Hispanic Heritage Display Features Prominent Latinos

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Maybe you’ve read the story of Frida Khalo, the Mexican painter whose forays into folk art sparked a worldwide following. Or the Columbian writer Gabriel Garca Ma¡rquez, whose One Hundred Years of Solitude (Cien años de soledad) has been published in 44 languages. Or proud Latina Sonia Sotomayor, the U.S. Supreme Court Justice who once almost threw out an invitation to Phi Beta Kappa because she thought it was a sorority.

But have you heard of The Borinqueneers, the 65th Infantry Regiment of the United States, composed entirely of Puerto Rican soldiers? Can you name which major 20th century conflicts they fought in


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Germany Steps Up To Help Rebuild Power Grid In Puerto Rico

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Night photograph of Puerto Rico before Hurricane Maria and after it hit the island.

A German energy provider says it will be installing microgrids in Puerto Rico to help power emergency centers around the island. According to Bloomberg, Sonnen GmbH is a energy-storage systems provider and will be shipping smaller systems every week as ports reopen.

Puerto Rico’s electricity grid was completely knocked out when Hurricane Maria slammed into the island Sept. 20, and repairs are expected to take months. That’s generating interest in microgrids, small-scale systems that combine solar panels and batteries that can be installed quickly to restore power to a few buildings at a time.


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