L.A. Murder – Not The Real Story Any More

L.A. Murder – Not The Real Story Any More

NewsTaco January 4, 2016

**Some reassuring news hidden behind Los Angeles murder stats. Context makes the difference in urban settings, along the border, anywhere that numbers are used to paint pictures. VL By Sam […]

LA crime stats – Without Context We Are Lost

NewsTaco September 9, 2015

*I appreciate the way Sam Quiñones looks under the hood to see what’s driving the headlines. So often, especially in the digital free-for-all world, people react to a headline without […]

Is This How Gangs End?

NewsTaco January 2, 2015

*Wonderful piece, as always, by NewsTaco contributor Sam Quiñones, published in Pacific Standard Magazine. I’m a fan of the creative process, and Sam gives us a little behind-the-scenes look at […]

Appeal Ruling Due Today on Woman Convicted in 2009 Murder of 9 Year-old Brisenia Flores

Mary Mata January 17, 2014

By Associated Press/San Fracisco Chronicle PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court is to rule Friday on an appeal for a former border activist sentenced to death for the killings of […]

The Dead Presidents Case…Finally the End

Mary Mata October 8, 2013

By Sam Quiñones, A Reporter’s Blog On the night of July 9, 2000 on the West Side of the city of San Bernardino, several armed gang members went into the […]

Two Immigrants Gunned Down in Arizona

Mary Mata April 12, 2012

By Dustin Mendus A truck carrying twenty “Illegal aliens” was intercepted Sunday, April 8th, by “individuals in camouflage uniforms brandishing rifles” in Pima, Arizona. Two people in the truck were […]

The First Time You Witness Murder Is The Hardest

Mary Mata September 7, 2011

To this day, I cannot repress, suppress or otherwise erase the image of the first man I ever saw die. Even now my mind performs an odd ritual of vivisection. […]