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Someone Bullied a Latina Anchor about Her Accent and She Shut Them Down Real Quick

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She took time during a recent broadcast to thank viewers for welcoming her with open arms: “I’d like to take a few moments to say thank you to all of you who have expressed a warm welcome and also warm wishes, encouragement after my arrival here at 12 News.”

Ruiz also took a moment to answer some questions.

Ruiz said several viewers wondered why she had a “different” pronunciation for words in Spanish.

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“Some of you have noticed that I pronounce a couple of things maybe a little bit differently than what you’re used and I get that. And maybe even tonight you saw a little bit of it.”

Ruiz gently explained why and then dropped the mic… all with a smile on her face.

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Just so you know I was lucky enough to grow up speaking two languages and I have lived in other cities in the US, South America, and Europe. So, yes. I do like to pronounce certain things the way they are meant to be pronounced and I know that change can be difficult but it’s normal and, over time, I know that everything falls into place.” ? ?

“I do like to pronounce certain things the way they are meant to be pronounced.”


Twitter users praised Ruiz for how she handled her haters.

Her message encouraged other Latinos to start saying words and names correctly.

Even Democratic Arizona Senator Martín Quezada offered Ruiz support.

Way to go, girl! This is what a proud Latina looks like. ✊

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A Cuban Baseball Player Has Camped Out for Weeks at Dodger Stadium to Get a Tryout


A Cuban Baseball Player Has Camped Out for Weeks at Dodger Stadium to Get a Tryout

Meet Loah Linares.

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He’s been camping out in front of Dodger Stadium for more than two weeks in hopes of getting a tryout with the team.

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Linares says he’s a Cuban baseball player looking for a shot at the Majors.


Linares, who claims he’s been playing baseball since he was 8 years old, says he’s confident he can impress the team with his skills. He told Los Angeles news station ABC 7: “If I didn’t know how great a baseball player I know I am, I wouldn’t be here trying to show off my skills to somebody.”

He says he was drawn to the Dodgers due to their history:


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Linares cited Jackie Robinson, Major League Baseball’s first black player, as an inspiration.

He says Dodger fans have been giving him food and water.

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 Linares told Conejo Films, “It has allowed me to survive.”

Cool story, right? It could all be false.

Jesse Sanchez of, an expert on Latin American players, says there is no record of Linares playing organized baseball in Cuba. ABC 7 News reported the Dodgers had no comment on the story, adding that security for the stadium revealed Linares previously “unsuccessfully tried to get into the stadium.”

Is Loah Linares full of it? Decide for yourself: Watch an interview with him here:

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