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June 29, 1992 | by Phil Jasner, Daily News Sports Writer
The USA smoked Cuba like a cigar, 136-57, and, no, Charles Barkley did not feel guilty. "I was found not guilty (in Milwaukee) two weeks ago," Barkley shot back after leading the Dream Team with 22 points in 22 minutes of its debut yesterday in the Tournament of the Americas, the qualifying event for men's Olympic basketball teams from North, Central and South America. You can take Barkley out of Philadelphia (Phoenix, remember, already has done that), but you can't take the Barkleymania out of Barkley.
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November 25, 1987 | By R. A. Zaldivar and Steve Chrzanowsky, Inquirer Washington Bureau
The Cuban government called an unusual press conference here last night to say that in an effort to be helpful to the United States, it would take "no reprisal whatsoever" against any Mariel felons deported to the island. In fact, Cuban Interests Section Chief Ramon Sanchez Parodi said his government would pardon any Mariel felon who was returned, regardless of crimes committed here or in Cuba. He added that Cuba also would take back the families of Mariel felons, if they wished to return.
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February 17, 1986 | From Inquirer Wire Services
At Cuba's recent Third Communist Party Congress, President Fidel Castro rammed through a wholesale reorganization of his party's leadership, replacing scores of his aging guerrilla comrades with younger militants. He also announced that should he die or be disabled, the reins of government would be taken by his brother, Raul. The magnitude of the shake-up, which Castro announced in an emotional speech Feb. 7, has left European and Western diplomats shaking their heads in amazement after more than a week of scrutinizing scrambled Communist Party lists of its leadership.
SPORTS
August 6, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
Two boxers deported by Brazil were back in Cuba yesterday after they disappeared during the Pan American Games last month and were arrested at a resort where officials said they partied and ran up an exorbitant bill. Convalescing leader Fidel Castro said in comments published yesterday that the boxers would be confined to guest houses upon their return, although he promised not to harshly punish them. Guillermo Rigondeaux, Cuba's top boxer and a two-time Olympic bantamweight champion, and Erislandy Lara, an amateur welterweight world champion, arrived in Cuba early yesterday after being deported from Brazil, Cuban state radio and TV reported without offering any specifics.
NEWS
June 16, 2013 | By Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press
CAYO COCO, Cuba - After Cuban scientists studied the effects of climate change on this island's 3,500 miles of coastline, their discoveries were so alarming that officials didn't share the results with the public to avoid causing panic. The scientists projected that rising sea levels would seriously damage 122 Cuban towns or even wipe them off the map. Beaches would be submerged, they found, while freshwater sources would be tainted and croplands rendered infertile. In all, seawater would penetrate up to 1.2 miles inland in low-lying areas, as oceans rose nearly three feet by 2100.
NEWS
December 23, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gov. Christie has entered the debate over President Obama's decision to normalize relations with Cuba, urging him to demand that the Cuban government return a woman convicted of killing a New Jersey state trooper. In a letter to Obama released Sunday by Christie's office, the governor seeks the return of Joanne Chesimard, who was convicted of killing Trooper Werner Foerster in 1973 during a traffic stop on the New Jersey Turnpike. Chesimard, also known as Assata Shakur, escaped from prison in 1979 and at some point fled to Cuba.
NEWS
February 16, 2013 | By Juan Forero, Washington Post
CARACAS, Venezuela - Sixty-seven days after Venezuelans last saw him, President Hugo Chavez reappeared Friday, when government officials televised photographs of him recuperating in Cuba with two of his daughters at his side. The images were the first evidence presented to Venezuelans that Chavez, who was last seen Dec. 10 when he boarded a plane to Cuba for a fourth surgery to remove cancerous tissue, was alive and convalescing. In the photos, Chavez smiles from a hospital bed while flanked by daughters Maria Gabriela and Rosa Virginia.
NEWS
March 5, 2004 | By Karl Stark INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When you hear Arturo Sandoval, you can hardly believe he's playing metal. The mouthpiece is like an organic part of his lip, and the trumpet channels the convivial madness within him. Virtuosity poured out of Sandoval Wednesday night at a near-capacity show in the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall. For an hour and a half, the cofounder of Cuba's legendary folk-jazz band Irakere, who defected from the island in 1990, held forth with his sextet on trumpet, flugelhorn, keyboards and percussion.
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November 16, 1988 | By Steve Goldstein, Inquirer Staff Writer Owen Ullmann of the Inquirer Washington Bureau contributed to this article
Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev announced yesterday that he will visit Cuba next month on the first leg of a major diplomatic tour that will include a meeting in New York with President Reagan and President-elect George Bush. He will speak before the U.N. General Assembly and end his trip in London, where he will meet with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The visit to Cuba will be only the second time a Soviet leader has visited the island that Fidel Castro's revolutionaries seized in 1960 and turned into a Soviet satellite.
BUSINESS
April 11, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
U.S. airlines and travel groups will be watching as President Obama interacts with Cuban President Raul Castro this week at the Summit of the Americas in Panama, marking their first meeting since the White House announced new regulations that would make it easier for Americans to travel to Cuba. It has been 54 years since U.S. airlines have flown commercial flights to Cuba, but that could soon change. American Airlines, Philadelphia's dominant carrier, along with JetBlue, United, Delta, and Southwest Airlines have all expressed interest since Obama announced in December that the U.S. would move to renew diplomatic relations and expand trade and tourism with Cuba.
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July 3, 2015 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
President Obama's latest move to further relations with Cuba was barely off his lips when critics unloaded on the plan to open a U.S. embassy in Havana and permit Cuba to open one in Washington. "Today's announcement cannot be considered normalization ... if it fails to speak to key issues such as whether [the] U.S. government will be limited in the number of diplomats [or] if diplomatic mail can be searched and potentially seized by Cuban authorities," said Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.)
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June 25, 2015 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Six months after Christopher Tur's body was found in the water off the U.S. Naval Station at Cuba's Guantánamo Bay, the Hatfield native's death remains a mystery. The Navy is still silent on the cause and manner of the civilian contractor's demise. Investigators have declined to comment on a news report of an affair between Tur's wife and the base's former commanding officer, a claim that attorneys for both parties have said is not true. Then there's the private autopsy of Tur's body, commissioned by his wife, that concludes his death was caused by "drowning with recent blunt injuries (circumstances unknown)
NEWS
June 22, 2015 | By Signe Wilkinson
"We want to see Cuba before it changes. " Simultaneously, on different continents, the brilliant Germans, Turks, Argentineans, Mexicans and other Americans staying at our Havana guest house all hatched the unique idea that they needed to get to Cuba before Starbucks, Chipotle and Urban Outfitters do. My husband Jon and I got back last week from our 11-day visit. By the time I finish this paragraph, things may have changed but despite America's new opening, we had to book our trip with a tour organizer (Australian)
BUSINESS
June 8, 2015 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
HAVANA - Palm fronds shade Margarita Alvarez's magnificent mansion, a classic beauty, but showing its age. Built in 1901, it has 18-foot ceilings, foot-wide crown moldings, marble floors, and columns of veined marble. A portrait of a previous owner, a Cuban secretary of state from the 1920s, hangs in the parlor. Out back are the two rooms that Alvarez rents in her bed-and-breakfast, casa particular . The house, three blocks from the iconic Hotel Nacional, is desirable in many ways.
NEWS
May 25, 2015 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
CENTRAL CAMILO CIENFUEGOS, Cuba - On the weathered railway platform of this faded sugar town, retired mechanic Pedro Ramon Prieto Napoles, 74, awaited the "Hershey train" and waxed nostalgic about the years the mill was humming. "I miss the sound of the refinery," he said, "the factory whistle" between shifts, "the smell of guarapo ," fresh sugarcane juice. Pennsylvania chocolate baron Milton Hershey built a model industrial town here in 1916, along with an electric railroad completed in 1922, to support his lucrative sugar holdings in Cuba.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ice skating is so last season. The Delaware River Waterfront Corp. (DRWC) will reopen its summer festivities Friday, such as Spruce Street Harbor Park, the massively popular outdoor space that helped Philly land on the No. 3 spot on the New York Times' places to visit in 2015 (behind Milan and Cuba). This year, there's the added bonus of Summerfest at the Blue Cross RiverRink, where the DRWC will add Philly's only outdoor skating rink to its list of activities. Roller skates and blades are available for rent at Summerfest, but let's be honest - it has been a minute since you hopped on eight wheels.
NEWS
May 20, 2015 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
CARDENAS, Cuba - The Cine Teatro, a cavernous theater of 1,250 seats, presents movies in this gritty city of 140,000, where the taxis are horse-drawn buggies, Che Guevara's portrait overlooks the main drag, and many buildings have battered facades. One wall that is smooth and clean is the northern side of the movie house - 90 yards long, seven yards high. On it, muralists from Cardenas and Philadelphia hope to paint images to inspire and celebrate better U.S.-Cuba relations. Working together, they want to demonstrate how a joint project on public art can help dispel decades of distrust between historic enemies.
NEWS
May 18, 2015 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
HAVANA - Crossing the campus of Cuba's premier university, Janelle Crilley passes a mural portraying corporate America as a sharp-toothed ogre trampling black hills labeled "99 percent. " The Earth, torn to shreds by the ogre's bite, is in its paws. Grappling hooks strain to drag down the beast. In a country virtually devoid of commercial advertising, such anti-imperialist images and slogans abound. Studying in a communist country is an adventurous choice for any American.
TRAVEL
April 20, 2015 | By Betty Organt, For The Inquirer
As a teacher of history and a child of the Cold War period, I was always fascinated with the events that led to the U.S. embargo against Cuba. The island nation, the Caribbean's largest, was the "forbidden fruit" of travel, which only heightened my desire to visit it. When I learned about the people-to-people tours that allowed travellers to go to Cuba to see what the Cuban government wanted them to see, I quickly made a reservation. After a briefing on what to expect, what not to expect (toilet seats in most places)
NEWS
April 17, 2015 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
When President Obama and Raul Castro exchanged a historic handshake at a Summit of the Americas in Panama last weekend, Pamela Ann Martin watched on TV in Havana. "It was an exhilarating feeling," said the Ambler resident who has been arranging trips to Cuba for business people, academics, and Cuba aficionados for more than a decade and has made 66 trips to the island. "This is what I've devoted my entire life to for the past 16 years. " There is something about Cuba that gets people's juices flowing.
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