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Gymnast Jorge Valdes
Gymnast Jorge Valdés’ Miraculous Recovery After Spinal Cord Injury
By Latina Staff | 06/13/2012 - 11:41

By Teresa Rodriguez for Univision News

A spinal cord injury can have irreversible consequences, including the possibility of becoming a quadriplegic. That seemed to be the case for Jorge Valdés, a young gymnast who suffered a devastating fall that threatened to paralyze him.

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George Zimmerman wife Shellie Zimmerman mugshot, arrest photo
George Zimmerman's Wife Arrested for Lying to Court
By Samantha Leal | 06/13/2012 - 09:50

George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin's shooter, is not the only person being implicated in this situation. Zimmerman's wife, 25-year-old Shellie Zimmerman, was charged on Tuesday for perjury, or lying to the court. Prosecutors say that she blatantly lied at Zimmerman's April bail hearing when she said that they had no assets, aware that her husband had a Paypal account set up and had collected more than $100,000 from donations.

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Latino Gymnast John Orozco, London Olympics 2012
Latino Gymnast John Orozco Heads to London Olympics!
By Samantha Leal | 06/12/2012 - 16:56

In a storyline straight from a movie, gymnast John Orozco beat out Danel Leyva, the defending U.S. men’s all-around champion, by just five-hundredths of a point, earning his spot as the U.S. representative at the upcoming London Olympics, reports the Associated Press.

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Classroom, Young Students, School Children
English to Replace Spanish in Puerto Rican Schools
By Samantha Leal | 06/12/2012 - 15:53

English is set to replace Spanish as the language used to teach in Puerto Rico’s public schools, according to the Latin American Herald Tribune. The plan will start under a 10-year umbrella this summer, said Education Secretary Edward Moreno Alonso.

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Paraguay President Fernando Lugo
President of Paraguay Admits to a Fourth Love Child
By Sugey Palomares | 06/06/2012 - 16:57

The President of Paraguay, Fernando Lugo, has been busy, and some may argue that it’s not necessarily due to his political duties. The politician, and former Catholic priest, has revealed that he is the father of a 10-year-old boy named Angel. His mother, Narcisca de la Cruz, claims that she presented the paternity case to media outlets after she was denied access to the president and once her son wanted to share his father’s last name.

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Woman Smoking, Tobacco Tax Prop 29, California Smoking Bill
Proposition 29 Raises The Question: How Much Should Cigarettes Be Taxed?
By Samantha Leal | 06/06/2012 - 09:55

Proposition 29, a California initiative proposes to raise taxes on cigarettes by a dollar a pack and earmarks the proceeds for cancer research, was too close to call Tuesday morning, reports The Associated Press.

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Unemployment, Job Search
Jobs Report: Unemployment Hits Latinos Hard
By Sugey Palomares | 06/05/2012 - 14:54

The Bureau of Labor and Statistics has released a new jobs report, which showcases that Latino unemployment rates increased from 10.3% to 11% in April. The economic recession has also hit the African American community, which has an unemployment rate of 13%. The numbers reflect how deeply Latino workers have been affected by the job market with unemployment rates that are three points higher than the national average of 8.2%.

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Carlos Correa plays in Perfect Game All-American Classic in San Diego in 2011
Puerto Rican Teen Carlos Correa Makes History in MLB Draft
By Samantha Leal | 06/05/2012 - 09:28

The 17-year-old shortstop Carlos Correa made history Monday night as the number one pick from Puerto Rico for the Houston Astros. Previously, catcher Ramon Castro had made hometown history as the highest-drafted player out of Puerto Rico at pick number 17, going to the Houston Astros in 1994.

Correa, moments before speaking to the crowd at the draft site, reached into his pocket near the podium and pulled out a small Puerto Rican flag, waving it to the cheering crowd.

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Miss America 2012 Rhode Island Olivia Culpo Wins Crown
The Miss USA 2012 Pageant Winner Is Olivia Culpo
By Samantha Leal | 06/04/2012 - 09:50

The 61st annual Miss USA Pageant was held Sunday night in Las Vegas, and the winner came from the smallest state – Rhode Island.

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Jessica Alba at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards 2012 in London
Latinas Win Big At Glamour “Women of the Year” Awards in London
By Valerie Tejeda | 05/30/2012 - 13:00

Jessica Alba, Sofia Vergara, and Eva Longoria took top honors at UK Glamour magazine’s annual “Women of the Year” awards ceremony in London on Tuesday night. The event is held each year to recognize women in the public eye for their outstanding accomplishments.

Colombian actress Sofia Vergara was named “Comedy Actress of the Year” for her role on Modern Family. The 39-year-old beauty accentuated her curves in a form fitting red dress, and wore black open-toed heels.

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