Helping the animals: Birthday girl asks for dog food to donate

HARLINGEN — Guests who attended Giselle Benavidez’s 11th birthday party were asked in advance to not spend on presents. Instead, Giselle was asking for...

SpaceX offers local buyouts; Homeowners will have two weeks to respond

SpaceX says that although it did not initially foresee “significant disruption” to residents of Boca Chica Village when Boca Chica Beach was first identified as a potential spaceport site several years ago, the company now realizes that disruption is becoming increasingly difficult to minimize, and therefore is extending buyout offers to property owners. In a Sept. 12 letter sent to the less than a dozen residents of Boca Chica Village, also known as Kopernik Shores, the Hawthorne, Calif.-based rocket company expressed its interest in acquiring “certain residential properties ... located in and around the Kopernik Shores area within the designated South Texas Spaceport area at Boca Chica Beach.” The company is offering property owners three times the appraised value of their properties, offers that are non-negotiable, and owners have two weeks from the date of the letter to decide whether to sell.

Night of the Cats

HARLINGEN — The girls in their colorful costumes leaped into the air, arms waving, bodies twisting in a sort of feline spell, hands out...

Grand jury clears officers in fatal shooting

Staff Writers BROWNSVILLE — A Cameron County grand jury yesterday cleared police officers in the fatal shooting of an unarmed San Benito man following a...

Man gets 14 years for role in La Plaza mall robbery

EDINBURG — A Mexico City man who says he was coerced into participating in the La Plaza Mall robbery last summer was sentenced Thursday...

Casting for a cause

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — More than 100 anglers will cast their fishing lines this weekend in an effort to help abused, neglected and abandoned kids in South Texas. Valley Haven, Inc., an emergency children’s shelter based in Harlingen, will host its fifth annual 2-day Boat and Kayak Fishing Tournament starting Friday Sept. 20 at Louie’s Backyard and Jim’s Pier on the Island. Fishing tournament registration will be held Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Louie’s Backyard.

No severe impacts from Imelda as it moves through Texas

By JUAN A. LOZANO Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Imelda has deluged parts of Southeast Texas with more than 12 inches of rain, but officials...

Pandemonium breaks out at Mercedes city meeting as several handcuffed, removed from chamber

Chaos erupted even before the Mercedes City Commission meeting could begin here Tuesday evening. As dozens of residents filed into the legislative chamber ahead of two hotly anticipated agenda items to censure and remove freshman Commissioner Leonel Benavidez from office, dozens more were physically barred from entering the public building. Read the full story at

Fatal hit-and-run driver sentenced for motorcyclist’s death

Adrian Segovia wants the man responsible for hitting and killing his brother to remember one thing as he heads to prison for 14 years. “I just want you to remember his name,” Adrian said. “Pedro Segovia.” During a tearful hearing Tuesday morning, members of Pedro’s family addressed 67-year-old Edinburg resident Francisco Vanegas, who held his head down as he listened to several family members after learning his sentence. Vanegas, who was shackled as he stood in front of state District Judge Fernando Mancias, entered a guilty plea to accident involving death on July 10, a week shy of the third anniversary of Pedro’s death. Read the full story at

Community vigil to be held in observance of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

In observance of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month a Community Vigil will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Los Fresnos United High...