Mexico

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·         Mexican Journalist Marcela Turati takes risks reporting on the drug wars.

·         North Texas resident Lindsay Diaz was underinsured when a tornado hit.  That’s made rebuilding more difficult.

·         A nature trail brings relief to a distressed New Mexico neighborhood.

·         Houston Symphony Orchestra members are helping bilingual students adapt English words through music.

A fire and a riot broke out in a prison in the city of Monterrey in northern Mexico on Wednesday night, killing at least 52 people and putting 12 in the hospital, says Jaime Rodriguez Calderón, the governor of Nuevo León state.

The riot at the Topo Chico prison in Monterrey began with a dispute between two groups around 11:30 p.m. local time, Rodriguez said at a Thursday morning news conference. The prison was brought back under control at 1:30 a.m., Nuevo León state officials said earlier today.

Ryan E. Poppe

The Mexican government is encouraging those who are eligible to become dual US-Mexican citizens. Mexico believes the effort will benefit both countries.

Photo by Julián Aguila / The Texas Tribune

CIUDAD JUAREZ  – Residents of this border city hope the rest of the world sees next month what Juarenses already know: Despite years of bloodshed and continuing poverty, the local spirit is high and its people are determined to persevere.

Pope Francis is scheduled to arrive in Ciudad Juárez on Feb. 17 for the final stop on his six-day tour of Mexico. People here expect the visit will place the city once considered the most dangerous in the Americas under a new and positive light.

From Texas Standard:

Big time Hollywood actors like Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda and Antonio Banderas, have immortalized some of the stories of the Mexican Revolution.

As the story's been told for generations, the Mexican people were impoverished by the extravagant lifestyle of president Porfirio Diaz (no relation to yours truly) whose dream was to pave Mexico City in marble. Out of that circumstance, came a need for a "Robin Hood."

 


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