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School System Under Investigation for Discrimination by Not Providing Materials in Spanish
By Samantha Leal | 07/06/2012 - 09:56

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is now investigating the Wake County Public School System, in Raleigh, North Carolina, for discrimination against Latino students with Spanish-speaking parents. 

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Florida Lifeguard Tomas Lopez
Florida Lifeguard Fired for Saving Life
By Samantha Leal | 07/05/2012 - 16:39

Think a lifeguard would get praise for saving a life? Try getting fired. Tomas Lopez, a South Florida lifeguard, went outside his beach's protected area to rescue a drowning man on Monday, and then was fired for that same act, he told the Sun-Sentinel.

"I didn't think about it at all," Lopez said. "Someone needed my help. I wasn't going to say no." 

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Sandra Echeverria
EXCLUSIVE: Sandra Echeverria on Neutrogena's Wave for Change Campaign
By Latina Staff | 07/02/2012 - 14:05

The third annual Neutrogena "Wave for Change" philanthropic campaign has launched. Now until August 31st, Neutrogena and GlobalGiving, a fundraising charity that benefits education, have teamed up to reach a goal of $250,000 through online initiatives. Leading the campaign are celebrity brand ambassadors Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Miranda Cosgrove and Sandra Echeverria, the Mexican actress and singer. 

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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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