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Cervantes strives for realistic portrayal of Latinos in novels

Suly Jimenez For novelist Angela Cervantes, telling stories about the Latino community is more than a job. Cervantes considers it “an honor.” “When I was a child growing up in Topeka, Kan., I was such a bookworm – and I remember very early in life wondering where the books were about kids like me, and my family and friends,” she …

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Soria shares insights on substance abuse

Interview by Tere Siqueira Dos Mundos supports efforts to stop substance abuse, including by promoting substance abuse awareness. As a show of that support, the newspaper presents the following transcript of a recent interview with psychologist Dulce Soria, who shared her knowledge about this issue: Dos Mundos: Tell us about when you can consider … someone … (to be) suffering …

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50 years later celebrating A Hero

Photos by Clara and Manuel Reyes 50 years ago Primitivo Garcia “Tivo”, a 23 year old immigrant from Mexico helped his teacher, Margaret Kindermann. An ESL teacher at Westport High School in Kansas City, MO; where Tivo and his brother Alfredo attended. The teacher was being attacked by a gang. During the celebration the teacher, Margaret Kinermann (now Kelso) gave …

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Olivas honored by Kansas Department of Commerce

By Chara The Kansas Department of Commerce has named Sandra Olivas as its Minority Advocate of the Year, as announced recently by the Office of Minority and Women Business Development. Olivas serves as a small business development officer in the Kansas City area for the Bank of Labor. Her work includes developing and fostering community partnerships and assisting business clients. …

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Gonzalez taking a stand for the community

Local lawyer focusing on defending people’s rights By Chara As a kid, Heber Gonzalez learned the importance of humility and helping others. As an adult, Gonzalez is trying to apply those lessons by helping people understand their rights as an attorney with the Solorio & Avila Law Firm. Gonzalez – who’ll host a legal advice radio show at 2:30 p.m. …

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Taking political action for our community

By taking this step we are fighting for our youngsters in Kansas and Missouri. One thing you can do is to speak with your representative in Congress. It doesn’t matter if you have documents, this is an action so the Dreamers’ voice are heard. Hello, my name is _(your name)_ and I live in (tell your zip code) _ I …

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Boyhood work leads Gonzalez to career in adulthood

Alejandro Gonzalez found his profession early in life. The Kansas City area resident and founder and owner of Gonzalez Construction started working in construction at age 9, helping his grandfather. Eventually, he settled in Columbia, Mo., for a while, where he worked with an uncle. “Later on, I found out that the market in Kansas City was good and I …

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50 years later, celebrating Tivo Garcia’s life

Edie R. Lambert A half-century ago this month, a young immigrant valiantly saved two lives. It cost him his own. In observance of the 50th anniversary of his selfless gallantry, Kansas Citians will celebrate his life at the school named for him on the city’s Westside. The public is invited to the Primitivo Garcia 50th Year Memorial on Saturday, Nov. …

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HEDC will soon build Center for Urban Enterprise (CUE)

In 2009, the Hispanic Economic Development Corporation purchased a vacant warehouse in Kansas City’s Westside neighborhood – at the request of the community – with the intent of preserving and sustaining the neighborhood. In September 2017, HEDC made a major leap towards its earlier goal, with the award of a $1.6 million grant from the US Department of Commerce’s Economic …

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CrossFit coach, veteran encouraging people to fight depression

In 2016, Chase Knight considered committing suicide. In 2017, he owns a CrossFit gym and motivates others to follow their goals. “I started becoming depressed when I was 9 or 10 (years old),” Knight said. “I was bullied at school, so my parents put me in therapy and I was diagnosed with depression.” During his teens, Knight joined the military …

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