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The top 50The largest American property claims against Cuba certified by the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, according to a 2007 report by Creighton University scholars.
RankName of claimantAmount certifiedAssets include
1Cuban Electric Co.$267.57mCorporate assets
2Intl. Telephone & Telegraph Corp.$130.68mCorporate assets
3North American Sugar Industries Inc.$108.98mCorporate assets
4Moa Bay Mining Co.$88.35mRural mining property
5United Fruit Sugar Co.$85.10mImproved real property
6West Indies Sugar Corp.$84.88mRural farming land
7American Sugar Co.$81.01mUrban beachfronts
8Exxon Corp.$71.61mOil refinery
9Texaco Inc.$56.20mCorporate assets
10The Francisco Sugar Co.$53.39mCorporate assets
11Bangor Punta Corp.$53.38mSecurities
12Manati Sugar Co.$48.59mCorporate assets
13Nicaro Nickel Co.$33.01mCorporate assets
14The Coca-Cola Co.$27.53mUrban commercial buildings
15Lone Star Cement Corp.$24.88mn.a.
16The New Tuinucu Sugar Co.$23.34mSugar mills
17Colgate-Palmolive Co.$14.51mCorporate assets
18Sinclair Oil Corp.$13.20mCorporate assets
19Braga Brothers Inc$12.61mSecurities
20Boise Cascade Corp.$11.75mUrban commercial building
21Claflin, Helen A.$11.69mSecurities
22American Brands Inc.$11.68mDebts and mortgages
23Burrus Mills Inc.$9.85mExperimental farm
24Pan-American Life Insurance Co.$9.74mCorporate assets
25United States Rubber Co.$9.52mCorporate assets
26Powe, William$9.51mUrban residential property
27Estate of Sumner Pingree$9.37mRural farming land
28F.W. Woolworth Co.$9.19mContents of 11 retail stores office building
29Havana Docks Corp.$9.18mCommercial building, land
30Continental Can Co.$8.91mRural commercial building
31Loeb, John L.$8.57mSecurities
32International Harvester Co.$8.26mCorporate assets
33Owens-lllinois Inc.$8.04mSecurities
34Arango, Mercedes$7.92mRural farming land
35Order of Hermits of St. Augustin$7.89mUrban commercial building
36The Chase Manhattan Bank, N.A$7.71mCorporate assets
37Firestone Tire and Rubber Co.$7.65mCorporate assets
38Carl Marks & Co.$7.33mSecurities
39IBM World Trade Corp.$6.45mCorporate assets
40Swift and Co.$5.95mLand, buildings, machinery
41The First National Bank of Boston$5.90mCorporate assets
42General Electric Co.$5.87mCorporate assets
43Estate of Sumner Pingree$5.81mSecurities
44Libby, McNeil & Libby$5.71mSecurities
45The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.$5.12mDebts and mortgages
46Procter & Gamble Co.$5.00mDebts and mortgages
47First National City Bank$4.97mUrban commercial buildings
48Lengyel, Olga$4.87mApartments, art objects, cash
49Davis, Arthur V.$4.27mRural farming land
50GMAC, South America$3.88mCorporate assets

State approves plan for Salem’s Bentley School to become a charter

Salem’s Bentley School, one of the lowest achieving public schools in the state, will become a charter school next fall.

Last week, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education awarded two new charters, choosing Bentley, a K-5 elementary, and the UP Academy Charter School of Springfield. Both will be Horace Mann charter schools, funded by the local school districts but run by an independent board.

The Salem school will be called the Bentley Academy Charter School.

“The in-district charter gives us an opportunity to focus — and I think in a stronger way — on some of the needs of the students in that school,” said Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll, who also chairs the School Committee and supported Bentley’s shift to a charter.

For the last four years, Bentley has struggled with academic achievement.

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