The May Day parade in Havana was smaller than usual as Fidel Castro, the leader of Cuba's Communist revolution, failed to attend for the first time in 40 years. All three networks had reporters on the scene to check on his health. ABC's Bob Woodruff timed this year's keynote address at just seven minutes compared with Castro's three-hour speech just one year ago. "His absence is hardly a shock to a nation that already seems to be getting by without him," observed CBS' Lara Logan: the economy is healthy, boosted by investment from China and Venezuela, yet problems in housing, food and transportation persist. Even if Castro does return to power, NBC's Andrea Mitchell reported, unnamed Cuban officials told her it could be in a "vastly reduced role." With no successor to match Fidel's dynamism, "the Castro Era is really in effect over and nothing here will ever be truly the same."
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