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1996 Stories by Ray Martinez

Archives: 1997 | 1996
  • Her Royal Weirdness

    published December 26, 1996

    The masterful fourteen-year reign of Draino, queen of the King Mango Strut, ended at 7:29 p.m., Thursday, December 19, and was handed off to... More >>

  • Trippy Tribe Jive

    published December 5, 1996

    This is their haunt in Babylon, under the palms, oaks, and mango trees. Five years ago they formed a small Sunday group at lush Alice Wainwright... More >>

  • The Ride of His Life

    published November 21, 1996

    The grand reopening night at the Jockey Club climaxed with rousing applause, balled fists circling overhead, and Bob Beamon -- the Bob Beamon --... More >>

  • Beer & Loathing

    published November 7, 1996

    The beautiful people they are not. Outsiders wander in, look around, eye the regulars, and cringe. A man on the sidewalk lowers his sunglasses to... More >>

  • What's a Little Gunplay Among Friends?

    published October 24, 1996

    Jose "Pepe" Alvarez lives a charmed life. Waterfront home on Miami Beach's exclusive Sunset Island number three, menservants, yacht, black... More >>

  • Riffraff Bugaboo

    published October 24, 1996

    Lakes by the Bay Community Council members had a decision to make on September 5. Should they support the proposed placement of a construction... More >>

  • Waiting for a Shot at the Big Show

    published October 17, 1996

    Tell us a little bit about yourself." The 30-year-old man in a pressed gray suit sits like a deer in headlights; the three-person panel... More >>

  • Publix Maximus

    published October 3, 1996

    A bodhisattva in a flimsy orange sari flowing from his nappy head to his crusty ankles fondles the pita bread in aisle nine. Orthodox... More >>

  • By the Pound

    published September 26, 1996

    Every month Florida's seafood dealers record and report the amount and type of saltwater fish they buy from commercial fishermen. The graphs on... More >>

  • Off the Hook

    published September 26, 1996

    Molson Ice at twelve o'clock. The sky is bright, the breeze onshore. A charter fisherman -- white shorts, turquoise shirt, gold chain -- kicks off... More >>

  • The Great Wall of Morningside

    published September 26, 1996

    In 1993 Steven Polakoff and Michael Carver bought their dream house, a 1925 Old Spanish-style mansion on NE 57th Street in the Miami enclave of... More >>

  • Gone with the Wine

    published August 22, 1996

    This Saturday marks the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Andrew's unwelcome visit to South Florida, a devastating rampage that traumatized... More >>

  • Dog Bites Man, Man Shoots Dog

    published August 15, 1996

    During his fifteen years on the city's police force, Ofcr. Michael Flynn has worked some of Miami's meanest streets. But until one day in... More >>

  • Shooting Straight

    published July 25, 1996

    A concrete wall separates the four-story Arquitectonica building from a squat white workshop. On the east side of the wall, young architects in... More >>

  • They've Been Workin' on the Railroad

    published July 4, 1996

    Heading north out of the Hialeah yard, the engineer and conductor slump into position for the nine-hour haul to Jacksonville. Glenn Wade -- jeaned... More >>

  • No Kick from Champagne

    published July 4, 1996

    Richard doesn't have the ten-dollar cover charge, so he's crashing the party behind an invited guest. "I'm with him," he blurts, lifting his chin... More >>

  • To Protect and Unnerve

    published June 26, 1996

    It's not easy being Bob Holley. Though slowed by a clubfoot, the 55-year-old Perrine resident keeps buckets of paint, brushes, rollers and... More >>

  • Hour Town

    published June 26, 1996

    Info:Correction Date: 07/04/1996 Info: Hour Town Six months after its debut, the county's scheme to keep teens out of nighttime trouble... More >>

  • Fellowship Down

    published April 25, 1996

    Every spring since 1963, South Florida painters, architects, writers, composers, and photographers of Cuban descent have joined their peers... More >>

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