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TuesdayAugust 27, 2013

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Micahel Buble, Argentine Wife Welcome Baby Boy!

Micahel Buble, Argentine Wife Welcome Baby Boy!

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Canadian crooner Michael Bublé, 37, and his Argentine wife Luisana Lopilato, 26,  welcomed their first child on Tuesday.

The proud father posted a photo of his happy family on Instagram with the caption:

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Family of NY Boy “Bullied to Death” Suing Board of Education, Bullies

Family of  NY Boy “Bullied to Death” Suing Board of Education, Bullies

Photo: Joel Morales, 12, hanged himself after years of bullying

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The family of a 12-year-old boy who hanged himself last year is now suing the state of New York, the Board of Education and his tormentors.

For two years, Joel Morales was bullied by other students at his school, PS 102.

According to the lawsuit, “While a student at PS 102 Joel was constantly physically and emotionally abused and harassed by students who targeted him because of his diminutive size, weight, intelligence, athleticism, hyperactivity, physical appearance, stutter, etc.”

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Family of Zachary Reyna Who Died of Amoeba Eating Brian Disease Donates Organs

Family of Zachary Reyna Who Died of Amoeba Eating Brian Disease Donates Organs

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Zachary Reyna will live on and “began his journey to save lives” today when his family announced the 12-year-olds’ organs were being donated. 

Reyna of LaBelle, Florida died from the rare and deadly brain-eating amoeba after playing in a canal near his home.  The amoeba travels from the contaminated water up through the nose and into the brain.  The disease is almost certainly deadly with only three cases of survival reported in the past 50 years.  Most recently 12-year-old Kali Hardig survived the amoeba infection this summer though she remains hospitalized.  One survival case has been reported in Mexico.

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Blog del Narco: Knights Templar Cartel Boss Captured in Michoacan

Blog del Narco: Knights Templar Cartel Boss Captured in Michoacan

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A suspected leader of the Los Caballeros Templarios drug cartel (Knights Templar) was arrested last week in western Mexico, a high-level federal security official said.

Gregorio Abeja Linares, who was the subject of a reward of $227,790, was detained last Tuesday, federal security spokesman Eduardo Sanchez said.

Abeja Linares, known as “El Guero,” was captured “without firing a shot” in a subdivision in Morelia, the capital of the western state of Michoacan, Sanchez said.

The Caballeros Templarios drug cartel operates in Michoacan and the Tierra Caliente region, which straddles Michoacan, Guerrero and Mexico states, the federal security official said.

Abeja Linares faces murder, kidnapping, drug and organized crime charges, among others, Sanchez said.

“He is linked to 14 prior investigations opened by the Attorney General of the Republic’s Office and with at least four criminal cases in Guerrero and Jalisco courts,” the federal security official said.

Abeja Linares has been considered since 2011 to be one of the individuals most responsible for the wave of violence in Michoacan, Sanchez said.

Michoacan is one of the states where the federal government is focusing its security strategy because of the strong presence of drug traffickers.

Cartels like Los Caballeros Templarios, which was founded in March 2011 by former members of La Familia Michoacana and deals in both synthetic drugs and natural drugs, operate in the state.

The gang commits murders, stages kidnappings and runs extortion rackets that target business owners and transport companies, affecting everyday life.

Michoacan’s forests and mountains are used by drug traffickers to grow marijuana and produce synthetic drugs.

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Sao Paulo Building Collapses, 6 Dead and 24 Rescued under Debris

Sao Paulo Building Collapses, 6 Dead and 24 Rescued under Debris

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At least six people died when a two-story building under construction collapsed here Tuesday in Brazil’s largest city, while 24 others were rescued alive from the wreckage, firefighters said.

First responders are looking for signs of life among the huge mass of cement blocks, broken beams and lumber, which Sao Paulo fire Capt. Marcos Palumbo described as “almost a labyrinth.”

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LATINO BLOTTER: Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Elderly Woman

LATINO BLOTTER: Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Elderly Woman

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A New York man has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting an elderly woman in her Mott Haven home.

Police believe 33-year-old Gerson Rodriguez followed a 73-year-old woman into her building, forced himself inside her apartment and sodomized her.

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Massive Marlin Jumps into Boat Near Dominican Republic (VIDEO)

Massive Marlin Jumps into Boat Near Dominican Republic  (VIDEO)

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A group of fisherman out near the Dominican Republic managed to get an interesting “catch” on video.

On Thursday, Florida’s Bobby Jacobsen was out on his 62-foot boat, the Marlin Darlin, and was filming friends fishing.

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George Zimmerman Wants What?  $200,000 in Fees Reimbursed from State that Found Him Not Guilty

George Zimmerman Wants What?  $200,000 in Fees Reimbursed from State that Found Him Not Guilty

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The attorney’s of George Zimmerman plan to file a motion to seek reimbursement of legal fees from the state of Florida, where Zimmerman was found not guilty of killing teen Trayvon Martin.

Zimmerman’s attorneys are operating under the Florida law that allows a defendant to ask for some fee reimbursement if they are acquitted of their charges.  Zimmerman was acquitted of the 2012 killing of the unarmed African-American teen.  His attorneys successfully argued a self-defense case having him acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges.

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JPMorgan “London Whale” Banker Fighting Extradition to U.S. from Home Country of Spain

JPMorgan “London Whale” Banker Fighting Extradition to U.S. from Home Country of Spain

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The Spanish former JPMorgan banker arrested here Tuesday on U.S. charges arising from the bank’s $6 billion “London Whale” scandal was released on his own recognizance after vowing to fight extradition to the United States.

Javier Martin-Artajo Rueda, who was head of credit and equity trading at JPM’s chief investment office in London, surrendered to Spanish police after authorities trying to execute an international arrest warrant tracked him to his Madrid home.

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Naya Rivera Reveals Demi Lovato’s “Glee” Role (VIDEO)

Naya Rivera Reveals Demi Lovato’s “Glee” Role  (VIDEO)

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Though Demi Lovato’s deal has yet to be finalized, “Glee” actress Naya Rivera has revealed Lovato’s role.

On Sunday’s red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards, Rivera, who plays Santana Lopez on the musical dramedy, revealed the news, saying Lovato will be playing Santana’s love interest.

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New Cholera Outbreak in Cuba, 163 Cases Reported that Includes Tourists

New Cholera Outbreak in Cuba, 163 Cases Reported that Includes Tourists

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Cuba has reported a new cholera outbreak with 163 cases, 12 of whom are tourists, though no deaths were mentioned, according to a bulletin from the Pan American Health Organization.

The PAHO update, dated Aug. 23, was based on information provided by epidemiological authorities on the island, where the new outbreak of the disease occurred in the provinces of Havana, Santiago de Cuba and Camaguey.

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Blog del Narco: New Drug Beginning to Become Popular at Border- Grass Mary

Blog del Narco: New Drug Beginning to Become Popular at Border- Grass Mary

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Thomas sat at a table where he placed a small bag containing the drug. He pulled the product, a fine powder of dark green and divided it into three parts, took one of them and put it on the pipe, then lit it.

In less than 40 seconds after smoking the drug, its effects begin to take effect. The feeling being described as between psychosis and a release of adrenaline.
Sweat began to sprout from his forehead and neck, his voice became serious and his hands touched the texture of the board and trying to calm himself.


This plant, known as “Salvia divinorum” is also called “Grass Mary” or “herb of the gods” which causes hallucinations and euphoria, with its active substance “salvinorin A” acting on the nervous system.

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Is the War on Drugs a Just War?

Is the War on Drugs a Just War?

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The war on drugs isn’t working. In fact, it is making the problem even worse.

In May President Barack Obama signaled the beginning of the end of the war on terror, at least in a predominantly militarized form, during an address that attempted to balance encroachments on civil and human rights created by the nation’s anti-terror crusade against the legitimate, reasonable needs of security and tranquility. Is it time for the president to stand before the nation and make a similar speech about another war it has been waging, the horizonless war on drugs?

A report released in May from the Organization of American States (OAS) makes a case for important tactical shifts in this vast war. Accessing the real-world outcomes of a hemispheric effort to contain the drug trade, the OAS report calls for new and more flexible thinking about how best to respond within and across borders to drug trafficking.

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Mexico’s State-Owned Oil Giant Pemex Fined $50 Million

Mexico’s State-Owned Oil Giant Pemex Fined $50 Million

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Mexico’s Federal Competition Commission, or CFC, said it imposed a fine of 653.2 million pesos (about $50 million) on state-owned oil giant Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, for forcing service stations to hire the oil monopoly’s trucks to handle deliveries of gasoline and diesel.

The practice forced service stations to “pay a surcharge amounting to 1 billion pesos (about $77 million),” the CFC said in a statement.

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Colombia Gets Its First Starbucks

Colombia Gets Its First Starbucks

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Starbucks Coffee Company, a long-time buyer of Colombian beans, will open its first cafe in the Andean nation next year.

“Our long and proud history of purchasing and roasting Colombian coffee dates back to Starbucks’ 1971 founding. From our humble start in Seattle’s Pike Place Market, Starbucks has always admired and respected Colombia’s distinguished coffee tradition,” the U.S. chain’s CEO, Howard Schultz, told a press conference in Bogota.

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Easy Win for Rafa Nadal’s U.S. Open Debut

Easy Win for Rafa Nadal’s U.S. Open Debut

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Spain’s Rafael Nadal, the No. 2 seed, made his debut at the 2013 U.S. Open with an easy 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 first-round win over American Ryan Harrison.

Nadal’s next opponent will be the winner of the match between Brazil’s Rogerio Dutra Silva and Canada’s Vasek Pospisil.

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Hispanic Chicago Artist Turns Gang Graffiti into Cultural Art

Hispanic Chicago Artist Turns Gang Graffiti into Cultural Art

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A street artist is dedicated to repainting the graffiti daubed by street-gang members around his Chicago neighborhood, transforming the vandalized walls into naturalistic landscapes, comic-strip characters and historical figures of the United States and Mexico.

“Our community needs more art that reflects the culture of the area,” said Epifanio Monarrez, a 28-year-old graphic designer who for the past nine years has dedicated part of his time to Little Village/La Villita, a neighborhood mainly inhabited by Mexican immigrants.

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STUDY: Uncovering the Mysteries of the Ancient Glaciers of Spain

STUDY: Uncovering the Mysteries of the Ancient Glaciers of Spain

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The last glacial maximum was a time when Earth’s far northern and far southern latitudes were largely covered in ice sheets and sea levels were low. Over much of the planet, glaciers were at their greatest extent roughly 20,000 years ago. But according to a study headed by University of Pennsylvania geologist Jane Willenbring, that wasn’t true in at least one part of southern Europe. Due to local effects of temperature and precipitation, the local glacial maximum occurred considerably earlier, around 26,000 years ago.

The finding sheds new light on how regional climate has varied over time, providing information that could lead to more-accurate global climate models, which predict what changes Earth will experience in the future.

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TuesdayAugust 27, 2013