Showing posts from August, 2004
Health News Teen Drug Treatment Jumps 65 Percent Over Decade, Federal Study Says WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The number of admissions to substance abuse treatment for adolescents ages 12 to 17 increased again in 2002, continuing a ten-year trend. These data were released today in the "Treatment Episode Data Set: National Admissions to Substance Abuse Treatment Services 1992-2002" by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The new data show that the number of adolescents ages 12 to 17 admitted to substance abuse treatment increased 65 percent between 1992 and 2002. In 1992, adolescents represented 6 percent of all treatment admissions. By 2002, this proportion had grown to 9 percent. This report expands upon data published in May in the "Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) Highlights 2002." The increase in substance abuse treatment admissions among 12 to 17 year olds was largely due to the increase in the number of admis
source: Most Crimes in Puerto Rico Linked to Illegal Weapons 8/30/2004 Testifying before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee of Public Integrity, Pio Rechani Lopez, the executive director of the Institute of Forensic Science, said most of the crimes in Puerto Rico are committed with illegal and stolen weapons, the Associated Press reported Aug. 27. "There are illegal weapons arriving from other countries or the United States that enter the island as contraband that are more used for these types of crimes. The majority of the firearms used in murders and crimes are assault weapons, like the AR-15 or the AK-47," Rechani Lopez said. Rechani Lopez said it's difficult to monitor the flow of illegal weapons into Puerto Rico because some assault weapons illegally entering the island are obtained legally in states like Kentucky and Texas. Note: This article is online at,2522,574404,00.html Visit
Featured Site Escape to Puerto Rico (there is a link to the site from the prsun.blogspot). But there is one more reason to visit. Check out: I am pleased to report that my photos are featured at Escape to Puerto Rico as part of its Puerto Rico e-cards collection. My work is located under the categories: Old San Juan Churches Folklore Thanks.

Latino/a Literature: A Resource for Standardized Testing

book Originally uploaded by Manny . By Manny Hernandez Manny, who regularly contributes to Puerto Rico Sun articles on education and Latino issues, is the author of the Latino/a Literature book, a resource for young adults and standardized testing in America.
Essay The Latino Agenda in the Upcoming Elections: Education By Manuel Hernandez There has been a lot of talk that Latinos are now the largest minority in the United States. According to recent projections, close to half of the population will be Latino by half of the 21st Century. Hispanic Magazine describes the phenomenon as the “Minority Nation.” The Latino population growth has surpassed all predictions and continues to baffle census specialists. There are many Latino issues on top of the electoral table, but the following seem to be the most relevant: home ownership, immigration, health insurance, economic growth, security and education. As a hard-core believer in the power of education, all of the issues served on the electoral table are appetizers of a quality education. It was in 1967 with the publication of "Down These Mean Streets" that the legendary pioneer of Latino letters, Piri Thomas, made “El Barrio” in Manhattan a household name. The classic au
Featured site: Association of Hispanic Arts ( ) Founded in 1975, the Association of Hispanic Arts, Inc. (AHA) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of Latino arts, artists and arts organizations as an integral part of the cultural life of the nation. It facilitates projects and programs designed to foster the appreciation, growth and well being of the Latino cultural community. Site includes listings of opportunities for Latinos interested in developing films, information about art exhibitions and culture events and a book store featuring literature on and by Latinos. Worth a visit.
Literacy Tips for Latino Families WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- It's a growing trend: more education experts are offering bilingual resources addressing the needs of Latino families. From the launch of PBS's Maya & Miguel family-themed website and television program later this fall, to online resources such as Reading Rockets', the message is clear that reaching the growing Latino audience -- even with literacy advice -- demands special cultural consideration. (Photo: ) "Getting children and families of all backgrounds excited about reading requires more than a one-size-fits-all solution," said Carol H. Rasco, president and CEO of Reading Is Fundamental, the nation's oldest and largest children's and family literacy organization. "By offering resources tailored specifically to empower Latino families, we're taking an important step in reinforcing


Wall Originally uploaded by clarisel . Old San Juan Stop in and view the latest photos.
Poetry CONDEMNED By Fernando A. Zapater In that poker game god dealt me cards An anti-Semitic joker as a wild trump That played me like a well-tuned guitar To the fine tune of a mashuganov gentile I traveled 32 hundred miles To reach the rabbis daughter and reconcile But imagine a balsero boricua all the while After he had his heart circumcised Perhaps in past incarnations I had been A nazi luftewaggen first lieutenant air force Maybe I was the roman soldier who gave Christ His hideous last drink Or perhaps had been the Jew that condemned Him to be crucified It is my karma I accept in mazel tov All the whil
Entertainment Celebrate Hispanic Culture on PBS PBS offers variety of Latin-themed programs for Hispanic Heritage Month Alexandria, VA--(HISPANIC PR WIRE)--August 18, 2004--In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month — September 15-October 15, 2004 — PBS brings the vibrant talents of Latino actors, actresses and producers into viewers' homes. With broadcast premieres and encore presentations, animation, drama, history, art and music, PBS has something with a little Latin flavor for everyone. Latino artists across the United States take center stage in a groundbreaking six-part television event VISIONES: LATINO ARTS and CULTURE, premiering Sunday, September 5 and airing Sundays through October 10, 2004, 10:30-11:00 p.m. ET. Viewers experience the world of Latino artistic expression as the series journeys throughout the country, capturing rich stories about theater, music, dance, spoken word and the visual arts. From New York City's hip-hop culture to mural painters
Featured Sites: Photo lovers. If you have a special love for photos of La Isla del Encanto, check out: You will find an array of images from different parts of the island. Photos of Puerto Rico is a website dedicated to highlighting the island and its wonders! Enjoy the beautiful professional quality images from talented and dedicated Puerto Rican photographers.
ON TV Piri Thomas and EVERY CHILD IS BORN A POET Re: Documentary on Nuyorican poet Piri Thomas: EVERY CHILD IS BORN A POET to air at 8 p.m. Aug. 18 on TUTV in Puerto Rico. This program may also be seen online (go to TUTV's site at Combining poetry, documentary and drama, EVERY CHILD IS BORN A POET explores the life and work of Piri Thomas, the 75-year-old Afro-Cuban-Puerto Rican poet and author of Down These Mean Streets. A landmark of modern American literature, this 1967 autobiographical novel continues to be taught in schools for its groundbreaking bilingual style and its realistic portrayal of youth, imprisonment and search for racial identity. Like the novel, the film traces Thomas’ path from childhood to manhood in New York City’s Spanish Harlem from the 1930s to the 1960s: his home life during the Great Depression, membership in barrio youth gangs, travels as a teenage merchant marine, addiction to heroin, notorious armed robbery of a
ON TV "Every Mother's Son" In the late 1990s, three victims of police brutality made headlines around the country: Amadou Diallo, the young West African man whose killing sparked intense public protest; Anthony Baez, killed in an illegal choke-hold; and Gary (Gidone) Busch, a Hasidic Jew shot and killed outside his Brooklyn home. "Every Mother's Son" tells of the victims' three mothers who came together to demand justice and accountability. "Every Mother's Son" is up next on P.O.V. on Tuesday, August 17th at 10 P.M. (ET) on PBS. Be sure to check your local listings for the airtime in your area - visit and click the link next to the premiere date which reads "check local listings." On the "Every Mother's Son" website you can also find a film synopsis, photos and trailer, an interview with the filmmakers and more:

La Perla

La Perla Originally uploaded by clarisel . La Perla's scenic basketball court, Old San Juan
Commentary Vieques’ Revenge By Cecil Harris Puerto Rico Sun The final score of Puerto Rico 92, United States 73 still shocks those who cling to the outdated notion that U.S. superiority in basketball is a given, somehow part of an American’s birthright. The truth, however, is it doesn’t matter anymore that basketball was created in the mainland U.S.—albeit by a Canadian, Dr. James Naismith—because the days of other teams genuflecting before American squads are long gone. Finally, the phrase “Dream Team,” as it relates to USA Men’s Olympic Basketball, can be retired for good. The phrase is as anachronistic today as the Soviet Union, amateur athletics and American diplomacy. On Sunday, August 15, 2004 in Athens, Greece, a team of pampered NBA millionaires with an aversion to defense, perimeter shooting, free-throw shooting and team play was humiliated by a team from Puerto Rico before the eyes of the world. Never before had a U.S. team composed of NBA stars lost in Olymp
A Letter to the Editor Re: News -- The U.S.A. men's Olympic basketball team lost 92-73 to Puerto Rico in Athens on Aug. 15. Shaggy Flores - New Generation Nuyorican Poeta wrote in an Aug. 15 e-mail: Familia, Remember that movie Miracle, that opened last year where the under dog U.S. Hockey team beats the USSR? Remember how everyone went ballistic when the U.S. won? There's nothing better then waking up this afternoon to see a bunch of overpaid prima-donna's get their butts handed to them by some Boricuas from the island. Not just beat them but I mean, beat them from the very beginning of the game. Outplay them in every way. The Olympics are great!!! Hey, wait a minute, aren't the players on the U.S. team getting paid a whole bunch of dinero just to dribble the ball and make shots at the NBA for a living. Now we know why the NBA doesn't want other teams in other countries to join the action. Not too long ago T-Mac got into a confrontation with a


Sol Originally uploaded by clarisel . This is Sol, the Spanish name for sun. Sol is Puerto Rico Sun's mascot. Sol lost part of her ear and tail in a car accident when she lived in the streets. We thought she was going to die, but she fought for her life. She showed me a lot about strength and lived up to her name. She is a beautiful, energetic, feisty sata and currently lives with me. Sol was born in San Juan.
Featured site: our culture, our history If you are interested in quality TV programming on boricuas, a site worth visiting is, the site of TUTV Universo Television. One of the best features of the site is that you could watch quality cultural TV programming online. The programming is largely in Spanish. Among the cultural shows featured include such programs as "Cultura Viva," "Asi Canta Puerto Rico," "De Pura Cepa" and "Prohibido Olvidar." It's worth a visit.
Education Corner Essay A Vision in Education By Manuel Hernández Thanks to the National Democratic and Republic Conventions, the two major political candidates for the Presidential position outlined their proposals of a vision in education . The educational challenges experienced in the United States have usually been identified with the fluctuating political circumstances of the government of tenure. Whether it is one or the other the political party in power, the educational policies and strategies implemented take a 360-degree U-turn every four or eight years. These on-going and neverending changes have proven to be a disservice to our children who are the ones mostly affected by the everlasting transitional stages of those in power. That is why a specific, concise and definable vision in education must be established by the educational community (parents, students, teachers, counselors and administrators) with the input, feedback and support of the government but withou
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2004 AmericArtes Festival - Espíritu De Puerto Rico The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presents the 2004 AmericArtes Festival Espíritu De Puerto Rico AmericArtes! is a multi-year Latin American festival weaving together the movement and the metaphor of the vibrant cultures of Latin America in a host of music, dance, theater, film, visual, and literary arts programs. Performances and events on the Center’s main stages, Millennium Stage, and in the Terrace Gallery showcase the eclectic mix of regional cultures in Latin America, reflecting the indigenous African, Spanish, and Portuguese influences that flavor the unique arts of the Americas. In September, AmericArtes will highlight the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in Espíritu de Puerto Rico, featuring the best in Puerto Rican classical music with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra; popular singers such as Ednita Nazario, Olga Tañón, and Gilberto Santa Rosa; dance with performances by Andanza, theater; an
Curtain to Rise on Manhattan's Only All Latin Movie Theatre - Clearview Cinemas Announces the Grand Opening of Cinema Latino Cinema Latino To Open On Friday, August 27 with 'Vidas Privadas' (Private Lives) Starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Cecilia Ruth NEW YORK, Aug. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Clearview Cinemas today announced that on Friday, August 27 its movie theatre at 62nd and Broadway will open as Cinema Latino -- the only all Latino movie house in Manhattan. The single-screen, 300-seat theatre will exclusively show first run Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese films with English subtitles imported from 20 different countries. "Opening Cinema Latino as the first and only exclusive Latin film house in Manhattan clearly places Clearview Cinemas at the forefront in bringing these exceptional films to audiences here in Manhattan," Morten Gotterup, senior vice president and general manager of Clearview Cinemas, said. "In addition to appealing to the sig
Commentary Saving a Life Matters Even If It Is a Cat By Clarisel Gonzalez Puerto Rico Sun SAN JUAN -- "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress may be judged according to the way its animals are treated." That's a quote from Ghandi. Unfortunately, Puerto Rico is simply not doing a good job at caring for its cats and dogs. That is obvious in the strays all over the San Juan metro area and everywhere on the island. The animal overpopulation is a serious problem, largely because people dump the responsibility on someone else, leaving cats and dogs to fend for themselves on the streets. So, don't be surprised if you see a dead cat or dog on a corner as you walk on the street or drive around one on a highway as you head to your favorite tourist destination. Don't be surprised to see hungry dogs breaking garbage bags open in the middle of the day as you wait for a bus. Don't be surprised to see cats and dogs, dodging cars and buses as they try to cro
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poetry JUST A FEATHER By FERNANDO A. ZAPATER Once your feather had blown unto me I wondered the beautiful happenings Became restless and watched the sky Overall our marvelous migrations above thy The skies told me it was time to fly As I set my eyes upon the cottoned clouds The horizon appeared, and a goose flied Throwing a feather upon earthly lives As it floated towards ground under above You smiled towards land and said to me A feather, a feather, a feather as gift to you Adonais my love, a gift from above The feather, regarded, as the Indian in you Saw the pureness in the lonesome gift And its whiteness was bestowed upon me Graciously to give my soul the needed lift The Indian in you gave the poet in me The most beautiful gift in a feather For it will not matter day, night or weather We shall find the universal truth together. c 2004 Fernando A. Zapater Fernando A. Zapater contributes his poetry to Puerto Rico Sun. Zapater is from Ponce and curren
The Reading Life By Vivian Lake Puerto Rico Sun Book Editor The Noise of Infinite Longing by Luisita Lopez Torregrosa (Rayo, $24.95, 286 pp) Moving between past and present, Torregrosa begins her recounting when she and her five siblings meet for the first time in 10 years in Texas, after the death of their mother. As the siblings get reacquainted, old conflicts and resentments begin to reappear, old patterns emerge. Torregrosa, the oldest, casts her memory back to Puerto Rico where they were all born, where their parents met and married, where conflicts and the pain they caused originated. As the oldest, she wants to set down the family history and the story of their parents' turbulent marriage for her younger siblings, who have accused her of distancing herself from them. There are other reasons for this which become clear later. At first glance, they seemed like the perfect family. Their mother was an attorney who had been a cheerleader, an equestrienne and st
source: National Council of La Raza press release Troubling Indicators Signal Need for Initiatives to Reduce Teenage Births and Youth Violence San Juan -- Findings of an 18-month study on the status of children in Puerto Rico, released this week by the National Council of La Raza as part of its KIDS COUNT Puerto Rico Project, underscore the need for the island to reduce teenage births and curb violence against youth. These findings are highlighted in a new report, 2004 KIDS COUNT Puerto Rico Data Book, which offers the first-ever and most comprehensive view to date of children in Puerto Rico and links their overall status to the island's future well-being. "We can share both good and not-so-good news about children and youth in Puerto Rico. Indeed, the book's findings show that there are signs that key health trends are moving in the right direction," noted NCLR President Raul Yzaguirre. Specifically, highlights of the study show that the percentage of low
our culture, our history Interesting site to visit: (a site in Spanish) It has interesting features including: * a cool section called "Reto Borincano" which challenges your knowledge. Take the test -- let's see how good you do. * a photo gallery called "Encantos del Paraiso" featuring different towns. * historical information and interesting research on stuff you probably didn't know about boricuas.
Education Corner Taking Latino Generations to a Supernatural Dimension By Manuel Hernández In a universal world where the “natural world” governs many of our educational outcomes, it is necessary that we Latino leaders take the present and up and coming generations to live within a supernatural dimension. For American Latinos to have a leadership role in the world of American politics, education, higher education, science, computers, cyber-space, high-tech and global enterprise, the American educational system must produce supernatural leaders who can become pro-active visionaries in all institutions in the United States. Although Latinos have gained ground in sports, fashion, music and entertainment, they continue to lag behind in education. Thus, a transition from the naturalto the supernatural dimension is essential. Only then will we obtain results and take the Latino generations into a supernatural dimension where academic results become part of our every day lives. In
pr politics Want to know more about the three major political parties in Puerto Rico? Want to know more about the candidates running for governor? Take a look at the following sites: The pro-commonwealth Popular Democratic Party (gubernatorial candidate is Resident Commissioner Anibal Acevedo Vila): (site features surveys and questions, videoclips, news and party information) The pro-statehood New Progressive Party (gubernatorial candidate is former Gov. Pedro Rossello): (site features a mailbox to write to Rossello, a virtual chat, photo gallery and information.) The Puerto Rican Independence Party (gubernatorial candidate is the PIP's Ruben Berrios Martinez): (site features news and columns, party information and photos. Information is available in English and Spanish at this site. Worth visiting all the sites. The elections in Puerto Rico are in November.