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    He Was Robbed!

    After Saturday night's four-round fiasco against a doughy, lethargic Mickey Rourke, Francisco Harris left the ring poised, unbruised, and victorious - in the eyes of everyone except two of the fight's three judges. Scoring the bout on the ten-point m...

    on April 29, 1992
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    Program Notes

    "We deeply regret having to write this at all, so please forgive the impersonal form." So begins a fax I requested last week from DB Recs in Atlanta. Sorry, but I feel the same way. Cold, impersonal. Stunned, maybe. And very uncomfortable broaching t...

    by Greg Baker on April 29, 1992
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    Swelter

    Havana, 1964, Fidel Castro flogging the new Cuba at a huge political rally. For no apparent reason, a band starts playing, a conga line snakes through the crowd. And then, it is the crowd, everyone dancing and oblivious to the speech, chanting "Viva...

    on April 29, 1992
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    Letters

    MORELLO: THE TRIUMPH OF THE KILL After reading reactions you published regarding the Andrew Morello case ("Letters," April 22) and listening to talk-radio reaction, I am appalled at the number of people who think it's quite all right to kill some...

    on April 29, 1992
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    Justice Undone: Part 2 - The investigation into the killing of Andrew Morello is not closed. Yet.

    Dade State Attorney Janet Reno, acknowledging that her office made mistakes in the way it handled the investigation of a North Miami teen-ager's death, says she will present to the courts any information withheld from last month's inquest. Andre...

    by Jim DeFede on April 22, 1992
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    The Corner of Calamity Avenue and Disaster Street - The Florida Department of Transportation finally graduates from a three-year crash course in traffic-accident avoidance

    Sometimes a harrowing screech precedes the collision. Sometimes there's nothing except the sudden, wrenching explosion of metal meeting metal and the disconcerting rain of shattered windshield glass. So say those who work near the intersection of SW ...

    by Kirk Semple on April 22, 1992
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    Program Notes

    May belongs to the Mavericks. Guitarist David Lee Holt arrives in town May 3 for rehearsals. On May 8 the 'pokes play what they're calling a "warm-up" gig at the venue where they were born (if you don't know, too bad). Then they tape a show for cable...

    by Greg Baker on April 22, 1992
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    Letters

    MORELLO: EXTERMINATE THE HOODS! I read Jim DeFede's article about the death of Andrew Morello ("Justice Undone," April 15) and I have one thing to say: Good. Morello was busy committing a crime, and I only regret Laura Russell was unable to kill ...

    on April 22, 1992
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    Swelter

    The Strand, Saturday night. Mickey Rourke, the phrase "looking like shit" coming to mind, with Christopher Walken, who's in town shooting some French Godfather-esque gangster drama. The usual assortment of B-rich Euros, people without jobs, modeling-...

    on April 22, 1992
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    The Kids

    The months leading up to the shooting were difficult for Andrew Morello and his three companions in the van. Morello had been cutting classes at North Miami High School and had fallen so far behind in his schoolwork that his parents withdrew him from...

    by Jim DeFede on April 15, 1992
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    Death of Andrew Morello

    In the split second it took Laura Russell to squeeze the trigger on her 9mm Smith & Wesson pistol, Andrew Morello's fate was sealed. Russell, an off-duty Metro-Dade police officer, says lethal force was necessary to keep Morello from killing her and ...

    by Jim DeFede on April 15, 1992
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    The System

    Defense attorneys say they wouldn't be surprised if the Morello inquest was incomplete and one-sided. The proceedings are inherently flawed, they say, because prosecutors are allowed to present carefully selected evidence and testimony without the sc...

    by Jim DeFede on April 15, 1992
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    The Cops

    Laura Russell is a nine-year-veteran of the Metro-Dade Police Department, a decorated officer with dozens of commendations in her personnel file. In nearly every evaluation, the 28-year-old Miami native has received her highest marks in the category ...

    by Jim DeFede on April 15, 1992
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    A Heartworming Story - Dade County's Animal Services wants you to adopt a stray. Just so long as it's healthy.

    With two fox terriers already yapping away at home, Gisela McClelland wasn't looking to adopt a third when she visited Dade County Animal Services Division headquarters two weeks ago. On the contrary, the South Miami dog lover was there to drop off a...

    by Steven Almond on April 15, 1992
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    Heard the One About Perry Mason Trying to Scalp Heat Tickets? - Hey! Looking to score some great seats for tomorrow night's game - cheap? Check out the files in bankruptcy court.

    To those milling in front of the Miami Arena an hour before game time on March 18, Steven Friedman's pitch sounded too good to be true. The attorney was offering to sell thirteen $29 tickets to that night's Heat match-up against the Indiana Pacers at...

    by Steven Almond on April 15, 1992
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    Swelter - Self-love, self-loathing, it's all pretty much the same thing in clubs. Paragon, the seven smoky circles of hell at three a.m., and it's like a Homo High production of West Side

    A gaggle of fey boys stand behind a backdrop of a tenement window, watching a long-haired muscleman lounging in bed, lost in his own, no-doubt spectacular private parts. Warsaw, and some man/woman/hybrid creation is spinning on a revolving mushroom a...

    on April 15, 1992
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    Letters

    A PAUSE FOR THE CAUSEWAY In Kirk Semple's article, "Asphalt Bungle" (April 8), Donald Kipnis is attributed the idea that scaevola bushes should be planted along the causeway's edge to - among other things - keep out individuals who want to fi...

    on April 15, 1992
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    Program Notes

    I'm going to visit a psychic. See, I don't believe in anything - nothing - not God, not ESP, not fate or karma or luck. "Coincidence," to me, is nothing more than a human descriptive for a human conception. There is no reality here. (In the world, I ...

    by Greg Baker on April 15, 1992
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    MacArthur Causeway

    As you head over the apex of the Intracoastal Waterway bridge on the MacArthur Causeway and swoop down across Watson Island in your rented Chrysler LeBaron convertible, top down and gleaming white, it no longer matters that you haven't slept a wink s...

    by Kirk Semple on April 8, 1992
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    Musicians Day Jobs

    One night in September, after a jumping set with his band at Churchill's Hideaway in Little Haiti, sweat-soaked singer-guitarist Hank Milne stood on the sidewalk out front, pressing flesh and fielding compliments. Everyone, it seemed, had something n...

    by Greg Baker on April 8, 1992
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