Since 2006, 40,000 people have been murdered in Mexico as drug cartels battle each other and the Mexican military.
British journalist Ioan Grillo has spent the past 10 years covering the Mexican drug trade. His book El Narco traces how Mexico came to dominate drug trafficking, how it spread throughout the country, and how the drug cartels have radically transformed the area along the U.S.-Mexico border.
<p>Participants, including Mario Batali, right, at the "Eat In," a Food Day lunch event in Times Square in New York on Monday. </p>
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It's tough to get excited about another awareness day. In case you hadn't heard, October is National Protect Your Hearing Month. Sept. 21 was National School Backpack Day. There is a Hug Your Hound Day. These are all worthy causes, of course, but at a certain point, one wonders whether any good can come from singling out one more day to force awareness on people.
Originally published on Mon October 24, 2011 2:02 pm
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At this point the McRib has become American folklore. The boneless pork sandwich slathered in barbeque sauce is only sold whenever each individual McDonald's franchise feels like selling it. So — probably because of elusiveness — it's developed a cult-like following.
The AP reports that McRib hunters will be very happy, because the fast-food behemoth is doing what it did last year and asking its restaurants nationwide to sell the sandwich through Nov. 14.
Originally published on Tue October 25, 2011 10:50 am
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That headline may seem insignificant — you know that Larry Page, Google's CEO, now has more followers on Google+ than Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg — but in the tech world it's seen as tea leaves that hint at the future of the social network.
In cities like New York and Washington, D.C., Julia Vitullo-Martin complains, law enforcement and city planners have installed jersey barriers, concrete planters and other "ugly measures that evoke fear rather than safety." In her op-ed for USA Today she calls it "militarized urbanism."
President Obama has said all U.S. troops will come home by year's end. Critics call the move a disaster, arguing Iraq is still far from stable, and move will leave the country vulnerable to sectarian violence and to influence from Iran. Others insist the announcement is long overdue.
Originally published on Mon October 24, 2011 7:00 pm
<p>A boat navigates along the Black River near the village of Tumbira, in the Amazon, northern Brazil, on Aug. 18. In a few weeks, Google will post a 3-D, on-the-ground view of Tumbira on Google Earth Outreach. </p>
Google has long offered anyone with an Internet connection a street-level view of cities and landmarks around the world, from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Roman Coliseum.
Now, it's teaming up with a Brazilian environmental group to offer a 3-D, on-the-ground view of one of the planet's most remote areas: the hamlet of Tumbira in the center of the Brazilian Amazon. The goal is to show how people in the Amazon live — and educate the public about their effort to protect the forest.
In 1980, the Supreme Court ruled that living, human-made microorganisms could be patented by their developers. The ruling opened the gateway for cells, tissues, genetically modified plants and animals, and genes to be patented.