October 1, 2000 |
I knew Puerto Rico as a child, meaning I knew the charm-free chambers of San Juan's high-rise beach hotels and the unimaginative fare of tourist restaurants catering mainly to East Coast residents looking for a quick warm-weather fix. The friendly but lackluster Puerto Rico of my youth still exists for package-tour visitors. For the more inquisitive, however, that image is dated.
June 23, 2002 |
They sprawl beside the jewelry shops and posh boutiques along San Juan's cobblestoned streets, ragged and dirty men and women with hands outstretched, begging for money and food. In just two years, the homeless population of San Juan has risen from about 1,000 to more than 6,000. More than three-quarters come from the U.S. mainland or elsewhere in this American Caribbean territory, seeking work or help from homeless programs. They come--and stay--for a reason.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2013 |
Jay Cochrane, a Canadian tightrope walker who set world records as he crossed high above gorges and traversed from skyscraper to skyscraper the world over, died Wednesday in Niagara Falls, Ontario, according to a remembrance posted on his website . He was 69 and had pancreatic cancer, according to an Internet tribute called "The Prince of the Air. " In the tribute, aerialist Nik Wallenda called Cochrane "a man of amazing visions. " "It was a dream of mine that I expressed to my wife only yesterday that we might work together on my next walk," he said.
August 30, 1985
Carlos Santos said he would not defend his International Boxing Federation junior-middleweight title against Davey Moore Saturday at San Juan, Puerto Rico, because he suffered a leg-muscle cramp earlier this week.
March 19, 1993 |
Roberto Clemente's family announced its opposition to a plan to raise the sunken airplane in which the baseball Hall of Famer was killed two decades ago. Roberto Clemente Jr., sitting alongside his mother, Vera, and brother, Luis, at a news conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, said the discovery of his father's remains would bring grief to the family.