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WednesdayJune 19, 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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PEW STUDY: News Media Using Term ‘Illegal Alien’ Less

PEW STUDY: News Media Using Term ‘Illegal Alien’ Less

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Even with several major news organizations deciding to reduce or ban its use, the term “illegal immigrant” is still the phrase newspapers most often use to describe foreigners living in the United States without proper documentation.

But over time, there have been some shifts in the language applied to those at the heart of the immigration debate, as words like “undocumented” or “unauthorized” have begun showing up more frequently.

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Blog del Narco: One of US 10 Most Wanted Captured in Quintana Roo

Blog del Narco: One of US 10 Most Wanted Captured in Quintana Roo

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Walter Lee Williams, is accused of child sexual exploitation and of traveling abroad for the purpose of engaging in sexual acts with minors.

One of 10 U.S most wanted fugitives by the FBI, was arrested in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, on Tuesday. The prosecutor’s of the state of Quintana Roo, Gaspar Armando Garcia Torres, said Walter Lee Williams, a former university professor, 64 years, is accused of sexual exploitation with a minor. Williams was arrested on Tuesday while having a coffee in the town of Playa del Carmen. 

García Torres did not say whether the now detained Williams is involved in any crime in Mexico. The warrant against Williams was issued in April, said the accused had traveled from Los Angeles to the Philippines in 2011 to engage in sexual acts with two children under 14 who met over the Internet in 2010.

In the Philippines, Williams apparently linked up sexually with both teenagers and produced sexually explicit photos of them. 

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LATINO BLOTTER: Naked Subway Acrobat Arrested

LATINO BLOTTER: Naked Subway Acrobat Arrested

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The California man who became known as the naked subway acrobat was arrested this week after a video of his antics, which include harassing both make and female passengers, went viral.

In May, Yeiner Alberto Perez Garizabalo, was filmed doing naked handstand, flips, and contorting himself on turnstiles at a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) District station in San Francisco.

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Top Images of the #ChangeBrazil Protests

Top Images of the #ChangeBrazil Protests

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Protests in Brazil have been going on for nearly a week over against the state of public transit, schools and other public services in the South American country.

The discontent arising from the 10-cent price increase in bus and subway fares, shed light on the greater issue of Brazil’s high tax burden and poor public services.

Originally organized via social media using the hashtag #ChangeBrazil, people from around the world have been showing their support.

Check out some of the top photos of the #ChangeBrazil protests below.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Man Stabs, Castrates Paraplegic in Assisted Living Facility

LATINO BLOTTER: Man Stabs, Castrates Paraplegic in Assisted Living Facility

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A Pennsylvania man is facing serious charges after allegedly stabbing and castrating a paraplegic man during an argument.

Though police are unsure what exactly started it, Edgar Bonilla, 41, and an unidentified 43-year-old man began arguing at the assisted living facility of Inglis Apartments at Elmwood in southwest Philadelphia.

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Colombia Criminals Continue to Drug Victims with “World’s Scariest Drug” - Scopolamine

Colombia Criminals Continue to Drug Victims with “World’s Scariest Drug” - Scopolamine

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What is scopolamine and why does is have Colombians handing strangers all their money?

Made from the Borrachero tree, scopolamine, also known as “The Devil’s Breath,” is being used by criminals to manipulate their victims.

When put into victims’ drinks or food, scopolamine - a tasteless, odorless, and colorless powder - allows criminals to easily manipulate their now “zombie-like” victims, who later “awake” having no memory of their loss of free will or how it is they lost all of their money and personal belongings.

A nurse at San Jose University Hospital in Bogota recently told Global Post, ‘They go out to a party and then wake up two or three days later on a park bench. They arrive here without their belongings or their money. Criminals also use scopolamine as a date rape drug.

In recent years the criminal use of scopolamine has become an epidemic. Approximately half of emergency room admissions for poisoning in Bogotá have been attributed to scopolamine. The drug is often slipped into drinks at bars and parties, but has reportedly been blown directly into unsuspecting people’s faces.

Though the drug is commonly used to manipulate unsuspecting victims, some of whom have been U.S. embassy employees and politicians, it does have legitimate uses in minute doses. When taken by those with Parkinson’s disease it can help with tremors, and it has also been used to treat motion sickness.

In larger doses scopolamine causes loss of free will and short-term memory loss by temporarily mimicking Alzheimer’s dementia. Victims have been admitted into hospitals by police under the assumption that they are having a psychotic episode.

In a recent Vice documentary, scopolamine was understandably referred to as “the world’s scariest drug.

Even when victims are left relatively unharmed, they often remember nothing of the last few days, making it extremely difficult for authorities to catch the criminals administering the drug.

In 2012, Colombian police reported just under 1,200 cases in which criminals used scopolamine or similar drugs.

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U.S. Assesses Success of Border Security in Arizona

The Arizona border is one of the main immigration corridors and the place where the success of measures taken by the U.S. government to halt the flow of migrants and enhance security is assessed.

The 626 kilometers (388 miles) of border shared by Arizona and Mexico has attracted national attention due to the increase in the crossings of undocumented immigrants there after security was strengthened in other states such as Texas and California.

At its peak, during fiscal year 2000, the Border Patrol reported 1.6 million arrests of undocumented migrants along the southwestern border, of whom 616,000 occurred within the Tucson Sector.

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POLL:  Florida Voters Not Thrilled with Rubio’s Work on Immigration

POLL:  Florida Voters Not Thrilled with Rubio’s Work on Immigration

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Florida voters give Sen. Marco Rubio negative ratings for his work on immigration reform and strongly disagree with his vote in the U.S. Senate against requiring background checks for those buying guns, but they still give him an overall 51 - 35 percent job approval rating, according to Quinnipiac University poll released today.

President Barack Obama gets a split 47 - 48 percent job approval rating, compared to a 50 - 45 percent approval rating in a March 21 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh- pe-ack) University.

In trial heats for the 2016 presidential race, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leads two favorite sons, Sen. Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush, but either Republican would run neck and neck against Vice President Joe Biden.

Rubio’s approval rating is little changed from his 48 - 33 percent approval March 20, although on individual issues voters are not as enamored with the state’s junior senator:
Voters disapprove 41 - 33 percent of the way Rubio is handling the immigration issue;
Voters say 49 - 10 percent they think less favorably of Rubio because of his vote against expanded background checks.

Background checks are “strongly” supported by 73 percent of voters, including 63 percent of voters in houses with guns, while 14 percent of all voters support them “somewhat.”

“A mark of an able politician is one who can keep his support among the electorate even when that politician follows his own path rather than the public’s preference on a high-profile issue like immigration or gun control,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

“As perhaps the best-known Hispanic-American in national politics Sen. Marco Rubio has a tightrope to walk between keeping the folks back home happy and serving as a high-profile symbol for the GOP nationally,” Brown added.

Illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay in the U.S., with a path to citizenship, 58 percent of Florida voters say, while 12 percent say they should be allowed to stay, with no path to citizenship, and 24 percent say they should be deported.

Supporting a path to citizenship are 54 percent of white voters, 66 percent of black voters and 69 percent of Hispanic voters.

President Barack Obama, who carried Florida in both of his white House campaigns, is doing a bit better there than in some other states and in a May 30 Quinnipiac University national poll that showed him with a negative 45 - 49 percent job approval. The gender gap is shrinking as men disapprove 51 - 45 percent while women approve 49 - 46 percent.

With controversies over the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Justice and the State Department in the headlines, the president is seen as “honest and trustworthy” 50 - 45 percent, little changed from a 52 - 43 percent measure in a November 10, 2011, Florida poll.

Ms. Clinton would defeat former Gov. Bush 50 - 43 percent in a trial 2016 presidential heat and best Rubio 53 - 41 percent.

Bush would get 47 percent against Vice President Joseph Biden’s 43 percent. In another matchup, Rubio gets 45 percent to Biden’s 43 percent

“Vice President Joseph Biden runs weaker than does former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton against a number of Republicans in a number of states Quinnipiac tested,” said Brown.

Florida voters support the state’s “stand your ground” law 57 - 36 percent, virtually unchanged in 12 months of Quinnipiac University surveys.

Voters also support 49 - 40 percent increasing the number of people enrolled in Medicaid, as part of the federal health care overhaul.

From June 11 - 16, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,176 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado and the nation as a public service and for research.

For more information, visit http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

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Blog del Narco: Drug Cartels use Bunkers to Hide From Authorities

Blog del Narco: Drug Cartels use Bunkers to Hide From Authorities

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Drug Cartels use bunkers like this to hide their activity from police and federal agents. Cartels hide drugs, modified vehicles and bodies from both air and ground surveillance.

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Spanish Architect Creates Transparent Roof for Church Destroyed by War

Spanish Architect Creates Transparent Roof for Church Destroyed by War

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Over 70 years ago, during the Spanish Civil War, the Catalonia town of Corbera d’Ebre was destroyed during the Battle of the Ebro.

The pinnacle of the town was the Church set on a hill, unfortunately this landmark has been in ruins since the battle in 1938. 

While the lower half of the town has been rebuilt, Spaniards chose to leave the higher part as a reminder of those lost during the war.

Spanish architect Ferran Vizoso (along with Núria Bordas, Jordi Garriga, and David Garcia) was hired to preserve the church and its history.  Vizoso’s solution of a transparent plastic roof has maintained the architectual integrity of the church while also modernizing it.

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Previously Unknown Mayan City Found in Campeche, Mexico Jungle

Previously Unknown Mayan City Found in Campeche, Mexico Jungle

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Archaeologists have discovered a previously unknown Mayan city in the southeastern state of Campeche, which for its vast extension and characteristics is believed to have been a seat of government some 1,400 years ago, Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History, or INAH, said.

A team of experts headed by Slovenian archaeologist Ivan Sprajc has christened the site Chactun.

“It is one of the largest sites in the Central Lowlands, comparable in its extent and the magnitude of its buildings with Becan, Nadzcaan and El Palmar in Campeche”, Sprajc said in a statement released by INAH.

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Goya Drawing “Si Yerras los Tiras!” to be Auctioned Off in London

Goya Drawing “Si Yerras los Tiras!” to be Auctioned Off in London

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The Goya drawing “Si yerras los tiras!” (If you miss the mark!), a political allegory in which the figure may be King Ferdinand VII, will be sold at auction on July 2 in London, Christie’s said.

The drawing, which is expected to sell for between 1.2 million and 1.7 million euros ($1.6 million to $2.2 million), is from the artist’s “Black Border Album” and belongs to a private collector.

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What does NFLer Aaron Hernandez Know About the Dead Body by His House?

What does NFLer Aaron Hernandez Know About the Dead Body by His House?

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Who knew that a dead body in North Attleboro, MA found on Monday would entangle one of NFL’s best tight-end’s, Aaron Hernandez of the New England Patriots.

Yes, the 23 year-old Hernandez lives one-mile away from the industrial park where the body was found but so do many others in the nearby affluent neighborhood of Westwood Estates.

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NGOs Call for Air Quality Monitors in Mexico

NGOs Call for Air Quality Monitors in Mexico

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Mexican cities with more than 500,000 residents should systematically monitor their air quality to protect the public from pollution-linked respiratory and cardiovascular diseases that cause 14,700 deaths per year in this country, a coalition of NGOs said Tuesday.

The organizations urged local and federal authorities to “take immediate measures that permit the effective fulfillment of this regulation to be guaranteed to benefit the health of 55 million Mexicans.”

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Six-Ton Satellite to be Launched by Mexico in 2014

Six-Ton Satellite to be Launched by Mexico in 2014

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Mexico plans to launch a nearly six-ton Centenario satellite, the second in the state-owned Mexsat system, in the first half of 2014, the Communications and Transportation Secretariat said.

The U.S.-made satellite is part of the Geomovil family from Boeing and will go into orbit 36,000 kilometers (22,369 miles) above the equator, the secretariat said.

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House Will Not Vote on Immigration Without GOP Support, Says Boehner

House Will Not Vote on Immigration Without GOP Support, Says Boehner

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House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday that he will not bring to a vote an immigration reform bill that does not have the support of a majority of his fellow Republican lawmakers.

“I don’t see any way of bringing an immigration bill to the floor that doesn’t have a majority support of Republicans,” he said at a press conference after a closed-door meeting of the House GOP caucus.

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THE VOICE: Christina Aguilera, Pitbull Perform in Finale, but Who Won?

THE VOICE: Christina Aguilera, Pitbull Perform in Finale, but Who Won?

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On Tuesday night’s season 4 finale of NBC’s The Voice, former and returning coach Christina Aguilera took the stage just ahead of the winner being announced.

Aguilera took the stage with Pitbull to perform their smash hit “Feel This Moment,” for what can only be described as a deafening crowd. After multiple performances, however, including one from Cher, who had not performed live on television in more than a decade, it was time to announce the winner.

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Brazil’s Pres. Rousseff: The Voice of the Street Must be Heard

Brazil’s Pres. Rousseff: The Voice of the Street Must be Heard

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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said Tuesday “the voice of the street must be heard” and that large crowds of protesters demanding better public services have “sent a direct message” to the nation’s leaders.

Despite isolated episodes of violence during the demonstrations, which on Monday brought some 250,000 people out on the streets of dozens of cities, Rousseff said the rallies “show the value of democracy.”

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Lawmaker Claims Puerto Rico Issuing Worthless Tax Refund Checks

Lawmaker Claims Puerto Rico Issuing Worthless Tax Refund Checks

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Puerto Rico’s treasury department is issuing tax refund checks that are not backed by sufficient funds, an opposition lawmaker said Tuesday.

Antonio Silva told radio stations that he had received complaints from taxpayers who tell him that they have not been able to cash their refund checks.

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Cuban VP Strengthens Relations with China on Trip Abroad

Cuban VP Strengthens Relations with China on Trip Abroad

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Cuban First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel and Chinese President Xi Jinping gave a new push to longstanding bilateral relations with a meeting here Tuesday.

“We want you to feel at home,” Xi told Diaz-Canel at the start of the meeting at the Great Hall of the People, which was only open to the media for a few minutes.

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WednesdayJune 19, 2013