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National Theater Closes its Doors

Panama City’s National Theater has closed to due poor maintenance. Inaugurated in 1908 at the start of the Republic, the theater was designed by Italian architect Giusseppe Ruggieri in a classic operetta style. Since then, it has hosted actors, musicians and dancers from all over the world, including famed ballet dancers Anna Pavlova and Margot Fonteyn. The National…

One Dead in Chiriqui Hotel Explosion

One person was killed and one injured when a gas tank exploded at a hotel in Boca Chica on the coast of Chiriqui. The explosion occurred Tuesday night at the Panama Sport Fishing Lodge when fuel tank exploded in the power plant, which was near the fuel supply for the fishing boats. There were approximately…

Priest Murdered in Colon

Spanish priest Aníbal Gómez, age 67, was killed Wednesday at the home of the retired Catholic bishop of Colon, Monsignor Carlos María Áriz. According to police reports, the priest’s body was found bound with plastic ties, beaten and stabbed. The housekeeper said that she tried to call for help but that the aggressors knocked her unconscious. Gómez had…

Police Shooting Near San Carlos, Child Dies

There was a shooting Wednesday afternoon along the Pan American Highway near San Carlos. Although the details of the incident are not yet clear, early reports indicate that police say they fired two shots in the air to warn the driver of a Toyota Yaris to stop near a police checkpoint, confusing it with a…

Man Blows Away Jaguar in Herrera

A resident of the Los Pozos district of the Herrera province killed a jaguar on Sunday. Alcides Arena, a local land owner and reported victim, says that the feline attacked him and his dogs about 110 yards from the town’s schoolhouse.  Fearing for his life, he attacked the animal with a machete until his uncle arrived…