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AMERIGROUP ACQUIRES 184,000 MEMBERS OF FLORIDA MEDICAID PLAN

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Virginia Beach, Va–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–August 22, 2002–AMERIGROUP Corporation (Nasdaq/NM: AMGP), today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire PHP Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiary, Physicians Healthcare Plans, Inc. (together, PHP). PHP is a leading managed health care company focused on serving Medicaid and State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) recipients in Florida. Under the agreement, AMERIGROUP will serve all of PHP’s Medicaid and SCHIP members and operate under the name AMERIGROUP Florida, Inc. As of August 1, 2002, PHP served approximately 184,000 such members. AMERIGROUP will not acquire PHP’s CarePlus Health Plan, which will continue to serve its Medicare and commercial lines of business.

AMERIGROUP Florida will serve the needs of individuals receiving health care benefits under the state’s Medicaid and Healthy Kids, or SCHIP, programs, in addition to Summit Care Plan, a pilot elder care program to help seniors live safely in their homes as an alternative to nursing home care. AMERIGROUP Florida will operate in 12 counties in central and south Florida, including the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa metropolitan areas.

“This transaction combines the strengths, resources and experience of two dynamic companies committed to serving low-income families and the uninsured. PHP has a reputation as a well-run and respected organization. It has an outstanding record of customer service and community involvement, and has demonstrated an ability to improve the health status of its members and control costs,” said Jeffrey L. McWaters, chairman and CEO of AMERIGROUP Corporation. “We look forward to partnering with the State of Florida to further improve access to care and services, control escalating health care costs and reduce the number of uninsured.”

“This transaction will be our eighth acquisition. With our expansion into Florida, we will serve ten markets in six states. As we enter Florida, our concentration of market risk continues to diminish,” McWaters added.

AMERIGROUP will pay approximately $121 million for the acquisition. It is anticipated that approximately $60 million of the purchase price will be financed through AMERIGROUP’s existing credit facility with the balance funded through available unrestricted cash. Subject to receipt of regulatory approvals, the transaction is expected to become effective in the first quarter of 2003.

The acquisition is expected to be immediately accretive to earnings by approximately $0.25 to $0.30 per share in 2003 and add nearly $300 million of annualized revenues.

AMERIGROUP is experiencing favorable operating trends in its core business, so 2002 expenses to ensure a smooth transition of this acquisition should not result in a change to previous 2002 earnings guidance. As a result, earnings per share for the full year of 2002 are expected to be at the lower end of the Company’s previous guidance of $2.15 to $2.20.

“We are very pleased that our Medicaid line of business will be operated by a company that has demonstrated its commitment of quality service to providers and members, as well as an understanding of the unique cultural and special needs of the populations they serve,” said Michael B. Fernandez, chairman and CEO of the Physicians Healthcare Plans and CarePlus Health Plan. “Over the past eight years, AMERIGROUP has demonstrated this commitment in every acquisition and new market it enters. Their exclusive focus on the Medicaid population will assure continued quality service to our members and providers.”

AMERIGROUP senior management will discuss the transaction on a conference call, Thursday, August 22, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The conference can be accessed by dialing 1-800-585-9271. A recording of this conference call will be available from 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, August 22, until 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, August 29. To access the recording, dial 1-800-633-8284 and enter 20828807. A live webcast of the call also will be available at http://www.firstcallevents.com/service/ajwz364810824gf12.html or through the investor relations page on the AMERIGROUP web site at http://www.amerigroupcorp.com. A 30-day replay of this webcast will be available on these web sites approximately two hours following the conclusion of the live broadcast.

PHP Holdings, Inc., headquartered in Coral Gables, Florida, operates a series of managed care companies servicing the health care needs of Floridians. PHP currently covers in excess of 184,000 Medicaid and Healthy Kids members and approximately 40,000 Medicare members in Florida.

AMERIGROUP Corporation, headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is a multi-state managed health care company focused on serving people who receive health care benefits through state-sponsored programs including Medicaid, SCHIP, and FamilyCare. The Company currently operates in Maryland, Texas, New Jersey, Illinois and the District of Columbia.

For more information on AMERIGROUP Corporation, please visit the Company’s web site at http://www.amerigroupcorp.com.

This release is intended to be disclosure through methods reasonably designed to provide broad, non-exclusionary distribution to the public in compliance with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Fair Disclosure Regulation. This release contains certain ”forward-looking” statements, including statements related to acquired assets, closing dates, membership, revenues, transition expenses and earnings per share, made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause the Company’s actual results in future periods to differ materially from those projected or contemplated in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, national, state and local economic conditions, including their effect on the rate-setting process, timing of payments, as well as the availability and cost of labor, utilities and materials; the effect of government regulations and changes in regulations governing the health care industry, including our compliance with such regulations and their effect on our ability to manage our medical costs; changes in Medicaid payment levels and methodologies and the application of such methodologies by the government; liabilities and other claims asserted against the Company; our ability to attract and retain qualified personnel; our ability to maintain compliance with all minimum capital requirements; the availability and terms of capital to fund acquisitions and capital improvements; the competitive environment in which we operate; our ability to maintain and increase membership levels; and demographic changes.

Investors should also refer to our Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 12, 2002, for a discussion of risk factors. Given these risks and uncertainties, we can give no assurances that any forward-looking statements will, in fact, transpire and, therefore, caution investors not to place undue reliance on them. We specifically disclaim any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

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CONTACTO:

BVK/Meka

Ivon Brinis-Rodas

BVK/Meka

305-372-0028

or

AMERIGROUP Corporation

Scott M. Tabakin

757-321-3535

ACNIELSEN AND LUMINA AMERICAS LAUNCH END-TO-END HISPANIC MARKETING SERVICE

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Companies Link Consumer Insights and Marketing Expertise to Offer Single-Source Solution for Reaching the Hispanic Market

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug. 22, 2002–ACNielsen U.S., an operating unit of ACNielsen, a VNU Company, and Lumina Americas Inc., the leader in integrated marketing services for the Hispanic market, today announced the launch of a joint service to provide clients with end-to-end Hispanic marketing solutions. The joint service, E2E Hispanic Market Solutions, will provide companies with a complete marketing package – from conducting market research and developing an integrated marketing plan to executing the plan and assessing the results.

Nick Sorvillo, senior vice president, ACNielsen Homescan(R), said, “This new service is designed to make it easier than ever for companies to serve the growing base of Hispanic consumers in the United States. Too often companies have to cobble together the work of several marketing agencies to accomplish their objectives. With this service, we are providing a one-stop, start-to-finish solution for successfully reaching Hispanic consumers.”

Carlos Rossi, COO of Luminas Americas, said, “We are very excited about partnering with ACNielsen. Together we have tremendous analytic tools for gaining a unique and powerful understanding of Latino consumers in the United States. With this unprecedented service, we can provide companies with very specific go-to-market Hispanic marketing plans. We are also positioned to offer companies without Hispanic agencies our complete integrated marketing services, which encompass strategic planning, creative development, media and execution.”

E2E Hispanic Market Solutions will leverage ACNielsen’s gold standard Homescan Hispanic consumer panel and its Scantrack(R) Ethnic Marketing Service to understand the shopping behavior of various segments of the Hispanic market. In addition, the service will draw on Lumina Americas’ unparalleled expertise in the U.S. Hispanic market to interpret the research findings, provide insights, and develop an actionable, measurable marketing plan tailored to each client’s objectives. E2E Hispanic Market Solutions can even execute the marketing plan and assess results.

A team of both ACNielsen and Lumina Americas representatives are marketing the new service, which is available now.

Today’s announcement was made here during Category Masters, ACNielsen’s annual client conference attended by over 500 executives from the consumer packaged goods industry. The 2003 event will bring together ACNielsen’s Category Masters with Spectra’s Consumer-Centric Marketing conference. The combined-event will be held next March in Phoenix.

ACNielsen, a VNU company, is the world’s leading marketing information company. Offering services in more than 100 countries, the company provides measurement and analysis of marketplace dynamics and consumer attitudes and behavior. Clients rely on ACNielsen’s market research, proprietary products, analytical tools and professional service to understand competitive performance, to uncover new opportunities and to raise the profitability of their marketing and sales campaigns.

Lumina Americas, Inc. is a leading integrated Hispanic marketing services company providing marketing, market research and consulting services for the U.S. Hispanic and Latin American markets. Lumina Americas has operations throughout the United States, Mexico and Argentina.

Note to Editors: Look for this press release and other ACNielsen news on the Internet at http://acnielsen.com/news.

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CONTACT:

ACNielsen

Matt Bell, 847/605-5686

U.S. ARMY TO ANNOUNCE RESULTS OF 2002 RECRUITING AND RETENTION EFFORTS

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–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–

ADVISORY for Thursday August 22

Who:

Les Brownlee, Under Secretary of the Army and other senior Army Leaders

What:

Army officials will update the media on results of the Army’s attainment of 2002 fiscal year recruiting goals; including Hispanic recruitment goals. Officials will also provide highlights of new initiatives for 2003 recruiting and discuss recruiting efforts for Army Special Forces and other military occupational specialties.

Where:

Press Conference at the Pentagon in the Pentagon Courtyard

When:

Thursday, August 22, 2002, 11 a.m.

Additional Information:

Mr. Brownlee will recognize the recruiting team of Active and Army Reserve recruiters and retention Sergeants representing over 400 recruiting stations across the United States. This will be followed by a question and-answer period with the media.

The Army will escort media representatives who do not have Pentagon press credentials at 10:15 a.m. from the Pentagon’s Metro entrance to the Pentagon Courtyard press conference. The Army will provide a multiple box for sound, and a tented audience and filming area.

Spanish materials and interviews will be available.

For more information on the event or to cover the announcement, Spanish media representatives may contact Irma Calderon at 210-865-1359. Additional media contacts can also be made to Dave Foster at (703) 602-3952 or Paul Boyce at (703) 602-4211.

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CONTACT:

The Cartel Group

Irma Calderon

210-865-1359

or

Dave Foster

703-602-3952

or

Paul Boyce

703-602-421

CAREERSPORTS SOCCER ACADEMY: MIAMI SHOWCASES TALENT; UNDER 17 INTERNATIONAL SCRIMMAGE DEMONSTRATES GAP BETWEEN US AND EUROPE

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MIAMI–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug. 21, 2002–Blackburn Rovers, one of Europe’s leading soccer clubs and the home club of Brad Friedel, made their mark in South Florida over the weekend and demonstrated the huge benefit of a development program within a full time academy structure favored by Europe’s elite.

CareerSports Soccer Academy: Miami, the recently launched academy dedicated to providing exceptionally talented kids with a “soccer gateway” to a professional career, invited Boston Bulldogs and Blackburn Rovers under-17 teams to compete in a three-way scrimmage. `The CareerSports International Super Scrimmage’ took place at The Sunrise Hilton in Plantation over three days from August 15th.

With the help of many of the leading clubs and coaches in Dade and Broward County, the CareerSports Soccer Academy’s team of leading international coaches hand picked their initial squad of 18 boys to showcase against leading opposition from Europe. The squad trained over four days in preparation for their first opportunity to match themselves against International competition of the highest standard.

According to former England National Youth Coach and The CareerSports Soccer Academy Director for North America Steve Rutter, “We expected to face tough opposition from both teams, particularly against Blackburn Rovers. This gave ours boys tremendous experience. Even the most exceptional talent in South Florida has, in the past, only had the opportunity to compete at state or regional level. As a result of this, their training programs have been targeted to meet this challenge. Our aim is to take these kids to the next stage of development so they are able to compete against the best in the world.”

Team Captain for The CareerSports Soccer Academy, Ryan Kinsley said: “I felt we were evenly matched during the first half against Blackburn Rovers which ended 0-0. In the second half we began to tire which our opponents took advantage of. They were able to step up a gear and increase their work rate. We’ve learned a valuable lesson as players, and realize the significant amount of work there is to be done to play at a professional level.”

The CareerSports International Super Scrimmage was the first of many International invitational scrimmage events that will be coordinated and run by The CareerSports Soccer Academy. The aim is to bring the best competition, experience and match-play to the academy so that South Florida’s most exceptional players are consistently exposed to the high standard of soccer played by the rest of the world.

Final Scores:

— Thursday, August 15 – The CareerSports Soccer Academy 1 Boston Bulldogs 1

— Friday, August 16 – Blackburn Rovers 9 Boston Bulldogs 1

— Saturday, August 17 – The CareerSports Soccer Academy 1Blackburn Rovers 5

Note: A Photo is available at URL:

http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/photo.cgi?pw.082102/bb4

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CONTACT:

CareerSports International Media Office, Miami

Elliott Stares or Rosa Lamela

305/490-1985 or 305/412-9141

HMCA PRESENTS ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ON DOING BUSINESS IN LATIN AMERICA

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Miami, FL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–August 21, 2002–The Hispanic Marketing & Communication Association, HMCA, will offer a half-day workshop entitled “Insights on Doing Business in Latin America,” on Thursday, September 5, 2002 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by the Sun Sentinel and will be held in their main floor auditorium- 200 East Las Olas Blvd.

The panelists include the Honorable Diana Wasserman-Rubin, Vice Chairperson, Broward County Board of County Commissioners; Tim Scerba Managing Director of Edelman Public Relations- Latin America; Frank Nieves, President Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce of Broward County and Doreen Hemlock, International Business Reporter for the Sun Sentinel.

The workshop will feature speakers discussing their experiences, opinions and insights on conducting business in Latin American markets. Additionally, the agenda highlights why South Florida is a natural point of departure for Latin American business, sample techniques, suggestions to help marketers increase market share and Latin American market Do’s & Don’ts.

Costs for the workshop are as follows: $29 for HMCA Members, $39 guests and $19 for students with valid I.D. Lunch is included and parking is available but not included with registration. Early registration is suggested, as space is limited. To RSVP and for any questions please call 305-648-2848 or visit the HMCA website at http://www.hmca.org. Checks should be payable to Hispanic Marketing & Communication Association, and mailed to P.O. Box 56 5891 Miami, Fl 33256-5891. No-shows will be billed.

HMCA is a Miami-based, independent organization whose members are individuals of diverse backgrounds with a common interest in the Hispanic market in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. HMCA’s regular roundtables, seminar and workshops serve as forums to discuss interesting, timely issues; to encourage professional development; and provide opportunities to network among practitioners in marketing, advertising, media, public relations, and other communication fields, who practice or have an interest in the Hispanic market.

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CONTACT:

Hispanic Marketing & Communication Association

(305) 648-2848

LYNNE CAMERON OF CHANNEL 4 WFOR-TV TO BE HONORED AT PRSA-MIAMI ROYAL PALM AWARD LUNCHEON ON SEPT. 20

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The Luncheon Will Recognize This Year’s Ev Clay/PRSA-Miami Endowment

Scholarship Winners

MIAMI, Florida–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–August 20, 2002–The Public Relations Society of America’s (PRSA) Miami Chapter is to honor WFOR Channel 4’s Lynne Cameron with its sixth Royal Palm Award at its annual scholarship luncheon Friday, Sept. 20, at the Rusty Pelican on Key Biscayne.

Cameron is executive director of “Neighbors 4 Neighbors,” a non-profit organization formed by the local CBS affiliate in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew that creates partnerships and develops resources for the needy in South Florida. Prior to joining “Neighbors 4 Neighbors” in 1993, Cameron worked as an independent consultant in the field of publicity, special events and community relations, with particular emphasis on arts and the environment. In 1987, her work on behalf of Biscayne National Park won the first national Take Pride in America Award for client Herbert W. Hoover.

The luncheon will raise money for the 17-year-old Ev Clay/PRSA Miami Chapter Endowment Fund which offers scholarships to outstanding local students who are studying public relations. This year’s scholarship winners are Erica Cirillo from Miami-Dade Community College, Terrianne Campbell from Florida International University and Julio J. Barroso from University of Miami.

Each year PRSA Miami Chapter honors a member of the community who demonstrates excellence in communications and has made a significant contribution to Miami-Dade County while advancing the values and beliefs held in high regard by PRSA. Past winners include Merrett Stierheim, Ron Levitt, Hank Meyer, Bryan Norcross and Tony Burns.

A reception begins at 11:45 a.m., followed by a luncheon from 12:15-2 p.m. The cost is $40 for PRSA members, $50 for non-members and $25 for students and family members.

R.S.V.P. to Maggie Pearson, Stuart Newman Associates, at (305) 461-3300 or mpearson@newmanpr.com.

For more information about the PRSA Miami Chapter, visit the Web site at http://www.prsamiami.org.

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CONTACT:

Maggie Pearson

305-461-3300

MILLER LITE TEXAS TITLE BELT SERIES

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ADVISORY for Aug. 20-23

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

TUES. AUG. 20

2:00 PM…Police Athletic League Gym

MEDIA WORKOUT

Local Boxers, Danny Flores

WED. AUG. 21

2:00 PM…Holiday Inn, Emerald Beach

MEDIA CONFERENCE

Main Event Fighters, Velardez/Ruiz

Miller Lite Tx Title Belt fighters, Flores/Ponce

THUR. AUG. 22

2:00 PM…Holiday Inn, Emerald Beach

OFFICIAL WEIGH-IN

Fighters step on scale at 3:00 PM

FRI. AUG. 23

FIGHT DAY…Memorial Coliseum

-TV LIVE SHOTS WELCOME-

6:30 PM…DOORS OPEN,

7:30 PM…FIRST FIGHT

8:00 PM…TV BROADCAST BEGINS

9:10 PM…ESTIMATED TIME OF MAIN EVENT

In its fifth year, the Miller Lite Texas Title Belt series continues to provide a platform for up-and-coming fighters as well as established champions to showcase their talent across Texas. In 2002, the series will feature 16 events in 13 Texas cities with Top Rank, Inc. and Main Events providing some of the biggest names in the sport. The Miller Lite Texas Title Belt series will air live as part of Solo Boxeo, a prime time boxing show on the new Spanish-language network, Telefutura. A portion of the proceeds from the Miller Lite Texas Title Belt benefit the Adelante U.S. Education Leadership Fund, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing higher education opportunities for Hispanic college students.

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CONTACT:

Bedford Agency

Lester Bedford,

817-788-0044, 817-296-4546 (cell)

or

Miller Brewing Co.

Mike Morales

210-495-0340, Ext. 2233

TELMEX USA ANNOUNCES EASY ACCESS TO TELECOMMUNICATIONS SOLUTIONS FOR U.S. AND CANADIAN COMPANIES FOR THEIR BUSINESS NEEDS IN MEXICO

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San Diego, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–August 20, 2002–TELMEX USA, LLC announced that its new Corporate Client Sales and Support Center, “CECOR”, is now available to American and Canadian small to medium size businesses with telecommunication needs in Mexico.

The Corporate Client Sales & Support Center (CECOR in Spanish) will help tailor a comprehensive telecommunications strategy to meet any corporate needs in Mexico.

For installation of new or additional business lines, international 800 service, digital switchboards, web site hosting, and domestic and international calling plans, call CECOR Sales & Support Center at 1 800 625 7566 (bilingual support).

Javier Rosado, TELMEX USA’s CEO, stated, “TELMEX USA received many requests from American and Canadian businesses for information about TELMEX business products and services; the CECOR Sales & Support Center was designed to provide solutions for them.”

Forbes honored TELMEX with the annual award for “Best Telecommunications Company” in April of this year.

For assistance, call CECOR at 1 800 625 7566 where account specialists are available from 7:00AM to 5:00PM (PST) or send an email to B2B@TELMEXUSA.COM

Since its opening in early 1997, TELMEX USA, L.L.C. has enjoyed success in serving the U.S. Hispanic market with products such as Mexico en Linea, Pagos desde Estados Unidos and Pay in the USA. Company headquarters are located in San Diego, California.

TELMEX USA is a wholly owned subsidiary of Teléfonos de México S.A. de C.V., or TELMEX (NYSE: TMX), which owns and operates the largest and most advanced communications network in Mexico. Since its privatization in 1990, TELMEX has quickly risen to become Latin America’s telecommunications leader. TELMEX uses its state-of-the-art fiber optic digital network to provide local, domestic and international long-distance telecommunications services, as well as Internet, data, and video transmission services within, to and from Mexico.

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CONTACT:

TELMEX USA, LLC

Marketing Public Relations

Catherine Milsom

858 505 3904

Cell: 619 248 9339

GUYS GAIN A NEW EDGE IN THE DATING GAME WITH AXE DEODORANT WARNING: NOT YOUR GRANDFATHER’S OLD STICK

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NEW YORK,NY–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–August 20, 2002–Ah, the sweet smell of success is here for guys. The success in knowing the ladies’ heads now will be turning at the new scents of young men across North America from Vancouver to Miami. Today marks the U.S. and Canadian unleashing of AXE, the world’s No. 1 male deodorant brand, used by young men all over their bodies to fight B.O. and keep them smelling great all day, every day, so they are free to concentrate on more important things – like girls.

“We all have experienced how harsh the dating game can be for guys. But now, guys here are beginning to realize that grooming is a very effective way to get noticed by girls,” says Diggi Thomson, AXE North American brand director. “In fact, millions of guys around the world have made AXE integral to their grooming and dating arsenals for years because of the AXE Effect-when guys wearing Axe seem to become more interesting and attractive to young women, with some surprising, exciting and humorous results.”

“NOT YOUR GRANDFATHER’S OLD STICK”

The global popularity of AXE is powerful and growing even in countries where it has been an established brand for a decade or more. AXE is sold in 60-plus countries, more than any other male deodorant brand. Guys, in Europe, women make half of AXE purchases. Someone knows what smells good on a guy.

In a recent survey, young men in the U.K. ranked AXE as a brand “for them” (59%) – up with Nike (50%), PlayStation (45%) and Levis (29%). Additionally, one out of two young men in the U.K. has at least one can of AXE in his medicine cabinet.

REACH FOR AXE, AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE

“Male grooming is booming. Young men spend an average of 51 minutes every day in the bathroom getting ready and they also are the only age group to spend more on fashion and grooming in 2001 than 2000,” says Jane Buckingham, founder and CEO of Youth Intelligence. “Men’s magazines now emphasize fashion, peers compare brands of jeans and girls ‘shop’ for stylish guys. Axe’s arrival gives young men in the United States and Canada the opportunity to use a deodorant product that’s more for them and doesn’t smell like something they pulled out of their grandfather’s medicine cabinet.”

According to a recent U.S. AXE Effect Survey, less that one of five guys worry about how they smell when they get close physically with a girl. That tragic mistake is even more shocking when you consider that women cite odor as the No. 1 deal breaker when considering a guy for a date. Fellas can spend all the time and money in the world on clothes and appearance, but if there’s odor-it’s game over.

Guys, love only stinks if you do.

Eighty-three percent of the guys and 70 percent of the women in The AXE Survey agree that women hold the cards when it comes to dating. In other words, every night is ladies choice. It is more important than ever for a guy to know what’s going to turn a woman on – or he’s going to ride the pine all night. (if that’s to racy – can go with “or he’s sitting on the bench/or he’s not even getting into the game…)

THE NOSE THAT LAUNCHED A THOUSAND SNIFFS

One of AXE’s not-so-secret weapons-and a key to the brand’s success-is the contribution of world-renown fragrance specialist Ann Gottlieb. Most people probably don’t know her name, but most everyone has smelled her work. She’s “the nose” behind the creation of CK One and other global olfactory mega-hits. Gottlieb has developed many of AXE’s fragrances, including the premiere line-up that is being launched in the U.S. and Canada.

“Young men and women are extremely conscious of, and often defined by, the fragrances they wear,” says Gottlieb. “As we continue to add new fragrances to the worldwide AXE line of deodorant bodysprays annually, we develop scents that young men want to wear and that appeal to women. In fact, we define the AXE fragrances by personality. For example, Orion has the energy of a guy into extreme sports, while a Kilo guy is more ‘ambery’ and warm, a guy who likes the outdoors.”

THE AXE INVASION

The North American launch activities and marketing support includes: award-winning global advertising, cinema advertising, a wild helicopter delivery of the first North American cases of AXE; a FHM magazine welcome AXE bash at a trendy Manhattan nightclub; a cross-country AXE Casting Coach tour where guys can audition to be the first American AXE Guy; AXE sponsorship of select MTV Video Music Awards events; and creative interactive programming with http://www.liquidgeneration.com and http://www.TheAxeEffect.com

AXE is available at food drug and mass outlets at a suggested retail price of between $3.99 and $4.99. AXE comes fully loaded in funky black cans and six masculine fragrances: Apollo, Kilo, Orion, Phoenix, Tsunami and Voodoo. These irresistible scents provide the multi-tasking that more and more young men want: deodorant protection and fragrances to reflect their personalities and moods.

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CONTACT:

Barbie Casasus

Edelman Diversity Solutions

212.704.8163

JACK ROLLS OUT TAQUITOS

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SAN DIEGO, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–August 19, 2002–Jack might be a real hamburger-and-fries kinda guy, but he still loves to spice things up a bit. From his tacos to bacon cheddar potato wedges, Jack has never been afraid to add new flavors and tasty twists to differentiate his fast-food menu from others. And beginning on August 19, he’ll do it again with his newest product – taquitos. Made with seasoned beef rolled into a corn tortilla, Jack’s taquitos are the perfect finger food – easy to dip and less messy than traditional tacos. Taquitos are also the ideal addition to Jack’s innovative snack menu that features mozzarella cheese sticks, egg rolls and stuffed jalapenos.

“While taquitos are very unique for a hamburger chain, adding them to our menu is really a natural progression of what we’ve been doing for years,” said Janet McCulley, product manager for Jack in the Box. “Jack is known for taking items you might find in sit-down restaurants and offering them in the quick-serve arena.”

Jack’s taquitos come in two serving sizes – three pieces for a recommended $1.49 and five pieces for a recommended $2.29. The taquitos come with hot sauce, but guests can order a side of real guacamole for 39 cents or sour cream for 29 cents.

Founded in 1951, Jack in the Box Inc. (NYSE: JBX) is the nation’s first major drive-thru hamburger chain. The San Diego-based company operates or franchises more than 1,840 quick-serve restaurants in 17 states and has 43,000 employees.

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CONTACT:

Jack In The Box

Kathleen Finn

858/571-2301

Manager, Corporate Communications

Website :http://www.jackinthebox.com

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DOW SCIENTIST JAIME SIMON WINS NATIONAL HISPANIC AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT IN SCIENCE

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MIDLAND, Mich.–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug. 19, 2002–The Dow Chemical Company announced today that the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation (HENAAC) has awarded Jaime (Jim) Simon, Ph.D., a research and development scientist with Dow Pharmaceuticals Growth Group, the 2002 award for Outstanding Technical Achievement in Science. In addition, Carlos Nuila, global research and development director for Dow Epoxy Products & Intermediates, was a finalist for the Executive Excellence Award in the Industry category.

Selected by an independent group of representatives in industry, government and academia from across the United States, the HENAAC Award recognizes and honors the nation’s most successful Hispanic engineers, scientists and technology leaders.

“As a corporation, Dow’s mission is to constantly improve what is essential to human progress by mastering science and technology. When examining their careers, there can be no doubt that the accomplishments that Jim and Carlos have made address Dow’s mission on every level.” said Richard M. Gross, corporate vice president for research and development at Dow. “Consistently, these individuals help set the standard for Dow leaders and reflect Dow’s values of integrity, respect for people, unity, outside-in focus, agility and innovation.”

Simon will be honored, along with the other winners, during the HENAAC Awards Show on October 18, 2002 in South Padre Island, Texas.

“Jim and Carlos are exemplary role models both at Dow and throughout the engineering and scientific communities,” noted Leo Salinas, co-chair of the Dow Hispanic Latin Network and Environmental Operations R&D. “They truly are winners from both a professional and cultural standpoint. On behalf of the Dow Hispanic Latin Network, I congratulate them as we celebrate their success.”

About Simon

Originally from Guines, Havana, Cuba, Simon holds a degree in radiochemistry from the University of Missouri at Columbia. Simon won the HENAAC Award based on his involvement in the development of new technologies with an emphasis on radiopharmaceuticals, radioanalytical, remediation of radioactive sites, chelation chemistry and consumer products. Since joining Dow in 1980, Simon has worked on many breakthrough projects, including a partnership with the University of Missouri that led to the development of Quadramet(TM) for the treatment of pain associated with bone cancer. In addition, he was instrumental in the development of Iotrex(TM), a drug used to treat brain cancer.

About Nuila

Originally from El Salvador, Nuila holds a chemical engineering degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He was nominated for the HENAAC Award based on his many achievements since 1979, when he began his career as a research engineer for Dow inorganic chemicals. Nuila currently serves as director of research and development for the Epoxy Products and Intermediates business in the Dow Thermoset Business Group.

Throughout his career at Dow, Nuila has been driven to use science to help improve daily life. Early in his career, he directed the research group responsible for developing advanced air separation membranes. This technology is now used to ensure that fruit and other produce arrive at their destinations in peak condition. In 1989, working with Dow Heat Transfer Fluids, Nuila led a team that implemented new analytical laboratory capabilities to support the U.S. natural gas transmission industry. The resulting analysis kit allowed companies to fix potential problems before they occurred – helping keep homes across America warm throughout the winter. He also was instrumental in founding the Hispanic Latin Network, a cultural network at Dow.

Dow is a leading science and technology company that provides innovative chemical, plastic and agricultural products and services to many essential consumer markets. With annual sales of $28 billion, Dow serves customers in more than 170 countries and a wide range of markets that are vital to human progress, including food, transportation, health and medicine, personal and home care, and building and construction, among others. Committed to the principles of Sustainable Development, Dow and its approximately 50,000 employees seek to balance economic, environmental and social responsibilities.

For further information, visit Dow’s Web site at http://www.dow.com.

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CONTACT:

The Dow Chemical Company

Dan Taylor, 989/636-5005

or

Gibbs & Soell, Inc.

Mike Crisp, 212/697-2600

ZOOM MEDIA GROUP FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST FORMER CEO

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MIAMI BEACH, FL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug. 17, 2002–Zoom Media Group has filed a civil lawsuit against Maria Garana, the company’s former CEO, and John Reuter, a former director of Zoom Media Group and the publisher of Grupo Expansion. The suit was filed in the Circuit Court of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County Florida. The civil complaint alleges that the defendants breached fiduciary duties they owed to the company, and also alleges constructive fraud. The company intends to vigorously prosecute this action.

Zoom Media Group publishes PODER and LOFT magazines. Its principle investors are Glacier Investments, Citigroup, Bank of America, Latin Rim, El Universal and the company’s founders.

MUN2 TELEVISIÓN BROADCASTS CASTING TO SELECT NEW HOSTS FOR TV SHOW “CHAT”

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MIAMI, FL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–Friday, August 16, 2002–mun2 televisión, the best cable television alternative for young Latinos in the U.S. presents a live on-air casting to select young, fun and opinionated new hosts for its “Chat” television show. The auditions will air on August 22, 27, 29 and September 3, 5, 10 and 12 at 9:30pm et/pt. Winners will be selected through a panel of judges, and viewer interaction.

Each on-air audition will feature five “Chat” hopefuls who will join the provocative discussion and do their very best to show off their attitude, and express their hard core opinions on topics that impact young Latinos today. “Chat” is the first talk show to provide a forum for young U.S. Latinos. The live one-hour interactive program airs Monday through Friday at 8PM ET/PT. The new cast of “Chat” will premiere on September 30th when the show moves to 10PM due to popular demand. “Chat” gives young U.S. Latinos a voice, giving them the ability to exchange ideas and discuss controversial topics honestly, without feeling persecuted or censored.

mun2 televisión is the new cable alternative for young U.S. Latinos. Its fresh, new and authentic programming line-up reaches more than 5.2 million total households. The network is part of Telemundo Cable, which owns the news and entertainment channel Telemundo Internacional and distributes Mexico-based music video channel Videorola. Telemundo Cable is a division of Telemundo Communications Group, Inc, which owns and operates ten U.S. full-power UHF stations serving the eight largest Hispanic markets, and also owns and operates the leading full-power television station and related production facilities in Puerto Rico. Telemundo is operated by NBC.

MARIA LOPEZ-ALVAREZ AND SYLVIA ROSABAL-LEY NAMED VICE PRESIDENTS & CO-NEWS DIRECTORS OF UNIVISION NETWORK

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LOS ANGELES, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–AUGUST 16, 2002–Univision Communications Inc. (NYSE: UVN), the nation’s leading Spanish-language media company, today announced that Maria Lopez- Alvarez, Vice President and Director of News/Entertainment Programs and Sylvia Rosabal-Ley, Vice President and Director of News Coverage will oversee Univision Network’s news division. Both have been named Vice President and Co-News Director, effective immediately. Lopez-Alvarez and Rosabal-Ley will be jointly responsible for overseeing Univision Network’s Emmy-award winning newscast “Noticiero Univision” as well as “Noticiero Univision Ultima Hora,” “Noticiero Univision Fin de Semana,” “Primer Impacto,” “Aqui y Ahora,” “Noticias Univision Presenta,” “Ver Para Creer,” “Pica y Se Extiende” and “El Gordo y la Flaca.” They will remain based in Miami and will report to Ray Rodriguez, President and Chief Operating Officer, Univision Television Networks.

“These well deserved promotions reflect the many contributions that Maria and Sylvia have made to the tremendous growth of our news divisions over the last 20 years,” said Rodriguez. “Individually, they have been instrumental in the success of many news and special coverage segments and we look forward to their continued accomplishments as they lead Univision’s award-winning news coverage to new levels of success at this exciting time in the Company’s history.”

“It has been a privilege to be a part of Univision’s many accomplishments in providing the highest-quality and most culturally relevant news and information to the nation’s Hispanic community since the start of my career,” said Lopez-Alvarez. “I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to expand my responsibilities and am eager to work hand-in-hand with Sylvia to ensure Univision’s Network news remains the leader in Spanish-language information programming.”

“Univision is the most exciting media company in the United States today,” said Rosabal-Ley. “I am extremely proud to be able to contribute to the Network in a more advanced role and look forward to teaming up with Maria as the Network continues to grow to meet the needs of the nation’s 35 million Hispanics. Univision’s unique ability to deliver distinctive and innovative programming will allow us to build on the Company’s tremendous successes and maintain our position as the preeminent Spanish-language television broadcaster in the U.S.”

Most recently, Lopez-Alvarez served as Univision’s Vice President and Director of News/Entertainment Programs. In that capacity, she was an integral part of the development and success of many of the news division’s programs, including “Noticias y Mas,” “Primer Impacto,” “Primer Impacto Edicion Nocturna,” “El Gordo y la Flaca,” “Imagenes de Impacto,” “Ver Para Creer” and “Pica y se Extiende,” in addition to several highly-rated prime-time specials. Under her leadership, “Primer Impacto” was the recipient of an Edward R. Murrow award in 1998.

Lopez-Alvarez began her tenure with Univision at WLTV-Miami, as a Newscast Producer. She later became the station’s Executive Producer of special coverage. In 1991 she moved to Univision Network as Executive Producer, where she launched “Noticias y Mas.” Lopez-Alvarez graduated from the University of Miami in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications.

Most recently, Rosabal-Ley served as Vice President and Director of News Coverage, where she was responsible for “Despierta America” news coverage, all editions of “Noticiero Univision,” “Noticiero Univision/Ultima Hora,” “Aqui y Ahora,” and the “Noticias Univision Presenta” news specials. In addition, she has been a key figure in the success of Univision’s breaking news and special coverage, including the 9-11 tragedy and the United States’ war on terrorism.

Rosabal-Ley began her tenure with the Company in 1984. In 1985, she began working at WLTV-Miami as a night Assignment Editor, later becoming Producer of Newscasts, and finally, Executive Producer. In 1991, she moved to Univision Network as Executive Producer and in 1993 became Assistant News Director. Rosabal-Ley played a key role in news coverages, which won an Edward R. Murrow award and two national Emmy awards for Univision news. She graduated from the University of Miami in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications.

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 72% of U.S. Hispanic Households; Univision Television Group, which owns and operates 22 television stations; TeleFutura Television Group which owns and operates 28 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.

INTERNATIONAL MUSIC MAKERS INTRODUCES INTERNATIONAL BOY BAND CTO TO MIAMI PRESS AND RECORDING EXECUTIVES

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ADVISORY for Tuesday, August 20th, 2002

WHAT:

Guatemalan Boy Band CTO will perform a Special show for Recording Industry Executives and members of the media in Miami. This marks the group’s first live performance in Miami.

WHEN:

Tuesday August 20th , 2002

Media check in : 6:00 p.m.

Performance time: 6:30 p.m.

WHERE:

MACARENA

1334 Washington Avenue

South Beach, Miami

BACKGROUND:

International Music Makers was founded by Manager/Producer Eddy S. Mayen, to discover, develop, and Manage Music artists worldwide. IMM signed CTO for exclusive representation in March 2002, and recently released CTO’s first Single in the United States titled “MANOS ARRIBA”. Bryan, Tito, Harold, Luis and Angel are CTO.

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CONTACT:

CELEBRITY PUBLIC RELATIONS

Ruben Malaret

305-422-2900, Miami

212-802-9000, New York

310-226-8002, Beverly Hills

LEXAPRO(TM), THE SINGLE-ISOMER OF CELEXA(TM), RECEIVES FDA APPROVAL FOR THE TREATMENT OF MAJOR DEPRESSION

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NEW YORK, NY–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–August 15, 2002–Forest Laboratories, Inc., (NYSE:FRX) announced today that Lexapro(TM) (escitalopram oxalate), a powerful, effective and well-tolerated selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of major depressive disorder. Forest expects Lexapro to be available in pharmacies by September 5th.

“There is a definite need for newer therapies that specifically address the critical issues that most interfere with the treatment of depression, including low response to medications and intolerable side effects,” said Jack M. Gorman, M.D., Lieber Professor and Vice Chair for Research of the Department of Psychiatry at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University. “Lexapro is a welcomed treatment option because it offers many patients relief from depression symptoms quickly, with few side effects and a low risk of drug interactions.”

Lexapro’s efficacy and tolerability have been demonstrated in clinical trials. The recommended dose of Lexapro is 10 mg daily, which was comparable in a clinical trial to the higher titrated dose of Celexa at 40 mg daily. Additionally, many patients taking Lexapro 10 mg per day demonstrated a significant improvement in depressive symptoms beginning after the first or second week of treatment.

“While Celexa, which Forest first introduced in 1998, is still the fastest growing SSRI in the market and has proven effective in the treatment of major depression, Lexapro’s combination of tolerability and powerful efficacy, resulting in many patients experiencing relief early in their treatment, may make it highly desirable for the treatment of major depression,” said Howard Solomon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Forest Laboratories.

Clinical Trials

Lexapro’s approval was based on efficacy and safety data from clinical trials involving more than 1,100 patients, including men and women ages 18-65 with moderate and severe depression.

In a double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter study, 491 patients with an ongoing major depressive episode were randomized for eight weeks to one of four trial arms: placebo, Lexapro at 10 mg per day, Lexapro at 20 mg per day, or Celexa at 40 mg per day. Lexapro at 10 mg per day and 20 mg per day demonstrated significantly greater improvement relative to placebo (p 0.01). Additionally, Lexapro 10 mg was shown to be as effective as 40 mg of Celexa on the major efficacy outcome variables. The Montgomery Asberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS), which was the prospectively defined primary endpoint, showed that patients taking Lexapro 10 or 20 mg per day significantly improved relative to patients taking placebo beginning at week two and maintained that separation at all time points. Secondary endpoint measures, including the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAM-D), the HAM-D mood item, and Clinical Global Impression of Improvement (CGI-I), showed that Lexapro 10 and 20 mg per day statistically separated from placebo at either week one or two, while Celexa separated later.

In a pooled analysis of three eight-week studies of Lexapro, Celexa, and placebo in patients with major depressive disorder, researchers found that Lexapro was statistically superior to placebo in all common efficacy measures, including MADRS and CGI-I, beginning at week one and continuing throughout the study period.

Lexapro was well tolerated at doses of 10 and 20 mg per day. Lexapro dropout rates due to adverse events and the overall incidence of side effects for the 10 mg daily dose were comparable to placebo in the studies. In the comprehensive safety database for Lexapro, only one adverse event, nausea (15% for Lexapro-treated patients vs. 7% for placebo-treated patients), occurred in more than 10% of patients. The most common

adverse events reported with LEXAPRO vs. placebo (occurring >5% and approximately twice the incidence of placebo) were nausea (15% vs. 7%), insomnia (9% vs. 4%), ejaculation disorder (9% vs. <1%), somnolence (6% vs. 2%), sweating increased (5% vs. 2%) and fatigue (5% vs. 2%).

About Depression

Each year, nearly 19 million adult Americans suffer from a depressive illness. One of every 4 women and 1 in 10 men can expect to be diagnosed with depression during their lifetime. Depression costs the United States an estimated $44 billion each year. The World Health Organization predicts depression will become the leading cause of disability by the year 2020.

About Lexapro: An Isomer of Celexa

LEXAPRO is the product of a relatively new approach that involves the removal of one of two enantiomers from Celexa to create a single-enantiomer drug. Celexa is a racemic mixture of two mirror-image halves called the S- and R-enantiomers. With Lexapro, the R-enantiomer (that does not contribute to Celexa’s antidepressant activity) has been removed, leaving only the therapeutically active S-enantiomer.

Forest Laboratories licensed Lexapro from the Danish pharmaceutical firm H. Lundbeck A/S, which developed both citalopram and escitalopram in Europe. Escitalopram is currently approved for marketing in several European countries, including Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, Belgium, Great Britain, France, Ireland, and Austria, under the name Cipralex.

About Forest Laboratories and Its Products

Forest Laboratories develops, manufactures, and sells ethical pharmaceutical products that are used for the treatment of a wide range of illnesses. Forest’s growing line of products includes: Celexa, which has been prescribed for more than eight million U.S. patients and is the fastest growing antidepressant in the U.S.; Tiazac(R), a once-daily diltiazem, which is indicated for the treatment of angina and hypertension; and Aerobid(R) an inhaled steroid indicated for the treatment of asthma. The Company has also entered into a co-promotion agreement with Sankyo of Japan for the marketing of Benicar(TM)* for the treatment of hypertension.

Forest is also developing a growing portfolio of pharmaceutical products, which includes: Aerospanâ (flunisolide) for the treatment of asthma, memantine for Alzheimer’s disease and neuropathic pain, lercanidipine for hypertension, acamprosate for the treatment of alcohol dependence, a combination of oxycodone and ibuprofen for the treatment of moderate to severe pain, dexloxiglumide for irritable bowel syndrome, and neramexane for various central nervous system disorders.

Full prescribing information is available upon request.

Except for historical information contained herein, this release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that affect our business, including risk factors listed from time to time in the Company’s SEC reports, including the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2002 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2002. Actual results may differ materially from those projected.

*Benicar is a registered trademark of Sankyo Pharma.

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CONTACT:

Forest Laboratories, Inc.

Charles E. Triano

Vice President – Investor Relations

909 Third Avenue

New York, NY 10022

Tel: (212) 224-6714

CREST INITIATES HEALTHY SMILES 2010 PROGRAM IN SAN ANTONIO AND SOUTH TEXAS

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SAN ANTONIO, TX–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–August 15, 2002–Crest, a trusted leader in oral health, has partnered with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) to sponsor and enhance the university’s community care program. This partnership is designed to further the efforts of Crest’s national program, Crest Healthy Smiles 2010, by providing dental care and education to children in underserved communities.

“We are making good progress in addressing children’s oral health needs through Crest Healthy Smiles 2010 and partnerships, like this one with UTHSCSA, will help us reach our goals,” said Diane Dietz, marketing director for Crest. “We are confident that this partnership will further close the dental care gap among underserved children in San Antonio and help deliver beautiful smiles.”

Through this partnership, Crest Healthy Smiles 2010 will be able to directly impact the oral health of many children in need locally. In San Antonio, the UTHSCSA community teaching program, which includes treatment and education efforts through its mobile dental vehicles and the Christus Santa Rosa Clinic, helps thousands of children per year. The program has UTHSCSA staff available to provide a variety of dental services, including screenings, examinations, cleanings, sealants, dental amalgams, composites, emergency care and CHIPS and Medicaid insurance counsel. Through the partnership, children treated through UTHSCSA programs will receive Crest toothpaste, toothbrushes and bilingual information on proper dental care. The Crest-sponsored mobile dental vehicles will also participate in selected local health and community events throughout the year, including visits to local Boys & Girls Clubs.

“San Antonio children in underserved communities are in dire need of education and access to oral care,” said Kevin Donly, professor and postdoctoral program director at UTHSCSA’s Department of Pediatric Dentistry. “We are excited to team up with Crest because, through this partnership, we will be able to reach more children and eradicate this oral epidemic in our community.”

Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease. According to the “Oral Health in America Report” by former Surgeon General, Dr. David Satcher, twenty-five percent of low-income children have not visited a dentist before kindergarten. As a result, more than one-third of low-income children have at least one tooth decay untreated by age nine. Furthermore, for every child under age 18 with medical insurance, there are at least two children without dental insurance.

About UTHSCSA

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio serves as the principal source of dental health professional education in South Texas and offers an extensive range of dental treatments and oral healthcare services for adults and children as part of the teaching program for dentists and dental specialists. Because UTHSCSA is primarily an educational facility, prospective patients interested in receiving dental care are primarily selected on the basis of their teaching potential. UTHSCSA is committed to the acquisition, dissemination and use of knowledge that will lead to advancements in oral health. Their mission is addressed through six interrelated action components: education, research, patient care, community, faculty and staff, and infrastructure.

About CHS 2010

Crest Healthy Smiles 2010 is designed to help meet the former Surgeon General’s goal of eliminating disparities in oral health by 2010 by addressing the epidemic in America’s low-income children and their families. Based on the principle that good oral health is integral to overall health, Crest Healthy Smiles 2010 combines Crest’s innovative vision with the resources of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and leading members of the dental community to affect real change in the state of the country’s oral health. By 2010, CHS 2010 will reach more than 50 million children and their families by providing education, oral care tools and access to dental professionals to children and teens through more than 2,800 Boys & Girls Clubs and community outreach programs across the country.

For more information on CREST HEALTHY SMILES 2010, call 1-877-289-6322 or log onto www.crest.com to learn about proper oral care and visit Sparkle City, an interactive children’s page.

About Crest

A trusted leader in oral health, Crest was the first oral care brand to secure the ADA seal of approval on fluoride toothpaste, a major preventor of cavities. Since first introducing Fluoride toothpaste 40 years ago, it is estimated that Crest has helped prevent more than half a billion cavities in the United States. In addition, through its schools program, Crest has helped more than 100 million kids learn how to take care of their teeth.

Crest is owned and distributed by Procter & Gamble. Procter & Gamble markets approximately 300 brands to nearly five billion consumers in over 140 countries. These brands include Tide, Ariel, Crest, Pantene Pro-V, Always, Whisper, Pringles, Pampers, Oil of Olay, Iams and Vicks. Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, Procter & Gamble has on the ground operations in over 70 countries and employs more than 110,000 employees worldwide.

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CONTACT:

DeVries Public Relation

Claudia Mejía

212-891-0421

or

Marjorie Kaplan

212-891-0469

UNIVISION VICE PRESIDENT AND NATIONAL SALES MANAGER, JOANNE LYNCH, NAMED SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER, GALAVISION

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LOS ANGELES, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug. 15, 2002–Univision Communications Inc. (NYSE: UVN), the nation’s leading Spanish-language media company, today announced that Joanne Lynch, Univision Vice President and National Sales Manager, has been named Senior Vice President and General Manager, Galavision, effective immediately.

Lynch will be responsible for overseeing all Galavision operations and sales. Lynch will be based in New York and will report to Ray Rodriguez, President and Chief Operating Officer, Univision Television Networks.

“Joanne has built an incredible track record at Univision and she is the ideal person to lead Galavision into its next phase of development as the nation’s #1 Spanish-language cable network,” said Rodriguez. “With Galavision’s highly successful new lineup — which has allowed the Network to draw more than six times its closest competitor’s viewership in primetime — the Network is positioned for even greater ratings growth going forward. We look forward to Joanne’s contributions as Galavision continues to evolve, delivering the most culturally-relevant Spanish-language programming on cable television.”

“I am thrilled to become an integral member of Galavision, the nation’s leading Spanish-language cable network,” said Lynch. “Given the vast success of Galavision’s new programming lineup, and the impressive progress of the Company on all fronts, this is clearly a wonderful time to be at the nation’s preeminent Spanish-language media company. I look forward to working with Galavision’s well-respected staff as well as Univision’s talented management team as we continue to build upon the Network’s success.”

Lynch has served as Vice President and Manager of National Sales at Univision’s Miami sales office since 2001. Prior to that, Lynch served in several capacities at Univision, including: Spot Sales Manager, a position she held from 1995, Account Executive in National Spot Sales, Southeast Region, a position she held from 1993 and New Business Account Executive, a position she held since joining the Company in 1991. Prior to joining Univision, Lynch was with Cox Communications, where she held various positions from 1974-1988, including General Manager of the FM radio station WZGO-Philadelphia. Lynch also served as General Manager of TK Communication’s KXTN FM-AM-San Antonio station, when it converted from English to Spanish-language and rapidly became the #1 radio station in its market. Lynch holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Niagara University.

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 72% of U.S. Hispanic Households; Univision Television Group, which owns and operates 22 television stations; TeleFutura Television Group which owns and operates 28 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.

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CONTACT:

Citigate Sard Verbinnen

Stephanie Pillersdorf

Stephanie Sorrentino

Kristin Celauro

212/687-8080

H&R BLOCK PLANNING TO HIRE 5,000 SPANISH-SPEAKING TAX PROFESSIONALS

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KANSAS CITY, MO–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–Aug. 15, 2002–H&R Block, the nation’s leading tax services company, announced plans to hire more than 5,000 Spanish-speaking tax professionals for the 2003 tax season to meet the needs of its more than 1 million Hispanic clients. Many of these clients prefer to receive their tax advice from Spanish-speaking professionals.

H&R Block’s Hispanic client base has grown significantly over the past several years as a result of the increasing population of Hispanics in the United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2000, this ethnic group increased 57.9 percent from 1990 to 2000. As the population continues to increase, H&R Block is committed to providing relevant services to the Hispanic community, which often begins with serving those clients who prefer using the Spanish language.

“Our clients are our first priority, and if they feel more comfortable talking about their tax or financial situation in Spanish, then it is our priority to serve them accordingly,” said Carlos Ayala, manager of Hispanic programs at H&R Block. “Our goal for this tax season is to increase the number of Spanish-speaking professionals serving Hispanic clients by 40 percent.”

This is an opportunity for Spanish-speaking professionals to begin what could be a lengthy and rewarding professional career with H&R Block. Job opportunities offer a high degree of flexibility and can range from part-time employment to full-time positions,” Ayala explained.

H&R Block tax professionals undergo continuing education that enables them to meet their clients’ diverse tax preparation needs, from completing the most basic tax return to handling more complex personal and business matters. H&R Block tax professionals are updated on the recent tax law changes and their implications.

H&R Block now enrolling for Tax Training School

H&R Block offers an 11-week income tax course designed for those without existing tax knowledge, as well as those interested in updating their tax skills. Completion of the course is neither an offer nor a guarantee of employment.

Beginning in September, the H&R Block Income Tax Course will also offer classes in Spanish at many H&R Block offices, located in Hispanic communities throughout the country. The courses are taught by seasoned H&R Block professionals, many with more than a decade of experience in serving Hispanic clients. The H&R Block Income Tax course will cover tax exemptions, tax credits, tax deductions, preparing tax forms, and the continuing impact of the tax law changes enacted in 2001. “The Income Tax Course provides not only updated tax information but also prepares the students with the knowledge to enhance their professional development,” said Ayala.

Students who complete the course registration and bring a friend who also enrolls will receive a $50 discount* off the class fee. To learn more about the course, times and locations where it is offered, how to enroll and class fees** and the discount, call toll-free 1-866-263-8938 or visit the company’s Web site at www.hrblock.com. Spanish-speaking operators are available.

*At participating offices. Restrictions apply. Offer void where prohibited by law.

** Fees vary at participating offices.

About H&R Block:

H&R Block Inc. (www.hrblock.com,http://hrblock.com>) is a diversified company with subsidiaries that deliver tax services and financial advice, investment and mortgage products and services, and business accounting and consulting services. As the world’s largest tax preparation company, H&R Block served nearly 21 million clients during fiscal year 2002. Clients were served at the approximately 10,400 H&R Block retail offices worldwide and through the company’s award-winning software, TaxCutâ, and its online tax services. H&R Block is the only major tax and financial services company that focuses primarily on helping middle-income taxpayers achieve their financial goals. Investment services and securities products are offered through H&R Block Financial Advisors Inc., member NYSE, SIPC. H&R Block Inc. is not a registered broker-dealer. H&R Block Mortgage Corp. offers retail mortgage products. Option One Mortgage Corp. offers wholesale mortgage products and a wide range of mortgage services. RSM McGladrey Inc. serves mid-sized businesses with accounting, tax and consulting services.

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CONTACT:

Patricia Alvarado

Fleishman-Hillard

305-520-9011

or

Janine Smiley

H&R Block,

816-932-4871

EL PREMIO DE LA GENTE, RITMO LATINO MUSIC AWARDS 2002; VONS CONFIRMS ITS FOURTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR AS A SPONSOR; KODAK THEATRE: OUR NEW HOME IN HOLLYWOOD

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LOS ANGELES–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug. 14, 2002–El Premio LLC announced today the nominees for the Fourth Annual El Premio de la Gente(R), Ritmo Latino Music Awards(R) 2002. This is the only music award in the Hispanic entertainment industry that allows fans across the nation to decide their favorite artists. The awards are considered to be the award of the people.

With more than two thousand retail voting affiliates across the United States and with the option to select their favorite artists via the Internet, El Premio de la Gente(R), Ritmo Latino Music Awards(R) is the preeminent Hispanic music awards reaching millions of music lovers all over the world.

This year, the awards will be presented on October 25th in the heart of Hollywood at the high-tech Kodak Theatre and telecast this fall on the Telemundo Network. The event will unite the most venerated Hispanic musical talent and highlight the hottest artists in the entertainment industry in a spectacular evening.

The Categories

With 14 categories divided into Pop, Rock en Español, Ranchero, Tejano or Norteno, Regional Mexican and tropical for starters, heavy weight artists like Luis Miguel, Shakira, Enrique Iglesias, Joan Sebastian, Marc Anthony, Alejandra Guzman, Los Tucanes de Tijuana, Celia Cruz, La Ley, Carlos Vives and Lupillo Rivera will compete for the honor that will crown them as the ultimate favorites of the people.

For the first time in the history of El Premio de la Gente(R), Ritmo Latino Music Awards(R) there will be special recognition given to the Christian Artist of the Year with a special tribute to Marcos Witt and his contribution to Spanish language Christian music.

For the first time, the organization will present the “Estrellas de la Gente” (Stars of the People), an honor for the international Mexican group that has garnered outstanding praise and popularity over the past twenty years among Latinos in the United States, Los Tigres del Norte.

2002

NOMINATIONS

SOLISTA O GRUPO POP DEL AÑO FEMENINO

Female Pop Artist or Group of the Year

LAURA PAUSINI

Lo Mejor de Laura Pausini

PILAR MONTENEGRO

Desahogo

ALEJANDRA GUZMAN

Soy

OLGA TAÑON

Yo Por Ti

JACI VELAZQUEZ

Mi Corazon

SOLISTA O GRUPO POP DEL AÑO MASCULINO

Male Pop Artist or Group of the Year

ALEJANDRO SANZ

MTV Unplugged

CHARLIE ZAA

De Un Solo Sentimiento

LUIS MIGUEL

Mis Romances

ALEXANDRE PIRES

Alexandre Pires

GIPSY KINGS

Somos Gitanos

SOLISTA O GRUPO RANCHERO O CORRIDOS DEL AÑO – MASCULINO O FEMENINO

Ranchero or Corridos Artist or Group of the Year – Male or Female

ALICIA VILLARREAL

Soy Lo Prohibido

LOS TEMERARIOS

Baladas Rancheras

LUPILLO RIVERA

Sufriendo A Solas

LOS RAZOS DE SACRAMENTO Y REYNALDO

Corazon De Perico

PEPE AGUILAR

Lo Mejor De Nosotros

SOLISTA O GRUPO TEJANO O NORTENO DEL AÑO – MASCULINO O FEMENINO

Tejano or Norteno Artist or Group of the Year – Male or Female

EL PODER DEL NORTE

El Autentico Y Unico En Vivo

PALOMO

Fuerza Musical

LOS TUCANES DE TIJUANA

Las Romanticas De Los Tucanes De Tijuana

LOS TIGRES DEL NORTE

Uniendo Fronteras

LOS HURACANES DEL NORTE

Mensaje De Oro

SOLISTA O GRUPO MUSICA REGIONAL MEXICANA DEL AÑO – MASCULINO O FEMENINO

Regional Mexican Artist or Group of the Year Male or Female

Artista: JOAN SEBASTIAN

En Vivo: Desde La Plaza El Progreso de Guadalajara

Artista: GRUPO BRINDIS

Historia Musical Romantica

LIBERACION

Ahora Y Siempre

LOS ANGELES AZULES

Historia Musical

EL CHICHICUILOTE

Moviendo Las Plumas

SOLISTA O GRUPO TROPICAL DEL AÑO – MASCULINO O FEMENINO

Tropical Artist or Group of the Year – Male or Female

GILBERTO SANTA ROSA

Intenso

OLGA TAÑON

Yo Por Ti

CARLOS VIVES

Dejame Entrar

MARC ANTHONY

Libre

CELIA CRUZ

La Negra Tiene Tumbao

SOLISTA O GRUPO DE MUSICA CRISTIANA DEL AÑO – MASCULINO O FEMENINO

Christian Artist or Group of the Year – Male or Female

MARCOS WITT

Vivencias

DANILO MONTERO

Cantare de Tu Amor

RABITO

Viva la Vida

ANNETTE MORENO

El Amor Que Me Das

ROBERTO ORELLANA

Fusion

SOLISTA O GRUPO DE ROCK EN ESPAÑOL DEL AÑO – MASCULINO O FEMENINO

Rock en Español Artist or Group of the Year – Male or Female

LA LEY

MTV Unplugged

OZOMATLI

Embrace The Caos

JUANES

Un Dia Normal

LA MOSCA TSE-TSE

Buenos Muchachos

ALEJANDRA GUZMAN

Soy

TV y Novelas

ARTISTA NUEVA GENERACION DEL AÑO – MASCULINO O FEMENINO

New Artist of the Year — Male or Female

PATRICIA MANTEROLA

PILAR MONTENEGRO

LOS RAZOS DE SACRAMENTO Y REYNALDO

LOS ORIGINALES DE SAN JUAN

MELODY

VIDEO MUSICAL DEL AÑO

Music Video of the Year

SUERTE

SHAKIRA

Director: Francis Lawrence

LA VIDA NO ES IGUAL

JAGUARES

Director: Adolfo Davila

DEJAME AMARTE

INTOCABLE

Director: Benny Corral

ESCAPAR

ENRIQUE IGLESIAS

Director: Dave Meyers

DEJAME ENTRAR

CARLOS VIVES

Director: Oscar Azula

COMPOSITOR DEL AÑO – MASCULINO O FEMENINO

Composer of the Year — Male or Female

HASTA QUE VUELVAS CONMIGO

MARC ANTHONY

Compositor: Gian Marco — Marc Anthony

EL PRIMER TONTO

JOAN SEBASTIAN

Compositor: Joan Sebastian

TANTITA PENA

ALEJANDRO FERNANDEZ

Compositor: Kiko Campos — F. Riba

DEJAME ENTRAR

CARLOS VIVES

Compositor: C.Vives — M. Madera — A. Castro

VOLVERE JUNTO A TI

LAURA PAUSINI

Compositor: Pausini — Cheope

CANCION DEL AÑO – MASCULINO O FEMENINO

Song of the Year — Male or Female

QUITAME ESE HOMBRE

PILAR MONTENEGRO

EL PRIMER TONTO

JOAN SEBASTIAN

HASTA QUE VUELVAS CONMIGO

MARC ANTHONY

APRENDIZ

ALEJANDRO SANZ

FLOR SIN RETONO

CHARLIE ZAA

ALBUM DEL AÑO

Album of the Year

LIBRE

MARC ANTHONY

Productores: Marc Anthony / Juan A. Gonzalez

De Un Solo Sentimiento

CHARLIE ZAA

Productores: Charlie Zaa

EN VIVO: DESDE LA PLAZA EL PROGRESODE GUADALAJARA

JOAN SEBASTIAN

Productores: Joan Sebastian

MTV UNPLUGGED

ALEJANDRO SANZ

Productor: Humberto Gatica / Kenny O’Brien

Mis Romances

LUIS MIGUEL

Productor: Luis Miguel

ARTISTA DEL AÑO – MASCULINO O FEMENINO

Artist of the Year — Male or Female

LAURA PAUSINI

ALEXANDRE PIRES

ALICIA VILLARREAL

PILAR MONTENEGRO

LA LEY

Voting Process

All music fans are invited to participate in the voting process. The voting begins on August 15th through September 23d. The nominees are selected based on the total sales from November 1, 2001, to May 31, 2002 at the Ritmo Latino music stores.

With over two thousand locations available, faithful music followers may cast their ballots at any Southern California or Nevada VONS, RITMO LATINO music stores, Albertsons, Jewel, Sedano’s, Bravo, C-Town and Acme. Voters may also vote from home via the Internet by logging onto www.premiosritmo.com. Besides choosing who your favorite artists are, the site offers access to artist news, audio clips, video feeds, trivia questions and merchandise. Comova.com has designed the site. Media outlets are encouraged to log onto the site “Acera de EL PREMIO” (about El Premio) for additional information. Nominated artists can motivate their fans to vote for them through their own official websites. Candidates will have a special link to www.premiosritmo.com where they can cast their ballots. This year Terra Lycos has partnered with El Premio de la Gente.

Parallel 68 Degrees Communications, one of the most prominent auditing firms will be in charge of processing and tabulating the ballots and will submit the final results in sealed envelopes to Ritmo Latino Music Awards(R), El Premio de la Gente(R).

Sponsors

The Ritmo Latino Music Awards(R), El Premio de La Gente(R), is made possible thanks to the support of such respected companies such as Vons, Albertsons, Krasdale, Sedano’s, Nestle, the Telemundo Network, KVEA channel 52 a Los Angeles subdivision of Telemundo, the daily newspaper La Opinion, Radio Unica, Viva 107.1 FM.

“Our purpose is to create an unmatched event for Latin music enthusiasts,” asserts Luis Medina, Executive Producer of the Ritmo Latino Music Awards(R). “We are extremely proud to acknowledge that this is the only high caliber celebration in the industry that gives the power of election solely to the consumers.”

El Premio de la Gente(R), Ritmo Latino Music Awards(R) is produced by Uno Productions, Santa Fe Communications and Ritmo Latino Stores.

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CONTACT:

TPM Group

Victoria Lichtman, 310/276-8944, ext. 12

MUN2 TELEVISIÓN PRESENTS ‘CLANDESTINO: MANU CHAO’ SUNDAY, AUGUST 25TH AT 7PM ET/PT

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Miami, FL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–August 14, 2002–mun2 televisión, the best cable television alternative for young U.S. Latinos, will be airing a special one-hour concert of rock en español pioneer Manu Chao on Sunday August 25th at 7pm ET/PT. Titled “Clandestino: Manu Chao”, this mun2 original production was filmed in London July 2nd and gives a look into the life of this renowned artist, featuring songs from Manu Chao’s most recent production: “Próxima Estación…Esperanza”, which has sold has sold over 2 million copies worldwide since its launch on June 1st.

Manu Chao’s language versatility has made him one of the world’s most popular artists. A traveler whose songs mix socio-political commentary with infectious rhythms inspired by the world he lives in, Manu Chao has been cited by Rolling Stone as the multilingual Bob Marley. He has gathered 17 tracks – including one in French, one in Portuguese, one in Arabic, two in English, nine in Spanish, and two in Portuñol (a jumble of Portuguese and Spanish) – that infuse displaced and migratory themes with a call for new hope, peace and brotherhood in a world in a state of emergency…therefore its title “Próxima Estación: ESPERANZA,” which translates to “Next Station: Hope.”

Manu Chao, whose records are widely known in Latin America, was born in Paris on July 21, 1961, to a Galician man living in exile in France to escape Franco’s dictatorship. His beginnings in music were with the bands Hot Pants and Los Carayos. Then, together with his cousin Santiago Casariego, he created the Mano Negra group in 1987, which produced his first hit, “Mala Vida”. Shortly after an extended and exhausting tour throughout Latin America -which included Colombian villages besieged by guerrillas and drug-traffickers- the group broke up. In 1998 he made a comeback with “Clandestino,” an album inspired by his long stay in Latin America and Africa. ”

mun2 televisión is the new cable alternative for young U.S. Latinos. Its fresh, new and authentic programming line-up reaches more than 5.2 million total households. The network is part of Telemundo Cable, a division of Telemundo Communications Group, Inc. Telemundo is operated by NBC.

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CONTACT:

Claudia Santa Cruz

305-220-8887

or

Mario Garibaldi

786-797-8169

UNITED WAY REPORT FINDS HIV/AIDS HAS PASSED THE EPIDEMIC STAGE IN CERTAIN AREAS OF NEW YORK CITY; MINORITY WOMEN AND CHILDREN SEVERELY AFFECTED

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NEW YORK, NY–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – US NEWSWIRE)–Aug. 14, 2002–According to a report released today by United Way of New York City (UWNYC), in conjunction with local public officials, academics and agency leaders, HIV/AIDS has passed the epidemic stage among minority women and children in certain New York City neighborhoods, creating an urgent need for health and human services to address their unique living conditions and improve their quality of life.

HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death in women ages 25-34 and the second-leading cause of death for women ages 35-44 in New York City, affecting primarily women of color, according to the New York City Department of Health. For instance, in East and Central Harlem, HIV/AIDS is the third-leading cause of death with death rates of 50.7 and 68.7 per 100,000, respectively. In addition, more adolescents are becoming infected and at an earlier age. At least one half of all those who are newly infected are under 25, according to the Centers for Disease Control. One-quarter are adolescents, the report states.

“This disease has devastating effects on women, their families and their communities at a time when these women are typically the most productive economically and vital to the well-being of their children,” said Ralph Dickerson, Jr., president of United Way of New York City, at a New York press conference. “We need to raise awareness that the problem is growing in our own backyard and address this crisis at its roots.”

Due to strides in treatment and reduction in deaths, the HIV/AIDS epidemic is perceived to be under control in the United States, without need for continued concern and action, the study states.

“United Way’s report speaks loudly to dispel the myth that HIV/AIDS is no longer a health crisis in the U.S. and, in particular, in New York City. It calls our attention to the challenges that we face, 21 years into the epidemic, with educating new generations, preventing new infections in youth, responding to the continued devastation of HIV/AIDS in the lives of women and families, and fighting the stigma associated with this epidemic,” said Ana Oliveira, Executive Director of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis. “This report offers critical pathways for a successful and impactful response to the HIV/AIDS crisis in New York City.”

In fact, the report states that in the lowest-income areas of New York City — East Harlem, Washington Heights, the South Bronx, and Central Brooklyn — rates of infection are so pervasive that AIDS has become a condition touching almost every resident of the community.

Dennis de Leon, Executive Director of the Latino Commission on AIDS, added, “The escalation of infections of HIV/AIDS in the city has its roots in poverty and issues related to it, including IV drug use, homelessness and incarceration. United Way’s report will be critical to helping policy makers and nonprofits develop programs that address gaps in service.”

Most often, the disease is transmitted as a result of addiction, ignorance, dependence, or coercion, the report states.

The report, “HIV/AIDS in New York City: A Strategy for Improving Odds, Options and Quality of Life” — highlights four areas where investment is needed, either because needs have expanded far beyond service delivery capacities, or because they are not receiving enough recognition and support:

— Offer intensive, ongoing support and counseling to children and families in which mothers (or other caregivers) have HIV/AIDS.

— Help young people handle situations that put them at risk of infection from their peers and others, with particular emphasis on HIV/AIDS education and prevention activities, including approaches that stress mutual support and build overall character, communication and leadership skills.

— Help those at the highest risk of transmitting AIDS to young people and women to be more aware of the impact of their behavior, and to reduce the chances of harm to themselves and their partners.

— Invest in the infrastructures of community-based organizations serving people with HIV/AIDS — build their fundraising, planning, reporting and accountability capacities, through grants directly supporting staff, technology and fiscal systems.

To receive a copy of the report, call Vanessa Reed at 212-251-4185. The full report is also available online at www.uwnyc.org. To invest in the Women and Families Initiative, call Alex Martinez at 212-251-4102.

This report is a project of United Way of New York City’s Women and Families Initiative, a 10-year partnership with the New York State Department of Health’s AIDS Institute. The Women and Families Initiative has helped more than 10,000 women and their families annually over the last 10 years and provided funding totaling $5 million, in addition to the $12 million United Way managed for the New York State Department of Health.

United Way of New York City manages the Initiative’s jointly funded $1.9 million annual budget, which supports 10 community based organizations providing a vast array of supportive services to women and their families affected by HIV/AIDS. These agencies provide vital services, such as nutrition, health and wellness, housing, home care assistance, respite services, and custody planning. In addition, United Way is committed to providing up to $400,000 of in-kind support to the Initiative. That support provides day-to-day management, fiscal oversight, technical assistance, fundraising, and communications support on behalf of the 10 agencies. Moreover, beyond the $2.3 million committed to the Initiative, in FY 2002 United Way provided grants totaling $470,000 to 26 agencies outside the Initiative that provide services to New Yorkers with HIV/AIDS.

In addition, United Way invests in the success of agencies by providing technical assistance so they can in turn provide higher quality services to women and their families. Specifically, human resources, performance management, fundraising, board development, and computer technology are areas where assistance is being provided.

About United Way of New York City

United Way of New York City (UWNYC) is a nonprofit organization led by a board of volunteers that is dedicated to helping New York City’s most vulnerable citizens become and remain self-sufficient. More than a fundraiser, United Way of New York City has a tradition of serving as a convener to research community problems, track community trends, prepare needs assessments, provide information and referral services, assist with nonprofit organizational development, stimulate collaborative approaches to emerging issues, advocate for local, state and federal services, and provide for community-driven fund distribution. UWNYC funds a network of the most effective health and human services nonprofits in the five boroughs; and provides management assistance, technology training, donated computers and more to help nonprofits achieve maximum impact. “HIV/AIDS in New York City: A Strategy for Improving Odds, Options and Quality of Life,” is part of a series of United Way reports, which enable the organization to identify problems, prioritize needs and strategize solutions to the problems identified within. For more information about United Way of New York City, visit www.uwnyc.org.

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CONTACT:

United Way of New York City,

Jeanette Brown

212-251-2473

HISPANIC COLLEGE FUND JOINS FORCES WITH DENNY’S

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WASHINGTON, DC–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–August 14, 2002–The Hispanic College Fund, Inc. (HCF) and Denny’s, America’s largest full-service family restaurant chain, have joined forces to provide much-needed scholarship funds to America’s outstanding Hispanic students. Denny’s three-year goal is to provide aspiring college students with $250,000 in scholarships. The Denny’s donation also includes an additional $25,000 to sponsor the HCF Annual Scholarship Gala to be held October 3, 2002 in Washington, DC.

The HCF-Denny’s scholarship program will provide a financial need-based scholarship to Hispanic students. To be eligible students must be: a U.S. citizen of Hispanic/Latino heritage; pursuing a bachelor’s degree in a major related to business-engineering, technology, entrepreneurship or that leads to a career in business; be in good academic standing with a minimum 3.0 grade point average; be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student for a full academic year.

“Denny’s has been providing education scholarship opportunities to Hispanic students since 1996,” said Ray Hood-Phillips, Denny’s chief diversity officer. “We are committed in a significant way to educating America’s youth. By partnering with the Hispanic College Fund, we are assured our scholarship contributions will allow deserving members of the country’s largest ethnic student population to continue their higher education and contribute to our nation’s progress.”

Denny’s has been ranked among the top 10 leaders in corporate diversity by Fortune magazine in its annual ranking of “America’s 50 Best Companies for Minorities” every year since 1998, including being ranked number one for two years in a row (2000 and 2001). Based on its corporate support of the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility and the Hispanic Heritage Awards, Denny’s is gaining recognition as a major supporter of the Latino community. In the area of employment, Hispanics now represent 31 percent of the company’s workforce and 14 percent of its management. Denny’s is the nation’s largest full-service family restaurant chain with more than 1,700 locations in the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Guam, Mexico, New Zealand and Puerto Rico.

The Hispanic College Fund is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to developing the next generation of Hispanic business leaders in America. HCF has provided more than $1.5 million in scholarships to more than 1,000 Hispanic students in almost a decade of service.

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CONTACT:

Hispanic College Fund, Inc

Idalia Fernandez

1717 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 460:

Washington, DC 20006

(202) 296-5400

USHCC PRESIDENT AND CEO GEORGE HERRERA AMONG EXECUTIVES AT PRESIDENT’S ECONOMIC FORUM IN WACO, TEXAS

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WASHINGTON–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug. 13, 2002–George Herrera, President and CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, is among the business leaders invited to participate at President Bush’s Economic Forum being held today at Baylor Law School in Waco, Texas.

The President’s Forum will address a series of issues to help sustain economic recovery, foster long-term economic growth and prosperity, and usher in a new era of integrity in American business.

“The USHCC is pleased that the President has taken the initiative to address economic community development. With the Hispanic community being the largest growing segment (1.2 million) in the small business community, we can play a pivotal role in leading our Nation in this economic recovery. I applaud the President for his vision and foresight to hold this economic summit and include the Hispanic business community,” said Herrera.

The President’s Economic Forum includes government policy makers, small investors, small business owners, industry experts, workers, business ethicists, union members, corporate executives, economists, business students and other experts to discuss the fundamentals of the economy and the President’s agenda to increase economic growth in the future.

The USHCC represents the interests of more than 1.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States and Puerto Rico, which earn more than $200 billion annually. It serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local Hispanic chambers nationwide, and it actively promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs. For more information about the USHCC visit HTTP://www.ushcc.com.

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CONTACT:

USHCC

Maria Ibanez

202/842-1212

HISPANIC BUSINESS MAGAZINE NAMES STERLING FINANCIAL THE #1 FASTEST GROWING HISPANIC-OWNED FIRM IN THE UNITED STATES

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BOCA RATON, Fla.–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–August 13, 2002–Sterling Financial Investment Group, the Boca Raton-based international investment banking company that has risen to meteoric success since being founded in the broom closet of another company’s office in 1997 by Panamanian American, Charles Garcia, has been named by Hispanic Business magazine in its annual “Hispanic Business Fastest Growing Top 100” list as the number one fastest growing privately-held Hispanic firm in the United States.

The magazine reported that it was Sterling’s 259.30% annual compounded revenue growth rate since being founded in 1997 that pushed the firm to the top of the list. Moreover, it was the firm’s staggering 16,566.67% revenue growth increase during its five-year period that contributed to the firm’s number one ranking and the national recognition. By comparison, the average annual compound growth rate of the companies in the Top 100 list was 62.6%; Sterling Financials growth is more than four times the average.

Hispanic Business magazine is one of the nation’s foremost Hispanic business magazines, delivering one million readers per month. Syndicated by the New York Times, and available through subscription, newsstands and bookstores around the country, Hispanic Business Magazine is an award-winning publication and the recipient of the prestigious Maggie Award for the “Best Business and Finance Magazine.”

“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 bio tech sectors, and doing it better than anyone else we have managed to create an excellent reputation in one of the most competitive industries in the world –financial services, 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.” Garcia continues: “By providing a valuable and highly sought after service by some of the biggest and most respected names in the industry we have been able to grow exponentially and that is what has fueled our growth, contributed to our success and has resulted in the recognition of this highly regarded award.”

Sterling Financial has grown to a worldwide organization with 57offices in ten countries and more than 400 employees. The media frequently refers to Sterling Financial as one of the most exciting financial services companies in the nation. Sterling Financial provides financial research on over 60 companies in the bio-tech and healthcare arena to some of the most prestigious money managers on Wall Street. Moreover, Sterling Financial has taken a strident and contrary position to the general investment banking market by being one of the handful of financial services firms in the country to issue “sell” recommendations. In so doing, the firm has however not only captured the attention of Wall Street but also the nation’s business press for its insightful research and the firm’s courage to publish “sell” recommendations in the face of what has been publicly revealed as a pressured environment to do otherwise.

Most recently, Sterling Financial’s creative research techniques were featured in a major story in the August 8th, 2002 edition of the Wall Street Journal, for its innovative data gathering on the companies the firm covers. Sterling Financial was also way out ahead of the pack in it’s “sell” recommendation on the now famous ImClone stock.

“While the rest of Wall Street was enamored with ImClone,” says Steven Kirsch, who leads Institutional Equity Sales at Sterling Financial, “we were very skeptical about management’s enthusiasm for a stock they were selling themselves, and that combined with our fundamental analysis of the company, ultimately led to our “sell” recommendation,” says Kirsch who joined Sterling Financial nearly three years ago and who was formerly a partner of Bear Stearns Corp.

Sterling Financial was also featured in a January 28th, 2002, “Business Week” story about Andrx (ADRX), “Andrx: Is Wall Street Blinded by Love?” Triggered by the Enron debacle, Andrx, a drug maker, similarly received glowing reports from the majority of Wall Street analysts who covered the firm. According to Business Week, “of the 18 analysts who follow the company, a few have qualms about the stock’s valuation. Only Sterling is outright negative and has put a rare “sell” rating on the stock.”

In addition to numerous other business and industry awards the company has earned these past several years, Sterling Financial has been named the fastest growing privately held company in Florida, the fastest growing state in the nation, by the University of Florida Fischer School of Accounting, for two consecutive years–2001, 2000.

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

To receive Sterling Financial’s full coverage list, please call Steve Kirsch at (561) 672-4676.

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CONTACT:

Sterling Financial Investment Group, Fort Lauderdale, Fl

Jeff Mustard

954/801-8263