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OPINION
April 6, 2009 | GREGORY RODRIGUEZ
Mexico's drug war is bound to have a profound effect on the lives of Mexican immigrants in the United States. On the one hand, the image of Mexico's chaos as a spreading contagion most likely will strengthen the hand of anti-immigrant forces. On the other, as Mexican newcomers look back at their increasingly dangerous homeland, they will -- consciously or unconsciously -- set down deeper roots in the United States.
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NEWS
December 21, 2012 | By Catherine Watson
Merida, Mexico--So this is it -- the biggest New Year´s Eve ever.  Am I scared? No, and I'm right in the midst of it. Is anybody else scared here? No. In fact, if you ask about the end of the world, people in Merida, the capital of Mexico 's Yucatan state, are likely to roll their eyes and smile.  As one expert put it on Mexican television Friday morning -- sounding as if she'd been asked about it far too often-- "the Mayan calendar was cyclical. Cycles end. New ones begin.
WORLD
September 10, 2010 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
President Obama sought to calm a diplomatic furor, disputing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's assertion that Mexico has begun to look like Colombia at the height of its struggle against a drug-financed insurgency. Obama's comments, in an interview published Thursday by the Los Angeles-based Spanish-language newspaper La Opinion, followed an outcry that began in Mexico after Clinton told a foreign policy group Wednesday that Mexico "is looking more and more like Colombia looked 20 years ago, where the narco-traffickers controlled certain parts of the country.
NEWS
June 11, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
Tons of fun await visitors to Cancun and Isla Mujeres, Mexico , later this month when the sixth annual Whale Shark Festival gets underway. The event, rescheduled from July to June 21-23, celebrates the bus-size creatures, which range from 15 to 50 feet and weigh up to 15 tons. More than  1,400 of the giant sharks - considered the biggest fish in the sea - pass through the waters near Isla Mujeres during the season, which runs May through September.  “Whale shark season is becoming increasingly popular with tourists visiting Cancun and the surrounding islands of Holbox and Isla Mujeres ,” said Jesus Almaguer, chief executive of the Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau .  “As interest in them grows, it is important to foster a commitment to conservation and social consciousness among tourists and locals alike.
WORLD
May 8, 2013 | By Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times
GUADALAJARA, Mexico - Guadalajara police commander Juan Carlos Martinez took Mexico's national police vetting exam in April 2012. He failed. But no one in government would tell him why. A few months later, he received a phone call from a man identifying himself as a member of a drug cartel. Why don't you think about joining us, he said the man on the phone asked. You won't go hungry. Martinez, 38, declined the offer and maintains that he had been an honorable cop. But the phone call was not an anomaly.
SPORTS
March 27, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
After a week of surprises and upsets, the CONCACAF Olympic soccer trials finally played to form on the final day of group play Tuesday as both Honduras and Mexico advanced to the tournament semifinals with wins at the Home Depot Center The Central Americans, needing a victory to keep their Olympic hopes alive, beat Trinidad & Tobago, 2-0, while Mexico, the only unbeaten, untied team in the eight-nation tournament, beat Panama, 1-0, on Erick Torres'...
WORLD
August 6, 2009 | Kristina Sherry
Millions of dollars in aid to fight Mexican drug trafficking could be delayed as a result of a disagreement between a key lawmaker and the State Department regarding the status of Mexico's human rights prosecutions. Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on foreign operations, released a statement Wednesday suggesting that it was "premature" to declare that Mexico had met the requirements needed to earn conditional U.S.
WORLD
May 27, 2012 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
CULIACAN, Mexico - The cartel henchman nicknamed "El Loco" was reported behind the latest atrocity in Mexico's ever-more-depraved drug war: mutilating 49 people and piling their bodies - heads, hands and feet missing - by the side of a road leading to the U.S. border. Authorities say he acted this month on orders from the top commanders of the brutal Zeta paramilitary force, who wanted to send a message to the long-dominant Sinaloa cartel and its allies, in a new phase of a conflict that has claimed more than 50,000 lives in less than six years.
SPORTS
July 27, 2009 | Grahame L. Jones
Mexico is back. After years in the wilderness, the red, white and green is once again a force to be reckoned with on the soccer field. Coach Javier Aguirre's team won a memorable victory in front of a largely pro-Mexico crowd of 79,156 at Giants Stadium on Sunday afternoon, trouncing the defending champion United States, 5-0, to win the CONCACAF Gold Cup for a record fifth time.
BUSINESS
February 9, 2012 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
The U.S. State Departmenthas issued an updated travel warning for tourists planning to visit Mexico, adding more detailed information on drug violence on a state-by-state and city-by-city basis. The new warning comes in response to concerns by Mexico tourism officials, who worried that previous travel warnings scared off U.S. tourists by generalizing about the threat of crime violence in Mexico. Mexican officials welcomed the update. "The Mexico Tourism Board has long advocated for travel advisories which abide by three key [tenets]
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