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SaturdayAugust 17, 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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Mexican Community Threatened by Organized Crime Following Arrest of Local Militia

An indigenous community on Mexico’s Pacific coast says it is facing a renewed threat from organized crime after the army effectively dismantled a local self-defense group.

“They sent me two harsh threats, that if I don’t shut up they’re going to come for me, and for the rest of the comrades,” Aquila spokesman Octavio Villanueva Magaña told MVS radio Friday.

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Sheriff Arpaio’s Stunt is Criticized by Activist Group

Sheriff Arpaio’s Stunt is Criticized by Activist Group

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Arizona activists described as a “publicity stunt” Friday the announcement by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio that his deputies are going to place crosses in the desert as a warning to the undocumented and to save them from the dangers of crossing that parched land.

“This is another attempt by Sheriff Arpaio to attract media attention, especially now that the date is approaching when a court could order changes in his office,” Lydia Guzman, immigration committee director of the Arizona chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens, told Efe.

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Son of Mexican Who Nationalized Oil Blasts Gov’t Energy Plan

Son of Mexican Who Nationalized Oil Blasts Gov’t Energy Plan

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The son of the president who nationalized Mexico’s oil industry said Friday the goal of current head of state Enrique Peña Nieto’s energy plan was to strip the state of its role in managing the country’s hydrocarbon resources.

“What we’re seeing, I’d say, is those companies expropriated in 1938 coming back to manage Mexico’s oil,” Cuauhtemoc Cardenas, a three-time presidential candidate and founder of the center-left PRD party, told MVS radio.

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Freedom University to Offer More Classes for the Undocumented

Freedom University to Offer More Classes for the Undocumented

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Freedom University, which offers courses with university credits for undocumented youths barred by regulation from Georgia’s five most-selective public institutions, begins its school year this fall with more classes and new challenges.

“These young people want to be in a university class and…we give them the chance to study, to be in that environment and to show the Georgia Board of Regents and the rest of the people in Georgia how serious they are,” Pamela Voekel, one of the founders of Freedom University, told Efe.

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Eva Longoria, Aracely Arambula Honored at Telemundo Gala Event

Eva Longoria, Aracely Arambula Honored at Telemundo Gala Event

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Actresses Michelle Rodriguez and Eva Longoria, Argentine soccer star Leo Messi and Mexican singer Gerardo Ortiz were honored at the 2nd Premios Tu Mundo Awards, presented by the U.S. Latin channel Telemundo.

These prizes celebrate the best of pop culture in Spanish, including music, fashion, television and sports in more than 20 categories.

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Anti-porn Operation Nets Over 100 Criminals in Spain, LatAm

Anti-porn Operation Nets Over 100 Criminals in Spain, LatAm

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Police in Spain and several Latin American countries joined forces in an operation against the possession and distribution of kiddie porn that led to more than 100 arrests, Spanish authorities said Friday.

Police in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Ecuador, Uruguay and Venezuela took part in the operation coordinated by Interpol.

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Ecuador to Develop Crude Reserves in Rainforest

Ecuador to Develop Crude Reserves in Rainforest

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Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has announced the end of the Yasuni-ITT initiative, saying the international community “failed” the country by not funding a scheme that would have compensated it for not developing Amazon oil reserves.

“The key factor in this failure is the world’s great hypocrisy,” Correa said in an address to the nation Thursday in which he announced he would seek congressional authorization to develop crude reserves in northeastern Ecuador’s Yasuni national park, declared a biosphere reserve by Unesco.

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Isco Says Bale Would Be Great Addition to Real Madrid

Isco Says Bale Would Be Great Addition to Real Madrid

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Real Madrid midfielder Francisco Roman Alarcon “Isco” said at a press conference here Friday that Tottenham’s Gareth Bale would be a great signing for Los Blancos and create “quite a problem” for coach Carlo Ancelotti, who would need to find room on the field for the Welsh winger.

“Bale is a fantastic player. If he comes over, it’ll create quite a problem for the coach” in deciding which current member of the squad he would replace, the Spanish attacking midfielder said.

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HISPANIC STANDOUT:  Meet Mexican-American Piano Prodigy Daniela Liebman

HISPANIC STANDOUT:  Meet Mexican-American Piano Prodigy Daniela Liebman

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You might not know who Daniela Liebman is but to truly appreciate her you must hear her.  Liebman is a Mexican-American piano prodigy who at the tender age of 11 is getting ready for her Carnegie Hall debut.

The 11-year-old was born in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2002 to a Mexican mother and an American father that had music in their blood.  She started playing the piano at the age of three and by the age of six became a professional musician, hence the word “prodigy”.

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Spanish is Most Spoken Non-English Language in the U.S

Spanish is Most Spoken Non-English Language in the U.S

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A record 37.6 million persons ages 5 years and older speak Spanish at home, according to an analysis of the 2011 American Community Survey by the Pew Research Center.

Spanish is, by far, the most spoken non-English language in the U.S. The next most spoken non-English languages are Chinese (with 2.8 million speakers), Hindi, Urdu or other Indic languages (2.2 million), French or French Creole (2.1 million), and Tagalog (1.7 million).

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26th Hispanic Heritage Awards Announces Honorees

26th Hispanic Heritage Awards Announces Honorees

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The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) today announced the 26th Hispanic Heritage Awards Honorees, who will be celebrated during the prestigious Hispanic Heritage Awards on Sept. 5 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

The Awards, which celebrate Hispanic cultural pride, contributions, and accomplishments, will be broadcast on MundoFox, Sunday, Sept. 15, at 6:00 p.m. EST/PST.  Presenters and performers announcement is forthcoming.

The 2013 Hispanic Heritage Awards honorees and medallion-level sponsors include:

    Musical Group Los Tigres Del Norte, Legend Award
    Chef Jose Andres, Design Award presented by Capital One
    Superintendant Alberto Carvalho, Education Award presented by Target
    Voto Latino President Maria Teresa Kumar, Leadership Award presented by Southwest Airlines
    Actress and Singer Lucero, Vision Award presented by Hershey’s
    Actor/Director/Producer Diego Luna, Inspira Award, presenting the Youth Segment
    Race Car Driver Juan Pablo Montoya, Sports Award presented by Bud Light
    Nonprofit National Math and Science Initiative, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Award presented by ExxonMobil


Target was also announced as the presenting sponsor of the Hispanic Heritage Awards ceremony and television broadcast.

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GOP RESOLUTION:  NO Citizenship, YES 2-Year Work Permits and Militarizing the Border

GOP RESOLUTION:  NO Citizenship, YES 2-Year Work Permits and Militarizing the Border

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The Grand Old Party of Republicans had their annual summer planning meeting and passed several policy resolutions including one on immigration reform yesterday.

The Republican National Committee (RNC) recognized that current immigration laws are “obsolete public policy” and urged its Congressional members to pass immigration reform before the end of the year. 

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Alicia Machado Back on TV as the Beautiful, Manipulative “Madame”

Alicia Machado Back on TV as the Beautiful, Manipulative “Madame”

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Venezuelan actress and ex-Miss Universe Alicia Machado returns to television as the beautiful, manipulative madame of a Colombian brothel frequented by politicians, a true story that inspired the book “Las Prepago” (Prepaid Women).

In “La Madame,” which will air starting Aug. 26 in the United States on UniMas, she plays a strong, passionate woman who risks her life in a forbidden romance with her kidnapper.

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Mexico Seeks “Large-Scale Productive Integration” with U.S.

Mexico Seeks “Large-Scale Productive Integration” with U.S.

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Trade between Mexico and the United States, which amounted to nearly $500 billion in 2012, is indicative of well-developed commercial integration that should evolve into large-scale “productive integration,” Mexican Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo said.

“The next step is to have the clear vision that what has been large-scale commercial integration must be consolidated into what is becoming large-scale productive integration,” Guajardo said Thursday at the inauguration of a meeting of the U.S.-Mexico High Level Regulatory Cooperation Council.

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Researchers Have Success in Breeding Panamanian Golden Frog in Captivity

Researchers Have Success in Breeding Panamanian Golden Frog in Captivity

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Determined scientific efforts to preserve the tiny Panamanian golden frog from extinction due to the spread of a deadly fungus have begun to pay off with its successful reproduction in captivity.

The rescue project of the El Valle Amphibian Conservation Center, or EVACC, with the participation of both Panamanian and foreign scientists, announced this month that it has managed to breed 42 healthy Panamanian golden frogs.

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Bolivian Bus Plunges Into Ravine Killing 14

Fourteen people were killed and 25 others injured Friday when their bus ran off the road and plunged into a ravine in the southern province of Tarija.

The accident took place around 8:30 a.m. in the area known as Falda de La Queñua, Santa Cruz daily El Deber said on its Web site.

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SaturdayAugust 17, 2013