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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.
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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.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | March 22, 1992
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- This country is preparing night and day for its biggest bash ever -- the Oct. 12 celebration of the 500th anniversary of Columbus' arrival in the Americas. The pope, the king of Spain and several Latin American leaders are expected for the grand commemoration.But many people are terrified about what might happen. When a reporter asked about the Columbus celebrations, some put their hands to their heads or ran to the nearest wooden object to knock three times on its surface.
SPORTS
By Pat O'Malley and Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF | August 21, 2003
Hector Mejias made the throw of his young life yesterday in the final inning to enable the Dominican Republic to edge South Korea, 4-3, and clinch one of the four berths from the International Division in the Cal Ripken World Series for 12-year-olds in Aberdeen. The Dominican Republic (2-2) backed South Korea, the World Series runner-up the past three years, against the wall. To make it to tomorrow's single-elimination playoffs, South Korea (0-3) must defeat Canada (1-2) in today's 6 p.m. game at Ripken Stadium to advance by virtue of the head-to-head tiebreaker.
NEWS
By New York Times News Service | April 20, 1992
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- By nine o'clock each night, two dozen or more young women arrive at the La Herminia Night Club, where they exchange stories and perform their final primping before the start of a long evening of blaring merengues, copious amounts of beer and, they hope, a client or two for sex."If I earn 1,000 pesos, I've done pretty well," said Arele Diaz, a striking 20-year-old in a tiny, shrink-wrap black dress, of her hoped-for nightly purse of just under $100. "Five hundred pesos or less, and it's really been a bust for me."
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By NEW YORK TIMES | May 17, 1996
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Responding eagerly to a rare opportunity to bring a new generation of leaders to power, Dominicans flocked to the polls yesterday in the first phase in a watershed presidential election. Officials said turnout was running as high as 80 percent in some areas.Neither of the octogenarian strongmen who have dominated Dominican politics since the 1950s was on the ballot.Recent constitutional changes prohibit President Joaquin Balaguer, who is 89 and in his seventh term of office, from succeeding himself.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | November 9, 1997
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- For months, the electrical power grid has been failing and the price of food rising throughout this Caribbean country. Protesters have been taking to the streets to burn tires and cars and throw stones and homemade bombs at the police.Now the situation appears to have moved into a new and potentially more dangerous phase. Dissatisfied with what they describe as the government's inability to improve living conditions and its unwillingness to negotiate with them, a coalition of union and student groups has called a two-day general strike next week.
NEWS
April 26, 1991
Dr. Francis G. Serio, an assistant professor of periodontics at the University of Maryland Dental School, was being honored today at a White House ceremony as a recipient of the President's Volunteer Action Award.Serio and 18 other recipients were selected for the honor from more than 3,500 nominees.Leading a team of UM dental students and alumni, Serio has provided dental care to about 13,000 poor citizens of the Dominican Republic during the past nine years. Often he and his crew have had to trudge up mountains with portable dental equipment and electric generators.
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By Carolynne Fitzpatrick and Carolynne Fitzpatrick,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 9, 2002
As he has for the past seven years, Westminster resident Steve Hull flew to the Dominican Republic yesterday with one thing in mind: helping the less fortunate better their lives. Led by Hull, a team of 29 volunteers for his Least of These Ministry will work in five villages near the east coast city of Barahona, about 75 miles from the Haitian border. The five villages have a population of 3,000 people, Haitians who have crossed the border to find work and settle in the Dominican Republic, which occupies two-thirds of the second-largest island of the Greater Antilles chain in the Caribbean.
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By Kelly Gilbert and Kelly Gilbert,Evening Sun Staff | September 23, 1991
A State Department regional security official from Baltimore who worked at the U.S. embassies in Antigua and the Dominican Republic has been convicted of illegally exporting weapons and committing three other federal crimes tied to his sales of guns for profit in the islands.George R. Mitchell, 42, of the 3500 block of Menlo Drive, was convicted Friday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore by a jury that ,, deliberated slightly less than two days at the end of a three-week trial.The jury convicted Mitchell of the weapons exportation count, the most serious in the indictment; accepting illegal payments for using his official status to avoid customs duties on eight vehicles he exported for sales in the islands; and two counts of failing to report his importation of cash from those sales into this country.
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