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September 28, 1986
Thank you for Hank Kovell's "Jalisco Draws Retirees and Tourists" (Mature Traveler, Sept. 7). We would appreciate more articles on inexpensive, pleasant places/countries for retirement. We think your travel section is the best in the country and are delighted it's in our own hometown paper. GAIL and ALLAN ANDERMAN Culver City
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WORLD
November 16, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- At least 25 bodies have been reported found in two clandestine graves, underscoring Mexico's enduring problems of people who go missing and the dead who are never identified. Nineteen bodies were pulled from a mass grave on Jalisco state's border with Michoacan state, an especially troubled region where drug cartels are battling one another, authorities and armed civilian vigilante groups. An additional six bodies were found in another clandestine burial pit near the tourist-destination city of Acapulco, authorities said Friday.
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WORLD
March 11, 2013 | By Daniel Hernandez
MEXICO CITY -- Just days into his job, the top tourism official in the western state of Jalisco was chased and gunned down in a weekend attack that police promptly blamed on the official's previous business-related activities and not on his government post. Jose de Jesus Gallegos was shot to death in his vehicle on Saturday afternoon after a short car chase near a major intersection in Zapopan, a suburb of the state capital of Guadalajara. According to  early reports , Gallegos' driver attempted to outrun the gunmen shooting from a luxury vehicle before another car cut off the official's path, causing a collision.
SPORTS
September 12, 2013 | Times staff
SAUL "CANELO" ALVAREZ Pro career record: 42 Wins, 0 Losses, 1 Draw, 30 KOs; Year; date; opponent; result; 2013: April 20; Austin Trout; San Antonio; W 12; (Retained WBC light middleweight title; Won WBA Super World light middleweight title); 2012: Sept. 15; Josesito Lopez; Las Vegas; TKO 5; (Retained WBC light middleweight title); May 5; Shane Mosley; Las Vegas; W 12; (Retained WBC light middleweight title); 2011: Nov. 26; Kermit Cintron; Mexico City; TKO 5; (Retained WBC light middleweight title)
WORLD
March 11, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Suspected drug gang hit men dumped five human heads in ice coolers on a road in western Mexico with a message threatening rivals. Police found the heads on the edge of Guadalajara, the Jalisco state attorney general's office said. Officials said the heads had been severed a few hours earlier.
NEWS
August 27, 2013 | By Jeff Spurrier
For most garden plants, flowering is a sign of renewed life. That's not the case with the succulent blue agave ( Agave tequilana ). Like other agaves, tequilana flowers only at the end of the plant's life. A 15-foot  asparagus-like stalk emerges from the center, sending out puffballs of flowers at the top. The mother plant then dies, but not before producing pups at its perimeter. Most blue agaves never get to that stage, however. The sugar-rich sap that develops prior to flowering can be fermented into the alcoholic drink called pulque; the heart, or pina, is used in the production of tequila.
SPORTS
September 16, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter
It wasn't all that long ago that he had to wait for a hot, jam-packed bus to get from his mother's home in tiny Juanacatlan to his gym in Guadalajara, about 15 miles away. "It used to take me an hour," Saul Alvarez says. On this September afternoon, he's making the trip — 20 minutes by car — relaxing in the brown leather passenger seat of his black Cadillac Escalade, fiddling with the CD player and singing off-key over the air conditioning. Driver Erick Arreola slaloms the SUV through the late-afternoon traffic, pointing out two billboards on which a sultry Marisol Gonzalez, a former Miss Mexico, models a clothing line.
SPORTS
September 12, 2013 | Times staff
SAUL "CANELO" ALVAREZ Pro career record: 42 Wins, 0 Losses, 1 Draw, 30 KOs; Year; date; opponent; result; 2013: April 20; Austin Trout; San Antonio; W 12; (Retained WBC light middleweight title; Won WBA Super World light middleweight title); 2012: Sept. 15; Josesito Lopez; Las Vegas; TKO 5; (Retained WBC light middleweight title); May 5; Shane Mosley; Las Vegas; W 12; (Retained WBC light middleweight title); 2011: Nov. 26; Kermit Cintron; Mexico City; TKO 5; (Retained WBC light middleweight title)
NEWS
June 14, 1985 | JACK JONES, Times Staff Writer
Most major markets quickly stripped their shelves of Jalisco brand cheese late Thursday afternoon after warnings that it apparently had caused as many as 28 deaths in Southern California, but many store managers said notification came unofficially from customers or news reports. "We got a call from a newspaper after 4 o'clock," said Gene Brown, senior vice president for public relations for Ralphs Grocery Co.
WORLD
May 8, 2013 | By Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times
GUADALAJARA, Mexico - Guadalajara police commander Juan Carlos Martinez took Mexico's national police vetting exam in April 2012. He failed. But no one in government would tell him why. A few months later, he received a phone call from a man identifying himself as a member of a drug cartel. Why don't you think about joining us, he said the man on the phone asked. You won't go hungry. Martinez, 38, declined the offer and maintains that he had been an honorable cop. But the phone call was not an anomaly.
NEWS
August 27, 2013 | By Jeff Spurrier
For most garden plants, flowering is a sign of renewed life. That's not the case with the succulent blue agave ( Agave tequilana ). Like other agaves, tequilana flowers only at the end of the plant's life. A 15-foot  asparagus-like stalk emerges from the center, sending out puffballs of flowers at the top. The mother plant then dies, but not before producing pups at its perimeter. Most blue agaves never get to that stage, however. The sugar-rich sap that develops prior to flowering can be fermented into the alcoholic drink called pulque; the heart, or pina, is used in the production of tequila.
NATIONAL
July 5, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - A high-powered rifle lost in the ATF's Fast and Furious controversy was used to kill a Mexican police chief in the state of Jalisco earlier this year, according to internal Department of Justice records, suggesting that weapons from the failed gun-tracking operation have now made it into the hands of violent drug cartels deep inside Mexico. Luis Lucio Rosales Astorga, the police chief in the city of Hostotipaquillo, was shot to death Jan. 29 when gunmen intercepted his patrol car and opened fire.
FOOD
May 22, 2013
  Total time: 2 minutes Servings: Makes 1 cocktail Note: From Vincenzo Marianella 1/2 ounce good-quality reposado tequila, preferably 4 Copas 3/4 ounce St-Germain elderflower liqueur 1 ounce ruby grapefruit juice 2 to 2 1/2 ounces Champagne or prosecco Combine the tequila, St-Germain and grapefruit juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a cocktail flute. Top with Champagne. Quickly stir; then serve immediately. Each serving: 167 calories; 0 protein; 13 grams carbohydrates; 0 fiber; 0 fat; 0 saturated fat; 0 cholesterol; 2 mg. sodium.
WORLD
May 8, 2013 | By Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times
GUADALAJARA, Mexico - Guadalajara police commander Juan Carlos Martinez took Mexico's national police vetting exam in April 2012. He failed. But no one in government would tell him why. A few months later, he received a phone call from a man identifying himself as a member of a drug cartel. Why don't you think about joining us, he said the man on the phone asked. You won't go hungry. Martinez, 38, declined the offer and maintains that he had been an honorable cop. But the phone call was not an anomaly.
WORLD
March 11, 2013 | By Daniel Hernandez
MEXICO CITY -- Just days into his job, the top tourism official in the western state of Jalisco was chased and gunned down in a weekend attack that police promptly blamed on the official's previous business-related activities and not on his government post. Jose de Jesus Gallegos was shot to death in his vehicle on Saturday afternoon after a short car chase near a major intersection in Zapopan, a suburb of the state capital of Guadalajara. According to  early reports , Gallegos' driver attempted to outrun the gunmen shooting from a luxury vehicle before another car cut off the official's path, causing a collision.
WORLD
October 13, 2011 | By Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times
When athletes from across the Americas take to playing fields and swimming pools in Mexico this month, they'll be guarded by unmanned drones, infrared-equipped Black Hawk helicopters, hundreds of surveillance cameras and more than 11,000 police officers. It's the first time since 1975 that Mexico is hosting the Pan American Games — a major multi-sport event held every four years — and the stakes are high, as the games play out amid a nearly 5-year-old drug war that keeps setting new thresholds for shocking violence.
NATIONAL
July 5, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - A high-powered rifle lost in the ATF's Fast and Furious controversy was used to kill a Mexican police chief in the state of Jalisco earlier this year, according to internal Department of Justice records, suggesting that weapons from the failed gun-tracking operation have now made it into the hands of violent drug cartels deep inside Mexico. Luis Lucio Rosales Astorga, the police chief in the city of Hostotipaquillo, was shot to death Jan. 29 when gunmen intercepted his patrol car and opened fire.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2002 | From Times Wire Services
Roman Catholics are visiting a church in the small Texas town of Devine in big numbers to see the statue of Our Lady of San Juan de los Lagos. Msgr. Adolfo Valdivia Aguirre, pastor of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, said his parish southwest of San Antonio could wind up receiving 30,000 visitors while the visiting statue is on display.
SPORTS
September 16, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter
It wasn't all that long ago that he had to wait for a hot, jam-packed bus to get from his mother's home in tiny Juanacatlan to his gym in Guadalajara, about 15 miles away. "It used to take me an hour," Saul Alvarez says. On this September afternoon, he's making the trip — 20 minutes by car — relaxing in the brown leather passenger seat of his black Cadillac Escalade, fiddling with the CD player and singing off-key over the air conditioning. Driver Erick Arreola slaloms the SUV through the late-afternoon traffic, pointing out two billboards on which a sultry Marisol Gonzalez, a former Miss Mexico, models a clothing line.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 2009 | HECTOR TOBAR
I traveled to Jalisco last week. First I visited bustling Guadalajara, the capital city of that Mexican state. Then I drove through rolling hills covered with mesquite trees and agave plants, and arrived at a small town with a huge church where a delegation of local dignitaries was waiting to greet me. Along with several dozen other U.S. writers, I came to discuss a topic near and dear to the locals: Los Angeles. The city of L.A. was the "guest of honor" at last week's Guadalajara International Book Fair.
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