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Fourteen prominent Latinos, including politicians, war heroes, sports stars, labor leaders and artists, will be inducted Saturday as charter members of the newly created National Hispanic Hall of Fame in Fresno, a spokeswoman said. The list includes former Los Angeles Raiders coach Tom Flores, United Farm Workers leader Cesar Chavez, Medal of Honor winner Rudolpho Perez Hernandez, and actors Rita Moreno and Ricardo Montalban. Three of the honorees are deceased--Dennis Chavez of New Mexico, the first Latino to be elected to the U.S. Senate, who died in 1962; Ruben Salazar, the award-winning Times reporter who was killed during the 1970 Chicano Moratorium by a sheriff’s deputy’s tear gas projectile; and Willie Velasquez, founder and president of the Southwest Voter Registration Project, who died of cancer earlier this year.


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