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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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
NEWS
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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July 19, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
The head of a cocaine-smuggling operation that used US Airways baggage handlers to move the product through Philadelphia International Airport was sentenced Friday to 25 years in federal prison. Edwin Fernandez, 37, of Philadelphia, pleaded guilty in January just minutes before his case was set to go to trial on allegations that his operation smuggled more than 330 pounds of cocaine into the country from the Dominican Republic between November 2011 and July 2012. "We're talking about dozens of kilograms of cocaine," Assistant U.S. Attorney Maureen McCartney said.
SPORTS
July 3, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A year ago, on the first day of baseball's international signing period, the Phillies expended a combined $1.55 million to sign a pair of 16-year-old Venezuelan shortstops. On Thursday, when the next period opens, the team with baseball's worst record is expected to spend more than twice that amount on one 16-year-old slugger who boasts what is said to be loads of raw power potential. The Phillies have long been the favorites to land Jhailyn Ortiz, a 6-foot-2, 260-pound Dominican whom Baseball America ranks as the 18th-best prospect in this class.
NEWS
June 18, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
NEWARK, N.J. - A federal judge here on Tuesday denied a motion by Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) to move his corruption trial from New Jersey to Washington. U.S. District Judge William H. Walls rejected almost all of Menendez's arguments in favor of holding the trial in Washington and said a Newark trial would be more convenient to Menendez's constituents. "Justice's workings, such as judicial proceedings, should be readily transparent when possible," Walls said in reading his opinion from the bench.
NEWS
June 11, 2015 | BY JOE BRANDT, Daily News Staff Writer brandtj@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
ADELSO "Adeiry" Matos-Garcia loved to ride his bike, and he died riding it. The aunt he lived with, Yolanda Matos, was proud to call him mi nino , or "my child. " "He would say, 'Aunt, I wish you were my mom, because I love you like a mom,' " Matos told the Daily News by phone last night. "And I said, 'Then love me like your mom, because I consider you my son.' " Matos-Garcia, 17, of Mentor Street near C, was riding his bike Sunday on Cayuga Street near 6th, in Hunting Park, when he was struck and killed by a 1995 Honda Civic.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 2015 | By Layla A. Jones, PHILLY.COM
Wearing a blue-and-purple tie-dye crop top that exposes her hot-pink bra paired with rolled-up jeans shorts and massive platform work boots, Anhia Santana doesn't seem . . . well, even as young as she is, she doesn't like to reveal her age. "I feel like it ruins my brand," said Santana, better known as the visual artist Distortedd. Her "brand" is a collection of captivatingly grotesque illustrations and animations with psychedelic swirls, gross-out oozes, and bouncing body parts that she admits sometimes scare people away.
NEWS
April 3, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) was indicted on 14 counts of federal corruption Wednesday, accused of using his office to help a donor who had lavished him with gifts, including numerous flights on a private jet, a stay in a five-star Paris hotel, and vacations at a luxury resort in the Dominican Republic. In exchange, Menendez, 61, allegedly pressed high-ranking federal officials on issues important to the business and personal affairs of the donor, South Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen.
NEWS
March 11, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez noted last week that he and Dr. Salomon Melgen "celebrate holidays together, have been there for family weddings and funerals, and have given each other birthday, holiday, and wedding presents - just as friends do. " The Florida eye doctor has also spent about a million dollars on campaign donations and vacations for the New Jersey Democrat, who brought Melgen's multimillion-dollar Medicare billing dispute to the attention of...
NEWS
March 9, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.), whose profile has risen in the Senate and on the international stage, is expected to face criminal corruption charges. The charges, first reported by CNN on Friday, could come within weeks, several media outlets reported. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has signed off on the case, CNN said, citing sources briefed on the matter. Menendez said late Friday that he had "always conducted myself appropriately and in accordance with the law," and that "every action" in his 23-year public career "has been based on pursuing the best policies" for New Jersey and the United States.
NEWS
February 19, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
STEPMOTHER Margarita Garabito, accused of fatally beating her 10-year-old stepdaughter, took the stand in her own defense yesterday, telling a jury that the girl's father repeatedly beat the child. Her head lowered and speaking in Spanish with an interpreter at her side, Garabito, at times tearfully, said she did all she could to help the girl, Charlenni Ferreira. Garabito, 48, told the Common Pleas jury during questioning by her lawyer, J. Michael Farrell, that she didn't tell authorities about the abuse because she was afraid of her husband.
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