Volume XXIV Number 38 September 22, 2000

FrontPage Stories

20 Years Later, New Report Brings Hope For Missing Guatemalan Kids

By Mary Jo McConahay
SANTA ANITA LAS CANOAS, GUATEMALA
— Twenty years ago something in Luis Curruc-hich died. Soldiers took away his three-year-old daughter, Aura Marina, and he has not seen her since.

Only very recently, Curruc-hich has dared to believe he might see his daughter once more. A new report, by the Roman Catholic Church's Human Rights Office, blames the army for the disappearance of hundreds of children and says they are likely to be alive — in Guatemala or adopted into families abroad — and that reunions are possible.

Curruchich wavers between resignation and the new feeling that "there is some hope," which led him to participate in meetings that led to the 205-page report.



Venerable Hernandez, stepdaughter of Luis Curruchich, explains how her mother who is a member of GAM (an organization that looks for Guatemala's disappeared) has searched in vian for her father who disappered during the war. Photo by Nancy McGirr.

He remembers clearly the day young Aura Marina disappeared.

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Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15 - October 15
A History of Mexican Americans in California

THE MEXICAN WAR
In 1846, the U.S-Mexican War erupted. Tensions between the two countries had been developing for years over the obvious U.S. goal of expanding to the Pacific coast. The United States had made several offers to purchase all or part of northern Mexico, offers that Mexico rejected. In 1842, the United States revealed that it was prepared to use force to take what money could not buy, when the commander of the Pacific squadron invaded and captured Monterey, the capital of California, and returned it with apologies.

Immigrant groups hope to find their hard-earned clout has a silver lining
By Alfredo Corchado
WASHINGTON — For years they've been known as workers in the shadows, too afraid to step out for fear of facing deportation. This time around, the shadows are behind them.

La Gran Fiesta De Emilio Estefan Jr., y de La Academia Latina De Artes y Ciencia
de la Grabación, Termino Siendo Un Velorio: Que Descansen En Paz
Por Efrain H. Logreira
Emilio Estefan Jr., con un andar triunfal, como toro de casta, se dirigía por el vestíbulo del lujoso Beverly Hilton Hotel en la ciudad de Beverly Hills, rumbo hacia su propio "ruedo". Esa noche, el cubanoestaudinense iba a ser homenajeado como la "Personalidad del Año" por Michael Green, presidente de la Academia Nacional de Artes y Ciencias de la Grabación (NARAS, con sus siglas en Inglés) y de su correspondiente latina, LARAS.

Commentary
The Latin Grammies: Is there no End to the Egotism of the Miami Mafia?
by Willie Colon
New York
- For the first time, a Latin Grammy is celebrated. And where is the surprise in that? Well, Grammies have always been celebrated, in New York and Los Angeles, those world capitols of the cinema, television, disco, theatre, etc.

Hispanic Radio Network/La Red Hispana
LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Antonio Guernica
¿Quién Habrá Sido el Máximo Ganador del Grammy Latino?
Llega la noche del 13 de septiembre, decenas de limosinas comienzan a rodear la entrada principal del Staples Center de Los Angeles. Cientos de reporteros de espectáculos de diversos países aguardan al lado de centenares de personas la llegada de los músicos latinos de mayor proyección internacional.

Stories

Forces Converge to Address Barrio's Air Toxics Problems
Much needed federal and state attention is coming to the Barrio Logan/Logan Heights communities. At the federal level, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has just designated the area as a Federal Interagency Environmental Justice Demonstration Project; at the state level, The California Air Resources Control Board plans to build upon its existing air monitoring program in Barrio Logan and Program. Both of these actions will focus resources and expertise to analyze cumulative impacts from air toxics on local residents, but the question remains: Will the spotlight move local regulators to take steps to solve these long-standing problems?

Convergen Fuerzas Para Hablar Sobre los Problemas de Tóxicos en el aire
del Barrio
Atención federal y estatal bastante necesitada está llegando a las comuniddes de Barrio Logan y Logan Heights. A nivel federal, la Agencia de Protección Ambiental de Estados Unidos (U.S. EPA) ha designado al área como Proyecto Federal Interagencias de Demostración de Justicia Ambiental. A nivel estatal, el Panel de Recursos del Aire de California planea expandir su programa actual de monitoreo del aire en Barrio Logan y usarlos como programa piloto para su Programa de Evaluación de Comunidades. Ambas actividades enfocarán recursos y experiencia para analizar cómo impactan a la larga los tóxicos del aire en los residentes del área. Pero aún, la pregunta sigue siendo: Al estar siendo observados de cerca, ¿harán algo los reguladores locales para empezar a solucionar estos problemas de antaño?

Hispanic Commerce in a New Economy" is the Focus for the U.S. Hispanic
Chamber of Commerce National Convention
Washington, DC — As the countdown to the presidential election continues, Hispanic economic empowerment will be the major topic at the 21st Annual National Convention and Business Expo of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC). Nearly 9,000 business owners, government leaders and corporate executives will converge in the nation's capital from October 11-14 to discuss strategic alliances, new millennium technology, and explore business and career opportunities.

Generosidad Se Otorga en la "Casa de los Pobres" de Tijuana
Por Paco Zavala
Con un arraigo de 43 años en Tijuana, la "Casa de los Pobres, A.C." cumple con una labor generosa, encomiable, humanitaria y crística, sirviendo a la comunidad Tijuanense.

USDA Amplifica Sus Esfuerzos Para Ayudar a las Comunidades de la Frontera
en el Suroeste
Washington — El Secretario del Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos (U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA), Dan Glickman presentó hoy una nueva iniciativa del USDA para ayudar a las comunidades deprimidas economicamente en la región de la frontera del suroeste.

Registro de Hispanos Votantes Alcanza Cifras Record
Un Aumento del 14% de Hispanos Registrados Marca el Segundo Aumento Más Grande de la Historia; el 92% de los Hispanos Registrados participarán en las Elecciones del 2000.

Cardinal Mahony blesses new Lady of Guadalupe rose produced by UFW members
At a ceremony Thursday in Los Angeles, Cardinal Archbishop Roger Mahony blessed a new rose named for Our Lady of Guadalupe. It is produced outside Bakersfield for the world's largest rose grower by 1,400 members of the Cesar Chavez-founded United Farm Workers.

Washington Mutual Hires Financial Services Veteran to Lead Community Lending
and Outreach in San Diego
Washington Mutual has hired a community development lending veteran to head its community economic development activities in San Diego. Art Rivera, who has 18 years of experience in the financial services industry, is responsible for managing the company's community lending efforts and serving as Washington Mutual's liaison with community and nonprofit organizations.

Cómo Obtener los Máximos Beneficios de la Cobertura de Salud de su Niño
¿Cómo le va a su niño en la escuela? ¿Su niño se enferma con frecuencia? Estas son preguntas importantes que los padres deben hacerse porque la salud de su niño podría estar en peligro si no tiene cobertura de salud adecuada. La atención médica preventiva ayudará a sus niños a vivir una vida más feliz y les permitirá aprender más en la escuela. Healthy Families y Medi-Cal for Children, los programas de salud para niños de California, ofrecen cobertura de salud de bajo costo y sin costo que puede ayudar a mantener sanos a sus niños.

Nuevas instrucciones para la celebración de la Misa
`El pueblo fiel debería arrodillarse en la consagración, salvo razones de salud o falta de espacio'
Vaticano — La Congregación para el Culto Divino y la Disciplina de los Sacramentos, que preside el Cardenal Jorge Medina Estévez, dió a conocer la primera revisión en 25 años de la Instrucción General del Misal Romano en el que se introducen algunas novedades que serán aplicadas en la liturgia de rito latino alrededor del mundo.

Community Voice
Doing Work in the Community is Living by the Golden Rule
By Cynthia O'Neill
As a new owner of a condo in City Heights, I see every day the huge job to be done in caring for the community. To live in the most ethnically diverse community in San Diego is to face a multitude of challenges—and opportunities.

First Person
"The Bike"

By Johnny Marquez Tucumcari
The wind blows softly on this day, it's a day like no other. My Mom is in the kitchen cooking some papa's con carne and I'm outside like always playing some basketball on our made up basketball goal of wood. I"m 8 and my brother Manuel is 9. My Dad is inside reading or something, I really don't remember what he's doing. I see my hermano coming down the street walking his bike, he looks like he's scared. Behind him in a car is some guy, I can't make out his face really good, but he doesn't look very happy.

Editorials

Editorial:
San(to) Diego No Match For The `Padres' John & Larry
How long is it going to take for the overwhelmed Mayor and her Eight Council lightweights to realize that they have been made to look like total incompetents by the PADRES Larry Luciano and John Moores? The City Treasury must look like the easiest vault in the world to raid. Like pirates of old, PADRES John and Larry not only are cleaning out the bank of all its treasure but in the process also conned the "SANTOS & SANTAS" Golding, Kehoe, Stallings, Vargas, Wear, Mathis, Warden, McCarty & Stevens to sign over part of downtown San Diego to Messrs. Luciano and Moores for little or nothing. This billion-dollar give away is unparallel in the annals of California history.

Commentary:
Independence and Transitions in Mexico are hard
By Enrique Davis-Mazlum
Mexico City
- In Mexico it is a custom, a tradition, a national ceremony the celebration of Independence Day on September 15 also known as el "Grito de la Independencia". On the evening of September 15, 1810 Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla rang the bells of the church of Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato and asked for the Independence of Mexico. Father Hidalgo wanted the Independence of Mexico while Spain was under the control of Napoleon. But the dreams of Father Hidalgo were fought until 1821 when Agustin de Iturbide and Guerrero ended the war by hugging-this hug is known as "abrazo de Acatempan"- and signing the "Plan de Iguala".

Commentary
U.S. Keeps Odd Company As International Prosecution of Human Rights Violators
Gains Ground

By Andrew Reding
A human rights revolution is under way, and the United States is on the sidelines. As Europe takes the lead in promoting international enforcement of human rights, Washington is joining Cuba, China, Libya, and Iraq in a futile and ultimately counterproductive effort to hold back the tide.

Commentary
"Iverson Bill"— A Tribute To A Murdered Child, A Weapon Against Predators
By Earl Ofari Hutchinson
California Governor Gray Davis has a chance to make history.

Opinion
Mensajes Subliminales
By Lourdes Davis
Esta semana apareció en algunos canales de televisión un anuncio publicitario diseñado por un colaborador de George W. Bush. En dicho anuncio se atacan varios de los "programas gubernamentales" que ha propuesto Al Gore durante su campaña como candidato Democrático a la presidencia. Lo que causó "clamor" fue el hecho de que esta propaganda contenía mensajes subliminales.

Election 2000
Guia/Guide to local and state Proposals. Save on your bulletin board to remind you how to vote or not to vote it's your choice. La Prensa San Diego calls them as they see them!

TEZOZOMOC SPEAKS
La Politica Chicana
got hot within MAPA ranks. Deana Cervantez chairwoman of the Rialto Mexican American Political Association resigned! She cited lack of leadership at the state and regional levels.

The Public Forum ... El Foro Publico
Who is going to apologize to Dr. Lee
Perhaps, since Janet Reno is unwilling to apologize to Dr. Wen Ho Lee, she would deem it appropriate to apologize to the American people.

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

THE RAINBOW CHRONICLES
Chapter XVI
By Jeannine Diego
Third Chorus
Dear Maria Thereza...

Poets' Corner
Rage
By Oyamel Gonzalez
On this landscape past noon, everything is boiling.

Reseña
Aprende Mejor Con Gimnasia Cerebral
Por Paco Zavala
ACS Internacional (Asesoría en Cursos y Capacitación) presenta al público en general su programa de Cursos y Seminarios, que desarrollará en el área educativa durante los meses de septiembre y octubre del presente año.

Festival de la Canción Latinoamericana 20 años de Música y Poesía
Hace 20 años, el Festival de la Canción Latinoamericana de California comenzó la difícil labor de reunir el talento creativo musical con el que cuentan nuestras comunidades de habla hispana.

Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego Organizes Major Contemporary
Latin American Art Exhibition
On view September 24, 2000 through January 7, 2002, Ultrabaroque: Aspects of Post-Latin American Art explores the influence and impact of the baroque on a broad range of contemporary artistic expressions in the Americas. The exhibition presents a critical reevaluation of the baroque and its use as an important cultural metaphor in contemporary art.

Starring Real Latin American Immigrants, The City is an Unforgettable Portrait of
the Daily Struggles and Strength of America's Newest Arrivals
The City (La Ciudad), the feature film debut of writer/director David Riker, is a hauntingly beautiful collection of stories about love, hope, and loss amongst Latin American immigrants living in New York.

Eduardo Arellano, Imparte Conferencia Titulada "Poética Fotográfica"
Por Paco Zavala
Eduardo Arellano destacado escritor, cuya obra ha sido grandemente elogiada y al mismo tiempo ha sido merecedora de numerosos premios y reconocimientos. El maestro Arellano, es originario del estado de Zacatecas y vió la luz primera un 17 de febrero de 1959.

Calendar of Events...
by Berenice Cisneros
For All You Music Lovers This Week
Sept. 23 & 24
, come to the Embarcadero Marina Park South, near the San Diego Marriott Hotel, and watch fourteen artists display their talents.

Enorme Trofeo Obtiene el Deportivo Francia de Camino Verde en Tijuana
Por Paco Zavala
Indudablemente que de una labor en equipo productiva siempre se obtienen excelentes resultados y esto mismo está aconteciendo con el equipo de fútbol soccer Deportivo Francia de la zona de Camino Verde en Tijuana.

Moreno honors Muñoz: While trying to help turn the Aztec's season around
by John Philip Wyllie
It's not an accident that San Diego State's David Moreno wears the number 78 when he lines up as the Aztecs right offensive tackle. "Anthony Muñoz was a big-time role model.

$10,000 Bonus Offered at 2000 Arturo Barrios Invitational
Chula Vista — In the spirit of the Olympics, Event Producer Elite Racing, Inc. is offering a $10,000 bonus at the 12th Annual Arturo Barrios Invitational Run/Walk to any athlete who wins the Invitational event after medalling at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Olympians from all countries are eligible. The Arturo Barrios Invitational returns to Chula Vista on Sunday, October 15, 2000.

Bullfight World...
by Lyn Sherwood
Everybody Cuts in Tijuana Corrida
A rather large crowd, some 10,000, was on hand to witness the 10th corrida of the 2000 temporada, celebrated at Pepe Lopez Hurtado's "Beautiful Bullring by The Sea." The card featured the rejoneador Giovani Aloi; the maestro from Monterrey, Eloy Cavazos; Tijuanense César Catañeda; and "El Cuate" Espinosa, facing a herd of bulls from El Vergel.

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