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May 19, 1989 | VICTOR VALLE, Times Staff Writer
Sometimes unwritten words are more potent than any printed on a page. That appears to be the case with the controversy that erupted after employees at all-Spanish KMEX-TV Channel 34 in Los Angeles recently submitted a petition to their incoming general manager requesting that he fill a news director's vacancy with a person "who reflects the interests . . . experience and culture of the Los Angeles TV audience." The petition's language seemed harmless enough. Few station managers would ever admit to hiring a news director without weighing local audience needs.
March 15, 2014 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
Last month, after years of futile goose-chasing, Mexican authorities captured the country's most-wanted criminal, the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel boss Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán. But another legendary Mexican desperado remains at large after 40 years, haunting the fantasies of an adoring public. She's Camelia la Texana, a comely San Antonio ingenue turned drug-smuggling queen who shot and killed her lover in a jealous rage. At least that's her story as immortalized in "Contrabando y Traición" ("Contraband and Betrayal")
November 16, 2007 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
Juan Garcia makes the same resolution every New Year's: Learn English. Despite being in the U.S. for 15 years, the Mexican immigrant knows only a few words and phrases. Too busy with work and family, he has put off enrolling in a class. "The days pass and the years pass, and I don't do it," said Garcia, 63, who lives in Los Angeles.
March 14, 2014 | By Terry Gardner, the official website of a state that attracts 6% of its international visitors from Mexico, has introduced a Spanish-language version of its website. Spanish-speaking travelers can now plan a trip to Alaska by visiting Travel Alaska . The Spanish-language website complements the English, German , Japanese , Korean and Chinese language sites already offered by Alaska, said Jesse Carlstrom, a development specialist with Alaska's Tourism Department.
May 11, 2003 | Don Shirley
Can plays in Spanish attract big audiences in well-known Southland theaters? Producer Mark Edelman says si. He's presenting "Cartas de Amor," an adaptation of A.R. Gurney's popular "Love Letters" in Spanish, with telenovela stars Saul Lisazo and Kate del Castillo (both were in Televisa's "Derecho de Nacer") as the aristocrats who conduct a lifetime of correspondence.
January 26, 1993 | JIM HERRON ZAMORA
For the first time, Burbank will provide Spanish language sample ballots for the Feb. 23 municipal election, city officials said Monday. The city is printing the ballots to comply with amendments to the federal Voting Rights Act passed last year, City Clerk Marge Laurman said. The Spanish language sample ballots will be available in City Hall.
January 7, 2013 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
With the Spanish-language television space heating up, industry leader Univision Communications Inc. is making an aggressive move to solidify its dominance. On Monday, the media company plans to rename its secondary broadcast network UniMas, which translates loosely as Univision Plus, underlining its ties to its hugely popular sister network Univision. The company also is locking up rights to programs from key Latin American producers to buffet gains from the flood of competitors charging the field.
May 11, 1993 | JACK SEARLES
Las Noticias de los Tres Condados, a Spanish-language newspaper that covers Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, will expand to weekly publication by July, according to its publisher, Daniel Castanon. The paper, established in 1990, now circulates every other Friday. Castanon said he hopes to increase the Santa Barbara-based paper's circulation when it becomes a weekly. He said 12,000 copies are now distributed free.
August 15, 1991 | CRISTINA LEE
To reach more Orange County Latinos, two Santa Ana hospitals began marketing a Spanish-language physician network and health care membership program this week that will refer Spanish-speaking patients to physicians fluent in Spanish. The hospitals--Doctors Hospital of Santa Ana and Santa Ana Hospital Medical Center--hope to provide non-English-speaking Latinos easier access to health care through a program called Nuestra Familia Medica, which means Our Medical Family.
September 22, 1997
KLVE-FM (107.5), the top-ranked radio station in Los Angeles, was honored Saturday as the best Spanish-language station in the nation during closing ceremonies at the National Assn. of Broadcasters Convention in New Orleans. In a vote of broadcasters from Spanish-language stations across the U.S., KLVE was presented with the prestigious Marconi Award. The station was also nominated for best station in any language in a major market.
February 28, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
TUCSON - Spanish-language media - particularly in Mexico - are abuzz following a Tribune Washington Bureau report on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency's use of deadly force while patrolling the nation's border with Mexico. The article was based on an independent review of U.S. Border Patrol shootings. The report - conducted by a group of law enforcement experts - criticized agents for “lack of diligence” in theirs investigations, suggesting agents intentionally provoked confrontations by sometimes stepping in the path of cars apparently to justify shootings.
January 12, 2014 | Ken Bensinger
For decades, finding Spanish-language books in the U.S. was like tilting at windmills. Booksellers stocked few titles in the language of Cervantes, and those they carried came at a hefty premium. A paperback copy of "Don Quijote" in the original Spanish could easily cost triple the price of a deluxe hard-bound translation in English -- if it could be found at all. Retailers blamed the expense of importing books printed in Spain and Latin America. And U.S. publishers lost faith in the market after botched attempts to translate English-language bestsellers produced error-ridden Spanish versions that sold poorly.
January 7, 2014 | By Meg James
Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has joined Spanish-language broadcaster Estrella TV as a senior advisor to help the 4-year-old television network gain traction. The network, based in Burbank, is banking on Villaraigosa to give it greater visibility and pull in additional advertising dollars to better compete with established giants, including Univision Communications and NBCUniversal's Telemundo. Estrella TV becomes the latest employer of Villaraigosa since he departed City Hall last summer.
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.
December 13, 2013 | By Chad Terhune and Eryn Brown
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.
December 3, 2013 | By Hector Becerra and Meg James
Until a month ago, Ricardo Sanchez was flying high as Los Angeles' top-rated local morning radio host. Then the Spanish-language radio personality known as "El Mandril" disappeared from his slot on KLAX-FM (97.9), the Los Angeles station owned by Spanish Broadcasting System. Now details are emerging concerning the 47-year-old radio host's eviction from L.A. airwaves in early November. He's still going to work every day, but his show is no longer being broadcast. The question is, why?
January 18, 2004 | James Gilden, Special to The Times
There are more Spanish-speaking users of the Internet in the U.S. than in some Spanish-speaking countries, yet many U.S. websites cater more to customers in those foreign countries. None of the big three online travel agencies -- Expedia, Orbitz and Travelocity -- has Spanish-language functionality on its U.S. site. Expedia, however, has a French-language site for Canadian customers, although those 6.7 million French-speakers are but a fraction of the 28.1 million Spanish-speakers in the U.S.
July 13, 1988 | VICTOR VALLE, Times Staff Writer
Cable News Network announced Tuesday that it has begun selling its Atlanta-produced Spanish-language newscast south of the border. Nine stations and cable broadcasters in seven Central and South American countries have started to air "Noticiero Telemundo-CNN," a half-hour news show that debuted May 30 in the United States on the Telemundo network's five owner-operated stations and 18 affiliates.
October 8, 2013 | Reed Johnson and Meg James
Barely three months ago, Eddie "Piolín" Sotelo's Spanish-language radio career appeared to be derailed. He had lost his popular "Piolín por la Mañana" morning program amid allegations of sexual and emotional harassment by a male co-worker. In the days that followed, six other former co-workers alleged that they too had been harassed by Sotelo, setting off an ongoing legal skirmish. Although Sotelo repeatedly denied the accusations, he and his longtime employer, the powerful media conglomerate Univision Communications Inc., parted ways in July.
October 2, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
The Madrid-based Rakatá brought "Henry VIII/Enrique VIII" to the Broad Stage in Santa Monica last weekend, and the company applied its extensive experience with Spanish Golden Age classics to the staging of Shakespeare's seldom revived history play. The result was a production that had the speed of Lope de Vega, the refinement of Calderón and just enough slippery ambiguity to remind us that this was indeed a Shakespearean foray. Scholars are still debating whether Shakespeare wrote "Henry VIII" solo or in collaboration, but the sordid saga - adultery mixed with church-state double-dealing - continues to exert its peculiar hold on modern audiences.
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