Volume XXXIII Number 07 February 13, 2009

FrontPage Stories

Chicano boxer, leader recognized

Junior Robles’ legacy honored by San Diego Hall of Champions

By Pablo Jaime Sáinz

Those who knew him, agree that Junior Robles had two passions in life: Boxing, and helping youth improve their lives through boxing.

He was a world-wide recognized boxing coach for the U.S. team, a strong boxer in his own right, and, above all, an advocate for youth in the community. He founded the Community Youth Athletic Association that helped kids focus on academics and make the right choices in life.

Before his untimely death in 1980 in a plane crash while flying to Poland with the U.S. team for an international boxing competition, Robles was well-known in the community for his involvement and support for youth programs.

“He had a don, a gift, something magical about him, that made people like him,” said long-time friend Augie Baréño. “He was from Logan Heights. He was one of our own.”

An archieved photo of Junior Robles (left).

Robles’ legacy and memory are being honored as the third recipient of the Ernest. H. Wright Sf. Humanitarian Award. The award will be presented by the San Diego Hall of Champions on Feb. 18 at the 63rd annual Viejas Salute to the Champions dinner at the Town and Country’s Grand Exhibit Hall.

The Wright Award, modeled after baseball’s Robert Clemente Award, is presented to a former athlete that made significant contributions to his community. Wright played for the Chargers and later started Pro Kids, a non-profit organization that provides golf opportunities for San Diego youth and inner-city children.

Robles selection for the award is well deserved, said Tom Shanahan, media coordinator for the San Diego Hall of Champions.

“Someone who contributed so much to the youth in San Diego County is important that he is recognized,” Shanahan said. “The program that Junior started gave direction to the lives of so many kids in San Diego. Those types of program are important even today, when we are living in tougher times.”

For Baréño, the recognition is long-overdue.

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Chained Immigrants Paraded By Arizona Sheriff
By Casey Sanchez
On February 3rd in Maricopa County, Ariz., more than 200 Latino immigrants were chained, dressed in prison stripes and forced to march down a public street from a county jail to a detainment camp in a desert industrial zone outside Phoenix.

The Face of the New American Bigot
Arizona Watch
By Roberto Dr. Cintli Rodriguez
On the issue of immigration, there is little difference between conservatives and extremists. Both camps have come to greatly admire Sheriff Joe Arpaio – America’s toughest sheriff. To this Arizona lawman, there is nothing wrong with racially profiling red-brown peoples and communities And of course, his supporters applaud his every antic, including the recent public spectacle of humiliating some 220 migrants in Phoenix by parading them in public.

Two US sailors charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault in Tijuana
By Mariana Martínez
Two women making a frantic call to the police in the middle of the night; a hotel; a confrontation. Two men arrested with two bloody knives. Fresh blood stains all over the wall, and after it all ends, just an overwhelming smell of fear lurking in the air.

Dos jovenes de la estación naval de San Diego acusados de los delitos de intento de homicidio y lesiones calificadas
Por Mariana Martínez
Un hotel de paso. Dos mujeres llamando frenéticas a la policía. Un forcejeo, dos hombres arrestados y dos cuchillos ensangrentados. Sangre fresca en las paredes y mucho temor.


Hilltop Middle School is on the MAP for the 2009 Science Olympiad! This is the third year we’ve competed. The first year, the students tried their best but were shocked at the amount of work and preparation that was necessary to compete in the Olympiad. The second year, only one student returned... We started with 35 students - 22 dropped out - and the closest we came was 17th place. This year, ten students returned, and twenty four new students joined the team!

San Diego County is the third largest region in the U.S. that participates in the annual Science Olympiad competition. There were 71 teams that entered this year’s competition at Rancho Bernardo High School on Saturday, February 7th. Awards were given to the top 15 competitors in 22 different competitions.

Eight Hilltop Middle Students received awards. Pentathlon (4th place) - Elizabeth Balcom (7th grade), Zuri Gutierrez (7th grade), Breana Bergado (7th grade), Andie LeDesma (8th grade). Robo-cross (11th place) - Aurora Clark (8th grade), Bailie LeDesma (8th grade). Compute This (15th place) - Tatiana Galvez (8th grade), Maria Jose Alanis (8th grade).

Students braved thunderstorms, jumped over puddles, navigated robotic obstacles, sailed gliders, launched egg-mounted vehicles, sent catapults flying, identified fossils, researched earthquakes, built balsa wood bridges.

Story submitted by Jill Galvez, Head Coach of the Hilltop Science Olympiad team. Hilltop Middle School Science Teacher: Angelo Miranda.

Night of the Golden Iguana:
Land Conflicts Riddle Mexican Tourism Development
By Kent Paterson
Certain events transform the world. The coming of the railroad to the rural United States, the invention of the atomic bomb, and 9-11 are a few examples that immediately come to mind. For the residents of the small, bayside community of Mismaloya near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, their world changed dramatically when John Huston, Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, and company came calling in 1963.

Hieren Gravemente a Ballena en Pacífico Mexicano
Sufre Una Docena de Cortadas de Propela en su Lomo
Por Sergio Flores Hernandez
ACAPULCO, México — Una cría de ballena jorobada fue embestida por la propela de una embarcación que le produjo más de una docena de profundos cortes en el lomo. El cetáceo mal herido fue avistado y fotografiado en Bahía de Banderas, Jalisco, región decretada desde el 2002 como parte del Santuario Nacional para Ballenas.

Traditional Zapotec people’s wedding
By Gabriel Martinez
In the small Mexican town where I grew up, wedding was a religious ceremony celebrated by the entire town.

Library of Congress travels Abraham Lincoln’s life in bicentennial exhibit
By Diana Murray Watts
WASHINGTON - The spirit of Abraham Lincoln will take you by the hand as he shows you some of the documents, maps, prints, newspapers, books and photographs that were present to witness his life.

Por Luisa Fernanda Montero
No, la gordura no es saludable
La obesidad es un problema serio de salud que, por desgracia, es menospreciado por muchos padres de familia que se rehúsan a aceptar su responsabilidad y que mantienen la falsa creencia de que “entre más gordito más bonito”.

Prevent Cancer through Physical Activity!
By Martha Solorzano
At age 45, María Sanchez felt a lump in her breast; she became worried and went to a local community clinic to seek help. María was told by a nurse that it was only a blood clot and that it would disappear in a few weeks. The following year, María was diagnosed with breast cancer at an advanced stage and her complete breast had to be removed in order to save her life. Unfortunately, at that time Maria did not know that early screening could of had prevented her from getting cancer.

Beneficios especiales en el lugar de trabajo alivian estrés y mejoran productividad
Millones de trabajadores estadounidenses pierden sus trabajos, pero muchos más viven estresados en sus lugares de trabajo.

San Ysidro High Stands Out in National Ranking
Latino Students Outperforming Peers in Spanish Literature
Latino student success at San Ysidro High is in the national spotlight.

Get Thousands of Dollars For Your Child’s College Education
A free workshop on getting thousands of dollars for your child’s college education will be hosted at the following locations and at the following dates and times:

San Diego Alumnae Panhellenic Offers Scholarships
Five scholarships available for San Diego County high school women
San Diego Alumnae Panhellenic, an organization composed of alumnae from various sororities, is pleased to announce that it is offering five $800 merit scholarships. Applicants need to be graduating San Diego County high school women who in the 2009-2010 school year will attend a four-year university or college that maintains National Panhellenic Council groups on campus. All applications must be received by Wednesday, April 1, 2009.

Editorial and Commentary

Let the debate begin!
Chula Vista residents will be asked to raise their sales tax.

The City of Chula Vista has a problem controlling its spending. The City has been spend-ing above revenues coming in, creating a structural spending deficit. For years the city has gotten away with this by tapping into the city’s reserves to balance the budget. In this fiscal year, the City used a one time fund of $5 million to trim its $9 million deficit to $4 million. In previous years, the city might have gotten away with deficit spending because revenues were steady and predictable, but with the housing market crashing around us coupled with the worst recession in memory, budgetary turkeys have come home to roost.

Losing Latinos in the Republican Party
By Vince Vasquez
For the Republican faithful, the opening weeks of 2009 may prove to be a pivotal moment in their party’s future. Two key internal party elections are taking to task the lackluster campaign strategies used last year, which saw fewer Hispanics declaring their support for Republican candidates since the 1990’s. If stronger Latino support is a long-term priority for GOP leaders, real solutions are needed to build a permanent political presence in a skeptical community.

More Americans Join
By Annette Fuentes
We’ve come a long way from Ben Franklin’s view of poverty as, if not a state of grace, then certainly no badge of dishonor. As the United States spirals toward a seeming second great depression, “the poor” are conspicuous by their virtual absence in the news media’s coverage or — or politicians lip service to — the increasingly hard times Americans face. Instead of “the poor,” we get “low-income” and “working families” and other more palatable terms for an economic state-of-being that most Americans would prefer not to acknowledge.

Por José R Uzal
En los últimos días de su administración George Bush comenzó el proceso de nacionalizar los bancos en Estados Unidos. El Congreso, por ser la entidad que de acuerdo a la Constitución, que controla el dinero aceptó los planes presentados por el Departamento del Tesoro y la Reserva Federal para salvar a los prestamistas y a los compradores internacionales de hipotecas sub-estándar.

Sólo una hipótesis
Jorge A. Bustamante Fernández
Con la salida de la senadora Hillary Rodham Clinton para convertirse en la nueva secretaria de Estado de Estados Unidos, por nombramiento del presidente Barack Obama, los trabajadores migratorios salieron perdiendo.

Etc. Etc. Etc.
Reviews, Sporting news, and other tid bits

By Gustavo Arellano
Dear Mexican: What is the deal with Mexican denial when it comes to dealing with child sexual abuse? I know counselors who tell me that it’s a big problem trying to get Mexican families to admit and confront this. In my own experience, I have seen my Mexican relatives be more concerned over the fact that their son is CERTAINLY NOT GAY than over the fact that there is a strong likelihood that he suffers repeated exposure to an abusing adult. Why the secrecy? Sometimes, I wonder why pedophiles just don’t focus on Mexican children, since with them is the least chance that their parents will acknowledge the problem. Is it a class issue? A marginalized-people issue? Or something especially acute in Mexican families?

First Person:
Dangling Culture From The Rear View Mirror
By Al Carlos Hernandez
Many drivers feel compelled to hang eclectic things from their rear view mirrors. This, I think, is a personal statement of identity like a signature or family crest. They painstakingly choose to hang a little symbol that makes the mass produced, faceless production vehicle an expression of self.

“Kingdom” Comes Southeast
By Michael Klam
Over the next two weeks, the Lincoln High School Center for the Arts in collaboration with The Old Globe will present a performance that is sure to hit close to home.

Naomi Watts: “The International” trata sobre temas profundos e importantes
Por Martin del Palacio
Dos años atrás fue una presencia constante en las carteleras norteamericanas, gracias a sólidos papeles en “Funny Games USA” y “Eastern Promises”, el filme de David Cronemberg en el que vivía un romance con Viggo Mortensen. Pero a lo largo del 2008 no la vimos más, y por eso el hecho de que el suyo sea uno de los nombres destacados en “The International”, el intenso thriller que llega esta semana a los cines, no deja de sorprender, entre otras cosas porque si hemos sabido de Naomi Watts por haber sido mamá, con diferencia de apenas de un año, de dos varoncitos. “La decisión de participar en la película la tomé antes de tener el bebé”, confiesa Naomi mientras amamanta a Samuel, que cumplirá dos meses el día del estreno del filme, y agrega: “yo admiraba mucho el trabajo que había hecho Tom Tykwer a lo largo de su carrera y aunque cuando me reuní con él estaba segura de que no iba a poder hacer “The International”, él me dijo que podíamos encontrar una manera de que yo participara del rodaje de todos modos”.

Realizan Muchos Eventos en el Día del Amor y la Amistad
Nicho Hinojosa ex Big Brother visita Tijuana
Por: Paco Zavala
A pesar de la carente situación económica que vivimos en la actualidad, la próxima celebración del Día del amor y la amistad, que se realizará el próximo sábado 14 de febrero, las actividades y eventos artísticos y culturales no se han detenido, posiblemente se hayan tomado algunas medidas de precaución, pero tal parece que a la gente estos eventos no les preocupan y continúan con los preparativos.

Elias Learning to Be a Mustang Leader
By John Philip Wyllie
Off to a promising 3-1 Mesa League start, the Otay Ranch High School Boys Soccer Team would love to have the kind of season that they enjoyed two years ago when they captured a coveted CIF crown. Team co-captain and center midfielder, Andre Elias, was a sophomore on that team and so he knows what it takes to win the championship trophy. This season he is learning how to be a leader.

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