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Francisco Alvarado

Awards

  • 2013 - The Green Eyeshade Excellence in Journalism Awards/Atlanta SPJ

    "Unjust Bust"

  • 2012 - The Green Eyeshade Excellence in Journalism Awards/Atlanta SPJ, published May 19, 2011

    "Uncle Luke Wants You"

  • 2011 - The Green Eyeshade Excellence in Journalism Awards/Atlanta SPJ, published July 8, 2010

    "Death Row"

  • 2010 - Better Weekly Newspaper Awards/Florida Press Association, published September 3, 2009

    "On the Level"

  • 2010 - Sunshine State Awards/South Florida Society of Professional Journalists, published September 3, 2009

    "On the Level"

  • 2010 - Better Weekly Newspaper Awards/Florida Press Association, published October 15, 2009

    "Work It, Jerry!"

  • 2010 - Better Weekly Newspaper Awards/Florida Press Association, published September 17, 2009

    "Baby Got Fatback!"

  • 2009 - Education Reporting Awards/National Education Writers Association, published May 1, 2008

    "F-School Bomb"

  • 2009 - AAN AltWeekly Awards, published May 8, 2008

    "Killers in the Can"

  • 2009 - AAN AltWeekly Awards, published May 22, 2008

    "Burn, Baby, Burn"

  • 2009 - AAN AltWeekly Awards, published October 30, 2008

    "Voter Fraud Ahead"

  • 2009 - The Green Eyeshade Excellence in Journalism Awards/Atlanta SPJ, published January 10, 2008

    "Wet Foot, Dusty Foot"

  • 2009 - The Green Eyeshade Excellence in Journalism Awards/Atlanta SPJ, published October 23, 2008

    "Dead Weight"

  • 2009 - The Green Eyeshade Excellence in Journalism Awards/Atlanta SPJ, published May 1, 2008

    "The F-School Bomb"

  • 2009 - Better Weekly Newspaper Awards/Florida Press Association, published May 1, 2008

    "The F-School Bomb"

  • 2009 - Sunshine State Awards/South Florida Society of Professional Journalists, published September 11, 2008

    "Missing Peace"

  • 2009 - Sunshine State Awards/South Florida Society of Professional Journalists, published December 11, 2008

    "No Fear"

  • 2008 - Better Weekly Newspaper Awards/Florida Press Association, published August 2, 2007

    "Bad Apple"

  • 2006 - The Green Eyeshade Excellence in Journalism Awards/Atlanta SPJ, published January 27, 2005

    "Crack Kills"

2008 Stories by Francisco Alvarado

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  • Esto solo pasa en Meeyami

    published Dec 31, 2008

    Today, the last day of 2008, Banana Republican highlights his ten favorite news stories of the year, the tales that truly capture life in a sun-drenched, third-world dimension. 10. Marc Sarnoff's Mem... More >>

  • Holiday Shopping for Big Shots

    published December 25, 2008

    With holiday parties in full swing, Riptide is pondering gifts to send to some of our favorite Miamians. We begin with Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos... More >>

  • A Strip Club and a Mayor Rumble in Sunny Isles

    published December 18, 2008

    On the surface, Norman Edelcup's desire to relocate a Sunny Isles strip club seems like something any sensible small-town mayor would want. But... More >>

  • MiMo M.Y.O.B.

    published Dec 12, 2008

    At yesterday's Miami City Commission meeting, a small group of neighborhood preservationists came prepared to do in Eric Silverman, owner of the Vagabond Motel on Biscayne Boulevard in the Upper Easts... More >>

  • Dennis the Moderate

    published Dec 11, 2008

    Come January, expect to see a new dynamic take shape on the Miami-Dade County Commission when Dennis Moss becomes chairman. For one, Natacha Seijas will no longer have influence over the selection of... More >>

  • Environmental Dunces

    published Dec 10, 2008

    Soon-to-be-displaced County Commission Chairman Bruno Barreiro is no friend of the environment. The former state representative led the charge to allow developers to build beyond the county's imaginar... More >>

  • Francisco Alvarado
    COVER STORY

    Can a Kimbo Slice Protégé Become a Ghetto Superstar?

    published December 11, 2008

    It's a sunny, arid afternoon in Perrine, a suburb in southwest Miami-Dade. At the corner of 179th Street and 104th Avenue, a crowd of... More >>

  • The Perrine Spartan

    published Dec 09, 2008

    Down south, between Pinecrest and Homestead, lies a place where boys don't run, don't cower, and certainly don't cry when it comes time to stand their ground. They call this poverty-stricken, bleak co... More >>

  • New Times Gives Thanks to Rudy Crew and the Florida Marlins

    published November 27, 2008

    The end of 2008 feels like a kick in the balls for Riptide. Our car is about to get repossessed, our credit cards are maxed out, and we've... More >>

  • Congressional Ballers

    published Nov 21, 2008

    South Florida congressional leaders Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Kendrick Meek sure know how to live the good life when they are on the campaign trail. According to campaign financial disclosure forms f... More >>

  • Big Bucks on a Losing Cause

    published Nov 20, 2008

    Yesterday Banana Republican filled you in on the folks who made a buck ensuring Lincoln and Mario Diaz-Balart, as well as Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, held onto their congressional seats. Today we look at ... More >>

  • Electorial Money Makers, Part I

    published Nov 19, 2008

    With the election season wrapped up, Banana Republican sifted through federal campaign financial reports, including those of Barack Obama and John McCain, to see who got paid. We begin with the com... More >>

  • A Letter to Barack Obama

    published November 20, 2008

    From the desk of Joe Arriola ------- Barack Obama The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C.... More >>

  • Ego Trippin': Rakontur's Clubland Finally Hits the Web

    published Nov 18, 2008

    The brain-trust behind Cocaine Cowboys and its sequel are now exposing the nasty underbelly of the nightlife business. This week ... More >>

  • Forgetting Sarah Palin

    published Nov 13, 2008

    The mainstream media is starting to go through Dubya-induced withdrawal. How else can anyone explain why Sarah Palin, the VP candidate on the losing team, is still making headline news? Let's face ... More >>

  • No Child Left To Die

    published Nov 12, 2008

    One of the daunting challenges facing President-elect Barack Obama is fixing the public school system where George W. Bush's No Child Left Behind Act has failed miserably, especially in Miami-Dade ... More >>

  • Raul Martinez's Popularity Hits Bottom

    published November 13, 2008

    On Election Day, under a somber gray sky in Pembroke Pines, a line of voters snaked from the entrance of the Pembroke Shores Park gymnasium to... More >>

  • Dreamin' in Palin

    published Nov 03, 2008

    Hey, politics doesn't have to be soooooo serious. In fact politics is a spectacle, according to local performance artist Natasha Tsakos. And I wholeheartedly agree. Tsakos has put together The Pali... More >>

  • Cash Rules Everything Around Politics

    published Nov 03, 2008

    As the most important election in the 21st Century draws to a close, Banana Republican took a gander at the top campaign contributors in the congressional races pitting Lincoln and Mario Diaz-Balar... More >>

  • Democrat Luis Garcia Fights to Keep Seat in Florida House

    published October 30, 2008

    In a year certain to be dominated by Democrats, the party's Florida vice chairman is in trouble. Luis Garcia is battling influential county... More >>

  • Presidential Election Could Spur Voter Fraud in Miami-Dade

    published October 30, 2008

    Bracing for an Election Day scandal in South Florida is like preparing for a hurricane. You know one is coming, but you can't predict the... More >>

  • Jason Bourne Reporting for Duty

    published Oct 27, 2008

    Over the weekend, the New York Times published a fantastic piece analyzing how John McCain is letting Florida slip away while Barack Obama has blanketed the Sunshine State. The Gray Lady isn't the ... More >>

  • Pelosi Power

    published Oct 24, 2008

    It's getting serious in Miami. With Democratic challengers Joe Garcia, Raul Martinez, and Annette Taddeo closing in on their Republican opponents, the Democratic Party sent out its biggest gun (nex... More >>

  • Francisco Alvarado
    COVER STORY

    End of the Diaz-Balart Dynasty

    published October 23, 2008

    Circus music sounds as a camera cuts to a short clip of a well-known, fuming, bearded comandante. Standing at a podium, he wears a drab... More >>

  • Annette Taddeo Wants Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's Job

    published October 16, 2008

    There is no way a non-Cuban Hispanic can unseat a Cuban-American congresswoman who has enjoyed the unflinching support of el exilio for... More >>

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