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December 3, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
Reporting from New York -- Miguel Cotto got his revenge against Antonio Margarito on Saturday, belting his bitter rival throughout nine rounds until a ringside doctor ruled that the wounded Tijuana fighter could no longer continue. The clearly crisper Cotto (37-2, 30 knockouts) repeatedly got the best of Margarito by smashing him with jabs, straight rights and sturdy lefts. By the seventh round, Margarito's previously injured right eye was closed, and an extra ringside doctor began watching the eye closely.
June 20, 2011 | Luisita Lopez Torregrosa
President Barack Obama's blink-of-an-eye visit to Puerto Rico, the first by a sitting American president since John F. Kennedy in 1961, put the spotlight on the island for maybe 10 minutes, just about as long as his arrival speech promising economic help to the island and support for whatever course its residents decide on when it comes to whether or not to become the 51st state. Brisk as it was, the president's trip had a triple purpose: one was to appeal to the growing number of Puerto Rican voters in the key presidential state of Florida and the burgeoning nationwide Hispanic population; two was to reaffirm his 2008 campaign promise that he would set up a mechanism for resolving the island's political status during his first term; and three was to raise money for the Democrats and his campaign.
June 14, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli and Peter Nicholas
President Obama on Tuesday became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Puerto Rico in a half-century, lauding the contributions residents have made in writing "the American story. " The visit fulfilled a campaign pledge made in 2008, when the island territory's votes were contested in the Democratic primaries, and signals the importance of the Latino vote to the president's reelection strategy for 2012. "When I ran for president, I promised to include Puerto Rico not just on my itinerary, but also in my vision of where our country needs to go. And I am proud to say that we've kept that promise," he said.
March 27, 2011 | By Jay Jones, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Nobody seems to notice as the sun descends toward the shimmering sea. Children frolic along the beach as their parents sit nearby, chatting and playing cards. An old man snores contently in a hammock. Young couples embrace in the shelter of a shallow lagoon as the waves crash against a rocky reef. The aromas of garlic, onion and pepper waft across the strand, signaling that dinner preparations are underway at a beachfront restaurant. The day is ending, but no one wants to let go of the daylight pleasures that draw people to Villas del Mar Hau, a smattering of pastel-colored beachside cottages just outside the town of Isabela, a few miles east of Aguadilla on Puerto Rico's northern coast.
March 11, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
Miguel Cotto understands the value of redemption, and to get there requires a successful title defense Saturday night against Nicaraguan madman Ricardo Mayorga. Should he do the expected as an 8-to-1 Las Vegas betting favorite and keep the World Boxing Assn. super-welterweight belt in a pay-per-view bout at MGM Grand, Puerto Rico's Cotto (35-2, 28 knockouts) has agreed to make his nemesis, Antonio Margarito, his next opponent in July. "Miguel has taken some horrific beatings, but he's always retained his dignity and the thing I always talk to him about is the importance of signature fights," said Emanuel Steward, Cotto's Hall of Fame trainer.
September 15, 2010
William Coblentz Former University of California regent William Coblentz, 88, an attorney and former University of California regent who fought against South Africa's apartheid policies and upheld the right of communist philosopher Angela Davis to teach at UCLA, died Monday at his San Francisco home. The cause was not given. Coblentz worked for then-California Atty. Gen. Pat Brown in the 1950s. When Brown became governor, Coblentz became his special counsel.
January 25, 2010
Jimmy Wyble Eclectic guitarist Jimmy Wyble, 87, a guitarist of great range who played with country-western swing bandleader Bob Wills as well as with the Benny Goodman and Red Norvo jazz combos, died of heart failure Jan. 16 while under hospice care at his home in Altadena, according to his friend and fellow guitarist Larry Koonse. James Otis Wyble was born Jan. 25, 1922, in Port Arthur, Texas. While working for a Houston radio station and playing guitar in western swing bands in the early 1940s, he and fellow guitarist Cameron Hill were invited to join Bob Wills' Texas Playboys.
September 18, 2009 | Yvonne Villarreal
Alternative reggaeton duo garnered five nominations, the most of any artist, for the 10th annual Latin Grammy Awards announced Thursday at the Conga Room in downtown Los Angeles. Among the nominations, the Puerto Rican half-brothers are up for album of the year for their third studio offering, "Los de Atras Vienen Conmigo." They'll compete against Andres Cepeda, Luis Enrique, Mercedes Sosa and Ivan Lins & the Metropole Orchestra. "It's great -- we're up for album of the year!
September 16, 2009 | Oscar Avila
Alberto Rodriguez is either a patriot or a terrorist, depending on whom you ask. Imprisoned 16 years for his membership in a radical Puerto Rican coalition that was tied to a series of bombings, he now is a full-time father, taking one of his children to school for the first time. "I don't regret anything. I can't even imagine me, who I am, without those experiences," said Rodriguez, 56. "But I did miss a lot because of the choices I made." Ten years ago this month, 11 members of the groups known collectively as the FALN, which advocated for Puerto Rican independence by terrorizing New York and Chicago, were freed under a controversial clemency deal offered by President Clinton.
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