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The Salazar corrido, "El 29 de Agosto"

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Did you know there was a corrido recorded in memory of Ruben Salazar, the Los Angeles Times and KMEX-TV journalist killed 40 years ago yesterday while reporting on a protest in East L.A?

I didn't. But courtesy of a tweet from @LAHistory, I heard it for the first time today. The corrido, titled "El 29 de Agosto" ("The 29th of August"), was recorded by Lalo Gutierrez, the multiple-award-winning "Father of Chicano Music," who died in 2005. Among Gutierrez's many honors was a National Medal of Arts, awarded to him in 1996.

The 1970 killing of Salazar, who was fatally struck in the head by a tear gas projectile, continues to prompt speculation. The LAT, which in recent months has attempted to obtain records of the investigation into his death, reported yesterday that Los Angeles Police Department record show that the journalist had a contentious relationship with law enforcement prior to his death.

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New NCLR report: Latino children and nutrition

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Fruits and veggies, January 2008


The National Council of La Raza has released a third report in its Profiles of Latino Health series, which began last year. The new report examines Latino children's nutrition, and the results aren't encouraging. From the report:
Hispanic children currently make up more than one in five children in the U.S., and, as the fastest-growing segment of the child population, are expected to represent nearly one in three children by 2030.3 Latino children are also the hungriest in America—making up almost 40% of the one million children living in hunger.4 Ironically, they also have one of the highest risks for obesity; researchers estimate that nearly two-fifths (38.5%) of Latino children ages two to 19 were overweight or obese in 2008.5 Because hunger and obesity have serious implications for the developmental and health outcomes of children and adolescents, it is imperative to take action now, before these children become the first generation not to outlive its parents.

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Border deaths mark a sobering end to an intense month in the immigration debate

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As we close a particularly intense month of public and political debate tied to immigration - the protests in Arizona over SB 1070, the controversy over a planned Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero, the talk of "anchor babies" as some GOP leaders push to end birthright citizenship - a couple of stories from the border this week have provided sobering context to the vociferous immigration debate.

On Tuesday in the Mexican border state of Tamaulipas, not far from Brownsville, Texas, Mexican marines discovered a mass grave containing the bodies of 72 migrants, men and women from Central and South America. According to the sole survivor, a 18-year-old man from Ecuador who escaped with gunshot woulds and alerted authorities, the 58 men and 14 women hailing from Ecuador, Brazil, Honduras and El Salvador were on their way to the United States after having illegally traversed Mexico.

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