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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 - 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"

  • 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"

  • 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"

2009 Stories by Francisco Alvarado

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  • Two Years Later: Lilly Aramburo Remains Missing

    published May 29, 2009

    It has been close to a year since I wrote my cover story about Lilly Aramburo, a 24-year-old single mother and drug addict who disappeared from her boyfriend's apartment June 1, 2007. Today, ther... More >>

  • Peel the Vote '09: Luis Morse for Miami Commish
    FEATURED STORY

    Peel the Vote '09: Luis Morse for Miami Commish

    published May 28, 2009

    Today, Banana Republican begins a weekly series assessing candidates running for various municipal elected offices this year. Let's turn our attention to the District 3 city commission race in M... More >>

  • Black vs. White, Miami Remains the Same

    published May 27, 2009

    Just got back from the Spence-Jones Vindication Show in Overtown. The thunderstorms had just subsided outside the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church at 301 NW 9th Street. But inside Commissioner Mich... More >>

  • Cleared of Wrongdoing, Spence-Jones Speaks To Her Flock

    published May 27, 2009

    Cleared of public corruption charges last week, Miami Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones will hold a press conference today at 5:30 p.m. We're guessing Spence-Jones will gloat a little, maybe take a ... More >>

  • Helio Castroneves Strikes Back

    published May 28, 2009

    Watching Helio Castroneves sob joyfully as he sipped from his victory bottle of milk, Riptide couldn't help but feel all warm and fuzzy. After... More >>

  • Rush to Justice

    published May 28, 2009

    Miami Police Rush a Murder Case on TV show The First 48 More >>

  • The Big Donors in Miami Mayor's Race
    FEATURED STORY

    The Big Donors in Miami Mayor's Race

    published May 15, 2009

    In this week's print edition of Riptide, I wrote that none of the candidates in the Miami mayoral race will crack the $1 million benchmarks set by Manny Diaz in 2001 and 2005. Nevertheless, City Comm... More >>

  • No Cash in the Coffers

    published May 14, 2009

    Miami's mayoral frontrunners struggle to raise campaign money in recession More >>

  • Facebook Censors Promoter Alexis Mincolla's Flyers and Viral Videos UPDATE
    FEATURED STORY

    Facebook Censors Promoter Alexis Mincolla's Flyers and Viral Videos UPDATE

    published May 07, 2009

    UPDATE: Facebook has restored Alexis Mincolla's privileges to upload all the Satanic-themed nightclub violence footage he wants.  It appears Facebook doesn't like what Alexis Mincolla, the master... More >>

  • Andre Pierre is Not a Clucker
    FEATURED STORY

    Andre Pierre is Not a Clucker

    published May 05, 2009

    This past April 30, I wrote about North Miami mayoral candidate Frank Wolland calling out opponent Andre Pierre for supposedly refusing to answer questions about his 4.9 percent ownership interest in... More >>

  • Worth Clucking About

    published Apr 30, 2009

    This week, North Miami mayoral candidate Frank Wolland went on the offensive for the city's upcoming May 12 municipal election by having a volunteer dress up in a chicken suit and tail opponent Andre... More >>

  • There's Something Fowl in North Miami
    FEATURED STORY

    There's Something Fowl in North Miami

    published Apr 28, 2009

    Local campaign strategist Michael Caputo likes to employ some fowl play in his election day tactics.  In the mid-1990s, Caputo busted out his patent-pending tactic of using a man-in-a-chick... More >>

  • Land Use and Campaign Contributions 101
    FEATURED STORY

    Land Use and Campaign Contributions 101

    published Apr 24, 2009

    On its corporate website, Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod boasts that its land use and zoning lawyers have "literally helped to reshape the skyline of our community." No doubt the influ... More >>

  • Mayor Muscle

    published April 23, 2009

    North Miami Beach residents say candidate for mayor violated construction laws More >>

  • Miami Beach's Parking Imbroglio

    published Apr 21, 2009

    For nine years, Frank Pintado, as the operations manager of Standard Parking's Miami Beach operations, lorded over the city's public garages and several lots. The deal was worth $3 million ... More >>

  • Dancing with the Pols

    published Apr 20, 2009

    Coming in November, the City of Miami's public access channel will try its hand at some new, innovative programming to get residents amped up about the Magic City's elected officials. It's a variety s... More >>

  • Trouble on the Waterfront

    published April 16, 2009

    Matheson Hammock dry dock storage project has stalled More >>

  • Francisco Alvarado
    COVER STORY

    The Dead Among Us

    published April 16, 2009

    Between September and November last year, an anomaly occurred in Miami. For 38 days straight, no one was murdered within city limits. It... More >>

  • A Miami-Dade Marina Deal Gets Nasty

    published Apr 10, 2009

    With millions of dollars at stake, two private marina operators are duking it out to win a Miami-Dade County contract to build and manage a dry dock boat storage facility at Matheson Hammock Park in ... More >>

  • Lobbying for a Commission Seat

    published Apr 03, 2009

    Juan Carlos Zapata, a state representative from the Kendall area, is gunning for Miami-Dade County Commissioner Joe Martinez's job. The legislator is going to be termed out of office in 2010, so he's... More >>

  • No Love for Locals

    published April 2, 2009

    The brains behind the Cocaine Cowboys documentary franchise have placed bounty on Florida Film Commissioner Lucia Fishburne. Rakontur... More >>

  • WMC 2009: Late of the Pier, Rye Rye at The Vagabond
    FEATURED STORY

    WMC 2009: Late of the Pier, Rye Rye at The Vagabond

    published Mar 30, 2009

    So after wrapping up a couple of feel-good stories about a female inmate being sexually assaulted by prison guards and the ridiculous shenanigans by some cops in a tiny place called Biscayne Park... More >>

  • Hallandale Vice Gets Busy in the Champagne Room
    FEATURED STORY

    Hallandale Vice Gets Busy in the Champagne Room

    published Mar 27, 2009

    On March 7, just a half-hour past midnight, stormtroopers from the Hallandale Beach Police Department and the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco raided the Cheetah gentlemen's club.T... More >>

  • Cop Land Revisited

    published March 26, 2009

    A sign on Griffing Boulevard in the Village of Biscayne Park warns drivers in bold, italicized black-and-red letters: "Don't even think about... More >>

  • Let me get this straight

    published Mar 24, 2009

    So at around the 7:04 p.m. mark of the Miami-Dade County Commission's nine-hour bull session to approve the Florida Miami Marlins' new stadium, Commissioner Sally Heyman posed a rather simple busines... More >>

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