September 16, 2009 |
In Tijuana, schoolchildren get lessons on how to duck during gangland shootouts. Ciudad Juarez cops patrol with military escorts, and the morgue there is spilling over with gunshot victims. But here in Mexicali, people fear the desert sun more than drug hit men. The city of 700,000 has a homicide rate comparable to that of Wichita, Kan., and one of the biggest police deployments is Operation Beat the Heat, in which officers haul blocks of ice to shantytown residents. There hasn't been a bank robbery in Mexicali in 18 months, or a reported kidnapping in a year.
August 22, 2007 |
Seizures of counterfeit imports at the nation's trade gateways rose by 22% in number -- and by 141% in value -- during the first half of fiscal year 2007, federal officials said Tuesday. Authorities said the flood of bogus goods illustrates how some exporters to the U.S. are increasingly ripping off the intellectual property rights of legitimate manufacturers. "There is $5 trillion to $5.