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September 18, 2011
Travels that take you to El Paso will cost you less this fall with a $182 round-trip fare, plus fees and taxes, from LAX on American and United. There's a 10-day advance purchase, and travel is Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays through Dec. 14 with some blackout dates. Availability may be limited. Info: American, (800) 433-7300, United, (800) 864-8331 Source:
April 26, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
His is a name that has appeared in this publication's pages hundreds of times - as an author and as a subject. It's a name that calls up notions of the Latino struggle for civil rights and the radical Chicano movement in Los Angeles. It's also a name that initially made filmmaker Phillip Rodriguez groan when someone suggested the life behind the name as a subject for his next documentary. The legacy of former Los Angeles Times reporter and columnist Ruben Salazar has reached folklore heights since the journalist's suspicious death in 1970 at age 42. And therein lies Rodriguez's point of contention.
June 17, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- Saturday night's middleweight boxing championship at El Paso's Sun Bowl proved far tamer than some had expected. The match between reigning World Boxing Council champion Julio César Chávez Jr. and Irish challenger Andy Lee was nearly canceled by the University of Texas system's chancellor in April because of security concerns -- specifically, Chavez's girlfriend's connections to the Sinaloa drug cartel. But the city that bills itself as the safest in America mustered civic forces to get the chancellor to reverse himself, promote ticket sales and keep the fight in town -- albeit without alcohol.
April 4, 2014 | By James Barragan and Paresh Dave
Wilfredo Ramirez Lopez didn't notice anything out of the ordinary when he last saw Ivan Lopez, which was at the funeral for Lopez's mother, Carmen, last year. Aside from normal grief, Ramirez Lopez said, the 34-year-old soldier seemed normal. Lopez was stationed at Ft. Bliss in El Paso at the time, as was Ramirez Lopez's son. He told Lopez to contact his son if he needed someone to talk to. Ramirez Lopez, 69, awoke Thursday to the news that Ivan Lopez had gone on a shooting rampage at Ft. Hood, killing three people and himself and leaving 16 people injured.
June 14, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
EL PASO - The fight is on to defend the reputation of America's safest city - this time, through boxing. Last year, publications christened the desert city of 650,000 near the Mexico and New Mexico borders the safest municipality of its size in the country. Then this spring, the University of Texas chancellor called off a championship boxing match to be held at El Paso's Sun Bowl stadium, citing security concerns. UT System Chancellor Francisco Gonzalez Cigarroa cited security concerns after a federal assessment showed the boxing match posed a higher than normal security risk, with members of Mexican drug cartels expected to attend.
May 8, 1989 | From Associated Press
Two El Paso City Council members will face each other in a May 27 mayoral runoff to determine who will lead that struggling border city. Elsewhere in Texas, former San Antonio Mayor Lila Cockrell, Ft. Worth Mayor Bob Bolen and Dallas Mayor Annette Strauss coasted to easy victories Saturday. Council Members Suzy Azar and Mayor Pro-Tem Ed Elsey will face each other to determine who will succeed Jonathan Rogers, who by law could not run for a fifth two-year term in El Paso. Azar had 16,220 votes, or 31%, compared to 11,930 votes, or 23%, for Elsey.
August 30, 2011 | By Scott Gold, Los Angeles Times
They put him inside a police car; He had a feeling He would not return soon. "El Corrido de Daniel Villegas" For 200 years, the corrido served as the soundtrack to Mexico's tempestuous history. Often written by the poor at the expense of the powerful, the folk ballads spoke of revolution and social justice, of heroism in battle and cowardice behind the palace walls, all set to a buoyant rhythm. In recent years, many prominent corridos have been exercises in vanity in three-quarter time — narco-corridos commissioned to celebrate the exploits not of Pancho Villa or Francisco Madero but of drug traffickers.
July 17, 1999
Following a lengthy rain delay, the Zodiac defeated El Paso in an A-League soccer game, 3-1, Friday in El Paso. Orange County improved to 10-6 and plays its next game against El Paso on Thursday at Santa Ana Stadium.
March 27, 2004 | From Reuters
Natural gas pipeline operator El Paso Corp. said the Securities and Exchange Commission had launched an investigation into its deep cut in natural gas reserves. El Paso President and Chief Executive Doug Foshee said the company was cooperating fully with the probe and would comply with the SEC's subpoenas for records. Investors appeared to shrug off the news. El Paso rose 8 cents to $6.79 on the New York Stock Exchange.
August 11, 1997
The Zodiac maintained its mastery of El Paso, beating the host Patriots, 3-2, in overtime in an A-League soccer match Sunday. It was the fourth time the Zodiac (9-13) has beaten El Paso this season and the second time in overtime. The Zodiac has won two in a row and three of its last four. El Paso is 7-18.
February 24, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - As Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman sits locked in the basement of a Mexican prison, the U.S. Department of Justice is debating whether to seek the drug lord's extradition to face prosecution in one of several American communities that have indicted the violent Sinaloa cartel on charges of pushing millions of dollars of heroin and cocaine. Federal prosecutors in at least four U.S. cities would like to bring the cartel leader to trial. In Chicago, Guzman and 10 others have been indicted by a federal grand jury in the most sweeping case, accusing the cartel of shipping tons of drugs and threatening to behead the agent in charge of the local Drug Enforcement Administration office.
January 13, 2014 | By Scott Gold
A Texas man is likely to be released from custody Tuesday, nearly 20 years after he was imprisoned for two murders that he and his supporters say he did not commit. Daniel Villegas' case has galvanized support among hundreds of people in El Paso - including two men who survived the shooting and the foreman of the jury that convicted him - and has drawn national attention to the number of suspects who falsely confess to crimes. Villegas, now 36, has been serving a life prison term since a jury convicted him in 1995 of killing Robert England, 18, and Armando Lazo, 17. An appellate court vacated the conviction in December, and on Monday, District Judge Sam Medrano set a bond hearing for Tuesday.
December 30, 2013 | By Chris Foster
EL PASO - UCLA Coach Jim Mora believes quarterback Brett Hundley will return for his junior season - or so he hopes, anyway. Mora, speaking at the Hyundai Sun Bowl news conference, was asked if he had given any thought to Tuesday's game being the last time he would have Hundley. “No,” responded Mora, who then added: "I don't think it will be. " He paused and left wiggle room, saying, “I am very hopeful it won't be.” Hundley has said he will decide whether to declare for the NFL draft sometime after the Sun Bowl.
December 28, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Stanford is back in the Rose Bowl for the second consecutive season, which is just fine with fifth-year senior linebacker Shayne Skov. Skov made eight tackles in last season's Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin. This season, he has made 100 tackles, including 10 for losses. Stanford is playing in its fourth consecutive Bowl Championship Series bowl game. The Cardinal's five-year bowl run began in the 2009 Sun Bowl, its first postseason game since 2001. “We're all incredibly happy,” he said of playing in the 100 th Rose Bowl game against Michigan State.
December 18, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Linebacker Anthony Barr and offensive lineman Xavier Su'a-Filo continue to gather postseason honors while UCLA prepares to play Virginia Tech in the Hyundai Sun Bowl. Barr, a senior, was chosen first-team All-American by the Associated Press. Su'a-Filo, a junior, made the second team. What the two have meant to the Bruins beyond their in-game contributions could be seen and heard after practice Tuesday. Su'a-Filo remained on the field an extra half an hour, working with freshmen linemen Caleb Benenoch and Kenny Lacy . Barr was praised loudly by freshman linebacker Myles Jack . "Not having No. 11 to my right next year is going to be a new experience," Jack said.
December 17, 2013 | By Chris Foster
The only part of Texas that UCLA Coach Jim Mora will set foot in in the near future is El Paso, where the Bruins play Virginia Tech in the Hyundai Sun Bowl on Dec. 31. Mora has been on every list speculating about the next Texas coach. He said he has absolutely no interest in the job. Texas officials have not contacted him or his representatives since Mack Brown resigned as Longhorns coach on Saturday. “It's all just rumors,” Mora said. “It's flattering, and it says a lot about our program and the direction we're heading, but I am very, very, very, extremely, delightfully happy to be the head coach at UCLA.
June 27, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
An American Airlines flight bound for Los Angeles was diverted to El Paso Wednesday after a passenger became unruly and had to be restrained, airline officials said. Police said the man was placed in flexible handcuffs after being subdued. He was still combative when authorities arrived in El Paso, police said.
August 12, 1999
Brian Engesser had the game-winning goal as the Zodiac defeated El Paso, 3-2, on penalty shots Wednesday at Santa Ana Stadium. The Zodiac (13-9) had a 2-0 lead, but El Paso (9-15) tied the score with a goal in the 49th minute.
December 16, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - The firearms dealer caught up in the Justice Department's Fast and Furious scandal has won an early release from prison after a federal judge ruled that prosecutors overcharged him in alleging he sold high-powered weapons to smugglers working for a violent drug cartel in Mexico. Ian Garland, who ran a gun shop near El Paso, Texas, was released Friday after a court hearing in Las Cruces, N.M., showed that he was given a longer sentence because the court was misinformed that some of the weapons he sold were fully automatic machine guns, rather than rifles and pistols.
December 7, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
Edgar Quintero swears that he doesn't really know any swaggering narco kingpins. He just impersonates them in his songs. With his bandmates in the group BuKnas de Culiacan, Quintero fires up dance halls from El Paso to East L.A. packed with fist-pumping teenagers and twentysomethings. He's a virtuoso of the narcocorrido genre, accordion-driven, blood-lusting ballads that lionize the exploits of Mexico's brutal drug cartels and their bosses. "With an AK-47 and a bazooka on my shoulder / Cross my path and I'll chop your head off / We're bloodthirsty, crazy and we like to kill," goes one typically sanguinary tune.
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