Volume XXIV Number 06~ Feburary 11, 2000

FrontPage Stories

Alfred Rascon Recipient of the Medal Of Honor

By Daniel Muñoz, Jr.

There is no higher honor, and nothing says more about a person than to be recognized with The Medal of Honor - you are a hero. This week Alfred Rascon was recognized as a Hero.

On March 16, 1965 Specialist (medic) Alfred Rascon, U.S. Army, and his platoon were in Long Khanh Province, helping another platoon that was pinned down by the enemy. In his words, it was "ten minutes of pure hell."



Alfred Rascon salutes his platoon upon receiving the Medal of Honor. Credit: David Scull, The White House.

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Alfred Rascon Galardonado con la Medalla de Honor
Por Daniel Muñoz, Jr.
No hay honor más alto, y nada dice más acerca de una persona que ser reconocido con una Medalla de Honor - eres un héroe. Esta semana Alfred Rascon fue reconocido como un héroe.

Charlene Zettel Republican Secret Weapon!
75th Assembly District Incumbent Charlene Zettel represents the Republican Party's new image of compassionate conservative.
By Daniel L. Muñoz
Reeling from the drubbing of George W. Bush, given by the New Hampshire voters, the Republican National Committee lost no time in coming to California. It will be here that who(m) the Republican candidate for President of the United States will be determined.

Minority-Ownership Rules to Change: Hispanic & Black Leaders Outraged
(Editors Note: Last week in La Prensa San Diego, dated February 4, 2000, Vol. XXIV No. 05, we published a story by the National Minority Supplier Development Council that outlined changes affecting ownership levels which identified a minority-owned business. The changes lowered the threshold of ownership from 51% minority ownership to 30% minority ownership. The change was made to create more equity capital accessibility.
In response to this change Black and Hispanic business leaders have released their response to these changes.)

Noticias de México...
Marchan 200 mil Para Exigir la Libertad Inmediata de Paristas
En la marcha más concurrida de los últimos años, aproximádamente 200 mil personas exigieron la liberación inmediata de los universitarios presos y ofrecieron su total respaldo al Consejo General de Huelga (CGH). A esta movilización, convocada por la directiva del PRD y en la que participaron decenas de organizaciones civiles, se sumó el apoyo espontáneo de cientos de personas de la sociedad que, al paso del contingente, manifestaban simpatía a los paristas.

Stories

Dos Estudiantes de National City "Mueren" en Choque Simulado
El incidente es parte de campaña para evitar que menores consuman alcohol y conduzcan bajo la influencia
Por Jose A. Alvarez
National City, Ca. — Su cuerpo ensangrentado y sin vida yace en medio de la calle. Sus amigos y compañeras de clase siguen atrapadas en uno de los dos automóviles que acaban de chocar frente a la escuela secundaria Sweetwater Union High en National City.

Latinos urged to make themselves count in 2000 Census
by Louisa Ollague
This Spring Latinos in this country will have the opportunity to participate in an historic event that affects everyone in the United States for the next 10 years. This event is the 2000 Census, which will be conducted in April 2000. Once every ten years the Census Bureau undertakes the monumental task of counting each and every person who lives in the United States, regardless of immigration status.

Todos los Latinos contamos en el Censos 2000
por Louisa Ollague
Esta primavera los Latinos en los Estados Unidos tendrán una gran oportunidad de participar en un evento histórico que afecta a todos los que vivimos en este país por los próximos diez años. Este evento se llama el Censo 2000, lo cual toma lugar en abril de este año. Una vez cada diez años el Buró del Censo se encarga de la tarea masiva de contar a toda y cada persona que vive en los Estados Unidos, sin importar su estado legal.

Bancointernet.com to Become First Virtual Bank for U.S. Hispanic and
U.S. Brazilian Communities

Miami — BI Financial Inc., a Florida-based financial Internet services company, signed a letter of intent to join forces with Orlando-based Metro Savings Bank. The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approval, will enable bancointernet.com to become the nation's first virtual bank servicing the U.S,. Hispanic and Portuguese-speaking communities.

Saludo Nacional a los Veteranos Hospitalizados
Por Oziel Garza, US Department of Veteransa Affairs
Durante la semana de febrero 13 al 19, el Departamento de Asuntos de Veteranos (VA) pagará tributo a los hombres y mujeres quienes reciben tratamiento en los hospitales de veteranos. Ellos le dan un significado especial a la frase "La libertad no es gratis". Se paga un precio muy alto por ella.

Army Expands Educational Opportunities For Soldiers, Recruits
Secretary of the Army Louis Caldera, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Eric K. Shinseki and Sergeant Major of the Army Robert E. Hall announced the Army's two new pilot programs designed to increase educational opportunities for Americans who serve in the Army and to open up new recruiting markets.

Sempra Energy to Build Links to Small Businesses at Minority Business
Opportunity Day

Sempra Energy, a Fortune 500 energy services company nationally recognized for its achievements in workforce and supplier diversity, will give small-business owners a chance to explore contracting opportunities as part of its co-sponsorship of the Southern California Regional Purchasing Council's 31st Annual "Minority Business Opportunity Day" Trade Fair (MBOD 2000). The event will be held at the Los Angeles Convention and Exhibition Center Feb. 16-17, 2000.

Special Television Program February 15 by City Schools
A special call-in television program will be held Tuesday, February 15, on the Blueprint for Student Success in a Standards-Based System in San Diego City Schools, a proposal to change promotion and retention policies and instruction in the district.

Hispanic Radio Network/La Red Hispana
LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Consuelo Luz
Las Personas Bilingües Ganan Más

No recuerdo alguna ocasión en mi vida en la que el hablar más de un idioma me haya causado alguna dificultad. Desde mis primeras memorias de la niñez, hablar Inglés y Español con la misma facilidad ha sido tan natural para mi como caminar y respirar.

Community Notes:
Monterey Jazz Festival Announces 30th Annual High School Jazz Competition
The Monterey Jazz Festival has announced its 30th Annual High School Jazz Competition, to be held at the Monterey Fairgrounds, April 7-9, 2000.

An Essay:
My Life-Long Reluctant Love-Affair With Death

By Argentina Maria Mendieta Otero
What do you do when you have survived a great, major earthquake that killed dozens of thousands of your own people, and survived a civil war in your country that also killed hundreds of thousands of innocent people? What do you do? How do you go on living? How can you come to terms with the fact that you survived while thousands of others didn't make it?

Editorials

Editorial:
Prop 1A Opens Door to Graft & Corruption!

Prop 1A the so call "California Indian Self- Reliance Amendment" is a sham and a fraud. It has little to do with Indians and everything to do with opening the door for organized Chicago-style crime syndicates to infiltrate and take over the lucrative gambling operations in the state,

Commentary:
What Color Is Your Vote? Both Parties Wooing Latinos, Ignoring Black Voters

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson
LOS ANGELES - Both Democrat and Republican strategists are delirious at the prospect of bagging a sizable number of Latino voters in the presidential election.

Commentary:
New Law Helps Bridge The Medicare Prescription Coverage `Gap

By Senator Dede Alpert
There are an estimated 1.3 million Californians who are Medicare patients but who do not have an HMO prescription drug plan to provide financial assistance with the rising costs of prescription medications. Lacking this drug coverage, those on Medicare have been forced to pay full retail prices for their prescriptions.

Opinion:
Limit Government, Not Contributions

by Sheldon Richman
The Supreme Court says the states may impose limits on campaign contributions without violating the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Pithily summing up in his concurring opinion, Justice John Paul Stevens wrote, "Money is property; it is not speech."

The Public Forum ... El Foro Publico
Treatment of Iraq Violates International Law

The ongoing blockade of food and supplies from Iraqi civilians puts the U.S. Government and its UN allies on a moral level that is on par with Nazi Germany.



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

Review:
CONSIGUE lo que Quieres, VALORA lo que Tienes

Por Paco Zavala
John Gray, el autor de CONSIGUE lo que Quieres, VALORA Lo que tienes, es doctor en psicología, reconocido internacionalmente como experto en las áreas de la comunicación, las relaciones y el desarrollo personal.

Poet's Corner:
God Won't Ask

God won't ask what kind of fancy car you drove.

Be Mine ~ Valentine Desserts from the Heart
Valentine's Day is a time for special desserts and sweets - and what could be better than something with a homemade touch. After all, gifts from the kitchen are gifts of your time, imagination and thoughtfulness. They magically say, "I love you."

Calendar of Events:
By Berenice Cisneros

Bullfight World...
by Lyn Sherwood
In 54th Anniversary of Plaza Mexico, Spanish Rejoneador Has Big Triumph

Spanish Rejoneador Pablo Hermoso de Mendoza wrote history, last Saturday (Feb. 5), during the corrida that celebrated the 54th anniversary of the world's largest plaza de toros.

Showtime Championship Boxing Presentara Una Doble Cartelera De
Campeonato Mundial

Nueva York, NY - El Campeón Peso Super Ligero del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB) Kostya Tszyu hará la primera defensa de su título ante el contendiente no. 7 del CMB Ahmed Santos en el evento principal de una cartelera de Showtime Championship Boxing el sábado 12 de febrero desde el Mohegan Sun en Uncasville, CT.

HBO's Fiery Late-Night Boxing Series Celebrates Its Fourth Anniversary When HBO Boxing After Dark: Eric Morales vs. Marco Antonio Barrera
HBO Sports' popular late-night boxing series continues to showcase the brightest talents of the sweet science, presenting an emerging superstar when HBO Boxing After Dark: Eric Morales vs. Marco Antonio Barrera airs Saturday, February 19 (11:00 p.m. live ET/tape-delay PT), from the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas. The HBO en Español broadcast team will call the action for the fight.

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