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October 2012 Archives

Texas Couple Sentenced to 5 Years for Conspiring to Bribe a Border Patrol Agent

Texas Couple Sentenced to 5 Years for Conspiring to Bribe a Border Patrol Agent

A federal judge in Las Cruces, New Mexico sentenced Debbie Ayala, 26, of San Elizardo, Texas, and David Rogelio Leyva, 27, of Socorro, Texas, to five-year prison terms for conspiring to bribe a public official, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales. Ayala and Leyva will be on supervised release for three years after they complete their prison sentences. continue reading »

Jessica Alba, Robert Rodriguez, will.i.am Fighting Voter Intimidation in PSAs

Jessica Alba, Robert Rodriguez, will.i.am Fighting Voter Intimidation in PSAs

“We all have an equal voice in the voting booth. That’s what makes America great,” says actress Jessica Alba in one of the new public service announcements (PSAs) produced with civil and voting rights group Advancement Project. continue reading »

Latino Group Claims Federal Agency Neglecting to Provide Record of Serving Latino Families

Latino Group Claims Federal Agency Neglecting to Provide Record of Serving Latino Families

At the conclusion of National Hispanic Heritage Month, members of the National Alliance for Hispanic Families are calling on leaders of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to quantify the work the agency has undertaken in the last year to better serve Latinos. In spite of its good-faith attempt, the agency's focus on evidence-based efforts seems to have fallen short of providing the necessary details to support a theme of strong progress toward serving the needs of Latino families and children. continue reading »

Hurricane Sandy’s Death Toll Rises to 38

Hurricane Sandy’s Death Toll Rises to 38

Hurricane Sandy caused 38 deaths and forced tens of thousands of people to evacuate their homes in a wide swath of the Caribbean. Sandy, which was a Category 2 hurricane at its peak intensity earlier this week, killed 11 people in Cuba, 26 in Haiti and one in Jamaica and now threatens the northeastern United States, prompting the states of New York and Virginia to declare a state of emergency. continue reading »

Arizona Campaign Builds Against “America’s Toughest Sheriff”

Arizona Campaign Builds Against “America’s Toughest Sheriff”

A movement to oust Joe Arpaio, America’s self-proclaimed “toughest sheriff,” from office continues to gain momentum in Arizona. Actions range from a Latino voter mobilization to an infusion of support from out-of-state groups helping run anti-Joe Arpaio radio ads on Spanish radio. continue reading »

Presidential Race: It’s All About the Latino Ground Game

Presidential Race: It’s All About the Latino Ground Game

I mentioned in polite company a couple of times that Latinos are a fourth quarter political people. And even in polite company the idea hasn’t been that well received. But I insist, now that we’re in the fourth quarter of this presidential campaign, it’s our, Latino, time. continue reading »

INFOGRAPHIC: The History of Hispanics in Hollywood

INFOGRAPHIC: The History of Hispanics in Hollywood

Hispanics have had a long history in Hollywood. Latino actors range from Rita Hayworth to Javier Bardem and have had roles in silent films to 3D. Even though Hispanic actors have been acting since the 1920s, only recently have they had more prominent roles. continue reading »

Lawsuit Demands Transparency Between GA Law Enforcement and ICE

Lawsuit Demands Transparency Between GA Law Enforcement and ICE

This week the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR) and the ACLU of Georgia filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The suit seeks public records documenting the effects of Georgia’s increasing involvement in immigration enforcement, continue reading »

Accident at Fireworks Factory in Central Mexico Kills 4, Injures 3

Accident at Fireworks Factory in Central Mexico Kills 4, Injures 3

Four people died and three were injured in an explosion at a fireworks factory in the central Mexican town of Ejidos de Santa Maria y San Agustin, officials said. The Public Safety Secretariat in the state of Mexico said in a communique that the number of dead and injured could change. continue reading »

Unemployment Rate Tops 25 Percent in Spain

Unemployment Rate Tops 25 Percent in Spain

The ranks of Spain's unemployed climbed by 85,000 in the third quarter to more than 5.75 million, pushing the jobless rate to a record 25.02 percent, the National Statistics Institute, or INE, said Friday. continue reading »

EU Signs Off on Future Spanish “Bad Bank”

EU Signs Off on Future Spanish “Bad Bank”

The European Commission and the European Central Bank said in a joint statement Friday that a deal has been struck with Spain on key aspects of a future "bad bank" that will take on other Spanish lenders' toxic property assets, noting that that entity will be up and running on Dec. 1. continue reading »

Fidel Castro’s Friend Turned Dissident Passes Away in Cuba

Fidel Castro’s Friend Turned Dissident Passes Away in Cuba

Eloy Gutierrez Menoyo, a comandante of the Cuban Revolution who later turned against Fidel Castro, died Friday in Havana, sources close to the dissident told Efe. He was 77. continue reading »

Nearly 53 Million Brazilians Hit by Blackout

Nearly 53 Million Brazilians Hit by Blackout

Electric equipment that caught fire between two substations caused a blackout in nine states of northeastern Brazil as well as in the capital city of Brasilia and numerous municipalities of two northern states, officials said Friday. continue reading »

After Armstrong’s Doping Charges, No Tour de France Winner from 1999-2005

After Armstrong’s Doping Charges, No Tour de France Winner from 1999-2005

The International Cycling Union, or UCI, decided Friday that the 1999-2005 Tour de France titles stripped from American cyclist Lance Armstrong for doping and providing performance-enhancing drugs to his teammates will not be awarded to the second-place finishers of those races. continue reading »

Dia de los Muertos with the Chicago Sinfonietta

"There are times when we reflect on those we have loved and lost, when we contemplate questions of life, beauty, and mortality. In Latin America, these somber reflections are balanced by joyful celebration of the gifts left to us by continue reading »