June 29, 1992 |
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.
November 25, 1987 |
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.
February 17, 1986 |
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.
August 6, 2007 |
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.
June 16, 2013 |
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.
December 23, 2014 |
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.
February 16, 2013 |
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.
March 5, 2004 |
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.
November 16, 1988 |
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.
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.