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March 30, 1991 | JOHN DART, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
The first issue of a Spanish-language newspaper was mailed this week by the Los Angeles Catholic Archdiocese to 110,000 Latino households in what Archbishop Roger M. Mahony termed "something completely revolutionary in Catholic journalism." The 24-page tabloid, Vida Nueva, or New Life in English, contains both secular and religious news--"always from a Catholic perspective," Mahony said. Starting out as a biweekly, it will become a weekly in June, he said.
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BUSINESS
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.
NEWS
September 12, 1987 | VICTOR VALLE, Times Staff Writer
Pope John Paul II's visit to the United States is a feast for the nation's electronic news media, but in Los Angeles, the local Spanish-language television and radio stations rank among the broadcasters with the biggest commitment to covering the visit. Some Spanish-language broadcasters see the papal visit as a way to increase audience sizes and loyalties by providing public service programming at the expense of their regular commercially sponsored fare.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 11, 1992 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The last vacant spot on the local AM radio dial will be filled Monday with Southern California's first all-talk Spanish-language station. The inauguration of Orange-based KPLS (830 AM), which bills itself as La Voz ( the voice ) is the culmination of an 11-year effort by the Villanueva family of Los Angeles. Danny Villanueva Sr. built popular TV station KMEX-TV Channel 34 before selling it in 1986.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 28, 1988 | VICTOR VALLE
Spanish-language television also will lay siege to Atlanta with beefed-up, live convention coverage. The Telemundo network plans to provide its 11 affiliates and five owned-and-operated stations in New York, Miami, Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco with up to one hour of convention coverage a day. Half of it will be generated by the CNN-produced, half-hour Spanish-language newscast "Noticiero Telemundo-CNN."
BUSINESS
September 2, 1989 | JESUS SANCHEZ, Times Staff Writer
When El Diario de Los Angeles made its debut as the city's third Spanish-language daily newspaper in May, 1987, its Mexican owners had high hopes. By winning over the area's large Latino community with a heavy dose of features and color photos, the investors expected to break even within a year. But two weeks ago, El Diario's current chief executive told the remaining staff that he expected the paper--which had already filed for bankruptcy--to fold permanently.
BUSINESS
June 28, 1996 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seeking to shore up its weakness in international news and in cable, Westinghouse/CBS said Thursday that it will buy the world's leading 24-hour Spanish-language cable news channel for an undisclosed sum that sources estimate at less than $25 million. The purchase of Telenoticias from the Spanish broadcaster Telemundo is one of several cable deals CBS has in the works, according to cable industry and Wall Street sources.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 1996 | MARIO VALENZUELA and MARIO VALENZUELA, Mario Valenzuela graduated from UCLA and works in community relations
When my family and I came to the U.S. from Chile, my mom and dad worked at the Sheraton Hotel all day; my sister and I were at a child care center. My sister, since she was 2 and I, since I was 4, have been immersed in the English language. For a child, a new language is not difficult to learn if you are being spoken to in English by every adult and peer except your parents. The nursery rhymes, the stories and television were all in English.
BUSINESS
April 15, 1998 | NANCY ZUBIRI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Growing up in his native Cuba, Alexis Torres resorted to putting fake covers on books so he could read literature that wasn't government-approved. "When I was a teenager, you could definitely get arrested" for reading "enemy propaganda" like Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa's works, Torres said. But that didn't stop him from reading as many books as he could get his hands on. Torres' fascination with books led him to pass up a lucrative law career to open a Spanish-language bookstore.
NEWS
December 31, 1998 | KEVIN BAXTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To newcomers, Southern California can seem like an immense place. This is mainly because it is an immense place. Now, imagine having to negotiate that sprawl without the help of a map. Or at least a map you can understand. That's exactly the challenge many of the area's newest residents have long had to face because few map companies offer their products in any language other than English. Warren Wilson, owner of Thomas Bros.
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