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September 22, 1992 | MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In Mexico, it is often said that the past is never past, that Mexican history is as alive as the Mexican present. This is, after all, a country that continues to grapple with its 16th-Century conquest, a country where government officials sign public documents with the 1910 revolutionary slogan, "Effective suffrage; no reelection." And where schoolbooks, free to students for more than 30 years, are still hailed as "free texts."
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NATIONAL
May 30, 2012 | By Dalina Castellanos
The Whitewater-Baldy Complex fire in New Mexico hasn't just broken the record for the largest blaze in state history, it's shattered it. An infrared reading about midnight Tuesday measured the fire at 170,272 acres, leaving last year's 156,593-acre Las Conchas fire in the dust. That acreage roughly translates to 269 square miles, more than half the size of city of Los Angeles. “The fire seems to be growing in all directions,” fire information officer Gerry Perry told the Los Angeles Times.
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NEWS
February 4, 1994 | JUANITA DARLING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The remains of a huge, ancient port city believed to have flourished for 500 years during the decline of the Roman Empire have been discovered on Mexico's Gulf Coast, the National Geographic Society announced Thursday. With more than 150 earthen pyramids and other buildings, the biggest 100 feet high, the port seems to have been North America's largest coastal city 1,500 years ago. The site, in the state of Veracruz, has been named El Pital for a nearby town.
WORLD
September 13, 2010 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
There's an extra reason Father Miguel Hidalgo is considered the Father of the Nation. The priest fathered numerous children with a string of "wives" he canoodled with even as he fought for the independence of Mexico. The peccadilloes of Hidalgo and others in Mexico's pantheon of national heroes are getting a fresh hearing these days as the country marks the 200th anniversary of its independence and the 100th anniversary of its revolution. Dozens of new movies, books and television programs have popped up, reexamining the history of Mexico's struggles for liberation and the men — and, yes, the women — who waged them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1999
Mexico is a land of rich history and wonderful contrasts. It was home to sophisticated ancient cultures, yet was forced to struggle many years for its independence--in fact, today's Cinco de Mayo celebration commemorates the 1862 Battle of Puebla victory over the French. Much of Mexico is a vast inland plateau, but it also is known for such wondrous ocean creatures as the gray whale and sea turtle.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1994 | JENNIFER OLDHAM
First-grader Hector Gamiz didn't know the meaning of the intricate designs decorating his T-shirt until he met Montezuma, the last Aztec emperor of Mexico, on Wednesday at Forest Lawn-Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills. Montezuma, played by actor Fabian Gregory Cordova, described the foods ancient Mexicans ate, the gods they worshiped and the monuments they built as he led about 25 Southland school children on a tour of the outdoor Plaza of Mexican Heritage at the cemetery.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 1998 | YVETTE C. DOSS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A small boy, a young cadet in the Mexican army, is said to have wrapped himself in the Mexican flag as he leaped to his death from the top of Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City during the last stand of the U.S.-Mexican war in 1847. He, along with five other young "nin~os heroes"--or "child heroes," as they are now known in Mexico--flung themselves off the castle during the battle, joining the tens of thousands of Mexican soldiers who died fighting U.S.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 1994 | JUANITA DARLING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The rebellious black stallion had finally let Jimmy Smits mount him and the six child actors playing Cheech Marin's brood were primed to pay their father a tearful goodby when the first raindrops fell. A clap of thunder sent the cast and crew of Turner Network Television's made-for-TV movie "The Cisco Kid" running for the cover of an adobe house in this mountain village, their sixth location in as many weeks.
NEWS
March 31, 1992 | MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If the father of your country were best known for cutting down an Aztec emperor rather than a cherry tree, would you honor him with a monument? While American textbooks illuminate the most honorable qualities of George Washington, official Mexican lore has vilified the father of modern Mexico, Spanish conqueror Hernando Cortes. To many Mexicans, Cortes is a symbol of rape and plunder. He tore down Tenochtitlan, capital of the Aztec Empire, and imposed Spanish rule over Indian civilization.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 1988 | GREGG BARRIOS
At mid morning the wind hadn't begun to play havoc on this remote, barren film location, 57 miles northeast of Mexico City. Yet daily, around noon, the hot breeze that abruptly sweeps over the landscape and creates clouds of dust is so strong that at times it threatens to halt the film making going on here. Thirty miles away, in the shadow of the ancient Aztec pyramids at Teotihuacan, Jane Fonda was on her way to the set of "Old Gringo."
TRAVEL
August 17, 2008 | By Christopher Reynolds, Times staff writer
"The most interesting part about [El Morro] is the signatures of all the people going through there," reader Laura LaCour-Johnson, a native of Albuquerque, write in her nominating letter. "The best time to go is just before winter, when it's chilly but you can still go up. If it has just snowed, it's really, really nice. " THE SETTING El Morro National Monument , a much-carved bluff in the high desert of western New Mexico. THE VIBE Anasazi, with one layer of Spanish colonialism and another of American Manifest Destiny, all seen through the lens of National Park Service stewardship.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2008 | John L. Mitchell, Times Staff Writer
In Mexico, the story of the country's black population has been largely ignored in favor of an ideology that declares that all Mexicans are "mixed race." But it's the mixture of indigenous and European heritage that most Mexicans embrace; the African legacy is overlooked.
NEWS
December 28, 2001 | GEOFFREY MOHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Mexico's secretive counterinsurgency squad came looking for her in this industrial city two hours' drive from the U.S. border, Violeta Tecla Parra was already hardened by detention and savvy to their ways. So, as she opened her apartment door that day in April 1978, Violeta pulled out a pistol and opened fire, striking one agent in his flak jacket before she was bearhugged to the ground. And that, as far as the official record goes, was the last anyone heard of her.
NEWS
November 28, 2001 | JAMES F. SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fulfilling a key campaign pledge, Mexican President Vicente Fox said Tuesday that his government will prosecute and punish officials who are found responsible for killing hundreds of leftists in the 1970s and '80s. Speaking in the courtyard of a former jail once filled with political prisoners, Fox also said that security files from that era will be opened, allowing public scrutiny for the first time of human rights abuses during the government's "dirty war" against leftist insurgents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 2000 | CHRISTINE McDONALD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Archeologist Jeffrey Wilkerson had long suspected that massive floods flashed through Mexico's Gulf Coast lowlands every few hundred years, overwhelming ancient pre-Columbian cities and their sophisticated flood control systems. But not until he was nearly swept away in last October's Tropical Depression No. 11 did Wilkerson get to glimpse the destructive force of these storms.
NEWS
May 5, 2000 | EDGAR SANDOVAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Authorities transferred a 41-year-old Encino parole violator to Men's Central Jail early Thursday, a day after he was shot trying to escape arrest by police officers. The man, identified as Vanulis Garafolo, remained in the jail's hospital ward pending recovery from gunshot wounds to his upper torso, LAPD Sgt. Greg Renner said. "He'll be downtown for a while," Renner said. "His injuries are not life-threatening." Police said that when officers arrived Wednesday afternoon to serve an arrest warrant over a parole violation--the nature of which they would not specify--two women and another man inside the house surrendered but Garafolo fled through a rear door into a backyard trailer.
BUSINESS
July 6, 1999 | ELIZABETH DALZIEL, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Mexicans have been brewing it from the juice of cactus-like maguey plants since before the time of Christ. It's not tequila. That firewater was invented after the Spanish conquest and is a relative babe compared to the thick, beer-like beverage known as "pulque"--pronounced POOL-kay. While the Mayas preferred mead (fermented honey), the Aztecs of Mexico's central highlands revered pulque, reserving it for the highest social classes and the most special occasions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1996
Today is the 134th anniversary of Cinco de Mayo- commemorating the Battle of Puebla-in which a ragtag group of Mexican fighters soundly defeated the French army on May 5, 1862. While it was a minor setback for the French who had occupied Mexico a few months before, the victory became a rallying point for those wanting Mexico's freedom.
TRAVEL
April 30, 2000 | CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS, TIMES TRAVEL WRITER
The Mexican hacienda, conceived in the 16th century and condemned in the early 20th, is making a comeback. But this time, instead of crops to reap or minerals to mine, it has rooms to rent. In one such room last month, I dozed off to the sound of crickets and frogs, and woke on a massive bed beneath a slowly circling fan under a 25-foot-high ceiling of rough beams, within four very old, very thick walls.
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