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Feds allege fraud in FDA certificate tied to rapid virus tests

BY VALERIE GONZALEZ Highly coveted and scarcely produced rapid tests for COVID-19 arrived in South Texas in late March just as neighboring Laredo was entering...

UTRGV athletics community reflect on harrowing 9/11 experiences

Nineteen years ago, the United States was victim to a coordinated terrorist attack by Al-Qaeda, as two planes were hijacked and flown into the...

Local entrepreneur secures coveted space on Texas H-E-B store shelves

By Benjamin Treviño | STAFF WRITER Elizabeth Davis of McAllen personifies the immigrant success story. And although her journey is far from over, she reached a...

Teach for America RGV educator looks to focus on inclusive learning strategies

Roseangela Hartford is a 2019 Teach for America RGV Corps Member and seventh grade English Language Arts at IDEA Owassa College Prep. TFA asked...

COMMENTARY: Fallen war hero comforts mother from the hereafter

BY JOEL FREEDMAN Sgt. Alfredo Cantu Gonzalez, nicknamed Freddy, born May 23, 1946, was born and raised in Edinburg. He enlisted in the Marine Corps...

Grateful medical community gives nurses who joined virus fight hero’s sendoff

BY VALERIE GONZALEZ There was no time for a hero’s welcome when hundreds of Krucial Staffing Firm nurses arrived on rush order to a COVID-19...

COMMENTARY: Gov. Abbott failed us

BY U.S. REP. VICENTE GONZALEZ Governor Abbott failed us. With each passing day, this virus claims the lives of more South Texans. The families, friends...

COMMENTARY: The agony of July

BY HIDALGO COUNTY JUDGE RICHARD F. CORTEZ All of us have lost loved ones. And many of us have had to seek the help of...

PART 23: Let’s Write a Story!

PART 23: “PANDEMIC, OLD AND NEW” | BY BARBARA ERTL The tugging continued at the back of Mary’s mind after she was cleared to leave the hospital. She had been given stern directions as to nourishment and rest, and warned about weakening her immune system further while a pandemic raged. Remembering the meals she skipped and her sleepless nights worrying, she vowed to do better. Grace seemed to have the Golden Sassafras case in hand and John called every day. Sylvia wanted desperately to see her but was always turned away. Mary couldn’t explain fainting the morning Michael frightened her. She was still on her feet when he left. It was when John opened the door to reveal Old Man and Sylvia’s naturespirit mother, Linda, she fainted. Sylvia said they couldn’t rouse her and when they realized how warm she felt, they feared the virus. After calling 911, they followed her ambulance. Fever was the magic word and she was examined within minutes of entering the ER. Read the full story at themonitor.com

PART 22: Let’s Write a Story!

PART 22: “THE MYSTERY CONTINUES” | BY DORA GONZALEZ Mary could hear a soft, yet constant, beeping echo in her ears. Beep, beep, beep. She tried to open her eyes and grab a sense of the sound, but her lids felt heavy. She tried again, moving her hand up to her face to press her fingers against her temple. The sound seemed to get louder yet quieter at the same time, each fluctuation bringing a sharp pain to the side of her head where her fingers touched. Read the full story at themonitor.com