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WednesdayDecember 11, 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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Chicago Latinos Using Virgin of Guadalupe Icon to Promote Immgiration Reform

A group of Hispanics on Wednesday in Joliet, southwest of Chicago began a two-day pilgrimage through eight Illinois cities with a image of the Virgin of Guadalupe to ask that the U.S. Congress approve immigration reform.

Besides Joliet, the caravan will make its way through Bolingbrook, Melrose Park, Stone Park, Cicero, Chicago, Des Plaines and will wind up the tour on Thursday in Waukegan.

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FARC Say Ousting Bogota Mayor Hurts Peace Process

FARC Say Ousting Bogota Mayor Hurts Peace Process

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Colombia’s FARC rebels said Tuesday that the decision of Inspector-General Alejandro Ordoñez to oust the leftist mayor of Bogota dealt “another serious blow” to the 13-month-old peace process between the guerrillas and the Andean nation’s government.

“Yesterday, with a simple signature, Ordoñez gave all us rebels a lesson in what democracy really means to the oligarchy in Colombia and in the lack of any guarantees for the right to take an independent political course,” negotiators from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, said in a statement.

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Puerto Rico Starts Construction on First Orthodox Synagogue

Puerto Rico Starts Construction on First Orthodox Synagogue

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The construction of what is expected to be the first Orthodox synagogue in Puerto Rico kicked off in a tourist area on the outskirts of San Juan with a ceremony to lay the first stone attended by Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla.

The project is being pushed by the Puerto Rico Chabad congregation, one of the fastest-growing Hasidic movements in the world, and it will require an investment of $5.5 million.

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Bands Pay Tribute to Jenni Rivera at Location of Her Last Show

Bands Pay Tribute to Jenni Rivera at Location of Her Last Show

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A dozen musical groups are offering a big concert in the Arena Monterrey to pay tribute to singer Jenni Rivera, who died a year ago in a plane crash after performing in the same venue.

Organized by her family, the Jenni Lives event featured Marisela, La Original Banda El Limon, Larry Hernandez, Chuy Lizarraga, Los Herederos de Nuevo Leon and Tito El Bambino, among other artists.

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Bears-Cowboys: Most-Watched NFL Game on Nationally Broadcast Spanish Language TV

Bears-Cowboys: Most-Watched NFL Game on Nationally Broadcast Spanish Language TV

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The Cowboys-Bears telecast on ESPN Deportes was also the most-watched NFL game ever on nationally broadcast Spanish language television, averaging a 0.7 US Hispanic Household rating and 105,000 Hispanic Household impressions and 174,000 Hispanic P2+ Impressions.

It is the second time during this season that ESPN Deportes has set this mark. The previous most-watched game was MNF’s Patriots-Panthers telecast, which averaged a 0.6 Hispanic Household rating and 90,000 Hispanic Household impressions and 157,000 Hispanic P2+ Impressions.

MNF on ESPN Deportes season-to-date is averaging a 0.3 Hispanic Household US rating with 45,000 Hispanic Household Impressions and 67,000 Hispanic P2+ Impressions, increases of 18 percent, 23 percent and 13 percent, respectively.

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Blog del Narco: Krokodil ( Synthetic Heroin) Expands in Mexico

Blog del Narco: Krokodil ( Synthetic Heroin) Expands in Mexico

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The drug krokodil is a drug that has become popular everywhere because of the “heroin like” effects it has on the user. It is considered an epidemic in Russia and has been reported in England and US. offficial’s reports have confirmed the presence of the drug in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. 

The Municipal Public Security Secretariat (SSPM) in Juarez has researched criminal behavior and notes that krokodil use has grown. Security Secretary Cesar Omar Muñoz Morales, described this as a social problem that requires a joint effort between society and the authorities.

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Government Supporters Harass Cuba’s Ladies in White

Government Supporters Harass Cuba’s Ladies in White

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Members of the Ladies in White dissident group on Tuesday were severely harassed by Cuban government supporters as they were trying to gather at a crowded spot in Havana to begin a march to commemorate U.N. International Human Rights Day.

Efe saw at least 20 of the Ladies, who arrived at the spot in small groups, cleared from the location and placed by security agents and police into cars and buses while being harassed by a large pro-regime mob.

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Demi Lovato Confesses to Struggles with Cocaine

Demi Lovato Confesses to Struggles with Cocaine

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Singer Demi Lovato has just revealed another insight into her struggle with addictions.  In a confessional interview with ‘Access Hollywood’ Lovato spoke of her inability to go longer than a half-an-hour without having the urge to use cocaine.  She spoke of her transporting the drug on planes and abusing substances without the knowledge of her sober coaches.

Lovato confesses, “I would smuggle it basically and just wait until everyone in first class would go to sleep and I would do it right there.  I’d sneak to the bathroom and I’d do it.”

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Another Migrant Detention Center Infiltrated by Immigration Activists

Another Migrant Detention Center Infiltrated by Immigration Activists

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An activist with the National Immigrant Youth Alliance infiltrated the El Paso Detention Center in Texas to get to know the situation in which the undocumented migrants being held there are living.

Santiago Garcia telephoned Efe from inside the detention center and said that he had been there since Nov. 22, when he voluntarily turned himself in to immigration authorities.

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Gov’t Issues Max Number of U-1 Visas for Immigrant Abuse Victims – 5th Year in a Row

The U.S. government has once again issued the maximum number of U-1 nonimmigrant visas (10,000).  This is the fifth year in a row that these visas benefitting victims of abuse have reached the maximum number allowable under the law.  The visas are good for four years but can be extended.  The U 1 visa holder can still apply for permanent residency through a green card application.

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Ancient Lake Found on Mars

Ancient Lake Found on Mars

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The Curiosity rover has found evidence of an ancient lake on Mars that millions of years ago could have sustained life for long periods of time, NASA said.

“Quite honestly, it just looks very Earth-like,” the lead scientist of the Curiosity mission, John Grotzinger of the California Institute of Technology, said.

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ASCAP Welcomes Arturo Sandoval Into Jazz Wall of Fame

ASCAP Welcomes Arturo Sandoval Into Jazz Wall of Fame

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Cuban-American trumpet player Arturo Sandoval entered ASCAP’s Jazz Wall of Fame in a year the musician will never forget - he had already received the Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama and had won his ninth Grammy Award.

“It’s been a beautiful year with so many exceptional things going on,” Sandoval told Efe.

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Pope Francis is TIME’s ‘Person of the Year’ 2013

Latin America’s first pope, Pope Francis I, has been selected as Time Magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ for 2013. NSA Leaker Edward Snowden came in second.

This is a pope of many first: first Latin American pope, first Jesuit, and first non-European pope.

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Leader of Shining Path Captured in Peru

Leader of Shining Path Captured in Peru

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A leader of one of the remnants of Peru’s Shining Path guerrilla group has been captured, President Ollanta Humala said.

Fabian Huaman was in charge of the “organic and military reconstruction” of the illegal armed group in the coca-growing Huallaga River Valley, Humala said.

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WednesdayDecember 11, 2013