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January 7, 2014 |
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.
January 2, 2014 |
Few who worked on - and the few who bought tickets for - "Paranormal Activity 4" were pleased with the outcome. Although the film performed fair enough in overseas markets, 2012's installment in the horror franchise was by far the worst-reviewed in the series and grossed the least in domestic theaters, just half of what "Paranormal Activity 3" took in. So the creators of the supernatural thrillers decided to sit out 2013 entirely and shake things...
January 2, 2014 |
The scariest thing about some horror movies might be when "5" appears at the end of the title - little good has ever come from that. So it's not surprising the team behind the "Paranormal Activity" films has gone an alternate route, adding a non-numbered secondary title of "The Marked Ones" on the franchise's fifth entry. The wildly successful series of low-budget films have trafficked in a sort of charged mundanity, the movies' found-footage aesthetic based on the essential angst of "Who's there?"
December 29, 2013 |
In the 11 years since the California Voting Rights Act was passed, no municipality whose at-large election system was challenged has ever won its case. Almost all have settled before going to trial, in most cases agreeing to switch to voting by geographic districts. It's not a perfect solution to the problems caused by at-large voting - critics complain that establishing legislative districts in city council races can Balkanize a city - but it is the best remedy available. The problem with at-large systems is that they often dilute the voting power of minority groups, whose preferred candidates might be able to win if they ran in their own neighborhoods but who find it impossible to win over an absolute majority of voters citywide.
December 26, 2013 |
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)
December 25, 2013 |
With her papier-mache cowhide pants and bright red hat, the piñata replica of cowgirl Jessie from "Toy Story" was nearly perfect. Except it was too small. The next store didn't have Jessie's companion, Woody, so Jovanny Beltran walked out. Despite having only two hours to shop, Beltran wasn't worried. If there was a place to be picky about piñatas, this was it. The downtown Los Angeles piñata district, with its menagerie of papier-mached princesses and superheroes, is easy to miss if you don't know what you're looking for. Still, hundreds flock every day to the area around East Olympic Boulevard and South Central Avenue in search of the perfect creation to pummel.
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December 23, 2013 |
Malcolm Mency decided to walk home from work Sunday to save his girlfriend the mile-long drive to pick him up. "Don't, that's stupid," Labreonna Moore, 19, told him. "He said, 'I know. I love you, and I'll call you when I get home.'" Minutes passed and Mency never called. Then Moore's phone rang with news: "Malcolm got shot. " Mency - an 18-year-old black man - was probably shot by a Latino gang member who assumed he was a rival, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Howard Cooper.
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December 18, 2013 |
Many Latinos and Asian Americans support a pathway to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally but would settle for a reprieve from deportation, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center . A bill that includes a path to citizenship has stalled in the House of Representatives after passing the Senate. The survey results point to a possible third way, the authors write -- legalization without citizenship. Nearly 90% of Latinos and more than 70% of Asian Americans support the citizenship provision, the survey found.
December 16, 2013 |
Every Christmas Eve, I dress up as Santa Claus and deliver gifts to Los Angeles-area kids, most of them underprivileged, through a program organized by the Pasadena Junior Chamber of Commerce. Every year we number at least 75 Santas strong, each with our own route and accompanying Mrs. Claus -- who really does all the work because Santa is too busy posing for pictures with the kids. I'm not in charge of the effort, so my opinions here are just my own, but I did find myself reflecting on our merry band when I heard Megyn Kelly assert on Fox News that Santa Claus is, as a point of fact, white.
December 13, 2013 |
For all its success enrolling tens of thousands in health insurance, California is struggling to translate Obamacare into Spanish. The state's enrollment so far among Latinos is anemic - even though they represent more than half of California's 7 million uninsured residents. Only 5% of enrollees, or fewer than 4,500 people, in the first two months of enrollment are primarily Spanish speakers, new data show. The dismal results have drawn sharp criticism from supporters of the healthcare law. They fault the Covered California exchange for strategic missteps, and they fear that missing out on this relatively young and healthy population could threaten the viability of the state exchange.