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Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations getting underway

By Katherine Diaz Starting this Friday (Sept. 15), millions of Americans will take time to recognize Hispanic heritage and culture as they celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, which will run through Oct. 15. This celebration started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson. It wasn’t until 1988 that the celebration was expanded from a week to a month …

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Hurricane Irma to strike southern Florida

State of emergency declared By Melissa Arroyo Hurricane Irma is about to wreak havoc on southern Florida. The storm became classified as a Category 5 hurricane on Tuesday (Sept. 5) as it gained strength in the Atlantic Ocean with winds of 185 mph. At press time, Irma had made its landfall in the Caribbean and was making its way to …

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Hurricane Harvey causing massive destruction

By Chara Life won’t be the same for residents of southeastern Texas after Hurricane Harvey. That was Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s opinion Monday (Aug. 28), as the storm continued to wreak havoc on southern and southeastern Texas, particularly through major flooding. In a story that day in The New York Times, the governor called for people “to recognize it will …

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White House ousts Bannon as chief strategist

By Chara On Aug. 18, the White House announced Steve Bannon’s termination as chief strategist. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House press secretary, issued a statement confirming the news. “White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day,” the statement read. “We are grateful for his service and wish him the …

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A retirement guide for DACA recipients

Commentary by Melissa Arroyo Planning for retirement can be intimidating for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients who are starting out in their careers and learning about their workplace 401(k) plans or how much of their money goes toward Social Security. If you’re a DACA recipient, here’s a quick guide for retirement planning: *Understand your options: Understand, for example, …

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Trump under fire for response to Charlottesville tragedy

Compiled From Traditional and Social Media Reports America’s political and entertainment leaders are weighing in on President Trump’s comments regarding the Aug. 12 tragedy in Charlottesville, Va. In general, they don’t like what Trump has said. As multiple news sources reported, white supremacist groups staged a “Unite the Right” rally Aug. 11 and 12 in Charlottesville, with the rally prompting …

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Stay informed about net neutrality

Commentary by Melissa Arroyo Some of the freedoms and privileges you enjoy when surfing the internet might soon disappear. Internet service providers (ISPs) such as Verizon and Comcast could soon have the right to dictate what websites you visit, as the Trump administration seeks to roll back the net neutrality policies put in place in 2015 by the Obama administration. …

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Bill introduced to protect DACA students

By Chara Some U.S. representatives have introduced a bill in Congress they hope will protect students in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program from deportation. Known as the American Hope Act of 2017, the bill introduced by Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez of Illinois and other sponsors would grant legal status to children who entered the United States before …

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Undocumented immigrants found dead in truck in San Antonio

Death toll reported at 10, dozens more hospitalized By Melissa Arroyo Ten people are dead and dozens more are hospitalized in critical condition in San Antonio after a truck driver attempted to smuggle undocumented immigrants from Mexico into the United States. The vehicle, a tractor trailer, was found parked early Sunday morning (July 23) at a Walmart in San Antonio …

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Border wall prototype underway this summer

By Melissa Arroyo The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is moving forward with plans to build President Trump’s  proposed border wall. On June 27, Homeland Security officials announced that a $20 million prototype border wall is underway and will be built in the San Diego area. Although Congress didn’t include the $8-12 billion costs of the wall in its spending …

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