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TuesdayMay 7, 2013

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To reflect the dynamic interests of our audience, Latino Daily News is an online daily news source and virtual cultural center for and about Latinos. We offer the latest news headlines, as well as innovative and insightful Hispanic current events stories, photos, videos, and commentaries from a Latino perspective, 24/7.

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Blog del Narco: DEA/FBI Update Major Traffickers Wanted Poster

Blog del Narco: DEA/FBI Update Major Traffickers Wanted Poster

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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), has published a poster advertising major drug traffickers, operating in San Diego, California and Tijuana, Mexico.

It has been four years since the DEA Updated this Poster.  Cartels continue to be in an intense struggle for power over territory and drug trafficking rights in Mexico.

The warning sign includes Joaquin El Chapo Guzman, Ismael El Mayo Zambada and Engineer Fernando Sanchez Arellano.The poster also includes photographs of Alfonzo Arzate Garcia, René Arzate Garcia and Jose Antonio Soto Gastelum.

The poster published in conjunction with the FBI, will be exhibited at the San Diego border crossings, and in many other border crossings and police stations.
U.S. authorities continue to offer large amounts of money for information that helps locate major traffickers.
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LATINO BLOTTER: Spanish Teacher Caught Sleeping with Her Student

LATINO BLOTTER: Spanish Teacher Caught Sleeping with Her Student

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A Vermont Spanish teacher is facing felony charges for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student.

Giovanna Yaranga, 44, is a veteran teacher and was well respected in the her community, but that opinion has likely changed after Burilington City Police officers found her and a student having inappropriate contact in the back of the teen’s vehicle on April 29.

Yaranga had been teaching at Burlington High School for 15 years and was even lead school-sponsored student trips to her native Peru.

After speaking with the teen, Yaranga was arrested on Saturday, and a letter was sent to parents on Monday addressing the allegations against the teacher.

Yaranga told police the teen was confused and wanted to continue the relationship despite her urging him to date girls his own age, and even suggested he date her daughter.

The teen reportedly told police he and Yaranga had sex at least 10 times in the span of seven months and in various locations.

On Monday, Yaranga pled not guilty to four counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. If convicted she faces up to 20 years in prison.

State’s Attorney TJ Donavan stated Yaranga’s case “an abuse of trust…and power.”

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The Voice: Cathia Stuns with “I Have Nothing” (VIDEO)

The Voice: Cathia Stuns with “I Have Nothing” (VIDEO)

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On the first live show of this season of The Voice, Cathia wowed the coaches and the audience with her rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing.”

Stolen by Usher during the battle rounds, Bronx-born 19-year-old Cathia was originally one of three Latin artists on Team Shakira, and we’re betting Monday night’s performance has Shakira kicking herself for letting her go.

She attended LaGuardia High School, aka “The Fame School” and has performed at Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theater. Cathia has said she is inspired by Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey and Celine Dion and is was studying music business at Baruch College before appearing on The Voice.

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William Levy, Jada Pinkett-Smith to Star in ‘Salsa’

William Levy, Jada Pinkett-Smith to Star in ‘Salsa’

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Sexy telenovela star William Levy is set to star as a salsa teacher who helps brings a woman (Jada Pinkett-Smith) start anew through the power of dance.

The film is being written and directed by Clueless and Fast Times at Ridgemont High helmet Amy Heckerling. Pinkett-Smith and Miguel Melendez will serve as producers and production will begin in the early 2014.

Levy was on the last season of “Dancing with the Stars” and finished third, but he is most known for his numerous telenovela roles. The Cuban-born actor also recently finished working on two films, Addicted and styler Perry’s Single Moms Club.

Pinkett-Smith most recently voiced the character of Gloria in Madly Madagascar and also worked as producer for The Secret Life of Bees.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Man Attacks Ex-Wife Throws Her TV Out Window

LATINO BLOTTER: Man Attacks Ex-Wife Throws Her TV Out Window

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A Florida man was recently arrested after he attacked his ex-wife and her boyfriend.

George Rodriguez, 50, was arrested by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office after allegedly breaking into his ex-wife’s house, throwing her 65-inch flat screen television out of her window and then running it over with his truck before heading to her place of business in Rockland Key, Fla.

Once he arrived at his ex-wife’s office, Rodriguez, of Key West, found the woman, grabbed her by her hair, and hit her.

The woman’s boyfriend was also at her place of business and attempted to intervene. Rodriguez also attacked the boyfriend and attempted to slam the man’s head on the metal bumper of his truck.

Deputies arrived after another employee had already separated the men.

Rodriguez was arrested and changed with aggravated assault, battery, criminal mischief, and burglary.

It is unclear what set Rodriguez off.

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Trio of “Nuns” Wearing Habits Arrested for Possession of Coke in Colombia

Trio of “Nuns” Wearing Habits Arrested for Possession of Coke in Colombia

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In what has to be one of the oddest cases of ‘extreme trafficking’ three fake nuns were arrested in Colombia for possessing cocaine.

The faux religious trio was traveling from Bogota to the popular vacation spot of San Andres when their narco-contraband was spotted.  Sharp airport Colombian officials, that are always on the look-out for smugglers, thought the nun’s habits were not traditional enough.

The trio, ages 20, 32 and 37, was subjected to further inspection when over 4 pounds of cocaine was found amongst them strapped to their thighs. 

In their defense the women claimed “financial hardships” had driven them to drug trafficking.  They claimed their cartel boss forced them into the religious habits in hopes of bypassing detection. 

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Demi Lovato Shares New Songs Ahead of Album Release (VIDEOS)

Demi Lovato Shares New Songs Ahead of Album Release (VIDEOS)

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Though her self-titled album is not due to come out until May 14, Demi Lovato has released the tracks a bit early.

After Lovatics, Demi’s loyal fans, did as she suggested and tweeted the names of the songs on Demi, the former Disney sweetheart released the tracks online.

Check ‘em out below.

Made In the USA

 

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Voter Suppression Group Fear Mongers Over Immigration Reform: It Will Allow ‘Millions’ To Vote

Voter Suppression Group Fear Mongers Over Immigration Reform: It Will Allow ‘Millions’ To Vote

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Following other far-right attacks on comprehensive immigration reform, True the Vote, a Tea Party group purporting to combat voter fraud, is now rallying against the Senate’s immigration bill. In a fundraising email to supporters, True the Vote founder Catherine Engelbrecht warned that the bill presents a “golden opportunity” to allow “millions of newly legalized immigrants” to “undermine our electoral system.”

The email stays vague on the details of how exactly the bill will do this. Rather, Engelbrecht argues that the bill is automatically suspicious because “the Progressives seem to love everything about this bill.” She also equates legalized immigrants with fraudulent voters:

This bill is chock-full of loopholes and new regulations in its nearly 1,000 pages. The Progressives seem to love everything about this bill. And that is scary.

Leftists would like nothing better than to be able to take advantage of more liberal residency requirements and national ID laws to swamp voting places with millions of fraudulent voters.

If this bill passes, millions of newly legalized immigrants could overwhelm local and state election offices.

And you can bet the ACLU, La Raza, and all the other anti-voter ID groups will be fighting us even harder if this bill is passed. They will claim that sensible voting rules are suppressing the new immigrant vote!

In reality, immigrants who become legal under the bill would have to wait 14 years to gain citizenship and the accompanying right to vote. However, True the Vote’s unfounded suspicion that minorities voting is inherently illegal is nothing new. Despite the group’s stated intention of fighting in-person voter fraud, an exceedingly rare phenomenon, the legislation they advocate for, such as voter ID, limited voter registration, and voter purges, has been found time and again to target minorities’ voting rights. In the last election cycle alone, the Justice Department blocked 4 supposedly anti-voter fraud laws in 3 states because they would clearly make it harder for minorities to vote. Florida and Colorado also threatened to purge suspected non-citizens — most of whom were Latino — from their voter rolls if the individuals could not prove their citizenship in time. Florida found a single non-citizen voter from Canada, and Colorado ultimately gave up after confirming citizenship for the vast majority of suspected non-citizens.

Even though citizens have the right to vote regardless of origin or language, anti-immigrant lawmakers have also pushed for legislation targeting non-English speaking voters. New bills would restrict non-English speakers’ access to interpreters at the polls and require ballots and election materials to be printed only in English.

After the November election, many Republicans pointed to high minority turnout as sufficient proof of voter fraud. In Colorado, a Republican poll worker expressed concern over “a very high concentration of people of color,” while the head of the Maine GOP claimed “dozens, dozens of black people” cast ballots that had to be illegal because “nobody in town knows anyone who’s black.”

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Three Ohio Women Found After Missing for 10+ Years

Three Ohio Women Found After Missing for 10+ Years

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Gina DeJesus, Michele Knight, and Amanda Berry were rescued from a Cleveland home this week after missing for a decade.

On Monday, Charles Ramsey heard a women in the house next door yelling for help. Thinking she was a victim of domestic violence, Ramsey attempted to the open the door was quickly realized that was not possible. Ramsey then kicked in the door and the woman was finally able to get out. What the hero didn’t know was that the woman was Amanda Berry, a woman who went missing in 2003 on the eve of her 17th birthday.

Ramsey was able to get Berry, and her 6-year-old daughter, to a phone and she called police. On the recording, she is heard telling a 911 operator, “Help me, I am Amanda Berry. I’ve been kidnapped, and I’ve been missing for 10 years. And I’m here, I’m here free.”

Police were at the scene within minutes and entered the house where they found two other women. Gina DeJesus was 14 when she was taken in 2004, and Michele Knight was 20 when taken in 2002. The three women were between.

Though family and friends are happy to have their loved back, Berry’s mother sadly passed away in 2006, never knowing if her daughter was alive of dead, and not knowing she was a grandmother.

Cleveland police and the FBI are still trying to determined why the women were taken, but have have arrested three suspects. Former school bus driver Ariel Castro, 52, is in custody as well as his brothers Pedro, 54, and O’Neal, 50.

It is still unclear who the father of Berry’s child is.

After being rescued, the three women were taken to Metro Health Medical hospital. All were released on Tuesday.

Watch Ramsey’s account of what happened after Berry was finally able to scream for help.

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Small Business Loan Interest Rates Cut in Brazil

Small Business Loan Interest Rates Cut in Brazil

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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff announced here Monday a reduction in the interest rate on public loans for owners of small businesses from 8.0 percent to 5.0 percent.

“The question of small businesses is indispensable for the country’s future and present,” said Rousseff during the ceremony installing the new board of directors of the Sao Paulo state Federation of Trade Associations.

The change in the government lending program is scheduled to take effect in late May.

Rousseff emphasized “the short amount of time” it required to mobilize the several sectors that achieved the reduction.

“The government has an unquestionable commitment to small businesses,” the president emphasized in commenting upon the 3 million businessmen registered in the Individual Microentrepreneur program.

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Journalist Maria Celeste Arraras Honored with Silver Circle Award

Journalist Maria Celeste Arraras Honored with Silver Circle Award

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Maria Celeste Arraras, one of the best-known journalists in Hispanic television, received the Silver Circle Award for her contribution to the television industry, the Telemundo television network announced Monday.

Arraras received the prize bestowed by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

“I feel very lucky to have found a career that I’m passionate about, early in life. I live the news, journalism runs in my veins,” Arraras told Efe on Monday regarding the prize, which is presented to people who have made a contribution to the television industry for at least 25 years.

Arraras is the host of “Al Rojo Vivo,” Telemundo’s news magazine, and is the guest co-anchor of “Noticiero Telemundo,” along with Jose Diaz-Balart, who was presented with this prize in the past.

“From the start of her career in Puerto Rico through today, she has proven herself to be an excellent journalist and talented presenter who connects with audiences like few of her peers,” Noticias Telemundo Senior Vice President Sylvia Rosabal said of Arraras.

“Her genuineness and credibility have helped shape one of the fastest growing industries in the country: Hispanic television,” the executive said.

Arraras has been a guest co-host on NBC’s “Today.”

She has also received a number of other acknowledgements, including a prestigious Emmy award.

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TuesdayMay 7, 2013