Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Central American gang’s tentacles reach deep into Texas

*This is a very good, very scary read. VL By Julián Aguilar, Texas Tribune (7 minute read) HOUSTON — It’s the savagery that most bothers veteran police officer George Rhyne. He can’t name other gangs in Houston — or anywhere else that he’s aware of — that have used machetes to hack their enemies to death.

Friday, October 7th, 2016

The Latino Who Filmed The Eric Garner Video Is Behind Bars

*The night after he recorded the Eric Garner murder, cops drove by Ramsey Orta’s street, shinning lights into his house. VL By Christopher Mathias, Huffington Post (3.5 minute read)  The man who filmed the final moments of Eric...

Monday, September 26th, 2016

Female Janitors Who Suffered Abuse Score A Big Win In California

*This is powerful, and redeeming. VL By Kris Fortin, mitú (2.5 minute read) When everyone goes home from work, school or church, the space becomes the janitors domain. Many of these working class janitors tend to be women,...

Monday, December 7th, 2015

In San Bernardino: A womb provides the perfect cover

*Sam Quiñones sounds off on the San Bernardino killings, terrorism, gun laws and fanaticism, then he parallels them to L.A Street gangs, dope addicts and an ominous tale by Dostoyevsky. Read, and you’ll see why we’ve long...

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...

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Unaccompanied minors: How about some perspective

*The unaccompanied minor story constantly changes. Here’s the latest chapter, in the form of Homeland Security statistics that show how the number of unaccompanied minors has dwindled to half of what it once was. There’s more of...

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Bulletproof Burial Ground – the Narco Tombs of Culiacan

*This is fascinating and eerie at the same time. The opulent tombs of the Sinaloa drug kingpins – done in baroque and minimalist traditions, with AC, running water and bullet proof windows. It’s so wrong you can’t...

Monday, February 24th, 2014

El Chapo falls … as Time hits the stands

By Sam Quiñones, A Reporter’s Blog As a reporter, I don’t believe too much in coincidences, especially when it comes to Mexican politics. So, let’s say that the arrest this morning of drug megalord Joaquin “El Chapo”...

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...

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Compton Latino gang members and race

By Sam Quiñones, A Reporter’s Blog Two Latino gang members from Compton are scheduled to plead guilty on  Thursday, Oct. 16, to federal hate crimes in attacks on black youths in a case that showed how much...

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Asylum From Violence

By Andres Caballero, Latino USA After the kidnapping and beheading of the police chief in a Mexican border town, no one dared to replace him. But Marisol Valles Garcia, a twenty-year-old mother and student took the post as...

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Documentary Investigates Sexual Exploitation at Farms Across the U.S.

By Neil Genzlnger, New York Times Plenty about the ways that much of our food is raised and processed is dismaying. Tuesday night’s “Frontline” on PBS, “Rape in the Fields,” makes the picture considerably darker, exploring persistent allegations that...

Monday, June 10th, 2013

California’s ‘Night Stalker’ Richard Ramirez is dead

By Tony Castro, Voxxi They called him the “Night Stalker,” and in the mid-1980s he terrorized Southern California as the demonic serial killer leaving satanic signs at murder scenes and mutilating his victims’ bodies. When he was...

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Lawsuit: Mother Murdered in Mexico After Wrongful Deportation

By John Michaelson, Public News Service MERCEDES, Texas – The murder of a young woman following her deportation to Mexico in 2009 has led to a civil rights lawsuit against the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol as well...

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