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This Young Latina’s Work With Robots Will Give You All The Feels

One young Latina in Dallas, Tex. is making sure both Latinos and students with learning and mental disabilities get a fair shot at diving into the beautiful world of robotics.

This is Ivonne Torres, a senior at Sunset High School and captain of the robotics team, Robo*Flash, dedicated to students with disabilities.

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Since students with disabilities are often excluded from participating in robotics — something Ivonne knows firsthand given her own battles with dyslexia — this high schooler formed a team exclusively for them.

Ivonne started Robo*Flash to help students feel like part of a team to help prepare them for future employers.

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“We had an idea that if they’re in robotics and actually in STEM, companies are going to look at them and be like ‘Wow, I didn’t know you guys were capable of this stuff,’ and hopefully draw that attention towards them,” Torres told the Dallas Morning News.

Robo*Flash works alongside members of the main team that offer support.

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Robo*Flash has already won awards, including the teamwork award at the first Robotics FTC South Super Regional Championship in San Antonio, Tex.

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“I really hope that this program does get more attention out into the public, and that the world sees that these kids have a lot of potential, and hopefully more companies start looking at hiring these kids because they need a future,” Torres says.

Watch the full video below to learn more about Robo*Flash.

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New York Police Are Looking For A Man Who Wore A ‘MAGA’ Hat While Attacking A Latino Subway Rider

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New York Police Are Looking For A Man Who Wore A ‘MAGA’ Hat While Attacking A Latino Subway Rider

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New York City police are looking to a subway rider who allegedly verbally and physically attacked a fellow subway rider. The victim is a Latino man and the attacker is a black man seen wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat and shirt. The police force in New York City is looking for any leads that could bring them closer to finding the suspect.

A black man wearing a red “Make America Great Again” hat harassed and pushed an unsuspected Latino man onto the tracks in Manhattan.

The incident happened on April 20, and witnesses say the man verbally attacked the 24-year-old Latino passenger.

“You f—ing Mexicans,” the suspect said to the Latino man, the New York Post reports.

He was also heard as saying: “You come here and you take our jobs,” and “You bring drugs.”

The suspect is still at large.

During the verbal attack, witnesses claim the man punched the Latino man in the head several times.

Witnesses say that the Latino man and his friend were on the No. 4 train on Friday at about 8:15 p.m. and that’s roughly when the assault began.

The entire incident occurred inside the Union Station subway platform on 14th street, which is a busy train station.

A friend of the victim was able to rescue him from the tracks and he was rushed to the hospital.

The victim has lacerations to his head from the attack.

Police are circulating CCTV footage of the man on the train platform trying to get any leads.

The police say that anyone with information should call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

Just days before this incident, a Danish tourist at the same subway station was attacked and his “MAGA” hat was stolen.

ABC News reports that on April 13, at the very exact Union Square station, an 18-year-old Danish teen was wearing the “MAGA” hat and was attacked by two men. The suspects took his hat away and took off. They have yet to be captured.


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Forbes Just Released Their 30 Under 30 List And These Latinos Are Among The Honorees

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Forbes Just Released Their 30 Under 30 List And These Latinos Are Among The Honorees

For the last six years, Forbes has been putting together their 30 Under 30 list, which they say offers “an annual opportunity to embrace the optimism, inventiveness and boldness of youth.” There are 20 different lists across 20 industries for a total of 600 honorees and if you’re wondering whether any Latinos made the cut, the answer is “¡claro que sí!” Here are just a few of them.

Bethany Mota, 21

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Aside from being a YouTube-vlogging extraordinaire with more than 26 million followers across social media, Mota is an entrepreneur who has partnered with Aeropostale, Forever 21, and Target. Oh, you may have also seen her on season 19 of “Dancing With the Stars.”

Gabriel Mesa, 16

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What were you doing when you were 16? At 16, Mesa has already invented the Carbon Battery and a piezo-powered treatment for diabetic neuropathy. Mind blowing, right?

Melissa Villaseñor, 29

J-Lo gets real about why she brought Marc Anthony on stage the other night… ??? #jenniferlopez #marcanthony #skinnybonejones

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Hallelujah, “Saturday Night Live” has a Latina cast member and her name is Melissa Villaseñor. Her celebrity impressions are, well, impressive. Her J.Lo is almost TOO good.

Miguel Garza, 29

We're headed to California! Expo West booth H535 come visit us Thursday-Saturday! #expowest

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Garza’s sister Veronica started making almond flour tortillas because she has an auto-immune disease that prohibits her from eating any grains. Miguel knew the tortillas were ready to satisfy the cravings of a bigger group of people once they got his abuelita’s seal of approval. He started selling the tortillas to grocery stores and co-founded Siete Family Foods, which now brings in over $1 million a year.

Eliana Murillo, 28

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Harvard grad, Head of Multicultural Marketing at Google (yes, the Google) and CMO of her family’s organic tequila company, Tequila Alquimia.


See everyone who scored a spot on the lists here.

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