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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 2010 | Sam Quinones and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
The execution-style murder of a young El Monte civic leader in Mexico was viewed Friday as a stark sign of just how widely the country's savage drug violence has spread. Bobby Salcedo, an assistant principal and school board member, had no ties to narcotics trafficking, his family and friends said. He is believed to be the first U.S. elected official killed in the 4-year-old spasm of carnage in Mexico. Gomez Palacio, the city where he died, was once best known for its industry.
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AUTOS
October 14, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
BMW will debut its latest convertible in sunny Southern California. The automaker will roll out its 4-Series droptop at the 2013 L.A. Auto Show in November. The 4-series is the new name for two-door versions of the company's popular 3-series, the name that will remain on the four-door edition of the sport sedan. This new convertible will use a three-piece folding hardtop, like its predecessor. BMW says extra sound deadening in this top makes it quieter than before, with enough trunk space to fit a set of golf clubs.
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NEWS
June 18, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
Things are looking up for tourism in Mazatlan, Mexico . The Pacific Coast resort , with 20-plus miles of beaches and dozens of high-end resorts, has long been a favorite with American tourists. Mexico's ongoing drug war, however, caused concern on both sides of the border. But recent infrastructure changes, coupled with an overhaul of Mazatlan's police force, have quieted fears. Now the Mexican Riviera city has just had its best spring season ever and is poised to have a record-breaking summer season, according to tourism bureau statistics.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
He loves Scotch, his apartment smells of rich mahogany and, as he will tell you himself, he's kind of a big deal.  Apparently Dodge agrees. Will Ferrell's Ron Burgundy character, the total buffoon of a newsman from the 2004 hit "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," has a new role as the pitchman for Dodge's 2014 Durango SUV.  Capitalizing on the high anticipation for the upcoming sequel "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," the ads...
WORLD
January 21, 2010 | By Ken Ellingwood
A prison riot Wednesday killed at least 23 inmates in the northern Mexican state of Durango, which has been the scene of increasingly violent feuding between drug-trafficking groups during the last year. Authorities said fighting broke out early in the morning between inmates affiliated with rival drug-trafficking groups who were held in the penitentiary in the state capital, also named Durango. The clashes left an undetermined number of inmates injured. The Durango state prosecutor, Daniel Garcia Leal, declined in a radio interview to identify the rival cartels.
OPINION
January 5, 2010
The execution of El Monte school board member Agustin Roberto "Bobby" Salcedo in the Mexican state of Durango is a horrible reminder that Mexico's drug violence does not belong to Mexico alone. It's ours too. There is the fact that U.S. consumption drives the illicit narcotics trade, of course. But there is also the reality that social and business relationships binding the two countries have resulted in a border that cannot guarantee Americans protection from drug violence. An estimated 1 million American citizens live in Mexico, and many more travel there each year.
TRAVEL
October 29, 1995
I enjoyed your articles on Santa Fe and Durango ("Turn, Turn, Turn," Aug. 27). However, there's something that puzzles me: Why would anyone who wants to fly from L.A. to Santa Fe connect in Denver? Surely you realize that Santa Fe is only 55 miles up the interstate from Albuquerque. There is plenty of air service between L.A. and Albuquerque, at lower fares than to Denver. Likewise, why would anyone traveling from L.A. to Durango go through Denver or Phoenix? As writer Steve Cohen mentions, Durango is only 200 miles from Albuquerque.
TRAVEL
June 11, 1989
One of Jerry Hulse's "Travel Tips" (May 22, 1988) led us happily to the O-Bar-O Resort in Colorado, near Durango. Owned and operated by former Los Angeles resident Dusty Walker and his wife Claire, this get-away-from-it-all resort has fine accommodations: pine-paneled cabins with kitchenettes and fireplaces. Everything is furnished except for fishing equipment, which can be rented there. In a woodsy setting, each cabin fronts the Florida River, which is well stocked with trout. And there are other activities nearby, including the not-to-be-missed Durango-Silverton rail trip.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 1994
I hope Rodney Grant is a better actor than he is a film historian. His comments regarding John Wayne and how he treated the Indians in the films he made in Durango, Mexico, are completely baseless (Film Clips, Feb. 27). Grant says that the reason John Wayne made his films in Durango was apparently so that he could treat the Indians badly. Get the facts straight, pal. John Wayne made fewer than 10 pictures in Durango. Of those films, only four featured any character that was an Indian, and, with one exception, they were not shot by Wayne!
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 1988 | STEPHEN BRAUN, Times Staff Writer
An immigrant suspected of shooting a California Highway Patrolman in the face during a routine traffic stop last week was captured Friday in the central Mexican city of Durango by Los Angeles police detectives and Mexican state police agents. Law enforcement officials said Florentino Torres Silva, 25, of Glendale, was taken into custody without incident about 10 a.m. after he was stopped while driving to a Durango hospital. Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl F.
NEWS
June 18, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
Things are looking up for tourism in Mazatlan, Mexico . The Pacific Coast resort , with 20-plus miles of beaches and dozens of high-end resorts, has long been a favorite with American tourists. Mexico's ongoing drug war, however, caused concern on both sides of the border. But recent infrastructure changes, coupled with an overhaul of Mazatlan's police force, have quieted fears. Now the Mexican Riviera city has just had its best spring season ever and is poised to have a record-breaking summer season, according to tourism bureau statistics.
AUTOS
March 28, 2013 | By Brian Thevenot
Dodge rolled out a restyled Dodge Durango at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, offering some new technology in the cabin and a fuel-saving eight-speed transmission. The 2014 Durango, however, will not get the diesel engine option soon to be available in its corporate cousin, the Jeep Grand Cherokee , which debuted in redesigned form at the Detroit Auto Show .  PHOTOS:   Highlights of the 2013 New York Auto Show The Durango's new automatic gearbox -- which can be shifted with steering wheel paddles or a "rotary" shifter in the console -- will increase gas mileage by up to 9%, Dodge said.
BUSINESS
November 27, 2012 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Although the number of U.S. citizens killed in Mexico so far this year is down, the U.S. State Department has again issued a detailed travel warning for visitors to the country. The state-by-state assessment urges travelers to "defer nonessential travel" to four of Mexico's 31 states - Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango and Tamaulipas. The department also warns tourists to avoid unnecessary travel to remote towns and border areas in 11 other states, mostly in the northern section of Mexico.
BUSINESS
March 17, 2011
2011 Dodge Durango Citadel RWD Base price: $42,645 (including destination charge) Price, as tested: $46,825 Powertrain: 5.7-liter, 16-valve V-8; five-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting Horsepower: 360 at 4,250 rpm Torque: 390 pound-feet at 4,250 rpm 0-60 acceleration: 7.3 seconds (according to Motor Trend magazine) Curb weight: 5,200 pounds Wheelbase: 119.8 inches Overall length: 199.8 inches EPA fuel economy: 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway Final thoughts: Easy to want; hard to need.
BUSINESS
March 17, 2011 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times
So you're in the market for a 2011 Dodge Durango SUV. Congratulations. After amassing nearly 500 miles on a top-end Citadel model recently, I can say you have great taste in vehicles. The new Durango is well-made, a good value and behaves on the road like your mother is watching. But before you sign that check, I have two questions for you. You'll be towing something big, right? Because the Durango has up to 7,400 pounds of towing capacity when equipped with a Hemi V-8, it doesn't mind having a trailer full of ponies or a Beneteau 34 sailboat hitched to its rear.
WORLD
August 1, 2010 | By Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times
Mexican federal police on Saturday rescued two of four journalists kidnapped five days earlier by a drug gang in northern Mexico, authorities said. The case highlighted the dangers faced by journalists in Mexico, where criminal gangs often seek to silence news coverage or slant it in their favor. The captors had demanded the airing of homemade videos that linked a rival gang to corrupt police in the states of Durango and Coahuila. Public Safety Secretary Genaro Garcia Luna said intelligence work led to a predawn operation that freed cameramen Javier Canales of Multimedios Laguna and Alejandro Hernandez of Televisa from a house in Gomez Palacio, Durango.
WORLD
December 29, 2009 | By Tracy Wilkinson
Journalist Bladimir Antuna put up with the death threats. He wasn't afraid of dying, he told friends, but he really didn't want to be tortured. The government assigned bodyguards to the crime reporter for El Tiempo newspaper in Durango, but as time wore on and there were so many other crises, the escorts were withdrawn. A couple of days later, he was snatched by gunmen; his strangled, bruised body was discovered at nightfall. With the corpse was a hand-scrawled message: "This happened to me for giving information to soldiers and writing too much."
WORLD
March 30, 2010 | By Tracy Wilkinson and Cecilia Sanchez
Ten students on their way to receive government scholarships were killed by gunmen at a checkpoint in the state of Durango, officials said Monday. Half of the victims were 16 or younger. The checkpoint appeared to be the ad hoc type of roadblock often set up by drug traffickers who control parts of Durango, not a military installation, state prosecutors said. Gunmen opened fire and hurled grenades at the youths, who were traveling in a pickup truck and apparently failed to stop at the roadblock, the officials said.
WORLD
March 30, 2010 | By Tracy Wilkinson and Cecilia Sanchez
Ten students on their way to receive government scholarships were killed by gunmen at a checkpoint in the state of Durango, officials said Monday. Half of the victims were 16 or younger. The checkpoint appeared to be the ad hoc type of roadblock often set up by drug traffickers who control parts of Durango, not a military installation, state prosecutors said. Gunmen opened fire and hurled grenades at the youths, who were traveling in a pickup truck and apparently failed to stop at the roadblock, the officials said.
OPINION
February 15, 2010 | By Tony Cohan and Tamsin Mitchell
Last Nov. 2, the body of Jose Bladimir Antuna Garcia, crime and security affairs reporter for the newspaper El Tiempo de Durango, was found in front of a hospital in the central Mexican city of Durango. Antuna, 39, had been abducted on his way to work earlier that day. He was declared to have died of "asphyxia from strangulation," though according to some reports, his body also bore bullet wounds to the head and abdomen. A note found next to his body reportedly read: "This happened to me for giving information to soldiers and for writing too much."
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