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ThursdayApril 25, 2013

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Take a Look at the Upcoming Series ‘Devious Maids’

Take a Look at the Upcoming Series ‘Devious Maids’

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The U.S. adaptation of a Mexican telenovela has finally released its first glimpse into the world of Devious Maids.

Starring a notable Latina cast, Devious Maids tells the story of a group of maids working in Beverly Hills homes for the rich and famous.

The man behind the series, Marc Cherry, was also behind Desperate Housewives, which ran on ABC from 2004 to 2012.

Devious Maids stars Ana Ortiz, Judy Reyes, Dania Ramirez, Brianna Brown, and Roselyn Sanchez.

Maids will premiere on Lifetime on Sunday, June 23.

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Accidental Drug Trafficker: Woman Unaware She Brought Drugs into US

Accidental Drug Trafficker: Woman Unaware She Brought Drugs into US

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A woman traveling into the U.S. from Mexico for work was shocked to learn she had transported around 30 pounds of marijuana into the country.

According to police, the 33-year-old woman, who lives in Mexico, works in downtown San Diego, Calif. Having arrived at work early, the unidentified woman told investigators she was sitting in her car when two men approached the vehicle and began removing items from her undercarriage. The men likely did not know she was in the vehicle, as they were startled when they saw here.

The woman called police and upon arrival, officers discovered six packages of marijuana being held to her undercarriage by magnets.

Investigators do not believe the woman had any idea she transported the drugs and reminded drivers of the importance of checking their vehicles before crossing the border.

No suspects have been identified.

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Thousands of Teachers Destroy Government Offices After Politicians Pass Education Reform in MX

Thousands of Teachers Destroy Government Offices After Politicians Pass Education Reform in MX

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Teachers in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero and activists from various organizations on Wednesday destroyed the offices of several political parties in the state capital of Chilpancingo, where changes to the state education law were approved by lawmakers earlier in the week.

With sticks and pipes in hand and their faces covered by handkerchiefs and ski masks, dozens of members of the State Coordinator for Guerrero Education Workers, or CETEG, and other organizations first entered the offices of the conservative National Action Party, or PAN.

The group, which led a teachers’ march through Chilpancingo’s downtown, broke windows, computers and furniture amid the confusion of the people working there, Efe learned.

After wreaking havoc at the PAN office, the group moved on to the headquarters of the Citizens Movement and the Party of the Democratic Revolution, or PRD, both of which are leftist in orientation, and carried out similar destruction without security forces intervening.

The local headquarters of the governing Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, also became the target for the demonstrators’ wrath and they caused similar damage there. Apparently, at the PRI offices they burned furniture and documents.

In remarks to Milenio Television, Chilpancingo Mayor Mario Moreno said the attacks were “very regrettable” and added that the authorities would not allow themselves to be provoked.

In addition, he said that the city does not have “the ability to confront a mob of 4,000 or 5,000” people on the rampage and it will not put its roughly 500 members of the local security forces in danger “to create a conflict.”

“We’re undertaking operations ... to divert all vehicular traffic” from the area and “we’re not going to create confrontation with the citizenry,” he said.

The mayor, who belongs to the PRI, said that the attitude adopted by the teachers “borders on intolerance” and he lamented the apparent fact that they are motivated by “interests very far removed from what educational reform is,” but he also expressed his willingness to help find a solution to the situation.

The attack on the party offices comes one day after state legislators approved changed to the state education law.

The members of CETEG, who belong to the Popular Movement of Guerrero coalition, verbally attacked the lawmakers for not including their demands, which are opposed to the federal education reform signed by President Enrique Peña Nieto in February.

The teachers’ demonstrations began on Feb. 25 and increased in subsequent weeks with the blocking of the highway connecting Acapulco with the Mexican capital and sit-ins in front of businesses.

The education reform measure puts an end to the union practice of filling vacant posts in the public schools with their members and establishes a system of obligatory merit-based evaluation for teachers.

The teachers are being supported in their protests by other organizations, including squads of armed civilians who have deployed in various parts of Guerrero to guarantee the safety of their communities.

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Clint’s Wife Dina Eastwood Enters Rehab Facilty

Clint’s Wife Dina Eastwood Enters Rehab Facilty

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Dina Ruiz Eastwood, the wife of famed actor-director Clint Eastwood, has reportedly entered a treatment facility for depression and anxiety.

According to TMZ,Dina, who has been starring on the E! reality series, “Mrs. Eastwood & Company” with Clint’s daughter Francesca, entered an Arizona rehab facility, where sources say she is being treated for mental health issues, not substance abuse.

Clint and Dina have been married since 1996 and have a 16-year-old daughter named Morgan. Clint has six other children: one with exotic dancer Roxanne Tunis, two with first wife Maggie Johnson, two with flight attendant Jacelyn Reeves, one with actress France Fisher, and one with Dina.

“Mrs. Eastwood & Company” chronicles the lives of Dina and daughters Francesca and Morgan. Dina manages the six-person a cappella group Overtone, with its members also living with the Eastwoods in their Carmel-by-the-Sea, California mansion. The series premiered on May 20, 2012. The family reportedly declined a second season.

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Fired on 1st Day: AJ Clemente Talks with Letterman About Cursing on Air

Fired on 1st Day: AJ Clemente Talks with Letterman About Cursing on Air

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The man notably fired on his first day as anchor for a North Dakota news program visited David Letterman on Wednesday’s Late Show.

Video of AJ Clemente cursing on air while his co-anchor reads the news has gone viral in recent days, especially after everyone learned he was fired. Yep, fired on his first day.

Still, despite the embarrassment, Clemente told Letterman, “At first, it was an emotional conversation obviously. But the next day, you’ve got to pick yourself up and laugh at yourself.”

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Guillermo del Toro Bringing Manga Series ‘Monster’ to HBO

Guillermo del Toro Bringing Manga Series ‘Monster’ to HBO

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Deadline is reporting that horror king Guillermo del Toro has inked a deal with HBO to develop a series based on the Japanese Manga series “Monster” from author Naoki Urasawa.

“Monster” is the award-winning baby of Urasawa of Shogakukan Inc. and tells the story of a young, but brilliant Japanese doctor named Kenzo Tenma.

Once considered the best neurosurgeon at his hospital in Germany, after disobeying the Hospital Director’s orders to perform brain surgery on the mayor Dr. Tenma sacrifices his promising future and chooses to save a newly-orphaned boy, Johan Liebert, since the boy arrived first. Despite his belief that saving the boy was morally correct, Dr. Tenma loses his social standing in the community and is outcast in the hospital. Soon after saving the boy, the mayor dies and the Hospital Director and other doctors are murdered. Johan and his twin sister have also gone missing.

Almost a decade later, Johan resurfaces and Dr. Tenma learns the boy he saved is really a cold-blooded killer - but only when the monster within takes over. Regretting his decision to save Johan, the doctor decides to take justice into his own hands before he kills more people.
The series began in 1995 and was adapted into an anime, which aired between 2004 and 2005. The anime’s instrumental them was Chilean folk group Quilapayún’s 1984 song “Transient”. Though beginning in 1995, it took more than ten years for it to be translated for the U.S.
Del Toro will co-write, direct, and executive produce the series for HBO. Gary Ungar, Don Murphy, and Susan Montford will serve as a non-writing executive producers, with Steven Thompson co-writing.

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Gates and Slim Join Forces to Rid the World of Polio in Six Years

Gates and Slim Join Forces to Rid the World of Polio in Six Years

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Billionaires Bill Gates and Carlos Slim said in an exclusive interview with Efe that they planned to join forces to eradicate polio in six years.

Gates, the founder of U.S. tech giant Microsoft, said it was not often that you received a letter proposing to wipe out one of the most harmful diseases of the 20th century, especially when that missive was sent by the world’s richest man to the holder of the globe’s second-largest fortune.

Slim, the world’s richest person, and Gates discussed their plans with Efe in the first-ever joint interview they have granted.

The moguls said they would work together to achieve one of the philanthropic goals set by Gates, the world’s second-richest person.

Slim will contribute $100 million to a project to eradicate polio within six years.

Why so much money and energy to fight an illness that affected just 223 children last year and is a problem in only three countries?

“With polio, there are two possibilities - either we redouble our work and really end it, saving ourselves the cost of vaccinations, or we halt this great effort and polio could start spreading once more and infecting hundreds of thousands of children,” Gates said.

Tremendous progress has been made in fighting this disease in the past 25 years, thanks to the immunization campaigns launched around the world.

Polio has gone from paralyzing 350,000 children a year in 125 countries to being a problem in just Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The toughest problem, paradoxically, will be reaching zero cases.

Slim and Gates are businessmen with no desire to hide it, and they are taking a business-like approach to fighting polio.

The Mexican and American billionaires agree that the worlds of philanthropy and business are “surprisingly similar” and have a hard time choosing one over the other.

“Perhaps the only difference is in the goals. In business, your goals are a bigger market share, profitability .. But in both places you seek efficiency, organizing what you do well and that your human capital be the best,” Slim said.

“If we do not have success with polio, it would be a tremendous setback not just for global health, but also for optimism about what men can do when they work together. If we are successful, it will make us stronger and remind us that together we can do amazing things,” Gates said.

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Unemployment in Spain Hits 27%, Under 25 is 57%

Unemployment in Spain Hits 27%, Under 25 is 57%

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Spain’s unemployment rate hit 27.16 percent in the first quarter of this year, with the number of jobless people topping 6 million for the first time amid an economic downturn that started in 2008, the National Statistics Institute, or INE, said Thursday.

More than 6.2 million people were jobless during the period, with 237,400 workers joining the ranks of the unemployed during the first three months of 2013, the INE said in its Labor Force Survey.

People younger than 25 were hit the hardest, with the unemployment rate for this segment of the labor force coming in at 57.22 percent in the first quarter, representing 960,400 people.

Foreigners were the second worst-hit group, with the jobless rate for this segment at 39.21 percent and 1.3 million people out of work, the INE said.

The high level of joblessness among foreigners is prompting some emigrants to return to their home countries, with some groups, such as Ecuadorians, taking advantage of repatriation plans created by the governments of their nations.

Spain’s work force lost 322,300 workers between January and March, with 16.6 million people employed and the labor force participation rate at 59.68 percent, the INE said.

The high unemployment rate is an indicator of the severe economic recession that Spain entered in 2008 and has been affected by the austerity measures implemented by the government to reduce the budget deficit.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s government approved labor reforms in 2012 aimed at spurring job creation, but the measures have not yet yielded results.

The government plans to implement new measures Friday to boost the economy, which the Bank of Spain estimated contracted 0.50 percent in the first quarter, an improvement from the 0.80 percent drop in gross domestic product in the fourth quarter of 2012.

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Blog del Narco:  Narco-Corrido Singer Found Shot in Texas Orchard

Blog del Narco:  Narco-Corrido Singer Found Shot in Texas Orchard

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Mission, Texas authorities are investigating the death of narco-corrido singer, Chuy Quintanilla, whose body was found with two bullet wounds to the head in a local orchard.

This morning local police were called to investigate a body found at a grapefruit orchard north of Mission.  The body, later to be identified as singer Chuy Quintanilla, was found next to a Chevy Tahoe in a pool of blood.

ImageQuintanilla, a resident of Palmview, was a popular regional musician often singing songs in praise of the Gulf Cartel leaders, such as “La Mera Lay del Corrido”.  Quintanilla shared his passion for music with his narco-corrido singing brother Beto Quintanilla who records some 47 albums including a corrido about Los Zetas “El Corrido de los Zetas”.  Beto died of a heart attack in 2007 having survived numerous threats to his life around his music.

Mission, Texas sits nearly 13 miles away from the Texas-Mexico border. 

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HONDURAS: 4.7 Earthquake, Aftershock Damage Numerous Homes

HONDURAS: 4.7 Earthquake, Aftershock Damage Numerous Homes

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At least six people were injured, 120 others evacuated and 66 dwellings damaged in an earthquake and aftershocks in Atlantida, a province on the Caribbean coast of Honduras, the emergency management office said Wednesday.

An alert has been declared in the cities of Esparta, La Masica and Arizona due to the seismic activity registered in the past few days.

A magnitude-4.7 earthquake hit the Caribbean coast on Tuesday night and was followed by a series of aftershocks.

President Porfirio Lobo and national emergency management office director Lisandro Rosales traveled to the region Wednesday to establish “a humanitarian aid camp,” the agency said.

The earthquakes that have hit the area since April 12 damaged two schools and destroyed 12 houses, the emergency management office said.

Honduras has experienced 36 earthquakes in the past three weeks, with the temblors’ magnitudes ranging from 3.1 to 5.6, the agency said.

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“Queen of the Pacific” Pleads Guilty to Drug Charge

“Queen of the Pacific” Pleads Guilty to Drug Charge

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Femme fatale and female narco honcho, Sandra Avila Beltran, has pled guilty to drug charges.

Now facing up to 15 year in U.S. prison, the “Queen of the Pacific” pled guilty to being an accessory after the fact to a drug trafficking organization once led by her ex-boyfriend, Juan Diego Espinosa Ramirez.

Avila Beltran, 52,  known as much for her love of cosmetic procedures as for dominance over Pacific coast drug routes, has been housed at the Miami Correctional Facility.

Last year Beltran entered a not guilty plea on charges of conspiracy to import cocaine and conspiracy to distribute at least 100 kilograms of cocaine in the United States.

The alleged Mexican drug trafficker was extradited to the U.S. in early August and has since been detained in a federal prison in downtown Miami.

Avila Beltran, niece of Mexican drug lord Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo was arrested in Mexico in 2007 when she was enjoying a coffee in a restaurant and has always claimed her innocence insisting she makes her living from selling clothes.

Her trial began last month and in a statement filed in federal court, Avila Beltran admitted to giving Espinosa Ramirez money between 2002 and 2004 “with the intention of preventing or hindering his arrest for his drug trafficking crimes.”

She is believed to have transported at least nine tons of coke from Colombia to Mexico and is the highest-profile woman linked to the Mexican drug trade. She is largely credited with helping connect Colombia’s Norte del Valle drug cartel with Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel.

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Dissident Blogger Yoani Sanchez Thanks Spanish Lawmakers

Dissident Blogger Yoani Sanchez Thanks Spanish Lawmakers

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Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez visited the lower house of the Spanish Parliament on Wednesday and praised the “solidarity” of Spanish lawmakers with the Cuban people and with the struggle for democracy by the island’s civil activists and dissidents.

Sanchez met with representatives of the lower house’s Foreign Affairs Committee, with the exception of members of the United Left, or IU.

The human rights activist said she regretted not being able to speak with members of the IU because she is a person “without a defined ... ideological line” who is trying to move in “many (political) spectra.”

After insisting that she would have liked to speak with the IU on “some important matters regarding Cuba,” Sanchez thanked the other parliamentary groups for being willing to meet with her.

Sanchez thanked the lawmakers for their “ability to listen and being up to date” about what is occurring on the communist island.

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Pope Francis Tells Argentine Rights Group “Count on Me”

Pope Francis Tells Argentine Rights Group “Count on Me”

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Pope Francis on Wednesday told the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo that they can “count on him” in seeking the whereabouts of the children of people disappeared during Argentina’s 1976-1983 military dictatorship and who were illegally placed with other families to raise.

The president of the organization, Estela de Carloto, said that the pontiff had relayed this message to them after she met with Francis at the Vatican at the end of his traditional Wednesday public audience.

“Count on me. I’m at your disposal,” the pope told De Carloto, who attended the audience along with Juan Cabandie, the son of people who were killed by the military regime, and Buscarita Roa, a member of the association.

The Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo asked the pope to open the archives of the Argentine Catholic Church and the Vatican to help them determine the fates of the 400 children of disappeared people, their grandchildren, who still have not been identified and who were separated from their parents when the latter were arrested and summarily executed by the dictatorship.

“That is very significant and it confirms to us the pope’s commitment, the Church’s commitment,” De Carloto said, adding that the pontiff, when he was Argentina’s top cardinal, “never spoke about the disappeared and that saddened us.”

The representative of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo said that the dictatorship killed her daughter two months after she gave birth, and they took the child away, adding that she and her companions are returning to Argentina convinced that a new phase is beginning in their effort to identify their relatives.

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Real Madrid Loses 1-4 to Borussia Bortmund

Real Madrid Loses 1-4 to Borussia Bortmund

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Borussia Dortmund routed Real Madrid 4-1 Wednesday in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semifinal, with Robert Lewandowski accounting for all four of the German club’s goals.

The Polish striker opened the scoring in the eighth minute of the contest at Westfalenstadion, booting the ball past Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez after receiving a perfectly placed cross from Mario Gotze.

Real Madrid bounced back, however, and got the equalizer a few minutes before halftime when Dortmund defenseman Mats Hummels’ blunder set up an easy goal by superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

But after the intermission, Lewandowski put the German club back on top, nudging the ball into the net in the 49th minute despite Real Madrid’s vehement appeal for an offsides call.

The Polish forward’s dream game then continued when he fired into the roof of the net in the 54th minute to give his side a two-goal cushion.

He would later tack on another insurance goal in minute 66, converting a penalty after teammate Marco Reus was run over from behind by midfielder Xabi Alonso.

Dortmund’s stunning victory over Real Madrid comes a day after another German side, Bayern Munich, pummeled Barcelona 4-0 in the first leg of the other Champions League semifinal.

The Madrid club will need a mini-miracle on April 30 at the Bernabeu, while Barcelona, which will host Bayern on May 1, must come up with its best Houdini act of this year’s Champions League to advance to the final.

In the round of 16, Barça lost 2-0 to A.C. Milan in the first leg before storming back to take the second leg 4-0.

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ThursdayApril 25, 2013