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    MORGAN: BITCH GODDESS WITH A FINE MIND After reading Roberta Morgan's hurricane stories -- and also being a fan of her theater reviews, I know now that you have a gem, another great South Florida craftsman like Carl Hiaasen, Dave Barry, and in he...

    on September 9, 1992
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    Letters

    SKIP, OLD BUDDY OLD PAL, YOU'VE OBVIOUSLY GOT TO GET OUT MORE It was with great interest that I read Steven Almond's article about defaulted message boards ("I Have Defaulted...and I Can't Get Up," August 26). As an artist whose medium often invo...

    on September 2, 1992
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    Something evil in our midst, as the dance to the music of the apocalypse goes on. Ten days that really shook the world, a hurricane of epic Miami proportions: biggest, flashiest, most sinister. The city returning to its natural state, an overinflated...

    by Tom Austin on September 2, 1992
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    I Have Defaulted...And I Can't Get Up - For those baffled by those roadside "I HAVE DEFAULTED" traffic signs, Robert Elsey has a simple message: It works!

    Traffic signage, in case you hadn't noticed, tends toward the functional: Stop. Merge. Yield. The strictures of rush-hour attention spans, not to mention space, preclude anything approaching flamboyance. Were poetry their medium, the nation's traffic...

    by Steven Almond on August 26, 1992
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    Sometimes I think the only way out is out. No whining here; think about it: I've got a cool job, a beautiful wife, a beautiful house, and I feel sometimes like I'm living in a Talking Heads song. I certainly should be the happiest dog in the pound. A...

    by Greg Baker on August 26, 1992
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    Haiti town, and life is loose and fast. Parties start late, time is a real relative concept, and the social graces are still observed, the soothing introductory endearment "c'est on plaisir" being thrown around a lot. Exile politics and nasty assassi...

    by Tom Austin on August 26, 1992
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    Letters

    MIAMI BEACH, 1972: THE EVE OF SELF-DESTRUCTION Regarding Steven Almond's "Where Were You in '72?" (August 19): I was at Flamingo Park for the Democratic and Republican conventions in 1972. While true that the death of political idealism was born ...

    on August 26, 1992
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    A Kindler, Gentler Miami Beach Police Department - Some say sensitivity training has improved relations between cops and gays. Ed Parsons begs to differ.

    Since his arrival in May 1990, Miami Beach Police Chief Phillip Huber has taken a number of steps to erase public perception that his department is rife with gay-bashing bruisers. The boldest measure, one widely praised by gay activists, was the intr...

    by Steven Almond on August 19, 1992
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    The Shadow of Your Style - Vincent Luca, the Shadow Man artist, gets busted. Again.

    The shadows, those skewed flat forms that first began to appear on Miami sidewalks and walls about a year ago, have begun to catch up with Vincent Luca. He's the earnest artist in horn-rim glasses and holey cut-offs who has loosed the shadows on Sout...

    by Kathy Glasgow on August 19, 1992
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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