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September 13, 2006 | From Reuters
Communist Cuba will not follow China and open up to private businesses even if President Fidel Castro is too ill to lead the nation again, Economy Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Garcia said. "In the hypothetical case that Comandante Fidel remains ill, would there be a change in Cuban policy toward a market opening? I can categorically say that is not foreseen; the Cuban people do not want that," Rodriguez told reporters during the Non-Aligned Movement summit of developing nations.
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April 28, 2013
I am a graduating senior at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. I'm not your typical Alabama college student and Birmingham isn't your typical Alabama city. I wanted to say thanks for the story ["Moving Ever Forward," by Alice Short, April 14] on our very diverse urban home. We do have a controversial history, but our youth are breathing life into the heart of the city through lively art galleries, cycling groups, park events, film festivals, and much more. I encourage Short to return to the city and witness history as it happens.
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January 8, 2003 | Jessica Strand
HAVE you noticed Black Arkansas apples? These reddish black apples are finding their way into dishes all over town. The Black Arkansas is grown primarily in Northern California, says Mike Rand of produce purveyor L.A. Specialty, and has a much shorter season than supermarket varieties. "It's not mass-produced and it can't be stored as well as other apples, which makes the Black Arkansas a fresher, more seasonal variety." It also makes it a bit more expensive than other varieties.
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April 23, 2003 | S. Irene Virbila, Times Staff Writer
Ibrahim Ferrer of the Buena Vista Social Club just released a new album, and as I listened to his tender, age-roughened voice, it reminded me how much the group had to do with America rediscovering Cuba -- warts and all. The sentiment is bittersweet, tinged with nostalgia for pre-Castro Cuba and the days when Hemingway haunted the Floridita in Havana. Now embroidered guayabera shirts, big vintage automobiles in jellybean colors and sugary mojitos are part of the vocabulary of L.A.
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