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TuesdayMarch 25, 2014

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Massive Fire Destroys Guatemala City Market, 9 Injured and $90 Million in Damages

A massive blaze Tuesday in this capital’s largest market left nine people injured and caused an estimated $90 million in damage, Guatemalan authorities said.

The fire broke out about 2:30 a.m. in the La Terminal market and firefighters were hampered in their efforts to extinguish it due to the lack of water, said first responders, who used more than 2 million liters (528,000 gallons) over the course of more than nine hours.

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California Farmworkers to Attend Special Preview of Cesar Chavez Biopic

More than 1,000 farmworkers who benefit from the legacy of Cesar Chavez will attend Tuesday in California’s Central Valley a special preview of the film about the late civil rights activist and labor leader’s life.

The movie “Cesar Chavez” will screen at what is now the National Historic Landmark of Forty Acres, outside Delano, where the United Farm Workers co-founder fasted for almost a month as part of his peaceful fight for field hands’ rights.

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Homeland Security Contemplates Placing Cameras on All Border Patrol Agents

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is prepared to consider the proposal to place cameras on all Border Patrol agents with the aim of preventing or elucidating violent incidents, an activist with the Southern Border Communities Coalition said Tuesday.

At a meeting at the Department of Homeland Security, Johnson said that first it must be determined what kind of equipment would work with agents both in areas with high temperatures and during the night, Juanita Molina said.

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Blog del Narco: Hand Grenade Thrown at Local Mayors home in Ciudad Victoria

Blog del Narco: Hand Grenade Thrown at Local Mayors home in Ciudad Victoria

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Early Monday a hand grenade was launched at a residence owned by relatives of the mayor of Ciudad Victoria, Etienne Alejandro Llano. Fortunately no none was injured.

It was the Attorney General of Tamaulipas that confirmed the events, citing the home located in the Campestre Capital Tamaulipas.

In a statement, officials said the crime was reported about 5:30 am, in a house located near the intersection of Violet and Tulip streets of said subdivision. Staff of the Attorney General of the State and explosives experts from the Attorney General’s Office were both present at the scene.

For his part, Mayor Alejandro Llano Etienne, through his Twitter account, @ EtienneLlano said: “Unfortunately the incident this morning has had no effect on the family. We continue to work with # CdVictoria “.

In an interview with the media, authorities spoke of the concern for local politicians and the efforts of coordination with the various levels of government.
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Mexican Business Man Arrested in $360 Million Banamex Fraud Case

Amado Yañez Osuna, the main stockholder in Pemex contractor Oceanografia, was arrested by Mexican prosecutors, officials said Monday.

Oceanografia is under investigation for allegedly defrauding Banamex, a unit of U.S.-based Citigroup, of about $360 million and other irregularities.

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San Diego Bucks Trend, Hires Music Teacher for Common Core

San Diego Bucks Trend, Hires Music Teacher for Common Core

Photo: Brothers Diego and Jesus Garcia are part of the music program at Lauderbach Elementary in Chula Vista

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Alex Cortes, principal at J. Calvin Lauderbach Elementary in Chula Vista says he’s found a way to enhance his school’s implementation of the new Common Core education standards. In addition to improving technology and offering teacher training, as schools across the state are doing, Cortes also decided to hire a full-time music teacher.

“I believe music can help the academic progress of my students,” says Cortes, “even under Common Core.”

Chula Vista Elementary School District – where almost 70 percent of students are Hispanic – has been working to put in place the Common Core State Standards since they were adopted in 2010. California is one of 45 states that have adopted the new standards, which revamp the way English language arts and math are taught in classrooms, emphasizing critical thinking, project-based learning and in-class group work.

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Gunman Attacks Pool Hall in Honduras, Leaves 4 Dead

Four men were shot to death and another was wounded in an attack by a gunman in western Honduras, the police spokesman in the northern city of San Pedro Sula, Cesar Johson, announced Monday.

The incident occurred on Sunday night in the town of La Encarnacion, in the western province of Ocotepeque, as the men were playing pool in a billiard parlor, according to the police report.

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Brazil Military to Occupy Favelas Days Before World Cup Starts

The Brazilian government said Monday, 80 days before the start of the 2014 World Cup, that the military will help occupy several “favelas,” or shantytowns, in Rio de Janeiro to guarantee security in an area currently controlled by violent drug trafficking outfits where some 100,000 people live.

The use of the armed forces and the National Security Force to occupy the Mare favelas was announced Monday at a press conference by Justice Minister Jose Eduardo Cardozo after a meeting with Rio de Janeiro state Gov. Sergio Cabral.

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TuesdayMarch 25, 2014