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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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CONTACT:

Hispanic PR Wire

Yoli Garcia

Tel: 866.HPR.WIRE

KAISER PERMANENTE CALIFORNIA HONORED BY U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR FOR EXEMPLARY EEO AND DIVERSITY PROGRAMS

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OAKLAND & PASADENA, Calif.–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 17, 2002–The California Regions of Kaiser Permanente, the country’s leading integrated health care organization, will be honored today for their exceptional equal employment opportunity and diversity programs. At an awards banquet to be held tonight in Washington, DC, U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao will present the 2002 Exemplary Voluntary Efforts (EVE) Award to Kaiser Permanente.

The EVE Award honors federal contractors that have demonstrated, through programs or activities, exemplary and innovative efforts to increase the employment opportunities of employees, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. “Kaiser Permanente should take pride in the outstanding efforts it has made to offer women, minorities, and people with disabilities equal employment opportunities,” said Chao. “Creating a workplace environment that is accessible to all provides everyone a chance at the American Dream.”

Kaiser Permanente’s submission included descriptions of its work in developing affirmative action plans; adopting policies and procedures that support diversity; establishing and supporting strong community outreach programs; delivering effective education and mentoring services through youth workforce preparation programs; actively participating in outreach, recruitment, retention and workforce planning, and supporting and encouraging broad-based, inclusive diversity initiatives through workforce diversity and engagement.

“We are very excited to have this external recognition of our years of work in the EEO arena,” said Robert M. Pearl, MD, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of The Permanente Medical Group (in Northern California). “We want to be the employer of choice in health care and the health care organization of choice for the American public, and these efforts are key to achieving to reaching our goals.”

“This means a lot to all of us at Kaiser Permanente,” said Richard Cordova, President of the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Region. “Our members and their employers rely on us to hire and retain the best and brightest staff, and it’s great to be recognized for our accomplishments.”

Laurence G. O’Neil, Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Bettie L. Coles, co-chair of the Northern California Diversity Council and Senior Vice President and Area Manager for the East Bay will be accepting the award on behalf of Kaiser Permanente.

For a list of the other organizations that will receive awards from the Department of Labor, visit the DOL website at: http://www.dol.gov or call 202/693-4676.

Examples of the programs that brought the EVE Award to Kaiser Permanente are:

— Community Outreach Programs: Implementation of programs, specifically in the communities of Watts and Richmond, to create an awareness of career opportunities in the health care field.

— Youth Workforce Preparation Programs: delivery of education and mentoring services to students in elementary, junior high, high school and college through programs such as the Kaiser Permanente Summer Youth Employment Program and INROADS.

— Outreach, Recruitment, Retention and Workforce Planning: development and implementation of a recruitment program that has among its goals the recruitment and hiring of women and people of color in under-represented job groups.

— Workforce Diversity and Engagement: supporting and encouraging broad-based, inclusive diversity initiatives that engage employees, which include multicultural staff and employee associations, local diversity councils, and partnerships with the union leaders who represent a majority of the organization’s employees.

Note: for detailed information about any of these programs, contact Kaiser Permanente Media Relations.

Kaiser Permanente is a prepaid, group practice health maintenance organization (HMO), founded in 1945. The Kaiser Permanente Southern California Region has more than 3.1 million members. It includes 3,600 physicians in the Southern California Permanente Medical Group (SCPMG) and 45,000 Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals and medical group employees. The Region is served by 11 major medical centers. The Kaiser Permanente Northern California Region has almost 3.2 million members. It includes 4,451 physicians in The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG) and approximately 46,000 Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals and TPMG employees. The Region is organized into six service areas served by 19 major medical centers.

http://www.kaiserpermanente.org

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CONTACT:

Kaiser Permanente

(Northern California News Bureau)

Lea Rubio, 510/987-3900

or

(Southern California News Bureau)

Socorro Serrano, 626/405-5534

CPSC, IKEA ANNOUNCE RECALL OF STUFFED TEDDY BEARS

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WASHINGTON–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 17, 2002–In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), IKEA, of Plymouth Meeting, Pa., is voluntarily recalling 57,000 stuffed teddy bears. The plastic beads inside of the bears could come out of the seams, posing an aspiration hazard to young children who could inhale the small beads.

IKEA has not received any report of incidents. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injuries.

The recalled SNUTTIG Bear Soft Toys are red, yellow, blue and black and are about six inches tall. The bears have a contrasting color on the nose, ears, and feet. The name “SNUTTIG,” the model number 700-371-56, the manufacturer code 17596 and the words “Made in Indonesia” are all printed on the product label.

IKEA stores nationwide sold the bears from August 2001 through September 2002 for about $2.

Consumers should take these bears away from young children immediately and return them to an IKEA store for a $5 gift card towards another IKEA product. For more information, consumers should contact IKEA at (888) 966-4532) anytime or visit the company’s website at http://www.ikea-usa.com.

To see a picture of the recalled product(s) and/or to establish a link from your web site to this press release on CPSC’s web site, link to the following address: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml03/03020.html. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC’s hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC’s teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270, or visit CPSC’s web site at http://www.cpsc.gov/talk.html. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information at CPSC’s web site at http://www.cpsc.gov.

Receive Press Releases by Email: To subscribe to this convenient service, send an email containing your full name, position, organization, mailing address, email address, phone number and fax number to: kdulic@cpsc.gov.

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CONTACT:

CPSC

Kim Dulic, 301/504-0580 Ext. 1183

or

CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772

EAST LOS ANGELES CELEBRATES EXPANSION OF KAISER PERMANENTE MEDICAL OFFICES

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LOS ANGELES, CA–(HISPANIC WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 16, 2002–Kaiser Permanente celebrated the grand opening of its expanded East L.A. medical office building today by inviting the community to enjoy a “Taste of East L.A.,” with the very best in local cuisine. Physician-led tours in both Spanish and English highlighted the cultural spirit of the new two-story, 50,000-square-foot Mexican, modern-style building located at 5119 Pomona Boulevard.

“While many of the nation’s hospitals struggle to figure out how to give appropriate service to ethnically-diverse patients, the East L.A. Medical Office is a prototype of how to do it gracefully, consistently and effectively. For us, culturally responsive care is a way of life,” said Physician-in-Charge, Frank Meza, MD, MPH. Eighty percent of the patient population is Latino. Like many of the medical office physicians and staff, Dr. Meza also grew up in East L.A.

Setting the welcoming tone in the waiting areas are two new mural monoprints assembled under the supervision of Self Help Graphics & Art masterprinter, Jose Alpuche. “A Day in East LA,” by Wayne Alaniz Healy, is a collage of the sights and scenes of the community, and “Quinto Sol,” by Jose Ramirez, captures the hilly panorama of the Eastside as well as the distant skyline of downtown Los Angeles.

Los Angeles County Board Supervisor Gloria Molina and Assemblywoman Judy Chu joined the well wishers in applauding architects Taylor & Associates and Barrio Planners for having realized Kaiser Permanente’s vision of a medical building that reflects the community.

As visitors munched on “antojitos” (a little taste) from Tamayos, La Serenata de Garibaldi, El Tepeyac, and El Gallo Bakery, Meza noted, “Seventy-five percent of our staff speaks Spanish. We treat the members with the hospitality and warmth one would expect from a good neighbor.”

The original, single-story, 15,000-square-foot clinic at 5220 Telford Street was built in 1966, and was the first Kaiser Permanente medical office in Southern California. Serving an average of 7,000 patients per month, the facility had reached full capacity, providing non-emergency services for Kaiser Permanente members, health care services for low-income families and senior adults on Medicare, and health education classes for the general public.

The East L.A. facility is also a Kaiser Permanente Center for Excellence, specializing in the treatment of diabetes, a prevalent disease among Latinos. In addition, the Center provides medical care for children who do not qualify for state funding due to immigration status, as part of the Kaiser Cares for Kids, Plan 2, pilot program.

The larger building will allow Kaiser Permanente to increase the number of physicians and staff in the future and to expand the Obstetrical, Gynecological and Pediatric services, as well as the Family Practice, Allergy, Laboratory, Optometry, Pharmacy, Radiology and Social Medicine departments.

“As much as the medical office reflects East L.A., it is always on the lookout for another demographic shift. That is why all our signs are in English, Spanish and Chinese,” Meza continued. “You walk three blocks and you see the diversity,” said Meza, referring to the Salvadoran eateries, Armenian businesses and the large emerging Chinese immigrant community.

“You may think you know the population, but everything changes. You have to pay attention. This new medical office building is an opportunity for Kaiser Permanente to address community health concerns not just for our patients today, but for future populations and for generations to come.”

Kaiser Permanente is a prepaid, group practice health maintenance organization (HMO), founded in 1945. The Kaiser Permanente Southern California Region has more than 3.1 million members. It includes 3,600 physicians in the Southern California Permanente Medical Group (SCPMG) and 45,000 Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals employees. The Region is served by 11 major medical centers.

http://www.kaiserpermanente.org

Editor’s Note: JPEG Photos are available on request from Roberta

Tinajero, 323/783-4496.

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CONTACT :

Kaiser Permanente

Rober ta Tinajero, 323/783-4496

or

Socorro Serrano, 626/405-5534

CALIFORNIA LATINO LEGISLATIVE CAUCUS LAUNCHES PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE

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Los Angeles, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–October 16, 2002–The California Latino Legislative Caucus last night announced the launch of the California Latino Legislative Caucus Institute for Public Policy at a testimonial dinner attended by hundreds to honor the stellar legislative career of Senator Richard G. Polanco.

The California Latino Legislative Caucus Institute for Public Policy is a newly established 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization created as a bi-partisan effort by the California Latino Legislative Caucus to serve as a broad based public policy, educational and leadership development organization.

The Institute’s mission is to create a better California through effective public policy, research and leadership development. The Institute will serve as an agent of change to ensure that California’s Latino community has an increasingly positive and dynamic influence on the diverse economic, social and political body, which is California.

“The Latino community has grown tremendously over the last decade. Through the leadership of the Latino Legislative Caucus, the Latino community has gained a valuable voice in the political process. This Institute takes that leadership effort one step forward in addressing the needs, concerns and problems Latinos face in California through effective and sound public policy”, stated Assembly Majority Floor Leader Marco Antonio Firebaugh, Chair-Elect of the Latino Legislative Caucus.

As part of the process of launching the organization, the Institute developed a 5-year strategic plan to assure the long-term viability of the organization. “The strategic plan has been developed to help us establish a road map for the future. The strategic goals include the support of public policy, the establishment of the Richard G. Polanco Fellowship Program, the creation of an internship program for public service, yearly public symposia, the building of an endowment fund and the formation of corporate resource partnerships”, stated David Lizarraga, President of the Board of Directors.

The Institute received major financial support from MBNA America, which agreed to be the Founding Member of the Institute. “We are extremely honored that Jim Kallstrom and MBNA America provided the funding to establish this new public policy venture. This Institute will help set public policy for all Californians in policy areas which affect their daily lives”, stated Senator Richard G. Polanco.

The Institute will serve as public policy change agent to address issues Latinos face domestically and internationally such as education, healthcare, housing, energy, immigration and trade.

The Institute Board of Directors include: David Lizarraga, President, Carmen O. Perez, Secretary, and RC Schrader, Treasurer. The Institute has also established a corporate advisory council whose founding members include: AT & T, Johnson & Johnson, MBNA America, Sempra Energy and TELACU.

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CONTACT:

California Latino Legislative Caucus Institute for Public Policy

RC Schrader (714) 328-7683

or

Baca Sigala & Associates

Lisa Baca-Sigala (323) 660-7234

UNIVISION NAMES JEFF APODACA VICE PRESIDENT, INTEGRATED SALES AND MARKETING

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LOS ANGELES, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–October 15, 2002–Univision Communications (NYSE: UVN), the leading Spanish-language media company in the United States, today announced the appointment of Jeff Apodaca to the position of Vice President, Integrated Sales and Marketing. Apodaca will be responsible for the integration of local television sales for Univision and TeleFutura television stations with Univision Online sales. Based in Los Angeles, Apodaca will report to Thomas Arnost and Michael D. Wortsman, Co-Presidents of the Univision Television Group.

“We are very pleased to welcome a professional of Jeff’s caliber to Univision,” said Arnost. “We are confident Jeff will quickly become an integral member of the Univision team. His extensive broadcast career, which has spanned tenures at CBS, NBC and America Online/AOL Studios West, among others, as well as his current experience at The Excite Network, equips him perfectly for the challenges and opportunities in his new position at the Univision Television Group. Jeff is a proven professional with an impressive track record of creating and implementing successful sales programs on the local and national levels.”

Arnost continued: “For an advertiser to be able to combine the power of local broadcast TV with the ability to directly connect with their consumers through a coordinated online effort will prove to be an unbeatable combination to drive sales at the local level.”

“The creation of Univision Television Group’s Integrated Sales and Marketing division is a reflection of the growth of Internet adoption among Hispanics,” said Javier Saralegui, President, Univision Online. “With millions of unique users coming to Univision’s website every month, we believe that the time has arrived to complete our mission to serve the online Hispanic consumer, as well as our advertisers, locally as we have done nationally. We believe that Jeff has an incredible opportunity before him and we look forward to supporting his efforts as Univision’s local websites launch and grow in the coming years.”

“I am thrilled to become a member of the Univision team and part of the most exciting media company in the United States today,” commented Apodaca. “I look forward to becoming a valuable part of this unique, growing organization, as we work to integrate the sales forces that will bring Univision’s and TeleFutura’s unparalleled programming, along with the extensive resources of Univision Online, to the countless U.S. advertisers seeking to reach the U.S. Hispanic community – the most rapidly growing population in the United States today.”

Prior to joining Univision, Apodaca served as Vice President of Sales and Operations Southwest/West Coast for the Excite Network where he created and launched successful integrated sales programs for numerous high-profile clients. His extensive experience includes 5 years in the internet industry, as well as 12 years in Broadcast Media companies where he held various position in sales for primetime, sports, late night and news. Apodaca graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Communication & Broadcasting degree.

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; 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 is headquartered in Los Angeles, with network operations in Miami and television stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States.

CORPORATE COUNCIL OF MEXICAN-AMERICAN SOLIDARITY FOUNDATION MEMBERS TO SHOWCASE PRODUCTS AND SERVICES AT USHCC’S 23RD ANNUAL CONVENTION THIS WEEK IN LOS ANGELES

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Mexico City, Mexico–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–October 15, 2002–Members of the Corporate Council of Mexican-American Solidarity Foundation (Consejo Corporativo de la Fundación Solidaridad Mexicano Americana, A.C.), which comprises of six of Mexico’s leading companies, will jointly participate at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s (USHCC) 23rd Annual National Convention and Business Expo for the first time on Oct. 16-19, 2002 in Los Angeles, California. LA is home to more than 250,000 Hispanic-owned businesses and almost six million Mexican-American and Hispanic residents.

Bimbo, Corona Extra, Jumex, La Costeña, Mission Foods and TELMEX will be exhibitors in this important Hispanic business expo, where they will offer their products and services to thousands of participants from the Mexican-American and Hispanic community.

For more than 20 years, these companies have maintained a high, world-quality standard in product and service manufacturing. Together, they make up one of the groups with best brand positioning, sales volume and production in the world. In Mexico and Latin America, these companies are outstanding leaders in their respective sectors. They also have a presence in the United States and 16 Latin American and European countries, which makes them leaders in the Mexican and international sales markets and some of the more successful and competent companies in the global market.

Through the North-American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the United States and Mexico have established one of the most dynamic trade relationships in the world. More than $650 million are traded daily in various commercial transactions between the two countries. This alliance makes Mexico the United States’ second most important trade partner.

This group of successful Mexican companies wishes to establish a direct relationship with Mexican-American and Hispanic consumers in the United States to foster trade and make the Hispanic market grow and develop. Through their 100%-Made-in-Mexico products, these companies offer consumers a series of competitive advantages, which in many ways helps to protect the image and values of Mexico, Mexican-Americans and the Hispanic community in the United States.

During the event, the Mexican-American and Hispanic community will have the opportunity to interact with a strong group of businesses and see their services and products first hand. Latinos will also be able to express their concerns, preferences, tastes, consumer habits and general comments, which will promote further knowledge and understanding between these companies and Mexican- and Hispanic-owned companies in the United States.

The public is cordially invited to visit the stands of Bimbo, Corona Extra, Jumex, La Costeña, Mission Foods and TELMEX.

About the Corporate Council of Mexican-American Solidarity Foundation

The Corporate Council of Mexican-American Solidarity Foundation (Consejo Corporativo de la Fundación Solidaridad Mexicano Americana, A.C.) comprises of six of Mexico’s leading companies Bimbo, Corona Extra, Jumex, La Costeña, Mission Foods and TELMEX.

CONTACT:

Salvador Ramirez

Fundación Solidaridad Mexicano Americana, A.C.

Tel. (011) (+52) (55) 5658.4333

HISPANIC WOMEN UNITE TO CREATE ACQUA COMMUNICATIONS

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Miami, FL-(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–October 15, 2002–Acqua Communications, the newest alternative in the marketing and communications industry, celebrated its launch last Wednesday in an exclusive reception in Miami Beach with clients, personalities and friends, to commemorate the accomplishments obtained in the short time period since it began operations.

Acqua Communications, created and integrated by a team of women who united its years of experience within the different areas of communications, is what is known today as a “Boutique Agency”: A company that focuses and designs strategies based on its clients’ needs (low costs, experience, timely delivery, commitment, and measurable results), and more importantly, promotes personalized attention and customer satisfaction. Acqua Communications’ team is embodied by journalists, television producers, event coordinators, and marketing and promotions experts, among others.

“Communications and branding have been around for ages, but at Acqua Communications we see it differently”, said Priscilla Colón, President and COO of the company. “The name, Acqua, transmits the company’s concept: clear strategies, refreshing approach to communications, transparent messages, and ideas as deep as the ocean”.

Acqua Communications began operations four months ago, and in such a small time frame has successfully secured important clients and developed large scale projects that have begun to leave a blueprint within the marketing and communications industry.

In less than a week since its inauguration, the agency was retained by CART (Championship Auto Racing Team) to develop and promote a Satellite Media Tour for television stations across the world with 2002 Championship winner, Brazilian driver Cristiano da Matta. During the Grand Prix of Miami, Acqua Communications conducted and secured interviews, at a local and national level, with Mexican driver Adrián Fernández.

Among its roaster of clients, Acqua Communications also boasts Audi Interamericana Transport Industries, an automobile importer, Goodhealth Worldwide, a British-based health insurance underwriter,

AméricaEconomía, the leading business publication in Latin America, and Coldwell Banker’s Jane Morales, a real estate agent.

Recently, some of the company’s team members led media relations campaigns for events and concerts (Carlos Vives, Juan Luis Guerra), carried out test drives with Ford and General Motors for Automundo magazine, and acted as news editors for WSUA 1260 Caracol, among others.

NOTE TO THE MEDIA: Pictures available at http://www.acquacommunications.com/

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CONTACT:

ACQUA Communications

Amarilis Zozaya

305-860-6333 x24

or

Diana Montoya

305-860-6333 x23

East Los Angeles Celebrates Expansion of Kaiser Permanente Medical Offices

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ADVISORY…for Wednesday, October 16

–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–

“While many of the nation’s hospitals struggle to figure out how to give appropriate service to ethnically diverse patients, the East L.A. Medical Office is a blueprint of how to do it gracefully, consistently and effectively. For us, culturally responsive care is not a health trend, it’s a way of life” — Frank Meza, MD, MPH, Physician-in-Charge, East Los Angeles Medical Office

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WHAT:

East Los Angeles celebrates expansion of Kaiser Permanente Medical Offices

DATE:

Wednesday, October 16, 2002

TIME:

5 p.m. — “Taste of ELA” Reception

6 p.m. — Program

7 p.m. — Facility tour and Interviews with Dr. Meza (in English and Spanish). Also attending: Supervisor Gloria Molina and Assemblywoman Judy Chu

WHERE:

East Los Angeles Medical Offices 5119 Pomona Boulevard (60 Fwy, Atlantic Blvd., South to

Pomona Blvd.)

BACKGROUND:

The new two-story, 60,000 square-foot building is replacing the facility built in 1966 as the first Kaiser Permanente medical office in Southern California.

The original clinic served an average of 7,000 patients per month, providing non-emergency services for Kaiser Permanente members, low-income families and senior adults with Medicare, as well as health education classes to the general public.

The East LA facility is also a Kaiser Permanente Center for Excellence, specializing in the treatment of diabetes, a prevalent disease among Latinos. In addition, the Center provides medical care for children who do not qualify for state funding due to immigration status, as part of the Kaiser Cares for Kids, Plan 2, pilot program.

“TASTE OF ELA” VISUALS:

— Artwork by Self-Help Graphics is displayed in waiting areas.

— Mediterranean-style building designed by Taylor & Associates Architects and landscaped by local firm, Barrio Planners.

— Food from Tamayos, La Serenata de Garibaldi, El Tepeyac, and El Gallo Bakery, along with local crafts.

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CONTACT:

Kaiser Permanente, Southern California News Bureau

Roberta Tinajero, 323/783-4496 Pager: 323/341-2297

LOS ANGELES ORGANIZATIONS APPLAUD WAL-MART’S LOCAL ECONOMIC IMPACT AND GRASS-ROOTS EFFORTS

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Los Angeles, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–Oct. 15, 2002–The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) and other local representatives from area Hispanic organizations today applauded efforts by Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUB for their continuing efforts toward economic growth and community involvement in the greater Los Angeles area. A delegation toured area stores and met with local store managers to discuss and learn first hand about Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUB Good Works community involvement programs that focus on education, children and children’s health, local economic development and diversity initiatives.

“We applaud Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.’s commitment in continuing to work with organizations such as the Latino Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, the USHCC, LULAC and the Alliance for Minority Education, among many others in Los Angeles and other communities in California,” shared Candy Saenz, President of the South Bay Latino Chamber of Commerce. “Wal-Mart has supported Latino and other organizations for many years through jobs, volunteerism, training and community giving in — not only in Los Angeles, but in many cities across the nation.”

Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUB Good Works programs encompass a grassroots style of giving, enabling its associates to support and participate in their local community, thus improving the quality of life in local neighborhoods. A priority for Wal-Mart is to recognize the importance of community involvement, and to utilize this program as a means to effectively promote philanthropy among its associates.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates 10 Wal-Mart stores and 7 SAM’S CLUBS in Los Angeles County. In California alone last year, Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUB associates raised and contributed more than $9 million to benefit local organizations such as the California League of Cities Latino Caucus, ESL programs, LULAC, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and many California Children’s Hospitals — many also located in the LA County area.

Last year Wal-Mart and SAM’S CLUB associates raised and contributed more than $196 million to support local communities and non-profit organizations. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. is the proud recipient of the 2002 Ron Brown Presidential Award, the highest award in the nation recognizing employee and community corporate leadership. FORTUNE magazine has named Wal-Mart the third “most admired” company in America and one of the 100 best companies to work for in the United States. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. is the nation’s largest private employer of Hispanics and African Americans. More information about Wal-Mart can be located on-line at http://www.walmartstores.com and www.walmart.com. The SAM’S CLUB Web site can be accessed at http://www.samsclub.com. And more information about Wal-Mart’s Good Works community involvement programs is available online at http://www.walmartfoundation.org.

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CONTACT:

José R. Gómez

479/277-0608

STERLING FINANCIAL, A FLORIDA-BASED INVESTMENT BANK, OWNED BY HISPANIC AMERICAN, BREAKS INTO TOP 10 OF INC 500 MAGAZINE’S NATIONAL SURVEY OF FASTEST GROWING PRIVATE COMPANIES

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MIAMI–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 15, 2002–Sterling Financial Group of Companies Inc., a Florida-based investment-banking firm focused on the biotech and health care sectors was named as the # 8 fastest growing company in the United States by Inc magazine in their special annual issue, Inc 500, that will hit newsstands on October 15th. Just two months ago, Sterling Financial was named in the July/August issue of Hispanic Business magazine, as the number 1 fastest growing Hispanic company in the United States.

Sterling Financial, which has carved out a unique niche in the health care and bio tech sectors for providing insightful, actionable and forensic research on the more than 60 companies it covers, is the only “investment bank” to be on the Inc 500 list.

Sterling Financial is a diversified, international, financial services corporation that provides research, investment banking and asset management and risk management services in an unbiased client service environment.

To be eligible for the competition, companies must have been in business for at least five years. Charles Patrick Garcia, a Panamanian-American, founded Sterling Financial Group of Companies in 1997, five years ago, with a total of three employees working out of the cleaned out broom closet of another firm. Today, Sterling Financial employs more than 300 people working out of 50 offices in more than 7 countries.

The Inc 500 ranks privately held companies according to revenue growth over the past five years. Former Inc 500 companies that have gone on to become household names include Microsoft, Timberland, Domino’s Pizza and Patagonia.

During the past two years Sterling has earned numerous awards for its surprising rise in the financial services industry. In 2001 and 2000, the company was named the fastest growing privately held firm by the University of Florida Fischer School of Accounting; the first time a firm had won the award two consecutive years.

“This is the first Inc 500 ranking to reflect the full impact of the recession,” said Inc Editor John Koten. “Yet these entrepreneurs are managing to confound the naysayers and move ahead despite the obstacles. They’re showing that smart strategies can succeed even in the toughest of times.”

“The recognition confirms that we’re on track with our business approach,” says company founder and Chairman, Charles Garcia, “by focusing on doing one thing, providing exceptional research for the healthcare and biotech sectors, and doing it better than anyone else we have managed to create an excellent reputation in one of the most competitive industries, in a relatively short period of time and attract some of the largest and most respected money managers and financial institutions in the world as our clients.”

Charles Patrick Garcia is a Panamanian American, born in Washington D.C., but raised in Panama. Mr. Garcia is emerging as a leader in the area of education in both Florida and the nation having been appointed by President George Bush to the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans and also serves as only one of seven members of the Florida Board of Education, a position he was appointed to by Florida Governor Jeb Bush to a governmental committee that oversees Florida’s entire educational system.

Inc, the premier magazine for growing companies, may be accessed online at http://www.inc.com. The magazine is owned by Gruner + Jahr USA, one of the top-ranked magazine publishers in the U.S., reaching one of the

largest readerships in America. In addition to Inc, Gruner + Jahr USA publishes Fast Company, Child, Family Circle, Fitness, Parents and YM. G+J USA is 25.1% owned by the Jahr Group and 74.9% owned by Bertelsmann AG, the largest privately held and the fifth largest media company overall in the world with yearly revenues at $17.86 billion.

To learn more about Sterling Financial Investment Group visit the company’s website: http://www.mysterling.com.

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CONTACT:

Sterling Financial Investment Group, Fort Lauderdale, Fl

Jeff Mustard, 954/801-8263

or

Jorge Rodriguez, cell–786/306-9209