Latitude News is dedicated to showing you that news doesn’t stop at the border. Here are five stories from local papers across the U.S. with a global tie-in. No passport necessary.
Heroin seized at the Mexican border in 2010. American customs estimated the 127-pound haul’s street value was $12.7 million. (Reuters)
1) Friends of Amado “Mayor” Pardo thought he had changed his ways after he was convicted twice of murder in the 1970’s and 80’s. Freed from jail, Pardo returned to his native South Austin neighborhood, opened Jovita’s restaurant and became a dedicated community activist. But all along, the ex-con was up to his old tricks, cornering the local heroin market with a gang called the Texas Syndicate. His trial has unsettled Austin’s vibrant Mexican-American community and reopened wounds many thought were healed long ago. (Austin American-Statesman)
2) Formula One, the international car racing circuit, has a new destination for its tour: New Jersey. Organizers plan to lay a 3.2-mile track between Weehawken, NJ and West New York in time for the 2013 season, which includes events in Bahrain, China and Monaco. They say the race will bring $100 million and more than 100,000 visitors to the state. But Bernie Ecclestone, Formula One’s chairman, has expressed doubts that construction in the Garden State would make it across the finish line before next year’s racing calendar is finalized. (The Star-Ledger of New Jersey)
3) The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) might be getting all the credit for discovering the Higgs boson, but the Swiss lab couldn’t have done it without help from the University of Oregon. Physicists at U.O. helped design a system capable of measuring the energy sequences of fragmented protons, which are too small for even the most sensitive microscope to detect. Scientists believe the Higgs boson will help us understand why and how matter is formed. (The Oregonian)
4) A Catholic Church in the tourist enclave of Key West, Florida has recruited three nuns from the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The sisters have become an indispensable part of the community, teaching Sunday school, caring for the elderly — even praying for the Miami Heat basketball team. But their biggest challenge has been adjusting to life in a town where transvestites roam the streets, the average home price is $700,000, and the ocean extends as far as the eye can see. (The Miami Herald)
5) The midwest might seem like an unlikely place to celebrate French culture. But every year in the week leading up to Bastille Day on July 14th, the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin becomes a little Paris, hosting a festival that includes a mini Eiffel Tower, a parade that includes a giant cake (as in ‘let them eat cake’) and the “Storm the Bastille” road run. According to its organizers, the celebration attracts over 250,000 visitors every year to the city, which was first settled by Francophone Canadians in the late eighteenth century. (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)