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1997 Stories by Kathy Glasgow

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  • A King and His Not-Quite Castle

    published December 25, 1997

    Life wasn't too bad for King the gorilla back in the summer of 1996. Despite his solitary and obviously inadequate living quarters -- a small... More >>

  • The Real School of Hard Knocks

    published December 18, 1997

    Eight-year-old Benlee Bruneau began having problems last year in his class for gifted students at the North Dade Center for Modern Languages, a... More >>

  • Sherlock Holmes, Meet Melanie Morningstar

    published December 4, 1997

    Melanie Morningstar arrived in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, one Saturday afternoon this past September toting a backpack full of books and speaking the... More >>

  • Loads of Dirty Laundry

    published November 20, 1997

    As laundromats go, My Dream Coin Laundry is spectacular. Row after row of shiny front-loading washing machines hum along to reggae tunes on the... More >>

  • Elector Set

    published October 30, 1997

    The 1997 Hialeah mayoral race is already moving along at a brisk clip by this Saturday morning in mid-October, but everyone knows the ride's going... More >>

  • Go Directly to Court

    published October 30, 1997

    Last month the City of Miami's Nuisance Abatement Board declared the dingy pink Stardust Motel at 6730 Biscayne Blvd. a public nuisance and shut... More >>

  • Urban Shipwreck, Part 2

    published September 25, 1997

    Back on April 11, the long nightmare on the Miami River appeared to be over. Under mounting pressure from state and federal authorities, the... More >>

  • Family Baggage

    published September 18, 1997

    The aged rotary telephone in the third-floor hallway of this dilapidated Havana mansion -- long ago partitioned into apartments -- rings at short... More >>

  • Cut tothe Quick

    published September 11, 1997

    It's just a 40-foot stretch of land on the north bank of the Little River Canal, but for more than four years that piece of Miami real estate... More >>

  • Strange Man in a Strange Land

    published August 28, 1997

    He could be almost anyone, the clean-shaven black-haired man in his thirties wending his way through the strolling, posing, gossiping, blading... More >>

  • Good Work, Now You're Fired

    published August 14, 1997

    The name of the place -- Stratogen Health -- sounds like a high-tech diagnostic center, or maybe a medical consulting firm. Definitely streamlined... More >>

  • Living Off the Fat of the Aisles

    published July 31, 1997

    Little Debbie Cosmic Snacks: two boxes. Won ton wrappers: a couple of packages. Herbed Italian deli turkey breasts, jumbo bags of potato chips,... More >>

  • Hot Air Waves

    published July 17, 1997

    Shortwave radios all over Cuba may soon be picking up some unusual transmissions: direct from Radio Marti studios in Miami, Dade County Mayor Alex... More >>

  • Dope Detective

    published July 10, 1997

    The first calls came in mid-1992. Students at high schools in southwest Dade were talking about little white pills that had begun to pop up at... More >>

  • Dead End

    published July 10, 1997

    This past May the Dade County Commission unanimously voted to honor the late Cuban expatriate Pedro Fico Rojas by naming a stretch of NW 58th... More >>

  • Capital Punishment

    published July 3, 1997

    At Trail Glades Gun Range, you can't buy food, there's only a limited selection of ammunition, and not all the lights work. The few wooden... More >>

  • Suplex City

    published June 5, 1997

    Having pulled on his black elastic knee guards, Nick Berger leaps up into the ring where William Gonzalez, his practice opponent and sometime... More >>

  • Calendar for the week

    published May 29, 1997

    thursday may 29 Subtropics 9: The Subtropics 9 New Music Festival wraps up this week with three performances at Miami-Dade Community... More >>

  • Flipper's Revenge

    published April 24, 1997

    They set out in two boats from the mangrove-lined islands near Sugarloaf Key on the morning of May 23, 1996. Two dolphins that had spent years in... More >>

  • Striking a Blow for the Better

    published April 3, 1997

    Danielle Romer doesn't normally speak on the air, but this Saturday evening Yves Fontaine, the regular host of the Creole-language talk show she... More >>

  • Extra! Read All About Me!

    published March 20, 1997

    A press conference on the steps of Hialeah City Hall. An angry citizen railing against the mayor. Nothing remarkable in a town that has... More >>

  • Urban Shipwreck

    published March 6, 1997

    Some people on the Miami River call the Rex Bear the voodoo ship. A 40-year-old steel-hull freighter, it glided up from Cap-Haitien, Haiti, in... More >>

  • Overthrow on the Radio

    published February 13, 1997

    One night each week, three Cuban exiles make their way through a tall gate and the cluttered, overgrown yard of a house in Westchester. They file... More >>

  • The Phone Is Mightier Than the Sword

    published February 6, 1997

    The caller on the phone to the Cuban embassy in Madrid informs the receptionist, in lovely lisping Castilian Spanish, that she's trying to reach... More >>

  • Under the Influence

    published January 30, 1997

    Rose Warner, a 34-year-old actress/ model and mother of two young boys, moved to South Florida about a year ago from a town just outside Houston,... More >>

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