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July 27, 2005 | Dana Calvo, Special to The Times
In March, Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco took a trip to the Caribbean and returned with an unusual souvenir: a $15-million deal for state agricultural exports to Cuba, a small-but-growing trade partner. Blanco, accompanied by three dozen businesspeople and port executives, was only the fourth U.S. governor to visit the communist-run island nation since the United States began restricting trade in 1960 in an attempt to oust President Fidel Castro.
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TRAVEL
November 18, 2012
At last count, there are more than 160 tour operators with licenses from the Treasury Department to run people-to-people Cuba trips. Here are three: Insight Cuba , (800) 450-2822, http://insightcuba.com/cuba-tours . I was on the Classic Cuba trip, with prices starting at $3,595 a person for seven nights and eight days. Airfare is not included. Geographic Expeditions, (888) 570-7108, http://www.geoex.com/trips/cuba . Eight-day trips from $5,680, not including round-trip airfare from Miami to Havana.
NEWS
May 22, 2013 | By Jane Engle
Globus has joined the ranks of well-known tour companies offering trips to Cuba under a special U.S. Treasury Department license that permits people-to-people educational exchanges on the Communist island. Its nine-day “ Undiscovered Cuba ” itinerary, based in Havana, includes a city tour led by a local architect; meetings with musicians and university students and local car club members; dinner at a family-owned paladar (privately owned restaurant), with a discussion of the free-enterprise system; a visit with a tobacco farmer and his family; and an excursion to the home of late novelist Ernest Hemingway . Beach time is not on the agenda.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 27, 2011 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
Ernesto "Che" Guevara makes several matinee-idol turns in the Getty Museum's just-opened photography exhibition, "A Revolutionary Project: Cuba from Walker Evans to Now. " There he is as a dashing, beret-clad guerrillero in Alberto Korda's iconic portrait. And there, posing with his future wife, Aleida, in 1958, as the communist rebels prepared to oust the brutal Batista dictatorship. And again, vigorously pitching in with volunteer work as Fidel Castro's minister of industry in 1961.
NEWS
December 24, 2011
Dolores Merino of Los Angeles was on vacation in Cuba early this month when she came across these women in old Havana who brightened the mood.    
NEWS
January 10, 1992 | Reuters
"Counterrevolutionaries" seeking to flee the island shot and killed three Cuban policemen and badly wounded a fourth officer when they tried to steal a launch from a boatyard east of Havana early Thursday, Cuba's Interior Ministry said. An official statement said the incident, less than a week after 34 Cubans fled to Florida in a stolen helicopter, occurred at Tarara on the northern coast about nine miles east of Havana.
NEWS
September 6, 1987 | From Reuters
The U.S. government has named a new head of its diplomatic mission in Cuba after a nine-month break, officials said here on Friday. The mission's interim head, Thomas Gerth, said career diplomat John J. Taylor was appointed by the State Department to replace Curtis W. Kamman, who was abruptly withdrawn as chief of the U.S. interests section in Havana in January. Gerth told reporters that Taylor would take his post soon but gave no date.
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