Kirk Semple

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  • 18 years ago | Longform

    Brother Paul Johnson, executive director of the venerable homeless shelter Camillus House, says he's never had a problem firing people. During the seventeen years he has led the charitable organization, he has canned employees for a variety of rea...

  • 18 years ago | Longform

    Any day now the Clinton administration is expected to announce a decision that may determine no less than the fate of South Dade and the Everglades. The question is whether the administration will allow the redevelopment of Homestead Air Force Bas...

  • 18 years ago | Longform

    Cafe Iguana. Thursday, August 28, 9:00 p.m. It's surprisingly easy to forget that this nightclub is located in the middle of a suburban mall. The place is packed, all booze and libido and mainstream dance music so loud that a woman has to scream, ...

  • 18 years ago | Longform

    The legends and truths (but mainly legends) that tell the story of Stiltsville represent local history at its most colorful -- from the entrepreneurial fisherman known as Crawfish Eddie, who made some good of a bad thing in the early 1930s by buil...

  • 18 years ago | Longform

    It's not that Patrick McCoy hates airplanes -- after all, he's a pilot for a major commercial airline, so his livelihood pretty much depends on the beasts. It's just that he doesn't like them flying so low over his home that he can't talk on the p...

  • 18 years ago | Longform

    "!Barca!" An adolescent voice pierces the heavy midafternoon air. "!Barca! !Barca! !Barca!" Four others have joined the first; now five, six. Their voices fall into near-unison, like a song. Barefoot, the children stream out of their low-rent apar...

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