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One Dodger Clown’s Mission to Help L.A.’s Homeless

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This clown’s charity work is nothing to laugh about.

Say hello to Hiccups Payaso. He’s arguably the No. 1 Dodgers fan in LA.

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The season pass holder makes an effort to be at every home game cheering on his favorite team.

He’s a crowd favorite and is kind of a big deal at Dodger Stadium.

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He’s even become a bobblehead.

But, wait. What’s up with that box of pizza?

He’s also an incredible philanthropist.

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Since 2013, Hiccups Payaso has been helping the homeless on LA’s Skid Row.

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He organizes clothing drives to give Skid Row residents new clothes.

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And through his Hiccups Pizza Project, he makes sure that everyone has something to eat.

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Don’t worry. There’s also water and fruit.

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And Hiccups Payso never asks for anything in return, other than help from more community members.

Hiccups Pizza Project’s goal is to help 350 people per event.

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Hiccups Payaso, who prefers to keep his real name private, can be found on LA’s Skid Row the last Sunday of every month.

Kudos, dude.

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Even the little ones are getting involved.

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One of Hiccups’ biggest reasons for this work is to give children a chance to experience what it is like helping those in need.


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Mad respect, Hiccups.

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When he isn’t at a game or Skid Row, dude visits the Children’s Hospital LA.

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His selflessness is something to admire.

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Thank you, Hiccups. You are making LA better one Sunday at a time. Keep it up!

“Some people are very grateful; some people are embarrassed, but most people that are getting in line to get something for free are in line because there’s a need,” Hiccups Payaso said in an interview. “But you just got to come out here with an open mind and remember that everything we have: a roof, a key to our car or our house, a job. We shouldn’t take for granted because there are some people who don’t have absolutely nothing in the world.”

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Dodgers Star Pitcher, Julio Urias, Spent The Night In Jail After Shoving A Woman To The Ground And People Are Disgusted

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Dodgers Star Pitcher, Julio Urias, Spent The Night In Jail After Shoving A Woman To The Ground And People Are Disgusted

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Julio Urías is out on bail after being arrested for alleged domestic violence. Fans are upset to learn that the young man was arrested. The incident was reported by a witness who claimed that Urías knocked a woman to the ground. Here is what we know so far about the arrest and accusations.

The 22-year-old was arrested at 9:30 p.m. after a witness called the police in fear for a woman’s safety at a shopping mall.

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According to TMZ, the witness saw Urías in the parking lot of the Beverly Center arguing with a woman before he “shoved her to the ground.” TMZ reports that several witnesses were adamant that they saw Urías push the woman.

Security footage from the parking garage appears to back up eyewitness accounts.

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That video footage has not been released yet. The evidence was enough to prompt the LAPD to arrest Urías and book him for misdemeanor domestic battery.

He spent last night in county jail before he posted his $20,000 bail.

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Fans reacted to the news that Urías, who had overcome so many odds to make it to the Major Leagues, was charged for domestic violence. Many took to Twitter to let out their frustrations.

A survivor of domestic violence made a point that public displays of violence are often worse at home.

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There have been no other reports of domestic violence charges against Urías. This survivor is speculating based on her own experience.

The victim told the police that the incident was not violent.

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It’s common for victims of domestic violence to deny abuse or feel that they are responsible for the crimes of their abuser. Some fans are pointing out that everyone is innocent until proven guilty, as our judicial system and society dictate.

One fan thinks that the media is attacking Urías without cause.

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“Have you seen the video fo Julio Urías committing “domestic violence”? I see that everyone is already crucifying him because of a story from one white source source,” @JorgeEduardooA tweeted. “It’s always Mexicans supporting Mexicans.”

While the video has not been released to the public, the LAPD officials seem to think that it’s enough to charge Urías. Fans want to see and decide for themselves.

The incident is sparking heated debates online.

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This user made a joke that went mildly viral and folks are commenting on how inappropriate it is to make jokes about domestic violence under any circumstance.

People are calling for the same kind of energy against Urías as other sports figures accused of abuse in the past.

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The Dodgers released the following statement in response:


“We learned about the alleged incident this morning and are in the process of gathering information. As a result, we have no comment at this time regarding the incident. However, every allegation of domestic violence must be taken seriously and addressed promptly, and we will cooperate fully with the authorities and Major League Baseball to ensure that that happens in this case.”

Needless to say, fans are devastated for a number of reasons.

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Urías played for the Mexican National Team since he was 10 years old and was scouted by the minor leagues when he was just 14 years old.

Some are angry that Urías may have just thrown his career away for something unforgiveable.

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The MLB has a domestic violence policy that would require a suspension from the league for this kind of behavior. MLB suspended San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer after video footage was released of him pushing his wife to the ground.

Some are taking the opportunity to discuss the impact of America’s xenophobia on young boys.

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While the President’s campaign message that Mexican immigrants are violent rapists doesn’t excuse that behavior (much like it doesn’t excuse the hate crimes associated with that message), Twitter wants to talk about how America has culturally produced this behavior.

No Mexican madre condones treating any woman like this.

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Domestic violence is not new to Latino culture. It is embedded in our own culture, while simultaneously combatted by the Latina women in our lives.

This is a developing story. Check back with mitú for updates.

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Robert Clemente’s Jersey Number Hasn’t Been Retired But Latino Players Don’t Wear It Out Of Respect

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Robert Clemente’s Jersey Number Hasn’t Been Retired But Latino Players Don’t Wear It Out Of Respect

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Few players have gained the respect and iconic status in baseball like Roberto Clemente have. A 15-time All-Star, 12-time Gold Glove Award winner, two-time World Series champion for the Pittsburgh Pirates and a member of the 3,000-hit club, Clemente has a resume that few can match. Unfortunately, Clemente died in a plane crash on Dec. 31, 1972, while helping with earthquake relief from his home of Puerto Rico to Nicaragua. A year later he became the first player from Latin America inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. These reasons alone have made Clemente a legend to so many Latino baseball players. It’s also why so many have refused to ever put on his No. 21 ever again out of respect to Clemente.

Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 is the only jersey number retired across baseball, but many Latino players want Clemente’s jersey to get the same honor.

As well as being great on the field, Clemente was an even better person off of it. He was a huge advocate for Latino players and fought against Jim Crow laws during his era. That advocacy is not lost on players today.

This is why the No. 21 has become, in many ways, a “sacred number” in baseball, especially to Puerto Rican players. According to Baseball Reference, out of the 235 Puerto Rico-born players who have appeared in an MLB game since Clemente’s death 47 years ago, only 16 have used the No. 21 — and none in the past five years.

While Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 is retired and celebrated every April 15th, many think the same should happen with Clemente. Coincidentally, Clemente debuted just two days after Robinson did on April 17, 1955.

“His body of work speaks volumes, so I do think that, as Jackie Robinson represents greatness in baseball and so much more, so does Roberto Clemente, particularly for Latinos all over the world,” Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo A. Rosselló said at an event last year honoring Clemente. “So I think it’s the right time to retire No. 21.”

While it’s been more 40 years since Clemente’s death, many feel now is a great time to honor him.

Latinos have become a growing force in the major leagues and now make up 30 percent of all baseball players. With this growing presence, many feel now is the right time to make Clemente’s jersey retire across baseball.

Despite multiple campaigns and calls for the retirement of the number, there has been little change on the subject. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has resisted the idea of retiring the number. He says the league already honors his legacy with the Roberto Clemente Award, given annually to a player who demonstrates the values that Clemente displayed in his community.

While the No. 21 may not be officially retired, Latino baseball players have in their own special way.

While the Pirates are the only team to have officially retired Clemente’s jersey number, players have chosen to honor him in a different way: by choosing not to wear it all together.

Luis Clemente, the son of Roberto Clemente, has a different idea on honoring his father. He has called for not only a number retirement but a patch on the jersey or hat to be worn by the previous year’s Clemente Award winner. While he hasn’t had official talks with MLB about the proposal, there’s no doubt it would receive support among many Latino players.

“No Puerto Ricans will use the number because of Roberto Clemente,” Houston Astros shortstop, Carlos Correa, 24, told the New York Times. “The way I see it: Roberto Clemente is a figure for Latinos just like Jackie Robinson was for African-Americans. Clemente didn’t just break barriers but inspired other Latinos to get into baseball.”

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