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September 26, 1988 | ANDREA MIHALIK/ DAILY NEWS
How does a city celebrate Puerto Rican pride? Yesterday, during the 25th annual Puerto Rican Week Festival parade, Carlitto Rodriguez and his sister Christiana did a bit of flag-waving; and Antionia Ngo, with her son, Steven, rode on a float sponsored by the Hispanic Heritage Committee. Despite the weather, about 4,000 people marched in the parade, which featured salsa king Tito Puente.
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October 1, 1990 | G. LOIE GROSSMANN/ DAILY NEWS
On the first weekend of autumn, as Philadelphia basked in Caribbean-like temperatures, the city's Puerto Rican community whooped it up on the Ben Franklin Parkway. A parade marking the end of the 27th annual Puerto Rican Week Festival drew 8,000 spectators, according to police, though organizers estimated the crowd was closer to 25,000. This year's theme was "atrevete," which means "dare to" in Spanish, as in "dare to vote. " Non-partisan officials registered hundreds to vote, but it was the colorful floats, clamorous bands and flag-waving, horn-honking spectators that highlighted the event.
NEWS
September 28, 1987 | By Roy H. Campbell, Inquirer Staff Writer
With scores of red, white and blue flags waving in the wind, with the strains of festive music blaring from truck beds and speaker-equipped hatchback cars, with little girls dressed as tiny princesses and little boys wearing velvet crowns, the parade wound its way down the Parkway. Crowds three deep lined the route, singing, shouting, cheering and dancing in the streets for the 24th annual Puerto Rican Day Parade. The 90-minute parade began at 20th Street and the Parkway and moved to 17th and Chestnut Streets, inching along Chestnut to Independence Mall.
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July 28, 2000 | by Sono Motoyama, Daily News Staff Writer
Cibucan has buzz. Shortly after the restaurant opened at the end of May, people began telling me about this new "Cuban" place on Sansom Street near the Roxy. I decided to check it out with my friend Mike, who had just recently returned from a trip to Cuba. Expecting a no-frills rice-and-beans joint, we were surprised by the stylish decor and inventive tapas menu. As it turns out, Cibucan (the Taino word for "extract") actually bills itself as a "Latin fusion" restaurant. Co-owner Francesca Prieto, with her varied background - art and architecture at Penn, former wife of Caribou Cafe owner Bruno Puget, importer for the trend-setting store Anthropologie - was able to assemble some interesting young talent.
NEWS
June 19, 2001
Relentless military maneuvers on economically and ecologically devastated Vieques - without regard for the welfare of its inhabitants or the consent of Puerto Rico's government - have been an affront to most Puerto Ricans. . . . A consensus has formed around the recognition that commonwealth status [for Puerto Rico] is no longer appropriate . . . It is time to initiate a transition process to grant Puerto Rico its independence - an independence grounded in economic security, mutual respect and appreciation for the contributions that Puerto Rico and its people have given the United States during the long American century.
NEWS
March 19, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - Mitt Romney scored an overwhelming win yesterday in Puerto Rico's Republican presidential primary, trouncing Rick Santorum on the Caribbean island even as the two rivals looked ahead to more competitive contests this week in Illinois and Louisiana. The victory in the U.S. territory was so convincing that Romney, the GOP front-runner, won all 20 delegates to the national convention at stake because he prevailed with more than 50 percent of the vote. That padded his comfortable lead over Santorum in the race to amass the 1,144 delegates needed to clinch the nomination.
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March 19, 2012 | By Philip Elliott and Ben Fox, Associated Press
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Mitt Romney scored an overwhelming win Sunday in Puerto Rico's Republican presidential primary, trouncing chief rival Rick Santorum on the Caribbean island even as the two candidates looked ahead to more competitive contests this week in Illinois and Louisiana. The victory in the U.S. territory was so convincing that Romney, the GOP front-runner, won all 20 delegates to the national convention at stake because he got more than 50 percent of the vote. With 54 percent of precincts reporting, Romney had 83 percent to Santorum's 8 percent.
NEWS
September 22, 1990 | By Michael B. Coakley, Inquirer Staff Writer
A suspect has been arrested in the March shooting death of 16-year-old Victor "Pete" Vargas, whose slaying prompted an outbreak of firebombings, vandalism, threats and fear in a North Philadelphia community. Jose Figueroa, 20, whose last known address was on Mutter Street near Berks Street in North Philadelphia, was apprehended Thursday at a public housing project in Luquilla, Puerto Rico, according to Wayne R. Gilbert, special agent in charge of the Philadelphia office of the FBI. A federal arrest warrant issued against Figueroa on April 5 charges him with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
SPORTS
November 21, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
POLICE IN Puerto Rico said former boxing champion Hector "Macho" Camacho Sr. had been shot and critically wounded Tuesday night in Bayamon, near San Juan. The Associated Press reported that doctors and Camacho's spokesman said the former boxer was expected to survive. Police said Camacho was shot in neck and face while in a car outside a bar. A second man in the car also was shot and killed but authorities said it is not clear what relationship, if any, Camacho had with the victim.
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August 12, 2016 | By Kevin Riordan, Columnist
It was 1949 and Julian Nunez-Diaz had recently arrived in New York City. He was 33, with a fourth-grade education, not a word of English, and a family back in Puerto Rico hoping to join him if he found work. A friend suggested he look for a job down in Camden. So that's what he did. "I washed dishes at a restaurant near the Philadelphia [now Ben Franklin] Bridge," recalls Nunez-Diaz, who turns 100 on Friday. "I learned to cook while I worked at Ponzio's in Brooklawn and then I got a job cooking at Kenny's, across from City Hall, in 1956.
NEWS
August 6, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
A drug trafficking organization smuggled $23.2 million worth of cocaine from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic into Philadelphia and stored the drugs in a North Philadelphia warehouse, according to the state Attorney General's Office. Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announced the arrest of six men at a news conference Thursday and said each had been charged with drug distribution, conspiracy, and related offenses. Three of the suspects - Francisco Severino-Ortega, 54, and Juan Rojas, 32, both of New York City, and Argenis Dioscoris Grullon, 37, of Allentown - were arrested after two vehicle stops at Lehigh and Trenton Avenues in Kensington during which authorities seized about 40 kilograms of cocaine, Kane said.
NEWS
July 28, 2016 | By Samantha Melamed, Staff Writer
Like thousands of other delegates to the Democratic National Convention this week, Gendy Tchuda made her way to Philadelphia by plane. Unlike most, the 25-year-old from Bayamon, Puerto Rico, bought a one-way ticket. "There's no jobs in Puerto Rico right now," said Tchuda, who's been searching fruitlessly for work since graduating from the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras in May 2015. "If I can get an opportunity, I would stay here. " Tchuda is among 23 Bernie Sanders delegates from Puerto Rico, which sent 67 delegates altogether.
NEWS
July 24, 2016 | By Samantha Melamed, Staff Writer
This week, 4,765 delegates from 50 states, five territories, and the District of Columbia are arriving in Philadelphia. That's 4,765 life stories, and 4,765 sets of ideologies, priorities, hopes, and attitudes about what the Democratic National Convention should achieve. Delegates range in age from their teens to their 90s. They are gay and straight, and transgender. They span all races and ethnicities. They include members of Congress, governors, and party leaders, but also students, unemployed people, schoolteachers, mechanics, web developers, lawyers, and retirees.
NEWS
June 17, 2016 | By Mike Newall, Columnist
In a strip mall in Kissimmee, a small city just south of Orlando that is home to a large Hispanic community, flowers and religious candles fill the sidewalk in front of Juan and Luis' beauty salon. "Juan and Luis, two humans of love. You will be in our hearts," reads one of the Magic Marker remembrances taped to the window. Shy Juan Rivera Velasquez, 37, who cut hair and met customers with a kiss and a hug. Outgoing Luis Daniel Conde, 39, who turned the techno up loud and moved to the music as he managed the shop.
NEWS
June 16, 2016
Bipartisan legislation that creates a federal oversight board to prevent Puerto Rico from falling into an economic abyss may have the added benefit of putting some distance between congressional Republicans and Donald Trump, their party's presumptive presidential nominee, whose mercurial outbursts attacking immigrants repulse many Latin American citizens. Puerto Rico, which has $72 billion in bond debt and more than $30 billion in unfunded pension liabilities, faces a July 1 deadline to make a $1.9 billion debt payment.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, STAFF WRITER
The Philadelphia Latino Film Festival (PHLAFF) returns this weekend for its fifth year with a selection of 21 films (with a focus on shorts and documentaries), a panel discussion, and a youth workshop. Selections this year include films from Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Peru, and, of course, the United States. Festival director Marangeli Mejia-Rabell said she hoped that PHLAFF not only raised the profile of minority filmmakers, but also inspired community activism.
NEWS
June 8, 2016 | By Emma Platoff, Staff Writer
Fabiola Paonessa was at an airport in Puerto Rico this April, about to leave for New York on a spring-break trip with her family, when she learned that she, along with the other students involved in her school's production of Homeroom, the Musical , would be coming to the Philadelphia area this month. The message came first to parents of the Colegio PonceƱo cast and crew. When Paonessa saw the email on her mother's phone, she said, she started "jumping up and down, screaming my lungs out. " She spread word to her fellow cast members, and soon the rallying cry went up: "Philly!
BUSINESS
May 29, 2016 | By Mark Zandi
Here's a feel-good economic story. It's still being written, and it won't have a storybook ending, but given that it involves Washington, we should be thrilled it doesn't end in tragedy. Puerto Rico is the story. The island's finances and economy are a wreck. The territory's government and public institutions have amassed a stunning amount of debt over the years and are now choking on the principal and interest payments. Last year, the island shelled out 40 percent of its tax revenue making these payments, compared with 5 percent for the typical state.
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