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President Obama's proposal to resume diplomatic relations with Cuba has elicited mixed reactions from Valley residents with Cuban roots.
People line up to take the bus outside the Capitolio in Havana, Cuba, on Dec. 18. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
On Nov. 15, Marine Sgt. Robert Bruce, a Mesa resident, received a rather large, early Christmas present: a newly built, custom-designed house donated by Homes for Our Troops.
PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Tom Udall of New Mexico pledge to continue working to open U.S. travel to Cuba and trade with the island country.
Republican congressional challenger Andy Tobin blamed incumbent Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick Wednesday for everything from higher health care premiums to the problems in the Veterans Administration health care system.
Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake received praise from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for the second year in a row in regards to his business-friendly voting record.
Ernest Hemingway lived, drank, fished and wrote in many locales around the country and the world. One of his most celebrated haunts is Key West, Florida, where the late writer's birthday is marked each July with a Hemingway look-alike contest and other festivities, some held at one of his favorite bars. But fans following the Hemingway trail will also find museums, homes and other places connected to him in Illinois, Idaho, Arkansas and Cuba. Here's a list.
FILE - This July 30, 2007 file photo shows coins left by visitors at the grave of Ernest Hemingway in Ketchum, Idaho. The house nearby in Ketchum that was owned by the famed novelist now belongs to the Nature Conservancy as part of a private preserve. There are sites connected to Hemingway in many different locales including Florida, Cuba, Arkansas, Idaho and Illinois (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
FILE - In this July 21, 2013 file photo originally provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Stephen Terry poses in Ernest Hemingway's one-time study at the Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West, Fla. Terry, 56, beat 125 other contestants in an Ernest Hemingway look alike contest during Key West's annual Hemingway Days festival celebrating anniversary of the author's birth. There are sites connected to Hemingway in many different locales including Florida, Cuba, Arkansas, Idaho and Illinois. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Andy Newman, File)
FILE - This June 18, 2009 file photo shows a 1930s era typewriter on a desk in the loft of a converted barn once used as a studio by author Ernest Hemingway on his then inlaws' property in Piggott, Ark. There are sites connected to Hemingway in many different locales including Florida, Cuba, Arkansas, Idaho and Illinois. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)
This undated image provided by the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oark Park shows Hemingway’s birthplace in Oak Park, Ill. The home, where the author lived as a young boy, can be visited along with a nearby museum. It’s one of a number of Hemingway sites in Florida, Idaho, Arkansas, Cuba and Illinois. (AP Photo/The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park)
FILE - This July 21, 2012 file photo shows bartender Alejandro Bolivar preparing a daiquiri at El Floridita tavern in Old Havana, Cuba, to honor the 195th anniversary of the bar and the anniversary of the birth of its most famous frequent customer, novelist Ernest Hemingway, of whom a life-sized sculpture sits barside. Legend has it that Hemingway once downed 13 doubles in one sitting. There are sites connected to Hemingway in many different locales including Florida, Cuba, Arkansas, Idaho and Illinois. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes, File)
Congratulations, seniors. After a long 13-year voyage across a proverbial sea of knowledge, we have arrived, and are ready to leave port. We are now more mature, more learned, more worldly, due to the efforts of our teachers, parents, and friends that have taught us to navigate the educational waters. We have learned so much from Mountain View, and our futures seem as vast and as open as the sea. But that is just the surface — underneath the passive waves is a turbulent mystery. We know nothing of our oceans in comparison to our knowledge of interstellar space, just as we know nothing of our lives in comparison to where we will be in our future. Our English teachers told us to scuba dive to find meaning in our essays. We must swim deeper as well to discover meaning in ourselves and our surroundings.
Brenda Priddy seems like a real nice lady. The Chandler wife and mother, who once worked as a bookkeeper, is friendly from the moment we say hello, and she readily answers my long list of questions despite fighting an awful head cold.
Nelson Cho isn't just Chinese-American. He's Chinese-Cuban-Peruvian-American. Which means he grew up on the shredded beef dish ropa vieja, the fried chicken called chicharrones de pollo, and other Cuban specialties.
Robert Rodriguez's "Machete Kills" is a sequel based on an end-credits joke from a film that was itself based on a joke trailer contained within a half-joke grindhouse homage. Exactly how many degrees such an endeavor is removed from anything resembling serious cinema would require Jean Baudrillard to calculate, yet for more immediate filmgoing purposes, all there is to see here is a surprisingly long-lived gag finally running out of gas. As violent as its predecessor yet noticeably duller and less outrageous, "Machete Kills" is dragged to the finish line entirely by its director's madcap energy and an absurd cast of major stars in strange cameos.
Cole Tucker couldn’t help himself; not with his personality.
HAVANA — Each summer, microscopic dust particles kicked up by African sandstorms blow thousands of miles (kilometers) across the Atlantic to arrive in the Caribbean, limiting airplane pilots' visibility to just a few miles and contributing to the suffering of asthmatics trying to draw breath.
In this Aug. 19, 2013 satellite image provided by the NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team, the Aqua satellite captures African dust blowing over the eastern Atlantic Ocean, approaching the Canary Islands. Each summer, microscopic dust particles kicked up by African sandstorms blow thousands of miles (kilometers) across the Atlantic to arrive in the Caribbean, limiting airplane pilots’ visibility to just a few miles and contributing to the suffering of asthmatics trying to draw breath. The phenomenon has been around as long as there's been sand in the Sahara Desert. But it’s attracting ever more attention from regional scientists who say the clouds have grown, even if there’s no global consensus on the issue. (AP Photo/NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team)
In this Aug. 21, 2013 photo, people look out at the Havana skyline from Morro Castle, in Havana, Cuba. In recent days and weeks a particularly large cloud dusted eastern Caribbean islands, made for hazy skies and intense, tangerine-tinted sunsets off Havana, drifted over Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and was detected as far away as Wyoming. In satellite images provided by NASA, the enormous, smoky clouds can be seen wafting westward from Africa covering hundreds of square miles. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Oh, those boring school days of old. Basic backpacks, plain pencil cases, spirals and staplers with so little snap they might as well have been destined for mom or dad’s office.
HAVANA — For a city where people earn an average of $20 a month at government jobs, Havana can be a surprisingly pricey place — at least for tourists.
In this July 8, 2013 photo, a man takes a paper Cuban flag covered by an image of the Statue of Liberty and the face of the Cuban hero Jose Marti at the Experimental Graphic Workshop in Havana, Cuba. For a place where most people earn just $20 a month at their government jobs, Havana can be a surprisingly expensive place to be a traveler. But there are plenty of free ways to have fun in this city known for sea, sun and salsa. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)
In this July 10, 2013 photo, a tourist looks at a book for sale with photos of Ernesto Che Guevara in Havana, Cuba. For a place where most people earn just $20 a month at their government jobs, Havana can be a surprisingly expensive place to be a traveler. But there are plenty of free ways to have fun in this city known for sea, sun and salsa. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)