Volume XXIV Number 18~ May 5, 2000

FrontPage Stories

Frida and Diego, together again at the Museum of Art

By Pablo Sainz

When the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo died in 1954, her husband, muralist Diego Rivera, said that when he died he wanted his body cremated and his ashes mingled with Kahlo's ashes.



Diego Rivera: Portrait of Mrs. Natasha Gelman, 1943, Oil On Canvas, 45 x 60 in., Gelman Collection.

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History of Cinco de Mayo
What Do Mexicans Celebrate on
Cinco de Mayo (May 5th)?

By Eduardo Rojas Vega
Having inherited troubled finances, a bankrupt treasury and army after the War of the Reform, Mexican President Benito Juarez declared a two year moratorium on the payment of Mexico's foreign debt. The outcry in Europe was anguished. On Oct 31, 1861, the representatives of Queen Isabella II of Spain, Queen Victoria of Great Britain, and Emperor Napoleon III of France, signed the Convention of London by which the three nations agreed on a joint occupation of the port of Veracruz to collect their claims.

Spring Training Is Over — Anticorporate Activists Getting Ready
For An Active Summer

By Sarah Ferguson
Although the April 16-17 protests against the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) were quickly drowned out by the media circus surrounding Elian Gonzalez, their effects will show in the months to come.

For English Learners, Road to Proficiency is Longer than Many Believe
Acquisition of English skills by English learners is no quick and easy process: It takes from three to seven years, according to a study prepared for the University of California Linguistic Minority Research at UC Santa Barbara.

Noticias de México...
Existe una seducción muy clara de los políticos de EU por el Español: Fuentes
Madrid — Estados Unidos se rinde ante la lengua Castellana. Así resumió el Miércoles Carlos Fuentes, durante la apertura del foro El Español en Estados Unidos, el hecho de que hasta los principales candidatos a la Presidencia de este país, Al Gore y George W. Bush, pronuncien discursos en Español y tengan páginas en Internet en este idioma.

Stories

500 Year Chicana History Project Underway
Oakland, CA - In an attempt to preserve Chicana women history, the Applied Research Center (ARC) announced its support for new Scholar in Residence's, Elizabeth (Betita) Martinez, monumental task in documenting 500 years of Chicana history.

State Senator Alpert will Go Back to College to Learn Firsthand About the Single
Highest Cost of Attending Community Colleges
State Senator Dede Alpert will go back to college May 5th with a list of books to "buy" at the San Diego City College Bookstore, at the invitation of the college's student government, to see firsthand what for many students is the single highest cost of attending a community college.

Senator Hilda Solis to Receive JFK Profile in Courage Award
Boston — A California state senator who overcame the strong opposition of a former governor and the California business community to win environmental protections for minority communities has been named the winner of the 2000 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award..

Honoring the Strength of the Women and the CalWORKS
Welfare to Work Program

At 1 o'clock on Friday, May 5, the mural "La Fuerza de las Mujeres" (The Strength of the Woman), located at 1141 E Street, will be unveiled. Hosted and painted by the women of The Latina Center - South Bay, the mural will be dedicated to the City of San Diego as a token of appreciation for the contributions of the CalWORKS Welfare to Work program providing resources for the bilingual and bicultural needs of Latina women.

County Will Partner With Spring Valley-La Mesa School District to Build Library,
Gym and Teen Center

The Board of Supervisors today unanimously approved an agreement with the Spring Valley-La Mesa School District that sets the stage for construction of a new library, gym and teen center in Spring Valley. The facility will be built on the grounds of La Prensa Middle School.

Rivera Carrera Advirtió Un Rechazo Total y Absoluto Al Aborto
MÉXICO (NOTIAMERICA).- El respeto a la vida humana desde su concepción, y, con ello la reiteración del repudio hacia el aborto, fueron los temas centrales de la homilía del Cardenal Norberto Rivera Carrera, ayer, durante la celebración del Día Internacional del Niño.

Encienda Una Vela
Padre Thomas J. McSweeney, Director of The Christophers
Amor Incondicional

Cuanta más edad tengo mejor comprendo que, de todas las formas en que podemos amar al prójimo, el amor sin condiciones es el regalo más noble que el ser humano puede disfrutar. El amor que da sin reservas es verdaderamente un regalo de Dios.

El Condado Da Su Apoyo a Inscripción 100%: El Seguro de Salud Para
Todos los Niños

Cerca de 140,000 niños en el Condado de San Diego no tienen el seguro de salud, aunque pueden conseguirlo sin o a un bajo costo para sus familias. Pero la mayoría ni lo saben.

Six San Diego County Students Selected as Hispanic Heritage Regional Winners
Washington, D.C. — The Hispanic Heritage Awards Foundation announced today the six high school regional winners from San Diego County who will compete for the National Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards in the foundation's annual search for America's top Hispanics.

Survey Shows Community Colleges Key in Technology Economy
Chula Vista, Ca. — Southwestern College and other two-year colleges across the nation are playing a critical role in delivering skills to keep leading industries competitive and have become the de facto provider of choice for computer training according to national survey findings released Tuesday in Washington, DC.

Sweetwater District Students Win Big at County Science Fair
A Bonita Vista High senior studying the genetics of native orchids and a SAILS seventh grader studying the taste sensitivities of the common housefly were sweepstakes winners in the 46th annual Greater San Diego Science & Engineering Fair held in Balboa Park

Oceanside Public Library Wins $96,578 in 2 Gates Foundation Grants
The Oceanside Public Library has been awarded $96,578 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to provide training and buy computer equipment for three of its agencies.

$35,000 in College Scholarships Available to Asthma Athletes
Kenilworth, NJ — The 16th annual "Will To Win" Asthma Athlete Scholarship program for high school scholar-athletes with asthma is under way.

State Veterans Home to Open May 13 in Chula Vista
Emphasizing a strong commitment to "Keep the Promise" to the state's veterans, a patriotic grand opening of the new Veterans Home of California—Chula Vista is set for May 13.

Editorials

Commentary
A Fine Spring Day In May
By Raoul Lowery Contreras
If you drive by the strawberry fields of North County you see them crouched over, picking berries, weeding and tending row after row of the precious fruit we so like to eat. They don't look too menacing, despite the primal fear Pat Buchanan has of them. They are Mexican farm workers, mostly of mixed Indian and Spanish blood. They are mestizos. In the eyes of some, they are human mongrels.

TEZOZOMOC SPEAKS
Que Viva el "CINCO" Just think if we had not defeated Napoleon's boys at Puebla ..The good ole U.S.A. Might be two countries instead of one...One would be a slave country and the other would be a free country! Then those Babas of the South could fly their little itty bitty confederate flag on their plantation porches!



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

Cinco de Mayo
Calendar of events

Palomar College Celebrates Cinco de Mayo
San Marcos - On May 5, 1862, Mexico successfully defended itself against French forces in the city of Puebla.

Cinco de Mayo
Calendario de Eventos

Palomar College Celebra el Cinco de Mayo
San Marcos - En Mayo 5, 1862, México se defendió exitosamente contra las fuerzas Francesas en la ciudad de Puebla.

Popular Hispanic Sculpture Exhibit featuring the work of Patrocinio Barela shows
the influence the woodcarver had on his community

Carlos Barela of Taos, New Mexico will speak about the dramatic life of his abuelo, Patrocinio, the first American Hispanic artist to exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in 1936.

BMI Goes Crazy For `Livin' La Vida Loca' at 7th Annual Latin Awards
LOS ANGELES, May 1, 2000 - Performing rights organization BMI presented its 7th Annual Latin Awards tonight with top honors going to "Livin' La Vida Loca," songwriters Estefano, Marco Antonio Pérez, Mario Quintero, Kike Santander and Shakira, and Warner Music Publishing.

Antonio Aguilar, el Celebre "Charro de México", Recibirá el "Premio a la Excelencia" en la Entrega del Premio Lo Nuestro 2000
Miami — Antonio Aguilar, uno de los artistas mexicanos de mayor talento y renombre de todos los tiempos, ha sido seleccionado este año para recibir el "Premio a la Excelencia" del Premio Lo Nuestro a la Música Latina.

Four Women, Four Lives (four tequila shots)...One Story....
Directed by Jose Luis Valenzuela
Written by Evelina Fernandez
Produced by Sal Lopez
Coming to a Theater Near You on Cinco de Mayo!

Americanos: Latino Life In the United States
Celebrates the Unique Heritage of Latino-Americans

From art to music to education to religion, the history of Latinos is as rich and diverse as any group in America. Americanos: Latino Life in the United States celebrates this remarkable heritage, telling the diverse personal stories of Latino-Americans from around the country when it debuts Friday, May 5 exclusively on HBO.

Americanos: Latino Life in the United States
Celebra el singular patrimonio de los Estadounidenses de ascendencia Latina con
el estreno de exclusivo de HBO este 5 de Mayo

Nueva York, N.Y. — Tanto en el arte como en la política, la educación y la religión la historia de los latinos es tan rica y diversa como la de cualquier otro grupo de Estados Unidos. En un estreno exclusivo en HBO el Viernes 5 de Mayo (6:30-8:00 p.m.) Americanos: Latino Life In The United States celebra este extraordinario patrimonio, contando las diversas historias personales de varios estadounidenses de ascendencia latina de todo el país.

Concurso Infantil-2000 "Pinta nuestra música"
La Sinfónica Juvenil de Tijuana, a través del proyecto Mozart en la Frontera, invita a todos los niños que tengan entre 9 y 14 años y vivan en Tijuana, para que participen en el Conturso Infantil-2000 "Pinta nuestra música".

Antonio Vargas Flamenco Dance Workshop
Location: California Ballet School 8276 Ronson Rd.
San Diego, CA 92111
Start Date: May 28th 1pm for Free Orientation
Description: This program is designed to benefit students and professionals at all levels.

Nuevamente el Fantasma De Los Penalties Espantó Al Tri
Por Carlos Gonzalez Galvan
MÉXICO, D.F. (NOTIAMERICA) - La presión de los penalties, frustraron otra vez la fiesta futbolera mexicana que ya se preparaba para vitorar el tan ansiado triunfo de los "enanitos" verdes olímpicos.

Bullfight World...
by Lyn Sherwood
Tijuana Loses Its Way
In the first corrida of the 2,000 summer season in Tijuana, it became obvious that the villamelones have become kings of La Fiesta Brava in that frontier plaza.

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