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ThursdaySeptember 12, 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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U.S. and Mexico Border Bishops Urge Lawmakers to Pass Immigration Reform

U.S. and Mexico Border Bishops Urge Lawmakers to Pass Immigration Reform

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The Catholic bishops of U.S. and Mexico border dioceses have just concluded their bi-annual meeting and issued a statement of concern around the issue of deportation and how its affects families.

The Bishops noted “our concerns about the situation of millions of undocumented people who emigrate to the United States. We are particularly concerned about the involvement of many families who were separated due to the lack of a proper immigration reform. At present, those who suffer most are thousands of children and young people who are deprived of their parents and other family members.”

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¡Hola! Magazine Launches TV Network in U.S.

¡Hola! Magazine Launches TV Network in U.S.

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If you love what you read and see in ¡Hola! Magazine then get ready for more.

The ¡Hola! brand is partnering with Atrresmedia Television to launch ¡Hola! TV that will be available in the U.S. and throughout Latin America as a pay-TV channel in the upcoming weeks. 

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Spy Kids’ Alexa Vega All Grown Up: Engaged to Carlos Pena

Spy Kids’ Alexa Vega All Grown Up: Engaged to Carlos Pena

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Actress Alexa Vega has announced her engagement to singer/actor Carlos Pena.  The couple has been dating since December 2012.

Vega, 25, will soon be seen in Robert Rodriguez’ “Machete Kills” playing the character KillJoy.  She is best known for her role as Carmen Cortez in Rodriguez’ “Spy Kids”.  She also played Mary Dominguez in “From Prada to Nada” in 2011.  As a young actress she was been seen in “Little Giants”, “Nine Months” and “Twister”.

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Kennedy Center Honors Includes Latinos Carlos Santana and Opera Star Martina Arroyo

Kennedy Center Honors Includes Latinos Carlos Santana and Opera Star Martina Arroyo

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The Kennedy Center announced the list of five “extraordinary” entertainers that will be honored at the 36th annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington D.C.  The annual awards recognizes a lifetime contribution to American culture either in dance, music, theater, television or film.

The list includes two Latino performers, opera singer Martina Arroyo and musician/songwriter Carlos Santana.  The list rounds out with actress Shirley MacLaine, singer Billy Joel, and pianist Herbie Hancock.

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REPORT:  Immigration Detention Program Strains Local Budgets

REPORT:  Immigration Detention Program Strains Local Budgets

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A new study shows the Federal “Secure Communities Program,” which aims to extend prison stays and the deportation of people perceived as threats, is straining local budgets costing taxpayers about $12.5 million a year.

It works like this: When an immigrant is arrested, his or her fingerprints are run and sent to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. ICE analyzes them using biometric technology — physiological and behavioral identification of humans by their characteristics or traits. If the prints belong to an immigrant — including legal residents — and he is considered a threat to society, local law enforcement is notified and is free to prolong the incarceration period or deport of the individual.

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Medellin Strives to be LatAm’s Innovation Capital

Medellin Strives to be LatAm’s Innovation Capital

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Medellin, the city in northwestern Colombia aspires to become Latin America’s innovation capital by 2021.

Implementing the “MedellinInnovation” campaign will entail an investment of $389 million, the municipal government said.

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12,000 Mexican Teachers Protest Education Overhaul

12,000 Mexican Teachers Protest Education Overhaul

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Some 12,000 members of the militant CNTE teachers union blocked streets in this traffic-choked capital on Wednesday to protest the enactment of what they see as a “punitive” scheme for teacher evaluation.

Teachers and their supporters began the day by marching from downtown Mexico City to Los Pinos, the official residence of President Enrique Peña Nieto.

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NCLR Urges Congress to Stop Budget Cuts and Focus on Closing Tax Loopholes

NCLR Urges Congress to Stop Budget Cuts and Focus on Closing Tax Loopholes

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With Congress likely to vote as early as today on a budget resolution to continue funding the government beyond September 30, national Latino leaders are urging senators to pass a federal budget that invests in our future, creates jobs and closes tax loopholes.  Earlier today, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) participated in a Senate staff briefing on Capitol Hill focused on the federal budget and the impact of sequestration on Latino communities.

“When it comes to the federal budget, Congress must recognize that the well-being and continued success of this nation is undeniably tied to the ability of Latino children to realize their full potential,” said Eric Rodriguez, Vice President, Office of Research, Advocacy and Legislation, NCLR.  “Latino children now make up almost one in four students enrolled in public schools.  By 2050, one in three American workers and taxpayers will be Latino.

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Frida Kahlo Inspires Mexican Designer Rolando Santana’s Collection

Frida Kahlo Inspires Mexican Designer Rolando Santana’s Collection

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Mexican designer Rolando Santana used the runways at New York Fashion Week to create an ode to femininity, unveiling a colorful collection inspired by iconic artist Frida Kahlo.

“Frida Kahlo is not just about flowers and braids. She was a strong woman who lived a pretty stormy life, but at the end of the day she was a very feminine woman, very cultured. These are pretty strong pieces that have the essence of who she was, not reproductions of the clothing she wore,” Santana said.

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Hundreds of Protestors Arrested at Demonstration Marking 40 Year Anniversary of Coup

Hundreds of Protestors Arrested at Demonstration Marking 40 Year Anniversary of Coup

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The disturbances that broke out in Santiago and other cities as Chile marked the 40th anniversary of the military coup that toppled Socialist President Salvador Allende left scores of people hurt, 264 others under arrest, more than a dozen vehicles torched and about 200,000 households without electricity, Interior Minister Andres Chadwick said Thursday.

A total of 42 members of the Carabineros militarized police force were wounded in clashes with demonstrators, Chadwick said.

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Leftist Politician Killed in Southern Mexico

Leftist Politician Killed in Southern Mexico

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A Oaxaca state legislator, who was also a teacher and mayor-elect of the city of San Andres Cabecera Nueva, was gunned down while eating at a restaurant, Mexican prosecutors said Wednesday.

Everardo Hugo Hernandez Guzman, a member of the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution, or PRD, was killed by a lone gunman who “shot him twice in the head and arm,” the Oaxaca Attorney General’s Office said.

The 53-year-old Hernandez Guzman was murdered around 10:40 p.m. as he was dining at a restaurant in the city of Santa Cruz Xoxocotlan, the AG’s office said.

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Blog del Narco: Mexican Authorities Arrest 26 Los Zeta Cartel Members Including 6 Children

Blog del Narco: Mexican Authorities Arrest 26 Los Zeta Cartel Members Including 6 Children

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The Attorney General’s Office (FGE) reported the capture of 26 alleged members of the criminal gang Los Zetas, including six children.

In a statement, the prosecutor stated that the arrest of these people came after police engaged in the pursuit of two armed men.

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Mexico Sees $8.3 Billion in Revenues from Foreign Tourists

Mexico Sees $8.3 Billion in Revenues from Foreign Tourists

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Revenues from international tourists totaled $8.3 billion in the January-July period, up 7.2 percent compared to the same period in 2012, the Mexican Tourism Secretariat said.

Tourism revenues “continue rising this year,” the secretariat said, citing a Bank of Mexico report.

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LatAm’s Economic Growth Depends on Investments in Infrastructure

LatAm’s Economic Growth Depends on Investments in Infrastructure

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Investment in badly needed infrastructure will enable Latin America to continue growing even as the region’s raw materials boom begins to subside, Latin American and Chinese experts said here Wednesday.

Participants in the 5th Latin America China Investors Forum also highlighted the opportunities that infrastructure investment will create.

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Filmmaker Saul Landau Known for Castro Documentary Dies, Age 77

Filmmaker Saul Landau Known for Castro Documentary Dies, Age 77

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Writer and Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Saul Landau has died of cancer at his home in California, his family said Wednesday. He was 77.

Latin America was the subject of many of Landau’s more than 40 films, including 1968’s “Fidel,” based on a week-long Jeep trip around Cuba with Fidel Castro.

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ThursdaySeptember 12, 2013