On Latin America's April Fool's Day, newspapers play the fool
MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AP) -- Mexico's national symbol -- an eagle with a
snake its beak -- has been sold off to Kentucky Fried Chicken to be fried up
crunchy-style, a Mexican newspaper reported Thursday in a traditional holiday
Thursday, the Day of the Innocents -- Latin America's version of April
Day -- gives newspapers like Mexico City's La Jornada an opportunity to run
joke headlines that satirize things like President Vicente Fox's perceived
pro-Americanism and zeal for privatizations.
The daily Reforma, one of Mexico's most respected newspapers, ran headlines
saying Mexico's Olympic gold medal-winning female weightlifter, Soraya
Jimenez, will become a model for Victoria's Secret lingerie.
Jimenez is known more for her athletic prowess than for her figure.
Playing on the recent eruption of the Popocatepetl volcano, 40 miles (60
outside Mexico City, Reforma also reported that two new volcanos had been
born within city limits, forcing officials to plan the relocation of the megalopolis'
18 million residents.
The La Prensa newspaper reported that Fox will marry his spokeswoman,
Martha Sahagun, on Valentine's Day. Speculation on the relationship between the
two has run rife, but Fox, a divorcee, has played down reports of wedding
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