Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

LA crime stats – Without Context We Are Lost

*I appreciate the way Sam Quiñones looks under the hood to see what’s driving the headlines. So often, especially in the digital free-for-all world, people react to a headline without reading the  story, or jump to conclusions without taking context into account. Sam brings sanity and sense into the recent crime statistics reports. VL By

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Is This How Gangs End?

*Wonderful piece, as always, by NewsTaco contributor Sam Quiñones, published in Pacific Standard Magazine. I’m a fan of the creative process, and Sam gives us a little behind-the-scenes look at at his story on LA Gangs. VL...

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Appeal Ruling Due Today on Woman Convicted in 2009 Murder of 9 Year-old Brisenia Flores

By Associated Press/San Fracisco Chronicle PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court is to rule Friday on an appeal for a former border activist sentenced to death for the killings of a man and his 9-year-old daughter during...

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

The Dead Presidents Case…Finally the End

By Sam Quiñones, A Reporter’s Blog On the night of July 9, 2000 on the West Side of the city of San Bernardino, several armed gang members went into the driveway of a duplex and opened fire....

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Two Immigrants Gunned Down in Arizona

By Dustin Mendus A truck carrying twenty “Illegal aliens” was intercepted Sunday, April 8th, by “individuals in camouflage uniforms brandishing rifles” in Pima, Arizona. Two people in the truck were gunned down by these men, according to...

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Every 40 Seconds In The U.S. A Child Is Kidnapped

In legal terms, “kidnapping” means “a person taken or detained against their will.” Kidnapping cannot only be considered an act by strangers, but rather it can also be committed by acquaintances, romantic partners, and including acts by...

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

The First Time You Witness Murder Is The Hardest

To this day, I cannot repress, suppress or otherwise erase the image of the first man I ever saw die. Even now my mind performs an odd ritual of vivisection. I can still see the pool of...

Monday, August 29th, 2011

A NASA Engineer Killed In California Without A Trace

Gabriel Zavala Diaz was test engineer for NASA. His lifeless body was found on February 26, 2005. His family feels time pass, but their cry for justice becomes ever stronger and loud. There are no clues or...

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

The Rise Of The Mexican Mafia

In a way it is unethical to talk about the “lineage” of the mafia referred to here. But not only the way it was formed, rather due to its influence on other ethnic groups and the extension...

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

News Taco To Go: Brisenia, Frida, Stereotypes, Verdict, MLB

Caylee Vs. Brisenia: Why The Difference In Coverage? Today Is Frida Kahlo’s Birthday Top 5 Stereotypes Of Latino Professionals Man Convicted Of Racially Charged Murder Of Latino Neighbor Boycotting The MLB Game Hurts Arizona

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Looking For The Last Place In Monterrey That’s Safe

By Wuicho Vargas McAllen, Texas — It has been more than three years, and the violence in Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas has not come to an end.  It has gotten worse.  Recently, three guys were killed at...

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Third Suspect On Trial In Brisenia Flores Case

Two of the people who killed nine year-old Brisenia Flores in her home have been tried, convicted and sentenced. Shawna Forde was sentenced to death plus 65 years and Jason Bush was also sentenced to death. A third suspect,...

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

News Taco To Go: “Hispanic Hunting,” Brisenia, 2012 & Brownface

Georgia Cops Go “Hispanic Hunting” With New Law Third Suspect In Brisenia Flores Murder To Be Tried How The Latino Vote Matters In 2012 The Top 5 Actors Who Play Latinos In The Movies