Although I link every day to the front page of La Opinión (and have had a standing link to the paper's website since day one), I only post about individual stories in special situations. No one comes here looking for Spanish-language news. But the paper caught my eye last week when it ran bylined special reports from Leipzig, scene of the globally watched World Cup draw (the L.A. Times' soccer writer covered it from here.) Then today, this front page photo by Jeff Grace and the accompanying headline were more compelling than anything else I saw in the Sunday papers at my local newsstand. The story by Eileen Truax spends time in the world of "the dump people" of Tijuana: the poor, children among them, who live and scavenge among the mountains of refuse at el basurero municipal across the border from San Ysidro. Credit where credit is due.
* More: John Shannon emails with a reminder that Luis Urrea's books Across the Wire: Life and Hard Times on the Mexican Border and By the Lake of Sleeping Children: The Secret Life of the Mexican Border include reporting on la gente del ‘dompe.’ 10:40 am