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  • 2007 - Sunshine State Awards/South Florida Society of Professional Journalists, published August 10, 2006

    "Reef Madness"

  • 2006 - AAN AltWeekly Awards, published June 23, 2005

    "Attack of the Killer Weed"

  • 2006 - The Green Eyeshade Excellence in Journalism Awards/Atlanta SPJ, published September 15, 2005

    "The Bad Hands People"

  • 2006 - The Green Eyeshade Excellence in Journalism Awards/Atlanta SPJ, published September 15, 2005

    "The Bad Hands People"

  • 2006 - Sunshine State Awards/South Florida Society of Professional Journalists, published July 28, 2005


  • 2006 - National Council on Crime and Delinquency/Prevention for a Safer Society Award, published December 15, 2005

    "The Littlest Felons"

  • 2006 - Sunshine State Awards/South Florida Society of Professional Journalists, published December 15, 2005

    "The Littlest Felons"

2002 Stories by Wyatt Olson

Archives: 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001
  • Barred For Life

    published December 26, 2002

    Chris and Robin DiFranco operate a small contracting business from a worn second-story suite in North Miami. A couple of blocks from Dixie... More >>

  • Indian War

    published December 5, 2002

    Leon Braun just wanted to show off his latest enterprise to his friends that Sunday afternoon some 13 years ago. They were driving back to his... More >>

  • Scores of Poor

    published November 7, 2002

    Willie Mae totters out the front door of the Cooperative Feeding Program in Lauderdale Lakes with an overstuffed grocery bag in hand. The... More >>

  • Land Grab

    published October 24, 2002

    Southwest Ranches is the last municipal outpost in western Broward County before the landscape gives way to the Everglades. It's a sparsely... More >>

  • Cheap Kills

    published October 10, 2002

    A festive spirit infuses the cast and crew of the film Realms of Blood. After all, there's a near-decapitation planned for later tonight.... More >>

  • Uh-Oh

    published September 19, 2002

    Daily newspapers in America have been hemorrhaging readers for decades -- nothin' new about that. And for just about as long, head honchos have... More >>

  • Big Cypress Buyout

    published September 12, 2002

    Standing in a dark suit during an Oval Office ceremony this past May 29 with his brother Jeb at his side, President George Bush announced that the... More >>

  • Boys Under the Hood

    published August 8, 2002

    A handful of cars dots the fast-food joints along University Drive in northern Davie -- so few it's almost not worth the eateries' while staying... More >>

  • Judge, Reformer, Bureaucrat

    published August 8, 2002

    Seated in a stuffed leather chair in her posh Tallahassee office, Dr. Flo Ridda flips open her notebook. She's filled with a mix of nervousness... More >>

  • Drop-off Debacle

    published June 27, 2002

    Walter Swenson and Richard Courtney pore over a great many drivers licenses and ID cards during the evenings they crisscross the streets of... More >>

  • The Double Cross

    published June 20, 2002

    Sheriff Ed Bieluch is decked out in full regalia: green uniform topcoat, slacks adorned with an ankle-to-hip gold stripe, white gloves, and a neck... More >>

  • Catch Me a Catch

    published June 20, 2002

    After a six-month investigation, Boca Raton police last week arrested matchmaker Helena Amram on charges of defrauding 54 clients who had... More >>

  • Delayed Indemnity

    published May 30, 2002

    At first glance, Czeslaw Bobryk's central Palm Beach County apartment is an enigma. His sofa and easy chair face a squat television stand that is... More >>

  • Mismatch

    published May 23, 2002

    How can I hope to make you understand Why I do what I do? -- Fiddler on the Roof Sitting in the waiting room of Helena Amram's... More >>

  • Room at the Inn

    published May 9, 2002

    Sean Cononie sits in a jumbled office on the second story of the former Haulover Inn in Hollywood. The new headquarters of the Coalition of... More >>

  • Mail Chauvinists

    published April 11, 2002

    Driving across the western reaches of Broward County along I-75, you probably wouldn't notice the Florida headquarters office for the U.S. Postal... More >>

  • The Odd Couple

    published March 14, 2002

    If the Rev. Avis Hill had any trepidation about standing in a synagogue to deliver a sermon on the evening of Friday, March 8, he didn't show any... More >>

  • Gimme Shelter

    published March 7, 2002

    As Sgt. Scott Russell eases the police van into the parking lot of St. Andrews United Methodist Church, a ragtag throng quickly surrounds it. Each... More >>

  • Rabbit Run

    published February 7, 2002

    Four self-propelled harvesters clank their way through a sugar-cane field at the south edge of the tiny hamlet of Pahokee. The 20-acre stand abuts... More >>

  • Wally's War

    published January 24, 2002

    Walter Philbrick cues the music, a symphonic piece on CD that has the verve of John Philip Sousa meets John Williams. He dims the lights in the... More >>

  • Exile on 18th Street

    published January 24, 2002

    Della Judd is a bundle of nervous energy, shifting from foot to foot on the sidewalk in front of her small house on 18th Street in West Palm... More >>

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