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Elizabeth Peña Dies: 55 Year Old New Jersey Native Was Prolific Actress


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Prolific actress Elizabeth Peña, a movie and TV star whose career spanned 35 years, died Tuesday night in Los Angeles. The Elizabeth, N.J. native was 55 years old, according to The Latino-Review. The news was first broken by her nephew, Mario-Francisco Robles, a writer for the site. She died of natural causes after a brief illness, her manager told the Associated Press. The actress had credits in two movies yet to be released, according to the Internet Movie Database, and had recently starred in the first season of ‘Matador,’ a television show airing on El Rey network. Elizabeth Peña starred alongside Tim Robbins in 1990′s ‘Jacob’s Ladder’. Peña got her first film credit in 1979’s “The Super,” where she played the teen daughter of Cuban exiles living in New York City. She went on to recurring roles in TV show “Tough Cookies” and broke through with her role in …

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Latina Sisters’ Soccer Talent Energizes College Team

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In the team photo for the 2014 Connecticut College women’s soccer team, sisters Nicole Medina and Michelle Medina stand like bookends at the opposite edges of the group.

However, on and off the field, the two first-year students from Hartford are usually a lot closer. They are twins, but not identical.

The daughters of Orlando and Maria Medina, who emigrated from Cali, Colombia about 25 years ago, they are 19 and were born in Hartford. “Michelle’s older by nine minutes,” said Nicole.

This fall, Miche and Nikki, as they are known on New London campus, usually are in close proximity, at least mentally, on the soccer field and are key  contributors to what is emerging as a historic season for the Connecticut College Camels.

The twins seem to always know what each other is thinking and will do during a game. They have what coach Norm Riker …

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Study Finds Latinos Only Group To See Poverty Rates Decline And Income Rise

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Hispanics are the only major racial or ethnic group to see a statistically significant decline in its poverty rate, according to 2013 Census Bureau figures released this week. The drop in the poverty rate among Hispanics – from 25.6% in 2012 to 23.5% in 2013 – contributed to the first decline in the nation’s overall poverty rate since 2006.

Hispanics also were the only group to see a decline in the number of people living in poverty (the year-to-year changes in the overall U.S. number was not statistically different.) From 2012 to 2013, the number of Hispanics in poverty dropped from 13.6 million to 12.7 million, even as the Hispanic population grew by 1 million over the same time period.

Meanwhile, the median household income of Hispanics increased by 3.5% to $40,963, the first annual increase since 2000, according to the Census Bureau. Income changes for whites, blacks and Asians …

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