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1999 Stories by Jim DeFede

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  • DeFede

    published December 30, 1999

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  • DeFede

    published December 23, 1999

    I could hear my voice rising, my tone turning more aggressive, even hostile. I was talking to one of the Miami attorneys for young Elian Gonzalez.... More >>

  • DeFede

    published December 16, 1999

    For the past three weeks Armando Gutierrez has been a frenetic blur of activity. He carries not one but two cell phones, on which he often juggles... More >>

  • DeFede

    published November 25, 1999

    his week I wanted to praise the City of North Miami and its police department for firing Det. Fred St. Amand. Instead I find myself once again... More >>

  • DeFede

    published November 18, 1999

    "Let me ask you something," the man on the other end of the telephone line says. "Where are the commission-sponsored initiatives? Where are the... More >>

  • DeFede

    published November 4, 1999

    Last week our intrepid mayor, Alex Penelas, flew off to Spain -- at taxpayer expense, of course -- for a bit of sightseeing and a chance to... More >>

  • DeFede

    published October 7, 1999

    Ira Clark was hiding. Somewhere inside county hall, the president of the More >>

  • DeFede

    published October 7, 1999

    It's time to announce the results of my "Nickname the Mayor" contest. As you'll recall I thought Miami Mayor Crazy Joe Carollo needed a new handle... More >>

  • DeFede

    published September 30, 1999

    Attorney Hank Adorno had represented the interests of Jorge Mas Canosa for more than a decade and was both a friend and a trusted advisor to the... More >>

  • DeFede

    published September 30, 1999

    Good morning. Miami Herald circulation department. How can I help you? Yes, I'd like to report a problem with my delivery boy. What's... More >>

  • DeFede

    published September 23, 1999

    Dear Jim: I was greatly disturbed by the recent efforts of some city officials to ban Cuba's Los Van Van from playing in Miami,... More >>

  • DeFede

    published August 26, 1999

    If there is one moment, one 30-second span of time, on the FBI surveillance tapes of James Burke that is more striking than any other, it is the... More >>

  • DeFede

    published August 5, 1999

    Celebrating like members of a football team who had just won the Super Bowl, dozens of federal... More >>

  • DeFede

    published August 5, 1999

    The overwhelming defeat of Alex Penelas's proposal to raise the sales tax by a penny leaves the mayor in strange and unfamiliar territory. Until... More >>

  • DeFede

    published July 29, 1999

    Although investigators say they believe the victim, the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office has decided... More >>

  • Your Pain Is His Pain

    published July 22, 1999

    One of Pres. Bill Clinton's few endearing qualities is his ability to adopt as his own the emotions of those around him. So it was when he came to... More >>

  • Leadership Abhors a Vacuum

    published July 22, 1999

    n June 29 Ramon Saul Sanchez was working at his day job as an office manager for a community development corporation in Little Havana when he... More >>

  • Life in the Echo Chamber

    published July 15, 1999

    The day after the Coast Guard fiasco involving six Cuban rafters off the beaches of Surfside, Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart went to the floor of... More >>

  • There's Something About Fred

    published July 8, 1999

    Cheryl Wolosz tells me she feels sick. "I just threw up," she says, her voice trembling over the phone. "They told me he's coming back to work... More >>

  • TV Land

    published July 8, 1999

    Fidel! Quick turn on the TV news!" "What is it? Can't you see I'm watching the autographed copy of Titanic that Leo gave me last... More >>

  • Alex Penelas's Rite of Passage

    published July 1, 1999

    Last week something remarkable happened. Something I wasn't certain was possible. Last week Alex Penelas became mayor. Oh, sure, I know he... More >>

  • Free Parking

    published June 17, 1999

    A member of Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Penelas's staff has admitted bilking the county out of at least $5000 during the past several years. The... More >>

  • Liar, Liar

    published June 10, 1999

    People often ask me: "Jim, is the county always going to be a mess? Are corruption and incompetence so pervasive that eliminating them is simply... More >>

  • Philip Hamersmith: 1946-1999

    published June 10, 1999

    It came as no surprise that Phil Hamersmith's memorial service this past Sunday was a standing-room-only affair. Hamersmith, who died last week... More >>

  • High Noon at MIA

    published May 27, 1999

    If events at Miami International Airport took the form of a Western, then three months ago G.T. "Tom" Arnold would have walked into one of the... More >>

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