Volume XXXII Number 12 March 21, 2008

FrontPage Stories

Easter Lilies Bloom in Balboa Park’s Historic Botanical Building

From Friday, March 14, through Wednesday, April 19, Balboa Park’s Botanical Building will be filled with 300 fragrant Easter lilies.

Historically, white lilies are depicted on Minoan frescoes dating back more than 3,500 years, and ancient Romans planted the lily along roadsides for medicinal use by traveling legions of solider needing treatment for wounds and sores. The 1st-century Christian church adopted the lily as a traditional, time-honored flower of Easter.

Built for the 1915–16 Exposition, along with the adjacent Lily Pond, the historic Botanical Building is one of the largest lath structures in the world. Designed by Carleton M. Winslow, the Botanical Building is 250-feet long, 75-feet wide and over 60-feet tall and filled with an ever-changing landscape of beautiful and interesting plants.

In addition to this popular and fragrant seasonal display, the Botanical Building contains over 2,100 permanent tropical plants, a carnivorous plant bog, and a ‘touch and smell’ garden. The Botanical Building is open free to the public Friday through Wednesday, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (closed Thursdays and City of San Diego observed holidays).

Protesters block DC streets, tell their stories, to mark 5th anniversary of Iraq war
Scripps Howard Foundation Wire Reporters Kantele Franko, Jonna Knappenberger, Nanette Light, Anel Ramazanova and Jennifer Rios wrote these stories about protests in Washington to mark the fifth anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq.
WASHINGTON - She swapped her spring break for non-violent protests.

Budget cuts will affect all South Bay school districts
Part II
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
School districts in the South Bay have much in common: They all have a large number of English learners and most of them have a majority of Latino students.


Education debate: Look who isn't talking now
By Nanette Light
WASHINGTON - It's a talking battle, and education is losing.

Educación indigenista crece en Baja California
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
Baja California es por tradición tierra de migrantes.

Project Concern International Improving Health of Pregnant Women in San Diego
Project Concern International, with its partners UCSD Hearts and the Hands Volunteer Doula program, successfully trained childbirth assistants, or Doulas, as part of the California Border Healthy Start (CBHS) program.

México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
Democracia sin Voto
Ahorita que andamos en un “break” de la cadena de elecciones primarias (la siguiente importante es hasta la tercera semana de abril), vale la pena analizar un poco el sistema electoral de este país.

César E. Chávez to be Honored During April at UCSD
By Jan Jennings
César E. Chávez Day 2008 marks the 40th anniversary of Chávez’s fast for non-violence in 1968. Although his health was in danger, he refused food for 25 days in order to promote the ideals of “militant non-violence” in the struggle for economic and social justice. At a mass ending the fast, then Sen. Robert F. Kennedy broke bread with the farm workers and described Chávez as “one of the heroic figures of our time.”

Remembering and Honoring Ruben Salazar
The issuance of a U.S. Postal stamp is a fitting tribute, yet, a stamp is not large enough to convey his life’s work
By Roberto Dr. Cintli Rodriguez
For close to 40 years, my memories of journalist, Ruben Salazar, have been of smoke, fire, riots, rampaging police, and his premature death in East L.A. on August 29, 1970. Seared into my memory is running home every day to see the Inquest held into his death. What is actually seared is not the fact that he was killed by a nine-inch tear-gas projectile, fired into the Silver Dollar Café by a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy, but rather, that no one was ever brought to justice. Neither was anyone brought to justice for the deaths of Angel Diaz or Lyn Ward, who also died on that day.

Archbishops prepare for papal visit to capital
By Jennifer Rios
WASHINGTON - The city’s Catholic leader hopes Pope Benedict XVI will see a “little slice of the church” that represents the rest of the United States when he makes his first U.S. visit as pope next month.

Buscando mayor seguridad para el turismo en Rosarito
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
A escasos días del inicio de la primavera, Playas de Rosarito luce muy diferente a como solía verse años atrás en estas fechas.

Por José López Zamorano
“Un Gigante Animado”
No hay la menor duda que las elecciones primarias se han convertido en un espectáculo político apasionante para muchos de nosotros. Por primera vez en años, el proceso electoral tiene una buena dosis de suspenso y asombro, tanto por lo apretado de la carrera como por la diversidad de los aspirantes: una mujer, un afro americano y un héroe de guerra.

Positions Open on Proposition “O” Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee
The Sweetwater Union High School District announces the opening of three Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee positions. Proposition O was passed under the rules of Proposition 39, which directs that the Board of Trustees appoint a Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee to monitor bond expenditures.

Hilltop High Student wins Governor’s Honor
Genesis Vergara, a 17-year-old student in her senior year at Hilltop High School was honored in Sacramento this week at the Governor’s first annual Academic Recognition Dinner hosted by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and California First Lady Maria Shriver on March 11.

Diversos Eventos Presentan en el Programa “Conversando con la Historia de Tijuana”
Por: Paco Zavala
La historia de Tijuana es muy amplia e interesante, aunque es una ciudad extremadamente joven, su historia es muy atractiva y fascinante, por eso es que hoy en día los hijos originarios y los provenientes de otros entornos de nuestro propio país, que aman y que amamos este pedazo de patria, estamos interesados en conocer todo lo referente a nuestra gran ciudad, su pasado, su presente y su futuro.

Integrity Charter School Students to Learn about “La Causa” from a grandson of César Chávez, David Villarino
Integrity Charter School, located in National City will have a special all school assembly in honor of César Chávez Day on Friday, March 28th at 8am.

Editorial and Commentary

5th Anniversary of the Iraq War
This past Thursday marked the 5th Anniversary of the Iraq War and as we sit here and look around we ask ourselves, are we better off today than five years ago?

Racial Idealism vs Racial Realism: Obama’s Effort To Bridge the Divide and the DLC
By Roberto Lovato
Barack Obama’s speech in Philadelphia eloquently displayed how the Obama and Clinton campaigns are divided by race idealism versus race realism.

The “EEV” of Destruction
By Jim Harper
With the failure of Congress to reform the immigration laws last year, political leaders are searching for election-year achievements in this area. But the emerging consensus in favor of “electronic employment eligibility verification” will collapse when Americans learn the details of the technical and regulatory contraption being proposed. By the fall, Congress will decide whether to renew, expand, or perhaps discard such a program. The lines of debate are being drawn now.

El síndrome de Ulises
Por José Uzal
Hace más de treinta siglos, según relata el poeta griego Homero en “La Odisea”, el guerrero Ulises embarcó hacia su hogar en la isla de Ítaca tras la batalla de Troya. Vagó durante diez años por las costas del mar Mediterráneo. La historia de Ulises es una metáfora de lo difícil que es abandonar la tierra natal y lo duro que es regresar a ella. Es el síndrome de Ulises.

El fantasma de Obama
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
No pudo ser de otra manera, Barack Obama tuvo que confrontar a sus propios demonios y fantasmas. Tenía que levantar las rocas de diversos tamaños que algunos demócratas y republicanos le habían estado aventando sobre el camino de la presidencia.

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

By Gustavo Arellano
Dear Mexican: I’m a gay man in his mid-30s that has always loved Mexican men. And this question is not only from my experience, but also that of friends: Why is it that Mexican men are so flaky?

First Person:
Standing like a dork while she is shopping
By Al Carlos Hernandez
I found myself in walled jungle of high end color washed retail racks in the eye of estrogen fueled frenzy and wondered how it came to this. Like most men I hate to go shopping, it is especially painful when you know you are there for no apparent reason. I can see if you need to go to a wedding, funeral, graduation or baptism, notice I didn’t say opera or ballet? But shopping for the pure sport of it still doesn’t make much sense to me. I go because my wife wants me there, certainly not for my fashion expertise; I’ve been called by those in the know, R –not- me.

‘Let The Eagle Fly: The Story of Cesar Chavez
CHULA VISTA— The Theatre Faculty of Southwestern College (SWC) School of Arts and Communication, in Association with Teatreo Mascara Magica, proudly present a musical chronicling the life of Cesar Chavez, ‘one of the heroic figures of our time.’ “Let The Eagle Fly: The Story of Cesar Chavez” was authored by John Reeger, music and lyrics by Julie Shannon and directed by SWC retired Theatre Professor William Virchis.

CSUSM Presents “North County”
North County, a play about a “side of life in North San Diego County rarely seen or discussed,” will be presented nightly, March 25-29, starting at 8 p.m. in Room 111 of Arts Hall at California State University San Marcos. Admission is $5 for students with school identification and $10 general admission.

Why Did Bordertown Do a Belly Flop?
By Mark R. Day
When superstar Jennifer Lopez took the stage last month after the screening of her new film Bordertown at the Berlinale (Berlin) Film Festival, she must have taken a deep breath. Moments earlier J-Lo was beaming to photographers. But after the credits rolled, there was loud booing and muted applause from the audience, a response that brought the star to the verge of tears.

Film puts face on immigration debate
Under the Same Moon opened this week in San Diego
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Under the Same Moon / La misma luna is going to be one of those films that will make anti-immigrant group members, like the Minutemensos, go nuts.

Filme pone rostro al debate migratorio
‘La misma luna’ estrenó esta semana en San Diego
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Under the Same Moon / La misma luna va a ser una de esas películas que harán que miembros de grupos anti-inmigrantes, como los Minutemensos, se aloquen.

Toltekas En Aztlan Presents Xochikuikatl
Since ancient times the Aztek Spring Ceremony has been a very important expression of the life and times in the american “Nahuatlaka” continent culture, specially so among the Indian people.

A feverish love triangle revealed through the passionate art form of flamenco
Lakshmi Basile and her Luna Flamenca Dance Company return to San Diego for a premiere engagement at San Diego Lyceum Theatre in a new work entitled “TROIS,” for two performances only on Thursday, March 27 and Friday, March 28, 2008 at 8 pm.

Bullfight World
By Lyn Sherwood
‘The Matador’ Brings Fresh Perspective to Bullfighting
Generally, documentaries retrace history by examining particular accomplishments of an individual. But, “The Matador” goes far beyond the norm and establishes bullfighting under a uniquely different light of understanding.

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