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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Texas and Mexico Border News - 12.20.2011

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Holidays get Latin flair in ballet in Folsom
Folsom Telegraph
Compañía Mazatlán Bellas Artes de Sacramento presents a rainbow of shimmering color and a festival of vibrant sound in this special Mexican Christmas production. Featuring 20 dancers and musicians, this south-of-the-border celebration includes a ...
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Folsom Telegraph
Border Patrol agent fires round at alleged drug smugglers near B&M Bridge
Brownsville Herald
The reportedly fled back to Mexico. A helicopter was sent to the area to help search for the alleged smugglers, but none were located. The agents recovered more than 13 pounds of marijuana that had been left behind, Huey said.
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XC Networks Chooses Tejas Networks' Packet Optical Transport Backbone for ...
Business Wire India (press release)
XC Networks, a leading provider of cross-border communications, last mile solutions and wireless backhaul in the Republic of Mexico and the US, announces today the selection of Tejas Networks' Packet Optical Transport solutions to upgrade its optical ...
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Twelve charged in Panamanian drug trafficking conspiracy
Newark Post
Regardless of the smuggling methods, once the couriers received the drugs they traveled by bus or airplane to Mexico, where they ultimately crossed or attempted to cross the United States border in Texas border towns such as Laredo, McAllen, ...
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Crime sends chills through retiree oasis in Mexico
MiamiHerald.com
... has unfolded on the shores of Lake Chapala could be "Mayberry RFD" meets "Goodfellas." Whether the gung-ho volunteerism reminiscent of small towns north of the border can keep at bay the underworld crime lashing other parts of Mexico is yet to be seen.
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Editorial: Basic question looms as Supreme Court takes on Arizona illegal ...
MassLive.com
By The Republican Editorials File photo | Associated PressTwo men illegally cross the border fence separating Nogales, Ariz., and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. The Supreme Court has agreed to rule on Arizona's controversial law targeting illegal immigrants. ...
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Federal judge sides with Union Pacific in Neb. drug-smuggling lawsuit, orders ...
Washington Post
At issue was whether it's proper for US Customs and Border Protection officials to impose these fines on railroads. Union Pacific, the largest rail shipper on the US-Mexico border, has argued that it shouldn't be held responsible for the train cars ...
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Mexican cartel member in Texas was fleeing enemies
Beaumont Enterprise
CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN, AP McALLEN, Texas (AP) — A high-ranking member of the Mexican Gulf cartel's Matamoros operations was fleeing "certain death" when Border Patrol agents apprehended him near the Rio Grande carrying a gold-plated handgun, ...
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CBP stats show big drop in local border-crossings
Nogales International
But Bersin also suggested that concerns about drug violence are keeping American tourists away from Mexican border cities, which would contribute to a decrease in US port crossings. And he pointed to financial factors as well, saying: “economic ...
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Keep on trucking
El Paso Inc.
The drayage trucking industry is big business along the US-Mexico border, with hundreds of companies hauling supplies and finished products back and forth across the border daily. Historically, Mexican drayage trucking companies have similar, ...
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It's time for Eric Holder to resign
The Week Magazine
The ATF sent hundreds, if not thousands, of weapons across the US-Mexico border in 2009 and 2010, ostensibly to track them as they passed from straw buyers in the US to drug cartels in Mexico. However, the ATF didn't actually track the weapons, ...
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The Week Magazine
Survey finds cocaine use down sharply in U.S.
San Francisco Chronicle
The trend seems to be having an effect on the Mexican cartels that move the vast majority of cocaine across the US-Mexico border. Cocaine seizures along the border fell 28 percent between 2006 and 2010. While seizures alone are not proof, ...
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The Border Fence: Fact and Fiction
KUT News
Part of the US/Mexico border fence was built on the campus of the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College. Photo courtesy of UTB and Texas Southmost College Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play ...
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DHS and DOD announce shift in border security operations
Brownsville Herald
By LAURA B. MARTINEZ/The Brownsville Herald Although some Texas National Guard troops deployed along the Texas-Mexico border are slated to leave the area next month, the Defense Department will continue to assist in the securing of the nation's border. ...
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Die-hard Cowboys fans risk fearful Mexico journey to reach Texas stadium
KENS 5 TV
... Texas on Sunday, December 11, 2011. by Julian Aguilar / The Texas Tribune MONTERREY, Mexico — The convenience store was the last stop until the border on the road leading out of this industrial Mexican city, and Raúl Vargas, a tour guide, ...
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Four die in New Mexico crash as blizzard hits area
Alamogordo Daily News
Elsewhere, more than 150 miles of Interstate 25 between Santa Fe and the Colorado border and all routes headed east from Raton toward the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles were shut down late Monday afternoon. Farther south, Interstate 40 was closed from ...
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Dental tourism
RDH
California and Texas are also affected. The corresponding US/Mexico border cities offering dentistry and pulling US citizens south is Tijuana (south of San Diego, Calif.), Juarez (south of El Paso, Texas), and Los Algodones (south of Yuma, Ariz.). ...
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A perfect fit: Tech biomedical research and the border
El Paso Times
Infectious diseases are also of great importance to the region because we are on the border. The swine flu epidemic of 2009 came into the United States from Mexico. Commerce across the border can also bring infectious diseases into the region, ...
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Parts of Texas Panhandle get 10 inches of snow, no school Tuesday in Dalhart ...
The Republic
Forecaster Todd Beal told The Associated Press that 10 inches of snow fell since Monday outside Texline, near the border with New Mexico. The Dalhart Independent School District called off classes Tuesday after the area received up to 7 inches of snow. ...
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Natalicio honored by Mexican government
El Paso Inc.
UTEP president Diana Natalicio, center, with Arturo Sarukhan, Mexico's ambassador to the United States, left; and Julio Cesar Ortega Cuentas of Brown University, right. WASHINGTON - Diana Natalicio, president of the University of Texas at El Paso, ...
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Saudis Chase Khat-Runners on Yemen's Border as Unrest Drives Migrant Wave
Bloomberg
Jazan, where Mahfouz works, is one of four Saudi provinces on the border, which runs through desert and rugged mountains for 1100 miles (1800 kilometers), almost as long as the Texas- Mexico frontier. In Jazan alone, authorities say they detained ...
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Bloomberg
Snowstorm Closes I-25 From Pueblo To New Mexico Border
KRDO
Hundreds of drivers are detouring, turning around around or finding shelter for the night after Monday's snowstorm led the Colorado Department of Transportation to close Interstate 25 south between Exit 94 (Pueblo Boulevard) and the New Mexico border. ...
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Heroin, cocaine ring busted
The News Journal
The couriers often took nine or 10 days, often on buses, to get the drugs from Panama to Mexico, crossing into the United States through the Texas border towns of Laredo, McAllen and Brownsville. Edmund would often be in Texas to meet and take them ...
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Richard Rhodes: The Texas Tribune Interview
Texas Tribune
... but if you want to see what happens to a population where education is not supported and you end up with two very distinct and different classes of citizens, you can look at where I came from. Go right across the border to Juárez, Mexico. ...
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Troiani announces bid for Congress
Brownsville Herald
Troiani said that as city commissioner, he was instrumental in obtaining a reversionary clause during the negotiations over the border wall and that because of these efforts, the city is the only one along the US-Mexico border to have the ability to ...
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The Day's Best | 12.19.11
News & Observer
New Mexico state police say a winter storm is shutting highways and causing difficult driving across northern New Mexico. Los Alamos National Laboratory and a number of schools have closed as the storm moves across New Mexico and into the Texas and ...
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News & Observer
Snowstorm Hits Parts of Midwest
KEYC TV
At least six deaths are blamed on the storm, which struck the southwest on Monday, closing highways from New Mexico to Texas. Four people died in an accident along the New MexicoTexas border, where blizzard conditions are rare. ...
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Your weekly guide to Houston: Naughty stories, Holiday lights and an ...
CultureMap Houston
Hosted by Univision's Osvaldo Corral, the event morphed the impeccable gallery into a Christmas celebration at comfy south-of-the-border home, last supper-table setup and wine included. It was an informal high-decibel musicale mingling the traditions ...
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CultureMap Houston
Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Feds may work out differences
Examiner.com
The bulk of the letter's criticisms seem to revolve around allegations of discrimination against Latinos by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office during its course of enforcing immigration laws near the Arizona-Mexico border. The letter also expresses ...
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Abandoned horses are slaughter rejects, say advocates
Horsetalk
Many horses being found abandoned in the southwestern United States have been set loose after being rejected for slaughter at the Mexican border, animal welfare groups allege. That is the finding of a six-month inquiry by the Equine Welfare Alliance ...
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Horsetalk
Los Angeles Times hires David Horsey
Northwest Progressive Institute Official Blog (blog)
Pedro Rios of the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium, criticizing the federal government's plans to build a huge, ugly, imposing fence right into the Pacific Ocean on the border with Mexico. The Washington Bus' Devin Glaser analyzes the report ...
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Location, location, location
El Paso Inc.
The desert, the mountains, the rio, the Hispanic culture and the sharing of the border with Mexico and New Mexico make for a unique American environment. We are several hours drive from Albuquerque and Tucson. It's even further to Phoenix and Los ...
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Mexican drug gangs' public relations campaign
Al Jazeera
From guns to the media, Mexican drug cartels have turned to new and unusual tactics to intimidate their rivals. Videos of drug-related massacres have been sent to news networks and posted online. The gangs have also tried to win support through public ...
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Drug cartel bill is bizarre
Youngstown Vindicator
Y., the only dissenting vote in the panel, told me in a subsequent interview that, whatever you think about the bill's proposals, branding Mexico's drug cartel as terrorists is wrong, because the Mexican cartels don't have a political agenda. ...
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Police find 10 bodies in clandestine graves in northern Mexico
Washington Post
Police in the city of Durango have offered no motives in the killings, but officials have said the killings are the result of an internal power struggle within the Sinaloa drug cartel, Mexico's most powerful gang. Also Monday, the Mexican army released ...
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D.C. police arrest 70 in yearlong drug, gun sting
Washington Times
The arrests made during “Operation Manic Enterprises” helped to close 15 armed robberies and two shootings and to break up a Mexican drug cartel looking to set up shop selling meth in Washington, police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said. “Had these drugs made ...
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Washington Times
Nuke the News: They're All Bad, Racists for Not Arming Drug Cartels, and BRAIN ...
IMAO (satire)
Q. What do you call someone who thinks it's a bad idea to sell guns to Mexican drug cartels? A. A racist. I think it's safe to say that racism has replaced patriotism as the most popular last refuge of a scoundrel. But really, what does Holder have ...
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10 Bodies found in mass grave in northern Mexico
Middle East North Africa Financial Network
Durango, Chihuahua and Sinaloa states make up Mexico's so-called "Golden Triangle" of the illegal drug trade. The majority of the bodies discovered in Durango city earlier this year were in the Las Fuentes neighborhood. The Sinaloa cartel, Mexico's ...
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100 Tons of drug precursors seized in Mexico
Middle East North Africa Financial Network
The administration of President Felipe Calderon, who militarized the struggle against violent drug cartels after taking office in late 2006, has seized some 2000 tons of drug precursor chemicals this year. The US drug market has seen declining demand ...
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Tijuana Entrepreneur Creates Drug-Trafficking Inspired Clothing Line
San Diego Reader (blog)
By Dave Rice | Posted December 20, 2011, 8:24 am Narcocorridos, the Mexican ballads inspired by the violent and much-glamorized lifestyles of the country's drug trafficking cartels, have in turn birthed a new trend in fashion, the Latin American Herald ...
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UP not liable for drugs aboard
Omaha World-Herald
Union Pacific had argued that if it assigned its employees or hired security contractors to keep watch in Mexico, it would “expose UP's or its contractor's personnel to the risks of murder and mayhem at the hands of Mexican drug cartels. ...
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Mexico's president, first lady pray for peace at holy site
Los Angeles Times
Grayson noted that the church has had known ties to the country's drug cartels, most notably in the practice of some drug lords of funding construction or renovations of local churches. "So the church has contact, and maybe they can reach out and touch ...
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Robots sniff out danger in drug smuggling tunnels
Tecca
Others, like the robot helper of drug-busting federal agents, can smell danger inside tunnels used by cartels to smuggle illegal substances. Authorities commonly deal with border-crossing tunnels made by Mexican drug cartels, some of which may not be ...
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Tecca
Bill to extradite foreign drug traffickers moves to House
Gant Daily
The Senate bill targeted at foreign smuggling coincides with reports that Mexican drug cartels are extending their alliances beyond Latin America to include the Middle East. Last week, the Justice Department indicted an accused Lebanese drug lord ...
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Roberto Saviano and Nouriel Roubini Discussing the Global Financial Mafia at NYU
Huffington Post
Since early December, a group of Republican Congressmen have been investigating the DEA, whose agents allegedly washed several million US dollars in an undercover investigation of Mexican drug cartels. The investigators tried to find out what pathways ...
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70 arrested in guns, drug sting in D.C.
Washington Examiner
Undercover officers traveled to Atlanta with suspects who claimed to be part of the notorious Mexican drug cartel "La Familia." The group was trying to gain a meth dealing foothold into the District, which historically has not been exposed to high ...
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DeEvening Links: Manic Enterprises
Washington Post (blog)
The Post's Clarence Williams tells the story: “The team uncovered connections to a Mexican drug cartel and out-of-area gun traders, leading to federal investigations in a half-dozen states and a murder case in El Salvador. The year-long investigation ...
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Obama Administration Endangered Lives to Justify Gun Control
Town Hall
And now, according to new documents obtained by CBS News, we are faced with the fact that the Obama administration helped transfer illegal guns to drug cartels in Mexico to build a case for gun control – specifically, gun registration – here in America ...
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Gun store owner seeks to change guilty plea
Las Cruces Sun-News
By Ashley Meeks ameeks@lcsun-news.com LAS CRUCES - Almost five months after 14 border residents entered into plea agreements in a case charging them with trafficking firearms to Mexican cartels, the owner of the gun store alleged to have sold the ...
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Glenn Langohr's New E-book, Upon Release, is Number 1 on Amazon in Social ...
PR Web (press release)
Glenn Langohr was an obsessive compulsive addict who researched the US War on Drugs so deeply, he met and did business with Mexican Cartels, outlaw bikers and street gangs until the criminal justice system interrupted him. From prison, for 10 years he ...
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PR Web (press release)
US unravels international terror financing plot linked to Hezbollah
Long War Journal
Ayman "Junior" Joumaa, of Virginia, is alleged to have conspired to sell tons of Colombian-produced cocaine to Mexico's Zeta cartel for ultimate sale in the US. Earlier this year, Joumaa was listed by the Treasury Department as a drug trafficker whose ...
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Transformed Panama shrugs off Noriega
Financial Times
But many of Panama's young population do not remember the dictatorship when Mr Noriega ruled the country with thug enforcers while cutting business deals with Colombia's notorious Medellín drugs cartel. Indeed, democracy has become so entrenched in ...
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ATF Use Fake Rap Label To Bust Gun And Drug Dealers
Ology
... back in November 2010, and spread word around the underground scene and black market that they were looking for some drug and gun hook-ups, thus leading to multiple confiscations and 70 arrests, some with ties to the Mexican cartel "La Familia. ...
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Ology
NRA-ILA Year In Review 2011
AmmoLand.com (press release)
and their counterparts in the US Senate, Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Cox wrote that the BATFE project “reportedly allowed over 2000 firearms to be sold to individuals already linked to Mexican drug cartels ...
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Latest DVDs, CDs, books: Dec. 20, 2011
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Charley Castillo and his men investigate an alliance between the Russians and Mexican drug cartels. Also hitting shelves: "Albert: A Life" by Jules Stewart; "Alone in the Universe: Why Our Planet Is Unique" by John Gribbin; "The Devil's Elixir" by ...
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'Tragic Comedy Of Shakespearean Proportions'
Patch.com
By perpetuating a skyrocketing shadow economy, the War on Drugs has given the drug czars something worth killing for. Perhaps it is because most of the victims are in Mexico, not our own cities, that we do not equate the violence of cartels with Capone ...
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Speak Out 12/20/11
Southeast Missourian
WHAT could be almost as disgusting as giving 14000 guns to the Mexican drug cartel? How about Attorney General Eric Holder still having his job? Now that is truly disgusting. HAS anyone noticed the vast number of Cape Girardeau's restaurants that do ...
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Feds and Local Cops in DC Announce “Most Important Weapons Investigation” in ...
ticklethewire.com
The paper reported that the FBI, DC police, ATF and DEA and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) “uncovered connections to a Mexican drug cartel and out-of-area gun traders that led to federal investigations in a half-dozen states and a murder ...
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ticklethewire.com
At least 106 journalists killed in the course of the year
The FINANCIAL
Mexico, Pakistan most dangerous countries -- For the second year in a row, Mexico has been the most dangerous country for media work with 12 journalists killed since January. The raging war between the army and the drug cartels in the north explains ...
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The Needle: White Cab Edition
Washington City Paper (blog)
Authorities claim a Mexican drug cartel was involved in the operation they rolled up. Cynical but sound prediction: No matter how many arrests MPD and the FBI makes, drug and weapons trafficking will continue. -1 That's A Cab Of A Different Color: New ...
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