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Allen Bellman was only 18 when he was hired by Timely Comics as an illustrator for Captain America in the heyday of comics publishing. Almost 70 years later, Bellman is back in the Captain America business. He is invited to comic book conventions, and fans from all over the world write him letters of adulation.
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Porky's Lounge notorious in the 1990s
Federal agents said in the 1990s that Porky's lounge in Hialeah, a strip club in the front room, was home to crimes from shipping cocaine to Europe to a novel scheme to smuggle contraband into California in a Cold War-vintage submarine. It got its name from a ribald low-budget film shot in South Florida in 1982. But cops called the strip joint something else: a winter watering hole for the Russian mob. Porky's owner Ludwig "Tarzan" Fainberg faced charges of racketeering and smuggling.
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The bad old days on North Biscayne Boulevard
In 1989, trying to break a chain of drug-dealing and prostitution encircling Biscayne Boulevard's aging motels, officials moved in, armed with lists of code violations. The motels clustered between Northeast 34th and 87th street on Miami's main thoroughfare, Biscayne Boulevard, had become sore spots for Northeast Miami residents. Built in the 1940s and '50s when Florida catered to a booming tourist trade, they began to deteriorate after construction of Interstate 95 in the 1960s drew potential customers off Biscayne Boulevard. Then the prostitutes and drug dealers began renting rooms in some of them to ply their trade. Between Jan. 1 and April 15, 1989, police said they made 96 prostitution arrests at or near the motels.
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Fall 2015 All-Dade County Teams
The best of Miami-Dade for Fall, 2015.
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Visual artist Marvin Weeks
Photos featuring visual artist Marvin Weeks.
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For Dolfans, a jubilant end to a letdown season
The Miami Dolphins capped the disappointing 2015 season with a shocking end: a 20-10 triumph over the New England Patriots.
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Indian Creek Country Club anchors a village of billionaires
Tucked off the shores of Surfside in Biscayne Bay, Indian Creek Island has become known as a "billionaire bunker," according to a story in the Miami Herald. The paper reported in 2014 that its 86 residents included four of America's top 500 richest people, according to Forbes. The exclusive (it has been called restrictive) Indian Creek Country Club and golf course take up the center of the 294-acre island.
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Make-A-Wish helped achieve a skateboarding dream at Macy's
Six-year-old Jonovan Verrier's wish to become a professional skateboarder was granted at Macy's in the Aventura Mall Dec. 11, 2015. Jonovan, who prefers "Angel," was referred to Make-A-Wish. He arrived at Macy's in a limousine, helped artist Marcus Borges paint him a customized skateboard and rode it with professional skate instructor Paul Hurtado throughout the third floor of Macy's.
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Giant birthday cake celebrated Miami's 100th in 1996
Miami had its 100th birthday Sunday, July 28, 1996. Thousands flooded downtown's Bayfront Park in an effort to set the world record for a crowd at a birthday party. Focal point was a 16-foot-high pink birthday cake.
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After the war, Richmond Heights provided housing for vets
The South-Dade community of Richmond Heights was designed and developed by Frank Crawford Martin, a Pan Am pilot. After World War II, segregation and racial discrimination limited housing opportunities for black vets. Crawford, who was white, worked to create a community with quality, affordable housing so that returning black veterans would have a decent place to live.