NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico — The gangsters trawling Nuevo Laredo know just what they’re looking for: men and women missing their shoelaces. Those are migrants who made it to the United States to ask for asylum, only to be taken into custody and stripped of their laces — to keep them from hurting themselves. And then they were thrust into danger, sent back to the lawless border state of Tamaulipas. In years past, migrants moved quickly through this violent territory on their way to the United States. Now, due to Trump administration policies, they remain there for weeks and sometimes months as they await their U.S. court dates, often in the hands of the gangsters who hold the area in a vise-like grip. Here, migrants in limbo are prey, and a boon to smugglers.This story is part of an occasional series, “Outsourcing Migrants,” produced with the support of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. They recount harrowing stories of robbery, extortion by criminals and … [Read more...] about Migrants stuck in lawless limbo within sight of America
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close Video Navy IDs 3 victims of NAS Pensacola shooting; military calls for increased security checks Retired Lieutenant Colonel Donald Arias discusses heroism in the Naval Air Base shooting. The shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola shows we need a serious look at the vetting procedures for foreign nationals coming to the U.S. for military training. Second Lt. Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani from Saudi Arabia killed three and wounded eight in the attack. His social media post blames our policies and his hatred of this country. How did someone with these beliefs make it through screening in Saudi Arabia and here in the U.S.? Alshamrani was angry about the move of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem among other things. “For how long can the US survive this war of attrition?” he posted on Twitter. “You will not be safe until we live it as a reality in [Palestine], and American troops get out of our lands.” NEWT … [Read more...] about Jim Hanson: Pensacola shooting requires rethinking these military policies
Kegs of beer line the floor at the Speakeasy Brewery. Kegs of beer line the floor at the Speakeasy Brewery. Image 1 of / 5 Caption Close Image 1 of 5 Kegs of beer line the floor at the Speakeasy Brewery. Kegs of beer line the floor at the Speakeasy Brewery. Speakeasy Ales & Lagers to continue brewing 1 / 5 Back to Gallery Speakeasy Ales & Lagers isn't dead yet, according to the San Francisco brewery. After announcing on Mar. 10 that it will cease operations and shutter its Bayview taproom, Speakeasy today gave its fans some hope for a resurrection -- of sorts. Though the taproom will remain closed, Speakeasy will be able to maintain brewing and packaging operations after agreeing to enter receivership earlier this week. Related Stories San Francisco's Speakeasy brewery to cease operations What are the four most iconic Bay Area beers? "I don't want to make … [Read more...] about Speakeasy Ales & Lagers to continue brewing
Tane Chan, the owner of Chinatown’s Wok Shop since 1972 assists customers. She is the subject of a profile in the Chronicle's Food & Wine section. Tane Chan, the owner of Chinatown’s Wok Shop since 1972 assists customers. She is the subject of a profile in the Chronicle's Food & Wine section. Photo: Russell Yip, The Chronicle Photo: Russell Yip, The Chronicle Image 1 of / 8 Caption Close Image 1 of 8 Tane Chan, the owner of Chinatown’s Wok Shop since 1972 assists customers. She is the subject of a profile in the Chronicle's Food & Wine section. Tane Chan, the owner of Chinatown’s Wok Shop since 1972 assists customers. She is the subject of a profile in the Chronicle's Food & Wine section. … [Read more...] about The best places to shop in Chinatown
The winter holidays are right around the corner. Soon, many Americans will gather around the table with family and friends to give thanks for abundant blessings and freedoms as they indulge in a surfeit of delicious traditional foods. Leftovers will last for days. In December, people of different faiths and traditions will celebrate religious or cultural holidays – enjoying more festive and plentiful food and the added indulgence of gift-giving. This season can leave many of us feeling stuffed and uncomfortable – in more ways than one. As you plan for this “season of excess,” consider a few eye-opening facts: Over Halloween, Americans spent $490 million on costumes for pets, $3.2 billion on costumes for people, and $2.6 billion on candy treats. Billions more were spent on decorations. In November and December, Americans are expected to spend $730 billion on holiday buying of gifts (often unneeded or unwanted), food, greeting cards and wrapping paper. The 2.65 … [Read more...] about On Philanthropy: Suffering from seasonal gluttony syndrome? Here’s a cure.