TIERRA CALIENTE, Mexico — It’s a scorching Friday afternoon in early February. In the sleepy town called Tlapehuala, the siesta hour is shattered when the local boss for the Familia Michoacana cartel rolls through on “personal business.” The crime lord swoops along the dusty, sun-bleached streets in a gray, plateless Nissan pickup captained by his personal bodyguard. Many of the town’s residents appear to recognize the resident strongman, or at least his vehicle. But there’s not much they can do about el jefe’s presence here today. That’s because the police station in Tlapehuala has been closed for over a year—so there’s no one to call, or file a report with, even if they wanted to. A brave local introduces me to the capo on the steps of the economic secretary’s office—the town’s lone, remaining government outpost—after his “business” inside the building is finished. “[La Familia] … [Read more...] about Abandoned by the Police, Mexican Villagers Fight to Take Back Their Towns
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GREENWICH, CT — Grammy Award-winning bands Mumford & Sons and Zac Brown Band will headline the 10th anniversary Greenwich Town Party event, the non-profit organization announced Wednesday. New Orleans-based Preservation Hall Jazz Band will also bring their high-octane brand of funk to the stage in 2020. Celebrating a decade of community spirit and town pride, the all-day, family-friendly music festival at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park will once again kick off Memorial Day weekend on Saturday, May 23, with live music, local food favorites and family fun. "A couple of years ago the media dubbed us 'The Little Party That Could.' We are incredibly grateful to the community for embracing this unique event and so generously supporting it. It is what has allowed us to make it happen year after year," GTP co-president Ray Rivers said in a statement. "We are all so lucky and blessed to call Greenwich home. At GTP 2020, we'll gather once again to party, eat, sing and dance together with … [Read more...] about Mumford & Sons, Zac Brown Band Headline 2020 Greenwich Town Party
OLD SAYBROOK, CT -- Nov. 28, 2019 -- "Wreaths Across America," an incredible convoy escorted by the Patriot Guard Riders, will again return to Old Saybrook on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, with an estimated time of arrival at Noon for a private lunch at the Old Saybrook High School at 1111 Boston Post Road, followed by a special ceremony at 1:15 p.m. that is free and open to the public. Old Saybrook is a major official stop in Connecticut as the Wreaths Across turned out in force to honor the traveling caravan in past years so the Maine-based group will make the shoreline town a major stop again this year. This year, Wreaths The public, especially World War II and Korean War veterans and their families, are invited and encouraged to attend. Any World War II and Korean War veterans or family members who will be attending are asked to please RSVP by calling 860.395.5550 or emailing [email protected] In addition, cadets from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London as well as sailors … [Read more...] about Old Saybrook To Host & Pay Tribute to ‘Wreaths Across America’
FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2018, file photo, high winds and water surround a house as Hurricane Florence hits Swansboro N.C. Historic coastal cities in the Southeast U.S. have survived disease outbreaks, wars and hurricanes over the past three centuries. Now they are trying to figure how to survive rising seas from climate change. less FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2018, file photo, high winds and water surround a house as Hurricane Florence hits Swansboro N.C. Historic coastal cities in the Southeast U.S. have survived disease outbreaks, wars and ... more Photo: Tom Copeland, AP Photo: Tom Copeland, AP Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2018, file photo, high winds and water surround a house as Hurricane Florence hits Swansboro N.C. Historic coastal cities in the … [Read more...] about Historic US towns endured wars, storms. What about sea rise?
A month after three people were shot and killed at the Gilroy Garlic Festival and just weeks after 31 others were killed in separate mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Jackie Speier called for comprehensive gun violence legislation at a town hall in San Francisco Tuesday evening. Pelosi and Speier, seated in front of four prominently placed American flags in the packed auditorium of Lincoln High School, repeated calls for “common sense” gun legislation. The two Democrats joined Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action, and Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, the surgeon general of California, in a discussion with local residents. The “VIP” guest on the panel, Pelosi said, was 17-year-old AJ Santiago, a student at Phillip and Sala Burton Academic High School in San Francisco. AJ’s best friend, Day’von Hann, 15, was shot and killed near his Mission District home in July. “He was the light of the community,” AJ … [Read more...] about Pelosi, Speier talk gun control at a San Francisco town hall