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Laredo director’s movie makes it to McAllen

Laredo native Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s acclaimed comedic drama, “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” opened locally Tuesday night at Cinemark Hollywood USA. Fox Searchlight Pictures picked up the feature for mass distribution after it earned both the U.S. dramatic audience award and grand jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival last January.

  • icon Posted: June 30
Catholic War Vets attend Memorial Ceremony

Catholic War Veterans Post 770 attended the Highland Memorial Ceremony in addition to other veterans organizations. 

Posted in Life, Community on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 11:00 am.

Texas funeral home donates caskets for poor veterans

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Sabrina Thompson’s uncle, a Vietnam War veteran named Benjamin Harold Fitts, died May 6.

Posted in Apnews, Local on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 9:33 am.

Mexico: Boy shot in head when gunmen fire on military convoy

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities in a northern border state say a 7-year-old boy was shot in the head when gunmen fired on a military convoy.

Posted in Apnews, Local on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 9:31 am.

Find nutritional information on food labels

Hi, my name is Andie Lee Gonzalez, your H-E-B Border Region registered dietitian. Understanding the Nutrition Food Label is key to achieving your individual health goals. Here are some tips that our team of H-E-B registered dietitians have put together to help you as you continued your individual health journeys.

Posted in Vidafood on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 8:45 am.

COMMENTARY: Our nation mourns and is re-traumatized again

Waves of sorrow have so visibly been shown by so many across our country following news of the recent killings at a Bible study group in Charleston, South Carolina.

Posted in Opinion, Board of contributors on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 4:45 am. | Tags: Mary De Ferreire , Monitor Board Of Contributors , Charleston Killings

LETTERS: On same-sex marriage and fracking safeguards

Same-sex marriages opposed

Posted in Opinion, Letters on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 4:30 am. | Tags: Brett Cease , Environment Texas , Fracking , Same-sex Marriage

EDITORIAL: Trump's xenophobia won't be tolerated

Every few months, it seems, real estate tycoon Donald Trump steps forward to say something outrageous in what has been described by critics as a desperate attempt by him to remain relevant in American society.

Posted in Opinion, The monitor view on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 4:15 am.

Officials stress safety in wake of bee-related death

HARLINGEN — Just one bee buzzing around you can kick your blood pressure up a few notches.

Posted in Local on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 8:13 pm.

Phone search sought in money smuggling case

Federal authorities are seeking a search warrant on the cell phone of a San Benito man accused of trying to smuggle more than $217,000 into Mexico.

Posted in Local on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 8:00 pm.

Preparing for the storm

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — As a squall moved across South Padre Island on Tuesday morning, city officials gathered to talk about the need to be prepared and be ready to evacuate in the event of a hurricane.

Posted in Local on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 8:02 pm.

COMMENTARY: Trump is fired

SAN DIEGO — And then the giant peacock looked Donald Trump square in the eye and said the magic words: "You're fired!"

Posted in Opinion, Columnists on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 7:00 pm.

Laredo director’s movie makes it to McAllen

Laredo native Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s acclaimed comedic drama, “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” opened locally Tuesday night at Cinemark Hollywood USA. Fox Searchlight Pictures picked up the feature for mass distribution after it earned both the U.S. dramatic audience award and grand jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival last January.

Posted in Local on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 6:26 pm.

Weslaco banks on fireworks to lure more spectators to Fourth of July bash

WESLACO — Ask most any Rio Grande Valley resident where they’d prefer to be on the Fourth of July, and many would tell you on the beaches of the Laguna Madre for a front-row view of South Padre Island’s popular fireworks extravaganza.

Posted in Local on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 5:54 pm.

DCM director: Boots help changed Mercedes’ image as a progressive city

MERCEDES — If Mercedes’ progressive approach to economic development were a mosaic painting, consider Hernan Gonzalez the artist who, piece by piece, tactically meshes together singular elements of all that makes the once sleepy community attractive to the outside world.

Posted in Local on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 5:31 pm.

FESTIVA: RGV's Gay Pride Week 2015 updated events

Hundreds of Valleyites marched from Cine El Rey to Archer Park on the 40 year anniversary of the Stonewall riots, the “spark that lit the fire” of the modern gay rights movement, said Texas Stonewall Democratic Caucus president Eli Olivarez as reported in a Monitor article.

Posted in Entertainment, Life on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 5:00 pm.

Edinburg farmer faces civil penalties for alleged discrimination of U.S. citizens

EDINBURG — Jerry Estopy said he’s been harvesting cotton in the United States for the past three decades.

Posted in Local on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 4:49 pm.

KRGV-TV set to begin Spanish newscasts

A local TV news station plans to translate its newscasts for Spanish-speaking viewers starting Wednesday, according to a news release.

Posted in Local on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 3:48 pm.

Ex-Gulf Cartel leader captured in Edinburg gets 30 years in prison

BEAUMONT, Texas — A former leader of Mexico's notorious Gulf drug cartel captured last year in Edinburg was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in a U.S. prison and fined $100 million.

Posted in Local on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 3:22 pm.

Going Strong: Robert Lopez advances to top 25 in Men’s Health contest

Men’s Health Magazine’s McAllen contestant Robert Lopez has made it into the top 25 of the Ultimate Guy Search Contest. Since May, Men’s Health judges have been searching for a man who is “fit and fearless” and “a doer who gives back and leads by example.” With over 15,800 votes, Lopez will proceed to compete for a spot among the top 10 contestants.

Posted in Vidahealth on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 3:00 pm.

McAllen native J.J. Avila earns tryout invitation with Houston Rockets

The first stop in J.J. Avila’s professional basketball career will be Houston.

Posted in Houston rockets, Rio grande valley vipers on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 9:10 am.

COMMENTARY: The future for LGBT

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday ruled the U.S. Constitution guarantees same-sex couples marriage rights — marking a historic day for the LGBT movement. The victory, backed by a 5-to-4 vote, sparked an outpouring of support on social media as couples across the nation — including the Rio Grande Valley — lined up to receive marriage certificates.

Posted in Opinion, Columnists on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 5:00 am.

EDITORIAL: Texas needs to follow same-sex marriage decree

Congratulations to Hidalgo County Clerk Arturo Guajardo Jr., for demonstrating decisive leadership last week in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic decision that gives same-sex couples the right to marry in all 50 states.

Posted in Opinion, The monitor view on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 4:45 am. | Tags: Same-sex Marriage , Ken Paxton , Hidalgo County Clerk Arturo Guajardo Jr.

COMMENTARY: A triumphant moment, but same-sex debate will continue

I often marvel at the vast technological changes I have witnessed in my three decades on Earth; but every now and then, a social change occurs that makes me literally gasp in reverence of its enormity. I remember when the Berlin Wall came down, I was moved to tears when our country finally elected its first non-white president, and I was overcome with emotion on Friday when the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states.

Posted in Opinion, Columnists on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 4:15 am.

La Joya man charged in connection to Sunday assault, robbery

A 22-year-old La Joya man suspected of assaulting and stealing from a victim outside a home Sunday stood in handcuffs before Hidalgo County Justice of the Peace Charlie Espinoza on Monday afternoon.

Posted in Local on Monday, June 29, 2015 9:28 pm.

Elsa teen suffered two broken legs after hit-and-run

A 16-year-old Elsa girl is in the hospital with two broken legs after she was run over and pinned between two cars early Sunday morning outside a party, authorities said.

Posted in Local on Monday, June 29, 2015 9:17 pm.

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