August 10, 2006 |
FIDEL CASTRO is close to his 80th birthday and in poor health. No doubt the Cuban communists are planning for what comes next, but are we? I hope so, because now is the time to end the Cuban embargo. This has been my view since I made an incredible visit to Havana in January 2002 as a journalist accompanying U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter. During the visit, I was part of a small group that met with Castro, spending just under seven hours with him during one long night. I'll never forget being a fly on the wall for an amazing battle of wits, Specter vs. Castro, or as I could see Don King billing it, the DA vs. the Dictator.
April 13, 2000 |
Is the rule of law being "damaged" by efforts of Cuban-Americans in Miami to defy the U.S. Justice Department by keeping 6-year old shipwreck-survivor Elian Gonzalez apart from his father, who wants to take the boy back to Cuba? Several former federal prosecutors from this area polled yesterday say they fail to see any immediate damage. Yet each lawyer expressed concern about the ongoing tug of war being played out in South Florida, and all agreed that patience on the part of government officials may be the wisest course.
May 30, 1992 |
The food was Mexican at a luncheon last week sponsored by the Denver community group Hispanics of Colorado, where I was the invited speaker. Salsa, yellow rice, chile verde, tortilla, tamales, refried beans. Mexican food is unlike the Cuban food I grew up on. Mexican dishes are characteristically spicy hot; Cuban food is starchy - roots like yucca and malanga, and lots of white rice and black beans. Even terminology is different. To a Mexican a tortilla is a flat corn pancake, while to Cubans a tortilla is an omelet.
September 13, 1988 |
Vice President Bush yesterday took the foreign policy offensive by raising a series of pointed questions about the national security views of his Democratic opponent, Michael S. Dukakis. In a noontime speech to a small but enthusiastic crowd of flag-waving Cuban-Americans, Bush recalled the 1983 U.S. military action on Grenada and the 1986 raid on Libya, describing them as appropriate exercises of American military power - actions which, he suggested, Dukakis might have been unwilling to take.
March 23, 1999 |
Matt Morris, expected to be the ace of the St. Louis Cardinals pitching staff, will miss the entire season because of a torn ligament in his right elbow. Morris was examined Sunday by Dr. Frank Jobe and will require ligament-replacement surgery, a procedure Jobe pioneered 25 years ago. "Tough break for him and for us," manager Tony La Russa said. "You just don't replace a Matt Morris. " The 24-year-old righthander was 7-5 with a team-leading 2.53 ERA last season, missing all but one start in the first half because of shoulder surgery.
March 28, 1992 |
The Mambo Kings, the new movie about Cuban musicians trying to make it in the New York of the early 1950s, reveals some good things and some bad things about how Hispanics in general are making it in the Hollywood of the early 1990s. First, the bad: Hollywood still seems unable to make a truly authentic film about Hispanics. The main problem here was the accents. The characters were supposed to be Cuban, but, with the exception of salsa star Celia Cruz, none sounded it. The two stars, Armand Assante and Antonio Banderas, gave it a valiant try. Insofar as "acting" they did a fine job, yet their accents betrayed them.
September 5, 2001 |
MAYBE PROFESSIONAL celeb Anne Heche was a milkmaid in a previous life. That might explain how she's able to squeeze all the fame out of her 15-minute allotment. ABC has "revealed" some deliciously bizarre nuggets from Heche's "20/20" interview with Barbara Walters, which airs tonight on Channel 6. The actress had two personalities until last year when she became sane, apparently. "I had a fantasy world that I escaped to. I called my other personality Celestia," says Heche, who's promoting her upcoming memoir, "Call Me Crazy.
March 23, 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.
April 21, 2000
The political and emotional turmoil over Elian President Clinton should fire Janet Reno for being a spineless individual who can't do her job effectively. He should then reunite Elian Gonzalez with his father and let the father choose to either stay in the United States or go back to Cuba. Finally, Clinton should give Elian's relatives and their supporters a one-way ticket to Cuba. Katherine Frisco Glenmoore I wonder if the people clamoring for the return of a young Cuban boy to a totalitarian state because of "the rule of law" see the similarity with the returning of the ship full of Jewish refugees back to Germany because of "the rule of law. " I hope that the law-enforcement officers who will take Elian Gonzalez into custody remember that "obeying orders" doesn't work any better in 2000 than it did in 1944.
December 12, 1999 |
Bathed in the red glow of neon dancers urging us to join the mambo club upstairs, Tierra Colombiana the restaurant radiates the heat of life for a neighborhood that needs it. Just a few blocks south of Roosevelt Boulevard, its bright stucco walls and Spanish-tiled entrance pop out of the grim shadows of North Fifth Street like a sun-splashed island oasis. Sure, you can find the sexy hybrid of "Nuevo Latino" cooking downtown, where plantain wings and ceviche fantasies woo Center City's dinerati.