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October 26, 2005 | From a Times Staff Writer
A Roman Catholic priest was found fatally shot inside his car in a popular restaurant district, the latest victim in a violent crime wave sweeping this border city. Luis Velasquez Romero, 52, was handcuffed before being shot six times in his head and neck Monday, authorities said. Because of the execution style of the attack, they suspect the killing was an organized-crime hit. Velasquez, church officials said, had no disciplinary record.
November 20, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Mexican and U.S. officials have controlled an outbreak of Mediterranean fruit flies in Tijuana, but they are not yet declaring the pests eradicated. No larvae have been found since Oct. 20, and no adults have been found since Oct. 26, said Nicholas Gutierrez, a U.S. Department of Agriculture official.
August 3, 2004 | Richard Boudreaux, Times Staff Writer
A gambling tycoon with a populist streak and a shadowy past appeared Monday to have won the narrowest of victories in Tijuana's mayoral election, giving the Institutional Revolutionary Party a major upset in a border city it has not governed for 15 years.
August 2, 2004 | Richard Boudreaux, Times Staff Writer
The Institutional Revolutionary Party, which ruled Mexico for most of the 20th century, was battling to retake Tijuana and cling to the governorship of Oaxaca as voters cast ballots Sunday in state and local elections that could shape the 2006 presidential race. After an evening of counting, both contests looked too close to call and were generating disputes over alleged irregularities that could take days to resolve.
June 16, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
A moderate earthquake centered offshore about 45 miles west of Tijuana rattled that city and San Diego on Tuesday afternoon, but there were no reports of major damage or injury. Seismologists at Caltech said the 5.2-magnitude temblor occurred at 3:29 p.m. They said it had not been determined whether the quake was on a known fault. The quake was felt as far away as Los Angeles and the Palm Springs area.
June 11, 2004 | Reed Johnson, Times Staff Writer
The images blur and body-slam together like a rough cut of a kung-fu movie: A machine gun in stark monochrome silhouette. Grainy photos of airline passengers being herded off to who-knows-where. A man scaling a fence. Osama bin Laden framed by a bull's-eye. Enigmatic phrases in Spanish, spliced together like old Chevy parts in some back-alley chop shop. Splattered across a section of the infamous wall that keeps Mexico at arm's length from the United States -- or is it the other way around?
February 28, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
An $85,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to launch a project this summer to clean up an abandoned lead smelter site in Tijuana. The funds from the EPA's Office of International Affairs will be used for planning and to stabilize some of the 6,000 tons of lead waste at the site, which sits near a residential neighborhood known as Ejido Chipancingo.
November 20, 2003 | By a Times Staff Writer
Four police officers in Tijuana have been charged in connection with the alleged rape of an American tourist as she tried to return to the United States after spending the day in the border city, officials announced Wednesday. The incident allegedly occurred Oct. 7 as the woman, her husband and their young son were walking across the border at the San Ysidro crossing.
December 22, 2002 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
Many of this border city's police officers have a notorious history of teaming up with drug dealers, accepting bribes and intimidating tourists. City leaders have tried to combat corruption in the past by firing officers and raising salaries. In their latest attempt to rein in overzealous and crooked law enforcement, city officials have moved to separate the police and judicial departments.
November 9, 2002 | Anne-Marie O'Connor, Times Staff Writer
Pity the poor city of Tijuana. Since Prohibition put it on the map, Tijuana has been known for drinking too much, partying too late, and embracing hedonistic strangers. But like an aging wild child, it wants to be known for more. Tijuana is trying to change its image. If the city pulls it off, it will be its biggest reinvention since a Tijuana nightclub dancer named Margarita Cansino morphed into sultry Hollywood legend Rita Hayworth.
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