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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 By Sam Quiñones, A Reporter’s Blog I’m very proud of my cover story in the January’s edition of Pacific

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...

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

David Sal Silva: An American Tragedy

By Nick Belardes, Latino Rebels Latino Rebels will be running a series of pieces by local Bakersfield journalist/writer Nick Belardes about the in-custody death of David Sal Silva. This is the series’ first post. Part One: Culture of Drugs BAKERSFIELD,...

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

CA TV News Links UFW Flag with Gang Activity

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco Taquista Benito Juarez alerted us to this story this morning. San Francisco television station KRON aired a report about an escalation in gang violence in East Palo Alto, California. It’s serious stuff –...

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Cleveland Kidnapping Shines Light on Latino Community

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco We have tiny attention spans. I won’t expand further, you can Google it yourself; here’s a LINK to get you started. I mention this because it’s been a scant few days since the Cleveland...

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Kern Residents — Fatal Police Beating Didn’t Happen in a Vacuum

By Sandy Close and Raj Jayadev, New America Media BAKERSFIELD, CA. — Abusive behavior by law enforcement officers in towns across Kern County and neighboring Tulare County has generated distrust and resignation, especially among Latinos who make up...

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