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ThursdayJuly 4, 2013

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Former President of Mexican University Gunned Down

Former President of Mexican University Gunned Down

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The former president of Mexico’s Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla, or BUAP, was gunned down, the Puebla state Attorney General’s Office said Wednesday.

Samuel Malpica Uribe, who had reported corruption at the institution, was killed on Tuesday night, the AG’s office said.

The 58-year-old academic and leftist activist was shot as he was leaving his house in Puebla city by unidentified gunmen, who left their weapons at the crime scene.

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Blog del Narco: 19 Year Old Beauty Queen Executed While Driving

Blog del Narco: 19 Year Old Beauty Queen Executed While Driving

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Karla Contreras, 19 and beauty queen from the School of Accounting and Administration of the UAS, was shot to death during the early hours of Monday. Assistant Attorney General of the State, Martin Robles Armenta, explained that the girl was traveling in a Cadillac Escalade SUV and was targeted from a white van as it drove next to them on the Colonia Las Quintas.

Robles Armenta said that they have evidence that there were two types of weapons used. This past May, Karla Contreras, had assumed the title of Queen of the Faculty of Accounting and Administration of the UAS.

In November of last year, in a clash between the army and a drug cartel in the municipality of Mocorito, Sinaloa Beauty Queen 2012, Maria Susana Flores Gamez killed.

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Mexico’s Popocatepetl Volcano Spewing Ash & Steam – Flights Cancelled

Mexico’s Popocatepetl Volcano Spewing Ash & Steam – Flights Cancelled

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One of Mexico’s most active volcanoes, Popocatepetl, is giving airlines a lot of headaches today.  More than 40 flights in and around Mexico City have been cancelled as a result of ash and steam spewing out of the crater.

Mexican authorities had recorded several tremors near the volcano that has been spraying hot rocks and ash for the last 24-hours.  There is a yellow phase alert around Popocatepetl’s activity, activity that started in May. The next phase is the evacuation phase.

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Owners Regain Control of Picasso’s Paris Studio Where He Painted 1936-1955

Owners Regain Control of Picasso’s Paris Studio Where He Painted 1936-1955

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A French court has ordered the eviction of the cultural group that has been using the historic Paris studio where Spanish master Pablo Picasso painted “Guernica” in 1937.

The loft has been owned since 1925 by the Chambre des Huissiers de Justice de Paris, or CHJP.

The ruling can be appealed, but the National Committee for Artistic Education, or CNEA, must vacate the property within 15 days of receiving notification of the court’s decision, judicial officials told Efe.

The court ruled in favor of the CHJP after weighing its decision for two weeks.

Aragon, Artaud, Bataille, Prevert, Cocteau, Marcel Carne, Robert Desnos, François Mauriac, Sartre and Giraudoux were among the notable figures who also frequented No. 7 Rue Grands-Augustins in the heart of Saint-Germain.

The neighborhood has lost much of its Bohemian character in recent years as real estate speculators moved in, pushing property prices and rents higher.

The loft has tremendous historic value because Picasso (1881-1973) used it as a studio from 1936 to 1955, Jean-Louis Barrault (1910-1994) lived and founded his first theater company there and Honore de Balzac used it as a location in “Chef d’oeuvre inconnu” (1845).

The CNEA has held more than 700 educational workshops, concerts and other free events at the property since 2002, CNEA director Alain Casabona told Efe last month.

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Hike in Consulates’ Resources Requested to Prep for Immigration Reform

Hike in Consulates’ Resources Requested to Prep for Immigration Reform

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Mexican and Central American consulates in the United States are registering an increase in requests for official documents and, according to the Central American Resource Center, they must increase their available resources to be prepared if immigration reform is passed.

“We know that right now, before the passage of immigration reform, the consulates are very full,” the executive director of CARECEN, Martha Arevalo, told Efe on Wednesday.

She said the missions of the Latin American governments with large numbers of immigrants in the United States do not have sufficient budgets to attend to the demand for passports or identity documents.

“If immigration reform passes and these 11 or 12 million people (who could benefit from the reform) are going to require those documents, the demand at the consulates is going to be greater,” Arevalo warned.

In Los Angeles, the majority of undocumented Hispanic immigrants are Mexicans.

Juan Carlos Mendoza, with the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles, said his office is attending in a timely manner to the requests of its citizens.

“I invite anyone who says we’re not prepared to go and look at the numbers, to go and see how it’s working and to come and interview the people,” he told Efe.

Mendoza said Mexico’s foreign ministry has sent experts to evaluate the number of people the Consulate could handle if immigration reform is passed and to calculate the number of temporary employees who might have to be hired.

“I call upon the Latin American governments with residents of their country in the U.S., urgently, to begin to expand the budgets of their consulates,” Mexican immigrant Juan Jose Gutierrez, the president of the Vamos Unidos USA organization, told Efe

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NELSON BALIDO: Immigration Bill Offers Good, Bad and the Ugly

NELSON BALIDO: Immigration Bill Offers Good, Bad and the Ugly

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The United States Senate is suddenly relevant again after a bipartisan effort delivered a comprehensive immigration bill that deals with visa reform, border security and that creates a pathway to citizenship for the millions in this country not here legally.

But with the bill headed to the House, a big dose of real leadership will be needed once again as the legislation is already facing criticism from both parties.

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Welcome Back Lady Liberty: Statue of Liberty Reopens on Fourth of July

Welcome Back Lady Liberty: Statue of Liberty Reopens on Fourth of July

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New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on Thursday presided at the ceremony to reopen the Statue of Liberty, a symbol of the entrance to the land of opportunities that was affected by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012.

The ceremony coinciding with Independence Day was the second reopening in less than a year, given that the storm ravaged both Liberty and Ellis Islands, and came just one day after the crown of the monument was opened to the public after a $30 million restoration.

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NGO Alliance Promote Anti-Obesity Campagne in Mexico

NGO Alliance Promote Anti-Obesity Campagne in Mexico

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A coalition of civic groups is asking Mexicans to use social networks to condemn ads for junk food and sugary soft drinks that many blame for rampant childhood obesity in the Aztec nation.

The campaign aims to elicit “a citizen testimonial to demand that authorities regulate this type of advertising, fulfilling their obligation to protect the rights of children and adolescents,” the Alliance for Nutritional Health, or ASA, said in a statement.

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Spain and American Revolutionaries: United by a Common Enemy- Great Britain

Spain and American Revolutionaries: United by a Common Enemy- Great Britain

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With the arrival of July 4, national fervor will come to a head across the United States in honor of the patriots who declared and fought for independence against Great Britain, tributes that often forget the aid provided by London’s great rival at the time, Spain.

Like France, Britain’s greatest enemy in Europe, the Kingdom of Spain positioned itself at the side of the American revolutionaries as soon as the conflict broke out, providing them with supplies from the ports of Bilbao, Havana and New Orleans in what was then Spanish Louisiana.

“The fate of the ... (13) colonies is very important to us and we are going to do everything we can for them under the circumstances,” Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Moñino said in 1777.

In addition to providing supplies to the rebels, Spain and its colonies also contributed fighters and strategists to the revolutionary cause, one of the most curious cases being that of Jordi Ferragut, a Spanish merchant captain who arrived in North America in 1775 and joined the American Revolution as a lieutenant in the South Carolina navy.

After the war, George Farragut, as he had come to call himself, settled permanently in the new United States, where he married and has several children, including U.S. Civil War hero David Farragut, to whom a square in Washington, D.C. is dedicated.

The governor of Spanish Louisiana, Count Bernardo de Galvez, managed to collect more than 500,000 silver pesos to finance the American and French troops in the decisive 1781 battle of Yorktown, which proved to be the death knell for the British army.

Thus, with men, supplies and - above all - the brotherhood that comes from facing a common enemy, Spain contributed to the creation of what is today the world’s premier economic power and on July 4 will celebrate the 237th anniversary of its independence.

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Selena Gomez and Pitbull to Perform at Macy’s Fourth of July Spectacular

Selena Gomez and Pitbull to Perform at Macy’s Fourth of July Spectacular

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Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular will not only feature great fireworks but a star-filled line up of performances that include performances by Selena Gomez and Pitbull

Nick Cannon will serve as host to the Independence Day annual tradition that includes a performance by his wife Mariah Carey.  Also on the performance roster is Cher, Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw.

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Blog del Narco: Police Find 7 Heads and Body Parts in Zacoalco

Blog del Narco: Police Find 7 Heads and Body Parts  in Zacoalco

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State police officers in Jalisco, a state in western Mexico, found seven human heads and other body parts in trash bags by a road in the city of Zacoalco, media reports said.

The body parts were discovered Tuesday night in a field and taken to the coroner’s office in Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco, where state prosecutors are analyzing them.

The Jalisco Attorney General’s Office did not comment on the case.

The remains were found after state police launched an operation that led to the arrests of three suspects in the killings of two people in Zapopan, a city in the Guadalajara metropolitan area, press reports said.

The suspects, according to press reports, told investigators about a safe house in Zacoalco, where the human remains were found.

More than 70,000 people have died in drug-related violence in Mexico since 2006, when former President Felipe Calderon, who left office in 2012, declared war on the country’s drug cartels.

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Ousted Coach Spaniard Jose Antonio Camacho to be Paid 8.3 M by China

Ousted Coach Spaniard Jose Antonio Camacho to be Paid 8.3 M by China

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Spaniard Jose Antonio Camacho, who was fired last month as coach of China’s national soccer team, will receive 6.4 million euros ($8.32 million) in severance pay, Chinese media said Wednesday.

The Chinese Football Association hired Camacho in August 2011, promising to pay him around 5.5 million euros if he were sacked prior to the end of his three-year contract.

At the time of his firing last month, the CFA told the 59-year-old Camacho that it could only afford to give him 3 million euros.

But after protracted negotiations involving the CFA, its corporate partners and Camacho’s lawyer, the association agreed to a higher payout, Chinese daily Titan Sports reported.

Chinese soccer fans had little to cheer about during Camacho’s nearly two years at the helm of the national squad.

Besides failing to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, the team plummeted 30 spots in the global rankings and suffered its worst-ever defeat: an 8-0 pasting by Brazil.

In Camacho’s defense, analysts point out that Chinese soccer is plagued by the lack of young prospects and has been hurt by a series of match-fixing scandals.

Retired soccer star David Beckham, who works as a goodwill ambassador for the CFA, defended Camacho last month in an interview with Chinese state television, describing the Spanish coach as “very professional and capable.”

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Mexican Energy Agency Builds 8 Power Plants Worth Nearly $1.5 Billion

Mexican Energy Agency Builds 8 Power Plants Worth Nearly $1.5 Billion

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Eight new power plants worth $1.45 billion are under construction in Mexico, the Federal Electricity Commission, or CFE, said.

The power plants will have total generating capacity of 1,749 MW and will boost the national power grid, the CFE said in a statement.

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Nuns’ Chart-Topping Album Storms The Culture, Topping Bruno Mars, Black Sabbath & Draft Punk

Nuns’ Chart-Topping Album Storms The Culture, Topping Bruno Mars, Black Sabbath & Draft Punk

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ANGELS AND SAINTS AT EPHESUS, the hit CD from the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, is No. 1 on Amazon’s Top 100 list for all music, besting albums from Daft Punk, Black Sabbath and Kayne West.  The sacred CD from the Missouri-based nuns also remains atop Billboard magazine’s Classical Traditional Music Chart for an eighth consecutive week and jumped to No. 2 on its Overall Classical Music Chart and No. 4 on its Christian Music Chart.

The Benedictines’ critically acclaimed debut CD, ADVENT AT EPHESUS, released last year, also continues to impress, claiming the No. 3 spot on Billboard magazine’s Classical Traditional Music Chart.

Since its worldwide debut May 7, ANGELS AND SAINTS AT EPHESUS has topped a group of classical albums that includes Fifty Shades of Grey: The Classical Album and Downton Abbey: The Essential Collection.

“The music of The Benedictines of Mary brings hope and peace to hearts that are restless,” said Kevin Fitzgibbons, cofounder of De Montfort Music. “To be able to help share this with the world and to observe the outpouring of positivity resulting from time spent listening to this collection is simply miraculous. For a hidden contemplative group of nuns to be at the top of the charts is a true phenomenon of great proportions.”

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U.S. Welcomes More than 7,800 New Citizens During Independence Day Celebrations

U.S. Welcomes More than 7,800 New Citizens During Independence Day Celebrations

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The Department of Homeland Security has announced that the U.S. is expecting to welcome more than 7,800 new citizens from July 1 through July 5 at more than 100 naturalization ceremonies.

“The United States has a long and proud tradition as a welcoming nation, and we continue to attract hardworking people from across the world who want contribute to this country in purposeful ways,” said Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano. “During Independence Day week, we welcome men and women who have come from all walks of life to serve our country and become our fellow citizens.”

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July 4th Fireworks Safety Tips

July 4th Fireworks Safety Tips

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With warm weather and family events, the Fourth of July can be a fun time with great memories. But before your family celebrates, make sure everyone knows about fireworks safety.

If not handled properly, fireworks can cause burn and eye injuries in kids and adults. The best way to protect your family is not to use any fireworks at home — period. Attend public fireworks displays, and leave the lighting to the professionals.

Lighting fireworks at home isn’t even legal in many areas, so if you still want to use them, be sure to check with your local police department first. If they’re legal where you live, keep these safety tips in mind:

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Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

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July 4, 2013 marks the 237th anniversary since our Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence. When they signed the document, they were committing treason. They placed their lives in jeopardy so that a new nation could be born. Every July 4th Americans celebrate and honor these men for their courage, dedication and foresight.

Happy Independence Day from the Hispanically Speaking News team. We hope you’re having a great holiday weekend!

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ThursdayJuly 4, 2013