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?
April 17, 2000 |
The barbecue at the White House was in full swing. But in August 1994, President Clinton slipped away from his 48th-birthday party to quench a fire: growing unrest among Cuban Americans over the administration's crackdown on Cuban refugees picked up at sea. The problem was serious and obvious. And, much like the current struggle over the future of 6-year-old Elian Gonzalez, it had as much to do with domestic politics as with foreign policy. Though they represent less than 1 percent of the population nationwide, Cuban Americans wield considerable political influence on the one issue they care about most: their homeland.
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.
April 9, 2000 |
Somewhere in the blue-green expanse of the Florida Straits, the teenage boy bobbed on his makeshift raft, sending up unspoken prayers that the sharks would not devour him and that warm, compassionate currents would deliver him to the other side, to libertad, to freedom. Like thousands of others before and since, Julio Vila reached American shores - on his third try. "Two times I tried, two times I was caught," Vila, now 53, said on Friday as he stood with other protesters outside Elian Gonzalez's home in Miami and recalled events decades ago. "I was six years in Cuban jail.
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)
January 9, 2000 |
Cuban American leaders yesterday decided to temporarily halt street protests in Miami against the return of a 6-year-old boy to his father in Cuba. "We have called for a cautious, temporary hold of the civil-disobedience campaign," said Ramon Saul Sanchez, head of Democracy Movement. About 100 protesters had been arrested since Thursday, and another protest was planned tomorrow to block access to Miami International Airport. The organizers cited a "more positive course" in the custody battle over Elian Gonzalez.
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.
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.
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.