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December 30, 1995 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Minerva Guadalupe Ramirez was getting in her car after a quick stop in a posh suburb here two weeks ago when a gunman stuck a pistol to her head. He stole the 19-year-old woman's cash, purse and jewelry, then commandeered her 1993 Ford Topaz. He raced off, never noticing that her son, Tomas, was inside. The 8-month-old child and the car are still missing. On that same morning, three men robbed the Naucalpan Red Cross Hospital on the city's northwest side.
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July 3, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY - Political assassinations, kidnappings and threats have cast a pall over upcoming regional elections in which the ruling party is stressing its efforts to control violence as it seeks to consolidate power. Authorities reported that a mayoral candidate in Durango state was shot to death Monday by unknown assailants, his body dumped on a roadside, after he had been kidnapped at a funeral. Over the weekend, gunmen pumped more than 25 rounds into a car carrying Rosalia Palma, a candidate for state legislature in Oaxaca.
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June 29, 2001 | CHRIS KRAUL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A World Bank study of this crime-ridden capital underscores what many residents here know firsthand: that crime is 10 times worse than the government says it is and that the police are ineffectual in combating it. Surveying half a dozen of Latin America's most dangerous cities, the study--the first of its kind--sought links between economic problems and crime rates, according to the bank.
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June 19, 2013 | By Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times
MEXICO CITY - Miguel Angel Mancera, the former top prosecutor in Mexico's capital, rode his crime-fighting reputation to the mayor's office, promising voters a superior level of safety as the cornerstone of a revitalized metropolis. But six months into his term, Mancera, is fighting accusations that he has mishandled the highest-profile case of his mayoral career: the disappearances last month of 12 people from a bar in the heart of Mexico City. The case remains unsolved, and the criticism of Mancera, a potential presidential candidate for the left-wing Democratic Revolution Party, or PRD, has been withering.
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August 29, 1998 | MARY BETH SHERIDAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There is little that the Mexican government wouldn't do for Mario Flores. Since he was sentenced to death in 1985 by an Illinois court, the Mexican migrant has been an obsession of Mexican diplomats. They call him weekly. They met with the Illinois governor. They even organized a show of the convicted murderer's paintings in a bid to demonstrate his good character. The campaign for Flores reflects the government's forceful efforts to defend the 40 Mexicans on death row in the United States.
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November 30, 1997 | JAMES F. SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Thousands of Mexico City residents from every social class and political persuasion marched in silence through the capital Saturday to protest the soaring crime and corruption that have generated a climate of helplessness and impunity. In a country where demonstrations have normally been the tools of political parties, the march studiously avoided any political message--except to send a warning to all the parties through the march slogan: "Ya Basta!" ("Enough's Enough!"
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February 16, 2001 | JAMES F. SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A gang of hooded men in green uniforms gunned down 12 people, including two 13-year-olds, in a mountain village in Mexico's Sinaloa state, officials said Thursday. Three other people were slain in another incident in the violence-plagued state Thursday morning, state Atty. Gen. Ramon de Jesus Castro said. The deaths brought to 67 the number of people killed in the western state in just the first six weeks of the year, a police spokeswoman said.
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February 19, 1999 | JAMES F. SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The brazen kidnapping of the father of a beloved Mexican soccer star provoked outrage Thursday in a country nearly inured to a barrage of abductions, bank robberies and carjackings. Jorge Campos, idol of soccer-mad Mexicans and a former Los Angeles Galaxy goalkeeper, flew back to Mexico on Thursday from a tournament in Hong Kong to take part in the search for his 65-year-old father, Alvaro Campos, who was abducted Wednesday.
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February 28, 1999 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even by the Gothic standards for murder in this city, the death of the doctor prompted horror and outrage. The horror centered on why anyone would want to kill 47-year-old Simon Ramirez Aranda, by all accounts a respected civic activist and family man. The outrage was directed at the brazenness of the point-blank shooting--just outside Ramirez's medical office in the city's snazzy business district--and at what many view as a new level of impunity in a city familiar with violent bloodletting.
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April 22, 1994 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Young writers haunt the gritty cantinas of this border city's historic red light district, the Zona Norte , soaking up material, scribbling ideas on paper napkins. Artists find refuge at the cheerfully eclectic Cultural Center of Tijuana, which offers Picasso exhibits, Tito Puente concerts, a classical orchestra of Russian expatriates and paintings inspired by both Baja California folk drawings and East Los Angeles murals.
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January 3, 2013 | By Daniel Hernandez
MEXICO CITY -- Promised that no questions would be asked, they've brought in handguns, pistols, rifles, grenades, bullets, and dozens of gun replicas that may or may not have been used to spook a robbery victim. Hundreds of people have turned in nearly a thousand weapons and at least one grenade-launcher in nine days in exchange for gifts and cash -- as well as anonymity -- in a holiday pilot program that has exceeded government expectations in Mexico's populous capital. The program, "For Your Family, Voluntary Disarming," was launched at the historic Santuario de la Cuevita church in the crime-toughened borough of Iztapalapa on Christmas Eve, with promises of tablet computers and bicycles for handing over any firearms.
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November 30, 2001 | JAMES F. SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The luxurious, heavily patrolled El Cid townhouse complex in this Pacific Ocean port city has become an unlikely front line in Mexico's battle against drug trafficking and organized crime. Inside the gated community in the early evening of Nov. 11, men wielding AK-47 assault rifles gunned down two federal judges and the wife of one of the magistrates.
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November 4, 2001 | JULIE CART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As New Mexico prepares to carry out its first execution since 1960, few here question whether child killer Terry Clark should pay for his awful crime. Where the disagreement begins is whether Clark should pay with his life. A statewide debate, spurred by the execution Tuesday, has refocused attention on capital punishment in a place that has for decades been reluctant to impose it. Activists are calling for the repeal of New Mexico's death penalty statute.
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June 29, 2001 | CHRIS KRAUL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A World Bank study of this crime-ridden capital underscores what many residents here know firsthand: that crime is 10 times worse than the government says it is and that the police are ineffectual in combating it. Surveying half a dozen of Latin America's most dangerous cities, the study--the first of its kind--sought links between economic problems and crime rates, according to the bank.
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February 16, 2001 | JAMES F. SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A gang of hooded men in green uniforms gunned down 12 people, including two 13-year-olds, in a mountain village in Mexico's Sinaloa state, officials said Thursday. Three other people were slain in another incident in the violence-plagued state Thursday morning, state Atty. Gen. Ramon de Jesus Castro said. The deaths brought to 67 the number of people killed in the western state in just the first six weeks of the year, a police spokeswoman said.
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August 9, 2000 | ESTHER SCHRADER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She is a sweet-faced Catholic schoolgirl of 14. An architect's daughter. The sort of kid the teachers favor at school. The kind who still sleeps with stuffed animals at home. But on a hot afternoon four months ago on a bridge between her home of Juarez, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas, Paloma left childhood behind. At that moment, driving a stranger's car slowly toward a U.S. customs inspection station, Paloma became a felon. She knew there was a load of marijuana in the car.
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April 30, 1997 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It wasn't much of a theft: Two men appeared to be stealing a Dodge Dart in the village of La Purificacion on Mexico City's outskirts early Monday when several local residents spotted them. It's what happened after the residents caught Eduardo Mojica, 52, and Fidel Marco Patino, 49, that startled so many here in the nation's capital Tuesday.
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August 15, 1996 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When two cars packed with armed men blocked the businessman's Gran Marquis and pulled him from the driver's seat outside a luxurious suburban mall here, it was the victim's expression that was so terrifying: A gun to his head and armed men on each elbow, his face, witnesses said, twisted in a grimace of powerlessness, fear and a fight to keep his dignity. Then, in just 30 seconds, the victim was gone--racing away in the kidnappers' car.
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September 13, 1999 | MARY BETH SHERIDAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nestor Castellanos eased his 18-wheeler onto the freeway, carefully checking the rearview mirror. Tailing him was a black minivan with two pistol-packing guards. In the seat behind Castellanos perched a former riot police officer, tear gas at the ready. "We've got dangerous cargo," warned the driver.
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August 20, 1999 | JAMES F. SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three high-profile shootings in the Mexican capital in three months, with targets ranging from a famed TV host to the nation's anti-drug czar, have stoked fresh fear and anger over increasingly brazen violence by criminal gangs. City prosecutors said Thursday that they had arrested a suspect in the June 7 gangland-style slaying of talk-show personality Francisco "Paco" Stanley.
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