Blame It On The Chihuahua Plans to kick off this year’s Cinco de Mayo celebration at El Torito in Northridge were tabled recently when a group of activists objected to the commercialization of the cultural celebration. El Torito had planned to build a giant margarita using a 1,900-gallon tank in the restaurant’s parking lot on Tampa Avenue. The cocktail was to be roped off from the crowds and protected by a security guard to comply with city regulations and to ensure that no one tried to take a swig. But that wasn’t the point for a group of Cal State Northridge professors and students who were angered by what they considered an attempt to transform the holiday into a drinking orgy. Like the furor that recently developed over Taco Bell’s commercials featuring a talking Chihuahua, the group believed that the promotion misrepresented Latino culture. Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexico’s victory over the French in its battle for independence in 1862. Officials at El Torito didn’t agree, but they took the argument with a grain of salt anyway, and decided to cancel the event. Making A Run For It Sick of missing out in the action during police pursuits? Well, now you can get into the chase. Calabasas video-game maker THQ Inc. announced it will launch “Felony Pursuit,” a 3-D software game that will allow players to try out their skills as cops or felons in car pursuits. A company release on the game touts it as being “set in a city with too many vehicles, too many criminals and too many laws to enforce.” In other words Los Angeles with a different name. The game, scheduled for release in early 2000, promises “ultra-realistic” traffic patterns, sidewalks, bumper-to-bumper traffic, pedestrians, road blocks and anything else that could affect a man (or woman) on the run. If nothing else, the new game will likely add fuel to the debate over video games and the message they send kids.
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