In drug war hot spot, Mexicans desperate for help

By Joshua Partlow, May 31, 2014

TAMPICO, Mexico — With unfailing punctuality, the grocer receives text messages from his extortionist on the last day of each month. The medical students leave their lab coats at school, to avoid roaming gangsters who need surgery. The oil man mutters on his two-way radio as he drives behind tinted glass.

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