BELatina’s Weekend Recap: Omicron, Elections in Chile, And More

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Happy Monday, people!

We start the week with our eyes on the Omicron variant, hoping we’ll be able to enjoy the holidays with our loved ones.

This Monday, and still under the influence of the last full moon of the year, BELatina brings you the most important news of the weekend.

From the surprising election results in Chile to the wave of Omicron cases, these are the news you need to know to start your week.

Trucking community protests Rogel Aguilera-Mederos’ conviction

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A wave of protests has erupted in the trucking community after a Colorado judge handed down an unusually hefty 110-year sentence to a truck driver who was convicted in a 2019 crash that killed four people and injured several others.

The man, Rogel Aguilera-Mederos, 26, was found guilty of 27 counts Monday, including vehicular manslaughter, after he crashed an out-of-control truck that allegedly lost its brakes while descending on Interstate 70, according to CBS4 Denver. The crash allegedly damaged or destroyed 28 vehicles.

Barack Obama unveils his playlist of the year full of Latino talent

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“Pepas,” by Farruko, “Patria y Vida,” by several Cuban singers, and “Volví,” by Aventura and Bad Bunny, are the three Latin songs that conquered in 2021 the former U.S. President Barack Obama, who likes “a wide variety of music.”

As he does every year, the former President published last week before Christmas on social networks his lists of favorite books, songs, and movies of 2021.

Laura Madrid becomes first Latina radio station owner in Arizona’s history

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After 16 years as the manager of Phoenix’s Spanish-language news station, “La Onda 1190 am,” Laura Madrid has become the first Latina radio station owner in Arizona history.

“I feel proud to not only to represent Latinas, Mujeres, and immigrants,” stated Madrid.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortéz criticizes Democrats for failing to solve the issues that matter most to the electorate

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Bronx Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortéz wrote on Twitter that it is “actually delusional” to think Democrats can get re-elected during the midterm elections without acting on student debt or extending child tax credits.

“It is actually delusional to believe Dems can get re-elected without acting on filibuster or student debt, Biden breaking his BBB (Build Back Better) promise, letting CTC (child tax credit) lapse, 0 path to citizenship, etc.,” New York Rep. Ocasio Cortez wrote on Twitter on Friday.

West Kentucky’s Latino community was especially hard hit by the tornadoes

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In conversation with NPR, Rafael Mercado, 28, explained how the devastation from last weekend’s powerful tornadoes impacted his community in the town of Mayfield.

“They say the government’s going to want to help with something. So I don’t know. We’ll see what happens. It’s not really sad because I’m alive and everybody’s OK. But, I mean — we didn’t have no insurance,” Mercado said while picking through his shredded belongings to see if anything was salvageable.

Omicron darkens the outlook in the U.S.

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The United States is likely in for a harsh winter as the Omicron variant of Covid-19 spreads rapidly, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, putting a strain on a health care system already battered by the Delta variant.

“It’s going to take over,” Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said of the Omicron variant on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, urging Americans to get vaccinated and get their booster shots. “And be prudent in everything else you do: When you travel in your indoor settings that are congregated, wear a mask.”

While specialists expect the rapid spread of Omicron will overwhelm hospitals, cases in the United States are doubling every 1.5 to 3 days, according to the World Health Organization. It is expected to become the “dominant strain” in the coming weeks.

Gabriel Boric wins historic victory in Chile’s presidential election

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Leftist and former student leader Gabriel Boric won with 55.87% of the vote in Chile’s presidential elections last Sunday. At only 35 years old, Boric will become Chile’s youngest President since the return of democracy in the early 1990s. However, Sunday’s victory will be only the beginning of an uphill battle in a deeply divided country with the greatest economic inequality on the continent.

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin blocks Biden’s Build Back Better Act

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Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, said he is a no on the Build Back Better Act, ending negotiations on this version of legislation that would expand the nation’s social safety net.