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30. "If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around."
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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Texas and Mexico Border News - 2.12.2012

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US faces tough fight in cash-smuggling crackdown
Utica Observer Dispatch
Immigration agents report a rising number of cash seizures and arrests in the past half-dozen years as criminals, sidestepping scrutiny from banks over electronic transfers, resort to using cash to conceal proceeds from drug trafficking as they move ...
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AP News in Brief at 11:58 pm EST
Newsday
Nation Newsday > News > Nation AP News in Brief at 11:58 pm EST Originally published: February 11, 2012 6:07 PM Updated: February 12, 2012 12:01 AM By The Associated Press Whitney Houston, superstar of records, movies whose career was ravaged by drugs, ...
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Puerto Vallarta: We're safe here!
Boston Herald (blog)
The popular vacation destinationPuerto Vallarta is a leading destination in Mexico and continues to offer a wide range of shore excursions and a safe experience for all international visitors., located more than 1200 miles from the border between ...
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Boston Herald (blog)
Dominicans: Deadly voyage seemed doomed from start
Boston.com
Still, thousands hazard the journey every year, fueled by the same desperation that inspires people to risk their lives trekking through the desert along the US-Mexico border. Cortorreal, who planned to find jobs in Puerto Rico's underground economy ...
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U.S. expands travel warning in Mexico
Examiner.com
Delta Air Lines and Sun Country Airlines both offer frequent non-stop service from the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport to numerous Mexican destinations. While many of the most dangerous regions lie along the US-Mexico border and are based on ...
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Time's running out: Legislature could defeat all of governor's top proposals ...
Las Cruces Sun-News
But Martinez says licensing people who are in the country unlawfully threatens border and national security. A dozen states that had similar laws revoked them, and New Mexico must do the same for public safety, she said. Martinez also is fighting for a ...
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Day 4: Savoring The Ocean, One Meal At A Time
Fronteras: The Changing America Desk
Tijuana, all the way to the north, is getting all the media buzz for its nouveau Mexican, European, border fusion cuisine. But drop into a marisquería (seafood restaurant), and you're almost guaranteed to get a fresh meal, served in a delicious fashion ...
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Golf has deep roots in state's history
AZ Central.com
But golf also was being played near the Arizona-Mexico border. Another course of sand and oil-soaked putting surfaces opened in 1908 in the Warren District of Bisbee, operating there until a new course was built down the road in Naco by the Works ...
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Arizona's song: Museum's 'I Am AZ Music' showcases state's influence, innovation
Arizona Republic
Norteño sounds came up from the Mexican border areas, and cumbia later arrived from South America. Young tribal members returned from boarding schools with a love of brass and woodwinds. From the hodgepodge, waila emerged as a precursor to world music, ...
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US faces tough fight in cash smuggling crackdown
Fox News
WASHINGTON – Jeanette Barraza-Galindo conspicuously left her bags of teddy bears and throw pillows on a bus during an inspection at the Texas-Mexico border — and professed ignorance about the $277556 officers found hidden inside.
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San Jose Sharks: Andrew Desjardins, NHL Star That Got His Start in Laredo, Texas
Bleacher Report
San Jose Sharks forward Andrew Desjardins played his first professional hockey game in Laredo, Texas. Take a minute to re-read that if you must. Yes, this is the Laredo on the border of Mexico—located on the north bank of two-and-a-half hours south of ...
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Bleacher Report
Slain US couple 'spiritual soldiers'
OneNewsNow
AP - 2/12/2012 3:40:00 AM LEWISVILLE, TX - Friends have eulogized John and Wanda Casias as spiritual soldiers who gave their lives to God and hearts to Mexico, where the American missionary couple was slain last month. Hundreds attended the Wednesday ...
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SCORE San Felipe 250 Start Order Released
Side x Side News
Round 3 of the 2012 SCORE Desert Series will be held March 9-11 in Mexico's picturesque fishing village of San Felipe, located 120 miles south of the US border on the East side of the Baja California peninsula along the azure waters of the tranquil Sea ...
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A Continent Ablaze in Auroral and Manmade Light
Universe Today
Credit: NASA Teams working at the Crew Earth Observations center at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas have assembled hundreds of individual still images taken onboard the ISS into a series of amazing videos. Two videos collected here focus ...
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State officials in the pocket of feared Mexican drug cartel
The Independent
One of Mexico's most notorious drug cartels paid $4.5m (£2.85m) in bribes to officials in a state run by the country's main opposition party, a US court case has revealed. The bribes were made by the infamous Zetas cartel in the state of Tamaulipas ...
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Zetas and Gulf cartel set aside millions for bribes – Mexico cartels paid $4.5 ...
Kuwait Times
MEXICO CITY: Mexican drug cartels paid $4.5 million in bribes to buy protection and political favors in a state run by the country's main opposition party, US court documents said yesterday, as the party leads polls to win the presidency in July.
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Kuwait Times
McAllen drug unit receives national, state kudos
Monitor
Camarena, a US Drug Enforcement Administration agent, died at the hands of the Mexican drug cartels in 1985 while working as an undercover agent in Mexico. He is the driving force behind Red Ribbon Week. Each year the local Elks lodges sponsor a person ...
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Ex DEA head: At least 3 other agencies knew about Fast and Furious
Examiner.com
Tony Coulson served as head of the South Arizona division of the DEA at the time the Obama Administration was conducting the illegal scheme of sending firearms to Mexican drug cartels. According to Coulson, the DEA, the FBI, and ICE--Immigration ...
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Candidate: Mexican Government Targeting PRI in Smear Campaign
Latin American Herald Tribune
Peña Nieto's remarks came in a week when the PRI was hit by allegations that a former governor took millions from drug gangs. US authorities on Wednesday arrested Mexican-born, Texas-based rancher Antonio Peña Argüelles, who was accused in a Drug ...
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Latin American Herald Tribune
3 inmates killed in northern Mexico prison
Fox News
MEXICO CITY – Mexican authorities say three inmates accused of drug trafficking have been killed in a prison in northern Mexico. Durango state prosecutors say in a statement the inmates died in a fight Saturday inside the state prison in the city of ...
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U.S. issues widest travel warning to Mexico since 2006
DigitalJournal.com
As spring break gets closer, the US State Department advised Wednesday that United States citizens should avoid all "non essential" travel to 14 of 31 Mexican states. US citizens have fallen victim to drug-cartel related activity, also known as ...
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DigitalJournal.com
Court records follow trail of guns
Brownsville Herald
Both agents worked for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement out of Laredo and were on temporary assignment in Mexico when the attack occurred. Court documents also indicate that drug-trafficker-turned-informant Manuel Gomez Barba of Baytown ...
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Feds: Firefighter set up big drug deals
KRQE
Also on Friday KRQE News 13 obtained the latest court records detailing Chavez's alleged role in a drug ring with high-level connections to the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico. Those records show federal agents believe huge amount of drugs and cash passed ...
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HSN Narco News- 3 Found Brutally Murdered in Northwestern Mexico
Hispanically Speaking News
Officials did not say who may have been behind the killings, but it is common for ruthless drug gangs to brutally murder their victims and dump the bodies in public places. Mexico had a record 15273 homicides linked to organized crime last year and ...
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Hispanically Speaking News
Texans lash out at Obama, Cuellar, Pelosi; praise JFK, Rubio, Cornyn and Abbott
Examiner.com
She said her biggest concern is with the drug cartels and border security. “The Department of Justice, under Eric Holder, deliberately ran tons of guns to the Mexican cartels which have come back many times to bite us in the ass with crimes back here ...
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Kidnapped Musician Found Dead In Spite of Family Paying Ransom
Hispanically Speaking News
A singer who was kidnapped in Monterrey, the largest city in northern Mexico, was found dead even though his family paid ransom for his release, state officials said Sunday. Erick Garza Garza's family was contacted by the kidnappers, who killed him ...
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Texans on wrong side of border fence grow anxious
CBS News
Pons' concerns illustrate one of the complications in the government's 5-year-old effort to build a secure barrier along the border that would keep out illegal activity from Mexico without causing worse problems for the people living in the region.
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Mexico Chooses Woman to Lead Federal Police
Latin American Herald Tribune
Calderon gave the Federal Police and the army the lead role in battling violent drug cartels shortly after taking office in December 2006. But despite the nationwide deployment of tens of thousands federal forces, drug-related homicides have ...
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Highlight: Sons of Anarchy: series finale, Monday, February 13
Sydney Morning Herald
Top of the storylines that need resolution is the big raid that Assistant US Attorney Lincoln Potter (Ray McKinnon) is about to spring in the hope of bringing down the Sons, the Real IRA and the Mexican drug cartel. Then there's the small matter of the ...
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Sydney Morning Herald
Iranian photojournalist wins World Press Photo award
Tehran Times
Images of the drug cartel's war in Mexico by Pedro Pardo of the Agence France-Presse won the third prize of the category. Spanish photographer Samuel Aranda won the 2011 World Press Photo of the Year award for an image of a veiled woman holding a ...
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Cartels paid $4.5mn in political bribes
Gulf Times
Mexican drug cartels paid $4.5mn in bribes to buy political favours in a state run by the main opposition party, US court documents said, as the party leads polls to win the presidency in July. The money-laundering case in Texas charges Antonio Pena, ...
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DEA: Mexican governor got millions in drug cash
North County Times
US drug agents have evidence that cartel leaders paid millions to a Mexican border state governor and other figures in Mexico's former ruling party in exchange for political influence, according to a court filing in Texas. Confidential informants told ...
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Liberal Activists May Use Miramonte Elementary Scandal to Stump for Amnesty
Big Government
I know that the drug cartels are shooting people down there. But it's not our fault, it's the Mexician Govt's fault. It's "Cinco de Mayo", JimMcVeigh. The 'authorities' claim not to be able to find illegal immigrants for the same reason that school ...
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MF Global collapse opens door to further Islamic finance infiltration
Canada Free Press
And by the way again, let's drop our unearned smugness about having less corruption in our system than Mexico and take a closer look at what happened to banks after the crash of 2008. Wachovia, which then became Wells Fargo is cited here, ...
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Cash Smuggling From Mexico Presents US With Challenge And Opportunity In ...
Huffington Post
Officials in both the US and Mexico are realizing that criminal enterprises, just like other businesses, can't operate without a steady cash stream, said David Shirk, director of the Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego, which promotes ...
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Texans on wrong side of border fence grow anxious
Fox News
For more than a year the tall steel bars and panels erected in segments on this stretch of the 1954-mile US-Mexico border created an effect that was more gap-toothed grin than impenetrable obstacle. When the gates are closed, the Texans on the other ...
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Mexican Governor got Millions in Drug Cash
Fox News
Print Email Share Comments Recommend Tweet US drug agents have evidence that cartel leaders paid millions to a Mexican border state governor and other figures in Mexico's former ruling party in exchange for political influence, according to a court ...
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Drug-fighting effort along northern border a national model
Bellingham Herald
While much of the attention in recent years has focused on the southern US border with Mexico, the 5225-mile border between the US and Canada has a drug problem, too. And much of the drug traffic goes through Blaine, the busiest point of entry west of ...
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Bellingham Herald
Facing deportation to Mexico for a fourth time, he has NH roots
The Union Leader
By SHAWNE K. WICKHAM Four times, Alejandro Olvera-Corona has swum the Rio Grande, paid off the drug cartels that terrorize Mexican border towns, and crossed the Texas desert to make his way north. Just 29 years old, he's now in a Dover jail awaiting ...
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U.S. EXTENDS TRAVEL WARNING FOR MEXICO
U-T San Diego
The latest advisory is less severe for Baja California than for the other five states along Mexico's northern border, where the department suggests that US citizens “defer nonessential travel” throughout Chihuahua, Coahuila, Tamaulipas and much of ...
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Earthquake: 3.0 quake strikes near California-Mexico border
Los Angeles Times
A shallow magnitude 3.0 earthquake was reported Sunday morning seven miles from Ocotillo, Calif., according to the US Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 2:27 am Pacific time at a depth of 3.1 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was 12 ...
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Laredo CBP Officers Intercept Cache of Weapons Headed to Mexico
Laredo Sun
US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Laredo Port of Entry today stopped 11 weapons headed to Mexico from exiting the USinside a luxury vehicle. Laredo , Texas – US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Laredo Port of ...
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Border City Police Under Fire
Salem-News.Com
... for the conduct of the Ciudad Juarez municipal police force, which was supposedly purged of bad elements and then redeployed as the front-line force against criminal gangs destabilizing the Mexican border city of more than one million people.
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Salem-News.Com
Tamaulipas officials under investigation by Mexican, US agencies
Monitor
The memo also was sent to Mexico's Interior Secretary Alejandro Poire and Jaime Domingo Lopez Buitron, head of Mexico's Intelligence service-CISEN. The memo asks for any information on 39 public officials from the border state of Tamaulipas who might ...
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Rich New Mexican histroy at NMSU
Las Cruces Sun-News
All are symbols of New Mexico's rich multicultural heritage, celebrated in two new exhibits opening with a reception from 6 to 8 pm Thursday at the New Mexico State University Museum. "Enchanting the Nation: New Mexico and the United States" celebrates ...
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Ancient skills track modern drugs
Calgary Herald
In the seemingly endless desert wasteland of the Arizona-Mexico border, amid nine-metre-high cacti and thorny mesquite trees, an eagle-eyed Native American scout has found what he is looking for. A freshly dislodged leaf from a Creosote bush is his ...
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Attorney General focuses on border issues at Lincoln Day Dinner
Sierra Vista Herald
Noting he was given a tour of the border by the US Border Patrol, Horne said he also was told current figures indicated “800 people of Middle Eastern descent were apprehended along the border” between Arizona and Mexico. That means, based on the BP ...
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Mexico cartels paid $4.5 million political bribes: court
Reuters
By Isabella Cota | MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican drug cartels paid $4.5 million in bribes to buy protection and political favors in a state run by the country's main opposition party, US court documents said on Friday, as the party leads polls to win ...
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TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 2/6/11
Texas Tribune
by Evan Smith A brawl is brewing in South Texas, but this one has nothing to do with cartels or drug smuggling — it's an environmental battle over a proposed surface-mining site that some Eagle Pass residents worry will ruin their way of life.
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Dozens of Central America Migrants Rescued in Mexico
Latin American Herald Tribune
It said it received information on Tuesday about three safe houses in the town of Ciudad Miguel Aleman – across the Rio Grande from Roma, Texas – where people were being held and organized the rescue operation, which also led to four arrests.
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Texans on wrong side of border fence grow anxious
The Associated Press
... Texas (AP) — Max Pons is already anticipating the anxiety he'll feel when the heavy steel gate shuts behind him, leaving his home isolated on a strip of land between America's border fence and the violence raging across the Rio Grande in Mexico.
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The Associated Press
Border officials: ID card program trims wait times
Houston Chronicle
The program — implemented by Customs and Border Protection to make it quicker for pedestrians to enter the US from Mexico — has reduced wait times by 26 percent at this West Texas crossing. Travelers swipe their cards or machine-readable documents, ...
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US increases travel warning to 14 Mexican states
Boston.com
It advises caution for traveling in three other border states and many areas of central and western Mexico where drug cartels have been warring. The advisory issued Wednesday says US citizens have been victims of drug violence, including killings, ...
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Canadian Company Swept Up in Suspected Plot to Smuggle a Qaddafi
New York Times
Paul Copeland, Ms. Vanier's Canadian lawyer, said that border officials twice conducted unusually comprehensive searches of jets that Ms. Vanier used to travel to and from Mexico, where she and her husband own a home. On Nov. 10, the Mexican police ...
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Gabrielle Giffords' anti-drug legislation signed into law
CNN
For years, Customs and Border Protection officers have tracked small aircraft crossing the US-Mexico border to bring drugs into the United States. Between 2009 and 2011, more than 600 suspected ultralight aircraft were detected crossing the border, ...
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Mexico tourism minister defends troubled country
CTV.ca
The statement represented the broadest travel advisory for Mexico since 2006. Nonessential travel should be avoided in the border states of Chihuahua, Coahuila and Tamaulipas, and the central state of Durango, the advisory said. In three other border ...
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CTV.ca
US State Dept. issues travel warning for Mexico
KSWT-TV
Officials say the warning has been issued because of Mexico's continued drug violence and human trafficking activities. People still wishing to travel to Rocky Point are urged to use the Louisville border crossing in order to limit driving through ...
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A writing life
San Antonio Express
“When I think of that word margin, I think about borders,” says Hong Kingston, who recently took an eye-opening tour of the Arizona/Mexico border area. “Where do I put that border between myself and others? And where do we put our national borders?
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