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    Reader Mail: Truth Is, Most Autographs Are Fake

    Bad Signs Don't trust autographs: I read with interest your story about the controversy surrounding memorabilia "authenticators" ("Certifiable," Jake Rossen, March 27) because I was trial counsel for the federal government on a case generated by ...

    on April 3, 2014
  • Cedric Gervais, Miami's Own Mega-DJ, Conquers the Airwaves

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    Cedric Gervais, Miami's Own Mega-DJ, Conquers the Airwaves

    Cedric Gervais lounges by the pool of his Biscayne Point bungalow in nothing but a pair of small white swim shorts and sunglasses. He is buff and bronze, with cheekbones like cliff ledges. House music ebbs and swells around him. It is 75 degrees and...

    by Michael E. Miller on March 27, 2014
  • Autograph Fakery: Two Firms Monopolize a Lucrative Business

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    Autograph Fakery: Two Firms Monopolize a Lucrative Business

    There aren't many places more sublime than Augusta National Golf Club on an early April morning. Dew sparkles on the greens, delicately raked sand traps beckon, and the best golfers on Earth stroll around the fairways, imagining the strokes they hop...

    by Jake Rossen on March 27, 2014
  • NFL Shouldn't Censor the N-Word on the Field

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    NFL Shouldn't Censor the N-Word on the Field

    NFL referees will likely penalize teams for players' use of the N-word during games this fall. "The officials will be empowered to call a foul if there are racial slurs or statements regarding another player's sexual orientation," St. Louis Rams coa...

    by Luther Campbell on March 27, 2014
  • Watermelon-Smashing Comedian Gallagher Peddles Gay Play in Miami

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    Watermelon-Smashing Comedian Gallagher Peddles Gay Play in Miami

    Leo Gallagher is standing on the patio of Gramps Bar in Wynwood and explaining his new pro-gay play to a group of disheveled, confused hipsters. The prop comic, who grew up in South Tampa and became famous for smashing watermelons onstage, has more ...

    by Allie Conti on March 27, 2014
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    Miami Springs Hires a Financially Troubled City Clerk

    Ever ask for a raise before you've even started a job? That's exactly what Erika Gonzalez-Santamaria did after she was offered a $71,850 gig as the new city clerk for Miami Springs. She accepted the job but asked for $75,000 and was granted that boo...

    by Allie Conti on March 27, 2014
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    DJ SonicC's Mom Lobbies to Widen Krome Where He Died in a Car Crash

    Anthony Rodriguez was a mama's boy. Known as SonicC, the up-and-coming local DJ was a music prodigy. Only 22 years old, he had already had his tracks featured in the videogame Grand Theft Auto and on popular TV programs. But his mother, Rita, had al...

    by Michael E. Miller on March 27, 2014
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    Reader Mail: Ban Tasers Already

    Smashing Perceptions Way to be: Bravo! Your piece about Mximo Caminero, the local artist arrested for smashing an Ai Weiwei piece at Prez Art Museum Miami, is really interesting ("Breaking Point," Michael E. Miller, March 20) and brings to ligh...

    on March 27, 2014
  • How Ravers Pioneered the Drug Trend That Killed Philip Seymour Hoffman

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    How Ravers Pioneered the Drug Trend That Killed Philip Seymour Hoffman

    When Karina moved to Miami Beach from Eastern Europe in 2007, she used no nicotine, no alcohol, no drugs, nothing. Although she'd had a problem in her midteens with booze and MDMA, the 22-year-old was determined to begin her new life in America clea...

    by Frank Owen on March 20, 2014
  • Ban Cops From Using Tasers Before Another Young Man Dies

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    Ban Cops From Using Tasers Before Another Young Man Dies

    The Miami-Dade Medical Examiner recently issued a landmark ruling: Israel "Reefa" Hernandez, who was shot with a Miami Beach Police Taser last August, died of heart failure because of an "electric device discharge." It was the first time in Florida ...

    by Luther Campbell on March 20, 2014
  • Miami's First Weed School to Open in April

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    Miami's First Weed School to Open in April

    Miamians hoping to take their careers to a higher level might get the chance as soon as next month. Medical marijuana may still be a pipe dream in Florida, but Jeremy Bufford, the founder of Medical Marijuana Tampa, says he's planning to open South ...

    by Allie Conti on March 20, 2014
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    Stephen Ross' New Sun Life Stadium Proposal Is Still a Rip-off

    When news leaked last week about Stephen Ross' revised plans to renovate Sun Life Stadium, most taxpayers had the same knee-jerk reaction: Victory! Just a year after public outrage helped sink Ross' request for $127 million from the county, the Dolp...

    by Tim Elfrink on March 20, 2014
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    Prosecutors Blast Cops for Killing Four Men in the Redland

    Two years ago, a New Times investigation raised serious questions about the planning and execution of a Miami-Dade Police operation that left four robbers dead in the Redland. Last week -- nearly three years after the June 30, 2011 shootout -- the S...

    by Michael E. Miller on March 20, 2014
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    Reader Mail: Sex Offenders Deserve to Live in a Parking Lot

    Hanging by a Thread Not a shaman: There are many things I'd like to clear up about your story on the suspension scene ("Suspended Reality," Allie Conti, March 13). First and foremost, I am not a "shaman" as you describe me, nor do I claim to be o...

    on March 20, 2014
  • South Floridians Suspend to Find Enlightenment

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    South Floridians Suspend to Find Enlightenment

    Eric Madrid is a 32-year-old shaman with a cropped beard, a protruding lower lip, and dark curls grown long in the back. Although he typically wears an all-black uniform, from flat-brimmed cap to high-top skate shoes, he's barefoot and stripped to h...

    by Allie Conti on March 13, 2014
  • Miami Sex Offenders Live on Train Tracks Thanks to Draconian Restrictions

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    Miami Sex Offenders Live on Train Tracks Thanks to Draconian Restrictions

    Darkness has swallowed the train tracks. It won't be long until the men arrive. At 9:50 p.m., the first pair of headlights punches through the black, and a white Ford pickup rolls into the parking lot of a large warehouse sitting among the nameless ...

    by Terrence McCoy on March 13, 2014
  • Alberto Carvalho Cares About Black Schools

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    Alberto Carvalho Cares About Black Schools

    A group of parents and alumni representing predominantly African-American inner-city public schools recently accused Miami-Dade schools superintendent Alberto Carvalho of being a "slick operator." In a six-page manifesto, they alleged Carvalho has t...

    by Luther Campbell on March 13, 2014
  • FIU's Muslim Students Found a Listening Device in a Campus Prayer Room

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    FIU's Muslim Students Found a Listening Device in a Campus Prayer Room

    The evening was sliding toward midnight, but the students were still hanging out. It was February 9, 2013, and the five members of Florida International University's Muslim Student Association had finished their evening prayers in the room they used...

    by Kyle Swenson on March 13, 2014
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    Israel "Reefa" Hernandez Died by Taser

    Seven months after Israel "Reefa" Hernandez was killed by Miami Beach cops, authorities finally announced what his family knew all along: The teen died from being hit with a Taser. The findings, which were disclosed last week by the Miami-Dade Medic...

    by Michael E. Miller on March 13, 2014
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    Marlins Spring Training: A Torture Guide

    The Miami Marlins are back! In Jupiter! Wait, don't leave! There are a couple of things you might want to keep an eye on between Heat games and Dolphins TMZ Sports news. The Marlins aren't entering the 2014 season with many expectations, or much ...

    by Ryan Yousefi on March 13, 2014
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Spy Bob Levinson Vanished in Iran Spy Bob Levinson Vanished in Iran

Inside the Colonial-style monolith that houses Beggs & Lane, Pensacola's oldest law firm, sits Sonya Dobbs, a thin-lipped paralegal from Birmingham, Alabama, with a button nose and long black hair.… More >>

Miami Firm's Venezuelan Security Expert Accused of Terrorism Miami Firm's Venezuelan Security Expert Accused of Terrorism

The police station burned bright as a bonfire. As cars hissed past on the Caracas highway, flames consumed the roadside structure as if it were kindling. Black smoke belched into… More >>

Al Sharpton: The Greatest Snitch

No one should be surprised that Al Sharpton was a snitch for the federal government. Last week, the Smoking Gun unearthed damning evidence of the reverend's role as a mob… More >>

Miami's Trolley System Overlooks the Needs of the Visually Impaired

When the City of Miami unveiled its highly anticipated trolley system two years ago this month, city officials were clearly satisfied with themselves. Mayor Tomás Regalado — who had championed… More >>

Miami-Dade Staffers Flew to Italy During Budget Crisis, Ex-Librarian Says

Like most librarians in Miami-Dade County, Julio Granda Jr. was worried about the financial future of his institution. Under County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, the system had lost $30 million in… More >>

Uber Car Service App Versus Miami Taxis

Last month, Ashton Kutcher made an unplanned cameo during a Florida Senate Transportation Committee meeting, when lobbyists played a clip of the Two and Half Men star and Uber investor… More >>

Reader Mail: Keep Ultra in Downtown Miami

Toxic Parks Public misled: Your piece about a long-gone incinerator in Coconut Grove still potentially endangering residents ("Ashes to Ashes," David Villano, April 10) was very interesting. I'm sure in the… More >>

Old Incinerator and New Cancer in Coconut Grove Old Incinerator and New Cancer in Coconut Grove

On the days when the municipal trash incinerator known as Old Smokey fired up its furnace, Delphine Bennett could sit on the porch of her shotgun-style house and watch the… More >>

Will Miami Bend It for Beckham?

In Miami, having a celebrity as a frontman practically guarantees politicians will approve a public boondoggle. Indeed, it seems Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez is ready to hand over prime waterfront… More >>

Defending Ultra: Keep the Festival Downtown

Is everyone done with the pearl clutching about Ultra Music Festival? We get it: EDM is Satan in musical form. And if you'd believe Mayor Tomás Regalado and City Commissioner… More >>

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