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ThursdayJune 13, 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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Pope Francis’ Spanish-Language Twitter Most Popular

Pope Francis’ Spanish-Language Twitter Most Popular

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The Spanish-language Twitter account of Pope Francis has more followers than any of the pontiff’s accounts in other languages.

With 2,588,352 followers, Francis’s Spanish account is the most popular, followed closely by his English Twitter account with 2,587,681 followers and more distantly by his Italian account with 815,521.

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Brazilian President Plans to Offer Low-Cost Consumer Loans for the Poor

Brazilian President Plans to Offer Low-Cost Consumer Loans for the Poor

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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff unveiled a plan Wednesday to provide 17 billion reais ($8.5 billion) worth of low-cost consumer loans to beneficiaries of a housing program, enabling them to purchase appliances and furniture.

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Chilean Students Continue Massive Protests Demand Education Reform

Chilean Students Continue Massive Protests Demand Education Reform

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Tens of thousands of students took to the streets of this capital and other Chilean cities on Thursday for another in a long series of protests calling for a radical shakeup of the nation’s educational system.

Around 100,000 young people, according to organizers, took part in a march in Santiago convened by the Confech university students confederation and groups representing high school students, with support from the teachers guild and other organizations.

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Mexican Gray Wolves, Nearly Extinct,  Born in Captivity in Sonora

Mexican Gray Wolves, Nearly Extinct,  Born in Captivity in Sonora

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Six Mexican gray wolves, a species on the brink of extinction, were born in a nature reserve in the northern state of Sonora, a state environmental official said.

“The birth of these pups is a big accomplishment for the conservation of an extinct species in its natural habitat,” Sonora Environmental Commission director Oscar Tellez told Efe.

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Get a Behind-the-Scenes Look at Mariah Carey and Miguel’s “#Beautiful” Video

Get a Behind-the-Scenes Look at Mariah Carey and Miguel’s “#Beautiful” Video

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Mariah Carey and Miguel have already released the video for their hot summer single “#Beautiful,” but a behind-the-scenes video reveals what it was like making the video.

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Lack of Diversity in Children’s Books Leads to ‘The Stories For All Project’

Lack of Diversity in Children’s Books Leads to ‘The Stories For All Project’

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The lack of diversity in children’s literature is a problem that affects all children, especially children from low-income families, who rarely see themselves, their families or their communities in the stories they read.

The problem is real and pernicious, and it’s one that researchers, educators and parents have railed against for decades. In a study last year, the Cooperative Children’s Book Center reviewed thousands of kids’ books, and found that only 3.3 percent were about African-Americans, 2.1 percent were about Asian-Pacific Americans, 1.5 percent were about Latinos and a mere 0.6 percent were about American Indians.

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Latinos Urge Obama to Take Action on Climate Change

Latinos Urge Obama to Take Action on Climate Change

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Latino families are especially vulnerable to health complications from breathing polluted air, which makes them strong supporters of President Obama taking action against climate change by limiting carbon pollution from the nation’s power plants, 18 Latino organizations told the president in a letter.

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CHICAGO:  Loyola Medical School Set to Admit Undocumented Students

CHICAGO:  Loyola Medical School Set to Admit Undocumented Students

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Loyola University of Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine is making history today by becoming the first big city medical school to admit undocumented students.  The school announced they will be waiving the legal residency requirement that deters undocumented, qualified applicants from seeking admission.

At the present time, any student that is not a US citizen or permanent resident is usually considered a foreign/international applicant for medical school admissions. There are a select number of schools that accept applications from international applicants while the majority do not accept ‘international’ applications.

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Jennifer Lopez Receives “Surprise Call” During Radio Interview (VIDEO)

Jennifer Lopez Receives “Surprise Call” During Radio Interview (VIDEO)

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Jennifer Lopez was giving an interview to Washington D.C.‘s Hot 99.5 radio show Wednesday when she received an important phone call.

In the middle of her chat with the show’s hosts, Lopez was handed her phone. After taking the call, Lopez excitedly announced that she had nabbed a movie role she really wanted.

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Top Latino Gangs in Chicago

Top Latino Gangs in Chicago

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Last year, 532 people were murdered in Chicago with much of that violence attributed to gang activity throughout the city.  Chicago is home to many gangs including several of the largest Latino gangs. 

According to reports, Latino gang membership is on the rise.  Much of the Latino gang activity occurs on the West Side of the city, in places like Humboldt Park. 

Further strengthening the Latino gangs hold on their “home” territory is the formation of key alliances. 

Currently the two rivaling alliances operating in Chicago are the People Nation (made up of the Latin Kings, Vice Lords, Black P. Stones, Latin Kings, Gaylords, South Side Popes, Insane Unknowns, Mickey Cobras, Four Corner Hustlers) and Folk Nation (made up of the Black Disciples, Gangster Disciples, La Raza Nation, Spanish Cobras, Latin Eagles, Maniac Latin Disciples, Simon City Royals, and Gangster Two-Six). 

Find out more about Latino gangs in Chicago below.

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Rodrigo Santoro Reprises the Role of Xerxes for ‘300: Rise of an Empire’ (VIDEO)

Rodrigo Santoro Reprises the Role of Xerxes for ‘300: Rise of an Empire’ (VIDEO)

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The trailer for the upcoming action flick 300: Rise of an Empire was released Wednesday and it looks to be as action-packed as the first film in the franchise.

Brazilian actor Rodrigo Santoro reprises his role as Xerxes I of Persia.

Santoro has appeared in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, Love Actually, Red Belt, Che, Post Grad, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, and many other films, including a number of Spanish- and Portuguese-language features.

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New Career Move for Soledad O’Brien, Heading to HBO Real Sports

New Career Move for Soledad O’Brien, Heading to HBO Real Sports

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Nearly four months after leaving her morning gig at CNN Soledad O’Brien has landed a new gig with HBO Real Sports. 

O’Brien, 46, was the host of CNN’s “Starting Point” that was on the air at 7-9 am (EST).  Prior to that role at CNN she was host of the poorly-rated “American Morning” from 2003-2007.  Since leaving CNN she has started her own production company ‘Starfish Media Group’.

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Veracruz Bans Bullfighting, Dog Fights, Cockfights

Veracruz Bans Bullfighting, Dog Fights, Cockfights

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The government of the Mexican Gulf city of Veracruz has banned bullfighting and all other shows featuring animals, officials said Wednesday.

Veracruz, a port city about 300 kilometers (186 miles) east of Mexico City, joined the cities of Xalapa, Fortin de las Flores, Teocelo and Boca de Rio, all located in Veracruz state, in banning bullfighting events.

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Eva Longoria is Headed to Springfield: Actress to Voice Isabel on “The Simpsons”

Eva Longoria is Headed to Springfield: Actress to Voice Isabel on “The Simpsons”

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Eva Longoria is used to being behind the camera as a producer, but she recently went behind the scenes in a different way.

The 38-year-old actress recently recorded the voice of Isabel, a new character on “The Simpsons.”

Longoria recently told TV Guide, ‘I play Isabel, a new student who is finally Lisa’s intellectual equal. They become fast friends, and then things take a left turn when they realize they have different political views. This is a big stretch for me not only because it’s voice work, which I rarely do, but also I’m playing a Republican and I’m obviously a Democrat.”

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Another Brother of Singer Pablo Montero Killed in Torreon, Mexico

Another Brother of Singer Pablo Montero Killed in Torreon, Mexico

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Another eerily similar tragedy has hit the Mexican actor and singer Pablo Montero – another brother brutally murdered in Torreon.

Mexican authorities are reporting that the 45-year-old brother of Montero, Javier Hernandez Rodriguez, was killed when he was stabbed multiple times in the chest and abdomen.  His body was found on the side of the road next to a woman who was seriously injured.  The bodies were found the morning of June 12th around 1:45 a.m. near a busy city center.

This is the second such tragedy to befall this popular entertainer.  Almost three years ago, in 2010, his 35-year-old brother Oliver Hernandez Rodriguez was shot to death in his car after being pursued by armed gunmen also in Torreon Coahuila, Mexico.

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Train Collision Kills 3, Injures 50 in Argentina

Train Collision Kills 3, Injures 50 in Argentina

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At least three people were killed and more than 50 others injured when two trains collided Thursday outside Argentina’s capital, union and government officials said.

“There are three dead,” railway union official Ruben Sobrero told C5N television.

“There are fatalities,” Moron Mayor Lucas Ghi said, without providing any figures.

Emergency services personnel are working to rescue people trapped in the wreckage.

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STUDY:  College Degree Obtainment at Record Levels for All, Including Latino Demographic

STUDY:  College Degree Obtainment at Record Levels for All, Including Latino Demographic

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A new report from the National Center for Education Statistics shows that a record number of people are obtaining their college degree including Latinos and African American students.

In 1995 only 25.7 percent of Americans between the ages of 25-to-29 had a college degree in 2012 33.5 percent had obtained a degree.  The report shows young women had made the most leaps in increasing the numbers of women with college degrees.

In spite of the gains made across the United States low income students still remain the most likely not to graduate from high student and the ones less likely to attend college right after high school graduation.  Kids whose parents are in the lowest income brackets are attending college at a low rate of only 1-out-of-10 versus 7-out-of-10 for children with parents in the highest income bracket.

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Brazilian Firefighters Charged in Nightclub Fire That Killed 242

Brazilian Firefighters Charged in Nightclub Fire That Killed 242

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Eight Brazilian firefighters were charged with failing to properly inspect the nightclub in the southern city of Santa Maria where a Jan. 27 blaze resulted in 242 deaths.

Brazil’s national fire rescue service is part of the military and the charges were filed by military prosecutors.

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Giant Countdown Clock for 2014 World Cup Unveiled in Brazil

Giant Countdown Clock for 2014 World Cup Unveiled in Brazil

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A giant clock set up on this metropolis’ famed Copacabana beach has begun counting down the seconds until the start of the 2014 World Cup, when host Brazil will take the field in Sao Paulo for the tournament’s opening match on June 12, 2014.

The timepiece is some 5 meters (16 feet) high and was designed by the most famous architect in Brazil’s history, Oscar Niemeyer, who died last December at the age of 104.

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Argentine Nat’l Library to Unveil Jorge Luis Borges Monument June 14

Argentine Nat’l Library to Unveil Jorge Luis Borges Monument June 14

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Argentina’s National Library plans to unveil a monument to Jorge Luis Borges on Friday, the 27th anniversary of the world famous writer’s death, officials said.

The full body statue by sculptor Antonio Oriana will honor Borges, who served as the library’s director from 1955 to 1973.

The work, which will welcome visitors to the library, will show the writer sitting on a bench surrounded by his books and his famous cane.

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Young Immigrants Celebrate a Year of Deferred Action

Young Immigrants Celebrate a Year of Deferred Action

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This week marks a year since the presidential administrative decree that has permitted thousands of undocumented youths to obtain a reprieve from deportation and a work permit.

On June 15, 2012, the Barack Obama administration announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which is open to undocumented immigrants 30 years of age and under who entered the country when they were minors.

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Mexico Sees 6.6% Rise in Foreign Tourist Revenue in First Quarter of 2013

Mexico Sees 6.6% Rise in Foreign Tourist Revenue in First Quarter of 2013

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Foreign exchange revenues from international tourists rose 6.6 percent in the January-April period, compared to the first four months of 2012, the Mexican Tourism Secretariat said.

Total revenues rose from $4.65 billion in the January-April 2012 period to $4.95 billion during the same period this year.

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Puerto Rican Police Arrest Senator on Corruption Charges

Puerto Rican Police Arrest Senator on Corruption Charges

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A San Juan judge on Wednesday found cause to order the arrest of Puerto Rican former Sen. Antonio “El Chuchin” Soto on 26 counts of aggravated misappropriation of funds and falsifying documents.

The 26 charges are linked to the collection of more than $2,000 in per diems for attending Senate committee meetings, despite the fact that on the dates for which the per diems were requested he was on vacation in the Dominican Republic.

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ThursdayJune 13, 2013