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WednesdaySeptember 18, 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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Real Madrid Doctors Say Casillas Suffering From Bruised Ribs

Real Madrid Doctors Say Casillas Suffering From Bruised Ribs

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Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas suffered bruised ribs in a collision with defender Sergio Ramos during the squad’s opening Champions League match, a 6-1 rout of Turkey’s Galatasaray.

The 32-year-old net minder, who was replaced by Diego Lopez in the 14th minute of Tuesday’s game in Istanbul, underwent a CT scan Wednesday at a hospital on Madrid’s outskirts.

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Bruce Springsteen Performs “Solo le Pido a Dios” for Argentina (VIDEO)

Bruce Springsteen Performs “Solo le Pido a Dios” for Argentina (VIDEO)

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Bruce Springsteen uploaded a heart-felt version of the Argentine protest song “Solo le pido a Dios” (I Only Ask of God) to his Web site, after opting not to sing it during the concert he and his E Street Band gave Saturday night in this capital.

Playing solo acoustic guitar and harmonica and singing mostly in Spanish, the American singer-songwriter performed his version of the song he said he discovered thanks to the “wonderful” Mercedes Sosa, the late Argentine folk singer who recorded a memorable cover of that same tune.

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Critically Acclaimed Book “Dreaming in Cuban” Banned in Arizona Public Schools

Critically Acclaimed Book “Dreaming in Cuban” Banned in Arizona Public Schools

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The Arizona public schools continue their quest to rid the public schools of ‘subversive’ Latino literature.  Their latest efforts at censorship involves the critically acclaimed “Dreaming in Cuban” by Cristina Garcia.

The book tells of the life of three generations of a single family after the 1959 Cuban revolution.  The book written in 1982 was a finalist for the National Book Award.  Cuban history and the rich culture are important facets of the novel.  According to the American Library Association, which tracks banned books, this is the first banning of this novel.

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REPORT:  Unequal Access to Health Care in Latin America No. 1 Killer of Moms & Kids

An international delegation recently concluded their meeting on infant and maternal health in Latin America.  The conclusion – unequal access to health care is still the number one killer for mothers and their children.

While child mortality has more than halved in the region according to the World Bank, children from impoverished homes are five times more likely to die before they turn five years old.  The majority of those deaths deemed preventable.  Over the past 20 years significant improvements have been made on maternal health and mortality rates have dropped by 40 percent. 

Despite the fact that 32 million Latin Americans continued to live on less than US$ 1.25 a day last year, the region managed to reduce the percentage of people living in extreme poverty from 12% (in 1990) to 6% (in 2010). Seventy-two million people escaped from poverty and 50 million joined the ranks of the middle class and with this improved maternal health and infant mortality rates. 

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Miami’s Versace Mansion Sells for $41.5 Million at Auction

Miami’s Versace Mansion Sells for $41.5 Million at Auction

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The luxury Miami Beach mansion where Italian designer Gianni Versace lived and died was sold Tuesday at auction for $41.5 million to a business consortium including the Nakash family, the owner of Jordache Jeans.

The Nakash clan already has an interest in the Victor Hotel, next door to the mansion, and plans to consolidate the two properties to create a hotel.

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Getting Ready for 2013 ALMA Awards with Co-Hosts Eva Longoria and Mario Lopez

Getting Ready for 2013 ALMA Awards with Co-Hosts Eva Longoria and Mario Lopez

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Eva Longoria and pal Mario Lopez will co-host the upcoming 2013 NCLR ALMA on Friday, September 27, 2013 on MSNBC.

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights organization in the U.S., puts the award show together.  This years honorees once again represent the best and brightest in the entertainment industry.  Since 1995 the NCLR has been honoring outstanding Latino artistic achievements in television, film, and music. 

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First Designs of 2016 Olympic Park Released (PHOTOS)

First Designs of 2016 Olympic Park Released (PHOTOS)

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The architects responsible for designing the future Rio de Janeiro Olympic venues have released images of the projected spaces.

AECOM, the Los Angeles based architecture firm who also worked on the 2012 London Olympics, has been commissioned to design seven sporting venues as well as the International Broadcasting Center.

The 2016 Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro’s Barra de Tijuca district will be constructed on the former location of a Formula 1 track.

300 acres of prime Rio real estate will be used to build the 2016 Olympic Park along the Atlantic Ocean.

Check out AECOM’s mockups of the Olympic park below.

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President Won’t Halt Deportations Of Some Parents, Pressures House Republicans To Act On Reform

President Won’t Halt Deportations Of Some Parents, Pressures House Republicans To Act On Reform

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President Obama will not stop the deportation of some undocumented parents by an executive order, he said Tuesday night on the Spanish-language channel Noticias Telemundo. Saying a presidential ban of deportations would be “difficult to defend legally,” Obama rejected suggestions that he could stop the deportation of parents whose undocumented children have been granted temporary legal presence by the Obama administration.

During the televised, exclusive interview with Telemundo reporter José Díaz-Balart, President Obama reiterated that reforming the law is the job of Congress, specifically House Republicans, who have stalled on taking up reform that includes a legalization pathway. While he said that he would consider a piecemeal approach to reform as long as it provides a pathway to citizenship, the President urged House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to consider giving a floor vote to the Senate immigration bill, which includes provisions for border security and a pathway to citizenship:

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JUST IN: 14-Year-old Ayvani Perez Found Safe after 30-Hour Kidnapping Ordeal

JUST IN: 14-Year-old Ayvani Perez Found Safe after 30-Hour Kidnapping Ordeal

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Federal and local authorities are reporting that 14-year-old Ayvani Hope Perez of Clayton County, Georgia has been found safe after a nearly 30-hour kidnapping ordeal.

The Latina teen was abducted by two men from her home during a home invasion on Tuesday morning.  Two suspects are now in custody.  The men entered the home at approximately 2:00 a.m. demanding money and jewelry from the girl’s mother, who was home with her two teen-age children.  When she told the men she had no money they shot the family dog and took the girl.

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Carlos Santana Crashes Car After Falling Asleep at Wheel

Carlos Santana Crashes Car After Falling Asleep at Wheel

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1960’s rock icon and the soon to be Kennedy Center honoree, Carlos Santana, was in a car accident after falling asleep at the wheel.

The 66-year-old guitarist was driving in Las Vegas on Friday night when he allegedly fell asleep at the wheel and plowed into parked cars in a residential area of Las Vegas Valley.  His luxury electric car, a Fiska Karma, was totaled with the airbags deployed.

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Crossing the Border to Go to School

Crossing the Border to Go to School

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When classes end for the day at Columbus Elementary School in this tiny desert town, roughly three-quarters of the students board buses to return to their homes — in Mexico.

On the other side of the customs station three miles away, waiting parents crowd the main street of Palomas, Mexico.  Crossing guards from the school block all traffic along the highway going south, so that students can safely walk through the checkpoint.

The students are U.S. citizens, even though many of their parents are not. Many of the children were born in a nearby New Mexico hospital, because the closest Mexican hospital to Palomas is an hour and a half away.

“Those children … have dual citizenship until they are 18. Well, which citizenship do you think they are going to ask for? The United States. Would you rather have them educated and come and work here, or on welfare?” asked New Mexico state Rep. Dona Irwin, a Democrat who represents the border region.

New Mexico is unique in how openly its schools embrace American children living in Mexico, but all along the U.S.-Mexican border, children cross international lines on their way to school every day.

The children’s commute illustrates the complexities of life in border regions — complexities that seldom get mentioned in national debates over immigration and border security.

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Silvio Rodriguez Criticizes Cuban Government’s Repression of Musician

Silvio Rodriguez Criticizes Cuban Government’s Repression of Musician

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Cuban singer-songwriter Silvio Rodriguez on Tuesday condemned the “act of repression” by the communist island’s cultural authorities against a fellow musician punished after he made remarks critical of the government at an official concert in Havana last week.

“Regrettably, following the gaffe of my comrade came another on the part of the institution that regulates the work of music professionals in Cuba,” Rodriguez said Tuesday in his blog.

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¡Felicidades! Chile on Your 203rd Year of Independence

¡Felicidades! Chile on Your 203rd Year of Independence

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Today, all of Chile is celebrating and rejoicing its 203-year old independence from Spain.  The Spanish arrived in the 1500’s with Ferdinand Magellan first sighting Chile in 1520.  Chile started its path to Spanish independence on September 18, 1810 when a junta was established. 

Chile has gifted the world with its natural beauty in the Patagonia region and the Andes mountain range.  The country is especially proud of its vineyards and the Chilean red wine that it is renown for. 

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Madrid’s Fashion Week HIghlights Peruvian Designers

Madrid’s Fashion Week HIghlights Peruvian Designers

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The Peruvian fashion industry had an opportunity to show the world its creations in shows by designers Meche Correa, Jessica Butrich and Sitka Semsch at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid.

The designers unveiled creations Monday that differed in style, ranging from a craft approach to pop culture inspirations.

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Reappearance of Hawksbill Sea Turtle Puzzles Central American Scientists

Reappearance of Hawksbill Sea Turtle Puzzles Central American Scientists

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Scientists are trying to explain the reappearance in Central America’s Gulf of Fonseca of the Eastern Pacific Hawksbill sea turtle, a species that many specialists considered virtually extinct, officials said.

The turtles’ discovery is the subject of a study by the scientific committee of the Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles, or IAC, which just wrapped up its 10th biannual meeting in Honduras, Honduran Natural Resources and Environment Secretariat director of biodiversity Rafael Amaro Garcia told Efe.

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Mexico Remains Inundated Following Ingrid, Manuel

Mexico Remains Inundated Following Ingrid, Manuel

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Mexico woke up Tuesday with almost the whole country on an emergency footing due to the torrential rains falling since last weekend as a result of a pair of tropical storms that left at least 45 people dead.

For the first time since 1958, Mexico’s Gulf and Pacific coasts were simultaneously slammed by tropical systems.

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WednesdaySeptember 18, 2013