daily dos: Oxnard School district bans "Oaxquita," the Green Lantern comes out of the closet and Pitbull becomes a voice actor

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daily dos: Oxnard School district bans "Oaxquita," the Green Lantern comes out of the closet and Pitbull becomes a voice actor

  • The Oxnard School District in California has banned the use of the word "Oaxaquita (Litte Oaxacan)" after it discovered that some of its students were using the term to make fun of their fellow classmates. Former student Israel Vasquez: "It kind of seemed that being from Oaxaca was something bad, just the way people use 'Oaxaquita' to refer to anyone who is short and has dark skin."
  • Florida judge Kenneth Lester said George Zimmerman engaged in a "material falsehood" about his finances and has revoked his bail in the Trayvon Martin case. Zimmerman has been ordered to present himself to the court within 48 hours.
  • Pitbull is joining Beyonce and Steven Tyler as one of the voice actors in the upcoming animated movie Epic, the story of teenage girl who discovers a magical secret universe.
  • DC Comics has officially unveiled their new gay superhero: Alan Scott, the original Green Lantern. Writer James Robinson told the New York Post that "he's very much the character he was. He's still the pinnacle of bravery and idealism. He's also gay."

    (DC Comics)
  • In a move to curb crime, Venezuela has passed a gun law that bans the sale of guns and ammunition. Only military, law enforcement agencies and security companies will be allowed to purchase guns and ammo. More than 70 percent of all homicides in South America involve guns, according to a report by the United Nations.

    (image by ~Steve Z~ via flickr)
  • Los Angeles County has launched a campaign to stop child sex trafficking. According to County Supervisor Don Knabe, children as young as 12 and 14 are being bought and sold on LA County streets. Spanish and English-language posters are being installed in Metro buses and rail cars and 65 digital and conventional billboards to raise awareness of the sexual exploitation of youngsters.
  • “It’s break-in day on the avenue,” read a March 2nd status update. Brooklyn police caught a criminal gang using Facebook. Officer Michael Rodrigues created a Facebook profile, friended them and watched as they confessed via status updates.
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