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McClintock For Resident Commissioner

Leo Diaz: Not The Time To Speak On 2004

No NPP Primary?

Mari Bras: Constitutional Assembly Only Way To Solve Status

Justice Recommends SIP For Former Education Secretary

Bronx Team Is Disqualified

U.S. To Press Indonesia On Caceres

McClintock Promotes Himself As Resident Commissioner Candidate

September 4, 2001
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SAN JUAN (AP) - Although he does not want to officially announce his candidacy for resident commissioner in the 2004 elections, New Progressive Party (NPP) Sen. Kenneth McClintock said Tuesday that he has no doubt of his ability to occupy that position in Washington.

However, he refused to say if he would be a better candidate than former Tourism Co. Executive Director Luis Fortuño, whose name continues to be mentioned as a potential candidate to accompany former NPP President and gubernatorial candidate Carlos Pesquera in the 2004 electoral ticket.

The most McClintock was willing to say about his political aspirations was that "this is my third and last term in the Senate," and that "all my life I've shown a particular interest in federal affairs."

Leo Diaz: Not The Time To Speak On 2004 Candidacies

September 4, 2001
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SAN JUAN (AP) - New Progressive Party (NPP) President Leo Diaz insisted Monday that it is "wrong" to speak about candidacies for the 2004 elections and said this "desperation" will affect the party in the long run.

He said his priority as president has been to reorganize and solidify the political structure and to oversee Gov. Sila Calderon's administration until the time comes in two years to choose the party's candidates to elective posts.

"When 2003 arrives, when we are in a better position to see what has happened with the Calderon government, when we know how the different leaders in our party are developing, then we will decide who the people we want to run for office are, taking into consideration their probabilities of success," he said.

NPP Headed Towards No Primary Elections

September 3, 2001
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SAN JUAN (AP) - It is very probable that the internal primary elections at the New Progressive Party (NPP) to elect its new party president won't be held if no one challenges former gubernatorial candidate Carlos Pesquera for the post.

The groups that are struggling to obtain control of the NPP are seeking a way to avoid a confrontation among each of their candidates that may affect in some manner the party's possibilities to win the 2004 elections.

NPP Rep. Angel Cintron, who is actively helping in the process, said it is very probable that by the end of September Pesquera will be announced as the sole candidate for both the presidential post and the gubernatorial ticket.

He added that the race for the vice presidential posts is expected to be solved in the same manner, without a need for holding primary elections, which had been tentatively set for November.

"If things continue the way they are going, there won't be primary elections and we will have a president by the end of this month," said Cintron, who is close to both Pesquera and San Juan Mayor Jorge Santini.

Cintron added that if Santini has any political common sense, and if he is wise, he will not challenge Pesquera for neither the presidential post nor the gubernatorial race.

It is expected that Santini will prevail as the party vice president and that the NPP will finally reach a consensus to chose a female candidate to fill the other vice presidential post.

Mari Bras: Constitutional Assembly Only Way To Solve Status

September 1, 2001
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SAN JUAN (AP) - Pro-independence lawyer Juan Mari Bras said Friday that the mechanism of a Constitutional Assembly is the only one that would prevent "ideological tribalism" when it comes to solving the island's status.

He said the solution to the island's colonial problem can only be achieved through the Constitutional Assembly, where representatives of different ideological currents, elected by the people, can meet to iron out an accord.

From that assembly, Mari Bras said, there should result a status bill that would be negotiated with the U.S. before being submitted to a vote and final approval by the Puerto Rican people.

Justice Recommends SIP For Former Education Secretary

By Proviana Colon Diaz

September 1, 2001
Copyright © 2001 PuertoRicoWOW News Service. All rights reserved.

Justice Secretary Anabelle Rodriguez proposed the designation of a Special Independent Prosecutor (SIP) to investigate "possible" criminal acts committed by former Education Secretary Victor Fajardo.

Fajardo allegedly committed such criminal acts when he used the services of a private security company, which was paid for with federal and state funds, for political and personal purposes.

In a brief statement issued on Friday, Fajardo limited himself to say that the allegations against him were far from the truth, according to the Associated Press.

Little League Star Is 14, and Bronx Team Is Disqualified


September 1, 2001
Copyright © 2001 THE NEW YORK TIMES. All rights reserved.

Danny Almonte, the pride of the Bronx who pitched his Little League team into the World Series, was found yesterday to be 14 years old, not 12 – a violation that invalidated all his team's victories this season.

Officials in the Dominican Republic said yesterday that an investigation had shown that Danny was born there on April 7, 1987, not on April 7, 1989, as his father and the team's founder, Rolando Paulino, had claimed.

Shortly after the announcement Little League Baseball's seven-member charter committee voted unanimously to forfeit all victories this year by the Rolando Paulino All-Stars, including championship titles in district, sectional and regional tournaments, and the team's third-place finish in the Little League World Series last weekend.

U.S. To Press Indonesia On American Victim Of Militia Rampage

August 31, 2001
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DILI, East Timor (AP) - The U.S. government will insist that Indonesia bring to justice all those responsible for the murder last year of Carlos Caceres, an American relief worker, a senior State Department official said Thursday.

On Sept. 6, a mob of pro-Indonesian militiamen from East Timor stormed the U.N. office in Atambua, in Indonesian-held West Timor, and killed three foreign U.N. aid workers - including Caceres, 33.

It was the deadliest attack on U.N. civilian staff in the history of the world body.

Caceres was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, but his family moved to Florida in the 1970s. His mother and sister live in the Miami area.

In May, an Indonesian court sentenced six militiamen to prison terms ranging from 10-20 months for the triple murder. The verdict outraged the United Nations and international humanitarian agencies.

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