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MondayNovember 18, 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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Are Texas Republicans Behind Offensive ‘Catch an Illegal’ Event on UT Campus?

Are Texas Republicans Behind Offensive ‘Catch an Illegal’ Event on UT Campus?

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A University of Texas (UT) conservative student group is holding a mock immigration round up whereby someone is rewarded for catching an “illegal” immigrant. 

The Young Conservatives of Texas - UT Chapter are hosting the offensive event on Wednesday.  Students who participate will get $25 gift cards if they catch students who are wearing “illegal immigrant” nametags.  The event is being actively promoted on campus and on the organization’s Facebook page.  The parent organization that routinely supports Republican candidates has not disavowed itself of this chapter event. 

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REPORT: Cuba Has Highest Number of Political Prisoners in Western Hemsphire, 87

There are at least 87 political prisoners currently in Cuba’s prisons, according to a report by the opposition Cuban Human Rights and National Reconciliation Commission released on Monday.

“The Cuban government continues to have the highest number of political prisoners in the entire Western hemisphere,” the commission, headed by Elizardo Sanchez, said.

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Gisele and Tom Brady’s Former Bodyguards Going to Prison Over Costa Rica Shooting Incident

Gisele and Tom Brady’s Former Bodyguards Going to Prison Over Costa Rica Shooting Incident

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The former bodyguards of Brazilian super model Gisele Bundchen and NFL quarterback Tom Brady have been sentenced to five-years in prison over a 2009 shooting incident in Costa Rica.

The incident occurred when the glamorous couple was getting married in Costa Rica and photographers attempted to take their photo.  Three bodyguards were accused of shooting two photographers who were not injured in the incident. 

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Check Out: Pot-Stuffed Car Seized by Border Patrol

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  Check out this picture from Border Patrol of a Ford Exhibition stuffed to the gills with pot.

Border Patrol agents were on patrol, last Thursday, near the Rio Grande River, near La Casita, Texas when they observed several people loading wrapped packages into the vehicle.  When the authorities approached the alleged smugglers fled.  The vehicle was stuffed with over 1,000 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $3.5 million.

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Santiago Chile’s Historic Municipal Theater Ablaze (VIDEO)

Some 250 firefighters with their 14 fire engines succeeded in extinguishing a fire that broke out Monday at this capital’s Municipal Theater, the most important stage in Chile for drama and dance.

“The situation is absolutely under control,” Santiago fire chief Mauricio Repetto told reporters.


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REPORT: Check out Brands that Have Invaded Colombia

REPORT: Check out Brands that Have Invaded Colombia

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Latin-Americans love malls. In my opinion the mall has replaced both the church and the plaza as a place to self-actualize and consume. It seems there are new malls opening every week attracting thousands of visitors with local as well as foreign stores & restaurants. Brands representing diverse industries see the country’s (and region as a whole) continual growth as a major opportunity, particularly when growth in their country of origin has slowed down.

Here are a few of the foreign brands mentioned in an article in Colombia’s Portafolio which are making a presence in the Colombian retail landscape.

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Mexico City Recgnized for Anti-Violence Efforts

Mexico City Recgnized for Anti-Violence Efforts

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Mexico City has been recognized as an International Capital of Non-Violence for its programs to promote voluntary disarmament and create a culture of peace and respect by the Non-Violence Project Foundation, or NVP.

The honor was bestowed on the Mexican capital on Saturday by the NVP, which counts celebrities like Yoko Ono and musician Ringo Starr among its supporters.

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Freak Accident at “La Chinta” Religious Festival in Venezuela Kills 2, Scores Injured

At least two people died and some 50 were injured in the collapse of one of the sound towers being used for a nighttime religious concert in the western Venezuelan city of Maracaibo, authorities said Monday.

“The accident occurred at 11:15 p.m. when a sound column collapsed under the weight of the people who had climbed up it. Two people were found dead and some 50 were injured in the wreckage of iron bars,” the secretary of citizen security of the Zulia state government, Jairo Ramirez, said on Union Radio.

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Eva Longoria Dating President of Mexico’s Televisa, Univision Director

Eva Longoria Dating President of Mexico’s Televisa, Univision Director

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It had been reported that Eva Longoria was dating a mysterious Mexican businessman; he is a mystery no more.  The mystery man happens to be one of the most high-profile media executives in Mexico.

Reports are confirming that the Mexican-American actress and businesswoman is dating, Jose “Pepe” Baston Patino, President of the Televisa network.  The couple, dating for several weeks, made their official debut at the opening gala for Museo Jumex,  Mexico City’s new modern art museum.

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JUST IN: Another Domestic Disturbance Arrest for George Zimmerman

Florida authorities are announcing that George Zimmerman was arrested this afternoon, at 1 p.m. EST, in response to a domestic disturbance incident. 

The announcement came from the Seminole County Sherriff’s office who did not provide additional details.  Certain local reports indicate a girlfriend accused him of domestic violence in Seminole County where the couple lives.  Reports indicate this is a new girlfriend for Zimmerman and that she is blond and 27-years-old.

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Sergio George’s Salsa Giants Will Perform at 2013 Latin Grammys

Sergio George’s Salsa Giants Will Perform at 2013 Latin Grammys

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On Thursday, November 21st at the 14th Annual Latin Grammy(R) Awards in Las Vegas, Sergio George’s super-group the Salsa Giants will perform live. Last summer, over 12,000 music fans gathered at the “Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival” to witness a once in a lifetime concert experience as a select group of renowned salsa musicians came together for a historical one night event. On June 25th, that experience was immortalized forever as the “Salsa Giants” CD/DVD was released under the production of musical director and producer Sergio George through Top Stop Music. Sergio George’s Salsa Giant iTunes the Billboard Tropical Music Chart, this week the album was certified Platinum in Mexico and certified Gold in Colombia, Venezuela, the United States and Peru.

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More Bad News for Spanish Economy, Bad Loan Ratios at Record-High

The ratio of non-performing loans to total outstanding loans held by Spanish banks rose to 12.68 percent in September, the highest level since the central bank began compiling that data more than 50 years ago.

The total stock of bad loans in Spain’s financial system rose by 5.6 billion euros (some $7.6 billion) to 187.8 billion euros (roughly $253.8 billion), up from 182.2 billion euros ($246.2 billion) in September 2012, the Bank of Spain said.

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Spanish Translation of Andy Warhol’s ‘America’ Coming 28 Years after First Published

America,” Andy Warhol’s collection of black-and-white snapshots of his country, has been translated into Spanish 28 years after its publication in English.

The volume, which includes the artist’s observations on society and even politics, “is a fundamental book, prodigious in its clairvoyant thoughts of a future that has turned out to be very similar to the present moment,” Estrella de Diego, who translated the work into Spanish for publisher Siruela, said.

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BLOG DEL NARCO: Corrupt Mexican Cops Led Discovery of Mass Graves, 18 Bodies Unearthed Thus Far

BLOG DEL NARCO: Corrupt Mexican Cops Led Discovery of Mass Graves, 18 Bodies Unearthed Thus Far

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Corrupt Mexican police officers working for drug cartels have led authorities to mass graves in La Barca near Lake Chapala in the state of Jalisco.

Mexican federal authorities were investigating the November 3rd disappearance of several federal investigators, leading them to two dozen corrupt police officers working in the states of Jalisco and Michoacan.  It is alleged these police officers fed information to several cartels including Knights Templar and the New Generation cartel. 

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Chile Presidential Candidate Michelle Bachelet Short of Majority, Will Face Runoff

Chile Presidential Candidate Michelle Bachelet Short of Majority, Will Face Runoff

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Former head of state Michelle Bachelet was poised to regain Chile’s highest office after garnering 46.69 percent of the vote in the presidential balloting, easily outdistancing conservative ruling-coalition hopeful Evelyn Matthei in an election marked by low voter turnout.

Because she fell just short of an outright majority in Sunday’s election, the candidate of the center-left New Majority alliance will square off in a Dec. 15 runoff against the Alliance for Chile’s Matthei, an economist and former labor minister under current President Sebastian Piñera who received 25.01 percent of the vote.

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Residents in Mexican Town Self-Defend, Kill Knights Templar Cartel Members

Residents in Mexican Town Self-Defend, Kill Knights Templar Cartel Members

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Residents of Tancitaro, a city in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, armed themselves and killed nine members of the Caballeros Templarios drug cartel, a self-defense group leader said.

The incident occurred on Saturday after residents armed with rifles and pistols gathered in the city’s plaza after hearing the bells at the main Catholic church pealing, Jose Manuel Mireles, a physician and leader of one of the nine self-defense groups operating in Michoacan, told Efe.

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MondayNovember 18, 2013