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Close elections push voters to extremes

By Mark Burd Futurity When political races are competitive, both Democrat and Republican voters favor candidates who are more strongly conservative or liberal, new research shows. The findings contradict conventional thinking that holds close elections swing appeal to the center toward candidates with a moderate or centrist ideology and may explain why voters in the

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Lt. Col. Lesbia Nieves — a Latina officer with distinction

Jennifer Supernaw CTLatinoNews.com Lt. Col. Lesbia Nieves says the most important thing she has learned from serving in the military is “If you dream and dream big, anything is possible.” Now, Nieves is the first Hispanic woman to serve as Lieutenant Colonel in the Connecticut Army National Guard and has recently received another prestigious honor.

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“Children of color are the most at-risk victims of pollution”

By Marcia G. Yerman Mom’s Clean Air Force Ana Baptista is on a mission to drive change. With a Masters from Brown University in Environmental Studies, a PhD in Urban Planning and Public Policy, and a teaching post at the New School for Public Engagement, Ana is well-equipped to move the needle on the environmental

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Too many Latino students battle low expectations from their teachers

LatinaLista — A new education study released by the Center for American Progress only reinforces what parents, researchers and students have long known — a teacher’s low expectation of her/his students goes a long way in impacting the self-esteem and future success of those students. The Power of the Pygmalion Effect followed a national representative

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VIDEO: With climate change worsening, hope is but a tree away

LatinaLista — Climate change is getting worse. The stats prove it. A recent report by the American Meteorological Society found that greenhouse gases, sea levels and global temperatures — key indicators of climate change — rose in 2013. It’s a trend that scientists don’t foresee “cooling down.” The rise in these key stats means that

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Planet’s indigenous get ready to stage “largest climate march in history”

LatinaLista — Among the rational, climate change is no longer denied or ridiculed. Rising sea levels, soaring summer temperatures, monstrous storms, tornados and flooding and a drought encompassing most of the planet are clear indicators that something is happening. It is said that the people who are on the frontlines of this global climate change

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Hitting the Ground Running: The story of Clemente Rodriguez

By Virginia Brooks LatinaLista It’s before dawn and Clemente Rodriguez hits the ground running. He pulls on his work clothes and heads out to meet his power line crew somewhere in East Texas to start a 10-hour day of demanding and sometimes dangerous work. Clemente is a lineman, and he spends much of his days

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CDC – Whooping Cough Cases on the Rise

LatinaLista Whooping cough used to be thought of as a disease of the past, but it’s making a comeback – and 2014 is on track to be a busy year! There are many factors contributing to the current resurgence of whooping cough. The best protection is to get vaccinated against it. While offering protection, the

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Intrn’l Video: Rural Colombian town fights Canadian gold mining company for survival

LatinaLista — Indigenous and rural people throughout the Americas have long been under constant threat of attack against their way of life since the days of the Spanish conquistadores. What used to be outright murder and enslavement has evolved into displacing them or endangering their health when seizing their lands for drilling, mining or deforestation.

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Equity crowdfunding takes donating to whole new level for Latinos

LatinaLista — When crowdfunding first arrived in cyberspace about eight years ago, most people saw it as another incarnation of the popular “Pay It Forward” movement. Ordinary people pledging their own money to help out an entrepreneur, assist in developing the next smart-tech invention or support a good cause and actually get something in return,

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Latina inventor puts a new ‘edge’ to the traditional favorite empanada

By Juan Miret LatinaLista Who would have thought that the delicious Latin American – okay, and Spanish too! – turnovers, better known as empanadas, filled with meat, seafood, vegetables, cheeses and a never-ending list of ingredientes could be reinvented? And I am not talking about changing the frying or baking of this popular Latino street

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Argentina chasing first Cup title in 28 years

By Eduardo Szklarz Infosurhoy.com BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Germany’s historic rout against Brazil in the first World Cup semifinal match on July 8 leaves Argentina as the only country representing the Americas that still has a shot at winning the title on regional soil. The Argentines, who are thirsting for their first World Cup championship

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Over 60 percent of Latinas say they know a victim of domestic violence

LatinaLista — It’s said that domestic violence is more common than diabetes. And if social media is any indication, in the aftermath of the NFL fiasco handling of those players caught in acts of violence, domestic violence is at crisis levels. For too many Latino families it’s also a daily fact of life. A new

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Crowdfunder: A streaming network for seniors

LatinaLista — Campaign: GoldenDigitalNetwork.com for Seniors The Golden Digital Network is a simple, easy-to-use entertainment service for seniors, families and caretakers to access a 24/7 network from their computer, smart phone, tablet or Internet TV. Inspired by fans and friends from around the world, legendary Big Band singer Louise Tobin – at the age of

Culture

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Peru’s pre-Inca artifacts already on display in Texas, U.S.

Andina The city of Irving in Texas, United States, is currently hosting the magnificent travelling exhibition “Peruvian Gold: Ancient Treasures Unearthed,” that features Peru’s pre-Inca masterpieces. The opening ceremony, held on 2 October, was chaired by the Peruvian Ambassador to the United States Harold Forsyth, who expressed his satisfaction and appreciation to the National Geographic

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