Who claims what property seized in Cuba? Facts and figures

Soon after Fidel Castro came to power, his government seized the refineries, hotels and sugar plantations that were the most visible signs of the American hold on the island’s economy. But a look at long-unsettled claims for what was taken shows that many of the Americans who lost out were …

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Today is Tuesday, March 31, the 90th day of 2015 with 275 to follow. The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mercury, Neptune and Saturn. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Uranus and Venus. Those born on this date are under the sign of Aries. They include French philosopher Rene Descartes …

Quote of the Day

“The court will proceed to gargle in an effort to remove the lingering bad taste.” ~MICHAEL B. KAPLAN, a judge at the United States Bankruptcy Court in Trenton, after allowing a man to walk away from a $520,000 mortgage because the statute of limitations on foreclosures had expired. Quotation of …

Celebrity birthdays for March 31, 2015

Actor William Daniels (“St. Elsewhere”) is 88. Actor Richard Chamberlain is 81. Actress Shirley Jones is 81. Country singer-songwriter John D. Loudermilk is 81. Musician Herb Alpert is 80. Actor Christopher Walken is 72. Comedian Gabe Kaplan (“Welcome Back Kotter”) is 71. Actress Rhea Perlman (“Cheers”) is 67. Actor Ed …

11 actors everyone hates to work with

High maintenance talent at one time or another. In some cases, always. 1. Gene Hackman Oscar winner Gene Hackman was a force to deal with on the set of “The Royal Tenenbaums.” During a Q&A after the 10th anniversary screening in New York, cast and crew members recollected how Hackman would call …