Emily D'Gyves

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Emily D'Gyves covers general assignments for The Monitor. She can be reached at edgyves@themonitor.com or at (956) 683-4435.
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Nation, Valley demonstrators protest George Floyd death

In response to George Floyd's death on May 25, protests sparked across U.S. cities in the following days. These protests prompted a peaceful and...

Missing person found dead near Mercedes

Hidalgo County Sheriff’s deputies found a man, who was previously reported missing, dead inside a vehicle early Sunday.  Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office received a call  in reference to a missing person at 7:11 a.m. Sunday, according to the sheriff’s office Public Information Officer Sgt. Francisco Medrano.  Read the full story at themonitor.com
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Report, footage reveal new details in religious vandalism case

A police report from McAllen Police Department and surveillance video from San Juan police revealed new details surrounding the investigation of vandalism to two different,...
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Dark details: Report shines light into deadly day in Edinburg

Edinburg police officially closed the investigation May 6 — five months to the day after Rebecca Cantu went to police to report her stepfather...
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McAllen musicians serenade local firefighters

The Cruz brothers serenaded McAllen firefighters Wednesday with a concert. Read the full story here: https://www.themonitor.com/2020/05/21/mcallen-musicians-serenade-local-firefighters/  
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Crowds, brawl amid Ross stores reopenings

On Wednesday, Ross Dress for Less reopened some of their stores across the country. In the Valley, several stores were met with crowds —...

Local filmmakers navigating through pandemic effects

Charlie Vela jumps into a Skype call with a collaborator out from Palo Alto at 9 p.m. He won’t finish the call until 4 a.m. Vela, although a music producer, is also involved with film production and continues finding ways to connect music with those cinematic elements. He is one of several artists, all connected through the filmmaking community, who are adapting and continuing to work through the pandemic. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Special ed teacher pulls from childhood struggles to help students learn remotely

Through what she calls her “college schedule,” Amelia Garcia of Edinburg dedicates certain days to calling her students. One day, Garcia received a call from one of her students after she missed their daily phone call due to work meetings. “Mrs Garcia, you didn’t call,” her student asked. This interaction is one of many in Garcia’s life that shows her students are adapting to a new online, educational format imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

COVID Confessions: Films have long helped us escape grim realities, and they’re doing it...

My mother was never the type of person who bought movies. In fact, she hated it. When I’d ask for a movie as a kid, she always made a certain facial expression. She slightly furrowed her eyebrows, while giving half a smile, almost like she was mocking you. But to be fair, my dad constantly bought movies at flea markets and yard sales, so her reaction seemed appropriate. How could you want more when there’s already some in the house?  I remember when my mother, my aunt, my cousins and I watched “Frontera” with Michael Peña and Eva Longoria. Because of the language barrier between the family, the movie was in Spanish, but we had the subtitles in English to suit everyone.  Read the full story at themonitor.com

Historic Cine El Rey in peril amid pandemic

Nearly three months ago, Bert Guerra successfully prevented demolition on the historic Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School in McAllen.  Now, he faces another difficult fight right on his homestead — keeping Cine El Rey afloat against the raging waters of the COVID-19 pandemic — and he’s unsure of how long they could fend off defeat.  The historic Cine El Rey was built in 1947 as a movie theater and continues to serve the community 73 years later as a performing arts center. Read the full story at themonitor.com