Melanie Perez wishes she could have played the saxophone. Octavio Reyes would have liked to take a computer science class. Both students at San Pedro High School say they can't sign up for these electives because, at some point in their school careers, they were stuck having to take remedial classes for English learners - even though both speak English fluently and have performed reasonably well on English tests.
"My dad had to stay up to take care of me and my sister because there were snakes," said Maria Garcia, who went on to become a top student - and a graduation speaker - at Camino Nuevo High in Los Angeles. "We didn't have sleeping bags."
From coast to coast, the passage of the California Dream Act has prompted loud cheers from supporters and bitter outrage from critics. But for Vilma Nerio, a senior at California State University, Dominguez Hills, in Carson - and an undocumented student - last weekend's signing by Gov. Jerry Brown felt almost inconsequential.
Believe it or not, basketball wasn't the first love of Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony, now one of the best players in the NBA. Nor was it for Charlie Villanueva, a starting forward for the Milwaukee Bucks. Both players told Hispanic Business that their first love was baseball.
While it's been widely reported that illegal immigrants are left out of the newly signed health law, less talked about is how the new law could actually make things worse for insured illegal immigrants -- as opposed to merely maintaining the status quo.
When Hilda Solis was a senior in high school, just a few weeks away from graduation, she wasn't thinking about college. Today, Solis, 52, is the nation's Secretary of Labor, making her the first Hispanic woman to serve as a regular U.S. cabinet secretary.
As New York Jets rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez gears up to play the biggest game of his life against the Colts on Sunday, you can bet his two older brothers are doing their best to minimize his myriad distractions -- like an offensive line warding off a sack. After all, it's what they've been doing all year.
When it comes to Hispanics and health care, the horror stories are well known. Less so is the mysterious phenomenon known as the "Hispanic Paradox." In the United States, Hispanics, despite their socio-economic hurdles, on average live longer than blacks by seven years, and whites by five years.
Described as a centrist by some and a liberal by others, Sotomayor's high-profile decisions include the go-ahead for The Wall Street Journal to publish the suicide note of White House attorney Vince Foster. She also sided with labor in the Major League Baseball strike of 1995.
In the crisp early hours of any given morning, those who decide to begin their day with a muffin and a steaming cup of coffee in the Paseo Nuevo mall may notice the sounds of a clinking glass or hacking cough from a nearby dark open door.