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 Julie Amparano

Promises, promises

Promises, promises

So you’ve eaten too many tamales this season, drank one too many cervezas, and blown through your savings on those must-have gifts. With the holidays officially over,  people are wondering how to make amends for all that overeating, overspending and overworking. It’s time to lay bare your New Year’s Resolution. Each year, millions of Americans […]

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Cumbia-ing the calories away

Cumbia-ing the calories away

By Anita Mabante Leach “You don’t even realize you’re working out!” Mesa fitness instructor Vanessa Lupercio is so charged up about Zumba, a Latin music-based workout, nearly everything she says about it is punctuated with an exclamation point. For those who attend her weekly classes, that enthusiasm is part of the natural high they get […]

 Ruben Hernandez

Financial twists and tucks

Financial twists and tucks

Gymnasts Monique de la Torre and Victoria Esparza practice six hours a day inside Carter’s Gym, a slump-block warehouse in Mesa. Their 14-year-old bodies are hardened by countless drills on balance beams and uneven bars into sinuous muscles and disciplined minds focused on delivering peak performances at competitions. Both are among the top athletes of […]

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Spiritual oasis

Spiritual oasis

By Anita Mabante Leach Family and cultural ties, with all the holiday hubbub they embody, seem very natural things for Latinos to seek out during this time of year. While we may take these ties for granted, there are people for whom family and culture are as strong a calling as their spiritual vocation. Lydia […]

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