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ThursdayAugust 15, 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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Burros Coming to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport to Mow the Lawn

Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on Tuesday presented its latest ecological initiative: a flock of goats, sheep, llamas and burros that will graze on 5,000 square meters (1.23 acres) of airport ground, far from the runways, to control the vegetation there in a cheap and sustainable way.

Chicago Department of Aviation chief Rosemarie Andolino said Tuesday that the initiative will allow the airport, one of the country’s busiest, to contribute ecologically with a sustainable and efficient operation.

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Remains of El Gran Combo Sax Player to Be Scattered at Puerto Rican Bar

Remains of El Gran Combo Sax Player to Be Scattered at Puerto Rican Bar

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A portion of the ashes of the late saxophone player and founding member of El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, Eddie “La Bala” Perez, will be scattered later this week in front of a bar he frequented in a town in the northern part of the island.

Juan “Kike” Aviles, a friend of Perez, told Efe on Thursday that the ashes will be scattered on Friday at the La Cueva del Gato bar in Toa Baja, where Eddie regularly went along with his wife, Enid Collazo.

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Steve Ramirez & Xu Liu TED Talk: What if We Could Alter Our Memories? (VIDEO)

Steve Ramirez & Xu Liu TED Talk: What if We Could Alter Our Memories? (VIDEO)

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Can we edit the content of our memories? It’s a sci-fi-tinged question that Steve Ramirez and Xu Liu are asking in their lab at MIT. Essentially, the pair shoot a laser beam into the brain of a living mouse to activate and manipulate its memory. In this unexpectedly amusing talk they share not only how, but—more importantly—why they do this.

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New Mammal Discovered in South America - Meet the Olinguito

New Mammal Discovered in South America - Meet the Olinguito

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From the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Observed in the wild, tucked away in museum collections, and even exhibited in zoos, there is one mysterious creature that has been a victim of mistaken identity for more than 100 years.  A team of scientists ― including Roland Kays, of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and a professor at North Carolina State University ― however, uncovered overlooked museum specimens of this remarkable animal. Their investigation eventually took them on a journey from museum cabinets in Chicago to cloud forests in South America to genetics labs in Washington, D.C. The result: the olinguito (Bassaricyon neblina) the first carnivore species to be discovered in the Western Hemisphere in 35 years. The team’s discovery is published in the Aug. 15 issue of the journal ZooKeys.

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While Wrestling’s Darren Young Comes Out, Boxer Orlando Cruz Announces He’s Engaged (VIDEO)

While Wrestling’s Darren Young Comes Out, Boxer Orlando Cruz Announces He’s Engaged (VIDEO)

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Two high-profile men in decidedly macho sports are making waves with very public affirmations of their homosexuality.

Openly-gay boxer Orlando Cruz proposed to his boyfriend, Jose Manuel, via video on Facebook while WWE wrestler Darren Young came out to a TMZ roving reporter.

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Mexico Unveils Exhibition Honoring “Forgotten” Protege of Frida Kahlo

Mexico Unveils Exhibition Honoring “Forgotten” Protege of Frida Kahlo

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An exhibition is being held in the capital to pay tribute to Polish-born Mexican artist Fanny Rabel, considered the “forgotten” protege of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.

“She was recognized in her day; over the decades, however, she was relegated because of the stature of the three greats of Mexican art,” the exhibit’s curator, Ana Torres, told Efe, referring to Rivera, Kahlo and David Alfaro Siqueiros.

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Fear Mongering via Mexican Asylum Cases

Here’s how an immigration rumor gets started. Take one local Fox news station, mix in a bunch of undisclosed sources complaining about asylum seekers at the Otay border crossing, add in some inflammatory comments from the chairman of the board of the Center for Immigration Studies, and just wait for the story to get blown up and out of proportion by anti-immigrant-fed media sources. For added zest, make sure the story airs shortly after a highly publicized event, like the detention and release of the DREAM9 at the Mexican border, which can be easily mixed up and conflated into some kind of threat to the country’s integrity and security.

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U.S.-Mexico Trade Boom: Fuels Effort to Build Better Border Crossings

U.S.-Mexico Trade Boom: Fuels Effort to Build Better Border Crossings

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New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, a Republican who won office three years ago calling for more secure borders, now focuses on the border region for another reason: boosting trade with Mexico.

With her Mexican counterpart, Chihuahua Gov. César Duarte, Martinez last week promoted their joint plan for a massive new commercial area straddling the border. Together, they want to build a transportation and manufacturing hub that would capitalize on the recent surge in the Mexican economy.

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Blog del Narco: US Wants DEA Agent Murderer Rafael Quintero Sent Here

Blog del Narco: US Wants DEA Agent Murderer Rafael Quintero Sent Here

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The Attorney General’s Office (PGR) confirmed that the US has notified the government that they are preceding with an action for extradition purposes against the trafficker Rafael Caro Quintero “for various offenses for which he is charged in federal court for the District of California.”

In a statement, the agency said that the request of the U.S. government was brought before a federal judge, who will rule the suitability of granting the measure.

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Singer Miguel Arrested for DUI in Los Angeles

Singer Miguel Arrested for DUI in Los Angeles

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Singer Miguel was arrested in California this week after being caught driving drunk.

The “#Beautiful” singer was arrested at around 2:14 a.m. Thursday morning in Los Angeles when he was pulled over for speeding by California Highway Patrol.

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HISPANIC HEALTH:  Stroke Rates Declining but Not for Mexican-Americans

A new study on strokes published in ‘Annals of Neurology’ is reporting that while stroke rates have dramatically declined for most Americans it has not for Mexican-Americans

The study focused on the most common type of stroke – ischemic stroke- which is caused by a blood clot in the brain. 

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Authorities Rescue 6 Migrants Lost in Mexican Mountains

Mexican authorities rescued six migrants, five of them Central Americans, who had been lost for 10 days in a mountainous part of the northern state of Coahuila, which borders on the United States, government officials said.

In a communique, the National Migration Institute, or INM, said that rescue teams searched for the migrants after receiving an alert from the U.S. Border Patrol.

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Spanish Bar Owner Offers Up Sex with Waitress as Raffle Prize

Spanish Bar Owner Offers Up Sex with Waitress as Raffle Prize

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A Spanish bar owner is being criticized for offering sex with one of his waitresses as a raffle prize.

According to local reports, on posters for an upcoming party at Contrapunto bar in Salobreno, owner Miguel Ángel Cortés advertised raffle prizes. Among those prizes, however, was sex with one of the waitresses.

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Feliz Cumpleaños: Deferred Action “DACA” Turns One-Year Old

Feliz Cumpleaños: Deferred Action “DACA” Turns One-Year Old

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The community of undocumented youth that have benefitted from the Deferred Action for Childhood program (DACA) are celebrating the one -year anniversary of the programs implementation.

Since the program was created by the Obama administration 557,412 applications have been received from the 1.6 million eligible undocumented youth.  About 400,000 of those applicants have been granted a reprieve from deportation and received work authorization.

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Supporters Hope to Restore Siqueiros Mural in Los Angeles

Supporters Hope to Restore Siqueiros Mural in Los Angeles

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A mural by Mexico’s David Alfaro Siqueiros that was censored in the United States in 1932 could be restored if art promoters can round up the necessary funding to recover it from beneath layers of paint and cement.

A leader of the Chicano movement, photojournalist and independent curator Luis Garza, explained why the mural, titled “Mitin Obrero” (Workers’ Meeting), was so controversial in its day.

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Is a Bolivian Carmelo Flores Laura the Oldest Person Alive?

Is a Bolivian Carmelo Flores Laura the Oldest Person Alive?

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According to Bolivia’s civil registry, 123-year-old Carmelo Flores Laura is the oldest man alive.

Though his age is yet to be confirmed by the Guinness Book of World Records, it is believed Flores Laura was born in 1890.

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Spain Cashing in on Disfigured Jesus Fresco Now Known as “Beast Jesus”

Spain Cashing in on Disfigured Jesus Fresco Now Known as “Beast Jesus”

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The much criticized amateur artist Cecilia Gimenez of Borja, Spain is laughing all the day to the bank these days.

Gimenez was catapulted on to the front pages of art news in 2012 when she “disfigured” the 19th century fresco titled “Ecce Homo”  (Behold the Man) that was located inside the Santuario de Misericodia in the tiny northeast hamlet of Borja.  The 81-year-old self-anointed art restorer took a peeling fresco of Jesus Christ with thorns and transformed him into “ Ecce Mono“ (Behold the Monkey).  Others refer to the fresco as “Monkey Christ” and others as “Beast Jesus”.

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European Representative of Ladies in White is Denied Entry to Cuba

European Representative of Ladies in White is Denied Entry to Cuba

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Cuban Blanca Reyes, the representative of the Ladies in White in Europe, complained Wednesday that Havana had denied her permission to travel to her homeland and visit her blind, 93-year-old father.

In remarks to Efe, Reyes, the wife of exiled Cuban poet and journalist Raul Rivero, who lives in Spain, expressed “the desolation” the denial caused within her given that it is quite likely the last time that she can return home to see her father.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Attempted Robbers Told to “Come Back Later” are Arrested When they Do

LATINO BLOTTER: Attempted Robbers Told to “Come Back Later” are Arrested When they Do

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Two Illinois men were arrested this week after they returned to a restaurant they tried to rob after being told to come back later.

On Sunday, Mario Garcia, 39, and Domingo Garcia-Hernandez, 28, of Chicago attempted to rob a restaurant near their home. The owner, despite being threatened and held at gunpoint, told the men he was too busy and to come back later.

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Hugo Chavez Was “Best Friend,” Says Fidel Castro

Hugo Chavez Was “Best Friend,” Says Fidel Castro

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Fidel Castro said that the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was the “best friend” he had during his 47 years as Cuba’s head of state.

“Today I keep a special memory of the best friend I had in my politically active years - who, very humble and poor, forged himself in the Bolivarian Army of Venezuela - Hugo Chavez Frias,” said Castro in a lengthy text dated Aug. 13, the former president’s 87th birthday.

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Alejandro Sanz Nominated for 2013 MTV Video Music Award

Alejandro Sanz Nominated for 2013 MTV Video Music Award

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The 30th edition of the MTV Video Music Awards could have a Spaniard among the winners, given that Alejandro Sanz has been nominated in the Best Latino Artist category.

He will go up against Cuban-American rapper Pitbull, Puerto Rican reggaeton giants Daddy Yankee and Don Omar and Mexican brother-sister duo Jesse & Joy, who thanks to their combination of pop-rock have already racked up a long list of awards, including four Latin Grammys.

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VENEZUELA: Gas Explosion Kills Reporter at National Student Games

VENEZUELA: Gas Explosion Kills Reporter at National Student Games

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A reporter died and at least three other people were injured on Tuesday in a gas leak explosion at a sports gymnasium in the southeastern Venezuelan city of Puerto Ordaz during competition at the 15th National Student Games.

“Within the framework of the school games, during the judo competition, there was an accident - the explosion of a gas cylinder - in which two officials and a special athlete were injured,” said Sports Minister Alejandra Benitez, according to remarks made to state-run TV channel Venezolana de Television.

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Energy Overhaul Could Make Mexico Natgas Exporter, Says President

Energy Overhaul Could Make Mexico Natgas Exporter, Says President

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President Enrique Peña Nieto says that Mexico, which currently imports 30 percent of its supply of natural gas and suffers shortages, could become an exporter of that fuel if an energy overhaul he sent to Congress this week is approved.

“It’s ironic that with Mexico being such a rich country, especially in gas, that we have to import a third of the country’s demand,” the president said at an event in which his government presented its strategy for boosting natural-gas supplies.

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Mexican Government Fights for 3 Mexicans Sentenced to Death in Malaysia

Mexican Government Fights for 3 Mexicans Sentenced to Death in Malaysia

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The Mexican government vowed Wednesday to ensure that all legal remedies are exhausted on behalf of three of its citizens who are facing the hangman’s noose in Malaysia for drug trafficking.

The Mexican foreign ministry made the commitment hours after Malaysia’s Court of Appeals upheld the death sentences imposed on brothers Luis Alfonso, Jose Regino and Simon Gonzalez Villarreal.

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ThursdayAugust 15, 2013