September 30, 2001 |
After seven years of boom times, the twin-city border crossing known as the two Laredos had already begun hurting from this year's economic slowdown. Then came the Sept. 11 terror attacks, and suddenly this city and Laredo on the U.S. side of the Rio Grande are reeling. Truck traffic has flattened after a decade of double-digit growth.
April 23, 2006 |
Here, it's better not to know. Information can be poison in this border city. Hard-boiled police reporters would rather you didn't tell them the names of certain criminals. When there's a shootout downtown, even the most ambitious radio reporter will not necessarily rush to the scene. So it went the day last month that four undercover federal police officers were ambushed and killed in thick lunch-hour traffic on the city's busiest street.
March 25, 2009 |
Critics are protesting a Border Patrol plan to poison vegetation along a 1.1-mile stretch of the Rio Grande riverbank to eliminate dense foliage used as hiding places by illegal immigrants and smugglers. Some opponents of the action compare it to the Agent Orange chemical spraying program during the Vietnam War. The $2.1-million pilot project is due to begin this week.
July 21, 2005 |
Two police officers were gunned down on their way to work in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, bringing to five the number of officers slain in the violent border city in four days. Ricardo Uvalle Escobedo and Jose de Jesus Morin Salinas were killed by unidentified assailants in separate incidents, investigator Oscar Sepulveda said. Numerous spent Kalashnikov rifle shells were found near the vehicles of both officers, Sepulveda said.
April 15, 2005 |
Two American brothers jailed on homicide charges in a notoriously violent state penitentiary in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, were killed by fellow inmates, Mexican investigators said. Guards at the CERESO II prison found the bodies of Jose Manuel Contreras, 25, and his brother, Jorge, 31. They had been stabbed, sources said. Relatives said the family lived in Mexico.
May 18, 2013 |
LAREDO, Texas -- A recent wave of kidnappings in Nuevo Laredo was prominently featured in a recent Sunday edition of El Mañana, one of the largest and most long-standing Spanish-language newspapers on the border. But the story carried no byline, and no residents were quoted or pictured. "People don't want to go out for interviews - they say, 'No, we may get kidnapped,'" said Ninfa Cantú Deándar, who runs the paper with her siblings. Because of threats from Mexican cartels, the paper - published in the twin cities of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, and Laredo, Texas - is operating very differently these days.