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FridayJanuary 4, 2013

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After Positive Reception in 2012, Disneyland Expanding Three Kings Fest

After Positive Reception in 2012, Disneyland Expanding Three Kings Fest

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The Disneyland theme park in Southern California is expanding its celebration of Three Kings Day after the Hispanic community’s enthusiastic response to last year’s event, a spokeswoman told Efe.

“We are very happy to be able to celebrate this tradition again in the Disneyland Resort and in a larger spot to be able to receive more people,” Norma Perez, the park’s public relations manager for Hispanic media outreach, said.

The 2013 edition of Disney’s Three Kings bash begins Friday and will continue through the weekend, she said.

Mickey and Minnie Mouse, decked out in festive Latin American garb, will be accompanied by Hispanic characters such as Jose Carioca, Panchito and Los Tres Caballeros

The entertainment will feature the Grammy-winning Mariachi Divas and other name artists as well as groups from the local community, including the Baile Folclorico Teyacapan, the Mariachi Tesoro and the Mixteco East Los Angeles dance troupe, Perez said.

Visitors can sample typical Three Kings fare such as tamales, buñuelos, chimichangas and Mexican-style hot chocolate.

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Anonymous Take on Government Websites in Guatemala

Anonymous Take on Government Websites in Guatemala

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The hacker-activist group Anonymous claimed responsibility for attacks this week on the Web sites of Guatemala’s executive and legislative branches.

Anonymous members targeted the official Internet portals to protest politicians’ waste and plunder of public resources, the group said in a video posted on YouTube.

“As part of our commitment to the people of Guatemala we have carried out for three days the operation called OpDemocraciaGT, which is the result of seeing how the government of our country capriciously handles the Guatemalan patrimony,” a spokesperson said on the video clip.

Anonymous threatened to “invade” Guatemalan cyberspace if President Otto Perez Molina does not govern in the interest of the people and fails to clamp down on official corruption.

The Web site of the Guatemalan government was functioning normally again Thursday after an interruption, while work to restore service on congressional site was ongoing.

The hacktivists urged Guatemalan authorities not to waste time looking for them.

“(Y)ou already know that you won’t find us,” Anonymous said.

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WEIRD: Jets Coach Has QB Mark Sanchez’s Number Tattooed on His Arm

WEIRD: Jets Coach Has QB Mark Sanchez’s Number Tattooed on His Arm

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Head coach of the NFL’s New York Jets has revealed what can only be described as a slightly confusing tattoo. Still, as odd as it may seem, it could mean good news for Mark Sanchez.

Coach Rex Ryan was recently spotted while vacationing in the Bahamas, and as he sat by the water shirtless, he bared a large tattoo on his right arm.

The tattoo shows a woman resembling his wife - aw, how sweet - wearing a Jets jersey - appropriate. However, it’s the number on the jersey that has people wondering. Just how much love does Coach Rex have for Mark Sanchez?

The number on the tattoo’s jersey, 6, is Sanchez’s number, but maybe that’s just a coincidence. Or maybe Mrs. Coach has a thing for her husband’s QB.

It may be odd, but maybe the tat is a good sign for Sanchez, as the team didn’t exactly have the best season last year

Sanchez, who turned 26 in November, and his team have failed to reach the playoffs the last two seasons, and rumors were swirling that he was about to be traded.

So let’s be optimistic here and assume No. 6 isn’t going anywhere, just like that tattoo.

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Mexico City: Those Guilty of Animal Abuse Will Serve Jail Time

Mexico City: Those Guilty of Animal Abuse Will Serve Jail Time

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Lawmakers in Mexico City have announced that those found guilty of animal cruelty now face up to four years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines.

Animal cruelty was previously a civil offense, with punishment being being minimal and no real deterrent.

The assembly unanimously agreed that change of current laws was necessary to stop the cruelty as animals are often shot, beaten, burned or even buried alive.

Now, should someone intentionally abuse animals they face up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $500. Should the abuse animal die, the jail sentence can be as long as 4 years and the fine can be as high as $2,000.

The matter of killing animals for food was also discussed and it was determined that should an animal be killed for food, its death must be painless and quick.

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Long-Hidden Frida Kahlo Garments on Display at Casa Azul through Nov. ‘13

Long-Hidden Frida Kahlo Garments on Display at Casa Azul through Nov. ‘13

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Four years after the death of the world’s most famous Latin artist, Frida Kahlo, her home, Casa Azul, was transformed into a museum using a trust created by her long-time love and fellow artist Diego Rivera.

For many years, Rivera’s friend, Dolores Olmedo, presided over the Frida Kahlo museum, and when Rivera asked that she not open certain spaces in Casa Azul for 15 years, she would abide. After Olmedo’s death in 2004, the Board of the Trust decided to open up those closed spaces.

Mere months prior to the centennial celebration of Frida’s birth in 2007, the spaces were opened and more than 28,000 new documents, 5,800 photos, works, drawings, engravings, pieces of printed matter, and personal items, including almost 300 garments from Frida’s wardrobe were discovered.

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Though many remember the bright, layered dresses and skirts worn by Kahlo, they often forget those garments hid a pained woman’s battered body.

As a result of childhood polio, Kahlo’s legs were already thin and weak, so when she was 19 and was involved in a horrific accident between the bus on which she was traveling and a trolley, her right leg was shattered. Kahlo also suffered a broken pelvis and spine and would come to rely on leather corsets and painted casts to keep her torso upright. She would never be able to have children. In 1953, just one year before her death, as a result of gangrene, Kahlo’s leg was amputated and she wore a prosthetic. All of this was hidden by the many layers of her clothing.

Those garments are now on display through November 2013 at Casa Azul in Mexico City thanks to the Museum of Frida Kahlo and Vogue magazine. The exhibit also includes garments inspired by Kahlo, but created by famed designers like Jean Paul Gaulthier and Riccardo Tisci.

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American Airlines Employee, Luis Montano, Put on ‘No Fly’ List, Doesn’t Know Why

American Airlines Employee, Luis Montano, Put on ‘No Fly’ List, Doesn’t Know Why

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A 13-year employee of American Airlines is baffled and financially crushed, having been told by his employer that he was being suspended after his name was added to the TSA’s “no fly” list.

Luis Montano had worked for American Airlines for more than a decade and traveled all around world, but he recently told NBC Miami, ‘In July I traveled, and in August, I’m told I’m on the no fly list.’

Just like that, Montana was no longer allowed to fly, and he was not even given a reason. He simply found himself on the list and no one to speak with about it.

After being put on the list, Montano was told to go home by his employer. For months, Montano was without work, and he says the bills had piled up. He says he’s spent hours, days looking for information to get his name off the list. Could it be a case of mistaken identity? No one would answer him.

The Department of Homeland Security provided little information, only that they were going to be looking in to his case. In the meantime, American Airlines said it would continue to comply with TSA regulation, and said there are a definite possibility Montano could permanently lose his job with the airline.

Since the NBC affiliate first contacted Homeland Security about Montano he has received a letter saying he is no longer listed as a potential terrorist. Still, no answers or explanations were given.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Man Charged with Killing Ex-Wife, Beating Her Boyfriend

LATINO BLOTTER: Man Charged with Killing Ex-Wife, Beating Her Boyfriend

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On Wednesday, a Chicago man was charged with killing his ex-wife and beating her boyfriend in northwest Indiana.

Margarito Valdivia, 44, has been charged with the murder for killing Erica Valdivia, 33, just days after the two had finalized their divorce. He is also charged with battery with a deadly weapon and battery resulting in serious bodily injury for beating her boyfriend, who was not named.

The murder took place at around 5 a.m. Tuesday in Munster, IN. At around 5:45,  police responded to a disturbance at a home in Munster. When they arrived, they found the boyfriend outside the home with a large cut to his head. He had reportedly been hit numerous times by Valdivia and forced outside.

After SWAT surrounded the apartment, Valdivia surrendered. Inside they found the severely beaten body of Erica Valdivia in bathroom. She had “major trauma” to head, particularly her face. Though rushed to Community Hospital, he was pronounced dead at 10:04 a.m.

Valdivia has a long history of violence. In 1990, he was arrested of one count of domestic violent, and an order of protection was filed against him. the charges were dropped, but in 1994, he was charged with domestic battery and resisting arrest. Though found guilty of resisting arrest, he was given just one year of probation. Three years later he was charged with possessing a firearm without a gun owner’s permit and criminal damage. After pleaded guilty, Valdivia was given just two years court supervision. Most recently, however, he was found guilty of battery for a July 23, 2012 attack. Once again, he was given only a year’s conditional discharge.

The couple had been estranged for about 4 months, when Valdivia reportedly drove to Munster from Chicago and beat his ex-wife to death.

Valdavia is being held without bail at Indiana’s Lake County Jail.

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Taco Bell Hints at New Flavored Taco: Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Taco

Taco Bell Hints at New Flavored Taco: Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Taco

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As if the American palette needed another assault, Taco Bell is hinting of a new taco flavor.  The ‘Cool Ranch Doritos Locos’ taco is expected to launch in 2013.  The fast-food chain wants to duplicate the success it has had with its Doritos Locos Taco – its best-selling new product ever.

Over 200 million Doritos Locos tacos have been sold at Taco Bell.  In 2013 Taco Bell is anticipating selling over 300 million Doritos Locos tacos.  The chain is also expected to launch a ‘Flamas Doritos Locos’ taco after the Cool Ranch version hits the market.  The Flamas-flavored chips are sold predominantly in Latino markets. 

The media savvy chain hinted at its upcoming Cool Ranch taco launch via Twitter and Facebook earlier this week.  It posted a picture of a Doritos Cool Ranch chip bag next to a taco.  No one is sure if the company plans on launching a taco line for each of the 123 flavors of Doritos in existence.

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December Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 7.8%, Hispanic Unemployment Steady at 9.6%

December Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 7.8%, Hispanic Unemployment Steady at 9.6%

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The December jobless rate according to the Bureau for Labor Statistics remained at 7.8 percent, same as November.  The economy added 155,000 new jobs in the month.  While November’s unemployment rate was revised slightly higher from the 7.7 percent initially reported. 

The number of unemployed people now stands at 12.2 million, which shows little change from the prior month.

In December, employment rose in health care, food services, construction and manufacturing.  The construction sector was the most robust adding 30,000 jobs in the month. 

The Hispanic unemployment rate showed little to no change staying at 9.6 percent. Teenagers and African Americans continue to have the highest rates of unemployment, 23.5 percent and 14.0 percent, respectively.

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Latin America News:  Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez Battling “Severe” Lung Infection

Latin America News:  Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez Battling “Severe” Lung Infection

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who remains hospitalized in Cuba more than three weeks after his latest cancer surgery, is experiencing respiratory deficiency caused by a “severe” lung infection, government officials said.

“Following the delicate Dec. 11 surgery, comandante Chavez has faced complications stemming from a severe lung infection,” Communications Minister Ernesto Villegas said in a statement on Venezuelan television and radio Thursday night.

“This infection has led to respiratory deficiency that requires comandante Chavez to strictly comply with his medical treatment,” he added.

Villegas reiterated the government’s confidence in the medical team treating Chavez, saying they have “rigorously” responded to “each of the complications that has arisen.”

He also slammed the international media for capitalizing on the leftist president’s illness to launch a “psychological war” aimed at “destabilizing” Venezuela and disavowing the popular will expressed in the Oct. 7 presidential election.

The statement came a few hours after Vice President Nicolas Maduro said Chavez “is conscious of all the circumstances he is experiencing, which are difficult experiences.”

Maduro, who spoke hours after he and other top officials flew Thursday to Caracas from Havana, added that the president will return to the country “sooner than later.”

“He has a fighting spirit as always, with his usual strength, with his usual energy, with his confidence and certainty, and that is what he has told us to convey to his people,” the vice president said.

The only transition going on in Venezuela is the one toward socialism, Maduro - Chavez’s hand-picked successor - said earlier Thursday.

Amid intensifying speculation about Chavez’s condition, the U.S. State Department said Wednesday that it expects Caracas to pursue a transition consistent with the Venezuelan Constitution should the president become unable to perform his duties.

Chavez, who took office in 1999, was re-elected in October to another six-year term.

The 58-year-old president was first diagnosed with cancer after complaining of pain in his pelvic region during a June 2011 official visit to Cuba. Since then, the former paratrooper has undergone four surgical procedures and courses of chemotherapy and radiation.

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Spain’s Vicente del Bosque Chosen As 2012 Soccer Coach of the Year by IFFHS

Spain’s Vicente del Bosque Chosen As 2012 Soccer Coach of the Year by IFFHS

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Spaniard Vicente del Bosque was chosen as the 2012 national soccer team coach of the year in a vote organized by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics.

Del Bosque, who guided the Spanish side to victory in the 2008 and 2012 European Championships and the 2010 World Cup, garnered 231 votes from among the soccer insiders and sports journalists surveyed by the IFFHS.

The Salamanca native picked up almost three times as many votes as the 83 that went to runner-up Cesare Prandelli of Italy, who was followed by Mexico’s Luis Fernando Tena with 70 votes.

Next came German coach Joachim Löw, with 48 votes; Herve Renard of Zambia, 38; Argentina’s Alejandro Sabella, 21; Paulo Bento of Portugal, 16; Jose Pekerman of Colombia, 15; and England coach Fabio Capello, with 13 votes.

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Hispanic Caucus Supports Decision by Congress to Prevent Fiscal Cliff

Hispanic Caucus Supports Decision by Congress to Prevent Fiscal Cliff

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The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL) supports the decision by Congress to extend tax relief for working and middle-class Americans.

The decision conceded upon late last night, will increase taxes on the wealthiest of Americans - individuals earning more than $400,000 and households earning more than $450,000. This plan also allows for taxes on capital gains and dividends to increase, and extends benefits to the unemployed. This resolution comes as a relief to many Americans and is a big stepping stone to solving some of the economic challenges that our nation still faces. In the coming year, NHCSL will continue to follow the decisions made by Congress and keep up to date with newly proposed bills and reforms.

“This decision is a great start to the New Year. It is extremely settling to see members of Congress work together to come to an agreement that benefits the majority of Americans. I hope that the bipartisanship between members will continue throughout the upcoming months as more difficult discussions about spending are to be addressed,”  said Minnie Gonzalez (CT), President of NHCSL.

The NHCSL is the premier national association of Hispanic state legislators working to design and implement policies and procedures that will improve the quality of life for Hispanics throughout the country.

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FridayJanuary 4, 2013