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SundayApril 21, 2013

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Catholic Bishops’ Migration Chair Welcomes Immigration Proposal

Catholic Bishops’ Migration Chair Welcomes Immigration Proposal

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The introduction of U.S. Senate bipartisan legislation to reform the U.S. immigration system was welcomed by Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration, April 17.

Archbishop Gomez also pledged that the U.S. bishops would carefully examine the legislation and work with Congress to ensure that any final measure respects the basic human rights and dignity of migrants.

Archbishop Gomez commended the so-called “Gang of Eight” senators for their leadership on the issue. He also said that once it has completed its review of the voluminous bill, the USCCB may seek improvements upon the proposed legislation, consistent with principles for reform laid out for decades by the bishops’ conference.

In their 2003 pastoral letter, “Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope,” the U.S. bishops outlined several goals for immigration reform, which include:

    A path to citizenship for the undocumented that is achievable, set within a reasonable time frame and includes the maximum number of persons
    The protection and enhancement of the family-based immigration system—based on the union of a husband and a wife and their children—including the reduction of backlogs and the shortening of waiting times
    A program which allows low-skilled migrant workers to enter and work in the United States legally and safely, includes appropriate wage and worker protections, allows for family unity, and provides workers the option to apply for permanent residency and eventual citizenship
    The restoration of due process protections for immigrants removed by the 1996 Illegal Immigrant Responsibility and Immigration Reform Act
    The adoption of policies which address the root causes, or push factors, of irregular migration, such as persecution and the absence of living wage jobs in sending communities
    The protection of other vulnerable populations, including refugees, asylum-seekers, and unaccompanied children

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Miss Universe Olivia Culpo Named ‘Madrina’ of the Latino Commission on AIDS

Miss Universe Olivia Culpo Named ‘Madrina’ of the Latino Commission on AIDS

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Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo, was recognized as this year’s Madrina of the Latino Commission on AIDS in a media reception at Melibea Restaurant in New York City where she invited all to attend the upcoming Cielo Latino gala, the largest fundraiser for Latino AIDS initiatives in the US to be held May 17th at Cipriani Wall Street.

“We are very excited about Olivia’s involvement with the Latino Commission on AIDS and her willingness to become this year’s Madrina with a particular focus in taking our prevention message directly to youths all over the world,” said Guillermo Chacón, President of the Latino Commission on AIDS, who explained Madrinas of the organization are those individuals who commit themselves to promote prevention and education related to HIV & AIDS.”

“In the Latino culture the role of the Madrina (Godmother) is very important, as they are either a family member or very dear friend entrusted with another member for support.

Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo joins a group of vital supporters, all of whom are active voices committed to reaching a world without AIDS, including Carmen Dominicci, India, Paulina Rubio and past Miss Universe winners Ximena Navarrete, Dayana Mendoza and Stefania Fernandez.

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American Wife of Boston Bomber Releases Statement

American Wife of Boston Bomber Releases Statement

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The Boston community could rest easily last night after a five-day hunt for the two brothers responsible for bombing Monday’s Boston Marathon, which claimed the lives of three and injured 180 others.

The bombers, identified as 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his 19-year-old brother Dzhokar Tsarnaev, were also responsible for the death of an MIT police officer whom they shot and killed after burglarizing a convenience store.

Tamerlan was shot and killed following a shootout with police. Shortly after the suspects were identified, it was revealed that the eldest brother had a wife and 3-year-old daughter, whose family released a statement Friday following the capture of Dzhokar.

Katherine Russell of Rhode Island met Tamerlan in college and converted to Islam during their courtship, USA Today reports.

“Our daughter has lost her husband today, the father of her child,” the statement from Russell’s family reads. “We cannot begin to comprehend how this horrible tragedy occurred. In the aftermath of the Patriot’s Day horror, we know that we never really knew Tamerlan Tsarnaev. … Our hearts are sickened by the knowledge of the horror he has inflicted.”

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Suspect in California Double Homicide Arrested in Mexico

Suspect in California Double Homicide Arrested in Mexico

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U.S. Marshal Don O’Keefe is proud to announce the arrest of Pedro Medina-Castillon, who is wanted to stand trial in the Superior Court of California, Santa Clara County, for two counts of homicide.

The 31-year-old suspect was arrested Tuesday in Guadalajara, Mexico, for purposes of extradition to the United States by the Policia Federal Ministerial assigned to PGR Interpol Mexico, working with assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service Mexico City Foreign Field Office, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office and the Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs.

It is alleged that in July 2012 in San Jose, Medina-Castillon forced entry into the home of Maribel and Pedro Jimenez.

While their three children looked on, Medina-Castillon allegedly shot and killed Pedro Jimenez, then went to the master bedroom and shot and killed Maribel Jimenez while she attempted to call 911. Investigators believe Medina-Castillon then fled to Los Angeles and eventually on to Mexico.

Due to a relentless investigation conducted by the San Jose Police Department and U.S. Marshals Service Deputies in San Jose, and with the assistance of the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office and the DOJ Office of International Affairs, Pedro Medina-Castillon was taken into custody on the basis of a Provisional Arrest Warrant, which seeks his extradition to the United States.

Other U.S. Marshals Service entities involved in the U.S. Marshals portion of the investigation include the Investigative Operations Division, International Investigations Branch and the Technical Operations Group.

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Scientists Confirm Dinosaurs Sat on Their Eggs like Chickens

Scientists Confirm Dinosaurs Sat on Their Eggs like Chickens

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If you believe all the media hype over the last 20 or so years, you think dinosaurs are ferocious killing machines. But scientists keep pulling the beasts closer to birds. Have we been scared of giant chickens all this time? And what does this mean for the future of dino-movies?

Don’t worry, it’s just a bird-like reptile.

According to Live Science, scientists checked for pores in the fossilized eggs of one dinosaur species and found them to be much closer to the standard chicken egg than to that of a reptile.

Porosity is important because buried eggs have to be more porous than eggs that are sat upon. The pore similarities between bird and dinosaur eggs support the theory that dinosaurs brooded over their nests.

Earth Sky reports that the species of dinosaur studied, the Troodon, laid its eggs to be half-buried and half-exposed.

Thus, the adult Troodon played a part in incubation. While this behavior cannot be generalized across the dinosaur kingdom, it further supports the link between dinosaur and bird.

What does this mean for the vehemently anti-dinosaur media? It means they will have to fall further in step with the “dinosaurs are giant chickens” agenda. Any new Jurassic Park films will have to feature giant feathers and dinosaurs pooping on car windows.

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Puerto Rican Senator Defends Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana

Puerto Rican Senator Defends Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana

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The bill introduced last week by governing Popular Democratic Party, or PPD, Sen. Miguel Pereira to decriminalize the use of marijuana has created a controversy in Puerto Rico.

The legislation introduced by Pereira would allow people 21 or older to possess up to 31 grams of pot for their personal use.

The bill would amend the Law on Controlled Substances, which imposes fines of $5,000 and up to three years in prison on anyone convicted of possessing the drug.

The bill acknowledges that there is a problem in Puerto Rico and redefines criminality linked to drug trafficking, the senator said.

Marijuana use is extremely high in Puerto Rico, where about 70 percent of university students consume the drug, while many professionals also use it, Pereira said.

“What this measure seeks to do is decriminalize possession for personal use and acknowledge what is happening in the country,” Pereira said.

The legislation has come under attack from the most conservative sectors of Puerto Rican society.

The bill would harm the island’s society and tarnish its image abroad, opposition New Progressive Party, or PNP, Senate Health Committee member Sen. Angel Martinez said.

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IACHR Condemns Murder of Colombian Activist

IACHR Condemns Murder of Colombian Activist

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The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) laments the murder of Ever Cordero, who chaired a participatory dialogue process for victims of displacement in the department (province) of Córdoba, Colombia.

The Commission urges the State of Colombia to increase its efforts to implement a comprehensive policy for the protection of all those who are participating in processes to assert the rights of displaced communities and other victims of the armed conflict.

According to the information that is available, Ever Cordero was a community leader who worked to bring about the restitution of lands for victims of the armed conflict.

The information the Commission received indicates that on April 9, 2013, Ever Cordero was traveling toward the urban area of Valencia, in Córdoba, when two individuals on a motorcycle intercepted him and shot him to death. According to the information received, Ever Cordero was going to Valencia to attend ceremonies and marches commemorating the National Day of Memory and Solidarity with Victims.

The following day, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos visited Córdoba and presented land titles to families who were dispossessed of their lands during the conflict.

The IACHR has been concerned about information it has been receiving about different forms of violence being perpetrated against community leaders who are participating in the land restitution process.

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6 Bodies Discovered in SUV in Northern Mexico

6 Bodies Discovered in SUV in Northern Mexico

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The bodies of six men were found inside an SUV near the industrial zone in Ahome, a city in the northwestern Mexican state of Sinaloa, police said.

The grisly discovery was made Saturday by municipal police.

The vehicle was taken in an armed robbery on April 8 in the town of Juan Jose Rios, officials said.

Army troops cordoned off the area while crime scene investigators from the prosecutor’s office gathered evidence.

The SUV was towed to a funeral home with the bodies still inside so they could be examnined by specialists, officials said.

Sinaloa Attorney General Marco Antonio Higuera Gomez went to the funeral home to oversee the investigation.

The victims were stripped to the waist and wore only pants and sandals, police said.

“It is believed that the victims are farmworkers who were reported missing on Friday night after drinking at an agricultural camp,” a police spokesman said.

The motive for the massacre is not known, but Sinaloa has been plagued by drug-related violence for years.

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 in the state from the Sinaloa organization.

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.

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General Elections Underway in Paraguay

General Elections Underway in Paraguay

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Paraguay is holding general elections on Sunday, with the presidency, vice presidency, congressional seats, governorships and other posts up for grabs.

The polls opened at 7:00 a.m. for the general elections, the sixth held since the advent of democracy in the small South American country.

Some 3.5 million people are eligible to cast ballots in the elections, which are being monitored by about 500 foreign observers from a variety of organizations.

The polls will close at 4:00 p.m. and preliminary results will be available four hours later, a national elections commission spokesman told Efe.

Eleven candidates are vying for the presidency, but the polls show Horacio Cartes, of the Colorado Party, and Efrain Alegre, of the Alianza Paraguay Alegre, as the favorites.

Alegre, a member of the governing Liberal Party, bolstered his candidacy by sealing an alliance on April 3 with Unace, Paraguay’s third-largest party and the party of late Gen. Lino Oviedo.

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Spanish Economy Causing Less Concern Than a Year Ago, Says Finance Minister

Spanish Economy Causing Less Concern Than a Year Ago, Says Finance Minister

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Spanish Finance Minister Luis de Guindos said Saturday that the Iberian nation’s economic situation is less worrisome to the IMF and G20 than it was a year ago.

“I’m returning (to Spain) with a much better feeling than I had a year ago,” De Guindos said here in a press conference, alluding to concerns last year that sky-high borrowing costs would force Spain to apply for a full sovereign bailout.

“Spain is much less the focus of attention of the global economy” compared to a year ago, the minister said. The International Monetary Fund has projected the Iberian nation will contract by 1.6 percent this year before growing by 0.7 percent in 2014.

The finance minister participated Friday and Saturday in Washington in the semi-annual meetings of the IMF and World Bank as well as a gathering of the G20, which comprises finance ministers and central bank governors from 20 major economies, including the European Union.

De Guindos said he confirmed during the meetings in Washington that “there’s certain concern about growth in Europe,” where a recovery has not yet materialized.

The IMF this week warned about an unbalanced and insufficient global recovery that is being led by emerging markets with Europe bringing up the rear.

“It’s not so much the specific situation of Spain as the situation in the whole of Europe,” De Guindos said in summing up the mood in Washington.

In that regard, he said that in addition to providing financial stability to the world, Europe “also must provide economic growth.”

“That’s something that other economic regions have requested of us and that’s where we need to keep moving forward with the whole issue of the banking union, the fiscal union,” De Guindos added.

The finance minister said the “doubts” surrounding the financial stability of the euro zone as a whole have “disappeared” but concerns about the region’s economic weakness persist.

Last summer, Spain was forced to request a loan of up to 100 billion euros ($129.7 billion) from its euro zone partners to prop up its ailing financial institutions.

The Spanish economy, currently in recession, remains hampered by the fallout from the collapse of a long-building housing bubble, which left many of its banks saddled with toxic assets.

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Hemorrhagic Dengue Leads to 2 Deaths in Honduras

Hemorrhagic Dengue Leads to 2 Deaths in Honduras

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Two people have died so far this year from hemorrhagic dengue in Honduras, Health Minister Roxana Araujo said.

The cases occurred in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, a city in northern Honduras, Araujo said, without providing additional details.

The Central American country has registered about 3,000 cases of classic dengue this year, while about 500 people have been hospitalized with possible hemorrhagic dengue, Araujo said.

Two people died from hemorrhagic dengue and about 8,000 others contracted classic dengue in Honduras in 2012.

No deaths were reported from the disease in the Central American country in 2011.

A total of 83 people died from hemorrhagic dengue in Honduras in 2010.

Hemorrhagic dengue killed 12 people - four adults and eight children - in the Central American country in 2009.

Dengue, a serious viral disease transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, is characterized by high fever, intense headaches, muscle pain, gastro-intestinal problems and rashes.

Hemorrhagic dengue, in addition to having symptoms associated with classic dengue, like fever, headaches and joint pain, can also produce internal bleeding.

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SundayApril 21, 2013