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Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - November 22

Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - November 22

With snowbirds and tourists trickling back to Barra de Navidad and Melaque, now ...

Puerto Vallarta Bulletin – November 15, 2014

Puerto Vallarta Bulletin – November 15, 2014

Daubers Ready

Bingo at Nacho Daddy Restaurant & Bar at Basilio Badillo 287 on...

Columns

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Noisemaking: part of normal life in Mexico

 Noisemaking: part of normal life in Mexico

If this week’s traffic snarls and fender benders are any indication, it looks as...

Mexican Lifestyles

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Subway line three construction causing delays

7 DAYS AGO
Subway line three construction causing delays

Construction of Guadalajara’s third subway (tren ligero) line is causing headaches for motorists.

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Car emissions program on last legs

7 DAYS AGO

Jalisco car owners have once again delivered a slap in the face to the state’s beleaguered emissions inspection program.

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Chapala District Attorney staff in the clear

5 HOURS AGO

Personnel assigned to several lakeside-based district attorney agencies (Ministerio Público or MP) will stay in their jobs after successfully passing the state’s control and confidence screening process.

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The black-crowned night-heron: The 2014 Lake Chapala Bird Fest Mascot

17 HOURS AGO
The black-crowned night-heron: The 2014 Lake Chapala Bird Fest Mascot

Festival organizers have selected the black-crowned night-heron as this year’s signature bird.

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UN survey to poll 200,000 Jalisco residents

7 DAYS AGO

The United Nations’ MY World global survey that aims to define a new development agenda for the world is coming to Jalisco on December 4.

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Jalisco government mulls over drug check patrols

7 DAYS AGO

Jalisco’s Health Department is proposing the introduction of anti-doping checks to accompany the nightly Salvando Vidas road block operations to identify drunk drivers.

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Breakthrough for transgenders

5 HOURS AGO

Transgender people in Mexico City can now legally change their gender without a court order, following a vote by the Federal District Legislative Assembly last week.

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Peña Nieto faces first real crisis of his presidency

7 DAYS AGO
Peña Nieto faces first real crisis of his presidency

For the first time in his presidential term Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is finding that spin alone cannot relieve sustained political pressure.  

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Cirque de Soleil plans permanent Nuevo Vallarta mega-production

4 HOURS AGO

Montreal-based circus arts company Cirque du Soleil is teaming up with a resort developer to host permanent shows at a new theme park to be built in Nuevo Vallarta.

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Barra de Navidad scales back Philippines commemoration celebration

17 HOURS AGO

As is often the case in provincial Mexican towns, plans for grand events are routinely crushed when the realities of economics, logistics and infrastructure are taken into consideration.

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After the US midterms: a stormy political landscape?

20 DAYS AGO

All but a handful of political pundits say there’s at least an 80-percent probability that the Republicans will win back the Senate in the U.S. midterm elections on Tuesday, November 4.

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ISIS claims refuted

1 MONTHS AGO

The U.S. Department of Homeland says statements by a California lawmaker that people with ties to Islamic State (ISIS) have been crossing the Mexican border are “categorically false.” A spokesman for Rep. Duncan Hunter of California said the information about individuals “with known ISIS affiliation...

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Financial indicators as of Thursday, November 20, 2014

5 HOURS AGO

- Mexican Stock Market (BMV) opened at 44,118.13 an increase of 373.56 points from Thursday, November 13, 2014.

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Financial indicators as of Thursday, November 13, 2014

7 DAYS AGO

- Mexican Stock Market (BMV) opened at 43,744.57 an decrease of 1,105.29 points from Thursday, November 6, 2014.

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Obituary – November 15, 2014

7 DAYS AGO
Obituary – November 15, 2014

Albert Edward Eversfield

Lake Chapala south shore resident Albert Edward Eversfield died unexpectedly on November 2 at the age of 62.

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Obituary – November 1, 2014

20 DAYS AGO
Obituary – November 1, 2014

Gordon Charles Lakin

Longtime Guadalajara resident Gordon Charles Lakin died on October 22 after a short illness at the age of 89.

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Pitching legend comes home as Charros take Pacific League by storm

7 DAYS AGO
Pitching legend comes home as  Charros take Pacific League by storm

Dodger great and former Charros pitcher Fernando “El Toro” Valenzuela returns to Guadalajara this weekend as the special guest of honor for the three-game series against the Tomateros (Tomatogrowers) de Culiacan.

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And it’s root, root, root ... no crackerjacks at the Charros ball park but otherwise a lot of fun

21 DAYS AGO

Last Saturday I took my seven- and nine-year-old sons to their first baseball game — the Charros de Jalisco against the Mexicali Eagles. It was my first time in a baseball stadium in more than a decade.

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Expat Living

Children’s charity seeks ‘2-hour’ volunteers

14 DAYS AGO
Children’s charity seeks ‘2-hour’ volunteers

Niños Incapacitados recently announced a new “Two-Hour Volunteer Campaign.” Realizing that most expats are overloaded with activities and volunteer positions, the organization is asking local residents to find just two hours to volunteer at an event to raise funds to help sick children of low-income...

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Take Fido with you on trick or treat day

28 DAYS AGO
Take Fido with you on trick or treat day

Going to a Halloween bash and want to bring your dog along? Stop into Monster House and get him a costume. Monster House is a Halloween mask company based in Cuernavaca that ships its products to the United States but also puts up four temporary stores in metro Guadalajara.

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City Living - November 22, 2014

17 HOURS AGO
City Living - November 22, 2014

Street Festival

Tlaquepaque is certainly worth a visit this weekend as the second Festival Internacional de Música de Calle (International Street Music Festival) takes over the charming Guadalajara crafts suburb. Organizers have planned an ambitious 140 performances by some 50 individual artists an...

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City Living - November 15, 2014

7 DAYS AGO
City Living - November 15, 2014

Amsoc Thanksgiving

Join with the metro-area’s U.S. community and their friends for a big family-style T-day feast at the American Society (Amsoc) on Thursday, November 27. Enjoy turkey, stuffing, mashed and sweet potatoes, salad, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie with whipped cream. The doors (and ba...

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Top cooking instructor explores amazing world of Mexican cuisine, food in December classes at LCS

18 HOURS AGO
Top cooking instructor explores amazing world  of Mexican cuisine, food in December classes at LCS

Chef and cooking instructor Linda R. Harley is joining forces with the Lake Chapala Society (LCS) to provide memorable cooking experiences for small groups of area residents in a series of December classes.

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Kindred Quilters welcome wide array of guests

7 DAYS AGO
Kindred Quilters welcome wide array of guests

Eight local textile artists, members of Kindred Quilters sponsored a well-attended show of their work on November 8 in La Floresta. Among the more than 150 people visiting the exhibit were visitors from Monterrey, and Brazil.

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Laguna Chapalac - November 22, 2014

18 HOURS AGO
Laguna Chapalac - November 22, 2014

Christmas Bazaar

More than 40 vendors will be displaying their handmade art, crafts and sewing items, along with those who will sell plants and homemade foods, at the 3rd Annual Lakeside Christmas bazaar on Saturday, November 22 and Sunday, November 23, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

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Laguna Chapalac - November 15, 2014

7 DAYS AGO

History Club

The Lake Chapala Society History Club will meet Tuesday, November 18, 1:30 p.m. at the Lake Chapala Society. The meeting focus is “Hiroshima, a Study of the First Nuclear Bombing.”

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Suspense in Bucerias: expat pens first novel

4 HOURS AGO
Suspense in Bucerias: expat pens first novel

After more than two decades wintering and living on the Jalisco coast, Barbara McKinley Morrison has used her experiences to pen her first novel.

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Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal

14 DAYS AGO
Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal

A warm welcome to all snowbirds from the north as they flock back to the coastal towns of Barra de Navidad and Melaque. November marks the traditional beginning of the high tourist season on the coast.

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North Banderas Beat - November 22, 2014

17 HOURS AGO

Hot stuff shootout

The Marina Nuevo Vallarta malecon will host the 2nd annual Taste of Nuevo Vallarta and 14th annual Cruisers Chili Cookoff on Saturday, December 6, from 4 to 8 p.m.

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NORTH BANDERAS BEAT

14 DAYS AGO
NORTH BANDERAS BEAT

El Buzo

Bucerias now has its own symbol representing its name, taken from the Spanish word buzo, meaning diver.

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La Manzanilla Memo – November 15, 2014

7 DAYS AGO
La Manzanilla Memo – November 15, 2014

La Manzanilla’s Best Bites

At last count La Manzanilla had over 40 restaurants!  I’ve sampled most of them and have discovered each has its own personality and particular culinary delights.  If you are visiting our fair village by the sea let me suggest a few of my favorite dishes.

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La Manzanilla Memo – November 1, 2014

21 DAYS AGO
La Manzanilla Memo – November 1, 2014

Magnolia’s Kitchen & Drinks

At the end of last season, after an eight year run, we said “adios” to restaurant Café de Flores.  The owners decided it was time to retire and enjoy some beach time.

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Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - November 22

17 HOURS AGO
Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - November 22

With snowbirds and tourists trickling back to Barra de Navidad and Melaque, now seems the right time to provide a sampling of watering holes and restaurants to begin one’s coastal adventure. We’ll start with a few popular and friendly locales that feature good music, food, cold cerveza or a mojito c...

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin – November 15, 2014

7 DAYS AGO
Puerto Vallarta Bulletin – November 15, 2014

Daubers Ready

Bingo at Nacho Daddy Restaurant & Bar at Basilio Badillo 287 on the south side of Puerto Vallarta supports two local charities: Pasitos de Luz and the Colina Spay and Neuter Clinic.

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin – November 1, 2014

21 DAYS AGO
Puerto Vallarta Bulletin – November 1, 2014

Local Marketing

The Old Town Farmer’s Market-Tianguis Cultural reopened November 1 and will run every Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., until the end of April. The market is located in Lazaro Cardenas Park on the south side of town just one block from Los Muertos beach.

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Arts & Entertainment

Entertainment guide - November 22, 2014

17 HOURS AGO

David Garrett

German pop and crossover violinist and recording artist. Holds Guinness record as fastest violinist in the world.
Auditorio Telmex, Friday, November 21, 9 p.m. 250-1200 pesos.

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Win free tickets to ‘The Elixir of Love’

7 DAYS AGO

Thanks to the administration of the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra, the Guadalajara Reporter invites readers and opera buffs to take a stab at winning two free tickets to “L’elisir d’amore” (Elixir of Love) by Gaetano Donizetti for Sunday, November 30, 6:30 p.m., at the Teatro Degollado in downtown ...

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Maestros del Arte fair beckons paradise for folk art collectors

14 DAYS AGO
Maestros del Arte fair beckons paradise for folk art collectors

Outstanding artisans coming from far flung corners of Mexico will showcase a a cornucopia of high quality handicrafts and folk art at the 13th annual Feria Maestros del Arte, scheduled for Friday, November 14 through Sunday, November 16 at Chapala’s Club de Yates.

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Pinter’s nuanced ‘Betrayal’ enriched by technical enhancements, creative flair

14 DAYS AGO
Pinter’s nuanced ‘Betrayal’ enriched by technical enhancements, creative flair

Lakeside Little Theatre audiences will be thrilled with “Betrayal,” undoubtedly one of English playwright Harold Pinter’s major dramas. Thanks to the creativity and unerring eye for detail of director Neal Checkoway, revolutionary technical innovations have demonstrably enhanced this production.

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Ribera Arts Review - November 22, 2014

18 HOURS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - November 22, 2014

Naked Stage

“Ancestral Voices” by A.R. Gurney, a play about family dysfunction and the decline of rust belt cities, will be presented by The Naked Stage Theater from Friday, November 21 through Sunday, November 23.

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Ribera Arts Review - November 8, 2014

14 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - November 8, 2014

Cancellation

Viva la Musica has announced the cancellation of its November 20 String Quartet concert due to a conflicting charity concert in Chapala. According to a Viva news release, the performers are unable to play during the following week.   Anyone who has purchased tickets for this ...

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At the Movies: The 100 foot journey

18 HOURS AGO

An Indian teen in France goes to work for his father’s culinary adversary in this drama based on the bestselling novel by Richard C. Morais. Put young Hassan Kadam in a kitchen, and he’s bound to emerge with a dish that will dazzle.

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At the Movies: The Physician

18 HOURS AGO

When nine-year-old Rob Cole’s mother died, his life changed, leading him from the familiar life of 11th-century London to a Persian medical school.

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Columns

Hiking up the Santiago River Canyon to Rancho El Mexicano: Seeing Guadalajara from the Vulture’s View

7 DAYS AGO
Hiking up the Santiago River Canyon to Rancho  El Mexicano: Seeing Guadalajara from the Vulture’s View

Salvador Mayorga is a man with a view and is also the owner of a ranch with a view. Mayorga was director of Bosque La Primavera for some 12 years and has a passionate love for nature and animals. Today he runs a ranch at the very top of the Santiago River Barranca on Cerro el Mexicano, due north of ...

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The Pinar Loop: a fascinating & safe hike through the last remnants of an ancient forest

14 DAYS AGO
The Pinar Loop: a fascinating & safe hike  through the last remnants of an ancient forest

Pinar de la Venta, located eight kilometers west of Guadalajara along highway 15, was once an integral part of the sprawling Bosque de la Primavera, but about 40 years ago, it was turned into a Fraccionamiento Campestre (rustic housing development) and today is home to some 300 families. Of course, ...

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November transfigurations: a change of air on winter’s first morning

17 HOURS AGO
November transfigurations: a change of air on winter’s first morning

Winter in the Jalisco highlands arrives the second half of October, but this year the fall air didn’t turn chill and crystalline blue until a few weeks after Dia de los Muertos. In the wake of November’s Day of the Dead, along the flanks of Cerro Viejo, which backs into the western crescent of Lake ...

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Retablos, ex-votos: folk art mirroring fervent religious beliefs with unique, rustic charm

7 DAYS AGO

At the many official and unofficial religious sites in Mexico believers have left engaging painted, drawn and written descriptions of what they consider to be miracles, or at least divine assistance. These informative, culturally revealing, often rustic versions of occurrence and belief have a rich ...

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Buying computers: Can you pay little and get a lot?

5 HOURS AGO

A quote often attributed to John Ruskin says, “There is scarcely anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse, and sell a little more cheaply.  The person who buys on price alone is this man’s lawful prey.”  It astounds me to realize this far-sighted 19th century English ...

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Datacenters: the heart of the Internet that Google et al prefer to keep secret

14 DAYS AGO

I really do love some of the questions thrown at me by friends, clients, and readers of this column.  A good one I recently fielded is “Where is the Internet actually located?”  Some people might be inclined to respond to that with a religious analogy, because it seems like the internet is...

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Noisemaking: part of normal life in Mexico

3 HOURS AGO
 Noisemaking: part of normal life in Mexico

If this week’s traffic snarls and fender benders are any indication, it looks as if this winter season could be bigger than the past few economically challenged years. More snowbirds flocking back to the warmth of Lake Chapala is great news for local businesses and service providers who have struggl...

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The four seasons at Lake Chapala

7 DAYS AGO

People who have spent a lifetime in the northland of dramatic seasonal changes need a bit of transitional space to recognize the changes that indicate the four seasons at Lake Chapala.

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A Midwesterner Moves to Mexico: Searching for the Sun

5 HOURS AGO

Of all the jobs I’ve had, my favorite remains my first – lifeguarding. Forget bigger paychecks, mental challenges, or even the luxury of spending every day in a bookstore. Never mind the occasional sunburn, the hassle of sunscreen, or the wrinkles from all the years I didn’t know I needed it. Just g...

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A Midwesterner Moves to Mexico: Cowbells and Memories

7 DAYS AGO

I don’t know if this is common in Guadalajara or just my neighborhood, but several times a week, while out walking, I hear cowbells ringing. When I first followed the sound, I discovered a garbage truck with workers trailing behind, collecting trash and wearing cowbells attached to their belt loops....

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Mexican Lifestyles

Expats flummoxed by new banking rules on dollar checks

3 MONTHS AGO
Expats flummoxed by new banking rules on dollar checks

A growing number of expatriate residents are mystified and miffed at being subjected to a sudden shift in the way they were accustomed to doing banking business here. Many are feeling hassled because certain south-of-the-border financial establishments that are now refusing to handle U.S. dollar che...

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Aguascalientes: a focal point for Day of the Dead

1 MONTHS AGO
Aguascalientes: a focal point for Day of the Dead

It can be argued that no better spot in Mexico exists to honor los Dias de los Muertos than the city of Aguascalientes. 

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Conde Nest Traveler sings praises of ‘Hidden Beach’

3 MONTHS AGO
Conde Nest Traveler sings praises of ‘Hidden Beach’

In its latest issue, leading travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler designated the Marieta Islands off the Nayarit coastline as one of the “101 Most Incredible Places” in the world.

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Hunting down the best fish tacos in GDL

7 DAYS AGO
Hunting down the best fish tacos in GDL

Ask any two Tapatios where to find the best fish tacos in Guadalajara and a long discussion is sure to ensue, with each extolling the virtues of his or her particular neighborhood haunt.

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First restaurant a hit as gourmet concept moves west

1 MONTHS AGO
First restaurant a hit as gourmet concept moves west

Israel Lopez had been planning to open a lakeside eatery for years, even though he wasn’t in the restaurant business. First he found the spot, then purchased the land and financed the building — a huge 120-seat restaurant with a big bar and a good size kitchen.

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Rebuilding your life after the death of a loved one

28 DAYS AGO

Put yourself in this scenario: Your name is Judy. Your husband’s name is Bob. Together you have discovered Lake Chapala in central Mexico (for Bob it is “love at first sight”) and there you have recently purchased your retirement home, where “One entire sliding-glass wall opened onto a view of the l...

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English-language book publisher in Mexico announces changes

1 MONTHS AGO

Editorial Wisemaz, the only full-service English-language book publisher in Mexico, announces a reorganization designed to clarify the company’s mission and streamline sales and distribution in the United States and Canada.

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Jalisco hopes to administer 3 million flu vaccines this season

1 MONTHS AGO

A record number of flu vaccines will be made available to residents of Jalisco this fall and winter, Public Health Director Hector Ramirez Cordero announced Thursday.

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‘Stem cell’ treatments blacklisted

2 MONTHS AGO

Mexico’s Federal Commission against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris) has issued a black list of illegal “stem cell” products that are being marketed as helping with many degenerative conditions, as well as for anti-ageing.

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US citizen murdered in Guadalajara

San Fransisco native Stephen Marcus Peat was found dead Sunday night at his home on Calle España in Guadalajara’s Moderna neighborhood.

Peat, 39, died from stab wounds and asphyxiation up to eight days before his body was discovered. Authorities were alerted by the strong smell coming from his house.

Peat was found with his hands and feet bound and with traces of masking tape on his face. None of the locks had been forced, suggesting the culprit may have been someone he knew.

Peat sold his home in downtown Guadalajara and began renting the house in Colonia Moderna around six months ago. In the last month he had used the money from the sale to buy a blue Mazda 3 and several new electrical appliances, all of which were stolen.

An accomplished interior designer, Peat received formal recognition of his work from the city council in February. He won second place in the Annual Award for Conservation and Restoration and received 30,000 pesos in prize money from Aristoteles Sandoval, then mayor of Guadalajara.

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