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FridayNovember 22, 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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Coming Soon: Mariachi Music Programs in Chicago Public Schools

Coming Soon: Mariachi Music Programs in Chicago Public Schools

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Thanks to the passion of one man and the efforts of his Mariachi Heritage Foundation, mariachi music education programs will soon become a reality in Chicago Public Schools (CPS).

The foundation is the brainchild of investment banker Cesar Maldonado, 29, who works at Cabrera Capital Markets as a Vice President. 

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Pipeline Maintenance to Cost Pemex $3.8 Billion in 2014

Mexican state-owned oil monopoly Petroleos Mexicanos plans to invest 50 billion pesos (some $3.8 billion) to maintain its pipeline network in 2014, a top company executive said Thursday.

The head of Pemex’s exploration and production unit, Carlos Morales Gil, made the announcement at the inauguration a pipeline industry gathering in the central Mexican city of Leon.

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6,400 Year-Old Remains Found in ‘Death Shroud’ Inside Barcelona Cave

6,400 Year-Old Remains Found in ‘Death Shroud’ Inside Barcelona Cave

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University of Barcelona archaeologists are reporting an exciting find in a cave near the city of Barcelona in Begues.

The archaeologists came upon four well-preserved skeletal remains thought to be nearly 6,400 years-old in a ‘shroud of death’ at the Can Sadurni cave.  The find is exciting because the bodies, of one man, one adolescent and two children, are well preserved and found in a unique ritualistic form.  A mild landside took place near the cave that unearthed the corpses.

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422 Hotels Being Built in Preparation for 2016 Olympics in Brazil

422 Hotels Being Built in Preparation for 2016 Olympics in Brazil

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A total of $5.3 billion is to be invested in Brazil to build 422 new hotels through 2016, when Rio de Janeiro will host the Summer Olympics, according to a study prepared by the BSH International consulting firm in conjunction with the Tourism Ministry.

The report, presented Thursday by the Brazilian president’s office, found that the new establishments will boost the country’s hotel capacity by 70,531 guestrooms.

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10 Best Restaurants in Latin America, the Caribbean

10 Best Restaurants in Latin America, the Caribbean

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Celebrating the world’s “101 Best” has become a tradition at The Daily Meal. 

The Daily Meal goes through an extensive research process to scout out restaurants all over Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean, compiling a list of finalists from which the “101 Best” are selected.  The list is compiled with the help of an esteemed group of panelists.

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Argentine Greenpeace Activist Released from Russian Prison

Argentine Greenpeace Activist Released from Russian Prison

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A Russian court on Thursday released Argentine Greenpeace activist Camila Speziale, who had been jailed since mid-September for protesting against the economic exploitation of the Arctic.

Speziale left the prison in St. Petersburg, where she had been transferred on Nov. 12, after obtaining bail on Tuesday, the ecological organization said.

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Are Military Recruits with Undocumented Family Members Being Rejected?

A bipartisan group of U.S. House members are concerned that military recruits are being rejected if they have undocumented family members.

Yesterday U.S. Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and other members of the House sent a letter to the heads of the military branches expressing “strong concern” that U.S. citizens were being prohibited from enlisting if they had an undocumented dependent such as a spouse or child. 

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Two Dominicans Implicated in Removing People’s Fingerprints Looking to Avoid Arrest, Deportation

Two Dominicans Implicated in Removing People’s Fingerprints Looking to Avoid Arrest, Deportation

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Immigration officials working out of Massachusetts have arrested two Latinos implicated in running an illegal mobile surgical business where they were removing the fingerprints of people trying to avoid arrest and/or deportation.

Agents arrested Danilo Montero Ramirez, 61, and Teresa Araujo Martinez, 40, in Peabody, Massachusetts for performing fingerprint removing surgeries in different locations throughout the state.  Ramirez is a doctor from the Dominican Republic and not licensed to practice medicine in the U.S.  Martinez acted as his nursing assistant and also the beneficiary of having her fingerprints removed by Ramirez.  Martinez was trying to avoid arrest on an outstanding drug trafficking warrant and is in the country illegally. 

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D.C. Follows 11 Other States Allowing Undocumented Immigrants to Drive Legally

D.C. Follows 11 Other States Allowing Undocumented Immigrants to Drive Legally

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As House leaders delay on passing immigration reform that would help millions of immigrants already in the U.S., Washington, D.C., officials are taking steps to improve the lives of undocumented immigrants who call the city home. Last week the D.C. Council passed a bill, written by Council member Mary Cheh, which allows undocumented residents to apply for Driver’s Licenses. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray signed the bill yesterday. The new policy, which goes into effect May 1, sets up a system where undocumented immigrants will receive licenses that are the same but for their being marked “not valid for official federal purposes.” Driver’s licenses for legal residents and citizens will not change.

The D.C. City Council initially approved a measure that did not distinguish between the two types of licenses. But council member Mary Cheh, who chairs the transportation committee, told the Washington Post that she did not see an alternative to t the addition of the language “not for official federal purposes” after meeting with Department of Homeland Security officials about enforcement of the REAL ID Act. Under the eight-year-old law, residents in states that do not comply with the act could be prevented from using their licenses as identification to enter federal buildings or board commercial flights. Cheh is working to keep the license marking unobtrusive, according to the Washington Post:

Cheh said she is still pursuing the most “benign” way to comply with the law, putting the “not valid” lettering, for example, in the “smallest font” possible on the license, and ensuring that the data held by the District’s motor vehicle department that could identify non-citizens would be kept confidential.

Regardless of whether the licenses are marked, issuing them for residents who are in the country illegally is the right thing to do, she said.

“It’s a question of safety,” Cheh said. “Those without documentation are driving anyway. They are not taking a test. They are not passing a test. And if they buy a car, they are not purchasing insurance.”

Outside of D.C., 11 states and Puerto Rico allow people to apply for driver’s licenses regardless of immigration status. Last week, Illinois began implementing its law to issue licenses to undocumented immigrants living in the state if they meet conditions like purchasing insurance. State officials expect up to half a million people to eventually apply for the ability to drive legally in Illinois, and the state attorney general’s office warned residents to be aware of scams related to the rollout of the Temporary Visitor’s Driver’s License (TVDL) program. “The only legitimate place you can apply for a temporary driver’s license is with the Secretary of State’s office,” Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said.

The demand for the licenses is so high in Illinois, that long lines are frustrating those who want to submit applications. The first 90 days’ worth of appointments were filled by 3 p.m. on Nov. 12, the day Illinois’ driver’s license policy went into effect. Lorena Marquez said she likely would have to wait until the spring for her appointment. “I’m very frustrated,” she told the Chicago Tribune in Spanish. “Now I still can’t drive my kids to the doctor or to school without fear.”

It is good for public safety to allow undocumented immigrants already in the U.S. to be licensed drivers and fully participate in their local communities. States and cities are leading the way by passing commonsense, pro-immigration measures that allow immigrants already here and contributing to have the opportunity to move forward productively with their lives.

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European Parliament Calls for Investigation into Cuban Dissidents’ Deaths

European Parliament Calls for Investigation into Cuban Dissidents’ Deaths

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The European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee called Thursday for an international investigation within the framework of the United Nations into the 2012 deaths of Cuban dissidents Oswaldo Paya and Harold Cepero.

The request for an investigation was included in an amendment resulting from the compromise between the European Popular Party, or PPE, and reformers and conservatives included within the 2012 human rights report that was approved by the majority of Eurolawmakers.

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Terry Gilliam Continues on Quest to Make Don Quixote Movie

Terry Gilliam Continues on Quest to Make Don Quixote Movie

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American-born British actor and director Terry Gilliam, a member of the Monty Python comedy troupe, said Thursday he was planning to film his long-awaited adaptation of “Don Quixote” in Spain’s Canary Islands, a project he has unsuccessfully tried to complete on two other occasions.

During a press conference to announce a Monty Python reunion show in London’s O2 Arena next July, three decades after the group’s last film, “The Meaning of Life,” Gilliam said he was continuing his 13-year-old quest to make “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” a film adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes’ masterpiece.

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Blog del Narco: Honduran Armed Forces Believe El Chapo Hiding in Countryside

Blog del Narco: Honduran Armed Forces Believe El Chapo Hiding in Countryside

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The armed forces of Honduras revealed today that they have grounds for suspecting the presence of the Mexican drug trafficker and head of the Sinaloa cartel, Joaquin El Chapo Guzman, in its territory.

The Deputy Defense Minister Roberto Carlos Funes has as much as admitted that the Sinaloa cartel controls much of the drugs flowing through Honduras and have replaced the “amateur” drug gangs of Honduras.  Funes, said Honduran criminal groups “were nothing compared to the Mexican cartels,” but now, he said, many have been linked to dangerous gangs, which has resulted in much violence, despite the supposed truce signed six months ago.

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Mexican Economy Sees 1.2 Percent Growth

Mexican Economy Sees 1.2 Percent Growth

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Mexico’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew 1.2 percent in the first nine months of 2012, compared to the same period last year, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography, or INEGI, said Thursday.

GDP growth was boosted by a 2.3 percent gain in the service sector and growth of 0.60 percent in agriculture and mining, which made up for a 0.90 percent contraction in the industrial sector, the statistics agency said.

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Spanish King Undergoes Successful Surgery in Madrid

Spanish King Undergoes Successful Surgery in Madrid

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Spain’s King Juan Carlos successfully underwent surgery Thursday to implant a permanent prosthesis in his left hip, doctors and a spokesman for the Royal Palace said.

The 75-year-old king will remain hospitalized “from four to seven days,” surgeon Miguel Cabanela said.

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FridayNovember 22, 2013