AccessMyLibrary provides FREE access to millions of articles from top publications available through your library.
By Sergio Chapa, The Brownsville Herald, Texas Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
Jan. 28--MATAMOROS, Mex. -- Millie Gratsky and her friends James and Elda Davis were the only Winter Texans that could be seen in the Mercado Juarez early Thursday afternoon.
One day after the U.S. State Department issued an alert for Americans to take precautions along Mexico's northern border, these tourists were browsing through the downtown shopping district as they have done for almost eight years.
The State Department's alert was issued amid a wave of drug-related violence along the Mexican border, including the kidnappings and slayings of six federal prison employees outside the city on Jan. 20.
"I think it's dumb," Gratsky said of …