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This Mom Could Spend A Year In Jail Over Homemade Ceviche

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This is Mariza Ruelas. She’s a mother from Stockton, California.

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CREDIT: Credit: Mariza Ruelas / Facebook

Ruelas loves to cook. She was a member of a Facebook group called “209 Food Spot,” a space where she says locals — the “209” is the area code for Stockton — shared and traded recipes.

Last year, Ruelas shared a recipe for ceviche with the group. Ruelas was then contacted by someone in the group asking to buy ceviche from her.

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CREDIT: Credit: KTXL / Fox 40

After Ruelas agreed to sell her ceviche, she learned the buyer was actually an undercover investigator for San Joaquin County in California.

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CREDIT: Credit: HBO

Ruelas, along with several other “209 Food Spot” group members, were then charged with operating a food facility and a business without proper permits in San Joaquin County.

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CREDIT: Credit: KTXL / Fox 40

Ruelas, who refused to accept a plea deal, now faces up to a year in prison if convicted. She took to Facebook to explain why she refused to plead guilty.

“The offer they made to me was 3yrs probation, 80 hrs community service, plea guilty to 1 of the 2 misdemeanors and a $235 fine. Now the reason I denied the offer besides the obvious of not wanting to ruin my record with a misdemeanor was because everyone else was offered 1 yr probation, 40hrs community service, plea guilty to 1 of the 2 misdemeanors and a $235 fine. Why did the DA make my offer worse than the others if we all had same charges? Also never did the DA post a warning to the page. Never did anyone come with any reports of getting food poisoning.”

Ruelas told KTXL that San Joaquin County has it all wrong. She says group members sometimes sold their food to recoup expenses for the recipes they posted and potlucks that were organized by the group.

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CREDIT: Credit: Mariza Ruelas / Facebook

Ruelas added that group members sometimes paid for a dish when they didn’t have their own dish to trade. “Somebody would be like, ‘Oh, I don’t have anything to trade you but I would love to buy a plate,'” said Ruelas to KTXL.

San Joaquin Deputy District Attorney Kelly McDaniel told KTXL that she enforces the law — she doesn’t write it.

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CREDIT: Credit: KTXL / Fox 40

“Food prepared in a facility that does not inspect it creates a risk to the public,” said McDaniel. (They should probably learn how to spell “ceviche,” though.)

Watch KTXL’s full story here.

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The Music Video For New Shawn Mendes And Camila Cabello Hit ‘Senorita’ Is Pure Fire And No Wonder Fans Think Theyre A Couple Like OMG

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The Music Video For New Shawn Mendes And Camila Cabello Hit ‘Senorita’ Is Pure Fire And No Wonder Fans Think Theyre A Couple Like OMG

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There is one thing in music that is not up for debate: the Camilizer fandom is one of the strongest. No matter what the pop star is doing, her fans will always show up with full support on social media and irl. That fandom is making power moves again now that Cabello’s new collab “Señorita” with Shawn Mendes is out. In less than 24 hours, the video already had 14 million views.

Camila Cabello got her fandom ready with one tweet and it worked.

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Cabello’s Twitter is a powerful tool. When she tweets, her millions of followers listen. It is clear that she has learned how to harness social media for the betterment of her career and it is paying off. Tbh, she kind of deserves the success she has garnered so far. Like, she skipped her quinces so she could audition for the X Factor and the rest is music history.

Cabello stans are here to tell you that “Señorita” is a song that is here to stay.

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No one is surprised to hear that Cabello was able to put out a hit. She is proving herself as a powerful musician. We still can’t get “Havana” out of our heads and it has been out for two years.

Like, this is what the Camilizer fandom is doing the rest of the weekend with this song in the background.

Low key, a lot of people will be giving this song all of their streams this weekend. Who wouldn’t want to spend the next couple days bouncing to this song?

People are crying over the new song because they have been waiting for new music.

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Take some deep breaths and relax. You don’t want to miss any of the music or video because you can’t see or hear over your own sobs. Is it even worth listening if you are crying so intensely?

Fans had theories about how the singers prepared for their intimate moments on screen.

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Obviously, you wouldn’t want to have bad breath when you have to kiss someone over and over again. It is also kind of cute that Mendes was so concerned that he ate mints to make sure he had good breath for Cabello.

The video and the passion between the singers is reigniting speculation that they are secretly more than friends.

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Some people might call it good acting and on-screen chemistry. Camilizers call it them sharing their truth while hiding behind the facade of music and the arts. Whichever it is, they know how to make a convincing couple on the screen.

Here is the full video for Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes’s “Señorita.”

Congrats, you two. Seems like you really did the thing with this video.

Keds Latest Designs Proves That Avoiding Cultural Appropriation In Fashion Is Totally Possible

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Keds Latest Designs Proves That Avoiding Cultural Appropriation In Fashion Is Totally Possible

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It’s always really cool to see a big name brand embrace the art of our Latinidad. It’s like a nod to all of the great Latinx artisans who add beauty and color to our culture. In fact, seeing consumers enthusiastically welcome these goods feels like further validation. With this in mind, it makes this new collaboration all the sweeter for us art and fashion lovers.

Keds is collaborating with designers Thelma Dávila and Lolita Mia on a line inspired by the Latina-created brands.

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In what the shoe company is calling a “collaboration fiesta,” Keds released three fun and vibrant new designs.

Some of the shoes borrow inspiration from Thelma Dávila’s colorful Guatemalan textiles. Alternatively, other pairs utilize Lolita Mia’s festive fringe as embellishments. These touches combine with Keds’ original platform shoes to make a unique product.

Of the partnership with these new brands, Keds’ website says:

“It’s so rewarding to be able to be a part of the professional and personal growth of women who decided to follow their dreams. Entrepreneurs (especially female ones) are always brave, they’re risk-takers that believe strongly in themselves. And we believe in them too. We’re so excited to introduce you to our latest for-women-by-women collaborations.”

The Thelma Dávila brand is named after its Guatemalan founder.

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The company specializes in designing and crafting unique pieces by hand. Furthermore, their products utilize Guatemalan textiles, leathers and non-leather materials. Obviously, this collaboration is built on a solid relationship between the two brands. Since last year, Keds retail locations have carried Thelma Dávila bags and products in stores.

On their website, Keds said the design collaborations were intent on “taking geometric design and color cues from [Dávila’s] native culture, our classic Triple Kick gets transformed into a fiesta-ready standout.”

Founded by jewelry artisan and entrepreneur, Elena Gil, Lolita Mia is a Costa Rican accessory brand.

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While studying abroad in Italy, Gil made a significant personal discovery. She realized that ethnic crafts and traditions were very alike across regions. Specifically, they were similar in cultural importance. In light of this, she decided to start her own brand. Lolita Mia’s handmade products embrace what Gil has coined a “Universal Ethnic Luxury.”

Of the collaboration with Lolita Mia, Keds’ website reads:

“[The] aesthetic shines through in these playful renditions of our platforms in the form of fun, festive fringe and punchy tropical shades.”

The Ked × Lolita Mia collaboration has two designs while the Ked x Thelma Dávila collab is made up of one.

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“Triple Tassel” is a multicolored platform with purple, pink, orange and white tassels attached to the laces. “Triple Decker Fringe” is an off-white platform slip-on with multi-colored fringe and golden embellishments on top. The “Triple Kick” features a neutral platform with Guatemalan textile accents around the bottom.

Each design is priced at $70 a pair. Moreover, they are available exclusively on Keds’ website. Be sure to order yours today and add a little extra Latinx flare to your summer looks.

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