Links and recommended reading

  • Free trade fuels drug smuggling — Traffickers find a perfect cover in legitimate cargo passing through. “But U.S. drug agents say that free trade with Mexico has had an ugly and unintended consequence: Just as legitimate business people have flocked to Nuevo Laredo, so have criminals. And they have quickly turned it into one of the most dangerous and violent towns along the U.S.-Mexico border, agents say.”
  • A mighty network in a quandary — Univision rules the Spanish-language media markets in the U.S. Time to sell? “Conquering the U.S. Spanish-language television, radio and recorded music market has left Univision Communications with a quandary: Where to look for growth?”
  • Texas boosts border watch — Governor cites escalating crime, security threats. “Gov. Rick Perry, declaring Thursday that Texans must combat escalating crime and drug violence along the Mexican border, announced ‘Operation Rio Grande’ to ramp up law enforcement from El Paso to Brownsville.”
  • Clear Channel’s Spanish-language stations jump to higher ratings. ” In less than one year on the air with this Spanish format, Clear Channel officials say many of the company’s radio stations are performing extremely well in relation to their target demographic, based on the results of the Fall 2005 Arbitron report.”
  • Why The Spanish Language Is Here To Stay. “Once considered a niche market with limited reach, Spanish-language media is now one of the most influential players in the U.S. media world. Its success is largely linked to its ability to connect with the fastest growing demographic in the nation. “
  • Latina Girls Aspire to ‘Be Normal’ When Making Choices About Healthy Living. “A new Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) study sheds light on the childhood obesity crisis among girls, which affects one in five Latina girls in the United States today, by directly asking girls how they define health and what motivates them to lead a healthier lifestyle.”
  • NAHP announces José Martí Awards. “The judging will take place February 15th in New York at the offices of Meredith Integrated Marketing. The José Martí Awards will be presented at the NAHP’s Annual Conference which will be held in Las Vegas, NV, from March 29th to April 1st. “
  • California PBS Stations Launch ‘Los Niños En Su Casa’. “Parents and caregivers of preschool-age children can find the help they need to prepare their children for school as KCET/Los Angeles, the West Coast flagship station of PBS, launches the second season of the award winning companion educational series, A Place of Our Own and Los Niños en Su Casa, beginning Monday, January 23, 2006. The series, which premiered in September 2004, air statewide on California public television stations (consult local listings). Sixty-five episodes for each series have been produced for the second season.”

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