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Border Reporter — U-T San Diego
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Live in U.S., work in Mexico Border reporter for the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Drug trade rivalries turn violent in Tijuana — Severed heads inside an icebox. Banners with cryptic, threatening messages. The shooting of a state agent at a busy intersection on a weekday afternoon. Grisly, visible crimes have come back to haunt Tijuana in recent weeks, shattering the calm of this city struggling to shed its violent image.

Authories seek cause of Tijuana landslide — Authorities on Monday investigated the cause of a weekend landslide that destroyed 19 houses in a western Tijuana neighborhood, leaving 74 people homeless. While some area residents have blamed the collapse on a leaky pipe from the state public service agency, CESPT, investigators had reached no conclusions, said Juan Carlos Méndez, acting director of civil protection for the city of Tijuana.

Border development bank approves loans for Rosarito Beach, Ciudad Juarez — Residents of Rosarito Beach can expect to see more paved streets, improved public lighting and upgrades to their waste water collection system, under a loan approved Thursday by the North American Development Bank and the Border Environment Cooperation Commission.

Protestors close Baja California's Transpeninsular Highway south of Ensenada — Baja California's Transpeninsular Highway was closed Saturday by protesters at several points south of Ensenada between along a string of farming communities in the San Quintin region where workers in March first staged a strike for higher pay and better working conditions at the export-oriented farms. An official with Mexico's Federal Highway Police in San Quintin reached by phone before noon said that the road was blocked between Colonet and Vicente Guerrero.

San Diego mayor tours Tijuana maquiladoras, meets with business leaders — With Tijuana Mayor Jorge Astiazaran at his side, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer visited two maquiladoras and met with members of the city's business community Friday to discuss concerns such as border crossings, tourism and the region's water supply.

Opera star Javier Camarena to appear at Tijuana's Cultural Center — Tenor Javier Camarena is expected to make his first appearance at Mexico's northern border, in a recital on May 13 at the Cultural Center (Cecut) in Tijuana, one of five Mexican cities where he has scheduled concerts this month as part of his tour, "Principe Entre Tenores," or "Prince Among Tenors."

Animation skills spell opportunity for Tijuana company — "El Americano" is being billed as the first major collaboration on an animated film between studios in Mexico and the U.S. Spearheading the project were Animex Producciones, based in Puebla, Mexico, together with Los Angeles-based Olmos Productions and Phil Roman Entertainment. Boxel was tapped for its skills in computer-generated imagery.

Violence loosens its overall grip on Mexico for third year, despite new areas of concern — Violence loosened its grip on Mexico in 2014, with homicides declining for the third year in a row, according to a report released Thursday. Yet even with dramatic reductions in cities such as Acapulco, Chihuahua and Ciudad Juarez, new areas of concern have emerged. Page 1 of 2

Incomplete tunnel discovered between Tijuana and San Diego — An underground tunnel under construction between Tijuana and San Diego was discovered early Tuesday west of the San Ysidro border crossing by U.S. Border Patrol agents working in the Tijuana River Valley. The tunnel had lighting, as well as a cart and rail inside, said Lauren Mack, spokeswoman for U.S.

New Mariachi opera set in Mexican revolution — Any doubts over whether mariachi musicians and opera singers can share a stage should be put to rest. Saturday's San Diego Opera performances of "El Pasado Nunca Termina" or "The Past is Never Finished," at the San Diego Civic Theatre seamlessly combined the two genres to tell a story of family, love and belonging that spans two countries and a multiple generations.
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May 25, 2015

RT @KPBSnews: Most of a river that runs through Tijuana has become a concrete channel. Some want to save what's left of it.

May 20, 2015

.@SaveTheColorado @NewYorker @PacificInstitut I see your point about Tijuana. But there are no pipelines to Ensenada.

May 20, 2015

RT @hashtag30news: Do the new rules on oil train go far enough? Hashtag30's Marcus Stern looks at the issue in today's @nytimes op-ed

May 19, 2015

RT @KPBSnews: Used syringes are everywhere in Tijuana's La Zona Norte. Training teaches officers how to safely handle needles.

May 19, 2015

Thanks for tweeting my article in @UTsandiego on Javier Camarena at the Cecut, @MarioCLpez @visitsandiego @WeVisitMexico @CALIBAJA

May 16, 2015

Amid mounting tension, Mexico agrees to subsidize farmworkers' wages

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