For some local residents, the killing opened a window onto a world they knew little about: a struggling Central American country where poverty, crime and natural disasters have driven thousands to the Washington area, and where corruption and military intervention have weakened a poor but once-stable democracy.
Journalism in the Central American country is a game of self-censorship: You say as much as you can about what is happening, and as little as you can about who is doing it.
In San Pedro Sula – the world’s most violent city outside a war zone – student doctors at a public hospital are on the front line to treat the wounded. And they're losing the battle.
The congas, timbales and Afro-Latin guitar and organ rhythms on smash covers such as "Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen" and "Oye Como Va" redefined the parameters of rock-and-roll.
The opposition's greatest challenge will be to retain control of the country's biggest cities – especially the Caracas metropolitan area and the oil city of Maracaibo.
Their sound was a lilting, almost sweet sort of oompah music, driven by a tuba and an accordion, along with guitar, bass and drums. Band members brandished an imitation assault weapon on stage and had a bazooka in the van that would become their stage trademark.
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Market draws thin crowds but showcases innovative art.