CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 2013 |
Polling places in Los Angeles, Orange County and across the country fell short in helping people who speak Hindi, Khmer and other Asian languages during elections last year, a national civil rights group found in a report released Thursday. Under the Voting Rights Act, areas that have more than 10,000 people who speak another language -- or more than 5% of citizens of voting age -- and have higher-than-average illiteracy among that group are bound to provide the same voter information and assistance in that language as they provide in English.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 2013 |
In California and across the country, more people are speaking Spanish, Korean or a slew of other languages besides English at home - a phenomenon that has historically set off heated debate about how immigrants will assimilate into American life. Yet in recent years, as other tongues became more common in American homes, people nationwide were no less likely to speak English with ease, a report released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau shows. Scholars say slowing immigration has given rise to a more settled population of people born abroad.
July 25, 2013 |
"Good news - you've been accepted!" the letter says. "Get up to 75% off when you use these free cards at your favorite pharmacy!" Enclosed are two plastic cards from National Prescription Savings Network that include personal "member identification numbers" and the pledge that "you will not be turned down for a pre-existing condition. " The cards are "pre-activated and ready to use immediately," the letter says. "They entitle you - and every member of your family - to discounts on every FDA-approved prescription medication sold at pharmacies everywhere in the United States.
July 24, 2013 |
From the barbershops of El Monte to a mariachi outfitter's in Boyle Heights, many Southern Californians struggled Tuesday to make sense of the sudden disappearance of the wacky, warmhearted man they'd woken up with for the last decade. On Monday, Univision Radio Network announced that it had dropped " Piolín por la Mañana," the highly popular, nationally syndicated Spanish-language morning radio talk show hosted by Eddie " Piolín " Sotelo, whose ratings have been in decline for years.
July 9, 2013 |
There is a new top dog in local morning radio, and he's speaking Spanish. Ricardo "El Mandril" Sanchez of regional Mexican music station KLAX-FM (97.9), who'd been in seventh place as recently as April and was fourth in May, leapfrogged to the No. 1 spot in the June numbers released Tuesday by Arbitron, attracting 5.3% of the available audience weekdays from 6 to 10 a.m. That's the period generally considered prime time for radio, because there are so many people listening then as they get ready for work or school.
July 8, 2013 |
Facebook Monday announced that its updated search feature will begin rolling out to all users who have their language set to U.S. English over the next few weeks, regardless of whether or not they want Graph Search. The company unveiled Graph Search earlier this year, saying it would help users easily and quickly find specific data on the social network. Users, for example, can search for pictures of themselves taken in a specific city, or they can look for friends who like a specific movie or music band.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2013 |
For more than 20 years at UC Irvine, Dudley Knight devised innovative and sometimes controversial ways of teaching acting students to speak clearly while lending their characters authentic, unforced accents and dialects. He believed that actors in a multicultural society should keep their own voices and fought the orthodox practice of teaching them to use upper-class white speech patterns as the favored norm. Knight, who had retired 10 years ago to Pennsylvania, returned to the campus last month to begin rehearsing his role as King Lear in an outdoor summer festival production of the Shakespeare tragedy.
June 28, 2013 |
The gig: Beatriz Acevedo, 44, is founder and president of MiTu Network, which provides Spanish-language lifestyle programs on YouTube. The company has attracted a variety of investors including Viacom's Shari Redstone and former News Corp. Chief Operating Officer Peter Chernin. When the network launched, it had 30 channels with about 15 million monthly views. Now, a year later, MiTu has close to 700 channels, and about 100 million monthly views. First break: Acevedo was born in Tijuana and started in the business at 8, hosting a kids TV show in Baja California and doing voices for radio commercials in San Diego.
June 7, 2013 |
Every summer, millions of Americans repeat again and again a word that has its roots in Taino, the Caribbean language spoken by the people Christopher Columbus met when he first landed in the Americas. Spanish speakers brought the word into their language as barbacoa . Cooking beef on sticks over a fire was an early "fusion food" as we learn in the engaging new nonfiction book "The Story of Spanish. " What English speakers have come to call "barbecue" combines "Arawak technique, European meats and Mexican flavors.
June 7, 2013 |
What do a chimpanzee, a bonobo and a toddler all have in common? They all use gestures to communicate. By studying hours of video of a female chimp named Panpanzee, a female bonobo named Panbanisha and a little girl with the initials GN, a team of psychologists hope to gain some insight into how spoken language evolved in humans. Skeletons can be fossilized, but language cannot, the researchers noted in a study published this week in Frontiers in Psychology. To figure out how it came to be, they looked for similarities between the three closely related species to infer ways that our common ancestor would have communicated more than 5 million years ago. Science and Health: Sign up for our email newsletter “This is one line of evidence for the gestural foundation of human language evolution,” the wrote.