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Top Ten New Times Feature Stories of the Decade 2000-2009

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Miami New Times has kicked some ass in the last decade. We have changed the course of the city and it has changed us. What follows is a list of some of our most significant stories -- of course, everyone has their own opinions. What are yours?

Admitting Terror
By Bob Norman

The immigration service's own describe how America failed to protect its borders from the September 11 terrorists. This story was part of a series honored with the Livingston Award for Young journalists. Click here to read part 1, part 2 and part 3. Norman also revisited the story two years later.

We're Number One!
By New Times Staff

When it comes to fame and glory for having produced world-class poverty, Miami is no overnight success. This story was honored by the Medill School of Journalism. Click here to read part 1 and part 2.
The Last Deep Dive
By Tristram Korten

Pipin Ferreras and his wife Audrey repeatedly challenged the deep blue deadly sea. Finally the sea won. Can you say Best American Sportswriting? Click here to read the story.
FTAA Survival Guide
By New Times Staff

Everyone could use a little help making it through the FTAA in one piece. This story was divided up into many parts:
FTAA: Survival Guides
Free Trade Miami
All Around the Neighborhood
Is It Free Trade Or Fair Trade?
Fair Trade Hot Buttons
NAFTA: Saint or Sinner?
FTAA and Me
Media Bonus!
Q&A with Novelist Alberto Fuguet
Top Ten Reasons FTAA Should Move to Miami
Calendar of FTAA Events

Tales of Teele: Sleaze Stories
By Francisco Alvarado

Errors were made in this story -- chief among them a lack of response -- and Commissioner Teele committed suicide as this story hit the stands -- at least partially as a result of the facts included, if you believe his wife. But there is no arguing that its publication radically changed Miami both in a political and journalistic sense. Click here to read the story.
Kilo: Cocaine Made Miami
By New Times Staff

It didn't begin on a specific day and in fact had been developing over several years, but by 1980 there was no doubt: Miami had become the cocaine capital of the USA. Click here to read part 1 and part 2.
John Timoney, America's Worst Cop
By Tamara Lush

He has spent 138 days on the road in just a few years on the job. Who's minding the Miami Police Department? And finally he resigned. Glad that's over. Click here to read the story.
Sex Offenders Set Up Camp
By Isaiah Thompson

The Julia Tuttle becomes a colony. Politicians pass the buck. Honored by the Investigative Reporters and Editors. Click here to read the story.
Failed School
By Francisco Alvarado

In Allapattah, kids threaten teachers, and bosses look the other way. Click here to read the story.
Black October
By Tim Elfrick

Victims of a Bolivian massacre seek justice in Miami. Click here to read the story.

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