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    Swelter

    Miami nightlife, doing that crazy tri-ethnic stomp. The Latin division cranking up with the Miss Hispanidad International Pageant, a Hispanic Heritage Festival production at the Fontainebleau Hilton's Club Tropigala. Glitterama time, the room all t...

    by Tom Austin on August 19, 1992
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    Program Notes - Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics

    Kids, you might not want to let your parents read today's column. Things could get a little rough, just like real life. Most people who spend their evenings "smokin' weed and drinkin'" end up fat and lazy, the television cable hooked intravenously to...

    by Greg Baker on August 19, 1992
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    Letters

    JOEY TO THE WORLD Jim DeFede did a memorable article on Joe Gersten, greatly revealing the background of the commissioner ("Gersten: The Real Story," August 12). And the cover illustration by John Kleber should be framed and displayed in a g...

    on August 19, 1992
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    Birth of a Notion - Here's a new idea: Haitian babies born at the Guantanamo Naval Station should be considered U.S. citizens

    In most respects, James Eloissaint is like any five-month-old child. He squirms and bounces on his mother's knee, tugging at a tiny T-shirt, sucking on a finger, smiling and gurgling all the while. But unlike most toddlers in this country, James does...

    by William Labbee on August 12, 1992
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    Reach Out and Touch Phil Donahue - But just be sure to dial 1-800-FON-PHIL

    The calls first started coming in about a year ago, taking a confused Dayle Jacobs by surprise. "People would call us and say, `I'd like to make a comment,'" says Jacobs, a manager at Miami's Sylvan Nursery Farms. "And I'd say, `Go ahead,' figuring t...

    by Jim DeFede on August 12, 1992
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    Program Notes

    So I call up the source: Me: "Sir, is it true that you embezzled thousands of dollars from tax coffers?" Him: "I categorically deny those allegations. But listen, while I got ya, do you have any idea how I might be able to get tickets to the...

    by Greg Baker on August 12, 1992
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    Letters

    REAGAN AND THE POLITICS OF CYNICISM I would like to amplify Ramon Cernuda's assertion that the Reagan team in the early Eighties "wanted to counteract the policies of the Carter administration with regards to Cuba" ("The Art of Exile," July 29). ...

    on August 12, 1992
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    Swelter

    Club columnists just want to have fun, not provoke the fall of Western civilization, but some readers -- and a few friends lately -- horrified by our shocking lack of moral/political/intellectual consciousness. Correspondents in particular offended a...

    by Tom Austin on August 12, 1992
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    Automatic Transgression - The penalty for selling an unregistered World War II Sten gun? In this case it might be six months of house arrest, three years of probation, and one $36,000 Turbo Z.

    Title 26 of the United States Code has proven to be a powerful weapon for federal agents combating the proliferation of machine guns, preferred tools of the drug-trafficking trade. The law makes it a crime to possess or sell unregistered machine guns...

    by William Labbee on August 5, 1992
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    Born to Be Defiled - Harley-Davidson may be the ultimate in power bikes, but to independent South Florida shop owners, they've become trademark hogs

    "Every cabbage," Frenchman Jean Giraudoux once wrote, "has its pimp." Given the absurd mutterings Giraudoux inflicted upon his characters, the line passed as little more than fanciful. Surely the playwright could never have anticipated the true-life ...

    by Steven Almond on August 5, 1992
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    Swelter

    Summer, the cruelest and definitely nontrendiest season, the fashionable world still plowing along heedlessly, cranking out low-grade fabulousness. A surrealistic beginning to a whirlwind of cut-rate glamour with the United States launch of a new fr...

    by Tom Austin on August 5, 1992
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    Program Notes

    No theme this week, just lots of pain, most of which will probably be forgotten by the time you read this, just as this is forgotten as soon as you finish reading it. It's very sad and unfortunate that an innocent woman was killed in an accident invo...

    by Greg Baker on August 5, 1992
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    Letters

    CERNUDA: A VOICE IN THE DARK I felt a great sense of belonging reading Mike Clary's interview with Ramon Cernuda ("The Art of Exile," July 29). I am an American-born Cuban (my parents are from Cuba) and espouse the same views as Mr. Cernuda. Alth...

    on August 5, 1992
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    Assault With Intent to Cause Baldness - Arthritic widow Dorothy Richardson is set to stand trial for battery on a police officer. The alleged crime? Hair pulling.

    Dorothy Richardson has never thought much of police officers. "Got no use for them," snaps the 60-year-old retiree, whose night table is stacked with medications for arthritis and other assorted ailments. "Survived so far without them and I'll surviv...

    by Steven Almond on July 29, 1992
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    A Mutt Above - Overheard in a local schoolyard: "I'll trade you a Kirby Puckett rookie card for a Kirby the Cocaine Canine"

    He was a down-on-his-luck youngster facing a bleak future when the scouts found him in eastern Iowa, running with the wrong crowd. Beneath his rough exterior, they detected a courage and dignity that couldn't be taught, the instinct and poise of a bo...

    by Kirk Semple on July 29, 1992
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    Letters

    MUSIC TO HER EYES I liked Tom Austin's article about Russel Frehling ("Music without Melody," July 22). I have admired the composer's work for a long time. Austin's was probably the only credible article about a serious contemporary artist New Ti...

    on July 29, 1992
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    Program Notes

    I'm tired, real tired. But this theory seems so straight-up simple: If, as the fascist censors insist, listening to the 2 Live Crew will turn you into a rapist and if listening to Body Count's "Cop Killer" will make you murder an officer of the law, ...

    by Greg Baker on July 29, 1992
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    Swelter

    In earlier, more innocent times, parties were simple community celebrations, brave stabs at civilization, sweet as the frontier weddings in John Ford movies. Like everything else, the movieland version of parties degenerating with the onslaught of th...

    by Tom Austin on July 29, 1992
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    Justice Undone, Part 4 - Bjorn DiMaio and Anthony Vincent are going to jail for the murder of their friend Andrew Morello. Even though they didn't do it.

    Bjorn DiMaio is sixteen years old, Anthony Vincent is seventeen. Next Monday, in accordance with Florida law, the two boys will begin serving second-degree murder sentences for the killing of their best friend, Andrew Morello. According to the o...

    by Jim DeFede on July 22, 1992
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    Swelter

    More nightclubs spreading across the terrain. Mambo madness. Rave fever. A serious music spot opens, geared to the "normal people" market. The anti-yuppie movement takes hold, promoters in a death grip with club owners, and general nastiness abounds....

    by Tom Austin on July 22, 1992
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