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Mexico's federal teachers union said it will not automatically defend 39,000 people who the federal statistics agency says are getting paid even though they are not teaching. Many of those in this category are called aviadores, or fliers, something known as featherbedding in the United States.
Teachers union (SNTE) Juan Díaz de la Torre said the union would defend those who feel their rights are being violated. In what is a legal arrangement, many teachers are paid by school districts but do not teach but rather perform union work; it was unclear whether these were included in the 39,000 figure.
Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.
Authorities on Monday confirmed the killing of Caballeros Templarios leader Enrique "Kike" Plancarte in Querétaro. Officials said Plancarte, 43, held a rank equal to cartel founder Nazario "El Chayo" Moreno González (killed at age 44 March 9 in Tumbiscatío, Michoacán) and Servando "La Tuta" Gómez Martínez (still at large). Televisa reported Wednesday that Plancarte's body was still in possession of the military, apparently to avoid any attempts to steal the cadaver, as has happened after the killings of other prominent organized-crime figures.
Front-page story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.
Jorge Fernández Menéndez column: "Why the Templars Are Falling Now" (PDF).
The Aguacaliente bus company has put 14 new buses into service to move passengers between Tijuana, Mexicali, and Ensenada. The 14 buses, which can seat 36 passengers, have WiFi, separate men and women's bathrooms, and show movies, El Mexicano reported. The buses cost a total of 60 million pesos ($4.6 million, or $326,500 each). Six more buses are to be put in service in coming days, bringing the fleet total to 32. Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.
Mexicali's business community is lauding the naming of new public safety chief Alejandro Monreal Noriega, who has 17 years of experience in the department. He returns to Mexicali proper after having recently been assigned to San Felipe.
He takes the position after the previous police chief resigned in disgrace and following the formation of self-defense groups fed up with crime in the Baja California capital.
More than a month ago, police chief José Ramírez
Cardoso resigned after it was reported that he had been sentenced to three months in military prison in 1995 for sexual harassment and abuse of authority. A former general, Ramírez brought on Alejandro Galindo Morales — who had worked in the state police academy in Tecate — as his deputy chief.
However, on March 25, El Mexicano reported in a front-page story that Galindo had been declared a deserter from the military in 2003. Monreal said authorities would be studying how this revelation might affect the police department.
Story, El Mexicano (PDF).
March 25 story on Galindo. Jump.
March 31 front-page story on Monreal. Jump.