Cantante Jenni Rivera Muere en Accidente Aéreo

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Los restos de la cantante Jenni Rivera y las demás personas fallecidas el fin de semana en un accidente aéreo, el martes en bolsas de plástico llegaron a la unidad de medicina forense del Hospital Universitario, donde serán sometidos a pruebas de ADN antes de ser entregados a los familiares de las víctimas, dijo un portavoz de la Procuraduría (Fiscalía) de Nuevo León.

Jenni Rivera cantó el himno nacional de EE.UU. en el Estadio de los Dodgers en 2010. Foto de EGP por Fred Zermeno

“Los resultados podrían estar listos en 24 horas o podría tardar días, dependiendo de la calidad química de los restos”, añadió el portavoz.

El vehículo, escoltado por unidades de la policía estatal, había partido unas tres horas antes del municipio de Iturbide, en el sur del estado, donde ocurrió el siniestro.

Marco Antonio Jebale, tío de quien fuera el maquillista de la cantante, Jacob Llenares, que también viajaba en la aeronave, dijo en una entrevista con una televisora local que ya está en Monterrey y que ha recibido apoyo de las autoridades.

“Vamos a esperar los tiempos necesarios para que nos sea entregado el cuerpo habiendo ya proporcionado el ADN con el que se identificarán los restos de nuestro familiar, y poderlo llevar a su ciudad natal en el estado de Guerrero”, declaró.

Los medios de información locales, nacionales e internacionales se encuentran a la espera de la llegada de la familia de Jenni Rivera.

Vernon Appoint New Police Chief

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Vernon Appoint New Police Chief

The Vernon City Council selected Interim Police Chief Daniel Calleros to serve as the city’s chief of police late last week.

In a news release announcing the appointment, Vernon Mayor William Davis said Calleros is the best choice for the position.

“Chief Calleros has kept Vernon safe. Despite painful budget cuts over the past few years, he has managed to maintain Vernon’s standing of having one of the quickest police response times to crime incidents and emergencies of any city in Los Angeles County,” said Davis.

Calleros had been serving as interim police chief since November 2010 and had previously received Vernon’s Police Officer of the Year award.

According to the city’s announcement, Calleros began his career in law enforcement as a Vernon patrol officer. He quickly moved up the ranks serving as a field-training officer, patrol sergeant, detective, internal affairs investigator and administrative captain, among other positions.

Calleros said he is deeply honored to receive the permanent position.

“I look forward to continuing our city’s strong commitment to community oriented policing programs…and continuing our unwavering pledge to provide mutual aid to law enforcement agencies in our neighboring communities.”

Comunidad de Lincoln Heights Celebra Con Desfile

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Coches clásicos, caballos y bailarines tomaron control de la calle North Broadway en Lincoln Heights el domingo durante el noveno anual Desfile Navideño de Lincoln Heights.

Grupos de Ballet Folclórico también participaron en el desfile. Foto de EGP por Nancy Martínez

Desde las banquetas el público disfrutó el desfile que viajo desde la avenida Lincoln Park hasta la Avenida 24.

Sevín Riley, una de las organizadoras del desfile, dijo a EGP que más de 70 grupos participaron este año.

“Queríamos una celebración para que participen todos y para que la comunidad salga,” Riley dijo, “La asistencia fue mejor que nunca.”

Vernon Fire Prompts Business Evacuations

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A fire burned Sunday in a building that housed three business in Vernon, prompting evacuations, a fire dispatcher said.

The fire was reported at 7:35 p.m. in a structure at East 49th Street and Santa Fe Avenue, according to a dispatcher with the Downey Fire Department, which handles calls for the Vernon Fire Department. Three businesses operate out of the burned building, which was evacuated for safety, the dispatcher said.

A partial roof collapse was reported to the rear of the edifice during the blaze, the dispatcher said. No injuries were reported.

Social Security Is the Payout for Years of Investment

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Usually when people talk about entitlements, they are referring to what they consider un-earned government payouts.

Social Security is not one of those entitlements.

Workers pay into the Social Security Trust Fund most of their working lives and their employers match their contributions.

For the non-government working class, Social Security is often their only retirement fund.

You can’t blame Social Security retirees for trying to protect their retirement nest eggs from being cut, especially while other entitlements, such as government subsidies to agri-business, oil producers, cattle farmers and others, most of them unearned, remain untouched by cost cutting efforts in the Congress.

For too long, the Social Security Trust Fund has been used as a bargaining chip to balance the federal budget. It is blamed for doing exactly what it was set up to do: pay benefits to those who contributed their hard-earned wages through withholdings from their paychecks.

Social Security recipients are unfairly penalized for the often meager wages they earn while receiving social security benefits that are above the federal limit, but the same cannot be said for retirees with Roth IRAs or other pension plans that continue to earn an income.

We believe the Social Security program is one of the best managed funds in government today and that it is high time members of Congress stop feeling “entitled” to hold up workers hard earned Social Security contributions as a way to balance the budget.

As for cutting Medicare benefits, which workers also make contributions to, due to so-called shortages in the fund, is once again blaming the wrong people.

Medicare recipients should not be blamed for the skyrocketing costs of drugs, hospital costs, or other related expenses that drain Medicare. Congress, the medical and health care industries, and insurance companies are to blame for failing to reign in costs and for failing to bargain for better prices from the drug industry, the largest cost to the fund.

So let’s be clear, Social Security is an entitlement earned through investment.

MALDEF Logra Archivos No Redactados Sobre la Muerte del Periodista Rubén Salazar

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Activistas defensores de los hispanos destacaron el 8 de diciembre las importantes implicaciones del acuerdo logrado por el Fondo México Americano de Defensa Legal y Educación (MALDEF, en inglés) para hacer públicos documentos sobre la muerte del periodista Rubén Salazar en 1970.

MALDEF logró un acuerdo con el alguacil del condado de Los Ángeles para zanjar una demanda legal y hacer públicos los documentos relacionados con la investigación de la muerte de Salazar, ocurrida el 29 de agosto de 1970 durante los disturbios en Los Ángeles.

“Es muy importante que haya transparencia por las acciones de las autoridades, ya sea que hayan ocurrido hace más de 40 años o que estén sucediendo hoy”, declaró a Efe el abogado Gilberto Salcido, del Gremio Nacional de Abogados.

MALDEF había presentado en abril una demanda contra la Oficina del Alguacil de Los Ángeles en representación del cineasta Philippe Rodríguez, ante la negativa de las autoridades de dar a conocer documentos relacionados con el fallecimiento del periodista mexicano.

Alegando que tener acceso a este tipo de información es una garantía legal establecida por el Acta de Registros Públicos de California, Matthew Barragán dijo a Efe que “personas como Rodríguez podrán tener ahora acceso a documentos que estuvieron guardados en secreto durante más de 40 años”.

Salazar cubría una manifestación durante las protestas de la Moratoria Chicana contra la guerra de Vietnam, el 29 de agosto de 1970, en el Boulevard Whittier en el Este de Los Ángeles, cuando fue alcanzado en la cabeza por un proyectil de gas lacrimógeno, causando su muerte instantánea.

Un reporte de 2011 de Office of Independent Review, una entidad civil del condado que vigila las actuaciones de los alguaciles, asegura que varios errores cometidos por agentes de policía llevaron a la muerte del periodista.

Según el informe, el periodista entró al café “Silver Dollar” para buscar protección contra la turba que causaba destrozos y se enfrentaba con la policía.

De acuerdo con el relato de los hechos, un testigo informó de que había visto entrar al Silver Dollar a dos hombres, uno de ellos armado con un rifle, por lo que los alguaciles ordenaron desalojar el establecimiento.

“Posiblemente debido a la gran cantidad de ruido en el momento”, según el informe, la mayoría de los testigos entrevistados negó haber escuchado las órdenes de desalojo, dadas por las autoridades desde afuera del salón.

Al comprobar que el local no estaba siendo desalojado, el agente Thomas Wilson disparó dos proyectiles de gas hacia el interior del café, uno de los cuales golpeó directamente a Salazar en la cabeza.

Rodríguez actualmente filma la película “Rubén Salazar: The Man in the Middle”, que será presentada al público a través de la cadena PBS en el otoño de 2013.

Our Health Care System is Still Sick

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Not much system

To our care;

Can’t find treatment

Anywhere.

It’s great living here in our rich country, as long as you’re rich yourself. Take our health care system. Unlike other wealthy countries, our nation’s medical apparatus allows those at the top to receive top-notch care, while the working class has to scrounge to survive.

If you’re lucky enough to obtain coverage in the first place, you’re then confronted with a tangle of red tape. Doctors, clinics, hospitals, nursing homes and drug companies vie for our business with inadequate oversight. But what if your coverage expires or the cost of your care exceeds policy limits? Tough luck.

Meanwhile, the lucky among us continue to live longer and add to the national health tab, increasing Medicare costs.

But in this era of corporate obsession with efficiency, the health care system is a paragon of waste. Instead of a streamlined system, every insurance company operates according to its own prerogative. Doctors’ offices are now filled with more clerks than white coats. In 2011, American doctors spent $27 billion more on bureaucratic paperwork than our Canadian neighbors operating under a single-payer system. Canadians, like most everyone else in rich countries, appreciate their universal care and scratch their heads in disbelief at our nation’s medical free-for-all.

Another of our mind-boggling ineptitudes is that we pay medical providers according to how often they see us and the procedures they perform. They should earn more for keeping us healthy than simply treating our ever-rising number of ailments and administering increasingly pricey tests. With no incentive to get the job done right the first time around, savvy docs set up their own clinics to refer us to, while hospitals load up on snazzy equipment to test us excessively.

Many of the CEOs of our nation’s top hospitals rake in salaries well over the million-dollar mark. The health industry is about making money, not healing. And it’s a big business.

And let’s not forget the drugmakers. Their wares are keeping us alive longer too, if we can afford them. But keep in mind that their industry spends more on marketing than it does on research. One study found that for every $19 Big Pharma spends on advertising and marketing, only $1 goes to funding basic research. And our rigid patent system favors these medical moneymakers by granting drug developers patents for 20 years. This allows companies to jack up drug prices and prevents low-income patients from accessing cheaper alternatives to drugs they depend on. The FDA also makes it illegal for individuals to purchase prescription drugs abroad at much lower prices.

But one thing the medical mob can’t yet keep you from doing is seeking treatment and procedures in other countries. Asia and South America have become hotbeds of American medical tourism. And if we are allowed to travel to close-by Cuba and use its state-run health care system in the future, you can bet we’ll flood that country too.

As always, those at the bottom of the economic ladder are hit the hardest by the health industry’s incompetency. If you’re poor, maybe you qualify for Medicaid, or maybe you don’t. Maybe there’s a neighborhood clinic near you, or maybe not. Maybe you’re fortunate enough to be healthy, or maybe you inherited a gene that triggered a costly chronic illness.

President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act is already helping people obtain or maintain health insurance and by January 1, 2015 it’s supposed to be fully implemented. But don’t get too excited — an estimated 26 million Americans will remain uninsured by 2020, according to the Congressional Budget Office’s calculations.

OtherWords.org columnist William A. Collins is a former state representative and a former mayor of Norwalk, Connecticut.


Los Ángeles Tiene la Mayor Cantidad de Denuncias de Crímenes de Odio

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California es el estado con mayor número de delitos de odio de todo el país, de acuerdo con un informe dado a conocer el 9 de diciembre por la Oficina Federal de Investigación (FBI, por su sigla en inglés).

En 2011, las autoridades del Estado Dorado recibieron 1.200 denuncias por crímenes de odio, lo que equivale al 16,6 % del total nacional, donde se presentaron 7.254 reportes de este tipo.

El segundo estado fue Nueva York, con 566 denuncias y Nueva Jersey fue el tercero a nivel nacional, con 553.

El informe señala además que Los Ángeles es la ciudad de California con mayor cantidad de denuncias de crímenes de odio.

En esta ciudad, con más de 3,8 millones de habitantes, fueron reportados 68 delitos de odio por motivos raciales, 33 de odio religioso, 41 de odio sexual y 28 por la etnia de la víctima.

De 699 delitos de odio contra personas reportados en California, hubo 286 intimidaciones, 227 asaltos simples, 185 asaltos agravados y un asesinato.

Del total de las denuncias por este tipo de delito a nivel nacional, 3.465 fueron a causa de la raza, de las cuales casi 2.500 fueron contra afroamericanos.

En 2011 se presentaron 891 delitos de odio por la etnia o el país de origen, siendo 506 contra los hispanos, mientras que de los 1.318 delitos de odio por motivos religiosos denunciados, 820 fueron contra los judíos.

De 1.508 delitos motivados por la orientación sexual de la víctima, 871 fueron contra homosexuales.

The Post Office: Five Years of Fixing – Triple the Losses.

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One of the biggest employers in America is crashing. And everything the federal government is doing to fix the U.S. Postal Service is just making it worse.

A lesson we should learn as we stand on the edge of the real fiscal cliff: Obama Care.

The Post Office lost $15.9 billion last year. This time next year it will be insolvent, say postal officials.

This is hardly a surprise: Losses at the Post Office have been predictable and inexorable for five years. They know what is wrong: Too many post offices. Not enough mail. Too many workers making too much money.

The unions say not to worry: They can fix the Post Office, all they need is more money. All the while denying the Post Office has a problem.

After five years, numerous commissions, pounds of reports and endless hearings, the only thing to change are the losses. They tripled.

Sure they closed a few branches and consolidated a few distribution centers, but that is about it. In their latest rescue plan, officials want to stop Saturday delivery and suspend payments to the pension system.

Now we wait for more hearings. More studies. The losses are not waiting.

We did get something for all the effort: A lesson.

Think about how FedEx or UPS would have approached the prospect of an endless series of $15.9 billion losses. What the Post Office did not do in five years, they would have done in five weeks. Or five days.

The day of reckoning is at hand for the Post Office. It can be postponed. But not cancelled.

This coming crash in the Post Office is even more interesting if we treat it as a peek into the future of health care. Obama Care.

The Post Office does a pretty good job in delivering the mail. What it does not do is adapt to change. Too many people have too much to say and everything takes too long.

Welcome to the future of health care.

Need to change a medical procedure? Let’s have lots of congressional hearings until people forget why we needed the hearing in the first place.

Want to fire a few people here, hire a few people there? Better not. Not before booking First Class seats to Washington D.C. to explain it to a congressional committee on C-Span.

All over America, city councils hire and fire ambulance companies based on who gets to the scene of an emergency in the shortest time. Medical people know the difference between four minutes and five minutes can be profound.

Now we are on the cusp of a new system that – like the Post Office – will take a four-day decision and turn it into a marathon lasting four weeks, four months, four lifetimes.

Until some genius figures out – inexorably – that nothing is working and the private sector could provide health care faster, better, cheaper.

And if you do not believe me, just ask your friendly neighborhood postman.

Bill Gunderson is a financial talk show host and writer whose by-line has appeared in newspapers around the country, and a regular contributor to the Dow Jones MarketWatch and TheStreet.com.

Jenni Rivera: Famed Singer’s Father Mourns Her Death

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The father of late singer Jenni Rivera joined as many as 50,000 people celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday morning.

The feast is a Roman Catholic observance that commemorates the appearance of the Virgin before peasant Juan Diego in Tepeyac, Mexico in 1531. Her image, which the faithful believe was not made by human hands, was left on Diego’s cloak, which is kept at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the north of Mexico City.

Thousands of people attended a Virgin de Guadalupe celebration centered at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument-Olvera Street and Our Lady Queen of Angels -La Placita Church. The annual celebration, which got underway the night prior, included an early morning Mass.

Following the Mass, Rivera’s father, Pedro, who’s mourning her death and is a well known singer in his own right, sang at the festivities, a news photographer reported from the scene.

The famed Mexican “banda” singer, reality television star and Long Beach native was killed early Sunday morning when the Learjet she was traveling in went down.

“The airplane crashed about 70 miles south of Monterrey, Mexico, due to unknown circumstances while en route to Mexico City, Mexico,” according to Terry Williams of the National Transportation Safety Board, which is assisting Mexican authorities investigating the crash. “All seven persons on board were fatally injured including Latin singer Jenni Rivera.”

Rivera, 43, dominated the “banda” style of regional Mexican music popular in California and northwestern Mexico. She was one of the biggest stars on Mexico television and was popular on “regional Mexican” stations in California.

She was the star of “I Love Jenni,” a popular bilingual cable reality show, and had recently wrapped up filming on her English language big screen debut in a film set to be released in April 2013. Rivera had also just finished the pilot for an ABC television series based in part on her life.

Members of Rivera’s family were expected to travel to Mexico to claim her remains, depending on the status of the investigation.

Earlier this week, Pedro Rivera described the last time he saw his sister, saying, “I had a feeling that something was gonna happen.”

“And I hugged her and kissed her, and I didn’t know that was gonna be the last time I was gonna see her,” he said.

Searchers late Sunday found wreckage, but no survivors, near Iturbide, Nuevo Leon, according to the city’s mayor, who was quoted on the Televisa station in Monterrey. Rivera’s driver’s license was found in the wreckage.

The plane was owned by a Las Vegas company, Starlight Management, and it had departed earlier from Houston, according to an Internet flight-tracking service. It crashed after leaving Monterrey around 3:15 a.m. following a concert en route to an airport near Mexico City.

News of Rivera’s passing hit her Southland fans hard.

“She was a great singer, a great mother,” Jovana Ramirez told ABC7 outside Rivera’s Encino estate. “Everything for her was just fantastic.”

Young fan Briana Camacho remembered Rivera on ABC7 as funny and “a person not just famous, but she’s normal, like other people.”

Editor’s Note:  An earlier version of this story mistakenly stated that Jenni Rivera’s father, Pedro Rivera, sang following a Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

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