Indiana State University

Diplomatic, and familial, ties to Cuba

Diplomatic, and familial, ties to Cuba

There would be roast pork, black beans and rice, yucca and flan at Eva Queral Fiastro's annual holiday dinner for her large Cuban-American family this weekend, as always. But this year, there will be an even bigger helping of news to digest: President Barack Obama's surprise announcement that he would normalize relations with the homeland that so many of them fled in anger and despair.

"My father is rolling in his grave right now," said Queral Fiastro, 62, a dentist who lives in Lutherville.

Her father, Dr. Louis Queral was one of the first Cuban immigrants to settle in Baltimore after Fidel Castro began imposing communism on the Caribbean island and...