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FridayNovember 29, 2013

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Blog del Narco- Cartel Denies Deal With President Calderon’s Sister (VIDEO)

Blog del Narco- Cartel Denies Deal With President Calderon’s Sister (VIDEO)

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The leader of the Los Caballeros Templarios (Knights Templar) drug cartel said in a video uploaded to YouTube that Mexican ex-President Felipe Calderon’s sister approached his criminal organization during the 2011 gubernatorial campaign in the western state of Michoacan.

Servando Gomez, alias “La Tuta” and one of Mexico’s most-wanted drug lords, “categorically” denied allegations by Calderon’s sister, Sen. Luisa Maria Calderon of the conservative National Action Party, or PAN, that his organization has held secret talks with the current Michoacan government.

“It’s not true,” he said, adding that “the only person who approached us” during the 2011 gubernatorial campaign in Michoacan “was Ms. Luisa Maria Calderon,” who was defeated in that balloting by current Gov. Fausto Vallejo Figueroa.

He said a candidate for the state legislature, Francisco Giron del Toro, approached Los Caballeros Templarios on her behalf on three occasions, the last time two days before the election to say that she “would respect us and that we were on the same page” and that “everything had been forgotten.”

“I got a little upset and we had a message sent telling them that we didn’t want deals with anybody, with no political party, and may the best one win,” Gomez said on the video, in which he appears alone and is wearing a black shirt and cap.

Los Caballeros, a breakaway faction of the La Familia Michoacana mob, was founded in March 2011 after the death three months earlier of La Familia kingpin Nazario Moreno Gonzalez in a clash with security forces.

The cartel quickly came to dominate the illegal drug trade in Michoacan and has extended its area of influence to other Mexican regions.

Felipe Calderon served as Mexican president from December 2006 until late last year.

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President Obama Visits Immigration Advocates Fasting For Reform

President Obama Visits Immigration Advocates Fasting For Reform

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama visited Fast For Families on the national mall on Friday, a group of faith, civil rights leaders, and immigrants gathered to pressure the House of Representatives to take up immigration reform.

“Since Nov. 12, immigration activists comprising Fast For Families have abstained from all food except water and are calling for the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives to take up action on comprehensive immigration reform,” a White House official said. Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Director of the Domestic Policy Council Cecilia Muñoz and Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett have also visited Fast For Families in recent weeks.”

Over 4,000 people nationwide have already fasted in solidarity with Fast for Families.

House Republicans claim they don’t have time to consider immigration reform this year, but insist that the issue is not “dead.” House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told CBS’ Face The Nation that members will consider reform on a piece-by-piece basis but did not provide any timeline for action. Earlier this month, Obama said he would accept piecemeal reforms to the immigration system.

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Mexico Internet Use Up 12.5%, 63% of 12-34 Year Olds

Mexico Internet Use Up 12.5%, 63% of 12-34 Year Olds

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The number of Internet users in Mexico soared 12.5 percent, compared to the previous year, to 49 million in 2013, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography, or INEGI, said Wednesday.

Some 30.7 percent of Mexico’s households are connected to the Internet, up 20.6 percent from the 2012 survey, the INEGI said.

There are notable differences in Internet access, however, by region, the statistics agency said.

While the northern border states, the Federal District and Quintana Roo have 44 percent of households, on average, connected to the Internet, Chiapas, Oaxaca, Guerrero, Tlaxcala, Hidalgo and Michoacan barely have 15.7 percent of households with the ability to go online.

Those in the 12-34 age group are the biggest users of the Internet in Mexico, a country of 118 million.

About 62.6 percent of people in this demographic segment are connected to the Internet, with many of them using mobile devices to go online, the INEGI said.

The main uses of the Internet are searching for information (64.3 percent); sending e-mails and text messages (42.1 percent); entertainment (36.2 percent); doing schoolwork (35.1 percent); and accessing social networks (35.1 percent).

Only 1.7 percent of respondents in the INEGI survey said they used the Internet for online banking and 1.3 percent said they went on the Web to do business with the government.

A total of 49.4 million people in Mexico use the Internet, according to the INEGI survey done in April.

Some 11.1 million households, or 35.8 percent of the total in Mexico, have computers, up 13.3 percent from last year’s level.

Just 25.8 percent of households have digital televisions, while 69 percent still use analog TV sets, the INEGI said.

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Mexican Narcos Invade U.S. Airspace with Ultra-Light Aircraft for Drug Drop

U.S. authorities are reporting that an ultra-light aircraft from Mexico came into U.S. airspace unannounced near San Diego for a drug drop-off earlier this week.

The incident occurred on Monday around 4:15 a.m. when border authorities spotted and tracked on radar an ultra-light aircraft crossing the U.S./Mexico border and entering San Diego County.  U.S. authorities sent a helicopter to track the aircraft while Border Patrol attempted to locate the suspected drug drop off location.

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Singing Icon Vicente Fernandez Releases Biography “Pero Sigo Siendo el Rey”

The idol of Mexican ranchera music Vicente Fernandez has presented a biography entitled “Pero Sigo Siendo el Rey,” illustrated with more than 200 previously unpublished photos.

The book is “a trip through the life of Vicente Fernandez,” in which he shares with fans “the exciting personal and artistic career that began 48 years ago in the cantinas of his native Jalisco (state),” a press release from the publisher Televisa said.

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Hispanic Fans of the National Football League Can View Games in Spanish incl. SuperBowl

Hispanic Fans of the National Football League Can View Games in Spanish incl. SuperBowl

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Hispanic fans of the National Football League were able to see games in Spanish starting yesterday on Thanksgiving Day,and including the Super Bowl next January, Fox Deportes announced Wednesday.

The network reported that it has come to a two-year agreement with the NFL to broadcast the league’s football action, and the Spanish coverage of the games would begin on Thursday when the Green Bay Packers face off against the Detroit Lions.

The pre-game commentary for the game on one of the most highly anticipated days for sports in the United States each year, was in the hands of Fox Deportes analysts John Laguna and Francisco Rivera.

The network is “very happy” with its new agreement with the NFL, said Fox Sports regional network president Jeff Krolik in a communique.

He added that being the first network in the U.S. to broadcast the Super Bowl in Spanish is a testimony to the network’s continuous efforts to strengthen its programming and solidify Fox Deportes as the leader in the Latino sports space.

In addition, Fox Deportes will broadcast “Impacto NFL,” a 30-minute weekly news program about the NFL, will produce shows prior to all the games and will create special segments at Fox Central, the network’s news headquarters.

Brian Rolapp, the NFL’s operations director, said that there are more than 25 million Hispanic pro football fans in the United States.

Fox Deportes, which reaches via cable and satellite more than 20 million U.S. homes, of which 6.5 million are Hispanic, said it will continue its efforts to recognize and celebrate the contributions of the Hispanic community by developing special programming to appeal to that group of viewers.

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Talking Turkey in Peru

Talking Turkey in Peru

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Written by Contributor: Jon Stroshine

The holidays have arrived here in the U.S., and that means a lot of turkey has and will be served up in the coming weeks.

The same holds true for a lot of nations, including Peru, which will consume two million turkeys during the holidays, its Agriculture Ministry said.

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Gloria and Emilio Estefan Continue Tradition of Sharing Thanksgiving Meal with Homeless

Singer Gloria Estefan and her husband, producer Emilio Estefan, once again offered a beneficent Thanksgiving dinner at their Bongos Cuban Cafe that was attended by about 1,000 mostly homeless people.

“It’s a privilege. It makes me very happy because we know we’re sharing with families who would otherwise have no chance to celebrate or have such a beautiful day,” Gloria Estafan said Thursday upon her arrival at the celebrity couple’s Miami restaurant.

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Blog del Narco: Cartel Kingpin’s US Born Son Caught Smuggling Meth Pleads Not Guilty

Blog del Narco: Cartel Kingpin’s US Born Son Caught Smuggling Meth Pleads Not Guilty

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Serafin Zambada Ortiz, the son of Mexican drug lord Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, entered a plea of not guilty to drug charges in federal court in San Diego.

The 23-year-old Zambada Ortiz, who is a U.S. citizen and was arrested last week in Arizona, appeared before federal Judge Karen Crawford on Wednesday.

Zambada Ortiz listened to a translation of the proceedings via an electronic device amid tight security in the courtroom.

Prosecutors asked the judge to order the suspect held without bail as he awaits trial.

Zambada Ortiz was arrested on Nov. 20 at the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry in Nogales, Arizona, by U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents.

His wife, Karime Torres Acosta, was with him at the time of his arrest.

Zambada Ortiz was indicted by a federal grand jury in San Diego in September on charges that he smuggled methamphetamine and cocaine into the United States.

Defense attorney Mike McDonnell told reporters that Twitter and Facebook accounts linked to his client were not his.

A person claiming to be Serafin Zambada posted photos on Twitter of luxury watches, SUVs, automobiles, gold-plated firearms, bags of marijuana, a lion and a cheetah in the window of an SUV.

The Facebook page of Serafin Zambada featured photos of the executions of suspected informants and images of Sinaloa cartel members showing off their large-caliber weapons.

El Mayo Zambada is one of the top leaders of Mexico’s powerful Sinaloa drug cartel and the United States is offering a reward of $5 million for his capture.

The Sinaloa cartel, sometimes referred to by officials as the Pacific cartel, is the oldest drug cartel in Mexico and Chapo Guzman, considered extremely violent, is one of the most-wanted criminals in Mexico and the United States, where the Drug Enforcement Administration has offered a reward of $5 million for him.

The Sinaloa organization, according to intelligence agencies, is a transnational business empire that operates in the United States, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, the Americas and Asia.

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Lucero’s Newest Album Retrospective on 33 Year Career

Mexican singer Lucero says her newly released live album provides a look back at her 33 years in the music business and contains all her best-loved recordings since she first took the stage as a young girl.

“There are the songs I sang when I was a girl, the soap-opera theme songs, (traditional Mexican music), a selection of what I like the most and wanted to share with everyone,” the 44-year-old artist and soap-opera actress, known affectionately as “The Bride of America,” said here in a press conference.

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FridayNovember 29, 2013