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Pope Francis in TJ?

Tijuana among top three candidate cities for a visit next year

According to Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto, Pope Francis accepted an invitation to visit Mexico during a meeting between the two at the Vatican last month. Since the June 7 meeting, Tijuana has turned up ...

El sexo peligroso

Over two dozen Tijuana prostitutes busted without health cards

Tijuana authorities recently detained around 30 prostitutes for failure to have current health cards in an ongoing citywide crackdown on violators of a variety of municipal laws. “We’ve had an intense operation dealing with sex ...

We have no way to catch them

Tijuana merchants plead for return of policletos — bicycle cops

“We are desperate. The siege of these criminals is constant, and we have no way to catch them. We have to do something.” The voice is that of Guillermo Díaz Orozco, president of the Asociación ...

Children witness shooting in Tijuana

Man gunned down outside elementary school

As hundreds of children looked on, a gunman opened fire on a father waiting for his sons to get out of classes at a Tijuana elementary school on June 19. According to press accounts, Margarita ...

Want bargain bariatric surgery?

Drop-off in Tijuana medical tourism results in lower prices

Medical tourism to Tijuana fell 20 percent during the first four months of 2014, leading to staff layoffs and price reductions for certain procedures, the Baja California daily newspaper El Mexicano reports. A 30 percent ...

Tijuana fire chief: Stop thieving fire hydrants

Most of eastern side of city left without protection

Tijuana firefighters made a troubling discovery on Wednesday, May 14, as they battled Santa Ana-whipped flames in the eastern neighborhoods of the city: most of the fire hydrants in the area were useless. In an ...

General’s disregard for the warrior

Mexican military officer says Marine vet no exception to gun laws

A former U.S. Marine jailed in Tijuana for bringing weapons into Mexico is getting little sympathy from a top-ranking Baja California military official despite an outpouring of support north of the border. Twenty-five-year-old Andrew Tahmooressi, ...

Drugged toddler rushed to Tijuana hospital

Authorities say child overdoses on the rise

For the third time in six weeks, a child has been rushed to a Tijuana hospital suffering from a drug overdose, El Sol de Tijuana reported on May 6. The one-year-old boy was taken by ...

Baja tax hike screwed businesses over

Economist says sales down 20% in TJ; inflation rate up 7%

Following a rancorous debate in Mexico City late last year, federal legislators voted to increase the sales tax from 11 percent to 16 percent, effective the first of the year. Baja California business leaders have ...

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