Marked as a celebration of the transition from childhood to womanhood, quinceaneras have been a long-standing tradition among Latin American families. Though “quinceanera” literally means “fifteen year old girl,” the term has become more closely associated with the celebration itself, oftentimes by non-latinx people. Among Latin American families and culture, the celebration is often referred to as “fiesta de quince años” (fifteen year party) or simply a “quinces.” To avoid any confusion, I use “quinceanera” to refer to the celebration, rather than the individual, for the remainder of this paper. Historically, fifteen was seen as the age when Latina girls were ready for marriage, and the quinceanera celebrated that transition. While modern quinceaneras have drifted away from this initial intent, and now reflect more of a celebratory coming of age narrative, the marriage and wedding-related symbolism is still apparent.
Recently in Alabama a man by the name of Anthony Ray Hinton was exonerated from death row after already spending thirty years in prison. Hinton was convicted of two separate fatal shootings of fast food restaurant managers in Birmingham, AL. One on February 25, 1985 shooting a John Davidson, and the second occurrence was on July 2, 1985 making Thomas Vason the second deceased. The evidence brought against him was a revolver that somewhat matched the one Hinton had in his home. There was no physical evidence, no fingerprints and no eyewitnesses linking him to the crime. Also, the revolver was questionable at best due to the fact the gun belonged to his mother who he lived with. Ballistics could not accurately tell if the gun Hinton had was even the weapon used in the shootings because they could not tell if his gun had been fired out of recently. They also could not conclusively say that all the bullets used in the two shootings were fired from the same gun. All in all, Hinton was convicted by a possible bullet match to his gun; and an eyewitness’s testimony from a person who was present at a similar, but different crime that Hinton was never accused of. Hinton coming from an underprivileged area only had a $1,000 to hire a ballistics expert to disprove the allegations. Thus leading to a person whose proposed allegations were questionable. Hinton was found guilty and put on Death Row. After sitting in a jail cell for thirty years he was released after firearms experts
Following a fight with a friend outside a bar, Floyd Johnson, went to his house, got his .22 rifle and ten cartridges, went back to the bar, crawled under a pickup truck across the street and sat in wait for his friend. He later testified that he at first intended to shoot the friend to “pay him back” for the beating he received earlier.
Already under fire, the Chicago Police Department is facing more scrutiny after an officer fatally shot a woman and a man Saturday morning on the West Side of Chicago. This comes soon after a white officer was charged with murdering Laquan McDonald,17 years old, last year.
Latino’s haven’t always had it easy in America, some were luckier than others. Hector Garcia growing up was one of the lucky ones. His parents were educators but their credentials were denied. They resorted to teaching their kids inside the home. The Garcia kids were pushed by their parents to become doctors, so they could have a better future. Hector Garcia graduated from the University of Texas and did his residency in Omaha, Nebraska. Garcia volunteered as a infantry officer during world war two, but was denied to practice medicine while in the army. He was eventually able to serve as a medical corps officer before he was dismissed
Collectively, 143 guns were possessed by the killers with about 75% obtained legally.  John R. Lott, Jr., PhD, gun rights activist, stated, "The problem with such [gun control] laws are that they take away guns from law-abiding citizens, while would-be criminals ignore them."  According to a Bureau of Justice Statistics May 2013 report, 37.4% of state prison inmates who "used, carried, or possessed a firearm when they committed the crime for which they were serving a prison sentence" obtained the gun from a family member or friend.  Despite Chicago's ban on gun shops, shooting ranges, assault weapons, and high capacity magazines, in 2014 Chicago had 2,089 shooting victims including at least 390 murders.    Approximately 50,000 guns were recovered by police in Chicago between 2001 and Mar. 2012. The guns came from all 50 states, and more than half came from outside of
Juan Seguin- Juan Seguin joined William B.Travis’ army on February 23 in the Battle of the Alamo. He was there for the 13 day siege but he didn't participate in the actual battle. He left to carry a message to the enemy from everyone in the Alamo. The message was that the Texans "shall never surrender or retreat.". Juan got it across and went to get soldiers to help the Texans. By the time he returned. The Alamo had already fallen to Santa Anna’s
Several weeks later, McCleskey was arrested in connection with an unrelated offense. He confessed that he had participated in the furniture store robbery, but denied that he had shot the police officer. At trial, the State introduced evidence that at least one of the bullets that struck the officer was fired from a .38 caliber Rossi revolver. This description matched the description of the gun that McCleskey had carried during the robbery. The State also introduced the testimony of two witnesses who had heard McCleskey admit to the shooting.
Jayson Zachary Harper, 31, of 874 The O'Jay's Parkway, pleaded guilty in Holmes County Common Pleas Court to domestic violence, aggravated menacing, endangering children and driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In exchange for his guilty plea, the state dismissed two related charges of kidnapping, eliminating 22 years from his possible sentence.
Juan De Onate was born in Zacatecas, Mexico in 1550. He was the first Spanish governor of New Mexico and strived to find North America’s wealth but failed to succeed. He was in office from November 1598 until April 18, 2016, where he was succeeded by his son, Cristobal de Onate. According to BIography.com, Conquistador Juan de Oñate established the colony of New Mexico for Spain on April 30, 1598. Subsequently, his ongoing mission lead him to cross the Rio Grande at El Paso in May, which would later become a famous crossing point. The next month, he established New Mexico colony's headquarters near San Juan Pueblo. While waiting for more colonists, Onate and his men explored, visited villages, and found silver ore. He also found in a three
Liz Munoz Period: 4 2/15/18 Arnaldo Tamayo Mendez Arnaldo Tamayo Mendez was momentous to space exploration because he was the first Cuban to go to space. He was involved in the revolution in Cuba and got the opportunity to travel in space to collect research. Tamayo was the first African Cuban to fly into space, He was selected as cosmonaut candidate, in one of his missions he flew together aboard Soyuz 38 departing September 18, 1980, this is some of the things Tamayo accomplished.
The court case I observed on May 11, 2016 was a plea of multiple counts that consisted of attempted armed robbery, armed robbery, assault and kidnapping. From November to December of 2014, the defendant, Cedric Gaines robbed numerous establishments including Dominos, Papa Johns, Game Stop, etc. Though there were some male victims, to my surprise more than half of the victims were female. He held these victims at gun and/or knife point. Many of these crimes took place consecutively; one day after the next. The defendant wore the same clothing, mask and used the same weapon for all the crimes. Though there were multiple counts of each crime, the defendant pled guilty to all. The defendant, Cedric Gaines, was currently an officer in the Army,