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October 1, 2012 | By Joe Flint
Wooing Hispanic voters was supposed to be a big component in this year's election, but according to a new study politicians are putting their money elsewhere. The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) said Spanish-language advertising is a small fraction of overall spending even in states with large Hispanic populations such as California and Florida. "Political commentators from both sides of the aisle have said repeatedly that 2012 is 'The year of the Hispanic voter,'" said Javier Palomarez, USHCC president.
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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")
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March 14, 2014 | By Terry Gardner
TravelAlaska.com, 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.
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March 14, 2014 | By Terry Gardner
TravelAlaska.com, 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.
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April 5, 1997
Judith Michaelson in her March 17 piece "More Radio Stations Say Adios to English" makes the misstatement that in 1975 the Liberman brothers made KLVE the first Spanish FM station. Wrong! In 1968, my Garden Grove FM station KTBT, the first radio station in America to broadcast in stereo, became all-Spanish, broadcasting Mexican music in the daytime and tropical at night. Despite our low power and the fact that we were in Orange County, the two Los Angeles "powerhouse" Latino stations convinced national advertisers that they could cover Orange County as well as we could.
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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.
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August 12, 2012 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
A quarter century ago, Fox figured there was room for more than just three big TV networks. It created Fox Broadcasting, which would redefine television with shows such as "Married ... with Children,""The Simpsons,""24" and"American Idol. " Now, Fox is hoping to stage an encore. Rupert Murdoch's company on Monday unveiled MundoFox, a new Spanish-language broadcast network. A joint venture with Colombian powerhouse RCN Television Group, the network will challenge the Spanish-language media dominance of entrenched rivals Univision Communications and Telemundo.
SPORTS
March 19, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
The Dodgers are expanding their Spanish-language cable TV broadcasts this season, upping the telecasts from 30 to 50 games in 2012. As part of an effort by Fox to increase its Spanish sports broadcasts throughout the Los Angeles area, and nationally, games will be on Prime Ticket and carried by Time Warner, Cox and Bright House cable companies. Fox is still negotiating with other providers. The Dodgers have hired Jaime Jarrin's son , Jorge Jarrin, and long-time coach Manny Mota as broadcasters for their Spanish-language telecasts.
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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.
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October 3, 2010 | By Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times
The dramatic music crescendos to a halt. The brooding ex-convict stands before his former lawyer (and current object of affection) and she says, with brute passion, the three words the mun2 TV audience has been waiting to hear: "Porque me importas!" Or in the case of others, the words they've been waiting to read: "[Because] I care for you. " Spanish-language television stations across Southern California still serve as cultural and linguistic lifelines for immigrants, but in a bow to generational changes within the Latino community in the United States, stations are increasingly turning to English subtitles to attract and retain English-speaking audiences.
NATIONAL
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
BUSINESS
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.
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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?
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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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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