December 23, 2009 |
When Raul Mondesi left baseball after 13 seasons as a major league outfielder, he returned to his dusty, overcrowded and impoverished hometown determined to make a difference. And both of the Dominican Republic's main political parties were only too happy to assist, with one helping him twice win election to the country's national Chamber of Deputies and another luring him away to run for mayor of the country's sixth-largest city. That's made the former Dodger and 1994 National League Rookie of the Year something of a rising electoral star here, though for reasons that have little to do with his politics.
March 22, 1991 |
Just a few days after announcing that he was quitting politics and his political party for good, former Dominican Republic President Juan Bosch changed his mind. In a televised speech, Bosch, 82, said at the request of supporters he was taking back his resignation from the center-left Dominican Liberation Party, which he founded in 1973 after splitting off from another party he had founded.
March 22, 1987 |
The Dominican Republic, almost squeezed out of the U.S. sugar market by ever-tighter quota limits, has signed a three-year contract to sell sugar directly to the Soviet Union for the first time. The agreement comes as the Reagan Administration is preparing to ask Congress to overhaul the sugar quota system on grounds it is hurting U.S. consumers, damaging allies--including the Dominican Republic and the Philippines--and crippling U.S. foreign policy in the Caribbean.
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November 2, 2001 |
Juan Bosch, a former president of the Dominican Republic whose name is forever linked to the U.S. invasion of that island nation in 1965, died Thursday in Santo Domingo after a long hospitalization. He was 92. A self-educated author of about 40 books and founder of two of the nation's three political parties, Bosch exerted an influence as a reformer on a generation of Caribbean politicians that extended far beyond his short time as president.
January 29, 1989 |
Jammed into an open boat with other desperate Dominicans, Ramon Diaz Perez battled through a tropical storm to get to Puerto Rico, part of a new wave of boat people who are risking their lives to have better ones. "It was a storm of water, where the sea was wild and proud and the waves were way above us," Diaz Perez said in a dingy holding cell for aliens on San Juan's waterfront. "Right then it was really tough.
May 1, 1998 |
Meet the candidates: The stage lights pop on, and Johnny Ventura strides through a 10-foot portrait of himself, then rips into one of the songs that made him a merengue legend worldwide. Ventura is launching his autobiography, "A Little of Me," in a hotel ballroom here. He's also campaigning as an opposition party's candidate for deputy mayor of the Dominican capital.
February 16, 1996 |
Investigators into the plane crash that killed 189 people last week located the plane's "black box" recorders on the sea floor. Encouraged by the discovery, searchers began mapping the rugged ocean floor 12 miles off the north coast of Dominican Republic where the Boeing 757 went down Feb. 6, carrying mostly German tourists returning from Caribbean holidays. All aboard died.
March 28, 2010 |
Swim with the humpback whales at Silver Bank, Dominican Republic. Observe whale behavior and snorkel with them during seven-day trips on a comfortable 18-passenger boat. Great adventure and educational too. Conscious Breath Adventures, P.O. Box 430343, Miami 33243; (305) 753-1732, http://www.consciousbreathadventures.com From about $3,000 per person -- Doris Schaffer, Fallbrook
September 17, 2004 |
Tropical Storm Jeanne plowed into the Dominican Republic on Thursday, killing a baby in a landslide and forcing thousands of people to flee their homes, emergency officials said. Powerful waves pounded the north coast, along with high winds and driving rain. Trees were toppled, and phone services and electricity were knocked out in some areas.
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July 4, 1996
The election of Leonel Fernandez, a lawyer raised in New York City, as president of the Dominican Republic marks a dramatic generational change in the nation's politics and signals the beginning of a new era for the impoverished country. Fernandez, 42, a political moderate, succeeds Joaquin Balaguer, 89, the strongman who has dominated politics there for four decades, along with his alter ego and fellow octogenarian, Juan Bosch.