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July 13, 2012 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
First, Stephen Colbert had a beetle named after him. Now he's got a whole language. Scientists at Northwestern University, inspired by the faux pundit's ability to neologize, created a set of nouns for “Colbertian,” which they could use to test the effects of bilingualism. The study, released online by the journal Cognitive Science, found that bilingual speakers experienced less cognitive "interference" from their native language than monolinguals did when listening to speech in the newly acquired Colbertian.
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NEWS
February 28, 2014 | By Patt Morrison
If the name “Ron Unz” is ringing bells in your brain, it may be because of his initiative to raise California's minimum wage to $12 an hour. But when I interviewed him for my “Patt Morrison Asks” column, the subject of another initiative of his crafting came up too: Proposition 227, which 16 years ago effectively ended bilingual education as it was practiced in California, replacing it with English immersion. Unz told me he has been “very pleased with the results” of 227, and that within a few years of its passing (by nearly 2 to 1)
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OPINION
September 26, 2005
Re "A bilingual message for Ms. Xenophobe," Opinion, Sept. 22 Bravo to Andres Martinez for his persuasive anecdote and argument in favor of bilingualism in this country. As a high school Spanish teacher, for years I have tried to impart a similar message to my multicultural students and their parents, occasionally with success, as evidenced by the number of former students -- primarily Anglo -- who take a college semester abroad either in Spain or Mexico. Now I will be able to require that my students read Martinez's column to provide them with the perspective and inspiration they need to achieve long-term personal and professional success.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Sixteen years after California voters approved an initiative requiring public school instruction in English, state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced a measure Thursday to repeal the requirement of Proposition 227. Lara's proposal would place an initiative on the ballot that would give parents a choice to have their children receive bilingual education. “English will always remain the official language of California, but we cannot ignore the growing need to have a multilingual workforce,” Lara said.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 25, 2010 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
As an actor, Martin Sheen has waded hip-deep into the maelstrom of the Vietnam War, led the Confederate Army at Gettysburg and served as his country's commander in chief. But he never had to do those things while trying to speak Spanish at the same time. In making the feature film "Chamaco" ("The Kid"), a U.S.-Mexican co-production that opens in theaters this week, Sheen and his fellow cast members faced a dual challenge. First there was the task of pumping fresh blood into a slightly battered genre: the boxing movie.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 1998 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles Police Commission unanimously approved 20 recommendations Tuesday aimed at boosting bilingualism within the department and reaching out to residents who speak little or no English. "This is a milestone in the history of the LAPD," said Commission President Edith Perez.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 1996 | ERIN TEXEIRA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Under the terms of a lawsuit settled Friday, Los Angeles County officials must print notices in Spanish as well as English warning residents of impending environmental actions in their neighborhoods. The suit was filed after years of bitter complaints from Spanish-speaking residents of the northeast San Fernando Valley. Those complaints culminated in protests in 1993 over expansion of the Sunshine Canyon Landfill.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1996
The Tin Man, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion and Dorothy will be speaking Spanish when students at Jefferson Elementary School in Lennox put on a bilingual production of the "Wizard of Oz" this weekend. Last year, when students performed "Peter Pan," English and Spanish were intermingled throughout the scenes. After the production, administrators noticed a tremendous difference in the attitudes of students, many of whom were at risk of failing or falling into trouble.
NEWS
December 19, 1993 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With a growing number of local employers placing a premium on bilingual employees, it's tough these days to get a seat in Spanish instructor Art Espinosa's class at Rancho Santiago College. "My students are professionals who need to learn a practical vocabulary and phrases and they need to learn it pretty quickly," said Espinosa, who has taught Spanish for Public Personnel at the college for the past 10 years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 1996 | LESLEY WRIGHT
Children's Hospital of Orange County plans to expand its bilingual health education program at its new clinic in Anaheim. The project will be modeled after a similar one that CHOC operates in Santa Ana. Funding will come from a $9,000 grant given to the hospital late last week by Aetna Health Plans of California Foundation.
NEWS
January 13, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly is out with another campaign video , a bilingual message about returning prosperity to California that features actress Maria Conchita Alonso and a tiny sweater-clad dog named Tequila. “I love this state. I came here with 300 bucks in my pocket, married the sexiest woman in California, I raised five sons and started a business - that's the California dream,” says Donnelly, an assemblyman from Twin Peaks and the founder of a Minuteman border-patrol chapter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2014 | By Elaine Woo
Actress Carmen Zapata, who responded to the dearth of challenging roles for Latinos by launching a bilingual theater company in Los Angeles four decades ago, died Sunday at her Van Nuys home. She was 86. The veteran of TV, stage and film, whose extensive credits include appearances on prime-time hits like "Trapper John, M.D" and "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," had heart problems, said Lina Montalvo, managing director of the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts . In 1973, Zapata co-founded the foundation with director Margarita Galban to bring the Hispanic experience to the stage through productions of Spanish-language classics, including works by Federico Garcia Lorca, and contemporary plays by Latin American writers.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 26, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
Listeners tuning in to KCSN's new HD2 radio station will notice something once unheard of but increasingly common in American culture: Spanish and English being spoken - and sung - together, almost interchangeably. One day recently, for example, the Cal State Northridge public radio station played "Hypnotized," an erotically chill trip-hop track by the British band Morcheeba, sung in English, with Chile's Ana Tijoux adding a Spanish-language rap. A quarter-hour later, KCSN fired up "Cinco Minutos Con Vos" (Five Minutes With You)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 2013 | By Anna Gorman
Standing just inside a busy Baldwin Park supermarket that caters to Latinos, Moises Herreros smiles as he flags down shoppers. "Do you have insurance? Do you have any questions about Obamacare?" Many stop to chat in Spanish. They've heard of the health law but don't know how it works. In a state where Latinos make up 60% of those without medical insurance, that lack of awareness is a pivotal challenge facing health officials charged with rapidly educating millions of residents and enrolling them in coverage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2013 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
Hoping to reduce the number of infant deaths, Los Angeles County officials unveiled a campaign Wednesday to educate parents about how to safely put their babies to bed. Over the last four years, 278 babies in the county have died from suffocating while they were sleeping - more than all other accidental deaths of children under age 14, officials said. The deaths are more common among Latino and black babies, officials said. "Accidental suffocation poses the greatest risk for babies from 1 day to the age of 1," said Deanne Tilton Durfee, executive director of the county Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect.
OPINION
April 30, 2013
Re "Lawsuit: State fails some English learners," April 25 The article does not mention two approaches to help those acquiring English, both with substantial research support. One is bilingual education, dismantled by Proposition 227 more than a decade ago. Research has shown that students in bilingual programs outperform students in all-English programs on tests of English reading. Also, studies show that Proposition 227 did not result in improved English proficiency. Second, there is strong evidence that those who do more pleasure reading in English do better on English-language tests, and case histories reveal that those who succeeded in acquiring the English needed for school were dedicated readers.
NEWS
April 22, 1992 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Appealing to the most conservative segments of the California electorate, U.S. Senate candidate Bruce Herschensohn launched a television advertising campaign Tuesday that calls for no defense cutbacks and an end to bilingual laws and congressional perks. Herschensohn, who is seeking the Republican nomination for the seat held by retiring Sen. Alan Cranston, uses the commercials to attack Congress and, indirectly, his chief rival, the more liberal U.S. Rep. Tom Campbell.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1993 | DANIELLE A. FOUQUETTE
Rio Vista Elementary School is seeking a bilingual principal to replace John McClanahan, who was reassigned to another school within the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified District. With 70% of its students speaking Spanish, Rio Vista needs a principal who can speak directly to children and parents in their native language, said Tim Van Eck, assistant superintendent for personnel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2013 | By Cindy Chang, Los Angeles Times
Mandarin was my first language, but once I started school, I refused to speak it. As the only Asian kid in my class, I felt alien enough. I wasn't about to bust out in another tongue, even in the privacy of my own home. My parents were too laissez-faire to enforce a Chinese-only regimen, as my uncle did with my cousins. We soon switched to English instead of Chinese, forks instead of chopsticks. My mom made spaghetti for my brother and me, stir-fries and soups for my dad. The one time I went to Saturday Chinese school, I told my parents I hated it and I wasn't going back.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2012 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
Looking to tap the wealth of U.S. Latinos, CNN is planning to introduce a Spanish-language programming service tailored for broadcast TV stations next year. The service, CNN Latino, is being designed as an eight-hour programming block featuring news, documentaries, talk shows and lifestyle programming. It is expected to launch in late January in Los Angeles on independent station KBEH-DT Channel 63 and eventually be carried by TV stations in other cities. CNN Latino comes 15 years after the Atlanta-based news organization launched CNN en Español, a 24-hour Spanish-language news network available in about 30 million homes in Latin America and 7 million homes in the United States.
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