By Gustavo Arellano America's liberal class and MSMers are abuzz right now over Narco Cultura, a documentary about Mexico's horrific drug war and the musical movement that has risen around it. These libs (and more than a few conservatives) are telling each other and the two Mexicans they know about ... More >>
The news waits for no one -- at least that's what we read somewhere -- so it's perfectly understandable that you, the reader, might have missed out on a musical tidbit, breaking news about your favorite venue, or one of our rants. So enjoy this digest-style sampling of some of our biggest stories f ... More >>
See also: Que Se Vende: Impacto Musical Top Selling Albums of the Week Alfredo Ríos, also known as the Mexican corridista El Komander is leaving the AK-47 behind and is bringing his talents to the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix on Saturday, July 21.
Want to know what new release discs and platters are moving across the Valley at local record stores? We've got you covered with another installment of What's Selling. Corridos and rancheras have a long history of storytelling, dance-inducing beats and violence. Its been 19 years since the ... More >>
Karla Gabriela Lizzaraga-SanchezPhoenix isn't the kidnapping capital of the United States for nothing. We get that wrap because...well...a lot of kidnappings happen in the Valley -- as pointed out in the New Times feature "Seized." Check it out here.A Phoenix teen is the latest victim of this cit ... More >>
America and her husband TerryAmerica Corrales wasn't exactly playing hooky; she was checking up on her restaurant. The full-time teacher and owner of America's Taco Shop decided it was time to pack up her first grade classroom last year and focus on her Downtown taco shop. The buzz that used to b ... More >>
Julio Cesar Chavez is trading his boxing gloves for oven mittens.The 46-year-old Mexican boxing legend plans to open a restaurant in Mesa at Country Club Drive and Southern Avenue as early as May or June, according to an article today in the East Valley Tribune by David Woodfill.We surfed around t ... More >>
El Break proves there's more to Spanish-language radio than ranchero music
Banda Santa Cruz isn't cheap, but they're worth it
As narcocorridos - Mexican drug ballads - get nastier, the crowds in Phoenix get bigger and bigger
When undocumented workers gather to wait for jobs at the city's first day-labor center, complaints about them should subside. But don't count on it.
The Valley is now the prime way station for ruthless smugglers engaged in the lucrative trafficking of human cargo -- illegal immigrants
A former madam leads a crusade to rescue prostitutes from a dangerous, addictive lifestyle
Cocaine from Mexico is the currency that drives gangster economics
The bandit Jesus Malverde has been dead for nearly a century. He's still wanted on both sides of the border.
A dying narcotics agent opens his files, and out pours Miguel, just one of a legion of Mexicans who embraced drug-running as their ticket to the American dream
Fife has done much in and to Arizona. We've been keeping track
Drug Enforcement Administration records contain multiple references to a company controlled by a business partner of the Symington family
Business partner of Symingtons gets pass good for one year
U.S. authorities suspect a Mexican vegetable grower with business ties to the Symingtons is involved in drug trafficking
How Governor Symington misused state resources to further the cross-border business interests of his friends and family.
Scott Walker is the longest of long shots to beat boxing legend Julio Cesar Chavez. But the skinny Mesa fighter who calls himself "The Pink Cat" isn't about to miss his golden opportunity.