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FOOD
March 27, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
Terroir . Wild yeasts. Elevation. Who knew these terms could apply to mezcal as easily as to wine. In fact, "the vocabulary of mezcal is more like the vocabulary of wine than spirits," explains Ron Cooper, the California artist who founded Del Maguey single-village mezcals 20 years ago when the beverage wasn't on anybody's radar. "We're talking about terroir , about mouth feel," he says. "We're talking about aroma, nose. " He can go on for hours, recounting the long history of mezcal made in remote villages hours off dirt roads.
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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.
NEWS
July 25, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Here's a beachy getaway that's good now or later. Travelzoo offers a two-night stay at the Rosarito Beach Hotel in Baja, Mexico, for $249 for two people. The deal comes with breakfast, massages and even a bottle of wine. The deal: The Rosarito Beach Escape from Travelzoo offers an inexpensive seaside getaway in Mexico . The resort is about 155 miles from Los Angeles. For two people, it costs $249 for a two-night stay and $329 for a three-night stay. Extras include two 60-minute massages, a bottle of wine and half a dozen margaritas, and daily breakfast.
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
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
SPORTS
December 3, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
To the great surprise of no one, Miguel Herrera, the interim coach of Mexico's World Cup team, has seen his stay extended at least through this summer's tournament in Brazil. Teams owners in Mexico's domestic Liga MX, many of whom are on the board of directors of Mexico's soccer federation, met late Monday and decided to keep Herrera with the national team when his season as coach with Club America ends. The federation left open the possibility that Herrera could stay in the post through the 2018 World Cup as well.
NATIONAL
March 27, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- President Obama is scheduled to travel to Mexico and Costa Rica in early May to push for stronger economic ties, the White House announced Wednesday. In trip scheduled for May 2-4, Obama will meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, who was elected last year and took office in December. He last met with Obama at the White House in November. From there, Obama will head to Costa Rica, where President Laura Chinchilla will host a meeting of several Central American leaders.
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]
NATIONAL
July 12, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo
NOGALES, Ariz. - Gun runners once were so nonchalant about driving into Mexico that one smuggler stashed a .50-caliber rifle on the top of the engine block of a sedan, the weapon visible to anyone who bothered to pop the hood. It was 2010 and word hadn't yet spread that U.S. officials were beefing up outbound inspections, searching for guns that were fueling Mexico's raging drug war. Border agents confiscated the rifle and hundreds of other weapons and ammunition during the first few years of stepped-up enforcement along the southwestern border, federal data show.
BUSINESS
September 17, 2013 | By David Pierson
Recently installed U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker said trade opportunities with Mexico will expand as economic and security conditions improve in America's southern neighbor. Pritzker is headed to Mexico for her first official trade mission Nov. 18. The trip will focus on key industries such as advanced manufacturing and health information technology, she told The Times in a brief interview Tuesday after delivering a keynote address at the U.S. Saudi Business Opportunities Forum in downtown Los Angeles.
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