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  • Mortgaging His Future

    published December 18, 1997

    For nearly a year Miami-Dade County Commissioner Bruce Kaplan has been under criminal investigation by the State Attorney's Office for allegedly... More >>

  • Air Base Confidential

    published December 11, 1997

    Packed into the conference room of Sen. Bob Graham's downtown Miami office, Miami-Dade County officials gathered two weeks ago for a meeting with... More >>

  • The Waiting Game

    published December 4, 1997

    James Burke didn't seem to want to leave. The November 18 county commission meeting had been adjourned, and while his colleagues quickly packed up... More >>

  • Bye-Bye, Baba

    published November 27, 1997

    Foutanga Dit Babani Sissoko's $1.2 million contribution to Camillus House last week was secretly orchestrated by U.S. District Court Judge K.... More >>

  • The Teele Deal

    published November 20, 1997

    Three months ago Rev. H.C. Wilkes, presiding elder of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, decided there was just one man who could represent... More >>

  • A Signature Mystery

    published November 13, 1997

    After months of criticism and allegations of misconduct surrounding its handling of a water and sewer department paving contract, Church & Tower... More >>

  • The Baba Chronicles, Part 2

    published November 6, 1997

    After 43 days in federal prison, West African millionaire Foutanga Dit Babani Sissoko this past Friday returned to his Brickell Key condominium to... More >>

  • Over the Edge and Under Investigation

    published October 30, 1997

    On November 16, 1994, newly elected County Court Judge Ellen Venzer strolled into a $250-per-person AIDS fundraiser in Miami Beach without paying,... More >>

  • Carmen's Follies

    published October 9, 1997

    After seventeen years of duty as director of the Port of Miami, Carmen Lunetta deserves a testimonial that will stand as a reminder of his... More >>

  • Bruce Kaplan's Big Heart

    published October 9, 1997

    Over the past twelve months, Dade County Commissioner Bruce Kaplan has asked officials at Jackson Memorial Hospital to treat at least six indigent... More >>

  • The Rational, Eloquent, and Persuasive Mr. Souto

    published October 2, 1997

    On the morning of September 23, Dade County Commissioner Bruce Kaplan made a motion to dump Peggi McKinley from the county's Film, Television, and... More >>

  • The Baba Chronicles

    published September 25, 1997

    The drive from Brickell Key, in downtown Miami, to the federal prison in South Dade normally takes about 30 minutes. But for Foutanga Dit Babani... More >>

  • Power Politics

    published September 25, 1997

    Passed last week with all the subtlety of a kidney stone, Dade County's $4.1 billion budget immediately sparked a debate as to its political... More >>

  • DeFede

    published August 28, 1997

    This past January 22, shortly before 5:00 p.m., Dany Toussaint arrived at Miami International Airport aboard American Airlines flight 1292 from... More >>

  • Skid Marks on the Runway

    published July 31, 1997

    Since last October's election of Alex Penelas as Dade mayor, Natacha Millan has emerged as the most commanding -- some would say domineering --... More >>

  • The Versace Experience

    published July 24, 1997

    Here, this is the spot," Jeffrey said as he guided Karen a few inches to her right. "That camera there is CNN." Settling into the... More >>

  • Good Morning, Havana!

    published July 17, 1997

    Looking to add a little zing to their lineup, officials from the Office of Cuba Broadcasting have proposed several new programs for Radio Marti,... More >>

  • Dear Chief Justice: Throw the Book at Him

    published July 10, 1997

    The following is a copy of a letter I sent last week to Chief Justice Gerald Kogan of the Florida Supreme Court. Your Honor: I am... More >>

  • Sitting Petty

    published July 3, 1997

    Last month's decision by the Dade County Commission to reject an ordinance that would have guaranteed equal protection for gays may have been the... More >>

  • "It'll Never Get Off the Ground"

    published June 12, 1997

    The morose expression on Julie Romero's face spoke of vanishing hope, of a woman betrayed. Along with more than two dozen other Homestead... More >>

  • Prisoners of Their Own Circumstance

    published June 12, 1997

    What are the odds that Miller Dawkins and Cesar Odio will be bunkmates in prison? And if they are, will Dawkins continue to order Odio around the... More >>

  • HABDI to Sorenson: Get Lost!

    published May 29, 1997

    I owe Dade County Commissioner Katy Sorenson an apology. Several weeks ago I wrote a column about a group of developers known by the acronym... More >>

  • Alonso to Corrupters: Watch Out!

    published May 29, 1997

    As the scandal at the Port of Miami deepens, it's reassuring to see a new voice emerge as an advocate for honest government. "Allegations of... More >>

  • Odio and the Dolt Defense

    published May 8, 1997

    There is an old Irish toast: May you be in Heaven an hour before the devil even knows you're dead. Former Miami mayor Steve Clark was a great fan... More >>

  • The Last Dance

    published April 24, 1997

    When Sal Magluta goes on trial later this year for bail jumping, it's too bad he won't be able to plead temporary insanity. He'd get off for sure.... More >>

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