December 2, 2012 |
When my father was 13 his mother kidnapped him from a small town in Guatemala. This bold act liberated my father from a cruel and abusive stepmother - but it also brought an end to his education. My grandmother took her son to Guatemala City, where soon he went to work sweeping floors at a pharmacy. During the school-free years that followed, someone gave my father a book he grew to treasure. "I read it so much, I wore out the pages," he tells me. That book was a history of the Roman Empire.
November 30, 2012 |
The late Hector "Macho" Camacho will not step into the ring anymore, but that hasn't stopped him from being involved in a fight. There was a three-day wake and viewing for Camacho, who was shot and killed last week in Puerto Rico. On Day 2 of the wake Tuesday, a fight broke out between his girlfriend, another woman who says she's his longtime girlfriend, and his sisters. "I am the actual girlfriend of Macho, and those who don't like it better not bring it," Cynthia Castillo, who claimed to be Camacho's girlfriend at the time of his death, told ESPN Deportes.
November 24, 2012 |
Hector “Macho” Camacho, a former three-division boxing champion who had 88 professional fights against a who's who of legendary opponents stretching from Ray Mancini (whom he defeated in 1989) to Oscar De La Hoya (who beat him by decision in 1997), has died. He was 50. Camacho was pronounced dead Saturday after being shot in the head four days earlier while seated in a car outside a bar in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. He was taken off of life support after undergoing cardiac arrest early Saturday, Dr. Ernesto Torres, director of the Centro Medico trauma center in Puerto Rico, told the Associated Press.
November 23, 2012 |
While family and friends of Hector "Macho" Camacho continued their vigil Friday, his mother said she has decided to pull the clinically brain dead former boxing champion off life support once the rest of his sons arrive at the hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Doctors pronounced Camacho, 50, clinically brain dead Thursday after a shooting earlier in the week in his hometown of Bayamon. The family has been torn over whether to keep him on life support. “I lost my son three days ago," his mother, Maria Matias, said during a news conference.
November 22, 2012
Famed Puerto Rican boxer Hector "Macho" Camacho is clinically brain dead, doctors said Thursday. Dr. Ernesto Torres said doctors have finished performing all medical tests on Camacho, who was shot in the face Tuesday night. Two of Camacho's aunts say his family has decided to wait two more days before taking him off life support. Aida Camacho says two of Camacho's sisters have asked to have the extra time to spend with him, and other family members have agreed even though they feel it is time to give in. Another aunt, Blanca Camacho , also says the family has agreed to the wishes of the two sisters from New York to hold off on ending life support.
November 21, 2012 |
A friend of boxer Hector “Macho” Camacho says the former world champion's condition has worsened and he could be taken off life support. Camacho was shot in the face Tuesday in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. A friend with him was killed. Doctors initially said the boxer was in critical condition but was expected to survive. Ismael Leandry, a friend of Camacho's, told the Associated Press that doctors are waiting for Camacho's mother to decide whether he should be taken off life support.
November 21, 2012 |
Hector "Macho" Camacho, a former three-division champion, was shot and seriously injured in his native Puerto Rico on Tuesday, leaving the boxing showman to fight for his life, according to police and reports. Reports from the scene said Camacho was in critical but stable condition late Tuesday after being shot in the neck and face while seated in a Ford Mustang outside a bar in his hometown of Bayamon. He was expected to survive. Another man in the car was killed, according to the Associated Press, and the motive was unknown.
November 20, 2012 |
Hector "Macho" Camacho, a former three-division champion, was shot and seriously wounded in his native Puerto Rico on Tuesday, leaving the boxing showman fighting for his life, according to police and media reports. Reports from the scene said Camacho was in critical condition late Tuesday after being shot in the neck and face while seated in a Ford Mustang outside a bar in his hometown of Bayamon. Another man in the car was killed, according to Associated Press. A motive in the attack was unknown, officials said.
October 2, 2012 |
Join me, Carolyn Kellogg, and my colleague, journalist and novelist Hector Tobar, as we talk about the 2012 literary MacArthur Fellows. We'll be doing a Google+ hangout video chat at 10 a.m. Pacific time. Of the 23 2012 MacArthur "Genius" Fellows, two are writers: Junot Diaz and Dinaw Mengestu. Join us as we talk about their work and the effects of the MacArthur grants, which provide a whopping $100,000 per year for five years. ALSO: Arnold Schwarzenegger holds back in "Total Recall" Avert Your Eyes!
September 24, 2012 |
VINCENNES, France -- Romancier . That's how you say "novelist" in French. "Row-MAHN-see-ay. " It's a word I've heard a bit lately during the three-day Festival America book fair in Vincennes, just outside of Paris. There were about five dozen of us writers here, from all over the Americas, including Argentina (Fernanda García Lao) and Alaska (Eowyn Ivey), and all published in French. The French are crazy about books, and about 30,000 people attended, each paying 10 euros to listen to writers such as Toni Morrison, Russell Banks and a "new face on the literary scene, who comes to us from Los Angeles, Hector Tobar.