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By From Sun news services | February 9, 2009
CARACAS, Venezuela -In the final days before a referendum that will determine whether President Hugo Chavez can run for re-election indefinitely, the campaign has an ugly edge. Anti-government protests have intensified in some cities, despite government pressure, and pro-Chavez vigilantes have attacked institutions such as the Caracas mayor's office and the Vatican's diplomatic mission. The chief of a leading opposition party, Democratic Action leader Henry Ramos, said a hand grenade exploded late Saturday, shattering windows and damaging the facade of its Caracas headquarters.
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By From Sun news services | February 9, 2009
CARACAS, Venezuela -In the final days before a referendum that will determine whether President Hugo Chavez can run for re-election indefinitely, the campaign has an ugly edge. Anti-government protests have intensified in some cities, despite government pressure, and pro-Chavez vigilantes have attacked institutions such as the Caracas mayor's office and the Vatican's diplomatic mission. The chief of a leading opposition party, Democratic Action leader Henry Ramos, said a hand grenade exploded late Saturday, shattering windows and damaging the facade of its Caracas headquarters.
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NEWS
April 27, 2007
PAUL FINCH, 75 News service writer Paul Finch, who directed coverage of the 1968 Mexico City Olympics and the Tlatelolco massacre for the Associated Press, has died in Reno, where he started his career more than 50 years ago. Mr. Finch had a stroke two weeks ago and died Tuesday, said his wife, Joyce. Mr. Finch joined the AP in 1956. He worked in Reno, San Francisco, Sacramento, New York, Caracas and Mexico City.
NEWS
December 4, 2007
The Venezuelan embassy in Moscow is an unobtrusive pink building on a quiet side street a mile or so from the Kremlin, but we imagine the staff there is going to be plenty busy in the weeks ahead. The question from Caracas must be: How does he do it? The "he," in this case, would be Vladimir V. Putin, and the "do it" his ability to wield so much unchallenged power. Even as the price of a barrel has skidded down to $88, the world is poised to witness the emergence of what might be called "Oil Democracy," a new form of national management in which the managers buy off the voters with the easy money of petroleum exports but maintain the hollow rituals of representative government.
NEWS
July 9, 2003
Cardinal Ignacio Velasco, 74, who led Venezuela's Roman Catholic Church through a stormy relationship with President Hugo Chavez, died Monday in his Caracas home after a lengthy illness, said Monsignor Jose Luis Gonzalez, administrator of the Caracas Archdiocese. Hundreds of Venezuelans, including former President Luis Herrera Campins, paid their respects at the Caracas Cathedral, where Cardinal Velasco's casket was to remain through today. Cardinal Velasco, who often jumped into Venezuela's bitter debate over Mr. Chavez's leftist policies, was born in the western town of Acarigua.
NEWS
By Chicago Tribune | August 30, 1992
CARACAS, Venezuela -- The driving is easy. The road is smooth. And then, suddenly, the car spins and swirls out of control as it skates along a layer of goo that mysteriously covers highways here.Venezuelans call the goo La Mancha Negra -- the black stain -- but it's really more like a blob, a thick black sludge with the consistency of chewing gum. No one knows where it comes from. No one knows how to get rid of it.Some say it's oil from lousy asphalt. Others say it's oil from car engines.
NEWS
June 29, 2001
IF VLADIMIRO Montesinos had not sent a retired Venezuelan intelligence officer to Miami to pluck $38 million in laundered money from a more or less nonexistent offshore bank, he might still be holed up in Caracas. Instead, Peru's former security chief is in a secure prison he had built within a naval base to hold the nation's six most-feared terrorists and felons. He is being questioned by six judges about 52 court cases and 140 investigations implicating 553 people in alleged drug money laundering, embezzlement, corruption, arms smuggling, drug trafficking, extortion and murder.
NEWS
By DAVID BEARD | December 1, 1996
CARACAS, Venezuela - The subject was muses. Mona Lisa didn't even get a day modeling rate to smile so enigmatically before Leonardo da Vinci. n n nn.And "The Girl From Ipanema" - the celebrated belle of bossa nova bosses for two generations - who was she, anyway?This season's dance inspiration muses over the fleeting nature of muses as she leans on a railing outside her studio, watching shadows cover a suburban Caracas hillside at twilight.Like those who inspired the classics of portraiture and jazz, Diana Patricia Cubillan has not received royalties from her cultural contribution: the swivels, hops and "Willie-and-the-Hand-Jive"-style movements that inspired the worldwide "Macarena" craze.
NEWS
By DALLAS MORNING NEWS | January 12, 1996
CARACAS, Venezuela -- She is a former Miss Universe. She is smart and popular. She has had a toy named after her -- the Irene Doll -- a little blond coquette about the size of Barbie.Irene Saez, three years after venturing into politics, is the savior Venezuelans say they have been seeking."The truth is, we could use a hero. And that's what Irene Saez is. She's our Wonder Woman," says Maklis Alcala, a 26-year-old street vendor. He sells sizzling beef-ham-avocado-and-potato burgers in Chacao, the Caracas district where Ms. Saez was recently re-elected mayor by a huge margin and sworn in last week.
NEWS
By KNIGHT/RIDDER TRIBUNE | July 30, 2000
CARACAS, Venezuela - With his high-voltage smile and his trademark red beret cocked to one side, Hugo Chavez conjures the image of his nickname, "El Comandante," as he shakes his fists toward throngs of screaming fans at a political street party. But as Chavez faces voters again today as a result of the new constitution he helped fashion, his critics are multiplying, and, while they concede his likely victory, they foresee his political demise. Chavez's frequent speeches, once called inspired, are more often described as political tirades now by pundits who point to a 30-point slump in his approval rating.
NEWS
April 27, 2007
PAUL FINCH, 75 News service writer Paul Finch, who directed coverage of the 1968 Mexico City Olympics and the Tlatelolco massacre for the Associated Press, has died in Reno, where he started his career more than 50 years ago. Mr. Finch had a stroke two weeks ago and died Tuesday, said his wife, Joyce. Mr. Finch joined the AP in 1956. He worked in Reno, San Francisco, Sacramento, New York, Caracas and Mexico City.
NEWS
By Jonathan E. Kaplan and Jonathan E. Kaplan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 11, 2004
CARACAS, Venezuela -- As mayor of Baruta, a wealthy district of Caracas, Henrique Capriles Radonski used to be known as much for his pop star girlfriend as for his administrative competence. When President Hugo Chavez jailed him in April for his alleged role in street protests, Capriles was transformed into a national political figure. How this 32-year-old mayor of one of Caracas' five municipalities and former speaker of the Venezuelan Congress ended up in jail is emblematic of the extent to which Chavez has used the justice system to retain his hold on power and to prepare for a referendum scheduled for Sunday on whether he should be recalled from office.
NEWS
July 9, 2003
Cardinal Ignacio Velasco, 74, who led Venezuela's Roman Catholic Church through a stormy relationship with President Hugo Chavez, died Monday in his Caracas home after a lengthy illness, said Monsignor Jose Luis Gonzalez, administrator of the Caracas Archdiocese. Hundreds of Venezuelans, including former President Luis Herrera Campins, paid their respects at the Caracas Cathedral, where Cardinal Velasco's casket was to remain through today. Cardinal Velasco, who often jumped into Venezuela's bitter debate over Mr. Chavez's leftist policies, was born in the western town of Acarigua.
SPORTS
By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | April 19, 2002
NEW YORK - Back home in Venezuela, there's chaos in the streets, and while Melvin Mora, Jorge Julio and Fernando Lunar feel somewhat removed here in the United States, the three Orioles often call home to check on their families. Mora, Julio and Lunar are three of 38 Venezuelans playing major-league baseball, and each is proud of his homeland. Earlier this month, the military staged a coup against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in the aftermath of a bloody uprising that killed at least 10 people in Caracas.
NEWS
June 29, 2001
IF VLADIMIRO Montesinos had not sent a retired Venezuelan intelligence officer to Miami to pluck $38 million in laundered money from a more or less nonexistent offshore bank, he might still be holed up in Caracas. Instead, Peru's former security chief is in a secure prison he had built within a naval base to hold the nation's six most-feared terrorists and felons. He is being questioned by six judges about 52 court cases and 140 investigations implicating 553 people in alleged drug money laundering, embezzlement, corruption, arms smuggling, drug trafficking, extortion and murder.
NEWS
By KNIGHT/RIDDER TRIBUNE | July 30, 2000
CARACAS, Venezuela - With his high-voltage smile and his trademark red beret cocked to one side, Hugo Chavez conjures the image of his nickname, "El Comandante," as he shakes his fists toward throngs of screaming fans at a political street party. But as Chavez faces voters again today as a result of the new constitution he helped fashion, his critics are multiplying, and, while they concede his likely victory, they foresee his political demise. Chavez's frequent speeches, once called inspired, are more often described as political tirades now by pundits who point to a 30-point slump in his approval rating.
SPORTS
By Tom Keegan and Tom Keegan,Sun Staff Writer | November 11, 1994
Caracas, Venezuela -- Blend the electricity of a Duke University basketball crowd with the pugnacity of New York Rangers fans. Now turn up the volume and sustain it for nine innings. Mix in blasting caps hurled from the stands onto the grass in foul territory, children running onto the outfield for autographs between innings, beers flying. Welcome to a Venezuelan League baseball game featuring the nation's No. 1 sports rivalry: Magallanes vs. Caracas.On his way to first base, Alvaro Espinoza flings his batting helmet in the direction of Caracas pitcher Mike Zimmerman, payback for being hit by a pitch in his previous at-bat.
SPORTS
By Buster Olney | September 14, 1995
On the field: Dwayne Hosey hit his first major-league homer on the second pitch of last night's game, a highlight for someone who fought long and hard to get to the big leagues. Hosey spent more than seven years in the minors before getting called up by Kansas City last year -- just four days before the strike began. Hosey was sent back down before seeing any action, but he finally broke in Sept. 1 with the Red Sox.In the dugout: Orioles manager Phil Regan ordered an intentional walk of Mike Greenwell in the first inning, loading the bases and setting up the double play with Tim Naehring at bat. Naehring grounded to short, starting a 6-4-3 double play, and Jimmy Haynes escaped what could've been a big inning.
NEWS
By DAVID BEARD | December 1, 1996
CARACAS, Venezuela - The subject was muses. Mona Lisa didn't even get a day modeling rate to smile so enigmatically before Leonardo da Vinci. n n nn.And "The Girl From Ipanema" - the celebrated belle of bossa nova bosses for two generations - who was she, anyway?This season's dance inspiration muses over the fleeting nature of muses as she leans on a railing outside her studio, watching shadows cover a suburban Caracas hillside at twilight.Like those who inspired the classics of portraiture and jazz, Diana Patricia Cubillan has not received royalties from her cultural contribution: the swivels, hops and "Willie-and-the-Hand-Jive"-style movements that inspired the worldwide "Macarena" craze.
NEWS
By DALLAS MORNING NEWS | January 12, 1996
CARACAS, Venezuela -- She is a former Miss Universe. She is smart and popular. She has had a toy named after her -- the Irene Doll -- a little blond coquette about the size of Barbie.Irene Saez, three years after venturing into politics, is the savior Venezuelans say they have been seeking."The truth is, we could use a hero. And that's what Irene Saez is. She's our Wonder Woman," says Maklis Alcala, a 26-year-old street vendor. He sells sizzling beef-ham-avocado-and-potato burgers in Chacao, the Caracas district where Ms. Saez was recently re-elected mayor by a huge margin and sworn in last week.
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