August 2, 2013 |
A year ago, when he was an incoming freshman at San Juan Capistrano JSerra, Chase Strumpf was cut from the USA national youth team that he was trying to make. That might be the final time in his life that someone dares to cut Strumpf. On Friday, he hit his fifth home run in six games of the COPABE Pan American Games in Colombia, helping the USA 15U national team improve to 6-0 with a 9-0 win over Brazil. Strumpf became the starting shortstop as a freshman at JSerra this past season.
July 26, 2013 |
Long before Mexico descended into its "drug war," the phrase itself was invented in another country. In the 1980s the underground industry that processed coca into cocaine and shipped it northward to U.S. consumers transformed Colombian society. It created powerful drug barons who became public villains and icons, and it saw a country and its public institutions nearly consumed by a culture of violence. Juan Gabriel Vásquez's deeply affecting and closely observed new novel takes up the psychic aftermath of that era, as residents of Colombia's capital, Bogota, struggle to make sense of the disorder and dysfunction that's enveloped their daily lives.
July 25, 2013 |
BOGOTA, Colombia -- Work on Colombia's biggest-ever construction project, a $6.47-billion refinery called Reficar going up near the coastal city of Cartagena, has ground to a halt amid ongoing labor strife, the latest in a series of setbacks that has contributed to delays and billions in cost overruns on the megaproject. The strike is only the latest in Colombia's fast-growing energy and mining sectors. The most notable impacts have been a slowdown this year in the country's oil boom and a possible decline in coal exports for the first time in a decade, both partly the result of labor strikes.
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July 14, 2013 |
Los Angeles police Sunday were looking for the driver of a gray Dodge Challenger who allegedly shot and killed a motorist in the northeast San Fernando Valley during a road-rage confrontation Saturday. The victim, who was driving a red Kia Rio, was wounded near the mouth and was taken to two hospitals before being pronounced dead, said Lt. Kamran Khan of the LAPD's Mission Division. Police identified the victim only as 22-year-old male Latino. Authorities have ruled out any gang-related motive and say the confrontation appears to be a case of road rage.
July 4, 2013 |
Soccer star Lionel Messi wasn't the only one left disappointed when a dispute with promoters led to the cancellation of his charity exhibition scheduled for Wednesday night at the Coliseum. Among the approximately 20,000 ticket holders left high and dry were four young Canadian fans -- Connor MacMillan, 19; Meekaylae Renaerts, 21; Dawson Lindahl, 20; and Jordie Leib, 20 -- who spent $4,000 to travel from British Columbia, Canada, to Los Angeles to see a game that was never played.
June 13, 2013 |
CALI, Colombia - Ask Ana Julia Torres how many children she has, and she'll say 652: two human offspring plus the hundreds of tigers, lions, mules, snakes, monkeys and other species residing at her refuge north of here. The creatures have typically been seized from or cast off by narcos, circuses, animal traffickers and bored collectors. Her reference to the "children" inhabiting her 8-acre private facility, named Villa Lorena after her daughter, reflects her deep love for the animals.
May 31, 2013 |
President Juan Manuel Santos' decision last year to restart peace talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia was understandably met with skepticism. After all, three similar efforts over three decades failed to bring an end to the violence that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and displaced some 3 million people in the region's longest-running internal conflict. But this time there is reason for hope. Earlier this week, the Santos administration and the rebel group, known as FARC, announced that they had reached a landmark agreement on agrarian reform.
May 27, 2013 |
Monday-Friday, May 27-31 -- “Being Biden” is going on a road trip. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden's eclectic blogsite will follow his sweep through Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago and Brazil this week as he carries out a mission to bolster trade with Latin American allies in the midst of economic transformations. On Monday, Biden meets with Colombian President Juan Miguel Santos in Bogota for talks expected to showcase Colombia's impressive progress in promoting national and regional security.
May 26, 2013 |
BOGOTA, Colombia -- In a milestone first step in efforts to end Latin America's longest-running insurgency, Colombia's largest rebel group and the government said Sunday in Havana that they had reached an agreement on land reform, the first of six points that would make up an eventual peace deal. The agreement on agrarian reform, considered a crucial element of any broader accord, is a boost for President Juan Manuel Santos, who last summer took the risky political move of restarting peace talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.
May 26, 2013 |
BOGOTA, Colombia - In a milestone first step in efforts to end Latin America's longest-running insurgency, Colombia's largest rebel group and the government said Sunday that they had reached an agreement on land reform, the first of six points that could make up an eventual peace deal. The agreement on agrarian reform, considered a crucial element of any broader accord, is a boost for President Juan Manuel Santos, who last summer took the risky political move of restarting peace talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.