Archive for November, 2011

November 30, 2011

Ricky Martin on Glee!

– via Latina Magazine

Oh. Em. Geee. TV Line is reporting that Ricky Martin will guest star on Glee next year. We LOVE the hit FOX show and any chance to get a glimpse of Ricky is more than welcome so basically, we don’t know what to do with ourselves around here!

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November 30, 2011

An Olympic Athlete who is not athletic shows secret to success

via Fox News Latino

The Olympian wasn’t particularly athletic. He wasn’t in his teens or twenties. He wasn’t a medal winner, either.

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November 30, 2011

Line grows long for free meals at US schools

– via NY Times

Millions of American schoolchildren are receiving free or low-cost meals for the first time as their parents, many once solidly middle class, have lost jobs or homes during the economic crisis, qualifying their families for the decades-old safety-net program.

The number of students receiving subsidized lunches rose to 21 million last school year from 18 million in 2006-7, a 17 percent increase, according to an analysis by The New York Times of data from the Department of Agriculture, which administers the meals program. Eleven states, including Florida, Nevada, New Jersey and Tennessee, had four-year increases of 25 percent or more, huge shifts in a vast program long characterized by incremental growth.

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November 30, 2011

Heading soccer balls can be dangerous

– via Fox News Latino

Regularly heading a soccer ball — even just a few times a day — can lead to brain injury, an American study said Tuesday.

Researchers used an advanced MRI-based imaging technique to scan the brains of 38 amateur soccer players then compared the images to the number of times they headed the ball during the past year.

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November 30, 2011

A dangerous snag in the fabric of society

by Maitri Pamo

Last December, I was unnerved by a snag in the fabric of my local society. Antonio Martinez was arrested and charged with plotting to detonate a car bomb in Catonsville, a town in which I used to work and one that is not far from my home. A convert to Islam, Martinez had decided that he would wage “holy war;” as if war were ever holy.

Already on alert when I learned the location of the plot, my eyes widened when I heard the Latino surname. In 2002, Jose Padilla was arrested for conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism. Padilla, burdened by a long criminal record, had become radicalized in the U.S. Daniel Maldonado left the U.S. for terrorist training. Carlos Almonte and Bryant Vinas  also found themselves drawn to violence as a way to express their religious fervor. And then, there is the recent case of Jose Pimentel who planned to carry out violent acts in New York.

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November 30, 2011

Peace activist killed in Mexico

– via CNN

Mexico City (CNN) — A high-profile Mexican peace movement blamed the country’s government Tuesday for the death of one of the group’s most vocal members.

Nepomuceno Moreno Nunez, 56, was shot Monday afternoon as he crossed a street in Hermosillo, Sonora, authorities said.

Investigators collected nine shell casings from the scene.

“For the death of Nepomuceno, we blame, by omission, federal and state authorities who did not respond to his requests for protection,” the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity said in a statement issued Tuesday.

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November 30, 2011

What is the future of affirmative action?

by Daniel Cubias

Twenty years ago, I had my only direct experience with racial set-asides. I won a hundred dollars in an essay contest for Latino teens. Of course, kids of any race could enter, but it was clearly aimed at Latinos. I can’t recall ever being part of another social program that was, whether stated or implied, just for Latinos.

As such, I’m still waiting for those affirmative action quotas that will rocket me to the top of any employer’s wish list. Supposedly, all I have to do is show up in an HR office, mention my last name, and sit back while all the qualified white candidates are shoved out windows to make way for me.

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November 29, 2011

Should mobile apps be rated?

– via TODAY

Photo Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

Video games have ratings for age appropriateness; why not mobile apps? CTIA, the wireless trade industry association, Tuesday plans to announce such a rating system that it hopes will give consumers “the information and tools they need to make informed choices when accessing apps.”

Where will “Angry Birds,” for example, fall on such a scale? “EC” (Early Childhood), content “that may be suitable for ages 3 and older. Contains no material that parents would find inappropriate”? Or, perhaps “AO” (Adults Only), for those 18 and older because of “prolonged scenes of intense violence and/or graphic sexual content and nudity.”

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November 29, 2011

Latino leaders take aim at Romney

– via CNN

Texas Congressmen Charlie Gonzalez and Silvestre Reyes. Photo CNN

Democratic Texas Congressmen Silvestre Reyes and Charlie Gonzalez decried GOP contender Mitt Romney’s stance on immigration Wednesday.

In a conference call with reporters, Gonzalez charged the former Massachusetts governor who’s seeking the 2012 GOP presidential nomination for the second time with trying to “out pander his competition.”

“We have a saying. It’s about our Texas weather,” Gonzalez said. “If you don’t like it, wait two hours and it’ll change.”

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November 29, 2011

Soda’s evil twin: fruit juice

– via Mamiverse.com

Imagine eating a 5-pound bag of sugar. Now multiply that by nine. If you’re living in the United States, that’s likely what you consumed last year. Not in one sitting, of course. The average American consumes an average of 45 pounds of the white stuff annually. And given the high obesity rates among Latinos and the rise of obesity among Latino children, chances are that number is even higher.

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