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1999 Stories by Tristram Korten

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  • Goon Over Miami

    published December 23, 1999

    Michael Quinn never saw the blow coming. The five-foot eight-inch, 270-pound former Mr. Universe was sitting in the nightclub Liquid with a young... More >>

  • With Charitable Fundraisers Like This, Who Needs Frat Parties?

    published December 9, 1999

    When the Historical Museum of Southern Florida offered limousine broker Jesus Prieto the job of rounding up more than 30 luxury vehicles for the... More >>

  • Club Coke

    published December 2, 1999

    Nestled among the warehouses and auto body shops on a desolate stretch in Miami's inner city is a steel-plated door behind an iron gate. If you... More >>

  • Savior of Last Resort

    published November 18, 1999

    On a still night beneath Biscayne Boulevard's sagging palm trees and dull streetlights near 54th Street, Heather Klinker offers redemption in the... More >>

  • Deadly Cargo

    published November 4, 1999

    By 1997 Vincent Bonitto had been smuggling drugs through Miami International Airport for at least a year, prosecutors say. But the 27-year-old... More >>

  • My Lawyer, the Criminal

    published October 21, 1999

    New York City lawyer Russell Carbone and his paralegal, Henry Mejia, stumbled out of the federal courthouse in downtown Miami Friday somber and... More >>

  • A Skid Row Sleepover

    published September 23, 1999

    The stretch of Biscayne Boulevard that slices through the Upper Eastside has long been Miami's version of skid row. Near hotels with bright neon... More >>

  • The Corned Beef Caper

    published September 9, 1999

    As he walks across the lawn of Miami Beach's Bass Museum, Leprechaun, a stocky drifter with a shaved head, apologizes for trespassing. Then the... More >>

  • Ghetto Glorious

    published August 26, 1999

    Off Miramar Parkway, in a community studded with pricey identical houses, Trick Daddy sits in his living room watching the Lifetime channel. Trick... More >>

  • Bail Bondsmen Behind Bars

    published August 19, 1999

    When defendant Albert Scaletti looked out into the gallery in Judge Jeffrey Swartz's courtroom on August... More >>

  • Bum Voyage

    published August 5, 1999

    The crowded Carnival cruise ship that left the Port of Miami on June 20 carried hundreds of giddy... More >>

  • Homestead's Dirt

    published July 29, 1999

    On a steamy June evening, as the sun set on acres of avocado trees surrounding Tomas Mestre's $1.8 million hacienda-style home, the outdoor patio... More >>

  • Raze and Rebuild

    published July 15, 1999

    The largest public-housing project in Florida stretches from all sides of Trena's front porch like the garrison of some battle-fatigued army. The... More >>

  • Losing Teeth, Laying Blame

    published July 15, 1999

    About 1:30 a.m. on June 29 Daniel Walker, Jr., says he was driving through South Miami-Dade when a man in a burgundy sedan forced him to stop,... More >>

  • The Slap of Luxury

    published July 8, 1999

    It was a sight that would make any hotel manager blanch, especially one at Miami Beach's tony Four Points Sheraton Hotel on New Year's Eve. Seven... More >>

  • Two Live Screwed

    published June 3, 1999

    On a cool night on Miami Beach's Twelfth Street. A chill wind blows off the ocean, subduing the nocturnal revelers along Washington Avenue's... More >>

  • Daddy Dearest

    published April 29, 1999

    In the early evening of December 10, 1998, David Ziskind picked up his telephone in Miami to call his daughter in Texas. When it rang in the... More >>

  • A South Beach Love Story

    published April 22, 1999

    In the hours after Nancy met Anwar Zayden, the two entered one of those sybaritic South Beach society hazes that hovers over beautiful... More >>

  • A Star Is Broke

    published April 22, 1999

    Tony Martin inked a new four-year, $14.5 million contract with the Miami Dolphins just in time. The celebrated wide receiver is so broke he's... More >>

  • Portrait of the Artist as a Young Suspect

    published March 25, 1999

    Bane, a lanky 21-year-old graffiti artist, is highstepping it across a weed-choked patch of ground spiked with broken bottles and shards of scrap... More >>

  • Hialeah Drops the Secession Bomb

    published March 11, 1999

    The Miami-Dade Police Department's response to a recent bomb scare in his city was inadequate, claims Hialeah Mayor Raul Martinez. And he's using... More >>

  • A Brotherly Imbroglio

    published March 4, 1999

    On October 12, 1998, Hialeah police officer Rolando Bolanos, Jr., filled out an arrest report on case 98-42048. It states that 63-year-old Valerio... More >>

  • Tossed from the Market

    published February 25, 1999

    The recent news that regulators had expelled philanthropist-about-town and South Beach hip-guy Richard Bronson from the securities industry didn't... More >>

  • Death of a Warrior

    published February 11, 1999

    7:00 a.m. Christmas morning, Eva Hilbert brushed the sleep from her eyes, threw on her bathrobe, and ambled into the kitchen. She glanced at the... More >>

  • A Bird Gets Burned

    published February 11, 1999

    When the clerk called Tony Martin's name in federal court Monday, the football star, dressed elegantly in a casual brown suit and dark-brown suede... More >>

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