Cubans seek elusive inheritance


I wrote this piece for the Dallas Morning News. It was published on June 25, 2001. Heirs of a fabulously wealthy Spanish family say they are close to finding a long-lost inheritance worth billions of dollars. Never mind the skeptics who say the centuries-old fortune is a myth. Thousands of would-be inheritors in Cuba, Florida,

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The Cuban name game


I wrote this piece for the Dallas Morning News. It was published on Jan. 10, 2000. Her parents toyed with calling her Vivian, but that had no pizazz, no imagination. So they settled on their own creation: Naiviv. “It’s Vivian in reverse,” said Naiviv Trasancos, a 25-year-old travel agent. “I like it. It’s different, distinctive.”

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Fidel Castro defends tenure


I wrote this story with Gilbert Bailon. It was published on Oct. 25, 1998. Rejecting reports that he has amassed a billion-dollar fortune during his years in power, Cuban President Fidel Castro told American newspaper editors on Saturday that he hasn’t misused a penny of government money, owns no property and will go down in

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