Mexican radio host Carmen Aristegui to return to airwaves

09/28/2018 – The Washington Post 

21925977329_1875391f93_kThe crusading journalist who once led Mexico’s top-rated radio news broadcast has got her own radio program again, 3 ½ years after she was fired after reporting about the president’s mansion.

Journalist Carmen Aristegui will broadcast a three-hour morning program for Grupo Radio Centro starting Oct. 17.

Aristegui was fired from MVS Radio in March 2015, a few months after publishing a report that President Enrique Pena Nieto had purchased a house with financing from a frequent government contractor.

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Hurricane forms off Mexico’s Baja Peninsula: NHC

09/26/2018 – Reuters 

aerial-view-atmosphere-clouds-76969Hurricane Rosa has formed in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 478 miles (770 km)) from the Baja California Peninsula, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in an advisory on Wednesday.

With maximum sustained winds increasing to nearly 75 mph (120 km/h) with higher gusts, the Category 1 hurricane was moving west-northwest, with a turn to the northwest by Saturday morning, according to the Miami-based center.

Rosa is expected to generate swells affecting portions of the coast of southwestern Mexico and the southern Baja California Peninsula later this week and over the weekend, the center forecast, adding that the swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

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Sheriff: Deputies Arrested in Mexico, Took Guns on Vacation

08/28/18 New York Times

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A Georgia sheriff says two deputies have been arrested for bringing guns to Mexico, where it’s illegal to carry such weapons.

Crisp County Sheriff Billy Hancock tells news outlets Martelle and Shawana Davis were traveling to Cancun for vacation and were taken into custody when they got off their flight there. The 36-year-old man and 31-year-old woman are married and both work for the sheriff’s office.

Hancock says they brought the guns as a safety precaution after several killings were recently reported in Cancun.

The sheriff says the couple were fined and returned to the U.S. Monday morning after being arrested Thursday night. He says they didn’t violate his office’s policy allowing officers to carry their weapons while off duty.

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Fiat Chrysler, Volkswagen issue recalls for cars in Mexico

08/23/18 Reuters

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Citing possible electronic problems, the Mexican unit of Fiat Chrysler issued a recall notice to the owners of more than 122,000 vehicles, Mexico’s consumer watchdog Profeco said on Thursday.

Profeco said in a statement the Fiat Chrysler recall is due to a possible computer programming problem with the vehicles’ powertrain control module and applies to 122,208 vehicles sold in Mexico under Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram brands.

In the same statement, Profeco said that Volkswagen’s Mexican unit had also issued a recall notice, for a small number of its 2018 Golf R vehicles already in circulation, citing a possible problem with seat head rests.

Both companies said they will provide free inspections of the affected vehicles.

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Mysterious Manatee Deaths in Mexican Wetlands Spur Quest for Answers

08/22/18 New York Times Lopez

In the swampy wetlands of southern Mexico, officials and researchers are struggling to explain the deaths of dozens of manatees, the chubby marine mammals once confused with mermaids by ancient mariners.

Fishermen who navigate the muddy waters inland from the coast of Tabasco state have discovered since May at least 28 dead West Indian manatees, also known as sea cows, along the Bitzal River and nearby streams.

The cause of the deaths remains a mystery. Locals report deaths of fish in the river and blame polluted water in an area that is near onshore and offshore drilling projects operated by national oil company Pemex [PEMX.UL].

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Despite deadly explosions, Mexican fireworks capital endures

08/20/18 Washington Post

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Luis Enrique Urban Gomez was tidying up at his family’s fireworks storage shed like any other day when an explosion ripped through the warehouse next door, killing its owner, leaving Urban with second- and third-degree burns and wounding seven others.

Nearly two months later, lying on a bed in his parents’ home with bandages covering his torso and angry red scars on nearly his entire body, the 20-year-old was in good spirits and itching to be back in business making fireworks just as soon as his wounds are fully healed.

“In spite of it all, it is a pleasure,” Urban said. “It is a job with tradition … something we decided to do when we were young.”

Urban’s hometown of Tultepec, about an hour’s drive north of downtown Mexico City, is famous as the fireworks production capital of the country, a place where there’s always a sulfurous whiff to the air, “no smoking” signs are ubiquitous and untold thousands of multi-generation families make a living hand-crafting the explosives.

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Mexico’s AMLO says public should decide fate of new airport

08/17/18 Washington Post

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After vowing on the campaign trail to scrap an ambitious new airport being built for Mexico City, President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Friday that the fate of the $15.7 billion project should be decided by the nation’s people.

Lopez Obrador, who is to take office Dec. 1, said at a news conference that he will ask the current president to hold a national public consultation or poll on the airport around the end of October.

Benito Juarez International on the capital’s east side handles more traffic than its designed capacity, and experts say a solution is urgently needed to satisfy growing demand and avoid missing out on market share. Surrounded by densely packed residential neighborhoods, the airport has no room to add to its two runways.

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