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Parents kept 14-year-old girl in chains

7 DAYS AGO

Police have arrested a Guadalajara couple who kept their 14-year-old daughter chained up for a year because they believed as she was mentally ill.  

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Female cops attacked by drunk drivers during breath test stops

7 DAYS AGO

Female traffic officers who administer breath tests to drivers at the “Salvando Vidas” drunk-driving road blocks are to be sent on a self defense course.

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Chapala puts fancy skeletons on parade

-1 DAYS AGO
Chapala puts fancy skeletons on parade

Chapala is decked out for the Dead of the Dead weekend with a fanciful display of giant skeleton figures lined up in the heart of the city. 

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Lucha Libre sparring booked at Chapala Coliseum

-1 DAYS AGO
Lucha Libre sparring booked at Chapala Coliseum

Sports buffs looking for a change-of-pace spectator event should get a kick out of the Lucha Libre wrestling program on the bill for Saturday, November 8, 7:30 p.m., at Chapala’s Municipal Colisuem, located on the north end of Avenida Madero, next door to the main soccer pitch.

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Nestlé opens ultra water-efficient factory in Jalisco

-1 DAYS AGO

Nestlé has opened its most water efficient factory anywhere in the world in Lagos de Moreno, in northeastern Jalisco.

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Huichol landmarks signpost native territory

-1 DAYS AGO
Huichol landmarks signpost native territory

A seven-meter tall deer sculpture decorated colorfully with tiny chaquira beads now stares proudly out over the rugged, hilly landscape of northern Jalisco that is home to around 12,000 Huichol indigenous people.

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Former mayor prime suspect in missing student case

7 DAYS AGO
Former mayor prime suspect in missing student case

The parents of 43 students who disappeared in the state of Guerrero are pinning their hopes on the Mexican government to find out what happened to their offspring, albeit with serious misgivings.

 

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Jack White cancels Zapopan gig after keyboardist dies in Puebla

14 DAYS AGO

Internationally-renowned U.S. rockstar Jack White has cancelled the remainder of his Mexican tour following the sudden and unexpected death of his group’s keyboardist, Isaiah ‘Ikey’ Owens. The 38-year-old musician was found dead in his hotel room in Puebla on Tuesday.

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin – November 1, 2014

1 HOUR AGO
Puerto Vallarta Bulletin – November 1, 2014

Local Marketing

The Old Town Farmer’s Market-Tianguis Cultural reopened November 1 and will run every Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., until the end of April. The market is located in Lazaro Cardenas Park on the south side of town just one block from Los Muertos beach.

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US citizen murdered in Vallarta

14 DAYS AGO

The body of a 57-year-old U.S. citizen has been found outside his home in Puerto Vallarta’s Colonia El Cerro.

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After the US midterms: a stormy political landscape?

-1 DAYS AGO

All but a handful of political pundits say there’s at least an 80-percent probability that the Republicans will win back the Senate in the U.S. midterm elections on Tuesday, November 4.

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ISIS claims refuted

14 DAYS AGO

The U.S. Department of Homeland says statements by a California lawmaker that people with ties to Islamic State (ISIS) have been crossing the Mexican border are “categorically false.” A spokesman for Rep. Duncan Hunter of California said the information about individuals “with known ISIS affiliation...

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Financial indicators as of Thursday, October 30, 2014

-1 DAYS AGO

- Mexican Stock Market (BMV) opened at 44,238.94 an increase of 788.19 points from Thursday, October 23, 2013.

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Mexico awaits iPhone launch next week

7 DAYS AGO

Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will become available in Mexico on October 31.

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Obituary – November 1, 2014

-1 DAYS AGO
Obituary – November 1, 2014

Longtime Guadalajara resident Gordon Charles Lakin died on October 22 after a short illness at the age of 89.

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Obituaries - October 25, 2014

7 DAYS AGO
Obituaries - October 25, 2014

Michael Hall

 

Michael Hall passed away peacefully on October 1 at the Hospital Ajijic at the age of 82 with his wife Dona by his side.

 

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And it’s root, root, root ... no crackerjacks at the Charros ball park but otherwise a lot of fun

-1 DAYS AGO

Last Saturday I took my seven- and nine-year-old sons to their first baseball game — the Charros de Jalisco against the Mexicali Eagles. It was my first time in a baseball stadium in more than a decade.

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Charros flying high

-1 DAYS AGO

The Charros de Jalisco maintained their impressive start to the Mexican Pacific League season with a 3-0 weekend series win over Mexicali.

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Expat Living

Take Fido with you on trick or treat day

7 DAYS AGO
Take Fido with you on trick or treat day

Going to a Halloween bash and want to bring your dog along? Stop into Monster House and get him a costume. Monster House is a Halloween mask company based in Cuernavaca that ships its products to the United States but also puts up four temporary stores in metro Guadalajara.

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Learning Spanish from a Three-Year-Old

7 DAYS AGO

There used to be a game show in the United States called, “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader.” I don’t think it’s still on, but I don’t really know. I never watched it. Because, frankly, I didn’t want to know.

 

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City Living - November 1, 2014

5 MINS AGO

Just a-maize-ing

If the idea of getting well and truly lost in a labyrinth of corn appeals to you, then make a beeline for Mundo Maiz, a new attraction in the Tlaquepaque suburbs to the south the metropolitan area.

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City Living - October 25, 2014

7 DAYS AGO
City Living - October 25, 2014

Amsoc Halloween party

Don’t miss Amsoc’s annual Halloween/Day of the Dead party Thursday, October 30. Put on your finest cobwebbed attire and compete in the costume contest. A 50/50 raffle will be held.

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Eradicating polio: Rotarians relentless in pursuit of goal

-1 DAYS AGO
Eradicating polio: Rotarians relentless in pursuit of goal

Rotarian Santiago R. Hernandez drew parallels between the dangers of the Ebola virus and polio at an October 24 World Polio Day meeting of the Rotary Club of Ajijic.

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Seasonal dinners at Jaltepec to benefit female students & their families

-1 DAYS AGO
Seasonal dinners at Jaltepec to benefit female students & their families

Among the headline annual holiday events at lakeside are the spectacular Christmas banquets prepared and served by students at the Jaltepec Education Center in Hotel and Hospitality Management.

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Laguna Chapalac – November 1, 2014

-1 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac – November 1, 2014

Last Minute Halloween

Those who are still looking for the perfect opportunity to strut their stuff in dynamite Halloween costumes are reminded that the Tall Boys 2014 Halloween Bash featuring the Brass Balls Horn section will “return from the dead” and take the stage at El Barco on Friday, October ...

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Laguna Chapalac - October 25, 2014

7 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac - October 25, 2014

Upcoming fiestas

To Halloween or not Halloween? The spooky day so many expats love to fear has gained popularity during the past two decades. There were plenty of purists (probably mostly expats) who adamantly fought the importation of Halloween. They were concerned that a day focused on ghosts, sk...

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Fandango back in Puerto Vallarta

7 MONTHS AGO
Fandango back in Puerto Vallarta

The extravaganza combining dance, music and theater has returned to Teatro Vallarta, Uruguay 184, for another exciting run.  Fandango is a contemporary musical interpretation of Mexican cultural traditions. The production has 30 dancers and 15 musicians.

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Chacala looks to boost artistic credentials with first music festival

7 MONTHS AGO
Chacala looks to boost artistic  credentials with first music festival

Organizers are inviting one and all to enjoy “six days of music, singing, art, dancing and creativity” at the first Chacala Village Music Festival from March 24-30.

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North Banderas Beat - April 11, 2014

6 MONTHS AGO
North Banderas Beat - April 11, 2014

Spring has arrived and the snowbirds are beginning their annual flights north.

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North Banderas Beat - March 21, 2014

7 MONTHS AGO
North Banderas Beat - March 21, 2014

The north shore of Banderas Bay is once again hosting the Mexico Cup Regatta.

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La Manzanilla Memo – November 1, 2014

9 MINS AGO
La Manzanilla Memo – November 1, 2014

Magnolia’s Kitchen & Drinks

At the end of last season, after an eight year run, we said “adios” to restaurant Café de Flores.  The owners decided it was time to retire and enjoy some beach time.

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La Manzanillo Memo - March 28, 2014

7 MONTHS AGO
La Manzanillo Memo - March 28, 2014

The semi-annual La Manzanilla Regatta was held Friday, March 21.

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Arts & Entertainment

Performing Arts – November 1, 2014

-1 DAYS AGO

Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra
Concert to benefit retired musicians. Guest conductor Maria Theresa Rodriguez; invited pianist Santiago Lomelín. Works by Porumbescu, Chopin and Ravel.
Teatro Degollado, Friday, October 31, 8:30 p.m. 110-300 pesos.

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Modern dance festival begins Sunday

7 DAYS AGO

The Onesino Gonzalez International modern dance festival runs from October 26 through November 2, with performances scheduled at three city venues.

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Lakeside Little Theatre scene changes now a piece of cake thanks to new revolving stage

-1 DAYS AGO
Lakeside Little Theatre scene changes now  a piece of cake thanks to new revolving stage

When Neal Checkoway, director of Lakeside Little Theatre’s upcoming show “Betrayal” by Harold Pinter, found himself facing the nightmarish challenge of nine complete set changes in a two-act play, he realized there was only one solution. He needed a revolving stage and he knew just the man to design...

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Chiapas handiwork assured as special draw at Feria de Maestros

-1 DAYS AGO
Chiapas handiwork assured  as special draw at Feria de Maestros

As final planning details for the 13th annual Feria Maestros del Arte start to gel, event founder Marianne Carlson is pleased to report exciting news that the Chiapas Council of Culture and Arts is coming through with bus transport to bring 20 craftsmen from isolated rural villages to show their uni...

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Ribera Arts Review - November 1, 2014

-1 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - November 1, 2014

Dia de los Muertos Show

The work of local jewelry artist Sacha Frowine will be featured at Galeria Sol Mexicano from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 1. Frowine has designed a line of special themed pieces to celebrate el Dia de los Muertos. Galeria Sol Mexicano is at Colón 13 in Ajijic.

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Ribera Arts Review - October 25, 2014

7 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - October 25, 2014

Little Theatre

Nobel Prize-winning author Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal” will open at the Lakeside Little Theatre (LLT) on November 7. The intense drama about adultery and lies and the misremembered memories of love is directed by Neal Checkoway. “The story is told backwards and as we move into the pas...

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At the Movies: Million Dollar Arm

-1 DAYS AGO

A one-time successful sports agent, JB, leaves the massive company he worked for to start in his own agency, Seven Figures Management, with his business partner Aash. The company is in serious financial straits, and they lose the big client they’ve been grooming.

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Canadian documentaries

7 DAYS AGO

Two award-winning Canadian documentary films are showing over the next two weeks at the Guillermo del Toro movie theater located inside the Instituto Cultural Cabañas. 

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Columns

Stunning mural to adorn new wing of city’s first hospital

7 DAYS AGO
Stunning mural to adorn  new wing of city’s first hospital

Guadalajara painter Jorge Monroy, working with a team of three other artists, is nearing completion of a huge mural gracing the newest building of the Antiguo Hospital Civil complex.

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The Tala Tuff Trail: Exploring a remote corner of the Primavera Forest

14 DAYS AGO
The Tala Tuff Trail: Exploring a remote corner of the Primavera Forest

The huge Bosque la Primavera that hugs Guadalajara’s west side now has two signposted Interpretive Trails. I described the first one in my September 13, 2013 column and here comes a report on the second.

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Life and death from an indio point of view: consonance with the world

1 HOUR AGO

An acquaintance, an elderly man who lived in a nearby rural community some 20 odd years ago, seemed to be dying. I say “seemed” because he had yet to see a medically trained doctor. He was being treated by a curandera of considerable local reputation. The man’s neighbors said he had cancer. The cura...

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Getting to Palo Gordo: A young traveler’s early lessons of Mexico

7 DAYS AGO

Mexico in the 1950s had a rough and ancient look to it. And as I lied about my age in a tense effort to look older and get across the border, this hard-used, slightly adrift appearance surprised and pleased me. I stepped eagerly into the Republic for the first time just outside the desert town of Me...

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Facebook & death: ‘memorialized profiles’

7 DAYS AGO

This is the week Mexico celebrates Day of the Dead, that most colorful of all holidays.  And every year about this time I always seem to notice some news article reported on the computer/technical news sites I follow that is at least tangentially related to death and dying. This year will be no...

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Computer needs a nap? Sleep, hibernation dilemmas

28 DAYS AGO

My Aunt Rose, no longer an octogenarian because she proudly points out as of this summer she is a nonagenarian, asks this week’s question as she familiarizes herself with her new laptop and its newer version of Windows.  “On the computer, what is the difference between hibernate and sleep?” she...

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Shaking off our languor

-1 DAYS AGO

Pilgrimages are common here in the land of saints, virgins and procession-studded celebrations. Usually, however, the pilgrims are Mexicans with a special devotion for a particular religious icon.

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We Are the Entertainment

14 DAYS AGO
We Are the Entertainment

“We Are the Entertainment.” I’ve used that title for several articles and talks over the years. While the details have varied, the theme suggests that while it seems the local residents are genetically kind and helpful to the expats who share their villages, it may also be that our cobblestone pratf...

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Mexican Lifestyles

Finding the Familiar

-1 DAYS AGO

When I came to Guadalajara, my car and most of my possessions followed behind by a couple of months. I arrived with whatever essentials I could fit inside two suitcases, which ended up being too much underwear and not enough books.

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Aguascalientes: a focal point for Day of the Dead

14 DAYS AGO
Aguascalientes: a focal point for Day of the Dead

It can be argued that no better spot in Mexico exists to honor los Dias de los Muertos than the city of Aguascalientes. 

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Conde Nest Traveler sings praises of ‘Hidden Beach’

2 MONTHS AGO
Conde Nest Traveler sings praises of ‘Hidden Beach’

In its latest issue, leading travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler designated the Marieta Islands off the Nayarit coastline as one of the “101 Most Incredible Places” in the world.

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First restaurant a hit as gourmet concept moves west

28 DAYS AGO
First restaurant a hit as gourmet concept moves west

Israel Lopez had been planning to open a lakeside eatery for years, even though he wasn’t in the restaurant business. First he found the spot, then purchased the land and financed the building — a huge 120-seat restaurant with a big bar and a good size kitchen.

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Traditional restaurant affords ‘remedies’ for every ill

28 DAYS AGO
Traditional restaurant affords ‘remedies’ for every ill

Where you hear a 10-piece mariachi band ringing out nightly, you hardly expect to find an apothecary.  Yet at the Guadalajara restaurant Los Remedios, located on La Paz three blocks west of Chapultepec, they playfully claim to have found solutions — remedios —  to life’s most pressing prob...

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Rebuilding your life after the death of a loved one

7 DAYS AGO

Put yourself in this scenario: Your name is Judy. Your husband’s name is Bob. Together you have discovered Lake Chapala in central Mexico (for Bob it is “love at first sight”) and there you have recently purchased your retirement home, where “One entire sliding-glass wall opened onto a view of the l...

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English-language book publisher in Mexico announces changes

14 DAYS AGO

Editorial Wisemaz, the only full-service English-language book publisher in Mexico, announces a reorganization designed to clarify the company’s mission and streamline sales and distribution in the United States and Canada.

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Jalisco hopes to administer 3 million flu vaccines this season

28 DAYS AGO

A record number of flu vaccines will be made available to residents of Jalisco this fall and winter, Public Health Director Hector Ramirez Cordero announced Thursday.

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‘Stem cell’ treatments blacklisted

1 MONTHS AGO

Mexico’s Federal Commission against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris) has issued a black list of illegal “stem cell” products that are being marketed as helping with many degenerative conditions, as well as for anti-ageing.

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Fiesta time in Mezcala

For a unique experience in traditional festivities, take a spin out to the indigenous pueblo of Mezcala. The town’s annual celebration honoring religious patroness La Virgin de la Asuncion is on daily through Friday, August 17.

A special attraction of Mezcala’s fiestas patronales are the colorful processions taking place every afternoon (except August 15) between 4 and 5 p.m. Villagers from different barrios parade through the streets bearing offerings of fresh floral bouquets, handsomely adorned candles and hand-made decorations delivered to the church following a turn around the central plaza.


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