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April 17, 2000 | MIKE CLARY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In Cuba he became a policeman like his older brother, and then studied to be a physical education instructor. After he, his wife and their two young children got visas to come here in 1984, he worked odd jobs--painting boats and doing body and fender work. Lazaro Gonzalez was never political. He was no community leader. He made no news. But right now the 49-year-old great-uncle of Elian Gonzalez is one of the most talked-about people in America. To the U.S.
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November 18, 2001 | From Associated Press
President Fidel Castro removed a major obstacle to the first American food sales to Cuba in 40 years, saying Saturday that U.S. ships or vessels from other countries can bring the goods to the communist island. In a 4 1/2-hour speech that began late Friday, Castro said he would abandon his insistence that the food be shipped on Cuban vessels. The United States had rejected that proposal.
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July 26, 1987 | DAN WILLIAMS, Times Staff Writer
The television film showed people identified as "diplomats from the United States" wandering in woods outside Havana, looking suspicious. They picked up bags and briefcases, made marks on benches and dropped off some sort of electronic gear. It appeared that they had no idea they were being watched--but they were on "Candid Camera," Cuban-style. The television show was the first of a nationally broadcast, six-part series aimed at detailing alleged spying by the CIA in Cuba.
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April 23, 2001 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One year since heavily armed federal agents snatched a 6-year-old Cuban boy to allow him to return home with his father, the wounds in the Cuban American community still fester, the anger burns bright. "We will never forget this, that this happened on U.S. soil," said Armando Sotolongo, 52, an exterminator. "They broke into a peaceful house, acting like the Nazi party did when they tried to capture the Jews."
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August 11, 1994 | ART PINE and MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Clinton Administration is prepared to virtually blockade the 90-mile-wide strait between Florida and Cuba if Cuban President Fidel Castro launches a repeat of the 1980 Mariel boat lift, in which he sent thousands of Cubans to America's shores. Key Administration officials said the effort would involve dozens of Coast Guard vessels, from relatively small surfboats to cutters of 100 feet or more, aided by Coast Guard and Navy surveillance aircraft.
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April 1, 1991 | From Associated Press
The undetected flight of a Soviet-built MIG from Cuba to Key West, Fla., exposed gaps in the nation's southern air defense that military officials say may be all but impossible to plug. The March 20 incident has prompted an internal investigation by NORAD, the U.S.-Canadian command charged with protecting North American airspace, spokesman Maj. John Niemann said.
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September 2, 1994 | LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For Santa Ana's Cueto family, the exodus of balseros --rafters--fleeing their native Cuba on flimsy craft has worked its way deep into the fabric of daily living. * It is the topic of discussion at every family meal, a point of heated political debate between the elder Cuetos and their grown children, and a pressing reminder of the pain of exile and the deteriorating conditions in the country they still love.
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March 29, 1999 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The churches and streets here were filled soon after dawn Sunday with worshipers marking the start of the Christian Holy Week--once a forbidden scene in Communist-run Havana. But on Palm Sunday afternoon, all eyes were focused on baseball: About 50,000 party loyalists and friends, led by President Fidel Castro himself, packed the downtown Latin American Stadium for an exhibition game pitting the Cuban national team against the Baltimore Orioles.
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February 26, 1996 | ELIZABETH SHOGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Charging that the two small civilian planes shot down by a Cuban MIG-29 over the Florida Straits were in international airspace, Secretary of State Warren Christopher on Sunday accused the Cuban government of blatantly violating international law and warned that the United States is considering a range of retaliatory actions.
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August 24, 1987 | TRACY DODDS, Times Staff Writer
There were fireworks inside the Hoosier Dame Sunday night at the Pan American Games Closing Ceremony Celebracion, an event fraught with controversy from the start. Originally scheduled to be held outdoors at American Legion Mall, the site was changed when the Legion objected to the inclusion of the Communist Cubans. Then there was the flap over using musicians who were Cuban refugees and threats of a boycott. But the Miami Sound Machine did play at the Celebracion .
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March 18, 2001 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the two months since Ricardo Pascoe arrived here as Mexico's ambassador to Cuba, he has met with President Fidel Castro nearly a dozen times, briefed visiting U.S. intelligence officials and negotiated multimillion-dollar trade deals with the Communist nation. And received just one death threat.
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February 5, 2001 | HOWARD ROSENBERG, TIMES TELEVISION CRITIC
How swiftly Elian Gonzalez sank from U.S. awareness after returning to Cuba with his father seven months ago, frustrating all of those rabid anti-Castroites and opportunistic hangers-on sunning themselves in front of TV lights. Elian was not quite 6 when plucked from the sea on Nov. 25, 1999, after the rickety boat he had shared with his mother, her boyfriend and other fleeing Cubans had capsized in a storm. Throughout much of his seven months here, he was not just a walking ad for Toys R Us.
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January 26, 2001 | From Associated Press
Fidel Castro this week fired his first verbal shot at President Bush since he took office, saying he hoped his new adversary in the White House is "not as stupid as he seems." In a Sunday speech shown late Wednesday on state television, Castro said that "someone very strange, with very little promise, has taken charge of the leadership of the great empire that we have as a neighbor."
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January 20, 2001 | From Times Wire Services
One day after the burial of two military cadets who died while trying to leave Cuba in a jet's wheel well, President Fidel Castro led hundreds of thousands of people in a march Friday to protest U.S. policies he blames for the deaths. "Down with the murderous law!" the marchers shouted as Castro, wearing his typical olive green uniform and white athletic shoes, led the masses down the Malecon coastal highway and past the U.S. mission.
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January 17, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
An ex-Czech finance minister and a former student leader, held in Cuba for meeting anti-Castro dissidents, will be tried for "counterrevolutionary" plotting on behalf of the United States, Havana said. Ivan Pilip, the ex-minister and now a parliamentary deputy, and Jan Bubenik, the former student leader, were arrested at the end of last week in the central province of Ciego de Avila, drawing a protest from Prague and further souring already hostile ties between the onetime socialist bloc allies.
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December 24, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
The FBI intercepted messages between Cuba and alleged spies in Florida that show the Havana government warned its operatives not to fly on an exile group's aircraft on specific days, the Miami Herald reported. The dates included Feb. 24, 1996, when Cuban fighter planes shot down two unarmed aircraft belonging to the exile group Brothers to the Rescue, killing four people. The shortwave radio messages were released during the trial of five men accused of spying for Cuba.
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June 29, 2000 | ANNA M. VIRTUE and MIKE CLARY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
It's over. Even as the plane carrying Elian Gonzalez passed overhead unseen on its flight to Cuba, those exiles who fought for more than seven months to keep the child in the U.S. acknowledged defeat with a mix of frustration and anger. But they knew: It's over. "At the beginning, I thought Elian should stay in this country because his mother struggled so much to get him here," said Hilda Vallejo, 24, a Cuban-born secretary. "Now, I feel it's so political. Let him go . . .
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January 29, 2000 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
By the hundreds of thousands, schoolchildren took to the streets of this Communist nation Friday to honor legendary poet Jose Marti, a national hero shared by Cubans on both sides of the Florida Straits. But pinned to their shirts was the image of a 6-year-old boy who has come to symbolize all that divides them. A mournful photo depicts shipwreck survivor Elian Gonzalez behind a chain-link fence at the house of distant relatives in Miami.
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December 9, 2000 | From Associated Press
Cuba said Friday that it will cut most direct telephone service to the United States beginning next week because U.S. telephone companies have failed to pay a new tax imposed by the Communist government. The Cuban phone company, Etecsa, will cut service Friday, following up on a decision by Cuba's Council of Ministers, the government's Cabinet, according to an announcement in the Communist Party daily Granma.
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October 6, 2000 | JANET HOOK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
House and Senate negotiators on Thursday reached agreement on legislation to allow the sale of food and medicine to Cuba, moving to relax a trade embargo central to U.S. policy toward the communist regime of Fidel Castro for nearly four decades. Proponents hailed the measure, which now goes to the House and Senate for final approval, as a sea change in the U.S. approach to Cuba.
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