June 23, 2008 |
Standards are the lifeblood of most jazz singers. But it takes a real work of imagination to blend a pair of them, enmeshing two lyrical protagonists in a love story of one's own creation. Appearing at Chris' Jazz Cafe on Thursday, Venissa Sant? sang "Tender Shepherd and Little Girl Blue" - not a medley, but essentially a new song, in sunny 3/4 time. "Why won't somebody send a tender blue boy / To cheer up little girl blue," goes the Rodgers and Hart classic, and Sant? endeavored to do just that, recruiting the shepherd from the Peter Pan soundtrack.
January 6, 1998 |
Dallas Stars owner Tom Hicks is leading a group bidding to purchase baseball's Texas Rangers, a spokeswomen for the businessman confirmed last night. Talks regarding the prospective deal have been ongoing for some time, said Hicks spokeswoman Lisa LeMaster. "The only thing I can say is to confirm that discussions have been under way for some months," she told the Associated Press. Asked if a deal to buy the Rangers was imminent, LeMaster said she could not speculate. Dallas television station WFAA first reported the talks last night, citing a spokesperson for Hicks and a current investor in the team.
July 28, 1992 |
You can tell a lot about a man by the people he thanks for helping him get to the top of his profession. Eduardo C. Robreno, 51, who yesterday became the first Latino federal judge in Philadelphia and the first Cuban-American in the United States to wear federal robes, had a list a mile long. Surrounded by more than 20 federal judges sitting in the packed ceremonial courtroom in U.S. District Court, Robreno thanked "Ramon" who "spent years in Cuban prisons for smuggling out visas for youngsters like myself to live in freedom.
April 27, 2000
Plenty of heat, no lightening up Out of town for a few months, I see some things haven't changed. The Phillies still stink, Allen Iverson still generates controversy and the Daily News still shills for the Clinton administration. The Daily News and Sandy Grady were gushing platitudes for the Gestapo-like grab of Elian from his Miami relatives. The editorial (April 24) made it seem like a blow for parenthood and the rule of law. The raid was no-knock, typically used only for dangerous drug dealers, not a family with a kid. What triggered this raw display of tyranny?
February 15, 1993 |
It was 34 years ago tomorrow that a bearded young Communist revolutionary by the name of Fidel Castro came down from the hills to overthrow the president of Cuba. Seven American presidents have come and gone since then. The Berlin Wall has been torn down and the Red Menace, as generations of Americans knew it, has been exorcised not with a bang, but a whimper. But Castro, in the face of a tough U.S. trade embargo imposed in 1962, has clung tenaciously to power in one of the last bastions of old-style Communism.
January 11, 1992 |
At the invitation of a fringe political group, David Duke came to town recently to kick off his presidential campaign. Demonstrators greeted him outside the radio station where he was to make an appearance. "The man is anti-Cuban; he's one of the most disgusting monsters there are," said Giuseppe Concepcion, a Cuban American who decided to picket Duke. Said Tom Moskowitz, a member of Children of Holocaust Survivors, "He continues to be anti-Semitic. " But - this being Miami - there was an unusual twist.
April 3, 2001 |
Chris Calciano took the West Chester University baseball head coaching job in July with his eyes wide open. He knew that the Golden Rams were coming off an 11-38 season. He knew that West Chester had won a grand total of 22 games in three years. He knew that the recruiting window was practically shut because of the late hire. The Eastern College graduate, who had served as an assistant at Drexel for five years, also knew something else. "For your first head coaching job, you're not going to get something where the team is coming off three straight championships," Calciano said.
February 10, 2000 |
When I first heard about Elian Gonzalez, I sympathized with his Cuban-American family's desire to keep him in the United States. Any sympathy, however, was eroded when I learned Elian attends the private Lincoln-Marti School in Miami's Little Havana, where he is being brainwashed with a repressive ideological curriculum that rivals the propaganda he would be force-fed in Cuba. In Miami, Elian is being taught the United States is a Christian nation that should have prayer in public schools; homosexuality and abortion choice are un-American; U.S. immigration laws are fair (and don't discriminate against others in favor of Cuban and European refugees)
February 20, 2008 |
Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.), son of Cuban immigrants and a leading hard-liner on the Cuban embargo, said there was no joy - but maybe a little hope - in yesterday's announcement that President Fidel Castro would be stepping down. "Just because the dictator is now named Raul instead of Fidel, it doesn't mean that the regime's repressive rule will automatically change," said Menendez, referring to the possibility of Castro's brother rising to power. In a statement, he said a Castro swap would make official "what has been in place for a while now, with Raul continuing to lead the same iron-fisted regime that his brother brought to power almost 50 years ago. " In July 2006, Fidel Castro became ill and appointed his brother Raul Castro to take charge.
August 6, 2011 |
HAVANA - Cuba's highest court Friday upheld a U.S. government subcontractor's 15-year prison sentence for crimes against the state, ending the legal side of a case that has brought a new chill to icy relations between Washington and Havana. The ruling means Alan Gross, 62, a Maryland native who has been behind bars since his arrest in December 2009, has no further judicial recourse to appeal his sentence. It leaves him, his family, and U.S. officials hoping instead for a release on humanitarian grounds.