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1996 Stories by Kirk Semple

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  • Not Cleared for Takeoff

    published December 26, 1996

    A coalition of national and state environmental organizations is demanding that the federal government more thoroughly study the potential... More >>

  • 55 SW Miami Avenue Road

    published December 5, 1996

    This is a story about 55 SW Miami Avenue Road, an odd wedge of property you'll never find unless you know exactly where you're going or you're... More >>

  • Downsize This!

    published November 28, 1996

    The appearance of filmmaker and social commentator Michael Moore at the Miami Book Fair International this past Sunday was supposed to be his... More >>

  • First the Bumbling, Then the Crumbling

    published November 28, 1996

    At first glance the building at 805 Fifth St. didn't look like much. A tidy little edifice, Spanish Mediterranean in design, but anomalous amid... More >>

  • Maison Paco Raboondoggle

    published November 14, 1996

    Maison Paco Rabanne. The words alone, soft as an Hermes scarf, evoke images of European elegance and luxury -- jewelry and servants and fine food... More >>

  • The Twelve Tenors

    published November 7, 1996

    At about eight o'clock on the evening of October 26, three elegantly dressed European gentlemen commandeered all of Dade County's public... More >>

  • No Plan Is an Island

    published October 24, 1996

    One of the islands in Biscayne Bay just north of the Julia Tuttle Causeway appears to have come down with a bad case of mange. Once bushy and... More >>

  • Stool Pigeon Serenade

    published October 17, 1996

    The passage below, excerpted from Alex Daoud's unfinished memoirs, is set at the Howard Johnson hotel on Alton Road in Miami Beach. Federal agents... More >>

  • The Haunting of Alex Daoud, Part 2

    published October 17, 1996

    Alex Daoud has never been one to sit still. At his prime the three-time Miami Beach city commissioner and three-time mayor was constantly in... More >>

  • Getting Wasted at 35,000 Feet

    published September 26, 1996

    There are more than a few travelers in this world who wouldn't shed a tear upon learning that airlines throw out tons of uneaten food every day.... More >>

  • Excess Baggage

    published September 12, 1996

    This is not a joke: The City of Miami Beach has intentionally reduced the number of parking spaces available on weekends. Toward midnight on... More >>

  • We Dare You to Sing

    published September 5, 1996

    After weeks of police planning, passionate debate, and bomb threats, the controversial Rosita Fornes show at Miami Beach's Jackie Gleason Theater... More >>

  • Where's the Beach?

    published August 29, 1996

    Veteran observers present at the December 21, 1994, Miami Beach City Commission meeting may have known the mayor was about to erupt. His... More >>

  • The Sands of Time

    published August 29, 1996

    There was a time in the not-too-distant past when Miami Beach tourists could almost roll out of their hotel beds and fall into the sea. In the... More >>

  • Bad Wrap

    published August 1, 1996

    Never in the history of mankind has so little cellophane engendered so much hatred. The battleground: Miami International Airport. There, along... More >>

  • The King Who Would Be Mayor

    published July 25, 1996

    Metro Commissioner Art Teele was at the microphone when the ruckus began in the rear of the Liberty City auditorium. An old, hunched black man,... More >>

  • What Goes Up

    published July 4, 1996

    By Kirk Semple It is a disturbing fact of urban life that we while away a good deal of our time packed into vertically moving boxes, forced... More >>

  • Parachute Not Included

    published July 4, 1996

    The WTVJ-TV (Channel 6) transmission tower soars exactly 1767 feet into the sky over South Dade. That's 313 feet higher than the Sears Tower, the... More >>

  • Token Ridership

    published June 20, 1996

    It's that time again, when local politicians crank up the rhetoric, express their profound concern, promise the impossible. And regardless of... More >>

  • Big Wheel Keep on Turnin'

    published June 13, 1996

    Carload by carload they come, judges and politicians and attorneys and cops, some enthusiastically, others ambivalently, to toast a man who just a... More >>

  • The Bloom That Vexes

    published June 6, 1996

    To the untrained eye, the mass of turfy green may have appeared to be just another strange sea plant common to Looe Key reef in the Florida Keys.... More >>

  • Crime & Nourishment

    published April 11, 1996

    A Coconut Grove restaurateur faces life in the slammer for serving a certain illegal appetizer, one not featured on his menu. A real special.... More >>

  • Scalded: The Afterburn

    published April 4, 1996

    Steve Smith liked his old job. In fact he loved his old job, and his boss, and his colleagues. An investigator at the Miami office of the state... More >>

  • A Whiter Shade of Green

    published March 28, 1996

    Black and Hispanic environmentalists are scarcer than Florida panthers. If that doesn't change soon, the whole movement faces extinction. ... More >>

  • Look Who's Talking

    published March 21, 1996

    One chunk of the Florida Statutes was created with the notion that all public-policy making should be conducted not behind closed doors but in the... More >>

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