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Coming soon to US: Cuba Libre, with real Cuban rum
mysanantonio.com / Mon, 22 Dec 2014 23:29:59 UT
MIAMI (AP) — U.S. rum aficionados are abuzz over the possibility of mixing a Cuba Libre with authentic Cuban rum, now that they will be able to bring home liquor distilled in the communist nation. Relaxed limits on what licensed U.S. travelers can bring home mean that Americans will be able to enjoy small quantities of the liquor at home. [...] it's unclear what the news means for industry titan Bacardi, which was driven from its Cuba headquarters by the 1959 Castro revolution. [...] company representatives wouldn't give details when asked Thursday what, if any, plans it has if the more than 50-year-old embargo on Cuban goods ends, now that President Barack Obama is working to normalize relations with the country. Licensed U.S. travelers to Cuba will be able to bring home merchandise worth up to $400, of which $100 can be spent on alcohol and tobacco products combined. Like the rest of the eased trade, travel and currency restrictions announced Wednesday, the rum rules will take effect when official revise and publish the regulations — perhaps weeks away.

Teacher accused of anti-Muslim remarks to resign, get 3 months’ pay
mysanantonio.com / Thu, 4 Dec 2014 16:26:18 UT

A third-grade HISD teacher accused of making profane and anti-Muslim remarks on a public access television show will resign immediately and receive three months' pay under a deal approved by the school board Thursday. In online clips, Box could be heard referring to "bacon-haters," using profanity in connection with Muslims and asking, "Can't Ebola just take one for the team and take out Obama?"


National quilt judge part of local guild
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:30:00 -0500
While “Birdman” took the Academy Award for best picture this year, the 1969 winner “Midnight Cowboy” made a comeback at the Midland Quilters Guild “Oscar Challenge.” Twenty-one guild members entered t

Cellphone ‘disrespect,’ AK-47 assault linked to SWAT raid of Northeast El Paso home
elpasotimes.com / Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:57:37 MDT
A SWAT raid at a Northeast home this month was sparked by an alleged assault involving an AK-47 rifle after a customer kept talking on a cellphone during a drug deal, El Paso police said Monday.

Previous ›› 2 arrested in SWAT raid in Northeast El Paso


Songs we hope Merle Haggard will play
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:30:00 -0500
Full disclosure: There’s a bit of cheating in this article. While preparing this list of tracks and deep cuts we’d like country music icon Merle Haggard to sing at the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Cent

3 dead in Corpus Christi trailer park shooting
mysanantonio.com / Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:07:48 UT
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Police say a man has been arrested after three people were killed and a child injured in a shooting at a trailer park in Corpus Christi, Texas. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times (http://bit.ly/1sWAvPc ) reports that when police arrived at the trailer park on Sunday evening, they found two women and one man dead outside of different residences.

Trump’s former Greenwich home on the market for $54 million
mysanantonio.com / Sun, 18 Jan 2015 06:00:00 UT

A trip through the double doors of the home, built in 1939, gives way to a three-story rotunda set off by a double staircase and crowned by a grand chandelier. [...] a trip throughout the rest of the house, which spans nearly 20,000 square feet, makes it feel like a normal home, with a cage of birds chirping in the sunlight and empty kennels for dogs who are out exercising. [...] when Hatton combed through the digital records of the Greenwich Multiple Listing Service, she found only five listings at or above $30 million since records have been kept electronically -- about 15 years ago. Originally built for $200,000 in 1939, it earned the distinction of the largest residential permit issued by Greenwich's building department that year. "There are very few properties like this, something with six acres on the water on a peninsula like this," said Lurie as she walked into a wood-paneled library on the first floor, where tall windows overlook a putting green and the still blue water of the harbor. "[...] a buyer needs to have the money," she said. "For 1998, that was a very big sale," said Lurie, who added the current owners immediately began a massive renovation, which includes a tennis court, as well as a 4,000-square-foot addition, built in 2000.


PSB to vote again April 8 on new water franchise fee
elpasotimes.com / Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:23:50 MDT
The El Paso Public Service Board will discuss and vote again on whether to add the new franchise fee to residential customers at its April 8 regular meeting, officials said.

Massive LA fire shuts down parts of 2 freeways
mysanantonio.com / Mon, 8 Dec 2014 12:24:39 UT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials say a massive fire in downtown Los Angeles closed down portions of two major freeways. Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman David Ortiz says more than 250 firefighters were battling the blaze early Monday morning.

Selena forever: El Pasoans remember and honor popular fallen Tejano star
elpasotimes.com / Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:41:24 MDT
El Pasoan Sandy Reyes remembers where she was the first time she heard the infectious music of Selena — in San Antonio with her husband, listening to an all-Tejano radio station. Reyes remembers where she was the first time she saw Selena perform — the now-defunct Tejas Bar on Alameda Avenue.

Related ›› Selena's dad: Mixed feelings about fans marking star's death

From the archive ›› Selena gunned down at motel, El Paso fans devastated

From The Beat blog ›› Playlist: Selected Selena tracks


Police detain ‘Django Unchained’ actress in LA
mysanantonio.com / Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:46:02 UT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Daniele Watts, who appeared in "Django Unchained," is complaining that she was handcuffed and briefly put in the back of a squad car after a public display of affection with her white companion. Brian Lucas told KCBS-TV in a joint interview with Watts that he suspects police mistook the black actress for a prostitute because he was asking me questions like, 'Who is she? The Los Angeles Police Department said Sunday that officers detained the pair after a complaint that two people were "involved in indecent exposure" in a silver Mercedes.

City Council may expand Downtown development borders
elpasotimes.com / Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:25:01 MDT
El Paso city Rep. Cortney Niland plans to appoint former City Manager Joyce Wilson to the ad hoc city charter advisory committee, according to today's El Paso City Council agenda.

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