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This Week's Voices That Must Be Heard

This Week's Voices That Must Be Heard

By IPA-New York, a sponsored project of the Independent Press Association Edition 87: 23 October 2003.

NEWS ITEMS: Tenants pressure bank that loaned to landlord by Jordan Moss and William Wichert, Norwood News, 31 December 1969. English language. Tenants in several severely neglected Bronx buildings owned by Frank Palazzolo are now pressuring Washington Mutual, the bank that holds the mortgages on more than 60 of the landlord's properties, to use its power to bring the buildings back up to code.

NY rules unfair to cabbies, says survey by Suman Guha Mozumder, India Abroad, 10 October 2003. English language. The survey noted that with daily operating costs of $137 daily and gross income of less than $160, the drivers' net average daily earnings is $22.14.

Korean-English bilingual high school a must by Jun-ho Shin, Korea Daily News, 16 October 2003. Translated from Korean by Sun-yong Reinish. Five years ago New York City began a Chinese-English bilingual school with only 40 students. Today there are over 320 students in the program. MORE.

New York prices are a challenge-but its better than Russia by Tatiana Khmelnitskaia, Russian Bazaar, 19 October 2003. Translated from Russian by Rachel Thorner. We asked people on the streets of New York what they thought of the recent increase in the cost of living.

BRIEFS: NYC immigrant students neglected by system by Shaliza Alli, Muslims, 10 October 2003. English language.

Freedom of speech wins by Sylwia Nasiadko, Super Express, 14 October 2003. Translated from Polish by Ania Milewska.

Latinos find NBC programming demeaning by Ann Ledo, El Diario / La Prensa, 19 October 2003. Translated from Spanish by Hillary Hawkins.

Bangladeshi exports to the United States have fallen by $330 million, Bangla Patrika, 17 October 2003. Translated from Bangla by Moinuddin Naser .

EDITORIALS: FCC Decision to expand media ownership will curb dissent by George E. Curry, www.blackpressusa.com, 6 June 2003. English language. People of color own only 4 percent of the nation's 10,577 commercial AM and FM radio stations. One firm, Clear Channel Radio, based in Texas, owns 1,250 radio stations-almost three times more than the number owned by Blacks and Hispanics combined. Commercial television was even worse. People of color own only 1.9 percent of the country's 1,288 licensed stations. [Ed. The U.S. Senate has voted to overturn the FCC rules but the measure is stalled in the House. More information at www.mediareform.net.]

As always we welcome questions, suggestions, corrections and letters to the editor.

Rehan Ansari Editor, Independent Press Association - New York nyvoices@indypress.org*

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