Volume XXX Number 30 July 28, 2006

FrontPage Stories

National City Middle School Does It Again at the San Diego County Fair, 2006

Once again the National City Middle School students did an outstanding job in the San Diego County Fair Student Showcase, Exploratory Technology Division by achieving thirty-four 1st place Awards, eight 2nd place, one 3rd place, one 4th place, eight Best of Class, and two Best Show, totaling 54 awards. This is more than those achieved in 2005 and 2004 combined.


Group Project, Best of Show and 1st Place. Left to right: Libia Escobar and Karen Peña, with a replica of Mission Capistrano.

Students love the challenges of participating in Mr. Henry Gutierrez’s Exploratory Technology class. He can’t say enough about their determination to be there and to be part of the competitions. They have many opportunities to choose from in this class, and there is something for everyone.

Students are very serious about the projects they chose in this unique class. They know there is more at stake here than just a grade. With each year, students are determined to represent National City Middle School again at the San Diego Fair, knowing that their competition is other middles schools, high schools, and colleges. Boys and girls alike continue to dominate in all areas of Exploratory Technology.
Plans for the 2006-2007 include some favorite projects as well as some new ones.



Fomentando la lectura en mentes jóvenes
Por Martha Sarabia
Cuando fue invitada a ser profesora fundadora de la Universidad Estatal de California en San Marcos en 1989, la Dra. Isabel Schon ya tenía planes para su primer año en la nueva universidad.


Fostering reading in young minds
By Martha Sarabia
When she was invited to become a founder faculty of Cal State San Marcos in 1989, Dr. Isabel Schon already had plans for her first year in the new university.

Espacios diferentes: Desarrollando habilidades de niños discapacitados de Tijuana
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
Este verano, un grupo de niños discapacitados de Tijuana podrán desarrollar sus capacidades físicas, cerebrales y sensoriales en un curso diseñado especialmente para ayudarlos a formar parte de una sociedad que aún no ha aprendido a integrarlos.



Stories

Study: Long Wait for Green Cards
By Selene Rivera
Why don’t people wait to immigrate legally to the United States? The answer, at least according to one recent study, is that although many people want to come legally to the United States, “processing delays and the family employment-based immigration quotas legislated by Congress result in significant wait times — and much frustration — for potential immigrants and U. S. employers,” sometimes taking as long as 20 years.

MAAC withdrawals partnership in Mercado Alliance
Sixteen new developers respond to city requests
By Raymond Beltran
In a letter this Monday the National City-based, social service group Metropolitan Area Advisory Committee (MAAC) stated, “MAAC Project, a general partner in San Diego Mercado Associates, has announced that it has formally withdrawn from the ownership group of Mercado Alliance, LLC, developers of the San Diego Mercado Mixed-Use Project.”

ISO Prepared to Support SDG&E Powerlink
By E.A. Barrera
The California Independent System Operator (ISO) has concluded there is a need for the 120-mile SDG&E Powerlink project and will recommend its development when they testify before the California Public Utilities Commission Board meeting next August 3 in Folsom, California. The proposed Powerlink would extend 120 miles from the Imperial Valley to the North County coast and cost over one billion dollars.


“Sigo Siendo el Rey” Conferencia musical de Carlos Monsiváis en homenaje a José Alfredo Jiménez
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
Una noche de romance, nostalgia e identidad mexicana disfrutó un grupo de aproximadamente 350 personas que asistieron a la conferencia que el célebre escritor Carlos Monsiváis preparó en honor al legendario compositor José Alfredo Jiménez, considerado por el conferencista como “el gran poeta popular del siglo XX en México”.

Hispanics have no confidence in Republican Leadership.
A poll released by the New Democrat Network confirms that Hispanics have lost confidence in the failed leadership of President Bush and the Republican Party, with a full 61% of respondents saying the country is headed in the wrong direction.


México del Norte
By Jorge Mújica Murias
Valores y Valores
Pocos latinos lo hacemos, aunque últimamente algunos programas de radio en español sugieren que todos tenemos acciones en la Bolsa de Valores. ¿Cómo? ¿Usted no sabe ni qué es la Bolsa de Valores? A'i le va.

A great Christmas gift, in the middle of Summer
By Pablo Jaime Sainz
Salvador and Angela Ruiz have been living in National City for the past 66 years.

Un gran regalo de Navidad, en pleno verano
Por Pablo Jaime Sainz
Salvador y Angela Ruiz han vivido en National City por los últimos 66 años.

Cuyamaca College financial aid officer lauded
South Bay resident relishes helping students obtain millions for higher education
EL CAJON – – When he’s away from his job running the financial aid office at Cuyamaca College, South Bay resident Ray Reyes is typically with his wife, Deanna, in a venue a far departure from the halls of academia.

Mysteries of Science Uncovered at Summer Enrichment Program
College preparation program boosts middle school students’ science and math skills
Granger Junior High student Jason Wesson pointed to the skeleton dangling before him and talked about how you could tell from examining the cranium whether it was “cracked in the head,” or whether it was a male or female by examining the pelvis.

Sempra Energy y UC San Diego Otorgan BECA a Demian Hernández
Sempra Energy anunció hoy que la compañía patrocina un programa de becas de la Universidad de California, San Diego (UCSD) apoyando a uno de sus estudiantes con una beca y una pasantía. Este es el segundo año en que la compañía trabaja en conjunto con el programa Logro Estudiantil Guiado por la Experiencia (SAGE, por sus siglas en inglés), habiendo contratado al becario de SAGE Demian Hernández como pasante pagado durante el verano. Sempra Energy también otorgó a Hernández una beca de 4,000 dólares.


Hijos y emigración
¡No a la deportación! ¡No a la violencia doméstica!
Por: Doctora Luz
Como psicóloga, las leyes de emigración me han puesto en un predicamento difícil. La violencia doméstica –asunto que ha sido tratado con anterioridad en los últimos artículos- tiene consecuencias devastadoras que pueden ocasionar hijos drogadictos, alcohólicos, traumas emocionales, la cárcel para al agresor y hasta la muerte a la persona que es agredida.

LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Luisa Fernanda Montero
Vivir con epilepsia, La ignorancia es más injusta que la enfermedad
Vivir con epilepsia no es fácil, eso lo sabe muy bien Gloria Rivera, una mujer que a pesar de haber soportado por 37 años todos los males inherentes a su condición, asegura que lo más difícil de vivir con ella fue haber tenido que soportar el rechazo, la incomprensión y las burlas de que fue víctima durante su adolescencia.


Cross-country tour to educate youth on HIV, promote testing
By A.N. Hernández
WASHINGTON
– Kahlo Benavidez, 20, refuses to regret his past. Some would say that’s a tough stand to take when choices left him HIV positive.
Rather than wallowing in regret, he is using his life to inspire healthy living in his peers. He was the first speaker chosen to participate in a nationwide tour called Operation: Get Tested, which is aimed at reducing HIV transmission in young Americans.

Editorials

Editorial:
Editorial served as a wake-up call to the Democrat Party
(La Prensa San Diego received a series of E-mails from the leadership of the “San Diego for Democracy” which hosted the DemocracyFest that was recently held at San Diego University, Aztec Center/Montezuma Hall. From our observations of the DemocracyFest, an Editorial was created by the Editor that addressed  perceived short comings in the three Day Festival. The following E-mail was sent to our offices by the leadership of the DemocracyFest. La Prensa San Diego is sharing it with our readers along with our responses.)

Commentary:
The First Nazi City in America
Hazleton Pennsylvania, USA, population 31,000 passes onerous law
By Juan Santos
Everyone will have to register their nationality with the government. No one will be exempt. People of certain nationalities will be targeted for removal. Those who look like they might be from those nations will be marked as suspects, constantly subject to harassment, official and unofficial.


Comentario:
La belleza y la política
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
El desplome de Zuleyka Rivera, a pocos minutos después de coronarse como la mujer más bella del universo, resonó en todos los medios de comunicación amarillistas, incluyendo en alguna periódicos objetivos y revistas de tipo académicas. Para los periódicos sensacionalistas, el cuento fue si Rivera se había privado de sus raciones diarias de comida; en tanto que en las revistas formales el tema se tornó en una cuestión de política.


Commentary:
House Road Show Ignores Signs of the Times
By Marshall Fitz
WASHINGTON, DC--Sadly, the likelihood that Congress will act this year in a good faith effort to solve our immigration crisis appears bleak. Once again, politics will trump policy and real people will be left holding the bag.


Commentary:
Congressional TriCaucus Celebrates the Signing of Bill to Renew Voting Rights Act
Act extends key voter protectionss for 25 years
The Congressional TriCaucus, made up of members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), issued the following statement on President Bush’s signing of the “Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks, and Coretta Scott King Voting Rights Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006” (H.R. 9). The act will renew for 25 years certain provisions of the landmark Voting Rights Act that had been scheduled to expire next year.


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

First Person
Punked at the pump
By Al Carlos Hernandez
I’ve been obsessed of late over increasing gas prices. When I leave the house in the morning the local service station is at one price, coming home later based on CNN news management, the price has gone up a few cents, and this gets me incensed.

Apache Girls Enter Womanhood
Coming of Age in Whiteriver, Arizona
Photos and text by Mark R. Day
Every summer, one of the most sacred ceremonies of the Apache nation takes place in Whiteriver, Arizona. These ancient puberty rites for girls, based on the “Changing Wo-man” myth, are guided by a medicine man and celebrated with careful attention to detail.

Eric Baskauskas | A Renewed Spirit of Discovery |
With permanent human colonies on Mars within the century the ultimate goal of President Bush’s “revitalized” space program, has introduced a future not unlike the naïve visions of space travel and Martian conquest from fifty years ago. Somberly contrasting this optimism is a hidden negativity – our days on Earth may finally be numbered. A Renewed Spirit of Discovery is a collection of work by local artist Eric Baskauskas, who looks to the future of humankind with these things in mind.

Realiza Múltiples Eventos Casa de la Cultura Playas Cortijo San José
Por: Paco Zavala
En charla sostenida con la Directora General de la Casa de la Cultura, de la Delegación Municipal de Playas de Tijuana, cuyas instalaciones se encuentran ubicadas en el Cortijo San José, sitio que también alberga las oficinas de la propia delegación, comentó diversos aspectos del funcionamiento de esa H. Institución a su digno cargo.

Promover Programas Infantiles Resultan un Exito
Por: Paco Zavala
Se encuentra en pleno desarrollo de participación la Promoción Nacional Cultural de Verano 2006 “Revelarte”: con la presentación de un mundo de imágenes para que el niño o joven participante las disfrute, y como resultado del trabajo que desarrolle se hará acreedor a ganar un premio sorpresa.


Movies Featured in Several Chula Vista Parks this Summer
These balmy summer nights are a perfect time to enjoy a movie and the Chula Vista Recreation Department is offering free family-oriented films at several locations in the coming weeks. All of the films will be shown outside and attendees may bring a picnic or snack.


VAMOS AL CINE:
Hocus Pocus
Veterano cineasta recurre a sus conocidos trucos bajo la cámara en Miami Vice
Por Jose Daniel Bort
El mundo de la mafia de la coca latinoamericana tiene en Michael Mann una mano segura para su depiccion. El hombre que prácticamente puso junta la serie que significo los años ochenta en televisión vuelve veinte anos mas tarde, con mucha mas experiencia y dinero para contar la misma historia.


Baldomir stops Gatti in Atlantic City battle!
WBC Champion legitimizes his crown - is Floyd next?
By Mike Indri
Retired Boxers Foundation

Atlantic City, NJ - As Arturo Gatti was waiting for the opening bell he turned and called upon his beloved manager Pat Lynch, who sprang up the three wooden steps onto the ring apron and got his ceremonial pre-fight hug and kiss from his proud fighter. The first one came on June 10, 1991 in Gatti's pro debut, an exhilarating third round technical knockout against Jose Gonzalez. Tonight may have been the last one.


The Emerging Faces of U.S. Soccer
By John Philip Wyllie
It was startlingly apparent to anyone who attended Sunday’s USA-Ireland women’s soccer match at USD that the American team has recently undergone a major facelift. The faces that graced the covers of Time, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated and People during those halcyon summer days of the 1999 Women’s World Cup have almost all disappeared. In their place are the eager, enthusiastic faces of the younger players hoping for the opportunity to add to the U.S. soccer legacy. Since its inception, the ranks of the national team have been filled almost exclusively by white, middle class current or former collegiate stars. Today’s national team pool is becoming somewhat more ethnically diverse.


Los 49’s de San Francisco Firman al Pateador Mexicano Luis Berlanga
El equipo de los 49’s de San Francisco anunció el día de hoy la contratación del pateador mexicano Luis Berlanga. Los detalles de la firma no fueron difundidos.


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