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MondayApril 8, 2013

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Argentine Man Buys “Poodles” - Turns Out They’re Ferrets on Steroids

Argentine Man Buys “Poodles” - Turns Out They’re Ferrets on Steroids

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An Argentine man received a bit of a surprise after the “poodles” he bought at a bazaar turned out to be a different…species.

The retiree reportedly spotted a pair of fluffy animals at an outdoor market in Buenos Aires’ La Salada area and was assured by a salesman that they were toy poodles.

The man purchased the animals, but took them to a veterinarian after he suspected something what off about his new dogs.

A vet confirmed the man’s suspicions when he told him his fluffy white poodle pups were actually ferrets.

The ferrets had likely been on steroids since birth to make them larger than a normal ferret the vet told him, and their coats had been groomed in a manner that fluffed them up to look like toy poodles.

He had reportedly spent $150 for each of them and it is unclear what he did with the animals after learning they were not dogs.

Though odd, this man’s story is not the only of its kind, as a woman has claimed she too was duped by a savvy salesman at the same bazaar.

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Carla Chavarria Shares Faces of Original DREAMers with “Por Ella” Campaign

Carla Chavarria Shares Faces of Original DREAMers with “Por Ella” Campaign

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As part of the iDREAM campaign, self-taught photographer Carla Chavarria wanted to shine a light on the mothers who inspired those now fighting for the DREAM Act.

Charvarria, 20, created the “Por Ella” photo campaign in protest after watching the DREAM Act fail 2010.

She recently told COLORLINES, ‘Art has always been my passion, and I wanted to do something that could help the movement even though I’m not that into the politics and policy side. That’s why I started the iDREAM campaign—photographing DREAMers and telling their stories.’

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Chavarria created this month to highlight the Arizona immigrant youth movement as the so-called Gang of Eight senators hammer out the terms of a comprehensive reform bill. Chavarria says the photos represent a more expansive message: “We may have DACA now, but our parents are still waiting. They were the ones who have been pushing for reform all along. So this is us saying, ‘It’s [our] turn to take care of you.’”


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Learn more about the mothers and children pictured here.

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Pablo Neruda’s Body Exhumed Today in Possible Murder Investigation

Pablo Neruda’s Body Exhumed Today in Possible Murder Investigation

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The remains of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) were exhumed here Monday to determine if he died of cancer or was murdered by agents of the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship.

After several months of preparations, the procedure to extract the remains of the 1971 recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature took no more than an hour.

Neruda died on Sept. 23, 1973, 12 days after Gen. Augusto Pinochet toppled Chile’s Socialist government in a bloody coup.

The poet and former diplomat’s death was officially blamed on cancer, but an investigation was opened in mid-2011 after a complaint was filed by Neruda’s Communist Party colleagues based on charges by former chauffeur Manuel Araya that Neruda was murdered on Pinochet’s orders.

Neruda passed away in the same Santiago clinic where former President Eduardo Frei Montalva died in 1982. The erstwhile head of state’s death was also attributed to natural causes, but a 2009 probe determined that he was poisoned.

Neruda’s remains were immediately transported to Santiago where a dozen Chilean and foreign experts will perform “all the tests that may be necessary,” according to the judge’s order.

Witnessing the exhumation were Chilean Communist Party leader Guillermo Teillier, plaintiff’s attorney Eduardo Contreras, Araya, relatives of the poet and representatives of the Pablo Neruda Foundation.

“Neruda received an injection on Sept. 23 (1973). If they would not have given him that injection, Neruda would not have died,” Araya insisted.

“He had to travel on the 24th to Mexico, and on the 23rd he received this injection and died six hours later. Besides, there is the coincidence that they sent me to find a medication and detained me and left Pablo Neruda alone. There is sufficient evidence that Neruda was murdered,” he said.

Contreras said that “this is not just about the scientific (aspect of the case), which certainly would help a lot, but also about the strange circumstances revealed in the process, contradictions, doctors who didn’t exist, files that aren’t showing up, that were lost.”

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Shakira, ‘The Voice’ Coaches Spoofed on ‘SNL’ with Melissa McCarthy (VIDEO)

Shakira, ‘The Voice’ Coaches Spoofed on ‘SNL’ with Melissa McCarthy (VIDEO)

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This weekend, the hilarious Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, Identity Thief) returned to NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” and spoofed “The Voice.”

McCarthy, who had us laughing to tears throughout the night, appeared as contestant Casey Buttersix on “The Voice” and her rendition of Sidney Simien’s “Don’t Mess with My Toot Toot” managed to turn each judges’ chair.

Kate McKinnon appeared as coach Shakira and parodied the Colombian singer’s mannerisms and thick accent.

McKinnon also made us laugh when she played Cecilia Giménez, the woman who famously “restored” a painting of Jesus titled the Ecce Homo.

Watch McCarthy and McKinnon on “SNL” here.

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Mexico Says No to Emergency Contraception for Rape Victims

Mexico Says No to Emergency Contraception for Rape Victims

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Women who are rape victims in Mexico lack any sure way to get the emergency contraception they have a right to, the Information Group on Reproductive Choice, or GIRE, said Monday.

In a report shown to Efe, the NGO says that 72.5 percent of Mexican women have contraceptive coverage, but the level drops to 58.3 percent among Indian women and to 60.5 percent among those with little formal education.

As for emergency contraception, “despite the fact that public institutions of the National Health System are obliged to offer it within a period of not more than 120 hours” after the rape, the fact is that only 15 of Mexico’s 32 states offer it, the document says.

The report acknowledges that in cases of rape, abortion is legal throughout the country, but says that “most offices of state attorneys general are not issuing authorizations” granting women access to the procedure.

“Over the past five years only 39 were issued nationwide,” GIRE says.

“Restrictive legislation in matters of abortion and the lack of access even on sound legal grounds drives many women to seek clandestine abortions that put their health and lives at risk,” the report says.

“The rate of induced abortions in 2009 is estimated at 38 out of every 1,000 women between the ages of 15 and 44, or 1.02 million induced abortions” that year, one of the “highest in the world,” the NGO says.

“In 2010 alone, abortion caused 11 percent of the deaths of women in childbirth in Mexico,” GIRE says.

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UFC on FX 8: Camozzi to Fight Natal in Brazil

UFC on FX 8: Camozzi to Fight Natal in Brazil

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The two middleweight fighters for the UFC on FX 8 in Brazil have officially been chosen after multiple changes.

On May 18th, middleweights Chris Camozzi and Rafael Natal will square off in the octagon at Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, Santa Catarina, Brazil.

The bout was originally going to be between C.B. Dollaway and Cezar “Mutante” Ferreir, but Camozzi first replaced Dollaway and due to an injury, Ferreir was replaced by Natal.

Camozzi and Natal will likely remain on the main-card for the evening along with the allowing match-ups:

- Vitor Belfort vs. Luke Rockhold
- Constantinos Philippou vs. Ronaldo Souza
- Rafael dos Anjos vs. Evan Dunham

Natal’s fight record stands at 15-4-1 MMA, 3-2-1 UFC while Camozzi’s stands at 19-5 MMA, 6-2 UFC.

Though the main card fights will air on FX, the preliminary card can be seen on Fuse TV and Facebook.

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JUST IN:  Former Mouseketeer, Beach Movie Icon Annette Funicello Dies

Annette Funicello, the former Mouseketeer and beach movie icon has died at age 70 from complications from multiple sclerosis.

The announcement came from the teen idol’s official Disney fan club page

Funicello started her long career at age 12 and was one of the original Mouseketeers.  She then transitioned her career to beach movies along side Frankie Avalon and become a teen idol sensation during the 50’s and 60’s.  Funicello was also a successful recording artists with songs like “Tall Paul”.

Her beach movies are now part of American film history and include “Beach Blanket Bingo”, “How to Stuff a Wild Bikini” and “Pajama Party”.

The Italian American actress had been struggling with MS since 1992 when she publicly announced her battle.  In 2004 she lost her ability to walk and eventually her ability to speak.

According to Deadline Hollywood the actress died peacefully at her home with her family at her side.

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Spanish Gallery Honors Picasso on 40th Anniversary of Death

Spanish Gallery Honors Picasso on 40th Anniversary of Death

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Monday marks the 40th anniversary of Pablo Picasso’s death, and to honor the artist an art gallery in Spain is holding an exhibition.

Madrid’s Leandro Navarro art gallery will display 15 original works of art displayed to illustrate the life and key moments of the famed artist.

The exhibition begins with work from the 1904 through 1906 and progresses through his life up until 1967 with his drawing Nu Debout et flutiste.

Leandro Navarro’s exhibition opened Thursday and will remain open until May 12. From May 22nd through the 26th the exhibit will be displayed at the Leandro Navarro booth in Art Basel Hong Kong.

Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga on October 25th, 1881. He died on April 8th, 1973.

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Spanish Beauty, Actress Sara Montiel Dies at 85

Spanish Beauty, Actress Sara Montiel Dies at 85

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Spanish actress and singer Sara Montiel died Monday at her home in Madrid, apparently of natural causes, emergency services officials told Efe. She was 85.

An ambulance from Madrid emergency services rushed to attend the artist, but paramedics could do nothing to save her life.

Montiel was one of Spain’s most internationally renowned actresses and singers when Hollywood scarcely knew the Spanish movie industry existed.

Born Maria Antonia Abad Fernandez in the town of Campo de Criptana in La Mancha, she was the diva of Spanish films, an icon of sensuality and queen of the “cuple” (a Spanish song style). She acted in some 50 movies and recorded more than 30 discs.

Her stunning beauty got her picked to share top billing in the 1950s with Gary Cooper and Burt Lancaster in the film “Veracruz.”

In Spain she starred in one of the great blockbusters of Spanish cinema “El Ultimo Cuple” in 1957, on the 50th anniversary of which a special tribute was arranged for her in Miami.

She soon became an erotic legend, an artist who sang seductive songs like “Fumando Espero,” “Besame Mucho,” “La Violetera” and “Amado Mio.”

In America’s movie mecca she signed million dollar contracts with Warner Brothers and United Artists, worked with directors like Anthony Mann - her first husband - and onscreen infatuated such Hollywood heartthrobs as Cooper, Lancaster and Charles Bronson.

Among her “unmentionable” loves, Montiel always mentioned five men: Nobel Laureate in Medicine Severo Ochoa, poet Leon Felipe, playwright Miguel Mihura, moviemaker Mario Camus, and writer Ernest Hemingway.

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Celebrate National Empanada Day

Celebrate National Empanada Day

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Today is a day to honor one of Hispanic America’s greatest culinary creations, the empanada.  The empanada is so revered it was given its own day of recognition – The National Empanada Day.  The name “empanada” comes from the Spanish word “empanar” which means to wrap in bread.  These hand held pies are thought to have originated in Southern Spain but mastered in Argentine kitchens over the centuries.

Empanadas were found in Catalan cookbooks as far back as 1520. 

Empanadas are a yummy stuffed bread that can be filled with meat, cheese, fruit filling, vegetables, you name it.  One of the most popular versions of the empanada is the beef & olive empanada.  You can purchase ‘discos de empanadas’ at local Latin food stores and avoid making your own pastry rounds.

An Argentine empanada uses a flour-based dough and is deep friend or baked.  Nearly every region of Argentina has its own version of the empanada and it is a food staple in Buenos Aires. 

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25 Classic Mexican Film Restored in HD, Ready for Release

25 Classic Mexican Film Restored in HD, Ready for Release

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Film distributor Venevision International said it has completely restored 25 classic Mexican films in high definition and plans to release them.

The restoration was completed by experts from Olympusat, which repaired defects in the films and adjusted the colors and audio completely, Venevision International said in a statement.

“When I evaluate the original negatives with which these films were made, I realize that at the time they were made it was impossible to achieve the quality with which they were restored,” Movie-Mex International president Alex Agrasánchez said.

Movie-Mex International, a unit of Organizacion Cisneros, will screen the films at MipTV, the leading television content marketplace, which runs until Thursday in Cannes, France.

“La Vida No Vale Nada” (1954), with Pedro Infante and Rosario Granados; “La Escondida” (1955), with Maria Felix and Pedro Armendariz; “Camino De Guanajuato” (1955), with Lola Beltran, Jose Alfredo Jimenez and Demetrio Gonzalez; “Aqui Esta Tu Enamorado” (1962), with Antonio Aguilar and Flor Silvestre; and “Los Sanchez Deben Morir,” with Javier Solis, Lucha Villa, Fernando Casanova and Rosa Maria Vazquez are among the films restored.

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Bishops from Mexico Gather for 95th Plenary Assembly

Bishops from Mexico Gather for 95th Plenary Assembly

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The 95th Plenary Assembly of the Episcopal Conference of Mexico begins today, Monday, April 8 under the theme “The Challenges of the Church in Mexico in These next 3 years.”

In a statement to the local press, also sent to Fides, the Secretary of the Episcopal Conference of Mexico (CEM), Mgr. Eugenio Lira Rugarcía stated that after the presentation of the analysis by a group of lay specialists on the situation in the Country, “the bishops will discuss with them in order to also be informed in detail about the different conditions of our society.”

The guests are Luis Ernesto Derbez Bautista, rector of de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP) University; Luis F. Aguilar Villanueva, Director of Research of public policy and government at the University of Guadalajara (UDG), and María Luisa Aspe Armella, professor at the Iberoamericana University.

“Only this Assembly will take place at the Apostolic Nunciature, to pay homage to the newly-elected Pope Francis, with a Mass presided by Archbishop Mgr. Christophe Pierre, Nuncio of His Holiness. From here all the bishops will go to the Episcopal Conference at the Casa de Lago Cuautitlan Izcalli, State of Mexico, where the meeting will take place from Tuesday to Friday.

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CLAUSURA: Cruz Azul Beats Queretaro, Club America Ties Puebla

CLAUSURA: Cruz Azul Beats Queretaro, Club America Ties Puebla

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With goals by Argentine Nicolas Bertolo and Javier Orozco, Cruz Azul defeated Queretaro on the road 2-1 in the 13th week of Mexico’s Clausura soccer tourney, while America and Puebla battled to a 1-1 draw.

With the win, Cruz Azul revived its hopes of making it into the playoffs, where the eight top teams in the league will vie for the title.

The home team’s Diego de la Torre opened the scoring in the 11th minute and Bertolo knocked in the tying tally in minute 48, while Orozco, from Mexico, put the final touch on the match in the 72nd minute.

Cruz Azul thus stands with 17 points and is knocking on the door of the playoffs.

In the tie between America and Puebla in the Azteca stadium, it was the latter’s Felix Borja who got the team on the board first in the 62nd minute, while Miguel Layun answered back for America in the 72nd minute for the tie.

With the draw, America has 25 points and is in third place behind Tigres and Atlas, but Puebla is in 14th place with just 15 points.

The week of soccer action began Friday with Chiapas defeating Guadalajara 3-2, although the latter dominated the match possessing the ball 60 percent of the time and firing 17 shots on goal to Chiapas’ 12. Chiapas went on the board first in minute 9 on a left-footer by Luis Rey, and 20 minutes later teammate Luis Lorona also knocked in a left-footer.

Then it was Guadalajara’s turn with Rafael Marquez Lugo scoring twice, once in minute 45+1 and once in the 65th minute to tie things up, but Franco Arizala came through for Chiapas in the 81st minute with another tally for the win.

Also on Saturday, Pumas UNAM, in 5th place in the standings with 20 points, beat Pachuca 2-1 on goals by Efrain Velarde in the 53rd minute and Javier Cortes Granados in the 84th. Pachuca’s goal was scored by Paulo Da Silva in the 56th minute.

It was a series of three scoreless draws in other Saturday action, with Tigres and Leon battling to a null result and Atlas and Morelia facing off. The teams appeared fairly evenly matched in both games, although Atlas committed 15 fouls to Morelia’s 9.

Another scoreless draw was the result in the Tijuana-Santos match, but at least Tijuana attempted 24 shots on goal whereas Santos only tried 4.

Tigres - coached by Brazil’s Ricardo Ferretti - is in first place now with 29 points, followed by Atlas with 27, America in 3rd with 25, Santos in 4th place with 23 and Pumas UNAM in 5th with 20.

Facing off on Sunday evening are Toluca and Monterrey and the two cellar teams Atlante and San Luis.

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Former British Prime Minister and Argentine Foe Margaret Thatcher Dies

Former British Prime Minister and Argentine Foe Margaret Thatcher Dies

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Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died from a stroke, her spokesman, Lord Bell, said Monday. She was 87.

“It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning,” Lord Bell said.

Thatcher, known as the “Iron Lady” because of her tough leadership style, was the United Kingdom’s first female prime minister.

The conservative former prime minister, who was in office from 1979 to 1990, introduced free-market reforms in Britain, privatizing state-owned companies and dismantling the socialist system implemented after World War II by the Labor Party.

Thatcher led Britain to victory over Argentina in the 1982 Falklands War.

The former prime minister, who entered politics in 1959 with her election to Parliament from Finchley, in London, had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and had a series of strokes in recent years.

Thatcher, born Margaret Hilda Roberts, had a meteoric rise in politics after being elected to Parliament, taking the leadership of the Conservative Party in 1975 from Prime Minister Edward Heath, who was in office from 1970 to 1974.

She led the Tories to victory in the 1979 general elections and again in 1983 and 1987.

Thatcher, who was born on Oct. 13, 1925, in the northern English city of Grantham, came from a middle class family.

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MondayApril 8, 2013