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  • Very Truly Yours, Xavier Suarez

    published December 25, 1997

    During the same November 19 press conference in which he introduced Alberto Ruder as his new city manager, Miami Mayor Xavier Suarez made... More >>

  • Sweeps Unchained

    published December 18, 1997

    As a story about heart disease fades from the screen, WTVJ-TV (Channel 6) news anchor Jennifer Valoppi gazes at the camera in front of her,... More >>

  • Coming of Age on the 50-Yard Line: The Epilogue

    published December 11, 1997

    In the South Florida equivalent of the Ice Bowl, with the temperature hovering in the low 40s at kickoff Saturday, the Gwen Cherry Bulls lost to... More >>

  • It's Lonely at the Top

    published December 4, 1997

    Xavier Suarez's first incarnation as Miami mayor didn't go that well. The Harvard-educated lawyer came into office in 1985 with a host of... More >>

  • Coming of Age on the 50-Yard Line

    published November 27, 1997

    Info: Coming of Age on the 50-Yard Line Most of the boys who play in Gwen Cherry Park's pop warner football program live in the Scott... More >>

  • Overpriced, Underdone, and Left Behind

    published November 27, 1997

    Miami Beach's South Pointe neighborhood, the area below Fifth Street, has really taken off. The Portofino group of companies headed by German bad... More >>

  • A Dramatic Exit

    published November 6, 1997

    For such a tiny theater, the Calusa Playhouse boasts a long history. The 100-seat former coconut plantation dormitory, erected in 1917, is the... More >>

  • The Candidate

    published October 23, 1997

    On the sidewalk lie seven cats, completely motionless. They appear to be dead cats, their bodies slumped flat as puddles, each a pool of cat hair... More >>

  • Dumb Luck

    published October 16, 1997

    Info: Dumb Luck In 1992 Bernardo Paz hit the Lotto, bought himself a brand-new BMW, and headed down the road to ruin. This year he finally... More >>

  • Taking the Marlins Downtown

    published October 9, 1997

    Picture the Florida Marlins playing home games against the Atlanta Braves in a brand-new stadium in downtown Miami, protected from early-evening... More >>

  • Take Something Out

    published September 25, 1997

    Robert "Chick" Weiner is a veteran Coral Gables attorney. Like more than half of all his fellow attorneys in Dade County, he reserves a portion of... More >>

  • The Kids Love Him!

    published August 7, 1997

    It takes more than 27 felony counts to knock Humberto Hernandez out of politics. The former Miami city commissioner, who was removed from office... More >>

  • Hip Hip Beret!

    published July 31, 1997

    Moscow to T. Over." Larry Turnbow, leader of the Miami chapter of the Guardian Angels, pulls a black walkie-talkie to his goateed lips. "T.... More >>

  • Calendar for the week

    published July 31, 1997

    thursday july 31 Florida Marlins: Someday they will talk with reverence about the Atlanta Braves. Extraordinary. Dynastic.... More >>

  • Diplomatic Impunity

    published July 24, 1997

    The Man and His Titles "This is the Order of Cordon Bleu. And that's the Order of Signum Fidei -- run by the Prince of Lippe-Biesterfeld.... More >>

  • Calendar for the week

    published July 24, 1997

    thursday july 24 Arthur Hailey: Author of mega best sellers Hotel (which eventually became a long-running television series starring... More >>

  • Hosed

    published July 17, 1997

    The pun is unavoidable: Firehouse Four was once the hottest restaurant in Miami. In the late 1980s, the South Miami Avenue singles joint, located... More >>

  • Flunk City

    published July 3, 1997

    Aubrey Johnson nailed the written test. The City of Miami police patrol officer had studied diligently for the sergeant's exam, and when the... More >>

  • Horse Attitudes

    published June 26, 1997

    Angel Usategui owns a videotape of the good days. He keeps it in a cabinet in his Kendall ranch house, in a Florida room just off the foyer. He... More >>

  • Degrees of Ineptitude

    published June 12, 1997

    For someone whose diploma from Havana's Villanueva University was constructed with a photocopy machine, a bottle of Liquid Paper, and a... More >>

  • Calendar for the week

    published June 12, 1997

    thursday june 12 International Hispanic Theatre Festival: The twelfth annual International Hispanic Theatre Festival concludes this... More >>

  • Quit Your Bellyachin'!

    published May 29, 1997

    Jean Dorce sees it quite clearly: He was laid off from his City of Miami job because he is Haitian. To him, no other explanation makes sense.... More >>

  • Calendar for the week

    published May 29, 1997

    thursday may 29 Subtropics 9: The Subtropics 9 New Music Festival wraps up this week with three performances at Miami-Dade Community... More >>

  • Q: How Do You Misplace 3000 Trees?

    published May 15, 1997

    Bureaucrats in the Dade County park and recreation department, like many other people in South Florida, want to put Hurricane Andrew behind them.... More >>

  • The Autocrat

    published May 1, 1997

    The Miami Herald's March 30 Police Report column was a typical hodgepodge. Two Surfside retirees scuffled over a taxicab. Thieves stole $16,000 in... More >>

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