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TOYOTA BRIGHTENS THE HOLIDAYS FOR ABUSED AND NEGLECTED CHILDREN; DONATES ATTRACTION PASSES TO VOICES FOR CHILDREN FOUNDATION

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MIAMI–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–Dec. 20, 2002–South Florida Toyota Dealers and Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC, (SET) have donated to the Voices for Children Foundation 54 passes for unlimited rides at Downtown’s Holiday Village located in Bayfront Park in downtown Miami. The holiday-themed park, which runs through Sunday, Jan. 5, offers a variety of amusement, entertainment, community and cultural attractions for the entire family.

“South Florida Toyota Dealers are very happy and proud to bring joy during this holiday season to the children under the care of the Voices for Children Foundation,” said Myra Adams, advertising manager for Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC.

“Voices for Children is grateful to South Florida Toyota Dealers and SET for thinking of the less fortunate children that are such an important part of our community and for bringing some happiness to their lives this holiday season,” said Nestor Rodriguez, executive director of Voices for Children Foundation, Inc.

Voices for Children Foundation, Inc. of South Florida (http://www.voicesgal.org) raises funds to ensure that every abused and neglected child has a court-appointed Guardian Ad Litem volunteer and that financial assistance and other resources are available for their accompanying health, educational and social needs. The mission of the Guardian Ad Litem program is to advocate for the best interest of children alleged to be abused, neglected or abandoned and also who are involved in court proceedings.

South Florida Toyota Dealers is comprised of 14 Toyota dealerships located in Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.

Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (http://www.buyatoyota.com) is ranked first among Toyota’s American distributors in sales and customer satisfaction. It is the largest franchised distributor of Toyotas in the world. The company distributes vehicles, parts and accessories to more than 160 Toyota dealerships in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina and South Carolina. SET dealers sell approximately 20 percent or one of every five Toyotas sold in the country. Its vehicle processing facilities are located in Jacksonville, Fla. and Commerce, Ga. Headquartered in Deerfield Beach, Fla., SET is a subsidiary of JM Family Enterprises, Inc., a $7.8 billion diversified automotive corporation ranked by Forbes magazine as the 13th-largest privately held company in the United States.

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CONTACT:

BVK/Meka, Miami

Jorge Manach, 305/372-0028

CATHOLIC MEDICAL MISSION BOARD TO FACILITATE DELIVERY OF 240 WHEELCHAIRS TO CHRONICALLY DISABLED IN MEXICO

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New York, NY,–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–December 19, 2002–When poor families in Tepexpan, Mexico can no longer care for their family members suffering from cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, and other crippling diseases of the central nervous system, some are forced to move their loved ones to the Hospital para los Crónicos (Hospital for the Chronically Ill) in Tepexpan, a government-run facility. When the family situation becomes dire, the sick are often dropped off anonymously in the middle of the night or simply abandoned on the street.

To address this urgent need, Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB) announced today that it will collaborate with the Wheelchair Foundation and Seton Institute to deliver up to 240 wheelchairs to the Justice and Love Foundation in Mexico for use at several facilities, including the Hospital para los Crónicos. Seton Institute’s mission is to fund various requests from Catholic religious women in developing countries, especially the Daughters of Charity founded by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. The Institute has generously underwritten the $75-per-wheelchair charge needed to purchase and ship each chair.

According to Fred Kirshnit, CMMB’s Pharmaceutical Unit Coordinator based in New York, abandoned patients at the Tepexpan hospital are all adults. The Sisters of Charity, a separate religious order from the Daughters of Charity, visit the facility daily to feed, clean, and care for them. Since there are very few wheelchairs in good operating condition, most patients need to be tied to their beds with bedsheets 24 hours a day. However, now there is hope for many.

Said Kirshnit, “Thanks to the generosity of these two organizations, the recipients will have the capacity to live fuller and more independent lives.” He added, “The ability to take care of oneself and others is largely taken for granted.”

Following delivery, some of the wheelchairs will be used at Tepexpan and the rest will be delivered to other facilities served by the Daughters of Charity. In the meantime, Kirshnit says CMMB will explore the possibility of increasing the deliveries of much-needed medications to the hospital through the Justice and Love Foundation, which suggested that Kirshnit visit Tepexpan to assess the need. Justice and Love is a major CMMB consignee in Mexico.

Founded in 1928, CMMB is a charitable, nonprofit organization that provides healthcare assistance to developing nations without regard to religious affiliation. It is the leading U.S.-based Catholic organization that focuses exclusively on international healthcare. Through integrated partnerships with other organizations, CMMB focuses on establishing primary healthcare programs with special emphasis on mother and child survival. It also makes healthcare available through shipments of medicines and medical supplies, indigenous training programs, disease eradication projects, emergency assistance, and medical volunteer placements.

Editors: To schedule interviews with Fred Kirshnit, please contact Norma Vavolizza at 212-687-0607 or cmmb@nvcommunications.com. For additional news about the history and work of the Catholic Medical Mission Board, visit http://www.cmmb.org.

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CONTACT:

NV Communications

Norma Vavolizza

212-687-0607

FCC APPROVES SBC LONG DISTANCE SERVICE FOR CALIFORNIA

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WASHINGTON–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–December 19, 2002–SBC Communications Inc. (NYSE:SBC) today won approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to offer long distance service in California, clearing the way for millions of business and residential customers in the country’s largest long distance market to enjoy the benefits of full telecommunications competition.

The ruling comes three months after a five-year, comprehensive review by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), which found that SBC had demonstrated that competitors had “fair, nondiscriminatory, and open access” to its local network. The company said it hopes to enter the state’s $10 billion long distance voice and data communications market on the effective date specified in the ruling. At that time, it will unveil its new product and service offerings.

“The real winners today are California consumers and businesses,” said William Daley, president, SBC. “True competition will deliver better values, more innovation in products and services, greater convenience in shopping for and buying telecommunications services, and a new, reliable choice in the market.”

With today’s ruling, the SBC family of companies will soon be able to offer a full bundle of telecommunications services to customers in seven of the 13 states in which it operates. The company already offers long distance in Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and Connecticut. As of the third quarter this year, it served 5.9 million long distance lines in those states, up 28 percent from a year earlier.

“We applaud FCC Chairman Michael Powell, his colleagues, and Commission staff for their hard work and diligence in approving this application,” said Daley. “Despite eleventh-hour efforts by certain long distance carriers to delay the benefits of competition to customers in California, today’s ruling validates our unrelenting efforts to bring local choice to Californians.”

SBC also won approval from state utility commissioners in Nevada on December 17 and the company expects to file for federal long distance approval in early January. The company is continuing to seek support from state regulators to enter the long distance market in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

On December 12, the CPUC released a Proposed Decision resolving all of the remaining section 709.2 state law issues. SBC expects a decision to be adopted by the CPUC on the effective date of the FCC ruling resolving all possible conflicts.

Strategic Implications for SBC

Entering the California market has significant strategic implications for SBC. Of the former Bell operating companies, SBC has the largest long distance revenue upside, with a more than $31 billion market opportunity across its regions, which represents more than 40 percent of the entire U.S. long distance market. With entry into California, the company now can offer long distance service to approximately two-thirds of its 58 million access lines, up from about 30 percent today. Long distance entry also enables SBC to expand its focus on international calling. Across the company’s regions, international voice calling by consumers alone represents a $3 billion opportunity, with California and Texas leading the nation in international call volumes.

Additionally, long distance is not just another new service for SBC. It is the key component in the company’s bundles of services for consumers and businesses, further strengthening a product portfolio that already is unsurpassed in the industry. It also significantly increases the company’s overall market position by allowing it to compete more effectively in retaining, acquiring and winning back customers, many of whom prefer to buy local and long distance from the same provider.

Equally important, entry into the Golden State’s long distance market is a major step in SBC’s overall strategy to evolve from a regional to a national telecommunications provider for business customers.

SBC now will be able to more effectively follow California-based businesses to provide voice, data and IP (Internet protocol) services across the United States and to 48 nations worldwide. Upon relief, SBC will have a data transport network linking California to its emerging national data and OC-192 IP backbone networks to deliver a powerful range of fully integrated transport, advanced data and IP networking, and managed services solutions, backed by quality of service guarantees. Nationally, the data services market is worth an estimated $30 billion, with long distance data services accounting for approximately 75 percent of that total. With long distance approval, SBC is able to compete in this market – largely dominated by two carriers – for the first time.

“For business customers, especially, our ability to provide national long distance voice, data and IP services gives them a compelling new, reliable and stable provider amidst a backdrop of unprecedented industry turmoil,” said Daley.

In additional to revenue opportunities, entry into the California market represents significant potential cost efficiencies for SBC. The ability to carry IP traffic to and from California enhances SBC’s status as a major provider of Internet backbone services, allowing the company to more cost-effectively carry traffic for all Internet service subscribers.

SBC Communications Inc. (http://www.sbc.com) is one of the world’s leading data, voice and Internet services providers. Through its world-class networks, SBC companies provide a full range of voice, data, networking and e-business services, as well as directory advertising and publishing. A Fortune 30 company, America’s leading provider of high-speed DSL Internet Access services, and one of the nation’s leading Internet Service Providers, SBC companies currently serve 58 million access lines nationwide. In addition, SBC companies own 60 percent of America’s second-largest wireless company, Cingular Wireless, which serves more than 22 million wireless customers. Internationally, SBC companies have telecommunications investments in 25 countries.

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CONTACT:

John Britton

415-537-3360 (phone)

or

George Thompson

202-326-8840 (phone)

NEW CDC PROGRAM ADDRESSES MAJOR CONCERNS CITED IN RECENT REPORT ON INACTIVITY AMONG L.A. COUNTY CHILDREN

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Los Angeles, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–December 18, 2002–The new VERB.(TM) It’s what you do. campaign, organized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is on track to increase positive physical activities among California youth.

That’s good news, according to one official in the L.A. County Department of Health Services, who cites a new study by the California Center for Public Health Advocacy as cause for serious concern about the need to increase positive activity levels and reduce sedentary behaviors among youth.

This week, the California Center for Public Health published a report, based on data from the California Department of Education, which portrays an epidemic of physical inactivity among children in California. Among other findings, the report states that across California at least one in four children is unfit.

“Parents, educators and public health leaders need to act now to stem this trend of sedentary behavior among our children,” said Cynthia Harding, director of Maternal Child and Adolescent Health Programs for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. “Children need at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity every day and parents and educators need to team up to ensure children have the opportunity to make this happen.”

Harding leads local efforts to involve parents, educators and children in the VERB(TM) campaign. Already, advertisements promoting physical and prosocial activity have appeared during television programs, radio shows and movie previews, as well as in magazines and other publications popular with children and their parents. Moreover, there are VERB(TM) special events and other promotions scheduled to take place in Los Angeles.

“VERB(TM) will have a constant presence among our children in California and across the country, encouraging them and supporting them everyday in their efforts to discover positive physical and prosocial activities they can make into lifelong habits,” said Harding.

The integrated VERB.(TM) It’s what you do. campaign uses advertising, marketing, events and partnership activities to ensure that campaign messages reach children whenever they are looking for something positive to do. Through multicultural media partnerships, the campaign is designed to reach children in all socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds – including specific outreach for African Americans, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders, Native Americans and Hispanic/Latinos.

For more information about the campaign see http://www.cdc.gov/youthcampaign

Parent website http://www.VERBparents.com

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CONTACTS:

Mike Greenwell

(770) 488-5131

or

Brian Griffin

(312) 552-4600

CONNECTICUT HOMEOWNER CELEBRATES A ‘LIGHT CHRISTMAS’ AS WINNER IN ‘SEARS SEARCH FOR AMERICA’S MOST FESTIVE HOME’ CONTEST

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HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill.–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–December 18, 2002–Even without Rudolph, Santa should have no problem finding the Colon household on Christmas Eve.

With more than 34,000 lights including an American flag in lights on the roof, the Stratford, Conn., house was awarded 4th place in the national Sears Search for America’s Most Festive Home contest. Pablo Colon, who started decorating in September, can now turn his attention to finishing his holiday shopping, as he was awarded a $1,000 Sears gift card for his efforts, which he plans to use to make some improvements to his kitchen for his wife.

When Colon moved to the United States from the Dominican Republic in 1969, he immediately fell in love with the American custom of decorating homes with bright lights. He and his wife, who is Puerto Rican, would spend hours driving around their town checking out the festively decorated houses. He quickly adopted the tradition and has become a popular Christmas landmark in Stratford.

“Last year, after September 11th, my daughter suggested we put an American flag in lights on our roof to display our love for America,” Colon said. “It so touched the community, that we had to do it again this year.”

Colon stated that the thing he enjoys most about decorating his house is watching the reaction of visitors.

“This represents the true meaning of Christmas because I am able to share the Christmas spirit of wonder, love, excitement and magic with my family, friends, and neighbors,” Colon said.

The contest attracted entries from New York to Hawaii and was judged on creativity, thematic presentation and visual impact.

Sears awarded 1st place – and a $10,000 Sears gift card — to Bernard Rix of Phoenix, Ariz. for his display that features more than 90,000 lights, 55 pieces of original artwork created for this year’s display, and 98 miniature trees. Second place – and a $5,000 Sears gift card – went to Kirschmann family of Vancouver, Wash. for their display that features a Bavarian village, castle and animated ice skaters. Third place – and a $2,500 gift card — went to 22-year-old Timothy Denno of Palatine, Ill. for his festive village that includes a chorus of characters.

Six additional winners (besides Colon) also received a $1,000 gift card including Todd Fuller (Mesquite, Texas), John Hamilton (Roseville, Calif.), Frank Italiano (Cherry Hill, NJ), the Lord family (Sacramento, Calif.), Todd Ramquist (Safety Harbor, Fla.), and Manny Sy (Ewa Beach, Hawaii).

“A recent Sears survey revealed that more than 97 percent of us have driven to another neighborhood specifically to view a spectacular outdoor holiday display,” said Greg Inwood, divisional merchandise manager of seasonal shops for Sears. “The Sears Search for America’s Most Festive Home contest’ salutes all those enthusiastic home owners who generously provide us with that extra dose of holiday cheer each year.”

More than 60 percent of Americans claim they annually decorate the outside of their home for the holidays. In 2002, Santa-related merchandise has glided past sales of snowman-related items, which had been at the top of the decorating list for the past two years.

Sears, Roebuck and Co. is a broadline retailer with significant service and credit businesses. In 2001, the company’s annual revenue was more than $41 billion. The company offers its wide range of apparel, home and automotive products and services to families in the U.S. through Sears stores nationwide, including approximately 870 full-line stores. Sears also offers a variety of merchandise and services through its Web site, http://www.sears.com. In June 2002, Sears acquired Lands’ End, a direct merchant of traditionally styled, classic Lands’ End clothing offered to customers around the world through regular mailings of its specialty catalogs and online at http://www.landsend.com.

OUTDOOR HOLIDAY DECORATING FUN FACTS UNCOVERED BY SEARS

In conjunction with the ‘Sears Search for America’s Most Festive Home contest’, Sears conducted a survey to learn more about Americans’ passion for outdoor holiday decorating. Some of the results include:

–“Steady” (non-blinking) lights are three times more popular for holiday displays than blinking lights.

–75 percent of outdoor decorators include colored lights in their displays while 25 percent prefer to use white lights exclusively.

–More than one-third of outdoor holiday decorators like to mix secular (non-religious) decorations (such as Santas and reindeers) with religious decorations (such as nativities).

–The majority of outdoor holiday decorators spend between two and five hours creating their holiday wonderland.

–More than 20 percent of outdoor holiday decorators have climbed onto their roofs to mount decorations.

–More than one quarter of outdoor holiday decorators don’t start their decorating until at least the second week of December.

–80 percent keep the holiday lights turned on through New Year’s Day, while more than 50 percent keep them turned beyond Jan. 1.

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CONTACT:

Hunter Public Relations

Donetta Allen

(212) 679-6600

or

Sears, Roebuck and Co.

Kathleen M. Connolly

(847) 286-4644

WINTERFRESH™ GUARANTEES AN ICY FORECAST THIS SEASON

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CHICAGO, IL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–Dec. 18, 2002–The first day of winter may be the shortest of the year, but with lousy breath it can seem like the longest. Enter Winterfresh Thin Ice, the invigorating, icy cool breath strips being unveiled by the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company (NYSE: WWY) on December 21st. This introduction marks the latest (and iciest cool) entry in the projected $300 million* breath strip category.

To further capture the imagination (and buying power) of teenagers and young adults, the Winterfresh gum folks are extending their integrated marketing campaign to Winterfresh Thin Ice breath strips. Beginning December 21st, teens, aged 13 and older, are invited to log on, tune in, and dream up their own Winterfresh Thin Ice commercial to vie for a chance for their work to be aired on national television or radio.

As part of the “Winterfresh Network Commercial Competition” eligible consumers will be able to:

–log on to the Winterfresh Network at http://www.winterfresh.com (or call 1-866-COOLGUM), to receive a packet of information on submitting commercials, and a complimentary sample of Winterfresh Thin Ice breath strips,

–tune in to hear some awesome examples of amateur radio commercials or see videos already developed for the Winterfresh gum portion of the campaign and

–dream up their own submissions of original radio, video, or Web-based commercials about what they think it means to have instant, icy cool, Winterfresh breath that’s always on.

All eligible consumers need to do is get together with a group of friends, make a commercial, and send it in via snail-mail or e-mail. Put a stamp on it. Upload it. Whatever’s cool and easy. If they can think it up, they can submit it. And it all starts the first day of WINTERfresh Thin Ice, December 21st.

Winterfresh Thin Ice breath strips in Mountain Rush™ flavor, will be available at mass retailers and grocery, drug, and convenience stores nationwide in January for $1.49 for 24 strips.

The Wrigley Company is the world’s largest manufacturer and marketer of chewing gum and a recognized leader in the confectionery business, with global sales of nearly $2.5 billion.

*Based on current IRI trends

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CONTACT:

Arantxa Pérez, 212/704-8128

Winterfresh Thin Ice

or

Kelly McGrail, 312/645-4754

Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company

NEW LIVE BOXING SERIES TO PREMIERE ON FOX SPORTS EN ESPAÑOL IN JANUARY; BOXING SERIES WILL ADD 24 BOXING EVENTS TO SCHEDULE

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LOS ANGELES, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–Dec. 17, 2002–Kingfish Boxing Productions has agreed to produce a live, bi-monthly boxing series that will broadcast on national U.S. networks Fox Sports en Español and Fox Sports World, and also on Fox Sports Latin America during 2003. The boxing series will be rotated into Fox Sports en Español’s signature “Boxeo de Campeones” (“Championship Boxing”) program currently seen on Mondays at 8:00 p.m. PT. The first Kingfish Boxing event will commence on January 13. Fox Sports World and Fox Sports Latin America will announce their schedule at a later date.

The 24-event fight series will feature world-class fighters in all weight divisions with emphasis on Latino boxers from the United States and South America, such as former WBC Super Bantamweight Champion Guillermo Jorrin, NABF Lightweight Champion Juan Lazcano, and Super Lightweight Juan Carlos Rubio, who just upset Olympian Francisco “Panchito” Bojado and is due to fight Ricardo Williams on February 15, 2003. The majority of the events will be broadcast from the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, Louisiana, and the Cajun Dome in Lafayette, Louisiana.

“Fox Sports en Español has built a large and loyal following for boxing on Monday nights through our series, and we anticipate that the new productions will be well received by avid boxing fans across the U.S. and Latin America,” said David Sternberg, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Fox Sports International.

“We are very excited to have been able to find a new way of bringing world-class boxing into households around the world, and it’s a privilege to be associated with such a prestigious network,” said entrepreneur Anna Beth Goodman, founder of Kingfish Boxing Productions.

Anna Beth Goodman began a monthly series of professional boxing in the New Orleans area in December 2001 that has met with great success. Kingfish Boxing plans to market its events internationally throughout 2003, and expand its onsite production capabilities to include more boxing venues. Anna Beth Goodman is the wife of actor John Goodman.

Fox Sports en Español is available through affiliated cable systems and through DIRECTV and Dish Network satellite providers. Fox Sports en Español is distributed by Fox Cable Networks Group and operated by Fox Pan American Sports LLC, an international sports programming and production entity jointly owned by Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst, Fox Entertainment Group (NYSE: FOX) and News Corporation’s (NYSE: NWS) Fox Sports International, and Liberty Media Corporation. For more information, visit Fox Sports en Español online at www.fse.terra.com.

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CONTACT:

Fox Sports en Español

Veronica Alvarez, 310/286-6329

or

Kingfish Boxing Productions

Tracy Brenes, 504/834-4430

SOUTH FLORIDA PROFESSIONAL AWARDED NATIONAL HONOR IN MULTICULTURAL COMMUNICATIONS BY PUBLIC RELATIONS SOCIETY OF AMERICA

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MIAMI–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–December 17, 2002–The Multicultural Communications Section of the 20,000-member Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) awarded this year’s D. Parke Gibson Pioneer Award to Rosanna M. Fiske, APR, president, Communiqué Group, and past president of PRSA Miami.

Established in 1994 by the PRSA Multicultural Affairs Committee and the highest individual honor given nationally in multicultural communications, the D. Parke Gibson Pioneer Award is presented annually to a public relations professional who has increased national awareness of public relations within multicultural communities and participated in the promotion of issues that meet the special informational and educational needs of these diverse communities. This year’s award is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company.

Fiske is being recognized for her multicultural understanding and expertise. She has completed work for local, national and international clients, including some of the most well known communications initiatives addressing diverse publics such as Charles Schwab’s online trading launch into Latin America, American Airlines’ communications during the 1997 pilot strike, Wells Fargo Bank’s Billion Dollar Latino Loan Program, and MCI’s creation and launch of the MCI Tecnoguia – a glossary of Spanish and English technical terms.

Fiske was the first Hispanic woman named president of PRSA Miami and was selected as a 1999 and 2000 honoree of the International Who’s Who of Professional and Business Women. Her professional accomplishments include receiving The Communicator Awards’ Crystal Award of Excellence and the National Hispanic Scholarship Fund “Alumnus Award of Excellence” for her professional leadership and dedication to education.

The Public Relations Society of America (www.prsa.org), headquartered in New York City, is the world’s largest professional organization for public relations professionals, with 117 chapters nationwide who represent members in business and industry, counseling firms, government, associations, hospitals, schools, professional services firms and non-profit organizations.

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CONTACT:

Cristy Perez

305-740-3200

HISPANIC PROFESSIONAL AWARDED NATIONAL HONOR BY PUBLIC RELATIONS SOCIETY OF AMERICA

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MIAMI–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–December 17, 2002–The Multicultural Communications Section of the 20,000-member Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) awarded this year’s D. Parke Gibson Pioneer Award to Rosanna M. Fiske, APR, president, Communiqué Group, and past president of PRSA Miami.

Established in 1994 by the PRSA Multicultural Affairs Committee and the highest individual honor given nationally in multicultural communications, the D. Parke Gibson Pioneer Award is presented annually to a public relations professional who has increased national awareness of public relations within multicultural communities and participated in the promotion of issues meeting the special informational and educational needs of these diverse communities. This year’s award was sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company and was presented by Ofield Dukes, who previously received this honor as well as last year’s PRSA Gold Anvil Award, and who is known for his work with Martin Luther King, Jr. and the King family.

Fiske has completed work for local, national and international clients, including some of the most well known communications initiatives addressing diverse publics such as Charles Schwab’s online trading launch into Latin America, American Airlines’ communications during the 1997 pilot strike, Wells Fargo Bank’s Billion Dollar Latino Loan Program, and MCI’s creation and launch of the MCI Tecnoguia – a glossary of Spanish and English technical terms.

An adjunct professor at Florida International University teaching communications courses, Fiske has completed pro-bono work benefiting the National Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the United Negro College Fund, and the Organization of Chinese Americans. She also founded the Hispanic Market Section within PRSA addressing the need for knowledge and expertise in the U.S. Hispanic market.

Fiske was the first Hispanic woman named president of PRSA Miami and was selected as a 1999 and 2000 honoree of the International Who’s Who of Professional and Business Women. Her professional accomplishments include receiving The Communicator Awards’ Crystal Award of Excellence and the National Hispanic Scholarship Fund “Alumnus Award of Excellence” for her professional leadership and dedication to education.

The Public Relations Society of America (www.prsa.org), headquartered in New York City, is the world’s largest professional organization for public relations professionals, with 117 chapters nationwide who represent members in business and industry, counseling firms, government, associations, hospitals, schools, professional services firms and non-profit organizations.

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CONTACTO:

Cristy Pérez

305-740-3200

WITH JUST DAYS TO CHRISTMAS, THE POSTAL SERVICE OFFERS SAFE, CONVENIENT MONEY TRANSFERS TO MEXICO

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WASHINGTON, D.C.–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–December 16, 2002–The clock is ticking. There are just days ’til Christmas. Send money quickly and safely with DineroSeguro®, the United States Postal Service’s electronic money transfer service to Mexico.

It’s a fast, direct, safe, and reliable way to send money to your loved ones this holiday season. It’s the lowest price ever – starting at $8. The special pricing offer is available through January 10, 2003.

The money transfer is guaranteed to be available in 15 minutes at over 2,300 branch locations for Bancomer, the largest retail bank in Mexico. Proper ID is only required for sending transactions over $1,000. Exact foreign exchange rate is provided at time of purchase. No additional fees.

DineroSeguro is the money transfer service for you and your family. It’s as sure as the love of your loved ones®.

For more information, call today 1-888-368-4669 for current exchange rates and Postal Service retail locations nearest you.

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CONTACT:

U.S. Postal Service

Augustine Ruiz (408) 437-6841

USPS Web Site: http://www.usps.com

COPA AIRLINES TAKES DELIVERY OF IT’S 12th NEW BOEING 737-700 AIRCRAFT WITH WINGLETS

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PANAMA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–Dec. 13, 2002–Copa Airlines announced today the delivery of its 12th new Boeing 737-700 Next-Generation aircraft. This latest delivery brings its total of 737s to 20 and completes the first phase of a fleet rejuvenation plan the airline began in 1999.

“We are very proud to have completed this first phase of our plan, which allows our fleet to continue being one of the youngest fleet in the region,” said Jorge García Icaza, Commercial Vice President, Copa Airlines. “We are looking forward to continuing our fleet and Hub expansion plan in the coming years and continue offering our passengers the best travel experience.”

In August, Copa Airlines announced a new order for up to twelve Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft valued at approximately $650 million US dollars, continuing Copa’s commitment to fleet renewal and growth. This includes a firm order for six planes and rights to acquire six additional Next-Generation 737. The firm order includes two 737-800s and four 737-700s. Deliveries of the aircraft acquired in the 2nd phase of the plan are scheduled to begin in October 2003.

Copa Airlines’ Boeing 737-700 aircraft has seating for 124 passengers, 12 in Business Class (Clase Ejecutiva) and 112 in the main cabin. The aircraft features spacious interiors with larger overhead storage bins, variable positioning seats with adjustable headrests and “wings” and 12-channel audio and video entertainment systems.

The new 737-700 is also equipped with new high-tech “winglets” that greatly improve performance, enabling the aircraft to fly at higher altitudes (41,000 feet – higher than any other in its class), greater distances, more quietly and with greater fuel efficiency. The “winglet”-equipped aircraft can carry up to 6,000 pounds more payload and have reduced engine-maintenance costs.

Passengers can fly from the U.S. to Panama City on Copa Airlines via daily non-stop service from Los Angeles and Miami, as well as four times weekly from Orlando. Copa Airlines has a strategic alliance with Continental Airlines, including participation in Continental’s award-winning frequent flyer program OnePass(R). Members of the program may earn miles on either Copa or Continental flights, as well as the opportunity to redeem miles for tickets, upgrades, and merchandise.

With more than 55 years of experience, Copa Airlines (copaair.com) flies to 29 destinations in 19 countries in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean. In September 2001, Copa was named to the “Excelencia 2001” (“Excellence 2001”) list in América Economía Magazine for “innovation, creativity and leadership en the field of aviation.” In November 2002, PODER Magazine and Booz, Allen & Hamilton and Egon Zehnder International gave Copa the “Best Regionalization in Latin America” award for its “successful development of its hub in Panama, which contributes to the continuous development of Latin America.”

From its base at Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, Copa Airlines operates the Hub of the Americas, one of the most efficient and successful hubs in Latin America. In 2002, the airline expects to transport 1.2 million passengers.

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CONTACT:

Carol Schliesinger-Cura – U.S.A.

210-619-2022

or

Patricia Roquebert – Panama

507-225-7655

BURSON-MARSTELLER LAUNCHES PULSO LATINO FOR U.S. HISPANIC MARKET CLIENTS

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MIAMI, FL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–Dec. 12, 2002–Burson-Marsteller, a global leader in public relations and strategic communications, has announced the launch of Pulso Latino, a suite of services developed by the firm’s U.S. Hispanic Practice and designed to help companies differentiate and grow their business within the U.S. Hispanic market. Pulso Latino provides companies with insights, strategic counsel and public relations support to help them with existing or future programs to reach the country’s fastest-growing ethnic market – a market with an estimated buying power of $580 billion.

“Our experience has shown businesses are attracted to this market’s potential, but we also know many are unsure how to address its unique demands,” said Jorge Ortega, managing director of Burson-Marsteller’s U.S. Hispanic Practice. “Pulso Latino offers clients communications alternatives they can adapt to fit specific business objectives, and gives them access to our team of bilingual and bicultural professionals, in all major U.S. Hispanic markets.”

— Monthly Monitoring: Special service that tracks competitor/industry news and issues of greatest importance to a corporation, offering exclusive access to Burson-Marsteller’s proprietary databases, research partnerships and subscriptions;

— Media Outreach: Adaptation or original development of press release into Spanish that is distributed by our staff to target media with appropriate follow-up and report;

— Ideation Sessions: Access to practice professionals and influential contacts in the Latino community, allowing corporations to brainstorm ideas and take necessary actions and

— Speaking Opportunities: Proactive research, identification and negotiation of the most relevant speaking and sponsorship opportunities within the U.S. Hispanic community.

Also included in the monthly service is a menu that allows companies to further tailor Pulso Latino to their goals or current initiatives within the market such as the development of audio and video new releases; the identification and retention of Spanish-language spokespersons; and in-depth research and briefing materials on issues of particular interest to the client.

“Whether companies are looking for ways to enhance their current efforts, or learn about this high-growth market before making a major investment in it, they will find Pulso Latino an invaluable tool,” adds Ortega.

About Burson-Marsteller’s U.S. Hispanic Practice:

The U.S. Hispanic Practice provides full service strategic communications support to clients targeting the Latino market. Its team, comprised of bilingual and bicultural professionals in each of the top Hispanic markets, understands how to develop and execute public relations campaigns by analyzing three dimensions: (1) corporate — helping clients develop a responsible commitment to the market and the issues affecting the nation’s 40 million Hispanics; (2) retail/trade — developing marketing messages and programs to help clients build their business at points of sale; and (3) grassroots — connecting clients with customers at the community or local level. The Hispanic Practice, based in Miami, also has created the Burson-Marsteller Latino Leadership & Advisory Council made up of external experts, accessible to its clients.

About Burson-Marsteller:

Burson-Marsteller, established in 1953, is a leading global public relations and communications counseling firm. It provides its clients with strategic thinking and program execution across a full range of public relations, public affairs, advertising and other communications services. The firm’s seamless global network is designed to deliver premium, integrated services through 46 wholly-owned offices and 45 affiliate offices, together operating in 52 countries across six continents. In 1979, the firm joined the Young & Rubicam family of companies, which in October 2000 was acquired by WPP Group, one of the world’s leading communications services groups.

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CONTACT:

Burson-Marsteller

Amy Clark, 305-347-4323

PFIZER HEALTH SOLUTIONS AND HARTFORD HOSPITAL LAUNCH PROGRAM TO PROMOTE LATINO DIABETES EDUCATION AND POSITIVE HEALTH BEHAVIOR

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HARTFORD, CT–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–December 12, 2002 – Pfizer Health Solutions in collaboration with Hartford Hospital has launched the Amigos en Salud program to serve the Hartford Latino population who are newly diagnosed with diabetes. It is estimated that 12% of Latinos in Hartford and 6.5% statewide suffer from this disease.

Amigos en Salud, translated as “Friends in Health”, is a Latino-focused health care initiative designed to help reduce health disparities among Latinos with diabetes and associated cardiovascular disease. Health promoters, who provide peer-to-peer health education and support, work with newly diagnosed patients in their language and focus on cultural beliefs, behavior change strategies, and the use of health literacy-appropriate materials.

“Newly diagnosed patients often feel anxious and overwhelmed by the diet and lifestyle changes required; not to mention heightened concerns about how diabetes will affect their families. We help them face these changes by working with them to understand disease complications and monitor their health within their cultural context,” stated Noemi Cruz, Amigos program coordinator.

Taken in combination, this strategy is expected to increase patients’ desire and ability to achieve health goals and behavior change that has the potential to improve the quality and length of their lives. Patients will receive their own health record card and be encouraged to become more involved in health care decisions.

`Scott Wolf, program medical director at Harford Hospital, explains “this program affords us an opportunity to examine successful strategies for empowering patients to become proactively involved in adopting and maintaining healthy living practices. The awareness gained by patients and health practitioners alike, enhances health care delivery to the Latino communities.”

Nationally, 13.6 % of all Latinos over the age of 20 have diabetes, almost twice the rate of whites, and can develop pre-mature complications leading to possible death because of a general misunderstanding of the disease and difficulty in embracing the long-term behavior change required to manage the disease.

Julia Portale, director of community health at Pfizer Health Solutions, explains that “the sheer complexity of diabetes and the fear or other barriers to care that patients must overcome requires a multi-pronged strategy to work effectively in partnership with them. Program participants will have a unique healthcare experience with the support and tools to help patients have long-term success.”

“Hartford Hospital is deeply committed to medical innovation and enhancing community education. Through our collaboration with Pfizer, we are pleased to be part of new intervention programs that emphasize culturally relevant care,” commented Hartford Hospital President and CEO John Meehan.

Created in 1995, Pfizer Health Solutions, Inc. (PHS) is the clinical informatics subsidiary of Pfizer Inc, that merges technology applications with clinical care. PHS develops and implements solutions that help achieve improvements in the quality of health care delivery and in the operating efficiencies of large physician groups, health plans, hospitals, integrated delivery systems and community organizations.

Hartford Hospital, founded in 1854, is one of the largest teaching hospitals and tertiary care centers in New England, with a national reputation of excellence and innovation while training physicians for nearly 128 years. It is a member of the Hartford Health Care Corporation, a large, diversified and integrated health care delivery system. The hospital is an 867-bed regional referral center that provides high-quality care in all clinical disciplines. Major centers of clinical excellence include cardiology, oncology, emergency services and trauma, mental health, women’s health, bloodless surgery and advanced organ transplantation.

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CONTACTS:

Program, Dora O. Tovar, (817) 467-5759

or

Hartford Hospital, David Polk, (860) 545-1532

or

Pfizer Inc, Judy Brooks, (212) 573-7897

LANDMARK STUDY DEMONSTRATES SURVIVAL BENEFIT AT 10 YEARS FOR BREAST CANCER PATIENTS

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San Antonio, TX–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–December 12, 2002–Women with early stage breast cancer who were given an adjuvant chemotherapy regimen after surgery that included the drug ELLENCE® (epirubicin hydrochloride injection) were significantly more likely to survive cancer-free for 10 years than women who received an older, standard chemotherapy regimen, researchers announced today. Being disease-free at the 10-year time point is a major milestone for patients in their quest for a potential cure. Historically, more than half of breast cancer patients will relapse by 10 years after initial diagnosis.

Results of long-term follow up of patients in a landmark international study presented at a symposium at the 25th Annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Meeting showed that disease-free survival rates in the groups treated with the regimen containing ELLENCE and with the standard regimen were 52 percent and 45 percent, respectively. Overall 10-year survival rates were 62 percent in women treated with the ELLENCE-based regimen, compared with 58 percent in the comparison group. In addition, risk reductions for mortality and disease recurrence were 15 percent and 24 percent, respectively, for the group treated with ELLENCE.

This trial is important, as the oncology community has now learned that patients can achieve a survival advantage at 10 years when comparing an ELLENCE-based chemotherapy regimen with a non-ELLENCE-based regimen, CMF, for treating node-positive breast cancer in the adjuvant setting (chemotherapy given after surgery or radiation).

“We are striving to find a cure for breast cancer,” said Mark Levine, MD, Professor, Departments of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Medicine, Buffett Taylor Chair, Breast Cancer Research, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada, and the lead investigator of the study. “When we first reported results from this study, known as the MA5 trial, there was an improvement in five-year survival in favor of the ELLENCE-based regimen. This follow-up study has shown, quite importantly, that the survival advantage persists out to 10 years.

“The MA5 trial has the longest follow up of any trial that has compared an anthracycline-based chemotherapy regimen to CMF,” added Dr. Levine.

Study Background

The Phase III multicenter study funded by Pharmacia Oncology and coordinated by the National Cancer Institute of Canada Clinical Trials Group (NCIC CTG), entitled “CEF vs. CMF as Adjuvant Therapy for Patients with Node-Positive Breast Cancer, MA5 Trial,” enrolled its first patient in 1989, and recruitment closed in 1993. The follow-up period now has extended to a median of 106 months.

The study randomly assigned 710 women with node-positive breast cancer (early-stage, operable breast cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes) after lumpectomy or mastectomy to receive one of two adjuvant chemotherapy regimens. One regimen, CMF, included the drug methotrexate; the other, an anthracycline-based regimen dubbed CEF, included ELLENCE. Both regimens included the chemotherapy drugs cyclophosphamide and fluorouracil. In each treatment group, therapy was administered over six four-week cycles.

With long-term follow up, rates of secondary leukemia were unchanged from the original MA5 study (1.1 percent of patients in the CEF group versus 0.4 percent treated with CMF), while rates of congestive heart failure were slightly higher but acceptable in the CEF group (1.1 percent of patients, versus 0.3 percent in the CMF group).

“Earlier results from this trial showed that at five years, we could provide patients with a survival advantage,” said Kathy Pritchard, MD, FRCPC, Co-Chair, Breast Cancer Site Group, NCIC CTG, and a co-investigator in the MA5

trial. “These new data enable us to re-quantify breast cancer survival to 10 years, suggesting an advance in patient outcomes and the possibility of a healthy future.”

“Oncology research is driven by ongoing investigation of the best ways to use available treatments to enhance survival rates,” said Gabe Leung, Group Vice President, Global Oncology Franchise, Pharmacia Corporation. “Studies such as the MA5 trial provide essential information that helps us advance in breast cancer care.”

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women. It is estimated that 203,500 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002 and more than 40,000 women will lose their lives to the disease. In Canada, an estimated 20,700 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and 5,400 will die from the disease.

ELLENCE is the first chemotherapy approved by the FDA for use as a component of adjuvant therapy, in combination with cyclophosphamide and fluorouracil (CEF), in the treatment of early-stage breast cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes. It works in part by uncoiling the strands of genetic material that make up DNA (genetic information of a cell), which prevents cells from reproducing.

ELLENCE has generally manageable side effects. In this and other Phase III clinical trials, the most common side effects were nausea, vomiting, mouth sores, and hair loss. Because chemotherapy can damage the blood-producing cells of the bone marrow, patients may experience low blood cell counts, and the reduction in white blood cells may become severe in some patients. As noted above, few patients experienced damage to the heart muscle or a type of leukemia.

About NCIC CTG

The National Cancer Institute of Canada Clinical Trials Group is an independent research organization that carries out clinical trials in cancer therapy

and supportive care across Canada and internationally. It is one of the national programs and networks for the National Cancer Institute of Canada, and is supported by the NCIC with funds raised by the Canadian Cancer Society.

About Pharmacia

Pharmacia Corporation (NYSE:PHA) is a top-tier global pharmaceutical company whose innovative medicines and other products save lives and enhance health and wellness. Pharmacia’s 43,000 people work together with

many diverse stakeholders to bring these benefits to people around the world, and to create new health solutions for the future. On July 15, 2002, Pharmacia and Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) announced the signing of a definitive agreement providing for Pfizer to acquire Pharmacia in a stock-for-stock transaction that is expected to close in the first quarter of 2003.

**Editor’s Note: Please visit http://www.pivotdesign.com/ellence/index.html for more information**

This press release contains forward-looking or anticipatory statements about the Company’s business and product performance, which are based on the information currently available. However, because these forward-looking statements are subject to new information, future developments and uncertainties over time, actual results and product performance may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of new information or future developments.

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CONTACT:

Pharmacia Corporation

Virginia Valenze, 908-901-8774, 908-432-1984 (cell)

or

Analyst Contact:

Pharmacia Corporation

Alex Kelly, 908-901-7028

or

Pharmacia Corporation

Catherine A. Cantone, 908-901-8514

EAST LOS ANGELES WOMEN’S CENTER RECEIVES $15,000 AT KAISER PERMANENTE ELA MEDICAL OFFICES GRAND OPENING

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EAST LOS ANGELES, Calif.–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–Dec. 12, 2002–Kaiser Permanente has awarded the East Los Angeles Women’s Center (ELAWC) a $15,000 community service grant to help support crisis intervention, prevention, education and advocacy. ELAWC focuses on domestic violence and HIV/AIDS services, with an emphasis on the Latino community, and works to empower and give hope to individuals, families and the community at large.

“Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to well-being goes beyond providing quality health care,” said Frank Meza, M.D., ELA Medical Offices physician-in-charge. “We are proud to support the East Los Angeles Women’s Center because of the invaluable services and culturally responsive care it provides to women and families in our community.”

The check was presented to ELAWC at the grand opening of Kaiser Permanente’s newest medical office building in Southern California. The two-story, 60,000-square-foot Kaiser Permanente East Los Angeles medical office building located at 5119 Pomona Blvd. Replaces the original single-story, 15,000-square-foot clinic at 5220 Telford Street, built in 1966, which was Kaiser Permanente’s first medical office in Southern California.

This medical office is also a Center for Excellence, specializing in the treatment of diabetes, a prevalent disease among Latinos, as well as a Kaiser Cares for Kids, Plan 2, pilot program site, providing medical care for children who do not qualify for state funding due to immigration status.

As a non-profit health care provider, Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to ensuring the health of its members as well as the community at large. For nearly 60 years, Kaiser Permanente has been committed to supporting the community.

Kaiser Permanente offers coordinated, team-based care built around a non-profit insurance and hospital system. The prepaid, group practice health maintenance organization (HMO) serves more than 6 million members throughout the state.

Editor’s note: JPG photos of grant presentation available upon request, 323/783-4496.

SPREAD JOY TO LATINO CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN NEED THIS SEASON THROUGH ‘WORLD VISION GIFTS OF HOPE’

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SEATTLE, WA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–December 12, 2002–Do you want to spread love and hope to another Latino family this holiday season? Millions of Latino children worldwide lack necessities like nutritious food, clean water, and basic health care. Fortunately, there are easy, affordable giving options that let you lend a hand, provide hope, and honor your friends and family at the same time – through the World Vision Gift Catalog at http://www.worldvisiongifts.org.

The catalog features 75 tax-deductible, meaningful gifts that save lives and change them for the better. World Vision helps the world’s poorest communities in nearly 100 countries tackle the root causes of poverty. The World Vision Gift Catalog offers an educational journey into this work, enabling Americans to take part in it from the comfort and convenience of home.

Shoppers can give these memorable gifts in the name of friends, family, or co-workers. World Vision then sends special cards to those individuals, describing the gifts and their impact. Here are some examples of how to spread joy to the world this season:

–Provide a kerosene lamp to a family in rural Latin America where safe electricity is lacking ($20)

–Supply 14 sets of medicine for preventative and immediate care for sick children ($20)

–Immunize a child and provide health training for the mother ($25)

–Provide a backpack and school supplies for a child in the United States ($25)

–Throw a birthday party for a former street child in Mexico ($30)

–Purchase nine fruit-bearing trees to provide nutrition and income to a family ($35)

Provide a warm bed & sturdy mattress to a child in Latin America ($145)

To make a life-changing impact with World Vision gifts, visit the website at http://www.worldvisiongifts.org. To order by phone or to request a print catalog, call toll-free (888) 511-6511. All items are tax-deductible.

About World Vision

Founded in 1950, World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization, serving the world’s poorest children and families in nearly 100 countries. World Vision maintains health, education, agriculture, water, sanitation, and small business projects that help millions of people in their communities, helping transform the lives of children and families in need without regard to their religious beliefs, gender, race, or ethnic background. For more information, visit http://www.worldvision.org.

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CONTACT:

Karen Kartes

(253) 815-2163

NATIONAL COUNCIL OF LA RAZA PARTNERS WITH GENERAL MILLS TO PROMOTE LIBROMANIA AND GOES BOOK CRAZY!

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WASHINGTON–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–Dec. 12, 2002–The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Center for Community Educational Excellence (C2E2) and General Mills announce “Libromania” (book crazy), an initiative to meet the educational needs of Hispanic Americans across the country and to raise awareness about the importance of reading. Libromania is a series of four bilingual children’s books designed to encourage reading at home and in the classroom. As part of this effort, the General Mills Ethnic Marketing Group is donating 100,000 copies of the Libromania books to NCLR to be distributed to Hispanic children nationwide through NCLR’s education affiliates.

The stories and illustrations were developed by accomplished Hispanic authors and illustrators of children’s books in the U.S. and throughout Latin America and include games and recipes for families to enjoy together. The books are titled to reflect their main messages, which include Verses & Rhymes, Our Family, Once Upon a Time, and Celebrations and Traditions.

Academia Cesar Chavez Charter School, an NCLR affiliate, in Saint Paul, MN, will be the first of five sites selected to launch this reading and literacy initiative. General Mills will also present a $5,000 grant to the school to go toward their literacy program. Libromania initiative events will also take place at Amber Charter School in Harlem, New York; Escuela de las Americas Charter School in San Antonio, TX; Light House Charter School in Oakland, CA; and Redlands Christian Migrant Association in Immokalee, FL during January and February of 2003.

NCLR and General Mills will kick off Libromania today by taking part in a special “books and breakfast” presentation. Tony Colon, NCLR’s Vice President for Education, will be on hand to help distribute the free books and General Mills cereal to the school children. “Education is the top priority for our community, and fostering a love of reading is critical to ensuring the future academic success of Latino children. Involving Hispanic community-based organizations as partners in this effort is one of our key tenets, and the response we have gotten from them and these schools has been tremendous,” noted Colon. “We are committed to continuing our work with General Mills and NCLR to meet the educational needs of Hispanics, and we know this program will be a great tool,” added Colon.

Ramona De Rosales, Executive Director of Academia Cesar Chavez, feels the program is beneficial not only for the children at her school, but also for the parents and families. “Reading is a fundamental skill required to succeed in education, and education provides the foundation for future opportunities. Libromania not only gets children excited about reading, it also brings families together which can make a big difference in that child’s future.”

In addition, Cheerios announced a donation of $100,000 today to NCLR as part of General Mill’s continued support of “Cheerios Parents as Partners,” an education initiative that seeks to increase the number of Hispanic families actively involved in their children’s education. The program helps provide five-day training programs, manuals, videos, and subgrants for start-up programs in key Hispanic cities.

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CONTACT:

General Mills, Minneapolis

Kelley Walhoff, 763/764-2440

or

NCLR

Jorge Naranjo, 202/776-1724

MIAMI-DADE STUDENT WINS NATIONAL SEARS ‘HEROES OF MY LIFE’ ESSAY CONTEST

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De Izquierda a Derecha: -- Rhina Molinares, Gerente de la tienda Sears, Aventura -- Alcalde de Miami-Dade Alex Penelas, -- Lina Caicedo, Ganadora del Concurso de Sears "Los Heroes de mi Vida" -- Comisionado Bruno Barreiro, -- John Hendrickson, Gerente General de Sears del Distrito de Miami"/>

Miami, FL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–December 12, 2002–More than 400 Hispanic youths from across the U.S. submitted essays for Sears’ 2002 “Heroes of My Life” essay contest launched in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15). Today, Sears invited several media and community leaders to a luncheon at Tequila Sunrise in Coral Gables in honor of Lina Caicedo, a 15-year-old Miami-Dade student and grand prizewinner of the essay contest. As the grand prize winner, Lina received $5,000 in cash and a $1,000 Sears gift card. Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Penelas and Commissioner Bruno A. Barreiro also honored Lina with a certificate.

Lina’s touching essay honored her father, a man who sacrificed his life in order to save his family. The three winning essays, along with photos, will be posted online at http://www.searsenespanol.com. In addition to prizes, each winner and nominated honoree will be featured in the January/February 2003 issue of Nuestra Gente magazine, the nation’s largest ABC-audited Spanish-language publication.

From Left to Right:

— Rhina Molinares, Sears Store Manager, Aventura

— Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Penelas,

— Lina Caicedo, Winner of Sears “The Heroes of my Life”

— Commissioner Bruno Barreiro,

— John Hendrickson, Sears District General Manager

— Carmenza Jaramillo, Cónsul of Colombia

— Alex Taranu, President, Colombian Chamber of Commerce

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CONTACTS:

Claudia Santa Cruz

305-220-8887

or

Marilyn Fajardo

305-220-8990

7-ELEVEN® LAUNCHES VCOM(TM) IN MIAMI AND FORT LAUDERDALE

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MIAMI–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–December 11, 2002–Where can you go at 10 p.m. to cash a check, send money out of state or pay a bill while filling your gas tank and buying a few munchies? Now customers can head to select 7-Eleven stores in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale to conduct financial transactions at their convenience using a new machine developed by the world’s largest convenience retailer.

7-Eleven, Inc. (NYSE: SE) has installed its Vcom(TM) kiosk in more than 40 7-Eleven® stores in the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area and 10 Tampa/St. Petersburg stores. Vcom was installed last month at 49 Orlando-area stores to kick off the company’s national launch of its one-of-a-kind, self-service machine. Just last week, the service was activated in 75 Colorado stores. The unit offers ATM capabilities and 24-hour, touch-screen convenience to provide customers with financial and other services.

Vcom is unique in the world of kiosks because of the variety of offerings on a single device. Currently, customers can conduct American Express ATM transactions, purchase Western Union money orders and money transfers, pay bills through Western Union’s Quick Collect(TM) payment service and cash checks through Certegy Check Services(SM), a division of Certegy, Inc. Vcom has a bunch note acceptor that can handle up to 30 bills inserted at one time.

“We selected the first 1,000 store locations for the national rollout based upon our research and demographics study of the stores with the highest predicted check-cashing volume, ” said Sean Gavin, 7-Eleven market manager in Florida. “The stores in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale fit this criteria.”

“Our research tells us that customers want to do multiple financial and personal tasks at one time, have 24-hour access to cash and a choice of convenient locations,” he said. “Vcom adds a new dimension of convenience for our customers, and we believe they will like this innovative way of cashing checks, purchasing money orders, transferring money and paying bills.”

7-Eleven anticipates that Vcom will offer additional services, such as touch-screen access to online shopping and telecommunications by early 2003. E-commerce services will be provided by Cyphermint, Inc. through its patented Pay Cash System™ that allows customers to pay at the kiosk with cash, as well as with a check, money order, or credit card. Telecommunications services will be available through Verizon Communications Inc. Public Access Insurance will offer Instant Auto vehicle insurance.

“While Vcom services will appeal especially to the under- and unbanked population, past experience has taught us that a broad range of individuals who already have bank accounts like the convenience of 24-hour-a-day, 365-days-a-year access,” said Gavin.

Customers can use a simple, menu-driven series of options available in English and Spanish to perform their transactions. Those who need personal attention or have questions can speak with a bilingual customer service representative through the Vcom phone attached to the kiosk.

7-Eleven recognized several years ago that it was in the financial services business because its U.S. stores sell $4.3 billion worth of money orders, and their customers conduct 105 million ATM transactions annually. The company wanted to make these and other financial transactions more customer-friendly, convenient and fast.

In 1998, 7-Eleven introduced Financial Services Centers in 37 Austin, Texas, stores in a “proof of concept” program to test customer receptivity. Customers responded well to the non-staffed, touch-screen technology that allowed money order purchases, money transfer, bill payment and check-cashing services in addition to traditional ATM transactions.

7-Eleven did a pilot test of its next generation of the kiosk, called Vcom, in both the Austin, Texas, and Ft. Myers, Fla., areas last year to determine what marketing methods most appealed to consumers. In addition, the company enhanced customer communications at the Vcom kiosk screens. Based on performance, Vcom units could be installed in 3,500 7-Eleven stores by the end of 2003.

7-Eleven is negotiating with other premier companies in their respective industries to secure national contracts for services consumers will want. The company anticipates Vcom will later offer loan and credit services, deposit capability, event ticketing, travel directions and road maps.

About 7-Eleven, Inc:

7-Eleven, Inc. is the largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. More than 21,000 7-Elevens are located in the United States and Canada and 18 other countries and U.S. territories throughout the world. Sales at 7-Eleven stores around the world totaled $31.0 billion in 2001. Approximately 5,700 of these 7-Elevens are operated or franchised in the United States and Canada by 7-Eleven, Inc. IYG Holding Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ito-Yokado Co., Ltd., and Seven-Eleven Japan Co., Ltd., has owned a majority interest in 7-Eleven, Inc. since 1991. Seven-Eleven Japan operates more than 8,500 7-Eleven stores under an area license agreement. For more information about 7-Eleven, the company’s Web site address is http://www.7-eleven.com.

Additional Note: Some of the matters discussed in this news release contain forward-looking statements regarding the Company’s future business prospects, which are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including competitive pressures, adverse economic conditions and governmental regulations. These issues, and other factors, which may be identified from time to time in the Company’s reports filed with the SEC, could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements.

CONTACT:

7-Eleven, Inc.

Margaret Chabris, (214) 828-7345

or

Susan Hamburg PR

Susan Hamburg, (407) 898-7825

NEW HISPANIC TV STATION FOR PALM SPRINGS & DESERT RESORTS; KYAV-TV GENERAL MANAGER RUSTY KIRKLAND ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCHING OF AZTECA AMERICA AFFILIATE FOR THE PALM SPRINGS MARKET

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Palm Springs, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–December 11, 2002–Azteca America Palm Springs (Calif.) announced their debut broadcast for Tuesday, December 31, 2002 on local Time Warner Cable Channel 19. Currently KYAV is over the air on channel 12 throughout the valley. Azteca America will be the area’s newest Hispanic formatted station with programming transmitted direct from the parent company, TV Azteca in Mexico City.

One of the new station’s competitive advantages will come from programming targeted at Hispanic people of Mexican heritage. Kirkland says, “We’re excited about the fact that its programming strategies are a perfect match to the dominant Mexican profile of Hispanics in the Palm Springs/Coachella Valley area. With 90% of the area’s current Hispanic population being of Mexican heritage, and 93% cable penetration for the market, the company is satisfied that projected audience coverage of the Hispanic community will definitely meet or even exceed the competition.”

While currently producing about 8,500 hours of original programming annually, TV Azteca is the world’s second largest producer of Spanish language programming. In addition to exclusive network programming which includes novellas, sports, entertainment and news, they will provide Azteca America Palm Springs viewers with some of Mexico’s finest programs including half of Mexico’s soccer league games. Azteca America will air four soccer games weekly on the weekends.

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CONTACT:

KYAV-TV Azteca America

Rusty Kirkland

760-773-9090

Fax: 760-773-9566

AUTOBYTEL SAYS ‘BIENVENIDOS’ TO HISPANIC CAR BUYERS WITH CUTTING-EDGE AUTOESPAÑOL RESEARCH TOOLS AND CONTENT

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IRVINE, Calif.–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–Dec. 11, 2002–Autobytel Inc. (NASDAQ:ABTL), the Internet’s largest new car buying service, has dramatically expanded its Spanish-language auto research web area, AutoEspañol(TM), with expert auto information and Spanish versions of leading vehicle research and comparison tools developed by AIC, Autobytel’s auto data division. With the expansion of AutoEspañol, Autobytel continues its pioneering efforts to meet the car-buying needs of Hispanic shoppers — and to help manufacturers do the same.

Spanish-speaking shoppers can now visit any of the Autobytel sites (Autobytel.com, AutoWeb.com, CarSmart.com or AutoSite.com) to access new model reviews, safety tips and information, and insider car-buying advice — the pros and cons of buying new vs. used, 2002 models vs. 2003s, understanding rebates, and more. They can also take advantage of Spanish-language versions of the same flexible AIC vehicle search and cross-comparison tools currently used on numerous major manufacturer sites and portals to cross-compare brands and features, and find a perfect new vehicle based on their individual needs.

“Autobytel is empowering its Spanish-speaking visitors with proven AIC research tools and data to help them make informed, confident car-buying decisions,” said Autobytel President and CEO Jeffrey Schwartz. “With AutoEspanol, our goal is to help build a bridge between the industry and the Hispanic consumer.”

Powered by AIC’s leading price and specification data, the new AutoEspañol research tools enable shoppers to search for vehicles according to make/model, price, vehicle type (SUV, sports car, etc.), and even according to subjective criteria like “roominess” or “fuel efficiency.” Once they’ve found a car or truck they’re interested in, shoppers can then automatically cross-compare that vehicle versus up to three competitive models to find the most suitable vehicle in terms of pricing, specifications, safety ratings, crash test results, fuel efficiency, standard equipment, and more. AutoEspañol’s search and comparison tools are part of an integrated suite of AIC Spanish-language research modules currently available as a hosted solution for OEM sites and portals.

Seventy percent of U.S. Hispanic Internet users polled in a recent survey(a) indicated that they planned to use the Internet during the car purchasing process. A full 84%, moreover, indicated that they would be more likely to do their automotive shopping and research online if they could do so in Spanish.

According to Schwartz, the survey served as a call to action for Autobytel. “What became clear is that Hispanic shoppers are poised to research and buy online. We’ve since made it a top priority to become the point of connection for this under-served market — to provide Hispanic shoppers with the tools they need to have a great research, buying and ownership experience.”

A recent comScore study found that the U.S. Hispanic Internet population grew by 19% from Q1 2001 to Q1 2002 — more than three times the rate of the non-Hispanic online population. In a separate analysis, comScore found that Hispanic online buyers spent 7% more on average than non-Hispanic buyers each month. Hispanics now comprise 11% of the total U.S. online population(b).

About Autobytel Inc.

Autobytel Inc. (Nasdaq:ABTL), a leading Internet automotive marketing services company, helps retailers sell cars and manufacturers build brands through marketing and CRM (customer relationship management) programs. Autobytel Inc. owns and operates the popular websites Autobytel.com, Autoweb.com, Carsmart.com and Autosite.com, as well as AIC (Automotive Information Center), a leading provider of automotive marketing data and technology. Autobytel Inc. generated an estimated four percent of all domestic new vehicle sales — $17 billion in car sales in 2001 — for dealers through its websites. Autobytel Inc. is the largest syndicated car-buying content network, reaching millions of unique visitors as they are making their vehicle buying decisions. Autobytel Inc. content and technology has potential exposure to over 90 percent of total web traffic.

(a) Conducted by the Roswell Group. Results of the survey were based on telephone interviews conducted August 3-7, 2001 with a randomly selected sample of adults 18 years and older with Spanish-surnames who defined themselves as “Hispanic” according to the Census definition, and who speak Spanish at home as much or more than English.

(b) comScore release May 13, 2002

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CONTACT:

Autobytel Inc.

Melanie Webber, 949/862-3023

http://www.autobytel.com

or

RBI Communications

Betsy Isroelit, 323/960-1360, ext. 17

or

Joe Foster, 323/960-1360, ext. 13

KELLEY BLUE BOOK USED VEHICLE VALUES NOW ACCESSIBLE IN SPANISH

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IRVINE, Calif.–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–Dec. 11, 2002–In an effort to bring reliable automotive information to America’s Spanish-speaking community, Kelley Blue Book, the trusted resource for used and new car information, has signed agreements with Hispanic Internet sites Yahoo! Espanol and YupiMSN.

Through these agreements Kelley Blue Book used car values will be available through translated and co-branded Web pages from these companies.

Vehicle trade-in, private-party and retail values for used car models dating back to 1982 can now be found quickly and easily in Spanish not only on popular portal sites frequently visited by the Hispanic community as well as kbb.com.

“This is just the first step in a long-term strategy to bring dependable automotive information to the Hispanic community,” said Stephen Henson, vice president of marketing and business development. “We have always been about empowering consumers and helping them to make more informed automotive buying and selling decisions and we are glad to be bringing that sense of empowerment to the Spanish-speaking community.”

Kelley Blue Book used car values are now available by logging onto http://www.espanol.yahoo.com and clicking on “autos.” Consumers can reach the same comprehensive information at http://www.yupimsn.com in mid-December.

The company expects to offer additional Spanish content, including new car pricing, tips, tools and advice in the coming months.

About Kelley Blue Book

Kelley Blue Book, rated No. 1 site by Nielsen//NetRatings is the most trusted vehicle information resource, providing comprehensive automotive research tools and up-to-date pricing on thousands of used and new vehicles. Since 1926, car buyers and sellers have relied upon Kelley Blue Book for timely and accurate information to make well-informed automotive decisions.

The company also offers objective vehicle pricing via products and services for both the auto industry and consumers, including the famous Blue Book Official Guide, software and the Internet. Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com has been named first visited and No. 1 automotive information site according to J.D. Power and Associates five years running. No other medium reaches more in-market car-buyers than kbb.com; one in every four people who purchase vehicles visit and utilize kbb.com.

About Yahoo! en Español

Yahoo! en español (http://espanol.yahoo.com), one of the 25 worldwide properties of Yahoo! Inc., features Spanish-language Web programming relevant to Spanish-speaking users in the US and around the world.

Yahoo! Inc. is a leading provider of comprehensive online products and services to consumers and businesses worldwide. Yahoo! is the No. 1 Internet brand globally and reaches the largest audience worldwide. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Yahoo!’s global network includes 25 World properties and is available in 13 languages.

About YupiMSN

Founded in 1996, and acquired by the TELMEX and Microsoft joint venture, T1msn, in 2001, YupiMSN is a leading network of Spanish-language sites that responds to the great need for easy-to-use and relevant offerings on the Web in Spanish. YupiMSN enables its large and loyal audience of Spanish-speaking consumers in the United States and Latin America to take full advantage of all the benefits the Web has to offer.

The YupiMSN network provides marketers with unique and innovative opportunities to effectively reach their target audiences. Within its flagship portal site, YupiMSN features best-of-breed content and services such as MSN Hotmail, MSN Messenger Service and MSN Search as well as popular communities such as CiudadFutura.com, http://www.ciudadfutura.com/, considered to be the first Spanish-language online community and MujerFutura.com, http://www.mujerfutura.com/, a specialized site catering to the interests and needs of Spanish-speaking women. More information can be found at http://www.yupimsn.com/.

Safe Harbor

This release includes some forward-looking statements based upon agreements and information currently available from Kelley Blue Book Management. Actual results of these agreements may differ from those anticipated and or stated in this release. The company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

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CONTACT:

Kelley Blue Book

Media Contact English:

Robyn Eckard, 949/770-7704, ext. 8349

or

Media Contact Espanol:

DKLA Communications

Deborah Kazenelson, 818/788-1679

KELLEY BLUE BOOK AND UNIVISION SIGN AGREEMENT TO BRING EXPERT USED CAR VALUES TO UNIVISION.COM

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IRVINE, Calif.–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–Dec. 11, 2002–Kelley Blue Book, the trusted resource for used and new vehicle information, has signed an agreement with the No. 1 Hispanic Internet portal adding vehicle information and values to Univision.com’s “autos” section.

“Univision.com has a history of providing our users with premium content and reliable services from credible sources,” said Javier Saralegui, president, Univision Online Inc. “As we built-out our auto channel, we felt it was essential to continue this practice by incorporating the most reliable automotive pricing information available. For this reason, we have added Kelley Blue Book content.”

This agreement marks a turning point for Kelley Blue Book, as it is the first time vehicle information will be available in Spanish outside of the company’s own Web site. By logging onto http://www.univision.com and clicking on “autos,” Spanish-speaking consumers can now access more than 17,000 used vehicle values dating back to 1982.

“This is just the first step in a long-term strategy to bring our content to a wider audience,” said Stephen Henson, vice president of marketing and business development. “Working with Univision allows us to begin meeting those goals by bringing Kelley Blue Book to the largest Spanish-speaking audience on the Net.”

Kelley Blue Book plans to work closely with additional Spanish language companies to have all of Kelley Blue Book’s comprehensive and unbiased vehicle content translated for the Hispanic community.

About Kelley Blue Book

Kelley Blue Book, rated No. 1 site by Nielsen//NetRatings is the most trusted vehicle information resource, providing comprehensive automotive research tools and up-to-date pricing on thousands of used and new vehicles. Since 1926, car buyers and sellers have relied upon Kelley Blue Book for timely and accurate information to make well-informed automotive decisions.

The company also offers objective vehicle pricing via products and services for both the auto industry and consumers, including the famous Blue Book Official Guide, software and the Internet. Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com has been named first visited and No. 1 automotive information site according to J.D. Power and Associates five

Years running. No other medium reaches more in-market car-buyers than kbb.com; one in every four people who purchase vehicles visit and utilize kbb.com.

About Univision and Univision Online

Univision Communications (NYSE:UVN) is the premier Spanish-language media company in the United States. Its Operations include: Univision Network, the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the United States reaching 97% of U.S. Hispanic households; TeleFutura Network, the new 24-hour general-interest Spanish-language broadcast television network reaching 73% of U.S. Hispanic Households; Univision Television Group, which owns and operates 22 television stations; TeleFutura Television Group which owns and operates 31 television stations; Galavision, the country’s leading Spanish- language cable network; Univision Music Group, which includes the Univision Music label, Fonovisa Records label, Rudy Perez Enterprises label and a 50% interest in Mexican-based Disa Records label, as well as Fonomusic and America Musical Publishing companies; and Univision Online, the premier Internet company in the U.S. Hispanic market reaching 80% of the nation’s Spanish-speaking online audience at http://www.univision.com.

Univision Communications has headquarters in Los Angeles, with network operations in Miami and television stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States.

Safe Harbor

This release includes some forward-looking statements based upon agreements and information currently available from Kelley Blue Book Management. Actual results of these agreements may differ from those anticipated and or stated in this release. The company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

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CONTACT:

Kelley Blue Book

Media Contact English:

Robyn Eckard, 949/770-7704, ext. 8349

or

Media Contact Espanol:

DKLA Communications

Deborah Kazenelson, 818/788-1679

WORLD’S LARGEST CONVENIENCE RETAILER INTRODUCES VCOM(TM) FINANCIAL SERVICES KIOSKS

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ADVISORY for Wednesday, December 11, 2002

WHAT:

A demonstration of 7-Eleven, Inc.’s Vcom(TM), a new, one-of-a-kind self-service financial transaction kiosk available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, which is now installed in selected Miami and Ft. Lauderdale 7-Eleven stores. Vcom(TM) is unique in the world of kiosks because of the variety of offerings on a single machine. Currently, customers can conduct American Express ATM transactions, purchase Western Union money orders and money transfers, pay bills through Western Union’s Quick Collect(TM) payment service and cash checks through Certegy Check Services(SM). The company anticipates Vcom(TM) will later offer online shopping, telecommunications, car insurance, loan and credit services, deposit capability, event ticketing, travel directions and road maps. Vcom(TM) kiosks are being installed in more than 40 7-Eleven stores in the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area.

WHEN:

Dec. 11, 2002

Demonstrations and spokespersons available 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE:

7-Eleven store location at 747 Hallandale Beach Blvd.

Hallandale, 33309

Phone: (954) 458-2213

WHO:

Rafael Sarmiento, field consultant, 7-Eleven stores, Florida

Jay Giesen, managing director of Vcom, 7-Eleven, Dallas

Leah Halverson, marketing manager, Vcom, 7-Eleven, Dallas

VISUALS:

–Demonstration of how the machine operates

–Interviews with Florida 7-Eleven management and representatives from 7-Eleven, Inc.’s Dallas, Texas, headquarters Vcom team

–Photo opportunities of customers using the machine’s self-serve check-cashing and other services

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CONTACT:

7-Eleven, Inc.

Margaret Chabris, (214) 828-7345

or

Susan Hamburg PR

Susan Hamburg, (407) 898-7825

SBC MOVES TO A SINGLE NATIONAL BRAND, REACHING A MAJOR MILESTONE IN ITS TRANSFORMATION INTO THE NATION’S PREMIER SOURCE FOR COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES

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San Antonio, Texas,–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–Dec. 10, 2002–To further establish itself as a national telecommunications leader, SBC Communications Inc. (NYSE:SBC) today announced it will move to a single national brand – SBC. Use of the SBC brand will provide a more unified presence in the marketplace, making it easier for customers to find and do business with SBC companies across geographic boundaries and product lines.

The move to a single national brand will unify offerings previously marketed through regional brands such as SBC Southwestern Bell, SBC Pacific Bell, SBC Nevada Bell and SBC Ameritech. SBC companies will continue to offer wireless service nationwide through Cingular Wireless, SBC’s joint venture with BellSouth.

“Adopting a single, unified SBC brand underscores our transformation from a collection of regional companies with separate identities into a national telecommunications leader with a single identity,” said Edward E. Whitacre Jr., chairman and CEO, SBC Communications Inc. “Our main competitors today possess national brands. To compete more effectively, it’s critical for SBC to position itself as what it is – the leading national brand in the telecommunications industry.”

The brand change is representative of the increasingly important role SBC plays in the world’s telecommunications market. SBC has dramatically expanded its size, capabilities and geographic reach to better compete and serve its customers. SBC has assembled one of the industry’s most robust product portfolios, which was recently strengthened by alliances with companies such as Yahoo! Inc. and EchoStar, and has a service area spanning approximately one-third of the U.S. population and containing nearly half the Fortune 500 company headquarters.

“Through a series of initiatives including mergers, acquisitions, partnerships, new technology introductions, and perhaps most of all, a relentless focus on execution of its business strategies, SBC has transformed itself from a sleepy local telephone company into one of the world’s most powerful, sophisticated and financially sound communications companies,” said Robert J. Rich, executive vice president, the Yankee Group. “The move to a common brand is an important step forward, and good news for the company, its customers and its shareholders.”

The move to a single brand identity is the harbinger of nationally standardized products and pricing, centralized customer care and the creation of coast-to-coast national data and IP backbone networks. As it gains regulatory approval to offer long-distance service, SBC metropolitan networks are being interconnected with 30 out-of-region networks in markets such as New York City, Boston and Miami. This will enable large companies to buy SBC advanced voice and data services on a regional and national basis. Customers in 50 of the nation’s largest cities will have the ability to buy the full range of SBC data and IP services.

The SBC brand already is a familiar brand to many consumers and businesses. The brand was first introduced when the corporate name was changed to SBC seven years ago. The SBC Global Network tag line was added to regional logos in 1999; and in 2001, SBC was added prominently to the Southwestern Bell, Pacific Bell, Nevada Bell, Ameritech and SNET brand names.

The SBC brand also has been elevated through the company’s entry into long-distance, its position as the nation’s leading DSL provider and its reputation as one of America’s leading corporate citizens. For five consecutive years, SBC has been named by Fortune magazine as the world’s most admired telecommunications company, and for six of the last seven years, SBC has earned the same ranking in the Fortune listing of American telecommunications companies.

“The SBC brand will continue to symbolize the rich legacy of integrity, reliability and quality service customers have traditionally associated with our regional operating companies,” said Whitacre. “While SBC is moving to a national brand, our business will continue to be locally operated and we’ll remain a strong, positive force in the communities where we do business and where our employees live.”

The SBC SNET brand will continue to be used in Connecticut.

SBC Communications Inc. (http://www.sbc.com) is one of the world’s leading data, voice and Internet services providers. Through its world-class networks, SBC companies provide a full range of voice, data, networking and e-business services, as well as directory advertising and publishing. A Fortune 30 company, America’s leading provider of high-speed DSL Internet Access services, and one of the nation’s leading Internet Service Providers, SBC companies currently serve 58 million access lines nationwide. In addition, SBC companies own 60 percent of America’s second-largest wireless company, Cingular Wireless, which serves more than 22 million wireless customers. Internationally, SBC companies have telecommunications investments in 25 countries.

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CONTACT:

Larry Solomon, 210.351.3990