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May 15, 2003 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
The Montreal Expos still could be playing some of their home games in San Juan next year. Baseball officials have been talking with a Puerto Rican promoter about returning to Hiram Bithorn Stadium if no permanent decision is made on the Expos' future home. Northern Virginia, Portland, Ore., and Washington, D.C., are trying to lure the Expos, but baseball wants financing in place for a ballpark before making a decision. To raise revenue this year, baseball moved 22 of the Expos' 81 home games from Montreal to San Juan.
SPORTS
December 11, 2003 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
The Montreal Expos say they are close to signing an agreement to move 22 games to San Juan, Puerto Rico, for a second straight season. The games would be played over three homestands, all before the all-star break, the Expos said in a statement yesterday. None of the proposed games in Puerto Rico involves the Phillies. Rockies. Colorado brought back one of the franchise's most popular players, agreeing to a $2.1 million, one-year contract with third baseman Vinny Castilla.
SPORTS
December 27, 1997 | Daily News Wire Services
Just as Jim Boeheim feared, the real Michigan team showed up. "This is the Michigan team people thought they'd be," Boeheim said after the Wolverines' 93-61 rout of his previously unbeaten and 19th-ranked Syracuse Orangemen last night for the championship of the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic in San Juan, Puerto Rico. "They've got four McDonald's All-Americans who are all juniors and seniors. They're playing well and they're tough to handle," Boeheim said. Louis Bullock scored 24 points as Michigan (10-3)
SPORTS
October 23, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
Baseball and its union are moving closer to an agreement that would shift 22 Montreal Expos games to San Juan for the second consecutive season. Expos players, who previously said they were against returning to Puerto Rico, participated in a telephone conference call yesterday with Gene Orza, the No. 2 official of the players' association, and he said an agreement was "within reach. " "I'm fairly confident that with some reasonability and good faith by major league baseball that we could conclude an agreement," Orza said.
TRAVEL
December 9, 2012 | By Suzanne Van Atten, ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION
PONCE, Puerto Rico - There was a time, not that long ago, when visitors to Puerto Rico's second-largest city were cautioned not to stray from the central plaza after dark. Many of Ponce's ornate 19th-century buildings were vacant and falling to pieces, and the poorly lit streets were made even shadier by some of the characters who roamed them looking for handouts - or worse. What a difference a few years make. Ponce has undergone a dramatic recovery that has restored its status as La Perla del Sur (the Pearl of the South)
NEWS
May 12, 1989 | By Joseph R. Daughen and Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writers
Under terms of an agreement approved last night, the DuPont Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, will pay between $85 million and $100 million to settle lawsuits filed after a fire killed 97 persons there on Dec. 31, 1986. Sources said a second agreement, in which the Sheraton Hotel Corp. will pay $36 million to the survivors of the victims and 140 others injured in the fire, is nearly completed. Sheraton sold the hotel to the DuPont Plaza. U.S. District Judge Louis C. Bechtle, of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, supervised the settlement negotiations.
NEWS
May 26, 1988 | By Gerald B. Jordan, Inquirer Washington Bureau
Two jet airliners, whose pilots said they were assigned the same altitude by air traffic controllers, came within 300 feet of colliding head-on north of Puerto Rico on Monday, officials said yesterday. The planes, each flying at more than 500 m.p.h., were carrying a total of 286 people. The pilots of the Pan Am and American Airlines jetliners reported the incident to the Federal Aviation Administration, according to the airlines. Pan Am Flight 217, an A-300 Airbus carrying 131 passengers and a crew of 10, was en route from New York's John F. Kennedy Airport to Caracas, Venezuela, when it crossed from JFK air traffic control into San Juan control, according to Pamela Hanlon, a spokeswoman for Pan Am. It was assigned an altitude of 29,000 feet, she said.
NEWS
March 19, 1995 | Associated Press / RUSSELL BUSBY
The Rev. Billy Graham, with technology's help, tried to reach a billion people during last week's "Global Mission," the peak of his 50-year crusade. He started with an audience of 23,000 in San Juan, Puerto Rico; then his message was translated into 102 languages, to be sent by satellite, television and video worldwide.
SPORTS
August 10, 2000 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
The Phillies junior baseball team lost to two-time defending champion San Juan, 10-0, yesterday and was eliminated from the RBI World Series in Orlando, Fla. Mario Martino was the losing pitcher for the Phillies, who ended the 10-team tournament with a 2-3 record. The Phillies softball team lost the first two games of its tournament. Genevieve Pepitone was the losing pitcher in both games when the Phillies lost to San Juan, 11-3, and Montreal, 12-3. The softball team plays again today, at 11 a.m against Miami and at 1:30 p.m. against Denver.
SPORTS
May 12, 2011 | Associated Press
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Former NBA and University of Michigan player Robert "Tractor" Traylor, 34, has died. Police in San Juan, Puerto Rico, said in a statement that he was found dead Wednesday on the bedroom floor of his oceanfront apartment. Police and Traylor's team, the Bayamon Cowboys, said he had been missing for a few days and apparently died from a heart attack. The Cowboys said Traylor was injured and had not been playing. They suspended their game Wednesday night because of his death.
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December 9, 2012 | By Suzanne Van Atten, ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION
PONCE, Puerto Rico - There was a time, not that long ago, when visitors to Puerto Rico's second-largest city were cautioned not to stray from the central plaza after dark. Many of Ponce's ornate 19th-century buildings were vacant and falling to pieces, and the poorly lit streets were made even shadier by some of the characters who roamed them looking for handouts - or worse. What a difference a few years make. Ponce has undergone a dramatic recovery that has restored its status as La Perla del Sur (the Pearl of the South)
NEWS
February 16, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
SAN JUAN - A longtime Puerto Rico mayor was arrested in a restaurant parking lot yesterday and accused by federal prosecutors of accepting $55,000 in bribes from developers. Sol Luis Fontanez, who has been mayor of the U.S. territory's northern coastal town of Barceloneta for 23 years and is seeking re-election this year, was arrested at lunchtime, U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez said. Prosecutor Charles Walsh said that Fontanez started demanding bribes last year for the sale of two municipal properties to commercial developers, and that Fontanez received $55,000 in cash, sometimes accepting the payments while in his office.
BUSINESS
July 15, 2011 | By Jingwen Hu, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eighty to 90 longshoremen in Philadelphia will lose work hours due to Sea Star Line L.L.C.'s decision to suspend its service at Tioga Marine Terminal starting next Friday, Robert Palaima, president of the Delaware River Stevedores, said Thursday. Longshoremen load and unload ships, and the loss of hours will vary depending on craft and seniority, Palaima said. "It was a surprise to us. They told us Wednesday that it is a combination of insufficient volume and rising fuel costs that is causing them to suspend the service," said Robert Blackburn, senior deputy executive director of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority.
SPORTS
May 12, 2011 | Associated Press
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Former NBA and University of Michigan player Robert "Tractor" Traylor, 34, has died. Police in San Juan, Puerto Rico, said in a statement that he was found dead Wednesday on the bedroom floor of his oceanfront apartment. Police and Traylor's team, the Bayamon Cowboys, said he had been missing for a few days and apparently died from a heart attack. The Cowboys said Traylor was injured and had not been playing. They suspended their game Wednesday night because of his death.
SPORTS
May 12, 2011 | Associated Press
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Robert Traylor, the former NBA and University of Michigan big man nicknamed "Tractor" because of his hulking frame, has died. He was 34. Described as a "gentle giant" with a generous smile, Traylor played 7 years in the NBA. He is perhaps most remembered, however, for his career at Michigan, where he was a standout for three seasons but became embroiled in a major scandal involving a booster. Police in San Juan said Traylor was found dead yesterday on the bedroom floor of his oceanfront apartment.
NEWS
July 18, 2010
Drug figure held in Puerto Rico SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Federal authorities arrested a fugitive alleged drug kingpin Saturday after a decade-long hunt through the Caribbean marked by his narrow escapes and public taunting that he paid off police to remain free. Known as the Pablo Escobar of the Caribbean, Jose Figueroa Agosto was caught, wearing a wig, while driving through a working-class neighborhood of San Juan. When he realized he was being followed, he tried to run away as he had in September in the Dominican Republic after a pursuing vice squad shot out a tire on his Jeep.
SPORTS
November 23, 2009 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Coach Tom Izzo won his 340th game at Michigan State, tying the school record for victories in the No. 2 Spartans' 90-60 win over Valparaiso yesterday in East Lansing, Mich. Izzo shares the record with mentor Jud Heathcote. Chris Allen scored 22 points to lead Michigan State (4-0) and Kalin Lucas added 15. Brandon Wood had 24 points for Valparaiso (1-3). Kansas State 83, Dayton 75 - Jacob Pullen scored 26 points and Denis Clemente added 21 to lead the Wildcats (4-1)
NEWS
July 14, 2009 | By Matt Katz INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Carlos Castro arrived in Camden from Puerto Rico a quarter-century ago, unable to muster a word of English as a student at East Camden Middle School. But he kept a notepad in his pocket and wrote down everything he saw on the street. At the end of each day, he looked up his observations in a Spanish-English dictionary, memorizing the new words. So, yesterday morning, when Castro's father looked into his eyes and pulled him close, Castro was able to swiftly - and emotionally - translate his father's words into English.
SPORTS
March 13, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Pedro Martinez has caught the attention of Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti. Colletti said yesterday at spring training that he is "curious" about the possibility of filling the team's fifth spot in the rotation with the free-agent righthander. Martinez pitched six innings of one-hit ball for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic last week. Manager Joe Torre calls Martinez, 37, a competitor who might have lost some zip on his fastball but still has lots of mound savvy.
NEWS
March 28, 2008 | By John Shiffman INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A new pay-to-play scandal - Caribbean style - erupted yesterday as four Philadelphia fund-raisers were charged with conspiring to raise illegal campaign contributions for Puerto Rico's governor. The indictment of Gov. An?bal Acevedo Vil?, a Democrat, ensnared one of Pennsylvania's most prolific fund-raisers, Robert M. Feldman of Gladwyne. Feldman has brought in more than $1 million for Sen. Bob Casey Jr., Gov. Rendell, former Mayor John F. Street, and former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey.
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