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Street violence erupts


The Chinese media is reporting this story in the mainland, while a deepening sense of impasse grips Hong Kong after four weeks of pro-democracy protests. Government officials see limited options to end this crisis and demonstrators are now willing to confront police.

Dozens were injured after clashes in the Chinese-controlled city, including 22 police officers. So far a few have been arrested on Sunday for assault. Protesters remain on the streets.

St Jude saves children with life-threatening diseases


Jennifer Aniston, Robin Williams, Sofia Vergara, Shaun White, Michael Strahan, Luis Fonsi Darius Rucker, Sabrina Soto, Jennette McCurdy, Olivia Holt, Cedric the Entertainer, Daisy Fuentes join Marlo Thomas to star in 10th annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign this holiday season.

Shanghai magical tour


We continue our Shanghai visit with a magical tour to get to know the megalopolis a bit better and taste the wonderful food this largest of all cities by population in the whole wide world.

My personal guides were knowledgeable and lots of fun to be with. They were my mother in law, mama Chen and my wife, Yirong, both of which know the city extremely well. Needless to say, we had a wonderful time after we arrived at the temple area early morning.

Puerto Rico, my hearts devotion...


On this date in history in 1898, U.S. takes over control of Puerto Rico. It was only one year after Spain granted Puerto Rico self-rule that American troops raised the U.S. flag over the Caribbean nation, formalizing U.S. authority over the island's one million inhabitants.

Hong Kong Follies


Pro democracy activists in Hong Kong have apparently been successful defying riot police who attempted to disperse them with pepper spray and baton charges.

Around a thousand protesters, some of which were wearing protection built barricades inside the densely populated Mong Kok district. Some chanted Black Police after public safety officials struck demonstrators' umbrellas with metal batons.

Gonzalo and other hurricane warnings


The National Hurricane Center says the eye of Hurricane Gonzalo has crossed over Bermuda. The small British territory was pounded with fierce winds and heavy surf as the Category 2 storm carried the threat of a dangerous storm surge.

The storm's top sustained winds remained at 110 mph (175 kph) as its core moved out to sea. It was centered about 35 miles (55 kilometers) north-northeast of Bermuda late Friday and moving north-northeast at 16 mph (26 kph)

Driving one another crazy


During a recent trip to California, I learned that drivers from the Golden State not only like to drive fast as hell, but they also love to talk trash about drivers from other states across the entire country. Californians are the biggest haters of drivers from Arizona to Vermont.

Asian megatropolis


This metropolis is definitely a mega city. They call it Shanghai and it is like The Big Apple on steroids.

Depending on who you listen to Shanghai is said to have a population of more than 23 million, but our crazy cowboy cab driver, aka speed demon insisted it has 27 million people. In either case, this is by far the largest and the most developed metropolis in The Peoples Republic of China, PRC. With nearly 3 thousand square miles, Shanghai physically, literally, and figuratively rocks in every way shape, or form.

Hispanic political siesta?


With the midterm elections less than a month away, Democrats are burdened by Barack Obama’s political standing which is in some respects weaker than it was at a comparable point during the 2010 campaign, which caused the GOP to gain a majority in the US House of Representatives.

We are all too familiar with the term sleeping giant. The Latino vote was a good example, when it seemed to have awakened during the 2008 campaign and some say it remained through 2012. However the Hispanic vote appears to be returning to a form of slumber party, or a "Fiesta de Siesta."

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