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    Racing's a Drag - A middle-aged race car driver gambles it all for one last chance at victory

    In August 2004, Nelson Hoyos sped a Chevy Cobalt across the salt flats of Utah and into racing fame. Over a straight, glassy-smooth seven-mile course, Hoyos edged his car past 243 mph, shattering the world speed record for front-wheel-drive cars. It ...

    by Eric Alan Barton on April 7, 2005
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    Tailpipe - Pink Elephant?

    A Big Piece of Sculpted Concrete While rolling along the sands of Fort Lauderdale's beach, Tailpipe always takes a good long look at Ireland's Inn, that s-shaped, off-pink hotel from a bygone era north of Sunrise Boulevard. Sure, the place needs a ...

    on April 7, 2005
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    Pay to Play - Tales from the candy-coated heart of a sugar daddy

    Last Saturday at 11:30 p.m., a crazy little club called Christopher's was thumping to the sound of "Brick House." The crowd, which was mostly middle-aged with a spatter of youth, was mainly gathered at the bar closest to the dance floor, where severa...

    by Courtney Hambright on April 7, 2005
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    Letters for April 7-13, 2005

    Serve My Jenne with Butter and Jelly Now if he could whack the daily newspaper: Bob Norman's articles are the reason I can't wait for New Times to come out every week. Thank you for yet another great article, "The Corrupter" (March 31). I ...

    on April 7, 2005
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    I, Robot - Build it and it will lift and block. Or it will die.

    Designing and creating a robot takes months. Watching it die takes only a second. For the robotics team at Atlantic Technical School in Coconut Creek, death visits in the late afternoon on March 10 in Orlando, the day before a two-day robotics compet...

    by Wyatt Olson on March 31, 2005
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    Block Party - A local girl overcomes family tragedy to become one of the nation's best b-ballers

    Let's take it back. Back before scouts whispered her name as a top-five pick in this year's WNBA draft. Before she broke all those records at Texas Christian University. Before, even, that one game her junior year, when she considered giving it up, a...

    by Paul Kix on March 31, 2005
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    Tailpipe - PBA Putsch

    From the Marano Playbook At most police departments, it's the chief of police who fires officers. In Hollywood, it's the officers who dump the head man. In the past decade, Hollywood police union leaders have successfully ousted Chiefs Rick Stone ...

    on March 31, 2005
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    The Corrupter - The sheriff is selling out the public. Do you give a darn?

    Ken Jenne thinks you're an idiot. The Broward County sheriff believes us all to be morons. And if we let him stay in power after what he's done, then he's bloody well right. Jenne, as we all know, is at the heart of one of the largest law enforceme...

    by Bob Norman on March 31, 2005
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    Letters for March 31-April 6, 2005

    Slots Are Only the Start Imagine Casino Disney: Bob Norman makes light of a serious situation with his sarcasm in his March 24 column, "The Slots King." I moved from South Florida to Gulfport, Mississippi, and am impressed with the positive i...

    on March 31, 2005
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    Cash Cow - A group of political opportunists is cashing in on the rural town of Southwest Ranches

    Tall and thin, Alfred Fisikelli walks on his land with a slight tilt of the head and a slow, respectful gait. "Watch that," he cautions, pointing to a thin electrical wire running along the white PVC fence surrounding his cow pasture. "It's hot." ...

    by Bob Norman on March 24, 2005
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    Tailpipe - Ghost Story

    Death Is a Minor Setback Tailpipe was surprised to learn that the dearly departed cannot only vote but can actually run a business. Take the case of David Bethell, a Nassau attorney who met his maker in October 1998. Bethell has continued to serve ...

    on March 24, 2005
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    The Slots King - The gambling industry treats Sen. Steve Geller like royalty.

    Nobody should be more proud of Broward County's recent vote for Vegas-style slot machines than state Sen. Steven Geller. During the recent slots debate, the Hallandale Beach Democrat slung quotes from here to the Panhandle, promoting the gaming indus...

    by Bob Norman on March 24, 2005
  • French Doorman - He's the snob who stands between you and a good time

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    French Doorman - He's the snob who stands between you and a good time

    Last Sunday at 1 a.m. in the heart of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's party district, Gryphon doorman Julian Watterlot stalked around the megaclub's roughly ten-by-six-foot admission checkpoint. Twenty-five people -- men and women in blue jea...

    by Courtney Hambright on March 24, 2005
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    Letters for March 24-30, 2005

    Da Man Has Her Down He's oppressing the needy: Regarding the "Let's Party" item in March 17's Tailpipe column: It's not surprising that the federal government sprang the specific plans for the Organization of American States meeting here on t...

    on March 24, 2005
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    Urban Removal - It's the same old story, critics say: displacing blacks to make way for whites

    Mary Cleare's mother rarely talked about the place where she was born. Her home was a squatter's settlement for the African-Americans who built the Breakers Hotel for Henry Flagler. Construction and domestic workers used driftwood and the remains of ...

    by Eric Alan Barton on March 17, 2005
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    Sunk! - After the submarine got to Florida, everything went wrong

    If you believe Capt. Ernesto Garfias Ramirez's story, the mysterious sinking was straight out of a Joseph Conrad tale. A tugboat called the Rosarita was chugging north along the coast of Baja California on the night of April 6, 2002, when a storm sud...

    by Eric Alan Barton on March 17, 2005
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    Tailpipe - Get Rich in the Developer Biz

    The Theater Vanishes When city officials started talking about creating the Hollywood Arts District -- or HART -- at Young Circle, Tailpipe was skeptical. It sounded like the same old development flim-flam, with a few artsy touches thrown in. The c...

    on March 17, 2005
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    A Culture Change - If Gretsas ruled the world

    Fort Lauderdale's new city manager, George Gretsas, didn't just arrive in town; he crashed like a Hummer into a Volkswagen. He smacked code violations down on neighborhoods and focused his laser-beam eyes on downtown's young party district, Himmarshe...

    by Courtney Hambright on March 17, 2005
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    Letters for March 17-23, 2005

    We Win. Or Do We? Power to the slots, man: Unlike those Calle Ocho lemming losers in Miami-Dade County, I was glad to see that the majority of Broward Countians overwhelmingly support the slots referendum ("Battle of the Frankensteins," Tailpipe, M...

    on March 17, 2005
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    ELVIS LIVES! - And South Florida's Tabloid Valley vanishes.

    Checkout lanes at grocery stores are all the same. Behind the rows of gum and breath mints are America's most delicious impulse buys: tabloid newspapers. Cellulite Stars! Drug Collapse! Angelina Rejects Brad! Did Britney's Hubby Cheat? ...

    by Trevor Aaronson on March 10, 2005
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