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FridayJune 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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Public Relations Group Launches Scholarship Program for Hispanic Undergrads

Public Relations Group Launches Scholarship Program for Hispanic Undergrads

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The Hispanic Public Relations Association’s New York Chapter announced the creation of the HPRA-NY Scholarship Program to assist New York area students of Hispanic descent (origin) achieve their educational goals.

The program recognizes outstanding undergraduate academic achievement and community service among students who are pursuing a career in public relations and related communications fields. The announcement was made today by HPRA-NY President Andy Checo at the organization’s “Inside the Mind” event in New York City.

A recent analysis conducted by The Pew Hispanic Center revealed that nearly 69 percent of 2012 high school Hispanics enrolled in college compared to 67 percent of their counterparts. While these numbers are promising, the analysis also uncovered a disparity in the number of Hispanics enrolling full-time in four-year colleges and universities.

The HPRA-NY scholarship will be awarded to a qualified undergraduate student. The recipient will receive a $2,000 scholarship and will also be invited to attend the National HPRA PRemios Awards Gala in Los Angeles. The winner will also receive one-free (1) year student membership to HPRA-NY.

The application deadline is Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Call-to-entry is open immediately.

In order to qualify, student applicants must:

    Be a resident of the State of New York, New Jersey or Connecticut
    Attend a New York, New Jersey or Connecticut based four-year accredited college or university
    Be of Hispanic heritage
    On a 4.0 scale, maintain a minimum 2.7 cumulative GPA
    Major in public relations, communications, journalism, advertising and/or marketing
    The application is available via: http://www.hpra-usa.org/ny/scholarships

The 2013 HPRA-NY Scholarship recipient will be announced later this summer.

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Colombians Love to Shop on Line for Erotica Amongst Other Things

Colombians Love to Shop on Line for Erotica Amongst Other Things

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E-commerce sales in Colombia amounted to nearly $2 billion last year, according to a report released on Friday.

The study, prepared by the Chile-based firm Cuponatic, which also has operations in Colombia, Peru and Mexico, said purchases with online coupons accounted for $300 million of that total.

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Yasiel Puig: From Cuban Defector to MLB Star All in One-Year

Yasiel Puig: From Cuban Defector to MLB Star All in One-Year

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Do you know who Yasiel Puig is?  Do you know that this baseball wonder boy just last year defected from his native Cuba via Mexico?  Did you know that he has only been in Major League Baseball for four days and baseball Dodgers fans can’t get enough of him?

If you knew none of this what you need to know is that you will soon know a lot about the 22-year-old outfielder.  His journey to the U.S. from Cuba is something out of a spy novel with a feel-good ending.

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329 Charges Leveled Against Alleged Kidnapper and Sexual Sadist Ariel Castro

329 Charges Leveled Against Alleged Kidnapper and Sexual Sadist Ariel Castro

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Today an Ohio grand jury indicted Puerto Rican Ariel Castro on 329 charges related to his alleged kidnapping, enslavement and sexual depravity toward three young women recently rescued from his home.

The 52-year-old former bus driver faces 177 charges of kidnapping for the kidnapping and enslavement of three young women for nearly ten years.  He is also charged with 139 counts of rape.  Castro is also facing aggravated murder charges for brutally ending the pregnancy of one of his captives – it is believed he beat the victim, in order to cause an abortion of the baby he had impregnated her with.

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No Pardon For Former Peru President Fujimoi Says Current President Humala

No Pardon For Former Peru President Fujimoi Says Current President Humala

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Peruvian President Ollanta Humala denied Friday a humanitarian pardon for former head of state Alberto Fujimori on the recommendation of the panel that reviews such requests, the justice minister told a press conference.

“Today the president of the republic at 10:00 a.m. has taken the decision to accept the recommendation of the Presidential Clemency Commission, which does not recommend the granting of a pardon,” Daniel Figallo said.

Fujimori is serving a 25-year prison sentence for his responsibility in 25 murders and 200 kidnappings during his 1990-2000 government, as well for crimes of corruption.

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Justin Bieber to Tour in Latin America - Venezuela, Peru Not on List

Justin Bieber to Tour in Latin America - Venezuela, Peru Not on List

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The dates and locations for Justin Bieber’s upcoming “Believe” tour in Latin America were released this week, but it seems one country in particular was left off.

According to the dates, the Biebs will not be making a stop in Venezuela, Peru, and Uruguay. Last year, the young singer received death threats in Peru.

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L.A. “Night Stalker” Richard Ramirez Dies in Prison at 53, Killer of 13

L.A. “Night Stalker” Richard Ramirez Dies in Prison at 53, Killer of 13

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On Aug. 31, 1985, Ramirez had to be rescued by police from a lynch mob in the East Los Angeles neighborhood that recognized him from a just-published sketch of the suspect in 13 brutal murders.
The murders were all cases of extreme sadism. The victims were attacked while asleep, some were shot, others beaten or stabbed and one had the eyes torn out.

Ramirez called himself a devil worshipper and at one of the court hearings he showed a pentagram he had drawn on the palm of his hand.

Other such Satanic symbols were found on the walls of the houses where he killed his victims.

On Sept. 1989 he was convicted of murdering 13 people. A month later, a jury sentenced him to death, but the execution was postponed several times on appeal.

The case was made into a 1989 television movie called “Manhunt: Search for the Night Stalker” starring actor Gregory Cruz as Ramirez.

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Bolivian Man Accused of Murder, Rape is Buried Alive at Victim’s Funeral

Bolivian Man Accused of Murder, Rape is Buried Alive at Victim’s Funeral

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A Bolivian teen accused of murder was attacked by those attending his alleged victim’s funeral this week.

Santos Ramos, 17, was accused of raping and murdering 35-year-old Leandra Arias Janco near Bolivia’s Colquechaca municipality.

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Obama “Doesn’t Fear” Immigration Debate in Congress

Obama “Doesn’t Fear” Immigration Debate in Congress

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The Obama administration “doesn’t fear” a tough debate on immigration reform in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, the director of the White House Domestic Policy Council said Thursday.

What matters is that Congress passes a bill that adheres to the basic principles laid out by President Barack Obama, including a road to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in this country, Cecilia Muñoz said in a discussion with Efe and other Hispanic media outlets.

She said the White House wants to see the Senate pass the reform bill crafted by the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” before the July 4 recess and hopes that a similar measure will emerge from the House by the time lawmakers adjourn in August.

Muñoz said the administration is willing to consider additional steps on border security, though she described the existing text as the “strongest bill with respect to immigration enforcement, certainly in recent memory, possibly ever.”

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June 7: It’s Friday! Let’s Head to the Movies

June 7: It’s Friday! Let’s Head to the Movies

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Now that the weekend is finally upon us, let’s take a look at what’s opening in theaters.

 

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Bruno Mars Thanks Fans for Support Following Mother’s Death

Bruno Mars Thanks Fans for Support Following Mother’s Death

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Bruno Mars briefly returned to Twitter on Thursday to thank his fans for their love and support.

Mars’ mother, Bernadette Hernandez was just 55 when she died from a brain aneurysm on Saturday after being admitted to the Queens Medical Center in Honolulu on Friday. Initial reports were that the mother of six had suffered a heart attack, but her ailment was later clarified.

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U.S. Marine, Relatives Missing in Mexico

U.S. Marine, Relatives Missing in Mexico

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A U.S. marine and two relatives have been reported missing in Matamoros, a border city in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, prosecutors told Efe.

Armando Torres III crossed from Texas into Tamaulipas on May 14 to visit relatives.

Investigators are trying to find the three missing people, whose disapearance may be linked to a land dispute.

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Blog del Narco: Shooting at Gym in Mexico City Leaves 4 Dead

Blog del Narco: Shooting at Gym in Mexico City Leaves 4 Dead

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Two suspects were arrested in connection with a shooting at a gym in the Mexican capital that left four people dead, the city’s mayor said Friday.

A pair of brothers and a man accompanying them were pronounced dead at the Body Extreme gym in the downtown Tepito neighborhood, Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said.

The gym owner died later at a hospital of wounds received when he confronted the assailants, according to Milenio Television.

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House Republicans Booed As They Vote To Deport DREAMers

House Republicans Booed As They Vote To Deport DREAMers

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To a chorus of boos from the gallery, House Republicans voted 224-201 on Thursday to approve an amendment that defunds the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The amendment, from Rep. Steve King (R-IA), undercuts the flexibility that allows the Department of Homeland Security to halt deporting DREAMers and instead focus on people convicted of crimes.

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Brazil’s “Im Happy to be a Prostitute” Ads Causing Controversy

Brazil’s “Im Happy to be a Prostitute” Ads Causing Controversy

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Brazil has reportedly stopped running an online campaign promoting their “happy” prostitutes.

Legal in the Latin American country, prostitution is relatively common. However, recent online ads promoting the happiness of Brazil’s prostitutes caused quite a stir, and the country’s health ministry has scrapped the ads.

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Former Mexican President Vicente Fox Argues For Marijuana Legalization

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox Argues For Marijuana Legalization

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Vicente Fox, who served as Mexico’s president from 2000 to 2006, said he would grow marijuana if it was legal, arguing that legalization would benefit the country and hurt drug cartels.

“Once it is legitimate and legal, sure. I am a farmer, I can do it the day it’s legitimate and legal, and it is approved as an industry. Producers of all kinds can participate,” Fox said during a press conference at the Centro Fox in San Cristobal, Guanajuato.

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Brazil’s Fernandinho Signs 4-Year Contract with Manchester City

Brazil’s Fernandinho Signs 4-Year Contract with Manchester City

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Manchester City announced the signing of Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho, who has spent the past eight seasons with Shakhtar Donetsk, to a four-year contract.

The 28-year-old Fernandinho has already passed his medical and will wear No. 25 at Man City, which expects to name Chile’s Manuel Pellegrini as the club’s new manager in the coming days.

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U.S., Venezuela to Pursue “More Positive Relationship”

U.S., Venezuela to Pursue “More Positive Relationship”

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The United States and Venezuela want to “establish a more constructive and positive relationship” after years of strained ties, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said here Wednesday following talks with Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua.

“We agreed today, both of us, that we would like to see our countries find a new way forward,” Kerry told reporters in Guatemala’s old colonial capital.

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Javier Bardem Starring in New Films: ‘The Gunman’ and ‘A Most Violent Year’

Javier Bardem Starring in New Films: ‘The Gunman’ and ‘A Most Violent Year’

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Oscar-winning actor Javier Bardem has finalized deals to appear in “The Gunman” and “A Most Violent Year,” Deadline Hollywood reported.

In “The Gunman,” the Spaniard will play opposite Sean Penn’s character: a retired government assassin whose past is starting to catch up with him.

Pierre Morel (“Taken”) will direct the Joel Silver-Andrew Rona production, with financing provided by Studio Canal.

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Guatemala’s Homicide Rate Jumps 9 Percent in 2013

Guatemala’s Homicide Rate Jumps 9 Percent in 2013

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The 2,597 homicides committed in Guatemala in the first five months of the year represent an increase of 9 percent over the same period in 2012, the Mutual Support Group, or GAM, said Thursday.

The overall increase includes an even bigger rise of 19 percent in the number of women slain compared with January-May last year, GAM director Mario Polanco said.

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165 Migrants Rescued from Gang in Northern Mexico

Soldiers rescued 165 migrants, including 151 foreigners, from the clutches of a criminal gang in the northern border state of Tamaulipas, the Mexican government said Thursday.

Most of the foreign captives were from Central America, but the group also included an Indian national, federal security spokesman Eduardo Sanchez told reporters.

A tip from the public led to the search of a home in the town of Gustavo Diaz Ordaz, where troops detained a rifle-toting man, Sanchez said.

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FridayJune 7, 2013