January 21, 2006 |
Maria Garcia is in pain only when she skates or breathes hard. As a short-track speedskater, that means she's in pain almost constantly. Ligament and muscle damage related to a back injury often have her doubling over in agony on the ice, but the 20-year-old Carson native accepts that as the price she must pay to be an Olympian. She'd been expected to qualify for the Salt Lake City team until a knee injury knocked her out of contention and relegated her to watching the Games on TV.
June 14, 1987 |
We need more of these multi-cultural/bilingual picture books! Not only do they help non-English-speaking children adapt to American life, the stories provide a rich learning experience for those who've never visited an Indian reservation or crossed a national border. This tale is a modern legend about Mexican-American twins, Connie and Diego, born to farmworkers in "the Land of Plenty."
October 26, 1997 |
'Mi'ja, it's me. Call me when you wake up." It was a message left on my phone machine from a friend. But when I heard that word "mi'ja," a pain squeezed my heart. My father was the only one who ever called me this. Because his death is so recent, the word overwhelmed me and filled me with grief. With my father's death, the thread that links me to my other self, to my other language, was severed.
April 8, 2012 |
When National Endowment for the Arts chief Rocco Landesman flew to L.A. in February, he visited Watts House Project, the nonprofit group that artist Edgar Arceneaux founded to remodel homes on the block across from the Watts Towers. Landesman walked away impressed. "You see just how aesthetically these houses have been transformed to create a whole different mood in the neighborhood -- a mood of joy and hope in what had been a very run-down and challenged neighborhood," he wrote on an NEA blog.
August 21, 1988
Barcelona air traffic controllers called off end-of-summer holiday strikes that threatened chaos for tourists and accepted a Spanish government offer that both sides hope will bring peace for several years. Union leader Juan Maria Garcia said he was scrapping a strike call after two-thirds of the controllers approved a pact negotiated between union leaders and the government that settled a dispute on back pay and bonus payments for heavier workloads.
May 23, 1999 |
Medications banned or highly restricted in the United States because of severe, and sometimes fatal, side effects are being smuggled in from Mexico and peddled out of back-room shops across Southern California. These potentially dangerous drugs, which multinational pharmaceutical companies market in Mexico, where regulations and enforcement are less stringent, have shown up consistently in more than 70 raids over the last year of markets, dress shops and swap meets catering to Latino immigrants.