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August 14, 2010 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
Felix Perez Rocha, a plastic surgeon, had finished a liposuction and was starting another procedure when gunmen burst into his operating room and hauled the terrified doctor away. The kidnapping at a high-end clinic in the affluent business hub of Monterrey immediately suggested one of the more cinematic chapters of drug-trafficking lore. A narco kingpin forcing a surgeon to alter his looks and help him evade the law? It has happened before. But on Friday, state prosecutors in Monterrey said it appeared that Perez's patient was the target, not the doctor.
July 2, 2010 | By Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times
Remnants of Hurricane Alex on Thursday raked northern Mexico with damaging winds and heavy rains, knocking out power to thousands of homes and causing floods that killed at least two people. Alex, which roared in from the Gulf of Mexico as a Category 2 hurricane, weakened to a tropical storm as it crossed the states of Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon into Mexico's northern interior. But high winds and torrential rain left much of the region without electricity or telephone service, forced schools to close and sent rivers over their banks in Monterrey, the capital of Nuevo Leon and Mexico's most important industrial city.
May 31, 2010 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
Two senior officials from the local government of Monterrey were kidnapped within 24 hours, authorities said Monday, the latest sign of deteriorating security in Mexico's most affluent city. The northern industrial hub was until recently relatively free of the drug-trafficking violence engulfing other parts of Mexico. But warfare between gangs is now taking its toll in Monterrey and its tony suburbs. Both kidnapped officials ran the city's transportation department, which controls roadways, truck routes and car registrations, a division that would make a desirable asset in a drug lord's empire.
May 16, 2010 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
With its superhighways, gleaming skyscrapers, fancy art museums and leafy plazas, Monterrey has always been safe — so safe, in fact, that drug lords chose to park their families here. Life in Monterrey represented another Mexico, cozily above the national fray of violence and disintegration. No scruffy border city or remote, drug-infested outpost, Monterrey is Mexico's wealthiest city, its economic engine, the center of textile, food-processing, beer and construction industries — a modern, sophisticated metropolis where per-capita GDP is twice the national average.
April 21, 2010 | By Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times
In a bold predawn attack, gunmen stormed a hotel Wednesday in the heart of the northern city of Monterrey and kidnapped at least three people, officials said. Mexican media said up to 50 hooded gunmen arrived in a convoy and burst into the downtown Holiday Inn, seizing guests and employees. Law enforcement officials, offering only scant details by late afternoon, said it was not immediately clear whether a fourth person was seized or how many gunmen took part in the 3 a.m. attack.
April 16, 2010 | By Mark Olsen, Special to the Los Angeles Times
With "The Perfect Game," first-time screenwriter W. William Winokur tells the story of Mexico's Monterrey Industrials, the first foreign baseball team to win the Little League World Series in 1957. A bunch of players a good couple sizes smaller than their opponents, the team literally walked across the border to their first game, expecting to lose and go home, but instead kept winning all the way to the championships. The pitcher would go on to throw a perfect game in the final and to this day remains the only pitcher to do so in a Little League World Series championship game.
January 14, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter
A month after winning Mexico's Apertura, Monterrey is going to the prestigious Copa Libertadores for the first time in more than a decade after beating Club America in penalty kicks in the finals of the Interliga soccer tournament before a sellout crowd at the Home Depot Center at Carson. After failing to find the back of the net during regulation, Monterrey couldn't miss it during penalty kicks with Luis Ernesto Perez, Walter Ayovi and Osvaldo Martinez all beating America goalkeeper Memo Ochoa.
January 13, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter
Memo Ochoa has been to a World Cup, played in a Gold Cup and the Copa America and made nearly 200 starts in goal for Club America, one of Mexico's most storied soccer franchises. Yet he says he still holds a soft spot in his heart for the 11-nation Copa Libertadores, Latin America's version of the UEFA Champions League that begins with preliminary-round games later this month. "My second game as a professional was in the Copa Libertadores," Ochoa said Tuesday. "It's a tournament that means a lot to me. And I play it with enthusiasm."
January 11, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter
No one wins when a game ends with the score tied. But no one loses either, which was the perfect scenario for Monterrey in Sunday's final game of group play in the seventh Interliga soccer tournament at the Home Depot Center. Needing only to avoid a one-sided loss to unbeaten Puebla to advance to the tournament finals, Monterrey turned conservative to protect a second-half tie. Yet, it emerged with a 2-1 victory anyway when Osvaldo Martinez scored a minute into extra time. In Wednesday's championship round, Monterrey, winner of the Mexican Clausura season, will meet Group A champion Club America of Mexico City at 8:30 p.m. Puebla, the Group B winner, will play Jalisco's Estudiantes Tecos at 6. The winner of each game will represent Mexico in the Copa Libertadores, Latin America's version of Europe's Championships League.
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