Puerto Rico Governor Luis Fortuño Calls in National Guard to Counter Crime
By Mariela Rosario | 02/04/2010 - 10:16

The governor of Puerto Rico announced this week that he was activating the National Guard in the small island commonwealth. The measure was intended to be a temporary move to help curb rising crime rates while new police forces are recruited and trained.

"Nobody, especially me, can be happy with the number of killings last year. We have to do much more to stop this," Gov. Luis Fortuño declared during his State of the Commonwealth speech.


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Puerto Rico Refinery Fire Caused by Fuel Monitor Failure
By Mariela Rosario | 11/18/2009 - 13:37

The team investigating the devastating explosions that hit the Caribbean Petroleum Corp.’s Bayamon refinery and fuel storage complex near the capital city of San Juan has declared the incident an accident. Jeff Wanko, head of the investigation team sent by the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, told a press conference that the fire was caused by the failure of the fuel monitoring system. The night of the fire, oil in one of the 40 tanks at the refinery overflowed, allowing the fire to spread quickly throughout the facility.


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Video: Explosion Hits Gulf Facility in Puerto Rico
By Norell Giancana | 10/23/2009 - 16:46

Caribbean Petroleum Corporation, a gasoline warehouse and distributor in San Juan, Puerto Rico exploded today. Officials said that there was a blast at 12:30 a.m. which caused 11 of the 40 tanks at the facility to burst into flames. Smoke and fire could be seen from miles away and only worsened hours after the explosion. FBI agents were on site to investigate the cause and firefighters are currently on scene attempting to contain the situation but told the press that it seems that It will take several days to put out the fire. Luckily, no one was seriously injured.


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POLL: Did Calle 13 Go Too Far?
By Mariela Rosario | 10/19/2009 - 12:31

An upcoming Calle 13 concert scheduled to be held in Puerto Rico's famed Roberto Clemente coliseum has been canceled, apparently as a result of lead singer René Pérez's personal insult of the Republican Governor of Puerto Rico Luis Fortuño while hosting Los Premios MTV last week. Pérez took full advantage of his moment in the spotlight to highlight political issues and causes close to his heart and managed to offend quite a few people along the way.


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Protests Rock San Juan, Puerto Rico
By Mariela Rosario | 10/16/2009 - 14:16

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of San Juan, the capital city of Puerto Rico, to demonstrate against massive layoffs demanded by Republican Governor Luis Fortuño.


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Legendary Iris Chacón Honored
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 10/08/2009 - 12:48

Iris Chacón, the original curvy-in-all-the-right-places, Puerto Rican bombshell, was recently honored with a Nuestro Orgullo award by The Institute for the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Elderly at its 35th annual gala in NYC, the NY Daily News reports. 


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Benicio del Toro Urges PR Governor to Stop Monkey-Breeding Facility
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 10/01/2009 - 15:19

Actor Benicio del Toro wrote a letter to Puerto Rico Governor Luis Fortuño, asking him to halt the construction of a massive monkey-breeding facility in Guayama, Puerto Rico. The Oscar winner is referring to Bioculture, a company that supplies primates to laboratories. They essentially capture monkeys from their homes in Mauritius, hold them captive in Puerto Rico and sell thousands of their babies for use in painful and deadly experiments.


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Puerto Rico Left Out of Healthcare Reform?
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 09/28/2009 - 17:40

There is a debate brewing over whether or not Latinos are being left out of healthcare reform efforts. Latino lawmakers say the reforms don’t apply to the 4 million American citizens in Puerto Rico, and they’re blaming Democratic leaders.


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Benicio del Toro Takes on Role as Drama Teacher for Puerto Rican Inmates
By Christine Estevez | 07/07/2009 - 11:30

Oscar-winning actor Benicio del Toro offered tips and encouragement to a group of jailed theater-lovers at a Puerto Rican prison on Monday.

The boricua actor interrupted his vacation on the Isla del Encanto for a talk at Bayamon Regional Prison just outside the island's capital of San Juan. Del Toro spoke to the inmates, emphasizing the importance of literacy to their rehabilitation, and explained how reading has been crucial to his own growth as an actor.


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Johnny Depp Celebrates a Boricua Birthday
By Mariela Rosario | 06/15/2009 - 11:55

Johnny Depp celebrated his 46th birthday in true Caribbean fashion on the island of Puerto Rico, where he's been filming his latest movie, The Rum Diaries, for the last few months. The crew surprised the actor after shooting had ended for the day in the Viejo San Juan section of the capital. Depp was lured out onto the balcony of the old colonial house to be greeted by a street filled with musicians and well-wishers shouting "¡Feliz Cumpleaños, cabrón!" before breaking out into song.

Check out the video below:


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