¡The Desert Sun lanza un boletín electrónico en español!

El lunes The Desert Sun ha lanzado un boletín electrónico en español: un resumen semanal enviado a su correo electrónico cada lunes en la mañana con una selección de noticias para el Valle de Coachella.

Estas historias son seleccionadas exclusivamente para los suscriptores del boletín por la editora Daniela Franco para nuestra población hispanohablante e incluye contenido original de nuestra organización de noticias.

Quiz: Could you pass the U.S. Citizenship Test?

In order to become a United States citizen, you must pass a naturalization test, which includes an English and a civics test.

There are 100 civics questions and potential citizens are asked up to 10 of these during an interview with a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services official. They have to answer six out of the 10 questions correctly to pass the test.

Mel Haber's funeral services announced

Funeral services for Mel Haber, owner of the Ingleside Inn and Melvyn's Restaurant in Palm Springs, have been set for Thursday, November 3. Haber died Tuesday morning after a battle with lung cancer, just one day after turning 80.

The services will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Temple Isaiah, 332 W. Alejo Road, Palm Springs. From the temple, a procession will go past his restaurant and inn, 200 W. Ramon Road, Palm Springs. The procession will continue to Desert Memorial Park, 31-705 Da Vall Drive, Cathedral City, where Haber will be laid to rest.

Desert Trip 2017: Who would you want to see perform?

As we prepare for the second and final weekend of this month's Desert Trip, we can't help but think about the music festival's future.

Paul Tollett, the president of Goldenvoice, managed to put together two historic weekends with six remarkable '60s headliners — the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, The Who and Roger Waters — for 2016. The question now: will he be able to pull it off a second time in 2017? And if so, who?

Ellen DeGeneres compares Desert Trip and Coachella

In case you've missed it, the first weekend of the Desert Trip festival is kicking off tonight with performances by Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones.

The festival is taking place in the Empire Polo Club in Indio, the same venue as Coachella which has led to some calling it "Old-chella." The historic concert caught the eye of TV personality Ellen DeGeneres and she compared the two festivals.

Viewpoint: Colombia’s future rests in citizens’ hands

This past Monday, I sat in front of a computer screen in California and watched as Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC leader Rodrigo “Timochenko” Londoño signed a peace agreement four years in the making, marking the end of a five-decade war, Latin America’s longest.

“We’ve lived, we’ve suffered for 52 years in an armed conflict between sons of the same nation,” Santos said during a ceremony with 2,500 foreign dignitaries and guests. “The horrible night of violence that has covered us with its shadow for more than half a century has ended.”

What are In-N-Out's veggie options, anyway?

Vegetarians and vegans who miss their occasional burger: New meal options might be coming your way at In-N-Out.

More than 30,000 people have signed a Change.org petition, which was started early September by the Good Food Institute, asking for the fast food company to add a meatless option to its menu. “As a company that prides itself on both customer satisfaction and ethical business practices, adding a meat-free option is a no-brainer,” the petition reads.

Mexican-American Sisters Step Out with Buzzworthy Shoe Collection

It's not every day you hear about two young women launching a buzzworthy shoe collection - especially before obtaining their college degrees. But that is the case with Daniela and Roberta Nuñez. The sisters launched the David Isaac collection less than a year ago, which consists of heels and flats that the sisters proudly designed as "classics."

Daniela, 23, and Roberta Nuñez, 22, were born less than a year apart in Mexico City. Their family moved to Dallas, TX, when the girls were still toddlers and have lived there ever since.

The two found their passion in fashion; both of them will be receiving their degrees this June from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM), which has notable alumni such as Lauren Conrad and Monique Lhuillier.

How Many Latino Students Are Enrolled in Selective Institutions?

There are few Latino students in highly selective colleges and universities though the good news is that the numbers are increasing despite the increased competition. Attending these institutions is valuable for many reasons, including higher graduation rates and the availability of more resources for Latino students, according to a new report released Tuesday by Excelencia in Education.

Of all Latino undergraduates, only 12 percent were enrolled in selective higher education institutions — universities that accept less than 50 percent of applicants.

Voices: On Eve of My College Graduation, My Mother's Gift to Me

As the countdown to my college graduation comes to an end, I want to take a moment to recognize that this achievement is as much because of my mother than because of me.

My mom earned her Bachelor's degree from the National Pedagogic University of Colombia on February 4th, 1994. I was born on February 10th. I've always teased my mom and told her she should be thankful that I didn't decide to make my debut earlier.

 

Coldplay's 'Fix You' Concert Performance Moves A Boy With Autism To Tears

In a video YouTube user Luis Vazquez posted to the video-sharing site last Tuesday, the dad shows his young son skipping his way into the Coldplay show on April 16 in Mexico City. The video cuts to Vazquez and his son in the crowd, listening to the last two minutes of the band's live performance of "Fix You." The stirring 2005 hit's lyrics offer hope and help to someone who's enduring sadness and adversity.

Goldman Environmental Prize Honors Leaders From Peru and Puerto Rico

A Peruvian farmer and grandmother and a Puerto Rican environmental scientist are two of the six honorees of the annual Goldman Environmental Prize.

The Goldman Environmental Prize honors environmental activists from around the world for their efforts to protect their environment. This year's recipients are Máxima Acuña from Peru and Luis Jorge Rivera Herrera from Puerto Rico, as well as Destiny Watford from South Baltimore, Edward Loure from Tanzania, Leng Ouch from Cambodia, and Zuzana Caputova from Slovakia.