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WednesdayJuly 10, 2013

Latino Daily News: Bringing You the Latest Hispanic Current Events and News Stories 24/7

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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Charlie Sheen in Scotland in Search of the Elusive Loch Ness Monster

Charlie Sheen took his ‘tiger blood’ to Scotland for less than 48-hours in search of the elusive Loch Ness Monster.

The 47-year-old actor gave the first clue of his search for the legendary Loch Ness with the following Tweet over the weekend: “‘Once again MIT grant sanctioned archeologists Pekk & Sheen, rig battle gear for tonight’s sortie on the Loch Ness.’‘

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Roberto Bolaño’s “2666” and “The Savage Detective” Available for First Time as e-Books

Roberto Bolaño’s “2666” and “The Savage Detective” Available for First Time as e-Books

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Fans of the late, great Chilean writer Roberto Bolaño are getting a treat this week as two of his novels have become available in e-Book format for the first time.  His hefty 898 page tome “2666” and “The Savage Detectives” are now available electronically by Picador.

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Kidnapped Honduran Professor, Journaist Found Dismembered in Sugar Cane Field

Kidnapped Honduran Professor, Journaist Found Dismembered in Sugar Cane Field

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The Honduran Attorney General’s Office confirmed on Wednesday that the remains found this week in the northern part of the country are those of a journalist who was kidnapped June 24.

“We want to confirm the find and, with the 100 percent criterion of the scientific test that I described, the prosecutor’s office announces that the person found is citizen Anibal Barrow,” chief prosecutor Roberto Ramirez told a press conference.

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No Injuries on Third Run with the Bulls in Pamplona

No Injuries on Third Run with the Bulls in Pamplona

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The bulls from the Valdefresno estate in Salamanca were the featured attraction Tuesday of the third running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in the northern Spanish city of Pamplona, where one of the animals strayed from the herd but no injuries were reported.

The bulls from Salamanca replaced the Cebada Gago ranch’s animals, which were rejected by veterinarians just days before the start of the festival.

The Valdefresno bulls needed just two minutes and 28 seconds to cover the 850-meter (approximately half-mile) distance from the Santo Domingo stockyard to the bullring.

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Demi Lovato Releases Clip of New Song, “Bad Chick” (AUDIO)

Demi Lovato Releases Clip of New Song, “Bad Chick” (AUDIO)

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Could Demi Lovato’s “Bad Chick” be the next summer anthem?

A clip of the 20-year-old’s latest single was not on her album DEMI, which was released in May, but the unreleased track has the potential to be as successful as “Heart Attack.”

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Latin Flavor in “ESPN Body” Issue 2013

Latin Flavor in “ESPN Body” Issue 2013

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Every year ESPN Magazine features 30 athletes in the “Body Issue.”  These nude or semi-nude photos showcase the athletes’ toned bodies.

Athletes featured in previous years have included the MLB’s Nelson Cruz and José Reyes as well as Colombian golfer Camilo Villegas.

This years collection features various athletes, including 77 year-old professional golfer Gary Player, three Hispanics were also included on the list.

Check out the Latin flavor in “ESPN Body” below.

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Three National Police Die in Peruvian Jungle on Training Mission

Three National Police Die in Peruvian Jungle on Training Mission

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Three police officers died when the helicopter they were using to make a nighttime training flight crashed five kilometers (three miles) northwest of the city of Tingo Maria in Peru’s central jungle, the National Police reported Wednesday in a communique.

The aircraft had taken off from Tingo Maria at 8 p.m. on Tuesday on a flight to train the crew in the use of night vision goggles and other equipment, the communique said.

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U.S. v Mexico:  Guess Whose Fatter????

The U.S. does not typically lose out to the Mexico in terms of socio-economic, GDP and countless other benchmarks – that is until today.

Mexico just took the ‘fattest country’ crown away from the United States according to a study by the United Nations. 

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Blog del Narco: Gulf Cartel Members Charged with Killing Cop in Case of Mistaken Identity

Blog del Narco: Gulf Cartel Members Charged with Killing Cop in Case of Mistaken Identity

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The U.S. Justice Department announced the capture of three gunmen linked to Gulf Cartel, involved in the kidnapping and murder in Mexico in 2011. The victim was a policeman who was kidnapped and murdered, but until now no body has been found. The reason: they mistook him for a guy who stole 100 kilograms of cocaine.

In a statement, the prosecutor federal Kenneth Magidson reported that between Thursday and Monday, the police arrested the Mexican Orlando Hernandez, 26, and the Americans Roel Garza, 25, and Lorenzo Davila 24.

The three will be put on trial for the kidnapping of Gerardo Villarreal, 23, who, according to interviews, was killed in an undisclosed city in Mexico.

According to reports, on May 28, 2011 Villarreal was traveling with his wife in a car through the streets of Mission to visit a relative in the same border city where they lived. The detainees cornered the couple with several vehicles.

Villarreal, who identified himself as a policeman, was handcuffed by the gunmen and forced into a van.
The wife, who assumed that her husband had been arrested, called local authorities, they said they were unaware the action. The investigation later revealed that the victim was beaten, gagged and locked hands and feet with duct tape.

The kidnappers took Villarreal to a ranch in the area of Mission, where they learned that he was not the person who had stolen the drug. The victim was taken in the trunk of a car across the Rio Grande, where his captors killed him in an unspecified way.
The policeman had no criminal record. The incriminated face a life sentence in a prison federal and a possible fine of $ 250,000.

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Target “Truly Sorry” for Offensive Document Regarding Hispanic/Latino Employees

Target “Truly Sorry” for Offensive Document Regarding Hispanic/Latino Employees

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Some advice: If you have to remind managers that not all Hispanic/Latino employees eat tacos and wear sombreros, you might want to reconsider who you are hiring.

After a lawsuit filed in California’s Yolo County revealed Target stores’ manager-training documents included statements that Hispanic employees “may say ‘OK, OK’ and pretend to understand, when they do not, just to save face,” Target has admitted such documents exist and have apologized.

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Mexican National Gets Asylum after Cartel Kill 11 Family Members

Mexican National Gets Asylum after Cartel Kill 11 Family Members

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The U.S. government has granted Mexican national Christian Chaidez asylum after narco-sponsored extortionists executed 11 family members.

The 11 family members murdered include his father and grandmother.  All the victims were killed between June, 2009 through July, 2012 – Cuidad Juarez bloodiest period.  During this time some 11,000 citizens of Juarez were victims of the vicious drug cartel wars.

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Jennifer Lopez Reveals she was Homeless at 18

Jennifer Lopez Reveals she was Homeless at 18

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After an argument with her family at the age of 18, Jennifer Lopez recently told W Magazine she was homeless.

When she revealed her plans to enter the entertainment industry after high school, Lopez says her family’s reaction led to her moving out of their Bronx home.

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Pres. George W. Bush Hoping for “Positive Resolution” on Immigration Reform but Won’t Get Involved

Pres. George W. Bush Hoping for “Positive Resolution” on Immigration Reform but Won’t Get Involved

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Former President George W. Bush said Wednesday that he hopes a “positive resolution” will be found as Congress considers reforms to the “broken” U.S. immigration system.

“I don’t intend to get involved in the politics or the specifics of policy, but I do hope there’s a positive resolution to the debate,” he said during a naturalization ceremony for new citizens at the George W. Bush presidential library in Dallas.

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David Villa Passes Atletico Madrid Medical Tests

David Villa Passes Atletico Madrid Medical Tests

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Spanish international David Villa, the latest acquisition of Atletico Madrid, passed his medical, the capital club said Tuesday.

Villa arrived in Madrid late Monday, just hours after FC Barcelona announced his transfer to Atletico in a deal that is potentially worth up to 5.1 million euros ($6.55 million).

“The footballer has come through all the medical examinations with a positive result,” Atletico Madrid said in a statement.

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Top 5 Latin American Politicos on Twitter

Top 5 Latin American Politicos on Twitter

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In the current digital age many politicians have been forced to evolve and adopt a social media presence.  Whether it is Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, Politicians have become more accessible to their constituents.

Mashable recently complied a list ranking world politicians based on their Twitter followers.

The world politician with the most followers is current U.S. President Barack Obama with 33.6 million Twitter followers.

The last ranked politician was Indian Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor with 1.8 million Twitter followers.

Check out the top Latin American politicians on Twitter below.

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Why Does Salma Hayek Only Work in the Summer?

Why Does Salma Hayek Only Work in the Summer?

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Mexican actress Salma Hayek said Tuesday that she had rejected “many” roles to be with her family and enjoy a more home-oriented life.

“I’ve said no to many things and I don’t regret it,” the actress, who was nominated for an Oscar for her starring role in “Frida” (2003) and who on Friday returns to the big screen in “Grown Ups 2,” told Efe.

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Jenni Rivera’s Family Brings “Filly Brown” to Mexico

Jenni Rivera’s Family Brings “Filly Brown” to Mexico

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The family of late great “Diva de la Banda” Jenni Rivera came to Mexico to present her first and final big screen project the “Filly Brown” movie. 

“We are anxious to see the reaction of the Mexican people, who have given my sister so much and loved her so much,” said Juan Rivera her brother a well known performer in Mexico.

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“Kidnapped For Christ” Kids sent to Abusive school in Dominican Republic (VIDEO)

“Kidnapped For Christ” Kids sent to Abusive school in Dominican Republic (VIDEO)

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Kidnapped for Christ is a feature-length documentary film, which follows the stories of several American teenagers who were sent to an Evangelical Christian reform school located in The Dominican Republic called “Escuela Caribe.” The school is run by Americans and is advertised as a “therapeutic Christian boarding school” whose mission is to “help struggling youth transform into healthy Christian adults.” While many have praised the school for saving the lives of hundreds of troubled teens, in the past several years many former students have begun to speak out against the school, claiming that they suffered both psychological and physical abuse during their time there. The film’s director, Kate Logan, set out to document the experiences of the students at this remote boarding school and was given unprecedented access to film for seven weeks on campus in the summer of 2006. Through candid interviews with distressed students and footage of staff imposing extreme discipline and punishments she was able to reveal the shocking truth of what was actually going on at Escuela Caribe.

The film centers on the story of David, a straight-A student from Colorado who was sent to Escuela Caribe in May of 2006 after coming out to his parents as gay. Like many others, David was taken in the night without warning by a “transport service” and was never told where he was going or when he would be brought back home. David was not the only student whose life was impacted by the school’s severe approach to discipline. The filmmakers followed many other students who also experienced degrading punishments and who struggled to understand what was happening to them. The film also features interviews with former students, including Julia Scheeres, whose 2005 New York Times Best Selling memoir Jesusland tells the story of the disturbing physical and physiological abuse she witnessed and suffered at Escuela Caribe during the 1980s.

The growth of the troubled teen industry, especially therapeutic boarding schools located in the United States and abroad, has given rise to many other allegations of the inhumane treatment of youth and the exploitation of families who are desperately seeking help for their teenagers. The goal of Kidnapped for Christ is to tell the stories of the students who were sent to Escuela Caribe and to give them a voice so that they may make people aware of the broader industry of schools like Escuela Caribe and the potential danger they constitute for our youth. We hope that the film will be entertaining, shocking, thought provoking and will ultimately inspire change in the way these types of schools are run and regulated.

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U.S. Yet to Give Explanation for Spying on Brazilians

Brazil continues to await an explanation from Washington after revelations that the United States has collected and stored the e-mail and telephone records of millions of Brazilians, Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota said here Tuesday.

“A formal request for clarification has been transmitted and we still await a formal response,” he said during a joint press conference in Brasilia with visiting Uruguayan counterpart Luis Almagro.

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Visit 50,000 Year Old Underwater Primeval Forest Found in Gulf of Mexico (VIDEO)

Imagine swimming in an underwater primeval forest that nature has preserved for over 50,000 years.  Now you can if you are willing to dive 60 feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, 10 miles offshore of Alabama.

Experts believe 2005’s Hurricane Katrina unveiled what had been buried under ocean sediment for centuries.  And it took some curious fishermen to discover it by questioning why there so many fishing congregating in one area.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Drunk Driver Tries to Leave Accident Scene, Victim Takes Keys

LATINO BLOTTER: Drunk Driver Tries to Leave Accident Scene, Victim Takes Keys

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Moments after causing an accident, a drunk driver attempted to drive off and leave the people he injured behind.

At around 1:15 a.m. Friday morning, Hilberto Velasques-Ramirez, 31, was driving drunk and traveling east in the westbound lanes of Iowa’s Veterans Memorial Highway. He crashed his van into a Chevrolet Cavalier carrying four teenagers.

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Activists Take Stand Against Grandmother’s Deportation in Colorado

Activists Take Stand Against Grandmother’s Deportation in Colorado

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Leaders of pro-immigrant organizations in Colorado, accompanied by religious groups and members of the community, protested Tuesday in Denver to prevent the deportation of a Hispanic immigrant who needs medical care.

Maria Molina Cano, 51, in 2010 received a deportation order when it was discovered that she was working using documents that belonged to another person.

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Though Hospitalized, Placido Domingo Said to be “Progressing Favorably”

Though Hospitalized, Placido Domingo Said to be “Progressing Favorably”

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Tenor Placido Domingo, hospitalized in Madrid for a pulmonary embolism, said in a message on his Facebook page that he will feel “much better soon,” adding that he is “extremely grateful and moved by the demonstrations of love and good wishes received from all of you.”

Domingo, who was admitted to the Rosario Clinic on Monday, “is progressing favorably,” according to what sources close to the family told Efe on Wednesday.

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Peru to Provide 2M People with Electricity Via Solar Panels

Peru to Provide 2M People with Electricity Via Solar Panels

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The National Photovoltaic Household Electrification Program will benefit more than 2 million people in Peru, Energy and Mining Minister Jorge Merino said.

The program will provide electricity to poor households using solar panels, Merino said.

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Hotel Occupancy Up 6.7 Percent in Mexico

Hotel Occupancy Up 6.7 Percent in Mexico

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Hotel occupancy in Mexico grew by 6.7 percent in the first half of 2013 compared with the same period last year, the Tourism Secretariat said Tuesday.

On June 30, the average number of hotel rooms rented in the country’s 70 main tourist destinations during the first half of this year rose to 194,038, while during the same period in 2012 an average of 181,787 rooms were rented.

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Natural Gas Pipeline to be Expanded in Bolivia

Natural Gas Pipeline to be Expanded in Bolivia

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Bolivian state oil company YPFB inaugurated on Tuesday a pipeline expansion that will double the amount of natural gas supplied to the capital and the nearby industrial city of El Alto.

The $62 million project was formally delivered in a ceremony at a gas plant in El Alto.

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WednesdayJuly 10, 2013