Mexico

Grandmother caught between cops and robbers

Woman accidentally run down and killed by police truck in Tijuana

Tijuana police pursuing robbery suspects in a marked pickup ran over and killed a grandmother on Wednesday, September 17, as she attempted to cross a Zona Norte street to buy some midday birria. María Elena ...

Cozy café with a dark side

Human skulls dangled from the ceiling in birdcages.

La Cupula is everything I’d hoped a vampire bar in Tijuana would be. At first I’d pictured an all-out monster mash: freaks sipping gore-toned cocktails and stomping around to industrial remixes of 45 Grave. It ...

TJ's a tough place to own a small business

Rude authorities, 75% chance of being robbed...

At least 75 percent of Tijuana's small businesses have been victimized by armed robbers, according to the head of a trade group. And what's worse, said Heriberto Villalobos Rentería, president of a national small-business organization ...

Veggiejuana: an introduction to vegetarian TJ

It's no longer just elotes and frijoles for Tijuana vegetarians.

The thought of eating vegetarian in Tijuana may seem strange. After all, when considering the cuisine of our neighbor to the south, one generally pictures the carne asada, chorizo, adobada, and braided tripa tacos that ...

Tijuana gets help from federal cops

Surge in violence warrants presidential dispatch of 400 officers

Members of a newly created and specially trained federal police force began arriving in Tijuana last week to help local officers combat a growing wave of violent crime. According to press reports, about 100 members ...

Alarm among Americans

Elderly U.S. ex-pat killed in her Rosarito Beach home

Baja California authorities are searching for the caretakers of an elderly American woman found dead and stuffed into the refrigerator of her Rosarito Beach home earlier this week. Rosarito police said a friend of the ...

Pork rinds now, shawarma later at Bakbuk

When it comes to nightlife, Tijuana’s Sexta has something for everyone — time-honored cantinas, craft-beer cinema bars, kitschy mezcalerías, jazz joints, after-hour dance clubs, ’til-dawn punk dives, and old-timey cumbia halls. Now, Bakbuk is bringing ...

What does Tijuana want?

Resident seeks answer for affection-deprived city

The pedestrian border-wait line at the San Ysidro crossing is like the longest line in an amusement park…only you reach the end and find out that there is no roller-coaster. There is usually no one ...

Taxation on top of salvation

Tijuana's archbishop speaks out against government's demand for "profits"

In unusually combative language, the archbishop of Tijuana has accused Mexico's federal government of extorting money from the Catholic Church under the guise of taxation. In an interview published August 25 by the daily newspaper ...

Trash-pile baby rescued in Tijuana

Only hours old — umbilical cord still attached

Tijuana police on Sunday, August 24, rescued a newborn baby discarded in a pile of trash in Colonia Rojo Gómez, a neighborhood in the far eastern area of the city. Police were alerted to the ...

Homicides down in Tijuana, up in Rosarito

Some say actual crime figures suppressed for political reasons

Homicides dropped 10 percent in Tijuana but the number of kidnappings skyrocketed by 60 percent, while in Rosarito Beach there were no kidnappings but murders jumped by 40 percent, according to crime statistics just released ...

Less beefy, more scrawny

No endorsement for young Tijuana baseball players

At the edge of Zona Norte, the downtown Tijuana neighborhood that abuts the border, there is a small sports park, Unidad Deportiva Benito Juárez. Families play basketball, kids enjoy an above-ground pool, boxers train inside ...

Deported U.S. military veterans activate in Tijuana

"I'll serve a year in Iraq if I have to. I would do whatever it takes to go home.”

The Bunker of the Deported Veterans of America is located on 3rd street, near Parque Teniente Guerrero, on top of Baja Gym. Dark steps behind an iron door next to the gym's entrance lead you ...

Mystical Uxmal

Although less well known than Chichen Itza, Uxmal is often preferred by travelers to the Yucatan. Located in the center-west of the peninsula, Uxmal is about an hour and 15 minute drive from Merida – ...

Baja’s next big thing?

Like most people who live in Calexico — the border town about 90 miles east of San Diego — Anthony Ramirez often heads south to the much larger Mexicali, on the other side of the ...

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