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Play At UCONN Explores The Murder Of Federico Garcia Lorca

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Bessy Reyna
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The play “Olives & Blood” to premiere October 3 at the Connecticut Repertory Theater (CRT) at UCONN in Storrs, explores the issues related to the murder of one of the most revered and well-known writers in Spanish-language literature: Federico García Lorca.

My interest in Lorca’s work has been part of my literary life from the moment when, as a teenager, I started reading his poems and plays. Because of this, as soon as I heard about the upcoming premiere at UCONN, I requested an interview with Michael Bradford a theater professor at UCONN, who is the author of “Olives and Blood.”


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Michael Bradford, the author of “Olives & Blood”

To talk to Michael Bradford is like opening a theater encyclopedia. It is also an opportunity to learn about the countries in Europe and Latin America, where he traveled as …

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It’s Soccer Play-Offs….Yes In Hartford

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                           Competing in the finals is Deportivo Juvenil Cuilquense, its
                                 team members are from Guatemala

Brian Woodman Jr.
Soccer play-offs are coming to Connecticut this weekend –  and with a league that offers such team names as  ‘Somos Peru’,  ‘Honduras” and ‘Colombia’ –  and although the players have day jobs and range in age from 18 to 50,  you can bet there will be lots of spirited and tough competition on the field.  Soccer for Latin Americans is more than a sport – it’s a passion.

The teams are part of the one-year old New England Soccer League, according to Fernando Marroquin, a spokesmen for the organization. “There had been some organized efforts in the past to have soccer tournaments at Colt Park, ” said Marroquin. “On our second year we’ve organized the League, made it part of Friends of Colt Park and started to make connections to other leagues …

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Study Finds Latinos Only Group To See Poverty Rates Decline And Income Rise

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Hispanics are the only major racial or ethnic group to see a statistically significant decline in its poverty rate, according to 2013 Census Bureau figures released this week. The drop in the poverty rate among Hispanics – from 25.6% in 2012 to 23.5% in 2013 – contributed to the first decline in the nation’s overall poverty rate since 2006.

Hispanics also were the only group to see a decline in the number of people living in poverty (the year-to-year changes in the overall U.S. number was not statistically different.) From 2012 to 2013, the number of Hispanics in poverty dropped from 13.6 million to 12.7 million, even as the Hispanic population grew by 1 million over the same time period.

Meanwhile, the median household income of Hispanics increased by 3.5% to $40,963, the first annual increase since 2000, according to the Census Bureau. Income changes for whites, blacks and Asians …

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