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March 12, 2011
Baltimore is fortunate to be one of eight new cities added to the list of those airports able to serve travelers to Cuba ("BWI eligible to provide charter flights to Cuba," March 9). Under current rules, Cuban-Americans, religious delegations, academics, researchers and business people seeking to sell agriculture products can travel to Cuba, and they will now be able to use Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport for their departures. Baltimore's status would be threatened, however, by an amendment written by Florida's Senator Marco Rubio and New Jersey's Senator Bob Menendez to prevent all new airports from serving the Cuban market because these senators oppose engagement between the United States and Cuba.
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NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2011
Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport has been authorized to become one of the United States' gateways to Cuba under a new policy allowing charter flights to the island nation. BWI announced Tuesday that it had been selected as one of eight airports to receive permission to join Miami, New York and Los Angeles in providing the charter flights. The service is being allowed after the Obama administration decided to relax the U.S. ban on direct flights to the communist country.
NEWS
By Anya Landau French and Arturo Lopez-Levy | December 15, 2010
It's been said that when elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers. No case illustrates this suffering more than that of Alan Gross, a Maryland resident and USAID subcontractor who was working to connect the Cuban Jewish community to the Internet and was detained by Cuban authorities one year ago. Campaigning for his release these many months, his wife, Judy Gross, fears that her husband has become a "pawn" in the half-century Cold War between...
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | November 23, 2010
Last month, I received an e-mail from a Towson office worker who told me about his pleasurable first visit to Havana Road Cafe , and he told me how much he and his friend loved the pulled-pork sandwich and the classic Cubano, with slow-roasted pork, ham, Swiss and pickles, He was hoping Havana Road could get some attention, and he acknowledged that he was acting out of self-interest: "I want to be sure they get plenty of business so they stay in...
NEWS
By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2010
A Vision Airlines charter flight bound for Cuba from New York's John F. Kennedy Airport was temporarily diverted to BWI Sunday after reports of the smell of smoke in the cabin. The plane, a Boeing 767, "landed safely about 5:20 p.m.," said Jonathan Dean, a spokesman for Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. A mechanic checked out the plane, and cleared it to proceed, he said. It departed about 8:40 p.m. Vision Airlines spokesman Bryan Glazer said in a statement that there were 154 passengers on board flight RBY-6401, which left New York at 4 p.m. The flight was scheduled to land at Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuba, shortly after 10 p.m., according to an Internet flight tracker.
NEWS
By Susan Goering | December 30, 2009
I t sounds like a good idea - President Barack Obama's recent decision to make a maximum security prison in northwestern Illinois the new home for a "limited number" of detainees currently held at Guantanamo Bay. Using the Thomson Correctional Center could hasten the critical day when the president closes Guantánamo. But the devil is in the details. Although the American Civil Liberties Union has been advocating for the closure of Guantanamo for years, this is not the way we were hoping for it to happen.
SPORTS
By Peter Schmuck | November 14, 2009
Ten years after the Orioles made their controversial goodwill trip to Cuba, club owner Peter Angelos apparently would like to take another shot at improving relations between the United States and the isolated island nation with a new round of baseball diplomacy. I wouldn't count him out. Angelos told the Associated Press that he would like to return to Havana with the Orioles this spring, and the climate for such a trip might be better right now than it has been at any time since the Clinton administration gave tacit approval for the first home-and-home goodwill series.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick and Special to The Baltimore Sun | November 5, 2009
Cuba de Ayer is the wonderful creation of Jessica Rodriguez, who thought so highly of her mother-in-law's home-style Cuban cooking that she decided to open a restaurant. Her mother-in-law, Mayra Lopez, from Camaguey in Cuba, was, I assume, first flattered and later surprised when this actually happened. Cuba de Ayer graciously serves moderately priced, wholesome, and very tasty food in cheerfully attractive and well-managed surroundings. It's the kind of suburban restaurant that is packed with merry regulars on a Sunday night, the kind of place that people discover by word of mouth and stay loyal to for years.
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