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TuesdayJune 11, 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: Beauty Queens Often the Clue that Leads to Drug Traffickers (VIDEO)

Blog del Narco: Beauty Queens Often the Clue that Leads to Drug Traffickers (VIDEO)

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Gorgeous beauty queens or models are often the ‘clues’ that lead Colombian authorities to apprehend drug traffickers .

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The Latinas of the 2013 Miss USA Pageant

The Latinas of the 2013 Miss USA Pageant

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This week the full list of contestants for the 2013 Miss USA pageant was released

Among the ladies competing are Latinas Miss Florida, Miss Hawaii, and Miss Wisconsin.

Florida is to be represented by Cuban- and Puerto Rican Michelle Aguirre.

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Demi Lovato to Release Behind-the-Scenes Footage June 11

Demi Lovato to Release Behind-the-Scenes Footage June 11

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She may have released her most personal album yet, but Demi Lovato is not done sharing herself with her fans just yet.

Demi was released in May, but she recently announced she would be releasing an E-book with a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the album.

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Blog del Narco: Authorities Find Heads of Missing Mexico State Police in Cooler

Blog del Narco: Authorities Find Heads of Missing Mexico State Police in Cooler

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Police found the heads of an active duty officer and a former law enforcement agent in a cooler Tuesday near Ahome, a city in the northwestern Mexican state of Sinaloa, officials said.

The victims have been identified as Ubaldo Cervantes Juarez, a 39-year-old former agent of the defunct Federal Investigation Agency, or AFI, and Luis Alonso Ruiz Felix, a 46-year-old state police officer, the Sinaloa Attorney General’s Office said.

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Daring Animal Rescue in Bolivia Captured for Film ‘Lion Ark’

Daring Animal Rescue in Bolivia Captured for Film ‘Lion Ark’

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After an undercover investigation by Animal Defenders International led to a ban on animal circuses in Bolivia in 2009, many circuses simply ignored the law. In response, a team from ADI returned to undertake the most ambitious and daring animal rescue anyone has ever attempted, and through in all, the cameras were rolling.

For two years a team of investigators from ADI infiltrated the South American circus industry, filming everything they saw.  The findings shocked a continent.  Bolivia banned animals in circuses. Most people thought that was it, but almost every circus defied the law – it was business and suffering as usual.

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Immigration Bill Passes Senate with 82-15 Vote, Moves to Formal Debate

Immigration Bill Passes Senate with 82-15 Vote, Moves to Formal Debate

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Passage of comprehensive immigration reform, that includes a 13-year path to citizenship, has passed a big hurdle today in the U.S. Senate.

In a vote of 82-15 the Senate voted to advance the bill to the next stages which are the formal debate, amendment and full vote .  The fact that there were 82 votes, 22 more than the 60 needed, meant the bill would not be filibustered.  All Democratic Senators voted for the measure including 27 Republicans

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Sen. Chuck Schumer: ‘Visa Pork’ for Irish Nationals

Sen. Chuck Schumer: ‘Visa Pork’ for Irish Nationals

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Irish nationals seeking to enter the United States would get special treatment under an earmarked immigration amendment by Sen. Chuck Schumer.

Over the objection of some Republicans, including Iowa’s Charles Grassley, who said there was no justification for “this special earmark for Ireland,” the New York Democrat advanced his proposal to ensure an annual, unending allocation of 10,500 “Schumer Visas” to Irish nationals.

Applicants need have no more preparation than a high school diploma or its equivalent in job experience to qualify. The visas would be renewable indefinitely, and recipients would be allowed to bring their spouses and children.

Schumer said it’s only fair.

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Spain’s Malaga CF Soccer Club Remains Banned from European Competition

Spain’s Malaga CF Soccer Club Remains Banned from European Competition

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Malaga CF soccer club said Tuesday that the Court of Arbitration for Sport turned down its appeal against a ban that will exclude the Spanish side from European competition for one year.

Malaga reached the quarterfinals of the 2012-2013 Champions League, Europe’s elite club tourney, and the team’s sixth-place finish in La Liga would have entitled them to a berth in the 2013-2014 Europa League.

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Venezuela’s Latest Diet Fad, the Tongue Patch

Venezuela’s Latest Diet Fad, the Tongue Patch

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Weight loss fads are everywhere and utilize almost everything; from prancing around like a horse to eating just tuna fish and pineapple, people will try just about anything to lose weight. This desire to be thin is what drives the market for Venezuela’s new diet trend: the “miracle” tongue patch.

So what exactly does the tongue patch do?

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AFI Docs Presents 5 Films Highlighting Immigration and Assimilation

AFI Docs Presents 5 Films Highlighting Immigration and Assimilation

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AFI Docs presented by Audi brings the best new documentaries to the Washington, DC, area with an expanded footprint in the heart of DC. The Festival has built a reputation for presenting compelling and engaging films that connect with audiences in theaters, and beyond. The Festival will run from Wednesday, June 19 through Sunday June 23.

Now in its 11th year, the festival serves as a launch pad for independent documentaries, and affords international filmmakers access to US audiences. Called the “Pre-eminent US Documentary Fest” by Screen International, the “premier showcase for documentary films” by The Hollywood Reporter, and “Non-fiction Nirvana” by Variety the 2012 edition screened sold-out shows to more than 27,000 participants who viewed the world’s best new documentaries and experienced free outdoor screenings and performances, panel discussions and many special events.Image

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POLL:  Support for Continuing Affirmative Action at Record Low

POLL:  Support for Continuing Affirmative Action at Record Low

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A new poll by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal shows record low support for the continuation of affirmative cction.  This poll comes at a time when the Supreme Court is debating the issue as it relates to college admissions.

Only 45 percent of Americans feel that affirmative action programs are needed anymore with the equal number of Americans feeling those programs discriminate against whites.

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U.S. and Colombia: Holding First Meeting on Racial & Ethnic Equality

U.S. and Colombia: Holding First Meeting on Racial & Ethnic Equality

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The U.S. and Colombia will hold their first planning meeting on the “U.S.-Colombia Action Plan on Racial and Ethnic Equality” on June 12 and 13, in Washington D.C.

Both countries are taking this step recognizing ethnic and racial diversity as key to development of democratic and multicultural societies,” said the U.S. State Department

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Primary through High School Education Now Mandatory in Mexico

Primary through High School Education Now Mandatory in Mexico

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All pre-university education is now compulsory in Mexico, the government said.

Education was compulsory until now only to the middle school level, but it is now being expanded through high school, the last educational level before students enter a university.

Modifications to six articles and two additions to the General Education Law were published in the Official Daily of the Federation by the Education Secretariat.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Texas Professor Killed by Stiletto-Wielding Girlfriend

LATINO BLOTTER: Texas Professor Killed by Stiletto-Wielding Girlfriend

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On Tuesday, police confirmed the death of University of Houston professor Alf Stefan Andersson, but more shocking then the death itself was the manner in which it occurred.

According to police, the 59-year-old professor was stabbed to death with a stiletto heel by a woman named Ana Lilia Trujillo.

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Galapagos Fabled Giant Tortoise “Lonesome George” to Go On Display

Galapagos Fabled Giant Tortoise “Lonesome George” to Go On Display

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The body of the giant tortoise known as “Lonesome George,” which died a year ago, is being embalmed in the United States, a process after which it will be returned to Ecuador to be exhibited in the Galapagos archipelago.

Jorge will thus become a “wake-up call to make people see what can happen to a species if we humans keep destroying our home, the natural world, without realizing what we’re doing,” Washington Tapia, director of applied research at Galapagos National Park, told Efe.

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Protester Arrests Mar 42nd Anniversary of Mexico City Student Massacre

Protester Arrests Mar 42nd Anniversary of Mexico City Student Massacre

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Twenty-two people were arrested for attacking police during a demonstration marking the 42nd anniversary of a student massacre in Mexico City, officials said.

The protesters were taken to the holding facility at the Federal District Attorney’s Office, the Federal District Public Safety Secretariat said.

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Billy Joel Sells Miami Mansion - So Who’s the Big Spender?

Billy Joel Sells Miami Mansion - So Who’s the Big Spender?

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Billy Joel has sold his multimillion dollar Miami mansion to a fashion mogul.

The “Piano Man” has reportedly sold his 8,881-square-foot La Gorce Island mansion to Diego Della Valle for a bit below $14 million.

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Procedural Path Of The Senate Immigration Bill

Procedural Path Of The Senate Immigration Bill

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The Senate immigration reform debate has officially begun. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) filed cloture on the motion to proceed Thursday on S. 744, the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act,” the first step to having the full Senate debate the measure after the Senate Judiciary Committee approved it a few weeks ago. Senators started to make their cases for and against the bill during floor speeches on Friday. On Tuesday, the Senate will vote to end debate on the motion to proceed to the immigration bill at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday and then vote to proceed at 4 p.m.

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BRAZIL: $250 Million to be Invested into Grain Silos

BRAZIL: $250 Million to be Invested into Grain Silos

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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said Monday that her administration plans to invest around $250 million in grain silos to address what has become a major problem for the country’s vital agricultural sector.

“We will expand, and by a lot, the capacity to warehouse our production,” she said on her weekly radio program.

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Blog del Narco: Gunmen attack in Gym and kill 4-Including “Mr. East”

Blog del Narco: Gunmen attack in Gym and kill 4-Including “Mr. East”

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Castañeda Ariel Velázquez, who once won the title of Mr. East was one of those killed in a gym in the Colonia Morelos, reports the newspaper El Universal.

Castañeda Velázquez was imprisoned in the Northern Prison on charges of vehicle theft along with his brother, Oscar Castaneda Velázquez, were arrested in 2004, when both twins were 28 years old.

Known as the Brenan twins they participated in the event Mr. East each year in the prison , winning first and second place in 2006.

Ariel was Mister East for two consecutive years and until yesterday, he was in charge of the gym Body Extreme.

According to an eyewitness, armed men with their faces covered entered the gym and went straight to where some of the people were exercising and shot them.
Additional victims were Guadeloupe Diego Cid de Leon and Jose Fernando Rocha Cid de Leon, and another person whose identity is unknown.
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TuesdayJune 11, 2013