Volume XXV Number 34 August 24, 2001

FrontPage Stories


Diane Cabrera, a beautiful 18 year-old young lady who was born in Miami, was elected "Miss Hispanidad USA 2001" on august 12th, at the "Club Tropigala," located at the Fountainbleau Hilton Hotel, in Miami Beach. Diane is 5'8", has brown eyes, and brown hair. She recently graduated from "South Miami Senior High," and will continue her studies at the University of Miami. The charismatic young queen aspires to become an attorney and possibly build a career in politics.

150 Hispanic young ladies participated in the preliminary competitions and 32 were chosen to compete in the "Miss USA Pageant 2001." The contestants were judged on their beauty, poise and personality throughout a series of competitions including bathing suit, evening gown and personal interviews.

The First runner-up is Rocio Alvarez. Carolina Ruiz is the Second runner-up; Yazmin Navarro is third runner-up; and Fourth runner-up is Alejandra Diaz. "Miss Photogenic" goes to Karen Castro; and voted as "Miss Congeniality" was Vanesa Trujillo.

Miss Hispanidad USA receives over $15,000 in Cash and prizes including a $5,000 scholarship courtesy of Chevrolet, round-trip tickets for two to any destination serviced by American Airlines, and more. She will also represent the Hispanic American young woman in our community and preside over all official activities of the 28th annual Hispanic Heritage Festival.

San Diego Unified Scores Do Not Add Up: Achievement Gap Not Closing
By Yvette tenBerge
Board members, administrators, teachers and parents throughout San Diego County held their breath on Wednesday, August 15 waiting for the California Department of Education to release the 2001 Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program results. For those with children or students in the San Diego Unified School District, the wait was even more unbearable, though, as they waited to see if the promises made by the school board majority, Superintendent Alan Bersin and Chancellor of Instruction, Anthony Alvarado, would hold any water.

Courthouse's "Good-Will Ambassador" Says Goodbye After 25 Years
By Yvette tenBerge
The audience of judges, lawyers and courthouse employees becomes hushed as Superior Court Judge Wayne L. Peterson approaches the bench. Although most of those in the crowd usually come to court to witness its "trials and tribulations," on Friday, August 17 they gathered to honor 80 year-old Ramiro "Rayme" M. Medina, the recently retired notary public and "unofficial court ambassador" who donated 25 years of volunteer assistance to visitors to the 220 West Broadway building.

A Soldier's Story: Hispanic Marine Corps Col. Embraces the Code, Makes History
By Raoul Dennis
When Angela Salinas walked into her neighborhood post office in 1974, a 20 year old Hispanic woman, it's not likely that she ever imagined signing up to become a marine. It wasn't in the plan.

Relato de un marine: Coronel Hispana del Cuerpo de Marines Abraza el
Reglamento y Hace Historia
Cuando Angela Salinas entró a la oficina de correos de su vecindario en 1974 (era entonces una joven hispana de 20 años), es poco probable que imaginara que se alistaría en el Cuerpo de Marines. No estaba en sus planes.


By Melissa Bailey
-- The daughter of a National City man wants an all expenses paid trip to New Zealand, but she's not interested in relaxing at the beach. She aimes to take part in Eco-Challenge: New Zealand, the world's premier expedition race and one of the most physically demanding "man against nature" competitions imaginable.

Los Angeles Latino Advocate Receives the State Bar's Highest Award
- Joaquin G. Avila, a Los Angeles attorney who ensures the polls are open to minority voters, was selected to receive the 2001 Loren Miller Legal Services Award, the highest honor bestowed by the State Bar of California.

¡ Haz un espacio para ti !
Por Paco Zavala
Tijuana, siempre atenta a percibir y detectar las inquietudes de su población, se esfuerza en todos sus sectores por lograr de una manera o de otra, cubrirlos, de esta manera podemos lograr estar al corriente, al día, intuyendo que se necesita, que hace falta, en que estamos bien, en que estamos fallando, etc.,etc.

Cox Communications San Diego and Cablemás Complete First-Ever Fiber Optic
Link Between U.S. and Mexico
Nine years ago, Cox Communications and Cablemás, the second-largest cable company in Mexico, recognized the demand for high-quality video and data reception for every cable customer in San Diego and Tijuana. Explosive growth in the maquiladora industry following the NAFTA agreement fueled demand for fast, dependable data transmission. By 1992, fiber optic technology made it possible to transport high quality signals over long distances. Vision married technology and demand, and the result was the U.S.-Mexico Interconnect Project, the first-ever fiber optic connection between the United States and Mexico.

La Columna Vertebral
Por Yhamel Catacora
El Deber de Los Padres en un Nuevo Año Escolar

Muchos padres ya han sufrido los primeros efectos del `regreso a clases' al cumplir con la larga lista de útiles escolares, o al intentar esquivar el bombardeo de propagandas que alertan a los escolares del último grito de la moda. Pero tal vez esos sean sólo algunos detalles del mundo diferente y foráneo que viven los adolescentes en la escuela, particularmente en la secundaria; aquel que muchos padres y madres no se atreven a conocer.

Registration and Health Information for Students in City Schools
Registration in San Diego Schools is required for all new students and for continuing students who have moved into a new school attendance area during the summer. The 2001-2002 school year begins on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Feria de Salud y Recursos e Información sobre las ventajas de amamantar a su
Por Paco Zavala

El pasado 4 de Agosto del año en curso en la Ciudad de Chula Vista, el San Ysidro Health Center WIC Program Health and Resource Fair, presentó un programa de información sobre las ventajas que obtiene el bebe al ser alimentado por medio de amamantarlo.

Encienda Una Vela
Mons. Jim Lisante
Dejarlo en las Manos de Dios
El mensaje telefónico lo decía todo: "Steven no tiene posibilidad de recuperación. El final se aproxima. Por favor venga a darle la bendición y la extrema unción a nuestro hijo". Steven tenía 30 años de edad y había sido miembro de la parroquia toda su vida. El menor de siete hijos de una familia muy unida.

JCPenney e Hispanic Designers, Inc. Anuncian Ganadores del 2001 Hispanic
Designers Model Search
El haber sido ganadores del 2001 Hispanic Designers Model Search, auspiciado por JCPenney e Hispanic Designers, Inc., pudiera significar un despegue exitoso en sus carreras de modelos de pasarela para un puñado de jóvenes talentosos.


By Congressman Bob Filner
In 1996, the welfare reform bill was signed into law. Federal cash assistance for low-income people was replaced with state grants that provide Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). TANF programs are designed to reduce welfare by imposing lifetime limits.

Fox y su Cruzada por un México Limpio
Por Lourdes Davis
Cuando el Presidente de México, Vicente Fox, anunció el inicio de una "cruzada por un México limpio" muy pocas personas le dieron importancia a su mensaje y parece que sólo uno de los canales de televisión presentó un segmento de aproximadamente 15 segundos en las noticias nocturnas.

NOTA PARA LOS POLITICOS: Gloria Torres State/National President sent la palabra out that " For all intents & purposes MAPA as a statewide organization is dead!" Gloria just realized what local ChiPols haven known for a number of years; MAPA is no more than a local Chapter organization without any statewide control or governance! Vatos can't take having a woman tell them what to do and Democratic members don't want Republicans in their organization.

The Public Forum ... El Foro Publico
By Orville G. Brown
Blueprint. Institute. Sounds so nice, so progressive, so innovative and so out of the box. WRONG! They are only new names for same old same old. The graduates of San Diego City Schools go on to college, a large portion of which are 4 year colleges and universities, others to junior colleges and then 4 year colleges. Still others go to tech schools. They graduate from these institutions of higher learning because they receive a good education in our schools, based on a rounded curriculum that creates a citizen that can cope in today's modern, complicated society. Check out the SAT scores, not just the SAT9 scores.

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

The Latin Grammies Make Last Minute Move from the East Coast to the West
"Due to serious concerns for the safety and dignity of our 10,000 guests, nominees, performers and sponsors from across the globe, and the threat of disruption during the telecast itself, the Latin Academy, along with CBS and Cossette Productions, has been forced to make a very difficult and unfortunate decision - to move the 2nd Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards show from Miami to the Great Western Forum in Los Angeles on September 11.

Declaración de Cambio de Local Para la Entrega del Premio GRAMMY Latino
"Debido a la preocupación por la seguridad y dignidad de los 10,000 invitados, nomina-dos, artistas y patrocinadores a través del mundo, y la amenaza de caos durante la transmisión por televisión, la Academia Latina, junto a CBS y Cossette Productions, ha sido forzada ha tomar una decisión muy difícil y desafortunada — la de mover la 2da Entrega Anual del Premio GRAMMY Latino de Miami al Forum de Los Angeles el 11 de septiembre.

Poet's Corner
"Venga la copa de mis sueños"

Honorables amigos míos, soy bohemia lo reconozco
levanto mi copa y brindo por serlo
Sí, bohemia de las palabras, de las letras
Y toda la gramática textual, burda o original.

Exciting New Music Documentary Film Chronicles The History of the Accordion as it Journeys From Central Europe toCentral Texas to Create a Unique American Musical Genre

Shalim Es La Nueva Sensación Del Pop Latino en Mexico
El nuevo cantante puertorriqueño continua causando sensación en toda la Republica Mexicana con su primer sencillo promocional titulado "Nadie Como Tu". Shalim, regreso este domingo al Distrito Federal para presentarse en el show de "Al Fin de Semana", que transmite en vivo Televisa.

"..And Then There Was One"
Trinidad VS Hopkins
Monday, August 20, 2001
TRINIDAD CAMP, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Mexico's Oceguera to Play for WUSA Championship
by John Philip Wyllie
When the Bay Area Cyber-Rays and the Atlanta Beat square off on Saturday (11:00 a.m. PDT on TNT) in the first ever WUSA Founders Cup Championship game, Mexican national team defender Gina Oceguera will likely start on the back line for the Cyber-Rays. Oceguera's presence on the field for the season's ultimate game seemed a highly unlikely possibility little more than a month ago, but a lot has changed since then.

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