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Mollie Olgin and Mary Kristene Chapa
Gay Latina Teens Shot in Texas - One Killed, The Other in Hospital
By Samantha Leal | 07/02/2012 - 12:39

Two teens were shot in a park in Portland, Texas on June 23, one of them fatally. Mollie Judith Olgin, 19, and Mary Kristene Chapa, 18, were found in knee-deep grass in a nature area park in Portland by a couple that Saturday morning, reported Corpus Christi Caller Times. Olgin, whose father is Hispanic, was found dead.


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Enrique Pena Nieto votes in the Mexico presidential election on July 1, 2012
Mexican President Projected to Be Peña Nieto
By Samantha Leal | 07/02/2012 - 09:35

Enrique Peña Nieto, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) candidate, is the projected winner of the nation’s presidential vote. A quick count has given him around 38 percent of the vote, the Federal Election Institute said late Sunday night. This marks the return of the PRI that ruled Mexico for more than 70 years until 2000 when the conservative National Action Party took hold, reports CNN.


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Elementary School Teacher
Record Number of Latinos Join Teach for America Program
By Samantha Leal | 06/29/2012 - 09:31

Teach for America has accepted 5,800 new recruits for the 2012-2013 academic year, including 550 Hispanics, a new record for the 23-year-old organization reports the Latin American Herald Tribune.

The organization recruits and trains new teachers in a two-year program, sending them to struggling public schools across the United States. Forty-percent of these students are Hispanic. 


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Protests for Obamacare outside the Supreme Court on the day they uphold the law
Supreme Court Upholds Obama's Health Care Law
By Samantha Leal | 06/28/2012 - 10:46

In a 5-4 Supreme Court vote, the health care law set forth by Obama (nicknamed "Obamacare") has been upheld. 


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Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez
Justin Bieber & Selena Gomez — Who Would Officials Say is an Immigrant?
By Samantha Leal | 06/27/2012 - 17:55

Representative Luis Gutierrez proved he was up on pop culture (and knows how to grab viewers' attention) Wednesday when talking about Arizona immigration law SB1070 and racial profiling, reports the Huffington Post. In a speech, the pro-immigration reform congressman referenced the teen power-couple Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez. No kidding.


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George Zimmerman, June mugshot
George Zimmerman Didn’t Identify Himself as Watch Leader
By Samantha Leal | 06/27/2012 - 09:12

George Zimmerman, it seems, failed to identify himself as a watch leader to Trayvon Martin, even though he had at least two opportunities to do so, says a detective in a newly released report.


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Sonia Sotomayor at the U.S. Supreme Court in September 2009
Happy Birthday, Sonia Sotomayor! 10 Fun Facts About Her
By Samantha Leal | 06/25/2012 - 16:00

It’s Sonia Sotomayor’s birthday. The first Latina to join the Supreme Court, this “wise Latina” has definitely left her mark. We’re celebrating with these 10 fun facts about Justice Sotomayor. Read on!

1. She’s a comic book hero! 

Sotomayor got the Wonder Woman treatment in 2010, when her story was made into a comic book series that also featured other notable women such as Hillary Clinton. Not too shabby!


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Ousted Paraguay President Fernando Lugo
Ousted Paraguay President Calls for Return to Democracy
By Samantha Leal | 06/25/2012 - 14:00

Fernando Lugo, the Paraguayan President who was impeached and ousted by Congress a few days ago, has called the country's new government "illegitimate" and called for a return to democratic rule, reports Reuters


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Paraguay President Fernando Lugo
The Week in Culture: Latina Teen Pregnancy Rate Down, Mitt Romney's Immigration Plan, and More!
By Samantha Leal | 06/23/2012 - 16:00

Here's what happened in the world this week, in case you missed it!

- Latina teen pregnancy dropped 33 percent, reaching its lowest point since 1976. The biggest factor? Contraception. [Latina.com

- Mitt Romney’s immigration plan leaves out undocumented grads. [Huffingtonpost.com]


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President Barack Obama, GOP Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney
Election 2012: Is the Deportation Announcement a Game Changer?
By Viviana Hurtado | 06/21/2012 - 15:00

Latinos’ enthusiasm and energy after President Obama announced young student or military illegal immigrants would not be deported could have powered a small city for a month. Now the devil is in the details: how is the policy going to be rolled out? What guidance will be given to those charged with executing the President’s vision such as law enforcement and government lawyers? What if Governor Mitt Romney beats President Obama – will those who come forward be thrown out of the country or left to languish for months in immigration clinks?


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