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January 18, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Venezuela's Culture Ministry has named hot dog seller Filippo Costa an icon of cultural heritage, in recognition of the Sicilian-born street vendor's 40 years of serving up franks near Altamira Plaza in eastern Caracas. Costa, 66, appeared last week in the nation's Official Gazette, identified as "Filippo, the hot dog seller," in a list of places and traditions the nation considers "characteristic and significant in the identity of Venezuelans."
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May 6, 2007 | Sergio Munoz, SERGIO MUnOZ, a former editorial writer for The Times, is a contributing editor to the opinion pages.
GUSTAVO DUDAMEL'S appointment as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic probably surprised some classical music fans in Venezuela, but not because they didn't eventually expect such an achievement from the young conductor. It was common knowledge in Venezuela's music circles that Dudamel had received standing ovations at concert halls in Milan, Florence, Rome, Paris, Berlin, Washington and Los Angeles, and that critics routinely described him as a charismatic prodigy.
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