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Archive for March 6th, 2009

NPT City: Mayoral candidate Catucci fund-raiser

Keeping you up to date. Keep ’em coming, folks.


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March 6, 2009 at 12:24 pm

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NPT Drug War: Calderon: “Corruption on the part of the American authorities”

Ouch! From Agence France-Presse: “The main cause of the problems associated with organized crime is having the world’s biggest consumer next to us,” Mexican President Felipe Calderon said in an interview with AFP.

“Drug trafficking in the United States is fueled by the phenomenon of corruption on the part of the American authorities,” he said, calling on US President Barack Obama to step up the fight against drugs in his own country. [link] 06

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March 6, 2009 at 12:14 pm

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NPT DC: Reyes fundraiser; Hotel Baghdad’s transformation

silverstrereyesClick on the link below to see the invitation to the fund-raiser, March 13, at the new DoubleTree, formerly known (informally) as the Hotel Baghdad because it was abandoned and vandalized. That was before Jim Scherr took over a few years ago and arranged the deal that is close to delivering the city a new hotel at a key Downtown location.


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March 6, 2009 at 10:51 am

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NPT Media: Roy Ortega: “I enjoyed my time there”

Yesterday this blog posted an item that Roy Ortega was no longer with the times. [link]

NPT had a brief conversation with Roy Ortega Thursday. Ortega, 55, said he could not speak in detail about the newspaper, but offered a few comments:

— About his future: “I’m moving on. I’ve got one boy in college, and that’s a concern, but my wife and I have been preparing for this.”

— About the Times: “I enjoyed my time there. I’ve got nothing bad to say about it.”

— Next few weeks: “I’m going to take a little bit of time off, kind of decompress and move on to something else.”

— Ortega went through a brief work stoppage before, when he left Channel 9 KTSM in 1999 and didn’t work for nine months. He was hired by the Times in 2000.

— His hometown is San Antonio, where he said he will be shortly to finish with his parents’ estate. After that, “I’ll go to the coast with my brother and fish. Then I’ll come back and get real about things.”

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March 6, 2009 at 9:29 am

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