El Paso & Juarez in 400-words

EL PASO

Flu spreads across region, claims its first victim

Authorities warn residents about the H1N1 influenza virus, which caused the death of a “middle-age El Paso man” on Wednesday.

According to the El Paso’s Department of Public Health, there have been an increase of influenza cases but this is the first death directly related to the virus.

JUAREZ

Llega Enero otra vez y Gas Natural de Juarez vuelve a ser noticia. 

Residentes de Ciudad Juarez muestran su conformidad ante el cobro del nuevo 16% de IVA en las facturas correspondientes al mes de Diciembre.

Miembros de grupos como Morena y Ciudadanos Vigilantes  se unieron para protestar en las oficinas de Gas Natural. Por otro lado, la diputada federal Martha Cordova lanzó un llamado a la gente de Juarez para que presenten sus quejas en la Profeco a partir de mañana (Enero 9).

El colmo: se pasa alto director de Protección Civil y causa accidente

Una mujer que llevaba a sus dos hijos la escuela fueron victimas de una accidente automovilistico cuando el director de Protección Civil en Ciudad Juarez embistio el vehiculo en que viajaba la familia al pasarse una luz roja.

De acuerdo a las autoridades, Fernando Mota Allen, quien llevaba sirenas y torretas encendidas estaba pasandose la luz roja en la intersección de Plutarco Elias Calles y Simona Barba. No se reportaron heridas.

El Paso in 400 words: January 7, 2014

Three UTEP basketball players dismissed after FBI investigation.

Just a few days before UTEP’s first appearance of the year leading to the NCAA tournament, the men’s basketball team has lost three players. An FBI investigation is ongoing due to gambling allegations.

The three players, McKenzie Moore, Jalen Ragland, and Justin Crosgile are officially out of the team and are no longer enrolled at UTEP. According to The Prospector, UTEP Coach Tim Floyd already notified the students’ families about the situation and the school’s decision.

“NCAA rules state that if any student athlete takes part in gambling on any type of sport, they are subject to an automatic one-year suspension in addition to losing a year of eligibility, since all three are upperclassmen their college careers and days as a Miner are over”The Prospector

School officials stated the players were not betting on UTEP games. No more details about the type and frequency of the gambling activity were released by federal or school officials.

El Paso (again, really?) ranked as safest city in America

El Paso did it again. For fourth year, the city has been ranked as the top safe city in the country based on crime rates. With only a few murders and several other crimes, many doubt about the methods used by CQ Press, the firm performing the study.

“These stats clearly demonstrate El Paso ‘breaks the rules’ of traditional criminology and all El Pasoans should be proud of their role in this accomplishment,” – El Paso Police Department.

America’s most wanted team, really?

El Paso’s Chihuahuas have at least one fan at every of the 50 states in the nation, or at least that’s what the PR/Marketing team for the team wants us to believe. According to a story on MILB.com, the team’s merchandise has been sold and shipped to places liek North Dakota, Hawaii and even abroad.

“Chihuahuas’ products have also been popular overseas. Residents of American Emirates, Canada, England, Germany, Japan and Mexico have all ordered Chihuahuas’ items.” – MILB.com

The team hasn’t played yet but the anticipation and attention to the team has been growing since local authorities first discussed the construction of their baseball stadium.