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1998 Stories by Sean Rowe

Archives: 1998 | 1997
  • With Speed (and Money) to Burn

    published December 31, 1998

    Ronald L. Pevsner plans to be fast asleep on New Year's Eve when 1998 is put to rest. He figures he'll be worn out preparing for a much more... More >>

  • The Life We're Handed

    published December 17, 1998

    The boy stands in his father's kitchen, dark eyes flashing, arguing his case for a red motorcycle. Not far from where the youth stands, a... More >>

  • A Fine Mess

    published December 3, 1998

    Attorney Donald Kahn had spent a lifetime preparing for this moment. University of Miami law school. Advanced degrees in taxation and real estate.... More >>

  • Invasion of the Cheap Seats

    published November 19, 1998

    One morning in 1944, Carl Mayhue crossed the Las Olas bridge and gave birth to what may have been the nation's first commercial bus bench. ... More >>

  • Chasing Danny

    published November 12, 1998

    Dan Marino, perhaps the greatest quarterback in the history of pro football, slumps on a bench in front of a locker ripping wads of tape off his... More >>

  • Trinchi Warfare

    published October 8, 1998

    Why does John Ellis "Jeb" Bush keep visiting Amadeo "Trinchi" Trinchitella? Five times in the past six months, the 45-year-old Republican... More >>

  • The Sultan of Swap

    published October 1, 1998

    On first approach the Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop looks like 80 acres of chaos. Five miles west of the ocean, 2000 vendors show up long before... More >>

  • The Huizenga Hair Club For Litigants

    published September 10, 1998

    Sitting on a couch in her lawyer's office, Christine Leduc-McCrady describes the woman who fired her from the exclusive Boca Raton Resort & Club.... More >>

  • Your Worst Nightmare

    published August 27, 1998

    A traveler asks directions to Riviera Beach. The clerk at an Exxon station responds: "Go up I-95 till you hit Blue Heron Boulevard. Then put on... More >>

  • Hell on Wheels

    published July 30, 1998

    Only four Roller Derby tracks remain on the North American continent. One of them squats in a 10,000-square-foot warehouse just west of I-95 and... More >>

  • Demon Seed

    published July 2, 1998

    While government agencies spend $4 million each year in a maddening effort to eradicate the melaleuca tree from South Florida, the great... More >>

  • No Gators, No Rain,... No Problem!

    published June 18, 1998

    Thomas Storm stepped off a jet in Singapore feeling irritable and hungry but nonetheless ready to wrestle a big crocodile. Like his father and... More >>

  • Swingers Redux

    published June 11, 1998

    At age 67, Frank Pernice looks and sounds like Hollywood's vision of an aging mobster -- gold medallion, big indoor-outdoor prescription... More >>

  • A Legendary Bachelor Pad Sets Sail -- Again

    published May 14, 1998

    Before he became an agoraphobic dope fiend, grew his fingernails to repulsive lengths, developed a pathological fear of germs, and at last went... More >>

  • Sonny's Last Stand

    published April 23, 1998

    Michael Brasfield became Fort Lauderdale's police chief in the summer of 1995 after a 30-year law-enforcement career in Seattle. In a deposition... More >>

  • Bureaucrats Play "Skim the Cat"

    published April 2, 1998

    Among Florida's 40 specialty license plates, the top dollar-producer has been the Florida panther tag (not to be confused with the comparative dud... More >>

  • You Call This Art and Culture?

    published March 26, 1998

    Around midnight on October 27, 1990 -- the last minutes of the 101st Congress -- Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts amended a bill designed to... More >>

  • Big Chief Moneybags

    published March 19, 1998

    Seminole Indian chief James Billie, dressed in traditional multicolored jersey and snakeskin boots, is dropping fast from two miles above the... More >>

  • Tough Times for the Turd Tug

    published February 19, 1998

    By any right Paul Lautner should be a wealthy fellow. For the past four years, he has offered a practical solution to a vexing problem. The... More >>

  • Face Off

    published February 5, 1998

    The Gray Man does architecture, not carpentry. He does not drive through blue-collar neighborhoods to make sure campaign lawn signs are... More >>

  • Captains Outrageous

    published January 15, 1998

    A grouper zinc is a lump of metal shaped like a fish. Boaters attach them to propeller shafts and other underwater fittings so that corrosion will... More >>

  • The Hunted

    published January 8, 1998

    The limo driver straightened his tux and scratched his head. To the east the giant glow of the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Palm Beach urban corridor was... More >>

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