MEXICO CITY - On this Thursday morning, it seemed like everyone was out on the roads for a leisurely cruise. The tension in the car was palpable, and after 45 minutes in traffic Nancy Palencia politely asked the Uber driver, "Falta mucho?" Much further?
SAN MARCOS - Kate Spradley was scrolling through the national database of missing people when she noticed a report contained a small detail, the color of a shirt, that made her pause. A man Spradley calls Oscar, from El Salvador, was reported missing by a family member in Houston.
CORPUS CHRISTI - On the bay side of Mustang Island, away from the crowds that set up on the beach, nature lovers have peaceful spots to launch their kayaks or go fishing. But as sea levels rise, shorelines erode and development near wetlands continues, scientists and conservationists project those prime waterfront locations won't be around - at least in their current form - for generations down the road.
Of all the equipment in the cold plasma lab at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, the plasma globe is the most recognizable.It's like one of those orbs found in high school classrooms, with purple rays of plasma that wriggle from the center like so many glowing worms.
TILDEN-GEORGE WEST - The Tilden that Emmett Shelton remembers from his youth is gone. It used to be that the unincorporated town of about 300 had one filling station, two small grocery stores and one blinking light in the middle of town, he recalled.
For Roberto Barron, it was a traffic stop. He was pulled over in 2013 near Portland but, as an undocumented immigrant who had been in the U.S. for about seven years, couldn't produce a driver's license or residency card for the officer.
CORPUS CHRISTI - Each second that ticked by in the in-school suspension room at Cunningham Middle School was another second Billy Sierra-Lenhart was not seeing Queen of Tejano Selena Quintanilla. The former student ran with some gangs at the time and was placed alongside them as punishment while the rest of school attended an American Education Week assembly featuring Selena, he recalled.
By Nadia Tamez-Robledo There's a photo of Dr. Hector P. Garcia that doesn't have a date but probably was taken about 1948, after the World War II surgeon and his wife settled in Corpus Christi. He looks young, standing with an American GI Forum banner behind him, wearing a military cover and smiling at someone who was at the photographer's left.
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By Nadia Tamez-Robledo Every day was an adventure with Leighton McComb. For about a year and a half, she and her nanny Charlene Owen spent their days at the beach, aquarium and every park and library in town. "She loved it," said Owen, also the girl's former Sunday school teacher.
As the families and friends of eight locals who went missing in the Wimberley flood searched Monday for their loved ones, those remaining in Corpus Christi did the only things they could: hope and wait and pray. Tony Pletcher said he can't stop thinking about the last time he saw his friend Laura McComb, 33, and her children Leighton, 4, and Andrew, 6.
CORPUS CHRISTI - Of the people who spoke Monday to the Corpus Christi school board about the future of Windsor Park Elementary, the youngest needed a step stool to reach the microphone.
It started with a 10-hour drive to Oklahoma.
CORPUS CHRISTI - Is the race for Nueces County commissioner in Precinct 4 over? Depends who you ask. Challenger Brent Chesney earned 51.8 percent, or 2,052 votes, to incumbent Joe McComb's 48.2 percent, or 1,890 votes, according to complete unofficial returns from Tuesday's Republican runoff election.
By Nadia Tamez-Robledo From stirring pots of corn that become masa to lifting the lid from a steaming batch of tamales, the work that goes into preparing the traditional Christmas fare has become a labor of love. It's something the family behind Huerta's Tamales, 3533 S.
CORPUS CHRISTI - Katina Stith is living proof. Proof that the horrors of human trafficking are real. And proof that healing is possible for survivors. After she told her story Wednesday to students at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, she urged them not to file her words away in the back of their minds.
CORPUS CHRISTI - After years of anticipation, Robstown residents should soon see dirt moving at the outlet mall site near U.S. Highway 77. Rick Carduner, a partner with developers Dolphin Ventures, said selection of a construction company is underway and work will begin in two weeks.