Brittany Shammas is a staff writer at Miami New Times. She covered education in Naples before taking a job at the South Florida Sun Sentinel. She joined New Times in 2016.
2 days ago | Crime
In March 2014, David Velasquez called police to report the theft of his work tools. But when Broward Sheriff's deputies arrived, he says, the cops were more concerned about his immigration status than the crime. They ended up placing him under arr...
10 days ago | Environmental
Melanie Lustig walked out of her job at Monkey Jungle in mid-September. The last straw, she says, was scooping up piles of rotten fruit and feces inside an enclosure where the park's orangutan, Mei, had been kept for days. The New Jersey native ha...
11 days ago | Environmental
Monkey Jungle got its start in the '30s when Joseph DuMond released a troop of monkeys into a dense patch of South Dade wilderness and then opened it as a one-of-a-kind attraction "where humans are caged and monkeys run wild." More than seven deca...
12 days ago | News
For six years, Ocean 9 Liquor has sold beer, wine, and spirits from its Collins Avenue store, which boasts free delivery and an onsite DJ. That all changed on a Friday last month, a new lawsuit claims, after code enforcement showed up with police ...
Miami Nurse: Spanish-Speaking Staff Retaliated When She Snitched on Them for Drinking Coquito in O.R.17 days ago | News
After leaving Indiana for a nursing job at Miami's Nicklaus Children's Hospital, Daniele Hoffman says she never fit in because she's white and doesn't speak Spanish. In a federal lawsuit against the hospital, Hoffman says staff discriminated again...
20 days ago | News
Steve Dutton and Tom Lang fell in love with downtown Miami almost at first sight, after taking a cruise that ended here in 2012. When they retired to Miami from Fort Worth, Texas, that year, the couple came to especially love the eclectic mix of r...