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1998 Stories by Jacob Bernstein

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  • Resignation Indignation

    published December 31, 1998

    The meeting had been raucous. Tempers flared. Many participants clutched placards. Tears were shed. Activists and residents painted the issues as... More >>

  • Cleaning Up Krome

    published December 24, 1998

    To get from downtown Miami to the federal detention camp officially known as the Krome Service Processing Center, one must drive west to where the... More >>

  • Foundation Follies

    published November 19, 1998

    Last month the Cuban American National Foundation filed a libel lawsuit against three men who strongly oppose the hard line on Fidel Castro. One... More >>

  • It's Money That Matters

    published November 19, 1998

    Biting operating losses, the Miami Herald will close its award-winning and much-loved Sunday magazine, Tropic, after 31 years. For the final issue... More >>

  • Twice Exiled

    published November 12, 1998

    It is a humid fall afternoon when close to 5000 Cuban Americans gather for the 1998 march of patriotic intransigence. Toward the front of the... More >>

  • Hatchet Man

    published October 15, 1998

    The electronic message that flashed across staff computers at the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald on the morning of Tuesday, August 4, created an... More >>

  • Portrait of the Artist as a Litigant

    published October 8, 1998

    What's in a name?" Shakespeare asked. Not a whole hell of a lot, he decided. Today's twist on the old query: "What's in a signature?" For two... More >>

  • American Nightmare

    published September 3, 1998

    Ernesto Mejia sits in a cramped visitation room at the Krome Service Processing Center, dressed in the orange jumpsuit of a detainee. After almost... More >>

  • Lost in Space

    published August 20, 1998

    In the not-so-distant future, swarms of new satellites will join the scores that today float above the globe. The high priests of the... More >>

  • Passport to Paradox

    published August 6, 1998

    David Garten could scarcely believe the Treasury Department letter on the table before him. Dated October 17, 1997, it was written to inform the... More >>

  • Life's a Ditch

    published July 16, 1998

    In an area of open spaces, scampering marsh rabbits, and circling red-shouldered hawks along SW 168th Street, layers of debris-strewn soil fill... More >>

  • El Donahue

    published July 9, 1998

    A producer behind the camera flashes a cue and Pedro Sevcec, whose bearded visage is known to television viewers throughout much of the... More >>

  • If El Exilio Doesn't Get You, Uncle Sam Will

    published June 18, 1998

    Issac Delgado and Hugo Cancio may pay a price for success. Delgado, a salsa sensation from Cuba, appeared April 21 at the Miami Beach night... More >>

  • Home Wreckers

    published June 11, 1998

    Marie Bastien might never have needed help were it not for Hurricane Andrew. After all, the hard-working single mother of three boys managed to... More >>

  • Talking Turkey Point Blues

    published June 4, 1998

    It seems an outlandish scenario: A jetliner crashes into the Turkey Point nuclear plant, a horrific explosion follows, and the residents of South... More >>

  • The Final Harvest

    published May 14, 1998

    It was a contentious crowd that filed into the Redland Middle School auditorium late in the afternoon of November 13, 1997. By 6:00 p.m. as many... More >>

  • Giving New Meaning to the Word Trashman, Part 2

    published April 30, 1998

    It's unlikely that on a Sunday afternoon in early March, as David Ettman drove a U-Haul truck full of debris deep into Chapman Field Park, he... More >>

  • Really for the Birds

    published April 23, 1998

    During the six-week breeding season of the endangered Cape Sable seaside sparrow, the male bird stakes out his territory (roughly 120 square yards... More >>

  • Pond Scum

    published April 9, 1998

    In the fierce struggle to derail a proposed $275 million shopping mall that promises to transform a Coral Gables neighborhood, opponents have... More >>

  • Giving New Meaning to the Word Trashman

    published March 26, 1998

    On the afternoon of Sunday, March 8, Metro-Dade police responded to a report of illegal dumping at Chapman Field Park, a South Dade haven for... More >>

  • Mrs. Brickell's Neighborhood

    published March 19, 1998

    Donald Bermudez first heard about the sacred freshwater spring from the widow Mary King, who lived across the street. He was just a boy back then,... More >>

  • The Polo Wars

    published March 19, 1998

    Fasten your helmet. Grab a mallet. Arm your pony with breast plates. The polo wars are about to begin: A group of Venezuelan investors led by an... More >>

  • Copping an Attitude

    published February 19, 1998

    Ignacio Fiterre is about as unlikely a candidate to assault a police officer as one could find. The 52-year-old well-dressed industrial engineer... More >>

  • Place Your Seatbacks in the Upright Position and Prepare for Meltdown

    published January 29, 1998

    It's the year 2018 and business is booming in the Homestead area. The two-runway commercial airport at the former air force base is the landing... More >>

  • Welcome to America. Now Go Home.

    published January 1, 1998

    Venezuelan citizen Guillermo Pena works as a district manager for the Falk Corporation, one of several subsidiaries of the multibillion-dollar... More >>

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