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1995 Stories by Kirk Semple

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  • Nice House, Rotten Spot

    published December 14, 1995

    Doing a little house hunting? Consider this nearly completed beauty: two stories, 2500 square feet, barrel-tile roof, three bedrooms, two and a... More >>

  • Scalded

    published December 7, 1995

    The two insurance-fraud investigators had stopped by unannounced. It was just after 6:30 on the evening of January 12, 1995, and Steven Smith and... More >>

  • You Name It, We Got It

    published November 30, 1995

    Two weeks ago we invited readers to help make public policy. We did it because we believe most Americans have more to contribute to the democratic... More >>

  • Moniker Sells

    published November 16, 1995

    It was a picture-perfect scene of festiveness, family, and sport. The sun shone and the happy crowd roared as multicolored bullets of fiberglass... More >>

  • Did You Sully That Gully?

    published November 2, 1995

    Legendary bad neighbors: Egypt and Israel. The Hatfields and the McCoys. Dennis the Menace and George Wilson. Let's add a new twosome to the list:... More >>

  • Mistaken Identity

    published October 26, 1995

    The lunchtime interview has gone on long enough for a busy lawyer with only a few hours left in the workweek, but Victor Diaz has an important... More >>

  • Garrison Keillor to the Rescue!

    published October 12, 1995

    For new listeners, WLRN-FM (91.3) can be a bewildering place. One minute the public radio station may be broadcasting a symphony from Royal... More >>

  • A Manatee, a Plan, a Canal . . .

    published October 5, 1995

    You might think the manatee, that lovable blob of seagoing tranquility, would be the creature least likely to provoke adults to fits of rage.... More >>

  • The Boulder Boys Must Die

    published September 21, 1995

    In the already humid hours before dawn on June 7, 1993, a heavily armed, bulletproof-vested task force of federal, state, and local law... More >>

  • Hoisted by His Own Batard

    published September 7, 1995

    Bullets make you braver, as do too many drinks, and both can make a smart man stupid," wrote Miami Herald wunderkind sports columnist Dan Le... More >>

  • Who Cut the Cheese?

    published August 17, 1995

    The University of Miami had plenty to be embarrassed about a year ago, when their oceanographic research vessel, the Columbus Iselin, smashed into... More >>

  • Standing Still

    published July 27, 1995

    Local preservationists are a persistent lot with a higher frustration threshold than most. For every small triumph -- a stay of demolition... More >>

  • Dade's Greatest Hits

    published July 27, 1995

    Once, the two-mile-long stretch of scenic bayfront property along Brickell Avenue was lined with dozens of estates, mansions set in a lush... More >>

  • The Hell with History

    published July 27, 1995

    In 1925 a group of little old ladies got it into their bonneted heads that there was something special about an abandoned building near the mouth... More >>

  • Battle by Proxy

    published July 27, 1995

    Miami environmental activist Barbara Lange recalls the first time she laid eyes on George Barley. It was several years ago and the man was holding... More >>

  • First Build

    published June 29, 1995

    Since moving here just over a year ago, Sylvester Stallone has endeavored to become Miami's nouveau civic icon. He made his debut by plunking down... More >>

  • Ruin Away

    published June 1, 1995

    If buildings were cats, the Priscilla Apartments in downtown Miami surely would be an abused stray. Hunched at the corner of Nineteenth Street and... More >>

  • Do You Detect a Draft?

    published May 25, 1995

    The two young moguls perched over mozzarella cheese sticks and iced teas at a Hallandale Denny's are trying to explain why their business idea is... More >>

  • Leave Dwell Enough Alone

    published May 25, 1995

    Never a body to shy away from imposing its moral will on the citizenry, the Coral Gables City Commission has tentatively approved regulations that... More >>

  • To the Rescue, Slowly

    published May 11, 1995

    When you're standing on the South Beach sand amid the sounds of the tumbling surf and frolicking tourists and the cacophonous blend of music... More >>

  • After the Brawl

    published April 20, 1995

    Scant empirical documentation remains of the February 27 brawl between police and students at Coral Gables High School. The blood that spilled on... More >>

  • Lab Rats

    published March 23, 1995

    Healthy Males Needed For Research Study," beckons the tiny announcement in the Miami Herald classifieds. "Ages 18-45; 5 days confinement; 18... More >>

  • Forgotten but Not Gone

    published March 16, 1995

    There's a whole lot of back-slapping going on among hurricane-recovery officials these days. On February 24, two and a half years after Hurricane... More >>

  • Here' s Looking At You

    published March 2, 1995

    As silently as lead seeps into drinking water, warning signs have appeared all over Miami International Airport in recent weeks. Their caution:... More >>

  • Fiscal Therapy

    published February 23, 1995

    Perhaps you heard a chorus of whoops emanating from the City of Miami Beach's finance department late last month. That was the sound of giddy bean... More >>

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