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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Drug War Overshadows Mexican Presidential Campaign

Voters in Mexico will select a new president on Sunday, but the drug-related violence that has claimed thousands of lives in the last six years continues.

On Monday there was a shootout at the airport in Mexico City leaving three police officers dead. They were reportedly killed by other officers working for the drug cartels.

Felipe Calderon, who launched the war against the cartels when he was elected in 2006 cannot run for re-election because of term limits. The BBC’s Will Grant reports on the campaign to succeed him.


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Spotlight

From controversial new textbooks to a Maverick family reunion, here are stories from Jeremy Hobson's week in Houston and San Antonio.

Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

June 29 5 Comments

First Known Plane Hijacking Was A Flight To Freedom

Nearly 60 years ago, a forced laborer in a Hungarian brick factory hatched a far-fetched plan to escape.

June 29 25 Comments

Paul Thurmond Explains His Change Of Heart On The Confederate Flag

The state senator is now among those calling for the flag to be removed from near the South Carolina State House.

June 26 4 Comments

What Happens When Mavericks Gather For Family Reunion

Their family name inspired the English word we know today. We drop in on their unusual family reunion in San Antonio.

June 25 79 Comments

Controversial New Textbooks Go Into Use This Fall In Texas

The books contain information challenged by academics, that critics say is making education far too political.