Ruben Hernandez

Death and the Journey home

Death and the Journey home

One late October night in 1998, while residing in Naples, Florida, I got the long-distance telephone call most of us dread. “Mom has passed away,” my brother Tom said. My first reaction was numbness. I hadn’t realized my mother Stella was that sick. When we had talked on the phone two weeks before, she mentioned […]

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What’s this stuff in my Halloween bag?

What’s this stuff in my Halloween bag?

The “brownification” of American culture takes a sweet turn this Halloween. At the same time, Day of the Dead arte goes virtual. The Willy Wonka candy company is introducing sugar skulls and pan de muertos to mix the Halloween tradition with the Latin American observance of Día de Los Muertos. The new line of candy […]

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Chamber of horrors

Chamber of horrors

The Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce finds itself in turbulent waters. One staffer was fired, and the two other staffers left suddenly, as if they had just heard an Ike-like hurricane was on the way. Suddenly, with no notice, and cleaning out desks in a matter of minutes. Chamber members found out about the impromptu […]

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Name that tune

Name that tune

Before Sarah Palin, aged but wily Arizona Senator John McCain had recruited Daddy Yankee to lead his shock attack to inject youthful energy into his presidential campaign. McCain, who met D-Y when they were honored as two of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, pulled the R star up on the stage at Phoenix’s Central […]

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Feliz cumpleaños, Horizonte

<em>Feliz cumpleaños, Horizonte</em>

Horizonte, the Latino cousin of KAET Channel 8’s long-running Horizon show, turned five in mid September. The premiere air date was significant because that’s near 16 de Septiembre, which is Mexico’s Independence Day, and also the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Prior to Horizonte, the only other Latino-themed, English-language, locally originated TV show was […]

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A mess in Mesa

A mess in Mesa

Democrat Judah Nativio is David standing in the way of Russell Pearce’s Goliath in the race for the state Senate seat from District 18 in Mesa. Nativio ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination, but the brave candidate’s chances are almost zero as Pearce, the winner of the GOP primary, has a lock on being elected […]

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What if they proposed a recall and nobody showed up

What if they proposed a recall and nobody showed up

After a lot of public bluster and criticism of Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, the recall campaign against him ended with a whimper. Anna Gaines and other leaders of a group called American Citizens United had instigated the recall in response to Gordon’s moderate positions on immigration law enforcement in Phoenix. Another impetus was Mayor Gordon’s […]

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Latino animator made us laugh

Latino animator made us laugh

He was the voice of Snoopy, personifying the cartoon dog’s expressive howls, sobs, whines and sighs. He also brought to life our favorite Peanuts characters in TV specials and movies. Animator Bill Melendez was 91 when he died in early September. Melendez was born in 1916 in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. He moved to Arizona with […]

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Brave, new Día

Brave, new <em>Día</em>

“One day I will sing the songs with no lyrics and everyone can imagine for themselves if it’s about love, disappointment, banalities or about Plato. Un Día (one day).” – Juana Molina, lyrics to the title song of her new CD, Un Día Argentinean composer/musician Juana Molina is one of the most imaginative music makers […]

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Change agent Orange

Change agent Orange

Gustavo Arellano, the author of the ¡Ask A Mexican! syndicated column, has written a book about his love/hate relationship with Orange County, Calif., where he was born. Which is fair, because America has a love/hate relationship with his column, and with Mexicans and Mexican Americans like Gus. Arellano weaves his own family history with that […]

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