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Christopher Van Hollen Jr.
Home for the holidays, and grateful to be free
Home for the holidays, and grateful to be free

Imprisoned in Cuba for more than five years, Alan Gross marked his first moments of freedom Wednesday with food: a big bowl of popcorn, a corned beef sandwich and — because it's Hanukkah — latkes with sour cream and apple sauce. "So far it's the best Hanukkah I'll be celebrating for a long time," he told reporters. The 65-year-old international aid worker, who grew up in Baltimore, attended the University of Maryland and lived in Potomac, was brought back to the United States Wednesday aboard one of the planes used to transport the president as Air Force One. When he left Cuban airspace, a family spokeswoman said, he stood up and took a deep breath. ...