February 19, 2013 |
Philip Hsiang and his wife, Mary Ann, used to pay almost $1,000 a year for a pair of cellphones under a family plan contract. But as recession gripped the economy a few years back, the Davis couple opted for low-cost prepaid phone service and never looked back. They shaved $800 off their annual phone bill, even though Hsiang could easily afford the pricier plan on his salary as an electrical engineer. "As a Chinese immigrant to the U.S., it's a virtue to be frugal," Hsiang said.
July 31, 2010 |
Until he raised his pistol for the last time, Ignacio Coronel Villarreal was known for keeping his head low and footprints light. In a world populated by many larger-than-life drug bosses, the slightly built Coronel ruled with a quiet ruthlessness. He was seldom photographed and moved so carefully in the suburb of mansions where he lived in western Mexico that just one bodyguard was with him when the dragnet closed. Even his age and birthplace are a source of mystery. This much is known: By the time Mexican troops killed Coronel on Thursday outside the city of Guadalajara, he had reached the top rungs of drug trafficking, lording over a broad stretch of the Pacific coast as part of a years-long alliance with the country's most-wanted crime boss, Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman.
December 24, 1989
In the fifth paragraph of "Two-Week Stays in Oaxaca" (Mature Traveler, Nov. 26), Bill Hughes refers to "Spanish cooking." If my guess is correct, he means "Mexican cooking." As we all know, there is a vast difference between the two. As a matter of fact, there are a few good Spanish restaurants in Mexico. DONALD J. HARRISON Idyllwild
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 1986
On May 12, county Supervisor Susan Golding held a press conference asking the federal government for relief from the "massive invasion" of undocumented aliens that she said is bankrupting the county. She stated that "local citizens are getting less and less, and the illegal immigrants are getting more and more" of the county budget. She also quoted estimates supposedly from Sheriff John Duffy (since refuted by his office) stating that "61.5% of all rapes, 34% of the car thefts and one-fourth of the burglaries in our county are committed by aliens."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 1990
The remarkable story of Jose Antonio Martinez (the "whiz kid" who became an excellent student after migrating from Mexico as an impoverished laborer at the age of 15), featured in Tina Griego's "Following a Dream" (June 21), reflects not only the misadventures of many young Mexicans who leave our country in search for a better life, but also some of the misperceptions about this phenomenon. I hope that your readers will not conclude from this report that those who decide to stay in Mexico "will be nothing more than slaves" during the rest of their lives, "working long hours for little pay, with a hungry wife and children to support."
December 7, 2009 |
Mexico's second-biggest city gets major touristic props for its tequila, baroque architecture and mariachi music. The United States' second-biggest city is famous (or infamous) as the world capital of cars, indolent pleasures and the film industry. But in the course of last week's Guadalajara International Book Fair, two metropolises with growing cultural and intellectual ties discovered there was more to each other than Hollywood movies or agave-distilled spirits. The 23-year-old Feria Internacional del Libro, to use the book fair's official title, needs no introduction in most Spanish-speaking parts of the hemisphere.