CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2013 |
FRESNO - In an old cemetery, where few headstones have been added since the '50s, a large crowd gathered Monday for a memorial that was 65 years in the making and shepherded home by a Woody Guthrie song. "Today we are here to right a wrong," said Fresno Roman Catholic Bishop Armando X. Ochoa. On a morning in 1948, a plane chartered by U.S. Immigration Services, carrying 32 people, including 28 farmworkers, left Oakland bound for the Mexican border. It went down in a fireball over Los Gatos Canyon, near the oil fields of Coalinga.
August 23, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - For three months, the broad-daylight kidnapping of a group of young people from a bar in the heart of Mexico's capital haunted residents. How was a mass abduction possible in a city that, it was generally thought, remained relatively free of the most vicious violence stalking other parts of the country? The mystery appears to be unraveling, but the answers are not comforting. In a muddy mass grave 25 miles or so east of downtown Mexico City, 13 bodies were exhumed beginning Thursday, along with guns and handcuffs.
August 22, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - Mexican authorities exhumed at least seven bodies from a clandestine mass grave Thursday and were conducting tests to determine whether they were part of a group of young people kidnapped nearly three months ago from a bar in the heart of this capital. The city's top prosecutor, Rodolfo Rios, said that DNA tests would be used to attempt to identify the corpses, which he said were badly decomposed, and that it would take at least 48 hours. By midday, seven bodies had been recovered from the muddy pit, 25 miles east of downtown Mexico City, and the search continued for more under a heavy police guard.
September 12, 2012 |
TAPACHULA, Mexico - With the first light of day, a team of investigators using shovels and brushes begins picking through the red dirt of the Garden Pantheon cemetery, a ramshackle resting place where a mass grave sits cordoned off by yellow police tape. Black and blue tarps (and one advertising Coca-Cola) shield the work from the intense sun and prying eyes. Slowly, over the next weeks, the team will exhume dozens of bodies that have been dumped, nameless, in the mass pauper's grave toward the back of the cemetery, in this city near Mexico's border with Guatemala.
April 29, 2012 |
Never Fall Down A Novel Patricia McCormick Balzer + Bray: 224 pp., $17.99, ages 14 and up When it comes to genocide, Hitler is obviously well covered. There are countless titles for young readers about the atrocities he inspired. The Khmer Rouge, which seized control of Cambodia in 1975 and, in its attempts to create an agrarian form of communism, killed millions of its own people, is less familiar territory, especially for young readers. "Never Fall Down" offers a detailed look at what it was like to live under such a cruel government from the perspective of one of its best-known survivors, Arn Chorn Pond.
September 26, 2011 |
Libya's new rulers said Sunday that investigators had found the site of a mass grave believed to contain human remains from what many here regard as one of Moammar Kadafi's signature crimes — the 1996 massacre of about 1,200 inmates at Tripoli's notorious Abu Salim prison. Street demonstrations in the eastern city of Benghazi by relatives of those who died in the massacre provided a catalyst for the nationwide protest movement that erupted in February. The protests evolved into an armed insurrection that eventually toppled Kadafi after more than 40 years of authoritarian rule.