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2002 Stories by Rebecca Wakefield

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  • Fruit for Thought

    published December 26, 2002

    Coconut Grove is nearly unrecognizable as the charmingly seedy, artsy beach town it once was in the Sixties and Seventies. Back then, most of the... More >>

  • Rats in Paradise

    published November 28, 2002

    Manny Diaz's voice rises to a pathetic whine in the cold silence, suspended for just a moment in a side chapel meeting room at Ebenezer United... More >>

  • Little Goes A Long Way

    published November 7, 2002

    Cheryl Little was halfway through a strategic meeting with her staff at the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center (FIAC) Tuesday afternoon, October... More >>

  • Politics & Parties & Power

    published October 31, 2002

    The first stop on the McBride for Governor campaign's early-October tour of Miami-Dade's influential black churches is Mt. Tabor Baptist in Model... More >>

  • Meet Your Neighbors

    published October 3, 2002

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  • A Few Good Ideas

    published October 3, 2002

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  • How Poor Is Poor?

    published September 26, 2002

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  • Strange Days at FIA

    published September 5, 2002

    It started with an anonymous letter sent last June to parents of students at Florida International Academy, an Opa-locka-born charter school with... More >>

  • Is Jilda Unruh Getting Stiffed?

    published September 5, 2002

    It's no secret that the United Teachers of Dade hates WPLG-TV (Channel 10) reporter Jilda Unruh. In the past year Unruh has aired a number of... More >>

  • Midterm Exam

    published August 1, 2002

    In October 2001, when Merrett Stierheim narrowly won an interim appointment as superintendent of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools despite a... More >>

  • Stierheim in Brief

    published August 1, 2002

    In 1959, the year Merrett Roscoe Stierheim moved here to work in government, life in Miami, if not exactly fair for all citizens, was at least... More >>

  • Bleeding Stierheim

    published July 4, 2002

    Two days before the Miami-Dade County school board met to decide whether to extend superintendent Merrett Stierheim's contract or cobble together... More >>

  • Buying Time

    published June 27, 2002

    Former Miami New Times columnist Jim DeFede tells me that the main difference to his opining on the foibles of this wicked town from his... More >>

  • A Man in Fool

    published May 23, 2002

    This past February 9, when roughly 25,000 reggae fans descended on the Virginia Key Beach Park for the 9th Annual Bob Marley Caribbean Festival,... More >>

  • Anatomy of a Party

    published May 9, 2002

    The Memorial Day hype is washing over Miami Beach like a wall of water kicked up by some distant earthquake. And as often happens when a place... More >>

  • Strip Wars

    published May 2, 2002

    It's a balmy March midafternoon in the red-hot center of South Florida's raffish, tourist-trap debauchery -- South Beach. Washington Avenue, to be... More >>

  • The Battle for Bach

    published May 2, 2002

    On the day the music died for Miami's classical fans, headaches began for one radio station's general manager. Not Mike Disney, new GM at Party 93... More >>

  • Rough Ryder

    published March 28, 2002

    In Miami irony is as much a part of the landscape as gridlocked traffic and palm trees. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that Knight Ridder, the... More >>

  • Trouble From Denmark

    published March 21, 2002

    On a typically sweltering subtropical day in October, two pale-faced men just shy of 40 years old step off a plane at an eerily empty Miami... More >>

  • Resegregation Now, Resegregation Forever!

    published February 28, 2002

    The Pitch Minivans and SUVs line SW 64th Street, the quiet lane that runs past Snapper Creek Elementary School and... More >>

  • Get It in Writing

    published February 28, 2002

    The ceiling in Iris Pollack's apartment, just inside her front door, appears to be falling down. The petite redhead apologizes for the mess,... More >>

  • Forget the Sopranos, Here's the Pianos!

    published February 21, 2002

    Bruce and Rick Rutsky are at their table in Rose's section at Denny's by 8:00 a.m., clamoring for their bowls of oatmeal and bananas. The two... More >>

  • Farewell, My Lovely 1800

    published January 17, 2002

    Miami in 1955 was a young town full of gin joints, aging mobsters, scruffy fishermen, Southern gentility, a swinging Harlem South in Overtown, and... More >>

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