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    Swelter

    Decadence, debauchery, disgust, the three graces of the nether world. Maybe throw in a little boredom. A man's got to take hold, straighten up, and fly right, but once again it's Warsaw at 4:00 a.m. and time for one more nightcap. Somewhere along the...

    on May 13, 1992
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    They Sloop to Conquer - A pair of novice sailors from Japan celebrate the halfway point of their around-the-world journey - in Miami

    The fishmongers murmured. The boat bums balked. Chikara Nakamura and Tatsuaki Miyaochi waved, bowed, and tied their 28-foot sloop to the fuel dock on Miami's Watson Island. "We get all kinds of sailboats, but I can't remember ever seeing one fro...

    by Sean Rowe on May 6, 1992
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    Never a Price Too High for the Commonwealth - Residents of Coral Gables should be proud of their city fathers for spending untold thousands to battle the scourge of upstart weekly papers

    Every newspaper vending box in the universe should be painted beige and brown, never red or purple. Each should be the same size, with lettering no taller than a matchbook. And the newspapers they dispense should show proper respect for humble servan...

    by Sean Rowe on May 6, 1992
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    Detective's Story

    Veteran Metro-Dade homicide detective Ramesh Nyberg says his murder mystery is pure fiction, but certain corrupt judges and obfuscating bureaucrats may find it nervous reading. And local bookworms will feel right at home in the novel's landscape, whi...

    on May 6, 1992
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    Letters

    Gun owners were portrayed as obese white supremacists. I am a physician, a body builder, and an avid shooter who would like never to shoot anyone or anything. My purpose (as is many of my colleagues') is to be able to defend myself and my family agai...

    on May 6, 1992
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    Farewell Hialeah

    Hialeah. What a place. One minute it's a big, brawny city in search of respect, the next it's a juvenile delinquent caught in the act. Second in population, first in corruption. No tolerance for boredom, a gifted talent for entertainment. If it isn't...

    by Jim Mullin on May 6, 1992
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    Program Notes

    Instead of watching the riot-lootin' be televised, my baby and me plugged in some classic footage of Billie Holiday performing - singing, vocalizing, whatever you want to call it - her revolutionary piano-and-voice protest/masterpiece, "Strange Fruit...

    by Greg Baker on May 6, 1992
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    Swelter

    The incomparable Tiny Valdez, the hardest-working man in show business, at the organ in The Hamlet bar and all's well with the world. Tiny, a 300-pound lounge singer and former Gayety Burlesque Theatre go-go dancer, closing out the set with a signatu...

    on May 6, 1992
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    It Ain't Knot's Landing, It's Hialeah - Morales is a pervert! Caldwell is a slut! Penelas is a pansy! Welcome to politics in the City of Progress!

    The married mayor is having an affair with the also-married mayor of a neighboring village. One councilman wears women's panties and dabs on make-up at home. Another was caught committing acts of sodomy in the bathrooms of the local high school. A th...

    by William Labbee on April 29, 1992
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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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