Police Probe Dogfight Debt in Mexico Massacre

November 20, 2013

policeThe New York Times, 11/20/2013

Prosecutors have detained two suspects and are investigating dog-fighting debts as a possible motive in the stabbing massacre of eight members of a family in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez. Three young children were among those killed in the crime that has shocked the border community.

The chief prosecutor in the northern state of Chihuahua, Jorge Gonzalez Nicolas, said a third suspect has been identified and will likely be detained soon.

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Juarez: The sequel

November 4, 2013

Global Post, 11/1/13

ciudad juarezNot long ago, all headlines out of Ciudad Juarez screamed bloody drug war murder. Now something unexpected is happening in the Mexican border town. Homicides have plummeted. Some who fled have returned.

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Mexico sweet factory hit by deadly explosion

October 25, 2013

BBC News, 10/24/2013

fire by Flikr user Loving EarthAt least one person has died and dozens more are injured in an explosion and fire that tore through a sweet factory in northern Mexico. A boiler is believed to have exploded in the Dulces Blueberry factory at an industrial park in Ciudad Juarez, causing the ceiling to collapse. About 300 people were said to be in the factory at the time and several are still unaccounted for. Fire crews and about 30 ambulances were at the scene.

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Experts blame fatal Mexico monster truck crash on organizers, who point finger at driver

October 8, 2013

240px-Guadalupe_en_Chihuahua.svgThe Washington Post, 10/07/2013

Mexican government officials and event organizers on Monday blamed the driver of a monster truck for losing control and plowing into a crowd of spectators, killing eight and injuring 79. Motor-sports experts, however, pointed at the organizers, saying the setup of the state-sponsored show was blatantly deficient and life-threatening.

Organizers of the “Extreme Aeroshow” said hundreds of families had gathered without permission in what was supposed to be the pit area at one end of a makeshift arena in a park in Chihuahua, capital of the border state of Chihuahua.

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Mexico show monster truck wreck kills 8, hurts dozens

October 7, 2013

NBC News, 10/6/2013

Postville raidAn out-of-control monster truck shot into a crowd of spectators at a Mexican air show, killing eight people and hurting 79, officials said. The driver was detained Sunday on suspicion of manslaughter and officials said they were investigating possible safety violations in the setup of the show.

Carlos Gonzalez, spokesman for the Chihuahua state prosecutors’ office, said driver Francisco Velazquez appeared to lose control of the truck after leaping over cars it was crushing during a demonstration at the “Extreme Aeroshow” on Saturday.

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US ambassador: United States will help Juarez rebuild

August 12, 2013

San Ysidro Border Crossing by Flickr user otzbergEl Paso Times, 8/9/2013

The United States wants to be involved in the reconstruction of Juárez, which has been devastated by violence for years, the U.S. ambassador to Mexico said Thursday while in Juárez.

“We want to be Juárez’s partner in its renaissance,” Ambassador Earl Anthony Wayne said. Wayne was the guest of honor at the inaugural event Thursday of the new museum named La Rodadora: Espacio Interactivo, or The Tumbleweed: an Interactive Space, at Parque Central West. Other guests were Chihuahua Gov. César Duarte; the head of the department of Culture in Mexico, Rafael Tovar y de Teresa; El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser; and Juárez Mayor Héctor “Teto” Murguía.The $23 million interactive children’s museum will officially open to the public today. It is the third largest museum in Mexico and the fifth largest interactive museum in Latin America.

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Toy Or Trouble? ‘Mexico Barbie’ Has Passport, Chihuahua

April 12, 2013

barbieNPR, 4/12/13

Mattel says its “Dolls of the World” line of Barbies come with passports, stamps and, with many of the toys, an “animal friend.” But the toy company’s been getting some criticism this week for “Mexico Barbie,” is “dressed for a fabulous fiesta in her vibrant pink dress with ruffles, lace and brightly colored ribbon accent” and is “sold with a pet Chihuahua, a passport and a sticker sheet to record her travels.”

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