Chronological index for September 2001
Monday, Sept. 3, 2001
Wednesday's game will be a big one
Courteous Costa Ricans were telling U.S. citizens Sunday that the likely
outcome of a U.S. Costa Rican soccer match Wednesday was a tie. Deep
in their hearts, they are lusting for blood.
Truth is a shaky concept for public discussion
Anaysis of the news discussing the threshhold for defamation suits
by public officials in Costa Rica
Nearly 610,000 suffer due to drought, AID says
The United States and the international community are continuing their
joint effort to fight drought conditions and food shortages in Central
America that have led to the worst crisis to hit the region since Hurricane
Mitch in 1998, reports the U.S. Agency for International Developmen.
U.S. and Colombia agree, U.S. official reports
The United States and the government of Colombian President Andres
Pastrana are in firm agreement that the peace process in Colombia is the
best way to end the nearly 40-year conflict between the government and
left-wing Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas, U.S.
Under Secretary of State Marc Grossman said.
Bodies uncovered at former U.S. base
Forensic experts in eastern Honduras have uncovered the remains of
15 people at a former U.S. military base used to train Nicaraguan Contras
in the 1980s.
Trade ministers report progress
Trade ministers attending an informal meeting in Mexico say they have
made progress toward launching a new round of market liberalization
talks later this year.
Top U.S, trade expert to speak in San José
Walter M. Bastian, U.S. acting assistant secretary of commerce, will
be in San José Wednesday to participate in a free trade seminar
at the Hotel Herradura, a U.S. Embassy announcement said.
Young shark victim dies
A 10-year-old boy has died after being attacked by a shark while surfing
off the coast of the U.S. state of Virginia.
U.N. says U.S. should lighten up
As the United States celebrates Labor Day today, a U.N. study suggests
U.S. citizens should be taking more time off from work.
Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2001
Arrests made in Curridabat murder of U.S. citizen
Investigators have arrested two men in the death of Roy William Karsh,
61, of Curridabat, a U.S. citizen living here.
Bar owner in Playa Coco still kept in jail after shooting
A bar owner from Playa Coco remains in jail today because he shot a
man who came at him with a knife.
Adventure racing on tap for Nicoya
Hardbodies are gearing up for a harsh weekend on the Nicoya Peninsula
in the first Nicoya Adventure Race.
Big drug web busted, OIJ chief announces
Investigators said Monday they had broken up a ring of drug smugglers
with a six-month probe that resulted in the arrest of nine persons.
Brazilian research facility facing possible shutdown over money
One of the world's top institutions specializing in Amazon research
is in danger of shutting down much of its operations because funding from
the Brazilian government is not forthcoming.
Wrong time, wrong bank
A man tried to break into a downtown San José bank early Monday,
but he picked a bank across the street from the Costa Rican Supreme Court
Building on Avenida 8.
Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2001
The big game is top news for today
Tonight's soccer football game between the Costa Rican and U.S. national
teams will have a sold-out audience at Saprissa Stadium where about
24,000 fans are expected.
Two well-known bars on the market for sale
Want to run a bar in downtown San José? At least two are for
sale. And they both are classics.
Sports bets, Internet lottery,and bank sales planned
The organization that brings Costa Rica its national
lottery wants to create an Internet version. But first
it plans to set up electronic sports betting.
Update on fight against AIDS focuses on vaccines
The leading figure in the U.S. campaign to find a vaccine against
the HIV virus that causes AIDS will present an update on the research in
a speech to be delivered today at the AIDS Vaccine 2001 meeting in Philadelphia,
Ortega promises to resolve U.S. property claims
Nicaraguan presidential candidate Daniel Ortega said that if elected,
he will help resolve claims to U.S.-owned property seized by his government
in the 1980s.
Colombian policemen killed
Colombian police say two officers are dead following a rebel assault
on a remote village in the southwestern part of the country. Two
other officers have been injured and another two kidnapped.
Bush and Fox begin talks
Mexican President Vicente Fox begins a three-day official visit with
President Bush Wednesday that is expected to cover immigration reform and
other issues. The two presidents are scheduled to hold their first meeting
at the White House to discuss the status of more than three million Mexicans
living in the United States illegally.
One dead in Chilean clash
Chilean police say one person is dead and another critically
injured as supporters and opponents of former dictator Augusto
Pinochet clashed during the National Unity Day holiday.
Thursday, Sept. 6, 2001
Costa Rica gives its fans what they came for
The sound you heard exactly at 10 p.m. was the collective voices of
the Costa Rican people as their dream came true. That was the time when
an official called an end to the World Cup semifinal match in rainy Saprissa
Stadium with Costa Rica ahead 2-0.
Bar owner mystified and doesn't like jail conditions
Roger M. Crouse isn't really sure why he is in jail, and he is not
very happy with the accommodations.
Man being held in sales scams
Investigators are holding a man they claim ran scams on property owners
here. They had been seeking him for more than a year, and they found
him in downtown San José Tuesday, they announced Wednesday.
Big party planned for Saturday by residents
The event is billed as Costa Rican Independence Celebration, and it's
being held a week in advance of the actual day. The purpose of the party
is to express appreciation by the foreign community to Costa Rica and her
citizens for making members of the association feel welcome in the country,
the association said.
Brazil's Congress may slash Amazon's protection
An environmental struggle is under way in Brazil over a proposed change
in the country's forestry code. The proposal would allow farmers to cut
down more trees in the Amazon rainforest. Rural lawmakers are pushing for
the forestry code change and are hoping to get the backing of the full
Bolivia makes citizens stay home for count
Bustling Bolivian cities were quiet Wednesday, as census officials
went door-to-door to count the number of residents in the country.
Fox to address U.S. Congress
Visiting Mexican President Vicente Fox is expected to press for a speedy
immigration reform agreement with the United States when he addresses
a joint session of the U.S. Congress later Thursday.
VW workers OK settlement
Workers at the Volkswagen auto assembly plant in Puebla, Mexico, have
approved a wage increase agreement reached by union and company officials,
ending a nearly three-week strike.
Colombians say rebels used gas
Colombian police officials say leftist guerrillas used an unidentified
toxic gas in a recent attack on avillage police station in the south that
killed four policemen.
Friday, Sept. 7, 2001
Two men held here in interest-rate scam
Investigators here have arrested two men involved in a high-interest
Internet investment club. Police also took over real estate, bank accounts,
cash and a yacht.
Jo Stuart's weekly column
. . . having been pickpocketed three times, having had a necklace ripped
from my neck and having heard the stories of other people’s misfortunes
on the streets of San José, I have learned a few things.
Another big day for Soccer fans
You might have noticed that the soccer celebration continued Thursday.
There were little hints: Like the big parade and the confetti.
Bush and Fox still not in accord on amnesty
President Bush and Mexican President Vicente Fox visited the U.S. state
of Ohio Thursday where they spoke to university students and visited a
Hispanic community center.
Foreign Service Exam signups are double
More than 23,500 people have registered for the Sept. 29 Foreign Service
Written Exam, nearly twice the number of registrants last year, the U.S.
State Department said.
Pastrana won't void enclave
Colombian President Andres Pastrana says any move by his government
to end the status of the rebels' enclave in the south as a demilitarized
zone would mean all-out war.
Colombian negotiation killed
Colombian politician Jairo Rojas, vice president of the national legislature's
committee administering a peace process with insurgents, has been slain
in Bogota. Police said Mr. Rojas was killed Thursday as he was leaving
his car, parked in front of his residence.
U.S. won't split Microsoft
The U.S. Justice Department has announced it is giving up efforts to
break-up Microsoft, the world's largest computer software company.
Volkswagen to halt investments
Volkswagen says it is halting investment in Mexico for the moment.
The announcement came just hours after the German-based automaker reached
an agreement with labor unions that ended an 18-day strike.
Monday, Sept. 10, 2001
Colorful party celebrates Costa Rican independence
About 150 persons showed up for the first Costa Rican Independence
Day celebration Saturday. The event was sponsored by the Association of
Residents of Cost Rica.
Four still missing in abduction. . . but burned car found
Investigators have been tight-lipped over the weekend on the progress,
if any, in the kidnapping of two women and two children.
Plight of the monarch butterfly topic of new book
In her new book "Four Wings and a Prayer," Sue Halpern is caught in
the mystery of the monarch butterfly. She combines science, history, and
memoir to create a portrait of the annual migration of the monarch from
the eastern United States and Canada to Mexico.
Powell plans 'frank' talks in Colombia Tuesday
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell has been quoted saying he will
hold "frank" talks with Colombia's President Andres Pastrana on his strategy
for curbing illegal drug trafficking and battling leftist rebels. The two
will meet on Tuesday in Bogota.
Chile wants Brazil to talk about coup
The Chilean government has asked the Brazilian government for information
about the alleged involvement of Brazilian diplomats in the 1973 coup in
Chile that overthrew Salvador Allende and installed Augusto Pinochet.
Powell lauds Internet as vehicle for U.S. word
Secretary of State Colin Powell says the communications tools now available
to the State Department through the Internet are "just remarkable,
in the sense that they can go over political boundaries, they can go over
cultural walls, they can break down any barrier that is out there to communication.
Fox wants to dump Rio Treaty
Mexican President Vicente Fox has wrapped up a state visit to the United
States with a call for a new security structure in the Western Hemisphere.
Argentines march in protest
Hundreds of Argentines have marched through the capital in the
latest protests against President Fernando de la Rua's unpopular budget-cutting
Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001
Bulletin at 8: 30 a.m. Tuesday
A.M. Costa Rica will post its web pages early and perhaps several times
today, Tuesday, to alert readers here to developments in Costa Rica as
a result of the terrorist attacks in the United States.
Notice of a prayer vigil was posted at 9:30 a.m.
Statement from the U.S. Embassy
(11 a.m.) In light of the terrorist acts that took place in the United
States, the U.S. Embassy in San José, Costa Rica, has assumed a
state of high security.
A report from the scene
10:20 a.m. A quick report from the 12th floor of an office building
in Jersey City, directly across the river from lower Manhattan.
The following were posted earlier in the morning:
High tech systems can intercept your messages
If you had the feeling someone was reading your e-mails, your concerns
might be well placed. The United States and other western intelligence
agencies maintain a 29-year-old worldwide system to read almost any electronic
communication, according to civil rights groups.
U.S. issues new alert for citizens
The U.S. government issued another warning Friday to its citizens abroad,
telling them that they may be at increased risk of terrorist action from
Professors claim that child exploitation is rampant
Tens of thousands of U.S., Mexican and Canadian children and youths
become victims of juvenile pornography, prostitution and trafficking each
year. So significant is the problem that even most law-enforcement
and child-welfare officials do not realize its scope.
No developments reported in kidnapped of women and youngsters
There were no new developments reported Monday in the kidnapping case
that has the whole country talking.
U.S. brands right-wing group a terrorist organization
The United States has branded a right-wing Colombian paramilitary group
a foreign terrorist organization ahead of a Tuesday visit to Bogota by
Secretary of State Colin Powell.
Cuba Invites U.S. to drug confab
Cuba has invited U.S. officials to Havana to participate in an international
conference on the fight against drug trafficking in the Caribbean.
Ochoa's lawyer says 'innocent'
A lawyer for Colombian Fabio Ochoa has entered a "not guilty" plea
for his client in a U.S. court in Miami, where Ochoa is charged with helping
to smuggle 30 tons of cocaine per month into the United States.
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2001
Costa Rica just waits and watches
U.S. and Canadian citizens glued themselves to the television Tuesday
as historic events unfolded in the United States. They felt anger, uncertainty
and impotence, as did all of Costa Rica.
Where to donate blood?
A reader wants to help organize a program to donate blood to help the
injured in the United States. But Tom Hoy of Heredia still doesn't know
whom to call.
A young woman writes from near ground zero
Jessica Perez, 18, is the granddaughter of long-time resident Shirley
Amack. Jessica, who was born here, was near ground zero Tuesday morning
attending classes in New York.
Republican and Democratic leaders stress future
From Susan Tessem, chairman, Republicans Abroad of Costa Rica, and
from Jerry Ledin, president of Democrats Abroad of Costa Rica.
A report from the scene
Re[print from Tuesday newspaper: A quick report from the 12th floor
of an office building in Jersey City, directly across the river from
David had answer to today's terrorism
A personal view: The sheer obscenity of yesterday's multiple attacks
on the United States is overwhelming. The devastation caused to so many
families who have lost loved ones is staggering.
Thursday, Sept. 13, 2001
A jittery country continues to cope with terror
The country remained jittery Wednesday as the Costa Rican flag
flew at half staff, the first of two days of mourning.
Coco business owners were concerned before shooting
Friends and associates of Playa Coco bar owner Roger M. Crouse are
trying to get together enough money for an adequate defense fund.
Trip to U.S. was quicker than planned for Ticos
A con man offered residents of the San Carlos area travel to and good
jobs in the United States. Then he took their money and abandoned them
in and around San José, according to investigators.
A reader reflects on the horror that came from New York
It is a new day, but it feels very old and historically familiar. In
one sense, I am glad that my father didn't live to see what happened yesterday.
Four face charges in Jacó drug bust
Investigators arrested four persons they said were major distributors
of cocaine paste in the Jacó area.
Friday, Sept. 14, 2001
Flowers show sympathy as memorial Mass planned
The flowers are beginning to gather at the U.S. Embassy in San José
as Costa Ricans seek a way to express their sympathy for the terrorist
attack that killed thousands in the United States Tuesday.
Jo Stewart's weekly column
Tuesday morning when I got up at 6 a.m. I decided for the first time
in several months, not to watch the news.
FBI seeking extradition of Florida jail escapee
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is seeking the extradition of a
Cuban man who fell into police hands after a masked man broke into the
home of a San José restaurant operator.The wanted man is Julio Bonchea,
31, who also is know by the last name Bonachea, according to officials
Heredia shooting kills one man
Two gunmen tried to rob a taquería in San Rafael de Heredia
Wednesday about 11 p.m. and ended up killing Milton Aguilar Mireira, 46,
who confronted them, according to the Judicial Investigation Organization.
Anti-drug strategies stress cooperation
Some 65 military men who fight drugs in Central America wrapped up
a four-day conference in San José Thursday. They heard a high Costa
Rican official tell them "You are on the side of good."
U.S. issues another strong warning to citizens
The U.S. government renewed its continuing warning to citizens abroad
Thursday in the wake of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.
Monday, Sept. 17, 2001
Photo display of Sosta Rican fireman paying tribute to dead firefighters
in the United States.
Passenger jets are flying again to the States
Airlines with flights into Juan Santamaría Airport in the Central
Valley were making a dent into the involuntary tourists Sunday. The
major airlines said they were flying into the United States, and they planned
to continue today.
Opinion: Please don't call response a 'war'
Please let's not use the words "war on terrorism." To characterize
in that way the search for those hateful people who would kill innocents
is to elevate their importance.
Rodríguez rips terrorists in Independence speech
The president of Costa Rica condemned the terrorist attack on the United
States at the top of his Independence Day agenda at Parque Nacional Saturday
Off to see the world in hope of peace
Watch out for the guy with the stroller if you are headed south
of Dominical on the way to Panama this week. The walker is Jean Béliveau.
Nine arrested in new bust in Jacó over drug sales
Investigators have arrested nine more persons at the popular beach
town of Jacó and jailed them on various drug charges.
Cubans deplore attacks, too
Cubans gathered Saturday in the town of Majibacoa for a rally to condemn
the terrorist attacks against the United States and show support for the
Brazil braces for negative economic reactions
Like other Latin American nations, Brazil is bracing for potentially
negative economic repercussions from Tuesday's terrorist attacks in the
Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2001
Memorial service this morning at 9 for terror victims
The U.S. community and friends will be gathering this morning for a
memorial service for the thousands killed by terrorists Tuesday in the
Possibility of list touches Costa Rica
Costa Rica was abuzz Monday at the possibility that 52 terrorists are
Muggers at work in downtown area
A gang of muggers is targeting pedestrians along Avenida 1 in downtown
San José in the area much-frequented by tourists.
Ex-banker wins one
A Mexican judge threw out three arrest warrants against former banking
tycoon Carlos Cabal, who was extradited from Australia earlier this month.
Arab community down south gets the eye
Authorities in Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay say they have stepped
up security along their common border area in the wake of Tuesday's
terrorist acts in the United States. The area was under suspicion
in the past as a possible haven for Middle East terrorists.
Temporary dip seen in Costa Rican tourism
There is a consensus on the effect Tuesday's terrorist attack will
have on tourism in Costa Rica. Air fares might creep higher, thanks to
increased security. Some U.S. citizens and Canadians might avoid foreign
travel for awhile.
Gunmen strike businesses in Sabana and Alajuela
Armed gunmen hit twice in Sabana, once Sunday and again Monday.
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2001
Police raid liberates four victims of kidnapping
Police raided cottages in Birri de Heredia late Tuesday and freed four
kidnapping victims who had been held since Sept. 7. They also said they
captured two women and four men and held them as suspects.
Resolve not vengeance stressed by speakers at memorial service
With the Flag suspended above and 50 votive candles outlining the stage,
the U.S. community and friends met Tuesday in a memorial service for victims
of terrorist attacks a week earlier.
Bar owner who shot man hopes to leave jail soon
Roger M. Crouse is hoping to get out of jail soon.
Latin countries probe links to Osama bin Laden
Latin American governments are actively investigating possible suspects
and activities linked to accused terrorist Osama bin Laden.
OAS might invoke Rio Pact against terrorism
The Organization of American States is set to meet today in Washington
to discuss a regional response to last week's deadly terrorist
attacks in the United States.
New quake in El Salvador
An earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale has shaken El Salvador.
Thursday, Sept. 20, 2001
Costa Ricans show their sympathy with flowers
The wall at the U.S. Embassy in Pavas is a collection point for flowers
and notes of sympathy.
Police identify suspects in Rohrmoser kidnapping
Police have released the names of the five suspects grabbed late Tuesday
night in a raid that rescued four kidnapping victims
Internet scammers have new twist
There's a new twist to the Nigerian scam. This time the money is safely
in Spain, and you won't have to go to Nigeria to collect all those millions
Guide to Costa Rica goes electronic
A guide book about Costa Rica is different than most. For an
additional charge, author Harry S. Pariser has made arrangements for book
purchasers to download a Palm Pilot supplement that is searchable by computer.
Bush will address Congress, world
President Bush addresses both houses of Congress tonight to explain
to the American people why the United States has come under attack by terrorists.
Judge orders arrests of Dirty War suspects
An Argentine federal judge has ordered the arrest of 18 former officials
from the country's military dictatorship during the late 1970's and early1980's.
OAS discussed Rio Pact consequences
The Organization of American States has held a one-day special session
to discuss hemispheric action in the wake of last week's deadly terrorist
strikes in the United States.
IRA disavows Colombian trio
The Irish Republican Army says three Irish men arrested in Colombia
several weeks ago are not affiliated with the organization.
Friday, Sept. 21, 2001
Woman shot near congress
A woman confronted a man trying to break into her car Wednesday about
6 p.m., and the man shot her.
Most famous statue getting spiffed up
The most famous statue in Costa Rica is being made ready for another
How life can change completely in a second
Jo Stuart's weekly colomn
Bush demands quick surrender of terrorists
President Bush has demanded Afghanistan's Taleban authorities immediately
turn over Osama bin Laden and the leaders of his al-Qaida militant group.
U.S. tourism hit but local effect still uncertain
The U.S. tourism industry is being hard hit by last week's terror
attacks as millions of Americans cancel vacation and convention plans.
Embassy official thanks country for its sympathy
Linda Jewell, the top U.S. official at the embassy in San José
issued a formal thanks Thursday to Costa Rican officials and citizens who
have expressed their sorrow for what happened Sept. 11 in New York and
FBI vists Paraguay in terrorism probe
Paraguayan authorities say the Federal Bureau of Investigation has
sent agents to a major border city that has fallen under suspicion as a
transit point for shadowy groups.
Ex-Venezuelan dictator dies in Spanish exile
Marcos Pérez Jímenez, 86, a military officer who rose
to be the Venezuelan strongman, died Thursday in Madrid, Spain, where he
was in exile.
Monday, Sept. 24, 2001
Water gains status as natural resource
The United States and allies went to war over oil. Now a new war seems
to be in the works, and oil will be a factor.
FBI charges U.S. analyst as spy
A senior U.S. defense intelligence analyst has been charged with spying
for Cuba. FBI agents arrested Ana Belen Montes Friday at her office
at the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency headquarters at Bolling Air Force
Base in Washington.
How's that again?
This is another Costa Rican bank story. It's a bit personal because
the individual involved is editor of this publication.
15 suspects arrested by Paraguayan authorities
Paraguayan officials have detained at least 15 people in their investigation
into possible links between the country's large Arab community and the
deadly terrorist attacks in the United States.
Clinton OK'd bin Laden plan
Former President Bill Clinton said that he had authorized a plan to
capture, and if necessary, to kill suspected terrorist Osama bin Laden.
Oregon student becomes new Miss America
A college student from the western U.S. state of Oregon has been crowned
Miss America in a patriotic pageant amid tight security in Atlantic City,
Violinist Isaac Stern is dead
Isaac Stern, the master violinist, has died.
Mass media have forsaken their obligations
Opinion: As with most Americans in the aftermath of Sept. 11, the news
media are lining up with President Bush to fight the good fight against
terrorists, but in so doing journalists have forgotten that their job is
to ask questions and report the facts.
We may have been forced into a corner
Opinion: With my coffee cup in one hand and my little Buddy's leash
in the other, I strolled down our unpaved street this morning in the same
way I often start my day.
Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2001
When will the rains end this year?
The Central Valley had a break from the rains last week and Monday.
Some hope this means an early end to the rainy season. But that is not
likely, according to the National Meteorological Institute.
House urged to go slow on new terror bill
Persons and organizations concerned about privacy and civil liberties
are urging the House Judiciary Committee to go slow in considering the
Anti-Terrorism Act of 2001 backed by the Bush Administration.
Colombian president identified as assassin's target
Colombian authorities say they have foiled a plot by right-wing paramilitary
forces to assassinate President Andres Pastrana.
U.S. Embassy sets up page on terrorism
The U.S. Embassy in San José has put up a special set of Web
pages relating to terrorism, and among them is a link that lets travelers
check the status of flights at most U.S. airports.
Bush and Chretien pledge unity against terror
President Bush and Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien have
pledged to work together closely to combat global terrorism.
Hurricane targets Mexico's west
Hurricane warnings continue to be posted along Mexico's western coastline
as a weakened but still powerful hurricane, Juliette, tracks a parallel
Gas station manager gunned down in north
Four men in a car intercepted a gas station manager, shot him
fatally and took an estimated 5 million colons in Guácimo
Monday morning, according to the Organization of Judicial Investigation.
Annual carnival runs into possible trouble
The annual October carnival event in Limón is scheduled to kick
off Oct. 12 in the Caribbean town. But the Carnival de Caribe 2001 may
be in jeopardy.
U.S. will re-examine its policies on visas
Evidence showing that most of the terrorists involved in the
Sept. 11 attacks in New York and Washington entered the United States
legally on student or tourist visas is prompting a re-examination
of U.S. immigration and visa policies.
Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2001
They'll get a jolt out of this device
Self-protection always is on the mind of foreigners living in
Costa Rica. [Feature story on Air TASER device.]
Jews to begin holiest day of year at sundown
The holiest day of the Jewish year begins at sundown today and ends
tomorrow one hour after sunset.
Danilovich promises he will protect U.S. citizens
One of John Danilovich's priorities as U.S. ambassador to Costa Rica
will be ensuring the protection of Americans here, he told the Senate Foreign
Relations Committee Tuesday.
Colombia wonders how guerrilla got in
Colombian authorities are investigating how a suspected Marxist guerrilla
managed to appear in an official delegation that included the presidents
of Colombia and Venezuela.
Colombians rescue seven hostages
The Colombian military has rescued seven of the people taken hostage
in a mass kidnapping, but the wife of the nation's attorney general remains
U.S., Latin countries hold free-trade talks
U.S. trade officials held simultaneous meetings with their counterparts
from Central and South American countries Monday to advance their common
goal of building stronger trade ties within the region and worldwide.
Scam scandal rocking 911 emergency service
Scamsters inside the police or the agency that runs Costa Rica's
911 telephone system are being sought for tricking people who had
just suffered the loss of their car to thieves.
Woman suffers injuries
A woman suffered injuries about 2:30 Tuesday afternoon in Plaza Major,
Rohrmoser, near the U.S. Embassy, according to police investigators.
Official English: Still beating a dead horse?
Opinion: Twenty-six American states have passed laws declaring English
the official language. Now it's Congress' turn.
Thursday, Sept. 27, 2001
Four legs of economy now shaky
Costa Rica's economy stands on four once-sturdy legs. They are
bananas, coffee, microchips and tourism.
Vendors feeling the brunt
You cannot get much more basic as a tourism industry than the vendors
who maintain stands under a rusting corrugated roof between Avenida Principal
and Avenida 2 just west of the Plaza of Democracy.
Lights, camera, action!
You want to play chicken? Well you always could at the Los Anonos
bridge. That's the narrow structure over the Rio Tiribi east of Escazú.
Mystery classic new productionof theater group
Tomorrow The Little Theatre Group of Costa Rica opens Agatha Christie's
masterpiece of murder and suspense "Ten Little Indians."
Tico car-theft, fraud ring is being dismantled
Authorities are cracking down on what they say is a complex web of
car thieves, public officials, crooked lawyers, forgers and businessmen.
Tougher U.S. laws urged against money laundering
A top U.S. Department of Justice official and a senator from Michigan
urged Congress Wednesday to approve tougher laws against money laundering
as a necessary tool against terrorism and other forms of international
Hurricane Juliette appears to be weaker
U.S. weather forecasters say Hurricane Juliette is weakening
but remains a large and powerful system as it moves northwest along Mexico's
Woman was shot in robbery
A woman injured Tuesday afternoon in Rohrmoser was shot by robbers
at Cafeteria Berraca, said police. they identified her as Karla María
Friday, Sept. 28, 2001
President requests unity to overcome economic crisis
The president of Costa Rica took to the television Thursday night to
raise national spirits in the face of economic reverses.
A funny thing happened on the way to the theater
Jo Stuart's weekly column
Police seek leads to find next-of-kin of dead man
There is a body of a U.S. citizen in the police morgue in Heredia,
but neither police nor U.S. Embassy officials can locate family members.
Police get170 kgs. of coke in exportation firm bust
Police watched a meeting between four suspected drug smugglers in Sabana
Norte Tuesday then followed them to find 170 kilograms of cocaine
nearby, they said Thursday.
U.S. Coast Guard denies targeting foreign ships
The U.S. Coast Guard has moved to squash rumors that it is preventing
ships "from certain countries" to dock in U.S. ports.
Judge plans to try Argentine ex-dictator
An Argentine judge has ordered former dictator Jorge Videla to stand
trial for the abductions of 72 political opponents during Argentina's
so-called Dirty War on political dissent.
Hurricane Juliette reaches Mexico's Baja
Hurricane Juliette has reached Mexico's Baja California Peninsula after
hitting southern Mexico with heavy rainfall and high winds.
Chavez says Venezuela will aid Afghans
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said his country will provide humanitarian
aid to Afghan refugees fleeing their country as soon as the U.N. refugee
agency approves the mission.
Population in poverty reported to be lower
Efforts to reduce the number of people living in poverty have proven
successful in much of Latin America and the Caribbean, according to a new
report by the U. N. Economic Commission for Latin America
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