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October, 2017


Brownsville Mired By Corruption, Racism, and Compadrismo

Published Thursday, 19, 2017 Former Fire Chief Carlos Elizondo Indicted By J. Noel Espinoza/RioGrandeInfo When Carlos Elizondo was appointed Brownsville fire chief last year, former City Manager Charles Cabler vetted him as the best candidate among a couple of dozen applicants who made a bid for the position. “The burden falls on me to make the ultimate call and I felt that I have selected the best possible candidate at this time,” said Cabler, who resigned last week amidst a scandal of corruption and compadrismo, roughly translated as cronyism. OnRead More

APPNA Event Provides Health Care Free Of Charge

By J. Noel Espinoza/RioGrandeInfo   Hundreds of Brownsville residents gathered Saturday at Linear Park for a second annual event that provides free health care checkups, food, and entertainment to people in the city. Sponsored by the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America(APPNA), the event is now part of a new worldwide movement known as the Charter for Compassion, a document that urges people and religions to embrace the value of compassion. “The reason behind this is to reach people who don’t have health care and who hasn’tRead More

Family Wants Justice In Police Killing of 31-Year-Old Man

By J. Noel Espinoza/RioGrandeInfo Norma Melendez cries when she recalls the morning her nephew German Ornelas was killed by Brownsville police at their second-floor apartment on the corner of 1st and St. Charles streets. Melendez, who has relatives living next to her in the same apartment complex, says police didn’t have an arrest warrant when they broke into the house while her nephew was sleeping on a green couch in the small living room.   “They knocked on the door and then broke into with their guns drawn,” Melendez said.Read More

Amazing Photographers in the Rio Grande Valley

By J. Noel Espinoza/ explores some of the great photographers from the valley, who have an eye for the visual and the determination to create wonderful aesthetic art. Alex Burrows, a former photojournalist for local television stations and teacher, is one of them. You can see more photos of Alex at Alex Burrows Photography.