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LATINO LOOP for the week of March 16, 2018

A new study by the Consejo Ciudadano para la Seguridad Publica revealed that Los Cabos in Southern Baja California is the most dangerous city in the world. The city saw one homicide per day in 2017.

Erick Uriel Sandoval was arrested in Cocula, Mexico by federal authorities. He is suspected of playing a key role in the murder of 43 student-teachers from Iguala in 2014.

Eduardo Cabra “Visitante Calle 13” was awarded the ASCAP Vanguard Award during the performing rights organization’s Latin Awards gala last week in New York.

Mattel announced the release of a collection of “Inspiring Women” for Barbie.  Among the dolls to be created is a Frida Kahlo doll.

Television and live event producer Leana Villarreal passed away on March 7th after a private, year-long battle with cancer.

Starbucks opened its 600-acre coffee farm in Hacienda Alsacia in Costa Rica to the public last week. The company created a visitor center on the property and offers tours of the farm.  

The Trump administration will exempt Canada and Mexico from tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. GOP lawmakers convinced Trump into including the exemptions in order to protect key security ties with US allies.

NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises has announced the formation of Telemundo Academy, a multimedia educational institution. Pitbull’s SLAM Miami charter school is one of the academy’s first partners.

Univision Chief Executive Randy Falco has announced his retirement at the end of this year when he turns 65. The resignation comes just four months after Univision renewed Falco's contract and shortly following the company’s announcement that it is not moving forward with its planned IPO.

Lopez Negrete Communications received Best in Show at the 56th American Advertising Awards Austin for its work with RAM Trucks.  This is the 15th consecutive year that the agency received the Best in Show award.

Univision Deportes made history last weekend when Iris Cisneros debuted as the first female play-by-play commentator for a live soccer match. She commentated on the match between Club America and Club Leon which also featured 10 other women working behind the scenes including Ana Caty Hernandez and Cristina Romero.

THE ACLU filed a class-action lawsuit this week against the Trump administration with the claim that families are being separated at the border without cause, citing several cases of parents and children that have been separated by deportations.   

Reynaldo Bignone, Argentina’s last military dictator, died at age 90 while under house arrest for crimes against humanity.

Fusion CEO Felipe Holguin and President and Chief Content Officer Daniel Eilemberg are no longer with the company after a round of layoffs last week.

Vincent Ramos, CEO of Phantom Secure, was arrested last week for allegedly selling encrypted and secure cell phones to the Sinaloa Cartel.  Ramos faces charges of racketeering, conspiracy to conduct enterprise affairs, as well as conspiracy to distribute narcotics, and aiding and abetting.

Guadalajara’s International Film Festical (FICG) announced the Mary Jenkins-Guillermo del Toro International Film Scholarship, which will award $60,000 dollars every year to young Mexican filmmakers so they can study abroad.

Five passengers died when a helicopter crashed in NYC’s East River including Carla Vallejas Blanco of Argentina. Federal authorities want to speak to the pilot who warned of engine failure before the crash as well as investigate why the helicopter’s floatation devices did not prevent it from sinking.

Raul Castro is set to retire on April 19th marking the end of rule of Cuba by the Castro family. Miguel Diaz-Canel, Cuba’s vice president, will take his place.

The White House announced that Trump will make his first visit to Latin America next month. The trip will begin in Peru at the Summit of the Americas.

Oakland coffee shop Hasta Muerte Coffee is defending their right to refuse service to police officers after doing so last month. The business believes that "police presence compromises our feeling of physical & emotional safety."

The FARC in Colombia have withdrawn their candidate for presidency, Rodrigo Londoño, due to health issues. It’s the first election since the cease-fire agreement in January between the Colombian government and the FARC.

Zoe is celebrating their 20th anniversary with a new album and US tour. The tour kicks off April 25th in Texas.

Selena fans broke the internet over the weekend to purchase a line of shopping bags with her likeness. The H-E-B grocery chain released a limited edition run of reusable bags, which attracted lines of fans at physical chains and crashed the company’s website minutes after the bags went on sale.

Discovery En Español has premiered its new series, “Emprendedores.” The series features a number of Hispanic business owners who are mentored in Los Angeles by two successful businessmen/consultants and Harvard graduates who also happen to be twin brothers .

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