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Teach kids to love learning, not just to learn how to earn

 03/23/2010 - 12:33
Teach kids to love learning, not just to learn how to earn

Whether straining to Leave No Child Behind or Race to the Top, there's
no question that this country's leadership is zeroing in on education
from kindergarden through college. Most specifically, they're working on
the academic gap between the haves and have-nots domestically and on
the gap between the United States and other affluent countries.

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Esther Cepeda

El ciclo interminable

 03/17/2010 - 13:45

CARTAGENA, Colombia— La derecha quizás haya ganado algunas de las
guerras en Latinoamérica, pero la izquierda, sin duda, la ha superado en
ganarse la historia. Mientras la historia no sea más honesta, sin
embargo, es probable que las guerras sigan teniendo lugar.

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Visa Processing at Ciudad Juarez: Safe or not safe?

 03/17/2010 - 13:37

The USCIS office at Ciudad Juarez has
informed the immigration bar that, due to a memorial service to be
conducted on
Friday, March 19th, all appointments scheduled for that date will be
rescheduled for March 26th or March 31st. The applicants will be
notified by
email or phone or they may contact the call center at 1-800-919-1754 in
United States and 01-477-788-7070 in Mexico.

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Coffee or Tea party? Whatever your cup, roll up your sleeves

 03/13/2010 - 11:40
Coffee or Tea party? Whatever your cup, roll up your sleeves

I remember my first Tea Party invitation. The "hosts" were a group ofloosely federated regional anti-illegal immigration groups, the occasion
was Tax Day, and the call to action was to "protest to demand the end

of taxation without representation."

The particular bone ofcontention was Gov. Quinn's then-proposed tax increase, described
thusly: "Governor Quinn says he must raise your income tax because he
doesn't have enough money to pay for all the social welfare benefits

demanded by the illegal alien invaders."

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Esther Cepeda

Huyendo de Juárez: 420 mil residentes, montones de negocios buscan refugio de disparos

 03/05/2010 - 11:40

En medio de la violencia que azota Juárez, cientos
de miles de personas están abandonando sus hogares, cerrando sus
negocios y mudándose a otras partes. Si bien es difícil encontrar cifras
fiables, la policía, corredores de bienes raíces en El Paso y
demógrafos en Juárez detectan un aumento en el número de refugiados de
México que ahora viven en El Paso.



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What does a Mexican have in common with an Irishman?

 03/03/2010 - 12:42

The question sounds like the start of bad joke, and in fact it is. Posited with this inquiry before I heard the story of John O’Riley, I would likely have responded with an offensive punch line dwelling on the two cultures’ fabled fondness for spirits or insouciant approach to life. Yet, as Saint Patrick’s Day approaches, I find myself armed with something new to say.

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It's a perfect time to get reacquainted with Scott Joplin, King of Ragtime

 02/28/2010 - 08:30
It's a perfect time to get reacquainted with Scott Joplin, King of Ragtime

I've been on an insane Scott Joplin bender for two weeks now. I woke up two Saturdays ago thinking about ragtime and didn't even wait to get out of bed -- I downloaded 37 different rags straight into my iPod and have been obsessively playing them all over and over and over again ever since.

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Esther Cepeda

Latinos busy in drive to rid military of "Don't ask, Don't tell"

 02/25/2010 - 14:33

The Obama Administration, with growing support from top military brass
and members of Congress, including half of the Congressional Hispanic
Caucus, is moving to repeal the Don't Ask Don't Tell law — a 1993
compromise by resident Clinton that lifted the longstanding outright
ban on gays and lesbians serving in the military.

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Volunteers help make tax time a little less taxing for low-income

 02/20/2010 - 06:00
Volunteers help make tax time a little less taxing for low-income

Me? I'm as nice as the next guy. I'll help people pick up dropped parcels, shovel the elderly neighbor's walk, drop a buck in the donation jar, that sort of thing.

But I'm not that nice: I've never once volunteered in a soup kitchen or spent time hanging out with the grannies in the nursing home -- it takes a very, very special person to give away their time or talent to others. Especially when that talent is highly in demand and can be charged at a premium.

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Esther Cepeda

Man Indicted By A Federal Grand Jury For Defrauding Foreign National Employees

 02/16/2010 - 12:20

Despite the poor economic job climate in the U.S. and lack of previous
opportunities, America is still a beckon of hope and employment for
many.  Too often, however, employers prey upon the desire and
desperation of these foreign nationals to grab the brass employment
ring in America, taking advantage of all immigrants, especially those
from their own native country.

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A Valentine's Day decision

 02/09/2010 - 04:32

Humberto is 38 years old and in love. His girlfriend of 10 years,
Lydia, is a U.S. citizen. Humberto, unlike many men these days, is not
in the least bit commitment shy and has been dying to pop the question.
In fact, the engagement ring, purchased over two years ago, has been
secretly stashed in a dresser drawer, waiting for exactly the right
moment to be taken out and romantically presented.

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Se resienten los hispanos con Obama por desairar la reforma migratoria

 02/03/2010 - 08:04

Durante su discurso sobre el Estado de la Nación ante el Congreso el 27
de enero, después de 6.300 palabras y una hora haciendo un listado de
numerosos objetivos de políticas importantes, el presidente Obama
profirió la única palabra que millones de hispanos por todo el país
estaban esperando oír: inmigración.

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