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Volaris connects GDL with San Antonio, Texas

Low-cost airline Volaris will launch a direct flight from Guadalajara to San Antonio, Texas on December 14.  No other airline is currently serving this route.


Dengue brigades: the ‘real McCoy’

To prevent imposters from robbing Guadalajara citizens, the Jalisco Health Department (SSJ) has released images of what the genuine workers from its “dengue brigades” look like.


Natural gas leak provokes panic, prompts evacuation

More than 6,000 people were evacuated from their homes and offices and 15 schools were closed after natural gas leaked from an underground distribution pipe on Guadalajara’s Avenida Cruz del Sur on Wednesday morning.


US citizen inhabits city airport again

Having spent most of August living in Guadalajara’s International Airport, U.S. citizen Brenda Janet Castro reportedly returned to make the terminal her home throughout much of the last month, before leaving again in mid-October.


Bus drivers to get proper training

More than 3,000 Guadalajara bus drivers will receive a 40-hour crash course to help them improve their driving techniques and social skills for dealing with the public.


Fuel thieves provoke pipeline leak bordering Tlajomulco neighborhood

More than 7,500 people were evacuated from their homes in Tlajomulco Wednesday when gasoline from a damaged underground Pemex pipeline spouted 20 meters into the air just yards from a densely populated residential neighborhood.  Fortunately, emergency workers managed to control the leak before the gasoline ignited.


Jabil workers protest

Employees and ex-employees at the Jabil electronic plant outside Guadalajara protested this week at their unfair treatment in the wake falling  demand for Blackberry products. 


The place to buy Day of the Dead paraphernalia

For decades, families have been coming to the Day of the Dead market in downtown Guadalajara’s Parque Morelos to purchase materials for Day of the Dead altars. 


Free tests offered on Breast Cancer Awareness Day

Free breast cancer detection tests will be carried out in the Plaza Tapatia on Saturday October 19 – Breast Cancer Awareness Day.


Student speech discomforts summit

A frustrated student from Monterrey went off script and criticized the government while delivering the closing address at the 11th International Business Summit held at the Expo Guadalajara this week.


Gang of bank robbers detained

Four members of a gang of bank robbers responsible for at least a quarter of Jalisco’s total of 120 heists this year are under lock and key, Attorney General Carlos Najera announced this week.


Cardinals at odds over light train

The city’s third Tren Ligero (light train or subway) line should not run through the downtown area anywhere near the Metropolitan Cathedral, says Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iñíguez, the former archbishop of Guadalajara. 


Huge turnout for Virgin's homecoming

Some Guadalajara Spanish-language newspapers reported that 2.5 million people assembled to watch the colorful procession honoring the revered statue of the Virgin of Zapopan on October 12. Among the distinguished guests was Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the apostolic nuncio (the Pope’s envoy) to Mexico.


New Macrobus line to circle metro area

Jalisco Governor Aristoteles Sandoval plans to introduce a second Macrobus line on Guadalajara’s notoriously dangerous Periferico beltway.


Lawyers to sue authorities over pothole problem in ‘Bachelajara’

Fed up of driving along roads riddled with potholes, a group of Guadalajara-based lawyers have banded together and are preparing legal action to force the local authorities to carry out adequate road repairs.


Giant altar to go up in Agua Azul

Next weekend, Guadalajara city hall hopes to erect the biggest altar to the dead Jalisco (and perhaps Mexico) has ever seen in the Agua Azul Park.  The effort is part of a campaign to regenerate interest in this downtown Guadalajara park that once was the pride and joy of the “City of the Roses.”


Faithful Catholics to flock to Virgin’s ‘homecoming’

Religion and politics meet once again on Saturday, October 12, when vast crowds will gather in Guadalajara. More than a million people – some say two or three – will jam the streets to celebrate the return of the Virgin of Zapopan to her 18th century basilica and in somewhat more subdued festivities a handful of dignitaries and the Spanish and Italian consuls will mark the anniversary of the day Christopher Columbus is said to have sighted land in what he thought was the Far East. The religious celebrations will eclipse the civic ones by far. Unfortunately for Columbus, the anniversary of his “discovery” is also a reminder here of Spain’s bloody conquest of Latin America’s native peoples. For the Virgin of Zapopan, on the other hand, the day celebrates the many miracles attributed to her.


City cemetery by day and night

The Day of the Dead has little to do with morbidity. Not only is it a way for Mexicans to poke some fun at death – a natural stage in the life cycle, we often forget – but in so doing they also convey a great respect for life. 


City to host Latin America’s largest beer fest

Guadalajara’s answer to Oktoberfest, the annual Festival de Cerveza, returns from October 18 to 20 at the Estadio Omnilife.


Historic Arcediano footbridge reopens

The historic Arcediano footbridge crossing the Santiago River to the north of Guadalajara has reopened to the public at weekends and on holidays.


Thousands turn out for Octoberfest parade

The Fiestas de Octubre got off to a ‘thrilling’ start Sunday with a lively parade that brought downtown Guadalajara to a standstill. Dancers, including this Michael Jackson look-a-like, mixed with marching bands and gloriously decorated floats to create a carnival atmosphere that will continue throughout the month at the Benito Juarez fairgrounds to the north of the city. 


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