Mexico Hosts Clowns

Oh, and Walter Mercado changes his name to Shanti Ananda. All this and more from Latino Loop!

Published on LatinoLA: October 27, 2010

Mexico Hosts Clowns

The International Clown Convention was held in Mexico City last week.

Former Argentine President Nestor Kirchner died of a heart attack at age 60.

Nevada senate Tea Party candidate Sharron Angle released a controversial new campaign ad depicting undocumented Latinos in the U.S. as bandana-wearing, knife-wielding gangsters. View it here.

Paul the Octopus, who correctly predicted the outcome of all the World Cup matches this summer, died this week at Sea Life Center in Germany.

Madonna plans to launch a chain of Hard Candy Fitness Centers with the first gym located in Mexico City opening on November 29th.

Camila, Pedro Fernandez, Juan Luis Guerra, Enrique Iglesias and Wisin y Yandel are among those confirmed to perform at the Latin GRAMMY Awards, taking place in Las Vegas on Nov.11th.

Walter Mercado has changed his name to Shanti Ananda stating that he had a revelation in his dreams asking him to change his name and help the poor people of Puerto Rico.

Adelante Media Group (formerly Bustos) has named Ed Krampf as COO.

Verizon Wireless donated $75,000 to Casa de Esperanza, a national organization dedicated to preventing domestic violence against Latinas.

In the aftermath of his firing from NPR, Juan Williams has received a multi-year deal from Fox News.

Mexican authorities burned 134 tons of marijuana found near Tijuana last week.

LatinTRENDS Magazine will host its 9th annual Latino Trendsetter Awards and Scholarship Gala on November 30th in New York City. www.latinotrendsetter.com.

Ana Maria Canseco announced that she is leaving "Despierta America" after 14 years with the show.

Mexican authorities raided Alicia Villarreal's home in Monterrey, Mexico seizing several of her possessions including plasma TVs, vehicles and videogame consoles. Villarreal apparently had not settled a lawsuit by an ex-employee.

Pedro Soria Lopez, a 62-year-old Ecuadorean man, won the title of Spain's first siesta champion, sleeping for 17 minutes and snoring loudly in a crowded Madrid shopping center.

Cain Velasquez defeated Brock Lesnar to become the UFC heavyweight champion and the first fighter of Mexican descent to hold a MMA heavyweight title.

Diesel's new "Be Stupid" campaign for its line of watches features Rita Indiana dancing to her "La Hora de Volver".

Hispanicize 2011, the 2nd annual Hispanic PR & Social Media Conference, will take place in Los Angeles April 6-8th.

Food Network star Juan Carlos Cruz pleaded no contest to charges of attempted murder for trying to pay two homeless men to kill his wife. Cruz faces up to 9 years in prison and his sentencing is set for December 13th.

Tr3s: MTV, Musica y Mas will debut "Savage County", a horror film by UCLA alumni David Harris, on October 30th.

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