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Bus fare hike takes Tapatios by surprise

Tapatios taking bus rides on Sunday had to dig deeper into their pockets after the Jalisco state government reacted quickly to ratify a Fares Commission (Comision de Tarifas) directive to raise Guadalajara bus fares from six to seven pesos.


UdG professors battle to build public awareness of cell phone dangers

A group of academics at the University of Guadalajara (UdG) have banded together on a project that aims to pressure the state government to address the issue of radiation from cellular phones and related equipment, such as towers, routers, laptops, and tablets. 


Literary arts alive & well at Expo Guadalajara

Throngs of readers have poured into Expo Guadalajara for the International Book Fair (FIL) throughout the week to browse mountains of books as well as listen to authors and speakers from around the world.


1963-2013: Proudly marking a half-century of community journalism

There is nothing more satisfying than an anniversary well celebrated and we are rightly proud on the occasion of our 50th birthday.


Protests now the norm at Book Fair

Such is the high-profile nature of the International Book Fair (FIL) that groups seeking attention now routinely stage protests on the periphery of the event.


Drunk driving crackdown hits restaurants’ holiday sales

Guadalajara’s chapter of the national restaurant chamber plans to work with officials to dampen the impact on food and drink sales of the city’s new crackdown on drunk drivers.


Prize winner speaks of love for Spanish

French poet, critic and translator Yves Bonnefoy, the winner of this year’s 150,000-dollar FIL Literary Award in Romance Languages, left a favorable impression at this year’s fair.


Guadalajara: Key moments in past 50 years

1963 The Colony Reporter is founded.

1964 Metro area’s one millionth citizen born.

1966 Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport opens.

1969 Plaza del Sol shopping mall inaugurated.


Record haul of unsafe medicines

Mexican health authorities raided three pharmaceutical companies in Zapopan this week and confiscated 166 tons of medicines being manufactured in breach of legal standards.


Tempers flare as State Congress approves energy reform

Protestors and police clashed Saturday outside the Jalisco Congress building as legislators approved changes to the Constitution that will open up Mexico’s energy sector to foreign investment.


Traffic chiefs happy with DUI checks

Traffic officials carried out breath tests on 6,689 motorists in the Guadalajara metropolitan area during the first two weeks of a new program to crack down intoxicated drivers.  That’s already 40 percent of all breathalyzer checks carried out in the state of Jalisco in 2012.


Neighbors want safety upgrade after woman run over at Chapalita Glorieta

Zapopan authorities could resurrect a plan to install speed bumps around the Glorieta Chapalita after a senior citizen was hit and killed by a city bus last week as she tried to cross into the park.


France bestows medal of honor on Book Fair's guiding light

International Book Fair (FIL) President Raul Padilla received the medal of Chevalier of the French National Order of the Legion of Honor from Elisabeth Beton Delegue, France's ambassador to Mexico, at a ceremony held Tuesday in the Universidad de Guadalajara rectory. 


Elite police force to target heavily armed criminals

Jalisco Attorney General Luis Carlos Najera expects criminal gangs to be "terrified" when confronted by the state's new crack law-enforcement squad, the Fuerza Unica Jalisco.


City seeks improvement through UN initiative

Guadalajara’s municipal government has joined the United Nations-Habitat’s “I’m a City Changer” or “Yo Mejoro Mi Ciudad” campaign to improve cities around the world.


City lights up

Illuminating downtown: Guadalajara’s seasonal lighting display is switched on this week.

Israeli president talks peace at book fair opening

Thousands of readers, authors and other book and culture enthusiasts streamed into the Expo Guadalajara for the opening of the massive Feria Internacional del Libro (FIL) this weekend. With Israel this year’s guest country, a highlight of the weekend was the Saturday night conversation between Israeli President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres and former Spanish president Felipe Gonzalez.


City hall impotent in traders’ turf battle

The Guadalajara municipal government finds itself caught between a rock and a hard place as licensed traders in the city center’s landmark San Juan de Dios (Libertad) market continue to demand the removal of dozens of ambulant vendors who traditionally clog the surrounding plaza and nearby streets during the busy holiday period.


Protest against Israel on eve of Guadalajara's famed Book Fair

Around 40 people gathered at the Minerva Fountain Friday morning to protest the presence of Israel as the invited country at this year's International Book Fair (FIL).


Guadalajara turns red

Some 20,000 nochebuenas (poinsettias) have been planted in the Guadalajara metropolitan area over the past few weeks by municipal gardeners. It may seem a lot but it’s only a tiny percentage of the 20.5 million plants – with a market value of 729 million pesos – that are cultivated in this country each year. 


9-day literary bash opens Saturday

The Feria Internacional del Libro (FIL) opens to the public at Expo Guadalajara from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on November 30 and December 1, 5, 6, 7 and 8.


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