John Lantigua

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  • 14 years ago | Longform

    It was the day after planes crashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and I stood on a sidewalk in North Miami staring at FBI headquarters. Newsweek magazine had called that morning and asked me to help track the terrorists who lived i...

  • 15 years ago | Longform

    At a crucial moment in the Cuban movie Alicia in the Land of Wonders, a communist government bureaucrat looks into the camera and shouts at the top of his lungs: "¡Yo soy un hijo de puta!" ("I'm a son of a bitch!") The 1991 film, a surreal, ...

  • 17 years ago | Longform

    On August 23, 1992, the day after Hurricane Andrew decimated parts of South Florida, Robert Hammel arrived at Matheson Hammock County Marina, where he works as a park attendant. He found twisted metal piers and 40-foot boats marooned in parking lo...

  • 17 years ago | Longform

    In early 1998 the United States Attorney's Office in Miami announced it would more than double the size of its anticorruption unit, from six to twelve attorneys. Just in time, too. Federal and state prosecutors have been busy over the last twelve ...

  • 17 years ago | Longform

    The final bell rings at G. Holmes Braddock Senior High in West Miami-Dade. Kids wearing jeans and backpacks stream out, the majority headed home to neighborhoods that spread to the Everglades' edge. Dozens of parents wait outside to chauffeur thei...

  • 17 years ago | Longform

    Last month the Cuban American National Foundation filed a libel lawsuit against three men who strongly oppose the hard line on Fidel Castro. One of the defendants is Miami attorney Alfredo Duran, who wrote nothing defamatory but simply belonged to...

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