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WednesdayApril 3, 2013

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Univ. of Arizona Shares 150 Years of Mexican, Mexican American History Online

Univ. of Arizona Shares 150 Years of Mexican, Mexican American History Online

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A new digital collection at the University of Arizona Libraries makes accessible more than 150 years of news coverage documenting the voice of the Mexican and Mexican American community.

Curated, researched and digitized by librarians and archivists, in consultation with UA professors, the collection features 20 significant Mexican and Mexican American publications, many in Spanish.

The newspapers and magazines were published in Tucson, El Paso, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sonora, Mexico from the mid-1800s to the 1970s.

A celebration will be held April 24 from 6:30-8 p.m. in Special Collections to debut the Historic Mexican and Mexican American Press Collection.

The Historic Mexican and Mexican American Press Collection is publicly available to encourage discovery and scholarship by students, researchers and community members.

The publications capture the historical record of the Mexican and Mexican American community during significant times including the Gadsden Purchase, the Mexican Revolution, the Great Depression and Mexican repatriation, World War II, the Bracero program and the Chicano Civil Rights Movement.

Also, materials within the collection are optimized for online information seeking and archived for long-term digital preservation.

Led by a team of three UA librarians – Kollen, Mary Feeney and Verónica Reyes-Escudero – the collection emerged as a collaborative research, archives, community and digitization project supported by the University Libraries in partnership with the UA journalism school and Mexican American studies department.

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Blog del Narco: Five Members of One Family Killed in Sinaloa

Blog del Narco: Five Members of One Family Killed in Sinaloa

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The victims include two women and three men who received multiple gunshot wounds in Mazatlan, Sinaloa. - At least five people have been reported as shot by the ministerial authorities in the community of The Chapalota, in the town of Mazatlan.

Authorities believe it may be a clash between rival cartels.

Police authorities report that a criminal group consisting of 30 hooded individuals arrived in town to attack the family. Deceased are Jesus Valenzuela, 28, Pattern Geovanny Valenzuela, 26; Cross Pattern Colio, 48; Colio Skipper Martin, 46 years and Guadalupe Patron, 58, who were shot to death.

After the discovery of the bodies in the city, police forces mounted an operation to move to the hills of La Noria in a journey of at least two hours.

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Selena Gomez Releases Teaser for Upcoming Song “Come & Get It”

Selena Gomez Releases Teaser for Upcoming Song “Come & Get It”

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Selena’s new single “Come & Get It” will debut April 8 on Ryan Seacrest and will be available that same day everywhere! Be sure to tune to the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, April 14 to see Selena perform “Come & Get It” live!

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Peace Activist Javier Sicilia Wants Bicentennial Monument Dedicated to Victims of Violence

Peace Activist Javier Sicilia Wants Bicentennial Monument Dedicated to Victims of Violence

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An online campaign launched by human rights activists seeks to turn Mexico’s Bicentennial Monument into a memorial to victims of violence, organizers said.

Activists want to once again ask the government with the support of the public “to redefine and turn this ‘stela of disgrace’ into a real center for remembering and for the culture of peace,” Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity founder and poet Javier Sicilia said.

The poet, whose son and six other young men were murdered by drug traffickers in 2011, called in January for turning the monument into a memorial to Mexico’s thousands of victims of violence.

The goal is to “bring to life and keep alive” the dead and disappeared, Sicilia said.

The 104-meter (340-foot) tower of light, whose budget is now up to 1 billion pesos ($78 million), has been plagued by cost overruns, delays and allegations of corruption.

The war on drugs launched by former President Felipe Calderon, who was in office from 2006 to 2012, left about 70,000 people dead, or an average of 32 victims per day, in Mexico, officials say.

A total of 3,919 people have been killed in drug-related incidents since Dec. 1, 2012, the day President Enrique Peña Nieto took office, the Milenio newspaper reported Monday.

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Gloria Estefan Returns to Sony Music Entertainment

Gloria Estefan Returns to Sony Music Entertainment

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Sony Music Entertainment is proud to announce the return of international superstar Gloria Estefan to her longtime label home.

The globally renowned seven-time Grammy award winning singer, songwriter and actress is resuming her incredibly successful, time-tested alliance with Sony Music via a multi-album agreement to develop a diverse array of new projects.

Gloria Estefan has achieved worldwide sales of over 100 million units over the course of her legendary career, and 38 #1 hits across the Billboard charts.

Her iconic hits, which include “Conga,” “Turn The Beat Around,” “Get On Your Feet” and Spanish-language chart-toppers “Con Los Anos Que Me Quedan” and “Mi Tierra,” have made an indelible impression on generations of music fans.

She also has received countless achievements; including her Oscar nominated song “Music of My Heart,” a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and an American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement. Much of her storied music career has been spent as a Sony Music recording artist, beginning with her years leading Miami Sound Machine.

Gloria Estefan expressed her enthusiasm about the alliance and announced her new project: “I’m excited to join again with Sony, who I have happily worked with for over 30 years,” she said. “The Standards, a project which has been a lifelong dream, will be the first of many more to come with my Sony family.”

The expansive, multilingual project The Standards is produced by Gloria herself. She personally selected songs with a deep connection to her life. These include American standards “The Way You Look Tonight” and “Good Morning Heartache,” which she performed at her very first Tonight Show appearance in 1985 with Miami Sound Machine.

She also wrote “The Day You Say You Love Me,” a moving English version of the Carlos Gardel tango classic “El Dia Que Me Quieras,” the only translation ever authorized by his estate. This gem is dear to her heart as it was her wedding song.  The Standards is co-produced by Grammy Award-winning pianist, producer and arranger Shelly Berg, and Gloria’s husband, 19-time Grammy Award winner Emilio Estefan.

With more projects on the way to dazzle and delight her fans, the legendary Gloria Estefan will continue opening doors around the world as a premier artist of the Sony Music Entertainment family.

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Arizona’s Own Border Fence Facing Obstacles

Arizona’s Own Border Fence Facing Obstacles

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After nearly two years of preparation, an Arizona state senator says a plan will be unveiled in a few weeks to build a fence along the border with Mexico to keep out illegal immigrants.

State Sen. Steve Smith, a Republican, said the plan will be disclosed after a legal review is complete. “We have a strategy in place. We have a contractor in place. We have a provider in place,” he said.

The idea is to plug the gaps that Smith and other Arizona officials see with the federal government’s border fence along the state’s 370-mile border with Mexico. Private donors have given $275,000 for the effort, most of it in the first few months the fund was set up.

Since then, donations have slowed to a trickle, and the money — except what was needed to pay for office supplies and a website — is still sitting in the state treasury.

In the meantime, border security has become a major point of contention in Washington, as Congress works on an overhaul of its immigration laws. Some Republicans want to include a “trigger” that would let immigrants become citizens only after the border is declared secure.

Read more at Daniel C. Vock for Pew States →

Coworkers Win Lottery, All but One Chipped into Pool

Coworkers Win Lottery, All but One Chipped into Pool

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While we all dream of winning the lottery, many of us accept we never actually will. Still, some continue to play in the hope that their dreams come true. For one Florida office, that dream became a reality.

By now, all have heard about the New Jersey Bodega owner who won the massive Powerball jackpot of $338 million, but what they may not have heard is that a realty office one a lesser, but still major lottery prize.

The employees at Keller Williams Partner Realty in Plantation, Florida had an ongoing pool going, with each putting in $20 dollars to buy a number of Powerball tickets. However, when it came time collect each workers’ contribution, one person, a new hire, had to pass because she had not received her first paycheck and was watching her spending.

Unable to pitch in, administrative assistant Jennifer Maldonado was shocked to walk into work on Sunday, March 24 to see her new coworkers crying and celebrating. When she was told the news, she said she thought they were playing a joke on her. It wasn’t until her boss sat her down and told her they won $1 million, that she realized she has missed out on the big payday.

The office had purchased 120 tickets at $2 each and matched 5 numbers to win $1 million - or about $83,000 apiece after taxes.

Though Maldonado was the only one who did not put in any money,  the office has said they will cut her in on the winnings. They did not specify how much.

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Latin America News: 41 Dead Throughout Buenos Aires Due to Heavy Rains

Latin America News: 41 Dead Throughout Buenos Aires Due to Heavy Rains

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The death toll from the heavy rains that have recently fallen on Buenos Aires and nearby parts of the country now stands at 41, Argentine authorities said Wednesday.

Thirty-five of the fatalities were registered in heavy flooding in the city of La Plata, Buenos Aires provincial Gov. Daniel Scioli said, stressing the priority of “saving the lives that can be saved.”

“The priority is human (life), after which the material damage will be evaluated and how those affected can be helped to recover what they’ve lost,” he said.

“Nothing like it has ever been seen before. So, the people have been surprised in the worst way and some did not have time to be able to escape this fatal trap,” Scioli said.

The governor said that boats and helicopters are being mobilized to rescue the people who took refuge from floodwaters in trees or on the roofs of houses.

In some neighborhoods of La Plata, the provincial capital, the water was more than 1.5 meters (4.9 feet) deep.

“The situation is very complex,” said Scioli, who added that the schools have been established as evacuation centers.

Argentine Security Secretary Sergio Berni said that more than 3,000 people have been evacuated and warned that authorities are not ruling out an increase in the death toll in La Plata as rescue and recovery efforts continue.

In the city of Buenos Aires, six people died and about 300 were evacuated, according to municipal emergency-services chief Alberto Crescenti.

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Spanish Group Predicts Job Growth in 2014

Spanish Group Predicts Job Growth in 2014

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Spain will begin to see job growth in 2014, the leader of the Iberian nation’s Business Council for Competitiveness, or CEC, said here Wednesday.

“We believe that if we continue with the reforms that are pending, and with that around the European stability of the euro and the good pace of exports, we could begin to see job creation at the end of the second quarter of 2014,” CEC director Fernando Casado told Efe ahead of an event in Amsterdam to present the report “Spain, Country of Opportunities.”

The CEC, comprising more than a score of leading Spanish companies, chose the Netherlands as the starting point of a 23-city international tour to highlight the report, which aims to convey optimism about the prospects for investment in Spain.

CEC analysts forecast that the Spanish economy will grow by 0.3 percent in the fourth quarter of this year after seven consecutive quarters of recession.

While Spain’s gross domestic product is expected to shrink 1.4 percent for 2013 as a whole, the CEC projects GDP growth of 0.8 percent next year.

Foreign investment in Spain has continued at pre-crisis levels and that demonstrates investors’ confidence in the Iberian nation, Casado said.

Also in Amsterdam for the CEC event is Spanish economist Jose Manuel Campa, a former secretary of state for the economy, who told Efe that Spain “is beginning a path in which there is first a recovery of investment” to be followed by a recovery in employment.

“In 2014 we will see substantial net job creation,” he said.

Spanish exports have increased 25 percent compared with the levels before the economic crisis, according to figures from the CEC, and Spain is running a trade surplus with the other nations in the euro zone.

CEC members include giants such as Telefonica, El Corte Ingles, Mango, Grupo Barcelo, Banco Santander, Repsol, Acciona, La Caixa, BBVA, Inditex, Grupo Planeta, Mapfre, ACS, Ferrovial, Havas Media Group, Mercadona, Iberdrola and the Instituto de la Empresa Familiar.

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Ryan Cabrera Reveals Leg Tattoo of Ryan Gosling’s Face

Ryan Cabrera Reveals Leg Tattoo of Ryan Gosling’s Face

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Some get tattoos in remembrance of lost love ones. Others get tattoos because they love to wear art on their bodies.

However, if you’re singer Ryan Cabrera, you get tattoos as part of a game or dare.

Recently, while walking down a red carpet in Las Vegas, Cabrera showed off the leg tattoo he recently had done; a tattoo of Ryan Gosling’s face.

Yep, the 30-year-old singer now has the A-lister permanently on his body.

So why would he do it?

According to Cabrera he and his friends like to play a game called Tattoo Roulette. They each agree to get a tattoo without seeing it beforehand. The tattoo receiver has no idea what the tattoo is until the ink is complete.

Cabrera has numerous tattoos, and because of Tattoo Roulette a unicorn and a Care Bear are among them.

The “On the Way Down” singer recently announced he would be going out on tour with Teddy Geiger and Tyler Hilton in May.

Cabrera was born in Dallas, Texas to a Colombian-American father. He has famously dated Ashlee Simpson, Audrina Patridge, Lisa Origliasso of The Veronicas, and Elvis’ granddaughter Riley Keough.

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Alsea Acquires Master Franchise for Burger King in Mexico

Alsea Acquires Master Franchise for Burger King in Mexico

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Mexican restaurant operator Alsea said it acquired the master franchise for Burger King brand fast-food eateries in Mexico.

“Pursuant to the Joint Venture Agreement reached between Alsea and Burger King Worldwide, Inc. (“BKW”), the BKW subsidiary in Mexico was merged into Operadora de Franquicias Alsea S.A. de C.V. (“OFA”), an Alsea subsidiary, which will become the merged company and the operator of 204 BURGER KING restaurants in Mexico,” the company said in a statement.

Under the terms of the deal, Alsea acquired an additional 28.1 percent of the outstanding shares of OFA owned by BKW, bringing its stake in OFA to 80 percent, with BKW retaining the remaining 20 percent stake.

On Monday, Alsea announced it acquired the remaining 18 percent of Cafe Sirena, a company created in 2002 to operate Starbucks coffee shops in Mexico, from U.S.-based Starbucks Coffee International, giving it sole ownership of the Starbucks coffee business in Mexico.

Alsea operated 1,421 restaurants in Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Colombia under the Domino’s Pizza, Starbucks, Burger King, Chili’s, California Pizza Kitchen, PF Chang’s, Pei-Wei and Italianni’s brands at the end of 2012.

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Brazilian MMA Fighter Anderson Silva Surprises Fan in Hospital (VIDEO)

Brazilian MMA Fighter Anderson Silva Surprises Fan in Hospital (VIDEO)

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MMA fighters are often perceived as big guys looking for a fight, but in reality most of them are nice guys who really appreciate their fans.

Yesterday, Dr. Eduardo Picanço uploaded a touching video of a young boy in the hospital getting a surprise visit from his favorite MMA fighter, Anderson Silva. Silva is currently considered one of the best, if not the best, fighter in the world.

I received a request from a friend and customer, who knew that the famous Anderson Silva was a client of mine, to get an autograph for his son Joao Pedro, 12 years old, to help him in his recovery. I asked what the boy had and she told me: “Dr. Eduardo, Joao Pedro is extremely active and has played sports and wrestled since he was 5 years old (he’s 12 now). Turns out he has a disease of the femur (Epiphysiolysis) and has spent 9 months in a wheelchair, he has undergone two surgeries and doctors don’t know if he will ever walk again and if he does they don’t know how long it will take, and adding that Anderson Silva is his biggest idol.” The video speaks for itself. A feeling gripped everyone and it gives me chills every time I watch it again. This has given a renewal of faith, hope and solidarity, and made ​​a change in the destiny and life of little Joao Pedro and his family. This was my Easter present ... the rest is chocolate egg. In Anderson’s own words: “it is better to die for something than live for nothing.” And to think that each of us can do something to help someone. Have a good Easter everyone!

Watch the video below. (Warning: Get tissues!)

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Lionel Messi to Miss Next Barça Match Following Injury

Lionel Messi to Miss Next Barça Match Following Injury

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Lionel Messi will miss FC Barcelona’s next Spanish-league match against RCD Mallorca, but the club said Wednesday that he has not been ruled out for Barça’s UEFA Champions League quarterfinal second leg versus Paris Saint-Germain.

The superstar Argentine striker was injured in the first half of Tuesday night’s game against PSG, which was played at the Parc des Princes in Paris and ended in a 2-2 draw, and did not play after the intermission.

Minutes before suffering the injury, Messi opened the scoring by notching his 59th goal in Europe’s premier annual soccer competition.

Messi underwent tests in Barcelona and will definitely not play against Mallorca on Saturday, while his availability for the second-leg match against PSG next Wednesday and future contests will depend on how quickly he recovers, the Catalan club said.

Barcelona, which holds a 13-point lead over second-place Real Madrid with nine matches to play in the season, has virtually wrapped up its 22nd Spanish-league title.

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Timea Babos Defends Monterrey Open Title Against Ana Sofia Sanchez

Timea Babos Defends Monterrey Open Title Against Ana Sofia Sanchez

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Hungary’s Timea Babos opened the defense of her title at the Monterrey Open with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Mexico’s Ana Sofia Sanchez.

The 19-year-old Babos, who is ranked No. 123 in the world, needed just 67 minutes to beat Sanchez and advance to the second round.

Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer, the No. 6 seed, and Poland’s Urszula Radwanska, who is seeded 7th, also advanced to the second round.

Wickmayer beat Russia’s Valeria Savinykh 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 in two hours, while Radwanska defeated American Maria Sanchez 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 in one hour and 44 minutes on Monday.

Kazakhstan’s Galina Voskoboeba defeated Greece’s Eleni Danilidou 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, while Romania’s Monica Niculescu beat Japanese player Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-2, 2-1 (retired).

The match between Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, the No. 5 seed, and countrywoman Nina Bratchikova was suspended due to rain with Bratchikova leading 4-2.

Germany’s Angelique Kerber, the world No. 6 and top seed in Monterrey, will make her debut at the tournament on Tuesday against American qualifier Samantha Crawford.

The 5th edition of the Monterrey Open, which has $235,000 in prize money, features its last three champions: France’s Marion Bartoli (2009), Pavlyuchenkova (2010 and 2011) and Babos (2012).

The Monterrey Open is one of Mexico’s main tennis tournaments along with the Acapulco Open, whose winners were Spain’s Rafael Nadal and Italy’s Sara Errani in March.

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Libyan Diplomat Found Apparently Murdered in Spain

Libyan Diplomat Found Apparently Murdered in Spain

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Spanish police are investigating the death of the first secretary of the Libyan Embassy in Spain, whose body was found in her home with signs that could mean she died a violent death, authorities said Tuesday.

The body of Faucina M.A., 58, was found by her daughter last Friday afternoon in her home on a downtown Madrid street.

Paramedics confirmed the death and police launched an investigation, although initially it did not seem that foul play was involved because there were no indications of robbery in the home and the dead woman had suffered from health problems, sources close to the investigation told Efe.

However, the autopsy revealed that her death could indeed have been due to an attack, although this has yet to be confirmed, according to the same sources.

So far, no further details have been released in the case and the representative of the Madrid government, Cristina Cifuentes, said that she could not provide any more information because doing so could impede the investigation, although she did acknowledge that the death had occurred “under strange circumstances.”

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AP Says Adios and Bans Use of Term “Illegal Immigrant”

AP Says Adios and Bans Use of Term “Illegal Immigrant”

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Associated Press (AP), the world’s oldest and largest newsgathering organization, announced it will no longer be using the term “illegal” in their AP Stylebook to describe people living in the country illegally.

AP issued a statement through its Executive Editor, Kathleen Carroll:

The Stylebook no longer sanctions the term “illegal immigrant” or the use of “illegal” to describe a person. Instead, it tells users that “illegal” should describe only an action, such as living in or immigrating to a country illegally.” The discussions on this topic have been wide-ranging and include many people from many walks of life. (Earlier, they led us to reject descriptions such as “undocumented,” despite ardent support from some quarters, because it is not precise. A person may have plenty of documents, just not the ones required for legal residence.)

Positive reaction from immigrant advocacy and civil rights group was immediate.  The National Hispanic Media Coalition said “We applaud AP for its decision to stop using the word “illegal” to describe human beings. For far too long, this term has been accepted as a politically correct way for some to spew hatred, xenophobia, and fear throughout our communities. At a certain point, it lost any descriptive qualities and became nothing more than a slur used to dehumanize and degrade a very important part of our country. I’m pleased to see the word “illegal” following the path of other slurs such as “wetback”“.

The AP Stylebook that is used by all their writers and editorial team will now read as follows: 

illegal immigration Entering or residing in a country in violation of civil or criminal law. Except in direct quotes essential to the story, use illegal only to refer to an action, not a person: illegal immigration, but not illegal immigrant. Acceptable variations include living in or entering a country illegally or without legal permission. Except in direct quotations, do not use the terms illegal alien, an illegal, illegals or undocumented.

 

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Google Defends Decision to Honor Cesar Chavez on Easter

Google Defends Decision to Honor Cesar Chavez on Easter

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Google’s decision to honor Latino civil rights icon Cesar Chavez on his birthday Sunday instead of Easter was the target of criticism, forcing Google to defend its decision.

For Sunday’s Google Doodle, the search engine giant used a simple version of the logo with a Chavez portrait replacing the second ‘o.’ Sunday, March 31 would have been Chavez’s birthday. As The Daily Caller notes, Chavez was the founder of the United Farm Workers union and died in 1993. President Obama declared March 31 Cesar Chavez Day in 2011.

The Mercury News notes that the doodle was quickly met with backlash on the web. “I thought the Chavez-google thing was a hoax or an early April Fool’s Day prank ... are they just going to leave that up there all day?” Fox News Contributor Dana Perino tweeted.

Glenn Beck added, “Cool for Google to not celebrate Easter but really?!!? Go to http://google.com... HAPPY Caesar Chavez day everybody!”

Fox News reports that a Google spokesperson did send a statement to the Washington Post that read, “We enjoy celebrating holidays at Google but, as you may imagine, it’s difficult for us to choose which events to highlight on our site. Sometimes for a given date, we feature an historical event or influential figure that we haven’t in the past.”

Chavez’s own family also released a statement, acknowledging the coincidence that his birthday fell on Easter this year. A rep for the family said that they were honored to see his legacy introduced to a new generation, adding, “Coincidentally, his birthday this year falls on Easter Sunday. We understand the concern that some people have, but for many there is no contradiction. Cesar lived the gospel according to Jesus Christ: he helped the poor and outcast.”

Unfortunately, some on Twitter thought that Google was honoring the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.

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Demi Lovato Sings “Heart Attack” on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ (VIDEO)

Demi Lovato Sings “Heart Attack” on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ (VIDEO)

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Demi Lovato stopped by Tuesday’s results show for ABC’s Dancing With the Stars.

Demi performed her new single “Heart Attack” of her upcoming album Demi. Watch the video here.

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Mexican Family of 5 Killed in Sinaloa

Mexican Family of 5 Killed in Sinaloa

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At least five people, all members of the same family, were gunned down outside the Mexican Pacific port city of Mazatlan, police and prosecutors said.

The victims’ bodies were found Tuesday in Chilacayota, a community outside Mazatlan.

Heavily armed gunmen killed the five, but the motive for the killings is not known.

A request will be made to the army to patrol the area, Mazatlan Mayor Alejandro Higuera Osuna told reporters.

Mazatlan is in Sinaloa state, which is the scene of frequent gun battles involving rival drug cartels.

Sinaloa is home to the powerful drug cartel led by Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman.

The Sinaloa cartel, sometimes referred to by officials as the Pacific cartel, is the oldest drug cartel in Mexico and Guzman, considered extremely violent, is one of the most-wanted criminals in Mexico and the United States, where the Drug Enforcement Administration has offered a reward of $5 million for him.

The rival Los Zetas cartel has been trying to grab control of some areas, including Mazatlan, from the Sinaloa cartel.

A Mexico City newspaper reported Monday that 1,025 people died in drug-related violence in March, making it the deadliest month since President Enrique Peña Nieto took office.

A total of 3,919 people have been killed in drug-related incidents since Dec. 1, 2012, the day Peña Nieto took office, the Milenio newspaper said.

The war on drugs launched by former President Felipe Calderon, who was in office from 2006 to 2012, left about 70,000 people dead, or an average of 32 per day, in Mexico, officials say.

Calderon, of the conservative National Action Party, or PAN, deployed thousands of soldiers and Federal Police officers across the country to fight drug cartels.

Peña Nieto, of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, has continued the strategy implemented by Calderon of taking on the cartels, but he has also called for bolstering intelligence capabilities and attacking criminal organizations’ entire structures, not just kingpins.

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Jay-Z Launches Sports Agency Repping Robinson Cano &  Maybe Victor Cruz

Jay-Z Launches Sports Agency Repping Robinson Cano &  Maybe Victor Cruz

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Rapper, business mogul and husband of Beyonce – JayZ – is soon going to be saying ‘baseball been ‘berry berry’ good to me’ as he enters the world of sports representation with MLB as his first foray.

The rapper’s entertainment company, Roc Nation, has just announced it is opening a sports agency in partnership with Creative Artists Agency (CAA).  Roc Nations Sports, as the agency will be known, has already signed up Dominican-American baseball powerhouse Robinson Cano. 

The agency will represent sports talent both on and off the field.  This mean we might be seeing Cano, a four-time All-Star, on advertising campaigns here and in the Americas.

Meanwhile Pro Football Talk is suggesting that NY Giants wide receiver, Victor Cruz could be Jay-Z’s next client.  Both men are friends. 

Both Cano and Cruz are in or soon to be in contract renegotiation discussions.  Cano, a New York Yankee, is in the final year of his $57 million contract.  The CAA Sports’ division on their own, has negotiated $1.1 billion worth of deals that includes the contract of soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, according to ESPN.

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Brazil Bus Crash Kills 7, Injures 6

Brazil Bus Crash Kills 7, Injures 6

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At least seven people died and six others were injured when a passenger bus plunged off an overpass onto one of Rio de Janeiro’s most heavily traveled avenues, paramedics said.

The bus broke through one of the barriers on the Brigadeiro Trompowsky overpass near Fundao Island, and fell at least 4 meters (13 feet) onto Avenida Brasil, which links Rio’s port zones with the city’s populous western suburbs.

Authorities have not yet determined how many passengers were on board the bus or the cause of the accident, which occurred shortly after 4:30 p.m.

The dead include two women, Col. Sergio Simoes told GloboNews television.

Simoes said that he feared the number of injured would prove to be greater than the preliminary announcement stated due to the violence of the impact when the bus hit the street below.

About 50 firefighters, several ambulances and three helicopters were dispatched to the scene to aid the injured.

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U.S. State Dept. Confirms U.S. Citizen Raped, Kidnapped in Rio de Janeiro

U.S. State Dept. Confirms U.S. Citizen Raped, Kidnapped in Rio de Janeiro

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The U.S. State Department on Tuesday confirmed the U.S. nationality of the tourist raped last weekend in a transit van in Rio de Janeiro, and it thanked Brazilian authorities for their rapid assistance in the matter.

“We can confirm that a U.S. citizen was sexually assaulted in Rio de Janeiro. Our thoughts are with the victim at this difficult time,” spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said at her daily press conference.

According to the tourist’s complaint, the incident occurred early on Saturday morning when she and her boyfriend boarded a microbus that was driving through the tourist neighborhood of Copacabana and was en route to the bohemian and central Lapa neighborhood.

Shortly thereafter, two men forced the other passengers to get out of the microbus in the nearby neighborhood of Botafogo and took the foreigners to the nearby city of Niteroi, holding them hostage for six hours but eventually releasing them in the Rio suburb of Itaborai, police said.

During that time, the boyfriend of the victim was violently beaten and handcuffed while one of the attackers raped the women in the vehicle.

“Our consulate in Rio is in contact with the victim; we’re also providing all appropriate consular assistance to her,” added Nuland.

“I want to also take this opportunity to thank the Brazilian authorities for their quick response and assistance,” she said.

On Sunday, a day after the complaint, Brazilian police announced the arrest of two men accused of rape and robbery.

Jonathan Foudakis de Souza, 20, and Wallace Aparecido Souza Silva, 22 - whom the tourists later identified and one of whom was the driver of the microbus - were arrested in the neighboring city of Sao Gonzalo on Saturday night, just a few hours after the incident occurred.

The two men also had taken the bankcards of the two tourists, demanded the cards’ PIN numbers and made several cash withdrawals at ATMs along the microbus’s route.

A Brazilian woman later went to the police and told officers that the suspects, who do not have prior criminal records, raped her a week earlier on the same microbus.

The woman saw the men’s photos on the Internet and recognized them as the individuals who picked her up in a microbus in Copacabana, abducted and raped her, and later left her in Sao Gonzalo.

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Mexico’s 1st Division Soccer Clubs Launch Campaign Against Obesity

Mexico’s 1st Division Soccer Clubs Launch Campaign Against Obesity

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Mexico’s first division soccer clubs will be kicking orange-colored balls around the field starting next weekend as a reminder of the nation’s fight against obesity.

The Liga Mx soccer league, the federal health department and other institutions launched Tuesday their 2013 Measure Yourself and Get Active campaign to promote physical exercise in a country that is the world’s worst for child obesity and second-worst for obesity in adults.

“Soccer has a responsibility because we are the image and example, and we must use that position to send a message to everyone who is watching us. The simple orange color sends a message that Mexico has a serious problem that affects everyone, and that is obesity,” Liga Mx president Decio de Maria said.

Players will continue booting the orange balls until May 5 when the regular soccer season ends.

While the campaign lasts, the captains of each team will send messages recalling that in Mexico some 70 percent of adults are overweight.

This is the third time that Mexican soccer has taken part in a campaign to help eliminate the causes of obesity.

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Argentina Calls on UK to Discuss Sovereignty of Falkland Islands

Argentina Calls on UK to Discuss Sovereignty of Falkland Islands

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Argentine President Cristina Fernandez marked Tuesday’s 31st anniversary of the start of the Falklands War by again demanding that Britain agree to discuss the question of sovereignty over the South Atlantic archipelago known to Latin Americans as the Malvinas.

“Refusing dialogue is incomprehensible,” Fernandez said at a Veterans Day ceremony at Puerto Madryn, 1,317 kilometers (818 miles) south of Buenos Aires.

Argentina will continue “asking unremittingly” that Britain, which has occupied the Falklands since 1833, comply with the 1965 U.N. resolution describing London’s control of the islands as colonialism and calling on the parties to resolve the dispute through dialogue, Fernandez said.

“We keep asking why they refuse talks with a democratic government,” the Argentine president said.

Fernandez said she does not consider Britain an enemy, adding that “peace and diplomacy” are the only valid ways for Argentina to pursue its complaint.

Argentine troops invaded the Falklands on April 2, 1982, at the order of the military junta then in power in Buenos Aires.

Fighting officially began on May 1, 1982, with the arrival of a British task force, and ended 45 days later with the surrender of the Argentines.

The conflict claimed nearly 1,000 lives - some 700 Argentines and 255 British soldiers and sailors.

Fernandez recalled Tuesday how the people of Puerto Madryn, a few days after the war ended, received, fed and lodged in their homes the close to 8,000 Argentine soldiers that landed at this city upon returning to the mainland, and whom the military dictatorship governing Argentina at the time attempted to hide.

In her speech, Fernandez made no mention of last month’s referendum in which a majority of Falklands inhabitants voted in favor of maintaining the status of an overseas British territory.

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Obama Announces Initiative to Map the Human Brain

Obama Announces Initiative to Map the Human Brain

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U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced an ambitious multidisciplinary program to create a map of the human brain that could help cure diseases such as Alzheimer’s and epilepsy.

“We have been a nation of dreamers and risk-takers,” said Obama in the East Room of the White House before an audience including several of the scientists and businessmen taking part in the project.

“Computer chips and GPS technology, the Internet - all these things grew out of government investments in basic research,” the president said, before introducing the BRAIN Initiative as “the next great American project.”

The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies Initiative has been allocated somewhat over $100 million in the 2014 budget bill that the Obama administration will present this month.

Among the objectives of the effort launched on Tuesday is helping scientists find ways to treat, cure and even prevent diseases such as Alzheimer’s, autism and epilepsy and to repair traumatic damage suffered by the brain.

“As humans, we can identify galaxies light years away, we can study particles smaller than an atom. But we still haven’t unlocked the mystery of the three pounds (1.3 kilos) of matter that sits between our ears,” Obama said.

The president had already announced his decision to launch a program to explore the brain during his Feb. 12 State of the Union address.

Among the scientists in the forefront of the BRAIN Initiative is Spaniard Rafael Yuste, a professor of biological science and neuroscience at Columbia University in New York.

Yuste was the primary author of a June 2012 article in Neuron magazine in which he outlined the initiative on the basis of the work he has carried out over the past 16 years at Columbia.

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WednesdayApril 3, 2013