You'd think that after Demetrio Perez Jr. pleaded guilty in 2002 to defrauding a trio of frail elderly tenants in his low-income Little Havana apartments, Miami-Dade politicians would steer clear of the felonious former school board member. But then they couldn't grease up to Perez and his deep pock ... More >>
Back in 2002, Demetrio Perez Jr. had an epic fall from prominence. The then-Miami-Dade Public Schools Board Member was removed from public office following his 21-count federal indictment that he had been overcharging elderly tenants at his federally subsidized low income apartments in Little Havana ... More >>
Bill CookeWhen it comes to campaign donations, Al Maloof drops it like it's hot.Raising cash for county commission and school board races in Miami-Dade is like making it rain at the strip club. The more loot you fling, the more popular you are! As voters start going to the polls for early voting, ... More >>
Harry Emilio Gottlieb knows cinema!Who knew that Harry Emilio Gottlieb, a prolific writer of letters to the editor denouncing cronyism, was a Hollywood wheeler-dealer?Why else would he get a $63,000-a-year gig as the man in charge of Miami's film and cultural affairs office? It couldn't possibly ... More >>
Ronda Vangates was once caught up in one of the worst scandals of Rudy Crew's tenure as Ronda Vangates is Ready to Take Over For Solomon StinsonMiami-Dade County Public Schools superintendent. Today, the 38-year-old school district bureaucrat is the anointed successor to board member Solomon Stin ... More >>
Twenty-five years ago this month, the gangster epic caused a local stir.
That's how quickly things change here, which can be invigorating for cities as well as editors
Intelligent voters, outspoken readers, and a downtown dining oasis
The 25 Most Unbearable Miami Movies Ever Made
If a man is known by the company he keeps, then FBI boss Hector Pesquera has a problem
Meet Camilo Padreda, dynamic businessman, faithful Republican, patron of law enforcement, convicted felon
How do we loathe Jilda Unruh? Let us count the ways.
Demetrio Perez, Jr.
The Everglades, dead fish, and dictators
Are charter-school conversions the vanguard for public education or a scam for resegregating the learning experience and making a lot of money?
Thanks to one show, an unprecedented amount of foreign news is airing in Cuba -- but it ain't Nightline yet
Embrace the Nightmare: And while we're at it, let's pray for really,really bad weather
From the issue of July 26, 2001
Did Demetrio Perez, Jr.'s Libre really produce this book?
Voters will choose between Jacqueline Pepper and Frank Cobo, but the real candidates are the superintendent and the school board
As Marta Perez has discovered, the school board can be a very lonely place when you're trying to be a reformer
With the whole world watching, Miami's destiny calls: It's time for leadership!
From the issue of December 7, 2000
School board warmly embraces ethics commission
What a couple of losers have to say
From the issue of October 19, 2000
From the issue of October 5-11, 2000
Young Demetrio Perez knows that when it comes to politics in Miami, what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger
Letters from the issue of July 13, 2000
Letters from the issue of June 22, 2000
Letters from the issue of June 22, 2000
The world according to public school board member Demetrio Perez includes exile philosophy, Elian propaganda, and old-Havana-school politics.
The Burden of a Violent History
Y2K Disaster Strikes Miami
Used, Abused, and Alone
The Wizard of Odd
The school board may vote to name a school after a powerful union boss. That's politics, baby.
Folks don't know much about school board chairman Solomon Stinson, but they do know this: Don't cross him
True or False: The county's newest addition to public education was christened Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School because that's what taxpayers wanted
Perhaps when Dade school board members pay the rent but live elsewhere
He has been enormously influential for 34 years, yet Pat Tornillo -- politically astute leader of Dade's teachers' union -- remains a mystery to most