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April 25, 1987 | Associated Press
Three hotel employees pleaded guilty at a court hearing Friday to federal charges of setting the New Year's Eve fire that killed 97 people at the Dupont Plaza Hotel. Two of the employees pleaded guilty to murder counts. The three changed their pleas from not guilty as part of a plea bargain with federal prosecutors. The trial had been scheduled to begin Monday in U.S. District Court. Sentencing was set for June 22.
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August 13, 1991 | RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A short leave from the Pan American Games worked so well for the U.S. men's basketball team last week that it decided to take another, flying out of the Jose Marti Airport on a Miami-bound charter immediately after Monday's 114-68 quarterfinal victory over Uruguay at the Sports City Coliseum.
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NEWS
May 13, 1989 | From Associated Press
A federal judge on Friday accepted the proposed payment of up to $100 million to settle hundreds of lawsuits stemming from the 1986 Dupont Plaza Hotel fire that killed 97 people. U.S. District Court Judge Raymond L. Acosta said the agreement was binding on all parties but contingent on unspecified conditions being met within 60 days. Agreement in the case, involving about 2,300 plaintiffs seeking damages from 230 defendants, was approved Thursday night in Philadelphia by District Judge Louis C. Bechtle, who was appointed by U.S. Supreme Court Justice William H. Rehnquist to head the negotiations.
NEWS
May 13, 1989 | From Associated Press
A federal judge on Friday accepted the proposed payment of up to $100 million to settle hundreds of lawsuits stemming from the 1986 Dupont Plaza Hotel fire that killed 97 people. U.S. District Court Judge Raymond L. Acosta said the agreement was binding on all parties but contingent on unspecified conditions being met within 60 days. Agreement in the case, involving about 2,300 plaintiffs seeking damages from 230 defendants, was approved Thursday night in Philadelphia by District Judge Louis C. Bechtle, who was appointed by U.S. Supreme Court Justice William H. Rehnquist to head the negotiations.
SPORTS
August 13, 1991 | RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A short leave from the Pan American Games worked so well for the U.S. men's basketball team last week that it decided to take another, flying out of the Jose Marti Airport on a Miami-bound charter immediately after Monday's 114-68 quarterfinal victory over Uruguay at the Sports City Coliseum.
BUSINESS
June 4, 2007 | Kathy M. Kristof, Times Staff Writer
Hilton Hotels Corp. confirmed Sunday that it had reached agreements to develop about 55 hotel properties in Russia, Britain and Central America with a group of partners. "HHC does have agreements in place to form alliances for development in the three markets outlined, which is expected to result in around 55 hotels in total," said Linda Bain, vice president of international communications for the Beverly Hills-based company.
NEWS
June 16, 1991 | JULIE VORMAN, REUTERS
When Christopher Columbus landed here nearly 500 years ago, he became the first foreign tourist to visit this coastal forest of bonsai trees, delicate orchids, freshwater springs and rare wildlife. Now Puerto Rico is developing the Guanica State Forest as an attraction for modern-day "eco-tourists," who are looking for something other than crowded beaches, noisy casinos and high-rise hotels. Puerto Rico is not alone.
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April 23, 2006 | Ray Quintanilla, Chicago Tribune
The scent of flowering tropical plants fills the moist air amid a chorus of whistling birds and singing frogs. The only other sound for a mile in any direction is the roar of a 100-foot waterfall. Despite 28,000 acres of such lovely scenes, the tropical rain forest that Puerto Rico's prehistoric Taino Indians called El Yunque, or "Land of the White Clouds," is in grave danger. Thousands of acres of forests and green lands that insulate the only tropical rain forest in the U.S.
NEWS
January 1, 1987 | Associated Press
Fire raged through a luxury hotel packed with New Year's vacationers Wednesday, and officials said they believed 50 or more people had been killed. The fire at the 21-story Dupont Plaza Hotel injured more than 100 people and spilled thick black smoke over San Juan's beachfront tourist strip. The cause of the fire was unknown, but some guests said they heard explosions immediately before the fire started.
TRAVEL
October 1, 1989 | MARGARET ZELLERS, Zellers is a free-lance writer living in Southport, Conn
Dramatic headlines might lead you to believe that Hurricane Hugo wiped out the entire Caribbean. Not so. About 16% of the Caribbean resort islands were affected, but Hugo did little or no damage to more than 40 other vacation islands when it roared northwest from landfall at French Guadeloupe Sept. 18-19. The best-known Caribbean islands, stretching south and east from Florida to the coast of South America, cover a distance comparable to that of the west coast, some 1,300 miles.
NEWS
April 25, 1987 | Associated Press
Three hotel employees pleaded guilty at a court hearing Friday to federal charges of setting the New Year's Eve fire that killed 97 people at the Dupont Plaza Hotel. Two of the employees pleaded guilty to murder counts. The three changed their pleas from not guilty as part of a plea bargain with federal prosecutors. The trial had been scheduled to begin Monday in U.S. District Court. Sentencing was set for June 22.
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