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WednesdayMay 1, 2013

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North Carolina Immigrants Press for In-State College Tuition

North Carolina Immigrants Press for In-State College Tuition

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Pro-immigrant groups in North Carolina stepped up their pressure Tuesday on state legislators to approve a bill that would allow undocumented students to pay resident tuition at public universities and community colleges.

The organizations mostly addressed the 10 members of the lower house’s Education Committee which is currently debating HB 904.

The bill stipulates that undocumented students who have graduated from high school and have lived in North Carolina for at least two years will pay tuition at the rate of residents.

Undocumented students currently pay more than double for their classes because they are considered foreigners.

The campaign “Let’s Learn NC,” composed of a coalition of state organizations, has been coordinating their efforts since February in seeking the support of lawmakers for HB 904.

If HB 904 is passed, North Carolina will join states like Maryland, Rhode Island, Oregon and Colorado that have recently started allowing undocumented students to pay the same college tuition as residents.

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Board Game to Test Your Knowledge of Jesus Hitting it Big in Spain- Coming to a Store Near you Soon

Board Game to Test Your Knowledge of Jesus Hitting it Big in Spain- Coming to a Store Near you Soon

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A board game created by a nun in Cuenca that tests players’ knowledge about Jesus is hitting it big in Spain and will also be marketed in the Americas.

According to information provided to Efe by Edice, the Spanish bishops conference’s publishing house, the game went on sale in late March and in April there were many requests for it all over Spain, above all as a gift for children on the occasion of their first communion.

In addition, requests for the game - which sells for a price of 49 euros ($64) - have come from Mexico, and so Edice also has its eye focused on the Americas as a potential market.

The game, based on the 10 thematic elements of the catechism, was created and designed by the head of religious classes for the Cuenca Diocese, 35-year-old Carmelite nun Maria Granados.

Called “La alegria de la fe” (The joy of the faith), the game is designed to test players’ knowledge about Jesus with miming, games, gestures, drawings and prayers, Granados told Efe.

The look of the game is that of the traditional “snakes and ladders” game, with players rolling a die to move forward along the board to ultimately arrive at square No. 67, which is entitled “Jesus is Lord.”

The game includes a series of tests that players must take and it poses questions such as “Why can we chose between good and evil?”

In addition, the game is designed for people ages 7 and up and it can be played among family members, in groups, at school or within the context of religious classes, its creator said.

“La alegria de la fe” went on sale in Cuenca recently in the Bishopric Palace’s store and, at present, religious authorities say they are happy with its sales.

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FLORIDA: Ecuadorian Teen Threatened with Gun, Thief Steals Skateboard

FLORIDA: Ecuadorian Teen Threatened with Gun, Thief Steals Skateboard

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A teen in Florida probably never imagined he would be held at gunpoint for his skateboard.

According to police in Ocala, Florida, the 14-year-old, who is visiting the U.S. from Ecuador, was approached by 21-year-old Cary Lamar Howard over the weekend. After displaying a pistol, Howard demanded the teen’s skateboard and money. When the teen told him he had no money, Howard also took his watch.

The Ocala Police Department tracked down Howard, and after being identified by the teen, he was arrested.

Howard, who also had an outstanding warrant for a probation violation, was charged with armed robbery. He denies stealing the teen’s skateboard and watch, and is being held at Marion County Jail.

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Mexican Actor-Singer Christian Chavez Arrested After Fight with Boyfriend

Mexican Actor-Singer Christian Chavez Arrested After Fight with Boyfriend

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Pop star and actor Christian Chavez was arrested along with his boyfriend after the to got into a fight this week.

The Rebelde actor and former member of the pop group RBD was reportedly arrested at his home in Beverly Hill early Tuesday morning.

Both Chavez and his boyfriend, Ben Stewart-Kruger, were taken into custody and booked on suspicion of felony domestic violence. Both were said to have visible injuries.

Before breaking up in 2009, RBD sold more than 20 million albums worldwide.

RBD was a spin-off group created from the telenovela Rebelde. In 2005, Chavez was cast as Juan “Giovanni” Mendez Lopez.

After being outed when photos of him and another man in Canada were published in 2007, Chavez said the photos were of him and Canadian BJ Murphy getting married in 2005, the year Canada legalized same-sex marriage. In 2009, Chavez announced he and his husband were getting divorced.

Chavez and Stewart-Kruger’s relationship was confirmed in March of 2012, but TMZ is reporting that after Tuesday’s altercation, the two are not on speaking terms.

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HS News Presents TODAY IN LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY

HS News Presents TODAY IN LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY

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Discover what happened today in history. Read about major past events that happened today including special entries on crime, entertainment, and more. From Columbus to Chavez, the History of Latin America is long and fascinating. Here you’ll find the people, places and events that made history . Articles covering important events in Latin American history and their effects on the world.

Click here for more Today In Latin America.

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14 Masked Students End Protest in Presidents Office at University After 12 Days

14 Masked Students End Protest in Presidents Office at University After 12 Days

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The 14 masked individuals who occupied the office of the president of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, or UNAM, for 12 days to protest the expulsion of five students and demand changes at the institution abandoned the building on Wednesday.

The demonstrators, who never identified themselves, accepted an offer Tuesday night from UNAM officials to have talks on May 9.

The masked protesters read a statement just after 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, justifying their actions and saying their goal was to defend access to a free public university education.

The president’s office was occupied more to protest reforms implemented at the School of Sciences and Humanities than to demand reinstatement of expelled students, the protesters said.

The five students were expelled on Feb. 5 from the School of Sciences and Humanities for vandalism at its campus in Naucalpan, a Mexico City suburb.

The masked protesters pulled down the posters they had put up at the UNAM’s landmark building and hauled away the blankets, books and papers they used during the occupation.

Some students had called on the protesters in recent days to end the occupation.

The UNAM is Mexico’s largest university and one of Latin America’s leading higher education institutions.

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Gloria Estefan to Release “The Standards” Album Next September

Gloria Estefan to Release “The Standards” Album Next September

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Gloria Estefan’s “The Standards,” a celebration of the American Songbook, will go on sale Sept. 10, Sony Masterworks said.

Reflecting the international nature of her audience, the disc features songs sung in English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and French.

Estefan, who contributed to Frank Sinatra’s 1993 “Duets” album and, more recently, to Tony Bennett’s “Viva Duets,” sought out singer-songwriter Laura Pausini, violinist Joshua Bell and saxophonist Dave Koz to collaborate on the project.

Besides classics such as “What a Difference a Day Makes” and “Young at Heart,” the album includes Estefan’s rendering in English of Carlos Gardel’s “El Dia Que Me Quieras” (“The Day You Say You Love Me”) and her Spanish-language version of Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile.”

The winner of three Grammys and four Latin Grammys began with a list of 50 songs and recorded 16 of them before choosing 13 cuts to go on the album.

“I grew up listening to Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Henry Mancini and great romance recording artists in Mexico and Cuba,” the Havana native said. “This genre is right up my alley, since music is always a catharsis to me.”

Estefan has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide since bursting onto to the music scene in 1983 with “Conga.”

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Spanish Artist Gives Zoo Animals a Sophisticated Look

Spanish Artist Gives Zoo Animals a Sophisticated Look

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Spanish photographer Yago Partal has created a fun collection called “Zoo Portraits” using the heads of animals dressed in human clothes. 

Based in Barcelona, Partal has developed this series by mixing photography and illustration to create truly unique prints.

Which is your favorite?

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Koala
This koala bear looks relaxed in a Hawaiian shirt.

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Polar Bear
This polar bear looks mature in a rust colored scarf.

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Pug
This pug looks cool in a smooth jacket, bow tie and flat-brimmed hat.

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Ostrich
This ostrich looks chic in a knotted scarf and fedora.

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Raccoon
This raccoon looks fresh in a plaid button down and vest.

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TRAGEDY: Hugo Avalos-Chanon Killed After Falling into Meat Blender

TRAGEDY: Hugo Avalos-Chanon Killed After Falling into Meat Blender

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An Oregon man tragically died after falling into a blender at a meat distribution plant.

On Friday, Portland’s Hugo Avalos-Chanon was cleaning a meat blender in Clackamas, Ore. at Interstate Meat Distributors. At around 11:45 a.m., Avalos-Chanon fell into the running blender, and though another worker triggered the emergency stop it was too late.

His official cause of death was blunt-force injuries and chopping wounds.

The plant had reportedly been cited numerous times for safety violations, but even after Friday’s incident it remains open.

Avalos-Chanon worked for DCS Sanitation Management, which was also being investigated by the Occupational Safety ad Health Administration (OSHA).

Interstate Meat Distributors is said to be cooperating with the investigation, but have not given additional statements to the media.

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Blog del Narco: Official Confirmation El Chapo’s Father in-Law in Custody

Blog del Narco: Official Confirmation El Chapo’s Father in-Law in Custody

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The Mexican government confirmed that Ines Coronel Barreras, the father-in-law of Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman, was arrested in an operation with no shots fired.

The 45-year-old Coronel Barreras was captured at 7:00 a.m. Tuesday by the Federal Police along with four other people, including his 25-year-old son, Ines Jr., Deputy Government Secretary for Media Affairs Eduardo Sanchez said.

Coronel Barreras, one of Guzman’s most trusted associates, was arrested in Agua Prieta, a city in the northern state of Sonora, and taken to Mexico City, Sanchez said.

He was in charge of growing and storing marijuana in the Sierra de Durango, a mountain range in northwestern Mexico, and later smuggling the illegal drug from Sonora into Arizona, Sanchez said.

Investigators began tracking the drug trafficker in January, the deputy government secretary said.

“This arrest was made without one shot being fired,” Sanchez said.

Ines Coronel Barreras is the father of Emma Coronel Aispuro, who married Guzman in 2007 in La Angostura, Durango, and gave birth to twin girls on Aug. 15, 2011, at a hospital in Southern California, Sanchez said.

The former beauty queen gave birth at Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster, California, and left the father’s name blank on the girls’ birth certificates.

Coronel, who is a U.S. citizen, was not arrested because she faces no charges in the United States, U.S. officials said.

The young woman returned to Mexico after giving birth to her daughters.

The U.S. Treasury Department included Coronel Barreras on list in January of individuals whose assets were subject to seizure and banned all commercial and financial transactions with him because of his ties to Guzman’s transnational criminal organization.

Mexican government intelligence reports, as well as DEA, CIA and FBI reports, have concluded that the Sinaloa cartel is the largest exporter of illegal drugs to both the United States and countries in Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

The United States offered a reward of $5 million for information leading to the arrest of Guzman, who is considered extremely dangerous, in 2004, while the Mexican government put a price of 30 million pesos (about $2.4 million) on the drug lord’s head.

Durango, which forms Mexico’s so-called “Golden Triangle” of the narcotics trade with Chihuahua and Sinaloa states, is considered one of the likely hiding places of Guzman, who was arrested in Guatemala in 1993 and pulled off a Hollywood-style jailbreak when he escaped from the Puente Grande maximum-security prison in the western state of Jalisco on Jan. 19, 2001.

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U.S. Grants Raul Castro’s Daughter Visa to Attend LGBT Forum

U.S. Grants Raul Castro’s Daughter Visa to Attend LGBT Forum

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The U.S. State Department finally granted a visa to Cuban President Raul Castro’s daughter so that she can attend a May 2-5 forum on LGBT issues in Philadelphia, Equality Forum, the organizer of the seminar, said on Tuesday.

“Equality Forum is delighted that the State Department has affirmed democratic values by authorizing Mariela Castro to speak at Equality Forum 2013,” said Equality Forum executive director Malcolm Lazin in a statement.

Initially, the State Department had denied permission to Mariela Castro to travel to Philadelphia, although it allowed her to travel to the United Nations in New York.

The forum will pay special attention at this conference to the situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Cuba.

Mariela Castro, who is the director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education, months ago accepted the organization’s invitation to be a panelist on the forum’s “Cuba: Featured Nation Panel.”

During the forum, the daughter of the Cuban president will also receive the International Ally for LGBT Equality Award at the International Equality Dinner to acknowledge her work for the rights of the LGBT community.

Equality Forum is a national and international LGBT civil rights organization with an educational focus.

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Mexican Official’s Daughter Upset Over Seating, Has Restaurant Closed

Mexican Official’s Daughter Upset Over Seating, Has Restaurant Closed

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Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has ordered an investigation after the daughter of a Mexican official became so enraged about seating at a restaurant she used her father’s pull to have it closed down.

Andrea Benitez, daughter of Mexico’s federal attorney general of consumer protection, was reportedly so angry about being denied her regular seat at popular restaurant Maximo Bistrot on Friday, that she ran to her father.

After leaving the restaurant and tweeting, “Dreadful service. They have no manners,”  Benitez reportedly exaggerated what happened and her father, Humberto Benítez Treviño, ordered an investigation into the restaurant and had it closed.

Many in the restaurant took to social media to share what actually occurred and Benitez Treviño issued a statement apologizing for the raid on Maximo Bistrot and his daughter’s “inappropriate behavior”.

“She exaggerated the situation and the officials of the attorney general’s office for consumer protection, which I head, overreacted because it was my daughter.” Adding, “Immediately upon hearing of the situation, I ordered the raid [on the restaurant] suspended, to avoid any excesses.”

The restaurant was closed Friday, but reopened on Sunday.

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Top Five Most Beautiful Mammals in the Amazon

Top Five Most Beautiful Mammals in the Amazon

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There are approximately 800 different species of mammals in the Amazon Rainforest that have been classified.  In an area spanning 2.124 million sq miles (5.5 million km²), there are bound to be more exotic creatures yet to be discovered.

The majority of the forest is located within Brazil, containing 60%, followed by Peru with 13%, Colombia with 10%, and with smaller amounts in Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana.

Below are 5 beautiful mammals who call Amazonia home.

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Ocelot
Known as the dwarf leopard, the Ocelot can be found throughout South America.  Although once regarded as a “vulnerable” endangered species, they are not categorized as a “least concern” endangered species.  This mostly nocturnal and extremely territorial wild cat grows to be between 18 and 40 lbs.

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Capuchin Monkey
Capuchins are considered the most intelligent New World monkeys.  They live in groups of 10 to 40 members.  Capuchins grow to a length of 30 to 56 cm (12–22 in), with tails that are just as long as the body.

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Three-toed Sloth
This extremely slow-moving tree dweller resides in the Amazon.  Sloths cannot walk on all four limbs, so they rely on using their front arms and claws to drag themselves across the rain forest floor.  With a diet consisting of mostly buds, tender shoots, and leaves these mammals only grow to be the size of a small dog or large cat. 

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Jaguar (Panthera Onca)
The jaguar is the biggest cat of the American continent but the population is rapidly decreasing outside of the Amazon region.  They are classified as near threatened.  The jaguar is well adapted to swimming, climbing, crawling, and sprinting.  Mayan and Inca civilizations regarded the jaguar as a divine creature.

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Pink Amazon River Dolphin
These freshwater dolphins can be found throughout the Amazon and Orinoco Rivers.  They are able to turn their heads 180 degrees due to unfused neck vertebrae.  This flexibility allows them to easily navigate through the flooded forests.  In color, these dolphins can be either light gray or carnation pink.

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MEXICO: Plane Crash in Zacatecas Kills 6

MEXICO: Plane Crash in Zacatecas Kills 6

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Six people who were traveling in a small plane belonging to the Mexican Attorney General’s Office died Tuesday when it crashed in the northern state of Zacatecas, authorities told Efe.

“Regrettably the occupants died,” a spokesman for the AG’s office confirmed to Efe, adding that at present the identities of the victims and the cause of the accident are not known.

The plane went down shortly before noon in the municipality of Morelos after taking off from the town of Calera en route to Mexico City.

Evidently, the plane lost altitude, ultimately hitting the ground and bursting into flame in the community known as Noria de los Gringos, Milenio Television reported.

The state attorney general of Zacatecas, Arturo Nahle, confirmed the six deaths via Twitter and said that the aircraft was the same one on which federal Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam traveled to the state last month.

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State Department Launches Journalism Security Hub in Central America

State Department Launches Journalism Security Hub in Central America

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Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Jane Zimmerman traveled to San Salvador on April 29 to participate in the launch of a regional Journalism Security Hub, in conjunction with World Press Freedom Day (May 3).

The new hub, established through a Memorandum of Understanding among El Salvador’s Catholic University, implementing partner IREX, and the Department of State, will provide training to journalists in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras on online journalism and how to work safely in dangerous environments.

The hub will be located on Catholic University’s campus in San Salvador.

The Department of State has committed $1 million to the Journalism Security Training Hub program.

The hubs will provide real-time support to journalists who receive death threats, are under surveillance, are jailed, or when they or their family members are kidnapped.

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Is Jennifer Lopez Returning to ‘American Idol’?

Is Jennifer Lopez Returning to ‘American Idol’?

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Yes, she is.

Jennifer Lopez will be returning to American Idol, but she won’t be sitting with the judges. Instead, Jenny from the block will be taking the stage.

Lopez will reportedly be part of this season’s finale, but it is unclear on which of the two-part finale she will appear.

A source recently told E! News, ‘There will definitely be changes to the judging panel for next season. Fox thought the Nicki-Mariah contrast would make for ratings, but there is concern it is like nails on [a] chalkboard for middle-America viewers.’

Though Idol reps have stated they would love to have JLo back as a judge, the singer-actress has expressed she left to focus on her music, and that following her tour, she plans to return to acting.

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Commentator is REALLY Excited About Messi Goal (VIDEO)

Commentator is REALLY Excited About Messi Goal (VIDEO)

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During Saturday’s match against Athletic Bilbao, Lionel Messi scored a goal for Barcelona. Though Messi and his club were cheering the goal, one man seemed to be even more excited.

Commentator Ray Hudson was very enthusiastic about Messi’s goal and has many comparing his exuberance with um…sexual gratification.

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“El Chapo” Guzman’s Father-in-Law Arrested in Mexico

“El Chapo” Guzman’s Father-in-Law Arrested in Mexico

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Mexican police arrested Ines Coronel, the father-in-law of the country’s biggest drug kingpin, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, government officials told the local Milenio television network on Tuesday.

Milenio, citing Public Safety officials with the federal government, said that Coronel will be presented publicly by authorities in the next few hours.

The information has not been confirmed by the Interior Secretariat as yet, but that ministry called a press conference for 7 p.m. (0000 GMT on Wednesday).

Interior Secretariat spokespeople did not say why the press conference had been scheduled, but representatives of the Defense Secretariat, the Navy and the Attorney General’s Office are also slated to speak there.

Coronel is considered to be one of Guzman’s main henchmen within the Sinaloa drug cartel. Guzman presides over broad international drug trafficking networks and has become Mexico’s most wanted man.

According to Milenio, Coronel was arrested in the northeastern state of Sonora on an unspecified date.

He is the father of the drug trafficker’s current wife, Emma Coronel, who married Guzman in 2007 and on August 15, 2011, gave birth to twins in Los Angeles.

Last January, the U.S. Treasury Department included Ines Coronel on a list of several people close to the kingpin whose assets were frozen.

The Treasury Department said at the time that Coronel was included on the list for allegedly being a part of the Sinaloa drug trafficking network.

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Real Madrid Fails to Qualify for Champions League Finals

Real Madrid Fails to Qualify for Champions League Finals

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Real Madrid scored twice in the last eight minutes of regulation Tuesday in the second leg of their Champions League final with Borussia Dortmund, but it wasn’t enough to erase the 4-1 advantage the visitors racked up in last week’s first leg in Germany.

The Spanish side won the day 2-0, but Dortmund advanced to the Champions final by 4-3 on aggregate.

This is the third straight year that Real Madrid has seen hopes for a record 10th Champions League title shattered in the semis.

With their backs against the wall, los Blancos played their best soccer of the season and kept Dortmund pinned in their own end for most of the first 15 minutes.

But the Cinderella team of the 2012-2013 Champions League competition withstood the onslaught.

The second half saw Dortmund take the initiative on offense and the team’s top striker, Robert Lewandowski, had two solid chances within the space of single minute.

The capacity crowd at Madrid’s Sebastian Bernabeu stadium was becoming extremely nervous and coach Jose Mourinho began making substitutions, sending in Kaka and Karim Benzema about 12 minutes into the half.

The home fans’ anxiety turned to rapture with eight minutes left in regulation, when Benzema scored on a pass from Luka Modric.

A reinvigorated Real Madrid besieged the Dortmund goal and Sergio Ramos made it 2-0 for the Spanish club in the 89th minute, but the visitors held on through the five minutes of added time to gave themselves a chance for a second Champions League crown.

Borussia Dortmund will be making only its second appearance in the final when it takes the field at London’s Wembley Stadium on May 25 to face either FC Barcelona or German archrivals Bayern Munich.

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WednesdayMay 1, 2013