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September 7, 1986 | PATRICK McDONNELL, Times Staff Writer
On their way to a new life, tens of thousands of Mexican migrants pass through the place that they call Liberty. The neighborhood known as Colonia Libertad rises like a teeming, swollen island of life from the sun-baked earth of the border.
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NATIONAL
March 27, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
LOS ALGODONES, Mexico - Osvel Hinojosa knew that an infusion of water would bring the Colorado River delta back to life. But in just a few days, a U.S.-Mexican experiment to revive the delta environment has exceeded his expectations. The water is running deeper, faster and wider than anticipated in a channel that was once bone-dry. Hinojosa has spotted hawks, egrets and ospreys flying above the newly flowing water. He's even seen beavers. "It's just amazing to see that we can recover the river and see it alive again," said Hinojosa, water and wetlands program director at Pronatura Noroeste, a Mexican water conservation group.
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OPINION
March 2, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Now we have an idea why the U.S. Customs and Border Protection service was keeping secret an independent report of its encounters at the Mexican border. Because it has something to hide. As The Times' Brian Bennett reported last week, an independent report by the nonprofit Police Executive Research Forum sharply criticized the agency for a "lack of diligence" in investigating fatal encounters involving its agents. The report, based on internal case files of 67 shooting incidents leading to 19 deaths between January 2010 and October 2012, also faulted some of the agents' practices, including positioning themselves in the "exit path" of fleeing vehicles apparently as a pretext for opening fire in self-defense.
OPINION
March 2, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Now we have an idea why the U.S. Customs and Border Protection service was keeping secret an independent report of its encounters at the Mexican border. Because it has something to hide. As The Times' Brian Bennett reported last week, an independent report by the nonprofit Police Executive Research Forum sharply criticized the agency for a "lack of diligence" in investigating fatal encounters involving its agents. The report, based on internal case files of 67 shooting incidents leading to 19 deaths between January 2010 and October 2012, also faulted some of the agents' practices, including positioning themselves in the "exit path" of fleeing vehicles apparently as a pretext for opening fire in self-defense.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A San Diego developer who hopes to open a pedestrian bridge connecting Tijuana to his shopping mall on the U.S. side of the international border has agreed to build a commercial center on the Mexican side. Sam Marasco's LandGrant Development company agreed to build the Mexican project after Tijuana city officials balked at approving his bridge proposal, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 1990
An unidentified man in his 20s was killed by a car as he attempted to cross Interstate 5 early Sunday morning, authorities said. The pedestrian was hit as he crossed the northbound lane of the highway, just south of Diarymart Road at 1:05 a.m., said Deputy Coroner Ken Bell. The area where the accident occured has been the scene of many similar incidents. Most of the victims have been illegal migrants attempting to make their way north from the international border.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 1995
I am deeply concerned about the expansion of the checkpoints at the borders of San Diego County and Orange County and San Diego County and Riverside County, which should not be there in the first place. They inconvenience thousands of drivers each day and caused directly or indirectly close to 90 fatalities and even more accidents in the last 10 years. The cost to us does not warrant this situation any longer. The benefits of capturing illegal [immigrants] and drugs will not change much since most arrests are based on anonymous tips anyway.
NEWS
May 27, 1986 | From Reuters
Allied diplomats crossed into West Berlin today in defiance of a new East German demand that they had to show passports--a demand that could be construed as recognition of the frontier as an international border. The U.S., British and French diplomats presented only their identity cards issued by the East Germans and crossed into West Berlin without incident, sources said.
NEWS
October 19, 1999 | From Associated Press
Army troops began pulling back from Pakistan's border with India on Monday, almost a week after the military took over Pakistan's government and four months after a bitter border dispute threatened to erupt into full-fledged war. Gen. Pervez Musharraf, who overthrew the democratically elected government of Nawaz Sharif, said the redeployment was a peaceful gesture toward India. But India responded coolly, saying the move had no military significance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 1991 | From a Times Staff Writer
Four lanes of Interstate 5 near the International Border will be reopened and a 10-foot fence built along the median to prevent illegal immigrants from crossing the freeway, authorities said Friday. The plan was announced as government officials decided to halt a six-week experiment, designed to prevent pedestrian deaths at the busy border crossing, by closing half of the eight freeway lanes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2013 | By Tony Perry and Richard Marosi
CHULA VISTA, Calif. - The hundreds of fans inside the Eastlake Tavern and Bowl groaned when the local boys seemed doomed to defeat. But when star pitcher Grant Holman hit a three-run home run Wednesday night, giving his Eastlake Little League team a lead over the team from Westport, Conn., fans watching on 28 big-screen televisions erupted in cheers of "Eastlake, Eastlake Eastlake!" Hours earlier in Tijuana, supporters of their hometown team had gathered in the league's cafeteria, eating burritos and tamarindo ice pops and pounding the tables at home runs.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2010 | By Jon Caramanica, Special to the Los Angeles Times
From both sides, the stretch of the Rio Grande that paints the border between southeast Texas and northern Mexico doesn't look that wide. To those trying to make it to the United States, either in search of opportunity or to sell illegal goods, it's a hop worth attempting, even if it takes multiple times to achieve success. To those trying to keep those crossers at bay, it's barely an obstacle at all, not even wide enough to obscure the activities of those on the other side. The docuseries "Border Wars" (National Geographic, 8 p.m. Wednesdays)
TRAVEL
November 16, 2008 | Jay Jones, Jones is a freelance writer.
The air is already laced with diesel fumes as the conductor shouts, "All aboard!" The engineer sounds the whistle, and the locomotive lurches forward. Squeals of delight emanate from the passenger cars. This train ride is a first for many of the children. The adults share their excitement because they are setting off on a unique international adventure.
NEWS
April 13, 2008 | Tom Hundley, Chicago Tribune
Once upon a time, when rail travelers crossed the Polish-German frontier, their passports and belongings were scrutinized by stern Polish and German border police. Even in the 1990s, it felt like a movie from the 1930s. These days, the Polish police are gone for good, and the Germans are taking a long coffee break. During a recent westbound trip, two German border policemen got on the train at the frontier. They headed straight for the first-class coach and sat down. One read a newspaper; the other plunged into a romantic novel.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 2, 2005 | David Pagel, Special to The Times
The title "Farsites: Urban Crisis and Domestic Symptoms in Recent Contemporary Art" sounds as if it belongs atop a government study or a doctoral dissertation -- not outside the entrances to a two-part exhibition of international art. But you don't need to be an expert to see that most of the works installed for this show at the San Diego Museum of Art and the Centro Cultural Tijuana are made from materials plucked straight from the street, often right from the dumpster.
BOOKS
January 4, 2004 | Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch, a contributing writer to the Book Review, is the author of the forthcoming "God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism."
When author and journalist Tom Miller moved to a town on the frontier between the United States and Mexico in the late 1960s, he resolved to master Spanish. "I wandered into a bookstore and asked for something to get me started," he recalls in the preface to "Writing on the Edge," an anthology of what he calls "borderland literature." "The clerk handed me 'How to Speak Spanish With Your Servant.'
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1989
Without discussion, the San Diego City Council on Monday passed a resolution urging the federal government to close the Virginia Street border crossing and consolidate all commercial traffic at an expanded Otay Mesa border crossing. The move is supported by San Ysidro community groups concerned about traffic, noise, safety and pollution caused by southbound truck traffic, but is opposed by businesses near the Virginia Street crossing, according to a report from the city's Intergovernmental Relations Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1988
A Los Angeles lawyer who was carrying about $173,000 in gold coins, cash and travelers' checks at the Canadian border has been charged with making false statements to the U.S. Customs Service. Andrew Aames was stopped by Customs agents at the international border in Minnesota after they became suspicious when he told them that he didn't have anything to declare and that he was not carrying more than $10,000. The agents found 250 gold South African Krugerrands worth about $111,000, $4,750 in U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A San Diego developer who hopes to open a pedestrian bridge connecting Tijuana to his shopping mall on the U.S. side of the international border has agreed to build a commercial center on the Mexican side. Sam Marasco's LandGrant Development company agreed to build the Mexican project after Tijuana city officials balked at approving his bridge proposal, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Wednesday.
SPORTS
June 20, 2002 | J.A. Adande
With so many baseball uniforms turning into a standard mix of gray and blue it's getting tougher to tell teams apart. And when Shawn Green and Carlos Delgado stand next to each other, you could dress one in a hockey sweater and they'd still look like teammates. There they were, next to the batting cage at Dodger Stadium. The rest of the Dodgers were practicing, all the other Blue Jays were stretching down the first-base line.
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