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ALONSO V. WASHINGTON MUTUAL FORECLOSURE LAWSUIT PARTIES ENTER INTO AGREEMENT IN PRINCIPLE

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SANTA ANA, Calif.–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 22, 2002–Orange County Superior Court Judge James P. Gray tentatively ruled in favor of granting Plaintiffs’ request for a preliminary injunction today. The parties have entered into an agreement in principle, and are scheduled to return to Court on Tuesday, November 5, 2002 unless they can show the Court prior to that date that the matter has been settled in Alonso vs. Washington Mutual. Judge Gray acknowledged that the parties had been responsive to his October 8, 2002 admonition to Washington Mutual (NYSE:WM) to come to terms with the Plaintiffs and with California Reconveyance Company and Greg Metcalf, the other defendants in the case. Browne Green with the Santa Monica, CA law firm of Greene, Broillet, Panish & Wheeler, LLP and Gregory B. Gershuni with the Los Angeles, CA firm of Gershuni & Imrich, LLP represented the Alonsos. Case No. 02CC15162.

“The Alonsos will be able to stay in their home and repay their mortgage under better terms,” said Browne Greene, “but we are unable to reveal any further details because of Washington Mutual’s desire for confidentiality.”

Greene added: “At least our clients had their day in court, but at a huge personal expense. Washington Mutual made a $51.56 mistake that almost cost them their home. Regardless of their size, institutions should remember that they serve individuals. We hope that by calling this case to the public’s attention that banks everywhere will take the time to review their policies, especially when mistakes are made that can cost people the safety net of their own homes.”

“We are glad that it’s nearly over,” said Clara Alonso. “But, had Washington Mutual done the right thing in the first place, we wouldn’t be here today or have had to suffer through this horrendous ordeal. We are grateful to the Court for its wisdom in directing a swift and fair resolution so that we could keep our home.”

Clara and Francisco Alonso filed a complaint on September 30, 2002, to set aside the foreclosure sale and cancel the trustee’s deed upon sale filed against them by Washington Mutual Home Loans, Inc. In 1993, they purchased their Yorba Linda home for $77,500 by paying a $62,000 down payment and securing a loan for the rest from Washington Mutual. In late 2002, they experienced unforeseen difficulties and fell behind in their loan payments.

In July 2002, the Alonsos received a default notice from Washington Mutual, but entered into a repayment agreement with the bank and were to begin making monthly payments in the amount of $3,994.89, beginning in August 2002. On August 30, 2002, Mrs. Alonso went in person to Washington Mutual to make the first payment, but did not have a copy of the repayment agreement with her. She asked a teller to look up her home loan account and was told that the amount due was $3,943.33. Relying on that information, she wrote a check for that amount.

On September 10th, the Alonsos received a letter from Washington Mutual, returning their check and informing them that, as partial payments were not acceptable, the loan was immediately in foreclosure. Their efforts to pay the remaining $51.56 fell through as they were never able to connect with the bank’s designated officer, even though repeated attempts were made. Washington Mutual informed Plaintiffs that if they did not enter into a modification of their repayment plan, they would foreclose on the house on September 24, 2002. To their complete shock, the Alonsos learned that their home sold at foreclosure on September 20, 2002.

Francisco Alonso, age 39, has worked full-time for the past 12 years as a carpenter with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. Clara Alonso, age 35, has worked full-time for the past 4 1/2 years as a vice president in the human resources department of Gourmet Award Foods in the City of Commerce.

Plaintiffs’ Counsel: Browne Greene is with the Santa Monica, CA firm of Greene, Broillet, Panish & Wheeler, LLP (http://www.gbpwlaw.com); tel: 310/576-1200. Gregory B. Gershuni is with the Los Angeles, CA firm of Gershuni & Imrich, LLP; tel: 310/474-6300.

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CONTACT:

Greene, Broillet, Panish & Wheeler, LLP

Kathy Pinckert, 310/562-0691

U.S. COMMERCE DEPARTMENT WINS EBF AWARD FOR HELPING MINORITY AND FEMALE-OWNED BUSINESSES

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FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 22, 2002–The U.S. Department of Commerce received the first Federal Government Award from the Emerging Business Forum for its work to help minority- and woman-owned businesses.

Other EBF awards went to three Washington, D.C.-area emerging companies and to three Forum sponsors. The second annual Forum concludes today.

The Emerging Business Forum (http://www.EmergingBusinessForum.org) works to provide minority and female entrepreneurs better access to capital, established business partners, customers and mentors to build their companies. The EBF also showcases the success of culturally diverse entrepreneurs and companies in the Washington area.

The Commerce Department contributed a $100,000 grant to become the lead sponsor of this year’s Forum. In presenting the award to Deputy Commerce Secretary Samuel Bodman, EBF Chairman James W. Dyke Jr. praised the work of the department’s Economic Development Administration to assist historically disadvantaged companies and distressed communities.

EBF Champion Awards went to three companies – one each from Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia – that embody the spirit of the Emerging Business Forum by forging relationships with established companies. The winners were: NW Systems Inc., Largo, Maryland; The Jair Lynch Companies, Washington, D.C.; and Networking Technologies and Support, Richmond, Virginia.

Sponsor Appreciation Awards went to two firms:

— Deloitte & Touche, a business consultancy that for the second year is coordinating the Executive Advisor Program for those who attend EBF. The Executive Advisor Program links entrepreneurs with established business leaders who can advise on business and professional development issues.

— The law firm of McGuireWoods LLP, which for two years has lent the expertise of James Dyke as EBF chairman.

Dyke presented the Chairman’s Award to the Fairfax County (Virginia) Economic Development Authority.

The FCEDA created the Emerging Business Forum after learning that a significant number of Fairfax County companies are among the largest African American- and Hispanic-owned companies in the nation but that many minority entrepreneurs felt that they lacked good access to capital sources and established business partners.

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CONTACT:

Emerging Business Forum

Alan Fogg, 703/790-0600 (o)

571/213-5065 (m)

SIX-MONTH-OLD UNIVISION STATION, WLII-TV PUERTO RICO, OVERTAKES COMPETITION AND BECOMES #1 STATION IN THE MARKET

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LOS ANGELES, CA (Hispanic PR Wire) OCTOBER 22, 2002 – Univision Communications Inc. (NYSE: UVN), the leading Spanish-language media company in the United States, today announced that WLII-TV Puerto Rico has claimed the #1 position in the highly-competitive Puerto Rican market. With the introduction of Univision programming in April, WLII-TV’s all-day ratings have grown an astounding 39%, outdelivering historic ratings leader WKAQ-Telemundo by 13%.

According to September Mediafax ratings information, WLII-TV won the #1 position in primetime among Households and Adults 18-49 with a 21.6 rating/35 share and a 10.0 rating/34 share, representing increases of 50% and 45%, respectively, compared to the same period a year ago. In addition, WLII-TV won the #1 position sign-on to sign-off among Households with a 12.2 rating/33 share, representing a 37% increase compared to last year. The station was also #1 among Adults 18-49 for the same daypart with a 5.4 rating/33 share, representing a 29% increase.

“These outstanding results demonstrate the popularity of Univision’s programming in all U.S. Hispanic markets,” said Jessica Rodriguez, Programming Director, Univision Puerto Rico “With the introduction of Univision programming less than six months ago, WLII-TV’s all-day ratings have grown an astounding 39%. This ratings growth and victory in the September ratings period underscores the strength of the programming produced by Univision and its programming partners, Televisa and Venevision, in all Spanish-speaking areas.”

Monday-Sunday Sign-On/Sign-Off September-02 September-01 % Difference

Households Rating Share Rating Share Rating Share

UNIVISION 12.2 33 8.9 24 +37% +38%

TELEMUNDO 10.8 29 11.4 31 -5% -6%

TELEVICENTRO 9.0 25 11.5 31 -22% -19%

Monday-Sunday

7-9 p.m.

September-02 September-01 % Difference

Households Rating Share Rating Share Rating Share

UNIVISION 21.6 35 14.4 24 +50 +46%

TELEMUNDO 18.0 29 18.8 31 -4% -6%

TELEVICENTRO 17.8 29 21.1 35 -16% -17%

New blockbuster programs have increased WLII-TV’s ratings month-to-month, propelling the station to the #1 spot. “Gata Salvaje” ranked as the highest-rated program during the month of September with a 27.8 Household rating/42 share beating out even the “Miss Puerto Rico Universe Pageant,” which aired on Televicentro’s WAPA station. “Gata Salvaje” had a ratings increase of 63% among Households and 67% among Adults 18-49 compared to the same time period last year.

During the early morning news race, “Tu Mañana” experienced a month-to-month ratings increase of 29% among Households. Continuing the trend of news excellence, WLII-TV’s 12:00 p.m. newscast has rapidly become Puerto Rico’s favorite news source at noon, posting a 20% ratings increase among Households month-to-month. In addition, “El Gordo y La Flaca” at 1 p.m. with a 12.6 Household rating and “Salome” at 7 p.m. with a 24.2 Household rating ranked #1 in their time periods, with ratings increases of 30% and 22%, respectively, among Households.

Univision Communications Inc. (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 U.S. 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; Galavisión, 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 www.univision.com. Univision Communications is headquartered in Los Angeles, with network operations in Miami and television stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States.

CONTACT: Stephanie Sorrentino/Brooke Morganstein

Citigate Sard Verbinnen

212/687-8080

ISABEL VALDÉS TO ADDRESS DIRECT MARKETING ASSOCIATION

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San Antonio, TX–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–October 21, 2002–Isabel Valdés will show the Direct Marketing Association how to tap into the $630 million spending power of the Hispanic market in an address scheduled at the DMA’s national conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco on Tuesday, October 22. Valdés’ remarks will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Room 232 in the Center’s South Building in the E Mezzanine Room. Reporters are welcome to ask Valdés questions as soon as the session concludes about 11:45 a.m. Also, reporters are welcome to call Irma (listed above) for telephone interviews.

While the U.S. population is aging and overall growth remains flat in this grim economy, Latino households represent the largest opportunity for marketers who want to grow their businesses and are wise enough to know how to tap this growing market. In less than 40 years, the total Hispanic market has more than quadrupled in size, from 6.9 million in 1960 to over 40 million today.

Did you know?

–Between 2001 and 2010, the percentage of Hispanic children, ages 5 to 9, will increase by 21 percent while the number of non Hispanic children will decline.

–1 in 5 teens in the U.S. today is of Hispanic descent.

–Between 2005 and 2020, the Latino teen population is expected to grow 35.6 percent, while non-Hispanic whites in the same age group will decline 2.6 percent.

“From a marketing perspective, Generation ñ (Hispanic teens) are the new baby boomers and the future consumers of most companies’ products and services,” Valdés says. “Marketers who fail to engage this generation today may lose them in their adult spending years. In addition, Generation ñ has tremendous influence in their parents’ spending habits. Those companies who understand how to reach this group have an opportunity to also reach into the hearts and household spending power of Hispanic America.”

To reach this market effectively and sensitively requires a thorough understanding of the cultural differences among Hispanic groups within the U.S., according to Valdés. For example, “Mexicans are the largest sub-group and also have the highest share of people under the age of 18. Cubans are the oldest group and Puerto Ricans are most likely to live in a downtown metropolitan area. The age of your target group and its cultural background will dictate the communication methods a company needs to employ to reach a particular Hispanic sub-segment,” Valdés says. “The Hispanic market is complex and using one single approach to gather market intelligence is not likely to work.”

To address the DMA, Valdés will draw from extensive information in her recently published book, Marketing to American Latinos: A Guide to the In-Culture Approach, Part II, where she examines a variety of products (shortenings, breakfast foods, beverges, sanitary products, and over-the-counter cold remedies) from ACNielsen’s Homescan Hispanic Panel data that shows how Latinos purchase differently from other Americans, and how their purchasing patterns change as they acculturate. The book also examines how retailers in different types of outlets (supermarkets, warehouse clubs, drugstores and bodegas) can respond to Hispanic consumers.

Valdés says, “Developing in-culture products and services speaks directly to Hispanics and confirms to them acceptance from companies that want to do business with them.” The author’s book includes case studies of such companies including AARP, Procter & Gamble, the U.S. Army, Kraft Food North America, Labatt USA, Mc Donald’s and many others. This book also includes an extensive list of Web sites with specific applications for targeting Hispanics.

To interview Isabel Valdés, please contact her at 650-322-1922 or visit her Web site: http://www.isabelvaldes.com.

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CONTACT:

Irma Calderón Woodruff

210-892-0712

Cell: 210-865-1359

ALBUQUERQUE’S NATIONAL HISPANIC CULTURAL CENTER TO HOST CHICANO ART EXHIBIT IN FEBRUARY 2003 PRESENTED BY TARGET STORES

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MINNEAPOLIS–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–October 21, 2002–Presented by Target Stores and sponsored by Hewlett-Packard, Chicano, an unprecedented art exhibit, will open to the public at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, N.M., on February 1, 2003. Chicano is a five-year, 15 city national tour that is collectively made up of Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge, a traditional art exhibit, and Chicano Now: American Expressions, an interactive multimedia exhibit for families. Chicano first opened in November 2001 at the San Antonio Museum of Art and The Alameda. Chicano is currently on view at the Smithsonian Institute Arts & Industries Building in Washington, DC through January 5, 2003.

Chicano will remain on exhibit at the National Hispanic Cultural Center through May 18, 2003. According to Dr. Helen R. Lucero, director of the art museum at the center, “We are honored to be one of the national venues for these two very important exhibitions. Chicano Visions includes many significant works of art by Chicano masters of contemporary painting, a number of which are destined to enter the canon of United States art history, regardless of the artists’ ethnicity. Chicano Now offers a dynamic introduction to the concept of a distinct Chicano identity within our nation’s many diverse cultures.”

Inspired and directed by Cheech Marin’s vision to highlight expressions of Chicano culture, Chicano presents the diverse voices of today’s Chicanos. “We’re bringing our interpretation of the Chicano experience to the American public,” says Marin. “I want all Americans to understand that Chicano culture plays a big part in the patchwork quilt that is Americana. The contributions of Chicanos have been so enormous, but they tend to be overlooked.”

Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge showcases a wide variety of Chicano visual art. Curated by Rene Yáñez, the exhibition features approximately 50 works by more than 20 artists, including Carlos Almaraz, Frank Romero, Gronk, Patssi Valdez, George Yepes, Rupert García, Leo Limón, Margaret García and Eloy Torres. The works, which present images of urban life and the Chicano experience, date between 1969 and 2001. While the majority of the works are drawn from the personal art collection of Cheech Marin, some are on loan from other collectors and institutions.

Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge is viewed simultaneously with Chicano Now: American Expressions, a multi-media exhibit, which offers expressions of Chicano cultural style through the eyes of the nation’s premiere Chicano and Chicana performing and independent film artists. For more information on Chicano visit http://www.chicano-art-life.com.

“Target is pleased to share this national treasure with all of New Mexico,” said Laysha Ward, director of community relations for Target Corporation. “Chicano Visions is an unrivaled exhibit of Chicano art that shines a spotlight on a culture rich in values and tradition, yet a culture too often overlooked.”

“The social, cultural and political impact of Chicano life has been a mainstay in America since the birth of our country, and this wonderful exhibit provides a real up-close look at the lives and contributions of the Chicano people,” said Art Price, manager of Hewlett-Packard’s multicultural marketing program. “Hewlett-Packard is delighted to play a role in helping the public celebrate a slice of American life.”

About the National Hispanic Cultural Center

The National Hispanic Cultural Center opened in October 2000 to preserve, promote, and celebrate Hispanic/Latino cultures at the state, national, and international levels. The Center supports programs in the areas of Visual Arts, Research and Literary Arts, Performing Arts, and

Education.

The National Hispanic Cultural Center is located at 1701 4th Street SW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102. The Art Museum is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Tuesday through Sunday. Admission price is $3.00 for adults, $2.00 for seniors, and free for children 16 and under. For additional information please call (505) 246-2261.

About Target Stores

Minneapolis-based Target Stores serves guests at 1,148 stores in 47 states nationwide by delivering today’s best retail trends at affordable prices. Whether visiting a Target store or shopping online at target.com, guests enjoy a fun and convenient shopping experience with access to thousands of unique and highly differentiated items. Target Stores, along with its parent company Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT), gives back more than $2 million each week to its local communities through grants and special programs. Since opening its first store in 1962, Target has partnered with nonprofit organizations, guests and team members to help meet community needs.

About Clear Channel Exhibitions

Clear Channel Exhibitions, a division of Clear Channel Entertainment, is based in San Antonio, Texas. CCE is a world leader in providing high quality, state-of-the-art educational family experiences, and produces exhibits in collaboration with more than 200 leading museums and research institutions.

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CONTACTS:

Target Stores

Douglas Kline; (612) 696-3444

or

National Hispanic Cultural Center

Andrew Connors; (505) 246-2261 ext.116

or

cruz/kravetz:IDEAS

Anita Albán; (310) 966-1266

LATIN BUSINESS ASSOCIATION HONORS LATINA ENTREPRENEURS AT THE LATINA LUNCHEON

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Los Angeles, Calif–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–October 21, 2002–Over 1500 attendees packed the Latin Business Association (LBA) Luncheon Honoring Latina Entrepreneurs yesterday during the 2002 LBA Business Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The luncheon honored Latina entrepreneurs for their commitment, drive, and leadership, and was part of the two-day Latino Business Expo presented by the LBA.

Keynote speaker California First Lady Sharon Davis congratulated all Latina entrepreneurs for persevering and growing into the largest group of entrepreneurs in the nation. Program speaker Maria Contreras-Sweet, Secretary of Business, Transportation, and Housing – a former business owner herself – acknowledged the challenges that women entrepreneurs face.

Nearly one-third of all Hispanic-owned businesses are owned by women, and Hispanic women-owned firms employ twelve percent of the workers in Hispanic-owned firms, generating eleven percent of the sales. Latina entrepreneurs honored:

Belinda Guadarrama, President and CEO of GC Micro, a $35 million dollar computer hardware and software reseller. GC Micro has become the leading supplier of computer hardware and software products and integrated systems to the defense and aerospace industries, state and federal agencies and Fortune 1000 companies.

Concepcion M. Powell, President/CEO of CPS National, Inc., a pharmaceutical distribution company. Ms. Powell came to the United States with limited English skills. While working as a clerk pharmacist she noticed that many customers had the same limitation; she saw the need to provide health education to those who shared her language and culture. Today one of her goals is a healthier Hispanic community.

Irma Castillo, Owner, Viva Bags of California. Ms. Castillo’s dedication to hard work blended with an equal mix of joy and enthusiasm for life are reflected in each of her beautifully handcrafted bags, Irene V. Ibarra, President, O&I Incorporated, an acquisition and relocation consulting firm. Apart from running a successful company, Ms. Ibarra contributes financially to at-risk youth programs, cultural events, scholarship programs and charitable organizations.

“The women honored at our luncheon provide inspiration to Latina entrepreneurs striving to achieve and sustain success,” said Rebecca Barrantes, Chair of the Latina Luncheon and President of The Sierra Group. Joining Mrs. Barrantes’ leadership was Kenia Davalos-Romero, Co-Chair of the luncheon and President of Zion Enterprises and stated “Our awardees are breaking the glass ceiling and we are grateful for their contributions to our economy and community.”

Featured at this year’s luncheon was a live, interactive poll which focused on the demographic profile of Latina businesses. The poll generated immediate business statistical results to questions such as Do you provide healthcare insurance to your employees; do you have access to capital; and will you be hiring additional people in the coming months? The results of the interactive poll will be available through the LBA Institute Web site located at http://www.lbausa.com.

About the LBA

The Latin Business Association (LBA), established in 1976, is the nation’s largest organization representing the issues and concerns of Latino business owners. The primary purpose of the LBA is to promote the growth of Latino-owned businesses by fostering development opportunities, providing educational workshops, and formulating effective advocacy programs.

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CONTACT:

Mario Flores

562-908-2664

WASHINGTON MUTUAL WILL RETURN TO COURT OCTOBER 22, 2002 IN ALONSO VS. WASHINGTON MUTUAL FORECLOSURE LAWSUIT; PRESS CONFERENCE IN FRONT OF COURT HOUSE IMMEDIATELY AFTER HEARING

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SANTA ANA, Calif.–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 21, 2002–Washington Mutual Home Loans, Inc. (NYSE:WM) will be back in Orange County Superior Court on Tuesday, October 22, 2002 at 1:30 PM, 700 Civic Center Drive West, Sixth Floor, Department C-16, in Santa Ana, CA, for a preliminary injunction hearing in the case of Clara C. Alonso and Francisco M. Alonso vs. Washington Mutual Home Loans, Inc., et. al., Case No. 02CC15162. It is also expected that the parties will report on their efforts to work out a settlement. The Alonsos are represented by Browne Greene with the Santa Monica, CA law firm of Greene, Broillet, Panish & Wheeler, LLP and Gregory B. Gershuni with the Los Angeles, CA firm of Gershuni & Imrich, LLP.

The Alonsos and their attorneys will hold a press conference immediately after the hearing in front of the Orange County Superior Court.

At a hearing on October 8, 2002, Judge James P. Gray encouraged Washington Mutual to resolve the matter with Plaintiffs and the other Defendants, California Reconveyance Company and Greg Metcalf. He also stopped Defendants from taking further steps to dispossess the Alonsos from their home. The Judge strongly suggested that Washington Mutual allow the Alonsos to immediately pay them their mortgage payments in the amount of $3,994.89 each for August and September, 2002.

Clara and Francisco Alonso filed a complaint on September 30, 2002, to set aside the foreclosure sale and cancel the trustee’s deed upon sale filed against them by Washington Mutual Home Loans, Inc. In 1993, they purchased their Yorba Linda home for $377,500 by paying a $62,000 down payment and securing a loan for the rest from Washington Mutual. In late 2002, they experienced unforeseen difficulties and fell behind in their loan payments.

In July 2002, the Alonsos received a default notice from Washington Mutual, but entered into a repayment agreement with the bank and were to begin making monthly payments in the amount of $3,994.89, beginning in August 2002. On August 30, 2002, Mrs. Alonso went in person to Washington Mutual to make the first payment, but did not have a copy of the repayment agreement with her. She asked a teller to look up her home loan account and was told that the amount due was $3,943.33. Relying on that information, she wrote a check for that amount.

On September 10th, the Alonsos received a letter from Washington Mutual, returning their check and informing them that, as partial payments were not acceptable, the loan was immediately in foreclosure. Their efforts to pay the remaining $51.56 fell through as they were never able to connect with the bank’s designated officer, even though repeated attempts were made. Washington Mutual informed Plaintiffs that if they did not enter into a modification of their repayment plan, they would foreclose on the house on September 24, 2002. To their complete shock, the Alonsos learned that their home sold at foreclosure on September 20, 2002.

Francisco Alonso, age 39, has worked full-time for the past 12 years as a carpenter with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. Clara Alonso, age 35, has worked full-time for the past 4 1/2 as a vice president in the human resources department of Gourmet Award Foods in the City of Commerce.

Plaintiffs’ Counsel: Browne Greene is with the Santa Monica, CA firm of Greene, Broillet, Panish & Wheeler, LLP (http://www.gbpwlaw.com); tel: 310 576.1200. Gregory B. Gershuni is with the Los Angeles, CA firm of Gershuni & Imrich, LLP; tel: 310 474.6300.

Defense Counsel: Amy L. Morse, General Counsel for Washington Mutual; tel: 818 775.7850; and Eric D. Houser with the Irvine, CA firm of Houser & Allison; tel: 949 679.1111. Stuart W. Knight with his own Tustin, CA firm; tel: 714 730.4808 represents Greg Metcalf.

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CONTACT:

Greene, Broillet, Panish & Wheeler, LLP

Kathy Pinckert, 310/562-0691 (Media)

COPA AIRLINES REPORTS 90.30% ON-TIME PERFORMANCE RECORD FOR THIRD QUARTER 2002

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PANAMA CITY, Panama–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 21, 2002–Copa Airlines once again has achieved a top-ranking on-time performance record in the airline industry worldwide, finishing the third quarter 2002 with a 90.30 percent record.

In the first three quarters of 2002, Copa Airlines consistently has attained high-ranking on-time performance records. The airline has completed the first three quarters of the year with an average on-time performance of 90.29 percent.

“Although 2002 has not been an easy year for the airline industry, Copa has consistently achieved its goals without losing sight of its daily objectives – getting our passengers to their destination in the fastest, safest and most comfortable way possible,” said Jorge García Icaza, Commercial Vice-President, Copa Airlines. “Our excellent on-time performance records are proof of our commitment to service, quality and growth.”

The airline measures its on-time performance utilizing the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) industry standard measure of a maximum 15-minute variation from the scheduled time of arrival. According to the DOT’s Air Travel Consumer report published in October 2002, the number one US carrier with the highest on-time performance record during the second quarter achieved an 85.2 percent record, putting Copa’s on-time performance ahead of all US carriers.

By the end of the year, Copa also will have received four new planes, making its fleet the youngest one in the region. On Aug. 26 Copa announced a new order for up to 12 new 737 Boeing Next Generation aircraft valued at $650 million. This investment guarantees the airline’s growth and that of the Hub of the Americas in Panama.

Copa’s strategic alliance with Continental Airlines has produced an interconnection of route systems on flights between the United States and Latin America. Both airlines participate in OnePass, the frequent flyer program of Continental Airlines and its affiliates, and share benefits of Presidents Clubs around the world.

With more than 55 years of experience, Copa Airlines (http://www.copaair.com) serves 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 for “innovation, creativity and leadership in the field of aviation.” 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:

Copa Airlines

Carol Schliesinger-Cura, 210/619-2022 – U.S.A.

or

Patricia Roquebert, 507/225-7655 – Panama

PRESIDENT OF CALIFORNIA PUBLIC DEFENDERS ASSOCIATION SPEAKS OUT AGAINST JUROR PROFILING IN RIVERSIDE COUNTY INCIDENT

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SACRAMENTO, Calif.–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 21, 2002–Trials occur everyday in the United States and many of the inequities in our justice system are often left unrevealed until an appellate court or high profile case bring to light inherent unfairness. As President of the California Public Defender’s Association (CPDA), I am aware of the struggle that defense attorneys endure to give their clients and the public confidence that those entering our courts will not suffer blatant and hostile abuse.

One area that abuse is most evident is when jurors of color or differing ethnic backgrounds are excluded from serving on juries simply because of the color of their skin, their race or their country of origin. This exclusion almost always happens in the peremptory challenge portion of jury selection, when attorneys for “neutral” reasons can exclude any juror. The terrible tragedy is that, to some prosecutors, “neutral” has come to mean any person of color or whose ethnic background or nationality is perceived to make him or her sympathetic to the charged defendant’s case.

Recently, the Fourth District Court of Appeal sent back to a trial judge a case in which a Riverside deputy district attorney exercised his peremptory challenges in such a questionable manner that the trial court is being asked to assess the validity of how this prosecutor used his challenges. This deputy district attorney has also had previous allegations of the improper exercise of peremptory challenges based on race.

What makes this situation most unusual is that Riverside Superior Court Judge James T. Warren had the courage not only to be appalled by this particular deputy district attorney’s conduct but also to question how he could subsequently be promoted in light of such actions.

The California Public Defenders Association stands for the proposition that judges should act as independent bulwarks who protect the rights and dignity of all those who appear in our state’s courtrooms. Such protections should and must extend to jurors who disrupt their daily lives to carry out their duties as informed, caring citizens. When a prosecutor or anyone blatantly focuses on individuals of color or differing ethnic backgrounds in such a way that the message is plain and simple — Your Kind Are Not Wanted Here — our state and nation suffers greatly for it.

We commend Judge Warren for his strong and truly patriotic act in calling to task the Riverside District Attorney for promoting this controversial deputy district attorney to a position of management and leadership. Therefore, we are particularly appalled that the District Attorney has threatened legal action against the Judge and has called for punitive discipline by the Commission of Judicial Performance.

We call on the Riverside District Attorney to reconsider his actions with respect to Judge Warren and to take affirmative steps to make African Americans, Asians, Caucasians, Hispanics, and all people feel that their service as jurors will not result in the ingratitude of disrespect, but will instead be a new way to make our treasured governmental process available and fair to all.

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CONTACT:

For this release:

California Public Defenders Association

Joseph Spaeth, 415/499-7511

(Marin County Public Defender)

or

General Information:

Michael Cantrall, 916/362-1686 ext. 303

(CPDA Executive Director)

AFTER 7 YEARS, JON SECADA ONCE AGAIN MAKES A SPANISH-LANGUAGE ALBUM FOR CRESCENT MOON RECORDS

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Miami, FL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–October 21, 2002–After selling 20 million copies, Jon Secada presents Amanecer this Tuesday, October 22nd, his first album for Crescent Moon Records.

His most recent production includes ten songs that represent the rescue of accordions and vallenatos, the maximum cadence of the Peruvian waltz, the melancholy tones of the bachata, the electrifying pulse of merengue and the full romanticism of the bolero. Although Secada’s voice has impacted pop music ever since his record debut as a soloist in 1992, in “Amanecer,” he rediscovers himself as a spokesman for all of the musical roots of the Americas.

Along the road of expanding and rediscovering musical concepts, Secada counted with the collaboration of producer and composer Archie Peña, whose task was to give the deserved importance to the percussion by sustaining instruments indigenous to the continent.

Talented songwriter Gian Marco composed the album’s romantic highlights. The Peruvian artist wrote Si No Fuera Por Ti, the record’s first single, and two other songs. For the first time ever, in a vote of total confidence in his colleagues’ creativity, Jon didn’t include his own creations in his album.

Another surprise element is the participation of international music diva, Gloria Estefan. Together, they taped one of the most beautiful romantic songs, Por Amor, in a duo that they sang live for the first time in the Dominican Republic. Fernando Villalona also enthusiastically accompanied Jon in the merengue Ay Bueno.

The record shows Jon at the height of maturity. It also synthesizes 17 years during which his focus has been what he knows and enjoys making: professional music.

Jon’s knowledge and innate talent have always been valued by Emilio Estefan, his conduit to the music industry. Getting Jon’s best wasn’t hard, since he’s a complete artist who participates fully in the process of releasing a song, from its inception to its interpretation with a unique vocal technique. The highlights in a list long list of awards and tributes are three Grammy’s and several Billboard Music Awards.

Jon has also used his talent and knowledge to write and produce songs for other artists, such as Ricky Martin, Jennifer López, Shakira, Cher and Denisse Quiñonez’s upcoming project, among others.

He was among the authors of the song El Ultimo Adiós. Jon was also among the National Alliance For Excellence community leaders appointed by President George W. Bush.

Fortunately music lovers, the day is only so long but has given Jon the time needed to create Amanecer, which will undoubtedly clear the dust off those rhythms from throughout the Americas, place them in the world’s spotlight and put Jon at the peak of popular taste once again.

For more information about Jon Secada and Amanecer, please call: David Naranjo, Crescent Moon Records, 305-695-7021; Email: DNaranjo@crescentmoonrecords.com

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CONTACT:

Crescent Moon Records

David Naranjo, 305-695-7021

THE WB’S FAMILY COMEDY ‘GREETINGS FROM TUCSON’ PICKED UP FOR FULL SEASON

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BURBANK, Calif.–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 21, 2002–The WB Network, off to its strongest ratings start ever, has picked up its Friday night family comedy GREETINGS FROM TUCSON for the entire season. The announcement was made today by Jordan Levin, President, Entertainment of The WB.

“The WB looks at program development as a one-year process, and we’re happy with the creative direction of GREETINGS FROM TUCSON,” said Levin. “Comedies need nurturing and time to hit their stride and we’re going to give `TUCSON’ its time because we have full confidence in Peter Murrieta, the gifted voice at the helm of this Latino family sitcom.”

GREETINGS FROM TUCSON is about a blended Mexican/Irish family, which recently moved up the fiscal ladder in Arizona. It is written from the personal life of series creator Peter Murrieta. Murrieta, Rob LaZebnick, Howard Klein and David Miner are executive producers for Big Ticket Television, a Paramount/Viacom company.

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CONTACT:

The WB Publicity

Janice Aguilar-Herrero, 818/977-6056

Suzanne Gomez, 818/977-4115

DALLAS – FIRST- OF- ITS KIND NEW HORIZONS SCHOLARS PROGRAM LAUNCHES NATIONALLY TO SUPPORT HISPANIC AND AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDENTS IMPACTED BY HEPATITIS C

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–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–

ADVISORY for Monday Oct. 21st

WHAT:

The Thurgood Marshall (TMSF) and The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (NHSF) announced today the establishment of the new Horizon Scholars Program with support from The Roche Foundation, to provide additional financial resources to cover the costs of higher education for Hispanic and African- American students who are impacted by Hepatitis C. Fifty scholarships will be awarded to fifty students of Hispanic or African- American heritage that are infected or dependents of someone infected with Hepatitis C and wish to enroll for the first time in four-year college during the 2003-2004 or 2004-2005 academic years.

WHY:

The higher education of Hispanic and African-Americans is critical and The New Horizon Scholars program will help these students to build a better future and make a difference in their lives. Through the partnership with The Thurgood Marshall and Hispanic Scholarship Funds, these scholarships will help support the educational imperatives of Hispanic and African-American students in this country. According to a recent report by American Council on Education’s Office of Minorities in Higher Education, college participation rates for African-American high-school graduates, ages 18-24, was at 39.4 percent in 2000 while the college participation rate for Hispanics reached 36.5 percent in 2000.

WHEN:

Monday, October 21, 2002

1:00 P.M – 3:00 P.M

WHERE:

South East Dallas Health Center

9202 Elam Road

Dallas, TX 75217

LIVE WEBCAST:

http://events01.activate.net/videolink/torrelazur/7893/

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:

Open discussion during Satellite link and opportunities for interviews with Mario De Anda (NHSF) and Heriberto Rios (TMSF)

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CONTACT:

Multicultural Healthcare Marketing Group at Torre Lazur McCann

Sandra Zuluaga, 917- 363-5381

CHICAGO FIRST- OF- ITS KIND NEW HORIZONS SCHOLARS PROGRAM LAUNCHES NATIONALLY TO SUPPORT HISPANIC AND AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDENTS IMPACTED BY HEPATITIS C

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–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–

ADVISORY for Monday Oct. 21st

WHAT:

The Thurgood Marshall (TMSF) and The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (NHSF) announced today the establishment of the new Horizon Scholars Program with support from The Roche Foundation, to provide additional financial resources to cover the costs of higher education for Hispanic and African- American students who are impacted by Hepatitis C. Fifty scholarships will be awarded to fifty students of Hispanic or African- American heritage that are infected or are dependents of someone infected with Hepatitis C and wish to enroll for the first time in four-year College during the 2003-2004 or 2004-2005 academic years.

WHY:

The higher education of Hispanic and African-Americans is critical and The New Horizon Scholars program will help these students to build a better future and make a difference in their lives. Through the partnership with The Thurgood Marshall and Hispanic Scholarship Funds, these scholarships will help support the educational imperatives of Hispanic and African-American students in this country. According to a recent report by American Council on Education’s Office of Minorities in Higher Education, college participation rates for African-American high-school graduates, ages 18-24, was at 39.4 percent in 2000 while the college participation rate for Hispanics reached 36.5 percent in 2000.

WHEN:

Monday, October 21, 2002

1:00 P.M – 3:00 P.M

WHERE:

St. Mary of Nazareth Hospital Family Center

Auditorium

1127 North Oakley Road

Chicago, IL 60622

LIVE WEBCAST:

http://events01.activate.net/videolink/torrelazur/7893/

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:

Open discussion during Satellite link and opportunities for interview with Mario De Anda (NHSF) and Heriberto Rios (TMSF)

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CONTACT:

Multicultural Healthcare Marketing Group at Torre Lazur McCann

Alejo Torres, 773-278-2000 ext. 4098

Victor Villalobos, 312-770-2391

Russell Milligan, Sr, 312-633-5823

LOS ANGELES – FIRST- OF- ITS KIND NEW HORIZONS SCHOLARS PROGRAM LAUNCHES NATIONALLY TO SUPPORT HISPANIC AND AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDENTS IMPACTED BY HEPATITIS C

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–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–

ADVISORY for Monday Oct. 21st

WHAT:

The Thurgood Marshall (TMSF) and The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (NHSF) announced today the establishment of the new Horizon Scholars Program with support from The Roche Foundation, to provide additional financial resources to cover the costs of higher education for Hispanic and African- American students who are impacted by Hepatitis C. Fifty scholarships will be awarded to fifty students of Hispanic or African- American heritage that are infected or dependents of someone infected with Hepatitis C and wish to enroll for the first time in four-year college during the 2003-2004 or 2004-2005 academic years.

WHY:

The higher education of Hispanic and African-Americans is critical and The New Horizon Scholars program will help these students to build a better future and make a difference in their lives. Through the partnership with The Thurgood Marshall and Hispanic Scholarship Funds, these scholarships will help support the educational imperatives of Hispanic and African-American students in this country. According to a recent report by American Council on Education’s Office of Minorities in Higher Education, college participation rates for African-American high-school graduates, ages 18-24, was at 39.4 percent in 2000 while the college participation rate for Hispanics reached 36.5 percent in 2000.

WHEN:

Monday, October 21, 2002

11:00 A.M – 1:00 P.M

WHERE:

White Memorial Medical Center- Conference Room A thru D

1720 Cesar E. Chavez Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90033

LIVE WEBCAST:

http://events01.activate.net/videolink/torrelazur/7893/

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:

Open discussion during Satellite link and opportunities for interview with Mario De Anda (NHSF) and Heriberto Rios (TMSF) also Gabriel Garcia M.D. will be available for interviews.

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CONTACT:

Multicultural Healthcare Marketing Group at Torre Lazur McCann

Rosa Donahue 617-306-5075

WASHINGTON D.C. – FIRST- OF- ITS KIND NEW HORIZONS SCHOLARS PROGRAM LAUNCHES NATIONALLY TO SUPPORT HISPANIC AND AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDENTS IMPACTED BY HEPATITIS C

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–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–

ADVISORY for Monday Oct. 21

WHAT:

The Thurgood Marshall (TMSF) and The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (NHSF) announced today the establishment of the new Horizon Scholars Program with support from The Roche Foundation, to provide additional financial resources to cover the costs of higher education for Hispanic and African- American students who are impacted by Hepatitis C. Fifty scholarships will be awarded to fifty students of Hispanic or African- American heritage that are infected or dependents of someone infected with Hepatitis C and wish to enroll for the first time in four-year college during the 2003-2004 or 2004-2005 academic years.

WHY:

The higher education of Hispanic and African-Americans is critical and The New Horizon Scholars program will help these students to build a better future and make a difference in their lives. Through the partnership with The Thurgood Marshall and Hispanic Scholarship Funds, these scholarships will help support the educational imperatives of Hispanic and African-American students in this country. According to a recent report by American Council on Education’s Office of Minorities in Higher Education, college participation rates for African-American high-school graduates, ages 18-24, was at 39.4 percent in 2000 while the college participation rate for Hispanics reached 36.5 percent in 2000.

WHEN:

Monday, October 21, 2002

2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M

WHERE:

Providence Hospital- Ross Auditorium

1150 Varnum St., N.E.

Washington, D.C 20017

LIVE WEBCAST:

http://events01.activate.net/videolink/torrelazur/7893/

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:

Open discussion during Satellite link and opportunities for interview with Mario De Anda (NHSF) and Heriberto Rios (TMSF) also Dr. Jeffers will be available for interviews.

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CONTACT:

Director of Public Relations

Curtis McCormick, 202-269-7021

or

Media Specialist

G.W. Meredith, 202-269-7384

or

Multicultural Healthcare Marketing Group at Torre Lazur McCann

Adrienne Mason, 646-303-5578

SEATTLE FIRST- OF- ITS KIND NEW HORIZONS SCHOLARS PROGRAM LAUNCHES NATIONALLY TO SUPPORT HISPANIC AND AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDENTS IMPACTED BY HEPATITIS C

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–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–

ADVISORY for Monday Oct. 21st

WHAT:

The Thurgood Marshall (TMSF) and The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (NHSF) announced today the establishment of the new Horizon Scholars Program with support from The Roche Foundation, to provide additional financial resources to cover the costs of higher education for Hispanic and African- American students who are impacted by Hepatitis C. Fifty scholarships will be awarded to fifty students of Hispanic or African- American heritage that are infected or dependents of someone infected with Hepatitis C and wish to enroll for the first time in four-year College during the 2003-2004 or 2004-2005 academic years.

WHY:

The higher education of Hispanic and African-Americans is critical and The New Horizon Scholars program will help these students to build a better future and make a difference in their lives. Through the partnership with The Thurgood Marshall and Hispanic Scholarship Funds, these scholarships will help support the educational imperatives of Hispanic and African-American students in this country. According to a recent report by American Council on Education’s Office of Minorities in Higher Education, college participation rates for African-American high-school graduates, ages 18-24, was at 39.4 percent in 2000 while the college participation rate for Hispanics reached 36.5 percent in 2000.

WHEN:

Monday, October 21, 2002

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

WHERE:

The Westin Hotel

1900 Fifth Avenue

Seattle, Washington 98101

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:

Open discussion during Satellite link and opportunities for interview with Mario De Anda (NHSF) and Heriberto Rios (TMSF) also Marybel Rodriguez-Torres, M.D.

LIVE WEBCAST:

http://events01.activate.net/videolink/torrelazur/7893/

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CONTACT:

Multicultural Healthcare Marketing Group at Torre Lazur McCann

Karen Mason 646-303-5578

NEW YORK FIRST- OF- ITS KIND NEW HORIZONS SCHOLARS PROGRAM LAUNCHES NATIONALLY TO SUPPORT HISPANIC AND AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDENTS IMPACTED BY HEPATITIS C

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–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–

ADVISORY for Monday Oct. 21st

WHAT:

The Thurgood Marshall (TMSF) and The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (NHSF) announced today the establishment of the new Horizon Scholars Program with support from The Roche Foundation, to provide additional financial resources to cover the costs of higher education for Hispanic and African- American students who are impacted by Hepatitis C. Fifty scholarships will be awarded to fifty students of Hispanic or African- American heritage that are infected or dependents of someone infected with Hepatitis C and wish to enroll for the first time in four-year College during the 2003-2004 or 2004-2005 academic years.

WHY:

The higher education of Hispanic and African-Americans is critical and The New Horizon Scholars program will help these students to build a better future and make a difference in their lives. Through the partnership with The Thurgood Marshall and Hispanic Scholarship Funds, these scholarships will help support the educational imperatives of Hispanic and African-American students in this country. According to a recent report by American Council on Education’s Office of Minorities in Higher Education, college participation rates for African-American high-school graduates, ages 18-24, was at 39.4 percent in 2000 while the college participation rate for Hispanics reached 36.5 percent in 2000.

WHEN:

Monday, October 21, 2002

2:00 P.M – 4:00 P.M

WHERE:

North General Hospital

Basement Cafeteria

1879 Madison Ave between 121st & 122nd Street

N.Y, N.Y 10035

LIVE WEBCAST:

http://events01.activate.net/videolink/torrelazur/7893/

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:

Open discussion during Satellite link and opportunities for interview with Mario De Anda (NHSF) and Heriberto Rios (TMSF) also Jay Cowan, M.D.

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CONTACT:

Lolita Fonnegra, 917-597-5796

e-mail: lfonnegra@yahoo.com

or

Multicultural Healthcare Marketing Group at Torre Lazur McCann

Safeya Greig, 973-394-2189 / 646-872-2275

SAN FRANCISCO FIRST-OF-ITS KIND SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM AIMS TO SUPPORT AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND HISPANIC STUDENTS CHALLENGED BY HEPATITIS C

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–October 18, 2002–The Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund (TMSF) and Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) announced today the establishment of the New Horizons Scholars Program to provide college scholarships to Hispanic and African-American students who have hepatitis C or are dependents of a person with the disease. The New Horizons Scholars Program is funded by The Roche Foundation.

These scholarships will help support the educational imperatives of African-American and Hispanic students in this country. According to a recent report by American Council on Education’s Office of Minorities in Higher Education, college participation rates for African-American high-school graduates, ages 18-24 was at 39.4 percent in 2000 while the college participation rate for Latinos reached 36.5 percent in 2000.

“The New Horizons Scholars Program is a first of its kind partnership that aims to create additional financial resources to cover the costs of higher education for Hispanic and African-American students impacted by hepatitis C,” said Heriberto Rios, Programs Manager for the TMSF. “This innovative program will allow both organizations to reach more students with scholarship opportunities and thereby, have an even greater impact on the number of young people entering the nation’s colleges and universities.”

The New Horizons Scholars Program will provide 50 scholarships per year to students planning to enroll for the first time in a four-year college during the 2003-2004 or 2004-2005 academic years. Scholarships will be awarded to students of Hispanic or African-American heritage who are infected or are dependents of someone infected with hepatitis C. For two classes (2003, 2004), 50 students will be eligible for $2,500 per year for four years. Students must maintain the program’s academic standard of 3.0 G.P.A. Scholarship winners will be notified in the late spring of 2003. Applications are available through HSF’s web site http://www.hsf.net, by calling 1-866-3HORIZON and through contacting hepatitis-C treating physicians’ offices.

“The higher education of Hispanics and African Americans is critical to America’s future and investment in these students leads to significant measurable returns,” said Mario De Anda, HSF director of scholarship programs. “The New Horizons Scholars Program is a strong partnership with the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund to help break the cycle of under-education in our communities and make a difference in the lives of our students.”

“The Roche Foundation is committed to helping create educational opportunities for students impacted by hepatitis C,” said Vivian Beetle, Executive Director of The Roche Foundation, “This program is part of The Roche Foundation’s ongoing efforts to help lessen the long term impact of hepatitis C on patients and their families.”

About Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a life-threatening viral infection of the liver transmitted primarily through infected blood and blood products. Currently, there are approximately 2.7 million Americans chronically infected with hepatitis C, making it the most common chronic viral infection in the U.S. Chronic hepatitis C is the leading cause of cirrhosis and liver cancer and the leading cause for liver transplants in this country. In the United States, 3.4 percent of African-Americans are infected with hepatitis C, as compared with 2.1 percent of Hispanics and 1.5 percent of Caucasians.

About the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund

The Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund, Inc., named for the late U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice, is the only national organization of its type that provides merit-based scholarships and programmatic support to students attending the nation’s historically Black public colleges and universities. The organization also provides capacity building support to its 45 member schools. Since its inception, the fund has awarded more than $14.2 million in scholarships and programmatic support, enabling 4,400 students to attend public historically and traditionally Black colleges and universities. The not-for-profit organization additionally provides internship programs and joins corporate and foundation partners in providing leadership training and support to students preparing for undergraduate and professional schools.

About the Hispanic Scholarship Fund

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) is the largest Hispanic scholarship-granting organization in the nation. HSF recognizes and rewards outstanding Hispanic students in higher education throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These students represent every region of the country, hundreds of institutions of higher learning and every segment of the Hispanic community. Founded in 1975, HSF has awarded more than 53,000 scholarships in excess of $89 million.

About The Roche Foundation

The Roche Foundation (formerly known as the Hoffmann-La Roche Foundation) was created in 1947 as an independent charitable entity, solely funded by the company. Today, it continues to complement the corporate contributions program and helps support selected community organizations and initiatives. The Roche Foundation focuses its support on health promotion and education, especially science and math education. The establishment of The Roche Foundation over 50 years ago demonstrated the company’s commitment to the importance of good corporate citizenship-a belief that remains today.

For More Information on the New Horizons Scholars Fund Go To:

http://www.hsf.net

http://www.thurgoodmarshallfund.org

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CONTACTS:

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Miguel Salinas, (415) 808-2352

or

Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund

Jennifer Jiles, (770) 840-6339

or

The Roche Foundation

Vivian Beetle, (973) 562-2055

EMERGING BUSINESS FORUM 2002 BEGINS SUNDAY — CONFERENCE FOR MINORITY AND FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS

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ADVISORY.for Sunday – Tuesday (Oct. 20 – 22)

–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 18, 2002–Emerging Business Forum 2002:

When:

6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Sunday, October 20

8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday, October 21

8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, October 22

Where:

Fairview Park Marriott

3111 Fairview Park Drive

Falls Church, Virginia 22042

(Off Route 50 – Arlington Boulevard – just inside the

Capital Beltway)

Why:

Many minority and female entrepreneurs feel they still have more hurdles to cross to be successful in business. The Emerging Business Forum helps diverse entrepreneurs and enterprises build professional relationships with established companies, financial investors and potential customers. Workshops cover access to capital, established business partners, government and corporate contracting, mentorship, marketing and media relations.

Speakers (partial):

D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams, 6 p.m. Sunday (note: at Zola Restaurant, 800 F Street NW); Steve Simon, President, ExxonMobil Refining and Supply Co., 9 a.m. Monday; Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley, 3:45 p.m. Monday; Mark Levine, managing director, Core Capital, 7 p.m. Monday; Samuel Bodman, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1 p.m. Tuesday before closing awards ceremony.

Sponsors (partial):

U.S. Commerce Department, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Capital One Financial Corporation, Riggs Bank NA, RS Information Systems, Ronson Communications, McGuireWoods LLP, Cox Communications, Pepper Hamilton LLP, Deloitte & Touche, Maden Technologies, Fairfax County (Virginia) Economic Development Authority, District of Columbia Government, Prince George’s (Maryland) Financial Services Corporation.

Media details:

All sessions are open. Program and registration information is at http://www.EmergingBusinessForum.org. Pressroom is Salon VI, hotel lobby level. Phone, computer hookups, tables, chairs are in press room.

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CONTACT:

Emerging Business Forum

Alan Fogg, 703/790-0600 or 571/213-5065

http://www.emergingbusinessforum.org

WASHINGTON MUTUAL AND THE UNITED STATES HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE DECLARE OCTOBER 12-19, 2002 ‘LATINO BUSINESS WEEK’ IN LOS ANGELES AT OPENING RECEPTION

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LOS ANGELES, October 17, 2002 – Washington Mutual sponsored the opening reception of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 23rd Annual National Convention and Business Expo to kick-off October 12-19, 2002, as “Latino Business Week” in Los Angeles. Pictured from left to right are Peter Villegas, first vice president of corporate affairs and government relations for Washington Mutual and George Herrera, president and CEO of USHCC. More than 5,000 Hispanic entrepreneurs, business leaders, elected officials as well as the nation’s top CEO’s from around the country are participating in the national convention. The USHCC Convention and Business Expo provides Hispanic-owned businesses with a diversity of business and networking opportunities.

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CONTACT:

VPE Public Relations

Michael Delgado,

(626) 793-9335, ext. 6

or

Washington Mutual

Alfredo Padilla,

(213) 217-4093

HISPANIC BROADCASTING CORPORATION ANNOUNCES THIRD QUARTER 2002 CONFERENCE CALL

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DALLAS–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 18, 2002–Hispanic Broadcasting Corporation (NYSE:HSP) will release the Company’s financial results for the third quarter 2002, prior to the market open on Friday, Nov. 1, 2002. The Company will host a conference call on Friday, Nov. 1, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. Interested parties may listen to the conference call by dialing 877/477-3421 five minutes prior to the scheduled time of the call and ask for the “Hispanic Broadcasting Third Quarter Results Conference Call.” The conference call will be recorded and made available for replay two hours after the completion of the conference call through Friday, Nov. 8, 2002. Domestic parties may listen to the recording by dialing 800/642-1687 then entering the conference ID 6178540; international parties may listen by dialing 706/645-9291 then entering the same conference ID. The call will also be made available live by visiting the Hispanic Broadcasting Corporation Web site at the appointed time and logging onto http://www.HispanicBroadcasting.com.

Hispanic Broadcasting Corporation, the largest Spanish-language radio broadcaster in the United States, currently owns and operates 55 radio stations in fourteen of the top twenty Hispanic markets. The Company also owns and operates a network of Hispanic community-focused bilingual Web sites found at http://www.netmio.com.

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CONTACT:

Hispanic Broadcasting Corporation, Dallas

Jeffrey T. Hinson, 214/525-7700

‘FULL ACCESS’ PRESENTS BEHIND-THE-SCENES EXCLUSIVE OF ‘PROTAGONISTAS DE LA MUSICA’

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Miami, FL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–October 18, 2002–mun2 televisión, the best TV cable channel alternative for young U.S. Latinos, presents an exclusive, spontaneous, irreverent, behind-the-scenes look at “Protagonistas de la Música,” Telemundo’s new Reality Show. This unique peek is slated to take place during the half-hour “Full Access” show airing Monday through Friday at 11pm ET/PT on mun2 televisión.

“The camera will capture real uncensored images of the show, allowing the audience to share the participant’s most intimate reactions behind the cameras,” said Yolanda Foster, Vice President of Programming at mun2.

“Full Access” will be hosted by Protagonistas de la Música finalist, Keila Ponce, who will bring a unique perspective based on her own personal experience. Ponce and special guests will give us their take on each program, answer questions from the audience and conduct interviews of eliminated contestants, their teachers, family and friends.”

“Protagonistas de la Música,” (Monday through Friday at 8PM on Telemundo) the Latin version of “American Idol,” will start off by presenting the fifty semi-finalists previously chosen nationwide. Of these, fourteen finalists will be selected -seven men and seven women. Subsequently, the audience will decide by vote through Terra.com which contestants should go home, with the winners (one male, one female) getting a recording contract with Sony Discos. The contenders, who dream of becoming one day a famous singer, will live very intense emotions at each stage of the show: joy, anxiety, sadness, frustration -a unique and real experience in which the audience will get “Full Access” to.

mun2 televisión is the new cable TV alternative for young U.S. Latinos. As part of NBC Cable Networks, mun2 offers a fresh, new and authentic programming line-up reaching more than 5.2 million households. Less then a year old, mun2 is a division of Telemundo, which is wholly-owned and operated by NBC.

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CONTACT:

Santa Cruz Communications

Claudia Santa Cruz

305-220-8887

SO LONG TAG, HELLO COMFORT; IN MILESTONE MOVE, HANES RETIRES THE ANNOYING T-SHIRT TAG AND INTRODUCES THE HANES TAGLESS T-SHIRT

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. –(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–October 17, 2002–Hanes, creators of the classic white underwear T-shirt, today announced the official retirement of their T-shirt tag, thus eliminating the urge to scratch and the need to tuck the tag back in for millions of T-shirt wearing Americans. Now, all Hanes underwear T-shirts will ‘Go Tagless’ for the ultimate in comfort and style.

“We have always put a premium on comfort,” said Terri Thompson at Hanes. “What better way to make our all-American favorite – the Hanes T-shirt – more comfortable than to retire that last annoyance…the tag. Now, Hanes is inviting all of America to ‘Go Tagless.'”

In recognition of its many years of dedicated – and some may say irritating – service, Hanes is paying tribute to the T-shirt tag by retiring it with great fanfare across America. From Times Square to the sunny beaches of Los Angeles and cities in between, Hanes will host star-studded retirement parties with celebrities Mr. T and Dick Clark, as well as retired sports greats Yogi Berra, John Paxson and George Gervin, to name a few. In addition to the ceremonial cutting of the T-shirt tag, Hanes is inviting partygoers to retire their own-tagged T-shirts in exchange for the new Tagless version, as well as a “gold” retirement watch. Furthermore, in a show of solidarity, 6,000 New York City taxi drivers will opt for the ultimate in comfort by donning a Hanes Tagless T-shirt as they motor around Manhattan today.

“While I’m usually here in Times Square counting down to the start of a New Year, today I’m counting down to a new era in T-shirt comfort,” said Dick Clark, today’s emcee. “I’m happy Hanes is going Tagless – now it’ll be even easier for people to move, groove and rock and roll.”

“I pity the man who wears T-shirts with tags,” noted Mr. T (who graciously conceded to “Mr. Tagless T” in honor of today’s celebrations). “They are itchy and a pain in the neck. It’s time for America to go Tagless!”

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“What a Pain in the Neck”

A recent survey by Hanes found that than two out of every three men consider underwear T-shirt tags to be annoying, and close to half of all men surveyed routinely rip or cut the tags out of their shirts. Men everywhere can now put down their scissors – Hanes is eliminating this source of irritation, printing tag information directly on the T-shirt.

According to Hanes, when men wear the new Tagless T-shirt, they love how it feels. “When we first started testing this new design, guys went crazy,” said Thompson. “The Tagless T-shirt helps men to be comfortable on the inside, so they can be stylish on the outside.”

Hanes Brings Additional Comfort to Comfort (Texas, That Is)

While celebrities, including Mr.T, will be on hand at Hanes T-shirt Tag retirement ceremonies today in New York, Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles, one of the most fun-filled celebrations will take place in Comfort, Texas. There, the entire town – population 2,300 – will celebrate this milestone in comfort with Hanes. The Comfort High School band and cheerleaders will lead a parade through town, joined by George Gervin, Basketball Hall of Famer and former San Antonio Spur.

“Hanes equals comfort – what better way to spread the word than by holding a special celebration right here in Comfort, Texas?” asked Thompson. “The launch of the Tagless T-shirt means that comfort will reign, not only in Comfort, but across the nation.”

Hanes is also inviting T-shirt-wearing aficionados to visit their new web site, http://www.GoTagless.com, for a chance to win free Tagless T-shirts, as well an all-expense paid trip to The Islands of the Bahamas. Visitors can also view highlights from the retirement parties, and are encouraged to share their own tag-tale moments, as well as help Hanes decide what to do with the millions of leftover T-shirt tags.

Available at major retailers, such as Wal-Mart, Kmart, Target, Sears and Kohl’s, Hanes Tagless T-shirts offer comfort at a great value – generally under $10 for a 3-pack. Hanes, the leading national brand of underwear for men and boys, is manufactured and marketed by Sara Lee Underwear, a division of Sara Lee Corporation.

THE JEWELS OF THE CROWN: BARBARA PALACIOS, MISS UNIVERSE UNVEILS LATEST JEWELRY COLLECTION IN SOUTH FLORIDA

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MIAMI, FL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–October 17, 2002–Barbara Palacios, Miss Universe1986, announces the unveiling of her latest jewelry collection and store located at 1650 Weston Town Center Circle, on October 17, 2002. A fabulous, VIP and celebrity -filled reception serves as the inaugural platform for this new retail outlet where Palacios plans to not only showcase her most recent stunning jewels but also raise funds for the gravely ill Latin American children of Jackson Memorials’ International Kids Fund of which she is the Celebrity Spokesperson.

The first Barbara Palacios Jewelry Collection store was launched in Venezuela in 1999 followed by independently owned and operated franchises: a kiosk in the Aventura Mall in Broward County, Florida and a store in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The inauguration of the Weston Town Center shop marks the first step in the roll-out of full-fledge US stores. Currently, Barbara Palacios is on-site sharing her personal taste in jewelry and offering clients her personalized advice and attention. Barbara is a co-proprietor of this location along with international businesswomen: Katherine Wolf, Carmen Principe and Maria Alejandra Sanchez.

“We chose the West Town Center based on the Weston’s extraordinary growth momentum but also because this location delivers the perfect blend of family place and social gathering point, where shoppers come to have shop, have fun and also socialize,” said Katherine Wolf, co-owner of the Barbara Palacios Jewelry Collection of Weston. “We have made the store spacious so that clients can come to buy, but most importantly to visit with us and socialize, even celebrate a special event or a corporate breakfasts or wine & cheese,” she added. The store also boasts an on-site workshop where pieces can be adjusted or even custom-made to match or complement an existing piece.

Her signature collection represents a new concept of reasonably priced jewelry of gorgeous semi-precious stones set in silver and gold to include turquoise, onyx, coral, amber, pink quart and aquamarines, in unique styles and designs, produced with the highest quality standards. Barbara’s pieces start at prices as low as US$10 for a set of earrings or a pendant. “I wanted to create an exclusive, beautiful jewelry collection that would be right for all occasions -not only a special occasion, from day to night, very distinctive yet surprisingly affordable. Each product embodies the heart and soul of who I am,” stated Barbara Palacios, owner of the Barbara Palacios Jewelry Collection. “This is why I wanted to allocate a percentage of sales to benefit the International Kids Fund, because the many ill-fated families sponsored by IKF are at the heart of both my professional and personal goals.”

Barbara was inspired to develop her signature collection because of the many compliments received on her choice of accessories from fashion gurus and after visiting with H. Stern in Brazil. Barbara ‘s designs are created and handcrafted by a world-class team of professionals and enhanced by her final touches providing the unique personality that has characterized Barbara throughout her career as an international model.

In 1986, when she was crowned Ms. Universe, Barbara Palacios had the business mind and the vision to capitalize on her brand name and image. She is the only Miss Universe in Latin America, which has managed to make her signature a successful commercial brand name. As commented by Selecta Magazine “..People admire her because she has always maintained credibility. Fans adore her for her ability to keep her feet on the ground.”

Barbara Palacios has gained international and US recognition through her many post-crown endeavors. Barbara was the first Latina Cover Girl selected by Procter & Gamble to target the U.S. Hispanic market and the Revlon model in Venezuela since 1990. She was also the first Hispanic spokesperson for Bell-Atlantic, a world-class leader in telecommunications. Barbara has also been a spokeswoman for Bausch & Lomb, Colgate, Kraft General Foods and P&G’s Oil of Olay & Pampers brands.

Barbara has always been a philanthropist…Her travels as a Miss Universe put her in contact with Mother Teresa whom profoundly inspired her to give back. Since, she has been involved with The Latino Commission on Aids, The Hispanic Federation, The Puerto Rican Family Institute, The American Cancer Society and The Red Cross, just to name a few. Most recently, she has become part of the Campaign Board of the International Kids Fund working to raise $5 million dollars for Latin American children battling death.

About Barbara Palacios

Crowned MISS UNIVERSE in 1986, Barbara Palacios has been conquering the hearts of the international Hispanic community for over fifteen years. This successful Latin American entrepreneur possesses a remarkable combination of intellect, elegance and commitment to family values…qualities so admired within the Latino community.

For more information, please access http://www.barbarapalacios.com

About Jackson Memorial Foundation

The primary mission of the Jackson Memorial Foundation is to seek private philanthropic funding for the development and support of important capital projects at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Among the Foundation’s signature projects have been the creation of the Ryder Trauma Center – Dade County’s major trauma center; the development of the Holtz Children’s Hospital – one of the largest children’s hospitals in the nation; and the support and expansion of the Breast Health Center – the principal resource for women with breast cancer in Dade County.

About the International Kids Fund

The International Kids Fund seeks to provide life-saving medical care to needy children from Latin America and the Caribbean who suffer from life-threatening illnesses. The Fund will ensure these children receive the best care possible at one of the nation’s premier medical teaching hospitals, the University of Miami / Jackson Memorial Medical Center.

The dedication and commitment of dozens of doctors, nurses and other medical staff at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Center shine as a beacon of hope for the millions of people in our hemisphere for whom extraordinary medical attention, treatments and procedures are not available in their country of origin. For more information, please visit http://www.jmfkidsfund.org.

To donate funds, a gift of time, or to receive more information about the International Kids Fund, please contact the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical center, Park Plaza east, 901 NW 17th Street, Suite G, Miami, FL 33136-1038.

HISPANIC PR WIRE CELEBRATES ITS SECOND YEAR WITH DOUBLE-DIGIT GROWTH, NEW SERVICES, GROWING STAFF AND PARTNERSHIPS

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MIAMI, FL –(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–Oct. 17, 2002–Hispanic PR Wire (HPRW), the nation’s most comprehensive news distribution service reaching U.S. Hispanic media and opinion leaders, is on pace for 26% revenue growth this year as it celebrates its second anniversary today.

“Today we give special thanks, first to the good Lord for His provision and then to all our clients, employees and partners, especially Business Wire, US Newswire and Black PR Wire,” said Manny Ruiz, president of Hispanic PR Wire. “We’re humbled to be considered the nation’s leading Hispanic news distribution service but that only makes us more determined to reach new heights. As we embark on our third year HPRW will introduce a host of new services that we believe will prove even more exciting and very useful to communications professionals nationwide.”

During the past year HPRW introduced an exclusive, new Hispanic Press Kit Mailing Service enabling clients to use HPRW’s extensive database of Hispanic media and organizations to mass mail their press kits, CDs and other marketing-related materials. HPRW also gave clients more options by launching media-specific circuits that allow clients to pinpoint their news to given Hispanic press in print, radio and/or TV.

More Milestones and Accomplishments

Double-digit growth and the launch of the Hispanic Press Kit Mailing Service and Media Specific Circuits were just some of the numerous achievements of the past year. Other significant HPRW milestones were:

–Becoming the exclusive Hispanic wire partner of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA) and the Hispanic Marketing & Communication Association (HMCA).

–Signing exclusive alliances with major Hispanic media associations such as the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP) and Unity: Journalists of Colors.

–Increasing the reach of HPRW’s newsfeed to its exclusive Hispanic Organizations Circuit by almost 50% to a new total of 725 organizations.

–Doubling the size and content of HPRW’s national monthly PR trade newsletter The Hispanic PR Monitor from an average of four pages to nearly 10.

–Securing more than 100 new clients that include Fortune 500 companies and most of the nation’s major mainstream and Hispanic PR firms as well as advertising agencies

About Hispanic PR Wire

Miami-based Hispanic PR Wire, Inc. (HPRW) is the nation’s leading and most comprehensive Hispanic news distribution service reaching U.S. Hispanic and Puerto Rico media, opinion leaders and grass roots organizations.

HPRW exclusively features grassroots distribution options such as the National Hispanic Organizations Circuit and the National Hispanic Elected Officials Circuit. To learn more about Hispanic PR Wire’s services visit the company’s website at www.HispanicPRWire.com or call toll free, 1-866-HPR-WIRE, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. through 8 p.m. ET. A complete, full color brochure of our services can also be downloaded at http://www.hispanicprwire.com/distribution&rates.html.

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