Francisco Alvarado

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  • 10 months ago | Longform

    Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, his face contorted in a scowl, doesn't get up to greet Alex Villalobos when the big-eyed 42-year-old state senator enters the dimly lit office connected to the executive suite of Tallahassee's Capitol building. It's early Ma...

  • 2 years ago | Longform

    Inside a conference room at a Sheraton Hotel in Miami, Bob Calkin paces in front of a small stage, holding a microphone. The 50-year-old Los Angeles cannabis hustler with '80s rock-band hair flies around the United States, charging folks $299 a he...

  • 3 years ago | Longform

    James runs his hand along a shelf full of expensive, glistening glass water pipes before grabbing a small, clear one. It has a titanium disk where the bowl is supposed to be. The lanky, droopy-eyed art gallery owner sets it on a table next to a sm...

  • 3 years ago | Music News

    Ominous, bass-heavy beats rumble the wall speakers inside a two-story house that's been converted into a music recording studio. SpaceGhostPurrp slowly nods along, pausing to sip from a cup of Gatorade mixed with prescription cough syrup and to pu...

  • 3 years ago | Broward News

    A charismatic Cuban-American with gelled-back curly hair and a goatee, 43-year-old Ernesto Perez, the head of a company called Florida Education Centers, is one of the most politically influential for-profit college owners in Florida. His schools,...

  • 3 years ago | Longform

    The man's eyes are wide with fury as he pounds the hood of the Tremont Towing truck that's hauling his gun-metal Lexus from the plaza at 15th Street and Alton Road in South Beach. The truck stops, and driver Robert Ashenoff Jr. slowly climbs out. ...


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