February 27, 2012 |
This post has been updated. See note at the bottom for details. A retired British businessman was expected to make his first appearance in a federal court in El Paso on Monday after he was extradited last week on charges that he tried to sell missile batteries to Iran in 2006. Christopher Tappin, 65, turned himself in Friday after fighting extradition for two years and was taken to El Paso by federal marshals. Daryl Fields, spokesman for the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Texas, told The Times that Tappin was scheduled to have an initial hearing on Monday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Castañeda.
October 16, 2011
THE BEST WAY TO EL PASO From LAX, nonstop service to El Paso is offered on American, United and Southwest, direct service (stop, no change of plane) on Southwest, and connecting service (change of plane) on Southwest, US Airways, American, United and Continental. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $182. TO LEARN MORE University of Texas El Paso, http://www.utep.edu ; http://www.admin.utep.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=53233 ; libraryweb.utep.edu/about El Paso Convention and Visitors Bureau, http://www.visitelpaso.com
October 16, 2011 |
If you want to travel to the remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, you will need two days, minimum, travel time on several planes and thousands of dollars. Or you can come to El Paso. Since 1917, structures on the campus of the former Texas State School of Mines and Metallurgy have been built in the unique style of Bhutan's majestic dzongs, fortresses constructed with sloping 8-foot-thick walls and red-colored roofs. The school, now known as the University of Texas at El Paso, or UTEP, has grown to 77 buildings, all constructed or retrofitted around the theme.
September 29, 2011 |
A cache of assault weapons lost in the ATF's gun-trafficking surveillance operation in Phoenix turned up in El Paso, where it was being stored for shipment to Mexico, according to new internal agency emails and federal court records. Forty firearms along with ammunition magazines and ballistic vests were discovered in Texas in January 2010 during the early stages of the program, meaning the firearms vanished soon after the program began. Under the program, dubbed Fast and Furious, agents with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in the Phoenix field office allowed licensed firearm dealers to sell weapons to illegal "straw" buyers in the hope that the agents could track the weapons and arrest Mexican drug cartel leaders.
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: Airfarewatchdog.com
August 30, 2011 |
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.
March 10, 2011 |
Federal authorities have charged 10 border gang members in the shooting deaths a year ago of three people tied to the U.S. Consulate in El Paso who were killed as they returned from a children's birthday party on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande. Also indicted on drug, murder and racketeering charges by a federal grand jury in El Paso were 25 other members of the Barrio Azteca organization, a group that rose out of Texas and New Mexico prison gangs two decades ago, joined arms with a notorious Mexican drug cartel and flooded the west Texas border region with drugs and death.
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December 31, 2010 |
They go about their lives here, trying to begin anew. They want to forget about the clean-shaven assassins, the sound of gunfire, the graves and the homes they've left behind in Ciudad Juarez. A 41-year-old mother of three sees a Juarez neighbor shopping in the discount stores of downtown El Paso. She looks for a place to hide. A year earlier, she'd been shot through the neck, rushed to a hospital in Juarez and then a second one in El Paso. She had never gone back to her Juarez home.
December 18, 2010 |
Freshman Jake Heaps threw four touchdown passes, connecting with Cody Hoffman on three scores, and finished with 264 yards passing to help Brigham Young beat overmatched Texas El Paso 52-24 on Saturday in the New Mexico Bowl at Albuquerque. It capped a big turnaround for the Cougars (7-6), whose 1-4 start included a rare loss to in-state rival Utah State. At that point, BYU Coach Bronco Mendenhall told his team it would be a remarkable feat to reach a bowl game and win it. Mission accomplished for the Cougars, who won five of their last seven regular-season games to become bowl-eligible.
December 8, 2010 |
The Bowls It's the game that has every football fan asking the dramatic, age-old question: What happens when you match a five-time loser from the Big Ten against a four-time loser from the Southeastern Conference? Well, you get the toothless Gator Bowl, pitting Michigan vs. Mississippi State. And that's not even the most unappetizing postseason game on the holiday menu. No, the dishonor for the worst offering goes to the New Mexico Bowl, which settled for Brigham Young versus the University of Texas at El Wobbly Paso, teams with no fewer than 12 defeats between them.