Luis Gutierrez speaks at the Democratic National Convention
Bipartisan House Lawmakers Reach Deal on Immigration Bill
By Sugey Palomares | 05/17/2013 - 12:19

The overhaul of U.S. immigration laws finally seems to be making slow progress. A bipartisan group of House lawmakers, made up of eight Democratic and Republican leaders, reached a deal for an immigration bill on Thursday, which will be introduced in June, reports Reuters.

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Street Named After First NYC Immigrant Juan Rodriguez
Street Named After First NYC Immigrant Juan Rodriguez
By Sugey Palomares | 05/17/2013 - 09:26

This one is going down in the history books! Researchers have discovered that the first immigrant to settle in New York back in 1613 was a Latino. Yesterday marked the 400th anniversary of Juan Rodriguez’s arrival. Hundreds of neighbors gathered the streets as city officials named a stretch of Broadway, between 159th and 218th streets in Upper Manhattan, after the Dominican immigrant.

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6 dead, 7 Missing After Tornado Hits North Texas
6 dead, 7 Missing After Tornadoes Hit North Texas
By Sugey Palomares | 05/16/2013 - 10:44

At least six people were killed and dozens were injured after a string of powerful tornadoes hit two neighborhoods in North Texas on Wednesday evening. Authorities are searching for seven missing adults in the town of Granbury, just outside of Fort Worth.

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Ariel Castro
Ariel Castro to Plead Not Guilty, Lawyers Say He Is Not a Monster
By Sugey Palomares | 05/15/2013 - 12:30

The attorneys for Ariel Castro, the 52-year-old suspect accused of kidnapping and raping three Cleveland women and holding them in captivity for nearly a decade, will plead not guilty, reports the AP. Castro was charged for four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape, for abducting Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Gina DeJesus. He is currently being held on $8 million bail.

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Same Sex Marriage in Latin America
Latin American Countries & Their Stance on Same-Sex Marriage Trumps The U.S.
By Sugey Palomares | 05/15/2013 - 11:22

The movement for same-sex marriage in the U.S. took a promising turn after President Obama’s endorsement earlier this year (the first sitting President to do so), but petitions have also flooded in by state opponents who prefer for the institution of marriage to only include heterosexual unions.

Despite their protests, gay rights continue to become questioned and challenged nationwide.

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Mando on Sesame Street
Meet the New Latino Sesame Street Character – Mando!
By Sugey Palomares | 05/13/2013 - 16:22

A new Latino neighbor has moved into Sesame Street. Armando, who is nicknamed Mando, will be the new Latino character on the iconic PBS show. Puerto Rican actor Ismael Cruz Cordova will play the energetic and friendly sky blue Muppet. Cordova has a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and has previously starred in shows like, The Good Wife.

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Gina DeJesus
Cleveland Kidnap Case: Gina DeJesus Forgets Spanish While in Captivity
By Sugey Palomares | 05/13/2013 - 15:22

As Cleveland kidnap and rape survivor Gina Dejesus begins acclimating to life at home after being held captive by suspect Ariel Castro for nearly a decade, it has been confirmed that the now 23-year-old Puerto Rican woman has forgotten her native language of Spanish.

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Mother's Day Parade Shooting: 19 Injured in New Orleans, Police Seek Gunmen
Mother's Day Parade Shooting: 19 Injured in New Orleans, Police Seek Gunmen
By Sugey Palomares | 05/13/2013 - 13:37

Mother’s Day had a violent ending during a New Orleans parade on Sunday. Nineteen people were wounded, including two children, after gunmen opened fire during the event on Sunday.

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Sara Ramirez in Monty Python's Spamalot
'Smash' Canceled: 30 Latinos Who Could Have Saved the Show!
By Latina Staff | 05/13/2013 - 11:56

Sorry Smash fans -- it's curtains for the NBC show. While the move comes as no surprise to many fans (and critics), we have to say we wish the show had made some different casting decisions. Here's a look at 30 Latino stars who had the musical chops to be cast on the show -- and possibly could have saved it.

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Ryan Seacrest New Reality Music Competition Show on Telemundo
Ryan Seacrest & Telemundo Join Forces for Music Competition Show - Will You Watch?
By Sugey Palomares | 05/12/2013 - 19:19

Forget the Kardashians.

Ryan Seacrest has a new project targeting Latinos. The American Idol host and media mogul has sold 13 two-hour episodes of a music competition with the working title Duelo Musical: Super Estrella (SuperStar Showdown) to the Spanish-language network Telemundo; however, the format will be way different from the hit Fox competition that launched his career.

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