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December 6, 1987
In response to Letters, Nov. 8, in which the Ed Raskeys related the very unfortunate incident of purse snatching, being roughed up, poor doctor treatment and disinterest from our embassy in Madrid, a very similar but more intense searching took place in Mexico City. These thugs are very talented and so quick in this operation, it is almost over before it begins. We four adults and a child had just left a museum. While waiting to hail a taxi a man in suit and tie offered to help, as he also needed a taxi.
January 15, 1991
Residents of the Mexican capital will be scrambling for taxis this weekend thanks to the latest government actions meant to clean up the city's notorious air pollution. Previously the city's taxi fleet had been exempt from a law requiring that privately owned automobiles be kept off the streets one day a week. But not anymore. Half the taxis now have a forced day off each Saturday. The move is part of tough regulatory measures enacted after record-high pollution levels recorded last month.
July 15, 1993
The Mexican government agreed Wednesday to help the U.S. government out of the Chinese refugee jam off the coast of Baja California by letting the Coast Guard escort three Chinese refugee ships to the Mexican coast. That was a wise humanitarian decision--but both the Clinton Administration and Congress must realize that this kind of problem is of the United States' own making.
March 27, 2011 | By Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times
When the highway shootouts and roadblocks by gunmen in her hometown finally became too much, Karla Garza found sanctuary in the unlikeliest of places: the big, bad capital, Mexico City. Garza, a 21-year-old marketing student, switched campuses in December after her parents decided that even with its rampant robberies and kidnappings, Mexico City was safer than their home in Monterrey, a once-quiet northern city that for months has served as a battlefield for warring drug gangs. "Ten years ago, my parents never would have imagined sending me to live in [Mexico City]
April 18, 2013 | Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports
Pedro Ramirez Vazquez, an architect who changed the face of Mexico City by designing a number of landmark modernist structures, died on Tuesday, his 94th birthday. The cause was pneumonia, according to Mexico's National Council for Culture and the Arts. Ramirez Vazquez was known for stunningly original designs that blended a European modernist sensibility with pre-Columbia aesthetics. His most famous modernist buildings, all in Mexico City, include the Basilica of Guadalupe, one of the country's holiest shrines; the National Museum of Anthropology, distinguished by a vast, square concrete umbrella; and Azteca Stadium, open since the mid-1960s and home to Mexico's national soccer team.
February 26, 1996 | Reuters
Aftershocks from a strong earthquake off the Pacific coast shook Mexico City early Sunday, but there were no reports of injuries or damage, officials said. The strongest aftershock struck at 9:27 a.m. EST off the coast of Oaxaca and Guerrero states and had a magnitude of 5.2, the National Seismological Service said.
December 6, 1987 | United Press International
The government warned in a report published Saturday that Mexico City's traditional, nearby sources of water are being exhausted by the steadily increasing growth of the capital's population. Calling for efforts to conserve water throughout the city of 20 million, the report said that latest statistics show the rate of water consumption in Mexico City to be 9,620 gallons per second. The rate increases daily, the report said.
January 9, 1988 | Associated Press
The area around the Zocalo, a huge plaza in the heart of Mexico City, will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning Feb. 15 to reduce air pollution, the government newspaper El Nacional said Friday. Since July 26, vehicles have been barred from the congested area on weekends in preparation for its conversion into a pedestrian-only zone.
May 15, 1993 | Associated Press
A strong tremor shook Mexico City at about 9:13 p.m. local time Friday, followed by a stronger aftershock a few minutes later. The quakes, estimated at magnitude 5, lasted about one minute each and shook buildings and knocked pictures off walls. Some traffic lights went out. But there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. Bruce Presgrave, spokesman for the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo.
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