LA Unified teachers take Islam workshop - 89.3 KPCC In weekend classes, teachers learned about Islamic faith, culture, and the Middle East.
Conrad Black: Rubio likely to battle Obama in 2012 - National Post Could the GOP decide to pit a Latino against Obama in 2012?
Latino vote puts Brown in office - Ventura County Star A pollster credits a surge in enthusiasm among Latino voters between Labor Day and Election Day with aiding Jerry Brown’s decisive victory.
Geraldo Rivera: Efforts to Suppress the Latino Vote In 2010 Election Were a Throwback to Jim Crow - Fox News Geraldo speaks out, calls last month's don't-vote campaign from GOP-affiliated group "odious."
Black and Latino voters stick with a shrinking Democratic base - Los Angeles Times The two groups stayed with the Democratic party in large numbers on Tuesday.
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A vintage jar of Vivaporu, May 2010
So being out sick today has me thinking about ways to feel better, and while I have yet to reach into the medicine cabinet for it, I've been thinking about Vivaporu.
To everyone else, it's Vicks VapoRub. To generations of Latinos who as children were smeared under the nose and on the chest with the minty, smelly, greasy stuff by immigrant parents and grandparents, it's alternately known as Vivaporu, Bibaporu (how Caribbean types, like my folks, tend to pronounce it) or the one-size-fits-all Veex.
A quick search brought up several blog posts ("My Mom Made Me Eat Vicks!" one headline screams), videos, even t-shirts dedicated to Vivaporu, the Latin American cure-all and, for some, torture cream. Here's what Latina-ish guest blogger Joe Ray posted about Vivaporu as applied by his Sinaloan mother (with my slight G-rated edit):
Did Polls Underestimate Democrats' Latino Vote? - New York Times Yes. From the story: "In Nevada, however, where most polls showed Sharron Angle ahead and Harry Reid instead won by almost 6 points, the polls were pretty far off the mark."
Election: Minorities helped fuel Harry Reid's victory in Nevada - Los Angeles Times More on how a record Latino voter turnout helped the Senate Majority Leader keep his seat.
POLL: Are You Excited About Susana Martinez's Election Win? - Latina At the moment, the majority of those responding to the magazine's evolving online poll regarding New Mexico's new Republican governor elect and Tea Party favorite say they are not.
Latino Voters Save the West for Democrats - COLORLINES In California, Colorado and Nevada, Latino voter turnout helped win key races for Democrats that many expected them to lose.
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A perfectly good place to put my voter sticker, November 2, 2010
After fulfilling my civic duty yesterday and then some, I'll be out for the rest of today.
“That was the final straw. She was depicting me as a gang member. I served seven years in the Marine Corps.”
- Gilberto Ramirez, a Reno concrete worker and first-time voter quoted in the Las Vegas Sun regarding defeated Senate candidate Sharron Angle's campaign ads
The Sun and various other news outlets have reported on just how critically decisive the Latino vote was in the re-election of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Reid captured the support of 90 percent of Nevada's Latino voters, who turned out in record numbers - some, like recently-naturalized citizen Ramirez, incensed by a series of much-criticized campaign ads from Reid's Republican opponent Sharron Angle.
Perhaps the Angle ad that drew the most ire was one called "The Wave," in which images of young Latino-looking men appeared with a voiceover that began: “Waves of illegal aliens streaming across our border, joining violent gangs, forcing families to live in fear...”