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Juieta VenegasFriday, Feb. 28, 2014

Singer Julieta Venegas to have to share custody of her daughter and give child the father's last name, Tijuana paper says

      Singer Julieta Venegas, who grew up in Tijuana, will have to share custody of her daughter and give the child the father's last name as a result of a family court ruling in Mexico City, Tijuana's El Mexicano newspaper reported. The girl, Simona, was born Aug. 13, 2010. The apparent father was identified as Argentine musician Rodrigo García Prieto.
Story, El Mexicano
(PDF).                               Photo by Aldogo23

Enrique PelayoEnsenada begins carnival by burning former mayor in effigy

      Ensenada began its carnival celebration on Thursday by burning former Mayor Enrique Pelayo in effigy. Pelayo, mayor from 2010-2013, was a fierce Institutional Revolutionary Party partisan who made enemies quickly and said in 2011 that the U.S. had refused to renew his visa to visit the United States. Last year, the PRI candidate who succeeded Pelayo said Pelayo's performance as mayor deserved an F.
Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014

Hundreds in Sinaloa march to protest possible extradition of 'El Chapo' Guzmán

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Report prepared for CBP criticizes Border Patrol use of deadly force, paper says

Agency tried to suppress report, Los Angeles Times says

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Editorial marks one-year anniversary of arrest of teachers union leader Elba Esther Gordillo

       Elba Esther GordilloTijuana's El Mexicano newspaper on Thursday editorialized on the first anniversary of the arrest of teachers union leader Elba Esther Gordillo under the headline "Nightmare."
       It said that while the union has not made a formal complaint about her alleged illicit use of union funds, a federal investigation has found a diversion of 2.6 million pesos ($195,000) in two accounts, with 79 more accounts to be examined. The editorial said the union has not been able to exercise the power she once wielded, and said it hoped that Gordillo, who lived an extravagant lifestyle while supposedly only receiving a teacher's salary, would receive an exemplary sentence.

Fertility clinic opening in Mexicali

       A fertility clinic will be opening in the coming days in Mexicali, El Mexicano reported (PDF). El Instituto Especializado en Infertilidad y Medicina Reproductiva (Insemer), or the Institute Specializing in Infertility and Reproductive Medicine, has 11 other clinics nationwide: three in Mexico City, and others in Toluca, Guadalajara, León (Guanajuato), Poza Rica (Veracruz), Mérida (Yucatán), Puebla, Villahermosa (Tabasco), and Querétaro.

Farmers dissatisfied with accounting of how money was spent to help agriculture after 2010 Mexicali earthquake threaten boycott of Mexicali Agrobaja conference

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Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014

Baja California registers 171 H1N1 flu cases and 59 deaths

        Baja California has registered 171 H1N1 flu cases and 59 H1N1 flu-related deaths, health official Ismael Ávila Íñiguez said. While Jalisco state has had more confirmed cases, 215, it only has registered 24 H1N1-related deaths.
Story, El Mexicano (PDF).
Previous flu totals, from early February: 41 total flu deaths, 29 from H1N1, in Baja California.
Feb. 20 U-T San Diego report: 43 San Diego County flu-related deaths this season, the same as at the same point last season.

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014

Paper touts "Chapo style" capture of armed carjacker in Mexicali

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Monday, Feb. 24, 2014

Nancy SanchezNancy Sánchez seeks to remain as head of Baja California PRI

Fierce battle has been taking place between supporters of former Tijuana Mayor Jorge Hank Rhon and former legislator Fernando Castro Trenti  

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monarchSunday, Feb. 23, 2014

Obama and Peña Nieto move to save monarch butterfly habitat lauded

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Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014

EJoaquin el chapo guzmanl Chapo Guzmán arrested in Mazatlán

Sinaloa resort city continues to be site of downfall for top drug traffickers

Tijuana worries that his detention will add to rising violence in border city

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Friday, Feb. 21, 2014

Columnist, in wake of Obama visit to Toluca on Wednesday, says U.S. needs to dispel fears about Mexico

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weiss archive by the numbersThursday, Feb. 20, 2014

San Diego Public Library gets William Weiss baseball archive, which has some history associated with Mexico

Book is forthcoming on Hall of Fame umpire Doug Harvey, who grew up in El Centro and umpired some games in Mexico

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Editorial laments wave of violence in Tijuana; 18 killed in 10 days

     El Mexicano's lead editorial on Thursday lamented a wave of killings that it said have left 80 dead in Tijuana so far this year. It said this included 18 murders in the last 10 days, all attributed to drug dealing. It said Mayor Jorge Astiazarán is hoping that 150 new police being hired this year will help the situation. Story, El Mexicano (PDF).

Son of commanding general in Baja California dies

Federico CampbellSaturday, Feb. 15, 2014

Writer Federico Campbell dies at 72

Tijuana-born author had been hospitalized with the H1N1 flu Jan. 31

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Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014

Journalist protection groups seek more information in slaying of Veracruz reporter

Authorities arrest woman who they say paid 20,000 pesos ($1,500) to have Gregorio Jiménez killed; 4 others detained

      The Committee to Protect Journalists and the Inter-American Press Association sought more information on Wednesday about the case of a Veracruz journalist who was kidnapped in Coatzacoalcos by armed men on Feb. 5 and whose body was found buried with two others on Feb. 11 (Tuesday) in Las Choapas. Authorities said bar owner Teresa de Jesús Hernández Cruz paid 20,000 pesos ($1,500) to have Gregorio Jiménez — who was her neighbor — killed over a personal, and not journalistic, matter. Four others were detained in the case. The journalist protection groups wondered whether authorities were too quickly discounting that the killing had to do with Jiménez's journalistic work; he covered crime and other issues for Notisur and Liberal del Sur. Story in El Mexicano (PDF). Story on CPJ website.

Longest tunnel yet along Arizona-Mexico border found at Nogales

     A border tunnel was discovered Monday at Nogales — the longest found to date along the Arizona-Mexico border, media reported. Most of the 146-meter tunnel was on the U.S. side, and it connected to houses on both sides of the border. Two Mexican men and one American man were arrested, and 195 kilos of marijuana and 200 grams of heroin were found in the tunnel. Story in El Mexicano (PDF). Story, Arizona Daily Star.
      U.S. Customs and Border Protection also reported seizing cocaine valued at $474,000 hidden in two vehicles at the Nogales crossing. A Mexican and an American were arrested. On Feb. 4, a Mexican man was arrested and an estimated $243,000 worth of cocaine were seized, CPB said.
      On Tuesday, cocaine, heroin and meth valued at half a million dollars found hidden in a vehicle dashboard were seized at the Calexico crossing, and a 22-year-old U.S. man was arrested.
      On Sunday, $730,000 in meth and $550,000 in cocaine was seized in two separate incidents at the Calexico crossing; two Mexican women and one Mexican man were arrested.

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014

Tijuana bus trunk-route project facing major funding roadblocks

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Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014

Gloria Allred Irene McCormack JacksonSan Diego to pay former top Filner aide $250,000 to settle sexual harassment lawsuit

Faulconer wins special election to replace disgraced kevin faulconerformer mayor; he may also emphasize cross-border issues

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Baja California governor says pipeline from Tijuana to provide Ensenada with more water, and that Tijuana-Ensenada toll road to be fixed before end of year

      Baja California Gov. Francisco Vega said Monday that a pipeline from Tijuana will provide Ensenada with more water. Ensenada has been rationing water because of a supply shortage.
      Vega also said the Tijuana-Ensenada toll road, which had a section collapse in December, will be fixed before the end of the year. Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.

Monday, Feb. 10, 2014

Punta Colonet port project to be revisited during Vega administration, state economic development agency says

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Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014

Congressman Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho, tells Univision that immigration reform is dead unless Obama proves to be more trustworthy

       raul labradorIdaho Republican Rep. Raúl Labrador, in a Spanish-language interview with Univision newsman Jorge Ramos on Sunday's "Al Punto," said the House will not be voting on any immigration reform plan unless President Barack Obama proves to be more trustworthy. The Puerto Rico-born Labrador said Obama's statement that he plans to carry out more executive orders shows that he cannot be trusted. Labrador's comments followed those of House Speaker John Boehner and other Republicans indicating that the House would not be voting on immigration reform this year.
Ramos's interview with Labrador.      

Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014

Export of bivalve molluscs from certain Baja California areas to U.S. said to resume

     Baja California state authorities said that the export of bivalve molluscs from Baja California to the United States has resumed after eight months, Mexican media reported. Areas whose waters were OK'd to resume exports were Guerrero Negro Norte, Laguna Manuela, and San Felipe; pending approval are Bahía Soledad, Rincón de Ballenas, and San Quintín. Baja California authorities said the main issue involved was having a protocol with U.S. authorities, not health or product safety. Story, Story, El Mexicano (PDF). story on issue (Fish Information & Services).

Friday, Feb. 7, 2014

Dentists group says many 'pirate dentists' are operating in Tijuana

     The College of Tijuana Dentists says many "pirate dentists" are treating patients in the city. The group wants authorities to act against the fake practitioners. El Mexicano reported that the group said that while some have studied dentistry but have no license, others are dental assistants or even secretaries. José Alfredo Ibarra, president of the dentists group, told the paper that at least 10 unlicensed offices have been opened. Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.

Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014

New Ensenada council overturns law that would have allowed high-density development in wine country

     The new Ensenada council has unanimously overturned a law that would have allowed high-density development in the region's wine country. Many vintners applauded the decision. Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump. Story by Jill Replogle, KPBS.

Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014

Baja California governor cancels 2.4 billion pesos ($180 million) in past-due water bills

     Baja California Gov. Francisco Vega has canceled 2.4 billion pesos in past-due water bills ($180 million) in the state. The measure will benefit 221,000 users in the state's five municipalities. The action meets a campaign promise made by Vega last year.
     Tijuana's Televisa Channel 12 interview a number of water customers, some of whom owed more than $1,000, and they were quite happy about the amnesty. Now, how do the people who paid their bills on time feel?
    Story, El Mexicano (PDF).
Update, Feb. 7 — The fine print: Customers, to take advantage of the amnesty, which applies to bills from 2012 and before, must pay their 2013 bills by April 30. Story, El Mexicano (PDF).

Governor opposes hunting of bighorn sheep

     Baja California Gov. Francisco Vega said Tuesday that he is opposed to allowing the hunting of bighorn sheep in the state. There has been a move afoot to allow the hunting of the sheep, also known as borrego cirramón — also the nickname of the Autonomous University of Baja California. Story, El Mexicano (PDF).

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014

Flu deaths rise to 41 in Baja California

32 deaths attributed to H1N1 virus

     The number of flu deaths in Baja California have risen to 41, El Mexicano reported. The only Mexican state with more deaths is Jalisco, with 44, according to a bulletin from the Health Ministry. Story, El Mexicano (PDF).
Update, Feb. 7: El Mexicano (PDF) says 32 deaths are attributable to the H1N1 virus. U-T San Diego reports that there have been 29 flu deaths in San Diego County this season, compared with 32 during the same period last year.
Update, Feb. 8: Five H1N1 flu deaths reported in San Luis Río Colorado, in Sonora state. Story, El Mexicano (PDF).

Monday, Feb. 3, 2014

State water agency in Mexicali to waive 400 million pesos ($30 million) owed on water bills

Governor Francisco Vega had promised back-payment relief to water customers during his campaign last year

       The state water agency in Mexicali is waiving 400 million pesos ($30 million) owed on water bills, El Mexicano reported. Gov. Francisco Vega, during his campaign for office last year, had promised that he would forgive customers behind on their payments.
Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.


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