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    Life in the Echo Chamber

    The day after the Coast Guard fiasco involving six Cuban rafters off the beaches of Surfside, Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart went to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives and called on the Clinton administration to suspend its 1995 immigrat...

    by Jim DeFede on July 15, 1999
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    Letters

    Lolita: A Whale Who Spins a Web Lissette Corsa's recent article on Lolita ("Livin' la Vida Orca," July 8) was great! I am working for Lolita's freedom along with Howard Garrett, though I do it differently. You mentioned schoolchildren from Washin...

    on July 15, 1999
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    Welcome to the Neighborhood

    At this inaugural meeting of a new Miami Beach homeowners association, the information table held cookies and juice as well as sign-up sheets where neighbors could leave their names and complete a questionnaire about their interests and concerns. ...

    by Jim Mullin on July 15, 1999
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    Livin' la Vida Orca - Howard Garrett carries the torch for an aging aquatic entertainer named Lolita

    On a steamy Thursday at noon, animal-rights activist Howard Garrett prepares to walk into forbidden territory. He holds a camera and hides behind the flora of a blue Hawaiian shirt and black, hit-man-style shades -- tourist camouflage. Garrett scans ...

    by Lissette Corsa on July 8, 1999
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    Soaring Aspirations - Joe Celestin might have lost his bid to become mayor of North Miami, but his campaign united South Florida's Haitians like nothing before

    At almost one o'clock on the dank, starless early morning of May 18, 1999, a half-dozen people are gathered at the studios of WOCN-AM (1450), a fenced-in box of a building along an unlighted stretch of warehouses on NE 71st Street near Third Avenue. ...

    by Kathy Glasgow on July 8, 1999
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    The Slap of Luxury - Fontainebleau Hilton security chief Chuck Collado isn't a cop. He just acts like one.

    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 security guards from the neighboring Fontainebleau Hilton sprinted past the front desk. They were chasin...

    by Tristram Korten on July 8, 1999
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    We're Number Gun - Miami's own Taurus International Firearms is taking aim at the competition

    This past January the world's first all-titanium guns debuted at the annual SHOT (Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade) show in Atlanta. The dramatic unveiling of the line of ultralightweight snub-nosed revolvers caused something of a sensation. "Jaw...

    by Kathy Glasgow on July 8, 1999
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    There's Something About Fred

    Cheryl Wolosz tells me she feels sick. "I just threw up," she says, her voice trembling over the phone. "They told me he's coming back to work next week. I cannot believe this is happening. They are not going to do anything about him. He shouldn't be...

    by Jim DeFede on July 8, 1999
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    TV Land

    Fidel! Quick turn on the TV news!" "What is it? Can't you see I'm watching the autographed copy of Titanic that Leo gave me last year." "Please, Fidel, it's important." "Okay, okay. What station?" "Try Channel 10 out of Miami." "...

    by Jim DeFede on July 8, 1999
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    Letters

    Welcome to Everglades National Parking Lot Regarding Jake Bernstein's article "Swamp and Circumstance" (July 1), man is the animal who walks upright (when he's not driving), the creature whose survival depends not on fangs or claws but on his cap...

    on July 8, 1999
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    News of the Weird

    Lead Stories *An evangelical Christian organization in Hereford, England, announced in May that it had set up a 24-hour-a-day camera on Jerusalem's eastern gate to capture Jesus' millennial return (www.messiahcam.org). Also in May the firm Triump...

    by Chuck Shepherd on July 8, 1999
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    Swamp and Circumstance - Planners hope the Natural System Model can help restore the Everglades. But will it survive politics?

    The airboat zips along channels that weave their way across miles of saw grass. The destination is a tree island in the distance jutting from the water like a desert mirage. Onboard are two groups of scientists intimately involved in an ambitious ...

    by Jacob Bernstein on July 1, 1999
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    The Secret Life of J.M. Denis - By day he manages the parking facilities at the airport. By night he's Jan Mapou, Miami's guardian of Haitian culture.

    Life and death have played some excellent tricks on Jan Mapou. Of course, in Haiti, Mapou's homeland, that isn't so unusual: The trickster spirits of vodou go to and fro among the living, and zombies are dead and alive at the same time. Haitian ar...

    by Kathy Glasgow on July 1, 1999
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    Windfalls

    Now that it's hurricane season again, homeowners should keep in mind that 150-mile-per-hour gusts could flatten Miami like a palmetto bug. Also remember that windstorms generate a windfall for needy local businesses, especially television stations. O...

    on July 1, 1999
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    Shell Game - Bill Ahern and his fellow turtle rangers are helping keep endangered crawlers from extinction

    Bill Ahern maneuvers his truck around the sand dunes of the Miami Beach shoreline. He's rolling through North Shore Open Space Park on 79th Street just after 6:00 a.m. The orange sun peeks over the horizon. Shadowy lavenders tinge the columns of clou...

    by Alex Salinas on July 1, 1999
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    Riptide

    Miami New Times made national news this past week when investigators accused Miami Beach Police Ofcr. Gregg Priest of running two brothels. The cops discovered Priest's alleged sideline, it seems, by calling a number listed in a classified advertisem...

    by Chuck Strouse on July 1, 1999
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    News of the Weird

    Lead Stories *In April the Unique Recoveries collection agency in Bombay, India, hired six eunuchs to go to the homes or offices of obstinate debtors to embarrass them into paying up by dancing around and threatening to lift their saris to expose...

    by Chuck Shepherd on July 1, 1999
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    Speak Your Mind, Lose Your Job

    Entertainment-industry maven Peggi McKinley, our very own martyr for free speech, recently experienced a kind of harmonic convergence that could only happen in Miami. Just as the town was preparing to welcome the third annual MIDEM international musi...

    by Jim Mullin on July 1, 1999
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    Alex Penelas's Rite of Passage

    Last week something remarkable happened. Something I wasn't certain was possible. Last week Alex Penelas became mayor. Oh, sure, I know he was elected mayor back in 1996, but all that did was confer on him a title. Until now Penelas has simply b...

    by Jim DeFede on July 1, 1999
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    Letters

    Miami May Be a Small Town, but It's Home to One Very Big Ego Brett Sokol's "arthouse" movie feature ("Missing the Big Picture," June 17), while mostly excellent, also angered me. An anonymous local arts writer was quoted as saying, "Miami is the ...

    on July 1, 1999
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