Volume XXVII Number 21 May 23, 2003

FrontPage Stories

Alex “The Bronx Bomber” Ramos Takes On The Teamsters

By Fiona Manning

Alex “The Bronx Bomber” Ramos, the man who has achieved more fame for his out-of-the ring efforts on behalf of retired fighters than he ever did as a boxer, this week took on Jimmy Hoffa Jr. the man who proposes to form the first ever American Boxer’s union – The Joint Association of Boxers (JAB) in conjunction with the Teamsters.


Alex “The Bronx Bomber” Ramos (left) with Eddie Mustafa Muhammad.

Ramos, who heads up the Retired Boxers Foundation, a non-profit organization that works with fighters at the grassroots level, is concerned that any such proposed union will not benefit all fighters.

“People have been talking about a boxers’ union for 40 years,” he said. “Jack Dempsey was talking about it before I was even born and it still hasn’t happened. Look at the Muhammad Ali Act. That was passed three years ago and what has it done for fighters? It ain’t done shit.

“The Ali Act was already in place when former heavyweight champion Greg Page was injured and it did nothing to help him.”

The Bronx Bomber, Puerto Rican by birth, New York by residence and now based in California, has seen and done it all in his 40 odd years on earth.

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Involucrados Tres Regidores de San Diego en Escandaloso Acto de Corrupción
Por Paco Zavala
La ciudad de San Diego se ha visto sacudida y cimbrada hasta sus cimientos debido al escándalo político suscitado por tres de sus regidores, Ralph Inzunza (8avo. Distrito), Michael Lucchet ( 2do. Distrito) y Charles Lewis ( 4to. Distrito), los cuales están involucrados en un supuesto caso de corrupción, al aceptar ayuda económica para sus campañas políticas a cambio de la concesión de canongías a Michael Galardi, propietario de una empresa que maneja bares nudistas en el área de Clairmont, Meza bajo el nombre de “Cheetah’s” , así también como en la ciudad de Las Vegas, en la que existen bares de su propiedad.

Bustamante Weighs Possible Campaign for Governor
By Juan Esparza Loera
Will he or won’t he? That is the question everyone seems to be asking Lt. Gov. Cruz M. Bustamante these days.

From the edge of both lands Border Journalism Conference
By Mariana Martinez
As I walk through the hallways of El Camino Real Hotel to my attended appointment, I find a Binational Environmental Encounter on one hand, an infectious diseases and bio-terrorism Forum on the other and later that night, a concert with the famous Cuban signer Francisco Céspedes followed by Carmina Burana that same weekend.

Desde las orilla de ambos países
La conferencia de periodismo fronterizo
By Mariana Martinez
Camino acelerada entre los pasillos lustrados del Hotel Camino Real. En sus salones estará el Encuentro Fronterizo del Medio Ambiente y un Foro sobre infectología y bio-terrorismo. Esta noche estará el famoso cantautor cubano Francisco Céspedes y este fin de semana, la ópera de Tijuana presenta Carmina Burana.

Stories

Texas Tragedy Underscores Need for Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Washington, DC - The deaths of eighteen migrants in an 18-wheeler truck in Victoria, Texas has sparked renewed calls for comprehensive immigration reform from the National Immigration Forum, a pro-immigrant advocacy organization in Washington. As we head towards the summer season, the group predicts that many more will perish along the U.S.-Mexico border unless Washington acts.

LULAC Questions GOP Tax Plan - Tax Cuts Do Not Benefit Hispanics
WASHINGTON, DC - After examining the $430 billion tax cut proposed in the Senate, LULAC National President Hector Flores raised concerns about the effects of the tax plan on the Latino community and the working class. “Hispanics are not the beneficiaries of this tax cut. Excluding $500 in dividends from taxes is not going to apply to the vast majority of our community whose median household income is $33,565 per year,” stated Flores.

¿Amnistía a cambio de petróleo ?
Por Emmanuelle Le Texier
Luis Ernesto Derbez, el ministro mexicano de Asuntos Exteriores ha visitado al secretario de Estado Colin Powell, a la Encargada de asuntos de seguridad nacional de la Casa Blanca Condoleeza Rice en Washington, y al representante de Asuntos Económicos Robert Zoellick, los pasados 7 y 8 de mayo.

The Emerging Shite Bloc
By William O. Beeman
The war in Iraq has produced an unintended consequence — a formidable Shiite Muslim geographical bloc that will dominate politics in the Middle East for many years. This development is also creating political and spiritual leaders of unparalleled international influence.

Books and family together in a Festival
The 4th Annual Latino Book and Family Festival will take place this weekend, May 24-25, in the San Diego Concourse
By Pablo De Sainz
Books mean power. When people read a book, the knowledge they acquire becomes power: power to defend themselves, power to make choices, and power to live a better life.

Four UCSB Graduate Students Collaborate on Multiracial Studies Book
Santa Barbara, CA — Four graduate students at the University of California. Santa Barbara have collaborated on a newly published book in multiracial studies titled “Crossing Lines: Race and Mixed Race Across the Geohistorical Divide.”

LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Diego Alvarez
Infórmate acerca del cáncer
Los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC por sus siglas en inglés), son una organización reconocida internacionalmente como la agencia federal líder en la protección de la salud y la seguridad de las personas.

Raquel Rusing, Miss Carlsbad, Crowned Fairest of the Fair
Raquel Rusing of Carlsbad, CA was crowned the 58th Fairest of the Fair and Miss San Diego County on Friday, May 16, during the Fairest of the Fair Pageant at the California Center for the Arts Escondido.

Editorials

Guest Commentary
If They Hadn’t Been Breaking the Law, This Wouldn’t Have Happened
By Jacob G. Hornberger
The federal government’s response to the deaths of 18 illegal Latin American immigrants in South Texas was predictable because it’s the same response that it makes every time such a tragedy occurs.

Commentary
U.S. Hostage Standoff in Colombia Could Escalate Country’s Civil War
By Carmen Ospina
In a troublesome development, the U.S. government has begun to formulate a new tone in its strategy for dealing with the Colombian conflict.

Commentary
Phony-Baloney Constitutionalists
By Sheldon Richman
Conservatives favor strict construction of the U.S. Constitution. How do we know? They never stop telling us so.

Tezozomoc Speaks
“Buena’s,” mis lectores! No, Tezzy hasn’t left town! He doesn’t work for the City of San Diego! No reason to hide! Este Indio getting the summer blahs! Being a Chicano newspaper in San Diego sometimes is a tough row to hoe.

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

Two Views of the Matrix:

The Dream of “The Matrix” Is Over
By Russell Morse
Four years ago, as I watched the first installment of ‘The Matrix” series, I felt a surge of hope. I thought to myself, “A life outside of this maddening conformity is possible! It IS all a sham!” But as I shifted in my seat on the opening night of the sequel, “The Matrix Reloaded,” expecting a similar charge, I realized that the dream was over.

Neo, “The Matrix” Star, Is The Unexpected Hero Of My Generation
By Samuel Rodriguez
Who would have thought that the biggest hero of my generation would be a pale, ex-techie insomniac? He is Neo, from “The Matrix,” and everyone I know is going to see him in the movie’s sequel, “The Matrix Reloaded.”

Hot Monkey Love Café: Diverse Entertainment with a Latin Flair
By John Philip Wyllie
While coffeehouses have sprouted up over the last few years faster than the red tile roofs blanketing San Diego’s recently pastoral landscape, only a relative few offer much in the way of entertainment. Fewer still offer the choices available at Alma and Rick Felan’s Hot Monkey Love Café. Located near SDSU at 5960 El Cajon Boulevard, the coffeehouse with the strange name attracts a highly diverse crowd. Adolescents like it because it is one of the few music and entertainment venues they can enter since it serves no liquor.

Theatrical Production Comments on Hollywood’s Stereotyping of Minorities
By Paola Hornbuckle
“Maria, Maria, Maria, Maria” is the name of the play written by Lisa Loomer, a minority playwright based out of Los Angeles. It was staged and presented at Cal Poly Pomona and directed by renown playwright Bernardo Solano. The play delivers a powerfully funny and poignantly sad look at the television industry in Hollywood and its stereotypical portrayal of ethnic minorities.

Julio enters the third dimension with his music
By Pablo De Sainz
After Julio Iglesias, there was Enrique. After Enrique, now comes Julio Jr., the newest addition to the Iglesias Dynasty. But unlike his father, who has made a career singing soft ballads, and his brother, who lately has recorded Eurobeat rhythms, the younger Iglesias offers straight out pop-rock stuff, with guitars and all.

Julio entra a la tercera dimensión con su música
Por Pablo De Sainz
Después de Julio Iglesias, vino Enrique. Después de Enrique, ahora viene Julio Jr., el nuevo integrante de la Dinastía Iglesias. Pero al contrario de su padre, quien ha hecho carrera a base de suaves baladas, y su hermano, quien últimamente ha grabado ritmos de dance europeos, el más joven de los Iglesia ofrece cosas directas del pop-rock, con guitarras y todo.

Mosaico de Actividades Culturales en Tijuana
Por Paco Zavala
Después de haber disfrutado de un periodo de vacaciones y más vacaciones los períodos de clases en las escuelas en todo México, tal parece que ya se normalizaron y los problemas de los mentores con la Secretaría de Educación, se solucionaron, al menos de momento, pero ¿Cuánto tiempo durará esta tregua?

Calendar of Events....
By Maria Delgado
MAY 30 "HARP CONCERT FOR PEACE"
A "Harp Concert for Peace" will be held on Friday, May 30th, at 7:30 p.m., featuring Melissa Morgan, Irish and pedal harps; Miguel Lopez, Latin harp; Reiko Obata, Japanese koto; and special guest jazz saxophonist Hollis Gentry.

Gonzalez Happy to Wear Two Jerseys
By John Philip Wyllie
Former Notre Dame soccer standout Monica Gonzalez is a player with two teams these days and she wouldn’t have it any other way. The tall central defender/defensive midfielder will be counted on later this spring to help propel Mexico into its second consecutive Women’s World Cup, but at the moment, she is enjoying the success of her club team, the Boston Breakers (3-2-2). Boston played the San Diego Spirit (2-1-3) to a 1-1 draw last weekend and Gonzalez played a key role in holding the Spirit’s offense to a single goal.

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