January 12, 1992 |
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.
November 14, 2001 |
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.
December 11, 1988 |
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.
October 25, 1987 |
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.
August 26, 2005 |
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.
November 16, 1992 |
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.
January 18, 1987 |
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.
November 13, 2001 |
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.
May 2, 2011 |
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.
June 1, 1988 |
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.