Robert Ferguson worked two jobs in segregated Miami, becoming among the first at both: pressman at the Miami Herald and coin collector supervisor for Southern Bell Telephone Company. He held the jobs for decades and became deacon at his church.
Frank Zambrana wanted to operate a farm equipment business in Opa-locka, but he was repeatedly thwarted by bureaucratic obstacles — and by city officials demanding cash payoffs to remove them. He was wired by the FBI, and those tapes provide powerful evidence of pervasive bribery and extortion.
In misconduct complaints, two Opa-locka employees assert that City Attorney Vincent Brown's disclosure of a federal grand jury witness list was “intentional” and placed them and others in “danger” — at “risk” of “retaliation and intimidation” by targets of an FBI corruption investigation.
A 17-year-old Miami Norland High student, who family members described as quiet and a good student, was shot and killed outside his Miami Gardens apartment complex Tuesday afternoon on his way home from school. Two hours later, a 16-year-old boy was gunned down in Little Havana and was in extremely critical condition.
If the winner of this year’s Ms. Senior Florida Pageant can’t compete in October for the Ms. Senior America crown, the next in-line will be a well-known name in Opa-locka: former city commissioner Rose Tydus.
Opa-locka's behind-the-scenes lobbyist and power broker — Dante Starks, an indefatigable figure who has long dominated politics in the impoverished community — is now at the center of a public corruption investigation that threatens to topple the most powerful people in the city.
Lance Dixon covers Coral Gables, Miami Gardens and North Miami. He joined the Miami Herald in 2013 and is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga.