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MondaySeptember 23, 2013

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Chicago Police Make Arrests in Back of the Yards Shooting Rampage

Chicago Police Make Arrests in Back of the Yards Shooting Rampage

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Chicago Police Superintendent Garry F. McCarthy announced today that charges have been filed against two offenders in connection with a shooting last Thursday in the Back of the Yards neighborhood where 13 people were shot including three-year-old Deonta Howard.  The shootings occurred around 10:15 p.m. at the basketball court of the Cornell Square Park. 

Nobody was killed in the Back of the Yard shooting rampage. 

While both offenders played significant roles in the shootings, the police said, neither is believed to be a shooter, and the investigation into the incident continues.

Arrested were Kewane Gatewood, 20, and Byron Champ, 21, each charged with three counts of Attempt Murder and Aggravated Battery with a Firearm.  Champ is a convicted felon and documented gang member. He was previously convicted in July 2012 and was sentenced to Boot Camp at the Cook County Department of Corrections.

“Not only do we believe a military-grade weapon was used in this shooting, but one of the offenders charged tonight was convicted of Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon/Possession of a firearm by a Felon little more than a year ago,” said Superintendent McCarthy.

The two suspects are due to make an appearance in bond court Tuesday. 

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STUDY: Media Plays Role in Dehumanizing Immigrants and Refugees

STUDY: Media Plays Role in Dehumanizing Immigrants and Refugees

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A new study from Western University suggests that the news media may take advantage of an existing uncertainty and unease around immigration policies and the treatment of immigrants and refugees to create a crisis mentality in which these groups are portrayed as “enemies at the gate” attempting to invade western nations.

In “Uncertainty, Threat, and the Role of the Media in Promoting the Dehumanization of Immigrants and Refugees,” published in this month’s Journal of Social Issues, Victoria Esses from Western’s Department of Psychology and Centre for Research on Migration and Ethnic Relations, and her team, including Stelian Medianu and Andrea Lawson, examine the effects of common media portrayals of immigrants and refugees on dehumanization and its consequences. These portrayals include suggestions that immigrants spread infectious diseases, that refugee claimants are often bogus, and that terrorists may gain entry to western nations disguised as refugees.

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Over 1,400 Grenades Stolen from Guatemalan Military Compound

Over 1,400 Grenades Stolen from Guatemalan Military Compound

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The Guatemalan military acknowledged Monday that 1,449 grenades were stolen from an army base in the northern part of the country.

The grenades, for use with M-79 assault rifles, disappeared from the armory of the 1st Infantry Brigade of the Armed Forces Air Command, a Defense Ministry spokesman told reporters.

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Cuban Dissident Oscar Espinosa Chepe, Part of “Group of 75” Dies in Spain

Cuban opposition figure Oscar Espinosa Chepe died here Monday of chronic liver problems, sources close to the family confirmed to Efe. He was 72.

Chepe, one of the “Group of 75” dissidents jailed in Cuba in 2003, died at a hospital in the Madrid suburb of Cercedilla where he had been receiving medical care since late August.

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Fabled Colombian Writer Alvaro Mutis Dies at 90 in Mexico City

Fabled Colombian Writer Alvaro Mutis Dies at 90 in Mexico City

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Colombian writer Alvaro Mutis, a long-time resident of Mexico, died at a hospital in this capital, official sources said. He was 90.

The acclaimed author passed away late Sunday at the National Cardiology Institute, Mexico’s National Culture and Arts Council, or Conaculta, said.

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Spain’s El Periodico Journalist Kidnapped in Syria

Spain’s El Periodico Journalist Kidnapped in Syria

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Spanish journalist Marc Marginedas, who writes for Barcelona’s El Periodico, was taken captive by Syrian rebels on Sept. 4, the newspaper said Monday.

Marginedas, 46, was traveling in an automobile with a driver when he was intercepted by jihadists on the outskirts of the western Syrian city of Hama and since then there has been no contact with him.

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REPORT: Number of Undocumented Immigrants Increases, Now Stands at 11.7 Million

REPORT: Number of Undocumented Immigrants Increases, Now Stands at 11.7 Million

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The number of undocumented immigrants in the United States, after having fallen due to the recession, has begun increasing again as the economy has improved and now totals 11.7 million, compared with 11.3 million in 2009, according to a report released Monday by the Pew Research Center.
The report, prepared from government figures, offers an X-ray of the displacement of undocumented immigrants during and after the Great Recession.

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Medical Equipment Giant Medtronic Discriminated Against Its Latino Workers, Ripped Them Off

Medical Equipment Giant Medtronic Discriminated Against Its Latino Workers, Ripped Them Off

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Medtronic, a supplier of medical, surgical and laboratory equipment, will pay $290,000 to 78 Hispanic workers for the wage discrimination they suffered, the U.S. Department of Labor said.

The department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs said the company discriminated against the Hispanic workers, paying them less that their co-workers at a manufacturing plant in Danvers, Massachusetts.

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Venezuela and China Reaffirm Their Strong Ties

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday concluded the meetings of his first state visit to China since he succeeded the late Hugo Chavez, the architect of Caracas’ close links with Beijing.

Maduro, who met earlier with Chinese President Xi Jinping, was received on Monday by Prime Minister Li Keqiang.

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Actor Eugenio Derbez Donates Earnings from Hit Movie to Acapulco Hurricane Victims

Actor Eugenio Derbez Donates Earnings from Hit Movie to Acapulco Hurricane Victims

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Eugenio Derbez, Mexican actor and star of “Instructions Not Included,” has announced he is donating a portion of his earnings to the people of Acapulco affected by Hurricane Manuel.

The surprise summer hit movie was filmed in Acapulco.  The film is currently in its fourth week in theaters and has become the most successful Spanish-language movie release in the U.S., earning nearly $30 million.  The film will be released this week in Mexico.

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Sofia Vergara’s Immigrant Comedy Picked up by Fox Network

Sofia Vergara’s Immigrant Comedy Picked up by Fox Network

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Sofia Vergara’s Latin World Entertainment company has pitched and sold a half-hour comedy to the Fox network.  The comedy “Speak American” revolved around the life of a Latina teacher who helps her students get rid of their accents and invites a stranger to introduce unconventional methods to help with “accent reduction”. 

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Passenger Vans Collide in Peru Leaving 12 Dead, 15 Injured

Two trucks loaded with passengers collided on a road in southern Peru on Sunday killing 12 people and injuring 15, local and police authorities reported.

The accident occurred at an altitude of some 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) on Sunday morning at Km. 45 on the Juliaca-Huancane highway in the mountainous Puno region, which borders on Bolivia.

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White House Honors Local Groups Leading the Way to Welcome Immigrants in Their Cities

White House Honors Local Groups Leading the Way to Welcome Immigrants in Their Cities

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Thousands of immigrants every day demonstrate a commitment to being part of America by becoming naturalized citizens every day. These Americans by choice often make huge sacrifices to move to the United State and become part of their community. But it also takes support from the local community to welcome new immigrants who want to establish roots in the area. Groups across the country are stepping up to fill that role and make their cities inviting to immigrants.

We need immigration reform, but while House leaders consider how to move forward on immigration legislation, local and state initiatives fill the gaps to help immigrants arriving in the U.S. and who are already here.

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Hundreds of Puerto Rico Beaches Cleaned by Volunteers on Coastal Cleanup Day

Hundreds of Puerto Rico Beaches Cleaned by Volunteers on Coastal Cleanup Day

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Thousands of volunteers gathered this past Saturday to clean 200 Puerto Rican beaches, rivers and lakes to celebrate International Coastal Cleanup Day.

According to Alberto Marti, executive director of the Scuba Dogs Society, the organization most concerned about keeping the island’s beaches clean, the goal this year is to collect more than 250,000 pounds (113,500 kilos) of the solid waste scattered around Puerto Rico.

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Blog del Narco: Tortured Body Found in Abandoned Home ( Picture Warning)

Blog del Narco: Tortured Body Found in Abandoned Home ( Picture Warning)

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Officers of the Tierra Blanca Local police were notified of the discovery of a corpse who had been shot in the head and leg.

The remains, which experts estimate about a week in a state of putrefaction, was inside an abandoned house in the town of the Huaco, one kilometer from the highway 145, on the dirt road. Experts arrived at the site and found the presence of a corpse with several days of decomposition and had an entrance and exit hole in the head.

In the same way, shot in the leg as well as signs that he was tortured and beaten. The remains were taken to the medical examiner where it awaits being are by family.

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Feliz Cumpleaños to Julio Iglesias Celebrating His 70th Birthday

Feliz Cumpleaños to Julio Iglesias Celebrating His 70th Birthday

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Spanish crooner Julio Iglesias is celebrating his 70th birthday on Monday as he continues a career that has made him the Latin artist with the most discs sold and who is China’s favorite.

“No one gets old when the soul isn’t old…I’m not old, the time and the years I have lived are older than me,” the singer said in a recent interview with Efe.

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States Moving Ahead with Food Stamp Cuts

States Moving Ahead with Food Stamp Cuts

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Some states are already embracing deep cuts to the food stamp program similar to those passed by House Republicans in Washington, ending the food subsidy for tens of thousands of low-income Americans regardless of what Congress does.

Spurred by the ballooning cost of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the GOP-dominated House voted Thursday 217-210 to cut $39 billion in the food assistance program over 10 years. Among the changes: Ending waivers for states that during the recession allowed as many as 4 million people to collect food stamps who otherwise would not have qualified.

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Sinaloa Mexico Need $90 Million to Rebuild after Hurricane Hit

Sinaloa, a state in northwestern Mexico, will need at least $93.3 million to rebuild areas hit by Hurricane Manuel, Gov. Mario Lopez Valdez said.

The amount needed to rebuild could rise as damage estimates are updated, the governor said.

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EXTREME TRAFFICKING: 1.3 Tons of Coke Found on AirFrance Flight from Venezuela

EXTREME TRAFFICKING: 1.3 Tons of Coke Found on AirFrance Flight from Venezuela

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Customs agents seized a record 1.3 tons of cocaine aboard an Air France plane that arrived in Paris from Venezuela, the French Interior Ministry said.

The cocaine was found in several suitcases on an Air France cargo flight on Sept. 11 at Charles de Gaulle Airport.

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Latinos Will Once Again be Majority in California by 2014, 165 Years After Mexican Cession

Hispanics were the majority in California when it was part of Mexico more than 165 years ago, and will again be the state’s largest ethnic group by early next year, the Golden State’s Department of Finance says.

“According to estimates based on data from the 2010 Census, Hispanics now represent 39 percent of the California population due to their birth rate plus immigration,” Bill Schooling, chief of the Demographic Research Unit of the state’s Finance Department, told Efe.

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MondaySeptember 23, 2013