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2000 Stories by Jim DeFede

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  • Vox Populi

    published December 28, 2000

    With the decision on the future of Homestead Air Force Base now less than three weeks away, newspapers around the state have begun publishing... More >>

  • Destiny's Child

    published December 21, 2000

    As Bill Clinton's presidency draws to a close, one of his last acts will be to decide the future of Homestead Air Force Base. Miami-Dade County is... More >>

  • An Uneasy Alliance

    published December 7, 2000

    Less than 24 hours before the Miami-Dade County Canvassing Board met to halt the manual recount of ballots in the presidential race -- a decision... More >>

  • The Untold Story

    published November 30, 2000

    Lost amid the hullabaloo over Florida's presidential recount is this profound fact: The only reason Al Gore is within a few hundred ballots of... More >>

  • Collision Course

    published November 23, 2000

    Three weeks before election day, Al Gore dispatched some of his top advisors to South Florida to shore up support among environmentalists. With... More >>

  • The Dead-End Kid

    published November 16, 2000

    Where's Alex? In the midst of the closest presidential election in U.S. history, at a time when the eyes of the world are riveted on South... More >>

  • Splitsville

    published October 19, 2000

    Generally I'm no fan of lawyers. And as a rule I'd say we live in society that is far too litigious. But show me a lawsuit in which one lawyer is... More >>

  • Hiking, Camping, and Gay Bashing

    published September 28, 2000

    In the interest of full disclosure, I should acknowledge I didn't care for the Cub Scouts. My den mother was the wife of my Little League baseball... More >>

  • Angels with Ice Picks

    published September 21, 2000

    Every Sunday for the past ten years, Art Buonamia and his wife, Marisa, drove from their home in Kendall to attend Mass at the Shrine of Saint... More >>

  • DeFede: Deconstructing Alex

    published August 31, 2000

    Alex Penelas is a politician who never loses but rarely succeeds. He's won every race he has ever entered, whether it was for Hialeah City... More >>

  • The Not Ready for Prime Time Mayor

    published August 24, 2000

    Despite what most people probably believe, the defining moment of Alex Penelas's tenure as Miami-Dade County mayor was not that infamous press... More >>

  • Revenge of the Penny Tax

    published August 17, 2000

    Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle has asked the governor to appoint a special prosecutor to review allegations that the... More >>

  • The Wimp

    published August 3, 2000

    During the past three decades, Miami International Airport has had three directors: Dick Judy, Rick Elder, and Gary Dellapa. Judy oversaw MIA... More >>

  • Prosecuting the Police

    published July 27, 2000

    I don't know if Miami Police Ofcr. Jesse Aguero and Miami-Dade Police Det. Laura Russell have ever met, or even if they know each other. But I do... More >>

  • To Serve and Protect

    published July 6, 2000

    These are rough days for the City of Miami's police department. The Elian Gonzalez affair cost them a chief and a major. The chief, William... More >>

  • Plowing Under the Cuba Embargo

    published June 29, 2000

    George Nethercutt made history in 1994. A relatively unknown attorney from Spokane, Washington, he defeated a sitting Speaker of the House for his... More >>

  • DeFede

    published May 25, 2000

    By now everyone knows that Miami International Airport is a mess. Political cronies of Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Penelas have plundered millions of... More >>

  • DeFede

    published May 11, 2000

    Poor Joe. Poor crazy, fucked-up, mentally unbalanced Joe. Why is the whole darn world against you? Why won't people just leave you alone? Is it... More >>

  • DeFede

    published April 27, 2000

    Standing in front of what once was Elian Gonzalez's Little Havana home, Jan Weininger, whose father was killed during the Bay of Pigs invasion,... More >>

  • DeFede

    published April 20, 2000

    Within segments of the Cuban-American community there is a belief that Elian Gonzalez is a messiah of sorts, protected by God and sent here to... More >>

  • DeFede

    published April 6, 2000

    The U.S. State Department routinely advises Americans living abroad to keep their passports handy. Given the events of last week, it won't be long... More >>

  • DeFede

    published March 30, 2000

    The ruling last week by U.S. District Court Judge K. Michael Moore left little doubt that Elian Gonzalez will be returned to his father in Cuba,... More >>

  • DeFede

    published March 23, 2000

    The decision last week by the nation's largest gun manufacturer, Smith & Wesson, to produce safer, less child-friendly handguns came about because... More >>

  • DeFede

    published February 24, 2000

    I should admit at the outset that I, like most estranged Catholics, have nun issues. Still visible on my knuckles, though only faintly, are the... More >>

  • DeFede

    published February 17, 2000

    The list of people exploiting Elian Gonzalez for personal gain is both long and distinguished. We have presidential candidates pandering for... More >>

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