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SaturdayNovember 30, 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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Undocumented Students Turn to Crowdfunding to Pay for College

Undocumented students are turning to ‘crowdfunding’ to pay for their college tuition since most traditional sources of financial aid are not available to them.

Some undocumented students are eligible for in-state tuition rates but not much else.  According to FinAid, the majority of all student aid, including Federal student aid, requires the recipient to be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (green card holder) or an eligible non-citizen. While most Hispanic-centric scholarships, like the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, require that a student be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident. 

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Archaeologist May Have Discovered Earliest Spanish Mission, Alamo’s Original Location

Texas archaeologists are excited about the possibility they have located the oldest Spanish mission in San Antonio and the precursor to the famous Alamo.

Remnants, that include broken pottery and rosary beads, have been located on a 3-acre parcel of land by city archaeologists and by the University of Texas’ Center for Archaeological Research.  The items are thought to belong to the 1718 Mission San Antonio de Valero. 

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LatAm Making Strides in Fight on AIDS, Seniors Over 60 New Concern

LatAm Making Strides in Fight on AIDS, Seniors Over 60 New Concern

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Latin America is making progress in fighting HIV/AIDS, though fear still exists about warning young people about its risks, and its prevention among older adults must definitely be stepped up, a U.N. official said.

Despite the difficulties in some countries, Latin America is the region in the world that provides the highest proportion of AIDS treatment coverage, Cesar Nuñez, the director of the United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS for Latin America, said in an interview with Efe.

“Latin America is the region reporting the most widespread treatment coverage, higher than 67 percent on average,” said Nuñez, who was taking part in the 8th Central American Meeting of People with HIV, held in San Salvador from Wednesday to Friday.

The event preceded Sunday’s observance of World AIDS Day, which has been held since 1988.

Nuñez said that in countries like Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Mexico, average treatment coverage is “higher than 80 percent, though Central America “is below” that average.

Some Central American countries “face challenges” like Nicaragua, where almost all treatments depend on funds from foreign contributions,” he said.

Nuñez regretted that in matters of prevention, there is still a lot of “fear about providing full and detailed information, especially to young people,” so they can take measures to avoid contracting the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, the cause of AIDS.

The regional director of UNAIDS also expressed his concern about something that has already occurred in countries like El Salvador - an increase in HIV infection in seniors over 60 years old.

Salvadoran health authorities have issued an alert about the use of sexual stimulants that is leading many seniors to have more sexual relations, but without taking any steps to prevent AIDS and other infections.

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Blog del Narco: 62 Bodies Uncovered Between Jalisco and Michoacan

Blog del Narco: 62 Bodies Uncovered Between Jalisco and Michoacan

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The remains of four people were found buried in unmarked graves on the edge of Jalisco and Michoacán during the last hours. With this finding,a total 62 bodies have been exhumed in the area since November 9.
The Government is coordinating the operations between military, federal police agents and the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) . It has been reported that of the 62 bodies unearthed, two are women.

Meanwhile, the exhumed bodies are taken to forensic facilities in Mexico City , where experts from the PGR are using chemical, genetic and DNA testing to determine their identity and cause of death.

Regarding the investigations, operational managers note that there is evidence directly linking the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG) to the murders.  The New Generation Cartel is contesting control of the border strip with the criminal organization of the Knights Templar.

Read more in Spanish here at Blog del Narco

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Izzy Ocampo, Alleged Serial Killer of Homeless, Dies Before Facing Justice

Itzcoatl “Izzy” Ocampo, alleged serial killer of homeless people, has died and will not face justice for six murders.

The former Mexican-born Marine was awaiting trail for a killing spree in Orange County, California before falling sick and dying at a hospital on Thanksgiving.  The alleged serial killer was found shaking and vomiting in his single-cell on Wednesday. 

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Cristiano Ronaldo the “World’s Greatest Player and One of the Best of All Time.” -Real Madrid Pres

Cristiano Ronaldo the “World’s Greatest Player and One of the Best of All Time.” -Real Madrid Pres

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Real Madrid President Florentino Perez had words of high praise Saturday for star forward Cristiano Ronaldo, calling him the “world’s greatest player and one of the best of all time.”

“This year, we’ve put together a simply spectacular team with a player who’s marking an era at Real Madrid,” he said at a ceremony in which badges were given out to club members.

“We are honored and proud to enjoy the best, Cristiano Ronaldo, who from this year forward will always be a ‘Madrista,’” Perez added, referring to a recent contract extension that will keep the 28-year-old Portuguese international at the Bernabeu through 2018.

“Today, no one can doubt that we’re seeing the world’s best player and one of the best of all time.”

Ronaldo was voted the FIFA World Player of the Year in 2008 and also has finished second in the FIFA Ballon d’Or voting the past two years, finishing behind FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi on both occasions.

He is currently out of action while recovering from a hamstring injury.

Perez also hailed Real Madrid’s coaching staff, calling manager Carlo Ancelotti “a winner” who has what it takes to lead the Spanish powerhouse and has the “inestimable aid of (assistant coach) Zinedine Zidane,” who starred for Los Blancos from 2001 to 2006.

Ancelotti took the helm of Real Madrid this summer and the club also recently brought on board Welsh winger Gareth Bale, who Perez predicted would soon show he deserves to be mentioned among the world’s best.

Real Madrid has already qualified for the knockout stage of this season’s UEFA Champions league tournament and currently is third in the La Liga standings behind Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.

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Basketball Great Michael Jordan and Cuban Wife Soon to be Parents

Basketball great and newlywed Michael Jordan and his wife Yvette Prieto have announced they are going to be parents soon.

The couple married this past April in a lavish ceremony in Palm Beach.  This will be Jordan’s fourth child.  Jordan was married to Juanita Vanoy Jordan for 17-years and the couple have three adult children together.

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Violence in Veracruz- Two Catholic Priests Found Slain

Violence in Veracruz- Two Catholic Priests Found Slain

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Two Catholic priests were found slain in the Mexican Gulf coast state of Veracruz, a crime whose motive remains unclear even though four suspects have already been arrested, authorities said.

The bodies were found in Ixhuatlan de Madero, a town in the northern part of Veracruz, the Diocese of Tuxpan said in a statement.

“The priests of the San Cristobal Parish in Ixhuatlan de Madero ... Hipolito Villalobos Lima and Nicolas de la Cruz Martinez, were found slain (Friday) morning,” the diocese said, without indicating how the men were killed or a possible motive.

The Veracruz state Attorney General’s Office, meanwhile, said in a statement that “four people linked to the case” had been taken into custody.

It also provided no details about how the two were killed, but said a special group of investigators had been assigned to the case.

The Veracruz government, for its part, said the state attorney general had traveled to the parish to head up the investigation

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Amnesty International Notes MX Presidents One Year Anniversary With Criticism

Amnesty International Notes MX Presidents One Year Anniversary With Criticism

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Twelve months after taking office, the administration of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto “has failed to demonstrate that human rights are its priority,” Amnesty International said Friday.

Abuses, such as forced disappearances, violence against migrants and attacks on rights activists, have gone on with impunity during the first year of Peña Nieto’s six-year mandate, AI’s Mexican chapter said in a statement.

Besides abetting existing rights violations, the new government has presided over increased police brutality toward protesters and a rise in arbitrary arrests, the rights watchdog said.

The few advances, including a crime victims’ bill of rights and the creation of a special missing-persons unit in the Attorney General’s Office, have had no “real impact” on Mexico, according to AI.

The clearest sign Peña Nieto’s administration has not prioritized ending the “epidemic of violence and abuse ... that characterized the (2006-2012) tenure of Felipe Calderon” is that the government put off until next March its review of a set of recommendations from the U.N. Human Rights Council, AI said.

Fully implementing those recommendations, issued last month, “would contribute to mitigating this serious human rights crisis,” Amnesty International said.

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Guatemala Recovers Mayan Artifact Dating from 250-900 A.D. from U.S.

The Guatemalan government announced the repatriation from the United States of a Mayan panel dating from the classic period, 250-900.

The limestone piece, which stands roughly 50 centimeters (19.6 inches) tall, was taken from the La Corona site in the northern province of Peten, an area seen as the cradle of the ancient Maya civilization.

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Work Resume on Brazil’s World Cup Stadium After Deadly Accident (VIDEO)

Officials have authorized the resumption of construction work at this Brazilian metropolis’s World Cup stadium, where an accident earlier this week left two people dead.

The head of Sao Paulo’s emergency management office, Col. Jair Paca de Lima, on Thursday gave the green light for work to continue in all sections of Arena Corinthians, informally known as Itaquerão, except the one where the accident occurred.

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SaturdayNovember 30, 2013