Volume XXVI Number 24 June 14, 2002

FrontPage Stories

Bonita Vista’s Grupo Folklorico Holds Latino Night

By John Philip Wyllie

Grupo Folklorico Bonita Vista celebrated its successful first year of existence by participating in an event that Bonita Vista High School teacher and group advisor Sandra Flores would like to turn into a tradition. The school’s first ever “Latino Night” held on campus in the Bolles Theater June 1 included beautifully costumed folklorico dancers performing to live Mariachi music, a Spanish language book fair and of course, plenty of delicious Mexican food.

“I would hate to see this event become the first and the last,” said Flores. “I’d like to see it continue every year.” With the progress Flores and her group made this year, an annual “Latino Night” seems well within the realm of possibility.

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From the Convent – No-Nonsense Nuns Speak Out On Scandal
By Sister Teresa Ann Coronas
SAN FRANCISCO—In all the hubbub over the Roman Catholic bishops’ sex abuse scandal meeting in Dallas, voices of us Catholic nuns — traditionally seen, not heard — are absent. But the religious sisterhoodwas instrumental in opening the floodgates of the scandal, because we also traditionally speak for children. And outside the Dallas meeting, nuns are talking to each other and sometimes in public — not always in ways you might expect.

My Sad Gay Church
By Richard Rodriguez
Since adolescence, I have sat in Catholic churches, listening patiently, though not without irony, to priests in the pulpit describe (my) homosexuality as a “lifestyle.” The devotion and passion I have felt for another man for the last 20 years has not been worthy, of course, of any sacramental blessing. My feeling does not deserve the name “love.”
Stories

San Diego Artist Explores History of the American Continent
By Yvette tenBerge
A pale-skinned Venus is lounging across a bed and gazing into a mirror propped up by a precocious cupid. Scrawled across the goddess’ backside is the word “PERU” and a black, dotted trail that marks the path taken by Francisco Pizarro during his bloody invasion of this South American country in the 1500s.

Aumenta el número de estudiantes procedentes de colegios comunitarios admitidos a la UC por cuarto año consecutivo
Los planteles de la Universidad de California han admitido a 13,627 estudiantes procedentes de los colegios comunitarios del estado para el curso de otoño del 2002—3.8 por ciento más que el año anterior. Este es el cuarto año consecutivo con aumentos en el número de estudiantes transferidos a través del sistema.

EDOCTUS “Juan María de Salvatierra” te invita a estudiar
Por Paco Zavala
El desarrollo y el crecimiento de los pequeños o grandes núcleos poblacionales en todo el mundo, progresan porque se lo deben a esa devoción por el trabajo, a ese anhelo de superación, a ese deseo sublime de sobresalir, a esa garra que se pone en todo lo que se emprende y que no se claudica hasta que se logra la conquista, a esa fé inquebrantable que se tiene en Diós y que por un rayo de bendición divina todo se realiza y a tantos y tantos conceptos que se pueden vertir referentes con esta semblanza.

LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Yhamel Catacora
La justicia tarda, y a veces llega
Más de medio siglo ha pasado desde la segunda guerra mundial; tiempo en el que se han engendrado un par de generaciones o en el que perecieron varios de los jóvenes de los años cuarenta. Algunos de esos jóvenes cómo Felipe Nava, hoy octogenario, han podido vivir para contarnos algo sobre sus logros, sobre los postgrados de sus hijos, sobre su grata experiencia de haber nacido en México y de haberse transplantado en los Estados Unidos donde ha crecido su familia y con mucho esfuerzo, su nivel económico.

La Paternidad a Través del Tiempo
Por Claudia Hernandez
La cultura bajo la cual se pretende homogenizar al mundo, la occidental, está cimentada sobre dos bases: la cultura judía y la cultura griega.

The Story Behind Father’s Day
On June 16, 2002, when fathers throughout San Diego County and across the nation enjoy gifts and cards from their loved ones, most will be unaware that they are celebrating a holiday imagined by a grateful daughter and begun at a YMCA.

142 Libraries Take Part In Unprecedented Statewide Program Inviting Californians to Read the Same Book
SAN FRANCISCO — The California Council for the Humanities today announced that 142 California libraries will participate in its unprecedented statewide reading and story sharing program this October. Called California Stories: Reading The Grapes of Wrath, the program aims to strengthen communities by bringing Californians together to read John Steinbeck’s classic novel, share their own stories, and discuss parallels between the book and the contemporary California experience. Californians are encouraged to read the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel this summer in preparation for various fall events and discussion groups at libraries, community centers and other venues around the state.

Pazzaz, Inc. Receives $10,000 Grant to Support Its Work With Under-Achieving Youth
Children who are struggling in school have found the road to higher self-esteem and improved academic performance with the help of PAZZAZ, a unique after-school enrichment program. In recognition of the non-profit organization’s contributions, the Boys and Girls Foundation of San Diego awarded PAZZAZ a $10,000 program grant.

Life After High School? You Can Find It in the CCC
From firefighting to public service, the California Conservation Corps is offering June graduates an adventurous alternative to fast-food work.

Miller Brewing Company to Merge With South African Breweries plc to Become SABMiller plc
NEW YORK — Philip Morris Companies Inc. announced an agreement with South African Breweries plc to merge Miller Brewing Company into South African Breweries plc to form the world’s second-largest brewer, with pro forma revenues of $9.3 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2002.

Maquiladora Tour 2002
“Your passport to Mexican Business” is the theme for this year’s “Maquiladora Tour 2002” on June 27th. More than $11 billion dollars a year of materials and components are exported into the Baja-California Maquiladora Industry. 60% of this market is from non-NAFTA countries which recently faced increased duties on non-NAFTA materials and components. California businesses now have the competitive advantage with a tremendous opportunity for them to prosper.

SDG&E joins the City of Chula Vista to improve sections of Fourth Avenue
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has completed a project with the City of Chula Vista that will make a section of Fourth Avenue, just south of Orange Avenue, safer and more aesthetically pleasing.

Community Notes:
San Diego County Democratic Party to Hold 22nd Annual Awards Dinner
This year’s San Diego County Democratic Party Awards Dinner will feature Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez as keynote speaker. Congresswoman Sanchez represents California’s 46th District, which includes the cities of Anaheim, Garden Grove, Orange, and Santa Ana. She is a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce which oversees education and labor issues and is also a member of the House Armed Services Committee.

Editorials
Editorial
San Diego Catholics Await Outcome of Bishop Conference on Sex Abuse
Catholics throughout the United States await the outcome of the National Bishops Council, which is being held from June 13th to the 15th in Dallas, Texas. At stake may be the existence of the North American Catholic church.

Comentario
La Investigación Contribuye A La Seguridad Alimentaria
Por Richard Atkinson
Desde mucho antes de los ataques terroristas del 11 de septiembre, la seguridad del abastecimiento nacional de alimentos ha sido de gran prioridad para quienes producen y regulan la distribución de alimentos. Puesto que la mayoría de nuestros alimentos se producen en campo abierto, proteger los cultivos y animales de contaminación o infecciones causadas por algún individuo es un reto constante.

Tezozomoc Speaks
Aqui estamos ....Summer is barely here and surprise, surprise, the Guv, Gray Davis (D) is having to spend some of his pesos to try and cut Bill Simon (R) down! Seems the Guv is losing points in the polls. They are within two points of each other, but the Guv is losing points with the Mexican American community. Mr. Simon hasn’t really said much to endear him to the large Latino vote. But, neither has Gov. Davis. The picture of Davis being a friend of the working class is kind of hard too see, what with him being awash in corporate money and selling out the State house to the highest bidders.

The Public Forum . . . El Foro Publico
An Open Letter to San Diego City School’s Board of Education
On the eve of my departure from this district, I feel compelled to voice beliefs and feelings I have wanted to share with you for the past three years. I, like many others in this district, was troubled to say them publicly and aloud. No more.

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

Hombres G: Live Dangerously Together
By Pablo de Sainz
During the ‘80s, Spanish-language pop had a huge success. Teen bands from Spain, Mexico and Argentina began to create a world of fans, mostly young girls, who were loyal up to the end. Thus, bands like Timbiriche, Menudo, Parchis, and Hombres G. used to play all the time on the radio.

Hombres G: Peligrosamente Juntos
Por Pablo de Sainz
En los años 80, el pop en español tuvo un auge tremendo. Grupos juveniles de España, México y Argentina comenzaron a crear un mundo de fans, en su mayoría jovencitas, que les fueron leales hasta el final. Así, grupos como Timbiriche, Menudo, Flans y Hombres G, sonaban todo el tiempo en la radio de los 80.

Mosaico de Actividades Culturales en Tijuana
Por Paco Zavala
El Centro Cultural Independiente “El lugar del Nopal” en donde encuentra: Música, Poesía, Danza, Pintura, Literatura, Teatro, Conciertos, Buena Comida y hoy día cuenta con “El Jardín del Nopal”. Este sitio en donde se respira cultura y arte en diversidad de conceptos, es un sitio agradable, con una carga admirable de buena vibra. En el jardín se ofrece el oxígeno más puro de la ciudad, el remanso más deseado para leer, para desarrollar la creatividad, jugar al ajedrez o al dominó. También abre una alternativa para pasar momentos de reflexión, en estrecho contacto con la naturaleza.

Calendar of Events . . .
by Berenice Cisneros
Theatre at The Whaley House
Throughout the month of June performances for “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” will continue beginning at 8 p.m. and will run for 100 minutes without an intermission. The play takes place outdoors on the lawn of the historic Whaley House at Old Town. Admission is $15. For ticket information, call (619) 297-7511.

Italia y México empatan 1-1 y se clasifican
México tuvo el jueves contra las cuerdas a Italia y solamente un gol de Alessandro Del Pierto en los minutos finales que concretó un empate 1-1 y permitió la clasificación de ambos a la segunda ronda de la Copa Mundial.

With Eye On Women’s World Cup Quinones Trains in San Jose
By John Philip Wyllie
While it’s unlikely that former Bonita Vista High and SDSU goalkeeper Linnea Quinones will see any playing time during the regular WUSA season this year, the San Jose CyberRays rookie is not complaining. Her eyes are clearly focused on the future.

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