Jim Gaines


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  • 16 years ago | Longform

    Erin Brown grew up in an Irish cop family. One brother, a sister, and three cousins all work for the Broward Sheriff's Office. Her father, Don O'Brien, retired from BSO in 1995. And a career in law enforcement was all that the freckled redhead wan...

  • 16 years ago

    A few crusty lead balls, flint chips, and yellowed shards of pottery occupy a glass display case on the second floor of the Broward County Main Library. The fragments are less impressive than the colorful maps that accompany them but just as impor...

  • 16 years ago

    Miss Cleo's act is based on mystery. The pseudoshaman, shilling for her Fort Lauderdale bosses, dons exotic dress to sit in a cloud of smoldering incense, enticing callers to avail themselves of her self-professed fortunetelling powers. Millions h...

  • 17 years ago | Longform

    It's hard to operate a steering wheel when your hands don't work, but years of practice let John Garon turn his ten-year-old white Ford van by shoving on an attached knob. He presses on an array of levers to work the gas, brakes, and signals as he...

  • 17 years ago

    Turkey vultures are big: more than two feet long, with a wingspan of up to six feet. They need a lot of room -- especially when they're learning to fly. But the black-feathered bird with the bare red head that's been at the Wildlife Care Center in...

  • 17 years ago

    Linda Davis is trying to hang on to the Christmas spirit. A week after the holiday has come and gone, the tree is still up in her home at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in Pompano Beach. As Davis sits in her neat but sparsely furnished living room,...


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