday’s match, as Barcelona was already assured of advancing to the knockout stage.

“What happened to me yesterday could have happened in practice,” Messi said. “For the past five years it was always this way, in these matches in which we were qualified and had little at stake, I always played a little. And as long as I can and Tito (Vilanova, Barcelona’s coach) lets me, I will continue the same way.”

After thanking fans for their expressions of concern, Messi said he still hopes to match - if not surpass - retired German great Gerd Müller’s record of 85 goals in a calendar year.

Messi, with 84 goals, has four matches left in 2012.

“It’s not an obsession to surpass that record,” the Argentine said. “If it comes, fine. And if not, nothing happens.”

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Colombian Couple Live in Sewer for 22 Years

Colombian Couple Live in Sewer for 22 Years

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A Colombian couple say they have lived better than their president for more than two decades.

Miguel Restrepo, 62, and his wife, Maria Garcia, have lived in an abandoned sewer under Medellin, Colombia for 22 years, but say they live a calm and carefree life with their dog, Blackie.

Restrepo, a former drug addict, said he and his wife have a stove, bed, chair, television, and fan.

Despite their relative happiness, the couple does live in fear that the government could force them from the home at any time.

The space they occupy is roughly 1.4 meters high, 3 meters wide, and two meters deep.

Medellin is Colombia’s second largest city and has a population of approximately 2.7 million people.

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Software Creator McAfee Requests Political Asylum in Guatemala

Software Creator McAfee Requests Political Asylum in Guatemala

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U.S. software tycoon John McAfee on Wednesday, via his attorney, presented a formal asylum request to Guatemala arguing that he is being “politically persecuted” by the government of Belize, the country where he settled in 2008.

A spokesman for the Guatemalan Foreign Ministry confirmed to Efe that lawyer Telesforo Guerra filed the petition.

A few hours earlier, Foreign Minister Harold Caballeros had said that if McAfee presented a formal asylum request, Guatemalan officials would begin collecting information to be able to respond to it.

“We know that Belize wanted to question him about the death of a neighbor, that is what I understand, (but) there is no formal accusation,” said the foreign minister.

McAfee, 67, the creator of the famous antivirus software program that bears his name, appeared on Tuesday outside the high court here and announced that he would request asylum in Guatemala after declaring that he was being politically persecuted by the Belize government, a “very corrupt” government, that he said sent its soldiers to harass him because he had decided to stop financially supporting it.

The eccentric millionaire had remained in hiding for several weeks and had put out false clues about his whereabouts on his blog to elude Belize authorities, who want to question him about the Nov. 10 murder of American ex-pat Gregory Faull, his neighbor in the town of Ambergris Caye.

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UPDATE: Father Says Young Leukemia Patient Taken from Hospital is in Mexico

UPDATE: Father Says Young Leukemia Patient Taken from Hospital is in Mexico

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Last week a young girl went missing after her mother was captured on security cameras taking the girl out of the hospital. Wednesday, the girl’s father is saying she is in Mexico.

Identified only as Emily, the 11-year-old was reportedly removed from the hospital where she had undergone leukemia treatment. Though she was scheduled to be released the next day, hospital footage shows Emily’s mother, a 35-year-old only identified as Norma, waking the girl out of Phoenix Children’s Hospital on November 28 after having her change her clothes in the bathroom.

The greatest concern was with the chest catheter in Emily’s heart, which was placed there during treatment. The mother removed the IV from the catheter when she took her daughter from the hospital, and doctors who spoke with police informed them that should the catheter not be medically removed from her heart, it could become infected and Emily could die.

Wednesday, Emily’s 46-year-old father, Luis Bracamontes, spoke with NBC News and said his daughter is being treated by doctors at an undisclosed location in Mexico.

Phoenix police have not yet filed criminal charges against the girl’s family, but an investigation is ongoing and authorities are still attempting to verify Bracamontes story.

Asked why the girl was taken out of the hospital, Bracamontes said the family was being pressured about their escalating medical bills and were unsure about the care Emily was getting. Due to an infection while at the Phoenix hospital, Emily had to have her arm removed as well.

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2013 Grammy Awards: And the Nominees Are…

2013 Grammy Awards: And the Nominees Are…

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The nominees for the 2013 Grammy Awards were announced on Wednesday, and for the fifth year, nominations for the annual Grammy Awards were announced on primetime television as part of “The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night.”

The one-hour CBS entertainment special broadcast live for the first time ever from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville with hosts Taylor Swift and LLCoolJ.

Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, Fun., Jay-Z, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, and Kanye West head into the 2013 Grammys with six nominations each; he Black Keys, Chick Corea and Miguel earn five nominations each.

The nominees for the top awards:

Record Of The Year:
“Lonely Boy” — The Black Keys
“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” — Kelly Clarkson
“We Are Young” — Fun. featuring Janelle Monáe
“Somebody That I Used To Know” — Gotye featuring Kimbra
“Thinkin Bout You” — Frank Ocean
“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” — Taylor Swift

Album Of The Year:
El Camino — The Black Keys
Some Nights — Fun.
Babel — Mumford & Sons
Channel Orange — Frank Ocean
Blunderbuss — Jack White

Song Of The Year:
“The A Team” — Ed Sheeran, songwriter (Ed Sheeran)
“Adorn” — Miguel Pimentel, songwriter (Miguel)
“Call Me Maybe” — Tavish Crowe, Carly Rae Jepsen & Josh Ramsay, songwriters (Carly Rae Jepsen)
“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” — Jörgen Elofsson, David Gamson, Greg Kurstin & Ali Tamposi, songwriters (Kelly Clarkson)
“We Are Young” — Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess, songwriters (Fun. featuring Janelle Monáe)

Best New Artist:
Alabama Shakes
Fun.
Hunter Hayes
The Lumineers
Frank Ocean


The complete list of nominees can be found here.

The 55th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on “Grammy Sunday,” Feb. 10, 2013, at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and can be watched on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

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San Diego Millionaire Looking for Latina Love, Buys Billboard

San Diego Millionaire Looking for Latina Love, Buys Billboard

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A local millionaire has taken his quest for a girlfriend to the streets of San Diego’s Barrio Logan neighborhood.

Marc Paskin decided to purchase a billboard to help him find his special lady on the I-5 & 28th Street. What do you think about his plan to land a mate?

Paskin may seem familiar, and it’s likely because he appeared on the show “Secret Millionaire” in March of 2011.

Though he may be looking for some Latin lovin’ in a strange way, it should be noted that Paskin was happily married to his wife Marsha for 28 years until her death from diabetes-related issues.

ImageAt the end of his “Secret Millionaire” episode, Paskin gave $40,000 to John Cook, the founder of Really Living Foundation, which provides free transportation and financial assistance to those who are uninsured or underinsured. During Paskin’s “undercover” time as a driver, he met 24-year-old mother Courtney, a mother struggling with her young daughter’s illness as well as the failure of her own transplanted kidney. In the end, he gave the mother and her daughter $20,000.

Come on, ladies! This guy seems like a real sweetheart.

If you’re interested in being his Christmas Latina email his as ChristmasLatina@aol.com

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Boat Accident in Bolivia Leaves 11 Dead, 3 are Children

Boat Accident in Bolivia Leaves 11 Dead, 3 are Children

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Eleven people are confirmed dead and five others remain missing after a boat sank on Lake Titicaca, Bolivian authorities said Wednesday.

The vessel went down about 1 mile from Suriqui island due to excess weight, regional naval commander Pablo Cardona told the media.

At least 20 people were aboard the boat, most of them teachers returning to the mainland after taking part in a school event on Suriqui.

The fatalities include three minors, one of them a 5-year-old girl. Another child is among the five people unaccounted for.

Four other passengers managed to cling to the capsized boat until rescuers arrived, Cardona said.

Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable body of water, is shared by Bolivia and Peru.

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Int’l Olympic Committee Disqualifies 4 Medal Winners For Doping

Int’l Olympic Committee Disqualifies 4 Medal Winners For Doping

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Four athletes who won medals at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens have been disqualified for doping, the International Olympic Committee said Wednesday.

It was in 2004 that the IOC adopted a policy of preserving blood samples for eight years to allow for subsequent retesting using the latest methods.

Ukraine’s Yurij Bilonog will lose his gold medal in the shot put, while Belarus hammer thrower Ivan Tskikhan must return his silver.

Two Athens bronze medalists - Russian shot putter Svetlana Krivelyova and discus thrower Irina Yatchenko of Belarus - are also affected by the IOC decision.

The IOC will wait for the International Association of Athletics Federations to retrieve the medals and readjust the results from the Athens Games before considering a reallocation of the honors.

In the case of the shot put event, U.S. athlete Adam Nelson would be in line for the gold medal, while the silver would go to Joachim Olsen of Denmark and the bronze to Spaniard Manuel Martinez.

The IOC and the World Anti-Doping Agency plan to re-analyze additional samples from the 2004 Games.

IOC President Jacques Rogge told reporters here that he supports the idea of extending the look-back period for doping offenses from eight to 10 years, provided samples can be safely preserved for that long.

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STUDY:  Mexican Immigrants in U.S. are Lowest-Paid, Least Educated of Immigrant Groups

STUDY:  Mexican Immigrants in U.S. are Lowest-Paid, Least Educated of Immigrant Groups

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Mexican migrants to the United States have the lowest levels of schooling and earn the least amount of take-home pay among all immigrant groups in that country, according to a study by Spanish bank BBVA.

The report, prepared by the bank’s economic studies service and released here Wednesday, said 43 percent of Mexican immigrants between 15 and 64 stopped school prior to the 10th grade, compared to less than 10 percent in the case of migrants born in Canada, South America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Europe and Oceania.

Central Americans “also have higher levels of schooling,” with 37 percent of immigrants between 15 and 64 having less than 10 years of schooling.

In addition, 10 percent of Central American migrants are professionals with a graduate degree, compared to 6 percent of Mexican immigrants.

Mexicans overall receive lower pay than other groups of emigrants to the United States, although Mexican migrants with low educational levels fare better in terms of wages than their counterparts from other nationalities, according to the study.

Mexican men who have completed less than 10 grades of formal schooling earn an average of three times more than Mexican women with the same level of education.

The study noted that 60 percent of undocumented migrants in the United States are Mexican and more than 50 percent of Mexican immigrants are undocumented.

An estimated 12 million Mexican-born people live in the United States.

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Mexico Plane Crash Leaves 2 Military Officers Dead

Mexico Plane Crash Leaves 2 Military Officers Dead

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Two Mexican military officers died in a plane crash in the western state of Baja California Sur, the Navy Secretariat said.

Wednesday’s accident occurred 34 kilometers (21 miles) southwest of the state capital of La Paz for unknown reasons, resulting in the death of an air force major and a navy lieutenant commander.

The two-seat, single-engine Zlin 242-L was part of the fleet of the La Paz-based Naval Aviation School.

The Czech-made aircraft was being used for training purposes when an emergency alarm was activated and the plane fell from the sky, the secretariat said in a statement.

“An investigation has been launched to determine what may have caused the accident,” the statement said.

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UPDATE:  One of Latin America’s Greatest Architects, Oscar Niemeyer, Dies

UPDATE:  One of Latin America’s Greatest Architects, Oscar Niemeyer, Dies

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Celebrated Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer died Wednesday at a hospital in Rio de Janeiro, doctors said. He was 104.

The father of modern architecture in Brazil entered the hospital Nov. 2 suffering from kidney problems.

Niemeyer’s condition grew worse in recent days, Dr. Fernando Gjorup said earlier Wednesday, adding that the patient was breathing with the aid of a respirator and under sedation.

Niemeyer, winner of Spain’s prestigious Prince of Asturias Prize for the Arts in 1989, was born on Dec. 15, 1907 and, despite his advanced age, remained professionally active up until what turned out to be his final illness.

The acclaimed architect and avowed communist, who a half century ago designed the main buildings of Brasilia, the nation’s futuristic capital city, became known for the flowing curves of his reinforced concrete structures.

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Petrobras Announces Deep-water Oil Find in Brazil

Petrobras Announces Deep-water Oil Find in Brazil

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State-controlled oil company Petrobras on Wednesday announced a new light oil find in ultra-deep waters off Brazil’s northeastern coast.

The crude accumulation was discovered at a spot 85 kilometers (53 miles) off the coast of the city of Aracaju, capital of Sergipe state, at a depth of 2,583 meters (8,470 feet), Petrobras said in a statement.

The find was the fourth the company has announced thus far this year in that region.

Petrobras said it will continue conducting studies prior to presenting a plan for developing the deposit to the National Petroleum Agency, which regulates the oil sector.

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Famed Architect Oscar Niemeyer, 104, in Grave Condition in Brazil

Famed Architect Oscar Niemeyer, 104, in Grave Condition in Brazil

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Centenarian Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer is in grave condition, doctors at Rio’s Samaritan Hospital said Wednesday.

The 104-year-old father of modern architecture in Brazil entered the hospital Nov. 2.

Niemeyer’s condition has worsened in recent days, Dr. Fernando Gjorup said in the latest medical bulletin.

The patient is now breathing with the aid of a respirator and is under sedation, according to the bulletin.

Niemeyer, winner of Spain’s prestigious Prince of Asturias Prize for the Arts in 1989, was born on Dec. 15, 1907 and, despite his advanced age, remained professionally active up until his current bout of poor health.

The acclaimed architect and avowed communist, who a half century ago designed the main buildings of Brasilia, the nation’s futuristic capital city, is known for the flowing curves of his reinforced concrete structures.

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Puerto Rican Beaten to Death After Withdrawing $500 from ATM

Puerto Rican Beaten to Death After Withdrawing $500 from ATM

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The 32-year-old advertising executive killed last week after being forced to withdraw $500 from an Automatic Teller Machine was beaten to death with metal pipes, Puerto Rico’s El Nuevo Dia newspaper said Wednesday

The murder of Jose Enrique Gomez Saladin in suburban San Juan has stunned Puerto Rican society and popular horror over the crime is growing as more details emerge.

“We are all Jose Enrique,” singer Ricky Martin said Wednesday in a Facebook posting that included a photo of the victim.

Gomez Saladin pleaded for his life, but the assailants doused him with gasoline, set him on fire and battered him with pipes, El Nuevo Dia said, citing a statement to police by suspect Edwin Torres.

The story began last Thursday night, when Torres was at his home with Lenisse Aponte Aponte, Alejandra Berrios Cotto and Ruben Delgado Ortiz.

After Torres told his friends he needed money for rent, the four set out for a red-light district in Caguas, where they were apparently picked up by Gomez Saladin.

The quartet wrested control of the vehicle away from Gomez Saladin and ultimately drove to a bridge near a derelict prison, where the killing took place.

The victim’s card in hand, one of the two male assailants later went back to the same ATM where they forced Gomez Saladin to withdraw money.

The suspect’s face was captured by the security camera. Puerto Rican media circulated the image and the man was recognized by his own mother, who promptly turned him in.

His statements led police to the other three suspects and all four were handed over to federal authorities.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mariana Bauza has charged the four with carjacking resulting in death and bank fraud.

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ThursdayDecember 6, 2012