Puerto Rico Left Out of Healthcare Reform?
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 09/28/2009 - 17:40

There is a debate brewing over whether or not Latinos are being left out of healthcare reform efforts. Latino lawmakers say the reforms don’t apply to the 4 million American citizens in Puerto Rico, and they’re blaming Democratic leaders.


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Benicio del Toro Takes on Role as Drama Teacher for Puerto Rican Inmates
By Christine Estevez | 07/07/2009 - 11:30

Oscar-winning actor Benicio del Toro offered tips and encouragement to a group of jailed theater-lovers at a Puerto Rican prison on Monday.

The boricua actor interrupted his vacation on the Isla del Encanto for a talk at Bayamon Regional Prison just outside the island's capital of San Juan. Del Toro spoke to the inmates, emphasizing the importance of literacy to their rehabilitation, and explained how reading has been crucial to his own growth as an actor.


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Johnny Depp Celebrates a Boricua Birthday
By Mariela Rosario | 06/15/2009 - 11:55

Johnny Depp celebrated his 46th birthday in true Caribbean fashion on the island of Puerto Rico, where he's been filming his latest movie, The Rum Diaries, for the last few months. The crew surprised the actor after shooting had ended for the day in the Viejo San Juan section of the capital. Depp was lured out onto the balcony of the old colonial house to be greeted by a street filled with musicians and well-wishers shouting "¡Feliz Cumpleaños, cabrón!" before breaking out into song.

Check out the video below:


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Personal Essay: An Argument for Puerto Rican Statehood
By Julia Torres Barden | 05/20/2009 - 11:20

American citizens enjoy all kinds of rights and privileges that most of us simply take for granted. Think about the presidential election: If you were over 18, did you have any doubt about your right to vote for Obama or any other candidate?


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Saborea Puerto Rico: A Culinary Extravaganza
By Verky Arcos | 04/07/2009 - 16:10

This past weekend I attended the 2nd annual Puerto Rican food festival, Saborea Puerto Rico: A Culinary Extravaganza, at Escabrón Beach in San Juan. As I headed down to La Isla del Encanto I began to think about the food that reminded me of my family, childhood and roots. I came to the conclusion that I've been bombarded with so many different dishes, fusions and cooking techniques, that I’ve sort of ignored and neglected the food that I grew up loving.


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Ex-Governor of Puerto Rico Cleared of All Charges in Corruption Trial
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 03/24/2009 - 16:14

Anibal Acevedo Vila’s month long corruption trial ended Friday when a jury found the former governor of Puerto Rico not guilty on all counts against him, including conspiracy, money laundering and lying to the FBI, the AP reports. Acevedo was facing up to 20 years in prison, but his relief was palpable as soon as the verdict came in. He began to cry as he made the sign of the cross.


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Outcry Renewed as U.S. Military May Want to Occupy Vieques Again
By Yuliana Gomez | 03/23/2009 - 18:00

After being absent for six years, the U.S. military is suggesting it could once again re-establish a presence on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques, the Associated Press is reporting. Angry objections are already being heard from Puerto Rico and beyond.


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Selena Gomez Feeds Stray Puppies in Puerto Rico
By Monica Herrera | 03/10/2009 - 17:47

Celebrities who give back are a dime a dozen, but they rarely look as genuine and motivated as Selena Gomez. The Wizards of Waverly Place star spent her weekend feeding abandoned dogs in Puerto Rico as part of an ongoing effort by nonprofits DoSomething and Island Dog to improve the treatment of animals in the Caribbean.


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Massive Government Layoffs in Puerto Rico
By Jazmin Perez | 03/05/2009 - 16:21

The AP reports the Governor of Puerto Rico, Luis Fortuño, announced on Tuesday his outline to cut more than 30,000 government positions and introduce new taxes. “The government is too big and spends too much,” Fortuño said. As part of the plan, banks, insurance companies, corporations, and those making over $100,000 will have taxes increased by 5%.


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Puerto Rico to Ship Its Monkeys to Iraq
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 02/26/2009 - 16:00

In today’s WTF news, AP is reporting that Puerto Rico plans to ship its surplus of wild monkeys to Iraq. The plan was actually put in place for a reasonably good cause (although the monkeys and animal activists may disagree). The U.S. military recently has spent more than $2.15 million to revive the Baghdad Zoo, which collapsed after the 2003 invasion when looters stole or freed almost every animal.


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