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October 20, 2011 | By Ezequiel Abiu Lopez, Associated Press
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - The government of the Dominican Republic announced a new crackdown on illegal immigration Wednesday that will lead to the ouster of thousands of Haitians who escaped a devastating earthquake last year. Any migrants lacking appropriate documents will be deported immediately, said Immigration Director Jose Ricardo Taveras. "Starting today, those who come to our country should arrive with a standard visa," he said. The proposal was signed by President Leonel Fernandez and aims to document and classify all migrants according to their work and migration status for the first time in the country's history.
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November 8, 2010 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jamie Moyer went to the Dominican Republic to prove he could still pitch. Ultimately, he may have ended his career there while throwing in a winter ball game. Moyer reportedly reinjured his left elbow in the third inning of a start Saturday for Escogido of the Dominican Winter League. The lefthander, who turns 48 next week, is a free agent and was hoping for a major-league invitation to spring training after pitching parts of five seasons in Philadelphia. Instead, according to the Associated Press, Moyer traveled to California to seek a new diagnosis from Lewis Yocum, the specialist who told Moyer he did not need Tommy John surgery after injuring the elbow in July.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 1999 | By Gerald Etter, INQUIRER FOOD EDITOR
Foods of the Latino world are proliferating like potatoes in the Andes, so it wasn't too surprising to find a Dominican restaurant washing up onto the restaurant beach in Old City. Its name is Sabooor. In Spanish, sabor means flavor. The extra O's, says owner Amara Martinez, emphasize just how pleasing her native cuisine can be. The restaurant, while warm and cheerful with bright splashes of sun-filled Caribbean charm, is quite small. But its soul is large, and perfect for showcasing the dishes of the Dominican Republic.
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October 24, 1986 | By Edward Power, Inquirer Staff Writer
Down at the Lucky Seven bar, the Peace Corps volunteers had commandeered one of the best tables, no more than a few feet from the color TV tuned to what Dominicans ardently call Las Serias Mundial - The World Series. It was the sixth inning of the second game between the Mets and the Red Sox, and Rafael Santana, a hometown hero from La Romana, was at bat. With the count at 1-1, Santana connected with an inside fastball that burned like a meteor toward the left-center-field gap before suddenly going cold in a shortstop's glove.
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October 1, 1998 | By Gaiutra Bahadur, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
On the wall behind John Ober's desk hangs a map of Hispaniola, the two-nation Caribbean island hit last week by Hurricane Georges. Green delineates Haiti, and yellow sets the parameters of Ober's livelihood, the Dominican Republic. Right now, that livelihood is on hiatus as the Dominican Republic tries to recoup from the storm, which ripped the roofs off factories and warehouses that supply goods for Ober's shipping company, Del Lines. Ober dispatches a variety of goods, mainly fabrics and automobiles, to the ports of Boca Chico and Rio Haina in the Dominican Republic.
NEWS
April 22, 1998 | By Laura Barnhardt, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Sebastian Padilla, a 61-year-old immigrant from the Dominican Republic, will never live freely in the United States again. Yesterday, Montgomery County Court Judge Richard J. Hodgson sentenced Padilla to 10 to 20 years in state prison for the 1997 murder of a Norristown drug dealer. "If Padilla makes it out alive, he will be deported," said Assistant District Attorney Leonard Feldman. Padilla, who immigrated to the United States in 1980, was convicted by a jury in February of third-degree murder in the stabbing death of Luis Fabian, a 33-year-old auto mechanic known on the street as "Flaco," a cocaine dealer.
SPORTS
March 17, 2013 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
It will be a Dutch treat for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic - the only games that count for anything right now - after Wandy Rodriguez pitched six scoreless innings and three relievers completed a three-hitter in a 2-0 win over Puerto Rico in Miami on Saturday. Carlos Santana homered in the fifth and Francisco Pena knocked in an insurance run with a single in the eighth for the Dominicans. Both teams had already qualified for the semifinals in San Francisco, and were playing for seedings.
SPORTS
July 16, 1995 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A friend of Mariano Duncan's, who served as a live-in security guard at the player's Dominican Republic home, was shot and killed during a robbery there early yesterday morning, the Phillies infielder said. Duncan originally had planned to miss the Phillies' games last night and today, but he decided to return to the ball club because he feared he might react too harshly if he journeyed to his homeland. "I was going to go, but I'm angry and upset," he said, "and when you feel that way, you might do something crazy.
NEWS
May 2, 1999 | By Mary Anne Janco, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Building block walls for 10 days in the tropical heat of the Dominican Republic is one tough job assignment. But when the call went out, there was no shortage of volunteers among students at the Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades. The goal of building a small hospital that is desperately needed in the impoverished village of Paraiso has inspired students to put their trade to work in a third-world country. For some students, such as Rich Conley, 22, of Drexel Hill, a senior masonry student, it will be their second trip to Paraiso.
SPORTS
August 22, 1993 | By Dick Weiss, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Felipe Lopez made his first trip back to the Dominican Republic in four years last week, but it was doubtful he had to reintroduce himself when he started practice with the national basketball team for the Central America championships. Lopez, who was born in Santiago, is a celebrity in a country that normally saves its reverence for the major-league baseball players it produces. Newspapers have chronicled his career since he was a freshman prodigy at New York's Rice High School in the Bronx.
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May 30, 2014 | BY TYLER R. TYNES, Daily News Staff Writer tynest@phillynews.com
FORMER ST. JOHN'S forward Orlando Sanchez will work out with the Sixers tomorrow, his agent confirmed. The franchise has seven picks in the upcoming draft, set for June 26 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Sixers have the third and the 10th overall picks, which were decided in last week's lottery, and they also have five second-round choices. Sanchez, a 6-9, 232-pound forward from Nagua, Dominican Republic, averaged 7.4 points and 5.6 rebounds this past season, his lone season with the Red Storm.
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April 25, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
ALLENTOWN - The Phillies believe they have a long-term solution at third base, a revolving-door position filled mostly by players from outside their farm system since Scott Rolen ascended to baseball heaven - that's St. Louis, in case you've forgotten - in the middle of the 2002 season. What the Phillies don't know and won't know for a while is the name attached to that solution. Maybe it's Cody Asche. It's his job to lose, and some would argue he's doing a pretty good job of losing it. To be fair, he has a history of being a slow starter, and he deserves a lot more than three weeks to prove himself.
SPORTS
March 21, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
JUST WATCH HIM. Keep your eye on Ronald Roberts Jr. when St. Joseph's plays Connecticut tonight in the NCAA Tournament. He is a 6-8 senior, slight and springy, the closest thing the Hawks have to a center. Still, with an NBA vertical and a 7-foot wingspan, he's worth a look. Your jaw will drop when he blocks a shot with his elbow, as he did against Dayton in the Atlantic 10 Tournament on Friday. You won't believe it when he rams in a tip-slam, his head hovering above the rim, as he did later in that game.
SPORTS
February 21, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Tommy Joseph unwrapped the plastic that covered a red Nike chest protector and shin guards. While seated at his locker, he strapped the new equipment to his body, and approved. For Joseph, just being able to wear catcher's gear was gratifying. His future behind the plate was jeopardized last season because of persistent concussion symptoms. It limited him to 36 minor-league games. When asked how many career concussions he has endured, Joseph said, "Three, I think.
NEWS
February 19, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
WEST CHESTER An international fugitive accused of scamming an elderly Chester County man out of more than $260,000 has been arrested in the Dominican Republic and deported to Pennsylvania to face charges, according to law enforcement officials. Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan said Jack Mayer stole the money from an 84-year-old East Caln Township man by telling him he had won a $3.5 million sweepstakes, and needed to pay the taxes and fees before receiving his prize.
SPORTS
February 15, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Antonio Bastardo's standing in the Phillies organization was never endangered. The lefthander knew as much the day he called Ruben Amaro Jr. last August to tell the general manager he was suspended 50 games for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal. "Take the suspension," Bastardo remembered Amaro saying. "We're not going to make it this year. I need you for next year. " Bastardo forfeited about $460,000, but the stain will linger. He admitted Thursday to violating Major League Baseball's joint drug agreement.
SPORTS
February 14, 2014 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com CLEARWATER, Fla. - The questions might be warranted, but the Antonio Bastardo who pitched in the Dominican Republic this winter looked a lot like the one who dominated the National League in 2013 before a 50-game suspension for a performance-enhancing drug ended his season. In 14 innings for Los Gigantes, Bastardo struck out 24, walked six, and allowed only three earned runs while holding opposing batters to a .160 average. "I feel great," the 28-year-old lefty said. "I'm ready to go." Last year, Bastardo pitched great, logging an average of 9.9 strikeouts, 4.4 walks and 0.4 home runs per nine innings along with a 2.32 ERA. Then came the suspension for his connection to the Biogensis Clinic in Miami whose alleged PED operation resulted in the discipline of 13 players. Yesterday, Bastardo did not dance around the topic. "I made a mistake and paid the price," he said. And he didn't hide from his teammates: "Anybody that comes to me and asks me a question, I answer." Or his employers: "I talked to them already, yes. People make mistakes and I made one. I talked to Ruben Amaro and the manager and everything." If he makes the mistake again, it will mean a 100-game suspension without pay. Bastardo said it won't happen. "I can tell you one thing: I can control what I can control," Bastardo said. "Things that happened that I can't control, I can't do anything about it. They made the decision they were suspending us. We had to take it. They said if you guys appeal, you guys are going to get 100-game suspensions. I'm not going to do anything to make me suspended for a longer time. That's what I did. Just take the 50 games." This year, Bastardo figures to reprise his role as a setup man in front of closer Jonathan Papelbon. Along with surgically repaired righthander Mike Adams and several hard-throwing young players who showed growth last season, the Phillies are optimistic that the bullpen woes that beset them in 2012 and 2013 will be a thing of the past
CLEARWATER, Fla. — The questions might be warranted, but the Antonio Bastardo who pitched in the Dominican Republic this winter looked a lot like the one who dominated the National League in 2013 before a 50-game suspension for a performance-enhancing drug ended his season. In 14 innings for Los Gigantes, Bastardo struck out 24, walked six, and allowed only three earned runs while holding opposing batters to a .160 average. "I feel great," the 28-year-old lefty said. "I'm ready to go. " Last year, Bastardo pitched great, logging an average of 9.9 strikeouts, 4.4 walks and 0.4 home runs per nine innings along with a 2.32 ERA. Then came the suspension for his connection to the Biogensis Clinic in Miami whose alleged PED operation resulted in the discipline of 13 players.
SPORTS
November 6, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The St. Joseph's basketball community is extremely happy that 6-foot-8 senior Ronald Roberts Jr. eventually outgrew skateboarding. Even though he grew up in a basketball family - his mother and father played professionally overseas - Roberts' sport of choice for much of his youth was skateboarding. He said he really didn't become serious about basketball until his sophomore year at Bayonne (N.J.) High, which he attended before transferring to St. Peter's Prep for his final two years.
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August 26, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maikel Franco bashed his 29th homer Saturday afternoon, a day that was noteworthy because the Phillies' top prospect played a new position. He moved across the diamond to start at first base for the first time in his career. "It's just to give him another position he could go to," assistant general manager Benny Looper said. "His bat is coming quick, it looks like. He's probably going to be limited to third or first. He's never played first, so we wanted to break him in and see if that's a possibility.
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August 7, 2013 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
Javert: You are a thief. Jean Valjean: I stole a loaf of bread. Javert: You robbed a house! Jean Valjean: I broke a window pane. My sister's child was close to death. And we were starving. Javert: And you still starve again unless you learn the meaning of the law.     WHEN ANTONIO Bastardo stepped onto the mound at Turner Field on April 3 for his first appearance of the 2013 season, the Phillies reliever had already pocketed more salary than most of his countrymen will in the entire fiscal year.
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