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Elian Gonzalez, the rescued boy who turned all eyes on Miami
On Thanksgiving day 1999 a little Cuban refugee was found drifting alone in an inner tube by two fishermen off Fort Lauderdale. His mother had died at sea. The rescued boy, Elian Gonzalez, went to live with relatives in Miami. But Elian's father (and Fidel Castro) wanted the boy returned to Cuba. The struggle for the little survivor eventually caused a major rift between the U.S. government, which wanted him back with his father, and Cuban exiles who wanted him spared communist indoctrination. Elian's stay ended abruptly on Easter weekend with a raid by armed federal agents.
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Dwyane Wade, Miami will remember you
Dwyane Wade's divorce from the Miami Heat might be bitter, but his breakup with us, his South Florida fans, is anything but. Mr. Wade gave us the best years of his playing career. And for him, we gladly became Wade County and the Heat Nation, especially during the NBA Finals, when everyone was a fan. For 13 years, on some special nights after he became the team's first draft choice in 2003, he performed pure magic for us on a wooden court, usually in the fourth quarter. He always believed the Heat would win and so did we, because of him.
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Locust Projects art venue, born in 1999
In 1999 Herald art critic Elisa Turner called Locust Projects "a modest but ambitious new visual arts venue in downtown Miami... A nonprofit venture open since May, Locust Projects was founded by South Florida artists Bryan Cooper, Westen Charles and Elizabeth Withstandley. It aims to offer an alternative to conservative commercial galleries around town by making a distinctive addition to the relatively few spaces available for showing experimental work."
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Shots, then panic at Omni Mall in 1996
Shots rang out inside the Omni Mall in 1996, leaving two dead. Initially believed to be a robbery at the jewelry counter, the incident sent shoppers screaming for the doors. Police later called it a murder-suicide.
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Cuban missile crisis
Americans held their breath in October, 1962 when President John F. Kennedy proclaimed a naval "quarantine" to stop the Soviet Union from building bases for nuclear weapons in Cuba.
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Gary Hart: The sex scandal that changed politics
In May, 1987, The Miami Herald reports Gary Hart's infidelity. It leads to Hart's withdrawal from the presidential campaign.
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Dade school takes the busywork out of homework
In 1988, at Myrtle Grove Elementary School, teachers did away with assigning busywork -- writing a sentence 50 times -- and instead assigned homework dealing with that day's class. "We don't want to give a student 50 problems when 10 problems can do the job, " principal Cecil Daniels said.
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George Suarez: South Florida Visionary Awards
Creating a global city takes perseverance, courage, leadership and vision. The Miami Herald South Florida Visionary Awards recognize those who work to reinvent this place we call home.
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Heat's 1988 NBA debut sizzled
The NBA didn't just happen inside the Miami Arena Nov. 5, 1988, it detonated in chants of "Heat! Heat! Heat!" as pro basketball finally land in South Florida.
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Miami High basketball coach Marcos "Shakey" Rodriguez
Coaching the Miami High School basketball Stingarees inside the cramped, rocking gym known as "The Asylum" was Marcos "Shakey" Rodriguez's dream job. Students and alumni reveled in the five state titles Rodriguez won, plus his six top-10 national rankings and his 22 All-County players.