Miami Herald's most important stories of 2013
A roundup of the most important stories from the past year
12/19/2013 10:37 AM
12/23/2013 3:50 PM
Carol Marbin Miller
Police considered it a custody dispute, the purview of DCF. DCF deemed it a police matter. Neither went looking for Dontrell Melvin.
Mary Ellen Klas
Senate Chief of Staff Chris Clark, who also owns a political consulting firm, has used his dual role to earn $413,000 in consulting fees in addition to his state salary.
The probe into illegal gambling at Internet cafes has prompted a swift response from Florida lawmakers, who now say they will outlaw them and return campaign checks from industry officials.
On Miami’s Little River, a picturesque, magical sanctuary for art, animals, tropical trees and the architecture of the city’s early years is up for sale by its reluctant owner.
Spec's, a fixture in Coral Gables for 60 years, will close its doors for good in January. Memories come flooding in from loyal customers who mourn "the end of an era."
Ina Paiva Cordle
Miami’s Design District is being transformed into a luxury shopping destination, promising to bring the fashions and baubles that adorn the glossy pages of Vogue and GQ to life in Miami’s urban core.
I asked authorities to provide statistics on contraband for a Miami Herald story.
What I got was two days of detention with a front-row view of the country’s intelligence service.
Ecuador hoped the world would rally around its plan to save one of the most biodiversity-rich swaths of the Amazon. But the dream is facing economic reality.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez survived four elections, a coup and a recall attempt as he became one of Latin America’s most charismatic, influential and controversial leaders. But on Tuesday, the socialist firebrand lost his long-running battle with cancer. He was 58.
Tired of seeing his customers and employees harassed by police, a Miami Gardens storekeeper installed video cameras — and captured disturbing footage of police activity.
Somebody rigged a computer program to fraudulently obtain more than 2,000 absentee ballots in three races. The plot didn’t work. But it could have.
Ana Alliegro, the Miami woman at the center of the federal corruption investigation involving former congressman David Rivera, is living in a small town outside of Managua.
Patricia Mazzei, María Pérez and Melissa Sanchez
Records shed some light on Pedro Alberto Vargas’ past, though the motive for his rampage remains unknown.
Gov. Rick Scott campaigned in 2010 on a promise to create 700,000 jobs, but the jobs he can most directly deliver are slowest to arrive.
Once the poster child for immigration reform, Juan Gomez is now living in Brazil. He moved there after his application for a U.S. work permit got tied up in a logjam.
Downtown is ‘where it’s at’ for emerging artists, galleries and cultural groups
Alvin Ailey troupe’s leader deepens connections to his home town
New documentary by the Miami production company Common Machine explores tiki culture
Donna Shalala drew on her experience as a shrewd politician throughout the two-and-a-half-year UM probe, calculating every move with the help of her legal staff.
Sleepless, tearful nights continue for Jorge Fernandez, the 50-year-old former University of Miami assistant basketball coach, and he fears he may never fully recover from the lengthy NCAA investigation.
Remembering the famous march, Floridians tell their story of what it was like to be part of history
An abortion ban is fueling a public health crisis in Haiti, as women and girls secretly turn to increasingly deadly methods to terminate their pregnancies.
A tiny pill has been credited with saving lives in countries where abortion is outlawed or restricted. But in Haiti, its clandestine use is also creating dangerous complications.
As more Haitian women and girls seek out increasingly deadly ways to end unwanted pregnancies, Haiti calls on health institutions to provide free contraceptives and counseling to those who want it, and prepares to launch a national family planning campaign.
During World War II, on a frigid February night about 100 miles off the coast of Greenland, Storekeeper second class Richard Swanson was clinging desperately to a cargo net that had been draped over the side of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Comanche.
While recusing himself from votes on a public land deal, Homestead’s mayor pushed privately to get it OKd — and to get his wife involved.
The two-year FBI investigation that resulted in the arrests of Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi and Sweetwater Mayor Manny Maroño began with a tip from Palmetto Bay lobbyist Michael Kesti.
Tensions are high at the prison camp for war-on-terror captives, and at least 26 detainees — and perhaps many more — are engaging in a hunger strike.
America’s offshore war-on-terror prison camp has gone from peaceable routine to hunger-striking nightmare. A look at life at the prison where nearly every captive is under lockdown.
The early residents of Miami’s second-oldest black neighborhood fondly recall their childhood homes and vibrant community, fractured by 1-95.
A young girl killed in the crossfire of a reported gang-related shootout spurs her father to speak out. Police also step up their efforts to combat gang violence.
Odebrecht USA, which has glided to success on a stream of Miami-Dade County construction contracts, now faces turbulence over the Airport City project.
Preparing for the era of the big ships (Interactive Grahpic)
Mimi Whitefield, Daniel Chang and Andres Viglucci
The celebrated dissident journalist told a Cuban-American crowd at Miami’s Freedom Tower that all Cubans, whether exiles or on the island, are a single people and must not allow Cuba’s government to divide them.
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