Los Porkys: The Sexual-Assault Case That's Shaking Mexico

The New Yorker

For several centuries, the port city of Veracruz, located in the Mexican state of the same name, was known for its carnival. Now, though, it's known for corruption and terror. The state has become territory for the fearsome Zeta drug cartel. According to a study by Mexico's bureau of statistics, eight out of ten people in the state say they live in fear. At least fifteen journalists have been killed in Veracruz since 2011. During the same period, hundreds of other people have vanished. Father Alejandro Solalinde, one of Mexico's leading human-rights advocates, has called Veracruz "a factory of forced disappearances."


Longtime NBC journalist Cecilia Alvear, who opened doors for Latinos and women, dies at 77

Los Angeles Times

Cecilia Alvear, a longtime television journalist and former president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists who crusaded for greater opportunities for young Latino journalists throughout her career, died Friday at her home in Santa Monica after battling breast cancer. Alvear had bounced around local Los Angeles news stations until 1982, when NBC hired her to run its Mexico City bureau. She remained at the network until her retirement in 2007. During that time Alvear covered wars and revolutions in El Salvador and Nicaragua, and produced multiple interviews with Cuban President Fidel Castro, said George Lewis, her partner of 23 years. "She would go into war zones and she would always insist on being with the camera crews because she felt that if she was sending those guys into danger she needed to share that with them," Lewis said.


Chicano rap artist arrested in Mexico in 2002 house party slaying

Los Angeles Times

It took almost 14 years, but the law finally caught up with murder suspect Jose Martin. Known by the stage name "Conejo," Martin had been performing as a Chicano rap artist in Mexico for years. While on the run, Martin established his own label, Felony Case Records, and set up an apparel line, selling shirts, sweatshirts, music and framed pictures of himself. Martin's rap aspirations were cut short recently however, when Los Angeles police detectives and members of the FBI Fugitive Task Force found him in Baja California and arrested him. Martin was returned to Los Angeles and booked on suspicion of murder, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.


Who Is Pedro Infante? Google Doodle Celebrates Legend's 100th Birthday

International Business Times

Infante has been compared to other greats, like Frank Sinatra, Humphrey Bogart, and Elvis Presley. He is one of the most beloved artists in Mexico and Latin America. The Mexican legend was born on Nov. 18, 1917, in Mazatlán and was raised in Guamúchil, Sinaloa. Infante worked as a carpenter, but learned skills from his father, who was a music teacher. He was part of his father's band, "La Rabia," while he was teenager.


Investorideas.com Newswire - AI Eye Podcast: CEO of VSBLTY Groupe Technologies (CSE: $VSBY) (OTC: $VSBGF) Discusses Deployment of Energetika's Smart City Contract with Mexico City

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Newswire) Investorideas.com, a global investor news source covering Artificial Intelligence issues a special edition of The AI Eye, reporting on recent news from VSBLTY Groupe Technologies Corp. (CSE:VSBY) (OTC: VSBGF) (5VS.F), a leading retail software and technology company using artificial intelligence. VSBLTY Groupe Technologies Corp. (CSE:VSBY) (5VS.F) (OTC:VSBGF) and intelligent lighting solutions provider Energetika's smart city contract with Mexico City has begun deployment. Investorideas.com caught up with VSBLTY co-founder and CEO, Jay Hutton for an interview in which he explained how this smart city contract goes further than what is standard. Hutton said that while smart city solutions typically cover commercial properties, VSBLTY and Energetika are also bringing application to residential spaces. "When you look at smart cities, often you see a focus on commercial applications," he said.