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Shades of Richard Nixon!

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Shades of Richard Nixon!

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'Enemies list' makes comeback

Fired city manager says mayor ordered probes of the publishers of 'Miami Herald' and 'Nuevo Herald'

Miami Mayor Joe Carollo ordered police investigations of the publishers of The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald, one of the English-language paper's reporters, and a columnist for the city's daily business newspaper, according to fired Miami City Manager Donald Warshaw.

In a letter to Florida law-enforcement officials that was made public in court May 9, Warshaw alleges Carollo compiled an "enemies list" of 20 people he wanted investigated. Among them: Herald Publisher Alberto Ibargen; El Nuevo Herald Editor and Publisher Carlos Casta-eda; Herald City Hall reporter Tyler Bridges; Miami Daily Business Review columnist Tony Doris; two Spanish-language talk radio hosts; and the president of a third Spanish-language radio station. The entire El Nuevo Herald newspaper was also listed separately.

The revelation of the alleged enemies list is among the most bizarre political and journalistic fallout yet in Miami from the Elin Gonzlez affair. Mayor Carollo fired Warshaw April 27 because, the city manager alleged, Warshaw refused orders to dismiss Police Chief William O'Brien - allegedly because the chief did not tip off the mayor to the impending federal marshals' raid that took Elin from the home of the shipwreck survivor's Miami relatives on Easter weekend. O'Brien resigned his post, but Warshaw fought his dismissal in court. The alleged enemies list was made public - on a joint motion from lawyers for the Herald and Mayor Carollo - as a judge lifted his temporary restraining order against the firing.

Carollo vigorously denied keeping an enemies list or ordering police probes. "Warshaw is one sick man," Carollo said, according to a Herald story by reporters Manny Garcia and Karen Branch-Brioso. "I fired him and he's trying to get even. It would take 500 police officers to investigate everyone Warshaw claims I wanted investigated. This is the sickest thing I have ever seen in my life."

Journalists on the list reacted with more bemusement than anger.

"As I said in the paper, I have been on so many lists in my life - Francisco Franco's, Francois Duvalier's, Fidel Castro's, and Rafael Leonidas Trujillo's," said El Nuevo Herald Editor and Publisher Casta- eda, naming past and present dictators of Spain, Haiti, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic, respectively. …

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