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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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September 9, 2010
Lucius Walker, 80, a pastor who led an annual pilgrimage of U.S. aid volunteers to Cuba in defiance of Washington's near half-century-old trade embargo, died Tuesday of a heart attack in New York. Mr. Walker headed the nonprofit Pastors for Peace, which since 1992 has sent tons of supplies donated in the United States to Cuba - goods ranging from walkers and wheelchairs to computer monitors and clothing.
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August 16, 2016
ISSUE | HAITI U.S. aid sorely needed It is deplorable that the United States sends military aid to the Dominican Republic and trains its police and border patrol officers, while that Caribbean country has stripped the citizenship of 200,000 Dominican-born Haitians ("No country to call home," Tuesday). In the past year, more than 60,000 people have been deported, while Haiti struggles to recover from a 2010 hurricane. It is time for the United States to give Haiti's economy a boost so its citizens won't need to leave to find jobs.
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August 15, 2016
Entrepreneurship might seem like an odd word to associate with Cuba, but it seems increasingly apt, given the individuals I met during a week traveling the island. From the tobacco fields three hours outside of Havana to downtown restaurants that rival the finest Philadelphia has to offer, one can find the seedlings of capitalism and businesses built for profit sprouting everywhere. Don't misunderstand. Cuba remains a nation of great disappointment and contradiction. Friendly people live amid spectacular scenery but are nevertheless trapped in a socialist system that never delivered on the promises of the revolution.
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June 13, 2016 | By Emily Babay and Mari A. Schaefer, STAFF WRITERS
Flights between Philadelphia and Cuba have been approved to begin this year. The flights to and from Philadelphia will be on Frontier, which applied in March to operate weekly trips between Philadelphia International Airport and Cuba. Frontier said it plans to fly between Philadelphia and Camagüey four times weekly (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays) starting Dec. 15; once weekly, on Saturdays, between Philadelphia and Matanzas, starting Jan. 7, 2017; and three times weekly (Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays)
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June 13, 2016 | By Mike Clary, SUN SENTINEL
So, you're thinking about taking a cruise to Cuba. As the Fathom ship Adonia begins a schedule of biweekly cruises from Miami to Cuba, passengers will find some changes in schedules and activities from the inaugural May 1 trip, the first to the island by a U.S. passenger ship in nearly 40 years. The ship leaves PortMiami every other Sunday for weeklong voyages to Havana, Cienfuegos, and Santiago de Cuba. Here's what we learned on the first cruise: Question: Is traveling to Cuba by ship a good way to see the country?
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June 3, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
It will be George Gershwin in the Caribbean for the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale this summer when they take their annual trip, this year to Cuba for 11 days, Aug. 10 to 21. Their repertoire will include a newly adapted choral version of Gershwin's Cuban Overture, with new lyrics by celebrated Cuban American poet - and presidential inaugural poet - Richard Blanco. The choir will give the public a taste of the piece at their annual concert Saturday at Verizon Hall. The evening also will have them take a musical jaunt to the beginning of space and time, with the world premiere of composer Robert S. Cohen's Genesis . It's a five-movement presentation of stories from the first book of the Bible, with a libretto by Maria V.S. Seigenthaler and Ronald W. Cadmus.
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May 14, 2016 | By Michael Matza, Staff Writer
Art is bringing together on one enormous canvas what Cold War-era hatreds had kept apart for more than a half-century. Within the artwork's borders, the Betsy Ross House is depicted in the same imagined neighborhood as the Hotel Dominica of Cárdenas, where Cuba's flag first flew in 1850. The Phillies logo is emblazoned beside the emblem of the Crocodiles, a Cuban national team. The towers of the Ben Franklin Bridge sprout palm trees, while a tocororo, Cuba's national bird, perches on a cable.
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April 2, 2016
ISSUE | CUBA Make friends with diplomacy, not might Former Cuban President Fidel Castro's apoplectic condemnation this week of President Obama's speech to the Cuban people sounds like the response of a tired, old revolutionary afraid of maintaining his legacy. It also underscores the importance of Obama's historic two-day trip to Havana last week. Like President Richard Nixon's visit to China, it required political courage, which is something lacking in most of our representatives these days.
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March 28, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Dalier Hinojosa's eyes widened. It was a muggy Saturday morning, and the 30-year-old Phillies reliever was a few hours from throwing another dominant inning in a spring that has catapulted the Cuban defector. The righthander is one week from his first opening day in the majors. And, when that day comes, he could be the Phillies' closer. He is asked to compare this moment, on the precipice of something special, with what he braved three springs ago. You never think about how you're going to escape, he said through an interpreter.
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March 28, 2016 | Kitty Caparella, Special to the Daily News
WHEN TOUR organizer Julia Zagar arrived at Cuba's famed Hotel Nacional last year, she says, her group was asked to leave the hotel for a couple of days because the rooms were needed for other guests. This year, when Zagar, of South Street, returned to the island with a new group, there were problems with lodging as well. Only this time, she says, they were worse. Experiences such as Zagar's are becoming all too common as the United States warms its relationship with the embargoed island, experts say, because there is no way that Cuba can handle the pent-up demand of curious American visitors who are flocking there.
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