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February 18, 2004 | Richard Boudreaux, Times Staff Writer
Former President Jose Lopez Portillo, who led a free-spending, corruption-ridden oil boom only to watch its collapse plunge Mexico into one of its worst financial crises, died Tuesday night. He was 83. The former president, who was using a wheelchair, had been admitted to Angeles del Pedregal Hospital here Monday with pneumonia. His son, Jose Ramon Lopez Portillo, said he died surrounded by about 50 relatives and close friends.
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February 18, 2004 | Richard Boudreaux, Times Staff Writer
Former President Jose Lopez Portillo, who led a free-spending, corruption-ridden oil boom only to watch its collapse plunge Mexico into one of its worst financial crises, died Tuesday night. He was 83. The former president, who was using a wheelchair, had been admitted to Angeles del Pedregal Hospital here Monday with pneumonia. His son, Jose Ramon Lopez Portillo, said he died surrounded by about 50 relatives and close friends.
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December 1, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Two former Mexican presidents denied knowledge of any plots to kidnap and kill suspected leftists while they were in power. Former Presidents Jose Lopez Portillo and Luis Echeverria were responding to allegations that at least 275 people vanished at the hands of security forces during Mexico's so-called dirty war against leftist groups in the 1970s.
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June 29, 1986
Saying he had the right to "defend my honor," former Mexican President Jose Lopez Portillo has threatened to sue former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico John Gavin. In an open letter to Gavin reprinted in several Mexico City newspapers, Lopez Portillo charged that Gavin implied in testimony at a U.S. Senate hearing last week that corruption made Lopez Portillo rich.
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October 30, 1986 | United Press International
Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev will visit Mexico and several other Latin American countries next year, Mexican officials said today. The Communist Party general secretary is also expected to visit Argentina, Brazil and possibly Peru and Cuba, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity. They said the visit to Mexico will be in "strict reciprocity" for visits to Moscow by two past Mexican presidents, Luis Echeverria and Jose Lopez Portillo.
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April 1, 1986
U.S. Supreme Court Justice William H. Rehnquist today turned down a last-minute appeal from former Mexico City Police Chief Arturo Durazo, clearing the way for Durazo's extradition to Mexico to stand trial on extortion and illegal weapons charges. Moments after Rehnquist's decision, federal authorities in Los Angeles began making preparations for returning Durazo --who has been held under heavy guard here at an undisclosed location--to his homeland.
BUSINESS
March 8, 1990 | From Reuters
The government announced plans Wednesday to sell off Mexico's two leading state-owned steel companies as part of its sweeping privatization program. A statement from the Planning and Budget Ministry said the decision to privatize Altos Hornos de Mexico and the Lazaro Cardenas-Las Truchas steel complex was in keeping with a worldwide trend toward private sector control of the steel industry.
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May 2, 1990 | Associated Press
President Carlos Salinas de Gortari sent a proposal to Congress today to modify the Constitution and re-establish a private banking system in Mexico, the government announced. Former President Jose Lopez Portillo nationalized the country's 35 private banks shortly before leaving office in 1982, claiming that bankers had helped Mexicans take money out of the country, worsening an economic recession.
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October 29, 1987 | Associated Press
Local authorities say they will probably open a museum or a government office in the palatial resort home of Arturo Durazo, the former Mexico City police chief now on trial for extortion. A district court judge Tuesday granted the Zihuatanejo Bay Trust possession of the "Parthenon," which sits high on a hillside overlooking the bay of this Pacific fishing village about 120 miles up the coast from Acapulco and adjacent to the Ixtapa resort area.
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March 12, 1995 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Everett Jackson, an artist and teacher whose works helped create an awareness of Mexican and other Latin American cultures, has died. He was 94. Jackson died March 4 of cancer. His work was exhibited in New York's Whitney Museum, Washington's Smithsonian Institution, San Diego's Museum of Art and Mexico City's Museo del Carmen. In 1981, President Ronald Reagan gave Jackson's painting "The Hikuli Seekers" to Mexican President Jose Lopez Portillo as a goodwill gesture.
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