"Viva Puerto Rico Libre!": Puerto Rican Nationalist Lolita Lebron Dies at Age 90
By Janel Martinez | 08/02/2010 - 16:00

Lolita Lebron, the Puerto Rican independence activist best known for her role in an attack on the U.S. Capitol, died of complications from respiratory disease in a hospital in San Juan this Sunday. She was 90.

“Lolita was the mother of the independence movement," Maria Lourdes Santiago, a member of the U.S. commonwealth’s Senate from the Puerto Rican Independence Party told the Associated Press. "This is an insurmountable loss."

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J.Lo & Marc Share Their Love for NYC's Puerto Rican Day Parade
By Mariela Rosario | 06/14/2010 - 13:00

Marc Anthony was officially named the Grand Marshall of the 2010 Puerto Rican day parade in New York, after a domestic abuse scandal derailed telenovela star Osvaldo Rios-Alonso, who had been initially selected for the honor.

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Congress Allows Controversial Vote on Puerto Rico's Status to Move Forward
By Mariela Rosario | 05/03/2010 - 17:00

The U.S. House of Representatives recently voted to authorize a referendum on the political status of Puerto Rico. For over 112 years, Puerto Rico has been a commonwealth property of the United States; Puerto Ricans living on the island are unable to vote in presidential elections and their representative to the Congress has no official say in political matters. Since the island is not a state, its residents do not pay income taxes, but they can be drafted to fight in wars.

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Millions of Puerto Rican Birth Certificates Voided
By Mariela Rosario | 03/02/2010 - 16:41

A law enacted in Dec. of 2009 by Puerto Rican Governor Luis Fortuño has effectively left one third of the Puerto Rican population living in the United States without valid birth certificates. In an attempt to gain control of the identity theft rampant in the commonwealth, Fortuño signed a law into effect making all birth certificates processed prior to Dec. 2009 invalid for use in any federal agency.

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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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