News Summary for October 13th, 2010

++ As hurricane Paula, a category two storm, approached, Quintana Roo state decreed a red alert in Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, Lázaro Cárdenas and Benito Juárez… Residents were evacuated from Isla Mujeres and the same was expected would occur in Punta Allen, Holbox and Chiquilá. An orange alert went into effect in Othón P. Blanco, Felipe Carrillo Puerto, José María Morelos, Solidaridad and Tulum.

++ On a visit to Chihuahua, President Felipe Calderón received the backing of 10 state governors and governors-elect who supported his proposal to carry out a new single command police force through the Chihuahua Agreement.

++ The Tabasco Attorney General’s Office presented six suspects in the killing of the family of Melquisedec Angulo Córdova, a marine who was killed in the operation in which Arturo Beltrán Leyva, was killed in Morelos… Among the suspects are Zetas leader in Tabasco, Seique Hogaza González, known as “El Comandante Sierra,” who is accused of planning the killing and paying the killers who did it.

++ A man threw a grenade in front of the home of the mayor of Sabinas Hidalgo, Nuevo León, Raúl Mario Mirles Garza… A policeman was wounded in the incident.

++ PRD deputy Julio César Godoy Toscano asked the federal government to halt the persecution against him and clarified that the second impeachment request filed by the Attorney General’s Office is a matter that was already cleared up by a judge in Tamaulipas.

++ The head of the Chamber of the Radio and Television Industry, Karen Sánchez Abbott, said that industry experts have drawn up a protection plan for reporters and others who work in media.

++ Interior Secretary Francisco Blake Mora called on Mexico to move forward in strengthening democracy and freedom to carry out changes the country needs for the benefit of its citizens.

++ Former President Carlos Salinas de Gortari said changes in the way elections are conducted in Mexico mean that alternation in power is here to stay, so it will be welcomed in 2012.