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2003 Stories by Rebecca Wakefield

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  • In Hialeah Every Vote Counts

    published December 18, 2003

    Growing up in Hialeah, Adriana Narvaez was surrounded by the political myths of the self-contained town and the curiously unassailable powers of... More >>

  • In the Belly of the Best

    published December 4, 2003

    "Why aren't you here already?" Francesca whines into a cell phone as she stands in the makeshift staging area behind the bandshell on the... More >>

  • Sex and Consequences

    published November 20, 2003

    South Beach AIDS Project executive director Kevin Garrity is typical of his generation of gay men in that, at age 43, he's lost dozens of friends... More >>

  • FTAA: Survival Guides

    published November 13, 2003

    Miami is known for its combustible mix of people from all points on the sociopolitical spectrum. At Home Depot the wealthy former somocista... More >>

  • FTAA and Me

    published November 13, 2003

    There are two things to keep in mind about this "free" trade debate, at least in Miami. On one hand, the trade agreement (if it is approved) will... More >>

  • Metropolis, Heal Thyself

    published October 16, 2003

    If the City of Miami were a recovering alcoholic instead of a midsize metropolis just emerging from decades of hard partying on the public dole,... More >>

  • Prosperity One Step at a Time

    published October 16, 2003

    "Miami is not poor in a static way," observes Daniella Levine, one of the founders of the aspiring and grandly titled Greater Miami Prosperity... More >>

  • The People's Bank is Now Open

    published October 16, 2003

    "What makes people so entrepreneurial in Miami is they have no other options," says Luz Gomez, program director of ACCIN USA's local office. ACCIóN, t... More >>

  • Meet Your Neighbors One Year Later

    published October 16, 2003

    One year ago New Times spilled a great deal of ink chronicling Miami's long, slow decline into poverty, the grim result of a combination of... More >>

  • Model City Meltdown One Year Later

    published October 16, 2003

    "You take checks?" Loraine Hibbert asks Kenny the Juice Man. "Honey, we take everything," Kenny Aube, self-described juice hustler, assures... More >>

  • Miami Media Mogulitos

    published September 25, 2003

    It ain't easy being Steph. And it sure ain't easy being on the other end of the line when seventeen-year-old Stephanie Fleitas has something to... More >>

  • Please Try to Do the Right Thing, Okay?

    published September 18, 2003

    Robert Meyers is often asked a rather impertinent question by complete strangers: Justify your existence. "It's the first thing people ask,"... More >>

  • Little Girl Lost

    published September 11, 2003

    What do parents really know about their children? Tara Jadun's mom thought she knew everything about her daughter -- until the day she... More >>

  • Party On!

    published August 28, 2003

    After a long week spent fretting over possible blowback from the August 15 Ecstasy raid at Space 34, downtown Miami's megaclub, we're happy to... More >>

  • Land Grab

    published August 21, 2003

    Michael Wohl was in Las Vegas when Reuben La Brado called with the bad news. The owners of a piece of prime real estate the Miami developer wanted... More >>

  • Pat Tornillo and His Generous Friend

    published August 14, 2003

    Former Miami-Dade teachers union boss Pat Tornillo is up to his python-print pajama tops in a federal investigation into his alleged misuse of... More >>

  • Quiet Riot Revisited

    published July 24, 2003

    Thirteen years ago H.T. Smith started a riot in Miami. It was a quiet riot, one fought not in the streets by burning but in boardrooms, hotels,... More >>

  • Dyke vs. Mike

    published July 10, 2003

    Four teenage girls sit at tables outside the Starbucks across from the University of Miami, sipping coffee and pouring out a tale of woe. The... More >>

  • Stierheim's Last Stand

    published June 26, 2003

    State legislators at the end of another bruising session in the capital are not unlike a football team coming back from an away game. They hop a... More >>

  • Lehtinen for Mayor

    published May 22, 2003

    Mayoral races in Miami are usually great political theater -- drawn-out, divisive campaigns that satisfy our appetite for good old-fashioned blood... More >>

  • Smaller Is Better

    published May 8, 2003

    Paul Novack finds himself in an odd position these days. As the veteran mayor of pint-size Surfside he's built a reputation for being a feisty... More >>

  • Maritime Vigilantes

    published May 8, 2003

    Working closely with the U.S. Coast Guard, a small group of local volunteers has expanded a passive public watchdog program into an active... More >>

  • Meet Mr. Toothpicks

    published April 17, 2003

    Toward the end of his story, after three cups of coffee and half a pack of Marlboros, Mr. Toothpicks leans back in a vinyl Denny's booth in... More >>

  • When You Strike at a King You Must Kill Him

    published March 27, 2003

    Irby McKnight, unofficial mayor of Overtown, walks north along NW Third Avenue, cuts a right at Thirteenth Street, and heads over to NW Second... More >>

  • A Cabbie's Crusade

    published February 27, 2003

    The European gentleman, midforties, a slim, bespectacled fellow in a business suit, stands at the lip of the curb just outside the Royal Palm... More >>

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