May 2, 1992 |
At first it must have seemed like an earthquake. The earth opened and swallowed homes, businesses and people for five miles of streets. But this disaster was man made, by an institution that has ruined nearly every Latin American country: government. After sewer explosions took some 200 lives in Guadalajara, Mexico, last week, city officials and the state-owned petroleum monopoly, Pemex, blamed a local oil company for dumping flammable gas into sewers. The oil company blamed Pemex and Guadalajara authorities.
October 11, 1987 |
If this city had a doormat, it would read "Welcome Americans. " At least 25,000 Americans have retired or settled in the metropolis, and perhaps that many again live in the rest of the state of Jalisco, of which Guadalajara is the capital. Obviously, they like the low living costs and springlike climate, not to mention the innate friendliness of the locals, the tapatios. If you've never been to Mexico, Guadalajara - the City of Roses - is a nice place for a first visit.
June 9, 1993 |
QUEBEC 4 MARINES FOUND INNOCENT OF RAPE A judge acquitted four U.S. Marines of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl, ruling yesterday that there wasn't enough evidence to prove it. Quebec Court Judge Maximilien Polak said he believed the girl's story that she was raped by one man and fondled by three others, but he ruled her identification of the accused wasn't enough for a conviction. "At one time or another she identified nine individuals in a crime that was committed by four people," Polak said.
June 20, 2006 |
The fugitive leader of a major document-forging ring that allegedly supplied bogus identity papers to millions of illegal immigrants over the last two decades has been arrested in Mexico, federal officials said yesterday. Pedro Castorena, 42, is accused of heading the family-run enterprise that has dominated the document-forging industry in the United States since the late 1980s, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. He had been one of ICE's most wanted fugitives after a federal grand jury indicted him nearly a year ago on charges of conspiracy, fraud, misuse of visas and money-laundering.
May 11, 1998 |
Lori Pollard, who once lived in West Philadelphia, is designing her dream house on a nearly deserted, environmentally protected barrier-reef island off the coast of Honduras for a fraction of what such a project would cost in the States. This, she says, is retirement. For Pollard, husband Hoss, and hundreds of thousands of other U.S. citizens, retirement is not the good life unless it is lived abroad - or, at least, south of the border. Far from the madding crowds, winter snows and high prices, the Pollards plan to spend their old age swaying in the trade winds.
February 22, 1991 |
There is a belief, currently popular in intellectual circles, that all cultures are basically equal, that we Americans have no standing to criticize the practices of others. I do not share this view. Many cultural practices are so abhorrent that they can safely be condemned by anyone with a working set of senses. But then there's cockfighting. Like most Americans, I had always assumed that cockfighting was inexcusable, that - to put it in Hobbesian terms - the life of a fighting cock was nasty, brutish and short.
June 13, 1998 |
A Bucks County man who vanished after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting four teenage boys was captured yesterday in southwestern Mexico nearly four months after disappearing. Ronald Schaffer, 59, a retired waiter and caterer from Middletown, was surprised early in the morning by Mexican authorities at a house in a small town outside Guadalajara where he had been teaching English to local nurses and living with a woman and her 8-year-old son, Bucks County investigators said.
August 5, 2010 |
While bracing for the forthcoming blows, it's time to empty out the mailbag . . . - Garland Garland, I'll agree that the story has grown tiresome, but I wouldn't say it's a "non-issue. " A man was shot in the parking lot at a birthday party. That's not a normal occurrence. I thought Bob Ford wrote the best line about the entire saga: "If a dog had been shot in the parking lot of the Guadalajara restaurant on June 25, Vick would be out of work again.
March 19, 1999 |
Eduardo Najera plays basketball fearlessly. The Oklahoma junior isn't afraid to throw around his 6-foot-8, 235-pound body battling for a rebound, isn't averse to diving for a loose ball, no matter his chances. That sort of spirit prompted Najera (pronounced NAH-her-uh) to leave Mexico at age 18 for a senior year of high school in the United States in the hope of landing a college scholarship, even though he knew only a few words of English. It turned out to be a good move.