Volume XXVIII Number 47 November 24, 2004

FrontPage Stories

Adopted Daughter a “Gift from God,” Their Son a True Miracle

By Katia Lopez-Hodoyan

For 10 years Rossy and Mario Elias longed for a child they could nurture, raise and care for. Yet year after year they were faced with disillusion. As a young married couple they both yearned for the parental responsibilities that would in essence transform their marriage of two into a family of many. Today, after a decade of waiting they have their hands full. Literally.


The Elias Family. From left to right: mother Rossy, son Esteban, father Mario, and daughter Joy.

It was roughly a year and a half ago when Mario and Rossy decided to adopt a child. The combination of not being able to have children and a life long desire to help those in need, motivated both Rossy and Mario to seek out adoption. The connection was immediate they say. One day they saw her picture, the next they held her and on the third day Joy was part of the Elias household. The complete adoption process however, lasted a year and half. A short time to wait for a lifetime commitment.

“We had both been ready for this change for so long,” said Mario. “This was definitely the beginning of a special type of happiness.”

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Cada uno su granito de arena: A film about the Maclovio Rojas Struggle
By Luis Alonso Pérez
The neighbors of the ejido Maclovio Rojas joyfully sang “The people united will never be defeated”, when the screening of the video Cada uno su granito de arena ended. A documentary made by Elizabeth Bird about the struggle of the members of a community to defend their land, obtain basic services and education.


Cada uno su granito de arena: Un Documental sobre la lucha del ejido Maclovio Rojas
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
Los vecinos del ejido Maclovio Rojas cantaban alegres “El pueblo unido jamás será vencido”, al terminar la presentación del video Cada uno su granito de arena de la cineasta estadounidense Elizabeth Bird. Un documental que relata los esfuerzos de los miembros de una comunidad por defender sus tierras, obtener servicios básicos y acceso a la educación.


México del Norte
Jorge Mújica

El Plan “Taco Bell”
Definitivamente, no habría que dejar que Vicente Fox y Luis Ernesto Derbez hablen el mismo día sobre un mismo tema. Especialmente, cuando hablen de nosotros, los ciudadanos de México del Norte.

Agradecimiento del Alcalde Tijuanense a los Medios y Otras Notas de Tijuana
Por: Paco Zavala
El alcalde Jesús González agradeció a nombre de los integrantes del Ayuntamiento, la cobertura que hicieron durante los últimos tres años a todos los reporteros de los medios de comunicación que tenían asignada la fuente municipal.


The Border: An Unread Open Book
By Katia Lopez-Hodoyan
In an unprecedented attempt to express the complexity of the border region to San Diego County residents, rises ‘Stories de la Frontera,’ a televised program that presents human-interest stories that are often overlooked or disregarded by the mainstream media. The arts, history, culture, social issues and challenges that reign in the border will all be exposed in a 30-minute episode.


Tijuana como nunca la habías visto
Por Pablo Jaime Sainz
A pesar de que he radicado en Tijuana por más de tres años, no fue hasta que tomé la clase “La región fronteriza E.U.-México”, ofrecida por el Departamento de Estudios Latinoamericanos en la Universidad Estatal de San Diego (SDSU, por sus siglas en inglés), que empezé a conocer la diversidad que ofrece la ciudad.


Tijuana like you’ve never seen it before
By Pablo Jaime Sainz
Although I’ve lived in Tijuana for more than three years now, only after taking the “U.S.-Mexico Border Region” class, offered by the Latin American Studies Department at San Diego State University (SDSU), did I begin to grasp the diversity the city has to offer.


LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
El Soporte Informativo Para Millones de Hispanos

Un Español Internacional: ¿Para Qué?
Por Manuel Lombera
No todos los Españoles son iguales. Y no me refiero a los de España, sino a nuestro idioma. Caminando por las calles o comiendo en un restaurante uno puede hablar con otros Latinos y no entender algunas palabras. Y es que ya sea por su significado o por su entonación, el Español que se habla en América Latina no es el mismo en cada país. Es precisamente cuando estas formas distintas de hablar un mismo idioma convergen en un país multicultural como Estados Unidos, cuando surge la necesidad de establecer ciertas normas comunes.


Groups Examine Factors Impacting Teacher Recruitment
The necessity for teacher diversity is often overlooked rather than accepted as central to school reform. High-stakes tests impede efforts to expand the pool of prospective teachers of color. And the logistics of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) continue to create significant barriers to recruiting teachers of color.


Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program
The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) program announces the launching of its 2005-2006 Nomination Process. General information and the nomination forms, can be found at https://www.gmsp.org.


Opciones inteligentes para empresas pequeñas
CÓMO AHORRAR DINERO EN EL CONSUMO DE ENERGÍA
Mucho frío y muy poco costo
Las decisiones inteligentes en el consumo de energía pueden significar grandes ahorros. Pero ¿qué pueden hacer concretamente los restaurantes y tiendas de comestibles para reducir el costo de sus cuentas de energía?


Editorials

Editorial:
A Lot To Be Thankful For
Thanksgiving is always a mixed bag of feelings. Mexicans and Mexican Americans are Indigenous natives of the Americas and as such the premise of Thanksgiving brings mixed feelings. With the discovery by Columbus and the landing of the Pilgrims, native Americans/Indians’ way of life was forever changed and not for the better. It was the beginning of an expansion that would eventually drive Mexicans and our Indigenous Natives from their native lands from what would eventually become the United States.


Commentary
Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Is It Within Our Grasp?
By Angela Kelly, Deputy Director, National Immigration Forum
Washington D.C. – This (past) weekend, President Bush and Mexican President Vicente Fox held talks in Santiago, Chile at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. The topic of immigration reform came up with no breakthrough. It is high time for the key actors – the Bush Administration, the Fox Administration, and, most importantly, the U.S. Congress – to move beyond vague assurances that migration is “on the table,” and take concrete steps to solve our pressing migration and border issues.


Commentary
Candidates of Color Win Office With Racial Justice Message
by Libero Della Piana
Just ten days after George W. Bush was sent back to the White House for four more years, over five hundred scholars and activists gathered in Berkeley, California to discuss the implications of the election to communities of color and opportunities for winning legislative and electoral battles to expand civil rights. While the Race and Public Policy conference focused on policy initiatives from language access laws, to attempts to blunt the curtailing of immigrant rights, it also featured recently elected candidates of color like Rep. Grace Diaz of Providence, Rhode Island.


Commentary
Toward a New Partnership for our Children
by Ernie McCray
Oh, man, the other night I went to a meeting about educating children that lifted my spirits so high I almost pulled a muscle in my thigh, highstepping to my car. I needed that.


Commentary
The ‘Ice’ Economy: Methamphetamine Addiction Soars In Tijuana
By Victor Clark Alfaro
TIJUANA, Mexico—U.S. law enforcement agents consider this border city a key entry point for illegal drugs destined for U.S. markets. But a boom in methamphetamine production for consumption in these streets has created a new local business class and propelled Tijuana (pop. 1.2 million) into a city where an estimated 60,000 to 80,000 live as addicts.


TEZOZOMOC SPEAKS
It is Thanksgiving y mucha Gente are celebrating and giving thanks for all they have. Este Indio will be thinking about his ancestors and brother Indians who lost lives (whole cultures lost), lands and liberty with the landing of the pilgrims.


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Entertainment,
Reviews, Sporting news, and other tid bits


Holiday Events for All to Enjoy
When a ballerina thinks of the Nutcracker two very special roles come to mind, Clara, the young girl who falls in love with the Prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy who honors Clara in the Land of the Sweets by dancing for her. Jessica Enrique and Felicia Alvarez won those roles respectively in the early fall at the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet audition. As young Clara, Enrique carries much of Act I with her acting and dancing. Alvarez must wait for the last dance in Act II, but it is what the audience has been waiting for as well, the pas de deux, dance of two.


Holiday Calendar of Events
La Pastorela Rehearsals Underway
Show opens Friday, December 3, 2004.
ESCONDIDO – The California Center for the Arts, Escondido announces its fourth annual production of La Pastorela Mexicana. This traditional Mexican holiday play, featuring a hilarious adaptation by Tijuana playwright Ursula Tania and directed by Marcos Martinez, creates a special opportunity for North County families and students to participate in and experience performing arts at the region’s premier multidisciplinary arts facility. Approximately 25 people from all walks of life will be involved with the production as actors, musicians, dancers and production staff. This community production is in Spanish with English super-titles and opens on Friday, December 3, 2004 at 8 p.m.


High Tech Toys for Girls and Boys
By Tom Carroll
All work and no play sometimes make Jack and Jill less happy than they’d like to be. And while science has not provided a direct correlation between high tech toy receiving and happiness (at least not yet), here is a selection of trendy, fun, and even downright geeky tech toys that may provide just the attraction or distraction your love one needs this holiday season (all dollar figures are suggested retail prices):


Entretenimiento en Casa: DVD’s de la semana
Por Jose Daniel Bort
A partir de esta semana traeremos las noticias más resaltantes del excitante mundo que cada vez cobra mayor vigencia: el entretenimiento en el hogar. Con la aceptación del formato de DVD como medio interactivo de ver películas, las innovaciones en materia tecnológica en el sonido y la imagen a través de sistemas “sorround” y “THX” y el advenimiento de la televisión de alta definición, las posibilidades del medio permiten incorporar las últimas tecnologías en la comodidad de la sala de su casa. A través de esta sección, esperamos ser útiles en ayudar a discernir las mejores opciones que tiene el mercado para usted y los miembros de su familia. Aquí está una selección de lo mejor de esta semana.


VAMOS AL CINE
“Amo a mi trabajo”
Rosario Dawson está a punto de llegar a la cima
Por Jose Daniel Bort
Con tan solo veinticinco años, Rosario Dawson tiene uno de los “resumé” más interesantes de todas las actrices de su generación. Descubierta en las calles de Nueva York, sus intenciones no eran precisamente Hollywood cuando su personaje en la polémica película “Kids” la convirtió en una figura de las calles de la gran manzana. Nada mal para una chica que vivía en los edificios abandonados de la ciudad.


Un Exito la Muestra Nacional de Teatro
Por: Paco Zavala
Se presentó el pasado domingo 21, en una adaptación de Romeo & Julieta la coproducción Tijuana-San Diego dentro de la programación de la XXV Muestra Nacional de Teatro. Romeo y Julieta (2 actos), un montaje escénico dirigido por Peter Webster.


Los equipos de Centrix Financial terminan en las primeras cinco posiciones de la clase Baja Challenge en la Baja 1000 Tecate del 2004
Centenal, Colorado – El equipo Centrix aseguró las primeras cinco posiciones en la clase Centrix Financial Baja Challenge (BC) en la edición 2004 de la carrera Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 en la que el piloto de Champ Car Michel Jourdain Jr., su padre, Michel Jourdain Sr., y sus tíos, Bernard Jourdain y Jean Pierre Jourdain pusieron el vehículo BC4 en el primer lugar logrando la primera victoria familiar y dándole al equipo Centrix su tercera victoria consecutiva en la clase BC.


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