Thursday, March 02, 2006

Hairy Fairies and Exploding Heads

You know how they say that behind every digest or brief in every newspaper is an incredibly moving feature story? (Okay, I've never really heard that before either, but for the sake of the point, let's just move along). Well that might not be the case of this recent brief in the Sentinel:

"Driver dies when speeding Camaro hits tree in Hollywood
February 27, 2006, 10:03 AM EST
HOLLYWOOD - A 25-year-old driver was killed over the weekend when he lost control of his Camaro and crashed into a tree, police said on Monday. Wade Brown, of Hallandale Beach, was killed around 6:40 a.m. on Sunday while driving southbound on the 1600 block of South Park Road at a high rate of speed in a 2000 Chevy Camaro, Detective Carlos Negron, police spokesman, said. Brown lost control of the vehicle for an unknown reason and crashed first into a fence, then into a tree. He died at the accident scene."

Asa Boynton, a citizen crime fighter and hairy fairy who lives in Hollywood, sent me and others the digest item with this coda: "This is one of the drug dealers we have reported over and over again selling dope in the parking lot of Badcock Furniture at Pembroke Rd. and 22nd Ave. He will be greatly missed."

Sure enough, a court search showed Brown did have a couple of felonies under his belt (one involved evidence tampering and a small amount of marijuana and the latest one, just 17 days before his death, wasn't specified). Boynton's words might seem a bit cruel (talk about kicking a man while he's down), but the man is dedicated to eradicating the drug trade from Hollywood and if you have a bunch of sympathy for the scumbag dealers preying on communities, you wouldn't be very good at snuffing them out, would you? And Asa is a true South Florida character. He's a telegram singer who dresses up as a pink gorilla and/or the "hairy fairy" (yes, that's Asa there in the picture) to the delight and slight discomfort of small audiences throughout the region. He may be the only vigilante telegram singer in America, and for that the Pulp salutes him.

A Move South?
Whitey Fraud, a Pulp anonymous who was creative enough to come up with a clever moniker, says that Beth Reinhard is leaving the Broward political beat to become the Herald's political writer in Dade County.

Some Stories
Julie Kay of the Daily Business Review wrote about an investigation into whether Juan D'Arce, a judicial assistant to Miami-Dade County Court Judge Ivan Hernandez, extorted judges to hire him as a consultant. If true, D'Arce is the biggest arse in South Florida. (Correction: The Herald broke the story on the same day and followed today on Kay's detail that D'Arce's computer was seized by investigators. Apologies to Joan Fleischman).

And the Elgin Jones Effect is alive and well in today's newspapers: Today we see in the Herald that Davie Town Attorney Monroe Kiar agreed not to do private work for council members and department heads. (Gee, thanks, Monroe). And the Sentinel picks up on West Park's financial woes, caused in part by a faulty feasability study. Jones busted both of those stories in the Broward Times.

Raising Kane
Speaking of Elgin, I'm gonna be on the Steve Kane radio show with him tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. on WWNN 1470-AM. Kane has been railing about the Buddy Nevins GOP-conversion story on the show and implying that I'm on a mission to destroy the Sentinel's political writer. We'll squash this one in the studio.

(More Later).

4 Comments:

Anonymous Whitey Fraud said...

Steve Kane = silly person. Still buying time on his own show to be on the air? Amazing.

7:29 AM  
Blogger Florida Pulp said...

Update on Reinhard: It was announced internally last week that she would be leaving for Miami. Apparently, editors were thrilled about it and touted the fact that Beth had broken numerous political scandals.

Beth is definitely a very good reporter when her head's in the right place, but what the hell scandals are they talking about?

11:52 AM  
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