Drug slayings rattle Mexican border town


Journalist Alfredo Corchado and I wrote this piece for the Dallas Morning News. It was published on March 8, 2005. Hundreds of federal police agents fanned out across this violence-scarred border town Monday to try to bring some peace to the streets, but that did little to calm the nerves of frightened residents who have

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‘It’s a war’ along the Mexican border


I wrote this story for the Dallas Morning News. It was published on June 3, 2005. U.S.-MEXICO BORDER – The dead include university students, assembly-plant workers, farm hands, businessmen, journalists, money couriers, drug gang henchmen and dozens of police officers. At least 550 people have lost their lives in drug-related executions in Mexico so far

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Club Fed


I wrote these stories for the Orange County Register. They were published on Jan. 24, 1993. ISLAS MARIAS, Mexico – Tattooed traffickers stroll along the beach. Killers doze under palm trees. Con men dive for lobster. On Islas Marias, the world’s most unusual penal colony, prisoners get a taste of the good life. They hold

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Water `cure’ lures thousands


I wrote this story for The Orange County Register. It was published on Feb. 18, 1992. I read that the owner of the well providing this “miracle water” died of cancer in 2004. TLACOTE, Mexico – Thin and frail, Ezequiel Lopez inched along in a wheelchair, a plastic jug in his lap, hope in his heart. “I’m here

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