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Mario Tabraue said in 2000 that breeding and selling exotic animals was "my true love." His west Miami-Dade warehouse contained gila monsters, albino cobras, monitor lizards, anacondas, even a black leopard named Gypsy. Tabraue had been released from federal prison after 12 years of a 100-year sentence because he helped the government build cases against others.
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Monsignor Emilio Vallina, founded Miami's "Exile Cathedral"
A center for Cuban Catholic exiles emerged around the figure of Monsignor Emilio Vallina, to whom Archbishop of Miami Coleman Carroll gave the assignment of launching a parish dedicated to St. John Bosco. Born in Cuba, Vallina died Oct. 19, 2013 at age 87 in Miami. He left behind a legacy of pastoral works, among them the iconic sanctuary in Little Havana that opened its arms to needy and stateless Cuban refugees in the 1960s. St. John Bosco Church became known as the "Exile Cathedral."
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Actress Anita Ekberg
In the 1960 film "La Dolce Vita," Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg splashed in the pool of the Trevi fountain. The scene is famous. Ekberg's beauty was powerful enough to inspire Miami Herald photographer Bob East to include himself in a portrait of her he shot during her 1958 visit to Miami.
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Internationally famed pianist Jorge Bolet was born in Cuban
Herald music critic James Roos called Jorge Bolet the greatest pianist produced by Cuba in the 20th Century. Bolet died Oct. 16, 1990 at his home in Mountain View, Calif. He was 75. It was in 1974, after New York Times critic Harold Schonberg began calling attention to his playing of the Romantic piano literature, that his formidable stature as a virtuoso started to be recognized worldwide. Born in Havana, Mr. Bolet's enormous talent was first noticed at age 9.
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Jay Maeder, Miami Herald People columnist
Jay Maeder was The Miami Herald's Page 2 People columnist before he left for New York in 1985. His column, heavy on sass and exclamation points, was a hugely irreverent blend of gossip and frippery culled from the nation's wire services. But he wrote other stories as well, especially if there were human foibles to be mocked -- or celebrated.
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Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy led the Catholic Church in South Florida
Retired Miami Archbishop Edward McCarthy, who guided the Catholic Church through some of South Florida's most tumultuous times, died at 87 in June 2005. In his 18 years as the Archdiocese of Miami's archbishop, McCarthy opened on average a parish a year while handling waves of mostly Catholic refugees from Cuba, Haiti and Central America. McCarthy scored a coup by cajoling Pope John Paul II to come to Miami in September 1987, the first papal visit in the city's history, and only the third papal journey to the United States.
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Hamilton Forman, a power to contend with
Hamilton Forman, pioneer dairy farmer, multimillionaire, devout Christian, public servant and political powerbroker helped shape the landscape of modern South Florida and especially Broward County.
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Nelson Mandela remembered
In South Africa, people lined up to catch a bus to see the remains of Nelson Mandela. The South African leader was remembered here in South Florida with a memorial service at the Arsht Center featuring dancers from the Delou Africa of Miami.
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Richard Scruggs, assistant state attorney
Assistant State Attorney Richard Scruggs is a public-corruption prosecutor in Miami-Dade County.
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Bill Sanders, Miami Herald photographer
Bill Sanders often went to great lengths -- and great heights -- to get the perfect picture. In 1953, the photographer leaned out of an airplane so that he could capture the Orange Bowl from 1,000 feet in the air. The image won awards and landed him a two-page spread in Life Magazine. Sanders, a staff photographer for The Miami Herald for more than 20 years, died Nov. 25, 2007 of heart failure. He was 81.