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Baltimore Sun reporter | April 5, 2012
Cap Cana, Dominican Republic Located just 10 minutes from the Punta Cana airport, Cap Cana is a self-contained, 30,000-acre ecological resort area with pristine oceanfront beaches, the luminous Cap Cana Marina, cliffs and forested hiking trails, as well as countless water-based activities. The development encompasses several resorts including Adam Jones' favorite, the Fishing Lodge. Getting there US Airways, Air Tran and American Airlines offer connecting flights to Punta Cana from BWI-Marshall.
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By Jake Nevins and The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
After weeks of cringe-worthy dates and melodramatic professions of love, "Bachelorette" Andi Dorfman is down to her final two. Season 10 of the hit ABC show has found its protagonist, love-hungry assistant district attorney Andi, circumnavigate a sea of mostly white, 30-year old men with chiseled bodies to finally find herself in the scenic Dominican Republic with her final two, Josh and Nick. In last night's episode, Andi painfully let go of Chris, the farmer, just as he saw the light at the end of the tunnel that is the “Fantasy Suite," the show's PG-rated way of telling its audience that months of uncomfortable sexual tension will be put to rest.
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SPORTS
By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2011
Orioles pitcher Alfredo Simon, accused of shooting and killing a 25-year-old man in his native Dominican Republic during New Year's celebrations, will go to trial, a judge has ruled, according to an Associated Press report out of the Dominican Republic. Simon, 30, was in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, for Monday's hearing. He was back in the United States later Monday and started for Double-A Bowie on Tuesday night in Richmond, Va. Dinora Diloné, an attorney for Simon, maintains that his client is innocent in the shooting that killed Michael Castillo Almonte.
SPORTS
By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2014
Nelson Cruz presents a deep rooting dilemma for the modern baseball fan. Is the Orioles outfielder the well-mannered son of teachers who built himself into a slugger step by painstaking step? In this version of the story, Cruz is the perfect baseball hero - a humble guy from the northwest coast of the Dominican Republic with Popeye forearms and a beatific countenance, one who belts home runs at a league-leading pace and still takes time to say hello to his young fans. Or is he just another in the stained mass of baseball stars who seemingly took the easy way out by turning to performance-enhancing drugs?
TRAVEL
By Stephanie Citron, Special to The Baltimore Sun | April 6, 2012
Baltimore Orioles' star center fielder Adam Jones loves to sleep out — which works out nicely for him, realization, since his team spends more than 80 days a year on the road. Obviously undaunted by frequent changes of scenery, Jones has been a consistent performer for the Orioles, winning a Gold Glove Award in 2009 and being named the team's most valuable player last fall by the local news media. All of this high-profile activity might lead one to assume that during the offseason Jones would prefer to unwind at home, sleeping in his own bed. But that couldn't be further from the truth.
EXPLORE
By Bob Allen | October 13, 2011
The Least of These Ministries, a faith-based, nondenominational relief organization founded by Manchester resident Steve Hull and his wife, shipped 200,000 meal packages to undernourished Haitian sugar cane workers this week. On the morning of Oct. 10, the organization took possession of the food packages from another group, Feed My Starving Children, after pledging to transport the food to Haitians living in work camps in the Dominican Republic. The shipment was passed along later this week.
NEWS
By Georgie Anne Geyer | May 20, 1994
IT MAY BE that this was not the dirtiest election in Dominican history -- it is also possible that my cat Nikko, placed in an aviary, will embrace the birds.It may also be that the "old crowd" here really did not steal the elections.But in these days immediately after the May 16 elections, the mood is suspiciously quiet. The capital has seen no victory celebrations by President Joaquin Balaguer, officially re-elected by 43 percent of the voters to his seventh term even though he is 87 years old and blind.
TRAVEL
By Carla Correa | November 30, 2008
The Orioles' season is long over, but in fall and winter, baseball aficionados can savor the crack of the bat and the roar of the crowd in the Dominican Republic, one of the Caribbean's "it" destinations. Most people know that several top sluggers hail from the country, but did you know Christopher Columbus is also one of the country's claims to fame? The explorer discovered the island of Hispaniola, which the Dominican Republic shares with Haiti, on his maiden voyage to the New World. Not a sports or history buff?
SPORTS
May 19, 1992
The Oriole Advocates yesterday shipped more than 4,000 pounds of new and used baseball equipment to the Dominican Republic, the final step of their "Cardboard to Leather" drive.Inspired by a series of Sun articles detailing the desperate poverty of thousands of baseball-playing youths in the Dominican, many of whom use gloves made of cardboard, the Advocates collected equipment for a week earlier this month at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.Carlos Bernhardt, the Orioles scout in the Dominican, will distribute the equipment in his hometown of San Pedro de Macoris.
TRAVEL
By CAREN OSTEN GERSZBERG and CAREN OSTEN GERSZBERG,NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | March 12, 2006
The variables involved in planning a Caribbean family vacation can be daunting enough to send the weak scurrying back to a condo in Sarasota, Fla. Ideal for honeymooners or stressed-out grown-ups, many Caribbean resorts are designed for those who need to get away from it all. Yet children seem to need something to do other than lounging on sunny beaches. Picky teenage travelers need something to do other than sneaking into casinos. (At least, their parents think so.) And the deal-breaker is that many remote Caribbean destinations require changing planes.
SPORTS
By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 4, 2014
BOSTON  -  Orioles executive director of international recruiting Fred Ferreira plucked Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez from the Mexican League, signed him to a minor league free-agent deal and saw him blossom into a major league starting pitcher. Now he hopes another pitcher - ironically, one with the same name - can reach the same heights. The Orioles have signed pitcher Miguel Gonzalez, an 18-year-old right-hander from the Dominican Republic, to an international free-agent deal.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2014
An article ran in today's edition of The Baltimore Sun about tonight's starter , Ubaldo Jimenez, the 30-year-old right-hander who many see as a primary key to the Orioles' success this year. If he can be the dominating pitcher that he was in the second half of last year, the Orioles will finally have a veteran ace for the first time since Mike Mussina left for the New York Yankees after the 2000 season. And Jimenez could make up a heck of a one-two punch with Opening Day starter Chris Tillman.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2014
Ubaldo Jimenez's baseball career is well-documented. His ups and downs in the major leagues have been thoroughly dissected. A wunderkind who once was among baseball's best young pitchers, Jimenez's career trajectory plummeted dramatically in the past few seasons before he resuscitated it with a tremendous second half last year. And that led the Orioles to give the 30-year-old right-hander a four-year, $50 million deal, the most lucrative contract the club has ever handed out to a free-agent pitcher.
SPORTS
By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez, who left Saturday's workout with back spasms and had his bullpen session Sunday pushed back, said Monday morning that his back feels better. Gonzalez won't throw a bullpen today, but he said he will play catch and work on the side with assistant trainer Brian Ebel. He said he will be re-evaluated after that. “Just when I wake up in the morning it's a little tight, but once I get going walking around it feels a lot better,” Gonzalez said.
SPORTS
By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 16, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - As the sun rises this morning, the Orioles still haven't announced their signing of South Korean pitcher Suk-min Yoon. At this point, the plan is still to introduce Yoon to the media Monday, but I've heard that the right-hander is hoping to hear this morning that he cleared his Friday physical and can begin working out with the team today. He's eager to start his transition to the major leagues and American baseball. We will see. But at this point, provided he passed the physical, we know he plans to stay here in Sarasota and get his work visa through Canada instead of going back to South Korea.
SPORTS
By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2014
The Orioles plan to scout highly touted Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo, who had previously been one of Cuba's top players before recently defecting from that country, on Saturday in the Dominican Republic, according to an industry source. Castillo, 26, played in Cuba's top professional league, Serie Nacional, for the past five seasons, hitting .319/.383/.516 with 51 homers and 226 RBIs in 360 games over that span. During the 2010-2011 season, Castillo hit a career-high 22 homers and had 95 RBIs and 32 stolen bases in 104 games.
NEWS
By Norris P. West and Norris P. West,Evening Sun Staff | January 17, 1992
A federal judge today sentenced a former State Department official to 27 months in prison and three years of supervised probation for illegally exporting weapons to the Dominican Republic and accepting payments for them.George R. Mitchell, 43, was released on bond pending appeal of his conviction in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.Prosecutors had sought a stiffer penalty against Mitchell, but Judge Marvin J. Garbis acknowledged that Mitchell had risked his life while working as a security officer with the State Department, including one incident in which he was credited with saving the life of a Turkish ambassador during an assassination attempt.
BUSINESS
By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | October 22, 2012
Southwest Airlines will add two destinations next spring to its schedule of flights from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, the carrier announced Monday. On April 14, AirTran Airways, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southwest, will begin daily service to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, pending government approval. Southwest will offer three daily nonstop flights to Flint, Mich., from BWI. In addition, three AirTran destinations will convert to Southwest, beginning the same day: Charlotte, N.C.; Rochester, N.Y.; and Portland, Maine.
SPORTS
By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2014
Just less than three months shy of his 41st birthday, free-agent right-handed pitcher Brett Tomko hopes for one last chance to get back to the major leagues. Tomko will throw for the Orioles on Friday morning in Orange County, Calif. He aims to impress the club enough to earn a minor-league deal with an invitation to major league spring training. Tomko hasn't pitched in the major leagues since 2011. He spent most of last season pitching for the York Revolution of the independent Atlantic League while hoping to join a Triple-A team, an opportunity that never came.
NEWS
By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | January 20, 2014
Recovering from four bullet wounds, Jose Melo's wife begged him not to go on Monday, but he would not hear of it. Eleven days had passed since Melo last worked at his small corner store in Southwest Baltimore. On that day - Jan. 9 - he had come out of the bathroom hearing gunshots and screaming only to see a hooded gunman fire one more shot into his wife before fleeing. Her brother, who helped out behind the counter, was slumped next to her, fatally shot in the chest. He wasn't scared, Melo told his wife, Irkania Moran, repeatedly.
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