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Massachusetts’ Yari Rodriguez Could Be The ‘First’ And Only Latina On Mars

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Yari Rodriquez who lives in Massachusetts is one of 100 contenders for 24 spots to settle Mars


The most terrifying thought about a one-way trip to Mars for Yari Rodriguez is not fear of a rocket malfunction, lack of oxygen, or the high probability of death on a Martian surface.

It’s the cameras.

“It’s the scariest part about the whole mission,” Rodriguez, 27, said. “I’m really shy and nervous…I’ve been coming to terms with being on TV.”

Rodriguez is one of the 100 contenders who have been chosen from more than 200,000 applicants worldwide vying to be one of 24 chosen to settle on Mars beginning in 2025. The $6 billion mission aims to establish a self-sufficient settlement on the red planet and is sponsored by the Mars One Project, a Dutch non-profit that was founded by entrepreneur Bas Lansdorp.

Enter the cameras. Lansdorp intends to fund the mission …

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Latino Textile Artist Asks For Help To Reach Fundraising Goal


Ruben Marroquin of Brideport

Lisa S. Lenkiewicz


Latino visual artist, textile designer and weaving instructor Ruben Marroquin is a big dreamer.

For the past two years, he has operated an art and weaving studio out of a storefront at the Arcade Mall in downtown Bridgeport.

Now he wants to go a step further and build a sustainable business offering weaving workshops to those who wish to learn the crafts of weaving and fiber art making. To reach this goal, he organized an online fundraising campaign on the crowd-funding website Indiegogo. Those who donate $15 or more will receive a gift, ranging from a small woven sample, all the way up to a hand-woven throw for a donation of $1,000 or more.  As of press time, his campaign has raised $3,470 towards his $5,000 goal. The campaign ends on March 7.

Funds raised will not only help Marroquin improve …

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Are Poor Latino Kids The Same As Their Poor White And Black Peers? Depends On The Generation

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Studies have long shown that assimilation is bad for the average immigrant in terms of health outcomes. The longer they spend in the United States the more they and their offspring become susceptible to bad eating habits and diseases that are consequences of that behavior found in U.S. born Latinos.

Now, a new study shows that there’s also a difference between immigrant Latinos and U.S. born Latinos in how they cope with poverty.

A report released in January from the National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families (NRCHCF) shows that living in poverty among white, black and U.S.-born Latinos are roughly the same. However, low-income immigrant Latino children have a much better home situation.

Among low-income Hispanic children with at least one foreign-born parent, 36 percent live in married, two-parent households; about half live under the same roof as their father; and over 80 percent live in a

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