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: Cuban Food History" Eastern Cuba cuisine While western Cuba is heavily influenced by its European roots, eastern Cuba (the old Oriente (Oriente Province) province) is influenced by African and Caribbean cuisines. Perhaps the biggest contribution is the ''Congrí oriental'', which is cooked red beans and rice. This is due to the close proximity to the other Spanish-speaking islands, where red beans are more prevalent than black beans. Many foods from the Dominican Republic


, born 1977) Álex González singles in the tying run off Jorge Sosa and scores the game-winning run on Henry Blanco's pop-fly double. Series MVP Ramón Hernández also hits a home run for Venezuela's, who finish 6–0 in the Series. ;'''1995''' :Celsa Albert Batista, Dominican Republic; historian, vice-rector of the Catholic University of Santo Domingo. One of Ontiveros' most prominent early movie roles was in the 1983 Gregory Nava film ''El Norte (El Norte (film))'', in which she played a seamstress and maid who acts as mentor to a newly arrived immigrant girl from Guatemala. In a 2004 interview with the Dominican (Dominican Republic) newspaper ''Listin Diario'', she called ''El Norte'' "the film that always will remain in me... it tells the immigrants' story" when asked to name her favorite film from her long career. El dinero es la differencia entre Hollywood y el cine, ''Listen'', March 1, 2004 (in Spanish) She played the housekeeper Rosalita, a Hispanic maid hired to assist in the packing and moving of the Walsh family in the hit adventure film ''The Goonies'' (1985) and a housekeeper in ''Dolly Dearest'' (1992). Hsu later summoned a total of near fifteen players, including Sinon Bulls American pitcher Jeff Andra, La New Bears Puerto Rican (Puerto Rico) infielder Victor Rodriguez (Victor Rodriguez (baseball)) and Chinatrust Whales Dominican (Dominican Republic) pitcher Emiliano Giron, and claimed they were implicated. None of them admitted to be involved but Hsu still ruled that most of them needed bail of NT$ 100,000 to be released. CPBL immediately expelled those players who needed to post bail. Only Brother Elephants and Uni-President Lions remain unaffected by this scandal. See also *The Caribbean Basin Trade and Partnership Act - Involving the United States, Commonwealth Caribbean, Aruba, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, the Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, and Panama. *Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (Canada) Military career Padial attended the Military Academy of Toledo and was commissioned a Lieutenant in the Spanish Army upon his graduation. He was stationed in Puerto Rico in 1863, when a pro-independence rebellion occurred in the Dominican Republic. Padial's battalion was deployed with the intention of "squashing" the rebellion. He was badly wounded in a skirmish and was sent back to Puerto Rico to recover from his wounds. Padial had been a witness of the cruel treatment that the Dominicans (Dominican Republic) had suffered in the hands of the Spaniards and became convinced that their quest for independence was a noble and just one. After he recovered from his wounds, Padial became an active and outspoken person on behalf of the cause of the Dominican Republic. This led to his deportation from Puerto Rico by orders of the Spanish Governor of the island, General Messina, in December 1864. According to declassified documents, made public by the National Security Archive, CORU was created to unify five different Cuban exile groups which included Alpha 66 and Omega 7. These held a meeting in Bonao, a small town in the Dominican Republic in June 1976. In a June 29, 1976, report on Orlando Bosch's group ''Accion Cubana'', FBI sources stated that "these groups agreed to jointly participate in the planning, financing, and carrying out of terrorist operations and attacks against Cuba." (page 8) Bosch, according to the document, was committed to violent acts against other countries he believed supported Cuba, including Colombia, Mexico and Panama. At the meeting, according to the document, the groups discussed kidnapping and executing a diplomat. A month later CORU members attempted to kidnap the Cuban ambassador to Mexico; one of his aides was shot and killed. The Posada File: Part II '''Alberto Terrero Castillo''' (born February 10, 1970 in San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic) is a Major League Baseball catcher who currently plays for the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League (Atlantic League of Professional Baseball). From WikiPedia:Dominican Republic Dmoz:Regional Caribbean Dominican Republic commons:República Dominicana


'official' bus companies. Unlike taxis and gua-guas, Caribe Tour rates are fixed by destination and are extremely reasonable due to government subsidies. Expect to pay under 250 pesos (Dom) or US$10 for even the longest trips. Caribe Tour buses typically run from 7AM to 4PM (with departures approx. every two hours) and cover most major cities. On longer trips, expect a short (10 minute) stop for coffee and lunch. Buses are fairly luxurious with movies playing for the entire trip and air conditioning (which can be extremely cold - bring a sweater). Another option is the slightly more expensive Metrobus bus company. Metrobus serves the northern and eastern part of the country. The 'unofficial' gua-gua system covers nearly every road on the island for some moderate savings (if you don't mind being packed in). In short, bus services across the country are comfortable and a good value. The buses are clean, air conditioned (bring sweater), usually play a VHS movie, and are pretty inexpensive, costing no more than $300 pesos one way cross-country (less than $10). Taxi services are available but potentially dangerous when dealing with unlicensed drivers. In all cases, it's a good idea to go with a licensed driver and negotiate a price for your destination before you leave. Good drivers are often easy to identify by licenses worn around the neck, uniforms, and clean air conditioned vehicles. When calling a taxi company, you will be given a number to verify your driver. When being picked up, make sure your driver gives you the right number as 'false pickups' are often a prelude to robbery. Another way to get out and about is to book an excursion with one of the many representatives at most local hotels and resorts. Talk The official language of the Dominican Republic is Spanish. You will find some Spanish-English bilingual locals especially in Santo Domingo and tourist areas. If you speak some Spanish, most Dominicans will try hard to meet you half way and communicate. If you have a problem, you can probably find someone who speaks sufficient English (or probably French and possible German, Italian or Russian) to help you out. Dominicans are quite friendly and will be quite helpful if you are polite and respectful. Haitians living in the DR may speak a variation of French and you may hear a few African and Arawakan words interspersed with the Spanish, especially in rural areas. Communication should not be a problem even for those who speak only a minimum of Spanish. If you are traveling to one of the large all-inclusive hotels, you will have no language problems. See There is just one UNESCO World Heritage Site; the old town of Santo Domingo which is the oldest European city in the Americas. In addition to that there are many national parks and beaches in the country. Do thumbnail Climbers at the top of Pico Duarte (File:CumbrePDuarte.jpg) Climb hike to the top of '''Pico Duarte'''. At 3,098m it's not only the highest mountain in the Dominican Republic but in the whole Caribbean (Caribbean Islands). Buy The Dominican currency is the '''Dominican Peso''' (DOP). As of July 2013, the exchange rate was 41.95 DOP $1 USD. One of the best spots in the Colonial District of Santo Domingo to shop is the several blocks long outdoor mall, El Conde Street. It offers everything from street vendors (it is not recommended to eat off these) to knock-off name brand clothing for extremely inexpensive prices. There are some very pleasant outdoor restaurants that serve as perfect spots to people watch and drink Presidente (their most popular beer). During the day, there are also several touristy shops where you can buy cheap presents for the family back home including authentic paintings and beautiful jewelry. There is also a very nice cigar shop at the end of the mall across from the cathedral. Clothes, however, are generally very economical and often of good quality. Most prices can be negotiated. US dollars are accepted in most areas. Drink *Beer: '''Presidente''', '''Brahma''', '''Bohemia''' *Rum: '''Brugal''', '''Barcelo''', '''Bermudez''', '''Macorix''', '''Siboney''', '''Punta Cana'''. *Mama Juana: a mixture of bark and herbs left to soak in rum, red wine and honey. Additionally, other imported drinks are available for purchase—at least in the towns and cities—they might not be as readily available out in the countryside. '''Do not drink tap water!''' Locals, even in the most rural areas, will either boil their water or purchase bottled water. Eating salads or other food that may be washed in tap water is not advisable. Ice is a bad idea as well, except in luxury hotels and restaurants (which produce ice from bottled water). If you plan on cooking or washing dishes for longer stays, it is a good idea to rinse everything with bottled or boiled water before use. Eat thumbnail Locrio de Pollo, chicken and fried rice (File:Locrio de Pollo (Dominicano).jpg) Food in the Dominican Republic is typical Caribbean fare, with lots of tropical fruits, rice, beans, and seafood. Most restaurant meals will cost an additional 16% tax plus 10% service: for very good service, it is customary to leave an additional 10%. Sleep Lodging in the Dominican Republic is plentiful, with options ranging from huge, all-inclusive beach resorts to more personal options scattered along the coasts and in the cities. Hotels charge a 25% room tax, so inquire beforehand to determine if that tax is included (often the case) in the listed room price. Learn Many US universities offer study abroad options for the Dominican Republic. The two most common cities hosting exchange students are Santo Domingo and Santiago. Check with local universities for programs and prices. Spanish language schools are located in major cities and on the north coast as well. Work Most companies do not require anything more than a passport to work. There are a lot of US companies in the country, especially in Santo Domingo and DN (the National District). There are good opportunities for English speaking employees. The country has several free zones, lots of them in the call center area. Volunteering There are several volunteer opportunities in the Dominican Republic. Many worldwide organizations offer extended travel for anyone willing to volunteer their time to work with locals on projects such as community development, conservation, wildlife sanctuary maintenance & development, scientific research, and education programs. * Orphanage Outreach * Dominican Foundation * International Student Volunteers Dominican Republic * The DREAM Project * Peace Corps Dominican Republic * IDDI Stay safe The Dominican Republic is generally a safe country. Although the major cities of Santo Domingo and Santiago have experienced the growth of a thriving middle class, construction booms and reached a high level of cosmopolitanism, the Dominican Republic remains a third world country and poverty is still rampant so you need to take common sense precautions: *Try to avoid being alone in cities as muggings are fairly common. *Very few streets are lit after dark, even in the capital of Santo Domingo. Those that are lit are subject to routine power outages. *Wild dogs are common throughout the country but largely ignore people (feeding these dogs is not recommended as this may induce aggressive behavior). *Western travelers should dress casually and remove rings and other jewelry when away from tourist destinations, but common tourist destinations, particularly the more expensive and the luxury hotels and areas, are very safe. *Sex tourism is prevalent in the Puerto Plata province of the country, so you may be hassled by young men or women trying to offer you 'services'. A firm 'No' is good enough. The age of consent is 18, and tourists who have sex with minors may also be prosecuted by their home country. *There are no laws dictating the maximum amount of alcohol that can be drunk prior to driving. However, there is a 0.05% limit for professional drivers. Be wary of vehicles, especially during the late evening, as there is a much higher possibility at that time that the driver is intoxicated. It is illegal for tourists and visitors to drink and drive and you may be penalized for doing so. *The level of professionalism of the National Police is somewhat debatable. To protect income from tourism, the government has established the Politur or "tourist police" for the safety of foreign tourists. Travelers should contact this agency if any problems are encountered as they will have a much more positive response than with the national police. *Avoid the following neighborhoods in Santo Domingo: Capotillo, 24 de Abril, Gualey, Guachupita, Ensanche Luperón, Domingo Savio, María Auxiliadora, Villa Consuelo, Los Alcarrizos (and all of their subneighborhoods), La Puya, El Manguito, La Yuca, Santa Bárbara, Los Tres Brazos. If you have to go there for some reason, be polite, mind your own business and try to be polite as possible If someone taking to you. If you do that, there will be no problem. In Santo Domingo, it's recommend to stay in Zona Metropolitana (Piantini, Naco, Evaristo Morales, etc.) and Zona Colonial (excluding Santa Bárbara) where you will have a lot of fun Stay healthy thumbnail Beach, Punta Cana (File:Dominicana-Punta Cana.jpg) '''Malaria''' can be a '''rare''' issue around rainforests if travelers don't take protective measures such as repellents against mosquito bites. No cases have been reported over the past 8 years within the tourist areas. Be sure to consult with a physician before departure. There is a risk of '''dengue fever and chikungunya fever''' which is contracted through mosquitoes that bite during the day and during some seasons of the year. No vaccine is available, so again '''using mosquito repellent is advisable'''. Many of the local foods are safe to eat including the meats, fruits, and vegetables. Visitors, however, should not drink any of the local water and should stay with bottled water or other beverages. It is important for visitors to stay hydrated in the hot, humid climate. Sunburn and sun poisoning are a great risk. The sun is very bright here. Use at least SPF30 sunblock. '''Limit sun exposure'''. The country's adult HIV AIDS prevalence is reaching '''2.0%''' or '''1 in 50''' adults, which is almost 3 times higher than the USA. Practice safe sex. Respect Dominicans are kind and peaceful people. Attempts at speaking Spanish are a good sign of respect for the local people. Be polite, show respect, and do your best to speak the language, and you will be treated with kindness. '''Avoid talking about Haiti.''' Although relations have improved, many Dominicans, particularly of the older generations, harbor resentment towards Haitians. Santo Domingo was invaded and occupied by Haiti for a good part of the 19th century, and the Dominican Republic actually fought its first war of independence against Haiti, not Spain, after which the Dominican Republic faced several other invasions from its neighbor. In the 20th century, Trujillo's dictatorship massacred tens of thousands of Haitians in the 1930s, which fueled into the resentment between both nations. Nowadays, about a million Haitians live in the Dominican Republic, most of them illegally. Some Dominicans' opinions towards illegal immigrants from Haiti are similar to some Americans' attitudes towards Mexican illegal immigrants, with the major difference that, unlike the US, the Dominican Republic is a small and poor country by world standards. Gang wars can erupt along the border, so stay cautious and be sensitive. Still, the issues remain very complex and Dominicans often find their position to be misunderstood by foreigners. For example, Dominican Republic was the first country to come to Haiti's aid in the 2010 Haitian earthquake and has made impressive efforts to help its neighbor during this crisis. This shows that despite their historical, linguistic, religious, cultural and racial differences, Haitians and Dominicans still consider each other to be brotherly, yet proudly independent, nations. When staying at the luxury resorts or really any place in the Dominican Republic, it is advisable to tip for most services. The Dominican Republic is still a fairly poor country and tipping the people who serve you helps them be treated well. Connect WikiPedia:Dominican Republic Dmoz:Regional Caribbean Dominican Republic commons:República Dominicana

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, he performed at the Insurgentes Theatre in Mexico City in a production starring Cantinflas; at the Sans Souci in Havana (Havana, Cuba); on television in the Dominican Republic, and at the Condado Beach Hotel in San Juan (San Juan, Puerto Rico). Also during this period, he spent five months in Haiti observing Vodou (Haitian Vodou) dances. *Denmark: Conservative People's Party (Conservative People's Party (Denmark)) *Dominican Republic: National Progressive Force *Estonia: Union of Pro Patria and Res Publica Caribbean fufu In the Caribbean and the nations with populations of West African origin, such as Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Puerto Rico, plantains or yams are mashed and then other ingredients are added. In the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, the dish is described as mangú (Mangú (dish)) and mofongo, respectively. The difference between West African fufu and Caribbean "fufu" is noted in both the texture and the flavorings, Caribbean fufu and mofongo being less of a dough-like and more of a firm consistency. Another difference can be seen in mofongo, unlike Caribbean fufu and West African fufu the Puerto Rican mofongo is fried then mashed with broth, olive oil, and stuffed with meat (traditional ''chicharrón''), vegetables, or seafood. Pasek relinquished her crown to Dominican Republic's Amelia Vega in the 2003 competition, held in Panama. Miss Database Having worked as a model since 1996, Pasek has since modeled for Christian Dior, among other fashion campaigns. The '''Organization of Solidarity with the People of Asia, Africa and Latin America''' ''(Organización de Solidaridad con los Pueblos de Asia, África y América Latina)'', abbreviated as '''OSPAAAL''', is a Cuban political movement with the stated purpose of fighting globalisation, imperialism, neoliberalism and defending human rights. It publishes the magazine ''Tricontinental''. The OSPAAAL was founded in Havana in January 1966, after the Tricontinental Conference, a meeting of leftist (Left-wing politics) delegates from Guinea, the Congo (Republic of Congo), South Africa, Angola, Vietnam, Syria, North Korea, the Palestine Liberation Organization, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Chile and the Dominican Republic. Mehdi Ben Barka, the Moroccan leader of the Tricontinental Conference, was murdered the year before, allegedly with complicity of the CIA. In the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico it always refers to skirt steak, cooked on a barbecue grill. The ''chimichurri'' sauce is optional, since the meat is very savory with just a slight hint of sea salt that is sprinkled over the meat during cooking. In Puerto Rico it is also customary to replace chimichurri sauce with ''Pique criollo'' or ''Ajilimójili'' sauce. Latin America & the Caribbean *'''Arroz con leche''' (Argentina, Brazil ('''Arroz-doce'''), Chilean, Costa Rican, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Uruguayan, Venezuela) all countries use the Spanish and Portuguese recipes that were brought over. Extra flavoring used in all countries depending on the cook's preference are anise seed, star anise, and raisins *'''Rice pudding''' (Jamaican) with milk, egg yolk, allspice, sugar, raisins (soaked in rum), vanilla, butter, sometimes crushed meringue, toasted coconut flakes, cornstarch, and crushed pineapple can be added. When the new revolutionary government (Cuban Revolution) led by Fidel Castro came to power in 1959, the economic and political situation changed. Many Chinese grocery store owners, having had their properties expropriated by the new government, left Cuba. Most of these settled in the United States, particularly nearby Florida, where they and their U.S.-born children are called Chinese-Americans or Cuban-Americans of Chinese descent, while a relatively few to nearby Dominican Republic and other Latin American countries, and also to U.S.-ruled territory of Puerto Rico, where they are called Chinese Puerto Ricans, Cuban-Puerto Ricans of Chinese descent, or Cuban-Americans of Chinese descent. Chinese refugees to United States include people whose ancestors came to Cuba 10 years before the Cuban Revolution and those from the United States. These Chinese American refugees, whose ancestors had come from California, were happy to be back in the United States. As a result of this exodus, the number of pure Chinese dropped sharply in Havana’s ''Barrio Chino''. The places they migrated to had a unique Chinese culture and a popularity of Chinese Cuban restaurants. 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from their country of origin. Throughout the five boroughs the city is home to many distinct communities of Indians, Irish (Ireland), Italians (Italy), Chinese (China), Koreans, Dominicans (Dominican Republic), Puerto Ricans (Puerto Rico), Caribbeans, Hasidic Jews (Hasidic Judaism), Latin Americas, Russians and many others. Many of the largest city-wide annual events are parades celebrating the heritage of New York’s ethnic communities. Attendance at the biggest ones by city and state politicians is politically obligatory. These include the St Patrick's Day Parade (Saint Patrick's Day), probably the top Irish heritage parade in the Americas; the Puerto Rican Day Parade, which often draws up to 3 million spectators; the West Indian Labor Day Parade (Labor Day Carnival), among the largest parades in North America and the largest event in New York City; and the Chinese New Year Parade. New Yorkers of all stripes gather together for these spectacles. Other significant parades include the Gay Pride Parade (Gay Pride Parade (New York City)), Greenwich Village Halloween Parade and the Coney Island Mermaid Parade, all icons in the city’s counter-culture pantheon. The other subspecies of the West Indian manatee is sometimes referred to as the Antillean manatee (''Trichechus manatus manatus''). Antillean manatees are sparsely distributed throughout the Caribbean and the Northwestern Atlantic Ocean, from Mexico, east to the Greater Antilles, and south to Brazil. They are found in French Guiana, Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad (however there has been a lack of recent sightings), Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, Trinidad, Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico. Historically, Antillean manatees were hunted by local natives and sold to European explorers for food. Today, they are threatened by loss of habitat, poaching, entanglement with fishing gear, and increased boating activity. Several of Sirenian International's scientists study Antillean manatees in Belize, which may be the last stronghold for the subspecies. Funds for research, education, and conservation projects are desperately needed in other Central American nations. Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, and the Dominican Republic do not have active volcanoes; however, they are at risk from earthquakes and tsunamis. The Puerto Rico Trench is capable of producing earthquakes greater than magnitude 8.0. group3 '''Blue''' list3 Belarus WikiPedia:Dominican Republic Dmoz:Regional Caribbean Dominican Republic commons:República Dominicana

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countries such as Argentina and Chile do not have a visible African presence today. Census information from the early 19th century shows that people categorized as Black made up to 30% of the population, or around 400,000 people. Though almost completely absent today, their contribution to Argentine culture is significant include the tango (Argentine tango), the milonga and the zamba (Zamba (artform)), words of Bantu languages

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Hurricane warnings went into effect for Jamaica from around noon on August 5 until late in the afternoon of August 6. The Cayman Islands saw hurricane watches issued from the afternoon of August 5 into the morning of August 6 before the watches were upgraded to hurricane warnings from the morning until late afternoon of August 6. thumb right Hurricane Allen in the Gulf of Mexico on August 8, 1980. (Image:Allen 08 aug 1980 1332Z N6.jpg) Florida Marlins After meeting with numerous team officials in the Dominican Republic, he signed with the Florida Marlins in order to live in Miami. He made his first appearance for the team as a September call-up in 1996, and joined the team for good in June 1997. When not teaching medieval history at Princeton, Strayer was involved with the CIA, as a member of the CIA's Office of National Estimates. The extent of his involvement, at a time when the C.I.A was running covert operations to destabilize democratically elected (democracy) and constitutional governments around the world (Iran, Brazil, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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in popular culture The persona of the "sanky panky" has been brought to the big screen in 2007 by Spanish (Spain) director Jose E. Pintor. In his comedic film entitled ''Sanky Panky (Sanky Panky (film))'', audiences follow the life of a young Dominican man named Genaro (played by Dominican comedian Fausto Mata) who travels to Bávaro to work at a resort in hopes of finding a "gringa" or a white American woman who will give him a visa. In the process, he

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The '''Dominican Republic''' (

Christopher Columbus landed on the island in 1492, where the Taíno people inhabited since the 7th century. It became the site of the first permanent European settlement (European colonization of the Americas) in the Americas; namely Santo Domingo (Captaincy General of Santo Domingo), the oldest continuously inhabited city and the first seat of the Spanish colonial rule in the New World. After three centuries of Spanish rule, with French and Haitian interludes, the country became independent in 1821. The ruler, José Núñez de Cáceres, intended that the Dominican Republic be part of the nation of Gran Colombia, but he was quickly removed by the Haitian government and ''Dominican'' slave revolts. Victorious in the Dominican War of Independence against Haitian rule in 1844, the Dominican Republic over the next 72 years, experienced mostly internal strife (civil war) and encountered a brief return to colonial status under Spanish rule proposed by general Pedro Santana, becoming the only nation in the hemisphere to do so after gaining its independence.

The Dominican Republic has the ninth largest economy in Latin America (List of Latin American and Caribbean countries by GDP (PPP)) and the second largest economy in the Caribbean and Central American region.

The Dominican Republic is the most visited destination (World Tourism rankings) in the Caribbean. The year-round golf courses are among the top attractions on the island. As the Caribbean's most geographically diverse nation, the Dominican Republic is home to the region's tallest mountain peak, Pico Duarte, as well as the Caribbean's largest lake and lowest elevation, Lake Enriquillo. The country is also the site of the first cathedral, castle, monastery, and fortress built in all of the Americas, located in Santo Domingo's Colonial Zone (Ciudad Colonial (Santo Domingo)), an area declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Colonial City of Santo Domingo – UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Retrieved on April 2, 2014. UNESCO around the World República Dominicana. (November 14, 1957). Retrieved on 2014-04-02. Music and sport are of great importance in the Dominican culture, with Merengue (Merengue music) and Bachata (Bachata (music)) as the national dance and music, and baseball as the favorite sport.

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