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LATINO LOOP for the week of August 25, 2017

The alleged driver in the van attack on Barcelona’s Las Ramblas that killed 13 people last week, 22-year-old Younes Abouyaaqoub, was killed by authorities this week just outside of Barcelona.   Four other suspects arrested in connection with the terrorist attack appeared in a Madrid court this week and revealed that they had also planned to use explosives against monuments like the Sagrada Familia cathedral, but those plans were thwarted when the house where they were storing the explosives blew up last week.  

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation will honor the The Latin Recording Academy with the Arts Award at its Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards on September 14th in Washington, D.C.   The show will include a special music tribute segment from past Latin GRAMMY winners.  

Telemundo Deportes has partnered with NBC Sports’ Playmaker Media for its streaming coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.  

John Leguizamo will present his one-man comedy, “Latin History for Morons”, at Studio 54 on Broadway starting October 19th. 

The State Department issued a warning to U.S. citizens traveling to Mexico, specifically Quintana Roo and Baja California Sur, due to increased crime.   The warning states: "While most of these homicides appeared to be targeted criminal organization assassinations, turf battles between criminal groups have resulted in violent crime in areas frequented by US citizens”. 

Univision reporter Ilea Calderon was verbally assaulted and threatened by Ku Klux Klan leader Chris Barker when the afro-latina reporter showed up for a pre-scheduled interview at his home in North Carolina.    

Filming of the new Godzilla film, “Godzilla: King of the Monsters”, shut down some parts of Mexico City’s historic center this week. 

FC Barcelona is suing Neymar for $8.5 million euros following his move to Paris St. Germain.  The suit demands that Neymar return a renewal bonus he was paid when he signed a 5-year renewal contract with the team nine months before moving to Paris. 

This month SiriusXM debuted the new channel "QuĂ© Funny” featuring established and up-and-coming comedians from all over the world, including Gabriel Iglesias, George Lopez and many more.

A judge in Los Angeles ruled in favor of Jenni Rivera’s estate last week against Univision in a case related to the Univision series  “Su Nombre Era Dolores” and her former business manager's violation of a nondisclosure agreement as a consultant on the show. 

Cirque du Soleil’s Mexican-themed “LUZIA” will run in Los Angeles from December 8th-January 21st, 2018 and Costa Mesa from February 21st-March 18th, 2018.  Watch a preview here: www.cirk.me/LUZIA_Preview.  Tickets go on sale this Friday, August 25th: www.cirquedusoleil.com/luzia.

Entertainment One (eOne) and La Commission have partnered to launch a Latin music label, debuting with the signing of Puerto Rican trap artist Bryant Myers. 

In a recent interview with Billboard, Raj Saha, GM of the Milwaukee Bucks new arena hopes the team’s half-billion dollar venue, slated to open in September of next year, will attract Latin and Hip-Hop artists to plan tour stops in Milwaukee.  

Univision Deportes has secured the radio rights to broadcast Europe’s La Liga (Spain), Serie A (Italy) and Ligue 1 (France) games. 

Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel announced the cancellation of a four-city U.S. tour with the Venezuelan National Youth Orchestra that was set to being in September.   The cancellation follows comments by Nicolas Maduro last week about Dudamel's criticism of Venezuela’s government.   The Youth Orchestra is backed by the Venezuelan government. 

A.B Quintanilla was arrested last week in Texas following a court appearance for charges related to unpaid child support.  

Johnson & Johnson was ordered by a Los Angeles court  to pay $417 million to Eva Echeverria for her lawsuit claiming that the company failed to warn consumers about the potential cancer risks of talcum powder use.   Echeverria was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007.  

Immigration attorney & TV personality, Jessica Dominguez, has signed with Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial for her first book, “Mujeres victoriosas” set for release by the end of November.

Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial will be launching its first Religious imprint, ORIGEN, this September. The new imprint will release Spanish-language books by Pope Francis among a few others.

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