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San Antonio food bank culinary program a success, honored with USPS stamp

San Antonio food bank culinary program a success, honored with USPS stamp

By Amanda Lozano La Prensa de San Antonio After 18 weeks of learning the fundamentals of cooking, the students of the Culinary Training Program at the San Antonio Food Bank have finally completed their curriculum. It wasn’t easy, but seeing that people, local shelters and children were enjoying the food they cooked made it worth


Students with deferred-action status face obstacles in higher education

By Dylan Chesser El Nuevo Tennessean A woman stands before a crowd of fellow North Carolinians, prepared to deliver a speech on a topic of great importance to her. Carolina Siliceo Perez told how, as a college student, she stood in line to register for classes after the other students, paid out-of-state tuition without having


Literary readings add culture to Juárez bus rides

By Fredesvinda Rojas Borderzine CIUDAD JUÁREZ—Every fifteen days Edgar Rincón and his wife Verónica Martínez along with their two children Diego y Elena, walk towards the footbridge in front of Plaza Juárez Mall, to wait for the ruta, the city’s public transportation. This might seem like an everyday event in Juárez, a place where most


Latina wife, mother and Chicago police officer still searching for bone marrow donor

By Mayra Elisa Buitron Extra! Chicago Police Officer Blanca Magallon, wife and mother of four, was diagnosed with leukemia earlier in July. She’s currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System and is looking for a bone marrow donor that could potentially save her life. Earlier in the summer,


Immigrant rights advocates bring protest, Aztec dance, prayer to free detainee in El Paso

By Aaron Montes Borderzine El Paso – Alexi Cruz may not have realized he had friends in this border community until he was on the verge of being deported. Cruz, 24, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico who has lived in the U.S. since he was 14 years old, was detained in early November by Immigration


Arizona cited as a ‘special place’ for political dark-money operations

By Laurie Liles Cronkite News WASHINGTON _ Dark money in campaigns has become an issue nationwide but in the words of one expert, Arizona “really is a special place for dark money.” The state, because of its laws or its culture, has become ground zero for a growing number of politically active tax-exempt organizations, said