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ThursdayMarch 28, 2013

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Cecilia Preciado Burciaga, Chicano/Latino Student Champion, Dies at 67

Cecilia Preciado Burciaga, Chicano/Latino Student Champion, Dies at 67

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Cecilia Preciado Burciaga, mentor and advocate to countless minority students and the first high-ranking Latina administrator at a top university, has died at age 67 from lung cancer.

In her 20-years at Stanford University, Cecilia served in various positions, including Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, and Assistant to the President as Director of the Office of Chicano Affairs at Stanford. In her position, she became very active in the support and formation of the Chicano community at the school, including the creation of El Centro Chicano, a Chicano/Latino student center.

In 1994 she left Stanford, some say fired, by then-provost Condoleeza Rice.  Her students were so upset they staged protests and a hunger strike to keep her.  From Stanford, Perciado Burciaga became a founding dean and associate vice president at Cal State University Monterey Bay.  From 1994-2010 she served on the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans.

The Los Angeles Times: noted “She taught hesitant young women and men, many the first in their families to attend college, that they belonged and could thrive at the elite private school, and later kept more than a few from dropping out. She soothed nervous parents, persuading them, in Spanish and English, that the university was a safe place for their children and that it would open their eyes to new worlds.”

Preciago Burciagas other legacy was her endless campaigning for universities to hire more minorities and for the creation of more diverse college campuses.

Preciado Burciaga was married to Chicano artist and writer, Jose Antonio Burciago until his death in 1996 and is survived by the couples two children.  She grew up in Chino on a dairy farm where her parents, both Mexican immigrants, worked. 

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NHU Names Dr. Gladys Ato as New Provost

NHU Names Dr. Gladys Ato as New Provost

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The National Hispanic University (NHU) announced today that Gladys Ato, Psy.D., has been named the university’s new provost. In this role, Dr. Ato will help advance NHU’s teaching and learning environment as well as develop new initiatives that support the university’s mission and vision that every student will graduate.

She will also oversee academic programs, including curricula, academic policy development and deployment, and academic integrity.

Dr. Ato most recently served as chief academic officer and vice president of academic affairs at Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area, overseeing the undergraduate and graduate academic programs.

Prior to joining Argosy, she held several clinical positions throughout the Bay Area including in early childhood education centers, secondary schools, and at San Francisco General Hospital through the University of California, San Francisco.

Currently, Dr. Ato serves as the board president of the Instituto Familiar de la Raza in San Francisco and the board vice president of the Kids’ Turn organization in San Francisco. She is a highly involved member of the Hispanic community, having provided therapy, consultation, assessment, crisis intervention, and case management services primarily to low-income, underserved individuals.

Dr. Ato holds a Psy.D. and M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Baylor University and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego.

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Salvador Dalí Retrospectives in Paris are Museum’s Biggest Attraction Ever

Salvador Dalí Retrospectives in Paris are Museum’s Biggest Attraction Ever

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The two big retrospectives devoted to Salvador Dali at the Pompidou Center in this capital have become the most-visited exhibits in the museum’s history.

The show that opened on Nov. 21 and ran through last Monday received 790,090 visitors, only slightly fewer than the record 840,662 people who saw the exhibit at the Center dedicated to the still-living Dali in 1979.

With the aim of responding to the great anticipation created about Dali by the exhibit, the Pompidou Center expanded its hours to 11 p.m. every day but Tuesday, when the museum is closed.

For the first time in the museum’s history, it remained open for 72 consecutive hours for the last three days of the Dali show, a move that allowed 48,550 people to visit it.

The exhibit was organized with the collaboration of the Queen Sofia National Museum and Art Center in Madrid, the Foundation Gala-Salvador Dali in Figueras and the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The show featured more than 200 pieces, including paintings, sculptures, sketches and video exhibits.

A structure shaped like an egg onto which a picture of Dali in a fetal position was projected welcomed visitors to the retrospective covering all aspects of his work and life.

The exposition was very popular in France and spawned another dozen or so events, exhibits, auctions and parallel activities above and beyond those organized by the Pompidou Center.

The show will travel in April to the Queen Sofia Museum in the Spanish capital.

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NJ Sheriff Announces $338 Million Lottery Winner Owes Delinquent Child Support

NJ Sheriff Announces $338 Million Lottery Winner Owes Delinquent Child Support

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They say when you win millions in the lottery people come out of the woodwork looking for you, such is the case with Pedro Quezada.

New Jersey resident and bodega owner Pedro Quezada become the fourth largest Powerball winner with his $338.3 million ticket claimed earlier this week.  Now the New Jersey Sheriff says the 44-year-old Dominican immigrant owes $29,000 in delinquent child support from as far back as 2009.

Quezada was the sole winner of Monday’s Powerball and his expected take is $152 million after taxes.  Apparently Quezada has five children ages 5 to 23.  Sheriff Richard Berdnik wants Quezada to know he is looking for him in hopes he will settle his delinquent account. 

There is the possibility that the state will garnish his winnings for the delinquent child support amount adding 9% annual interest that has accrued since 2009. 

The child support claim does not appear to be from his current wife, Ines Sanchez, who he has been married to for nine years.  Sanchez is from the Tlaxcala, Mexico.

Two of his five children apparently live with him in New Jersey and three others reside in North Carolina. 

All of Quezada’s children could now make a claim for support up to 20% of the $300,000 maximum allowed. 

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Michael Jordan has Bachelor Party in Dominican Republic

Michael Jordan has Bachelor Party in Dominican Republic

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Basketball icon Michael Jordan, who is set to marry long-time girlfriend Yvette Prieto next month, traveled to the Dominican Republic for his bachelor party.

Jordan’s four-day trip to the Dominican included multiple rounds of golf at Teeth of the Dog and Dye Fore golf courses at the Casa de Campo resort.

The former star player for the Chicago Bulls was joined by former teammate Charles Oakley as weel as his former agent.

Jordan and his Cuban-born fiancée are set to wed in Palm Beach, Florida in April.

This will be Jordan’s second marriage. He was married to Juanita Vanoy from 1989 to 2006.

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PEW STUDY: 71% of Americans Feel Undocumented Should be Allowed to Stay

PEW STUDY: 71% of Americans Feel Undocumented Should be Allowed to Stay

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A new survey finds that seven-in-ten Americans (71%) say there should be a way for people in the United States illegally to remain in this country if they meet certain requirements, while 27% say they should not be allowed to stay legally.

Most who favor providing illegal immigrants with some form of legal status –43% of the public – say they should be allowed to apply for citizenship, but 24% of the public says they should only be allowed to apply for legal residency.

Majorities across all demographic and political groups say there should be a way for illegal immigrants who meet certain requirements to stay in the U.S. legally. Among those who favor providing legal status, the balance of opinion is in favor of allowing those here illegally who meet the requirements to apply for citizenship. However, no more than about half in any demographic group supports permitting illegal immigrants to apply for citizenship.Image

In 2011, there were about 40 million immigrants in the United States. Of that total, 11.1 million, or 28%, were in this country illegally.

The national survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted March 13-17 among 1,501 adults, finds that overall attitudes about immigrants in the United States are more positive than negative, despite the nation’s struggling economy.

Thinking about immigrants generally, 49% of Americans say they strengthen the country because of their hard work and talents, while 41% say they are a burden because they take jobs, health care and housing. In a June 2010 poll, 39% said immigrants strengthened the country while 50% said they were a burden.

In addition, more Americans think that the growing number of newcomers in the United States strengthens society than believe that they threaten traditional American customs and values. About half (52%) say the growing number of newcomers in the U.S. strengthens society, while 43% say the influx of newcomers threatens traditional American values and customs.

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Few Expats Would Move Back to Cuba, Says Cuban Researcher

Few Expats Would Move Back to Cuba, Says Cuban Researcher

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Only a “very small proportion” of the roughly 2 million Cubans living abroad - 75 percent of them in the United States - are thinking about ever returning to the island to stay, although they would cooperate in the reconstruction of the country amid a process of democratic change, a leading Cuba scholar said Thursday.

At most, only about 20 percent of Cuban exiles are planning to return to their country at some point, Jorge Duany - the director of the Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University in Miami - told Efe.

Most of the expats, however, “would be ready to travel to Cuba to support the economic development and reconstruction” of the island or to buy a second home there, the anthropologist said.

Duany spoke Thursday at an FIU seminar on the Cuban diaspora.

Anti-Castro sentiment has stopped being the only identifying element for Cuban expatriates, he said.

In the end, this is a socio-economic phenomenon of “circular migration” that has substantially modified the profile of the Cuban diaspora, making it “more similar to the classic ones” where people emigrate above all for economic reasons and wind up assimilating themselves into the countries that welcomed them, he said.

With regard to the recurring question of reconciliation between Cubans outside and inside the country, Duany said that “although in the first decades of the revolution there was a confrontation within families,” starting in the 1980s “there has been an emotional, personal and family reconciliation between friends and relatives.”

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7,000 Patients of OK Dental Practice Warned of Possible HIV, Hepatitis Exposure

7,000 Patients of OK Dental Practice Warned of Possible HIV, Hepatitis Exposure

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Oklahoma officials are reporting approximately 7,000 dental patients of Dr. W. Scott Harrington of Tulsa and Owasso, Oklahoma could have been exposed to the HIV or hepatitis virus. 

Patients possibly infected are being notified by the Oklahoma State Board of Dentistry and Health Department. The infection exposure possibly occurred as far back as 6 years ago. 

Harrington who is also an oral surgeon operates two dental facilities and both are under investigation and currently closed.  He surrendered his medical license on March 20, 2013.

Dr. Harrington’s practice came under investigation when there were reports of poor safety and hygiene at the dental and oral surgery practice.  Harrington, who is fully cooperating with authorities, allegedly did not properly clean his dental tools in spite of knowing he had a high volume of patients diagnosed with HIV and hepatitis.  Some of the offices sterilization equipment was also found not to be working.

The investigation is so vast that several federal agencies are assisting Oklahoma officials. Harrington has been a practicing dentist for 36 years.

Oklahoma has set up free testing clinics for the 7,000 patients and anyone else who might have been a patient of Dr. Harrington.  The free testing will begin this Saturday morning.

If you are a patient of Dr. Harrington and fear that you were exposed please call this hotline 918-595-4500, there is information available in Spanish also at this number..

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Buenos Aires Celebrates Pope Francis With Giant Photograph

Buenos Aires Celebrates Pope Francis With Giant Photograph

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The municipal government of Buenos Aires on Thursday placed a gigantic photograph of Pope Francis on the facade of one of its buildings in homage to the man who was archbishop of Buenos Aires prior to his March 13 election as pontiff.

The image, with the caption “The city celebrates Pope Francis with pride and joy,” measures 88 meters wide by 34 meters high (286 x 111 feet).

The image, made of cloth, was placed over the facade of the Plata Building near the emblematic Obelisk of Buenos Aires.

When the photo is removed, the cloth will be used to manufacture bags that later will be auctioned with the profits to go to the Vicaria de Villas, a Catholic institution dedicated to helping the city’s poorest neighborhoods and the pastoral work of which was strongly supported by then-Archbishop Jose Bergoglio.

“It’s a gesture of Buenos Aires celebrating Pope Francis in this way and at the same time performing an exercise in solidarity with those of the most humble means,” said municipal Culture Secretary Hernan Lombardi on Thursday.

He attended the placement of the huge photo along with Deputy Mayor Maria Eugenia Vidal, papal nuncio Emil Paul Tscherrig, archdiocesan administrator Joaquin Sucunza and the head of the Vicaria de Villas, the Rev. Gustavo Carrara.

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Volkswagen’s 2015 Golf Will Be Made in Mexico

Volkswagen’s 2015 Golf Will Be Made in Mexico

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The 2015 Golf will be produced in Puebla, Mexico, and is expected to go on sale in 2014, Volkswagen said.

The German automaker unveiled the 2015 Golf at the New York International Auto Show.

The 2015 Golf will be the lightest version ever of the popular model, thanks to its new MQB platform.

The automobile will come with three engine options, including the 4-cylinder 1.8 liter EA888 Gen 3, which has 170 horsepower.

The Golf GTI, the sports version of the vehicle, will have a new 2-liter turbocharged engine that will give it 210 horsepower.

The 2015 Golf will come with either a manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The newest version of the Golf will have a new front grill and other updated design features.

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University Apologizes for Forcing Students to Stomp on Papers with ‘Jesus’ Written on Them

University Apologizes for Forcing Students to Stomp on Papers with ‘Jesus’ Written on Them

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Spokespeople for Florida Atlantic University issued an apology Wednesday for an incident in which students were instructed to stomp on papers which had ‘Jesus’ written on them.

“Florida Atlantic University is deeply sorry for any hurt that this incident may have caused the community and beyond,” wrote Lisa Metcalf, the school’s director of media relations, according to NBC. “As an institution of higher learning, we embrace open discourse in our classrooms, but with that comes a level of responsibility. The exercise was insensitive and hurtful; it will not be used again.”

Florida’s Governor Rick Scott expressed disappointment over the incident, which took place in the intercultural communications class of Dr. Deandre Poole on March 4, according to the Sun Sentinel.

Also expressing disappointment and outrage were religious leaders. One of them, Rev. Mark Boykin, plans to lead a march from his church to condemn the incident.

“We find this to be unconscionable, completely unprofessional and unacceptable,” he said.

One student, Ryan Rotela, refused to partake in the assignment and claims that he was punished for it.

“We apologize to all of our students and the community and people beyond the community who felt it was too sensitive,” said FAU’s senior vice president of student affairs Dr. Charles Brown, who claims that Rotela was never up for punishment.

The statement also claimed that students were given the option to participate in the exercise.

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Organizations in Mexico Call For Debate Over National Gendarmerie

Organizations in Mexico Call For Debate Over National Gendarmerie

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A group of nine non-governmental organizations that focus on public safety, economic and development issues are calling on the Mexican government to hold “a broad public debate, with the consultation of specialists,” on the new National Gendarmerie.

“There are fundamental doubts about what the Gendarmerie is going to be, what its functions are going to be, and how it is going to tie into the existing institutions,” Mexican Competitiveness Institute director Alejandro Hope told Efe.

The nine NGOs want the process of creating the new national police force to be transparent and they want Congress to play a role, Hope said.

President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration wants the 10,000-member law enforcement agency to begin operations at the end of this year.

Last month, Manuel Mondragon was confirmed by the Senate as Mexico’s national security commissioner, a new post created by Peña Nieto.

Mondragon is in charge of the Federal Police, which was previously under the defunct Public Safety Secretariat, and the new National Gendarmerie.

The Institute for Security and Democracy, or Insyde, Mexico United against Crime, or MUCD, Mexico Evalua, Causa en Comun and the Public Safety Specialist Network are among the NGOs calling for a national debate on the creation of the new law enforcement agency.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Brazilian Doctor Suspected of Killing Patients to Clear Beds

LATINO BLOTTER: Brazilian Doctor Suspected of Killing Patients to Clear Beds

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A doctor in Brazil has been charged with murdering seven of her patients in order to free up hospital beds.

Dr. Virginia Soares de Souza, 56, was charged with seven counts of aggravated first degree murder after prosecutors for the state of Panama, Brazil set up wiretaps and captured conversations in which she revealed she killed patients to free up beds at the Evangélico Hospital in Curitiba.

According to prosecutors, de Souza and her medical team gave patients muscle relaxing drugs then reduced their oxygen supply. The patients died of asphyxia.

Others arrested include three nurses, a physiotherapist, and three other doctors.

Frighteningly, de Souza and her team are suspected of killing as many as 300 patients. Should it be proven that they killed hundreds, it would be one of the world’s most shocking serial killer cases.

De Souza’s attorney claims prosecutors simply misunderstand how intensive care units work, but the prosecutors say de Souza felt “all powerful” because she “had the power to decree the moment when a victim would die.”

De Souza and her staff were released from custody last week, but prosecutors sought on Monday to have her returned to custody for fear she would intimidate witnesses and the members of her team.

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Mexican Man in Maryland Pleads Guilty to Transporting Women for Sex

Mexican Man in Maryland Pleads Guilty to Transporting Women for Sex

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An illegal alien from Mexico pleaded guilty to transporting individuals to engage in prostitution, which carries a maximum of five years in prison. The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Washington, D.C., which participates in the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force.

Angel Campos Tellez, aka “Israel Campos Martinez,” “Abel Cruz Bonilla,” and “Abel Campos,” 27, of Maryland, admitted to helping lead a commercial sex enterprise that prostituted at least 100 different women throughout Virginia and nearby states.

Campos Tellez was a leader of a commercial sex enterprise that operated between 2009 and July 2012. His organization brought more than 100 women, most of whom were foreign nationals, from New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., to engage in commercial sex in Manassas, Woodbridge, Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Newport News in Virginia, as well as in Baltimore, Md., and in Delaware.

Campos Tellez admitted that he coordinated different drivers to transport the women; collected the prostitution proceeds; advertised for the enterprise by handing out business cards at Spanish restaurants, check cashing stores, construction sites and day laborer sites; and obtained lodging for members of the enterprise.

Campos Tellez is scheduled to be sentenced June 21.

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178 Foreigners Are Granted Mexican Citizenship by President Peña Nieto

178 Foreigners Are Granted Mexican Citizenship by President Peña Nieto

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Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto attended the naturalization ceremony for 178 foreign citizens, including people from Chile, Uruguay, the Czech Republic and Morocco.

“Today, they receive this certificate and with it they become proud Mexicans. The door opens for new opportunities and great expectations with it, and I am sure that each of you have this in your hearts,” the president said.

Naturalization certificates were presented to the 20 new citizens who attended the ceremony and a symbolic presentation was made to the 158 other naturalized citizens.

“Adopting a new homeland is one of the most important decisions that a person can make,” Peña Nieto said, urging the new citizens to “contribute to the transformation Mexico needs to release its potential, all of its ability.”

Article 30 of the Mexican Constitution provides for the naturalization of foreigners as citizens.

A total of 2,602 people became naturalized citizens in 2011, the government says.

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Boxer Robert Guerrero Arrested at Airport for Illegal Gun Possession

Boxer Robert Guerrero Arrested at Airport for Illegal Gun Possession

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Mexican-American boxing champ and Floyd Mayweather Jr’s. next challenger, Robert Guerrero was arrested this morning at JFK Airport for illegal possession of a gun.

Guerrero, 30, has been traveling the country promoting the May 4th Las Vegas fight between him and Mayweather.  The WBC welterweight champ was enroute to Las Vegas when he declared he had a gun in the luggage he was planning on checking.

New York has some of the country’s strictest gun laws.  Anyone caught carrying a gun without a permit in the city faces felony charges and four years imprisonment.

The gun is reportedly a .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun with no accompanying ammunition.  Other sources claim the gun was a 9mm Smith & Wesson.  During his interview with airport authorities, according to the NY Post, Guerrero claims to have had the gun on his possession the entire time he was in New York.

The weapon apparently is legally registered in California where Guerrero resides, however, he did not have a license to carry the weapon in New York. 

The Latino boxer has a career record of 31-1-1 with 18 knockouts. 

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Chicago Bulls End Miami Heat’s 27 Game Winning Streak

Chicago Bulls End Miami Heat’s 27 Game Winning Streak

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The Miami Heat fell a bit short of the record for most consecutive NBA regular-season wins, falling 101-97 against the short-handed Chicago Bulls in a playoff-like atmosphere at the United Center.

The Heat’s streak came to a halt at 27 games - six shy of the mark set by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers - in a game that left a bitter taste in the mouth of Miami superstar LeBron James, who lost his composure after weathering a series of hard fouls.

James said afterward that his team should feel proud of the streak and attributed Wednesday night’s defeat in Chicago to excessively physical play that he said should not be allowed in a basketball game.

The reigning league MVP was visibly frustrated by the lack of foul calls on Bulls defenders and finally took out his frustration on Carlos Boozer when he tried to set a screen in the fourth quarter, barreling his 6’8”, 250-pound frame into the Chicago power forward and picking up a flagrant foul.

Just as big of a story, though, was the Bulls’ ability to get the ball in the bucket despite being without the services of three key players: center Joakim Noah and shooting guards Marco Belinelli and Richard Hamilton.

Luol Deng and Boozer led the way, scoring 28 points and 21 points, respectively.

The Bulls also took advantage of the Heat’s lone Achilles’ heel, outrebounding Miami 43-31 thanks in large part to Boozer’s 17 boards.

Chicago held a 10-point lead at the end of the first quarter but the Heat - as they had done multiple times during their streak - rallied in the second half and seemed poised to claim another victory with a late run.

The Bulls’ aggressive defense and clutch shooting by Deng and Boozer, however, proved the difference down the stretch.

The Heat lost despite solid nights from their “Big 3,” with James scoring 32 points and grabbing seven rebounds and Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade contributing 21 points and 18 points, respectively.

Despite the loss, the Heat still hold the best record in the NBA with a mark of 56-15. The Bulls stand in a tie for fifth place in the Eastern Conference at 39-31.

In other action around the league on Wednesday night, the Atlanta Hawks routed the Toronto Raptors 107-88, the Philadelphia 76ers topped the Milwaukee Bucks 100-92, the Boston Celtics edged the Cleveland Cavaliers 93-92, the Charlotte Bobcats defeated the Orlando Magic 114-108, and the New York Knicks held off the Memphis Grizzlies 108-101.

The Oklahoma City Thunder trounced the Washington Wizards 103-80, the Los Angeles Lakers edged the Minnesota Timberwolves 120-117, the Indiana Pacers topped the Houston Rockets 100-91, and the Los Angeles Clippers cruised past the New Orleans Hornets 105-91.

The San Antonio Spurs scraped past the Denver Nuggets 100-99, the Utah Jazz brushed aside the Phoenix Suns 103-88, the Sacramento Kings topped the Golden State Warriors 105-98, and the Brooklyn Nets routed the Portland Trail Blazers 111-93.

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Spanish Man On 5-Year Walk Around the Globe to Promote Environmental Awareness

Spanish Man On 5-Year Walk Around the Globe to Promote Environmental Awareness

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A Spanish man recently began a walk around the world to “promote love and respect for the environment.”

On March 21, 32-year-old Ignacio Dean Mouliaa set off on what is expected to be a 5-year walk, dubbed the “Earth Wide Walk.”

Mouliaa got the idea for the walk a few years ago, saying, “It came out of two things: a dream and a need. The dream was my personal dream to walk around the world while the need was to promote love and respect for the environment. Our job is to look after the earth for our children, and the most environmentally friendly mode of transport is walking. Walk around the world is the best way of getting this message across.”

By the end of his journey, Mouliaa says he’ll have walked across 40 countries on six continents.

Watch his projected path for the “Earth Wide Walk” here.

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JUST IN:  Demi Lovato to Return as X-Factor Judge for Season 3

JUST IN:  Demi Lovato to Return as X-Factor Judge for Season 3

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Demi Lovato will be returning as a judge on the X-Factor for the shows third season.  From last season judges panel Brittany Spears and L.A. Reid will not be returning. Lovato will be joining the show’s creator and resident ass-hole Simon Cowell as returning judges.
 
Lovato’s official statement read: “I am so excited to return as a judge and mentor on ‘The X Factor’,” “Last season was an unbelievable experience and I really enjoyed developing personal relationships with the contestants and the panel. I look forward to taking my previous experience and applying it to make this season even better!”

The 20-year-old former Disney star signed on to be the fourth judge of the talent program last year in May, joining Cowell, Reid and fellow pop star Britney Spears.  Lovato and Spears replaced original judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger.

No replacements for Spears and Reid have been announced though there is much speculation that it could be anyone from Joe Jonas to Miley Cyrus to Avril Lavigne. 

Congrats Demi!!!

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Argentina Working on Creating 9,920 Pound Easter Egg - World’s Largest

Argentina Working on Creating 9,920 Pound Easter Egg - World’s Largest

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A giant chocolate Easter egg made from 9,920 pounds of chocolate will be unveiled in Miramar, a city in the Buenos Aires province in celebration of Holy Week.

The 4-ton egg is due to come in at over 19 feet high constructed with over 500,000 fresh eggs.  Once completed it will be the largest Easter Egg made from scratch.  A team of 30 children most with Downs Syndrome are helping the culinary team led by pastry chef Walter Aragones construct the egg. 

The egg is expected to be completed on Saturday and then entered into the Guinness World’s Record as the ‘world’s largest hand made egg’. When the giant egg is complete over 35,000 pieces will be given out on Easter Sunday after the ‘cracking’ ceremony.

Last year Argentina unveiled another giant chocolate egg during the Chocolate Festival in Bariloche.  That egg was not made entirely of chocolate but rather was a wooden egg frame covered in chocolate.

In Argentina, Holy Week is one of the most important holidays, since 85% of the population is Catholic.  This year Holy Week celebrations are extra special in honor of native son, Archbishop of Buenos Aires Jorge Mario Bergoglio, being elevated to Pope. 

After a traditional Easter meal, Argentines eat a large hollow chocolate egg (huevo de Pascua) to close out Holy Week.

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University of Texas Looking to Replicate Harry Potter’s Invisibility Cloak

University of Texas Looking to Replicate Harry Potter’s Invisibility Cloak

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Most readers of the Harry Potter franchise experience such wonder, awe and adventure in the magical realm that is Hogwarts and its affiliates, however, researchers at the University of Texas have decided to take that experience to the next level and apply it to real life.

A team of researchers of the university have studied the use of metamaterials which cannot be found in nature and have applied its usage to create an invisibility cloak, according to ExtremeTech.

Many other researching firms have attempted to recreate the magic that is this cloak, however what makes this one stand out from the rest is that it implements the research into the form of an actual cloak. Research prior to this was geared to proving the concept of invisibility rather than producing the actual Harry Potter phenomena.

The cloak is ultra-thin, about .15mm thick and utilizes the metamaterials’ negative refractive index to redirect light waves and allow for the creation of superlenses that warp light beyond diffraction limits.

But invisibility is very much advanced and extremely technological. We may even in fact be way too far ahead of ourselves in terms of advancement and discovery. However, co-author Professor Andrea Alu who is currently on the researching team seems to have his spirits in the right place and sees that this brings us closer to the real replication.

According to Metro UK, Alu mentioned more specifications in a statement saying, “When the scattered fields from the cloak and the object interfere, they cancel each other out and the overall effect is transparency and invisibility at all angles of observation. The advantages of the mantle cloaking over existing techniques are its conformability, ease of manufacturing and improved bandwidth. In principle, this technique could also be used to cloak light.”

Though it has not been perfected yet, and may not be for some time, it’s only a matter of time before the team hits a solid stone in the research. The study is still currently underway.

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Brazil Investing $150M into Nuclear Plant Safety

Brazil Investing $150M into Nuclear Plant Safety

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Brazil’s investments to strengthen safety measures at its two nuclear plants after the 2011 accident at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power complex will total 300 million reais (about $150 million) through 2016, authorities reported Wednesday.

The figure includes 26 million reais ($13 million) invested in 2012 and 50 million reais ($25 million) that will be spent this year, according to a communique issued by the state-run Eletrobras Eletronuclear, the company responsible for the operation of the Angra 1 and Angra 2 electricity generation plants.

The extraordinary investments are scheduled within the framework of an action plan prepared by the committee that reviewed security at the two plants after the Fukushima nuclear accident.

The so-called Fukushima Response Plan includes 30 studies and 28 projects that will be undertaken through 2016 to improve protection at the plants against assorted risks, increase the ability to cool the reactors and reduce the possible problems of radioactive contamination in an accident or meltdown.

Brazil operates the two plants with German technology in Angra dos Reis, a municipality on the southern border of Rio de Janeiro state.

Despite the Fukushima accident, the South American country has stuck with its plan to build a third 1.3 GW nuclear plant in Angra dos Reis, with work slated to begin in 2015, as well as to build four new nuclear installations in other states.

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STUDY: Hispanic-Americans Coffee Consumption Driving Growth

STUDY: Hispanic-Americans Coffee Consumption Driving Growth

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Overall coffee consumption jumped by five percentage points this year, driven in great part by Hispanic-American coffee consumption patterns, according to the NCA National Coffee Drinking Trends (NCDT) market research study.

76 percent of Latinos surveyed said they had drunk a cup of coffee the day before, which represents a 13 percent increase from the year before.

Past-day coffee consumption among Hispanic-Americans again outpaced that of other Americans, further affirming data identified last year when NCA began tracking ethnic consumption. Seventy-six percent of adult Hispanic-Americans said they drank coffee yesterday, 13 percentage points more than the total population. By comparison, 47 percent of African-Americans and 64 percent of Caucasian-Americans said they drank coffee yesterday.

Latinos consumption of gourmet coffees outpaced that of other groups at 44 percent versus 30 percent for white and 25 percent for African-Americans.  Hispanic-American consumption of espresso was especially strong, almost double that of other groups.

Overall daily consumption of coffee was flat at 63 percent with 83 percent of all American drinking coffee.  There were notable drops in coffee consumption by adults under 40 and Americans aged 18-39. 

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Ex-Police Officer Arrested for Killing Teen, Raping Another in Mexico

Ex-Police Officer Arrested for Killing Teen, Raping Another in Mexico

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A former police officer has been arrested in connection with the murder of a 16-year-old boy and the rape of his 15-year-old girlfriend last month, Mexican officials said.

Pedro Luis Becerril is a former member of the police department in Chimalhuacan, a city in Mexico state, which surrounds the Federal District and forms part of the Mexico City metropolitan area.

Becerril was a fugitive since Feb. 22, when the murder and rape occurred in Chimalhuacan, Mexico state Attorney General Miguel Angel Contreras said.

The former police officer was arrested in the southern state of Oaxaca and taken to a prison, Contreras said.

Three police officers found the teenage couple sitting inside a vehicle in the early morning hours of Feb. 22.

The officers asked the couple to get out of the car so they could question them.

Two of the officers spoke with the young man while a third officer took the young woman to a nearby location and sexually assaulted her, investigators said.

The officers then released the couple and the young woman went home and told her relatives what happened.

The family sought help from neighbors and the group found the officers in their patrol car.

The young man was shot and killed during a confrontation with the officers, the AG’s office said.

Authorities are still looking for the other two officers involved in the incident.

Becerril had worked as a Chimalhuacan municipal police officer for four years, but the other two men had joined the force two days before the incident occurred.

The case rocked Mexico, where many municipal police officers are prosecuted every year for committing crimes or assisting drug cartels and other criminal organizations.

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Argentine Illustrator Wins Prestigious Astrid Lindgren Award for Children’s Literature

Argentine Illustrator Wins Prestigious Astrid Lindgren Award for Children’s Literature

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The Argentine children’s author and illustrator, Isol, has won the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial award for her body of work.

Isol, who was born in Buenos Aires, has written and illustrated 10 books starting with ‘A Dog’s Life’ in 1997.  The author-illustrator’s real name is Marisol Misenta and her work has been published in 20 countries.

The author will be awarded $770,000 by the Swedish crown that sponsored the award in honor of author Astrid Lindgren who created the Pippi Longstocking character.  The award is considered the world’s largest award for children’s literature.

Isol was awarded the prize for “her ability to expose the absurdities of the adult world to children,” within her picture books.  Isol was one of 207 authors from 67 different countries competing for the award.

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Bus Plunges 164-Feet in Arequipa, Peru Killing 20

Bus Plunges 164-Feet in Arequipa, Peru Killing 20

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Wednesday morning a bus fell down a 164-foot ravine in Arequipa, Peru killing 20.

The bus was traveling in the mountainous region of Quiscos enroute to Puno, in the Arequipa region, when it went off the cliff.  Reports indicate that there were forty-eight passengers on board most of them mine workers.  The death toll could rise since 18 others were severely injured. 

This region of southern Peru is known for its deadly winding steep roads.  Wednesday’s deadly accident follows one earlier this month, when a bus drove off a ravine and plunged some 460 feet, also in the Arequipa region That accident left 14 dead and 38 injured.  Authorities believe there were too many passengers on the bus and the bus was not property maintained.

Arequipa is the second most populated city in Peru located 620 miles south of the Lima.

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Dominican Authorities Seize More than 2 Tons of Cocaine

Dominican Authorities Seize More than 2 Tons of Cocaine

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Dominican authorities said 1,909 kilos (roughly 2.1 tons) of cocaine were seized early Wednesday off the country’s eastern coast and that a pair of Colombian suspects were arrested.

The drugs - discovered in 65 packets - were confiscated from a boat near Saona Island during an operation personally headed by the head of the Dominican Republic’s National Drug Control Directorate, Maj. Gen. Rolando Rosado Mateo, and navy Vice Adm. Edwin Dominici.

Four South Americans were riding in the boat, two of whom escaped.

U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration personnel also participated in the operation, Rosado Mateo and navy Rear Adm. Felix Alburquerque said in a press conference.

A DEA official had told Efe prior to the press conference that the characteristics of the packets indicate the cocaine originated in Colombia.

The Dominican Republic is a major transit point for South American drugs smuggled into the United States and Europe.

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Thousands Gather for Pope Francis’s First Public Audience

Thousands Gather for Pope Francis’s First Public Audience

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Pope Francis entered St. Peter’s Square in the popemobile on Wednesday to hold the first public audience of his pontificate, which several thousand people from all over the world attended.

Shouts of “Long live the pope,” “This is the youth of the pope,” “We love you” sounded through the square, where several thousand young Spaniards and Latin Americans had gathered to await the pontiff’s arrival.

The audience was held on a sunny morning, although there were some threatening clouds in the area, too.

Pope Francis rode around the square in the uncovered popemobile and, just as in the first few days of his pontificate, he kissed children and greeted the numerous faithful who were present.

Wednesday is the day of the week on which traditionally popes have met with the faithful who are visiting the Vatican.

During the audience, the pope devotes his homily to a theme he considers to be of interest and afterwards he usually gives a summary of it in different languages and greets those present in those languages.

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Hedge Fund Honcho Buys Damaged Picasso for $155 Million

Hedge Fund Honcho Buys Damaged Picasso for $155 Million

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Pablo Picasso’s ‘Le Reve’ that was damaged by its owner, casino mogul Steve Wynn, sold to hedge fund honcho Steven Cohen for a record $155 million.  The sale represents the most an American has ever paid for a painting let alone a damaged one.

Back in 2006 Wynn, who was getting ready to sell the painting for $136 million, accidentally created a 6-inch tear with his elbow. The painting underwent months of restoration.

Cohen owns SAC Capital Advisors and is considered one of the country’s most successful hedge fund managers.  ‘Le Reve’ will become part of Cohen’s $1 billion art collection that he shares with his wife Alexandra Garcia. 

Garcia, who is of Puerto Rican descent, was a single mother from Washington Heights when she met Cohen through a dating service, they have four children together.

The purchase comes on the heels of SAC paying the U.S. government $616 million in fines to settle insider-trading charges.

‘Le Reve’ (The Dream) was painted during one of the most celebrated periods, 1932, in the painter’s life.  The painting is of Marie-Therese Walter his mistress, model and muse.  Most of the paintings of Walter are dated 1932 and garner top dollar at auction. 

In 1997 ‘La Reve’ sold for $48 million.

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Vigilante Group “Gives Back” Mexican Town it Took Over

Vigilante Group “Gives Back” Mexican Town it Took Over

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Hundreds of armed civilians have pulled out of a town in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero on Wednesday after authorities pledged to investigate the death of the vigilante group’s leader.

A commander of the group told Efe by phone that at least 2,000 of its members withdrew early Wednesday from Tierra Colorada and handed over security duties to Guerrero state police after reaching an agreement with state Attorney General Martha Elva Garzon Bernal.

“The (community) police have withdrawn and have stopped conducting operations. We’ll wait this week to see what results the Attorney General’s Office (produces). Otherwise, we’ll go back,” Ernesto Gallardo said.

The vigilante group in Tierra Colorada, which belongs to the Union of Peoples and Organizations of Guerrero State, or UPOEG, on Tuesday night released 12 police officers and six civilians it had taken hostage in the town after cutting a deal with prosecutors.

The 18 individuals - including the police chief of the municipality of Juan R. Escudero, of which Tierra Colorada is the municipal seat - were handed over to Guerrero AG’s office personnel on condition they will be investigated for alleged links to drug traffickers, an UPOEG spokesman told Efe.

Early Tuesday, hundreds of armed members of the self-defense group took control of Tierra Colorada - a town of 20,000 located about 30 kilometers (18 miles) from the Pacific resort of Acapulco - in an effort to find the killers of Guadalupe Quiñonez, a 27-year-old who served as the vigilante group’s leader.

UPOEG, whose members are armed and wear hoods, was created in January in the towns of Ayutla de los Libres, Teconoapa and San Marcos to protect residents.

The self-defense group controls access to the communities and polices them to fight crime.

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Pres. Obama Will Visit Mexico, Costa Rica in May

Pres. Obama Will Visit Mexico, Costa Rica in May

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President Barack Obama will travel to Mexico and Costa Rica during the first week of May as part of his efforts to strengthen the already-deep ties Washington shares with Mexico and Central America, the White House announced Wednesday.

Obama will visit Mexico and Costa Rica from May 2-4 on a tour that represents an “important opportunity to reinforce the deep cultural, familial, and economic ties that so many Americans share with Mexico and Central America,” said the White House in a communique.

In Mexico, the U.S. president will meet with his Mexican counterpart, Enrique Peña Nieto, with whom he spoke by telephone on Wednesday, and they are expected to discuss “ways to deepen our economic and commercial partnership and further our engagement on the broad array of bilateral, regional, and global issues,” the communique stated.

In Costa Rica, Obama is scheduled to meet with President Laura Chinchilla, as well as heads of state of other Central American countries and the Dominican Republic, at a regional conference Costa Rica is hosting, the statement continued.

The trip will be an “important chance to discuss our collective efforts to promote economic growth and development in Central America and our ongoing collaboration on citizen security,” said the White House.

Although the communique does not say so, several press reports from the region have suggested, via unofficial sources, that Obama will participate in Costa Rica in a summit meeting of the Central American Integration System, or SICA.

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Pacific Alliance Trade Bloc to Liberalize 90 Percent of Trades

Pacific Alliance Trade Bloc to Liberalize 90 Percent of Trades

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Chile, Peru, Colombia and Mexico will liberalize 90 percent of their internal trade with the signing of an agreement on May 23 in Cali, Colombia, where the next Pacific Alliance summit will be held, the Chilean government announced Wednesday.

“We have agreed that 90 percent of the products (that are traded) among the four countries are going to have ‘zero tariffs’ and the rest are going to have periods of tax exemption,” Chilean Foreign Minister Alfredo Moreno said at a meeting with foreign reporters.

Moreno said that the agreement will be signed by Chilean President Sebastian Piñera, Peruvian President Ollanta Humala, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto at the upcoming summit of the bloc, which was formed in April 2011 in Lima by Spanish-speaking Latin America’s four most dynamic economies, which total $1.7 trillion, 35 percent of the region’s GDP.

Attending the Cali summit, the seventh held by the Alliance partners, will also be leaders from the countries who have requested observer status in the organization, including Uruguay, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Spain and Portugal.

In addition, Costa Rica and Panama want to become full members of the bloc, which was constituted to foster regional integration, encourage growth and competitiveness and push for the free circulation of goods, services, capital and people.

Moreno said that “although they don’t have any direct relationship, both the Pacific Alliance and the Trans-Pacific Partnership seek trade liberalization.”

The members of the TPP - which includes Chile, Mexico, Peru, Australia, Brunei, Canada, the United States, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and Vietnam - “aspire this year to achieve a state-of-the-art free trade agreement,” the minister added.

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48 Illegal Haitian Migrants Detained by Puerto Rico

48 Illegal Haitian Migrants Detained by Puerto Rico

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A total of 48 Haitian migrants were detained Wednesday by Puerto Rican police when they landed illegally at Isabela, a district on the west coast of the Caribbean island.

Police said in a communique that the immigrants were taken into custody when they landed aboard a boat in the El Pastillo sector of Isabela.

Local authorities said that U.S. Border Patrol agents took charge of the migrants with the intention of repatriating them and that all of them were in good health.

The operation is the fourth such incident reported in recent days in which a total of 100 undocumented migrants have been intercepted, U.S. authorities in Puerto Rico said.

Human traffickers use Puerto Rico’s west coast to bring in undocumented immigrants from Haiti and the Dominican Republic, the homelands of tens of thousands of people presently in the U.S. commonwealth illegally.

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ThursdayMarch 28, 2013