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Archive for March 4th, 2009

NPT City: Fred Jackson on why he left the mayor’s race: “I wasn’t going to comply”

Fred Jackson announced yesterday he was leaving the mayor’s race, and issued this statement: El Paso is at the crossroads of moving forward and taking full advantage of the great opportunity that we have been awarded or we can accept the status quo and hope for the best. My business is at the same crossroad. I can continue to move it forward and grow or take a change of it crawling without my everyday leadership and direct involvement. I feel it is in my company’s long term interest in this challenging economic time to put my full attention and energy into it.

Today, he called Paul Strelzin’s show (8-10 on KQBU 920 AM) and made a general comment that raised more questions than it answered. He called my show (noon-1) and did the same. It’s too his credit that he spoke out. Having done so, though, he owes the community a fuller explanation. Here’s the gist of what he said: The comes a point where one “has to make a choice” whether to go along with groups and processes that have been in place, or maintain integrity. “I wasn’t going to comply or do some things I was asked to do,” he said.

He would not elaborate on the groups or processes or what he was asked to do.

He also left open the possibility of endorsing a candidate down the road, and urged the media to focus on issues rather than personalities.

Seems like a credible candidate dropping out of the race, and dropping an enormous hint of behind-the-scenes manipulation of candidates and/or governance is a matter worthy of media focus.

Sito Negron

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March 4, 2009 at 3:11 pm

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NPT Drug War: What an army coming down the road looks like

From the UK Mail Online (the pictures are the most impressive thing about the article), which opens with this: Armed to the hilt, they came from land and air, determined to restore order to Mexico’s most violent city.

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March 4, 2009 at 2:58 pm

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Up to 20 dead in Cereso riot

From arrobajuarez: A 20 ascenderma el nzmero de muertos en el motmn del Cereso Estatal, segzn informes extraoficiales de paramidicos de la Cruz Roja, dato que no ha sido validado por ninguna de las autoridades.
En un primer momento, las autoridades no salieron al paso del insistente rumor de alto nzmero de fatalidades.
Se acuerdo a esos datos extraoficiales “hay 16 muetos en las celdas de alta seguridad, dos mas en los patios y dos en el Hospital General….”

nado a los prisioneros miembros de la pandilla “Los Aztecas”, segzn Carlos Gonzalez, vocero del Centro de Inteligencia Policial (Cipol)

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March 4, 2009 at 2:55 pm

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NPT Drug War: Wiles v. Geraldo

News release from the Sheriff’s Department:

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce the appearance of Sheriff Richard Wiles as a guest on FOX News Channels, “GERALDO AT LARGE”. Sheriff Wiles will appear on this weekend’s program to be interviewed by Geraldo Rivera, the topic – “The Drug Wars / Border Violence”.

The show is set to air Saturday night, 03-07-09 at 8:00 PM Local / El Paso Time

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March 4, 2009 at 12:04 pm

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NPT Capitol: Dunnam to Chavez: Stimulus committee to meet in El Paso

State Rep. Jim Dunnam, D-Waco, sent a letter to state Rep. Norma Chavez, D-El Paso, seeking her help in setting up an El Paso meeting location for the Select Committee on Federal Economic Stabilization Funding, which Dunnam heads.

For background on the stimulus discussion, click here.

For the most recent news (Democratic state sens pushing Perry on the issue), click here.

For the letter from Dunnam to Chavez, follow the jump.

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March 4, 2009 at 10:46 am

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NPT Drug War: LA Times: Death threat: “When they tell you that in Juarez, you better believe it.”

From the LA Times:

Mexico’s drug war creates new class of refugees

Business owners, law enforcement officers, journalists and other professionals are among those seeking asylum in the U.S. — even when it means sitting in jail.

“It’s very hard to accept that I can never return to Mexico, but that is the lamentable reality,” said Emilio Gutierrez Soto, a regional newspaper reporter for El Diario in northern Chihuahua state who has an asylum request pending.

Another reporter, founder Jorge Luis Aguirre, is sheltered in El Paso.

“I was happy in Mexico; I never intended to leave, until they vowed to kill me,” Aguirre said in an interview at an El Paso cafe. “When they tell you that in Juarez, you better believe it.”

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March 4, 2009 at 10:32 am

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