July 14, 1997 |
Cuban exiles marked the 1994 sinking of a tugboat that killed 41 Cubans but were without their leader, whose vessel was confiscated by U.S. authorities after he vowed to enter Cuba's waters. Ramon Saul Sanchez, head of the group Democracy Movement, headed toward Cuba about midnight Saturday when U.S. Marshals and Coast Guard officials ordered him off his boat.
January 1, 1997 |
He is the most influential man in the history of this city--and the most despised. Everywhere, every day, talk of Fidel Castro swirls through the air like smoke from a hand-rolled cigar. "He is a dictator who brought pain, suffering and killing to Cuba. There is nothing, not one positive thing, about Fidel Castro," says fiery radio commentator Ninoska Perez, barely lifting the lid on the reserves of passion and vitriol that the bearded Cuban leader evokes here.
February 18, 1996 |
The acquittal of two high-living friends accused of smuggling $2.1 billion in cocaine was a rejection of prosecutors' reliance on plea deals and smugglers' testimony, a defense lawyer said in Miami. Willie Falcon and Sal Magluta, who emigrated from Cuba as boys and were high school friends in the early 1970s, were acquitted by a jury on all 16 counts. The men, who still face money-laundering charges, were accused of smuggling 75 tons of cocaine from 1978 to 1991.
December 17, 1995 |
When the killer was identified and the mutilated body recovered, the family of 9-year-old Jimmy Ryce, and all of South Florida, hoped that a three-month torment over the boy's fate soon would end. The fourth-grader's parents had turned the search for their son into a national crusade for all abducted children. But the identity of the man charged Dec.
November 8, 1995 |
Six weeks after flying in from the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Lester Torres and his cousin Pavel Cruz have enrolled in English classes, obtained Florida driver's licenses and discovered a suburban singles bar called Cafe Iguana. Torres, 23, has decided that he prefers non-Latin women. "They are less temperamental than Cuban Americans." Hearing this, Cruz, 22, rolls his eyes, as if to say, "I'm not so sure of that."
May 8, 1995 |
An 18-wheeler blocked six lanes leading to the Port of Miami on Sunday as Cuban Americans protested the new U.S. policy of sending Cuban rafters back home. About 200 people climbed on the truck and jumped police barricades outside the port, where a cruise ship that had picked up 13 Cuban refugees last week docked before dawn. More than 100 officers tried to control the crowd.
April 19, 1995 |
As Fidel Castro begins his 37th year as Cuban president, expectations are lower than ever among Miami's exile community that the gray-bearded leader's rule is about to end. Only 14% of those questioned in a recent poll think he will fall from power this year. But that does not mean Cuba or Castro has lost any incendiary power among Cuban Americans.
March 18, 1995 |
Six months after the Clinton Administration shut off a chaotic tide of Florida-bound Cuban rafters with a naval blockade and a vow that none would be permitted into the United States, refugees are being airlifted here from a detention camp at a rate of almost 500 a week. In three weekly flights from the U.S.
February 15, 1995 |
Forty Cuban refugees swam ashore to a west Florida beach and were headed for a detention center in Miami on Tuesday, while U.S. officials decided what to do with 17 others being held aboard a Coast Guard cutter after they were plucked from a boat half a mile off the coast. One other Cuban, suffering from exposure and back pain, was being held overnight in a Venice, Fla., hospital, said Cpl. Mike Bessette of the Sarasota County Sheriff's Department.
February 6, 1995 |
In this city's Cuban exile community, where rumors are routinely as thick as the espresso coffee, this one was unusually sweet: By dialing a special five-digit access code, callers could talk to people on the island free. And talk they did. "I spent at least 20 hours on the phone to my parents in Cuba," said Eduardo Garcia, a Miami plumber. "They were so happy to hear from us. And since they were testing the line, the calls were free."