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Obituary - April 13, 2019

Aivars Taurins

Ajijic resident Aivars Taurins died March 3 at the age of 80.

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Explaining passwords

A password is a sequence of characters used by computer users to verify their id...

Arts & Entertainment

Entertainment Guide - April 13, 2019

6 DAYS AGO
Entertainment Guide - April 13, 2019

Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra

The final concert in the OFJ’s first season of 2019 welcomes guest conductor Iván del Prado (Cuba). Works by Massenet. Deletes, Thomas, Rossini and Sibelius. The invited artist is soprano Anabel de la Mora.

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Entertainment Guide - April 05, 2019

13 DAYS AGO
Entertainment Guide - April 05, 2019

Jalisco Philharmonic Orchesta

Guest conductor Christopher Zimmerman (United States) leads the OFJ in works by Smetana, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev. The guest pianist is Sofya Gulyak (Russia).

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Bare Stage presents belated Easter comedy

6 DAYS AGO
Bare Stage presents belated Easter comedy

Ed Tasca has been writing works of humor for decades. A popular columnist at lakeside, he also writes plays and novels and books of essays.

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Gifted musicians team up for ‘spring delight’

27 DAYS AGO
Gifted musicians team up for ‘spring delight’

Tradition with a twist.  This is what audience members can expect at Los Cantantes del Lago’s spring concert next week, featuring Mariachi Real Axixic.

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Ribera Arts Review - April 13, 2019

6 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - April 13, 2019

Art in Jocotepec

Works by artists El Chile de Jocotepec and Claudia Larissa Lopez will be up at the Sala de Cultural Jose Vaca Flores Saturday, April 13. A cocktail reception with live music by Braulio Jacob is set for 7:30 p.m. All welcome.

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Ribera Arts Review - April 13, 2019

6 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - April 13, 2019

Art in Jocotepec

Works by artists El Chile de Jocotepec and Claudia Larissa Lopez will be up at the Sala de Cultural Jose Vaca Flores Saturday, April 13. A cocktail reception with live music by Braulio Jacob is set for 7:30 p.m. All welcome.

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At the Movies - March 30, 2019

20 DAYS AGO

Dumbo

Tim Burton is a genius when it comes to turning classical Disney films into something slightly more “moody.”

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At the Movies - March 02, 2019

1 MONTHS AGO

Happy Death Day 2U

Tree Gelbman (played by Jessica Roth) is transported into another dimension in this science fiction slasher film.

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Columns

The dry season beckons … let’s go camping!

13 DAYS AGO
The dry season beckons … let’s go camping!

Now that the temperature is rising and the weather report predicts zero percent precipitation, why not dust off your tent and spend a night communing with the crickets and counting the stars?

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The secrets of El Sauz de Cajigal

20 DAYS AGO
The secrets of El Sauz de Cajigal

El Sauz de Cajigal is a pueblito – population 120 – located 100 kilometers east of Guadalajara. Never heard of it? I can’t blame you, because I couldn’t find mention of it on any map I consulted.

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Spanish, mental black holes, planting milpas, heat & other local adventures

8 MONTHS AGO

This column was first published June 21, 1997.

Spending time in Mexico means learning Spanish — if you want that time to have much significance.

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Ancient ritual at Las Trojes, a highland lakeside town, splices time together with simple drama

11 MONTHS AGO
Ancient ritual at Las Trojes, a highland lakeside town, splices time together with simple drama

This column was first published in the April 9, 1988 edition of this newspaper.

Just behind the high ochre ridge that slices the northern horizon at the west end of Lake Chapala lie two small villages, the remnants of a once vast hacienda.

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Explaining passwords

1 MONTHS AGO

A password is a sequence of characters used by computer users to verify their identity, or to control who has access to things such as email, bank accounts, etc.

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The perils of hyperlinks

2 MONTHS AGO

A reader of the Guadalajara Reporter wrote to me asking if I could help him out by explaining what a link in an email is. The answer is simple; it is that thing in an email I said you should never, never, never, never, never, never, never, ever click on!

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Pipeline blast: finger pointing should be in one direction only

2 MONTHS AGO

Sometimes playing the blame game just doesn’t cut it.

Such is the case with the gas pipeline explosion that killed more than 90 people in Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo on January 17.

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Zapatistas slam Mayan Train project on 25th anniversary of 1994 uprising

3 MONTHS AGO
Zapatistas slam Mayan Train project on 25th anniversary of 1994 uprising

The new government of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador received a stark warning on the 25th anniversary of the uprising of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) in southern Mexico.

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

2 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

2 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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Requiem for dying traditions

13 DAYS AGO
Requiem for dying traditions

The Lake Chapala area is rife with cultural activities, many revolving around religious celebrations that give foreign settlers insights into essential human values that make the community tick.

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Ajijic’s captivating capirotada festival

20 DAYS AGO
Ajijic’s captivating capirotada festival

Mexican foodies and adventurous foreigners will enjoy tickling their taste buds at the fifth annual Feria de la Capirotada, Saturday, April 6.

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I’m wearing El Chapo

13 DAYS AGO
I’m wearing El Chapo

Once the leader of a murderous drug cartel in Mexico, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was convicted last month, after a high-profile trial, of running a continuing criminal enterprise and other drug-related charges.

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Weather alert: Can we exorcise El Niño?

20 DAYS AGO
Weather alert: Can we exorcise El Niño?

As Easter and its celebrated miracle approaches, we here at Lakeside also go through a major transformation. In the weather, that is.

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Expat Living

13,600 runners delight in city’s half marathon

1 MONTHS AGO
13,600 runners delight in city’s half marathon

As expected, two African runners won last weekend’s 33rd edition of the Guadalajara Half Marathon.

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A birthday & tequila business opening combo

1 MONTHS AGO
A birthday & tequila business opening combo

The American Society’s David Ruiz celebrated his 70th birthday with his wife Maria del Carmen Torres and about 100 friends and family Saturday, February 23.

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City Living – March 16, 2019

1 MONTHS 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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City Living - March 09, 2019

1 MONTHS AGO

RAMEN FESTIVAL

While not as beloved as tacos or tortas ahogadas, ramen is becoming increasingly popular in Guadalajara.

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Weekly Worship - April 13, 2019

6 DAYS AGO
Weekly Worship - April 13, 2019

Christ Church Lakeside

The little church with a big heart, Christ Church Lakeside (CCL), a parish of the Diocese of the West in the Anglican Church of Mexico, will observe the Sunday of Passsion, Palm Sunday, April 14, by celebrating the Holy Eucharist at 11 a.m. in La Huerta Events Center. Rev. Ch...

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How the Niños program makes a difference

13 DAYS AGO
How the Niños program makes a difference

Jose Adrian is one of the Niños Incapacitados program’s most uplifting success stories.

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Laguna Chapalac - April 13, 2019

6 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac - April 13, 2019

Open Circle

Ed Tasca will present “Creationism vs. Darwinism, with Final Commentaries from Darwin and God” at the next meeting of Open Circle, Sunday, April 14, 10:30 a.m. to noon on the patio of the Lake Chapala Society (LCS).

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Laguna Chapalac - April 05, 2019

13 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac - April 05, 2019

British luncheon

The Lakeside British and Commonwealth Society holds its monthly luncheon Saturday, April 6, 12:45 p.m. at Manix Restaurant, Ocampo 57 in Ajijic.

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Mascota-Vallarta road repaired and operational

9 MONTHS AGO

Ten months after work began, a 15-kilometer stretch of highway between Mascota and Puerto Vallarta has been repaired and is operational.

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Mango Festival returns to Puerto Vallarta

9 MONTHS AGO

The second-annual Puerto Vallarta Mango Festival is coming to the city’s lovely Lazaro Cardenas Park, Saturday, July 7, an event sure to gladden the hearts of those who can’t live without the sticky sweet fruit.

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North Banderas Beat - April 05, 2019

13 DAYS AGO
North Banderas Beat - April 05, 2019

Swim Tournament

There will be lots of swimmers in the waters off La Cruz when Riviera Nayarit’s 9th Open Water Safe Swim Tournament takes place Saturday, April 6.

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North Banderas Beat - March 22, 2019

27 DAYS AGO
North Banderas Beat - March 22, 2019

Kids art

Last November, volunteer artist Nancy Hache started teaching art classes at the Amigos de La Cruz Kids Club.

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La Manzanilla Memo - March 23, 2019

27 DAYS AGO
La Manzanilla Memo - March 23, 2019

Pedro back on the beach

When I first arrived in La Manzanilla ten years ago, I wandered about exploring the town. 

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La Manzanilla Memo - March 09, 2019

1 MONTHS AGO
La Manzanilla Memo - March 09, 2019

The ambulance is here

Several years ago, two residents of La Manzanilla, Dan Crosby and Cruz Gomez, spearheaded a project to raise money to buy an ambulance for our town.  

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Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - March 30, 2019

20 DAYS AGO
Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - March 30, 2019

Keeping up

• Galeria Amiga presents artist Julian Portilla from Ecuador through April 5.  Next exhibit – de Manos Mexicanos – runs April 11 to May 30 and features artists from Colima, Melaque and Barra de Navidad.

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Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal March 16, 2019

1 MONTHS AGO
Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal March 16, 2019

A reason to party

Every day there is a reason to celebrate being alive and the Costalegre is here to help!

Carnival celebrations started off with amazing dancing, music, and food and continued with fabulous fireworks, parades, and more good food.  Every evening you could venture to the jardin...

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - March 30, 2019

20 DAYS AGO
Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - March 30, 2019

Croc abuse

According to a report in a local Spanish-language website, municipal police officers detained three male “foreigners” this week for throwing rocks and bottles at a crocodile in the Marina area.  The offenders, whose nationalities were not released, were trying to get a r...

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Puero Vallarta Bulletin March 16, 2019

1 MONTHS AGO
Puero Vallarta Bulletin March 16, 2019

Tourism still strong

This long weekend will see hotels around 90-percent full, Jalisco Tourism Secretary German Ralis Cumplido said this week.

The recent rupture of a sewage pipe and temporary beach closures hasn’t seemed to affect hotel reservations, he noted. And the absence this year of ...

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Mexican Lifestyles

When to tip – and not to tip

1 YEAR 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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Looking Back: A review of August news from the last 50 years

1 YEAR AGO
Looking Back: A review of August news from the last 50 years

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

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Copper Canyon train’s ritzy makeover

11 MONTHS AGO
Copper Canyon train’s ritzy makeover

Those keen to travel through Mexico’s glorious Copper Canyon in luxurious grandeur are now getting the opportunity thanks to the May 17 launch of the Chepe Express, a premium tourism concept that compliments the popular – but more modest – train ride, Ferromex’s Ferrocarril C...

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An Oaxaca food odyssey

11 MONTHS AGO
An Oaxaca food odyssey

If you read last week’s account of several days spent in Oaxaca City exposed to what a San Francisco-trained chef – Julio Aguilera of Oaxaca-cathedral-adjacent El Destilado – likes to sink his teeth into on the city’s wide spectrum of gustatory options, plus an account of his...

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Blue Rose: A restaurant of a different color & class

20 DAYS AGO
Blue Rose: A restaurant  of a different color & class

Dyed roses are still roses, created generally from pure white, but with a presentation of originality that makes them part nature, part art and part fantasy.

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Three angeleno cousins bring ‘California chicken’ to Mexico

1 MONTHS AGO
Three angeleno cousins bring ‘California chicken’ to Mexico

At first glance, the new-ish restaurant Peku (just off Avenida Chapultepec in Guadalajara and also, as of February, behind the upscale Plaza Andares) would seem to owe its concept to fast food, a la Chicken McNuggets.

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In-depth study of Mexican migration covers all the bases

1 MONTHS AGO
In-depth study of Mexican migration covers all the bases

‘Echoes From the Wall: Real Stories of Mexican Immigrants’ by Judy King (with Tony Burton, Arturo Garcia and Richard Rhoda). Groppe Libros (Guadalajara, 2019).

Reviewed by Michael Hogan

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The US & Mexico: inextricably intertwined

7 MONTHS AGO

‘Vanishing Frontiers: The Forces Driving Mexico and the United States Together’ by Andrew Selee.  New York: Public Affairs, 2018.

Reviewed by Dr. Michael Hogan

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Weathering the calor: avoiding heat stress

1 MONTHS 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 MONTHS 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

The seven-church visit

6 DAYS AGO
The seven-church visit

On Maundy Thursday (April 18), thousands of Catholics will go to church seven times for the “Visit to the Seven Churches,” a tradition dating back to medieval Spain that commemorates Christ’s departure from the Last Supper and his walk through the Garden of Gethsemane.

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Two-week craft fair to run through April 24

6 DAYS AGO

Craftsmen and women from all corners of Jalisco will descend into Guadalajara to set up their stalls in the downtown Plaza Liberation over the Easter holiday.

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Speaking in tongues

6 DAYS AGO
Speaking in tongues

Chapala has been selected as the site for a new branch of Proulex, the University of Guadalajara’s chain of foreign language teaching centers. 

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Mexico experts settle at lakeside, explore new horizons

6 DAYS AGO
Mexico experts settle at lakeside, explore new horizons

Jane Custer was only 14 when she fell in love with Mexico, having visited for the first time with her mother.

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Soriana clients have heart

6 DAYS AGO
Soriana clients have heart

Throughout March, 30 Jalisco branches of the Soriana Supermarket chain collected 93,182.90 pesos from rounding out customer tabs as donations to Taiyari, A.C., a non-profit that supports impoverished children suffering from heart ailments.

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Zapopan looks out for abused women

13 DAYS AGO

Women living in Zapopan who are considered vulnerable to domestic violence are being given electronic devices to emit notifications when they feel they may be in danger.

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Mountain land up in smoke

13 DAYS AGO
Mountain land up in smoke

Firefighters from Ixtlahuacán de los Membrillos, Chapala, Jocotepec and Jalisco’s Unidad Estatal Protección Civil y Bomberos joined forces to combat a brush fire that broke out early Wednesday, April 3 on the hillside above the Las Brisas residential complex on Chapala’s no...

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Walmart strike averted

27 DAYS AGO

In order to avoid a general strike planned for March 20, Walmart de Mexico is giving its entire workforce a 5.5-percent pay raise and is recognizing their right to join the union of their choice.

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Most Vallarta beaches now swimmable after sewage pipe rupture

1 MONTHS AGO

A large, 40-inch drainage pipe at Puerto Vallarta’s northern limits ruptured March 3, sending raw sewage into the El Salado estuary.

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La Manzanilla Memo - January 12, 2019

3 MONTHS AGO
La Manzanilla Memo - January 12, 2019

New Year’s Party

New York City might boast the largest block party at Times Square each New Year’s Eve, but here in La Manzanilla we raucously rang in 2019 in fine fashion.

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Expat Venezuelans praise Trump’s stance

2 MONTHS AGO
Expat Venezuelans praise Trump’s stance

As expected, Mexico has joined the ranks of Russia, China and Turkey in defending Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, as tens of thousands of his countrymen marched in support of the nation’s “interim” president, Juan Guiadó, this past week.

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Trump: Mexico is paying for wall via trade deal

4 MONTHS AGO
Trump: Mexico is paying for wall via trade deal

In what appears to be nothing more than a face-saving – or obfuscation – exercise, U.S. President Donald Trump is equating Mexico paying for his border wall with a future reduction in the trade deficit with its southern neighbor.

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The British Council marks a milestone

10 MONTHS 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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Inflation soars to 6.77 percent in 2018

1 YEAR AGO
Inflation soars to 6.77 percent in 2018

Data released this week by the National Statistics Agency (Inegi) showed the consumer price index to have risen by 0.59 percent in December, leaving inflation for 2017 at 6.77 percent – the highest level since 2000, when the rate was 8.96 percent.

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Obituary - April 13, 2019

6 DAYS AGO

Aivars Taurins

Ajijic resident Aivars Taurins died March 3 at the age of 80.

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Obituary - March 09, 2019

13 DAYS AGO
Obituary - March 09, 2019

’Padre Ramon’ Rios

Anglican priest Ramon Rios Fierros, assistant pastor at St. Mark’s Anglican Church in Guadalajara, died March 20 at the age of 61, leaving his wife Yolanda, two young daughters, his mother and a devoted group of Spanish speaking worshippers, whom he led for seve...

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What it means to win ‘El Clasico’

27 DAYS AGO
What it means to win ‘El Clasico’

Life stops for many soccer fans when the Guadalajara Chivas take on their perennial rivals, America of Mexico City.

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Caribbean Series to get underway

2 MONTHS AGO

The Charros victory Monday night qualifies the local ball club for the annual Serie del Caribe (Caribbean Series), which takes place in Panama February 4-10. 

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