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September 9, 1994
There exists within our hemisphere a nation that has embodied all of the goals and ideals that President Clinton envisions for America. It is a nation where all citizens have universal health coverage and no one is allowed to own a gun. That nation is Cuba. RON YORKE Reseda
April 25, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Now that didn't take long. A little over a week after Los Angeles Magazine broke the story of Yasiel Puig's harrowing escape from Cuba to become the Dodgers' star outfielder, the rights to the Jesse Katz article have been sold to Hollywood. And good luck casting that part. Brett Ratner and his RatPac Entertainment made the purchase. Ratner is the director who gave Marvel possibly its worst movie, “X-Men: The Last Stand.” Purchase of the story was broken by The Hollywood Reporter , which, it should be noted, is owned by executives of Guggenheim Partners, which just happen to own the Dodgers.
August 23, 2011
Cuba at the Bowl With: Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club with Omara Portuondo; Arturo Sandoval with Natalie Cole and the L.A. All Star Big Band; Ninety Miles Where: Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood When: 8 p.m. Wednesday Tickets: $1 to $130 Information: (323) 850-2000 or
April 23, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Cuba Gooding Jr. and his wife have separated, according to several reports out Wednesday. The Academy Award-winner, 46, and Sara Kapfer have been married for 20 years, People , TMZ  and Us Weekly said, with Kapfer filing for legal separation in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday. She cited "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the split. PHOTOS: Celebrity splits of 2014 The pair were high school sweethearts and wed in 1994. They have three children together.
March 16, 2013
Re "Cross Cuba off the blacklist," Editorial, March 13 I toured Cuba last week as part of a college alumni educational exchange and saw firsthand the effects of the 50-plus-year-old U.S. embargo. Cuba is changing slowly, and it is time for the U.S. to reevaluate its hostility to this imperfect island nation. Cuba has made some egregious blunders, but our record is not spotless either. Carolyn A. Scheer Irvine ALSO: Letters: Prayer for the pope Letters: A stand-alone MOCA Letters: A taxing debate on gun control
November 22, 2009 | From The Los Angeles Times
ITALY Presentation David Farley discusses his new book, "An Irreverent Curiosity: In Search of the Church's Strangest Relic in Italy's Oddest Town," an account of his time living in a Bohemian hill town near Rome. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 56 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. CUBA Slide show Mort Loveman will present "Cuba: A Cultural Experience." When, where: 1 p.m. Wednesday at Roxbury Park Community Center, 471 S. Roxbury Drive, Beverly Hills.
October 6, 2011 | By W. Blake Gray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
At 6 a.m. on Oct. 14, 1960, Cuban national radio announced that the Communist government was nationalizing sugar mills and rum factories — including the island's most famous business, Bacardi. Cuban marines quickly headed to Bacardi's office in Havana with a one-page official document (riddled with misspellings) that gave them control. However, Fidel Castro and his cabinet made a crucial error, and the repercussions live on in the world of rum today. They went not only to the wrong building but also to the wrong city.
June 30, 2009 | Andres Martinez, Andres Martinez is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation.
The images were decidedly retro and jarring in their distant familiarity, as if a grainy old family film long left in the attic had been brought out for a screening. In defense of la patria, army troops overpowered el palacio at dawn and placed el presidente on an airplane to be flown into exile, still wearing his pajamas. Sunday's coup in Honduras followed a script once so familiar it acquired cliche status, material even for a Woody Allen sendup.
November 4, 1990
I fail to grasp the pertinence of the article about Cuba's heyday of yesteryear ("Cocktails and Millionaires," Traveling in Style, Oct. 21). It certainly has no relevance to Traveling in Style, since not only can few Americans expect to go there, but any who went would discover there's nothing left but the fine climate and the hapless Cuba of today. Where's the "style?" OLIVER BERLINER Beverly Hills
February 3, 1992
Many liberals have extolled the benefits that Fidel Castro has brought to Cuba. One must admire the efficiency of their justice system. The exile who was captured in December was executed in January. They have certainly streamlined the appeal process. We could learn from that. GARY A. ROBB, Los Angeles
April 18, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
More Americans are going to Cuba, which makes the U.S. the second tourism source for the island nation after Canada, according to a new report. Despite a travel embargo that's been in effect for half a century, 173,550 Americans went to Cuba in January through March. "The data confirms, although the Cuban government does not recognize it publicly, that the United States, even with the effect of the embargo, is the second greatest source of tourists to Cuba after Canada," Emilio Morales, president of U.S.-based Havana Consulting Group, wrote in a report provided to the Associated Press . "Most of the U.S. travelers are Cuban-Americans visiting family but others have no ties to the island and travel to participate in academic and cultural programs," the AP reports, noting most flights originate from Miami.
April 17, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
SAN FRANCISCO -- On the publication day of a second magazine article detailing Yasiel Puig's dangerous escape from Cuba, the main subject of the story was smiling. “I feel normal,” Puig said in Spanish. “I'm focused on baseball and giving the best of myself to the team and, hopefully, everything turns out well on the field. Those things that are happening aren't affecting me.” Asked how he could remain focused in light of recent revelations about his past, Puig was about to start answering, only for a Dodgers staffer to prevent him from doing so. The next inquiry was also shut down by Roman Barinas, the Dodgers' manager of international scouting.
April 15, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Fleeing Cuba is harrowing and costly, whether it's done in a flimsy boat headed for U.S. shores or a speedboat headed for Mexico. Yasiel Puig, the gifted Dodgers outfielder, set off on the latter route, smuggled out by men who then threatened his life and held him hostage in a Mexican motel. A Florida man with a small-time criminal past helped get him out; in exchange, Puig promised to pay the man 20% of his lifetime earnings. Puig's difficult journey was the result of the longtime U.S. economic embargo on Cuba, which, among other things, makes it illegal for Major League Baseball to hire players directly from Cuba, a veritable incubator of baseball talent.
April 14, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is typically reticent to discuss any topic with the media, but the one subject he has always made completely off-limits was how he escaped from Cuba. And apparently with excellent reason. An exclusive story in Los Angeles Magazine details his complex odyssey, a stunning tale of human trafficking, smugglers, a drug cartel, a staged kidnapping, betrayal, revenge and even alleged death threats. The monthly magazine said the lengthy investigative report took contributing writer Jesse Katz five months to piece together.
April 14, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
Seemingly from the moment Cuban refugee Yasiel Puig showed up at Dodger Stadium out of nowhere, arriving last June unwilling to discuss his unknown background, the talk behind the batting cages has been rife with unprintable rumors. There were rumors Puig was smuggled out of Cuba by members of a Mexican drug cartel. There were rumors he still owed the smugglers money, and that his life could be in jeopardy. There was talk about Puig being essentially owned by a Miami businessman with a criminal record who hired those smugglers in exchange for 20% of the ballplayer's future earnings.
April 14, 2014 | From Times staff writers
The Dodgers and Major League Baseball declined to comment Monday about a magazine article detailing Yasiel Puig's dangerous escape from Cuba and the death threats the 23-year-old right fielder received last year from human traffickers under control of a major Mexican drug cartel. Through a team spokesman, Puig also declined to comment on the story, which is scheduled to run in the May issue of Los Angeles Magazine. Puig has never talked about how he left Cuba. The Dodgers and MLB wouldn't say what measures they have taken to ensure the safety of Puig and his teammates, though the club is known to have hired full-time security detail last year.
August 26, 1992
If ever the time was right to establish normal relations with Cuba, it is now. The campaign for recognition should be led by major league baseball. I predict, before this century is out, there will be a major league baseball team in Havana. Would that ever be great! IRVING ZEIGER Los Angeles
April 17, 2009
Re "Obama lifts all limits on relatives' Cuba visits," April 14 I thought the Supreme Court's decision in Brown vs. Board of Education determined that separate is not equal -- yet the Obama administration orders that some American citizens can visit Cuba whenever they wish and spend whatever money they wish to while there, but the rest of us will continue to be treated as unsophisticated children who may be beguiled by all the evil boogeymen in...
April 10, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Cuba Gooding Jr. has sold his house in Pacific Palisades for $9,828,300. Yes, yes, someone showed him the money, to borrow his line from “Jerry Maguire.” The nearly one acre of grounds is set up for family fun. A sunken trampoline -- think user safety -- sits in the lawn, there's a swimming pool and the sports court can double as a lighted roller hockey rink or a basketball court. The contemporary English-style two-story house features French doors, five fireplaces, beamed ceilings, a media room, seven bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms, a wine cellar and upstairs and downstairs laundry rooms - another great idea.
April 6, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
When former Dodgers outfielder Raul Mondesi watches Yasiel Puig, he is reminded of a player he knew well: Himself. But, Mondesi added, “He's bigger than me. He's like 6-4, huh?” Now the mayor of San Cristobal in the Dominican Republic, the 43-year-old Mondesi was back at Dodger Stadium on Sunday to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. He was also collecting used clothes for his hometown. As Puig is today, Mondesi was a five-tool talent. The National League rookie of the year in 1994, Mondesi hit .273 with 271 home runs and 860 runs batted in over a 13-year career.
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