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    Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's at WDNA - A court-appointed monitor will soon be arriving at WDNA, where internal conflicts are as common as sunrises

    The tumultuous and contentious internal politics that help define WDNA-FM have moved from the radio station's warehouse headquarters to the Dade Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court system. On August 19, two groups battling for control of the Bascomb Memo...

    by Greg Baker on September 4, 1991
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    Get Me Rewrite! - Diario las Americas published a propagandized version of a dispatch from Havana. Cuban officials blamed it on the writer.

    Nowhere is the vitriol between Cuban exiles in Miami and supporters of Fidel Castro on the island more palpable than in the Spanish-language media. Radio stations and newspapers here regularly refer to Castro as "El Verdugo," the executioner. Granma,...

    by William Labbee on September 4, 1991
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    Program Notes

    School books are flipped open, homework awaits, the leaves are turning to a loamy rainbow, September's earthen burden has - whoa. Criminy, we're starting to sound like Spy magazine. What September is around here is Women in Music Month, Cactus Cantin...

    by Greg Baker on September 4, 1991
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    Swelter

    Throughout South Florida, scattered outposts of gay civilization have always dotted the landscape: Cheers and Cherry Grove in Miami; The Copa, Cathode Ray, and the Marlin Beach Hotel in Fort Lauderdale; the dance club Heartbreaker and cruise bar Man'...

    on September 4, 1991
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    Letters - Part II

    CUT PTR SOME SLACK! In response to the article "Get Out of Jail Free," certainly certain people have a vested interest in attacking the pretrial-release program. The program has helped many citizens of this county get out of jail who shouldn't be...

    on September 4, 1991
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    Letters - Part I

    WARNING: POACHING IS HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HABITAT We read with great interest Mr. Baker's article, "For Goodness: Snakes," published in your August 21 edition. Mr. Baker briefly mentioned that some species and areas of "the Everglades" are closed to...

    on September 4, 1991
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    The Blast: Rock and Rollo's

    Something is horribly amiss. The floor is dry and sparkling clean. The urinals are attached firmly to the wall, which is noticeably void of gaping holes, as is the drop ceiling with the snappy geometric pattern. A huge mirror, uncracked and whole, be...

    by Todd Anthony on August 28, 1991
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    Water Retention - If the tap water here is so wonderful, why does the county spend so much on the bottled stuff?

    Maybe the fact that Metro-Dade County buys bottled water for its employees doesn't surprise anybody. Maybe it should. Granted, there are some legitimate uses for bottled water. Rehabilitative Services, a division of the Human Resources Departmen...

    by Ben Greenman on August 28, 1991
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    Hialeah Does Not Believe in Volunteers - Well, at least the mayor doesn't. Just ask Carmen Caldwell, jobless Crime Watch specialist.

    Carmen Caldwell didn't flinch when acting Hialeah Mayor Julio Martinez fired her in January as the city police department's coordinator for community relations and Citizens Crime Watch. "Fine," she said. "I'll do the job for free." But donating up to...

    by William Labbee on August 28, 1991
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    Program Notes

    One of my favorite mixmasters, Clay D, has had a hand in a vast array of hip-hop projects. You gotta own the Pull It All the Way Down album featuring D and Prince Rahiem, and you might want to check out the Clay-molded LPs You Be You, I Be Me and Sha...

    by Greg Baker on August 28, 1991
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    Swelter

    Lately, what with one thing or another, we've been looking for something different. Something that doesn't make sense. Something rough. The thirst for the unusual was almost permanently cured by the Saturday night second-anniversary celebration ...

    on August 28, 1991
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    Letters

    DO WE DETECT A SUBTLE HINT OF ACRONYM-ONIOUSNESS THERE, T.J.? Regarding "Politics and Power": Besides the lengthy paragraph after paragraph without any reference to who is speaking - how about an occasional "Baldwin said"? - I found a number of t...

    on August 28, 1991
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    For Goodness Snakes

    The deep freezer in David A. Zlatkin's one-bedroom apartment is stocked with chilled corpses, the macabre by-product of a hobby that has consumed him. Frozen to their bones are three red rat snakes, a scarlet king snake, a closely related scarlet sna...

    by Greg Baker on August 21, 1991
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    Snakes Alive

    The snakes of South Florida range from tiny blind snakes, often mistaken for worms, to the giant indigo and equally bulky Eastern diamondback rattler, both of which can grow to more than eight feet. Smaller species eat insects. The big boys take mamm...

    by Greg Baker on August 21, 1991
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    Cracking Up

    In the late Thirties, William "Tallahassee" Dranes, an obscure Panhandle blues singer, sat awake in a shotgun shack and mused about the weather. It was so hot that summer that birds fell out of the sky completely cooked. So hot that parking lots melt...

    by Ben Greenman on August 21, 1991
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    Quite a Stretch - When is a taxi not a taxi? When it's a limousine. And when is a limo legal? Not very often.

    Tom Marko, part monk, part Tasmanian devil, has been cloistered for weeks in his office on Flagler Street. Subordinates say the director of Metro's Passenger Transportation Regulatory Division looks pale and sickly, yet mysteriously triumphant. At...

    by Sean Rowe on August 21, 1991
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    Doc Hiaasen and the Real Hollywood Story - Columnist Carl gets no credit, but cash will do.

    You won't find his name in the credits or in the press packet, but Miami Herald columnist and psycho novelist Carl Hiaasen is bagging 50 per cent of the book royalties from the new Michael J. Fox comedy Doc Hollywood. "Yeah," says Hiaasen, who co-wro...

    by Greg Baker on August 21, 1991
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    Swelter

    We have wandered, it seems, into a time and space where the parameters of fun in the Nineties - bargain-basement sensation as soulless, senseless, and dumbed-down as a television sitcom - have already been exhausted. Other eras of fun are needed for ...

    by Tom Austin on August 21, 1991
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    Letters

    NO POLITICS, NO HERESY In "Politics and Power" (August 14) a reference was made to the Gay and Lesbian Youth Group of South Florida, Inc. in a quote attributed to Greg Baldwin. This quote is in error. As president of the youth group, I wish to ma...

    on August 21, 1991
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    Program Notes

    As you probably know, the national concert-tour business is in worse shape than my liver. Volume this year is down some 30 percent, which explains all those illogical package tours (Sisters of Mercy on the same bill as Public Enemy?) and other tricks...

    by Greg Baker on August 21, 1991
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Dada 5000 — the Mohawked, muscled monolith born Dhafir Harris but better known as the P.T. Barnum of Miami's backyard fisticuffs — spotted them through the window. It was July 5,… More >>

J.J. Rendon Overcame an Ex-President and an Incontinent Candidate to Engineer a Win in Colombia

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DJ Laz and the Dinner Key Boating Disaster: Too Many Watery Deaths DJ Laz and the Dinner Key Boating Disaster: Too Many Watery Deaths

By 2 p.m. on the Fourth of July, the bacchanal at Nixon sandbar just off Key Biscayne is in full swing. A few hundred feet from the sprawling waterfront mansions… More >>

Millionaire's Murder Case Opens the Book on Flings With Male Porn Stars, Strippers

"We're finished!" Samuel Del Brocco shouted. The words crashed off the walls of the $2 million mansion, careened across the 500-square-foot swimming pool, and spilled into the quiet Washington, D.C.… More >>

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