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Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Exhibition to Open at the High Museum of Art on Valentine’s Day

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Exhibition to Open at the High Museum of Art on Valentine’s Day

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High acquires new photographs and announces lineup of special events tied to exhibition.

Atlanta’s High Museum of Art is the sole U.S. venue for “Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting,” a major exhibition of work by Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera on view Feb. 14 through May 12, 2013.

The exhibition – which includes new museum acquisitions, custom-designed reading rooms, bilingual displays and several related special events – features some of the best examples of Kahlo and Rivera’s art with more than 120 works, including iconic paintings from and photographs of both artists. The exhibition kicks off with the special opening event “Party with Passion!” on Valentine’s Day.

Few artists have captured the public’s imagination with the force of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907 – 1954) and her husband, the Mexican painter and muralist Diego Rivera (1886 – 1957). The myths that surrounded them in their lifetimes arose not only from their significant bodies of work, but also from their active participation in the historical happenings of their time. Their work speaks of a fierce loyalty to and pride in Mexico, the ideals of the 1910 Mexican Revolution, and their commitment to the conditions of the common man.

“Frida & Diego” marks the first time important works by these two influential Mexican artists will be shown in the Southeast U.S. “Frida & Diego” is also the first completely bilingual exhibition to be presented by the High, with Spanish and English versions of wall labels and audio tours, as well as bilingual tour guides on Sundays throughout the show. A full-color catalog accompanies the exhibition.

CONTEMPORARY MEXICAN DESIGN; NEW ACQUISITIONS
The exhibition pairs together works by Kahlo and Rivera chronologically and according to themes, including maternity, Mexican identity and portraiture. While the exhibition positions the artists’ work in the political and artistic contexts of their time, “Frida & Diego” also examines the ways their work continues to influence Mexican artists, with two Frida- and Diego-inspired reading rooms designed by award-winning contemporary Mexican designers: Hector Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena. One reading room design features a bold red version of Frida’s iconic bed, while the other features a whimsical yellow installation inspired by the game of musical chairs.

In addition to these two contemporary reading room installations, which celebrate the continued influence of Kahlo and Rivera, the High also acquired two photographs of the artists to allow a trace of the show to remain with the museum’s permanent collection. One of the acquisitions, Martin Munkacsi’s “Diego and Frida,” is an intimate and tightly cropped portrait of the couple. Munkacsi’s photograph will be the first image visitors see as they enter the exhibition. A modern version of the second acquisition, “Frida Looking into Mirror (The Two Fridas),” by Lola Alvarez Bravo also appears in the exhibition.

“The exhibition ‘Frida & Diego’ is the most comprehensive exhibition of their work to date, enabling visitors to explore and celebrate the richness of Latin American culture and art,” said Michael E. Shapiro, Nancy and Holcombe T. Green Director of the High Museum of Art.

SPECIAL EVENTS
The High celebrates the passion of “Frida & Diego” at the opening night “Party with Passion!” on Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) from 6 to 10 p.m. The event features live Mexican music, salsa dancing, a couples’ photo booth and a Frida impersonator. Tickets are $25 per person, $40 per couple or $10 for members. For tickets visit High.org or call 404-733-5000.

Six special lectures are planned for “Frida & Diego” including “Viva la Vida: The Art of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera” on Feb. 23; “Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: Between Tradition and the Avant-Garde” on March 14; “Dialogos: Contemporary Mexican Design” on March 21; “Collecting Latin American Art Now” on March 28; and “Inside the Studio of Diego Rivera” on April 18. Tickets are free, but advance registration is required. Visit the High.org calendar page or call 404-733-5000 to register.

The High’s teen-oriented ArTLab series features “Frida & Diego” sessions including “Paint & Needle” on Feb. 16; “Corset Casts” on Feb. 23; “Diego Mural” on March 2; “Fashions of Frida” April 9-12; and “DJ School” April 9-12. Visit the High’s Teen Programs Page for registration prices and details.

The High’s popular Friday Jazz series continues on three dates during “Frida & Diego” including Ike Stubblefield on Feb. 15 and Joe Gransden on March 15 (performer for April 19 to be announced).

Image“EXTRAORDINARY VISIONS” FILM SERIES
In conjunction with “Frida & Diego” the High will present several films with connections to the artists and/or Mexico through the series “Extraordinary Cinematic Visions: Mexico Past and Present through the Eyes of Gabriel Figueroa and Carlos Reygadas.” The films and screening dates are:

  - “Un retrato de Diego” (“A Portrait of Diego: The Revolutionary Gaze”), Feb. 23 at 8 p.m.
  - “Los olvidados” (“The Forgotten Ones, or The Young and the Damned”), March 2 at 8 p.m.
  - “El ángel exterinador” (“The Exterminating Angel”), March 9 at 8 p.m.
  - “María Candelaria”, March 16 at 8 p.m.
  - “Enamorada”, March 23 at 8 p.m.
  - “Stellet licht” (“Silent Light”), April 6 at 8 p.m.
  - “Japón” (“Japan”), April 13 at 8 p.m.
  - “Revolución” (“Revolution”), April 20 at 8 p.m.
  - “Post Tenebras Lux” including Q&A with director Carlos Reygadas, April 27 at 8 p.m.


The museum also presents “¡Qué viva México!” (1931)  at noon and “Frida” (2002, winner of two Academy Awards) at 2 p.m. every Saturday Feb. 16 to May 11 (admission included with “Frida & Diego” ticket). Visit the film page at High.org for tickets and additional details.

ADDITIONAL EXHIBTION DETAILS

“Most scholarship about Frida and Diego focuses on their tumultuous relationship as a couple rather than their shared ideas and ideals,” said Elliott King, guest curator of the exhibition. “The exhibition ‘Frida & Diego’ instead focuses on how the artists influenced each other while learning from and sharing in each other’s successes and failures. The exhibition considers both artists in a shared cultural and political context.”

Key works by Kahlo in the exhibition include:

  - The Bus, 1929
  - Hospital Henry Ford (Henry Ford Hospital), 1932
  - My Dress Hangs Here, 1933
  - My Nurse and I, 1937
  - Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair, 1940
  - Autorretrato con Monos (Self-Portrait with Monkeys), 1943
  - Diego on my Mind, 1943
  - La Columna Rota (The Broken Column), 1944
  - El Abrazo de Amor de el Universo, La Tierra (México), Diego, yo y el Señor Xólotl (The Love Embrace of the Universe, the Earth (Mexico), Diego, Me and Señor Xólotl), 1949


Key works by Rivera in the exhibition include:

  - El Joven de la Estilografica (Portrait of Best Maugard), 1914
  - No. 9, Nature Morte Espagnole, 1915
  - Flower Day, 1925
  - Autorretrato (Self-Portrait), 1930
  - La Canoa Enflorada (The Flowered Canoe), 1931
  - Flower Festival: Feast of Santa Anita, 1931
  - Vendedora de Alcatraces (Calla Lily Vendor), 1943
  - Portrait of Natasha Gelman, 1943

“Frida and Diego” is the result of collaboration between the High and the Art Gallery of Ontario with works primarily drawn from the collection of Mexico’s Museo Dolores Olmedo, the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of Mexican Art, and the Galería Arvil.

The Museo Dolores Olmedo houses the world’s largest collection of works by Kahlo. The museum’s collection also features numerous works by Rivera that helped establish the Mexican School of Painting, as well as his portraits, both of which are represented in “Frida & Diego.” The exhibition also features works from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of Mexican Art, which comprises the largest private holding of 20th-century Mexican art, spanning works from the 1910s to the 1990s. Friends of Rivera and Kahlo, the Gelmans amassed a significant number of their works, including Kahlo’s inventive self-portraits and Rivera’s portrait of Natasha Gelman from 1943.

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U.S. Army, USHLI to Reinforce Education for Hispanic Youth

U.S. Army, USHLI to Reinforce Education for Hispanic Youth

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The U.S. Army is once again joining forces with the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) to ensure Hispanic youth are prepared to attend college and become leaders in their communities.

As part of this partnership, the Army will again sponsor and host a leadership workshop at USHLI’s annual conference, Feb. 13-16 in Chicago, where academic and career opportunities are showcased to the Hispanic community.

According to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Education, Hispanic youth are more likely to drop out of high school than other groups, and Latino students who attend college are less likely to graduate than students of other ethnicities.

The Army, and organizations like USHLI, is committed to increasing access to higher education, leadership development and career opportunities for Hispanic students.

The Army boasts the nation’s largest college scholarship program, investing almost $280 million at more than 1,300 college campuses nationwide through its senior ROTC program. For more information about scholarship opportunities visit GoArmyROTC.com.

The Army’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) is also a key Army program that offers opportunities to develop leadership skills and promotes academic success in more than 1,700 high schools nationwide.  JROTC instills leadership, discipline and the value of civic service in over 314,700 high school students and is just one example of the Army’s commitment to improving attendance rates, GPAs, and graduation rates amongst America’s youth.

At the USHLI convention, Army representatives will highlight some of the more than 150 career fields available in the Army by sponsoring workshops and through an interactive exhibit booth at the Career Fair.

These opportunities include engineering, multimedia illustration, and aviation operation; careers that are directly applicable to civilian life. In addition to the hands-on experience in these high-demand fields, the Army provides high-tech training and leadership skills that give Soldiers an added advantage when returning to civilian life. 

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“Ape Woman” Given Proper Burial More Than 150 Years After Death

“Ape Woman” Given Proper Burial More Than 150 Years After Death

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Born in 1834 in Mexico, Pastrana was born with hypertrichosis terminalis, a deformity that caused the development of an oversized jaw, excess facial hair growth, her ears and nose were unusually large, and her teeth were irregular.

She would become known as the “Ape Woman”, the “Bear Woman”, and even the “Ugliest Woman in the World.”

Though she married the man who once bought her, Theodore Lent (aka Lewis B Lent), her life was spent as a freak show or carnival sideshows attraction. She and Lent conceived a child, but while on tour in Moscow in 1860, five days after giving birth to a baby with features similar to hers, Pastrana died. The child had died two days prior. Pastrana’s body, as well as the child’s, were mummified and displayed in a glass cabinet until the end of the carnival’s tour.

Following Pastrana’s death, Lent went on to find a woman with features similar to Pastrana. He married the new woman and named her Zenora Pastrana. He became a wealthy man using Zenora as an attraction. He was eventually committed to a Russian mental institution in 1884, where he died and the bodies of both the first Pastrana and her child were lost for many years.

In 1921, after the remains were rediscovered, a Norwegian carnival owner purchased their remains, but they were removed from view in the 1970s. In 1976, the child’s remains were mutilated and eaten by mice after vandals broke into the warehouse where the remains were kept. Pastrana’s mummy was then stolen in 1979, but recovered and held in Oslo’s Forensic Institute but not identified. Finally, in 1990, she was identified as the famous “Ape Woman”.

In 1994, the Norway Senate recommended burying her remains, but the Minister of Sciences decided to keep them so scientists could perform research.

On August 2nd, 2012 it was reported that she would finally be buried in Mexico. On Tuesday, more 150 years after her death, Julia Pastrana, was finally laid to rest in her birth place, Sinaloa, Mexico.

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Vittorio Missoni Luggage Found from Missing Plane Lost in Venezuela

Vittorio Missoni Luggage Found from Missing Plane Lost in Venezuela

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A piece of luggage belonging to Victor Missoni was found, on the island of Bonaire, from the missing Missoni plane lost in Venezuela.  Another piece of luggage was found in January on the Caribbean island of Curacao.  That piece of luggage recovered actually belonged to a passenger that was on another flight that left Los Roques minutes earlier than the Missoni flight.

On January 4, 2013 Missoni, his wife Maurizia Castiglioni, two friends and two pilots left from Venezuela’s popular Los Roques enroute to Caracas, Venezuela.  The group was vacationing in South America, when their plane was reported missing shortly after take-off.

The island of Bonaire is located in the Netherland Antilles between Venezuela’s Los Roques and Curacao.  Bonaire is some 1,782 miles from Los Roques and a 3 ½ hour flight.  Authorities notified the Missoni family of the find according to WMD.

Shortly after the plane disappeared, Venezuelan authorities and the Missoni family went searching for the plane on land and sea.  As of today no traces of the plane have been found.

Vittorio, 58, is the oldest son of Ottavio Missoni, founder of the high-end fashion house and a luxury hotel chain bearing the family name.  Italian media described Vittorio, the fashion house’s marketing director, as the Missoni brand’s global ambassador.

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Bill to Stop Evictions Gets Top Priority in Spain

Bill to Stop Evictions Gets Top Priority in Spain

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Spain’s governing conservative Popular Party and main opposition Socialists agreed Wednesday to expedite a citizens’ bill that would halt evictions of homeowners who are behind on their mortgage payments.

Backed by 1.4 million signatures, this popular legislative initiative, or ILP, arrived at the lower house on Tuesday and members agreed to consider it.

The move to extradite the bill will cut in half the usual time required to bring legislation to a vote.

It remains to be seen whether the citizens’ motion will be fast-tracked together with a pending regular bill that would strengthen protections for indebted homeowners and which is far along in the legislative process.

This agreement between the government and the opposition followed news that a man facing imminent eviction from his home had committed suicide.

That death occurred in the southeastern city of Alicante, where the body of a 55-year-old man who had apparently hanged himself was found in his home on Wednesday, the same day he was to be evicted for failing to make payments on his 24,000-euro ($32,275) mortgage.

It was the latest in a series of recent eviction-related suicides in Spain. On Tuesday, a retired couple took their lives on the island of Mallorca and left behind a note saying they were about to lose their home.

Under current Spanish legislation, a person who is evicted after defaulting on a mortgage remains liable for the unpaid balance.

But amid recession and a jobless rate of more than 25 percent, the government has taken steps to temporarily protect the neediest families and prevent them from being forced from their homes.

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Spain’s Foreign Minister in Japan Hoping to Improve Economic Growth

Spain’s Foreign Minister in Japan Hoping to Improve Economic Growth

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Spain is looking to Japan as an ally for achieving economic growth via the “creation of joint enterprises” in areas of common interest, Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo told Efe Wednesday.

Spain is looking to “open itself to the Asia-Pacific region” and promote economic relations with a country “that has not been at the level nor the time nor intensity of political links,” the Spanish foreign minister said after meeting with his Japanese counterpart, Fumio Kishida.

“Our companies can work jointly in regions that Spain knows well, such as Latin America and North Africa, and also in the Asia-Pacific region, an area that offers us enormous possibilities that have not been taken advantage of until now,” Garcia-Margallo said.

The Japanese are “extraordinarily well informed, they know our leading Spanish companies very well and are looking at the opportunities,” the Spanish foreign minister said.

Spain can serve as a gateway to important markets, such as the European Union, Latin America and North Africa, for Japan, Kishida said.

Garcia-Margallo’s visit is extremely important because it comes at a time when Japan can use Spain’s assistance as an ally as it negotiates a free trade agreement with the European Union, Japanese government officials and representatives of the country’s leading trade association, Keidaren, told Efe.

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Border Patrol Seized $4 Million Worth of Pot at 2:30 a.m. at Scenic Carlsbad Beach

Border Patrol Seized $4 Million Worth of Pot at 2:30 a.m. at Scenic Carlsbad Beach

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U.S. Border Patrol agents intercepted a maritime smuggling attempt at a southern California beach early this morning and confiscated nearly 3,000 pounds of marijuana.

Border Patrol agents assigned to coastal enforcement duties in Northern San Diego County observed three men in a panga boat at about 2:30 a.m., near Ponto State Beach. When agents approached the panga, the three men jumped into the water and attempted to flee. Two of the men subsequently swam to shore and were arrested.

Agents boarded the panga and discovered 108 bundles of marijuana. The bundles weighed a total of 2,938 pounds and had an estimated street value of $4,407,000.

The two arrested men were determined to be Mexican nationals and were taken to a local hospital for medical treatment. They were released from the hospital into the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol.

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Rethinking Border Security

Rethinking Border Security

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On Tuesday, the Immigration Policy Center hosted a briefing on rethinking border security. The Senate immigration proposal from the “Gang of 8”conditions legalization on meeting a series of border benchmarks. And while the President’s outline does not tie border enforcement to legalization as a precondition, it does call for an emphasis on expanded border control. However, what does it mean to have control of the border? Can we measure border safety and national security solely through the number of Border Patrol agents in place or the use of more sophisticated technology? As immigration experts explained during the briefing, border security is more than an immigration issue because true border safety requires a different mindset and more targeted objectives that have little to do with unauthorized immigration.

Former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard explained that connecting legalization with border security is problematic because “we’ve never defined what border security means.” Building a fence along the border, for example, would be a “12th century solution to a 21st century problem.” Goddard suggested a new way of thinking about border security by focusing less on unauthorized immigrants and more on the dangerous cartels that are smuggling drugs and migrants into the country, and money and guns back out.

David Shirk, an associate professor and director of the Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego, explained that people continue to cross the border because they have no way to enter legally. “Effectively, there is no legitimate means for them to achieve a visa in a timely way so they can work or join their families,” Shirk said. “There are more people who want to come here and more people who want to hire workers who come here than our visa system allows.” Organized crime groups take advantage of the situation.

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Peruvian Archaeologists Find 5,000-Year Old Temple in Lima

Peruvian Archaeologists  Find 5,000-Year Old Temple in Lima

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Peru’s Deputy Cultural Minister Rafael Varon has announced the discovery of a 5,000-year-old temple in Lima.  The temple was found at the archeological site of El Paraiso near the main pyramid during a digging exploration.

Archaeologists are excited about the find because it will confirm that Lima, Peru was the center of civilization for the Andean people.  In addition, once the age of the temple is confirmed, it will be one of the oldest ancient structures in the world.

The temple measures 22 feet high by 26 feet wide and can only be accessed via an 18 inch opening.  The El Paraiso archaeological site is near the capital city of Lima, dates back from 2,000 to 1,400 B.C. in the district of San Martin de Porres.

The fabled Inca Empire emerged from the ancient Andean civilization in Peru.

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So Cute! Banana Joe and Handler Ernesto Lara Win Westminster’s “Best In Show”

So Cute! Banana Joe and Handler Ernesto Lara Win Westminster’s “Best In Show”

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On On Tuesday, the adorable affenpinscher named Banana Joe took home the big prize at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show: Best in Show.

Banana Joe is no stranger to competing in dog shows, as he had 85 best in show awards going into the big show, but it was not until his third entrance to Westminster that he took home the top prize there.

At five years old, Banana Joe was on point at Madison Square Garden as he was showed off by handler Ernesto Lara.

Judge Michael Dougherty said Banana Joe was “presented in immaculate manner.” Adding the little dog “was on the minute he walked in.”

Officially named Banana Joe V Tani Kazari, the little black dog with a flat face was the first affenpinscher to take home Westminster’s Best in Show prize.

After Banana Joe was announced top dog, Lara, with a big smile on his face, lifted his furry friend in the air in celebration.

There were 2,721 entries in 187 breeds and varieties at this year’s Westminster. Runner-up to Banana Joe was the 20-month-old Old English Sheepdog, Swagger, who came in first in the herding group.

Banana Joe was scheduled to head back to the Netherlands on Wednesday with co-owner and breeder Mieke Cooijmans, but after his victory, it was said he would remain in the states with Cooijmans for a bit longer. Though the date is

Carlos Beletore was one of the many working behind the scenes to get Banana Joe ready. He spent hours brushing and fluffing the little guy’s hair for his last show. It was confirmed that Westminster was Banana Joe’s final show, and he is retiring on top.

An interesting fact about the loveable little guy: he understands German, Spanish, Dutch, and English.

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Pope Benedict Made Personal Decision to Step Down

Pope Benedict Made Personal Decision to Step Down

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Pope Benedict XVI said here Wednesday that he decided to resign the papacy “in full freedom for the good of the Church.”

The pope made this statement at the start of his regular Wednesday audience, his first public appearance since announcing that he will step down Feb. 28 due to his advanced age and declining strength.

“Dear brothers and sisters, as you know, I have decided to resign the ministry that the Lord entrusted to me on April 19, 2005. I did it in full freedom for the good of the Church after having prayed at length and after examining my conscience before God,” said the pontiff before some 10,000 faithful who filled the Paul VI Audience Hall at The Vatican.

The throng responded to his words with a huge ovation.

The pope will leave The Holy See on Feb. 28 at 5 a.m., three hours before his resignation of the papacy takes effect, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said.

The pontiff will travel by helicopter to the residence of the popes at Castel Gandolfo, some 30 kilometers (about 19 miles) south of Rome.

He will remain there until the restoration work on the convent inside Vatican City, where he plans to live in retirement, is completed.

Lombardi also said that there will be no special ceremony at the time when Benedict’s resignation goes into effect.

The Vatican spokesman went on to say that the conclave of cardinals tasked with electing a new pope will begin between March 15 and March 20.

Vatican regulations establish that the conclave of cardinals must begin between 15 and 20 days after the death or resignation of a pope.

A total of 117 cardinals are eligible to take part in the conclave in the Sistine Chapel.

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Russian Ballet to Perform “Sleeping Beauty” Throughout Mexico

Russian Ballet to Perform “Sleeping Beauty” Throughout Mexico

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The Russian Ballet of St. Petersburg is in Mexico for an 18-city tour that will feature “Sleeping Beauty,” with the first performance scheduled for Wednesday in Mexico City, organizers said.

This is the second time that the respected ballet company has visited Mexico, where it presented “Swan Lake” last year.

The company, which was founded in 1990, brought 42 dancers to Mexico for its tour.

The ballet company emphasizes the training of dancers and all of its choreographers, directors, soloists and other dancers are graduates of the Vaganova Ballet Academy, which was founded in 1738 and is the world’s oldest ballet school.

The company’s mission is to preserve the traditional choreography of the Kirov Theater, now known as the Mariinsky Theater, which is the base of Russian classical dance.

The ballet company will perform in Pachuca, Puebla, Toluca, Queretaro, Culiacan, Mazatlan, Guadalajara, Aguascalientes, San Luis Potosi, Leon, Texcoco, Morelia, Tlalnepantla, Jalapa, Veracruz, Villahermosa and Merida after opening in Mexico City.

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Lil Wayne Claims he Was Kicked Out of Heat Game for Rooting for Lakers

Lil Wayne Claims he Was Kicked Out of Heat Game for Rooting for Lakers

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Rapper Lil Wayne claims he was kicked out of Sunday’s match-up between the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers for rooting for the Lakers.

During the game, which was in Miami, Lil Wayne tweeted he was rooting for the Lakers when he was told to leave.

However, a man named Danny Vega says the rapper was not thrown out for his allegiance, but rather because of a threatening encounter with a Miami fan.

On the night of the game, Vega tweeted:

Random guy yelled at Lil Wayne at #MiamiHEAT game,” tweeted Vega. “Weezy looked back, gave him a mean stare & gestured he had a gun. LOL what a douche.

Lil Wayne was tweeting that night as well, and after leaving the game posted:

So I’m @ da Heat game right, rootin 4 da Lakers kuz dats my team & would u believe they got police 2 make me leave?!” wrote Weezy. “Wow! F#CK da Heat.

The third version of events comes from a Miami Heat spokesperson who said the rapper left of his own accord, and was not thrown out of the arena. He did not comment on whether members of the security team approached Lil Wayne before his exit.

The game ended with a Heat win at 107-97.

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At Last Beauty v Beast on Fox News – Scott Brown to Join Network

At Last Beauty v Beast on Fox News – Scott Brown to Join Network

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For all the fans, female or otherwise, of hard-charging, unbiased Fox News worry not- you no longer have to settle for the visual limitations of a Karl Rove or Dick Morris. And before you stop reading in anger, I am not saying Rove or Morris’ only limitations are their looks - that might be their only positives. 

The network has just announced that the ex-Senator from Massachusetts, Scott Brown, will be joining the news team.

The 53-year-old is not only a former Senator but a former model that has not taken on the appearance of a bloated troll with inflamed gums.  Age has been kind to Brown and we are not sure if that is because he is a moderate Republic versus a rabid Republican.  Brown will be making his debut tonight on the “Hannity” show, the only other “pretty face” on Fox according to some.  Brown lost his Senate seat to Democrat Elizabeth Warren last year.

I am looking forward to commenting on the issues of the day and challenging our elected officials to put our country’s needs first instead of their own partisan interests,” Brown said.  Foes of Fox News, can now watch the networks unbiased coverage of topics such as immigration focused on the messenger instead of the message.

Unfortunately depending on your point of view, Rove remains on Fox while Morris was dropped earlier this month and is heading to CNN.

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Alec Baldwin Confirms He and Wife Hilaria Thomas Are Expecting a Child!

Alec Baldwin Confirms He and Wife Hilaria Thomas Are Expecting a Child!

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Last month we heard a rumor that Alec Baldwin and his Spanish wife were expecting a child, but the couple was staying mum.

This week, however, Baldwin and his Spanish-born wife, Hilaria Thomas, confirmed the rumors and officially announced they were expecting a baby.

Baldwin and Thomas were married in New York in June of 2012, and this will be the couple’s first child together, though this will be the second child for Baldwin, 55, as he has a nearly 18-year-old daughter, Ireland, with ex-wife Kim Basinger.

Thomas, 28, was born in Mallorca, Spain. As a child she studied ballet and flamenco dancing. When she was 13, she began international Latin ballroom dancing.

Both Thomas and Baldwin graduated from New York University. She is now the co-owner of and instructor at Yoga Viga studio in New York City.

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Archaeologists Discover Pre-Hispanic Sculptures at Sun Pyramid in Mexico

Archaeologists Discover Pre-Hispanic Sculptures at Sun Pyramid in Mexico

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Mexican archaeologists found several sculptures in a ditch at the Sun Pyramid in Teotihuacan that were used to decorate the temple about 1,500 years ago, the National Anthropology and History Institute, or INAH, said.

The pieces were found in a ditch that likely dates to the 5th century or early 6th century, archaeologist Alejandro Sarabia said.

Sarabia and Saburo Sugiyama have been carrying out the Sun Pyramid Project since 2005.

The ditch contained a sculpture of Huehueteotl, the god of fire, two stellae of green stone, shells and other items.

The ditch may have been dug to hold offerings for the construction of the pyramid, archaeologists said.

Teotihuacan’s major monuments are believed to have been built around 200 A.D. After that, the holy city flourished for 400 years, until a sudden collapse in the middle of the 7th century.

The Avenue of the Dead, the long and wide road that connects La Ciudadela with the Moon Pyramid, was at the center of Teotihuacan.

Teotihuacan is also the home of the Sun Pyramid, the third-largest pyramid in the world.

The site is a popular tourist attraction and thousands of Mexican and foreign practitioners of New Age spirituality have taken to visiting Teotihuacan during the spring equinox in recent years to “recharge their energy.”

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The Drink Heard ‘Round the World: Rubio’s State of the Union Water Moment Goes Viral

The Drink Heard ‘Round the World: Rubio’s State of the Union Water Moment Goes Viral

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Who knew taking a sip of water could make you the subject of internet virality?

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was chosen to give the Republican response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address, but while he was speaking, he seemed to suffer a bout of dry mouth.

What the potential 2016 presidential candidate did next would make him the subject of a viral meme.

ImageIn the middle of his speech, the parched politician leaned way over to his left to grab a bottle of Polish Springs water. A small sip of water from a nearby glass may not have caused such a ruckus, but a long stretch off camera was so odd to see in such a serious moment that, just like other seemingly minor events (see Hilary Clinton texting), it turned him into an internet meme. His attempt to not break eye-contact with the camera may have added to the oddity.

Jokes about being the new Polish Springs spokesperson have also taken off.

Though the Cuban-American politician has been in the public eye for quite sometime – he is a Latino Republican after all – his meme self will likely be his introduction to those unfamiliar with politics.

So here it is, the drink seen country-wide that may have made Rubio a viral sensation.

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Toy Industry Hopes to Entice Hispanic Market with Spanish Speaking Toys

Toy Industry Hopes to Entice Hispanic Market with Spanish Speaking Toys

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The 110th American International Toy Fair has brought the latest in playthings to New York, with the $22 billion toy industry using the event to showcase new creations that incorporate the latest technology and even use Spanish.

The fair, which ends its four-day run on Wednesday, drew more than 1,000 manufacturers, distributors, importers and buyers this year, organizers said.

About 30,000 visitors attended the event to learn more about the over 100,000 products on display.

Although the products on display at Lower Manhattan’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center are aimed at children, minors are not allowed to attend the fair, which is organized by the Toy Industry Association.

This year’s fair showcases stuffed animals, puzzles, trampolines, wooden toys, traditional dolls, dolls made from recycled materials, bicycles, radio-controlled cars, action figures, educational toys, arts and crafts sets, and gizmos for children of all ages that feature the latest technology.

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Carnival Cruise’s Floating Human Waste Disposal Cancels More Sailings to Mexico

Carnival Cruise’s Floating Human Waste Disposal Cancels More Sailings to Mexico

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Carnival Cruise has announced more cancelled sailings on its floating sh*t house, also known as, Carnival Triumph.  The company has now cancelled a total of 14 planned sailings from February 11 through April 13, 2013. 

The cancellations are in light of the Triumph’s current fate. The vessel - which set sail last Thursday from Galveston, Texas, was left adrift due to an engine room fire that knocked out the propulsion system. It is currently being towed to Mobile, Alabama at a rapid rate of 7 nautical miles an hour and expected to make landfall tomorrow morning.

Meanwhile human waste, human misery and bad food are running aplenty on the Triumph.  The sailings might have been cancelled through April, because it might take that long to clean the human waste and stench that is oozing through the walls.

The ships is carrying 3,143 passengers and a crew of 1,086.

The cancelled trips involve the “Western Caribbean Cruise”  itineraries that involves stops in Progreso and Cozumel, Mexico.  The 101,509 ton ship has trips posted on line from February 16, 2013 through April 26, 2014.  The cancelled trips offer either 4 or 5 nights of travel at costs ranging from $279 for an inside room to $379 for a balcony.  For the higher-end traveler there is the Grand Suite at an expansive 345 square feet. 

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Activists Urge Rubio to Support Path to Citizenship for Undocumented

Activists Urge Rubio to Support Path to Citizenship for Undocumented

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Cuban-American Sen. Marco Rubio needs to endorse a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants when he offers the Republican response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, activists said Tuesday.

“Sen. Rubio should make it clear which side he’s on,” Cesar Vargas, executive director of the Dream Action Coalition, said in a conference call with reporters.

Vargas, only 5 years old when he was brought to the United States from Mexico, graduated from New York University law school with honors, but as an undocumented immigrant he cannot be admitted to the New York state bar.

Others in the same situation, known as “DREAMers” because they would benefit from the long-stalled DREAM Act, need to know “who is on their side and who isn’t,” Vargas said, noting that the Republicans lost the November presidential election in part due to their stance on the immigration question.

Democratic incumbent Obama received 71 percent of the Latino vote in his successful bid for a second term.

Among the Hispanic community, practically everyone is related to or feels very close to someone who is undocumented, Vargas said.

Rubio, who represents Florida in the U.S. Senate, is the most prominent Latino in the GOP.

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Negative Reaction to Sen. Marco Rubio’s Response to SOTU

Negative Reaction to Sen. Marco Rubio’s Response to SOTU

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The following is a response by ‘Somos Indpendents’ to Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union.  The group apparently is not pleased with Rubio’s lack of passion for immigration reform especially in light of his own’s family benefiting from a very generous immigration policy. 

Senator Marco Rubio failed to heed his mother’s advice in last night’s State of the Union Address Response to the President. He had a wonderful opportunity to recapture the 1950’s Republican Party who used to embrace Mexican-Americans, Cubans, and Puerto Ricans who fought hard for their vote and their loyalty, when the Democrats – especially the Dixiecrats were demonizing all persons of color.

It is highly unfortunate that Rubio did not listen to the wise advice of his own mother instructing to be welcoming to all people including immigrants with or without status and todos los pobrecitos. Rubio did not advocate for the same treatment his own family members received when they arrived as immigrants to the United States.  Under the Cuban Adjustment Act, his family members received amnesty.

It appeared that this was nothing less than an advertisement for the Republican Party – not a solution to America’s problems. The alleged Savior of the GOP now appears to be a false prophet and sniveller when he failed to suggest any type of solutions for America’s problems today.

The Somos Independent Movement (formerly the National Tequila Party) is a woman-led political movement led by Mexican-Americans and focused on legal immigration reform.  This organization consists of Independent, Democratic, Libertarian and Republican voters.

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Champions League 2013: Paris Saint-Germain Beats Valencia 2-1

Champions League 2013: Paris Saint-Germain Beats Valencia 2-1

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Paris Saint-Germain beat Valencia 2-1 here Tuesday in the first leg of their confrontation in the knockout stage of the Champions League.

The home side started with plenty of zeal and intensity, but PSG showed within minutes why they are favored to advance to the quarterfinals.

Ezequiel Lavezzi scored for the visitors at the 10-minute mark, taking advantage of Valencia’s disarray after PSG’s Lucas Moura hit the post with a powerful left cross.

From that point on, PSG was content to sit back and wait for opportunities on the counterattack.

Valencia dominated possession, though to little effect, and frustrations on offense were followed by defensive lapses, one of which allowed Javier Pastore to make it 2-0 for the visitors in the 43rd minute.

A pair of substitutions energized Valencia at the start of the second half and the Spanish side carried the play in front of the PSG net, but still without results.

The Parisians relaxed in the final minutes, content to watch the clock run down, only to see Valencia’s Adil Rami cut their lead in half with a tally at the end of regulation.

PSG then lost forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was ejected on a straight red card in the second minute of added time and will miss the second leg, to be played March 6 in France.

Juventus beat Celtic 3-0 at Glasgow in Tuesday’s other Champions League action, leaving the Italian club well placed to advance.

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Rafael Nadal Sets Sights on Rio 2016

Rafael Nadal Sets Sights on Rio 2016

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Spain’s Rafael Nadal, the world No. 5, said Tuesday that his long-term goal was to play in the tennis tournament at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The former world No. 1 and 11-time Grand Slam champion is in this South American country to play in the Brazil Open in Sao Paulo.

Missing the London Summer Olympics was the “first bad moment” in dealing with a serious knee injury, Nadal said.

The Spanish star was sidelined for seven months and returned to action this month at the VTR Open in Viña del Mar, Chile, where he lost in the final to Argentina’s Horacio Zeballos 7-6, 6-7, 4-6 over the weekend.

“The long-term goal in my mind is to be at Rio de Janeiro 2016 and I know that is a very long-term objective today, but it is also a very real objective,” the 26-year-old Nadal said in a press conference.

Play got underway at the Brazil Open on Monday at the Ibirapuera Colisseum.

Nadal is scheduled to make his debut on Tuesday, teaming up with Argentina’s David Nalbandian in a doubles match against Spain’s Pablo Andujar and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

The Spanish star will play his first singles match at the Brazil Open on Thursday, taking on the winner of the match between Chile’s Paul Capdeville and Zeballos.

“I am very happy to be in Brazil for the second time and after such a long time, and I came here to do my best and give it everything I’ve got,” Nadal, who won the Brazil Open in 2005, said.

The 2014 Australian Open is a priority, but South American tournaments may be in the cards in the future, Nadal said.

South American fans always provide “lots of support and lots of love,” Nadal said.

“It is a tour that has always been on my mind because South America and Latin America, in general, have worked to deserve the ATP’s support and that is why I want and desire for there to be more and better tournaments here,” the Spanish star said.

Nadal went off the ATP tour after suffering a shock second-round exit at last year’s Wimbledon at the hands of unheralded Czech Lukas Rosol, considered one of the biggest upsets in the history of that prestigious tournament.

The Spanish star is scheduled to play in the Mexican Open, which begins on Feb. 25 in Acapulco, as part of his preparations for the French Open, which gets underway in May.

The Spaniard had planned to return to action in late December in Abu Dhabi, but a stomach virus forced him to withdraw from that exhibition tournament and he also pulled out of the recently concluded Australian Open.

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Five Reasons Why the U.S. Economy Needs Immigrants

Five Reasons Why the U.S. Economy Needs Immigrants

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Last night’s State of the Union, as well as the rebuttal, spoke to a bilateral desire to achieve immigration reform. As legislation moves forward, facts and figures continue to be presented about immigrants and their contributions to the U.S. economy. This fact sheet—the first in our series on immigrants and the economy—provides key data points and is intended to be a resource for journalists, policymakers, business leaders, and others. It is a product of the AS/COA Hispanic Integration and Immigration Initiative, which promotes positive dialogue around the economic contributions of immigrants and Latinos across the United States.

The fact sheet provides key data points on these five reasons why the U.S. economy needs immigrants:

1. Immigrants are more likely to be entrepreneurial and to start new businesses, which, in turn, create jobs for U.S.-born workers.
2. Both high- and low-skilled immigrant labor creates additional jobs across the U.S. economy.
3. Immigrants boost tax revenue, enlarge the taxpayer base, and help to keep down the price of goods.
4. As baby boomers retire, immigrants will be increasingly critical for continued economic growth and for ensuring a steady flow of new workers.
5. The majority of immigrants in the U.S. today are from Latin America, representing a huge potential economic opportunity due to the region’s burgeoning economic standing.

Read more here from Americas Society

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Immigrant Women Advocates Disappointed Additional U-Visas Will Not be Issued

Immigrant Women Advocates Disappointed Additional U-Visas Will Not be Issued

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The National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Rights (NCIWR) commends the Senate’s passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), but expresses concern over the exclusion of critical provisions for immigrant survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

While the Senate-approved VAWA bill retains many of the same protections as the bill proposed in the 112thCongress, it does not include the provision increasing the number of U-visas for undocumented immigrants who are survivors of domestic or sexual violence.

U-visas allow survivors of sexual or domestic violence to petition for temporary legal status and work eligibility without relying on the status of an abusive partner. This opportunity allows undocumented victims, who are often intimidated or threatened into silence by their abusers, to testify against their attackers without fear of being deported.

Senator Leahy (D-VT), who sponsored the bill, has stated that he intends to include the U-visa provision in an immigration policy reform package.

The National Coalition for Immigrant Women’s Rights is the leading national collaboration to specifically focus on women and gender issues in the public discourse on immigration.

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Cruise Ship Stranded in Gulf of Mexico to Be Towed to Alabama

Cruise Ship Stranded in Gulf of Mexico to Be Towed to Alabama

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The cruise ship stranded in the Gulf of Mexico will be towed to Mobile, Alabama, instead of to the Yucatan Peninsula as had been planned originally, Mexican authorities said Tuesday.

The Carnival Triumph will be taken to Mobile due to logistical considerations and because of the presence of strong winds in the area which have pushed the vessel to the north, Yucatan state officials said.

With the change in plans by Carnival, the largest cruise ship operator in the world, Yucatan authorities suspended the operation they had launched to attend to the 4,200 tourists and crewmembers on board the Triumph.

The state government, said, however, that it remains ready to render emergency assistance if needed.

The Triumph went adrift some 250 kilometers (155 miles) off the Yucatan coast after one of its engines failed, causing a fire that knocked out the vessel’s propulsion system.

The fire was quickly extinguished and nobody on board the ship was hurt.

The cruise ship had set sail last Thursday from Galveston, Texas, and was due back there on Monday.

The vessel will be accompanied by a Mexican navy patrol until it leaves the country’s territorial waters.

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Christian Fashion Show Touts Modesty with Style

Christian Fashion Show Touts Modesty with Style

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While New York City may be hosting the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, this weekend Tampa, Fla. opened its doors to Christian Fashion Week.

Although the event was only a two day affair this year - a VIP reception on Friday night and a runway show on Saturday, the creators are planning to expand over time, reports the Associated Press.

According to the event’s website, the focus of the show is to allow designers to create within a values-based setting that stresses modesty, boldness, and true style.

“A lot of the designers we talked with looked at the challenge as a creative challenge,” Jose Gomez, one of the event organizers, told the Associated Press. “How do we push the boundaries, with boundaries?”

Featuring eight designers, not all of whom are Christian, the event will differ in several ways from a regular fashion show, states the Associated Press. These alterations include separate changing areas for men and women models as well as a woman only audience for the female swimsuit showing.

“I have always felt women should be able to express themselves in a non-provocative way without losing their style,” said designer Evelyn Lambert on the event website. “This platform helps me suggest just that.”

The Associated Press reports that organizers may be considering a bigger city for next year’s event.

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Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Fiance Announce They Are Expecting Baby

Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Fiance Announce They Are Expecting Baby

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Just weeks after announcing her engagement to baseball player Cutter Dykstra, actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler has announced they are also expecting a baby.

Last month, Sigler announced the engagement by posting a photo on Twitter of her and Dykstra, smiling as she showed of her new ring.

Dykstra is a league baseball player with the Washington Nationals and son of former MLB player Lenny Dykstra. Sigler and Dykstra met and began dating in 2012.

Her marriage to Dykstra will be Sigler’s second overall, as she was married to former agent A.J. Discala in 2003. They filed for divorce in 2005. Since her marriage to Discala, Sigler has been linked to Entourage star Jerry Ferrara and footballer Mark Sanchez.

Sigler, 31, is currently starring on the NBC comedy Guys With Kids, but it she’ll soon be a woman with a kid.

Sigler and Dykstra reportedly met through her friend and fellow half-Cuban actress, Joanna Garcia. Garcia is married to the Yankees’ Mark Swisher.

Sigler can get some pregnancy tips from Garcia, who in November, announced she and Swisher are expecting their first child, a baby girl.

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Jennifer Lopez’s Kohl’s Designer Line to Help Fund Fight Against Breast Cancer

Jennifer Lopez’s Kohl’s Designer Line to Help Fund Fight Against Breast Cancer

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Kohl’s Department Stores is offering a line of apparel, accessories and gifts designed by singer and actress Jennifer Lopez as part of the retailer’s cause merchandise program to fund the battle against breast cancer.

The J.Lo-designed items will be available through May 5 at Kohl’s 40 stores in Wisconsin and online.

All the items in the collection are priced at $5, $10 and $15.

The line includes sleepwear, T-shirts, sweatpants, scarves, head wraps and totes, Kohl’s said.

The J.Lo collection is an initiative of the Kohl’s Cares® program, which has so far generated $7 million for breast-cancer research, education and patient assistance.

Besides the special collection, Kohl’s is the exclusive outlet for Jennifer Lopez’s clothing, accessories and housewares lines, including a selection of J.Lo-designed men’s apparel.

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Mexico to Consider Lower Age of Criminal Prosecution Down to 16-Year-Old

Mexico to Consider Lower Age of Criminal Prosecution Down to 16-Year-Old

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A Mexican state prosecutor wants Congress to consider making the age of criminal responsibility lower than 18 after authorities were required by law to release a 13-year-old boy who confessed to participating in nearly a dozen homicides.

“These are very, very young kids who are entering the ranks of organized crime” in Mexico, Zacatecas state Attorney General Arturo Nahle told Efe.

He issued the call after the release of the 13-year-old minor, who was arrested along with several other suspects at a home in Zacatecas city, the state capital, on Feb. 4.

The adult suspects remain in custody, but the unidentified boy gave a statement at the CIAIJ youth-detention facility and was subsequently released.

“Because of his age, he had to be released immediately even though he confessed to participating recently in 10 homicides,” Nahle said.

Under current Mexican law, only minors between the ages of 16 and 18 can be locked up at youth-detention facilities.

According to Nahle, this case reopens an old debate about the age of criminal responsibility and whether legislators should consider lowering it to 17 or 16.

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Senate Committee Approves Hagel for Defense Secretary

Senate Committee Approves Hagel for Defense Secretary

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The Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday approved the nomination of former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel as the country’s new defense secretary.

The committee signed off on the nomination by a vote of 14-11, but now Hagel will have to be approved by the full Senate in a vote that has not yet been scheduled.

Hagel was nominated by President Barack Obama on Jan. 7 to succeed Leon Panetta as defense chief. Panetta soon will be retiring after 19 months in the post.

The committee’s confirmation came after it had had to delay the vote because some lawmakers had asked for more time to review the nomination, which had met with opposition from some members of the ex-senator’s own party.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, for instance, has threatened to block the confirmation in the full Senate by resorting to a filibuster, which means that Hagel will need 60 votes in his favor out of the 100 in the upper house instead of a simple majority.

Graham has demanded that the White House provide more information about its response to the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last year, a strike that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

Hagel has been criticized for opposing hiking sanctions on Iran and critical comments he has made about the influence of the Jewish lobby in the U.S. Congress, and Graham takes the stance that those viewpoints disqualify him from holding the top defense job.

Another of Hagel’s opponents has been Republican Sen. John McCain, who during the confirmation hearing reproached his former colleague for opposing the 2007 strategy of then-President George W. Bush to send more troops to Iraq.

Hagel does have strong supporters, however, including Democratic Sen. Angus King of Maine, and the White House has expressed confidence that the full Senate will approve his nomination, making him the first low-ranking former infantry soldier to head the Defense Department.

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Python Challenge: 50 Captured Out of 100,000 Living in Everglades

Python Challenge: 50 Captured Out of 100,000 Living in Everglades

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At least 50 snakes were captured in Florida’s Python Challenge, part of an effort to control an invasive species that has been ravaging native wildlife in the Everglades.

The final count from the month-long hunt will be announced on Saturday, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Jorge Pino told Efe.

More than a thousand people registered to take part in the Python Challenge, vying for a $1,500 reward from the FWC for the person who caught the largest number of Burmese pythons.

Participation didn’t require a hunting license and competitors faced no restrictions on the type of weapon used.

No hunters were injured, though two young contestants had to be rescued by helicopter after they got lost in the Everglades.

The FWC views the event as a success, regardless of the final tally.

As many as 100,000 Burmese pythons are estimated to be in the Everglades, where they have all but wiped out native species in some areas. The problem stems from python owners who abandoned their pets in the vast “River of Grass.”

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Police Narrow in on ex-LAPD Officer Suspected of Killing Cops

Police Narrow in on ex-LAPD Officer Suspected of Killing Cops

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Christopher Dorner, the former Los Angeles police officer being sought by police for murdering three people, opened fire Tuesday on sheriff’s deputies pursuing him near Big Bear Lake, California, wounding two of them, media outlets said.

Dorner is thought to be holed up in a cabin, the San Bernardino County sheriff’s office said.

The shootings took place after the U.S. Navy and LAPD veteran forced his way into a home, tied up the couple living there and stole a white van, authorities said.

Police responded to a telephone call alerting them to the robbery about 12:22 p.m. and the homeowners said that the suspect matched Dorner’s description.

The manhunt began last Thursday in Corona where Dorner opened fire on two police officers as they were sitting in their patrol car waiting for a red light to change.

One officer died in the incident and the other one was wounded and is still in the hospital, although he is expected to live.

That same day, police shot two women after mistaking their vehicle for the one Dorner was allegedly driving.

Earlier, the suspect had threatened to wage “unconventional and asymmetric warfare” on the LAPD in a manifesto he posted on his Facebook page.

It is believed that Dorner, who was kicked off the Los Angeles police force in 2009, murdered the daughter of an officer involved in the case that got him fired as well as the daughter’s boyfriend.

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