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June 27, 2000 | From Associated Press
With inert U.S. Navy bombs falling on the Vieques bombing range, 100 activists headed for the island Monday to obstruct the exercise, the latest in a series of military operations that have come to dominate Puerto Rican politics. Guards arrested six demonstrators inside the Vieques training ground Monday during the largest military exercises here since a fatal bombing accident in 1999 sparked widespread protests.
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September 8, 2002 | From Associated Press
U.S. Navy fighter jets streaked across the sky Saturday, dropping dummy bombs and inert missiles on Vieques in the type of exercises that have divided this outlying Puerto Rican island for years. In the first of three planned weeks of exercises, Navy destroyers San Jacinto, Briscoe, Mitscher, Deyo and Donald Cook fired their inert bombs without problems and received certificates for completing the training exercises, said Lt. Cmdr. Kim Dixon, a Navy spokeswoman.
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NEWS
August 3, 2001 | From Associated Press
Gunships pounded the firing range on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques on Thursday, as opponents pleaded for an end to the bombing and some debated whether Puerto Rico should altogether retire as an outlying 400-year-old military outpost.
NEWS
November 20, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Groups on Vieques that suspended protests in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks said they will resume their efforts to halt the Navy's bombing exercises on the island. Plans to resume protests came as the Navy asked the Pentagon for permission to return to "live fire" training on the disputed range because of the national emergency brought on by the war on terrorism.
NEWS
November 20, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Groups on Vieques that suspended protests in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks said they will resume their efforts to halt the Navy's bombing exercises on the island. Plans to resume protests came as the Navy asked the Pentagon for permission to return to "live fire" training on the disputed range because of the national emergency brought on by the war on terrorism.
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May 2, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The Navy wrapped up its latest round of military exercises while protesters and the Puerto Rican government focused on ousting the military from its Vieques island bombing range. Delayed by bad weather, Navy destroyers and fighter jets blasted the range with inert ammunition for a fourth day, before they head for the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf, said spokesman Lt. Jeff Gordon. He wouldn't say whether the Navy plans another round of maneuvers on the disputed island.
NEWS
May 11, 2000 | From Associated Press
The Puerto Rican Independence Party leader and an activist slipped past Marines guarding the Navy's Vieques training ground and were arrested Wednesday, hours before a Navy destroyer shelled the range using nonexplosive ordnance. Ruben Berrios and activist Jorge Fernandez Porto entered the island bombing range before dawn and were stopped at 9 a.m. by Marines.
NEWS
June 14, 2001 | PAUL RICHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Facing intensifying opposition, the Bush administration is planning to withdraw the Navy from the Puerto Rican island of Vieques and seek another spot to conduct the Atlantic fleet's bombing exercises, a defense official said Wednesday. Navy Secretary Gordon England will announce, probably today, that he will convene a panel to search for a new training site, with the goal of ending Vieques exercises by May 2003.
NEWS
October 3, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The governor of Puerto Rico has insisted that the Navy stop training on its Vieques Island bombing range no later than 2003, despite a pending House bill that would allow the Navy to stay longer. Speaking to reporters during a visit to Washington, Gov. Sila Calderon urged that a firm date be set for the Navy's withdrawal. Calderon said she sees "a real threat" by some in Congress to let the Navy and Marines use Vieques indefinitely. President Bush has said the training will stop by May 2003.
NEWS
June 15, 2001 | ESTHER SCHRADER and PAUL RICHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
For years the Pentagon asserted that naval bombing exercises on Vieques Island off the coast of Puerto Rico were necessary for the military preparedness of the Navy's Atlantic Fleet. But the decision Thursday by President Bush to end six decades of the exercises was a response not to changing strategic realities but to political ones: the growing power of Puerto Ricans in particular and Latinos in general to make their votes and their influence count.
NEWS
October 3, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The governor of Puerto Rico has insisted that the Navy stop training on its Vieques Island bombing range no later than 2003, despite a pending House bill that would allow the Navy to stay longer. Speaking to reporters during a visit to Washington, Gov. Sila Calderon urged that a firm date be set for the Navy's withdrawal. Calderon said she sees "a real threat" by some in Congress to let the Navy and Marines use Vieques indefinitely. President Bush has said the training will stop by May 2003.
NEWS
August 3, 2001 | From Associated Press
Gunships pounded the firing range on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques on Thursday, as opponents pleaded for an end to the bombing and some debated whether Puerto Rico should altogether retire as an outlying 400-year-old military outpost.
NEWS
July 31, 2001 | Associated Press
The mayor of Vieques delivered a symbolic eviction notice to the U.S. Navy's base on the island Monday, at the head of about 300 protesters celebrating a referendum that called for an immediate end to Navy bombing exercises. Protesters were angered by a White House announcement Monday that the Navy would leave Vieques only as scheduled in two years, despite the overwhelming vote in Sunday's nonbinding referendum for an immediate withdrawal.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 30, 2001 | AGUSTIN GURZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Politics and pop music make stimulating bedfellows. The most powerful and inspiring artists seem to emerge during times of social change, when music becomes a vehicle to express a new vision or affirm deep convictions. During the '60s and '70s, artists such as Bob Dylan in rock and Ruben Blades in salsa infused their music with values that changed the world--racial equality, social justice and opposition to the war in Vietnam.
NEWS
June 15, 2001 | ESTHER SCHRADER and PAUL RICHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
For years the Pentagon asserted that naval bombing exercises on Vieques Island off the coast of Puerto Rico were necessary for the military preparedness of the Navy's Atlantic Fleet. But the decision Thursday by President Bush to end six decades of the exercises was a response not to changing strategic realities but to political ones: the growing power of Puerto Ricans in particular and Latinos in general to make their votes and their influence count.
NEWS
June 14, 2001 | PAUL RICHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Facing intensifying opposition, the Bush administration is planning to withdraw the Navy from the Puerto Rican island of Vieques and seek another spot to conduct the Atlantic fleet's bombing exercises, a defense official said Wednesday. Navy Secretary Gordon England will announce, probably today, that he will convene a panel to search for a new training site, with the goal of ending Vieques exercises by May 2003.
NEWS
April 28, 2001 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite violent protests and reports of trespassers on the firing range, the U.S. Navy on Friday resumed its controversial bombing and shelling exercises on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques. The government of the American territory contends that the thunderous din from the training maneuvers threatens the health of Vieques' 9,400 inhabitants. But Thursday, a federal judge who ruled that no "irreparable harm" had been proved gave the Navy the green light to proceed.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 30, 2001 | AGUSTIN GURZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Politics and pop music make stimulating bedfellows. The most powerful and inspiring artists seem to emerge during times of social change, when music becomes a vehicle to express a new vision or affirm deep convictions. During the '60s and '70s, artists such as Bob Dylan in rock and Ruben Blades in salsa infused their music with values that changed the world--racial equality, social justice and opposition to the war in Vietnam.
NEWS
May 2, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The Navy wrapped up its latest round of military exercises while protesters and the Puerto Rican government focused on ousting the military from its Vieques island bombing range. Delayed by bad weather, Navy destroyers and fighter jets blasted the range with inert ammunition for a fourth day, before they head for the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf, said spokesman Lt. Jeff Gordon. He wouldn't say whether the Navy plans another round of maneuvers on the disputed island.
NEWS
April 28, 2001 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite violent protests and reports of trespassers on the firing range, the U.S. Navy on Friday resumed its controversial bombing and shelling exercises on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques. The government of the American territory contends that the thunderous din from the training maneuvers threatens the health of Vieques' 9,400 inhabitants. But Thursday, a federal judge who ruled that no "irreparable harm" had been proved gave the Navy the green light to proceed.
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