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FridayAugust 9, 2013

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Cuban Dissident Calls for “Gradual” Strike Against Regime

Cuban Dissident Calls for “Gradual” Strike Against Regime

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Cuban dissident Jorge Luis Garcia Perez, better known as Antunez, issued a call here Thursday for a “gradual” general strike in Cuba to paralyze the “structures of the Castro regime.”

As a continuation of the campaign of resistance and non-cooperation with the Cuban regime, the strike had its impetus, according to Antunez, in the comparatively low turnout for the 2012 municipal elections.

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Check Out the World’s Most Expensive Tequila Bottle - $3.5M

Check Out the World’s Most Expensive Tequila Bottle - $3.5M

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The Guinness World Record for the most expensive bottle of tequila currently belongs to Ami Mesika.

The bottle, which is worth a reported $3.5 million, is made of 3.6 kilos of pure platinum and is covered with 6,400 diamonds.

Mesika is the entrepreneur behind the GM diamonds and recently told BourbonBlog, “This eye-catching and luxurious piece of art, which sat in our office in NYC’s Diamond District was always the main attraction. This one-of-a-kind bottle receives tremendous attention and never goes un-noticed.”

With its thousands of diamonds, Mesika’s bottle weighs 415ct and now holds the world record for most expensive bottle of tequila, easily surpassing the previous record holder, which was worth $225,000.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Chicago Man Tells Police he has Loaded Gun in Butt

LATINO BLOTTER: Chicago Man Tells Police he has Loaded Gun in Butt

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Chicago police had the awkward and unpleasant task of removing a loaded gun from the buttocks of a man they pulled over.

Police where in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood investigating an incident in which witnesses say a man in a black car fired at least two shots during a quarrel with a group of men.

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Blog del Narco:Rafael Caro Quintero, Who Killed “Kiki” Camarena, Walks Free

At 2:00 pm on Friday, the drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero left the Guadalajara metropolitan area prison in the Puente Grande Prison Complex.

Staff at the federal courts to the prison center confirmed this morning that after two days preparing the documentation and formalities for the exit of who is considered one of Mexico’s most important lords, and who has remained a prisoner nearly three decades.

Unit A Court ordered the release of Caro Quintero by replenishing the First Appellate Court based in Guadalajara, which granted an injunction.

In the ruling, Caro Quintero, who was charged with the kidnapping and killing of U.S. agent Enrique Camarena, and had been tried in the regular courts and not in the federal jurisdiction.  The victim at the time held no diplomatic position to justify that the alleged killer was prosecuted in federal courts, but the case continued.


The case reached the Second Unitary Tribunal who ordered the immediate release of Caro Quintero, who has already served the sentence for drug trafficking, had, so you can leave the prison.

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Consumer Prices Fall in Mexico in July

Consumer Prices Fall in Mexico in July

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Mexico’s consumer price index fell 0.03 percent in July, compared to the previous month, bringing the inflation rate over the past 12 months to 3.47 percent, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography, or INEGI, said Thursday.

The core rate of inflation, which excludes volatile food and energy prices, rose 0.03 percent, with the core inflation rate over the past 12 months at 2.50 percent, the INEGI said in a statement.

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August 9, 2013: It’s Friday! Let’s Head to the Movies

August 9, 2013: It’s Friday! Let’s Head to the Movies

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Now that the weekend is finally upon us, let’s take a look at what’s opening in theaters.

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Mazda to Build $120M Plant in Guanajuato, Mexico

Mazda to Build $120M Plant in Guanajuato, Mexico

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The Mexican unit of Japanese automaker Mazda Motor Manufacturing Corp. plans to invest $120 million in a new plant to be built at its complex in Guanajuato, a state in central Mexico, the state government said.

“The new machinery plant for Skyactiv engines for the Mazda2 and Mazda3 models will produce approximately 230,000 units annually as of October 2014, creating 100 new jobs,” Guanajuato Gov. Miguel Marquez said in a statement.

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Chocolate Museum Within Mexican Archaeological Zone Receives Demolition Order

Chocolate Museum Within Mexican Archaeological Zone Receives Demolition Order

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Officials have ordered the demolition of the Chocolate Museum, which is being built by the Choco Story Chichen company in the Chichen Itza archaeological zone “without authorization,” the Mexican National Anthropology and History Institute, or INAH, said.

The company has been notified that the project “is improper” and must be demolished, the INAH said in a statement.

Officials determined that the Federal Law on Monuments and Archaeological, Artistic and Historic Zones “does not allow the construction of the museum,” the INAH said.

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Counting the Votes on Immigration Reform in the House

For most people who follow the immigration debate, it is an issue which at its core is about values like fairness, faith, and family. Those who support immigrants’ rights and want to see our immigration system reformed follow the ins and outs of the debate via nightly news, daily media clips, or blogs like this one.

However, another interesting way to follow the debate is through the lens of vote counting. Ultimately, in order for any bill to pass you need to have the votes. Do you have enough to pass a particular chamber and, if not, how will you get them? The advocates deeply involved do just this, and this summer they are serving up huge doses of political pressure on House members who are back home in their districts, in order to ensure a “yes” vote on immigration reform in the fall.

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Blog del Narco: “Grab Your Children, They have Come for Us” Heard in Guerrero

Blog del Narco: “Grab Your Children, They have Come for Us” Heard in Guerrero

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When the women of the community screamed, “Grab your children, they have come for us!” fear forced, along with a dozen families, to take the road to Huautla and leave everything-animals, cornfields. This group is part of the displaced that fled last week to the mountainous area of Guerrero.

Gunmen arrived July 29 to force tax with farmers and peasants. They wanted to charge dues.  They refused to agree to pay and then were forced to go with the bandits.

“They were armed, and then handcuffed and taken away,” says Leticia Raffles, who talks about the disappearance of her husband, Juan Hernandez Villa, his brother Felix Hernandez Villa and his father Pedro Hernandez Mendoza. Leticia is afraid.

“You can not expect anything good from them. They take women if they want as well as pure daughters “she said. She had no choice, and she packed some clothes for the six girls and a boy and, without more, climbed into a van to make the trip more than three hours to Tlacotepec, municipality of Heliodorus Castillo.

The three members of the Hernandez family were not the only ones who were kidnapped. The Administrative Office of Tlacotepec reported a total of six people, for Friday, Mayor Mario Chavez spoke of the disappearance of 14.

About 500 displaced people reached Huautla community, where people showed them to the church of San Francisco for use as a temporary home. They set up an outdoor dining hall and used the pews of the chapel for beds. For more than 60 children displaced-under 10 and even a newborn child, plenty of blankets on the floor served as a cradle.

“They help us, feed us beans or whatever they have. We can not begin to return the favor,” recounts Augustine, a man of 80 years who also was forced to flee.

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BLOG DEL NARCO:  Mexico Releases DEA Agent Killer, Cartel Leader Rafael Caro Quintero from Jail

BLOG DEL NARCO:  Mexico Releases DEA Agent Killer, Cartel Leader Rafael Caro Quintero from Jail

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A Mexican federal court on Friday ordered the immediate release of a 1980s drug boss accused of kidnapping, torturing and murdering a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent, judicial sources told Efe.

Rafael Caro Quintero, founder of the now-defunct Guadalajara cartel, has been behind bars since 1985 for a raft of offenses, including the death of the DEA’s Enrique “Kiki” Camarena.

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Dead Shark Discovered on NYC Subway

Dead Shark Discovered on NYC Subway

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A dead shark was found in a New York City subway car, prompting passengers to flood social-networking sites with photos of the small animal.

“Around 12:30 a.m. (Wednesday) the driver of the N train informed us at the Queensboro Plaza stop that there was a shark aboard,” a Metropolitan Transit Authority, or MTA, spokesman told Efe.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Biker Gang Leader Guilty of Murdering Hells Angels Boss

LATINO BLOTTER: Biker Gang Leader Guilty of Murdering Hells Angels Boss

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After only five hours, a Nevada jury found Ernesto Gonzalez guilty of murdering a ember of a rival gang, the Hells Angels.

In September 2011, a shootout at a casino just outside Reno resulted in the death of Hells Angels San Jose boss Jeffrey “Jethro” Pettigrew. The assassination was believed to have been orchestrated by Gonzalez, former president of the Nicaragua chapter of the Vagos motorcycle gang.

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TODAY:  “International Day of Indigenous People”

TODAY:  “International Day of Indigenous People”

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Today is the day to celebrate the nearly 400 million indigenous people that populate our planet many in Latin American countries.  The “International Day of Indigenous People” was created in 1994 by the United Nations as a day to remember indigenous people, and to continue the fight to defend their rights and their lands. 

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MasterCard Introduces First “Black” Card in Latin America

MasterCard Introduces First “Black” Card in Latin America

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MasterCard and Costa Rica’s state-owned Banco Nacional, or BNCR, have introduced the first “Black” debit card in Latin America, a product aimed at high-income customers.

Costa Rica was selected to introduce the product because it has the highest average number of customers with high purchasing power in the region, MasterCard’s executive in charge of operations in Costa Rica, Honduras and Guatemala, Gabriel Pascual, said.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Florida Man Steals Topless Photo Off Co-Worker’s Phone

LATINO BLOTTER: Florida Man Steals Topless Photo Off Co-Worker’s Phone

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A Florida man in is hot water after he allegedly looked through a co-worker’s phone and sent himself a topless photo she had stored on her device.

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Spanish Investigation Shows Train Never Contacted Headquarters Before Crash

Spanish Investigation Shows Train Never Contacted Headquarters Before Crash

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The train that derailed on July 24 near the northwestern Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela experienced no problems prior to the accident and “there is no record of any communication” between the railway operator and the driver, the head of state-owned railway company Renfe, Julio Gomez-Pomar, told Parliament on Thursday.

The high-speed passenger train went off the tracks along the route linking Madrid and the Atlantic coastal city of Ferrol, killing 79 people and injuring 150 others.

Driver Francisco Jose Garzon had been working for eight hours and 46 minutes, with two hours and 42 minutes actually spent operating the train, and the time worked complied with regulations, Gomez-Pomar told the Development Committee of the lower house of Parliament.

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Barça Midfielder Cesc Fabregas: I’ve Never Thought About Leaving

Barça Midfielder Cesc Fabregas: I’ve Never Thought About Leaving

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Spanish international Cesc Fabregas said Thursday that his plan has always been to remain with FC Barcelona, ending speculation about a possible move.

“I’ve never thought about leaving, I haven’t doubted for a single moment,” the 26-year-old midfielder told a press conference in Malaysia, the latest stop on Barça’s pre-season tour.

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Bruce Springsteen Adds Stop in Buenos Aires to Latin American Tour

Bruce Springsteen Adds Stop in Buenos Aires to Latin American Tour

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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform in Buenos Aires on Sept. 14 as part of the South American leg of the New Jersey rocker’s “Wrecking Ball” tour, his Web site said.

The concert will take place at the Estadio G.E.B.A. facility in the Argentine capital.

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Aerospace Industry Grows 24.2 Percent in Mexico

Aerospace Industry Grows 24.2 Percent in Mexico

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The 287 aerospace companies operating in Mexico posted exports totaling $5.4 billion in 2012, up 24.2 percent from the previous year, a Mexican Aerospace Industry Federation, or FEMIA, official said.

The global aerospace market is worth between $500 billion and $600 billion, FEMIA director Carlos Bello said.

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Puerto Rico to Improve Public Housing with $100 Million in Federal Funds

Puerto Rico to Improve Public Housing with $100 Million in Federal Funds

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development allocated more than $100 million to improve public housing projects in Puerto Rico.

The executive director of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration, Juan Eugenio Hernandez Mayoral, said that the budget was determined by the U.S. government’s Capital Improvement Program with the aim of building, repairing, renovating and modernizing public housing on the Caribbean island.

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