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ThursdayAugust 1, 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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Resolution Supporting Democracy in Venezuela Introduced by Group of U.S. Senators

As a result of the narrow election win of current Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and the silencing of political opposition a group of U.S. Senators introduced a resolution supporting democracy in the country.

The group of Senators, that include Illinois Senator Mark Kirk, Florida Senator Marco Rubio and New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez, were reacting to the growing political polarization under Maduro’s administration.  They are calling for a more open political system in Venezuela that includes a full audit and election ballot recount.  Maduro has been opposed to a full count but did allow a limited recount that certified him as the winner on April 14.

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Puerto Rico Governor Padilla Says to Congress: Statehood Option Didn’t Get Enough Votes

Puerto Rico Governor Padilla Says to Congress: Statehood Option Didn’t Get Enough Votes

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Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla emphasized Thursday before a U.S. Senate panel the failure of the statehood option in last November’s plebiscite on the island.

In his testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, the governor and leader of the pro-commonwealth PPD party said that the statehood option obtained just 44.4 percent of the votes, not the 61 percent claimed by statehood advocates.

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Immigration Reform Could Lead to Surge of Adult Learners

Teachers at California’s adult schools expressed their concern over the requirement to learn English included in the immigration reform package approved in the Senate, given that it would increase the number of students at institutions that are already suffering from budget cuts.

“One of the concerns we have is that, insofar as we’re growing and trying to add more classes and hire more teachers, the funds to pay for and support that aren’t there,” Steve Curiel, director of the Huntington Beach Adult School, told Efe.

The English as a Second Language (ESL) program at Curiel’s school has 2,000 people enrolled, of whom more than 50 percent are Hispanic.

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STUDY:  Latinos and Blacks More Optimistic About U.S. Economy, Their Future

A recent study by The Associated Press and the Center for Public Affairs Research has found that Latinos and African-Americans are more optimistic about the U.S. economy and their own personal economic future.

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Blog del Narco: Decapitated Head Left With Narco Message

Blog del Narco: Decapitated Head Left With Narco Message

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The head of a man was left this morning in front of a home in the colonia Morelos III, located southeast of the city. The discovery was made at about 6:55 am at the intersection of Laguna de Tuxpan and Tepalcingo in the housing unit.

The victim’s identity was not revealed but authorities said that he was nicknamed ‘El Chacho’, who had approximately 50 years. The human head was in a plastic cooler, which in turn was placed over a plastic container, used to deposit the garbage.

There was also a card with a narco-message with threats directed at other people, warning them that the same thing will happen to them if they do not change their ways.
The family had a shock when they saw the head and said that gunmen had threatened their loved one one week earlier.
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LATINO BLOTTER: Man Hiding Pot Plants Fights with Firemen as House Burns

LATINO BLOTTER: Man Hiding Pot Plants Fights with Firemen as House Burns

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A Florida man has been charged with preventing firefighters from putting out a fire in his home because he was hiding pot plants.

Gaetano Rodriguez, 27, allegedly refused to unlock the door to a bedroom despite the fact that firefighters needed to enter the room to battle a fire inside.

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Renewed Push for National Latino American Museum

Renewed Push for National Latino American Museum

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There is a renewed push for the creation of a National Latino Museum in Washington, D.C. being led by a group of bipartisan Latino legislators that include Florida Senator Marco Rubio, New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez and California Congressman Xavier Becerra. 

The proposed legislation would allow the shuttered Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building to be reconfigured as the American Latino Museum with an estimated price tag of $402 million.  The Friends of the American Latino Museum has been fund raising in order to cover at least $325 million by private donations. 

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German Tourist Dies in Spain After Failed Jump from Balcony to Pool

German Tourist Dies in Spain After Failed Jump from Balcony to Pool

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A German man died while vacationing in Spain after he attempted to jump into a pool from a balcony.

The tourist, whose name and age were not released, jumped from a fifth-floor balcony of a hotel in the Catalonia region. He was attempting to jump into the pool below, but did not make it.

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Rajoy Says He Will Not Resign Or Call For Early Elections

Rajoy Says He Will Not Resign Or Call For Early Elections

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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told lawmakers Thursday he would not resign or hold early elections despite calls from the opposition for him to step down amid the allegations of corruption leveled against his party.

“They are not asking me for explanations, but just declaring me guilty,” Rajoy said, referring to the opposition.

The prime minister made an appearance in the Senate to discuss the investigation into the activities of former Popular Party, or PP, treasurer Luis Barcenas.

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Early Morning Shooting at Mexican Bar Kills 4

Early Morning Shooting at Mexican Bar Kills 4

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Four people were killed in a shooting Wednesday at a bar in Nezahualcoyotl, a city in central Mexico, media reports said.

Several gunmen drove up to the Mi Oficina bar in the city’s La Perla district in the early morning hours, went inside and opened fire.

Nezahualcoyotl is in Mexico state, which surrounds the Federal District and forms part of the Mexico City metropolitan area.

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The Unlikely Popularity of K-Pop in Latin America

The Unlikely Popularity of K-Pop in Latin America

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Just at the U.S.‘s “cholo/la culture” is having a major influence over many in Japan, it seems eastern influence has found its way to Latin America.

Though K-pop (Korean pop music) has struggled to makes its way to mainstream radio in the United States, it appears to be fairing much better in Central and South America.

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Spanish-Language Ads Spotlight Rep. King’s Anti-Immigrant Comments

Spanish-Language Ads Spotlight Rep. King’s Anti-Immigrant Comments

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An influential labor union launched a Spanish-language ad campaign Sunday criticizing Republican Rep. Steve King’s (R-IA) recent extreme comments that compared undocumented youths to drug smugglers recently. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) ad is the latest push to force House Republicans to dissociate with King or risk alienating Latino voters in their districts.

The targeted ad sharply condemn King’s “offensive” and baseless insults, but it also challenges Republicans to support immigration reform and to hold King accountable for his remarks. The English translation of the ad is below:

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Rep. Gutierrez Says Votes Are There for Immigration Reform

Rep. Gutierrez Says Votes Are There for Immigration Reform

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Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) said Wednesday that comprehensive immigration reform has the support of dozens of members of the Republican majority in the House of Representatives.

Among GOP backers of comprehensive reform he cited Wisconsin’s Paul Ryan, the 2012 Republican candidate for vice president.

Gutierrez said 195 of the 201 Democrats in the House would vote for a reform bill similar to the one passed last month by the Senate, meaning that fewer than two dozen Republican votes would be needed to reach the magic number of 218 required to pass it.

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Mexico’s Enrique Peña Nieto Undergoes Operation to Remove Thyroid Nodule

Mexico’s Enrique Peña Nieto Undergoes Operation to Remove Thyroid Nodule

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The operation performed on Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to remove a thyroid nodule was successful, his chief of staff said.

“We’re very happy. Everything went very well, as had been planned,” said Aurelio Nuño at a press conference at the Central Military Hospital.

The presidential aide said that the surgery lasted about two hours and added that the president will spend two days recovering in the hospital.

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Blog del Narco: US Takes a Pass to Bring Home American Child Assassin “El Ponchis”

Blog del Narco: US Takes a Pass to Bring Home American Child Assassin  “El Ponchis”

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The Unitary Court of Justice for Adolescents (TUJA) did not receive any response from the U.S. authorities for the American citizen Edgar Jimenez Lugo, alias “El Ponchis”. There was no response by the deadline that the young criminal should return to America to complete his sentence.

According to the provisions of prisoners swap deal in which Mexico and the U.S. participate, Jimenez Lugo had until July to hear if the US would be able and available to receive, depending on the request he made to their country of origin, through his defense.

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Opera Trio Forte Advance on ‘America’s Got Talent’  (VIDEO)

Opera Trio Forte Advance on ‘America’s Got Talent’  (VIDEO)

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Prior to their audition for season 8 of “America’s Got Talent,” Fernando Varela, Hana Ryu, and Josh Page had never met in person, despite being a singing group.

Though their story surprised the judges, it was their talent that really made them stand out.

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Authorities Arrest 9 Kidnappers, Rescue 2 Captives in Mexico

Authorities Arrest 9 Kidnappers, Rescue 2 Captives in Mexico

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Police arrested nine suspected kidnappers and rescued two captives in Guadalajara, the capital of the western Mexican state of Jalisco, officials said.

The operation was carried out Monday afternoon in the El Palomar district after a victim of the kidnappers filed a criminal complaint, Jalisco Public Safety Commissioner Francisco Alejandro Solorio said.

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Guatemalan Police Arrest 34 for Murders of 9 Cops

Guatemalan Police Arrest 34 for Murders of 9 Cops

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The investigation into the June 13 killings of nine police officers in the western province of Quetzaltenango has led to the arrest of 34 suspects, Guatemala’s interior minister said Wednesday.

Police, soldiers and personnel from the Attorney General’s Office carried out 128 separate searches in just the last two weeks as authorities pursue the chief suspect, Mauricio Lopez Bonilla said.

Investigators say the killings were ordered by Eduardo Villatoro Cano, reputed leader of the Guatemalan branch of Mexico’s Gulf drug cartel.

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2013 2nd Quarter: Mexico Economy Grows 2.5%

2013 2nd Quarter: Mexico Economy Grows 2.5%

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Mexico’s gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of 2.5 percent in the second quarter of this year, the government said.

“The Mexican economy continued in an expansion trend, albeit with less than expected dynamism,” in the second quarter, according to the main economic indicators, the Finance and Public Credit Secretariat said in reports on the economy, public finances and the public debt submitted to Congress.

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Homicide Rate Falls 4 Percent in Mexico

Homicide Rate Falls 4 Percent in Mexico

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A total of 26,037 homicides were registered in Mexico in 2012, down 4.31 percent from the previous year, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography, or INEGI, said.

The figure works out to a homicide rate of 22 per 100,000 residents last year, with Chihuahua and Guerrero states registering the highest homicide rates, with 77 per 100,000 residents, while Aguascalientes and Yucatan states had the lowest, with four per 100,000 residents and two per 100,000 residents, respectively.

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Spain’s Princess Cristina Moving to Switzerland for Work, Husband to Remain in Barcelona

Spain’s Princess Cristina Moving to Switzerland for Work, Husband to Remain in Barcelona

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Princess Cristina, the younger daughter of Spain’s King Juan Carlos, will move to Geneva for work reasons, while her husband will remain in Barcelona pending judicial proceedings against him for alleged corruption, sources close to the family said.

Cristina, who for years has worked for the Fundacion La Caixa, will take charge of coordinating the foundation’s work with U.N. agencies headquartered in the Swiss city.

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U.S. Expanding Travel Opportunities To Cuban Travelers

U.S. Expanding Travel Opportunities To Cuban Travelers

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The U.S. government will extend the validity of the non-immigrant visas it awards to Cuban travelers from six months to five years, with the possibility of entering and exiting the country multiple times, the State Department said Wednesday.

“The State Department is changing the maximum validity of visitor visas for family and other personal non-immigrant travel from six months, as it is currently - six months single entry to five years multiple entries for qualified Cuban nationals,” Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf told reporters.

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ThursdayAugust 1, 2013