Edición Semanaria de Noticiero Latino
August 1st | Listen to the program
CAMPAIGN FOR JUSTICE - A victory by laundromat workers in New York sends a warning to industry owners about a state campaign launched by the District Attorney's office. This campaign cracks down on unscrupulous employers who exploit immigrant workers. Currently, the D.A.'s office probes six additional laundromats, to enforce minimum wage, over time, and 40-hour-a-week. Marco Vinicio Gonzalez reports.
CHILDHOOD OBESITY - Childhood obesity is often associated with abundance. However, studies show that low-income populations are at higher risk of being over weight. Latino children are among those most affected, increasing their risk of suffering illnesses such as diabetes. In an effort to reverse this trend, educational messages are targeting these children. Silvia Parra reports.
POLLUTED BEACHES - Hundreds of thousands of Mexicans visit Mexico's beaches this summer. But, will they find clean or polluted beaches? This year alone, federal authorities have pointed out environmental problems in at least 16 Mexican beaches, including some in the popular port of Acapulco. Correspondent Kent Paterson, visited the tourist resort and files this report, narrated by Guadalupe Carrasco.
August 8th | Listen to the program
IMMIGRATION REFORM - The issue of legalization for millions of undocumented residents in the U.S. has appeared in the political arena for the first time since the 9-11 terrorist attacks. Several days ago, Republican congressional leaders introduced a proposal that, among other things, would create a new guest worker program. Leaders of the National Amnesty Movement in New York, say that although the proposal is not perfect,at least it considers some of the needs of these immigrants. Marco Vinicio Gonzalez reports.
FAREWELL, DON TITE - Tite Curet Alonso, the Puerto Rican journalist and composer, passed away this Thursday in Baltimore, Maryland. Mr. Alonso left more than two thousand songs that are already part of the popular Afro-Caribbean songbook. Curet Alonso was also a collaborator of Satélite Radio Bilingüe, where his show Tropicalismo has aired for several years. Anahí Lazarte from Puerto Rico's Radio Universidad, in San Juan, reports on the legacy that Curet Alonso left "salseros" around the world.
PAIN MANAGEMENT - For many, the last days of life are marked more by a fear of pain than by the fear of the unkown. However, nowadays, there is treatment to manage pain that allows a terminally ill patient to die with dignity. Hospice services provide this option that is still little known by many Latino families. Silvia Parra reports.
August 15th | Listen to the program
CALIFORNIA RECALL - 135 candidates to replace California's Governor, Gray Davis, were certified this week. Voters will decide on the fate of Davis on October 7th. Two of the candidates who could replace him, Lt. Governor Cruz Bustamante and Peter Camejo, from the Green Party, discuss the implications of this special election. Ben Monterroso, West Coast director of the SEIU in Los Angeles reaffirms union's opposition to the recall and insists on the need to inform Latino voters.
PENDING ISSUES - U.S. Congress has left for its summer recess without making a decision on several key issues. Among those the topics left pending are the allocation of funds for bilingual education and other Department of Education programs, and the measure to extend an income tax credit to low-income working families. Patricia Guadalupe reports.
DEATH AND MUSIC - Patients with terminal illnesses and their families need adequate resources in order to face death with dignity. Hospice services covered, by Medicare, are an alternative for many in the U.S. Latinos are often not aware about the existence of these programs and they are reluctant to plan for this important moment, however, the topic of death is present in their popular songbook. Marco Vinicio Gonzalez shares the details.
August 22nd | Listen to the program
SOLDIERS' PARENTS - A group of parents, whose sons and daughters are at the Iraqi front, try to ease their uncertainty participating in therapy sessions. The group meets in Escondido, California, and by sharing their fears, these parents are also getting ready to deal with the return relatives that may be scarred by the horrors of war. Aside from therapy, the group has also decided to join a national movement made up of military families that want to bring the troops back home. Marco Vincio Gonzalez reports.
SEIZED VEHICLES - In the small southern California city of Maywood, local authorities will no longer confiscate vehicles from unlicensed drivers. The city mayor made this promise this week, before more than 1000 upset residents. Our correspondent, Ruben Tapia, visited Maywood and reports that residents claim that they have endured 4 years of abuses from the local police department, which in theory only seeks safe streets.
DEATHS IN JUAREZ - The human rights organization, Amnesty International, recently published a report that harshly condemns Mexico's justice system, for their handling of almost 370 killings of young women in Ciudad Juárez and the state of Chihuahua. The report has stirred controversy, as the pressure to solve these cases keeps growing. Our correspondent Kent Paterson reports from Ciudad Juárez. Guadalupe Carrasco narrates this report.
August 29th | Listen to the program
MIGRANT RIGHTS - The congress of the Mexican state of Zacatecas unanimously approved a measure that recognizes political rights of its migrants. The proposal was promoted by the Frente Civico Zacatecano, a Los Angeles based organization of Zacatecan migrants. In this report, Frente members explain what the law covers and how they achieved its approval.
INJURY PREVENTION - Farm workers often suffer from hand and arm related pain, caused by repetitive movement in the workplace. However, despite efforts by other industries to implement programs to prevent labor-related injuries, these remain scarce in the agricultural industry. Monrovia Nursery in Azusa, California is an exception. For more than 16 years, among flowers and bushes, workers participate in a program that seeks to prevent illnesses related to repetitive movement in the workplace. Sara Shakir reports.
SIGNS - Even though many do not recognize it, death often announces its arrival, at least in the case of people with a terminal illness. Learning to recognize the symptoms of its arrival can help the patient and family to exchange farewells and prepare for the final moment. In this report, part of our special series on Hospice services, Silvia Parra describes some of these signs.
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