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  • Cuba marks 50th anniversary of Castro revolution

    01/01/2009 2:09:40 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 438+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 1/1/09 | Jeff Franks
    SANTIAGO DE CUBA, Cuba (Reuters) – Cuba celebrated on Thursday the 50th anniversary of a 1959 revolution whose leader Fidel Castro transformed the island into a communist state that has survived despite decades of opposition from the United States and the collapse of its Cold War benefactors. The revolution's landmark anniversary comes at a time when the era of Fidel Castro, now 82 and in poor health, is winding down and uncertainty hangs over the future of the Cuba he built into an improbable world player admired for its social gains but criticized for its human rights record. Celebrations have...
  • Cuban Stalinism at 50--the Media Lies Continue

    01/01/2009 5:23:16 AM PST · by slickeroo · 5 replies · 721+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 1/1/09 | Humberto Fontova
    Cuban Stalinism at 50--and the Media Lies Continue By Humberto Fontova "Cuban mothers let me assure you that I will solve all Cuba's problems without spilling a drop of blood." Upon entering Havana on January 7, 1959, Cuba's new leader Fidel Castro broadcast that promise into a phalanx of microphones. As the jubilant crowd erupted with joy, Castro continued. “Cuban mothers let me assure you that because of me you will never have to cry." The following day, just below San Juan Hill in eastern Cuba, a bulldozer rumbled to a start, clanked into position, and started pushing dirt into...
  • Media Deathwatch: New York Times November Ad Revenue Down 20%

    12/24/2008 2:23:50 PM PST · by Bill Dupray · 11 replies · 420+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | December 24, 2008 | Bill Dupray
    In our favorite continuing series on the Decline and Fall of The Fourth Estate, see here, here, here, and here, there is more good news. The New York Times Co's (NYT.N) November advertising revenue fell 20 percent, the company said on Wednesday, illustrating how the financial crisis is aggravating dizzying revenue declines at U.S. newspapers. Ad revenue at the publisher's New York Times Media Group, which includes the Times newspaper, fell 21.2 percent from a year earlier because of a drop in real estate and jobs classified advertising. . . . Total company revenue fell 13.9 percent. More . ....
  • Media Deathwatch: Internet Surpasses Newspapers As News Source

    12/23/2008 2:13:04 PM PST · by Bill Dupray · 7 replies · 342+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | December 23, 2008 | Bill Dupray
    The king is dead. Long live the king. Victory is ours. The internet, which emerged this year as a leading source for campaign news, has now surpassed all other media except television as a main source for national and international news. Currently, 40% say they get most of their news about national and international issues from the internet, up from just 24% in September 2007. For the first time in a Pew survey, more people say they rely mostly on the internet for news than cite newspapers (35%). . . More . . .
  • Meeting Cuba's youngest politician (BBC celebrates 50 years of Communism in Cuba)

    12/22/2008 2:10:55 PM PST · by weegee · 22 replies · 684+ views
    BBC News ^ | Monday, 22 December 2008 | Michael Voss
    As Cuba prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Fidel Castro's revolution on 1 January, most of those in power are the same people who fought alongside him half a century ago. ...But there is a new generation of communists waiting in the wings. ...The youngest, Liaena Hernandez, is just 18 years old. A petite young woman with long black hair and an engaging smile, she has been a political activist since her early teens... "Having young Cubans in parliament shows that the revolution continues. It isn't just something from our history..." Her father is in the army and she...
  • Aging Castro still rules 50 years after revolution

    12/20/2008 2:18:07 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 506+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/20/08 | Anita Snow - ap
    HAVANA – In the palace of a fallen dictator, the grade-school kids in their red Communist Pioneer bandanas are getting their mandatory introduction to the glories of the revolution. Clattering from one display case to the next, they gaze wide-eyed at an antique gun, a fighter's bloodied shirt, the engine of a downed U.S. spy plane. Moving on, they stare at the yacht named Granma that carried Fidel Castro back from exile to launch his guerrilla war, and the combat boots his brother-successor wore as a ponytailed 27-year-old rebel.
  • Dinosaur Media Death Watch: WUSA Moves to One-Person News Crews

    12/13/2008 3:56:45 PM PST · by NorthShoreGibby · 6 replies · 357+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 12 December 2008 | Paul Farhi
    The march of technology and the shrinking economy are beginning to take a toll on the traditional means of television news-gathering: the TV news crew. Under a new agreement reached this week with its labor unions, WUSA, Channel 9, will become the first station in Washington to replace its crews with one-person "multimedia journalists" who will shoot and edit news stories single-handedly.
  • Still out of sight, Fidel Castro pens new book (adds new meaning to term 'ghost writer')

    11/12/2008 6:28:38 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 322+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/11/08 | AP
    HAVANA – Cuba on Wednesday presented a new book by Fidel Castro, who has not appeared in public since undergoing emergency intestinal surgery in July 2006 but who authorities claim spent more than 400 hours working on the manuscript. "La Paz en Colombia," or "Peace in Colombia," explores Cuba's role in attempts to end Colombia's civil war, which has raged for more than four decades. The 265-page book was presented during a Havana ceremony that Castro did not attend, though one of his sons was there, as was Ricardo Alarcon, head of the country's rubber-stamp parliament. Several rounds of peace...
  • New York Times Stock (NYT) poised to close below historic low of $8.12 (its $7.71 at close!)

    11/12/2008 1:02:28 PM PST · by DCBryan1 · 150 replies · 2,713+ views
    CNBC ^ | 12 NOV 08 | dcbryan1
    Price: $7.68 Last 0.59-7.04% Today’s Change 8.27 Today’s Open $8.29 Day High $7.79 Day Low $7.68 Volume 717,036
  • Evening Post (aka The Newsless Courier) Publishing freezes pension benefits

    11/11/2008 9:02:46 AM PST · by Salo · 4 replies · 551+ views
    The Post and Courier Website ^ | 11/11/08 | unknown
    Evening Post Publishing Company announced today it was freezing benefits in its defined benefit retirement plan, which is funded entirely by the company. Current employee pensions will be computed on their years of service through Dec. 31, 2008. The move was taken because of soaring costs of maintaining both the pension plan and the employee 401(k) program. The latter is not affected by the decision.
  • L.A. Times lays off another 75

    10/28/2008 9:52:26 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 15 replies · 408+ views
    Variety ^ | October 27, 2008 | CYNTHIA LITTLETON
    Another 75 editorial staffers were let go at the Los Angeles Times on Monday, including numerous reporters and editors involved in arts and entertainment coverage. The cuts included film critic Carina Chocano, whose departure leaves Hollywood’s hometown newspaper with one full-time film critic, Kenneth Turan. Chocano had been with the Times since 2004. Times editor Russ Stanton cited the growing economic downturn as the reason for the latest round of layoffs in a memo to the staff. The Times eliminated about 130 editorial positions in July as part of a companywide downsizing effort at its beleaguered parent company, Tribune Co....
  • ABC producer arrested outside Brown Palace (Asa Eslocker @ Denver convention)

    08/27/2008 5:46:12 PM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies · 352+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 8/27/08 | Sue Lindsay
    ABC producer arrested outside Brown PalaceSue Lindsay 2 hours, 18 minutes ago A producer for ABC News was arrested today as he and a camera crew set up on the sidewalk outside the Brown Palace Hotel. Asa Eslocker was arrested for trespass, interference and failure to obey an lawful order. He was being processed from the Denver City Jail and is expected to be released on $300 bail, said his attorney Tom Kelley. Eslocker is investigating the role of corporate lobbyists and wealthy donors at the convention for a series of Money Trail reports on ABC World News. "The Brown's...
  • Daily Spanish-language newspaper El Nuevo Dia Orlando is closing

    08/14/2008 12:42:42 PM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 20 replies · 432+ views
    orlandosentinel ^ | August 14, 2008 | Alsy Acevedo
    Five years after arriving in Central Florida, El Nuevo Día Orlando, the region's only daily Spanish-language newspaper, is closing. The paper, which has a total of 50 employees, will cease operations Aug. 29., said José F. Serra, spokesperson for the Ferré-Rangel family. They own two newspapers in Puerto Rico -- El Nuevo Día and Primera Hora -- and started the Orlando operations in Sept. 2003. "Unfortunately, the losses have been consistent throughout the five years, and we came to the conclusion that we couldn't continue producing the paper," Serra said.
  • Letter: Pro-Obama "South Florida Sun-Sentinel" sickening [readers strike back at MSM]

    07/19/2008 11:30:47 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 13 replies · 173+ views
    The Sun-Sentinel, Fort Lauderdale, FL ^ | 2008-07-20 | Murray Kaminsky
    It's pitiful to read the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. You are so pro-Obama that it is sickening. No such thing as an impartial paper.
  • Bridging the Abyss (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    07/19/2008 7:59:10 AM PDT · by Ogie Oglethorpe · 14 replies · 210+ views
    American Journalism Review ^ | June/July 2008 | Charles Layton
    Bridging the Abyss Why a lot of newspapers aren’t going to survive By Charles Layton Charles Layton (charlesmary@hotmail.com) is an AJR senior contributing writer. Mark Potts is a consultant, based in Washington, D.C., who hires out to newspaper Web sites, dotcoms and the like. He was a reporter and editor (Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, San Francisco Examiner) in the '70s and '80s, that golden age for newspapers before the Internet came along to spoil the party. Ad revenue — four-fifths of a daily paper's income — grew by double digits during many of those years. Last summer, Potts and some...
  • Columbian announces job cuts...Vancouver WA...Dinosaur Media Death Watch

    07/10/2008 7:43:17 PM PDT · by Bean Counter · 6 replies · 136+ views
    The columbian ^ | July 10, 2008 | JULIA ANDERSON
    (Vancouver, WA) The Columbian Publishing Co. has made further job reductions this week as the company struggles to meet operating budgets for the first half of the year. An estimated 20 positions were included in the latest round of layoffs, said Columbian Publisher Scott Campbell. Eight newsroom employees were a part of the job cuts, six reporters, one photographer and one sports clerk/writer. "The economy - both nationally and locally - is pretty tough right now," said Campbell "It is impacting news organizations and companies in many business sectors. We have had another decline in advertising revenue over the past...
  • The Associated Press to Set Guidelines for Using Its Articles in Blogs

    06/16/2008 7:02:06 AM PDT · by mathprof · 38 replies · 422+ views
    new york times ^ | 6/16/08 | SAUL HANSELL
    The Associated Press, one of the nation’s largest news organizations, said that it will, for the first time, attempt to define clear standards as to how much of its articles and broadcasts bloggers and Web sites can excerpt without infringing on The A.P.’s copyright. The A.P.’s effort to impose some guidelines on the free-wheeling blogosphere, where extensive quoting and even copying of entire news articles is common, may offer a prominent definition of the important but vague doctrine of “fair use,” which holds that copyright owners cannot ban others from using small bits of their works under some circumstances. For...
  • Fidel Castro attacks McCain and Bush in column

    05/23/2008 9:26:54 AM PDT · by Kleebo151 · 18 replies · 119+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5-23-2008 | Jeff Franks
    Cuban leader Fidel Castro blasted Republican presidential candidate John McCain on Friday for his criticism of the Cuban government this week, saying McCain had shown why he finished near the bottom of his class at West Point. In his latest newspaper column, Castro also attacked President George W. Bush for his speech on Wednesday announcing that U.S. citizens would be allowed to send cell phones to Cuba. "A deluge of speeches and lies they directed at Cuba," Castro said in a column published in Communist Party newspaper Granma. "How far they are from knowing Cuba and its people."
  • Ailing Fidel Castro Says He's Still In The Loop

    By Marc Frank April 23, 2008 HAVANA (Reuters) - An ailing Fidel Castro took partial credit on Wednesday for firing Cuba's long-serving education minister this week, indicating that he would remain influential behind the scenes as long as he is able. Castro, who was succeeded by his younger brother Raul Castro as president this year after almost half a century at the helm, blasted former minister Luis Ignacio Gomez for being "burnt out" and "losing revolutionary consciousness." In a newspaper column, Castro laid into Gomez for travelling abroad too much and taking personal credit for advances in Cuba's education system.
  • Why CBS should shutter its news division.

    04/24/2008 3:30:19 PM PDT · by Dominic01 · 9 replies · 67+ views
    MSN Slate ^ | April 23, 2008 | Troy Patterson
    To judge by the ads, the most loyal adherents to CBS' quasi-journalistic programming are impotent and incontinent. It so happens that they share these afflictions with the network's actual news division. Katie Couric is reportedly itching to bolt her gig as the anchor of broadcast TV's worst-rated evening newscast. Last month, Shelley Ross lost her job producing The Early Show, the worst-rated morning newscast, after problems concerning temper tantrums and tequila parties. Most weeks, the perfectly decent Bob Schieffer, who will retire after the 2009 inauguration, sees Face the Nation to a finish as the third-rated Sunday show. And the...
  • Newspapers Reveals Biggest Ad Revenue Plunge in More Than 50 Years (dinosaur media deathwatch)

    03/28/2008 10:59:47 AM PDT · by edzo4 · 32 replies · 818+ views
    editor and publisher ^ | 3-28-08 | Jennifer Saba
    NEW YORK The newspaper industry has experienced the worst drop in advertising revenue in more than 50 years. According to new data released by the Newspaper Association of America, total print advertising revenue in 2007 plunged 9.4% to $42 billion compared to 2006 -- the most severe percent decline since the association started measuring advertising expenditures in 1950.
  • Raul Castro becomes Cuba's leader

    02/24/2008 12:19:03 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 101 replies · 2,212+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/24/08 | AP
    HAVANA — Nearly 50 years of rule by Fidel Castro ended in Cuba on Sunday as parliament chose his brother Raul to replace him — a transition that leaves the island's communist system unshaken. The new president proposed consulting with the ailing 81-year-old Fidel on all major decisions of state, and parliament approved the proposal. The vote came five days after Fidel said he was retiring, capping a career in which he frustrated efforts by 10 U.S. presidents to oust him. The transition was not likely to bring a major shift in policies of the communist government that have put...
  • What Fidel Castro's Resignment Means for Cuba (Oliver North)

    02/21/2008 8:36:12 PM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies · 95+ views
    Fox News ^ | February 21, 2008 | Col. Oliver North
    Washington, D.C. — Fidel Castro is finally on his way out. After nearly 50 years of bloody, iron-fisted rule, the world’s longest reigning dictator — and one of the last communist tyrants on the planet — has announced that he is stepping down. That’s good news, but it’s not likely to change much for the 11 million captive people in Cuba. On February 19, Granma, the Cuban Communist Party’s organ, carried a letter purportedly written by the 81-year-old ailing autocrat, announcing that ill health prevents him from continuing to “discharge the duties” of president and commander-in-chief of Cuba's armed forces....
  • Fidel's sorry legacy

    02/20/2008 1:45:42 PM PST · by knighthawk · 9 replies · 147+ views
    National Post ^ | Februari 20 2008
    After 49 years of ruling Cuba with an iron fist, 81-year-old Fidel Castro has formally stepped down as president and head of Cuba's armed forces. But there will not be any election to determine his successor. Power in the tropical tyranny is a family matter and Raul Castro, Fidel's 76-year-old brother, will take permanent control of a country he has run for 19 months while Fidel has endured a lengthy illness. Little has changed during that time -- free speech is still suppressed, democracy is crushed, freedom of the press is forbidden, free enterprise is illegal, fair trails are the...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 02-19-08 ("Fidel Castro Resigns As President")

    02/19/2008 6:49:40 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 45 replies · 393+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | February 19, 2008 | DUmmies and PJ-Comix
    It's mourning in DUmmieland. Their hero, Fidel Castro, has resigned as president (dictator) of Cuba. The feelings of the DUmmies can be described as sadness mixed with grave concern that Cuba may be free again as you can see in this THREAD titled, ""Fidel Castro Resigns As President." Of course, Fidel will be succeeded by his brother, Raul. Ever notice how in hard core commie countries that succession is by blood as in feudal times? In North Korea Big Kim was succeeded by Li'l Kim. Yes, "scientific" communism needs to use feudal bloodlines to determine the succession of their...
  • Fidel Castro Steps Down...

    02/18/2008 11:43:05 PM PST · by silentknight · 232 replies · 2,223+ views
    NYT via Drudge ^ | February 19, 2008
    Fidel Castro Steps Down...
  • Tom Glocer Don’t Spin Stories to My Friends

    02/19/2008 1:10:57 PM PST · by ForGod'sSake · 1 replies · 98+ views
    successful-blog.com ^ | March 10, 2006 | ME “Liz” Strauss
    Tom Glocer Don’t Spin Stories to My FriendsME Liz Strauss wrote this at 11:33 amThe Nice One I was working for a privately-held publishing company for about 9 months. The company had been losing 10% a year for the past three years running. In the morning the Major Partner and Chief Financial Officer were coming to visit to hear our plan to turn the company around. I had been chosen to voice the plan. That night at dinner, the Operations’ Director and close friend said to me over wine and dinner, “You know, the success of this company really depends...
  • Castro takes another swipe at McCain

    02/13/2008 11:12:17 AM PST · by bshomoic · 22 replies · 657+ views
    Castro takes another swipe at McCain 19 minutes ago HAVANA (AFP) — Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro, whose political future is to be clarified this month, took another swipe at Republican US presidential hopeful John McCain, in an editorial published Wednesday. Fidel Castro, 81, wrote in the Communist Party newspaper Granma that McCain was in the pocket of conservative Cuban-Americans, most of whom live in Florida and strongly oppose his policies. "It is incredible that at this point in history, the Republican candidate, decorated as a hero, would become the pawn of that mafia. No one who believes in himself...
  • 'Grammys' hits a sour note in ratings (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    02/11/2008 11:12:07 AM PST · by abb · 97 replies · 145+ views
    Media Life ^ | February 11, 2008 | Toni Fitzgerald
    After the star-less Golden Globes and People’s Choice Awards took a ratings hit last month, Hollywood glittered bright during last night’s Grammy Awards, with big names like Beyonce, Kanye West and Amy Winehouse performing. The result, however, wasn’t quite the post-strike celebration that carrier CBS may have hoped for. From 8 to 11 p.m. the Grammys averaged a 6.9 adults 18-49 rating, according to Nielsen overnights, down 17 percent from last year’s 8.3 final rating. That may be the lowest-rated Grammys in at least a decade, though the numbers could change when final ratings are released. Fast nationals measure timeslot...
  • NY Times, Other Newspapers Continue To Struggle (Media Deathwatch Alert)

    02/01/2008 8:11:14 AM PST · by Parody · 4 replies · 187+ views
    USA Today via Drudge Report | 2008-01-3 | AP
    Apparently USA Today doesn't like having its articles posted here, but this is the link: http://www.usatoday.com/money/companies/earnings/2008-01-31-ny-times_N.htm?csp=34
  • Raul Castro tops Fidel in Cuba election

    01/30/2008 12:17:41 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 27 replies · 38+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 1 hour, 26 minutes ago | WILL WEISSERT,
    HAVANA - Acting President Raul Castro — not his older brother Fidel — was the top vote-getter in Cuban parliamentary elections, according to official results Wednesday. Bespectacled, camera shy and far less charismatic than Cuba's ailing long-time leader, the 76-year-old Raul received 99.4 percent of votes cast in the family's base of Santiago in eastern Cuba — a percentage point more than Fidel got. Both brothers easily won re-election to the rubber-stamp legislature known as the National Assembly of Popular Power, as did all of the 614 candidates presented to the island's 8.4 million voters on Jan. 20. The unopposed...
  • Cubans to vote as Castro's future remains a mystery (National Assembly vote Sunday)

    01/19/2008 6:56:13 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 80+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 1/19/08 | Patrick Lescot
    HAVANA (AFP) - Cubans Sunday cast show-of-support votes for a new National Assembly which will choose the country's president amid doubts about whether ailing Fidel Castro will retake the reins of the only communist government in the Americas. Castro, who has been sidelined from power for nearly 18 months following major intestinal surgery, is among 614 uncontested candidates for the legislature, which will name 31 lawmakers to the Council of State led by the president. The election is free of surprises and choices. But the new assembly will be closely watched as it will name by March 5 a new...
  • Castro looks frail, alert in new photos

    01/15/2008 7:18:24 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 152+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/15/08 | Andrea Rodriguez - ap
    HAVANA - Fidel Castro looked frail but alert and even playful in a series of official photographs taken during a meeting with Brazil's president on Tuesday, the first images of the ailing Cuban leader released in about three months. Wearing a tracksuit and tennis shoes that have become his trademark since he fell ill, Castro is seen seated and grinning, his beard well-trimmed and his hair combed as he talks with President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. In some images, Castro is seen pretending to snap pictures with a camera. The pictures were given to reporters as Brazil's leader left...
  • Castro again hints at retirement

    12/30/2007 9:06:31 AM PST · by yankeedame · 15 replies · 282+ views
    BBC.com ^ | Friday, 28 December 2007 | staff writer
    Last Updated: Friday, 28 December 2007, 23:14 GMT Castro again hints at retirement Acting leader Raul Castro sat next to his brother's empty seat Cuba's ailing President, Fidel Castro, has for the second time this month alluded publicly to the possibility of retiring from office. In a letter read out to Cuba's National Assembly, he said in the past he had been a person who "clung" to power, but that life had changed his perspective. Mr Castro also urged people to support his brother, acting leader Raul Castro. Last week, the 81-year-old communist leader wrote that he had a duty...
  • Castro 'well enough for [next month's] election' (declares brother Raul)

    12/27/2007 5:59:10 AM PST · by yankeedame · 12 replies · 61+ views
    BBC.com ^ | Tuesday, 25 December 2007 | staff writer
    Last Updated: Tuesday, 25 December 2007, 12:00 GMT Castro 'well enough for election' Raul Castro has been acting president since July 2006 The health of Cuban President Fidel Castro is good enough for him to be a candidate in next month's parliamentary elections, his brother Raul has said. Raul Castro said Fidel was exercising two hours daily and putting on weight. Fidel Castro handed over power temporarily to Raul in July 2006 when he underwent intestinal surgery. Communist leaders back Fidel Castro's decision to run for parliament, a prerequisite to remaining president, his younger brother said. 'Powerful mind'Last week Fidel...
  • Brokaw: Washington Post Print Paper 'Probably' Dead in 10 Years

    11/20/2007 8:24:27 AM PST · by 3AngelaD · 61 replies · 241+ views
    Business & Media Institute ^ | 11/20/2007 | Jeff Poor
    hen Tom Brokaw, an old-time mainstream media figure in his own right, says he thinks print newspapers won’t be around in 10 years, that’s probably not a good sign for the industry. The former NBC “Nightly News” anchor appeared at the Sixth & I Synagogue in Washington, D.C. on November 19 to promote his new book..Brokaw said he envisioned a major newspaper going completely digital in 10 years. “I was at The Washington Post earlier today,” Brokaw said. “And in the lobby they’ve got a wonderful graphic describing how the printing press works and where it is … 75,000 copies...
  • Moody's cuts Belo debt to junk, may cut again (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    10/17/2007 5:59:54 PM PDT · by Milhous · 5 replies · 149+ views
    Reuters ^ | October 17 2007
    NEW YORK, Oct 17 (Reuters) - Moody's Investors Service on Wednesday cut its ratings on Belo Corp (BLC.N: Quote, Profile, Research) into junk territory, and said it may cut them again, citing the newspaper publisher's limited ability to improve free cash flow in a challenging environment for newspapers. Belo's use of a bank facility with a material adverse change (MAC) clause to pay out a maturing bond issue is also consistent with a junk-rated company, Moody's said in a statement. Moody's cut Belo's senior unsecured debt one notch to "Ba1," one level below investment grade, from "Baa3." "The long-term ratings...
  • Castro Makes Rare Live Appearance

    10/14/2007 9:17:31 PM PDT · by yankeedame · 36 replies · 108+ views
    AOL News ^ | 2007-10-14 21:35:34
    Castro Makes Rare Live Appearance AP Posted: 2007-10-14 21:35:34 Filed Under: World News HAVANA (Oct. 14) - Fidel Castro made his first live appearance on Cuban airwaves since falling ill 14 months ago, sounding lucid and in good humor as he exchanged praise and jokes Sunday with the Venezuelan president. Juventud Rebelde / AP Cuban President Fidel Castro, right, shakes hands with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez during a meeting in Havana, Cuba, on Saturday. Castro's telephone call to a television and radio program came minutes after visiting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez aired a new videotape of their weekend meeting in...
  • Will Pinch Sulzberger Lose The New York Times? (Going...Going...Gone!)

    10/02/2007 10:47:39 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 47 replies · 251+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | Monday, October 01, 2007 | Thomas Lifson
    Will Pinch Sulzberger Lose The New York Times? Monday , October 01, 2007 By Thomas Lifson Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr., known all but universally as "Pinch", may well be the last member of the Sulzberger/Ochs family to run the world-famous newspaper company. He is trapped in a financial and competitive trap of his own making, and may have to rely on new money coming into the company at the price of relinquishing his managerial power. Christopher Alleva already explained last week that the incredible shrinking equity resulting from the combination of high dividends and low profits is already raising questions...
  • The evolution of newspapers can be traced to two meteors

    09/28/2007 5:46:43 AM PDT · by rwa265 · 13 replies · 116+ views
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | 09/28/2007 | Bill McClennan
    The barosaurus did not see the meteor hit. That's because he was at a watering hole on Tucker Boulevard. But even from inside the saloon, he could hear it. Kaboom! It was like thunder. The glasses on the bar shook. A little beer slopped out of the glass that the bartender had put in front of the barosaurus. "Hey, Athena. I ought to get a free beer," said the barosaurus. "Hahaha." Later, the barosaurus went back to the newspaper. From a fifth-floor window, he could not see the actual point of impact, but a dust cloud was visible, rising slowly...
  • Fidel Castro 'determined to outlast Bush'

    09/22/2007 1:30:10 PM PDT · by Baladas · 16 replies · 106+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 22/09/2007 | Tim Shipman
    Fidel Castro is terminally ill but is determined to survive until President George W.Bush leaves the White House, as the Cuban dictator made his first television appearance in three months. The 81-year-old gave an hour long interview in a bid to debunk rumours that he is already dead. Appearing alert but tired he said simply: “Well, here I am.” He added: “Nobody knows the day they are going to die.” But Castro’s son Antonio has revealed that his father will not recover from the illness which caused him to undergo surgery this summer, according to a new biography. The new...
  • BOOK: CASTRO'S SON SAYS DAD DYING; BUT CUBAN LEADER DETERMINED TO OUTLIVE BUSH PRESIDENCY

    09/22/2007 5:13:44 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 26 replies · 1,431+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | Fri Sept 21 2007
    The highly anticipated book on Fidel Castro from one of the preeminent authorities on Cuban and Miami politics and CBS' correspondent on Castro, Ann Louise Bardach, WITHOUT FIDEL: The Death of Castro and Other Tales (Scribner) confirms for first time that the Cuban leader is terminally ill and dying -- yet determined to outlive the Bush presidency. An excerpt of the book reveals: "A few weeks after Fidel Castro's surgery, his son, Antonio Castro, an orthopedic surgeon and the doctor for Cuba's national baseball team, was more forthcoming with some of his foreign counterparts at an international baseball event. Asked...
  • Castro Looks Healthy in Cuba Video

    09/21/2007 3:46:15 PM PDT · by SmithL · 38 replies · 68+ views
    HAVANA, Cuba (AP) -- Fidel Castro looked alert and healthier in a video taped Friday, the first images released of the ailing 81-year-old leader in more than three months. In the video aired unexpectedly on Cuban state television Friday evening, Castro spoke slowly and softly and didn't always look the interviewer in the eye. But he appeared to be thinking clearly. Officials broke into regularly scheduled programming only minutes earlier to announce that an hour-long "conversation" with Castro would be shown.
  • Raul Castro stirs hopes for Cuba farmers

    09/19/2007 8:39:16 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 6 replies · 176+ views
    Reuters ^ | September 19, 2007
    Down on the ranch, the talk among the cattle hands is that help is on its way. And it could not come sooner for Cuba's state-owned agriculture, where production has slumped for years and weeds are taking over unused fields. Roasting a pig over a fire amid the dust and flies, ranch manager Manolo sips rum and gazes out over the pastures of the farming cooperative where he has worked for a decade. "A year ago I sold 22 head of cattle to the state for 18,000 pesos. This year the same number brought more than 60,000," he said. That...
  • Fidel not in danger as he convalesces: minister

    09/02/2007 4:06:40 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 20 replies · 497+ views
    AFP ^ | 9/2/07 | AFP
    HAVANA (AFP) — There is no reason to believe that Cuban President Fidel Castro's life is in danger as he convalesces, Culture Minister Abel Prieto said late Friday. The statement came amid a wave of rumors, especially among the Cuban-American community in Florida, that Cuba's long-time communist leader, who has not been seen in public since undergoing surgery over a year ago, is either dead or on his deathbed. "I have no element that leads me to believe that the life of Fidel is in danger," Prieto told reporters during the presentation of a book on Castro's speeches on the...
  • CASTRO: HILLARY WILL WIN

    08/29/2007 11:55:21 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 110 replies · 2,044+ views
    NY Post ^ | August 29, 2007
    Hillary Rodham Clinton got a boost yesterday from an unwanted source - Fidel Castro. A column purportedly written by the badly ailing Cuban dictator said that Clinton would likely win the presidency in 2008, with Barack Obama as her running mate. "The word today is that an apparently unbeatable ticket could be Hillary for president and Obama as her running mate," Castro wrote in a piece about U.S. presidents published by the Communist Party newspaper Granma. Meanwhile, Castro offered a favorable assessment of only one of the 10 men who have been president during his regime - Jimmy Carter. "I...
  • Castro signs essay amid health rumors

    08/26/2007 12:43:19 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 19 replies · 579+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 8/26/07 | AP
    Fidel Castro signed a lengthy essay published Sunday saluting a Cuban political figure but giving no hint of how he is feeling, even amid rampant rumors of his death. The 81-year-old Castro has not been seen in public in over a year and has not even appeared in official photographs or video footage since taping an interview with Cuban state television June 5. The lack of images has fueled speculation among the Cuban exile community in Miami and elsewhere that Castro might have died. He announced on July 31, 2006 that he had undergone emergency intestinal surgery and was temporarily...
  • Fidel Castro 1926 – 2007?

    08/25/2007 10:04:38 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 17 replies · 969+ views
    American Chronicle ^ | 8/25/07 | American Chronicle
    Rumors about the death of Cuban President, Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, are nothing new and have circulated many times before, but many Cuban exiles in Miami believe this one is for real. With no word from Fidel Castro on his birthday (August 13), speculation about his “departure” have increased. If Castro is not already dead, it is probably safe to say that, from a political point of view, he longer exists. Fidel transferred his presidential powers to his brother (and successor) Raúl Modesto Castro Ruz earlier this year (although this happened provisionally in July 2006), while receiving surgery to repair...
  • Chavez Says Fidel Castro Will Live Forever

    08/26/2007 8:12:51 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 58 replies · 1,188+ views
    CBS 4 MIAMI ^ | 26 AUGUST 2007 | CBS 4 MIAMI
    (CBS4) "Fidel Castro will never die!" Castro’s friend and ally Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez sent greetings to Cuba’s ailing leader during an address Saturday to thousands of supporters. "For those who want Fidel to die, they are going to end up frustrated because Fidel Castro will never die. He will always live on," Chavez said. Though much remains unknown about the state of Castro's health, Chavez has frequently offered general updates since the Cuban leader announced more than a year ago that he had undergone intestinal surgery and was provisionally ceding power to his younger brother Raul. Since then, Castro,...
  • Dissidents freed as Raúl Castro signals change of tack in Cuba

    08/24/2007 8:42:48 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 16 replies · 1,045+ views
    Guardian ^ | August 25, 2007 | Rory Carroll
    Raúl Castro has started to make cautious changes in Cuba which could signal plans for political and economic reform. Since he took over from his brother Fidel, dozens of dissidents have been released, an olive branch has been extended to Washington and there is talk of easing communist controls on property and agricultural production. Three political prisoners have been freed in the past fortnight, the latest being Armando Betancourt Reina, a journalist jailed for 15 months after reporting on the eviction of a family in Camagüey. Analysts said Raúl, 76, who has been acting president since illness forced his brother...