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ESPN’s Hugo Balta Views Sports as Universal Language

By Lisa S. Lenkiewicz CTLatinoNews.com Regardless of income, ethnicity or skin color, sports fans speak a universal language. So says Hugo Balta, senior director of multicultural content at ESPN. The wide world of sports is a unifying force, and Balta sees it as his mission to involve a growing, multicultural audience for the global sports…

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Latino Textile Artist Asks For Help To Reach Fundraising Goal

Lisa S. Lenkiewicz CTLatinoNews.com Latino visual artist, textile designer and weaving instructor Ruben Marroquin is a big dreamer. For the past two years, he has operated an art and weaving studio out of a storefront at the Arcade Mall in downtown Bridgeport. Now he wants to go a step further and build a sustainable business…

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Working To Preserve The Legacy Of A Puerto Rican Leader

By Lisa S. Lenkiewicz CTLatinoNews HARTFORD, CT — Years ago, the name Maria Colon Sanchez was synonymous with leadership in Hartford’s Puerto Rican community. She was bestowed with the honorary title “La Madrina” (The Godmother) by her community. A new generation of young Puerto Rican leaders in the Hartford area is determined to ensure her…

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Connecticut’s Low-Income Hispanic Children Use Dental Services At High Rate

Doug Maine CTLatinoNews Hispanic children from low-income families have the highest use rate for dental services – 76 percent – in the state’s HUSKY A (Medicaid) program in 2012. That was greater than the rates for African-American children (70 percent) and Caucasian children (72 percent). That data is part of a report called “Something to…

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CT’s “Drive Only” Licenses For Undocumented Residents A Reality Thanks To Hard Work

By Bill Sarno CTLatinoNews.com Beginning with the new year, hundreds of undocumented immigrants, many of whom are Hispanic, will be reporting each week to the state’s Department of Motor Vehicle offices to begin the process of obtaining a new type of state-issued driver’s license. These licenses, which are not valid for state or federal identification…

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