NAMES IN THE NEWS : Estefan Given Award in Miami

From Times Wire Services

Gloria Estefan made her first public appearance in the Miami area since the tour bus accident that left her with broken vertebrae.

Estefan, lead singer of the Latin pop group Miami Sound Machine, was cheered by thousands of fans at the Miami Arena on Wednesday when she was introduced as “the special surprise of the night.” Her husband, Emilio Estefan, helped her around the stage.

Estefan received an award but did not sing during a variety show that will be broadcast later on Spanish-language television. She is not expected to resume performing until September.

She was injured March 20 on a snowy Pennsylvania highway when her tour bus stopped for a jackknifed tractor-trailer and was rammed from behind by another truck.