- Veteran Latin American correspondent David Adams is leaving the St. Petersburg Times, another bad sign of the state of the news business, and in David’s case a real loss for readers. Here’s his last piece, on the Cuban American youth group Raices de Esperanza and its support for the Juanes concert. “They gambled on Juanes and they won big,” said Carlos Saladrigas. “It is quite understandable that young people would see music as a bridge between people,” said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.
- The Associated Baptist Press news service reports that two church leaders are in custody in eastern
- Luis Armando Pena Soltren, the accused hijacker who just returned to the
after spending 40 years in United States , entered a not guilty plea in court yesterday. The New York Times reports that he had been talking to Cuba diplomats in U.S. for several years about his return. Cuba
- Antonio Guerrero, one of the Cuban Five, has his sentence reduced and can be out of jail in about seven years. Along the Malecon has the sentencing agreement and more.
- AP: A
company says it has the green light from the U.S. government to lay a fiber optic cable to U.S. , but it has no deal with Cuba to do so. Meanwhile, Venezuela claims it is about to start work on its cable link to Cuba . An official expressed hope that the Venezuela-Cuba cable will be operational in two years; previous reports estimated that it would be functioning next year. Cuba