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January 12, 1992 | By Mary Jane Fine and David Holmberg, Special to the Inquirer
Christopher Columbus slept here. Even as historians, scholars, writers, travelers and just-plain-folk scramble to re-evaluate Columbus in light of contemporary mores, his saga is inseparable from the legend and lore of the oldest city in the Western hemisphere. One does not come to Santo Domingo, founded in 1496, for the beaches. They're in another part of this poor, politically chaotic nation that shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti. One does not come here for trendy restaurants.
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November 14, 2001 | By Jennifer Lin INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Rosanna Ogando, 22, had had it with New York. Even though she had plenty of friends, two jobs and good wages, she no longer felt safe in the city. The World Trade Center disaster convinced her it was time to go home to Santo Domingo. "I'm leaving all the cold weather for you," Ogando joked with her friend Fabio Valenzuela when she stopped by his apparel store in Washington Heights last week to buy sandals. Ogando booked a one-way ticket to the Dominican Republic on American Airlines Flight 587 for Saturday, Nov. 10. But she fell behind on her packing and switched at the last minute to the Monday flight.
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December 11, 1988 | By Michael Sokolove, Special to The Inquirer
Santo Domingo is on the south coast of the Dominican Republic but has no beaches. Its main attractions are its history - it is the oldest city in the Western Hemisphere - and its casinos. There are excellent restaurants in Santo Domingo. Its most ballyhooed dining spot, Lina's, in the Gran Hotel Lina, has been rated among the best restaurants in the Caribbean, although I was not overwhelmed during a visit there. Two other spots, La Bahia and Jai Lai, offered more casual surroundings, nicely prepared local fish and better prices.
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October 25, 1987 | By Edward Power, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sitting under a shade tree beside her terraced carp-breeding ponds and perfectly manicured gardens, Aida Abrigo turned an earnest expression on a visitor and spoke in the measured voice of a fallen matriarch. "Before, when President Marcos was in office, we knew there were problems. But now it has doubled. . . . " For Abrigo, the former mayor of this town on the southeastern coast of Albay province, such an observation seems in character with her quiet, almost imperial manner.
SPORTS
August 26, 2005 | Daily News Wire Services
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - Former Temple star Lynn Greer made three free throws with 1.2 seconds left to lead the United States to a 96-94 victory over Brazil yesterday in the Americas World Championship qualifying tournament. The top four teams in the 10-nation event qualify for next year's FIBA World Championship in Japan. Argentina already has qualified as 2004 Olympic champion.
NEWS
November 16, 1992 | Daily News wire services
SANTO DOMINGO CUBAN AIRLINER HITS MOUNTAIN A Cuban airliner carrying 20 people crashed into a wooded peak near the northern resort city of Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic yesterday, authorities said. Crews evacuating bodies reported no survivors. The Aero Caribe plane, en route from Santo Domingo to Havana, crashed shortly before a scheduled stopover in Puerto Plata, 105 miles northwest of Santo Domingo, airport authorities said. Civil Defense and Red Cross teams working into the night recovered two bodies and were searching for more.
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January 18, 1987 | Inquirer photographs by Vicki Valerio
It was not the typical tropical vacation when more than two dozen South Jersey residents traveled to the Dominican Republic during the fall. The group - eight high school juniors and about 20 Rotary Club members, doctors and other adults - went to see the results of a Rotary fund-raising project aimed at rebuilding the San Salvador Orphanage on the outskirts of Santo Domingo. There, many of the adult visitors donated their professional services, such as medical care. Since 1983, Rotary Clubs from Bordentown to Cape May have raised about $80,000 toward a new dormitory at the orphanage.
NEWS
November 13, 2001 | By Thomas Ginsberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Within minutes of yesterday morning's crash of American Airlines Flight 587 in Queens, Dominicans linked by blood and business between Philadelphia and New York feverishly began dialing family and friends, horrified, in a search for news they didn't want to hear. "A friend of mine was supposed to be on the flight, but he didn't go," Danilo Burgos, a Dominican immigrant and grocer in Philadelphia, said after tracking down one person and waiting for word on others. "We're at a loss for words.
SPORTS
May 2, 2011 | Associated Press
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - Pedro Martinez has virtually ruled out a return to the major leagues and says he is on his way to retirement. The three-time Cy Young Award winner gave an interview that was broadcast yesterday in the Dominican Republic. "I keep active because I have not announced my retirement, because that is something that takes time and you have to plan it. Plus, it is something that the Dominican people expected," Martinez said. Martinez, 38, has not pitched in the majors since the 2009 World Series with the Phillies.
NEWS
June 1, 1988 | By Bonnie Baker, Special to The Inquirer
For most of his life, Tito Gonzales has lived in an orphanage in the poorest section of Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. When he was 5, his mother died. His father, who could not afford to raise Gonzales and his six brothers and three sisters, sent Gonzales and two others to live at the San Salvador Orphanage on the edge of Sabana Perdida, a district in Santo Domingo. Gonzales, 17, who is just learning English, speaks of a love divided between the home he knows and the land in which he finds life so much easier to live.
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December 7, 2015 | By Anna Maria DiDio, For The Inquirer
What could you do with $217? It is certainly not an insignificant amount of money, but would it change your life? That's what I intended to find out during my trip to the Dominican Republic with Women International Leaders (WIL) of Greater Philadelphia. WIL members contribute time, knowledge, and money to raise women's economic and social status, promote self-determination, and help them become community leaders. Early in the week, we toured the lush region of Monte Plata, the future site of Schools for Sustainability, which will teach and model green technology.
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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
July 5, 2011
Not a day goes by that Geancarlo Mendez does not look to the clouds and realize how blessed he is to play for the Lakewood BlueClaws. Mendez came from a broken home in the Dominican Republic and recalls being 6 or 7 years old and watching a major league game on TV with his grandfather, Louis Antonio Contreras. When Contreras noticed him crying, he asked his grandson what was wrong. The toddler replied that he would never be able to play baseball because he didn't have a father to teach him. The next day, Contreras bought him a glove and some inexpensive spikes and took him down to a nearby field.
NEWS
May 4, 2011 | By JULIE SHAW, shawj@phillynews.com 215-854-2592
ALTHOUGH MOST of South Philly's Latino immigrants hail from Mexico, members of a family from the Dominican Republic believe that their father opened the neighborhood's first Hispanic grocery store back in 1975. Felix Fernandez moved from Santo Domingo to New York in 1962, then came to South Philly around 1973. He opened his first store at 5th and Moore a couple of years later while working in maintenance at Bok Technical High School, at 8th and Mifflin streets. The area then was mixed with Italians and blacks and a few Latinos, he said.
SPORTS
May 2, 2011 | Associated Press
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - Pedro Martinez has virtually ruled out a return to the major leagues and says he is on his way to retirement. The three-time Cy Young Award winner gave an interview that was broadcast yesterday in the Dominican Republic. "I keep active because I have not announced my retirement, because that is something that takes time and you have to plan it. Plus, it is something that the Dominican people expected," Martinez said. Martinez, 38, has not pitched in the majors since the 2009 World Series with the Phillies.
NEWS
March 2, 2010 | By Kristin E. Holmes INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Five Westtown School students visiting Chile as part of their senior-class projects are safe after the earthquake that hit Saturday, school officials said yesterday. The students, staying with a host family on a farm near Santiago, were visiting the coastal town of Santo Domingo, 230 miles from Concepci?n, at the time of the magnitude 8.8 quake. Students Elizabeth Spackman, 18, of Uwchland; Taylor Reustle, 17, of Glenmoore; and Abigail Gross and Madison McKee, both 18 and of Malvern, have returned to Santiago and are scheduled to fly home Saturday.
SPORTS
August 9, 2007 | By Ryan Pipke FOR THE INQUIRER
The Council Rock/Northampton Little League all-stars knew they had a spot in the Mid-Atlantic regional semifinals secured before their game against the District of Columbia champions yesterday. But the Pennsylvania champs wanted to avoid a rematch with the powerful New York team until the championship. They accomplished their goal. Council Rock won a wild game at Breen Field, 13-9. The game, which lasted more than three hours, was delayed when umpire John Cote suffered from the hot and humid day and needed an oxygen mask.
SPORTS
June 12, 2007 | Inquirer wire services
Barry Bonds ended a long power outage last night and now stands nine home runs away from breaking Hank Aaron's record of 755. Bonds homered off Toronto's Josh Towers in the fourth inning of an interleague game between the Blue Jays and Giants in San Francisco. The two-run shot was Bonds' 747th overall, but just his first in 14 games. Meanwhile, Heritage Auction Galleries, a Dallas-based auction house said in a news release that it will no longer offer $1 million for the record home run ball if and when Bonds hits it. Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester, whose 2006 season was cut short because of lymphoma, was activated but demoted to triple-A Pawtucket by pitching-rich Boston.
SPORTS
August 26, 2005 | Daily News Wire Services
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - Former Temple star Lynn Greer made three free throws with 1.2 seconds left to lead the United States to a 96-94 victory over Brazil yesterday in the Americas World Championship qualifying tournament. The top four teams in the 10-nation event qualify for next year's FIBA World Championship in Japan. Argentina already has qualified as 2004 Olympic champion.
SPORTS
August 8, 2004 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Frank Thomas plans to return to the Chicago White Sox next season, even if he needs surgery to repair the stress fracture in his left ankle. "I'll be back next year. Where am I going to go?" Thomas said yesterday before the slumping White Sox lost, 6-5, to the Cleveland Indians. "I'm injured right now. I just have to get myself together and come back to play. " On Friday, the White Sox ruled Thomas out for the remainder of this season. The two-time MVP has been on the disabled list since July 10, and the team initially was hoping he would be back the last few weeks.
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