May 12, 1995 |
The Perez Family opens with mambo music and a camera-glide down a beach strewn with stuff - so much stuff that it's soon apparent we're watching somebody's dream. There are balls and chairs, bow-tied waiters and potted palms. There are cabanas and classical busts perched on pillars. There are bicycles and prams. There's a vintage automobile with fins like a giant red shark's. There are men dressed in black-tie and women in white gowns wading zombie-like into the water. You get the feeling that Mira Nair, the director, told the prop guys to throw whatever, and whomever, onto the sand.
April 10, 1988 |
What does a Cuban look like? That's what Fernando Boyd finds himself wondering nowadays whenever he passes a man wearing the uniform of the Panamanian Defense Forces. "Some people say if you see a soldier with a mustache and longer hair, it must be a Cuban because the regular Guardia wouldn't allow it," said Boyd, a leader in the Civic Crusade group opposing the regime of PDF strongman, Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega. "But I keep staring at them, and frankly, I can't tell if they're Cuban or not. Many of them look like Panamanians, anyway.
May 3, 1999 |
Cuba's national baseball team headed to Baltimore yesterday, getting an airport send-off from Cuban leader Fidel Castro. After sorting out visa problems that delayed the flight from Havana, the team boarded a charter about 5 p.m. EDT for tonight's exhibition game with the Orioles. However, the delay meant the Cubans had to cancel their workout yesterday at Camden Yards and a reception in the team's honor. The visa problems, concerning some in the delegation of more than 300, were resolved Saturday night.
August 19, 2005 |
Kathleen Parker is a columnist for the Orlando Sentinel Ask 1,000 people when President George W. Bush's birthday is, and 999 probably will shrug. Ask 1,000 Cubans when President Fidel Castro's birthday is, and most likely 999 will know. Just one of the small and delightful differences between a free country and a communist dictatorship. On Saturday, while Bush and a small group of journalists took a 17-mile mountain bike ride on the President's Texas ranch, Castro celebrated his 79th birthday to the usual state-mandated fanfare.
August 3, 2012 |
METETI, Panama - Led by smugglers armed with knives and machetes, Mayra Reyes and 14 other Cubans sloshed through swamps and rivers and suffered hordes of mosquitoes as they struggled across the Darien Gap between Panama and Colombia, the only north-south stretch of the Americas to defy road-builders. After walking for three days, the group reached the foot of a steep, scrubby mountain. There, the smugglers peeled away and told the Cubans they would have to press ahead alone. "I thought I was going to have a heart attack," the hairdresser from Havana told the Associated Press.
May 31, 1991 |
The morning after he thought he would die, Alexi Herrera made it to America. Paddling 120 miles from Cuba, Herrera arrived yesterday in Florida waters, crowded with his brother, cousin and friend onto a haphazard raft made of no more than two tractor-tire inner tubes and two patches of canvas. The four men pushed off from their poverty-stricken homeland at 2 a.m. Sunday. After four days of rowing without even a compass, as sharks circled and the sun baked and their food sank and their hope vanished, the weary men became the most recent arrivals in a new wave of Cuban boat refugees.
April 27, 1987 |
Blas Roca Calderio, 78, a leading theoretician of the Cuban revolution and one-time head of Cuba's Communist Party, has died in Havana, the official Cuban news agency Prensa Latina reported. Mr. Roca died Saturday after a long struggle with cancer. Yesterday, thousands of Cubans poured into the Plaza de la Revolucion, where his body lay in state inside a monument to Cuban independence fighter Jose Marti. About 200,000 people - 10 percent of Havana's population - were expected to pass through the plaza before ceremonies, televised live through the day, ended late yesterday.
May 30, 2013 |
HAVANA - Cuban authorities said Tuesday that they would begin offering public Internet access at more than 100 cyber-salons across the island, though home Web service would remain greatly restricted. Starting next Tuesday, people can sign up with state telecom Etecsa for temporary or permanent accounts to use one of the 118 centers, according to a measure enacted with its publication in the government's Official Gazette. Until now, the Internet has been limited to places such as tourist hotels that charge $8 an hour for creaky WiFi, foreign-run companies, and some sectors of Cuban business and government.
April 25, 2015 |
Traveling outside Cuba for the first time, Armando Lorenzo Munnet was moved to tears Wednesday by the warm welcome he received at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, an astonishing array of world-famous race cars on exhibit near Philadelphia International Airport. Munnet, 42, a resourceful car mechanic, is one of the stars of Havana Motor Club, a documentary about drag racing in Cuba that had its world premiere in New York City last week. "Already, I am overwhelmed," said Munnet, who pointed to the hairs bristling on his forearm as he entered the hangar-like building where dozens of champion cars, dating back a century, are on permanent display.
September 13, 1988 |
"Comunista! Comunista!" Marta Cunzio, a clothing factory worker, let out a piercing, acrimonious scream yesterday at the corner of Bergenline Avenue and 48th Street in this Cuban enclave of Hudson County, just minutes before the arrival of George Bush, her choice for president. With dozens of other Cuban-Americans, she screamed at about 20 supporters of Democratic presidential nominee Michael S. Dukakis, who, with anti- Republican signs and a little bitterness of their own, were attempting to disrupt the harmony of a Bush rally.