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Forgotten Souls, Chapter Two

Forgotten Souls, Chapter Two

Last November I penned a lament about the conditions of the sections of the Chap...

Arts & Entertainment

Entertainment Guide - June 22, 2024

5 HOURS AGO
Entertainment Guide - June 22, 2024

OFJ season

English conductor Paul Goodwin has stepped up to the plate at the last minute as a replacement to take the baton for the fourth program of the summer season of the Jalisco Philharmonic.

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Entertainment Guide - June 01, 2024

21 DAYS AGO
Entertainment Guide - June 01, 2024

OFJ season

The second program of the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra (OFJ) summer season welcomes guest director Chelsea Gallo and saxophonist Rodrigo Garibay.

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Haus Der Musik classical concerts this week highlight talented young Mexican musicians

4 HOURS AGO
Haus Der Musik classical concerts this week highlight talented young Mexican musicians

Ajijic piano sensation Saul Ibarra and his friends are hosting the third annual Festival de Musica Axixic Haus Der Musik from June 21 to 28.

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Beethoven featured at LCO concert

4 HOURS AGO
Beethoven featured at LCO concert

In December 2022, Saul Ibarra caused a sensation when he performed the Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Lake Chapala Orchestra (LCO). Ibarra is returning by special invitation to join the orchestra for their concerts on Saturday, July 6.

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Ribera Arts Review - June 22, 2024

4 HOURS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - June 22, 2024

Exhibition

Jaime Barbiery holds an exhibition of decorative photography Saturday, June 22, 4:30 to 7 p.m. at El Ancla Restaurant, Constitucion 59, Ajijic.

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Ribera Arts Review - June 15, 2024

7 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - June 15, 2024

Voces del Lago

Lakeside’s community chorus, Las Voces del Lago, under the baton of director Ken Turner, and accompanied by Gary Young, will present the concert “Sing, Sing, Sing,” June 14 and 15, 3 p.m. at Lakeside Presbyterian Church. Tickets are 300 pesos.

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At the Movies - June 22, 2024

4 HOURS AGO

Bad Boys: Ride or Die

The world’s favorite Bad Boys are back with their iconic mix of edge-of-your seat action and outrageous comedy but this time with a twist: Miami’s finest are now on the run.

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At the Movies - May 04, 2024

1 MONTHS AGO

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes

Set several generations in the future following Caesar’s reign, in which apes are the dominant species living harmoniously and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows.

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Columns

Breathtaking outdoor sites to visit in San Luis Potosí

1 MONTHS AGO
Breathtaking outdoor sites to visit in San Luis Potosí

The state of San Luis Potosí is famed for its breathtaking landscapes, especially its fantastic waterfalls, rivers and cliffs — not to mention some surrealistic sculpture gardens.

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‘Ancestral watercolor’ exhibit launches May Culture Festival

1 MONTHS AGO
‘Ancestral watercolor’ exhibit launches May Culture Festival

Getting a head’s start on Guadalajara’s 27th Festival Cultural de Mayo on May 2 was the opening of “Acuarelas Ancestrales” (Ancestral Watercolors), an exhibition of  paintings by local muralist Jorge Monroy, to be displayed at the Casa Feria in the city’s historic ...

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Daring alchemists: thunderous funerals, soaring castles aflame with burning proverbs

1 MONTHS AGO
Daring alchemists: thunderous funerals, soaring castles aflame with burning proverbs

Two recent explosions at small fireworks workshops in the Ciénega region of Jalisco which claimed the lives of eight people have focused attention on this long-standing craft activity.

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Clearing fields, pitting oneself against unyielding heat and spined brush

1 MONTHS AGO
Clearing fields, pitting oneself against unyielding heat and spined brush

On the cusp of May, the hottest month of the Jalisco highlands, campesinos are making a last push to burn off their fields, mend toppled fences of rock, barbed wire and long-spined huisache branches, readying milpas (corn fields) for hand planting before mid-June rains arrive.

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Choices, choices... new software & new cars

1 MONTHS AGO

Software as a Service (SaaS) is the direction in which the software industry wants to move so that everyone is required to pay a recurring fee (every month or every year) to keep using their software.

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ChatGPT holiday depression?

5 MONTHS AGO

As I write this I have just looked over my calendar to confirm I do have just a few plans for the coming holidays and for the most part I will be enjoying some time off, socializing, and some time just being lazy.

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Conservative Jalisco voters face presidential election dilemma

1 MONTHS AGO
Conservative Jalisco voters face presidential election dilemma

In most of Mexico’s 32 states, voters have an easy choice in the June 2 presidential election.

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Is former ‘golden boy’ of local politics losing his glitter?

1 MONTHS AGO
Is former ‘golden boy’ of local politics losing his glitter?

Has an optimistic young man with lofty goals of changing Mexico’s political system dominated by elitist, corrupt parties finally opted out by throwing in his lot with Morena, a party which, in the eyes of some Mexicans, is little more than a renaissance of the nation’s failed populist pa...

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A midwesterner moves to Mexico - So Long, Farewell ...

8 YEARS AGO

I had planned on writing a nice, lengthy, last column worthy of the place I’ve had the pleasure of living in for the past two years.

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A midwesterner moves to Mexico - Packing Up

8 YEARS AGO

The wool coat looks worse for the non-wear. It is wrinkled from being unworn and crammed in the back of a closet for two years; dotted with dust and dog hair from a dog that departed the family a year ago; in need of a lint brush that can’t be found in the pile of things to be thrown away, don...

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Forgotten Souls, Chapter Two

7 DAYS AGO
Forgotten Souls, Chapter Two

Last November I penned a lament about the conditions of the sections of the Chapala cemetery where the remains of many deceased foreigners have been laid to rest.

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¡Ay, qué calor!

28 DAYS AGO
¡Ay, qué calor!

It’s that time of year when folks get all hot and bothered about the hot and bothersome weather.

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Dressing casual without getting stared at

5 HOURS AGO
Dressing casual without getting stared at

There’s a certain look that says Hawaii, the splashy-colored, billowy shirts imprinted with large dolphins, palm trees and hula girls. Or Miami, with the pastel colors and Panama hats. All indicative of a local fashion – and stating firmly that you’re IN.

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AI already seems to be suffering from dementia

7 DAYS AGO

Google has just rolled out its newest AI (artificial intelligence) search tool, and the results have been questionable, according to social media and something called AI Overviews, an analytics group.

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Expat Living

Looking Back: A review of September news from the last 50 years

8 MONTHS AGO
Looking Back: A review of September news from the last 50 years

In this monthly series, we republish a few of the headlines from our September editions 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 years ago.

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IKEA repreentatives to talk at American Society

9 MONTHS AGO
IKEA repreentatives to talk at American Society

Two representatives of Swedish furniture manufacturer IKEA will give a talk at the American Society of Jalisco (Amsoc) in Guadalajara on Tuesday, September 5, 10:30 a.m.

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City Living - January 25, 2020

4 YEARS AGO
City Living - January 25, 2020

Dragon dance

Sunday, January 26, experience the Chinese New Year with a presentation of the dragon dance, and other rituals, by the students and professors of Kung-Fu Dragón Inmortal, one of the most acclaimed Kung Fu schools in Guadalajara. The Chinese New Year falls on Saturday, January 25...

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City Living – March 16, 2019

5 YEARS AGO

American School race

Think green – the sixth annual Eco Race and Green Market are scheduled for Sunday, March 31 at Guadalajara’s American School Foundation. Everyone is welcomed to this event meant to raise awareness about conserving the planet’s resources. Expect to learn a lot ...

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Weekly Worship - June 22, 2024

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St. Andrew’s Anglican Church

Sunday, June 23, The Rev. James Francis Twyman will preach and celebrate. The service begins at 10 a.m.

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Legion Cookoff brings out the chiliheads

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Legion Cookoff brings out the chiliheads

A great time was had by more than 200 attendees at American Legion Post 7 Chapala’s first Chili Cookoff event Sunday, June 16. Out of ten contestants, the following were crowned the winners: 

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Laguna Chapalac - June 21, 2024

5 HOURS AGO

Open Circle

Melody Blake  presents “What is the Blockchain? What are Cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin and NFTs?” at the next gathering of Open Circle, Sunday, June 23, 10:30 a.m. in the garden of the Lake Chapala Society.

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Laguna Chapalac - June 15, 2024

7 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac - June 15, 2024

Open Circle

Suzanne Salimbene  presents “Dance: the Anti- Aging Secret Weapon!” at the next gathering of Open Circle, Sunday, June 16, 10:30 a.m. in the garden of the Lake Chapala Society.

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Museum showcases history of Vallarta art scene

1 YEAR AGO
Museum showcases history of Vallarta art scene

Tucked away in Puerto Vallarta’s Colonia El Remance, nestled next to tourist favorite Zona Romantica, is ARTe Vallarta Museo, showcasing an art genre unique to the city: Arte Vallarta.

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North Banderas Beat - March 11, 2023

1 YEAR AGO
North Banderas Beat - March 11, 2023

I’m forever in awe of folks who do what seems a zillion things in a day, not only to make a buck but because it ignites their passions.

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North Banderas Beat - March 23, 2024

3 MONTHS AGO
North Banderas Beat - March 23, 2024

Spring has a special vibe around Banderas Bay. This time of year, I live in denial, as others speak of the season ending, I dig in my heals, “NO”!

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North Banderas Beat - March 09, 2024

3 MONTHS AGO
North Banderas Beat - March 09, 2024

Sometimes living in paradise feels like a fairytale and other times it feels like magic.

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La Manzanilla Memo - March 01, 2020

4 YEARS AGO
La Manzanilla Memo - March 01, 2020

Bocce Ball Tournament

A few weeks after hosting an elegant dinner dance in late January, the Bocce Ball Committee and aficionados of the sport donned shorts and t-shirts to face off in the 6th annual Bocce Ball Tournament on February 15.

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La Manzanilla Memo – February 15, 2020

4 YEARS AGO
La Manzanilla Memo – February 15, 2020

Otra Vez

Last November, a little thrift store named Otra Vez opened its doors to the residents of La Manzanilla and became an instant hit with both the Mexican and expat communities.  Operating solely with donations and dedicated volunteers, it is now in its second year with no signs of slowin...

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Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - April 04, 2020

4 YEARS AGO
Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - April 04, 2020

In the Bahia de Navidad everyone is doing their part to stay safe and help each other. As some businesses close down, others stay open to keep the community safe and supplied with basic essentials and information regarding Covid-19.

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Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - March 22, 2020

4 YEARS AGO
Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - March 22, 2020

Four years ago, a small team of big-hearted Canadian and Americans decided they wanted to give something substantial back to the community.

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - March 27, 2021

3 YEARS AGO
Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - March 27, 2021

Officials in Jalisco and Puerto Vallarta, in the face of Covid-19, are hoping for a little-quieter-than-normal Semana Santa, but that doesn’t mean Tapatios will resist the lure of the beaches of the Bay of Banderas.

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - February 06, 2021

3 YEARS AGO
Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - February 06, 2021

Races

To celebrate the Día de Amor y Amistad (Valentine’s Day), two races, sponsored by the Municipal Sports Advisory Committee (Comude), will be held on Sunday, February 14 along two areas: the Malecon and the Rio Pitillal linear parkway.

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Mexican Lifestyles

Days of the Dead in Michoacán

3 YEARS AGO
Days of the Dead in Michoacán

Mexico’s Days of the Dead coincide with the Christian All Souls and All Saints Day, November 1 and November 2.

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When to tip – and not to tip

6 YEARS AGO
When to tip – and not to tip

Tipping is woven into the fabric of Mexico’s social culture, chiefly because of its informal, cash-driven economy.

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A tequila adventure in a different direction

2 YEARS AGO
A tequila adventure in a different direction

The Centro Educativo Jaltepec’s new tequila tour to benefit its students is far and away something beyond the typical tours to the agave regions.

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Senate beefs up laws on access to beaches

3 YEARS AGO

The Mexican Senate has approved reforms to the General Law of National Assets, increasing the fines for establishments or individuals that restrict access to Mexico’s beaches, to more than one million pesos.

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The capital offers excellent dining options for Easter

3 MONTHS AGO
The capital offers excellent dining options for Easter

If you’re looking for a place to visit over Easter but don’t want to find yourself surrounded by loud, drunken hordes, skip the beach and consider Mexico City. The traffic will be less frenetic, the air cleaner, the museums and restaurants less crowded.

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A date with Belabot & Michibot

7 MONTHS AGO
A date with Belabot & Michibot

In a naked move to capitalize on the current interest in AI, I decided to accept an invitation to eat at El Gato in Guadalajara, and to write about the experience.

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Weathering the calor: avoiding heat stress

5 YEARS AGO
Weathering the calor: avoiding heat stress

As Guadalajara and Jalisco enter into their warm season, typically between April and June of each year, residents and seasonal visitors should take precautions to avoid heat stress.  What’s more, the University of Guadalajara’s Institute of Astronomy and Meteorology reports that eve...

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Winter warning: Catching a cold, getting the sniffles is all too easy here

5 YEARS AGO
Winter warning: Catching a cold,  getting the sniffles is all too easy here

Returning snowbirds should not be fooled by the warmer winter weather in this region. Big swings in temperature can play havoc with a person’s health and bring on cold symptoms in a flash.

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News

Looking Back, a review of June news from the last 60 years

5 HOURS AGO
Looking Back, a review of June news from the last 60 years

In this monthly series, we republish a few of the headlines from our June editions 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 years ago.

1964

(From Publisher Bob Thurston’s column, Potpourri)

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Film industry’s ‘coexistence’ is a good example for the world, says leading actor

5 HOURS AGO
Film industry’s ‘coexistence’ is a good example for the world, says leading actor

Diego Luna, one of Mexico’s most celebrated actors, directors and producers, was the leading light honored at the week-long 39th Guadalajara Film Festival (FICG), which concluded on June 15.

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Ajijic excluded from Mariachi fest calendar

4 HOURS AGO
Ajijic excluded from Mariachi fest calendar

The Guadalajara Chamber of Commerce recently released the program of activities for the 31st Encuentro Internacional del Mariachi y La Charrería scheduled to run from Friday, August 23 through Wednesday, September 4.

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Free seminars on dementia

4 HOURS AGO
Free seminars on dementia

Current data shows that 6.2 million Americans age 65+ have been diagnosed with some form of dementia. Licensed Counselor, Dementia Specialist & Author E. Jane Wyatt, who found her most challenging role to be caring for her own mother with dementia, will be presenting two sessions on the topic on...

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Academic calendar 2024-2025 unveiled

5 HOURS AGO

Mexico’s Ministry of Education has announced the official calendar for the 2024-2025 academic year, applicable to public and private schools that provide preschool, primary and secondary level studies.

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Lemus, governor back vote by vote recount

6 HOURS AGO
Lemus, governor back vote by vote recount

Governor Enrique Alfaro has joined Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in calling for a “vote by vote” recount in the Jalisco gubernatorial election,

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Mexican beer proudly recalls its long history

5 HOURS AGO
Mexican beer proudly recalls its long history

Carta Blanca, one of Mexico’s oldest and most recognizable beer brands, has launched a series of four special edition, collectible cans to mark its 130th anniversary.  Carta Blanca was the original brand produced by the Cervecería Cuauhtémoc brewery founded in Monterrey in 1...

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Mexican delegation heads to Paris with medals on their minds

6 HOURS AGO
Mexican delegation heads to Paris with medals on their minds

The delegation of athletes who will represent Mexico at the 2024 Paris Olympics next month was given a send-off this week at the National Palace at a ceremony presided over by outgoing President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

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PV awaits huge influx for Pride week

1 MONTHS AGO

Puerto Vallarta will receive 22,000 visitors for the 11th edition of Vallarta Pride, scheduled May 17 to 26. 

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Less frequented beach gets a brand new pier

1 MONTHS AGO
Less frequented beach gets a brand new pier

Jalisco’s Secretary of Tourism Vanessa Pérez Lamas was on hand recently at the inauguration of the revamped pier in Boca de Tomatlán,

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Mexican voters to get free coffee, cookies

28 DAYS AGO

The Jalisco branch of the National Restaurant Chamber (Canirac) says that many eateries in the state will offer free coffee, juice and cookies, or discounts on food, to Mexican citizens who vote in the federal and local elections on Sunday, June 2.

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Trump to send hit squads to Mexico?

1 MONTHS AGO

According to a report by Rolling Stone, should Donald Trump be reelected he intends to send “hit squads” of U.S. special forces into Mexico on covert missions targeting the heads of drug cartels. 

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UK’s Diagio expands in Jalisco

2 YEARS AGO
UK’s Diagio expands in Jalisco

UK spirits giant Diageo will invest $US500 million to expand its tequila production center located in the Jalisco municipality of Atotonilco El Alto and build one new distillery in La Barca, generating more than 1,000 direct jobs for Jalisco, company executives and Governor Enrique Alfaro announced ...

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The British Council marks a milestone

6 YEARS AGO

It’s been 75 years since the arrival in Mexico of the British Council, a quasi-autonomous non-governmental organization that promotes a wider knowledge of the United Kingdom and the English language, while encouraging cultural, scientific, technological and educational understanding and co-ope...

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Obituary - June 15, 2024

7 DAYS AGO
Obituary - June 15, 2024

Kelly Grover Morrow

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Obituary - June 01, 2024

21 DAYS AGO
Obituary - June 01, 2024

María Elvira Curiel Lomelí

María Elvira Curiel Lomelí, the mother of Chapala’s incumbent mayor, died May 24 while undergoing treatment for a medical emergency at a Guadalajara hospital.

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Astros win semifinal in sixth game, heading for three-peat

6 HOURS AGO
Astros win semifinal in sixth game, heading for three-peat

For the third year in a row, the Astros de Jalisco advanced to the final of the Pacific Coast Basketball League (Cibacopa), defeating the Mexico City Angels 108-98 in the sixth game of the semifinal series.

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Chivas women to host European champions

21 DAYS AGO

The Chivas’ women’s team has one important game left on their calendar, even though the ladies were eliminated from this season’s Liga Mx Femenil playoffs at the quarter-final stage last month.

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Tapatios praise pope as he heads for retirement

Catholics in Guadalajara seemed stunned Monday after learning that Pope Benedict XVI has become the first pontiff in nearly 600 years to resign his position as head of the Roman Catholic Church.


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