CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2013 |
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.
September 5, 2010 |
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)
November 16, 2008 |
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.
April 13, 2008 |
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.
September 2, 2005 |
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.
January 4, 2004 |
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.'