SPAIN’S GHOST AIRPORTS

First commercial flight lands at Castellón’s former ‘ghost’ airport

Ryanair service from London touches down at long-time plane-less airport in Valencia

FESTIVAL ROW

Rototom festival reverses decision to ban Jewish US singer Matisyahu

Event organizers apologize for canceling musician's concert and invite him to perform again

A beach bracelet that gets lost kids back to their families in record time

Two or three young children get “disoriented” every day on the beaches of Castellón

FESTIVALS

Getting Benicàssim back on track

This weekend’s edition of the Valencia music festival, the 21st, saw a 6% rise in ticket sales

LIVE MUSIC

Ready for the new Benicàssim

After several difficult years, festival organizers are hoping for a return to stability

How a tiny Castellón village became Spain’s street art capital

The 320 inhabitants of Fanzara have invited graffiti artists to decorate the entire town

Ryanair launches routes from Spain’s “ghost” airport to Stansted and Bristol

Irish low-cost operator highlights attraction of reduced taxes at Castellón

Castellón airport finally receives its first flight

“White elephant” gets operating license nearly four years after controversial inauguration

Former Castellón Popular Party boss enters prison to begin four-year term

Carlos Fabra was found guilty on four counts of tax fraud worth nearly €700,000 last year

MUSIC

Thrilling us softly

Often fiery ex-Fugees singer Lauryn Hill endures glitches to impress in her first Spanish solo show

Castellón’s plane-less airport hands €660,000 to local soccer club

Sum covers what Valencia government-owned firm promised side in sponsorship for 2009-2010

Castellón court case adds to woes of Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava

Designer of Valencia’s Palau de les Arts named as official suspect in probe into conference center

Benicàssim Festival to look to rest of Europe to attract attendees

20th edition of Valencia music event closes with average 30,000 “fibers” a day, the lowest in years

A new chapter for the Benicàssim festival

After serious problems last year, the Valencia event is celebrating its 20th anniversary with gusto

CORRUPT POLITICS

Convited ex-Castellón chief reflects on jail and those “who love me”

Fabra hopes to escape prison but won’t seek a pardon

CORRUPT POLITICS

Ex-Castellón chief Fabra sentenced to four years for tax fraud

Court convicts Carlos Fabra for failing to declare almost two million euros of income Former provincial leader pleased not to have been found guilty of “corruption”

CORRUPTION

Former PP mayor spared jail while Cabinet considers pardon appeal

Pedro Ángel Hernández Mateo was sentenced to three years for corruption Majority of ruling party's Valencia deputies sign clemency petition

Castellón airport needs a further three million euros to open

Management of notorious public project to be put out to tender by region

GAS PLANT TREMORS

Civil guards storm offshore gas-storage plant blamed for series of earthquakes

Castellón prosecutor opens probe into situation at giant installation

GAS PLANT TREMORS

Residents of affected areas want answers, as seismic activity increases

Locals have no doubt that the Castor gas-storage plant is to blame for tremors Facility sits atop a geological fault

Public prosecutor asks for Valencia Metro crash inquiry to be reopened

New evidence emerges over train derailing accident that killed 43 people in 2006

CRIME

Policeman who clubbed his lawyer to death with own baton found dead in jail

Folgoso had been shown beating murder victim in her garage in a video after claiming killing was accidental

Valencia politicians shocked to hear engine roar at empty Castellón airport

Probe planned to find out how local racing driver gained permission to practice at phantom facility

REGIONAL FINANCES

Valencia ups request for central government funds to 4.5 billion euros

Cash-strapped region needs extra money to pay suppliers Andalusia also considering tapping regional fund

ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER

Hundreds evacuated as Valencia wildfire rages on

Regional government claims it has sufficient resources to fight blaze despite cutbacks

Castellón resort “rejected” as EuroVegas site after last-ditch casino bid

Negotiations between Madrid and Barcelona are nearly “at final stage”