Volume XXIV Number 07~ Feburary 18, 2000

FrontPage Stories

Lohengrin de Richard Wagner, Maravilla y Sencillamente Conmociona

Por Paco Zavala

El segundo montaje escénico que realiza en la temporada operística del año 2000, la compañía de Opera de San Diego causa sensación. Después de 17 años de ausencia del escenario del Civic Theatre, se repone la colosal, esotérica y matefísica ópera de Richard Wagner, Lohengrín, el caballero de la argéntea armadura, reaparece en este importante escenario.

Con un reparto verdaderamente internacional la compañía de ópera de San Diego, repone Lohengrin, ópera que es dividida en tres actos, el libreto y la música fueron escritos por el poeta músico Richard Wagner. Su estreno se realizó en Weimar en el Hoftheater el 28 de agosto de 1850.



PHOTO BY KEN HOWARD
Tenor John Keyes as Lohengrin and bass-baritone Greer Grimsley as Telramund in San Diego Opera’s production of Wagner’s LOHENGRIN.

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David Agosto - Former City College Student Returns as Interim President
David J. Agosto, a former student and baseball star at San Diego City College in the late 1960s, will return to his alma mater March 1 as interim college president. Since leaving City College and transferring to the University of San Diego on a baseball scholarship, Agosto has built an impressive record of accomplishments in more than 25 years of community college administration.

Poway Sailor Recognized as the Best
Story by J.L. Chirrick. Photo by Jason Emerson
Honor, courage and commitment define the character of Marcellino E. Valdez. The 32-year-old son-in-law of Martha Elizalde of Poway exemplifies the Navy core values through devotion to work at Transient Personnel Unit, San Diego. So, when the personnel unit held a competition to choose its Sailor of the Year for 1999, Valdez was the clear choice.

University Struggle Likely To Resound In Mexican Presidential Elections
By David Bacon
MEXICO CITY — With social chaos a key issue in Mexico's presidential campaign, the university strike that ended spectacularly with mass arrests last week is likely to resound for months.

A Vote For Prop. 21 Is A Vote Against The Future
By Joe Loya
This story falls under the heading "truth is stranger than fiction." I'd been arrested and charged for some 24 bank robberies and was in court for arraignment. There, the FBI Special Agent in charge of my case vouched for me to the judge and did not object to my request to be released on bail.

Noticias de México...
Comprará el Gobierno 10 mil armas
Culiacán, Sin. — El gobierno del Estado autorizó la adquisición e importación de 10 mil armas de fuego de calibres potentes que serán destinadas para reforzar el equipamiento de las corporaciones policiacas de la entidad.

Stories

February is Black History Month:
Remembering Estevanico, America's First African Explorer

By Jeff Biggers
When I was growing up in Arizona, we celebrated Rodeo Week, not Black History Month, in February.

Ask your local Pizza Hut manager to help Pictsweet mushroom workers
get a UFW contract

More than 350 workers at Pictsweet Mushroom Farms in Ventura County north of Los Angeles need help convincing their employer to negotiate a United Farm Workers contract.

President Clinton Unveils Steps To Ensure Full Participation In Census 2000
February 14, 2000 - At a speech before representatives of Hispanic organizations, President Clinton announced new steps to encourage all Americans to participate in Census 2000. In 1990, an estimated 8.4 million people were not counted — many of whom were children, minorities, and low-income individuals.

Kids, Cops and Chefs cooked Up a Storm at the Inaugural
"Kids Can Cook, Too!" Event

Coronado — Recognizing that poor eating patterns established in childhood usually transfer to adulthood, chefs from Loews Coronado Bay Resort and kids from San Diego's Star Police Athletic League (PAL) cooked up a solution.

Excitement Grows as the SWC Concert Choir Prepares for the Big Apple
By Lisa Harter
Rehearsals at Southwestern College have become the most anticipated night of the week for choir members these days. The rhythms are sharpened, the notes to perfection, the voices artfully blended by the conductor, Dr. Terry Russell, all for the end result of a history making performance Sunday, March 19, in Carnegie Hall, the most prestigious concert hall in the United States.

San Ysidro Health Center Dental Professionals Provide School Screenings
Tooth decay is the most common preventable disease for children in the United States. However, many individuals suffer needlessly from the effects of tooth decay. Studies indicate that 75 percent of all dental cavities are found in 25 percent of school age children. These are often the same children who have little access to dental care. Particularly hard hit are ethnic minorities and people of minimal economic means, especially those without dental insurance.

Oficina del `Zar" Anti-Drogas de la Casa Blanca Inaugura Zona en Español en su
Sitio WEB de Consejos Para Padres

Washington, D.C. — Barry R. McCaffrey, director de la Oficina de la Política Nacional Sobre el Control de Drogas de la Casa Blanca (White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, ONDCP), anunció que la ONDCP ha lanzado una zona en español en su sitio de Internet, www.theantidrug.com. La zona en español se puede visitar en la dirección Web (URL) www.laantidroga.com.

Army Announces College First - 2 year Post-Secondary Education for
College Bound Students

Lieutenant Colonel Dean A. Nowowiejski, Battalion Commander, announced that the United States Army Southern California Recruiting Battalion will be participating in a test of an enlistment program designed to expand recruiting markets and to increase opportunities for Americans to serve in the Army. The test program, College First, officially began on February 3rd and runs through September 2003.

Chair of Civil Rights Commission Keynotes UCR Women's Conference 2000
Mary Frances Berry, chairperson of the United States Civil Rights Commission, will address other politically influential women Saturday, March 25 in Riverside at "Women's Conference 2000: Forging an Extraordinary Century for Women."

Médicos Hispanos Tratan de Cerrar Brecha Crítica a lo Largo de la Frontera
Washington, DC — Los niños que viven a lo largo de la frontera tienen menos probabilidades de ser vacunados y más probabilidades de tener diabetes y defectos congénitos, según dice la Asociación Médica Nacional Hispana (NHMA en Inglés).

¿Libre Comercio Significa Comercio Sano?
College Station — Con los sorprendentes efectos productivos del TLC (Tratado de Libre Comercio), ha habido un incremento dramático en el comercio agrícola con México. Pero ¿libre comercio significa comercio sano?

Diez Consejos a la Mujer Para un Corazón Sano
Se puede evitar al asesino número uno de las mujeres americanas
Según la Asociación Americana del Corazón, las enfermedades cardiovasculares causan la muerte de un número mayor de mujeres que las siguientes 14 causas principales de muerte combinadas, incluído el cáncer de seno.

Mariachi Teen Sensation Nydia Rojas Inspires America's Youth to Make a
Difference As Spokesperson for "Do Something"

NEW YORK, NY - Mariachi teen sensation Nydia Rojas will be giving her voice to more than Spanish love songs this year.

Nydia Rojas Hablará a Los Jóvenes Como Portavoz de `Do Something'
La sensación juvenil de mariachi exhortará a la juventud de America a participar
y hacer una diferencia
Nueva York, NY - Este año la juvenil cantante de mariachi Nydia Rojas ha confirmado su participación como portavoz en español de la organización nacional `Do Something.'

United Way Recibe de Pacific Bell Una Contribución de $1.6 Millones
United Way/CHAD (Combined Health Agencies) del Condado de San Diego recibió de Pacific Bell una contribución de $1.6 millones.

Community Partners to Meet Community Leaders
Partners for Community access will introduce 17 new community outreach workers, called Community Partners, to North County community leaders at a kick-off luncheon on Thursday, February 17, 2000 at 12:00 noon at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd.

UC Santa Barbara Chicana/Chicano Studies Foundation to hold a fundraiser
On March 2, 2000 at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Los Angeles UC Santa Barbara Chicana/Chicano Studies Foundation will hold a fundraiser with the showing of "One Man's Hero,"

Mexican Teachers Participating in Environmental Education Program
Celebrate Their First Reunion

Since its beginning, over 400 teachers from Baja California have participated in an environmental education training program offered by PROBEA (Bioregional Environmental Education Project), of the San Diego Natural History Museum.

MICROSOFT LAUNCHES WINDOWS 2000
With unparalleled industry support, Microsoft Corp. officially launched its new business operating system, Windows® 2000 on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000.

Encienda Una Vela
Padre Thomas J. McSweeney, Director of The Christophers
Los Adolescentes y los Padres

Los padres siempre han tenido mi admiración—por supuesto, sé lo que es ser hijo y hermano, pero no conozco la experiencia de criar hijos. Pero aún así, por lo que veo y, especialmente, lo que oigo, la comunicación es el mayor desafío constante.

Editorials

Editorial:
Does Juan Vargas Represent the Best Interest of the 79th?

When you mention the name Juan Vargas, more often than not, they say he is a nice guy, with a friendly smile - here and now we will concede that. And if Vargas was running for Mr. Nice Guy he would have our vote, but he is not. Juan Vargas wants to represent you in Sacramento as Assemblyman for the 79th Assembly District.

Commentary:
Social Promotion Revisited

by John de Beck
If the community became irate when they learned of the Charger ticket guarantee, they should at least be upset as they get the details of the San Diego City schools pending plan for social promotion. Sporting a sexy title, "Blueprint for Success in a Standards Based System," the proposal carries a yet to be completely funded budget estimated to be in excess of $70 million and continues social promotion as a district practice.

Commentary:
A Blueprint With Diminished Returns

By John de Beck
The San Diego Community is being bombarded with all the benefits of Chancellor Anthony Alvarado's "Blueprint for Success in a Standards Based System." The proposal carries a yet to be completely funded budget estimated to be in excess of $70 million and continues social promotion as a district practice.

Commentary:
Flowers For Congress

On February 16th as a Valentines Day gesture, students from Bell Multicultural High School in Washington, D.C. delivered a single flower and a story entitled "The Flower Boy" to each and every congressional representative in a show of solidarity with young Americans that live in sorrow due to the effects of an inhumane law known as the "Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA)."

Primary Election Voting Guide
STATE PROPOSITIONS
PROPOSITION 1A: Gambling On Tribal Lands
A constitutional amendment to allow Indian tribes to offer Navada-New Jersey style gambling .

Guía de Votación de Elección Primaria
PROPOSICIONES ESTATALES
PROPOSICION 1A: Juegos de Azar en Tierras Indígenas
Una enmienda constitucional para permitir que las tribus de Indios ofrezcan los juegos de azar al estilo Nevada-New Jersey.

El Foro Público... ....The Public Forum
G.W. Bush Needs to Learn English!

On "Meet the Press" with Tim Russert (NBC) George W. Bush repeatedly talked about others "subscribing" to him viewpoints which were not his. Obviously he meant "ascribing" viewpoints to him…



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Sporting news, reviews and other tid bits

Poet's Corner
Marco de Caoba

Oyamel González
Adentro de un marco de caoba, en blanco y negro veo el pasado

Calendar of Events:
By Berenice Cisneros

Mexico Demonstrates Gold Cup Dominance In Opening Round
What was billed as a battle between two of the top strikers in international soccer; Dwight Yorke and Luis Hernandez, turned out to be yet another display of Mexican dominance in Gold Cup competition.

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