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NEWS
August 24, 2012 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times staff writer
Earlier this year, the Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego released “Drug Violence in Mexico,” a report by the institute's Cory Molzahn, Viridiana Ríos and David A. Shirk. Looking for broader perspective on the estimated 50,000 drug-war killings in Mexico since December 2006, the researchers compared Mexico's overall homicide statistics with other nations'. They found that Mexico's overall homicide rate was about 18 per 100,000 inhabitants - “uncomfortably high,” yet also “about average for the hemisphere.” In fact, that figure matches rates for the city of Los Angeles in the troubled early 1990s.
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SPORTS
March 15, 2009 | Kevin Baxter
Halfway through the Mexican national team's morning workout Saturday, a man slowly wheeled a cart full of baseballs toward the middle of the infield. Not every team has the luxury of using a 17-year major league veteran and Cy Young Award winner to keep its batting practice pitcher supplied with balls. But in this case, Fernando Valenzuela was only too eager to oblige. "Whatever they need," Valenzuela said. "I'm real, real happy to be part of this."
WORLD
November 15, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
The amount of money U.S. immigrants send to their families in Latin America has more than doubled since 2000, and the cash flow home -- except to Mexico -- has recovered from a considerable drop during the Great Recession, a 13-year survey of remittance trends shows. For years, remittances have far outpaced foreign aid in helping lift people out of poverty in Latin America, the study released Friday by Pew Research Center notes. In 2011, remittances totaled $53.1 billion, more than eight times the amount of official aid, the report says.
BUSINESS
March 20, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Mexico ranked 10th among the world's most popular tourist destinations, according to the latest estimate by a United Nations agency. But the country's head of tourism said she fears Mexico might drop a couple of spots, falling out of the top 10 list. "We have indications that we may drop one or two places, but we're not sure because the figures aren't ours, they are from the World Tourism Organization," Mexico's Tourism Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu told the Associated Press Monday.
SPORTS
March 17, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter
Mario Enriquez, his 9-year-old son Brian and a bulldog wearing a Mexican soccer jersey were all part of a sellout crowd of more than 30,000 that crammed Territorio Santos Modelo on Wednesday for a festival, a wrestling exhibition, competing mariachi concerts, a dressage demonstration and a celebration of Mexico's bicentennial. Oh, and not coincidentally, they followed that up with a soccer game in the adjoining stadium, one that saw Mexico score twice in the second half to beat North Korea, 2-1. "It's great to see this many people come out and support the national team," Enriquez said.
NEWS
April 16, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
A new hotel and several other tourist facilities are scheduled to open during the upcoming year in Riviera Nayarit , one of Mexico 's newest coastal developments. Several resorts in the region, which is north of Puerto Vallarta, also plan to add rooms or make other improvements. "Riviera Nayarit has seen remarkable growth in the development of tourism infrastructure and offerings since our inception in 2007," said Richard Zarkin, public relations manager of Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 1998
Re "Mexico Is Savoring Its Roots," June 23: Thanks for the keen insight into changes in Mexico. It really changes my opinion when I read about the country's new trend in cuisine, an "$11.50 dish, a favorite of senators" being a plate of worms. JOHN CROWLEY Redondo Beach
NEWS
December 27, 2012 | By Ted Rall
A group of American artists and Mexican children are painting murals to brighten up the Mexican side of the U.S.-Mexico border fence. ALSO: A breath of stale air from GOP Photo gallery: Ted Rall cartoons The Times' 2012 list of the naughty and the nice Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall
OPINION
June 14, 2007
Re "Another bloody week rocks Mexico as drug battles rage," June 9 How many people who read with horror about the growth of drug-related murders in Mexico have used illicit drugs themselves? Everyone who does should realize that they are complicit in those murders. Whether or not their drugs are from Mexico, they are contributing to the acceptance of the culture of illegal drugs. It's time to give up chemical highs and come back to reality. NOELLE DONFELD Malibu
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