Exclusive: Airline Flies Snowbirds to Mexico, Deports Immigrants for ICE

As seen in The Daily Beast:

“Think beyond a flight. Charter an experience,” Xtra Airways, a Coral Gables, Florida-based charter airline beckons on its sharp red, white, and blue homepage.

Xtra’s site describes its “customer profile” as consisting of package tour operators, dignitaries, rock stars, even to an entire audience between NYC and LA for a taping of “Ellen.” For their part, Xtra’s flight attendants describe themselves as “fabulous!” Continue reading

University Researcher Spilled No Secrets. He Still Went to Prison.

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It takes a good while for J. Reece Roth to answer the door at his home on the west side of Knoxville. A former electrical engineering professor at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where he was also the director of the Plasma Sciences Laboratory, Roth will be 81 in September and has hip, knee, and heart problems, which have slowed him down quite a bit.

Of course, the four years he spent in prison for violating the Arms Export Control Act didn’t do him many favors, either. Continue reading

The Search for Fidel Castro’s Love Child

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On the evening of Feb. 27, 1959, less than eight weeks after Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista was forced from power, the German passenger liner MS Berlin docked in Havana Harbor. Marita Lorenz, the 19-year-old daughter of the ship’s captain, was aboard, having joined her father on the cruise.

The next day, while many of the passengers were sightseeing on shore, two launches filled with armed, bearded men in military uniform pulled alongside the Berlin. Marita was instantly drawn to the tallest member of the group, who wore what Marita described as a “wicked and seductive smile.” It was Fidel Castro. Continue reading