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    The Paragraphing Policeman - Metro-Dade detective Ramesh Nyberg's novel approach features a hero addicted to hot peppers and a lot of local color

    With a force-five hurricane bearing down on fictional Biscayne County, homicide detective Jeff Kohl roosts in his favorite ficus tree with the tools of his trade: a .38 revolver, a glass of vodka, a jar of pickled okra, and a Walkman loaded with sita...

    by Sean Rowe on May 20, 1992
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    Swelter

    The lame parade, out every night with the lost boys, and nothing, nothing ever happens. One long steady stream of "hot-and-willing-to-submit-to-any-sexual-degradation-destiny-deems-necessary" theme parties. Tapped, over, the capacity for simple pleas...

    on May 20, 1992
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    Letters

    As evidence of that effect, please see a comment in the article where Labbee says, "At least Pardillo's credibility doesn't bear the taint of any smutty allegations." Here the author declares that smutty allegations, even without proof, taint the obj...

    on May 20, 1992
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    Program Notes

    "There's a void of knowledge in the system." Thus spaketh Frank "Rat Bastard" Falestra, rightfully bemoaning the top-secret appearance of My Dad Is Dead at Washington Square last night (the 19th). "This guy's put out six albums in five years, every o...

    by Greg Baker on May 20, 1992
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    Extra! Extra! Read All About It! - As their restraint-of-trade lawsuit against the Miami Herald Publishing Co. proceeds at a snail's pace, distributors try to get by with less

    It's been one year since Knight-Ridder's Miami Herald Publishing Co. notified independent operators who deliver the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald to stores and newsracks across Dade County that their sales to hawkers - the men and women who peddle...

    by Mary Ann Esquivel-Gibbs on May 13, 1992
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    Is That a Badge in Your Pocket, or Are You Just Happy to See Me? - Don't ask that nice chap for a cold one.And whatever you do, no fraternizing with the bartender!

    Let's be honest about this. Ladies, have you ever gone to a nightclub with the notion of sashaying into some man's life and persuading him to buy you drinks? And you, gentlemen, how many times have you gone to a bar without a cent, hoping to mooch a ...

    by Jim DeFede on May 13, 1992
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    Letters

    LOS ANGELES: OPERATION LOST CAUSE I am writing in regard to Richard Gaines's story "Awake At Last" (May 6). First it was Nicaragua, next Panama, and then it was Iraq. But this time the invasion was not foreign, it was domestic. That's right. The ...

    on May 13, 1992
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    Program Notes

    Last week the dailies reported that the stepdaughter of Broward sheriff Nick Navarro committed suicide and left a note alluding to sexual abuse involving Navarro. Her widower, for whom the note was intended, expressed his hope that the matter would n...

    by Greg Baker on May 13, 1992
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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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