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1994 Stories by Jim DeFede

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  • Working for the Dade County Clerk's Office has its advantages, as long as you know how to keep your mouth shut and kneel when ordered. Otherwise, expect to be crushed

    published November 3, 1994

    This is Tence Wolfe's story in its most succinct form: A trusted employee of the Dade County Clerk's Office since 1989, Wolfe worked on the... More >>

  • Back on Top

    published September 21, 1994

    Jorge Mas Canosa is running late. "I'm sorry, I'm sorry," he says. "I was with the ambassador." Mas turns and introduces Otto Reich, the former... More >>

  • Antunez for President!

    published August 31, 1994

    They lined the walls, filled every seat, and stood two deep in the back of the West Miami City Hall chambers. Rarely had the Dade County... More >>

  • It's My Party and I'll Squash You If I Want To

    published August 24, 1994

    On the highway of Dade County Republican politics, 32-year-old Emiliano Antunez is something of a go-cart -- a relatively sturdy vehicle capable... More >>

  • The Limp Blimp Also Rises

    published August 24, 1994

    TV Marti is dead," Democratic Rep. David Skaggs of Colorado said one month ago. "Let's hold last rites for it and move on." "To stop... More >>

  • Road Show

    published August 10, 1994

    It's two o'clock in the morning and I'm kneeling on the tile floor in my bathroom at the Fort Myers Comfort Suites Inn, puking into a toilet that... More >>

  • Tube or Not Tube

    published July 20, 1994

    Earlier this month Joe Duffey, director of the U.S. Information Agency, sent Congress a copy of his long-awaited report about TV Marti. It was... More >>

  • Ethics Commission vs. Hawkins

    published July 6, 1994

    Lost amid the sordid tales of sexual harassment are the other allegations about Larry Hawkins now under investigation by the Florida Commission on... More >>

  • Larry Hawkins The Man Who Loved Women

    published July 6, 1994

    About a month ago, during a wide-ranging, three-hour interview, Dade County Commissioner Larry Hawkins spoke about allegations that he had... More >>

  • Businessman's Speical

    published June 8, 1994

    Recent years have seen an explosion of promotional giveaway events at baseball parks across the nation. A tradition that once was geared primarily... More >>

  • The Great Bistro Brawl

    published May 25, 1994

    The irony of the moment appears to be lost on Fabian Seijas. But here he is, a forlorn customer in a corner booth at Denny's A perhaps the most... More >>

  • Bids? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Bids!

    published April 27, 1994

    When Pan American World Airways slid into bankruptcy in December 1991, the Dade County Aviation Department inherited the airline's sprawling... More >>

  • Miami: Stick It in Your Ear

    published April 13, 1994

    The people have spoken. The votes have been cast. The outcome is clear. In a nearly unanimous display of love and support, South Floridians have... More >>

  • Gonna Tear Your Landmark Down

    published April 6, 1994

    From a historic old home to a string of failed restaurants to an empty dirt lot A the saga of Grove Calloway's came to an ignoble end three weeks... More >>

  • Asbestos 101

    published March 30, 1994

    Once hailed as the "magic mineral," asbestos was widely used in the United States throughout much of the Twentieth Century. It was placed in... More >>

  • The Otazos: Ferociously Successful

    published March 30, 1994

    This past January county commissioners voted to accept the findings of a study showing that companies owned by Hispanics and women have long... More >>

  • Service with a Smile

    published March 16, 1994

    Had Joe Gersten himself been here to orchestrate events minute by minute, it's unlikely the Great Subpoena Caper could have unfolded more... More >>

  • Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle is Channel 35's hostess with the mostest

    published February 16, 1994

    Move over Oprah, Phil, and Geraldo, there's a new talk-show host in town and she's playing to rave reviews. "Hello," she says kicking off her... More >>

  • When Bad Attorneys Get Caught (Don't Hold Your Breath)

    published February 9, 1994

    On Monday night Phillip Mortilla, 37, of Wilton Manors, was seriously injured when a southbound car turned into the path of his motorcycle.... More >>

  • The Racket Club

    published February 9, 1994

    "Is this Luis?" "Yes," Luis Rangel answers. "Hi," says Patty Rodriguez. "Do you remember who I am?" "Of course I remember... More >>

  • The Jockeying Club

    published January 19, 1994

    On January 30, Sherman Winn will celebrate his 50th wedding anniversary. The veteran county commissioner and his wife, Roslyn, will be joined at... More >>

  • Our Man in Haiti

    published January 12, 1994

    This week, as exiled Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide finalizes plans for a Miami conference addressing his nation's future, a former bit... More >>

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