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January 28, 2009

Digital TV deadline extended

Still not ready for the transition to digital cable broadcast? Don't worry because the senate voted to delay the switchover until June 12.

Apply for a coupon for a digital-to-analog converter box: The government is issuing $40 coupons toward specific converter boxes for analog television.

Download our News Illustrated page on The Digital Shift. Its full of information on what analog and digital broadcasting is, how converter boxes work and how to hook them up.


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January 23, 2009

Guantanamo Bay: Countdown to closing time



President Obama's order to close the prisons at Guantanamo Bay within a year has been met with high praise from several U.S. generals and world leaders. I produced this News Illustrated on the right in 2006 to show the journey of those prisoners, including how the first cells looked like. Included is a map of the base and information on the 7 camps on base. And you can also follow a prisoner's journey and see more photos of the jails on the interactive link above.

Since the first camps were opened in 2002, more than 750 detainees were believed to have been taken to Gitmo. Below you'll find an Associated Press chart showing how many of those detainees were released to the American base within the past 7 years. It's unclear how many remain in Cuba today.


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January 16, 2009

Is Fidel Castro dead?

The absence of Fidel Castro from the 50th anniversary of Cuba's revolution has sparked concerns about his overall health. We thought readers might be interested in reading a couple News Illustrated pages on our Cuban population and the Cuba revolution. Click on graphic to download page.


Shaping a community
Economic and politics have helped boost Cuban immigration for almost 50 years, helping shape South Florida's image.

The birth of a revolution
Fulgencio Batista ruled Cuba through a succession of puppet presidents and then seized power in 1952. His regime provoked years of violent opposition that propelled Fidel Castro to power.

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January 2, 2009

The death penalty: Is the end near?

The death penalty has been around since 1608. Since then, changes have constantly been made to laws to ensure that the death penalty is carried out in a way that is constitutional and doesn't fall under cruel and unusual punishment. While it once enjoyed days where it was pretty popular, it now seems to be losing support. There have been a lot of developments in the past few years that suggest the death penalty is on its way out. For example:

- A number of states, including Maryland, Connecticut, Nebraska, Virginia and Alabama, introduced bills to abolish the death penalty this year. To date, none of these have passed, but it is obviously on lawmakers' minds.

- The number of death sentences handed down has decreased steadily from 306 in 1998 to an estimated 111 this year.

For more on the death penalty, its potential fate and its costs, check out my News Illustrated page on the back of the Outlook section on Sunday.

There are also some videos about the experiences of those who have been exonerated and about exploring the death penalty on the Death Penalty Information Center's website.


Also, to find facts about the death penalty by state, use this map on the Death Penalty Information Centers' website . Below is the information on Florida.


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